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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark III (Upgrade from Mark II N)
« on: January 31, 2013, 05:27:14 PM »
The 1D MK III has many improved features over the 1D MK II.  I used mine at ISO 3200, there is noise, but its manageable.
ISO is better, but don't expect miracles.
A larger LCD, supported on modern computers, live view, its a great camera.
However, for a big jump in high ISO, go to a 1D MK IV if you can swing the extra cost. ISO 6400 is pretty reasonable on the MK IV, and I've used mine at 12800.
A 5D MK II or 6D  will beat them out at high ISO though.

Lenses / Re: Rebate Ending Soon? When's The Next One?
« on: January 31, 2013, 05:14:38 PM »
Canon typically reduces inventory at the end of the year, so you see the best prices then.  Unless their inventory gets too high again, look for another sale in April or May, but the discounts will likely be smaller.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: New Canon EOS-1D X for $5907 via eBay
« on: January 31, 2013, 05:10:29 PM »
As always, buyer beware.  This is most certainly a grey market camera (some people care about that, others don't) and this seller has a reputation of selling used cameras as new, or missing parts: http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=bigvalueinc&iid=230828116912&de=off&items=25&which=negative&interval=30&_trkparms=negative_30
I have a small business and sell on ebay.  About 0.5 - 1% of the buyers act like total idiots, they expect much more than advertised.  Many with a issue do not actually send a e-mail, they just think they did.  Documenting it by using the ebay email system really helps.
The biggest issue is wrong addresses.  A seller is going to ship to the address provided by ebay or Paypal, and a certain percentage have moved but not updated their address, or, they just plain do not know their correct address.  Then, its the sellers fault for not knowing!!
I immediately correct any problems that are made known to me, but there are a lot of people who do not read and want something that was not offered or listed, then they complain.
Negative feedback goes with the territory.  If a big seller has about 2% or less of issues, they are doing a reasonable job.  If they were perfect, they would still have up to 1% negative feedback.

A little one sided, aren't we?

I like being a grownup. I get to make my own decisions...

Compact cameras will sell less and less as digital phones get better.
Where have you been?  Canon has mentioned this in their annual financial reports for at least the last two years, and so has Nikon.  They are well aware of the trend to use camera phones rather than point and shoot cameras.  That does not mean that P&S cameras don't sell, 80 million were produced in 2012.
checkout 2012 industry wide sales here:  http://www.cipa.jp/english/data/pdf/d_2012_e.pdf
BTW Sony has tried to make headway in the cellphone market and lost their shirt, (huge amounts of actual losses)
This actually puts Canon in a good position, because of their very strong DSLR sales and low cost lens production (most people just buy a kit lens).

PowerShot Cameras / Re: The love for AA size batteries
« on: January 29, 2013, 11:44:43 PM »
I remember when the first consumer digital cameras were becoming popular around 1997.  They used AA batteries, and you got maybe 30 - 40 images for a alkaline 4 battery set.  You could get twice that with lithium batteries, but they were 10X the cost.
After a year or so, battery life in new models increased by a factor of two, and by 2000, it was no longer a issue.  I much prefer AA batteries for point and shoot cameras, but for DSLR's, I get along ok with li-on.  DSLR's just consume too much power to make AA's practical.  I still have my Nikon CP-990, it uses AA's, which makes it practical to keep, since buying new li-on batteries every few years would be a issue, and eventually, they would no longer be made.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What to look for when buying a 5d mkiii
« on: January 29, 2013, 11:32:57 PM »
You really can't do a test of the more subtle things, dust is the last thing to worry about, its easy to clean.  Checking for hot pixels without a computer is not going to work well either, but if its a gross issue, you might spot it.
I'd recommend that you make sure that your camera can be returned or exchanged in the event you find a issue later. 
That said, I've had probably 30 DSLR's and none had serious issues that required service. 

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Single raw real estate photos
« on: January 29, 2013, 07:03:19 PM »
The first thing I see in the first image is the cracks and the grass in the concrete joints of the driveway.  That tells me that the home was not well maintained, and I'd not really be interested. 
If thats what the client wants ....

They sell far more power shot cameras as DSLR's.  That might be the reason.  Dollar wise, they GET more dollars from DSLR's, but they sell far more Power shots.
Its also a matter of hogging shelf space in the big box stores.  When a company that makes fewer models,their cameras tend to get lost among the many Canon models, buyers are then much more likely to buy Canon.
Why do bread companies make hundreds of different brands with the same bread inside ... same reason, marketing!  And... It works!!

Software & Accessories / Re: Pistol Grip Ball Head - Advice / Experience
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:39:42 PM »
The older Manfroto Pistol Grips were noted for having a lot of play, particularly the vertical ones.  I had two of them, both with the same problem.  The horizontal grips did it as well, I had one.
I have mine bolted to a light table and find it handy for product shots.  Worthless for a tripod or big lens.
Finally, I spent the extra $$ on the new model, it does not have play, but it takes a tight squeeze to release it, and since I have carpal tunnel, its not the easiest thing for me to do.
If you buy one, buy one that can be returned if you do not like it.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D- Hot Pixels and Noisy Photos
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:33:33 PM »
Temperature can do it, cool temperatures work better, but some sensors may be more prone to noise.  The long exposure noise reduction is intended for reducing noise with long exposures, but it doubles the time to capture a image.

Can you explain which brush you are using to desaturate the skin tones only? Thanks in advance.
You do not need a brush.  Vibrance does not affect skin tones, so desaturate the entire image and boost vibrance to achieve the effect. 
As far as settings, each shoot is different.  Its much easier to process one typical image and then use the sync function to copy the settings to a highlighted group of images that were taken under similar conditions.  There are usually only a few different lighting situations in a shoot, so you can process hundreds of images in a few seconds.

For s timelapse, you do not need wireless.  There are plenty of low cost wired ones that will do timelapse, and they will be more reliable since you do not have to deal with battery life or RFI.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big megapixel camera?
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:20:20 PM »
I'm wondering when Canon will finaly anounce a big megapixel camera?  Are they waiting to replace the majority of thier key lenses?  I know they have some sensors that are prototypes that are very big.  Any thoughts?

We can make up somethinng for you, but there is no secret inside information with a date or even a guarantee that it will happen.  Canon has had high mp prototypes for many years, but they are likely not going to release a bunch of expensive new cameras while the whole industry is tanking.

PowerShot / Re: Canon Announces 3 Long Zoom PowerShot Cameras
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:16:24 PM »
Canon: Y U NO GIVE 7D MK II???  ;D

Actually, I am expecting it in a while, but still...  ;D
The recent interview with Canon by DC Watch at CES indicated that they did not want to issue a 7D MK II that was just a feature upgrade, but wanted substantial improvements (Thats how I read the translation).  Apparently, its not yet ready.

Canon General / Re: Since 7D MkII isn't coming soon.....
« on: January 28, 2013, 10:01:58 PM »
Watching the price trend graph at the bottom of the page on Canon Price Watch is a good indicator as to how close the MK II version is.  When it starts dropping sharply, it probably won't be many months.

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