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Canon General / Re: Thanks Adorama and Helen Oster !
« on: December 21, 2014, 11:29:56 PM »
Sigh... Here in the UK, eugh, I can't do it. I felt my mood drop by about 72 awesomeness points just thinking about joining in this conversation!

Have fun tracking down real phone numbers for the depots, too - and don't forget to publish them online for everyone else to see if you're lucky enough to get 'em ;)

My local UPS manager called me and gave me the direct phone number so I could call and straighten out any issues without going thru the horrible chain of command.  We live in a medium size city, and a friendly one as well.  I have had virtually no issues with the 4,000 parcels a year I've shipped.  I'm now experimenting with Fulfilled by Amazon, I just sent several boxes of product to three Amazon Depots and they take care of everything(at a price). 
 
I have a monopoly on my product, except that I do have some wholesale customers, so there is no competition on Amazon selling anything like it.  I have it custom made in China for me.  By the time Amazon extracts their fees, I only get 20% more than my wholesale price though.

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Lenses / Re: Next Lens Purchase...where is the gap in my gear?
« on: December 21, 2014, 11:20:43 PM »
I'll admit the 135 is darn tempting, given it's comparative price advantage over the 85, and it's ability for indoor sports, and potentially street. No one yet seems to think my landscape capability is lacking. How are straight up comparisons between 16-35 IS vs 24 TSE, negating tilt/shift?

But then again, there's tilt and shift...


Funny thing, while I was posting, someone called about my 135mmL I had for sale. 
 
I'm not good with ultra wide angles, I just sold my 16-35mm f/2.8 for lack of use, and sold my 90mm TS-E some time ago for lack of use.  The 16-35mm IS is on my radar, but I'm waiting for a new body next.
 
I'd say the 24mm TS-E II is going to be better than the 16-35mm IS, it has a stellar reputation.  My eyes are too old to do manual focus though.

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Lenses / Re: Next Lens Purchase...where is the gap in my gear?
« on: December 21, 2014, 10:52:47 PM »
Ok. Rephrased, I get it. What I suppose I should have asked is given my present gear, which lens would increase my utility the most, ignoring superteles bc I intend to buy later.

What do you want to do with your supposed new gear?

Landscape? Sport? Portait? Bird? Underwater? They are all valid 'utility' yet the gears required are vastly different.

Sport I feel I have fairly well covered, as well as bird. Portrait and landscape are areas of my kit I'd like to see improved upon.

A 85mm wide aperture lens (lots of choices here when you add in 3rd party lenses).  The Canon 135mm f/2 L is wonderful, but only for half body shots unless you can get way back.  I love mine, but its for sale because my 70-200mm MK II handles almost everything in that range and I'm not into portraits.

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Photography Technique / Re: Murphy's Law
« on: December 21, 2014, 10:47:45 PM »
Its tough to photograph eagles.  A few years ago, in Yellowstone park,  I spotted a eagle in a tree right next to the parking lot and tried a shot with my 20D and 70-200mm f/4 IS on it, but it was totally inadequate.  I had put the lens on a old 20D that I had just bought as a backup to my 5D MK II, but I needed 400mm plus a TC.  I cropped 80% of the photo such that little was left.
 
I don't recall why I did not have my 400mm lens along, I had sold one and bought a different one later, so I must have been between lenses.
 
The Canon SX50 with its 1200mm equivalent zoom is great for carrying around to have when you get a rare glimpse of wildlife.  It would have done much better.  Canon has a really excellent buy on refurb ones going on right now  $200.  I'm really tempted.
 
In Fact, I went ahead and ordered it just now.  I have too many cameras, so a couple of others, maybe three may go.
 
http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/cameras/refurbished-powershot-digital-cameras/powershot-sx50-hs-refurbished
 

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Canon General / Re: Thanks Adorama and Helen Oster !
« on: December 21, 2014, 10:12:33 PM »
......
We had a FedEx order that went from New York to Atlanta to London to Atlanta to London to Atlanta to London to Atlanta to Montreal to Ottawa..........
That's pathetically humorous.
Sounds like some clerk in Atlanta had never heard of London, ON, and again........

Maybe they thought it was London ON (the Thames)?  I think that they have operators who create a routing bar code that gets affixed to a parcel.  From then on, that bar code directs the package, so it can create a mess if everyone involved just ignores the need to fix the issue.
It was never supposed to go anywhere near London Ontario...... that's what made 3 side trips across the Atlantic to London, England so much more puzzling...

the point is, you can't hold the store (B+H or Adorama) responsible for the incompetence of the courier....

I agree, but they can reimburse your payment or send a replacement and then (presumably) file a claim for a lost item with the carrier or their insurance.  Some find it less expensive to self insure with insurance coverage for catastrophic loss.  The place I used to work did that, loses had to exceed hundreds of millions before insurance cut in.

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Lenses / Re: Next Lens Purchase...where is the gap in my gear?
« on: December 21, 2014, 10:04:57 PM »
You were asking what holes you had in your gear. 
 
What I was trying to say, is that you should not purchase gear just to cover every possiblity.  You should purchase it because you will use it.  You don't list the Canon EF 1200mm lens which goes for ~$100,000.  If you have the money and want bragging rights, you could buy one, but actually having a use for it would justify the expense.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anything wrong with mRAW or sRAW
« on: December 21, 2014, 08:36:27 PM »
If you are going to shoot mRAW or sRAW you might as well shoot jpegs instead

Now I'm a bit heretical because I'm an early adopter, but I can only recommend "lossy dng".

It cuts the file size to 1/3rd while retaining the dr and lossless wb adjustment. It's meant to be the middle ground between full raw and jpeg, and it's just great for this purpose. With the DNG converter (but not PS/LR's menus) you can even downsample the lossy dng to a smaller resolution.

In comparison to this, mraw/sraw is just outdated unless you use it to save card space when shooting.

When I bought my first DSLR right after the Canon Rebel came out, I was using jpeg images for a few years.
 
Now, I view those images and wish I had the RAWs, because raw processors could re-process those images and do a much better job.
 
I think its important to save the original RAW images, because 10 or more years down the road, you may be able to do much more with the processing, and having thrown away data, you just can't get it back.
 
I was thinking I wanted mraw for my D800 which produced some very large images that opened in my pc to almost 200mb.  Now, just 4 years later its not a issue.

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Lenses / Re: Next Lens Purchase...where is the gap in my gear?
« on: December 21, 2014, 08:24:26 PM »
Normally, I'd purchase gear for a purpose rather than just having it sit.
 
In your case, focal lengths above 200mm are missing, but if you would not use them, don't buy any.  I love my new 100-400mm L MK II.
 
 

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Canon General / Re: Thanks Adorama and Helen Oster !
« on: December 21, 2014, 08:20:43 PM »
......
We had a FedEx order that went from New York to Atlanta to London to Atlanta to London to Atlanta to London to Atlanta to Montreal to Ottawa..........
That's pathetically humorous.
Sounds like some clerk in Atlanta had never heard of London, ON, and again........

Maybe they thought it was London ON (the Thames)?  I think that they have operators who create a routing bar code that gets affixed to a parcel.  From then on, that bar code directs the package, so it can create a mess if everyone involved just ignores the need to fix the issue.

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Technical Support / Re: Repair cost cf card bent pin
« on: December 21, 2014, 01:11:09 PM »
With memory cards supporting UHS Speed Class 3 (= minimum 30MB/s) selling for under U.S.$100, and the smaller form factor, I don't see any reason to keep supporting CF any more.

Considering that my old 7D hit write speeds of >45 MB/s, I don't see a card which would take 50% longer to clear the buffer as a viable option.  Also, highest SD card speeds are only achieved after a low-level format, so if you don't perform that time-consuming in-camera task frequently, your speeds get even slower.

Time consuming?  Takes no more time at all to initiate the function, and the actual format only takes a few seconds, of which you are not obligated to watch it carry out. Hardly a valid argument. The write speed issue is clearly a problem. Until the write speeds are improved the buffer fills much to quickly when shooting to SD.

A in-computer low level format writes 0's or 1's to every memory cell, and takes a very long time.  The in-camera low level format is apparently much smarter, because it seems to only take seconds.  I think that its finding just the cells that are not zeroed and writing them, while a in computer format is testing every cell to verify that it works.  That's what you should do to find card issues, but the in-camera low level format will recover the lost speed.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anything wrong with mRAW or sRAW
« on: December 21, 2014, 01:04:44 PM »
Sraw and Mraw are really for those who have a temporary need to reduce file sizes, and don't mind the IQ reduction.
 
It would not make sense to spend more $$ for a 50 MP camera and then throw away 1/2 or even more of the pixels on a regular basis.  Just get a 6D.
 
It is true that it takes computer power to process high MP images, NR and brush functions use a lot of horsepower and can be slow.  Recent generation i7 pc's will handle it fine if you pop in a SSD.  Older (5-7 yr) computers may be slow, my first generation i7 took forever to process NR with my D800 images.  My new $699 Dell XPS does it in 1/8 the time.  since I don't do video, I don't need a high end machine for stills.  If I used DXO, I'd probably want a $3,000 machine.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom and DXO OpticsPro workflow question
« on: December 21, 2014, 12:55:41 PM »
I've tried DXO several times, it does a very good job of processing a raw image out of the box, but does not really do any better of a job than LR with manual adjustments.
 
I'd use it, but find it extremely slow to transfer 1000 images to LR, and its not a file organization tool, when you have a huge number of images, organizing them in folders on a computer breaks down, and its difficult to find them.  There are many many ways to find a image in LR, that's one of its strengths.  I found the catalog idea difficult at first, it took me at least a year to really become proficient at understanding and using it, but now its 2nd nature.
 
the new DPP 4 shows promise with its improved interface, but it does not organize images, so its for those who use other software to organize images, or for those who organize by folder.

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Canon General / Re: Thanks Adorama and Helen Oster !
« on: December 21, 2014, 12:32:13 PM »
I had a bad experience with UPS and B&H's response was disappointing. I was at home all day to receive the 6D + Pro-10 and at 4.30 I receive an email saying UPS tried to deliver at 2.30, but I wasn't at home...B&H's response was lukewarm, but at least they filed a claim right away.
I am sorry you were dissatisfied. I do not know when this took place but I'd be happy to look into it for you. Email order info to me at henryp[at]bhphoto.com

Thanks for posting Henry and Welcome to CR.  Things sometimes go bad with online sellers, and having a person to contact who will try to set things right is a wonderful service.  I personally have never had a B&H order go bad, not since my first order in the 1980's.  But, I do know that no one's perfect.

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Technical Support / Re: Repair cost cf card bent pin
« on: December 21, 2014, 12:26:07 PM »
Hi,
My mark5dIII has got a bent pin in the cf card slot. In the shop they told me that the repair (I think he meant replacement of the slot holder) would cot me 300+ euro's.
WHAT? Is that true? I've bought the camera a year ago. Does warranty do the job?


If the camera is in warranty, and it wasn't caused by a bad card, it should be covered.
 
What causes the bent pins on CR Card sockets is a combination of card and slot tolerances that lets a card mis-register with a pin or pins in the camera.  I'd certainly ask Canon to fix it under warranty.  I don't know what type of card you are using, but tolerances are critical, so use only the best brands.
 
You can replace the card yourself, just two tools are needed, a screwdriver with a cross tip to JIS standards (Not Phillips) and a flat blade jewelers screwdriver.  Its best to have a set of each so that you can pick the right size.
 
There are lots of utube videos showing people replacing the card slot assembly.  You remove the screws (Peeling back part of the rubber covering is required), disconnect the ribbon cables using the flat blade screwdriver to open the clamps, and after working your way to the unit, remove and replace it.
 
You can buy a replacement from Canon, or on ebay, they are not expensive.
 
With setup time to prepare a workplace, and putting down some tape to hold the screws, it should take 30-45 minutes.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Built in adapter?
« on: December 20, 2014, 09:29:31 PM »
who says they would change the mount distance for a FF mirrorless?
You're proposing they're selling a 6d-size camera with just the phase af, mirror+metering removed? Sure it's a possibility, but on the long run they'll most likely want to make use of smaller cameras with ff iq.
There is a problem moving a FF lens closer to the sensor without losing IQ.

This is just what I'm trying to say here, even if I obviously failed to do so :-p ... if there's a mirrorless ff adapter, it'll basically mean putting the lens just where it is now with mirrored gear.

I doubt that it will happen, that new lens mount that Canon patented a while back was developed for a reason.

They did? I missed that, could you dig out the link and post it please?

Here is one, perhaps what I remembered.  It definitely discusses a new lens mount, and is about as close as Canon comes to saying it will happen.  No patent though.
 
http://www.canonrumors.com/?s=new+canon+mount
 
Here is another.
 
http://www.dailycameranews.com/2013/03/canon-patent-for-new-lens-mount-type/

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