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Lenses / Re: About to jump into the canon boat!
« on: July 28, 2012, 12:21:22 PM »
Big gap between 50mm and 135mm.  Consider a 85mm or 100mm lens, or get a walk-around zoom like the 24-105mm L.

Lenses / Re: Lenses - All Change!
« on: July 28, 2012, 12:19:15 PM »
I'd think the 135mm l would be a little long on a 7D, but it depends on your style.
The 85mm f/1.8 is very good and reliable, but it is possible to have a damaged or malfunctioning lens.
As far as CA, its now pretty much a non issue, Lightroom 4 will even remove or minimize LoCa's as well as make other lens corrections.
I'd first get your lens checked out.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 50D to .......?
« on: July 28, 2012, 12:07:54 PM »
What do you need to acomplish?  Unless you have something specific in mind, its not going to be worth a upgrade. 
If you are going to FF, it will pay to plan for it in advance, since all your lenses will suddenly seem to be 1.6 times shorter, and and EF-S lenses will not work with a FF body.  Then, if you can't afford to buy lenses and FF body all at once, start acquiring a minimum set of lenses you will need for FF, and by then, a new FF body will be available. 
If going to a 7D, all your lenses will work, but its not going to give any big boost to image quality, rather, it has advanced autofocus, video, and a much better build. 
So what do you value most?
Video?  Landscapes?, Wildlife?, Sports?, Weddings? Family and Vacations?  There is a different best model depending on what you do, and no one model is best at everything.  Life is always a compromise, we make the best one we can.

EOS Bodies / Re: advice required
« on: July 27, 2012, 12:14:29 PM »
For Macro, my 7D loves my 100mmL, I far prefer it to FF.  But for portraits, a FF is going to be much better.
For about the price of a new 7D, I bought a refurb 5D MK II a few weeks ago thru the Canon CLP program ($1407).  It was like new, and had only about 100 exposures when I checked.  Its my 2nd 5D MK II and I find it to be a really good deal for the price.
Get a refurb and save money for good glass. Bodies come and go, but you can keep using good glass for 10+ years, even 20.

Software & Accessories / Re: EOS Utility and osX 10.8 Mountain Lion
« on: July 27, 2012, 12:07:41 PM »
I use the EOS utility for tethered shooting. 
I have a light table with a 10 ft USB  cable going to my PC.  All my images are focused remotely, and I set the exposure by looking at the live histogram as well as the screen.  Then I release the shutter and the image receives my custom file name and goes straight to the selected folder of my PC. Since I see it before hand, I can set depth of field and view of my products and capture them the way I want pretty accurately.  Its a huge time saver.
I can also sync my camera clock to my pc clock, which is synched to a time server, and is usually accurate to a second or two.

Software & Accessories / Re: Filters for 16-35mm f/2.8L?
« on: July 27, 2012, 11:59:15 AM »
My new 16-35 should arrive today.  I do not have any filters larger than 77mm, I'm not sure I will need any, but will look for a cir pol and a ND.  Multiple exposure HDR seems like a good way to deal with high DR static scenes.  As long as its not over baked, it can look natural.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X vs Nikon D4
« on: July 27, 2012, 11:50:45 AM »
I bought a D800, and its a excellent camera.  However, high quality Nikon  lenses that are equivalent to some of my favorite Canon lenses just don't exist.
100-400mmL (Rumored to finally be coming out with a better 80-400mm lens), 135mm L, 24-105mm L etc.
I did buy a 24-70mmG, and found the CA to be horrible.  Then I started to look at it on the reviews of other top lenses, and all of them had high levels of CA.  Even the Lightroom Lens correction could not deal with removing it from my 24-70mmG.
If it hadn't been for the lenses, I'd still have the D800.

I intrepret it as meaning the lag will be shorter, but variable.  That might not be a good thing if you want to synchronize a flash, for example.  with the circuit in the stable mode, its always tha same delay, so things that synchronize will work properly.

Technical Support / Re: DIY sensor cleaning - what to buy.
« on: July 26, 2012, 10:21:00 PM »
I bought the sensor cleaning swabs, tools, etc.  I have several DSLR's so the cost was spread over them.  However, I am nor CPS gold, so I get some free cleanings each year.
Microtools has cleaning supplies and instructions.  It takes 4 or 5 swabs to do a good cleaning job, and they are not cheap.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 3rd Party ... Bodies??
« on: July 26, 2012, 10:16:34 PM »
So here's an idea I've been mulling over for a while...
There are already 3rd party manufacturers (SigRoKina etc), who make 3rd Party lenses with AF, they take a few Canon lenses and bodies apart, look at the electrical signals going back and forth, and then build that capability into their own lenses. It's worked for the last 30 years or so quite nicely.
If only that were true! 
Sigma EOS compatible lenses made before the Canon Rebel DSLR will not finction on a modern Canon DSLR.  They fixed the design and reworked some of them for the Digital Rebel, then when the Canon 10D came out, some of them broke yet again.  Their lenses made in the last 9-10 years still work ok. They have also had to redo some of their Sony compatible lenses that stopped working when Sony released a new model.  The other manufacturers have had issues as well, but not with millions of lenses like Sigma.
Tons of Quantaray lenses made by Sigma will not work on modern Canon DSLRs even though they were supposed to be EOS compatible.  I got caught with several Sigma lenses, only one could be upgraded, and they charged me $100 to make it work like it was supposed to.
Its still possible, likely even, that a tweak to Canons AF system will once again render all of Sigma's lenses non workable.
Developing a new camera is a huge cost.  Some think that they just bolt parts togather with little or no effort.  In actuality, its a huge effort, the software alone is super expensive to develop and maintain. A program like that can bankrupt a company, which is why Sigma bought Foevon.  Pentax is tetering as well, and may stop making P&S bodies.
Don't expect Sigma to come out with a FF mirrorless, the risk at this point in time is too high.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Im looking into getting a new camera
« on: July 26, 2012, 08:42:11 PM »
Prices are dropping fast!  I bought a new 16-35mmL for less than Canon's price for a refurbished lens.
I'd sit tight and look for bargains, they are popping up everywhere.  Even the t4i is being discounted.
"The Digital Picture" has a running list of deals on the lower right sidebar, so visit that site as well.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Does the T4i Overheat?
« on: July 25, 2012, 10:27:32 PM »
The T4i AF is not super fast, but it is far better than nothing.  It also works with the new STM lenses for faster and quiter AF as compared to a normal EF or EF-s lens.

I'd opt for the T4i and the 40mm STM pancake lens and / or  18-135mm STM lens.  This is the first Canon DSLR that will autofocus while doing video, and it is designed to work with the STM lenses which have relatively silent AF motors.
The T3i is not optomized with these lenses.  It won't autofocus while doing video, so spending money on a AF lens for video is a waste, no matter which.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Does the T4i Overheat?
« on: July 25, 2012, 07:35:53 PM »
If you are out in very hot weather, count on it overheating.  The heat disappation has been improved, and its better than many competiting models.

Canon General / Re: "Time for a Change at Canon?" -Barons
« on: July 25, 2012, 07:32:38 PM »
What I read is just as I imagined it.  A totally inside board of directors each congratualating and re-electing themselves and totally oblivious to the world around them and its changes.
They badly need some outside directors to push for change.  The continued lack of agressively priced and specified new products is going to put them in a hole that becomes increasingly difficult to pull out of.
Being on top today does not guarantee being on top tomorrow, particularly when other companies are catching up and even passing you.  One day soon, they will be wondering what hit them.

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