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Lenses / Re: CPS - REPAIR
« on: December 19, 2012, 02:43:58 AM »
The lock system is totally within the lens.  Its likely a mechanical issue, but there will be a minimum price just to tear it down and look at it.  I'd guess $300 minus any CPS discount you have.
They can't tell whats wrong until they open it up, if the AF motor itself is broken, its big $$$.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon patent for digital back for 35mm SLR
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:45:23 PM »
Kodak made them for the N90 back in 1995.  They made some for Canon bodies as well.
Overall, they were pricey at $35,500 initially and a bit klutzy, but a 6mp camera in 1995 was something special.  I bought mine about 3 years back for $100 :)  It still works!!

Software & Accessories / Re: EOS Solutions Disc latest version?
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:38:45 PM »
I use Canon Utilities, they let me tether my camera and have pretty much full control to view the image at highl magnification before I capture it.  I can set the focus point and depth of field to my preference.
DPP has the new lens correction software that corrects many aspects of distortion.  I only use it when I need something extra that Lightroom can't fix.  It also doubles or even triples the file size.

Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 11:49:33 AM »
Flickr lets you assign controls and copyright restrictions to your images.  For a free service, they are pretty clear on user rights.  A small German business making horse and goat cheese asked to lease rights to a photo on my wifes Flickr site to use for advertising.  She appreciated the honesty, and told them to go ahead.  They put the image on some small trays, and sent her a stack.  This was a image taken with a point and shoot, and heavily photoshopped to remove a fence in front of the animals.
I have my own website, so I'm not concerned about instagram.  I have some old scanned images of my ancestors on Facebook, and on Ancestry.com.  Those who want them are welcome, and I've also found many photos of my ancestors that others were willing to share.
This is a snapshot of the tray.   She gave some to our kids, and keeps one to show occasionally.  We've never used it for cheese, we have made goat cheese, but our horse is a gelding, no horse milk ;)

Canon General / Re: Canon L Lens Deals at B&H Photo
« on: December 18, 2012, 11:22:49 AM »
I'll be in NY at B&H on the 28th, will that be too late???
Lots of deals will be one or two day deals.  Adorama just lowered the price on the 24-70mm L to $2049.  Obviously they have a lot of stock, but they may sell out as well.  Canon warehouses are pretty close, so they may be getting resupplied if they sell out.

I find Canon utilities much preferable to importing to LR.  Breeze DSLR Pro is also very good. The initial settings in Canon Utilities are those on your camera.  Set it the way you want, and that will be the starting point.
Using LR seems worthless to me, it just basically closes the shutter, you can't remotely change the settings, view focus with magnification on a big screen, and see the histogram in advance.  It just captures a image, which might not be what you want.

Technical Support / Re: 5dmkIII Mac Os Lion LR4.2 tethered issues
« on: December 17, 2012, 12:06:53 PM »
Why tether with LR4.X when the Canon utilities do a much better job, and actually let you remotely control the camera, change the settings, focus and view the image live on your screen before capturing the image?
You can set Canon Utilities to send images to a LR watched folder, or to just send them directly to lightroom and open it to edit them.

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.

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