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Well, so far, I'm sitting here reading this and waiting for Fedex to Deliver my Dell.  Later, i'll go into Spokane and checkout new HD TV's at Costco.  They seem to be beating everyone on prices for mid level models.  I don't bother with the low end come-on prices that people fight over.  I'll have plenty of time to review the available models and decide.
I'm not keen on 3D either, so I may avoid that.
I successfully talked my wife into a new entry-level macbook pro, for the sole purpose I can give my old one, that my wife stole to my mother.  Actually, Costco's prices were even beating decent sale prices on TVs next week.  My only qualm is that they usually carry the mid level models and I've finally convinced the wife to do an upper-tier one.

One of her friends tried to get some doorbusters but couldn't find a deal on a parking spot  ;D
I finally went down to Costco and bought a 55 inch (largest that I can fit).  It was the Samsung XXX7150 model.
The most expensive one was a 80 inch model for $4500, not in the same range as the uber expensive models.
My new Dell finally showed up after I left.  I had to put out a note asking them to leave it on my porch, which they did.
I've had a 40 inch Samsung for 7  or 8 years now, it was $2400 new and has never had a issue.  My son used it for xbox games mostly, so he will get it for Christmas if we can make space for it.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Ended: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2499
« on: November 23, 2012, 10:32:31 PM »
Ugh, they sold out before I got to them.  Anyone know of any other opportunity to get in at that pricepoint, either through them or someone else?  I'm not even seeing them used for that cheap!
Keep an eye out for them on Canon Price Watch.  We will likely see more deals on cyber Monday, or even on Tuesday.  If you signup for notification, you will get a e-mail notification when the price drops.

EOS Bodies / Re: Best D-SLR's
« on: November 23, 2012, 04:05:36 PM »
Always beware of reviewers who use their own values to rate a product.

Best for who?  Dan Sung? 
Who is Dan Sung?
Not a professional photographer, no photography awards, a self proclaimed expert?  He is a writer, his job is to sell products for advertisers.
What testing has he actually done on those thousands of different products he has reviewed.  I'd bet he mostly reads the features and specs and grades on them.
I don't have a argument with a professional photographer who uses various models when he says that he prefers one model over the other for the following reasons ... and gives them.  Thats being honest.
Merely proclaiming the best models without some backup is poor journalism.

Sorry if I don't shoot shoot test chart but in real world use the 5Dc is better than the 7D.

No it's not. We're not discussing opinion here. Noise levels are objective, testable reality. The 7D tests lower across the board (chroma, black, grey). This doesn't magically change with a "real world" scene.

The chroma noise difference in particular is human observable in print where the 7D clearly looks better.
Where does your information come from?  I've had both and the 5DC is easily better.  The 7D looks horrible at or above ISO 800.
From the tests I've seen, the 5D C beats out the 7D on s/n ratio handily.  What reliable testing do you have to show us.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Looking to upgrade from old 60d
« on: November 23, 2012, 03:47:39 PM »
I'd get the 5D MK II or MK III. 
For low light use, unless the subjects are very still, f/2.8 is only fast enough for slow shutter speeds, and f/4 won't do it.
You might be better off with some low cost prime lenses for the low light work than a expensive zoom.
A 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 is like 30mm on your crop.
A 85mm f/1.8 is a very good value, and a wide angle lens like a 28mm f/1.8 would handle much of your needs.  The 85 is good for portraits and sports.  A alternate to the 85 might be a 100mm f/2.
For outdoor use with reasonably good light, its hard to beat the kit deal with the 24-105mmL.
Watch for daily deals on ebay and jump immediately.  500 5D MK II's were blown out this morning for $2599.

Well, so far, I'm sitting here reading this and waiting for Fedex to Deliver my Dell.  Later, i'll go into Spokane and checkout new HD TV's at Costco.  They seem to be beating everyone on prices for mid level models.  I don't bother with the low end come-on prices that people fight over.  I'll have plenty of time to review the available models and decide.
I'm not keen on 3D either, so I may avoid that.

EOS Bodies / Re: canon 1d mark iii 21.1 mp or the 5d mark ii
« on: November 23, 2012, 02:17:32 PM »
I am considering purchasing another canon body and I am interested in a full frame sensor. I see that the canon 1d mark iii 21.1 mp and the 5d mark ii come with a full frame sensors. However, there are some differences in their autofocus points, ISO range and frames per second. I currently own a canon 7d body and some sigma lens (24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8 & 120-300mm f/2. 8) . I am leaning more toward the canon 1d mark iii but one of my concerns is the ISO range. The ISO range is lower than the 7d and 5d. Your suggestions and options would greatly be appreciated.
Be Careful! I assume that you merely made a typo, but to be sure, I've pointed this out.
The 1D Mark III is not 21.1mp and is not FF.
The 1DS Mark is the 21.1mp FF body. (Note the "S" after the 1D
The 1DS MK III does not do video, but would be a obvious choice over the 5D MK II for stills merely because of its better build.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: At least we have Canon quality control
« on: November 23, 2012, 02:12:43 PM »
I pointed out the same thing recently in another thread

Both manufacturers have had their issues and they will continue to struggle with quality control, lets face it this stuff gets ever more complex and tolerances get ever smaller, manufacturing process upgrading is, like everything else, a very steep curve of quality over cost and as these threads demonstrate consumers don't like paying more!

What does seem surprising is the number of issues that don't show up during real world pre-release product testing, makes you wonder if they do actually get photographers to test half this stuff sometimes. Maybe that is why there is this interminable wait for the 200-400, Canon know this could be a 1D MkIII AF make or break situation.

Although some of the flaws seem obvious by 2020 hindsite, the real issue is the number of users using a camera.  A dozen handmade test cameras passed around to photographers to use for 24 hours and that take maybe 25K images each is not going to find any but the most gross issues.  They cannot take raw images either, so 0 testing there.
Once the first 100,000 cameras are shipped and delivered over a period of 3-4 weeks, suddenly, there are millions of images taken and the more subtle issues are found.  Some are design issues, and some are assembly issues or material issues.
Its unlikely that Canon would put even 1000 hand made cameras out for photographers to test for the 3 weeks or so that it takes to find issues.
QA merely follows a test plan that has been developed by experiences with previous equipment over several years, and are likely not allowed to play around with a camera doing things that were not in the test plan. 
In many cases, they merely verify that manufacturing has a good set of instructions for assembling and testing the camera, and that employees have it and know how to use it.  They spot check to see that they are using the assembly instructions.
Its a built-in blindness in the system.
Our company let the engineers test and verify subcontracted work, but the engineers could not test or verify internal manufacturing.  That was QA/QC responsibility, and they were very possesive.  As a result many big dollar assembly problems happened that the designer would have spotted immediately because he understood the function.  QA merely verified that the written processes were followed, even if they were wrong, and the designer could not specify many of the common tests because it cost too much!
Even so, the manufacturing folks managed to overcome those issues and make things work properly.  I've seen problems crop up after 10 years that should be founnd immediately, but the assembler fixed them for 10 years, and when a new assembler moved to the job, he did not know to fix the issue and things did not work.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 35 f/1.4 DG HSM First Impressions
« on: November 23, 2012, 01:48:32 PM »
And when we are discussing AF and micro adjustments , there are minor variations in the AF system, this together with 1. camera  AF is incorrectly calibrated  2. the lens AF is incorrectly calibrated  3. Both the camera  and  the lens is faulty. 4. minor variations, its means,  take a series of  5 shoots and place your hand in front of the lens so every shoot against your target will be a new AF measure, then you can se in a series of pictures  that the absolute sharpness varies / focusing accuracy and can look like this.
Number of incorrect parameters can therefore be many .
#2 does not look like the lens is correctly calibrated to me, when I calibrate my 35mmL its sharp.
I focus on infinity before each shot.  However, a mfd AF works if you are adjusting AF for a long distance. 
When putting your hand in front of the lens, you don't know where the lens focused, so its not something that another person can repeat.
I've also found that failing to block the viewfinder results in erratic AF.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why do you want a FF Mirrorless?
« on: November 23, 2012, 12:52:23 PM »
if the cost is much less and does most of the things of a 5d why not? lighter, smaller - for travelling is perfect.
What would cost less?
The body will cost more, and the lenses will cost more.  Thats why no one is making a interchangable lens mirrorless.  AF is also much slower for cameras with large sensors.  The cameras with tiny sensors have fast AF, but it gets slower as the sensor size increases.  Much of this is due to the huge depth of field with a small sensor.  AF does not have to be very accurate to have the subject in sharp focus.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D launch and effect on 5D MkII & MKIII
« on: November 23, 2012, 12:46:27 PM »
The 5D MK II is going away soon.  Get one while you can.
Two things are hurting camera sales for every manufacturer.  The world wide economy, and increased competition.  Its not getting better right now, so prices will keep dropping.

EOS Bodies / Re: What will be the issue with the 6D
« on: November 22, 2012, 11:44:14 PM »
Canon Engineers are much more clever than you think.  They have two or three things that are not on the list planned.

just got my EF600 II Lens today. Wow that was really quick. I had only to wait one month. instead of the 5 month they told me first.
Just want to let everyone know that it fits fine into the Loewepro Flipside 500AW.
With and without attached lenshood. This makes air travel very comfortable and also trekking with a lens like this.
I could also put my 5D III with 70-200 2.8 IS II in it and my 16-35 II and there is some space left.
Sorry for the bad pic quality. It from my phone. HavenĀ“t ordered my 1DX yet.
I hope for some better weather on the weekend to take my new lens out for a test drive.
Glad you got it.  As the worldwide economy continues to tank, we will be seeing all of these in stock.  At the same time sales are dropping, production is smoothing out and increasing.  That can and will lead to lower prices as inventory piles up.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Prices to drop soon for Canon, Nikon....?
« on: November 22, 2012, 02:22:13 PM »
Sony and Panasonic reduced to junk status by Fitch:

Could Canon be far behind?

You do know that the current trouble with Panasonic, Sony, and Sharp is all about big time losses in the Television sector?  Sony is also losing big on the mobile phone business.
Sony continues to spend on Photography Development because they are at least making a profit there.
Canon barely made a Billion dollars last quarter, they do not seem to be in bad shape.  The simple reason is that they have concentrated on reducing manufacturing costs.  They have never tried to spend a extra penny to build the best of the best.  They are happy with a good performing product that they can sell for less and make a bigger profit.  Thats how they got to be #1, so don't expect them to stop doing what works.
Nikon is suffering big reductions in profit dollars, but still making around 6.4% of sales, which is OK.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why do you want a FF Mirrorless?
« on: November 22, 2012, 02:01:11 PM »
The issue with a FF mirrorless camera with a shorter flange back distance is that a new family of lenses will be needed, and they will be more expensive than the existing EF lenses.  Wide angle lenses will be inferior (You can't bend light that much without many lens elements).
The most practical is to make a pellix type lens, but Canon has tried that a couple of times and they have not sold well.  With live view on all the newer DSLR's, there is little practicle advantage to mirrorless for the masses, and Canon is a mass producer of cameras, not a specality camera company.  Thats not a judgement, just a fact.

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