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Software & Accessories / Re: Ugrade 50D and 5DII 1.5 stops ISO for $99?
« on: November 19, 2012, 06:39:39 PM »
All the RAW software has made some huge advances in developing images in the pasr 4 or 5 years. However, the 5D MK II gains maybe 1/2 stop, not 1.5 stops.

EOS Bodies / Re: !!!FIRST!!! - Full Frame Mirrorless Camera
« on: November 19, 2012, 06:35:17 PM »
There is Sony XEL for example.

OLED is just not mainstream yet thats why u didnt hear much about it :)
Sony released the small OLED TV about 3 years ago, high priced, and apparently either did not sell, or the technoloogy wasn't ready. Right now, Samsung is in the drivers seat with huge profits while Sony is borrowing money to develop their products.  There is going to be a big fallout coming, Sharp is almost dead, Panasonic and Sony are hurting badly.  Its not a good time to be producing TV sets that sell for below cost.
Sony has a long way to go if they want to convince professional photographers that they are serious. 
They have a reputation for dropping products and support for them, which really does make a pro wonder about their comittment to service of the product. 
There is no IQ advantage to mirrorless, its about size and weight.  If you have FF and have to use a lens adapter, the size and weight advantage mostly goes away.  If you put out a $3k FF point and shoot, it becomes obsolete after 3-5 years, and not a good place to put your money.  Bodies come and go, but good glass should last for 20 years or more. 

Lenses / Re: How long and how much: new 100-400L
« on: November 19, 2012, 12:15:04 PM »
Actually, Canon likes to sell lenses, not have them priced so high that they do not sell.

If you ever meet some Canon exec, please be sure to tell them that - I wonder if they aren't being a bit too excessive even with the newest "standard" lens prices for their own good.
Thats why we do not see a whole flurry of  upgraded high end lenses.  The cost to develop and tool a new one is high -really high!  The 24-70mmL and the 70-200mmL had to be done, and they sell in large quantities such that as soon as tooling and development is paid off, prices will drop.
Many wish for a new ultra wide zoom, it will cost a lot more due to fewer sales, but it needs to be done as well.  There is really no reason to put out another high priced lens, sales are in a tailspin as it is, the 24-70mm L MK II will be dropping in price soon.

EOS Bodies / Re: !!!FIRST!!! - Full Frame Mirrorless Camera
« on: November 19, 2012, 12:05:21 PM »
You do know of the Sony RX1, of course.  FF and mirrorless.
Why not interchangable lenses??  Its impractical to make ultra wide with the short flange back, and a complete new 20K set of high end lenses will take years to introduce.  You could adapt conventional FF lenses, of course, and that might be the only practical way.
But then, whats the point?  Extreme slow AF is not for everyone.

If you are used to Nikon, you will be happier with it.  I bought a D800, and it was a fine camera. 
However, when it came to the lenses I tended to use a lot 24-105mmL, 100mmL, 135mmL, 100-400mmL, I could not find Nikon lenses to match the quality of the Canon lenses, much the price.
Trying to find the settings in Nikon's menu system was also frustrating.
That on top of having to spend 3X the time editing images caused me to sell it and go back to Canon.  However, if I had been a Nikon user all along, those things would have likely not mattered.

For those who shop online, its Cyber Monday when the best deals happen.  Last year, some of the best deals on photography equipment happened the day after Cyber Monday.
You can also play chicken and see if prices will drop further.  They did last year, Canon really dropped prices as December wore on.
However, I have been watching prices of Dell Computers and finally broke down and ordered one today.  I always order the base model and buy my own memory, upgraded video, upgraded operating system, better DVD's, etc.  I can buy them cheaper than Dell charges for a upgrade.  I wanted to build my own pc this year, but I could not even come close to the Dell price for a base model XPS 8500 3rd generation I7 unit.($685). I already bought a new Samsung 830 256GB SSD on a one day sale, its sitting here waiting for a home along with a new 3TB hard drive also bought on sale.  I am going to wait on additional memory and upgraded video card for a sale.  I do not do gaming, so I will be upgrading, but still keeping to a mid level card, just one that handles HD video well.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx battery?
« on: November 18, 2012, 08:25:21 PM »
I've bought a used camera for parts that was melted down by a third party li-on battery.  Obviously, its not a common thing, but I'm really doubting that those Chinese manufacturers will replace your 1D X if it happens.

Lenses / Re: How long and how much: new 100-400L
« on: November 18, 2012, 08:22:08 PM »
Why make a slightly better one for 2-3 times the price?

Canon accounting could give you the answer as to why this is an excellent idea :-> ...

Actually, Canon likes to sell lenses, not have them priced so high that they do not sell.  Thats why they continue to make the non IS version of the 70-200mm L lenses, something for everyone that Nikon cannot match.
For the super telephotos, its a different story.  At that level, price is not as big of a issue as it is for the high volume lenses.  The Development cost, tooling, etc are long paid for on the 100-400mmL, so its all gravy.  thats what the money people like, profit and no risk.

Lenses / Re: My unscientific 50mm macro shootout: Canon vs Zeiss
« on: November 18, 2012, 08:10:57 PM »
Do you suppose a $1283 lens might be a little better than a $269 lens?
The Zeiss 50mm Makro is one of the truly fine lenses that Carl Zeiss has produced. 
What is surprising is that a lens costing about 1/5 the price is so good.  And ... It will autofocus as well.
There are lots of well done reviews of this wonderful lens, but its comparing apples and oranges.

Lenses / Re: My unscientific 50mm macro shootout: Canon vs Zeiss
« on: November 18, 2012, 06:03:04 PM »
When you test a camera-lens combination, the results are only valid for that exact combination.  You cannot assume that they mean anything with a different camera body.
We don't even know what that body was you used.

Lenses / Re: X-mas: 16-35mm 2.8 ii vs. canon 50mm 1.2
« on: November 18, 2012, 01:28:25 PM »
Are you looking for a lens you need, or just the best lens and don't actually have a use for it?  I guess thats ok, but i usually have a use in mind before I purchase a expensive lens.  If I don't, it just gathers dust.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Has anyone ordered from DigitalRev?
« on: November 18, 2012, 01:25:36 PM »
Its a better deal for those in the UK because the warranty is valid there.  If customs is on the ball, you will pay import duty to the USA, its small, a few percent.
The big issue is the cost and time involved to return it or get it repaired, and it has developed a reputation for problems with internal lens elements coming loose, and decentering issues.
I'd pay more and buy one locally where I could exchange it.  Its probably a better alternative than the original Canon 24-70mmL, but will likely have lower resale value.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5Dii auto iso stuck on 400.
« on: November 18, 2012, 01:15:15 PM »
Read page 58 of your manual.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d2 vs 6d
« on: November 18, 2012, 01:11:48 PM »
Honestly, I don't know what all the gripes about the Mark II's AF being slow are all about.
Most of those comments come from those who do not own one. 
The low light AF with the 5D MK III requires you to read the manual.  Many users turn on spot AF which reduces low light AF sensitivity considerably.  Use the center point without spot for the best sensitivity just as in any camera. 
I also note that if I wait for the AF indicator to flash in the viewfinder, there is a delay before it lights.  AF is actually achieved much sooner.  just hold down the shutter button while in one shot mode, and the shutter opens as soon as AF is achived, which in near darkness is remarkably fast and accurate.  Its the same story with the AF assist beam, just take the photo, don't wait for the AF confirm to flash. 


So, going forward, would it be best to just for now....start with getting one 600EX-RT....working with that, and as things come along with the RT Canon up from there?

Can you attach to the wire...other cheaper case you wanted to for some studio shots.....would that be a cheap starting out way to have multiple flashes if needed, and then add Canon radio accessories as they come along?

Again, thanks for the info and suggestions!!

Some are getting the inexpensive Canon 90ex flash ($150).  It will act as a master and control other flashes, so you could get it and a 430 EX II for a low cost beginning outfit.

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