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Technical Support / Re: Aperture/Shutter speed/ISO
« on: March 17, 2013, 09:25:53 PM »
As you note from the comments, each has his own need, and has to deal with equipment limitations.  I'd suggest taking a online photography course, or getting a good book, there are just too many special situations to generalize.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 100D Detailed Specs Appear
« on: March 17, 2013, 09:20:49 PM »
OK... if the new entry level below the t4i is going to have the 18mp sensor, then that pretty much signals the 70D and 7D mkII will (finally) have something better.

My speculation is a dual announcement event for the 70d and 7dmkII with a new sensor technology later this spring -- the 70D available immediately, the 7D mkII somewhat later.   But might as well announce them at the same time to keep the 7d mkII crowd from settling for a 70D.

The high end models get a new sensor first.  However, the t4i did have a new sensor with its hybrid autofocus, presumably, this is the same sensor as the t4i.

So far, I don't see anything I want, but its obviously not targeted at me.

Lenses / Re: Is my 24-105mm f/4 L unreasonably soft?
« on: March 17, 2013, 09:15:37 PM »
  I appreciate what I am learning on this website.  I feel better about my new camera and lens after making this test.

Be careful about what you read on this site.  There is a large difference in experience and opinion and not owning or having even used a lens does not stop some from giving their opinion as fact.

Read the comments and compare them with those who know how to test and judge a lens, read all the lens test sites.  Even those of us who have had a lens and found it bad should know that defective lenses happen.

I read photozone, lenstip, slr gear, and even DXO before I buy a new lens.  The new lenses I've bought have always matched the reviews, good or bad.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Refurbished for $1699
« on: March 17, 2013, 08:58:47 PM »
Thanks for posting your photos of how the refurbished lens came packed. I also ordered one and it arrived on Friday. Mine doesn't have the black coiled strap in your last photo. What is it for? Is it a shoulder strap for the case?

Yes, its a strap for the case.  It was in the bottom of the case, I believe, so check there.  I've never used the strap, or the case either, no need to start now.

My f/4L IS is now up for sale on ebay.  It is a wonderful lens, but I do not need both.

Don't take photos of people in public unless you get signed permission.  Many people are concerned about their photos showing up on the internet, and its a valid concern.   If there are children with them, you could end up in trouble.

 In some countries, you will end up in jail by photographing people without permission.

Claiming that you were not actually photographing anyone, is not going to be believable, if a person sees a camera pointed their way or toward their children.

As more and more so called street photographers take photos of people and children without their permission and post them on the internet, we will move closer and closer to totally restricting the use of cameras in public places.


Lenses / Re: Is my 24-105mm f/4 L unreasonably soft?
« on: March 17, 2013, 01:03:24 PM »
Bad lenses do happen, send it to Canon for repair.  There are plenty of tests and comparisons around the internet to show that it is capable of being very sharp.

I try to test any new lenses I purchase for sharpness right away.  I first adjust the AFMA, and then view a variety of images to check that the lens meets expectations.

I'd find it very difficult to judge sharpness with the images you show.  Their only purpose is to check for front/back focus.

Use a proper target or flat brick wall and check not only the center, but the edges and corners.

Its hard to beat the 24-105mmL for the price.  You can beat it with a prime, but not a zoom in that price range.

EOS Bodies / Re: Frustrated with Canon
« on: March 17, 2013, 12:54:57 PM »
I fell for the hype and bought a new D800 along with some top Nikon lenses.  The D800 does have amazing ISO, but it is very difficult to get the sharper images that it should be capable of.  In the end, when I could not find a lens competitive to the 100-400mmL, or 24-105mmL, I resold it and just used my Canon equipment.

If it weren't for the situation at the time with no high quality affordable long lenses, poor liveview, and excessive time to process the large files on my PC, I'd still have it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Frustrated with Canon
« on: March 17, 2013, 01:45:51 AM »
Yesterday, he posted that he had already sold his equipment and is going to Nikon.

This sounds like a troll.

Yesterday, I said that I was running a dual system - both Canon and Nikon - which is what I have said again today. Isn't it possible to have an honest debate on this forum without being accused of being a troll ?

If it looks like a troll and sounds like one... There is no difference.

EOS Bodies / Re: Frustrated with Canon
« on: March 17, 2013, 01:25:30 AM »
Yesterday, he posted that he had already sold his equipment and is going to Nikon.

This sounds like a troll.

Lenses / Re: Is there anything I can improve on this gear list?
« on: March 17, 2013, 01:04:18 AM »
Typically, you will need a longer focal length lens than you used with a crop.  So, if you used 200mm on your crop, you'd want a 300mm lens or longer. 

Use what you have, to see if you actually need the longer focal length. 

The 300mm f/4 is very good, but so is the 70-300mmL and the 100-400mmL and the 400mm f/5.6L.  Canon is very strong in longer focal length lenses, so you will have a good selection of relatively low priced (but not cheap) ones to pick from.

Landscape / Re: Happy St Patricks Day
« on: March 17, 2013, 12:56:45 AM »
I can remember local taverns here in the northwest USA serving beer dyed green.  It was awful stuff.    I don't know if they still do it anymore, that was long long ago, when I was young enough to stomach that cheap beer.  We paid 75 cents for a gallon jug of it and brought it to our apartment for parties.

The newest Kenko 1.4X TC works very well with a 5D MK III and the 100-400mmL.  However, we are still waiting for Canon to deliver the updated firmware for the 5D MK III that extends AF to F/8.

You can be certain that AF performance will drop a lot, so for birds in flight, it might not work well.  If there is ever a 100-400mmL MK II, it may be like a 70-300L which doesn't accept TC's.

If I were going to buy one again, I'd consider the Kenko, it costs less and has no physical interference with most lenses, if not all.  Its very good, but not equal to the new Canon TC's.

However, some believe that a TC that works on a lens is better than one that must sit in your bag because it won't physically attach.

Technical Support / Re: Aperture/Shutter speed/ISO
« on: March 17, 2013, 12:31:15 AM »
Its a skill based on experience and based on the subject, the light levels, and the capability of your camera and lens.

The photographer decided on the look he wants, and tries to get it within the limitations presented to him.

There is no simple rule of thumb.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7d2 Video specification speculation
« on: March 16, 2013, 02:42:17 PM »
Its pretty well established that the higher frame rates heat up a sensor more.  Camera manufacturers are scrambling for fixes that reduce heating as well as solutions to dissipate the heat.

I'd expect that this will be addressed in the distant future by the time the 7D MK II comes out.   The other issue is getting a fast enough readout from the sensor without a big quality hit.

I'd expect 60 fps @ 1080 in a $2500 camera.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Refurbished for $1699
« on: March 16, 2013, 02:36:03 PM »
Mine came Friday.  Many people ask what a Refurb lens is like, so I snapped some photos.  Then, I took it out and used Focal to check and adjust AFMA.

My lens arrived looking like new.  A careful inspection revealed tiny scratches on the electrical contacts showing that it had been mounted a few times.  Otherwise, there wasn't a mark on it, and the hood was obviously new and unused.  The glass was clean and perfect.

The AFMA resulted in a "0" at 70mm, and a "+2" at 200mm on my 5D MK III.  It was a quick and dirty test, so it might be refined once I have more time.  We did have a sunny afternoon, so there was plenty of light.  In any event, it was basically right on, a +2 AFMA makes no visible difference.

Here are the photos showing how it is packed.

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