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Portrait / Re: West Somerset Railway
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:36:16 AM »
I like the second one, nice eyes!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: OUT: DSLR // IN: Micro 4/3
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:20:00 AM »
I'm trying to find a reason NOT to do this:

Sell: 5D2, TS-E 24/3.5L II, 24-105/4L, 40/2.8
Buy: Oly OM-D, Oly 12/2, Pan/Leica 25/1.4, Oly 75/1.8

Size, weight, price and general flexibility seem to outweigh the advantages of an all-out DSLR system. I'm finding you have to dig pretty deep to find significant differences in IQ in practical use. Has anyone made this kind of change?

Qualifier: I'm not a full-time pro. I don't make my living in photography. It's only a small part of my job, but it's a huge part of my life. I shoot for the enjoyment of shooting: typically landscapes, nature, travel and cityscapes.

My view is simple.  There are many camera offerings because different photographers value different things.  I think that having broad choices is good.
Do what works for you, and don't worry about what others are doing, they have their reasons and once again, they should do what works for them.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: My first attempt at stop action (hummingbirds)
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:15:48 AM »
The 100-400mmL and the 300mm f/4 are excellent for small birds that will let you get close due to their short mfd and high magnification.  The 70-200mm f/4L is also excellent, but benefits from a TC.
One of the things that concerns me with a non push pull new 100-400mmL is they might do away with that short mfd.

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For astro photography, you want a cold sensor, the colder the better, since there is less noise in long exposures.  Advice to heat a camera for astrophotography seems to me to be going the wrong way.  The vapor will clear out after a few hours.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What would you do?
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:04:59 AM »
It happens, the important thing is how they respond when something like this happens.
Getting 60% of the $3200 - 3400  used value is not going to make many people happy.  My 1D MK IV was in mint condition, and had less than 3000 actuations.  I sold it on ebay for $4195.  Ebay charged $115, and paypal will add another $50, but I still get about $4,000 after my cost for shipping.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Firmware Available
« on: August 21, 2012, 02:00:24 PM »
My 40mm does not have the issue, so I'm certainly not going to update it, not at least until everyone is having the update work well.
I'll keep reading others experiences, but it does not sound good right now.

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Lenses / Re: Lenses listed in Group A, Group B, Group C... Why?
« on: August 21, 2012, 01:57:10 PM »
Since the new AF system was not around at the time the lenses were designed, I expect it was a trade off and overall performance of the AF system was given priority over a AF that was entirely compatible with every EF lens that Canon has ever made.
Its quite amazing that Canon's cameras and lenses have so much compatibility, Having had to deal with all the complex interchangability rules for Nikon lenses and bodies, its not fun.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D X [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2012, 01:51:13 PM »
However this camera turns out, 5D3 owners will be burned.

For what reason? Unless you plan to buy another super computer for 46MP - raw file  ;D
I bought a D800, and my fairly powerful PC could not handle editing of the raw files without taking excessive time to render the images.  NR or other enhancements were painful.  I edited a 500 image shoot, and that was enough for me.  I've looked into the latest computers, but there is no major processing power improvements from my first generation i7 to the third one.  I need 5X or 10X better for a 40mp raw file that opens to a 200+ MB file once in a editor.
 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: G12 Successor Preview
« on: August 21, 2012, 01:33:40 PM »
Yes, as much as I'd like a 1" sensor, its likely that the CMOS sensor will be the same physical size, a larger sensor would mean a all new camera, which is expensive to develop, and the price will be way too high.  The large sensor point & shoot is the G1X, and is too expensive for me. 
I'd like to see a touch screen, because I have difficulty manipulating the controls, but not at the loss of the swivel screen, but Canon has not been known to develop new features just for me.

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Canon General / Re: Adorama issues anyone? Ever try to return a product?
« on: August 21, 2012, 01:26:24 PM »
Adorama's free shipping policy is fair and reasonable when it comes to returns. No business would give you free shipping on your returns, absolutely NONE; they may even charge you a re-stocking fee.  The original poster owes Adorama an apology for his post.  Please post an apology soon.
I have no issue with Adorama's charge for returns, however, if I get a defective product, Amazon sends me a return label, and I do get free shipping from Amazon.  I recently had to return a defective item to Newegg, and they also paid return shipping.  So, yes, some major onliine sellers do pay for return shipping of defective products, but  not if you just changed your mind.

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It means some people still like out-of-focus photography.  :o
Or conversely, that some people know how to use their camera.  The 5D MK II is one of the most accurately focusing cameras Canon has made, at least for the center point.  I have had two of them, and both have very accurate autofocus.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No Power after firmware upgrade on Canon 60d
« on: August 21, 2012, 01:01:03 PM »
Any help would be appreciated.

Got a hold of a new 60d about a month ago, no problems, was enjoying learning to use the camera. 

I noticed that it was running firmware 1.0.0 and decided to upgrade to 1.1.0

All seemed to go well, the camera showed the update complete screen and I pressed the <set> button as per the instructions....

LCD when dark, didn't think much of that, but I found that the unit fails to power on now!!

Tried removing the battery, without SD Card/ with SD card, with lens/without lens.  Set the camera aside without the battery for about 10 minutes, still fails to power on.
Double checked the battery is fully charged

Is there a hard reset on the 60d?  I don't see how the update could cause the unit to fail to power on.

As anyone come across this type of problem, or will it have to go to Canon?

thanks in advance
I Have the same problem, after updating to 1.1.1 for my Canon 60D, the camera won't turn on :(
The problem isn't the battery or SD card, I have more of them and they work.
and I have tried everything else :(

Now i'll try to hard-reset the 60D by leaving it without it's battery for a week - and call canon :(

Hope someone can help :(
You need to call Canon and ask for help, they will probably want you to return the camera.  Leaving it sitting for a week is not really going to solve the issue. 
Do make sure the battery did not run dowm it takes more power when you are updating the camera, so a fresh Canon battery is advised.

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Presumably you let the camera and lens cool down for a few hours first?, if not, cooling down when bring a warm camera and / or lens outdoors at night will condense water vapor.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: August 20, 2012, 06:57:42 PM »

It is supposedly a statement made by a Sony official: To offer a FF mirrorless camera body that can accommodate a large range of legacy and production lenses including those made by other manufacturers.

Yes, sony has disclosed their lens communical protocol to those other manufacturers - Sigma and Tamron.  Surly, you did not think they meant Nikon, Canon, or Pentax.

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They are all winners, get the one that suits your needs. 
I returned my 5D MK III because I was unable to use the AF points in low light.  It makes no sense to have good AF if you cannot see the AF points.  The much larger points on the 7D can be viewed in low light, but those tiny specks on the 5D Mark 3 were too difficult for me to see.
Otherwise, its worth $3,000 no more.
I repurchased a 5D MK II which I use up to ISO 6400.  AF is excellent, fast, and accurate for the center point, which is all I use. 

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