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Software & Accessories / New FOCAL (Beta for Pro Users)
« on: February 18, 2013, 10:19:29 PM »
The upcoming 1.8 version sounds like a big step forward.
http://www.reikan.co.uk/focalweb/index.php/2013/02/focal-1-8-release-candidate-available-for-focal-pro-users/Updates and FixesWith the last major issues with the Mac version of FoCal ironed out, we’ve been steaming ahead working on fixed for various bugs and improving the features of FoCal.  This new version brings the following updates:
  • RAW analysis – RAW sensor data is now analysed by default for more accurate and repeatable results
  • A new TurboCal tool for Canon cameras which performs a shutterless AF microadjustment calibration in 20-30 seconds!
  • A new Camera Information tool showing lots of useful information about your camera (including shutter count where available)
  • Addition of Focus Controls to the Target Setup tool to allow live adjustment of focus (useful for Aperture Sharpness/TurboCal tests)
  • A completely rewritten Dust Analysis test which is faster, gives better results with more detail and even detects hot pixels!
  • Much of the analysis has been made multi-threaded for improved performance on common multicore processors
  • Improvements to the integrated licensing to not require program restarts in most cases
  • Option to use Canon Legacy interface files for older cameras (e.g. Canon EOS-1D(s) Mark III)
  • More information in the reports for all tests (e.g. camera firmware, operating system version etc)
  • Fixes to handling of Canon EOS-1 series camera mode control
  • Fix for Nikon shutter speed inaccuracies

Anyone tried it?  Shutterless sounnds good to me, using up a few hunndred shutter actuations to calibrate a few lenses is noot something I look forward to.

Pricewatch Deals / Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L MK II on Sale
« on: December 07, 2012, 11:55:19 AM »
Beach Camera /Buydig .com has the lens for $2199.  You must add it to the cart to see the price.  I suspect that other stores would match the deal if you call them.

Pricewatch Deals / 5D Mark III now in Canon Refurb Store
« on: December 05, 2012, 01:55:31 PM »
I see that the Canon 5D Mark III is now in the Refurb store.  $2799
I also see that there is a 20% Promo Code "Hush6" but it only applies to a few models.
They may add more models later.
BTW, I also called the CLP program, but its not on their list yet.  They were very nice about it, and even checked with a supervisor, but no deal.

Pricewatch Deals / Canon Refurb Store Restock 20% off
« on: November 30, 2012, 08:10:19 PM »
Some interesting lenses that are not normally in the refurb store. 20% off while they last!
20mm f/2.8
28-300mm L
180mm L Macro
18-15mm fisheye zoom

Pricewatch Deals / 5D MK III $2799
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:01:52 PM »
Another ebay unauthorized dealer, they have lots of good feedback though.

Canon General / Adorama Storm Status Update 10-31-2012 Good News!
« on: October 31, 2012, 03:24:43 PM »
*** Thanks for caring and here's a update ***
 NJ Warehouse: Back at work with power and all orders of the past few days should ship today.
 NYC Store: We are closed due to the local power outages and waiting to have power back, we have no confirmed time for that.
 NYC Office: Some dept's are operating via generated power and assuring that your orders are being processed.
 Shop with us ONLINE at http://ow.ly/eV3pY
 Phone: Call us at 800.223.2500 and our lines should be fine!Good News!
I ordered a camera on Sunday, so I was hoping that the delay would not be too long, I know the warehouse is in a old Navy Yard, so I was expecting the worst.

Pricewatch Deals / Adorama G1X Deal - $399 net
« on: October 28, 2012, 03:05:28 PM »
Adorama has a combo deal for the G1X, it includes the camera, printer, and adobe software for a net price of $399 after $400 rebate.
I've been looking for the price to drop to something reasonable.
If I sell the printer and software, its a better deal yet.

Pricewatch Deals / Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 MK II Price Break? $2274
« on: October 27, 2012, 06:23:23 PM »
As more dealers are getting stock, I noticed that buydig (authorized dealer) has knocked a few dollars off the price of the lens.  You need to use the FALLSAV25 code to get the $25 off.
Global sales are very difficult right now, and once the early adopters have their lenses, I look for coupons, one day ebay sales and other discounts to begin.

Pricewatch Deals / SAMSUNG 830 SSD Deals at Amazon Today 10-18
« on: October 18, 2012, 12:03:27 PM »
$155 for 256 GB.  $200 at Newegg.  I just bought one, since I'm planning on getting a new computer and it costs less to buy the SSD separately.

Animal Kingdom / Sherlock Holmes tracks down the Culpret.
« on: October 13, 2012, 05:00:01 PM »
I noticed a depression had suddenly been dug out near our flowers this morning, so while my hand is healing, I grabbed my wife's G11 to photographically track down the culpret.  As you can guess, I was pretty suspicious.
The images seem to lack punch, its a gray day and I did not feel like spending time on them.

A hole dug in my yard.

So I looked for clues and finger - er - footprints.

Sure enough, just follow the clues.

Lenses / Kenko TC and AF at F8
« on: October 05, 2012, 09:46:46 PM »
After reading that the 1.4X Kenko PRO 300 DGX was autofocusing at f/8 with Canon super teles on 1D X Bodies, as well as reading the experiences of some who posted here with the 5D Mark III, I decided to go for it.
My TC arrived late this afternoon, and I decided to give it a try on my 100-400mmL.  At 100mm, its a equivalent of f/6.3, and the 5D MK III indicates f/6.3.
I tried it indoors in fair-good light, and it autofocused smoothly and quickly.  Then I zoomed out to 400mm which is f/8 equivalent, and I was pleased when it snapped into focus repeatedly.
Then, I decided to give it a tough test, and took it outdoors where it was rapidly becoming dark.  This is the area where TC's usually fall flat.  I zoomed out to 400mm on a far distant house with the sky still a little bid bright, and it did a fair job of autofocusing.  slower, but suprisingly fast for the situation.  The ISO level was 8000, but the image under exposed.
Then, I tried it without the sky in the background on my rose bush in deep shadows, but it would just hunt.  This was a very dark area.  Finally, I tried it on my bird feeder at ISO 12800, which was a correct exposure, and it smapped to focus quickly.  I was amazed.
Its too late to do any more testing tonight, but I'll try testing other lenses and combinations as I can make time.
Already, I can say its worth the price over a Canon 1.4X MK II TC as long as you do not need weather sealing.

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