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Lenses / Re: Believe it or not, 5D3 user misses the 300D reach...
« on: November 27, 2012, 02:08:35 PM »
I ended up selling my 7D merely because I got better real world IQ with the 5D MK III. 
When photographing moving wildlife in lower light at 400mm with a 7D, I needed 1/1000 sec shutter, and very high ISO which ate up the detail.  With the 5D MK II, I can set the high ISO and not lose as much detail, so when all is said and done, the Image IQ is better.
You can AF with a 7D or 5D MK II / III at f/8 with a Kenko 1.4X TC, so in really good light, the 7D does have a slight advantage, I just was seldom in that situation.

Thanks for the responses.

So if I understand correctly then, in the future, even if I clear all the camera settings the adjustments that FOCAL made won't be changed?
Always save the adjustments that FoCal has made, even if clearing camera settings does not zap the AFMA values, a new firmware version might.

There are plenty of threads on CR and other forums about unauthorized sellers, and the fact that Canon will tell you that they do not warranty them.
A new camera means its unused and unopened, It does not imply that the seller is a authorized seller.  The fact that it contains a USA warranty card merely shows it was made for the US market.
They should not list it as having a Canon USA warranty.
I haven't actually heard of anyone who was refused USA warranty service as long as they registered it when they received it.  In Canada, they seem to be tougher about it, and Canon USA may also start actually refusing them at any time rather than just threatening to.
It was a birthday / christmas gift from your rich grandma who did not include the warranty card wasn't it.

Apparently, it had not updated yet.  I also went directly to the Canon site, and it was not online.  It does show the correct page this morning. 

RE: Re: Canon select refurb and new Lenses 20% off CYBER MONDAY..online now!!
I think my math is a little different from yours.  The sale amount on the 4 lenses on sale is not 20% off! 
Except for the 14% off on the 10-22mm EF-s, Its slightly less than 12%.  After I pay 9% sales tax, its not a good deal.

I prefer the 135mmL, but the 70-200mm MK II is probably sharper.  For me, being able to use f/2 is just enough of a edge to be able to get some shots of moving subjects that f/2.8 can't quite get.  And Yes, there is a special quality to the 135mmL images.

Lenses / Re: Kenko TC - 2 models - which one to buy?
« on: November 25, 2012, 10:13:42 PM »
I bought the Kenko 1.4X, and it seemed to AF fine at f/8 with the 100-400mmL on all my bodies.  After putting it on my 100L, it stopped working, so I sent it back. 
Later, I found that certain lenses, the 100mmL among them will lockup the 5D MK III and require you to remove/reinstall the battery to get it working with the Kenko TC and a compatible lens once again.  The problem is that there is no list of which lenses work with the Kenko TC, or which new lenses may be incompatible.   As far as I know, this only happens with the 5D MK III, but may also happen on the 1D X.
I had hoped to use the TC with my 100L, I prefer a little more magnification at times. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Got my (new) 7D back from repair
« on: November 25, 2012, 10:05:43 PM »
There is absolutely no co-relation between AFMA from Camera model to model, so don't let that bother you. 
Before I started using FoCal, I sometimes had some weird AFMA results, but that was because it can be very difficult to determine the best adjustment by eye.

Video & Movie / Re: Wide lens for video
« on: November 25, 2012, 03:21:10 PM »
It all depends on what you are shooting.  However, a broad hint would be to look at what focal lengths are available for dedicated DSLR Video lenses.
They would not be made unless they were selling.

Lenses / Re: Nikon Convert Seeking Some Advice.
« on: November 25, 2012, 03:16:42 PM »
I would pass on the 20mm f2.8, it's a very old lens.

Good to know. I have heard some mixed reviews on the 20mm. I am thinking I would probably go with the 17-40mm since its such good bang for your buck.

Although a couple comments have gotten me curious about the Rokinon 14mm 2.8 since its so inexpensive and has such good optics. To be honest if i am shooting video I am always using MF and if I am shooting landscapes, I have a tripod and could manual focus just as easily.

Thanks for your replies.
Since you are looking for wide and low cost with both AF and Video, the 17-40L is very good and excellent when stopped down.  Most video users prefer the shallow depth of field that FF gives, in which case, the 24mm f/1.4 would be wonderful, but its pricey.

Im guessing there is still no way to have this shipped from B&H to Canada?
There are brokers in the USA that will tranship to you in Canada, or you could ask for a price match and see what happens. 
Deals like this only last a day typically, so its best to be setup in advance so you can jump on it.
The broker was mentioned in a similar thread.

Lenses / Re: Red Ring Broke Off on 24-105 lens
« on: November 25, 2012, 03:06:45 PM »
Its fairly common, Call Canon and ask for a replacement.  They just stretch on over the end of the lens.  They are plastic, and sometimes it ages and fails.

EOS Bodies / Re: Refurb 7D Question
« on: November 25, 2012, 12:50:56 PM »
Thanks for the reply to my OP.  I was under the impression that ANY return could be refurbed, including trade-ins.  And supposed there are alot of 7D trade-ins lately given the deals on the 5DII and the new 5DIII.  But if its just 30-day returns, demos etc (all with light use) then that eases my concerns.

Canon does not take trade-ins. Although dealers may take trade-ins, they cannot return them to Canon.    Dealers will sell the lenses as used, or if they are broken, they likely will not take them in trade without subtracting the repair cost, in which case, they are almost worthless to a dealer unless its a rare or valuable  Camera or lens.
Canon does have a 14 day return policy for refurbs, so if its not up to expectations, you can return it.  The Bodies and Lenses I've bought looked and worked like new, and never had a problem.

Software & Accessories / Re: Help: choosing Canon EOS 1000D tripod
« on: November 25, 2012, 12:46:25 PM »
I need it to take better pictures 'cause I like to take pictures of actions(like motosports, animals etc.).

For action photos, consider buying a monopod rather than a tripod, assuming you have a longish heavy lens on the camera like a 300mmf/4 or 400mm f/5.6.  Unless you have a very large lens, you should be using a fast shutter speed, so a tripod/monopod will not make your images sharper.
Due to the need for high shutter speeds for action images, I'd suggest getting a lens with as wide of a aperture as you can afford.  A Canon 200mm f/2.8 L with a  Kenko 1.4X TC would be reasonably priced.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 7D Body for $1151 via eBay
« on: November 25, 2012, 12:33:59 PM »
I've noticed that our local Costco Store has them with lens and extras for a low price.  Either Canon is closing them out, or they have a big surplus and are giving out deals to Costco. 

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