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Technical Support / Re: Question about cleaning something off of sensor.
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:31:36 PM »
Its likely something that has hardened and dried, pretty common actually.
Since you don't feel confident about doing it yourself, send it into Canon Mississauga.  I wet clean my sensors whenever matter is actually dried onto them.  The issue is not really electrical contacts, alcohol will not short the very low voltage contacts out.  Rather, its the AA filter that sits on top of the sensor, and is not sealed to the sensor, so a excess of fluid can run under the AA filter and leave stains where you cannot get to them to clean it, removing the AA filter for cleaning the sensor would be very expensive, Canon won't do it.
If you purchase pre-moistened cleaning swabs, then there is no problem with excess moisture, but unless its something you do frequently, its very expensive, and it still might come clean.
I buy my cleaning swabs and eclipse solution from micro tools, I already had a inspection microscope.

Software & Accessories / Re: Hello Windows 10
« on: October 18, 2014, 11:05:38 PM »
I have bought two new Windows 8 Dell XPS desktops.  I wanted to like Windows 8, but finally gave up trying to run some software had me tearing my hair out.  I have a relative working as a manager at MS, he was not happy with it either, but faithfully runs it using start 8 to get the desktop back.
I merely bought two new SSD's for the computers and installed windows 7 on them.  Dell supplies windows 7 drivers for their new XPS models, you can have either OS installed on a new one, but they cost less with windows 8, and I have several full copies of windows 7 that I can install.
That new imac with the 27 inch retina display does sound interesting.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: LP-E6N Backwards Compatible
« on: October 18, 2014, 10:55:20 PM »
I asked the same question at Photokina fair in Germany last month and was told it is backwards compatible. Anyway, advertised higher capacity is negligible in my opinion (1850 vs 1800 mAh) and not worth the money.

An in-depth test might reveal that there are other benefits, maybe more recharge cycles or faster recharging?

Knowing Canon, there might be another agenda: the new battery type might have a much more elaborate counterfeiting prevention, and with newer cameras or 7d2+ fw upgrades the old lp-e6 might be disabled by Canon.

They showed how important battery sales are to them with the latest 6d/5d3 fw upgrades that adds warning messages and chargers that don't accept detected 3rd party batteries anymore.

+1  you can bank on the counterfeit protection.  It has only a skight additional capacity, nothing worth bothering with.

Software & Accessories / Re: Windows 7 install
« on: October 18, 2014, 10:48:57 PM »
I've done clean installs of windows 7 Ultimate twice in the past month or two on new SSDs on 2 different i7 machines.  It took me about 15-20 minutes or less.
The issue is getting the drivers loaded for newer motherboards and options that did not exist when windows 7 was released.  When you run windows update, there will be hundreds of updates, the time it takes for those depends on your internet speed.
Most software and hardware supports windows 7, but some older software does not.

Reviews / Re: Camera Store Trashes New G7X
« on: October 18, 2014, 10:37:13 PM »
I did not watch the whole thing.  Whatever video camera used to film it was horrible, they need to fix that.  it was changing apertures and the video kept getting bright and dark.  This is the first hint that someone does not know what they are doing.  After the flickering video, I lost interest.
I would be interested in a serious comparison at every focal length at 24mm, 35mm,50mm, 85mm, and 100mm.  Wait, the RX100 does not do 85mm or 100mm, the most common portrait focal lengths.  I settled on a G1X, so a G7X is not in my future in any event.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:34:46 AM »
I'd wait.
Particularly, I prefer not to buy from the first prodcution batch but to wait until demand settles down. I want to buy the 7D2 to complement my 5D3, particularly for sports and wildlife.

There is definitely something to be said in favor of waiting.  However, Canon builds up a huge inventory to match the pre-orders as much as possible.  After that, cameras trickle in, and it can take months to get one if they turn out to be popular.  The big demand for Christmas is not lost on Canon, they seem to make announcements of major new bodies timed for the holidays.


I don't see a issue with the sharpness of my G1X, its not as good as my 5D MK III + 24-70mm MK II lens, but it does not cost $5,600 either.

i am looking for a pocket camera. i tried an rx100iii in the store but didn't like the way it felt. too small and the controls seemed jammed together. maybe i can find a store with one of these to try. your example shot looks great.

The Sony RX100 III is a great camera, I am all thumbs, and the zoom range is limited, so I passed, but I see nothing wrong with the sharpness of my G1X MK II.  The lens on the MK I was indeed a weak point.
I'm just asking because the comment indicated experience with all three cameras.

Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:23:39 AM »
First, be aware that a strike from a laser light show on your camera when the shutter is open will burn a track across the sensor.  This is a really nasty issue for those trying to do video of a laser show, since the sensor is exposed all the time.  Its less likely when you are taking stills at a fast shutter speed, but you will need a new sensor if it happens, a new camera will cost less.
I'd think I'd struggle at ISO 25600 and a f/2.8 lens in the situation.  Your shutter speed needs to be high, and that makes it difficult. I photograph low light theater performances, its tough even with my 5D MK III.
I'd rent a 6D and a 135mm f/2, and plan on using very high ISO.  You just can't get away with slow shutter speeds of moving people.  I'd want to use 1/320 or faster with my 135mmL.  It is very usable at f/2.
I've tried ISO 25600 at f/2.8 and 1/250 sec of a ballet dancer.  The shutter speed was too slow.  The Noise was extreme, but for a print, it will look ok.

Lenses / Re: Is my Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II ok?
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:56:39 PM »
Also, add more light.

+1, I like to give FoCal at least 10 EV.

Yes, the AF system does not like lower light levels and loses consistency.  ev 10 or more works better.

Have you considered the Panasonic LX100? I'm looking for a camera for exactly the same purpose as you do, and the LX100 seems to be the perfect compromise in size, IQ, aperture, EVF and so on...
If you wanna stay with Canon, go for the G7X. The Sony sensor does true magic and the G1XII images are just too soft at high ISO's in my experience.

What experience do you actually have with the G1X II, The Sony sensor, or the LX 100?  Post your photos.  I'll start with one of mine and include a crop.
I don't see a issue with the sharpness of my G1X, its not as good as my 5D MK III + 24-70mm MK II lens, but it does not cost $5,600 either.

Lenses / Re: Building my lens system - where to go from my basic kit?
« on: October 14, 2014, 07:23:20 PM »

To sum it up:
 - I would like to be able to travel with my kit. So weight is a concern (keep in mind that many airlines enforce a 7kg carry-on limit. The ones I use for short-haul trips have a 10kg limit)
 - I would like to be able to photograph landscapes, urban, portraits, events and wildlife.
 - I would preferably have kit with 3 lenses, possibly 4 with future 100-400 or 400.

Alternative 1:
- 16-35 F4
- 35 F1.4
- 135 F2

Alternative 2:
- 16-35 F4
- 35 F1.4
- 70-200 2.8 II or 70-300 F4-5.6

Alternative 3:
- 16-35 F4
- 35 F1.4
- 100-400 or 400

Alternative 4 (that I think some of you might suggest):
- 16-35 F4
- 24-70 F2.8 II
- 70-200 2.8 II

Some of you must have experienced the same situation, or have some input on this situation?

I've been thru that.  I've had the 70-200mm f/4 IS and all three of the 70-200 f/2.8 models, dozens of Canon lenses.  I ended up with alternative 4 plus about 8 more lenses, but the 24-70mm f/2.8L gets by far the most use.
I'd keep your current lenses, add the 16-35mm f/4 and the 70-300mmL as in alternative 2.  You can then decide if you want a 24-70mm f/2.8.  Its not really a walk around lens.
While the 24-105mmL is not perfect, and weak at 24mm and at long focal lengths, its still very good for the price as a kit lens.  You will have to pay a lot more to beat it.

PowerShot / Re: Get G15 refurbished or G16 new?
« on: October 14, 2014, 07:12:22 PM »
The G16 is the end of a line.  Canon is now coming out with larger sensors and upscale P&S bodies, the G7X, the G1X, and a large sensor superzoom that is not officially yet announced.
I have no way of knowing if the G16 will become a classic, or if it will lose its value, but it is still a very nice camera, and costs less than a G7X.
Canon has slowly evolved the G line over the past years, so jumping to large sensors is a reflection of changing user demand.  I think they should have moved to large sensor P&S cameras several years ago.  It was apparently marketing that held things back.  Now, they are forced to try larger sensor bodies.  The 1 inch sensor may become the standard for P&S cameras, and the 1.5 inch sensor for high end P&S.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 14, 2014, 03:51:13 PM »
Generally, we refer to professional grade tools as those which are better made, have tighter tolerances, are rugged and reliable. 
Certainly, a Pro can and will use whatever tool is available.  If he cannot afford Snap-On tools, he might use some from a dollar store.    A person who depends on a tool for making a living certainly wants tools that will get the job done and not fail him when he needs them to work.  Professional grade cameras and other tools are made to be rugged and reliable, more so than the consumer grade tools.
Professional Grade DSLR's have been around for many years now, they originally had very few MP, but were professional quality.

I occasionally find that when I want to set a fixed aperture and shutter speed , that auto ISO does not give a correct exposure.  I can manually set ISO, but exposure compensation is very useful. 
The issue is that I forget to reset it, and then, the next time, exposures are off.  We need a auto reminder to automatically automate the auto exposure compensation.

Reviews / Re: Romy Ocon (liquidstone) reviews the 7D Mark II
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:07:09 AM »
Yes, he is now a Canon explorer of light, so he gets to try out new pre-production models.  I'm convinced he is so good that he could make a coke bottle work for a lens.

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