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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 01:10:38 PM »
I wonder if they get them from the same Chinese supplier of third party caps that sell for $1.59 ea including shipping :D
I bought a assortment from 52mm to 82mm recently and have been intending to do a review.  The only negative, and its a big one is that they can come off the lens while its in my case. Notice that the movable pinch button sticks out beyond the edge of the cap a little.  Pressure on it while the lens is sitting on it can let it fall off >:(
 
 They have a hole along the edge for a lanyard, which is included, but I toss it out.

 

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Lenses / Re: 24-70/4 MFT charts
« on: November 06, 2012, 12:38:42 PM »
MTF (not MFT) Charts show sharpness of a lens, and some only look at sharpness.  However, distortion, chromatic abberations, vignetting, coma and likely other factors are important.
I'd not judge a lens just by its sharpness, or you might think that (like DXO apparently does) that the Canon 85mm f/1.8 is the best lens in the world.

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Canon General / Re: Amazon policies.
« on: November 06, 2012, 12:32:01 PM »
This sounds very reasonable to me.
Amazon does not do lay-away orders.  You must pay by credit card, and a address must be given that matches the credit card.  That is also the address that the order will be shipped to.  Holding the shipment for some other address is not a safe practice.
Order the camera when you are ready to get it.
 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark III + Broncolor RFS
« on: November 06, 2012, 11:39:54 AM »
Hey guys,

I'm just coming across this thread but I'd love to be able to help you out.   With the bron RFS system there are address's that need to be set on the transmitter and the head that you want to trigger.  If you'd like me to walk you through the set up email me your phone number and I'll call you directly.  cking@hasselbladbron.com is my direct contact information you can also send inquiries to info@bronimaging.com, we always have someone monitoring the incoming so we can get back to you in a pretty timely manner.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Colin King
Product Manager - Americas
Hasselblad Bron, Inc. |17 Progress Street Edison, NJ USA
phone 800-456-0203 x. 219
Since it is working on the 5D MK II, the head and the transmitter are obviously talking to each other.  Do they talk a different protocal with a 5D MK III?

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wow that will kill the rebel sales, sounds like a very nice dslr, especially for video with 1080/60
People have been making comments like this for many years now.  The vast majority of Rebel buyers walk into Best Buy or other big box store and go for the cheapest camera that looks professional. 95% of them have no clue as to what the specifications mean.
Canon has been pulling away from Nikon in DSLR sales.
Its kinda like the Sony Betamax versus VHS.  Salesmanship and lower price trumps technical capability every time. 
Canon will drop another new model with a couple of minor new features next Spring, and people will rush to buy it because its the latest model.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Preorders
« on: November 05, 2012, 11:06:22 PM »
I think $1499 is a bit too much.  I'd rather the f/2.8.  I'm expecting some discounting of the f/2.8 before long.

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Lenses / Re: Lens recommendation -newborn shoot
« on: November 05, 2012, 10:47:34 PM »
I do not like to use flash with a baby, a 50 for crop body or 85 for ff would work well. 

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Lenses / Re: 40 2.8 with extension tubes
« on: November 05, 2012, 10:45:24 PM »
I would like to know how the 40 w extension tubes went. I have the 25 and 12mm canon tubes and i am considering the shorty 40 with tube for ring macros at weddings. Anyone else play around with this? I would like some non-cropped images posted if possible. I really want to see whats possible. It was tricky using the 25mm on the 85L this weekend, forget the 12mm, you can't get close enough. I used to use the 12 with my 50L for great ring shots but i sold the 50L.
Please oh please someone bring somethin to the table.
With it on sale for $150, its a bargain.  Now that we have the 24-70 f/4L coming which is virtually a macro with hybrid IS, and,  If you are using flash setups for weddings, it might be a usable wedding lens as well.

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Lenses / Re: Opinion: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 10:35:01 PM »
Worth noting - the 24-70/4 IS is almost a true macro lens.

If those specs are true, a 0.7x max mag of the 24-70/4 is pretty darn close to a true 1:1 macro, and much higher than any other non-macro lens in the lineup (the 24-105 is 0.3x, 24-70 is 0.29x, 24-70 II is 0.21x).  It's even higher than the 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro.  The use of H-IS would be consistent with that high max mag (the only other lens that has it is the 100L Macro, but PowerShots also have H-IS since they have very close MFDs).

So, this lens is a combination general purpose zoom and near-macro lens, something nonexistent in the current lineup. For people who like to shoot close ups (flowers, jewelry, etc.) this is like getting two lenses in one.
I use my 24-105mmL for product photography, and its mfd is not as close as I'd like.  Since the camera is bolted to a heavy table, the IS doesn't come into play, but mfd does.
I have the 100L, and I like the longer working distance, so its not likkely to go away.
I can see a 2 lens travel combination of 24-70 f/4 and 70-300L being pretty handy.

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Oh, nice -- so I don't need a CF reader?  I can just swap the files from CF to SD on camera? 

Great.  Problem solved -- I'll just use the CF card for ME shots, and keep it cleaned out.

Thanks!
Use it for everything, then remove the images you do not like and transfer the keepers. 

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 08:55:56 PM »
. And The hybrid IS will shine on the standard zoom since it's wasted on real macro lenses like the 100L - the IS is nearly useless at very close distances..
Why is it wasted?  Because you do not use it?
I was very skeptical of the hybrid IS on the 100L, but when I found I could handhold very close images with the lens, it is certainly a worthwhile feature.
1/40th second exposure @ f/8

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Your camera has to access all 64GB of images on a slow card, because it does not know which you want to use as a starting image.
Try writing to a CF Card to do ME while keeping your 64GB library of images on the SD card.  You can occasionally copy images from the CF card to the SD Card.  You can use a smaller 16GB CF card.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon Sales Rising
« on: November 05, 2012, 07:25:29 PM »
Apparently, Nikon sales is rising.

http://www.nikon.com/about/ir/ir_library/result/index.htm

Do we have any figures on Canon's sales?  I know Nikon market share is still below that of Canon but I hope Canon do something with it not only on the marketing side but also on the technology side.
Nikon did increase sales, but only by slashing prices.  Sales increased 2.2% over the last 6 months, but profits dropped 36.9%.
Its difficult to compare Canon and Nikon figures, because they report the information differently.
However, looking at the same two periods, I have Canon sales off 3.1% and profits off 18.6%.  So profit wise, they are not having to slash prices as much as Nikon, or they just have a bigger profit margin.
The next quarter is one that will be interesting, Spring and Christmas are the big sales quarters.  If sales are slow, we will see even bigger sales.
Both Nikon and Canon know that its better to keep their skilled labor employed by cutting prices.  It costs a lot to cut production by a drastic amount.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: $749 24-105mm f/4L IS USM on eBay (BigValueInc)
« on: November 05, 2012, 06:49:08 PM »
Lots of sellers separate them from the kits, thats why they are cheap.  However, the kits have two warranty cards, one for the lens and one for the camera.  They just did not bother to put the card with the lens.
If you need warranty service, the card is worthless.  Canon wants to see the sales receipt from a authorized reseller.  In the US, they have not been hard nosed about this, but with profits in free fall, they just might refuse warranty repairs.

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Technical Support / Re: Used gear in CPS?
« on: November 05, 2012, 03:05:16 PM »
Hi,
I've just applied for the cps membership with two bodies and three lenses that I bought new.
So that qualifies me as a cps silver member.. in order do become a gold member i need to add
more canon equipment, that i have. i just boutht it used. would that be a problem?
What if the preowner already added it to his/her cps account, does it transfer to me then?

Thank you in advance.
Camillo
Add all of your equipment, it does not matter how you bought it, new or used.  If it came from another Pro who had it on his account, it might give a error message.

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