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Technical Support / Re: at what shutter speed you turn IS off?
« on: January 25, 2013, 10:55:03 PM »
I never shut it off for high shutter speeds.  If I'm on a tripod, then I'll shut it down if I'm using a slow shutter speed and my 100-400mmL. 
I consider a high shutter speed to be 1/2000 sec or greater, I seldom go down to 1/250.  With modern high mp bodies, Canon recommends using a higher shutter speed than the old 1/ effective focal lenght rule, so I try to use no less than double that.
With a 200mm lens on a 7D, the effective focal length is 320 mm, so I'd not use less than 1/640 sec.  Obviously if you shoot wide, the shutter speed can drop a lot, but I tend to use telephotos more.

EOS Bodies / Re: Fuji XE-1 compared to Canon 5D MK3
« on: January 25, 2013, 08:44:43 PM »
Why the comparison between a APS sensor and a 24x36 sensor?
If there have been a DR comparison the 5dmk3 had been blowing of the street.Inside the Fuji are a Sony 16 mp with Fujis CFA
Regarding resolution and 16Mp against a 24 x36mm sensor there are now question about the  real resolution=.a 2,3 larger sensor area in the Canon 5dmk3 .
so  I ask , why comparing a  APS sensor with  a canon 24x 36mm sensor?
Excellent question.  Without knowing the photographer and if he gets compensation for promoting a particular camera, comparisons like that one leave me wondering.

PowerShot / Re: A camera for backpacking into the wilderness...
« on: January 25, 2013, 08:40:39 PM »
The picture was taken in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia - a beautiful range extending down into northern Idaho.

Thanks for all the great advice - It sounds like the 40mm will be a good option....and do not worry, my son will be in plenty of the pics.  I can just hear him now...."oh come on Dad, do I have to be in another picture?!"

Just curious - no one out there thinks the G1X is a good option compared to the 5DII with a 40mm - the main benefit being you get some different focal lengths with the zoom lens of the G1X.  I have read that the IQ of the G1X is comparable to the 7D.
I have the G1X and its a good camera, but I would not want to use it for landscapes when I have a 5D and 40mm lens.  The lens on the G1X is just OK, and not cloose to the quality of the 40mm f/2.8.
A FF sensor makes a huge difference too.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help needed: Very slow live-view @ Canon 6D
« on: January 25, 2013, 08:28:21 PM »
You are Macro focusing, which is always slow.  Some lenses do not work well with live view, particularly 3rd party lenses.
The 100mmL is among the fastest, but even it will be slow in liveview.  If you have the 100L, set the range limiter to speed things up.
This has nothing to do with the camera, its the macro part that is slow.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D kit with 24-105 F4L for $2499 at Amazon
« on: January 25, 2013, 08:22:15 PM »
Most places have the combo deal for $2499.  Its a good deal.
The 35mm f/2 is a good low priced lens, the 5 blade aperture causes hex shaped highlights, thats the main weak point.

Lenses / Re: Can You Beat it?
« on: January 25, 2013, 08:15:15 PM »
A new USA model is $769, Gray Market $741, Refurb $699, and used ones $500-600.

Software & Accessories / Re: Noise in Lightroom vs DPP
« on: January 25, 2013, 04:39:47 PM »
Perhaps post the original CR2 file so someone can check it out with their setup.  The main difference I see in the posted jpegs is that the lightroom image is much brighter, inndicating that settings are different between the two.
Anyone who says that images taken at high ISO's are noise free probably have a  huge tolerance for noise.  Noise is noticible with no NR starting at ISO 800, but the main thing is that it does not increase wildly at 12800 or 25600 like it did in the 5D MK II.  I find that starting with ISO 3200, NR is always required, at 1600 or 800, it might be required depending on the colors in the scene.  Blues are the most difficult.
I put up with high ISO noise, because it doesn't show in prints (fine detail is lost), and because I have no other choice in extreme low light.
When using RAW, some NR is needed at high ISO, and at 12800, a ton of NR is needed!! 
Also note that DR is very thin at high ISO's, so even with perfect exposures, you need to make adjustments.

Lenses / Re: 100-400L Version II ain't comin' either!
« on: January 25, 2013, 04:01:55 PM »
Its been rumored for about 7 years now.  No one makes a lens that is even close to its performance in this price range.  There are many lenses that need upgrading, but the cost is the obstacle.  I saw Canon mention this in a CES interview, improving lenses raises the cost by a large amount. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 quick start help
« on: January 24, 2013, 04:49:46 PM »
You do need some time to AFMA your lenses, and find out if that particular body over or underexposes, and if you are using flash, you need to check exposures as well.
If you want the body to track AF, you just need to take the time to learn.  I'd recommend that you use the center point and concentrate on getting exposures and shutter speeds right. 
Set a minimum shutter speed of 1/640 or whatever you think is correct for your use, that setting is found in the shoot2 menu under ISO speed settings.  For fast moving subjects, its great to help keep the shutter speed up.  You will have to use auto ISO or manually set a high ISO for it to work.  I enable auto ISO to 25600 and let the camera increase ISO as needed to be able to keep the shutter speed up.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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:$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 (  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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