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Lenses / Re: Did I get a bad lens...or user error?
« on: June 17, 2012, 05:59:47 PM »
I've had five of the older 24-70mm L model, and while they were all right, just not spectacular.  The images you posted are a bit difficult, because we do not know where the AF point was, or the camera body settings.
 
I find FoCal is a good way to give a lens a good bit of testing for not only autofocus accuract, but consistency of autofocus.  You can also find out at which settings your lens is the sharpest.
 
The 24-70 does have way too much field of curvature, which on closeups with a wide aperture will mean out of focus edges, or if you focus toward the edge, the center will be soft.
 
For those with a crop body, you can get the 17-55mmL, but with FF, I'd get a new one locally, as it can take a few tries to get a really good one.  The field of curvature will not improve though, its in the design.

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Will Canon ever fix their lens error issues?
« on: June 17, 2012, 10:16:41 AM »
Never had any lens error issues with mine, or any of the other dozen or more powershots I have bought new.
 
However, I'va paid a buck or 2 for damaged ones at garage sales and tried to repair them.  When I took them apart, I usually find some broken teeth on one of the gears that push the lens in and out.  That comes from dropping the camera, or perhaps even from cracking of poor quality plastic.  There were parts inside marked "Sony" too.
 
Those lens assemblies are churned out by the millions, and are almost a commodity, in fact, some of them are commodities and sold to canera manufacturers just like other electronic components.  Almost a billion point and shoot cameras were produced in 2011, and they shared many common components.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 New Firmware
« on: June 17, 2012, 10:02:53 AM »
The video blogs had a pretty meh reaction to to it so I'm still hoping, but I think Canon is too stuck in it's new old ways to get it, sad to say, so I'm probably kidding myself. It's surely the bean counters and MBA types making a mess of it all and not the engineers.

I mean they did finally get it enough to add 1 series AF to 5 series and boost to a full 6fps and all so they improved and they did get much of it right, but was it because they got it or because they were still just laying back and only reacting when they had to? Had they not, if you think about it, the D800 woulda made the 5D3 look silly. The fact they still muddled up some video features and autoiso (and by muddled i basically mean crippled for ridiculous reasons) you do wonder. And the fact they thought they could just let the low iso sensor performance sit there in the same spot for a full half decade now makes you wonder too. They did get the basic body specs pretty sweet finally at least, for whatever reason.

The message got thru to Canon, and they opened a dedicated support facility in Hollywood, and are in the process of trotting out cinema bodies and lenses.
 
It was probably unrealistic to expect Canon to turn a 5D MK III into a 4K cinema body with XLR jacks, etc. but some actually thought it would happen and were disappointed.  Its a still body that does video and they are obviously going to differentiate it from higher end video bodies. 
 
Thats a pretty standard marketing scheme, but its also a practical one.  Some want a stills body with video, and some want a all out video body that can also do stills.
 
 

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Lenses / Re: Where is the Lens EF40mm F2.8 STM made in?
« on: June 17, 2012, 09:54:18 AM »
Canon has a huge factory making consumer lenses in Taiwan, but I hope that initial production comes out of Japan.
 
I've had 50/1.8 MK II (Plastic mount) lenses from Japan, Malasia, and Taiwan.  The one from Japan was early production, and was slightly better made. 

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Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.4 rear element broke?
« on: June 16, 2012, 09:29:00 PM »
I hardly use my 50mm 1.4 because I have the 1.2.  I just keep it as a backup.  My 1 year old daughter managed to pick it up while it was out of my bag and it dropped on the hard wood floor.  When I picked it up I discovered the rear element had popped out.  I pushed it back in and it snapped into place.  After a short test the lens seems to be focusing and working just fine.  Does anyone know if that the rear element is just pressed into place or when it fell did it break something I don't know about?  I hate to rely on it one day and find out it is broken but I also hate to send it in if it is fine.  Anyone know?

I'm paranoid, so when I bought the 50 f/1.4 and read all the horror stories regarding the AF breaking and quit working after awhile, I leave the lens hood on it all the time and overexessively keep a B+W Slim UV haze filter on it at all times :)

I bought a used one that turned out to have a cracked plastic internal part, Canon fixed it for their flat rate.  I had to buy a replacement new one, because I had a job needing it.  I sold the repaired one after Canon repaired it (it was perfect), and have never had a issue with the new one.  Its almost certain to do some internal damage if dropped, those plastic parts crack or break, and then when you need it, it stops completely.

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He has clarified that it was the Sony DSC-RX100 he was talking about. Look under the comments of that article.

http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/07/what-pogue-actually-bought/?comments#permid=90

http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/07/what-pogue-actually-bought/?comments#permid=132

Sorry to burst your bubble (:

 
I think the title can be read two ways, it was obviously intended to indicate that the camera would obsolete the Canon Powershot cameras.  Part of the problem is that its posted in the Canon rumors forum and not the third party forum.
 
Personally, I am a bit shy of Sony, even if they come out with a really good concept, they give poor support, and totally abandon the product as soon as a replacement model shows up, or after about 2 years.  Repairs cost more than a new camera.  Its just hard for me to think that they are a serious camera company, but they are improving, so who knows, in 10 or 20 years, they might convince a few pro's.

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I would suggest spot metering and ignore the blown backgrounds if that was possible

Else this is time for M mode by taking a few sample shots before the action starts. This will give you opportunity to get the best compromise

So trial and error type thing?  Maybe try something more white than gray let's say?  Then snap a few shots and check the meter and histogram?  Thanks.

Thats about all you can do, cameras do not have enough DR at higher ISO's to properly expose both bright and dark areas.  Even at ISO 100, DR is not able to handle it perfectly, and you are likely to be cranking up the ISO.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 35 f/1.4 II?
« on: June 16, 2012, 09:09:48 PM »
Here is the jcowell database, he tracks selling prices.   http://www.jcolwell.ca/photography/lens$db/index.htm
 
 

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Technical Support / Re: Eos Utility camera not recognized
« on: June 16, 2012, 04:37:32 PM »
I notice that my software disk that came with canon 5d mark 3 is the old version EOS DIGITAL Solution Disk v23.0 >:(
Eos Utility is the 2.10.2.0 and it doesn't even works on my mac with 10.7 because was only for 10.6
I think thats the reason that doesn't work.

Disk 25.0 comes with the 5D MK III, but you can always update to the latest version by downloading it.  I wonder how you got a old disk with the Camera?
 
Disk 23.0 is bundled with the 60D.  I wonder if the dealer swapped them out.  The 5D MK III is made in its own production line, there whould never be any wrong CD's packed with it.
 
Was the CD sealed in shrinkwrap??

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Technical Support / Re: removing dust from sensor
« on: June 16, 2012, 04:05:57 PM »
I've wet cleaned sensors to remove baked on dust several times.  The big no no is using too much fluid, it might get under the AA filter.  I usually use 5 sensor swabs before it finally comes clean, its not just a simple swipe of a wet swab.
 
Of course, wet cleaning is a last resort.

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Technical Support / Re: Shutter speed for dove release?
« on: June 16, 2012, 04:01:49 PM »
I'd stop down the lens to f/8 and see if you can get 1/1500sec  with out cranking ISO above 800.  It depends on the light.  If the birds are backlit, you might want to use manual aperture and shutter settings.  You will want a fair bit of depth of field, since the focus is not goinng to be perfectly on the eye.

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Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.4 rear element broke?
« on: June 16, 2012, 03:57:47 PM »
There is likely a broken plastic piece or at least cracked, I'd have it repaired.  Canon has a flat rate for repairinng them, or have it inspected at a local camera repair shop, if its ok, it will likely just cost $80 for a cleaning and inspection.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D Mark III Firmware Before the End of May [CR2]
« on: June 16, 2012, 03:51:18 PM »
I would like to see some optimizations that would extend battey life.  BG-E11 will help.  But the battery life could use some improvement.  There are a lot of bells and whistles to power on this model...and the addition of lighted focus points in servo mode wont help.  Hope that is configurable when it's fixed.

Id also like to see the annoying problem of having the camera switch the default card when a card is removed (EVEN WHEN THE POWER IS OFF!).  Very annoying to have to reset that.  The default card should remain the default card unless it's powered on with one of the cards missing.

Makes me think maybe we have a battery drain issue when powered off if the camera can detect that cards have been removed and re-inserted.

The default card switching is driving me nuts, i would love to see that fixed.

Its not broken, all Canon Pro cameras work that way.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 35 f/1.4 II?
« on: June 16, 2012, 03:48:30 PM »
I have the 35mm and am wondering if I should sell it. Also how much should I sell it for? It's been used like twice and I still have the box and packaging! Thanks!

If you do not use the one you have, sell it.  If a replacement comes out in a year or five, you likely will not use it either.
 
The price varies, I bought one complete with box, etc for $800 on Craigslist last spring.  They sell for $1000-1200 more or less on ebay, but don't expect to get that much locally.  Ebay takes a huge chunk of the selling price, so offer it for $1100 locally, and be prepared to take less.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 New Firmware
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:54:57 PM »
Firmware releases usually fix problems, and seldom add features.  The 5D MK II did have new features added, but that was due to pressure from the pro video industry who wanted a few million dollars worth of cameras, and it ended up selling a lot more than that.
 
I doubt that the 5D MK III will add new features.

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