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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon GP-E2 Problem / Issues resolved
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:32:19 PM »
My 5D MK III allows for setting of Standard Time as well as setting Daylight Savings Time.  Some places do not recognize it, some change by 30 minutes, so setting it properly should eliminate the issue.

You may also find some Black Friday discounts coming up.  They have to compete for the buyers dollar.
Adorama has 1 new pro 8 Elite left for $150 on ebay with free shipping, so you would save $50 on the upgrade.

Her analysis is exactly what I expected of the camera, so, of course, I tend to believe it. 
This is not a camera intended for photographers to use in professional level sports.  That's not bad, its just what it is.  Certainly, it can be used for professional sports, but lacks the features to fit into a workflow that makes use of voice recording, as in her example, where different people develop and edit the images, and need to be able to title them accurately.
She mentioned that it still had a lot of noise at high ISO's, but is better than the original 7D.  I've seen plenty of test shots by now that confirm that.  The APS-C sensor might gain 1/2+ stop over the original 7D, but there are no miracles or violations of the laws of physics.
Overall, for the price, its going to be a great camera and very popular for enthusiasts and for wildlife, but it is not a substitute for a D1X, and not advertised as such.  I'd have no problem buying one, except that extreme low light is what I do most, and even a FF sensor struggles there.  I don't expect a new FF sensor to be much better in low light, but some of the other areas are overdue for a big improvement.

Canon General / Re: new 70d, wrong manual, no plastic wrap
« on: October 22, 2014, 10:44:31 PM »
Your description sounds like a gray market camera.  Did you buy it from a authorized Canon Dealer in France, or from a online seller who might not be authorized, and selling gray units, which may have no warranty, depending on the local Canon office.

Reviews / Re: Camera Store Trashes New G7X
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:27:55 PM »

+1...In addition to AF speed, I like the idea of having EVF for afternoon shooting.

I still like my 5D III + 40pancake. Still, it's nice to have a pocketable camera for an afternoon walk sometimes.

Agreed, even a evf is better than none at all, and the built-in evf of the RXIII is very appealing.  I really miss one on my G1X MK II, but have no plans to buy the evf as of yet.

Reviews / Re: Camera Store Trashes New G7X
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:29:16 PM »
Now that DPR has upgraded their review, some of the things are falling into place. 
One of the strong points is the much better lens on the G7X, sharper with fewer CA's.  For jpeg images, Sony has a lot more sharpening, and apparently does some in camera CA removal as well.
Check out the DPR test image setup, and compare raw images, they are very close except for the Sony CA at the edges.
AF speed is a weak point for the G7X.  It would be enough for me to drop it from consideration.  I'd already dropped the RX100 MK III due to its short zoom range. 
It does appear that someone wanting a tiny camera will have to determine which features he values most, because no camera has them all.
With all things being relatively close, I'd go for the faster AF speed, but there are just too many features that may appeal to users on one camera or the other.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: G7 Picture @ Dpreview.com - High iso quality?
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:19:19 PM »
That's why I'm scared off by the G1X II, it just loses so much detail at high ISO's...
Still have to decide for myself between Canon G7X and Panasonic LX100... I'm tempted by the size and FL of the Canon, but the handling on the Panasonic is extremely attractive...

At high ISO levels, a G1X II is light years ahead of the Sony and Canon 1 inch sensor cameras, the LX100 is closer.  They all have their points, but the G1X II is almost the same as the 70D at high ISO.
If you are concerned about loss of detail at high ISO's, you will need FF to be appreciably better.

Camera shutters fail for a variety of reasons, including heat and shock, camera manufacturers will replace the shutter if it fails in warranty.  Otherwise, they'd have infrequent users demanding a shutter for their 15 year old camera that has bounced around in the back of their car and took 100 shots a year.
Canon might be willing to help defer some of the cost if you ask them nicely.  You can purchase a new shutter and do it yourself or have someone who knows camera repair do it.  It depends on what is wrong.  Just the shutter blades are cheap, like $6 from Hong Kong.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Can I copy camera pics direct to a tablet?
« on: October 21, 2014, 12:29:09 PM »
I'd like to ask some advice from you learned ladies and gentlemen.

I have a 5D3 and a Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
I can plug in a USB key into the tablet and copy images and videos both ways, but can I plug my camera into my tablet and download the photos from the camera directly (with the correct cables)?
Do I need some software to be able to do it?

I use a eye-fi card in my 5D MK III.  It can download to my computer or tablet or smartphone, but the files start downloading automatically so you have no control over the timing.
No cables or other claptrap.  I only download jpeg, but it can do either or both.  You might take a look.

Reviews / Re: Gizmodo reviews the Canon 7D Mark II
« on: October 21, 2014, 12:21:13 PM »
The original 7D had a huge amount of hype, and it was a good camera, but when the dust settled, it was over priced and could not match my used 1D MK III.  As for sports and kids running around, I've never had a problem except with the old extremely slow to focus and open the shutter point and shoot bodies.  Its all dependent on the user, of course.
Once the hype is over and reality sets in, it will be seen as a camera for special purposes, and over priced for 99% of new DSLR users who buy a DSLR, then don't like the shallow depth of field, and put it in a closet.  This forum has lots of camera enthusiasts, but is not representative of the average DSLR buyer who goes to Best Buy or Amazon and buys one that looks impressive.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How Strong is a Sony Lens Mount
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:56:31 PM »
I did a search for problem with loose Sony lens mount.  Lots of items appeared.  There are lots of very unhappy users, and its not just with big lenses.  Of course, not everyone will have a issue, but when it happens to you, and someone tells you to pay $$$ for a different mount, I'd be very unhappy.

FOR SALE Photo Equipment / Re: Flashes and PocketWizards
« on: October 20, 2014, 09:59:30 PM »

Third Party Manufacturers / How Strong is a Sony Lens Mount
« on: October 20, 2014, 07:54:57 PM »
I've never heard of a camera user needing to purchase a 3rd party lens mount, but with Sony, apparently, its bad enough to warrant a 3rd party making a replacement.
Generally, lens mounts are considered to be very critical, Canon service manuals devote processes for aligning, measuring and shimming them to be perpendicular to the sensor, and the exact distance to sensor is critical as well.  Apparently, even a Chinese made ring will be a improvement to the plastic thing that Sony uses, alignment or not.

Lenses / Re: Zoom or 135 in Place of 100 and 200?
« on: October 20, 2014, 07:33:04 PM »
My 135mmL was by far my most used lens for a few years.  Then, I got the 70-200mm f/2.8 MK II.  Now, the 135mmL just sits.  Then, I bought the 24-70mm f/2.8L MK II, and my 2nd most used lens, the 35mmL dropped off the list.  So... I bought a 16-35mm f/2.8L.  It gets no use, so go figure.

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