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A phenomona call ed amp glow sometimes appears in extreme long exposures, but for the 5D MK III, its usually on a edge or corner.  There apear to be other colored reflections in the water.  with a super long exposure like that, the camera may see reflections that you do not see.
I can't help much with the other images, one shows a lot of CA, typical of a wide aperture lens.  CA can make a image appear to lose sharpness.

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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 15, 2012, 08:40:59 PM »
My Great Great Grandfather who moved from a real house in Upstate New York to a sod house in Kansas in 1874.  Note that the floor was below the surrounding ground.  The first winter, it rained for weeks, so you can imagine the wet muddy mess inside.
This is from a newspaper clipping, I haven't been able to track down the actual print.  Those sod houses were replaced with log houses as soon as possible.  It looks like they were laying out a new house from the dug out ground and the string and stakes on the lower right.  I have a diary telling the story of that move.
If we suceed in being able to save our photos for 120 years, they will be a far cry from this one.  However, its entirely possible that the glass plates for this one are in a university library or a  museum somewhere in Kansas.
 

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Lenses / Re: Why The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Delay?
« on: November 15, 2012, 06:32:24 PM »
Is the image shown the actual product image of the lens?
Its a image of a prototype as used at the Olympics.  There is no actual production yet, only hand made prototypes..

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No video means no live view. Nothing, and I mean nothing, beats live view focussing for still life work.

Ever heard of the 40D?  50D, 1D MK III, 1DS MK III?  All have live view but no video.
Live view came long before video.

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The 1D4 never went below $5,000 on BH through the life of the product.

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Whats the point?  You want to pay more to have someone disable video?
Very low sales volume, poor resale value, and higher price for the same camera with Video disabled in the software?
It is, of course, possible to develop a all new sensor that does not support video.  The cost to develop a new sensor and associated firmware is extremely high and must be amortized over the expected sales.
Assuming $10 million to develop one (Likely low estimate), and 5,000 sales, you would add at least $2000 to the manufacturers cost, and that will mean $4,000 or more retail.
That puts a camera in the $11,000 range with a 1 series body.
Maybe just better to buy a Hasselblad and digital back?

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Typically, we do see lower prices in December for Canon products.  This is because Canon's fiscal year ends December 31.  Thats when the profit / loss and sales figures that go into their annual report are determined.
In order to make things look as good as possible, Canon reduces prices to clear out inventory.  This year, there is a world wide financial crisis and sales are poor.  The poor sales and the end of year will result in some really big discounts, but they will be of the form of one or two day blowout sales rather than a price drop.
Just be ready to jump on one when it comes.  For example, I see a new 5D MK III for $USD 2799 on ebay this morning.  its likely a one day only sale.

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Pricewatch Deals / 5D MK III $2799
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:01:52 PM »
Another ebay unauthorized dealer, they have lots of good feedback though.
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/03868/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-price.html

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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:47:36 PM »
@ MSP

I totally agree with you on the facts. Cloud storage has risks. Local storage has risks. And print is a great format, with a long shelf life.

With regards to "prints as backup storage", I think it boils down to volume. The problem with print storage is that it has scaling issues. For smaller collections (or people with lots of money), print is a great way to preserve and backup photos. But for most shooters, print doesn't work as a primary method of cold storage. It requires one to have both a digital storage system and an analog system. It's just too much work/money for most of us.

Now, having said all that... for selected images, having prints makes a lot of sense.
I'm not suggesting prints as a solution for the reasons you mention, just pointing out that with digital media, we do not have a nice reliable long term solution similar to the store it in a shoebox method so our descendents can view images 100 years from now.
I'm hoping that someone steps up and creates a storage media that is reliable, its certainly possible, but only available to the technically astute, and who knows if anyone could read the media in 50 years.  Its not happening because no one sees a market, or maybe there is no good known technical solution (I doubt that).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:35:58 PM »
WTF, then just give us a short AF blink when the AF-On button is pushed. Just like it was with the MarkII. At least it would be on the same level then. No reason to make this more complicated as it is.
You are missing the point.  go back and reread the original article.  It messes up the metering.  BTW, metering is done when you press the shutter button.
I'd much rather have a properly metered image than the red AF point if I had to make a choice.

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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.

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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.
 

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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.  http://www.slashgear.com/how-to-remove-stuck-pixel-on-your-digital-slr-2227392/
If thats not successful, Canon can map it out.

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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.

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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.
http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-lost-data-2011-4
 
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.

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