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Software & Accessories / Re: How good is Reikan FoCal?
« on: February 22, 2013, 03:51:41 PM »


Mt Spokane, thanks for the link, actually I have read your input in FoCal threads before, aren't you a Beta tester or something? Anyway it was the Mac compatibility issues that stopped me buying it last time I looked, if I do get it I suspect I'll wait until v2. Also, do you know if they do a club license type arrangement? I am pretty active in a club and have talked about the club getting a license and then having a calibration day, but that wouldn't work with the current body serial number based setup.
They purposely limit the number of cameras that can be licensed to keep people from abusing their license and sharing passwords, or at least they limit it.
 
As to a group license, I'd ask them about the possibility, I don't know if they allow that or not, but I've seen some oblique posts hinting at something like that. 
 
I do not beta test, but pro licenses do have access to beta versions, and can test them, so I was just passing along the info to someone who might want to try out the beta. 

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I like the view he shows, because I can see the side of the building and a roofline.  Getting close, say 20 ft away would likely only show part of the building with a 17mm.  Maybe a 8mm FE could get it in. 
 
Of course, its hard to guess the distance, but those trees are close in.

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Technical Support / Re: Sharpening question for Photoshop experts
« on: February 22, 2013, 03:35:10 PM »
Are you just posting small low res images, or huge ones where details can be closely examined?
Sharpening for web depends on a persons taste, I use Lightroom to post to my Smugmug account, and just pick standard sharpening for web use in my smugmug export panel.  I have Photoshop, but always export edited images back to lightroom before I upload them.
Try uploading images with different settings and see what you like.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Price of 7D
« on: February 22, 2013, 03:29:43 PM »
Canon will have 20% off on their refurbs starting this Sunday, so thats another place to check.  The Adorama deal may be better though.

How do you know in advance?  :o
Another poster on CR who gets the info posted it. He has done this before. 
 
 Be sure to read all the posts ;)
 
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=13096.msg235432#msg235432
 

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Technical Support / Re: Sharpening question for Photoshop experts
« on: February 22, 2013, 03:14:32 PM »
Unless you are using RAW, I would not adjust sharpening.  For web sized images, little if any sharpening is needed.

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Software & Accessories / Re: How good is Reikan FoCal?
« on: February 22, 2013, 03:12:07 PM »
FoCal will not solve AFMA issues if you have a bad lens or camera.  It has various levels of accuracy, those who want the best accuracy need to set it to take 10 shots or so at each AFMA setting.  Some use a quick and dirty setting of 2 or 3 shots, and lens variations from shot to shot may not give the best setting.
 
A big potential improvement is now in beta testing, it does not close the shutter for each shot, and sounds like a major improvement.  I posted a article about it, but no one has responded.
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=13059.0
 
Also note that Focal 2 is in the pipeline, and may be out in several months.  A upgrade fee will almost certainly be levied, so buy it now and get some use out of it before the price goes up.
 
There is no solution for fully automatic AFMA for the 5D MK III or 1D X, and Canon is not upgrading the SDK.  This is one of those things where a lot of users making their wishes known to Canon would help.

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I think this is a case for photoshopping out the ugly power pole and lines.  They really detracts from te image of the beautiful building.

That, or find a better place to shoot from. Eyeballing it, the sidewalk with a TS-E 17 would do the trick -- and probably make the building look that much more impressive in the process.

Also, unless I'm mistraken, color would add considerably to this image. There are times for black and white, but I don't think this is one of them.

Cheers,

b&
Its just a difficult building to photograph.  That power pole is close in front of the building.  Then, if you get closer, the trees in front would block even more than they do now.  I do not see a easy way to photoshop them out, presumably, there are windows behind them.  A person would have to be very skilled to photograph the windows separately, adjust their perspective, and place them just right.  Getting rid of the power poles is easy.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Price of 7D
« on: February 22, 2013, 10:03:39 AM »
Canon will have 20% off on their refurbs starting this Sunday, so thats another place to check.  The Adorama deal may be better though.

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I think this is a case for photoshopping out the ugly power pole and lines.  They really detracts from te image of the beautiful building.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera body lens mount removal
« on: February 22, 2013, 09:53:54 AM »
Thanks for the responses.

At least I was smart enough to experiment on something first before messing with my $2000 camera:

I know I said it was my 5D2, but I actually was playing with the mount on my 25mm extension tube to make sure it could be removed easily enough first. The reason is that I have quite a scratched mount on my 5D2 and was thinking I could replace it if it were an easy job.

I simply said 5D2 in the thread to for simplicity for getting my question across.

Now that I know my answer, however, I have another question as a result of my stupid tinkering:

Since I had the four mount screws out on the extension tube, will that too throw the focusing out of whack when used with another lens?




Thanks for the help and everyone's patience. In the future I'll try to make myself leave this stuff alone and control my OCD better.
Extension tubes are very precisely machined as well, the good ones, anyway.  Most tube users are not worried about edge to edge sharpness, and you are magnifying the image anyway to only see the center portion.
 
Unless you see a problem with the image, don't worry.  I would avoid messing with the camera mount though.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera body lens mount removal
« on: February 21, 2013, 11:17:04 PM »
Be careful, the tolerance on the lens mount is tight beyond belief and they are aligned with expensive tooling and shims.  Once they are disturbed, the camera will need to go to Canon to be re-aligned.  Just a 1/10,000 inch will throw one side of a image out. Thats one of the reasons that a camera and lens should go in for a check when they are dropped.
 
Cine camera technicians align each lens with adjustments or shims because cinema is so demanding of perfection.  Nikon farms out almost all production of lens parts, but keeps the lens mount rings in house because machineing is so critical.  Canon does all theirs in house too.

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Lenses / Re: Will Canon step up to Zeiss with a 55mm 1.4L?
« on: February 21, 2013, 11:09:39 PM »
Canon is not in competition with Zeiss.  Zeiss sells very nice manual focus lenses to those with deep pockets. 
 
Canon is and has always been about mass production of cameras and lenses where they target value for the dollar.  By keeping prices down, they are able to turn out high volumes of lenses, and spread the very high cost of tooling and development over many lenses.
 
Zeiss isn't interested in that market, they know they can't compete at the price Canon charges.  They have their niche and do well with it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Too early to sell 60D?
« on: February 21, 2013, 11:03:15 PM »
Sorry, but I really didn't mean for this to turn into a tech specs opinion post. Maybe I wasn't clear enough at the beginning, and if that is the case I do apologize.
The question I have is this; I have recently watched the new/second-hand price of my camera go down a few hundred dollars and I was wondering if anyone believes that with the release of the next in line, will my 60D drop in resale value again or would I be relatively safe to wait and sell when the new one comes out?
Camera bodies continue to drop in price as they get older, however, the 60D has dropped a lot already, and probably will not drop much more for another year.
Since the New Nikon D7100 is priced at $1600, expect a 70D to go for at Least $1500.  If that happens, a 60D might even increase in price.  It has happened.

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Lenses / Re: Why aren't zoom lenses faster than 2.8?
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:56:57 PM »
As lenses get larger apertures, particularly at shorter focal lengths, it becomes difficult to keep the edges sharp, eliminate field of curvature, etc.  This means larger diameter glass and more elements.
Since the cost to grind glass increases with size, cost of large diameter lens elements skyrockets.  Now, add several more expensive elements to try and correct distortions, CA, etc, and the price gets out of control.
For expensive lenses, the market is much smaller, so development and tooling charges are amortized over just a few lenses, maybe 1000 more or less.  Spread that $1 million over 1000 lenses, and just the development cost is $10,000 per lens, and add another $10,000 manufacturing cost, and you have a lens that sells for $40,000, which is what the low volume cinema lenses sell for.
 
For a lens that sells 100,000 copies, the amortization might be $100 each, and the price is more reasonable.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Too early to sell 60D?
« on: February 21, 2013, 01:19:36 PM »
What sort of performance do you expect from a 70d?  It seems you expect it to be a marked improvement vs an incremental upgrade. I wouldn't hold my breath.

Canon has always stayed with their original premise, deliver a good camera for the best possible price.  This means that they carefully do a value engineering on features versus their cost.  I've watched people pickup cameras in Buest Buy, they listen to the salesmans spiel, they buy the cheapest one.
 
The Nikon D7001 might be a slightly better camera, but the D70 will sell more due to the lower price.  Canon's expertise is high volume production at low prices, and they do not want to lose that edge.
 
I think they learned with the 5D MK III and will go back to their roots.

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