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Lenses / Re: Estimates on backorder times?
« on: October 16, 2012, 11:08:21 PM »
That's what I was worried about. Here's what I'm looking at used-wise. Am I crazy, or does this look like a decent used lens?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/200831768761?_trksid=p5197.c0.m619

I'd stay far away from used ones.  The lens is well known for being easy to knock out of alignment, even by those who are pretty careful.  Most users do not have the equipment or the knowledge of what to look for.
If you must buy a used one, get it from Lens Rentals.  They test them for sharpness and issues before selling them, so you are going to get a good one as long as there is no damage in shipping.
They seem to be out for now, but you might email Roger and ask.
 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Protective Filter Question
« on: October 16, 2012, 11:03:11 PM »
The Canon filters I have are just plain glass, no UV.  UV is not needed for digital.  However, a non reflective coating is needed, and thats where flare reduction likely happens.
I avoid the use of filters unless I'm in a dust storm, and then, I usually don't bother to use my camera.

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PowerShot / Re: Down to the RX100 or G15...
« on: October 16, 2012, 10:51:18 PM »
I stopped in a our local camera store today and looked at the RX100.
Strike 1 - The first thing I noticed was the lack of a grip, so I started out disappointed. 
 
Strike 2 - Then I tried to focus on various objects, and found I could not focus to something I thought was reasonably close, maybe a foot, more or less.
 
Then, I found that even with my large hands and fingers, I could operate the controls reasonably well.  That was a plus.
The short zoom range was a bit disappointing.
 
I felt that the camera overall was pretty good, too bad I'd have to buy a aftermarket grip, otherwise I'd be dropping it a lot.  The lack of a close focus position is not a huge deal if the camera were to cost $250, but for the price, it was a big disappointment.
I'm still considering it, they will have the Canon M series next week the salesman told me.
If  the price of the G1 X drops more, it might be in my price range by Christmas.

G1X sounds better though heavier.  I've also found G1X enjoyable to use than RX100.  My only gripes is that its macro mode is disappointing also.  EOS M might be a better alternative but it's bigger and bulkier and costlier.  But it's also the perfect backup camera.  :)
Yes, there seems to never be a perfect camera that fits all of us.  I'm not complaining, because I prefer to have competition and new features, which automatically insures that they will not be boring and all alike.

I kept trying to use the touch screen on the G1X and RX100, but no amount of wishing would make one appear :)
 
Thats somethinng that really works well on the T4i for someone with big clumsy fingers.  Just touch the spot that you want in focus and its done.

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I've read the review and test from Lens rentals where they tested several with good results.  I've also read the Digital Picture review, where he bought two lenses, and returned them getting two more for a total of four.
How did you come up with 5?
All 4 sets of images are shown with their images on his site.  From what I can tell, the two replacements were better than the first two.
I can't figure out your statement about one of 5 though.
To answer your question, having to return both lenses to get good copies is unacceptable.  However, most photographers do not have the test capabilities that Bryan has, and will be thrilled with them.
I'm holding off waiting.
As far as Nikon goes, I've had one, and was not impressed at all, so there are poor, good, better, and best samples and Nikon is well known for its sample variation as well.
 

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Lenses / Re: Estimates on backorder times?
« on: October 16, 2012, 09:56:37 PM »
Its discontinued and not available unless you happen to find some old stock.  There are no backorders being filled for 6 months that I've heard about.
You might be better off with the far superior Tamron 24-70mm IS.

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PowerShot / Re: Down to the RX100 or G15...
« on: October 16, 2012, 08:45:00 PM »
I stopped in a our local camera store today and looked at the RX100.
Strike 1 - The first thing I noticed was the lack of a grip, so I started out disappointed. 
 
Strike 2 - Then I tried to focus on various objects, and found I could not focus to something I thought was reasonably close, maybe a foot, more or less.
 
Then, I found that even with my large hands and fingers, I could operate the controls reasonably well.  That was a plus.
The short zoom range was a bit disappointing.
 
I felt that the camera overall was pretty good, too bad I'd have to buy a aftermarket grip, otherwise I'd be dropping it a lot.  The lack of a close focus position is not a huge deal if the camera were to cost $250, but for the price, it was a big disappointment.
I'm still considering it, they will have the Canon M series next week the salesman told me.
If  the price of the G1 X drops more, it might be in my price range by Christmas.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: G15 Low Light Test Images
« on: October 16, 2012, 08:14:54 PM »
perhaps just a link to a ISO 3200 raw file?  i can't download 130mb.
Thanks

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Protective Filter Question
« on: October 16, 2012, 07:59:39 PM »
They are cheap.  I don't know of anyone who has tested them for distortion, but I doubt if they cause any big issues.  I've had a couple for several years, but don't use them, prefering B&W or Heliopan instead.
Canon certainly has plenty of glass expertise, the question is, do they use any of it in the filters or just rebrand tiffen?
 

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Black & White / Re: I'm new here
« on: October 16, 2012, 07:48:19 PM »
Welcome.  Nice to see a new poster's first contribution be a photo rather than a whining troll.
 

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Yet another supurb site for information.  You will see it quoted often around here.  Read it all, there is a huge amount of technical information there.
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/

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Lenses / Re: AFMA'ed the 24-70 mk.ii ... not sure I am loving it.
« on: October 16, 2012, 04:59:54 PM »
So contrast AF is more accurate than phase AF ?

Yes, but slower.  Phase detect uses a separate sensor, and if that sensor or the optics in front of it are misaligned relative to the image sensor, focus will be off (and that why there's AFMA - to correct that misalignment).  Contrast detect uses the image sensor itself to determine focus - nothing to misalign.
+1
Contrast detect is not perfect, but so close that it doesn't matter.  Its just slow.  You can also chose the area you want to focus on by moving the white rectangle with your joystick (if there is one).
It is a good way to check your phase detect AF, if live AF is sharp and phase detect is not, you need a adjustment.  If neither are sharp, the issue might be more serious than a simple adjustment.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Recommend me a m42->EF adapter
« on: October 16, 2012, 04:35:15 PM »
The guy had a spare 'dump' adapter which works great. Since it's a Macro lens (55mm f/2. 8) , I probably won't really care about the AF confirm unless I'm actually shooting someone. Oh, and it came with an m42 bellows as well :)  Too bad it'll have to wait for a couple of weekends before I'll have time to start really playing with Macro.
That sounds good.   Just because 99 of 100 of the cheap chips work fine, does not mean its worth risking a $500 repair bill to save $20.
Its like the guys who got third party Li-on batteries and they did not catch fire.  Therefore, everyone is safe from buying them.  Tell that to the guys who died on the 747 brought down by Li-on batteries on fire.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Can't compete with Anand, but...
« on: October 16, 2012, 04:27:04 PM »
I also prefer the twilight feel of the first (original) picture. 

The digital conundrum...because it can be changed, does that mean it SHOULD be changed?

-Brian
Its up to the original shooter.  If he wants to use PP to change the image to look like what he remembers, he should.  The camera is merely guessing at the colors and other parameters based on mathematical algorithms and can be way off of what the scene actually looked like.  It is not necessary to keep a photo in its out of the camera state.

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Lenses / Re: Can a refurbished lens be backordered?
« on: October 16, 2012, 04:22:25 PM »
Thanks for the quick reply. Last night a lot of refurbished lenses came back in stock, the 70-300L amongst them. Why should that one show up by mistake (happened twice already)? Isn't it a lot more likely that someone else just pulled the trigger and that is why it is out of stock again? This lense seems to be selling very well...

-Klaus
The 100-300mmL doews not sell quickly, even at 20% off, it did not sell out for 5 days.  When they add new stock, its not just one or two.

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I'd take the lens to a local repair shop and have it cleaned.  If its not a expensive lens, just get another one.
Older FD lenses have sometimes been left in the trunk of a car, and the heat liquifies the grease, or the lubricant jusp plain separates and runs into everything.  This happens to all older lenses, its the lubricants available at the time.  Cleaning and relubing with a modern lube will fix it for another 50 years or more.

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