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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Update on SmugMug
« on: December 17, 2014, 04:38:56 PM »
I've been using smug for 3+ years.  Moving to the new version was painless.  However, I'm not a power user, I have only a few hundred photos on it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Possibly ok after dropped?
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:31:25 PM »
Hi pedant.
Good for a laugh, but these RTV sealants give off a real cocktail of fumes, mostly solvent, would probably dissolve some crucial plastic internal gear!

Cheers, Graham.

it's possible that your camera will soon develop some issues from the shock, but then again, it's possible that it will be fine.

hey, just a thought... you could use some black silicone sealant on there to block light and water. functionally, it would be as good as new if the chassis is truly the only thing that got damaged.



look for black 'RTV' sealant in a big hardware store like home depot or perhaps an auto parts store.
(possibly first take some ~400-600 grit sandpaper if some of the paint is peeling off around the damaged area)

a slightly ugly fix, and there will be the looming timebomb feeling. it's hard to say that there is not an increased risk of sudden failure from that drop.  but if you have a second camera that could work in a pinch on a job, this could be a suitable fix if you want to save your insurance for the next time some drunk guy bumps into you.

but yeah, if you want to use your personal insurance on this but need to keep using the camera to finish up your current jobs, you could apply the fix if you think you might be shooting out in the rain or something.

you could also just put a piece of duct tape on there... better than nothing.

I destroyed the sensor on my scanner just by cleaning the glass with windex.  The ammonia fumes did not like the sensor.  I'd stay away from this type of fix that might totally ruin the camera.

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I see that export to photoshop is now working in version 4.1.50, but I do not see the batch conversion ability to convert a whole folder of raw images.  I did not see a way to send images to lightroom either, but I just might not be seeing the option.

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I do think that its time for a improvement, for color corrected web browsers, etc.  The real difficulty is in getting the other 99.9% to agree.

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:00:37 PM »


Precisely. Of the products I import from Japan to Canada, I only have to get approval (CSA in our case) for the items that plug in to the wall. My cameras don't plug in directly and neither do lenses.


 
Perhaps you have never imported a car from Japan, or a TV from the UK.  Its the different standards, laws and taxes at work.

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The European site asks for a camera serial number and would not accept mine from the 5DIII.  I'm guessing because it's registered in Canada.  Would not let me download without it.

Interesting!  Is that part of Canon's new gray market push?  It does not make sense, try downloading from Australia.  Chances are that its a bug in the site.

Canon Australia does not show that version available, but thanks for the tip.  Guess I'll wait until Canon USA or Canada list it.

 
I'm downloading it right now from Canon Europe with my registered camera serial number from the USA.
 
Make sure that you enter zeros and not O's in the serial number.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« on: December 17, 2014, 01:35:41 PM »
I would be interested to know if you think the packaging would endure a trip to the other side.  (Aussie) I have mine ordered via a third party and wondered if it needed re-packing   cheers brian

The Canon packaging is surpurb, multiple layers of protection, it can withstand lots of dropping. This is the best packaging I've seen for something in this class.
 
 Adorama also surrounded it with air bags, so it was in pretty good shape.
 
I did take it out this morning into the cold frosty air and took a few shots to try to see if there was front or back focusing.  It looked pretty good, I'd guess that its front focusing a very tiny amount, not enough to fool with right now.
 
This is a photo from about 40 ft at 400mm, full frame, and then crop.  There was no wild life this morning, but my neighbor's dog was herding his horses.  There is some motion blurring, that dog was moving fast, and 1/500 was too slow.  The white horse in the background is almost 1/2 mile away.
 

 
 
 

 
 
The banner was 40 ft away and moving in the breeze, but 1/500 was plenty fast to freeze it.  The depth of field was shallow, so there are some oof areas where the flag is not flat.  Adjusting the focus a couple of steps back might prevent that.  I was surprised to see the individual threads.
 

 
 

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« on: December 17, 2014, 01:19:04 PM »
If walking around hanging off your neck do you think the lens will creep?

I use a black rapid strap, a neck strap would be very uncomfortable for me.
 
The lens has a locking (friction) ring that locks it at any focal length.  If it is not tightened before pointing up or down, the lens may tend to creep.  mine is new and still stiff, but after it gets worn in, I'd expect that it would need the friction.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Japan-only Nikon products
« on: December 17, 2014, 12:45:32 PM »
There are some Nikon only forums where there may be a lot of members who know.
 
The issue with Nikon is that they will only service cameras and lenses in the country they were produced for, this is their way of slowing down gray market sales.

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Lenses / Re: Which 50mm Macro lens is a better buy?
« on: December 17, 2014, 12:42:51 PM »
Hello everyone

I am a food photographer and I shoot most of my food shots with my 100 and sometimes my 50mm 1.2 but i wanted to add a new dimension to my work by having closer shots done with a 50mm macro.  The 2 options I have found is the Zeiss and the regular canon 50mm macro (non- L series).  does anyone have experience with either lense or know someone who does?

Thanks for the help in advance

Jeremy

Hi Jeremy,

I just saw this post and I am in the position you were in. Did you purchase the Canon 50mm macro or Sigma 50mm macro? I am a food photographer as well, and shoot mostly with 100mm macro which is my favourite lens for food and portrait shoot. I need a wider lens to get more of the table setup in the frame, so I'm looking for a wider macro lens. Anyone has any input?

You are replying to a 2011 post, and the poster is no longer a member, so don't expect hime to answer you.
 
With old posts like this, sometimes its better to start a new topic, since things may have changed in 3 or 4 years.

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I'd only buy the dock if you plan to use it. 

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The European site asks for a camera serial number and would not accept mine from the 5DIII.  I'm guessing because it's registered in Canada.  Would not let me download without it.

Interesting!  Is that part of Canon's new gray market push?  It does not make sense, try downloading from Australia.  Chances are that its a bug in the site.

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:28:36 AM »
Canon USA, UK, etc are their own P&L centres. Why should they cross subsidise via way of a warranty an item bought from another country. 

Simple answer: ONE company. ONE world. ONE global economy. Not only for Canon, companies, makers, sellers of products. But also for us, buyers, customers.  8)

We don't tell Canon in what countries to manufacture their products. Canon is in no position to tell us, their customers, where to buy their products - as long as they come from their factories. They should be grateful when we spend our money on their products rather than on those from competitors. It would be in Canon's own best interest to keep us, their customers as happy as they possibly can. That includes the very best aftersales service they can possible pony up and offer to us. For all their products, for all their customers, no matter where we live, work and purchase Canon products.

Fair is fair.

While that it a ideal view, its not a realistic one, not at least until all countries come up with the same regulations, same taxes, same liability laws, etc.  Companies have separate P&L centers because they have to deal with the different laws and tax rates.
 
In fact, its not one world.  Here in the USA, its not even one country, each state has its differing laws and  differing taxes.  Politics plays a huge part.  At least, some laws are common, so that makes it possible to sell the same product in most states, but some products can only be sold in certain states.

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:33:32 PM »
Multinational corporations would be well advised to embrace the globalized economy in all aspects. If they want to peddle their wares globally they better respect their customers right to purchase those products at the lowest possible price available. Wherever that may be ... globally. They should be grateful, we buy anything from them.

Not just that.  The lack of a global warranty means that if you're somewhere out of the country traveling, or if you move somewhere else, your U.S. warranty may not be valid.  IMO, that makes their warranty less useful than it otherwise would be.

I also take issue with them calling them "counterfeit" products.  Are they saying that a Canon-manufactured camera sold in Japan or elsewhere is not a genuine Canon camera?  That's just silly.

Generally, they want a bill of sale from a Authorized Dealer.  Canon USA has also been known to help get service in other countries.  Its a good idea when traveling to another country to have a copy of that bill of sale with you. It can also help you avoid paying customs duties if applicable.  Canon USA will service cameras from other countries as long as they were bought from authorized dealers.

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Technical Support / Re: Repair or Return?
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:25:38 PM »
Since you can't exchange it, have it repaired.  It looks like a keeper for one of the lens elements is loose, Canon will fix it.  You have a one year warranty, so if it happens again, you can ask for a replacement lens.

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