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Video & Movie / Re: Real Estate Listing Video 5D mkIII and 60D
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:51:23 PM »
Nice production, but the clip of the beach looked out of focus.  I viewed it a second time, and perhaps it was just a extreme shallow depth of field.  I thought it detracted somewhat from the whole, but overall, a impressive piece.

You can rent very cheaply these days.  Depending on the item, it takes between 20 - 30 rentals before you would have owned the item outright.  For professional purposes, everything you buy should be bringing you additional profit either by doing something you couldn't otherwise or saving you time, etc..

That's certainly true for added lenses like some primes or an ultrawide, but as far as I understand it and what my (now professional) approach would/will be, I have to get the basic gear for myself and use it a lot so I am accustomed to it - and that would include at least the camera body and flash I asked about as well as the basic zoom lens.

You absolutely need two bodies, in a for hire situation. If you only have a single body, a failure could wipe out or severely impact your fledging business.  It could even bring on a lawsuit from a bride who did not get her wedding Photos.  Its better to have two 5D MK II's, for example. than one 5D MK III.  Even a 5D MK II and a 60D or D7 as a backup is still good insurance.  Also have a second photographer if you can, its sometimes a big advantage when multiple things are happening quickly.  The advantage of a 5D MK III is the dual memory cards, but two bodies, each with their own memory card can prevent total disaster.

EOS Bodies / Re: should i wait for 70D? when will it be here by?
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:35:45 PM »
Just a point of curiosity.

Why does anyone think Canon will create a new camera and call it a 70D?

Frankly, I'm bewildered by non-stop talk of a 70D camera. Where did this idea originate? Has there been some credible leak or a well-sourced rumor? Or is it all pure fantasy?

At this point, I leaning toward believing a 1DX may enter the realm of reality. But something called a 70D?

I think it is because of the 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, and the 60D.  A 70D does seem very likely but not absolutely guaranteed occurance.  There is no reason to not expect one, it competes with the Nikon D90, and Canon will not give up on outselling it.  At a slightly lower price, cost concious buyers jump for it.
When a D400 comes out, we will see a 7D MK II about the same time, its all about competition and buyers who want the latest thing.

Technical Support / Re: Eos Utility camera not recognized
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:29:59 PM »
I send an email to canon UK for the problem and they send me How to fix it, http://www.canon.co.uk/Support/Consumer_Products/products/cameras/Digital_SLR/EOS_5D_Mark_III.aspx?faqtcmuri=tcm:14-917248&page=1&type=faq

Didn't work for me I still can't connect my camera to EOS Utility for remote shooting :(

I'd return the camera or exchange it.  The computer can be a problem, but you should be able to connect. 
Sometimes conflicts with other software can be a issue as well.  You can boot with other software drivers temporarily disabled by running msconfig and unchecking unnecessary software that runs automatically at startup.  If that fixes the issue, you can narrow it down to the offending software and remove or update it.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L [CR2]
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:20:37 PM »
The big issue with the 14-24 is flare.  With the lens protruding out so far, it reaches out and grabs flare that you would not normally expect.  This makes it rather specalized, and requires some careful setup and planning.  The results can be worth it, but its not a lens to just walk out and start shooting, you really have to watch out for the flare.  You often will not see it thru the viewfinder, only when you start editing the images and find it where it was not expected.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Refurbs bodies taken off Canon USA site?
« on: June 15, 2012, 08:13:27 PM »
Just called today to buy a 60D through the canon loyalty program...the sales guy said they are doing an annual inventory check that will take a few days.  He said they started yesterday so probably won't be back up until Monday.

That makes sense.   Thanks for posting the info :)

Lenses / Re: Looking for reviews of the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8
« on: June 15, 2012, 01:07:24 PM »
Tamron lenses are good for the price.  Like any other, they have good ones and poor ones.  They have seldom had autofocus compatibility with Canon, while sigma has had them big time.
Resale value for their lenses is going to take a hit, OEM lenses generally bring a lot more when you go to sell them.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Total cost of ownership
« on: June 14, 2012, 09:16:46 PM »
yeah but by all accounts the 24-120 isnt a very good lens especially vs the 24-105

perhaps doing it using the 24-70's and 70-200's

I agree, equivalent lenses are a tough call.  You also have to add the cost of NX2 if in the USA, DPP is included.  There is also the cost of tethering software for Nikon thats included with Canon.  If you want a eyepiece to help block out light from the sides, thats not included.  You do get a rear  LCD cover though.  I have never removed mine, I'm not certain if you are supposed to or not.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Total cost of ownership
« on: June 14, 2012, 09:03:22 PM »
I believe you are trying to give the "Total Cost of Acquisition"
Total cost of ownership goes far beyond Cost of Acquisition.
You have to consider maintenance, reliability, down time, resale value, and the cost of money plus other factors in a TCO analysis.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dual Card-Slot Workflow?
« on: June 14, 2012, 08:06:07 PM »
I make a jpeg copy on the SD card, but its just a emergency copy, and is never used, but is there in the event I were to lose my raw image card.  I have a 64 GB Sandisk SDXC 30mb/sec SD card, its plenty fast for me, but I do not ever use the high speed fps for more than three or 4 shots without pausing.  The SD card never leaves the camera.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera System
« on: June 14, 2012, 05:46:11 PM »
I bought a Nikon D800, and have taken about 1000 shots with it over the last month.  Its a great camera, however, it really wants the top Nikon Glass to perform, and even then, you need to be pretty careful.  For sports and wildlife, Nikon has some great super teles, but nothing like the 100-400mml or 400mm f/5.6L, they are missing the boat for full frame users who are looking for something under $3000 or even under $2,000.  Many of their normal under $3,000 telephoto lenses perform poorly with a TC relative to Canon.
To me, The glass is the most important part of the system, and, while Nikon used to have some of the best, they have not produced equivalents for some of the Canon lenses I use.  No 135mmL equivalent, their macro does not match the 100mm L, nothing of the quality of the 24-105mm L, their new 35mm f/1.4 is way overpriced for a average quality lens, and, of course no 400mm high quality low cost glass.
Canon has produced some great lenses and so has Nikon, but I prefer the Canon glass.
I thought I could get by with Nikons three excellent f/2.8 zooms, but in low light wide open, CA's are the worst I've ever seen.  I thought my expensive 24-70mm G was bad until I went to Photozone and found that they saw the same thing.  Stopped down, they are fine, but I shoot low light with my lenses wide open, often at ISO 3200, 6400, and even 12800.  I can use most Canon primes wide open and get tack sharp images, while with Nikon, only the 85mm f/1.4 is really special.
All my Nikon stuff I bought over the past 2 months is for sale, and I'll stick with Canon.
However, each brand has its strengths and weaknesses, go for the one that fits your style.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MarkIII focuses very well at f/8
« on: June 14, 2012, 11:34:44 AM »
Just got my mk3 on Saturday and so far very impressed (moved up from a 40D).

I used my Kenko 300 DG 1.4x and 2x convertors individually and stacked together on my 300mm f2.8 IS and it focused fine though it did hunt a little with the two convertors stacked. With the convertors stacked together the EXIF data reported the combination as 300 + 1.4x. I'm guessing it will report whatever one is attached directly to the lens and "ignores" the one attached to the body.

Anyway, I'd only use them stacked for shots of the moon.

So there you go, the mk3 will focus at f8.

Yes, mine focused at f/8 with my 70-200mm f/2.8 and two Canon TC's stacked, it focused quickly and well  However, I also tried it with various canon lenses and TC combinations taped contacts, and the results varied from no focus at all to struggling, to focus well on distant objects only.
You cannot do a test on one lens and claim it focuses on all, it doesn't. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon Debuts 18-300mm VR lens
« on: June 14, 2012, 11:29:09 AM »
Its a consumer DX model, and will not compare to the Canon 28-300mm L.  More like a Tamron 18-270mm except overpriced.  hopefully, its a better lens, in fact, it likely could not be worse.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Refurbs bodies taken off Canon USA site?
« on: June 14, 2012, 11:05:02 AM »
Keep a eye open for some sort of fathers day blow out sale that they are working on.

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