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Software & Accessories / Re: Oddest kit purchase?
« on: January 03, 2013, 09:35:00 PM »
I bought a bolt of bright white drapery lining (translucent) that I drape over my fluorescent tube fixtures to diffuse the light.  Works great, few or no reflections from shiny objects. I use electronic ballasts and 98 CRI  4 ft tubes and get fantastic color.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 and FoCal errors
« on: January 03, 2013, 09:30:39 PM »
I bought it when it first came out a year ago, and each new version has worked better than the previous.  Sure, there are a few minor bugs, but most of the time, the issues have been mine.
Correct setup, plenty of bright light, absolutely no vibration or movement, concrete floor is far better than a wooden one.
Some lenses are problem lenses, they just do not perform repeatedly or well.  In some cases, its the lens design, the cheap 50mm lenses are never going to do well.  The "L" lenses do very well.
I've found that the 5D MK III gives much better results than my 5D MK II's did, and that is borne out by the data sent in from testers.
If your setup is perfect - stable, bright light, viewfinder blocked, firm floor with no vibration, accurate target alignment, then AF issues are likely a problem camera or problem lens.  Both can be problems, we just never had a way to test before.
Overall, it works well and is repeatable for me, but the devil is in the details of a good setup.
As far as computer issues, I've had none on my Lenovo Windows 7 64 bit laptop or old Dell XPS-420 desktop that was upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit.  Having a lot of older equipment increases the probability of drivers conflicting, or software conflicts.  Those just have to be worked thru, there is a infinite number of combinations of hardware and software, so no amount of testing will guarantee that it works for everyone.  I'm now in the process of testing out my new Dell XPS 8500 with Windows 8 64 bit.  FoCal is installed and running fine, but I've not done a full AFMA using it. I most likely will not in the near future.

As soon as I came to fatal error for Nikon, I knew it was a troll.  Nikon cameras take photos just fine.  A "Fatal Error" would not let you take a photo by my definition.  Lack of a feature is not Fatal, or even very interesting.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d3 and FoCal errors
« on: January 03, 2013, 06:36:36 PM »
I recall reading of issues with quick cal in ver 1.7, turn it off until a fix is out.  There is a beta version, if you have pro that is making some changes.  I haven't tried it with my 5D MK III.  They are trying to get the beta version released, but there is lots of testing to be done, even then, some bugs will be found.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why would a beginner not buy an EOS 650?
« on: January 03, 2013, 12:12:56 PM »
The most important thing is support.  buying from a dealer with real photographers who can help you, having a friend who has deep experience with a similar camera, etc.
Many upgraders from point and shoot go out and buy a DSLR and are totally frustrated.  They are not able to get that deep depth of field they are used to, the camera seems too heavy and bulky, they just put it in a closet and it stays there.
They first need to know what to expect, and have a reason for getting one rather than just thinking they will get better images.  That is not true, its the photographer that makes the images work, and if they get poor images now, that won't change.

Canon General / Re: Total File Size - All Your Images and Keep or Delete
« on: January 02, 2013, 12:25:10 PM »
36GB seems like nothing to me, I use a 64gb compact flash card for one days shooting, and have a 12 TB NAS.  With the low cost of storage, there is no need to throw out images that you might want in a few years.  I bought a 3TB drive this xmas to use for a 2nd drive on my new PC.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Vertical Grips not coming off 5D2 bodies..
« on: January 01, 2013, 04:54:39 PM »
Its why I no longer use a grip.  Tighten them too snugly, and the thread strips.  If you don't, they are too lose.

Technical Support / Re: CANON 5D MK II problem
« on: January 01, 2013, 02:28:42 PM »
Thanks folks.. I'm Ramallah, Palestine.. that's a bit far from the USA. They send the camera to Tel Aviv, Israel, for a canon lab where it usually takes long time, unfortunately.
Bummer!  It does sound like a intermittent issue.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Auto-Exposure "Crutch" in Manual Mode?
« on: January 01, 2013, 02:26:42 PM »
First, you need to define the DSLR model.  There is a range of them with different capabilities and prices.  Obviously, a D1 X has more capability than a beginner Rebel.  P&S cameras do try to be more friendly to a inexperienced photographer, rather than just letting him set what he wants.
Generally, manual mode is just that.  It gives you manual control over the aperture, ISO, and shutter.  Depending on the model, a pointer in the viewfinder and or top lcd will show you if your settings will over or unnderexpose the image.  But, it will not set shutter or aperture for you.
The 5D MK III and 1D X does let you set shutter and aperture in manual and the camera will set ISO or you can set it manually.

Technical Support / Re: CANON 5D MK II problem
« on: January 01, 2013, 12:08:45 PM »
Thanks guys for the help. I'm just hesitant to send it for repair, because it will take a month or so to be back..
Where are you at?  It should take less than two weeks in the USA and that includes shipping each way. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Body Rumors for 2013
« on: January 01, 2013, 11:21:45 AM »
FPS of a 70D depends on the number of MP.  If high MP, fps is less.  The 7D MK II may have dual processors like the MK I.
There are two versions of the Digic V processor, and the cheap one is slower. 

Technical Support / Re: CANON 5D MK II problem
« on: January 01, 2013, 11:17:21 AM »
Ifd the images are ok on the LCD, a card reader or usb cable would be another suspect.  If they look that way on the LCD, try a total camera reset, remove battery for 5 minutes, etc.  Then, since its 6 months old and still under warranty, send it to Canon for repair.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1D X firmware poblem?
« on: December 31, 2012, 10:27:01 PM »
There are likely other settings involved, I'd save the settings, and then reset the camera to see if the problem goes away.  Then restore the settings and see if it comes back. 

Lenses / Re: Help with Canon 85 F1.2 L II and Canon 5D Mark III
« on: December 31, 2012, 01:53:49 PM »

Thanks for the responses. I have done the tests on a flat surface with a tripod.
I have noticed that most of the left side AF points front focuses and right side AF points back focuses with the lens. So, it seems it is the problem with the lens.
Not necessarily so.  The AF points can also be individually adjusted by Canon and can be off just a bit.  I'd send both lens and Camera in for adjustment.

Lenses / Re: Worth it to upgrade Extender 1.4 II to a Mk III?
« on: December 31, 2012, 01:48:03 PM »
Probably not a big improvement.  The 2X II to 2X III is a bigger improvement.  I'm keeping both of my version II extenders.

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