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EOS Bodies / Re: making a case for that crop body camera
« on: February 03, 2013, 12:14:19 PM »
Good used 7D's often sell for well under $1000, so they are a bargain.  Some lenses perform better on APS-C, but some do better on FF. 
Like Neuro, my 7D no longer got any use when I bought my 1D MK IV.  Eventually due to problems with my wrists, I bought a 1D MK III, it is far better overall than my 7D was, but the 7D did work very well with my 100mmL.
I'd certainly recommend a good used 7d.

Lenses / Re: Odd AF microadjustment behavior with a new lens
« on: February 03, 2013, 12:03:44 PM »
It shouldn't do that obviously, If it is still happening, do a camera reset, remove the battery for 5 minutes or so, and try again.  If it is still happening, since its a new lens, it is possibly related, and you might have to exchange it.  While lenses do not store AFMA, they do store the AF calibration settings done at the factory or service center, and there could be a firmware issue or communication issue.

You can see the exif information in DPP, but you can't watch the video.  Pretty extensive information.

Can anybody with Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens share what brand they use for UV filter?
You do not need any UV-filter, buy the new protections filter with better coating against flare

Mikael, can you point us toward a sample of the filter you have in mind?  Obviously, we do not need UV, but the plain filters I've seen were not multi coated, just glass.

With the current price of the 7D and the large number of  used and refurbs available in the $1000 - $1200 range, I'd wonder who would buy a 70D that was not the equal of a 7D??  That doesn't seem like a good plan to me. It needs to be something that would bring some features that give it more value than a used 7D.

Lenses / Re: Metabones Speed Booster -- why only for FF to APS-C?
« on: February 01, 2013, 11:34:32 PM »

And I guess someone explained why the speed booster wont work, it only gains the extra stop because of the distance it adds between the lens and sensor. 
Actually, what it does is take a larger image circle and refocus it into a smaller image circle that is brighter, and has the wider field of view.
The distance to the lens and sensor is necessary due to the additional hardware being inserted in the light path, but has nothing to do with the image being brighter or wider.
I doubt that there would be a big market for adapting MF lenses to FF, most MF lenses run from 40mm and up, and can cost a lot for a good one, you can buy a wide FF EF lens with autofocus for less and get sharper images as well.
The real utility of the adapter is for someone owning a bunch of Canon FF glass who wants to adapt it to a mirrorless body and not have to buy new wider lenses to get the proper FOV.  Even then, its probably a product with a limited market.  Perhaps for a enthusiast level EOS M?

Site Information / Re: Site issues, or my computer?
« on: February 01, 2013, 11:22:06 PM »
I haven't had a issue either. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark III (Upgrade from Mark II N)
« on: January 31, 2013, 05:27:14 PM »
The 1D MK III has many improved features over the 1D MK II.  I used mine at ISO 3200, there is noise, but its manageable.
ISO is better, but don't expect miracles.
A larger LCD, supported on modern computers, live view, its a great camera.
However, for a big jump in high ISO, go to a 1D MK IV if you can swing the extra cost. ISO 6400 is pretty reasonable on the MK IV, and I've used mine at 12800.
A 5D MK II or 6D  will beat them out at high ISO though.

Lenses / Re: Rebate Ending Soon? When's The Next One?
« on: January 31, 2013, 05:14:38 PM »
Canon typically reduces inventory at the end of the year, so you see the best prices then.  Unless their inventory gets too high again, look for another sale in April or May, but the discounts will likely be smaller.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: New Canon EOS-1D X for $5907 via eBay
« on: January 31, 2013, 05:10:29 PM »
As always, buyer beware.  This is most certainly a grey market camera (some people care about that, others don't) and this seller has a reputation of selling used cameras as new, or missing parts:
I have a small business and sell on ebay.  About 0.5 - 1% of the buyers act like total idiots, they expect much more than advertised.  Many with a issue do not actually send a e-mail, they just think they did.  Documenting it by using the ebay email system really helps.
The biggest issue is wrong addresses.  A seller is going to ship to the address provided by ebay or Paypal, and a certain percentage have moved but not updated their address, or, they just plain do not know their correct address.  Then, its the sellers fault for not knowing!!
I immediately correct any problems that are made known to me, but there are a lot of people who do not read and want something that was not offered or listed, then they complain.
Negative feedback goes with the territory.  If a big seller has about 2% or less of issues, they are doing a reasonable job.  If they were perfect, they would still have up to 1% negative feedback.

A little one sided, aren't we?

I like being a grownup. I get to make my own decisions...

Compact cameras will sell less and less as digital phones get better.
Where have you been?  Canon has mentioned this in their annual financial reports for at least the last two years, and so has Nikon.  They are well aware of the trend to use camera phones rather than point and shoot cameras.  That does not mean that P&S cameras don't sell, 80 million were produced in 2012.
checkout 2012 industry wide sales here:
BTW Sony has tried to make headway in the cellphone market and lost their shirt, (huge amounts of actual losses)
This actually puts Canon in a good position, because of their very strong DSLR sales and low cost lens production (most people just buy a kit lens).

PowerShot Cameras / Re: The love for AA size batteries
« on: January 29, 2013, 11:44:43 PM »
I remember when the first consumer digital cameras were becoming popular around 1997.  They used AA batteries, and you got maybe 30 - 40 images for a alkaline 4 battery set.  You could get twice that with lithium batteries, but they were 10X the cost.
After a year or so, battery life in new models increased by a factor of two, and by 2000, it was no longer a issue.  I much prefer AA batteries for point and shoot cameras, but for DSLR's, I get along ok with li-on.  DSLR's just consume too much power to make AA's practical.  I still have my Nikon CP-990, it uses AA's, which makes it practical to keep, since buying new li-on batteries every few years would be a issue, and eventually, they would no longer be made.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What to look for when buying a 5d mkiii
« on: January 29, 2013, 11:32:57 PM »
You really can't do a test of the more subtle things, dust is the last thing to worry about, its easy to clean.  Checking for hot pixels without a computer is not going to work well either, but if its a gross issue, you might spot it.
I'd recommend that you make sure that your camera can be returned or exchanged in the event you find a issue later. 
That said, I've had probably 30 DSLR's and none had serious issues that required service. 

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Single raw real estate photos
« on: January 29, 2013, 07:03:19 PM »
The first thing I see in the first image is the cracks and the grass in the concrete joints of the driveway.  That tells me that the home was not well maintained, and I'd not really be interested. 
If thats what the client wants ....

They sell far more power shot cameras as DSLR's.  That might be the reason.  Dollar wise, they GET more dollars from DSLR's, but they sell far more Power shots.
Its also a matter of hogging shelf space in the big box stores.  When a company that makes fewer models,their cameras tend to get lost among the many Canon models, buyers are then much more likely to buy Canon.
Why do bread companies make hundreds of different brands with the same bread inside ... same reason, marketing!  And... It works!!

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