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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Does Zeiss glass ever go on sale?
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:41:37 AM »
Maybe when pigs fly but I've never seen Zeiss on sale.  However, you can buy used and I've had good luck with four Zeiss lenses that are like new.  Zeiss, as you probably know, is built like a tank so they retain their value and condition if cared for properly.
If you know what you want, you can seek out sellers from Craigslist or Ebay. I've rented the lenses I thought I might want first from LensRentals or 'that other guy' which helped in my purchasing decisions. 
If you choose to buy new, check Amazon and B&H. I would stay away from Adorama....never a good experience there, horrible.....
I've bought from Adorama many times over the last 30 years, never a problem.  They almost always get the new models out to buyers first. Amazon is really slow to get new DSLR models in stock, and has cancelled my order for one after I was waiting for two months.  I buy a lot from Amazon, but I never pre-order a new DSLR model, its a formula for disappointment.
B&H recently got in trouble with Canon for some unknown reason, and had their initial deliveries of recent models delayed, and their allotments cut.  Supposedly, thats been patched up.

If you really miss your autofocus, there is a company that converts your manual Zeiss to AF, but its a bit pricey.
Can you tell us who does that?  Conrus converts Contax N lenses (which were made by Zeiss) into EF compatible AF lenses, but the Contax N lenses were already autofocus, not manual.

Best of luck. Let us know what you find out there.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d - max ISO issues
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:24:45 AM »
Canon recommends a camera reset after installing new firmware.  There are many combinations of options that can make weird things happen with a major firmware upgrade.
I'd do a camera reset and then restore the settings one at a time if you want to avoid weird happenings.  If you did that already, and its happening, then let us know.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 7D FW2.0: Problems anyone?
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:20:13 AM »
Canon tells you to reset the camera after upgrading firmware.  It can end up with a combination of settings that no longer exist in the new firmware and cause some weird thinngs to happen.  I've had no issues with mine after the update, other than restoring all the settings after resetting it.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Battle of Williamsburg re-enactment
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:57:56 PM »
I'm sorry to report these are the slowest loading pictures I've seen in years. I get a few lines of pixels (literally) if I wait for 10-20 minutes. Could you give us a taste by uploading some images to a fast server, like cr's or flickr or something? 's 'cause I'm lotsa curious ;)

Hmm...  interesting.  It's loading slow for me as well.  Earlier today it was really fast, so I wonder if something is going on with my hosting server.  Sorry about its slowness right now...  my hope is that it's temporary.
Yes, it took forever to load them, sometimes its better to just post a link rather than making us all wait five minutes for them to download.
Thats why CR asks that a maximum of 4 images be hotlinked.

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Lenses / Re: Another I need advise on a lens thread......
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:54:43 PM »
It really depends on the market for high end gear more than anything else.  Right now, the Global economy is pretty shakey, so everyone has discounts and sales.
If it gets worse, prices will drop more.
Canon's 4th FY quarter ends December 31, so if inventory is high, they will drop prices to be able to move inventory as well as boost the bottom line for the year.  Its often a safe bet to look for good prices in December

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX - issues in low light at reception
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:50:24 PM »
Thanks guys!  I just played around with expansion and it seems like it does the trick just fine!

I guess I was so used to single point selection with my previous 1D's (and it worked all the time), that I never went there.  I'm also a control freak (I'm sure many others here are as well) and love control of my point.  That said, looks like I'll have even more control in using expansion in lower light or backlit situations indoors as well.  Thanks so much!

I love that you can pull up a Custom Function within the modes.  Dig the fact that it remembers where your focus point was when you go from landscape to portrait...makes formals a breeze!  Okay, it is the holy grail!!!
The AF points are smaller due to their being 61 of them, so using the AF assist points makes a bit of sense.  I had trouble with my 5D MK III in low light, that might fix it as well.

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Lenses / Re: Another I need advise on a lens thread......
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:44:02 PM »


What does "I am under NDA" mean??? thanks

NDA means Non Disclosure Agreement.  Canon requires anyone who receives advanced information about a upcoming product to sign the agreement.  If you violate it, you will never receive advance information again.
Even admitting you are under a NDA is a violation, so those who are in the know will never say that.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Battle of Williamsburg re-enactment
« on: August 13, 2012, 04:12:52 PM »
Thanks for posting.  We have a local civil war re-enactment every year, but I've never managed to attend. 
 
I haven't done much photography this summer, I injured my back and have also developed carpal tunnel so that I can't hold my 1D MK IV with a big lens without pain.  I'm hoping to get it resolved, but its slow progress.

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Canon General / Re: To CPS or not to CPS...That is the question
« on: August 13, 2012, 02:14:58 PM »
Well, not that this matters much, but are you a pro? 

I am.  Mostly weddings.  I've seen the videos of photogs backpeddling into fountains and dropping gear off of a balcony.  I try to avoid that stuff but things happen.  ;)

I have seen a number of ThinkTank photo CPS bags out there, do those come with the platinum membership?
The gifts come with new memberships, but not with renewals.  They don't define the new member gift.  In your situation, a Gold membership plus insurance on your equipment might be a good way to go.  Even with a platinum membership, insurance is needed.

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Lenses / Re: Canon super tele choices!!!
« on: August 13, 2012, 02:10:32 PM »
I think anyone would opt for the version II lenses if they couod afford them.  Canon does not service the older version 1 lenses anymore, and as remaining parts are used up, you could end up with a unrepairable lens.
Aside from that, weight and need for a paticular focal length are the main things to consider.  The 400mm is pretty much the standard for large field sports, but you can use any of the ones you mention.
The benefit of the 500mm is its ability to be handheld, whereas the 400 is not something to use without a monopod or tripod.

They most certainly service the 300 f/2.8L I IS and 400 f/2.8L I IS lenses.  I just had it done.  If you can get a good deal on good shape used ones, you can also get both for less than the version II 400mm lens.
You are right, I intended to refer to the original NON-IS lenses that the OP had in his poll.  They are not serviced any longer, while the IS version 1 lenses are and will be serviced for many years to come..
Sorry for the error.

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Chuck Westfall indicated to me that supporting correct metering with an Ec-S is something Canon could fix in firmware, but obviously there's no guarantee they will.

Yes, of course, the manual. Thanks!

Is this because Canon think that screen is only used to mf, not composition with large apertures and to really specify focus.

I love that focusing screen on the 5d2 and I don't use it for mf....
I'm suspecting that the new exposure system is the culpret for many of the legacy focus screens, but that really doesn't explain the EC-S, they should update the firmware as Neuro noted, or come out with a better screen.

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Canon General / Re: To CPS or not to CPS...That is the question
« on: August 13, 2012, 01:44:51 PM »
"Canon Professional Services (CPS) provides exceptional benefits for individual full-time imaging professionals. CPS members receive exclusive phone and e-mail support, expedited and discounted services and repairs, equipment evaluation loans, service loans, on-site support at select events and shows, plus discounts on Canon Live Learning workshops, and more"
 

Assuming you use the equipment every day, and have several bodies and many lenses, the $500 is nothing compared to the savings in turn around time, repair costs, and the use of a loaner if a repair cannot be quickly completed.
If you are not using your equipment daily, or only have one or two bodies,  I'd use the gold level. 
 

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Technical Support / Re: g12 screen problem
« on: August 13, 2012, 01:37:35 PM »
Its not possible to troubleshoot a camera remotely, if the camera is still doing this, you can do a few things.  Make sure the battery is charged, and try a different memory card.
If its still a issue, send it to Canon for a estimate, or if its under warranty, let them service it.

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Here are some images of Mount Spokane from my back deck for a comparison of my 100-400mmL at 400mm with 1D MK III and Canon TC mk II's.  I've cropped them all to the same view.  With no TC, thats 100% so the image is smaller. They have no post processing other than my lightroom defaults, so obviously they can be improved.

I feel that the 1.4X TC provided the best image, I tried to avoid any motion and used a heavy tripod with underweight, however, with the long TC's, there may have been some vibration, particularly with the 2X.  The top of the mountain is several miles away, so there is a lot of distortion coming from 7 miles of air.

Nice comparison. Could you also post the f-stops used or do you have a stopped down image of the 2x? In my experience the 2x "wide open" doesn't work very well.

Also i have the 2nd hand impression that there are old and new 100-400mm lenses which perform differently. So if you have an old one it wouldn't work as well.
The lens is fairly new, I love it.  These are difficult shots due to the distance.
Reported Settings.  These are what is recorded in EXIF and, in the case of stacked TC's the f stop is wrong.  I used AV setting of f/11, but the aperture of the lens would have varied according to the TC with it being stopped down more without a TC
Also, it was a winter day and the light varied from shot to shot so the shutter speeds varied according to available light.
No TC  - 1/2500 sec f/11, ISO 800
1.4X - 1/3200 sec f/11 ISO 800
2X   - 1/3200 sec f/11 ISO 800
1.4 + 2X - 1/2000 sec f/11 ISO 800 (not the actual equivalent aperture)
It might be interesting to redo them with my 1D MK IV, but in our near 100 degree weather, the air is too turbulent, and the 1D MK IV is going to be sold soon.
 

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Lenses / Re: Canon super tele choices!!!
« on: August 13, 2012, 01:13:48 PM »
I think anyone would opt for the version II lenses if they couod afford them.  Canon does not service the older version non IS lenses anymore, and as remaining parts are used up, you could end up with a unrepairable lens.
Aside from that, weight and need for a paticular focal length are the main things to consider.  The 400mm is pretty much the standard for large field sports, but you can use any of the ones you mention.
The benefit of the 500mm is its ability to be handheld, whereas the 400 is not something to use without a monopod or tripod.

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