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EOS Bodies / Re: First 6D review up - does [KR] read [CR] ?
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:22:51 PM »
I checked 40K of my images, only 19 are at 1/8000, so for some, its not a frequent thing. 
I do agree that some who do a lot of very bright day outdoor photography may hit that limit fairly often.

Canon General / Re: Advice for potential rate/releases
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:18:01 PM »
At that rate, how long would it take you to pay for your gear after you pay for other expenses, gas, your time, etc?  Do a ROI, typically, you should pay off purchases of  gear in 3 but no longer than 6 months, or your losing your shirt.

Well, I've already bought my current gear. This would all be as a side job/pay for my gear type of thing. No clue how frequently I'd get gigs either, as I have not been promoting/marketing myself much at all. At least currently, maybe I'll try doing something in the near future. Right now I imagine I'd be shooting smaller/emerging bands, not well established playing at large venues and able to afford significantly higher rates. If it was a headliner at the Greek or something, I'd expect probably 4 or 5 times that, at least.

How about in terms of the rights release? Does that seem about normal for what bands would expect?

I'm thinking I'll follow my fathers advice (registered CPA) and get a tax id, a dba, and start keeping track of those sorts of things/expenses so I'm prepared if this starts being even 2 or 3 times a month.
I was just giving you something to think about.  There is no way you could operate a successful business with those rates.  Even if you own your equipment, the day you start a business, you move that equipment to be part of the business and declare its value.  The equipment represents a investment and is part of your cost of doing business. 
You need to sit down with your father, construct a business plan, and understand what its costing you to do a session, and then how much you want to be paid for your time, your liability insurance (you could be liable for damages in the event of a accident), there are lots of costs to do business.
 If you want to run a business, you need to do those things your father advised.  If you do not and the IRS audits you, they will tell you how much tax is due according to their estimates, and it will be high.

Technical Support / Re: Mark iii - fixed noise spot
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:08:05 PM »

Its called a hot or stuck pixel.  Sometimes the user can map them out, and NR usually makes them disappear. 
You can google map out hot pixel for the process, or read this.
If thats not successful, Canon can map it out.

Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:02:05 PM »


While it's true that many online solutions could be risky, I would trust the lifespan of Amazon over a consumer-grade hard drive.

You are aware that some lost everything in the recent Amazon crash??  Some lost their files when their online photo services folded.  Online storage has not really been proven to be a reliable system that you can upload to and expect to have your data 50 years from now.  Nor is a hard drive, raid system, SSD, memory card, DVD, or CD.
You must actively keep multiple backups and move data as media becomes obsolete.  That was my point, nothing is as reliable as those 100 year old prints that many of my cousins have in a shoebox in their closet.  Some may be lost, some may burn up, but there seem to always be someone who managed to save them.  I guess thats a case of many many backup copies to a media that does not lost the images after 50 or 100 years.
My Grandfather from around 1905.  You had to sit very still then, no fast lenses or shutters.

My Grandmother born in 1886

The point is that we still do not really have media that can match the longevity of the old prints from 100 years or more ago, except to make and store prints.

Lenses / Re: 135mm L
« on: November 14, 2012, 07:36:38 PM »
For me the 135 f2 replaced my 70-200
I also kept my 135mmL and sent back the 70-200 MK II.  Its a wonderful lens, but heavy and the f/2 of my 135mmL makes a big difference in extreme low light.

I am totally convinced that everyone on this forum is incapable of understanding humor/sarcasm.  I would suggest going out sometime.  The social experience is invaluable.
Whenever there is a new announcement, we are flooded with whining posts and trolls.  People tent to get tired of it and jump on anything remotely like a troll.
Its best to avoid humor posts for a few weeks.

Just got a note from Adorama that they will sell me one for 2249 USD.  They can't advertise that price, but apparently they are finding ways to let people know that they are offering a discount. 

Looks like Canon has a difficult job trying to maintain their high prices on the new crop of products.  Personally I will wait to see if the price falls below 2,000 by the end of the year.  If not I will probably buy the stabilized Tamron competitor.  The Tamron is not as sturdy, but I treat my lenses very gently.
Yes, there was a e-mail from Canon price watch with a link to Adorama with a form to use to request a special price.  Prices are dropping, times are tough and the initial sales rush is over.

Canon General / Re: Advice for potential rate/releases
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:50:29 PM »
At that rate, how long would it take you to pay for your gear after you pay for other expenses, gas, your time, etc?  Do a ROI, typically, you should pay off purchases of  gear in 3 but no longer than 6 months, or your losing your shirt.

The thing about the Holidays and December(in the USA) is this....people are in the buying mood/mode for large ticket items.  Canon (and retailers) know these well documented buying behaviors/attitudes.  A price drop for the 1dx and 5d3 would totally make sense IMO. 

Also...December is that month where a business owner or manager might have a little extra money in the budget that can (or must) be spent before year end..."spend it or lose it" happens in business...very common.
You can sometimes negotiate by calling a large dealer (No e-mail, they will not put discounts in writing).  Try calling a few who have them in stock.

Mt Spokane...your advice was worth two Sandisk 90mbs 16 gb CF cards....thanks.
Did you check the link I posted??
Now there are 4 dealers that have dropped their price by a few hundred.  Down to $6348 or $6445 from PMI, a authorized dealer.  Did you call PMI??

Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 14, 2012, 11:19:38 AM »
What do you mean by "Long Term"  Do you mean hands off as compared to periodic maintenance and renewal?
5yr?, 10yr?, 50 Yr?, forever?
There really are no 50 or 100 year hands off storage solution, too many issues can and will happen over that time, and you will likely have to move image files to different media every 10 years or so.
Solid State Memory - forget it
Hard Drives - better, but no
Online storage - no
Prints - possibly
Certainly, storing them online is a poor answer, companies go out of business, their systems fail, you forget to pay your bill, not a 50 + year solution at all.  In about 2000, my hard drive crashed and everythinng was lost.  I had a one year old backup on CD of my images, and recent backups on floppy disks.
The CD's had deteriorated in only one year and were unrecoverable, but I did recover most from the floppy drives.  I then started making copies to hard drives as well as CD's and DVD's. I also switched to a raid system.  Since then, I've never had a crash that lost data, but its a matter of when, not if.
I have a box full of 100 year old B&W prints and another box of negatives going back to 1940 of my ancestors.  The color prints starting in the 1950's are faded away, and I have some color negatives from the 1940's that have faded as well.  Some of the prints have been copied and sent to me by relatives, so the process of distributing images to relatives who might want to keep them seemed to work. I have scanned them and backed up the scans as well.
Current printing technology has been said to produce 100+ year life prints, so that might be the best backup method, prints and a fireproof box.  Send copies to relatives as well.  Many may still be arounnd in 100 years when the files have long been lost.

Lenses / Re: Why The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Delay?
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:58:21 PM »
I can imagine the AF/MF and AF range limiter switches are a little hard to get to in a hurry, esp on a pro body?

Looking at that image, there is a lock on the TC, but I wonder if it hits a Wimberly head??  That would be a show stopper for sure.

Lenses / Re: How often do you use 35L @1.4
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:50:57 PM »
I took some photos of a friend driving his monster truck last summer (2011), and ended up having to use the 35mmL and cropping the images severely.  Even wide open and severely cropped, I can print large prints.


Before cropping:

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Carl Zeiss ZE 35 f/2
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:47:03 PM »
DXO rates it a lot higher than the Canon 35mm L.  Even though the Canon has higher resolution, lower distortion, and about the same viginetting.  The 35mml does have more CA, but that is because its f/1.4.
Somehow, DXO seems to give CA a huge weight, unless you are looking at Nikon lenses with super high CA's and then it doesn't seem to count at all.

Lenses / Re: 5D3 and TC's
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:36:55 PM »
I have read comments from some users that turning off AFMA of my 5D MK III will let the TC work.  I'm not going to even consider that. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Plan to get a 5D3 for $1
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:33:21 PM »

Not sure how many others would be on board but if you can think of a good way to administer it.... unsure if pay pal is a safe enough place to hold those funds in escrow while we do this?
PayPal is not a place to run a Lottery, they will close your account and take or refund the money. 

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