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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Likely Price Trend
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:52:46 PM »
Prices are partially determined by sales.  Sales are largely determined by the global econmy.  Buyers will buy the lowest price product rather than a luxury one.
Once the initial buyer rush is over, expect the camera to be included in Canon Rebate deals.  However, be aware that sales in May-June take a big jump as people like to use vacations, weddings, etc as a excuse to buy a new camera.  That takes the pressure to lower prices away.
Watch for 1 day deals around Christmas, or the week after.  The cameras seem to be in stock everywhere, even our small local dealer has them, so Canon is expecting very good sales.  If that happens, they may be out of stock for 6 weeks or so right around Christmas.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body is $2999 Most Places
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:40:53 PM »
The lower prices are in line with the usual Canon trend to lower prices before the end of the fiscal year, when times are tough like they are now,  the discounts get bigger.  Canon wins because they are able to reduce inventory and show stockholders a better bottom line for 2012, and the buyers win as well.  Retailers sell them at the reduced price while they last, sometimes thru most of January, and then the price rises again.
Retailers will find ways to get around map prices. You can often just call them and ask for a lower price or a package deal.
Canon loves it when they give the printers away, since ink sales are where the profit is.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Suggestions for a first monopod for a 5D3...?
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:16:10 PM »
Hello all,

Resurrecting this a bit....I just got my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, and WOW...it is heavy.

I'm thinking a long day at a fest (and we have tons of them down here in New Orleans) I would think a good monopod would be good to have when lugging this lens and my 5D3 around all day.

Any other recommendations? I have a manfroto tripod and the quick release plate for that...would anyone recommend a good manfroto monopod model, that might work with the same plate system?

Thanks in advance,


Yeah make sure you mount that 70-200 on the tripod and not the body, you dont want all that weight pulling on the mount.

Yes, get a QR plate designed for the lens and keep it in place.
I'd get a monopod that had a simple ball head and the same QR plate as your tripod.
First, consider if you want to switch to the much more universal Arca Swiss style QR plates.  Your Manfroto head can be adapted to take them, mine is.  Then, in the future only buy heads that accept Arca Swiss compatible plates.  That opens you up to a much wider range of options rather than being tied to Manfroto.

PowerShot / Re: Christmas Camera, Under $100US ??
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:00:59 PM »
Generally, the cheap cameras are not durable unless they were designed for kids.  You might be unhappy if you get a ordinary zoom lens model with a exposed lens, one good drop and its toast.
I'd check out the waterproof models, they tend to be rugged. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX "Caution 02" Warnings AND Filthy Sensor.
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:56:31 PM »
- I read soemwhere that the canon 6d's are arrivign with, or get filthy sensor filter shortly after firing a few shots- soem thinking perhaps a lubricant is causing dirty sensors?
You might be a bit confused on this.  Its the Nikon D600 with dust issues.  Are you sure you have a D1X :)

Canon General / Re: How to arrange new SSD and regular HDD
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:52:07 PM »
I put my os and programs on a ssd and my documents, photos, etc on a 3TB drive.  SSD's are much faster than mechanical drives.  I also put my lightroom database on the SSD, that speeds up things as well.  I'm thinking of adding a small m-sata ssd cache as well to my Dell XPS-8500.  SSD's have really dropped in price, so a reasonably large 256GB drive is available at a reasonable price.  Samsung seems to have the market cornered right now with high quality, high speed, high reliability, and low prices.

Technical Support / Re: 5D Mark 111 and Lightroom 3 compatability issue?
« on: December 02, 2012, 01:13:39 PM »
I took some photos today with my new 5D Mark 111, and couldn’t wait to import them into Lightroom. When I tried to import the files I got this message; “Preview unavailable for this file”. I’m currently using Lightroom version 3, and just updated it to version 3.6.  Note: I mostly shoot in RAW format.

Now, I’m noticing that there is a different kind of CR2 file, with the 5D, which appears something like this; “RV3A0101.CR2”. Lightroom 3 doesn’t seem to recognize this file format. Before, when importing from my 7D, I got raw files that were named like this; “IMG_5246.CR2”, which Lightroom did recognize. If anyone has any insight into this “RV” file format or has encountered this issue and resolved it, I would really appreciate your help. Thanks

As noted, LR3 does not work directly with raw files from newer cameras.  If you are using windows XP, your choice is to use DNG converter, or to use DPP to decode the files and then export them to lightroom for editing.  They will be in tif format.  There is a batch converter in DPP, so you can convert a entire folder of images.

Good luck.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: amazon - 5d3 -- $2999/3299 wo/w 24-105L...
« on: December 01, 2012, 08:18:07 PM »
The deals are usually 1 day deals, and end when all the excess inventory is sold.  You have to be ready for the short sales and jump on the deal.  Even a 5 minute delay might see them all sold.

EOS Bodies / Re: Just ordered a 6D...
« on: December 01, 2012, 08:15:00 PM »
I received a e-mail today, our local small camera shop has them in stock.  He has not stocked FF bodies before, so this is a first.
If I had not jumped on the Adorama $2750 deal for my 5D MK III, I'd be very interested.  I sold my 7D, and have a old 10D laying around as well as a 1G x and a G11, so I'm going to hold off and see what the new year brings before buying another new body.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 5Dmk3 doesnt play with kenko teleconverters
« on: December 01, 2012, 03:55:00 PM »
The topic is about issues with the extender with a 5D MK III.

Well, I don't have a 5d3 either (yet :->) but if the Kenko tc won't work with my 100L and the 6d does that would be +1 for the latter. So here's some information I just discovered for you posh 5d3 owners, there are 3 versions of the Kenko dgx that are only different by the color dot next to the barcode on the box and a color dot in the tc

v1: no dot (= only the main red dot)
v2: green dot (next to the main red dot)
v3: blue dot (ditto)

So if anyone reports anything, please state which dgx version you have... maybe we'll get v4 and a yellow dot next :-o

They all have the issue.  I had the blue dot (Latest), it hangs the MKIII and you must pull the battery to get the TC to work again (on a different lens, of course).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 5Dmk3 doesnt play with kenko teleconverters
« on: December 01, 2012, 01:01:08 PM »
I have the newest version of the Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 (blue dot) and can happily report that it autofocuses well on my 5DII and 60D with such lenses as the 100L, 135L 70-200 f/4L IS,
The topic is about issues with the extender with a 5D MK III.  It has problems with some lenses like the 100L, apparently due to the new AF system. 
We know it works with older bodies, but Kenko needs a update to work with all 5D MK III lenses.

Lenses / Re: lens scratch - worth to keep or return?
« on: December 01, 2012, 12:56:43 PM »
I am evaluating a lens (Zeiss wide angle)canon mount.
 Do you thing the swirl scratch is an issue for lens value? it is small enough, to make me believe will never show up in a picture, but at this moment, cannot take a shot with with sun glare, and verify that
Please see pic and comment  - just the scratch, not the dust  :D

and the reference stick is 0.5mm pencil led
Phil, why would you want to keep it?  Did you pay a low price for it/  A scratch like that is certainly going to push the lens resale value to a very low price.  Unless you got it for $800 or more from the retail price, I'd pass it up. You might ask Zeiss for the price of replacing the front element, but its likely to cost $500, maybe more.

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

Sony must done something right to already have people comparing it directly to the 5d3 ::)

So, if I compare it to my disposable 35mm Kodak, what does that tell you about Sony?
Anyone can compare any product to any other.

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