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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:15:25 PM »
Now how about some nice redesigned lens caps for the super-teles!!!
I'm sure that everyone would go out and buy them up at $250 each.

Your estimate makes the actual price of $120 seem like a bargain.  ;)
And... to think that I was exagerating so much that I thought I had listed 5 or 10X the price.  However, I know what the hoods cost.  I had a extra hood for my 600mm f/4 that I sold after the lens was gone.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:07:57 PM »
Mt Spokane,  where can you get the shutter count on FoCal.
I use FoCal Pro, the feature might not be on other versions.
Here it is for my 5D MK III when I first received it.  It had only 23 actuations, most of them FoCal when this was captured.
 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 06, 2012, 05:58:24 PM »
They do play with the Canon SDK quite a bit, there are a huge number of undocumented features.  Thats how they are able to display the number of shutter actuations.  It wouldn't suprise me if they could do it.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 05:51:36 PM »
Now how about some nice redesigned lens caps for the super-teles!!!
I'm sure that everyone would go out and buy them up at $250 each.

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Site Information / Re: How do I change my profile?
« on: November 06, 2012, 05:46:07 PM »
A good start is to read some of the sticky posts on the site information tab.  Due to spammers, the profiles is not enabled until new members have some posting established.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SterlingTek LP-E6 Batteries for $15
« on: November 06, 2012, 02:03:40 PM »

SterlingTek are known for their aftermarket batteries. I've owned a couple of them and all work fine with no problems. This is an option for those who don't want to shell out $50 for OEM batteries.


Yes, they are well known and have lots of complaints about poor batteries, even though they have tended to be better than the really cheap ones sold on ebay. 

The US post office no longer allows you to send any li-on batteries or electronic devices that contain a li-on battery thru international mail.   Since they are in a cargo hold, there is no chance for the crew to put out a fire, and the halon extinguishers in the cargo compartment will not necessarily extinguish a li-on battery fire.  You really do not want to be on a plane with li-on batteries in someone's luggage.
All those devices with large li-on batteries are going to cause another air disaster, its just a matter of when,, and how bad.

As I noted, even the best batteries fail, but why increase the odds of failure to save a few dollars?   

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 01:44:16 PM »
-  OK seriously... they really put a lanyard hole in it and actually include a lanyard?  Really!?  Who does that these days?  When was the last time you even saw a soccer mom with the lens cap hanging from the lens of their Rebel?  That is so... '70's to me.

Ahh, that was fun...
You misunderstood my post.  The image is of Chinese caps that are sold on ebay for $1.59 including shipping.  I bought a assortment of them a while back.
The new Canon caps look very much the same.  I really doubt that they are the same though.  For $1.59 for a 82mm cap, its not a bad deal.  I suspect that I did not have the cap completely snapped innto place when it cam off in my bag, I haven't had another come off since.  Still, I'm very concerned if they do pop off in my bag, it could be a expensive repair.

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Canon General / Re: EOS-M kicking butt in Japan
« on: November 06, 2012, 01:35:38 PM »

I don't agree entirely with the aimed at women thing. I think Canon is going for the young party goers and weekend hobbyists, male or female. Though it would be interesting to see the demographic breakdown of sales!
Just repeating what Canon has publicly stated, that the target demographic was women.
 
http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2012/08/16/canons-eos-m-designed-for-purses-not-for-pros

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 01:33:03 PM »
I would be more impressed if they also offered these as "L" series lens caps, with red rings around the edges. With the option to get them in white as well - for double the price, naturally.  :)
10X the price.  Care to place a order for 25?  The guy I got mine will be happy to paint a red ring on them and add a gold "L".

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: SterlingTek LP-E6 Batteries for $15
« on: November 06, 2012, 01:28:51 PM »
Just because 99.9. percent do not overheat and ruin a camera or burn down your house, does not make them a good deal.
And, having been involved with fire safety of commercial aircraft, I cringe at the thought of having them on a aircraft, knowing they have already brought down a 747, and other crashes are suspect.
Please don't bring them on a airplane flight, and never put them in checked luggage.
BTW, I've seen them overheat in a digital camera and swell up like a balloon. 
Even high end Li-on batteries that have stringent QA and safety tests fail far too often IMHO.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 01:10:38 PM »
I wonder if they get them from the same Chinese supplier of third party caps that sell for $1.59 ea including shipping :D
I bought a assortment from 52mm to 82mm recently and have been intending to do a review.  The only negative, and its a big one is that they can come off the lens while its in my case. Notice that the movable pinch button sticks out beyond the edge of the cap a little.  Pressure on it while the lens is sitting on it can let it fall off >:(
 
 They have a hole along the edge for a lanyard, which is included, but I toss it out.

 

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Lenses / Re: 24-70/4 MFT charts
« on: November 06, 2012, 12:38:42 PM »
MTF (not MFT) Charts show sharpness of a lens, and some only look at sharpness.  However, distortion, chromatic abberations, vignetting, coma and likely other factors are important.
I'd not judge a lens just by its sharpness, or you might think that (like DXO apparently does) that the Canon 85mm f/1.8 is the best lens in the world.

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Canon General / Re: Amazon policies.
« on: November 06, 2012, 12:32:01 PM »
This sounds very reasonable to me.
Amazon does not do lay-away orders.  You must pay by credit card, and a address must be given that matches the credit card.  That is also the address that the order will be shipped to.  Holding the shipment for some other address is not a safe practice.
Order the camera when you are ready to get it.
 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark III + Broncolor RFS
« on: November 06, 2012, 11:39:54 AM »
Hey guys,

I'm just coming across this thread but I'd love to be able to help you out.   With the bron RFS system there are address's that need to be set on the transmitter and the head that you want to trigger.  If you'd like me to walk you through the set up email me your phone number and I'll call you directly.  cking@hasselbladbron.com is my direct contact information you can also send inquiries to info@bronimaging.com, we always have someone monitoring the incoming so we can get back to you in a pretty timely manner.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Colin King
Product Manager - Americas
Hasselblad Bron, Inc. |17 Progress Street Edison, NJ USA
phone 800-456-0203 x. 219
Since it is working on the 5D MK II, the head and the transmitter are obviously talking to each other.  Do they talk a different protocal with a 5D MK III?

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