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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Remote Trigger and Tethered Shooting
« on: August 17, 2012, 12:29:13 AM »
You might check Breeze software, if you haven't already.  They have a photobooth application that is popular.  Generally, the camera controls are disabled when tethered, but there may be some clever workarounds. 
Chris Breeze is pretty helpful about answering your questions.

PowerShot / Re: S100 or SX260
« on: August 16, 2012, 11:58:48 PM »
Totally different cameras, SX260 small sensor, S100 larger sensor.
Go to a camera store and try them, they is going to be a  difference in feel and the controls. 
The SX260 has a long zoom range, built-in GPS, but slow autofocus and not so good high ISO performance. 
The S100 has better performance, but a shorter zoom range and no GPS.  Tradeoff to get the features you prefer.  You are going to like either if you buy it for its strong points, and if it feels comfortable to you.

Law of supply and demand.  The economy is poor, sales are slow, price drops.
This happened last December as Canon sold down inventory at the end of FY2011 in a attempt to increase cash flow and sales figures.

Technical Support / Re: Stuck Electrical Contact Pin in Canon 5D MKII
« on: August 16, 2012, 11:41:34 PM »
It has likely sustained some damage. I would not recommend trying to dismantle the camera to get at it, having it repaired is your best option. 

Lenses / Re: Do you switch off IS in sunny days?
« on: August 16, 2012, 04:02:21 PM »
I leave mine on, even on a tripod unless it is one of the older ones that do not detect tripods.  For long telephotos, unless you have a unusually solid tripod and head, the lens will vibrate and IS is necessary.

Lenses / Re: Looking for a EF 70-200 IS USM II. Used is fine. Ideas?
« on: August 16, 2012, 03:58:57 PM »
I'd only buy used from Canon where I have return rights, and then only when they have a 15% off sale.
One trip to Canon for adjustment or repair of a used lens will end up costing you more than a new one, and there can be intermittent issues that do not show up for a few weeks, or decentering is common in zooms.
Unless you can save $400 or more, its likely not a good deal.

Which version of LR are you using?

Latest version, 4.1 or is there a new one? Lightroom does not show any new versions when I click to check for new ones.
LR 4.1 supports the 5D MkIII, as I use that combination.

Can you tell us how? Because per Adobe, and my experience, it is not supported... We are not talking about import photos, we are talking about controlling the camera with Lightroom...
I do not think he is aware that Lightroom 4 does not yet support tethered shooting with the 5D MK III.  Some see that the 5D MK III is supported, but do not know its not 100% supported.

Canon General / Re: Adorama issues anyone? Ever try to return a product?
« on: August 15, 2012, 08:05:27 PM »
This is the 2nd anti Adorama posting from the OP in two days.  If there is a issue, he can contact their goodwill ambassador Helen Oster and ask for help. (She also occasionally posts helpful notes on this forum)  They have a excellent reputation, but things can go wrong, and she is usually able to help straighten it out.
Adorama has been great for me for the last 30 years.  They have a 30 day return policy.  You do not have to fool around or call or get a RMA number. 
There is a form online to fill out and you ship the item back. 
I returned my 5D MK III because I was unhappy with the unlighted focus points. I had my refund, no questions asked in less than a week after I mailed it to them.


This is the tablet I've been waiting for. A Tablet that can actually do work and run serious app's for my photo needs with a USB PORT!!!

This is good stuff, A full OS in a tablet. 8) The possibility's are endless with that USB port. Tethering shooting, Storage, CD Drive, Printers, and so much more.

Are any of you interested in this tablet? Because if the giant microsoft can pull it off, The Ipad will have some serious competition.

It sounds interesting, there are windows touch screen tablets that run lightroom, photoshop, and pretty much anything else.  Lenovo makes one of them, its been around for a few years.  Its a industrial grade machine though, so its big and heavy.  Its also expensive.
My issue would be with readability, I can't read my 12 inch Lenovo screen, much less a 10 inch one.  A 7 inch screen is out of the question for me.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Worth the Money?
« on: August 15, 2012, 11:29:04 AM »
I'm currently shooting with a 60D and 5D Mark iii. I was originally going to get the 1dx but the 5d iii came out sooner. I wanted something with high fps, and am wondering is it worth spending the money. I know it's an amazing camera, however a 1d mark 4 is a lot cheaper lol
Are you asking if it will earn more money than the cameras you have?  That really depends on whether it will allow you to get money shots that lesser cameras might not be able to capture.
If  photography is a hobby, and its required to do what you need, you have no choice.
My take is that its the ruggedness, low light capability, high AF speed that set it apart from the 5D MK III.  For a average user, this is not going to justify the price difference, but if you need those features than get it.
Some of us, of course, like to have the best possible tools, and get one if we can afford it.

My RX100 arrived yesterday: had an afternoon of random shooting: wow! That little thing is so usable, OOF blur is close to my big and heavy ZEISS  (not the same though, there is still some distance to the 5D3 with a 1800 USD lens on it...) but let me tell you, I cannot be happier because now I can tell my wife "don't worry, just shoot jpegs and mpegs and we'll have a look at them later". The AF is very very good, the usability and customization is more than enough for her and for me as well, video is perfect, colours are just what we need them to be: very close to real. The lens is sharp, very sharp but not in the wide open corners. There it is pretty average but I don't care, this part is beautifully blurred with a centered subject.
Yes, I'd say this is a good step down from a DSLR, a MFT system would be an overkill.
Thanks for your almost united advice!
Post some photos. 
Do you use RAW?  If so, how do you convert them, Sony's raw converter is a bad joke.

EOS Bodies / Re: Calm before the storm
« on: August 15, 2012, 11:09:18 AM »
He is referring to all the trolls and whining that happens every time a new body is introduced.
It doesn't matter what it is or what the features are, there will be a storm of ignorant complaints.

Lenses / Re: smashed 24-105 F4 L Lens front element
« on: August 15, 2012, 11:06:55 AM »
Have it repaired.  Replacing the front element is not all that expensive, but the elements will also likely be decentered, so a complete adjustment should be done.
Here is a interesting article by Roger Cicala of lens rentals.

Use the Canon Utility to shoot tethered.  Even when they get tethering support for the 5D MK III in LR 4, its pretty poor when compared to the Canon utility. Thats one piece of software that Canon did a fine job with, and its free. 
BTW, It will export the images to lightroom and open it for further editing if you set it in the preferences..

Portrait / Re: 50mm f1.4 group photo
« on: August 15, 2012, 12:42:07 AM »
just edited my first post included the photo. thanks
After downloading and viewing the image and exif, I wondered if you were using a tripod?  1/20 sec for a 50mm lens with a 22 mp body is pretty slow.  I'd prefer to use 1/125 sec and set the aperture to f/2.  It looks like some motion blur, but it might just be that the use of ISO 12800, and taking it as a small jpeg which throws away even more detail.
I'd recommend using raw and post processing to control the NR and sharpening.  The 5D MK III does not do a spectacular job with jpegs, particularly if you have the images set to small jpeg.

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