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EOS Bodies / Re: Got this here itch
« on: January 08, 2013, 11:10:39 PM »
Its amazing to me how people actually try to make buying and selling decisions based on totally off the wall rumors, and then complain when they don't actually happen.
The rumors site is for fun and what-if discussion, but if you need a camera, go buy one because 99.9% of the rumors either never happen, or are way off as to features other than the obvious ones already on existing cameras. 

EOS Bodies / Re: What Canon Body is threatened buy the Nikon D5200?
« on: January 08, 2013, 11:05:24 PM »
Nikon is not really threatening any Canon camera, and Canon is not threatening Nikon.
Each have their proponents, but buyers of that level of camera are most often guided by the price.  They go down to Best Buy, and checkout the price of a camera / lens kit and, if it looks professional to them, they buy it.  Then, it sits in a closet because the images all look out of focus due to the shallow depth of field, and the controls are too complicated.
Of course, most of those who post here know what they are doing, but they are also a tiny minority.
I've bought many (un)used cameras locally from the closets of  buyers who went back to point and shoot cameras because they like everything to be in focus, and they like the ease of use.
My advice to someone wanting a DSLR is to first help them to determine if they really understand what they are getting into.  I gave my daughter one of my Canon DSLR's and lenses, I think it is gathering dust as well, since she prefers the old Nikon CP-990 I gave her many years back.  She mostly takes photos of projects she has made to list on Etsy or Ebay, and the CP-990 is fantastic for that.

What is this lens?  I thought they already had a lens that was 120-300 2.8 with OS?   I have the 120-300 2.8 non OS and I know there was already a newer version out?   I'm very confused....

Same new version with a very few changes...
Excepting the price, of course.  The old version has dropped to $3,000, the new version will be at least $3500.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Launches the Sigma USB DOCK
« on: January 08, 2013, 05:37:29 PM »
^ Do you really expect corporations to code their software to work with Linux, representing a whopping under 2% of computer users? ???

Anyways, if sigma would have had this accessory years ago it would have saved their brand an awful lot of hurt over bad AF!

Well, yes. They could easily have used a cross platform library for writing the application and then it would have worked everywhere. I am tired of companies offering software for Windows and Mac OS alone. It smacks of laziness.

it smacks of good business sense, you don't waste money and stay in business.

You might try using a remote shutter release velcroed to the left side of the camera, or some other easy to use place if that would make it easier. 
I hope you are able to regain use of your right hand. 

They pretty much sold out almost a year ago.  Canon stopped making them, and then was unable to get the new lens delivered such that all sold out.
They were not particularly good or reliable, so its a good thing they are gone.

Lenses / Re: January 8th Lens release rumor... a dud or a ruse?
« on: January 07, 2013, 11:26:59 PM »
The poster apparently thinks that rumors posted here are due to some magical link into Canon.
There is no such thing.  The rumors are based on input from e-mails, and receive a CR rating based on their reliability, CR1 being the lowest reliability, while CR3 means a sure thing.
Its all for what -if and fun, and if you have to take it seriously, a rumor site will definitely leave you unhappy.
Canon is extremely protective about letting information out, and lenses are the hardest to predict.  Usually, the CR3 rumors happen because someone somewhere makes a accidental slip and posts embargoed information.

Technical Support / Re: 5dMARK III showing ERR 40 then ERR 20
« on: January 07, 2013, 02:46:57 PM »
You have a year warranty on the camera.  Contact Canon and arrange to ship it to the nearest facility.  They will ask for a copy of the sales receipt.
Don't wait, get it fixed.

Lenses / Re: Lens mount play
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:46:20 PM »
The play has nothing to do with a 5D MK III.  It does have to do with the design of the EF mount system.  The play is a designed in tolerance, and is noticible on some lenses more than others merely due to tolerance stackup.
Google it, its been discussed for 20 years now.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 or 24-105
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:35:39 PM »
I see no advantage for the 24-70 f/4 IS over the 24-105mmL IS.  Sharpness is identical, weight is lower, but cost is higher.  I guess having a near macro setting would be one advantage, but not enough to offset the higher price.  Any additional distortion in the 24-105mm L is quickly and easily removed in all competent software.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1 ds mark3 vs 5d mark 3 image quality
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:02:21 PM »
I would say it depends on what type of shooting you're interested in which is the most important factor in choosing a body. For me i have a passion for sports so upgraded my original body from an xsi kit (when first getting into photography years ago) to the 7D. Just recently i traded in for a 1D Mark IV which happens to be a HUGE upgrade from the 1D III. I can tell you that i know A LOT of people who recently got the 5D III when the IV was released since it dropped in price a substantial amount. Its full frame & you cannot beat that sensor or image quality as well as high ISO capabilities. My new 1D IV has 10 fps & great high ISO which is extremely important when shooting sports with fast SS  but i've heard the 5D III is RIDICULOUS! I'm mentioning all of this as an example because the 5D wouldnt do anything for me since my passion is for sports. What im gaining i would lose with reach since full sensor & i cannot afford 300mm+ lenses to make up for this which is what the pros do as well as fps. Sure i could crop & with the 5D u can a great deal not losing any quality. So it all depends on what type of photography you're gonna shoot!
He is asking about 1DS MK III, not 1D MK III.
Crop cameras are a different ball of wax.

Software & Accessories / Re: LP-E6 shelf life
« on: January 06, 2013, 10:43:28 AM »
All batteries self discharge, but Li-On batteries have a circuit in the case that shuts down the battery when the charge level gets low.  It is then dead and cannot be recharged.
I'd expect this to happen in about 3 years or less, depending on how long it was stored before you bought it..

I suspect that you have just smeared the dust on your mirror, its happened to me when toughed with a sensor brush accidentally.
Have the camera cleaned, and that will give you some peace of mind to find its not scratched at all.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 05, 2013, 10:59:37 PM »
Its easy to get sucked into buying something you don't need when you listen to the hype.  At this point, it might not be a good idea to trade down to a 6D, used MK III's run about $2300, you might only save $300 - 400  by going to a 6D. 
The price of the MK III is going to rise now that Christmas sales are over.  Spring is the best time to sell during ordinary times, but nothing seems ordinary right now.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: BLOWN away.
« on: January 05, 2013, 10:48:45 AM »

The lens alone is worth more than 1000$, so 1800$ is not too bad for a FF body.

Plus, you pay the premium for a momentarily unique product.
How did you price a P&S lens?  Its not interchangable, and, when the camera dies, so does the lens.  Prices for P&S lenses are not the same as for interchangable lenses.

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