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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony NEX goes Full Frame!!!!
« on: August 17, 2012, 02:18:10 PM »

Sounds like it could handle E-mount lenses in crop mode, and would need alpha lenses for full-frame. Which is really actually good for users, cause Sony has some good A-mount lenses, where as I can't imagine any E-mount holding up to full frame. But with a crop mode, they'd be the same as they are on the NEX-7

The Nex Cameras are mirrorless, and that allows them to be smaller and thinner.  This is due to a reduced flange distance.
 A-mount lenses and a E-mount lens have different flange to sensor distances, so a adaptor would be needed to adapt aA mount lenses.  If the Camera was designed to use A Mount lenses, then it would need to be the same thickness as a DSLR, and e-mounnt lenses would not work, since they would have to mount inside the body to focus or have some sort of a adapter that had optics and made a poor lens really poor.
If A FF Nex were to appear, it would need all new lenses.

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AF with those pins taped varies from model to model and body to body.  I taped several lenses and tried TC's on them with my 5D MK III, and they struggled or did not AF at all.  Only one, a old 70-200mm f/2.8L did what I'd call a reasonably fast and accurate autofocus with TC's stacked.  My old 40D would AF on almost any lens with TC at f/8 and usually f/11.  It just is unpredictable.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony NEX goes Full Frame!!!!
« on: August 17, 2012, 10:43:04 AM »
Their previous attempt at FF was a bust.  hopefully they do will not have the sensor to overheat issues from the built-in IS like the APS-C cameras have.
Their user interface is a nightmare and a good reason to stay away from Nex as well.  Sony does have a few good lenses, but only a few.  They are badly overpriced for non IS lenses.

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Lenses / Re: best filter for shooting portraits (babies)
« on: August 17, 2012, 12:49:09 AM »
A Filter? 
In the days of film, when we did not have special effects of digital post processing, we had star filters and dozens of other special effects filters.

Now, about the only image modifying filters used are gradient filters to keep from overexposing the sky, or ND filters to allow you to use a wide aperture in bright light.  Polarizing filters will reduce reflections coming from water, and in any situation where the light is polarized.
UV filters, at least good ones should not affect your image.

Perhaps you can post one of your problem images along with the camera settings, and tell us what it is that you want to improve.  The term better looking is very vague.

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Cameras can go bad, lenses can get out of calibration, there are lots of potential things that can happen.  You need to try to see if you can recreate the issue.
1D MK IV Low light with AI Servo, for example, is going to fail, the camera will shoot even if AF is not completely achieved when in AI servo.  Use one shot.  It may not AF, but will not close the shutter until its focused.  That might not be your problem, its just a possibility.
My 1D MK IV had very accurate autofocus, but struggled in low light.  Thats pretty well documented.  The 5D MK II is a excellent low light AF body (center point).
 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon GPS Options
« on: August 17, 2012, 12:33:17 AM »
Pretty much any GPS unit produces a log that can be downloaded to your computer and synched to your photos using the time stamp.  This requires that your camera have the correct time, which can be synched to a pc with Canon Utility such that its accurate to the second.
Some cell phones have this capability, and GPS data loggers are cheap.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Remote Trigger and Tethered Shooting
« on: August 17, 2012, 12:29:13 AM »
You might check Breeze software, if you haven't already.  They have a photobooth application that is popular.  Generally, the camera controls are disabled when tethered, but there may be some clever workarounds. 
http://breezesys.com/Photobooth/index.htm
Chris Breeze is pretty helpful about answering your questions.

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PowerShot / Re: S100 or SX260
« on: August 16, 2012, 11:58:48 PM »
Totally different cameras, SX260 small sensor, S100 larger sensor.
Go to a camera store and try them, they is going to be a  difference in feel and the controls. 
The SX260 has a long zoom range, built-in GPS, but slow autofocus and not so good high ISO performance. 
The S100 has better performance, but a shorter zoom range and no GPS.  Tradeoff to get the features you prefer.  You are going to like either if you buy it for its strong points, and if it feels comfortable to you.

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Law of supply and demand.  The economy is poor, sales are slow, price drops.
This happened last December as Canon sold down inventory at the end of FY2011 in a attempt to increase cash flow and sales figures.
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/02699/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-II-price.html
 

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Technical Support / Re: Stuck Electrical Contact Pin in Canon 5D MKII
« on: August 16, 2012, 11:41:34 PM »
It has likely sustained some damage. I would not recommend trying to dismantle the camera to get at it, having it repaired is your best option. 

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Lenses / Re: Do you switch off IS in sunny days?
« on: August 16, 2012, 04:02:21 PM »
I leave mine on, even on a tripod unless it is one of the older ones that do not detect tripods.  For long telephotos, unless you have a unusually solid tripod and head, the lens will vibrate and IS is necessary.

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Lenses / Re: Looking for a EF 70-200 IS USM II. Used is fine. Ideas?
« on: August 16, 2012, 03:58:57 PM »
I'd only buy used from Canon where I have return rights, and then only when they have a 15% off sale.
One trip to Canon for adjustment or repair of a used lens will end up costing you more than a new one, and there can be intermittent issues that do not show up for a few weeks, or decentering is common in zooms.
Unless you can save $400 or more, its likely not a good deal.

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Which version of LR are you using?

Latest version, 4.1 or is there a new one? Lightroom does not show any new versions when I click to check for new ones.
LR 4.1 supports the 5D MkIII, as I use that combination.

Can you tell us how? Because per Adobe, and my experience, it is not supported... We are not talking about import photos, we are talking about controlling the camera with Lightroom...
I do not think he is aware that Lightroom 4 does not yet support tethered shooting with the 5D MK III.  Some see that the 5D MK III is supported, but do not know its not 100% supported.

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Canon General / Re: Adorama issues anyone? Ever try to return a product?
« on: August 15, 2012, 08:05:27 PM »
This is the 2nd anti Adorama posting from the OP in two days.  If there is a issue, he can contact their goodwill ambassador Helen Oster and ask for help. (She also occasionally posts helpful notes on this forum)  They have a excellent reputation, but things can go wrong, and she is usually able to help straighten it out.
 
Adorama has been great for me for the last 30 years.  They have a 30 day return policy.  You do not have to fool around or call or get a RMA number. 
There is a form online to fill out and you ship the item back. 
I returned my 5D MK III because I was unhappy with the unlighted focus points. I had my refund, no questions asked in less than a week after I mailed it to them.
 

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http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-31632_7-57476199-237/microsoft-surface-pro/

This is the tablet I've been waiting for. A Tablet that can actually do work and run serious app's for my photo needs with a USB PORT!!!

This is good stuff, A full OS in a tablet. 8) The possibility's are endless with that USB port. Tethering shooting, Storage, CD Drive, Printers, and so much more.

Are any of you interested in this tablet? Because if the giant microsoft can pull it off, The Ipad will have some serious competition.

It sounds interesting, there are windows touch screen tablets that run lightroom, photoshop, and pretty much anything else.  Lenovo makes one of them, its been around for a few years.  Its a industrial grade machine though, so its big and heavy.  Its also expensive.
My issue would be with readability, I can't read my 12 inch Lenovo screen, much less a 10 inch one.  A 7 inch screen is out of the question for me.

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