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Canon General / Re: Out of Focus Photos!!!
« on: October 19, 2012, 07:58:55 PM »
I've yet to have any signiifcant number of oof images.
You say that you tested it, how did you run the test? 
Typically, you might mount the lens to a tripod with 2 second or longer timer take 10 images resetting the lens to infinity or mfd before each shot.  This should show a issue if AF is erratic.
BE SURE that you place the rubber cap over the viewfinder when you are doing this, or the results may not be what you want.

Canon General / Re: Does Minimum Advertised Price apply to auctions?
« on: October 19, 2012, 07:52:10 PM »
Probably not to auctions, but most of the low priced bodies were not sold in auction format, they were sold thru a ebay store or fixed price listing.  Its a gray area.

Thanks guys for your response.. I think spyder get some of the best reviews that iv seen on the net.. So what I need to do first is calibrate my monitor then run off a few test prints see how close they come to the colours on screen, then how would I go about adjusting the print to match the screen colours ?
Since you are using a external printer, Calibrating your screen is about the best thing.  In addition, you may be able to get the printer profile for the printer that the company is using, and use the soft proof in photoshop to see what the print will look like. 
You cannot create a profile from your screen to their printer, but soft proofing the profile they use will be better in any event.

Lenses / Re: Good starter lens for the Canon 60D for filmmaking.
« on: October 19, 2012, 02:48:45 AM »
You provide a link to a locked topic.
If you think you can buy a refurb 50mm f/1.4 for $63, go for it.  I doubt the price very much.
As far as I know, Canon does not sell lenses thru CLP, just bodies and certain body / lens combinations.

Lenses / Re: Kenko TC and AF at F8
« on: October 19, 2012, 02:06:36 AM »
Wow, the backlighting is tough to deal with.  It might be a hair backfocused. 
I had the older non is 600mm f/4.  It was too much for me to haul around and setup, but it did a great job.  I finally resigned myself to making do with my 100-400mmL, and its pretty good.

Canon would say, "Buy a 1D X, and you can set a minimum shutter speed from 30 s to 1/4000 s."
Or, they might point out that you can set shutter speed in Manual along with aperture and let auto ISO take care of the exposure.  Its hardly a big deal.  That way, you get that high shutter speed and just the aperture you want.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Considering switching to Nikon
« on: October 18, 2012, 10:33:18 PM »
The D800 trumps anything Canon offers in terms of DR and resolution - and even their crop bodies have extremely capable sensors - so if that's what's important to you, Nikon is the way to go.

One thing to consider though, is that a body is only a small part of the investment you will be making, and it will be outdated in 3 years or so.
So study the lenses and make a list of what you will want.  You may find that You will have to settle for less capable lenses at a higher price.
Then, there is service.  Nikon is notorious for the lack of service.  If your equipment dies, you may have to use a backup for a month or two.
So, look at the whole package before you leap, it might be a perfect match, or a expensive mistake, depending on what you want to photograph.

EOS Bodies / Re: Red AF in AI-Servo fixed in 1D-X before 5D Mk III
« on: October 18, 2012, 10:22:29 PM »
a simple firmware update
There is no such thing as a "simple" firmware update.

Software is complicated.  Adding features without breaking anything else is very difficult.  And verifying software is unbelievably difficult.

Some are better at it than others.  But you definitely want "correct" much more than you want "soon".
+1 +1 and +1
And even after testing it to death, when the firmware gets out to 500,000 users, they find more bugs.

Lenses / Re: Kenko TC and AF at F8
« on: October 18, 2012, 10:19:29 PM »
I think that the system was not intended to do well at f/8, but they decided that it was good enough for most usage.  Certainly, my 5D MK III did very well with the Kenko 1.4X and 100-400 while at 400mm.  At least until the Kenko died.  Everything is working fine since I removed the TC.

EOS Bodies / Re: do crop sensors really add reach?
« on: October 18, 2012, 03:34:49 PM »
I have a t2I.  I've always been very happy with it, but I would like to buy a new camera.  Basically so I don't have to switch lenses as much.  I shoot pretty much anything.  Mainly wildlife, nature scenes, and old buildings.  I thought if I'm buying a new camera maybe go for the 5dmrk2.  I worry about losing reach on my wildlife pics.  Would I really lose reach or can I just crop all the way down to what I would get with my t2I?
As far as lenses go, I have a canon 24-70 2.8, 100-400L, 10-22, and 100 2.8 macro.  I think if I go with the 5dmrk2 my 24/70 would be great, but id also have to find an equivalent ultra wide angle.  Are the low light capabilities of the 5d2 really worth me adding that camera, keeping in mind I still plan on carrying my t2I on my hikes?
I'd sell the 10-22 and replace it with the 16-35mm L if you get a 5D MK II. 
I keep my 7D for the longer reach, but its not a huge benefit.  My 7D and 100mmL is a benefit for macro shots wince I get all 18mp on the cropped image.
Personally, if I had to make a choice, the 7D would go and the 5D MK II / MK III would stay. 
Another possibility for you is a used 1D MK III.  It is better all around, but no super wide lens for aps-H.

Technical Support / Re: AF Confirm. Chips and Camera Auto Focus System
« on: October 18, 2012, 03:20:36 PM »
The operation is too complex to describe here.
Its a lot of fooling around to tell the chip the lens focal length, aperture, etc, but you can fine tune it so it will be close to excellent AF.  I've found that setting focus via the AF confirm light is not accurate enough in most cases.

You need to calibrate your monitor, You do not need a end to eng calibration.  Getting the brightness right requires working in low light, and calibrating your monitor accordingly.  Any of the hardware calibrators do a reasonable job, but some of the models also have a room light sensor so even room light can be taken in to account.  I have a Spyder 3 pro, its fine and low cost.  If I replace it, it might be with a Xrite mostly jus to see if its better.

Lenses / Re: Cheapish standard / short tele replacement / upgrade
« on: October 18, 2012, 12:32:54 PM »
If you are in the USA, I'd go for a refurb Canon 50 1.4 for $319
I've found the refurbs to be excellent, they look like new and have been freshly checked and calibrated.  You can return one within 14 days if you do not like it.
At $360, a new one might be a better deal as noted above.

Lenses / Re: AFMA'ed the 24-70 mk.ii ... not sure I am loving this copy.
« on: October 18, 2012, 12:25:56 PM »
Interesting Article at Lens Rentals about the effects of decentering on AF consistency and accuracy.

Canon General / Re: Blown out reds
« on: October 18, 2012, 12:13:20 PM »
This is the fixed version using the red saturation calibration slider in LR.
The "Fixed" version looks undersaturated to me.  Make sure your monitor is calibrated.  As others noted, the original looks great.

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