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From what I've read about issues and download time, locking up the camera while downloading, and lots of other things with various Canon Bodies, I have decided to not buy one, not even for my wifes G1X. 
Maybe for a 10 mp camera with small jpeg files, it would be practical, but firing off shot after shot @30mb with a 5D MK III, they sound totally worthless.  Even the faster cards don't cut it, I wouldn't even consider the low end ones.

Lenses / Re: The great battle: primes vs zooms
« on: December 17, 2012, 11:57:06 AM »
I'm saying regardless of cost, I'm asking would you prefer to carry around one set or the other. Is the weight worth the sharpness

You seem to miss the point of using prime lenses.  Its more depth of field, and low light needs that drive users to primes.  Sharpness has less to do with it.
If I'm shooting in very low light, I have little choice.  Same if I want very shallow depth of field, f/2.8 might not be enough.
Many primes are as sharp or sharper than zooms, not a big issue for me.

Lenses / Re: The great battle: primes vs zooms
« on: December 17, 2012, 11:29:03 AM »
I try to use the right tool for the job, and not just buy a lens because its a zoom or a prime. 

Lenses / Re: Lens checking methods 24-70II
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:59:05 AM »
I'd use FoCal pro.  Even with a manually focused lens like the 15mm, you will be able to analyze the sharpness at various apertures.  This is often a indication of issues, if the lens does not perform as expected at various apertures, and it will do a great job on the 24-70L as well.  They keep adding more analytical tools to FoCal, so its a great tool to have, and gets better.  Its only been for sale since the first of 2012, but its already very popular.

Lenses / Re: Long lens recommendation for surveillance.
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:54:03 AM »
I'd get the new 600mm f/4 MK II and TC's along with a 1D X which will autofocus with a 2X TC attached which gives you 1200mm.  I think its better than the 800mm and a 1.4x TC.
Don't forget that a combination lile this needs a pro level tripod and head, another $2,000 or so.
Of course, adapting the 600mm to a micro body with 1 inch sensor will give lots of magnification, but holding it stable might be a exercise in futility.

Lenses / Re: Difficulties choosing next L series
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:46:57 AM »
If you like autofocus, the 16-35mmL, otherwise the Carl Zeiss 15mm or the Canon 17mm TS-E are the finest lenses available for Canon DSLR's in the ultra wide range.  I'm not a huge fan of manual focus, but reports and images from the 15mm Zeiss are amazing.is quite amazing.  If I were in the market for a prime like this, I'd be wanting one of the two lenses above.  However, I bought the 16-35mmL recently so I'll be keeping it.

Canon General / Re: Canon L Lens Deals at B&H Photo
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:39:02 AM »
Everyone seems to have dropped the price to 2099, just as expected, the last 2 weeks of December, and possibly the two weeks following will see some big sales.

DPP will convert the files and export them to Lightroom 2.7 in a batch.
Just download them all to a folder, and in DPP use the batch converter.  (Configure lightroom as your external editor.)
The files will be transferred in tif format, which works well in lightroom.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2599 Shipped
« on: December 16, 2012, 12:04:43 PM »
They are reselling cameras bought from various sources, and if the source has popped one that had accessories removed, Big Value would not know it, but they will refunnd your money.  If they don't, ebay will refund it and backcharge them.

Lenses / Re: 2013 - The Year for 400mm Lenses? [CR1]
« on: December 16, 2012, 11:59:30 AM »
  • EF 400 f/5.6L IS (Highly desired)
  • EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS (Not push-pull & patents exists)

This will be a tough choice, if both lenses actually appear.  I'd expect the prime to have better IQ, but how much better?  It's no faster, they'd have the same rated IS system, and the 100-400m range is very convenient. 

I really hope the 100-400mm is an extending design - I like the push-pull, but I could live with a rotating extending design.  One of the big advantages (for me) of the current 100-400mm is the relatively short retracted size (compared to the 400/5.6). 

Given a choice between an internally zooming 100-400 (which would be slightly longer than a 400/5.6 prime) vs. a 400/5.6 IS, I'd definitely take the prime.  An extending zoom would make the choice a lot harder - it would come down to the differential in IQ, especially with the 1.4xIII.
I'm expecting a rotating 100-400mm L with similar technology to the 70-300L which should make it lighter and shorter. That could also mean that it wouldn't take Canon TC's.
I'd prefer the zoom, but I'd want the one with the most magnification and close focusing distance.  Thats what I do not like about the current 400mm f/5.6.
Canon is not under pressure to come up with improved lenses until Nikon steps up with a greatly improved 80-400mm zoom.  The current one is no competition at all, and badly overpriced.

450D to any APS-C isn't a great jump in IQ.  Unless you need the extra reach that an APS-C offers, if you're serious with your photography, it's better to upgrade to a FF camera.  Even a 5D2 will be a great upgrade from 450D.   Colors, DR, bokeh and IQ are generally a lot better in an FF body.

Yeah that's why I want to upgrade to the FF 6D or the FF Nikon 600D.
Must admit I was a bit confused by the title and maybe a few others were too, I thought you were comparing a Canon 6D to a Canon 600D rather than the Nikon D600.
Yup, its very confused, the link to the D600 is the only clue.

You can get D600's real cheap. 
Buyers are not buying, perhaps due to the problem with oil or whatever splattering on the sensor every time you take a image.  Some say it eventually stops after a few thousand images, and a dozen sensor cleanings.  Resale value will be dismal.

If you still shoot 35mm, you might get a slide or film scanner, but if you are merely converting old slides and film to digital, just have them done for you.
I use a Epson flatbed photoscanner to convert my really old 120 film from the 1940's to digital.  Its not as critical as 35mm, so my Epson photo 3170 does fine.  It struggles with slides, but then, my old slides are not that great in any event.
I'd scan them at a high resolution, I made the mistake of scanning at too low a resolution, which means I need to redo them.
Cat photo and  me in about 1945.


Animal Kingdom / Re: panorama to blur zoo fences
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:45:44 PM »
Not sure why the smiley face with sunglasses showed up.  In my preview it was the number eight followed by the end parenthesis.
This is a example of typical smiley's and the code for them.  This forum does not support all of these, but as you can see, the code for "Cool" is a 8 followed by a )

Lenses / Re: Lens choice advice please??
« on: December 15, 2012, 08:59:05 PM »
Motion blur can be caused by a subject moving, IS will not help, you must use faster shutter speeds.  Even with IS and a still subject, you need to keep a reasonable shutter speed, I'd keep it near 1/100 sec with the kit lens.
The 18-55mm IS is quite sharp.  The low price comes it is made with low cost materials.  You should be able to get very sharp images with it.  The same is true of the 50mm f/1.8.
One of the things that can go wrong, is that the lens is not focusing accurately.  You can easily check this by placing the camera on a tripod and very carefully take 5 or more shots while setting the lens to infinity between shots so that it has to refocus for each shot.
Then, without moving the setup, place the camera in liveview being sure you are using live autofocus (very slow) and repeat the 5 shots.
Live autofocus is almost always perfect, and if the images taken that way are a lot better, the camera and lens needs to go to Canon for adjustment.  The 7D and the FF bodies have autofocus micro-adjustment capabilities built-in, but only Canon can adjust the Rebels and the 60D.
You really need to get to the bottom of your issues before buying a new lens, only to discover that it doesn't help. Once you are getting good sharp images from the kit lens, you can consider buyin a nicer lens.  The Canon direct refurb store has refurbished lenses, and often has sales going on. 

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