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Actually, my experience with Fujifilm's customer service is nothing short of exceptional. I'd had picked up an X10 earlier last year. It had the white orbs issue. In September, I'd sent it back for service. A little more than a week later they sent me a brand new X10 as replacement. It can't get any better than that.
Fuji denied that there was a issue after users complained in Nov 2011,  Four months later in March 2011, they admitted there was a issue, and fixed cameras started shipping in May or June.  I'd think that those people who saw the issue but waited 6-7 or more months for a fix might not think service was so wonderful.  The issue should have been long fixed by last September when you got your defective camera, I'd be very unhappy about getting one five or six months after they announced the replacement program.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 IS2 + Canon 1.4x teleconverter question
« on: January 24, 2013, 04:17:08 PM »
All TC Manufacturers recommend focal lengths of 100mm or longer for their TC's.  I believe its due to the better optics of telephoto lenses.  A TC magnifies any flaws in a lens, so using one with a shorter focal length (assuming it fits) may result in images of lower quality.
 
A exception is the Canon Tilt-Shift lenses which have a very high quality and work very well with TC's.
I wish there were a TC that worked with the 100mmL.  Canon TC's won't physically fit, and the Kenko unit fits, but locks up a 5D MK III when used with the 100L.  You have to remove the camera battery to get the TC working again after that.  The Kenko/100L combination does work with most other bodies though.

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Software & Accessories / Re: RAW Processing and what the hell is a DNG
« on: January 24, 2013, 04:05:52 PM »
I'd recommend that you take a online course or buy a book on Lightroom.  Just trying to figure it out without training is going to leave you missing some of the best features.  All of the questions you asked are pretty basic, and well covered in courses and books.  Picking up on some of the less obvious features is well worth the cost.

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PowerShot / Re: A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: January 24, 2013, 03:56:55 PM »
I'd take your 5D MK II and a 40mm f/2.8.  That combination is small and reasonably light.  Save your $$$ for a future camera upgrade.  Small format sensors will lack the detail you want for landscapes. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: What is the best place to sell your equipment?
« on: January 23, 2013, 08:02:55 PM »
He does not have a US bank Account.  This means that you cannot use Amazon, Paypal, ebay, or a lot of other places.  They require a bank account, and usually a credit card as well.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: What is the best place to sell your equipment?
« on: January 23, 2013, 06:43:40 PM »
In the USA, list your equipment on a local Craigslist.  To sell on ebay, you will need a bank account and credit card, and a new seller will get very little for his equipment, buyers know the risk of buying from a first time seller.

Just because you use craigslist does not mean that you give your home or apartment address.  Arrange to meet someone in a public place, I usually use a Starbucks, since they seem to be on every street corner here in Spokane.

Set a reasonable price, viewing prices of completed sales on ebay is one way to get a actual selling price, another is here: http://www.jcolwell.ca/photography/lens$db/index.htm

Since you so not have to pay a selling fee on Craigslist, be prepared to take a few dollars less.

Another place to sell is on FM Forums (fredmiranda.com).  Its riskier, particularly for a first time seller.  You can check asking prices for equipment there as well.  They tend to be realistic and often sell within a day.  However, a selling reputation is a must, so if you sell something there, allow a buyer to see and pick it up locally.

Good Luck!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Noise Reduction Tips
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:46:02 PM »
The lower DR is part of the culpret, a perfect exposure is needed.  The camera will take acceptable low light images at ISO 3200, but you have to nail the exposure and use NR.  I prefer to stay at 800 or less when possible.
1.  If you can, bracket exposures and pick the best ones.
2.  Don't use jpeg, use RAW.
3.  Use a newer version of raw conversion software.  Algorythms have greatly improved in the last two years, and noise is less apparent.
 
 

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Sorry, this will only work on short focal flange mounts, which basically means mirrorless. So, there might be an EF-to-EFM version, but never an EFS-to-EF version.

One more reason to support my belief that mirrorless is the future.
This particular adapter is designed for the flange mount on a micro 4/3, but it could be designed for any flange length.  However, it requires a larger format lens in order to eliminate viginetting, so to use it on FF, you would need at least a medium format lens.  Since MF lenses have a long flange length, the same principle would work.
Don't expect to see one for FF, probably not for APS-C either, there are just not enough people with MF lenses laying around to make it economically practical. 

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Canon General / Re: Best Lightroom 4 Book ?
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:58:08 PM »
Martin Evening is one of the highest rated Lightroom Authors, so is Victoria Brampton (AKA The Lightroom Queen).  The two authors take different approaches, but give ennentially the same advice on the best way to organize your files and use the software.
I think that you can look at samples on Amazon, it depends on which method of presentation works best for you.  I have both, and prefer Martin Evening, even though I don't follow all his suggestions for best practices.

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Canon General / Re: IS canon 650D going to be discontinued?
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:53:46 PM »
The 650D will definitely be replaced this year, but not quite yet.  There seems to be a new model every year.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Any news on the 7dMk2 now that CES is done
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:52:32 PM »
Here's an interview with a Canon official:

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/interview/20130124_584693.html

In the last part, the question on the 7D successor was raised. The official noted that  the next generation camera is "not that far in the future" and is not only a spec-enhanced version, but promised to include some kind of new revolutionary technology... whatever that means.

Thanks for the link!
 
There has been lots of speculation that we might see rear illuminated sensors in APS-C and even FF bodies in the next round of new products.
This will reduce noise and make for higher ISO bodies as well as for higher pixel counts while maintaining photosite size.
The interview also hinted at a major move into mirrorless versions of DSLR's, so the 7D MK II could even become mirrorless.

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Technical Support / Re: Camera & lens bundle - do Canon tune them?
« on: January 22, 2013, 10:12:07 PM »
Cameras are adjusted to their specification, and so are lenses.  The lenses and cameras do not come togather until they are packed in the box.
Sometimes it is possible to get a camera at one end of the tolerance and the lens at the other, in which case, the combination is still within spec, but not optimal.
 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Up to what ISO are you willing to set?
« on: January 22, 2013, 10:08:26 PM »
I used my 5D MK III up to 25600 the other night at a local play, and that was with fast primes.  You do lose lots of image detail, and you will not win any awards for quality, but up to 8X10, it looks fine.
 
There were some that I just could not capture, since I was at 1/20 sec f/1.8 on my 85mm 1.8 lens, and motion blur was bad.
 
Fortunately, only a handful required 25600. 

Obviously, I would not chose to use high ISO's like that if it wasn't required.  Flash is not allowed, and would ruin the liighting.  So fast primes, marginal shutter speeds, and high ISO is sometimes the only choice.
ISO 25600:

 
ISO 25600

 
ISO 12800:

 
 
ISO 6400

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Third party equipment is usually less reliable, and often is incompatible with new camera models.  If you are making money on your photography, or need reliability, be careful.
Flashes tend to be the most problematic, and many, if not most failed to work with the 5D MK III.  Current models are usually updated, but if you have a out of production flash, a upgrade may never happen.  Lots of people get bit on this one.
As long as you wait 6 months after a new camera commes out, you will be able to find out what equipment works, and what will never work.

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Tamron TC's are mad by Kenko, but might not have the same electronics, but glass is the same.
So you are down to Sigma, Kenko, or Canon.
Do you have or need weather sealing?  Canon is the only one.  Otherwise, I'd go with Kenko.  I did buy and return a Kenko 1.4X TC, it locks up a 5D MK III with certain lenses, most noticably the 100mm L.  It only seems to do this with the MK III, I have no info about a 6D.
 
There is always the possibility that a TC will fail to be compatible with a future camera model, so factor that in as well.  There are a ton of older third party TC's that are not (fully compatible with newer cameras, meaning that they do not report information correctly, or do not work with certain lenses)

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