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There are basically two different types of protectors for DSLR LCD screens.

1.  Optical (Tempered) Glass flexible layered sandwich

2.  Plastic Film

Generally, the tempered optical glass protectors get the best reviews, and the best of the plastic ones come in high as well.

I bought a GCS 3rd generation protector for my 5D MK III, they seem to support most DSLR models.  Giotto also sells glass ones, and there is a Newer branded glass one on Amazon. 

Brands like Expert Shield and Zagg have a hard plastic surface. They do dent and scratch more easily than glass, but they protect your screen.   I believe that they are sold in the UK or Europe, they do not appear on Amazon in the USA.

LCD protectors for smart phones and tablets are a huge business with dozens of brands, while there are only a few for DSLR's.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f4 IS USM time for a refresh?
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:26:03 PM »
I was very happy with my 24-105mm L.  I remember when they first came out, and how difficult it was to get one.  Just the same, I needed a wider aperture, and the 24-70mm f/2.8L provided it.

I doubt that we will see a replacement unless its a lower cost design that sells for more.  Any time Canon upgrades a "L" lens, they move to the best possible performance that they believe can be sold.  This usually results in a big price increase.  There are some who might pay $ 1500-$1800 for a small improvement, but not many.

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Professional photographers do use flashes for indoor arena sports like basketball.  However, the flashes are typically up high in the arena pointing at pre-determined spots and triggered remotely.  The lighting in a pro arena is good, so they perform only a fill function.  I know a local photographer that does this for basketball.  He buys every high powered flash with remote power supply he can find on the local used market.

Baseball is a totally different story, a players vision is absolutely critical, 20-20 vision is unacceptable.

http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/red-sox/content/20120316-baseball-vision-when-20-20-eyesight-just-wont-cut-it.ece 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 21, 2014, 02:22:43 PM »
I thought it was discussed in January after it came out.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810 users are seeing spots
« on: August 21, 2014, 12:49:31 PM »
Does anyone here remember how long it took Canon to address issues with the 5D Mark II? It definitely wasn't this quick!

Does anyone remember issues with the 5DII ? Talk about clutching at straws.

I received on of the first 5D MK II's about November 27, and a week or so later, on December 8, reports of a issue from black spots appearing on bright highlights when people shot Christmas lights.  NR normally made them go away, so many did not see them.  I had to review my shots to find one that had them.

On December 15, about two weeks after the first Camera deliveries, Canon announced that they were looking at the issue.  Canon modified the firmware to eliminate them.  On January 9, three weeks later, Canon issues a firmware update to fix them.

So, it took ~ a whole month from initial reports to verify the issue, develop a firmware update, test it and release it.

How many D810 users will have their camera fixed in a month?

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As a spectator, I can say that its annoying to have someone using a flash.  In a daylight game, the flash will likely be at or near full power.  The little point and shoot cameras are not all that bad, but a pro flash can be blinding and leave me seeing spots.  They are not what I paid to see.

I can imagine what a player would think when he is trying to track a ball, and a flash hit him in the eyes.  Its a safety issue as well, he has to move quickly to avoid a wild pitch, assuming he isn't blinded.


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With the new integrated LCD screens, it is indeed expensive to damage the surface of a screen.  Unfortunately, there is also a price to pay in terms of poor visibility or reduced contrast.
I keep a protective glass screen on my 5D MK III because  of this.  Actually, they are a sandwich of plastic and glass.

I bought a old 5D Classic to play around with last weekend.  It had a couple of small but noticible scratches on the LCD (actually, its just a plastic cover.  They are easily replacable, so I ordered a replacement for $5.48 including shipping.  It does not make sense for the old bodies to buy a extra protector, but for the new ones, it can save $$$ and camera downtime.
I didn't see any "poor visibility or reduced contrast" with Expert Shield. It makes cleaning a bit easier compared to bare screen  :)

At first, I could not detect any difference, but then photographing a theatrical event, I noticed a loss of contrast and the LCD was dimmer.  Finally, I discovered it was the glass cover.  Its normally not detectable, and I would still recommend it for one of the newer cameras with the bonded cover to LCD.

After a few uses, I became used to it, and never notice it any more.


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Lenses / Re: Advice: extension tubes Macro
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:20:42 PM »
I decided to refresh my experiences with extension tubes and extenders on my 5D MK III and 100L.  I used a cheap 13mm extender and a Canon 1.4X MK III on my 100L.  It would not autofocus at all, it just went into a high speed hunt mode, almost a vibration.

Then, I tried live view with live AF.  It slowly focused, sometimes, but was only suitable for use with a tripod.

Just using the extender was much better, no issues focusing, but still difficult when hand held.  Obviously, I got the best results with the bare lens.  In the end, I just deleted all the shots, I wasn't happy with any of them.  I'm impatient, and do not want to setup a tripod or slider.  A thunderstorm was brewing in any event, so I gave up.

I was playing around with my old but newly acquired 5D classic this morning and my 24-70L MK II.  Its not particularly good for close-ups. a moth flew right in front of the lens as I was trying to focus on a bumble bee, so it got in the photo.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lens to body pairing
« on: August 20, 2014, 08:58:50 PM »
Hi Folks.
I am going to the Bournemouth air festival, for those that don't know it is a free display with the aircraft flying over the coast, no access to parked aircraft as far as I am aware.
I would like to know the thoughts of those wiser than myself on which lens to put with which body for best image quality?
My thoughts are:-

Bodies                    lenses
7D        With      EF 70-200 f2.8 IS II with or without EF 2X III depending on how close or far the planes are. 
40D      With      Sigma 150-500 f5-6.3 DG OS HSM

Please could I have your thoughts on whether this is right or wrong!
Is it worth having the extra camera just for the extra 100mm?
I am looking to get a Black Rapid Double for carrying both, as it converts neatly to a single too when I only want to carry one body. Thoughts on that?
Anyone been and able to tell me if I will need the 2X III on the 70-200 or not?
Thanks in advance for your input.

Cheers Graham.

The 100-400mm L is a very popular airshow lens, so I'd think that you would want that focal length and range.  a 70-200 with 1.4X on a crop body might be just fine, since you get a 160-448 FF equivalent, and much better IS and lower ISO or faster shutter speed.

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Reviews / Re: What Happened to DxO?
« on: August 20, 2014, 07:57:53 PM »
Its pretty typical for a entire company in Europe to close for a vacation.  There may be a few that have to remain for emergencies.

As I recall DXO does this every year.

http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/DxOLabs-Vacation-Announcement

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 70D refurbs now available *and* on sale
« on: August 20, 2014, 03:11:32 PM »
They have been available for a long time on the Canon refurb site, and are included in the sales.  Canon seems to be having individual sales on select models this week, a couple of weeks ago, there was a sale on almost everything.

I was tempted by the B&H sale on the 70D which ran the entire month of June.  After rebates, etc, I figured the cost of the 70D body to be $840.  That was a new one.  I passed on it after looking at them a couple of times in our local camera store. 

Expect a lot of sales to be hitting in September / October if the past few years are any indication.  I did notice that Canon inventory is lower than in past years, but we will see price cuts in any event, but they might not be as deep unless sales are really poor.


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With the new integrated LCD screens, it is indeed expensive to damage the surface of a screen.  Unfortunately, there is also a price to pay in terms of poor visibility or reduced contrast.

I keep a protective glass screen on my 5D MK III because  of this.  Actually, they are a sandwich of plastic and glass.

I bought a old 5D Classic to play around with last weekend.  It had a couple of small but noticible scratches on the LCD (actually, its just a plastic cover.  They are easily replacable, so I ordered a replacement for $5.48 including shipping.  It does not make sense for the old bodies to buy a extra protector, but for the new ones, it can save $$$ and camera downtime.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 No Longer in Production
« on: August 20, 2014, 01:02:59 AM »


However, something else to consider is that the retailers system also showed they only had 11 units of the camera in stock nationwide.


This retailer isn't really known for selling these kinds of cameras and do not even carry any models in their retail stores.  If you want to get one from them you have to order it online.


Baloney!!  Just check the stock online at the best buy website to see which stores have them in stock.  There is the body only, and two kits available.  In Los Angeles alone, there are  5 stores with the 5D MK III bodies, and 4 stores with the 5D MK III and 24-105mm L Lens Kit. (No info about how many of each they have).  A quick check of New York City shows six bodies and three kits in stores.  That already adds up to 18. Miami Best Buy stores have lots more in stock, and I'm sure that if I checked additional cites that there are a hundred likely more elsewhere.



I don't doubt that. I am just going by what I saw on their computer system and the sales reps explaination. I am as skeptical as anyone but I found it very interesting and wanted to hear everyone's thoughts. I live in a smaller city and there are no 5D3s in any of the stores within driving distance.

Perhaps the 11 units in their system may have just been the body only units in their warehouse, not including what they have in retail stores.
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If the guy told you that they did not have them in stores, he was lying, and trying to get you to order one online.  Unfortunately, salesmen resort to tricks to push a customer into buying.  Its likely that he was showing you how many 5D MK III + 24-70 f/4 kits they have in stock.  They might even show it as discontinued.

The point is, you are making incorrect statements that can easily be checked.  Why not do it before posting?

I went to the website and put 5D MK III bodies into my cart.  They had a limit of five and a note came to call if I wanted more.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 No Longer in Production
« on: August 19, 2014, 04:54:46 PM »


However, something else to consider is that the retailers system also showed they only had 11 units of the camera in stock nationwide.


This retailer isn't really known for selling these kinds of cameras and do not even carry any models in their retail stores.  If you want to get one from them you have to order it online.


Baloney!!  Just check the stock online at the best buy website to see which stores have them in stock.  There is the body only, and two kits available.  In Los Angeles alone, there are  5 stores with the 5D MK III bodies, and 4 stores with the 5D MK III and 24-105mm L Lens Kit. (No info about how many of each they have).  A quick check of New York City shows six bodies and three kits in stores.  That already adds up to 18. Miami Best Buy stores have lots more in stock, and I'm sure that if I checked additional cites that there are a hundred likely more elsewhere.


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Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 19, 2014, 04:32:21 PM »
Well, I'd like to sell my Sigma 35 ART and my two California Sunbounce reflectors, but I obviously do not qualify for your beta test.
Maybe others feel the same way I do?

Why Don't You qualify??  It is not obvious to me.

"Those interested in testing a beta photography equipment selling board may contact me to signup.  This is for test purposes only, and only the first 15 who have 30   or more posts will be accepted.  If you do not have at least 30  posts, you will have to wait for a later test, or for the final implementation.
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