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EOS Bodies / Re: Possible issues with Sandisk Extreme Pro 32g CF
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:34:37 AM »
By the way so far it has taken a month since i sent my cards in for replacement, stil nothing from Sandisk and they aren't doing anything ot expedite no matter how many times i have asked about it. Not good even if there is a good warranty program...

I'd have returned them to B&H.  Maybe you still can, they have a 30 Day return.  Otherwise, you can ask your credit card company if they cover a return for them.  Amex provides a warranty on returning items that is good for 90 days and will pay up to $300 per item.  You merely tell them you want to return it and its beyond the return date.  If you tell them its defective, then they want you to use the mfgr's warranty.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX on preorder
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:26:50 AM »
Most of those who would order a 1D X are pros, and are busy earning a living.  I'm retired and can't afford one.  Unless there is a specific need for the features, or a person is able to afford it for a hobby, you can do very well with a 5D MK III series.


No cheap lenses for me. I waited 2 years to put money together to get this lens rather than the 70-300...

Did you buy the lens used?  you mentioned it was 5 years old.  If its erratic when you test it with FoCal, thats a hint that it needs some service.
I really only use mine at or near 400mm, but being able to telescope to a short length is handy.  I do not have any low light images with my 100-400mm L.. 

EOS Bodies / Re: PDF of 1DX-AF guide-Black AF Point fixed?
« on: June 13, 2012, 09:19:08 PM »
Here's the link to Canon's paper. It's there under Additional Resources.
I did not see the earlier 1DX AF Guide, but this is different to what I see in the regular 1DX User Guide.

Just about every one of the colour illustrations pointedly shows a red AF point. If the focus points are in fact black, this would be highly misleading. The way this is presented, I see it as reasonable to assume that the shipping 1DX will have the hoped for red AF points.


They turn red when focus is acquired and you are using one shot AF.  Do you also think the surrounding ones are blue?
The original manual has the same.
BTW, there are no blue AF points either.

At some point, it just becomes easier to buy or build a whole new computer.  I've been looking at upgrades, benchmarks, etc for the last few weeks.  If you buy a machine with windows 7 now, you will get a upgrade to windows 8 for $14 when its released.  I really do not see a whole lot of improvement over my 3 year old i7 generation 1 computer, but maybe enough that I can cut 25% off my editing time.  I'd have to step up to a 6 core processor to actually have a big difference in rendering times.
I don't know about windows 8. I am skeptical about windows versions. Once I latch on to a stable version, I stay there for a loooooooooooong time. Hardware is different. I recycle every 3 to 4 years and it is due now...

Thanks for the info though.

Windows 7 is very good, a huge improvement in many ways over XP. (Vista was a dog).  Windows 8 is more of a minor upgrade, but better supports SSD's and touch screens.  SSD's are one of the low cost ways to boost performance in a pc, but the operating systems haven't fully caught up yet, so any improvements that improve use with a SSD are welcome to me.
It doesn't hurt that I have a relative at Microsoft, so I can get Windows at his cost.

Technical Support / Re: Eos Utility camera not recognized
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:59:12 PM »
I installed a new version of EOS utility recently when I purchased a new computer (running Windows 7) and now can't connect my 1Ds Mk ii via firewire.  A bit frustrating, but I don't use it enough to warrant a lot of time trying to fix it.  Good (?) to hear I'm not the only one with problems.  I think my issue is a driver problem.  I can see my camera listed as a device (if you click on devices and printers).  But it has a red mark on it and the error message talks about driver issues.  Looking at the Canon site, my camera doesn't seem to have a driver.  I just assumed Canon no longer supports my camera and I need to track down an older version of the software.  But maybe its a bigger issue.

Its not suprising, since the 1Ds MK II is no longer supported.  There is nothing wrong except that it Canon dropped firewire support a couple of years ago for this camera.  Thats why you don't find drivers on the canon site, there are none.
This is not the same as someone being unable to connect his camera when 1 million others can.  He has a real issue to work out.

Technical Support / Re: Eos Utility camera not recognized
« on: June 13, 2012, 05:35:55 PM »
I bought a 5D mkIII last week and I still can't connect it to the computer with the Eos utility.
Every time I try to connect it I get camera not recognized, I tried 5 different computers 15 different usb ports and 5 usb cables, mac and windows, 64bit and 32 bit so the problem is the actual software from Canon.
Anyone  have a solution for that? or have the same problem?
The camera came with the latest firmware installed.


No problem here, windows 7 recognizes the camera just fine.  EOS utility was only needed for remote shooting.
Its possible that the camera has a issue.  Seems unlikely to be a Canon software issue, since you have installed it on multiple computers, and other than on certain Mac OS, there are no issues for most users.

Please, post your opinion and/or pictures with your 60D.  Especially if its portraits, action shots, or macro.  I'm gonna buy a 60D with the 18-200 lens before the end of June since that's when the rebates stop.  My newborn son is growing fast and I'm missing a lot of memories from a slow p&s.  I really just need reassurance that even if the 60D is 2 years old its still capable of awesome shots!  I really can't afford to wait for a 70D nor afford the price.  I'm just assuming a 70D is coming out and based on the rise in price of the new rebel.  Please help me out!

If I were going to buy a new camera today, I'd pick a T4i or a refurb 7D over the 60D.  The T4i actually autofocuses during video, has 6 fps, and has improved to the point of being better and cheaper than the 60D.   I'd also stay far away from a 18-200mm zoom.  I had one, its just OK, but superzooms are always a compromise.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My D800 Review
« on: June 13, 2012, 05:10:04 PM »
I may still go for a D800E, but I want to sell the D800 first.  I will also want a faster computer, and to do that will not be a minor upgrade, since my 64 bit i7 with SSD is pretty fast already.  I'll need everything new and upgraded to get the power to efficiently handle those huge files.  They are 100-200mb when uncompressed.
My 24-70G lens is sold, I found f/2.8 to be too slow for my low light usage, even f/2 and f/1.4 is marginal.

As noted, you could use the patented adapter.  Of course, Canon could make a mirrorless camera that used them, but the camera could not be any smaller, which is one of the appealing things about a mirrirless camera.  The EF and EF-s lenses are designed for a fixed distance from the lens mount to the sensor, while mirrorless bodies often have about 1/2 that distance which makes a camera body much thinner.  They often also have a smaller sensor, so the lens diameter is smaller.  All this adds up to a much smaller camera body.  But, you will be able to adapt a EF lens.  This is a huge advantage for Canon, since they have a huge number of excellent lenses available, and specialized smaller lenses will be likely limited to three or maybe four at the start.

It requires all the memory and horsepower you can give it.  Its does sone very complex computations.
Spend $50 or less and get more memory.  For DDR3, its under $25 for 4GB, but older memory is a bit more expensive.

 :) I guess I will need to shell out the time to get my old laptop or desktop upgraded the $50 is not an issue, both my laptop and desktop are over 3 years old...

You are in luck, memory is priced low.  If you have SATA drives consider buying a 128gb SSD and install your programs on it while you put your data on the rotating drive.  Then, when Windows switches out memory to the drive (virtual memory), it will speed up things a lot.  You will be using a lot of virtual memory trying to edit 5D MK III images on a 3GB machine.  When you upgrade computers, just move the SSD to the new one and use it the same way.  Many new computers are starting to come configured this way, with a small SSD for the OS/Programs and a large rotating hard drive for data.  I've reconfigured all of mine to operate like this, except for laptops, I just use a SSD.

I need to get LR 4.1 too and it does not run on XP :(

So I will need to update my setup anyway... Will take your suggestion then. Thanks.

At some point, it just becomes easier to buy or build a whole new computer.  I've been looking at upgrades, benchmarks, etc for the last few weeks.  If you buy a machine with windows 7 now, you will get a upgrade to windows 8 for $14 when its released.  I really do not see a whole lot of improvement over my 3 year old i7 generation 1 computer, but maybe enough that I can cut 25% off my editing time.  I'd have to step up to a 6 core processor to actually have a big difference in rendering times.

EOS Bodies / Re: PDF of 1DX-AF guide-Black AF Point fixed?
« on: June 13, 2012, 12:51:43 PM »
What do you make of this? Rob Galbraith has a link to an intriguing PDF paper, Canon's 1DX-AF guide.

Can we interpret from this that the black AF Point in AI Servo was a brief pre-release bad dream?


what did you find that was different from the original release of the guide?  I could not locate any difference relating to illumination of the black points.  They do light up briefly in single shot mode after focus is achieved, or while selecting a AF point.

EOS Bodies / Re: 4 More DSLRs Coming in 2012? [CR2]
« on: June 13, 2012, 12:37:29 PM »
Sooo...my 5DmkII is being considered 'entry level' now?

5D's have always been Canon's entry level FF bodies.  They have only had two choices, now it sounds like three levels.  Thats likely why the 5D MK III jumped up in price, to create room for a lower cost entry level body with features similar to the 5D MK II.  Sometimes, Canon just rebadges a body, drops the price, and its a entry level.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: right time to turn pro...?
« on: June 13, 2012, 12:32:39 PM »
Living the dream isn't easy... You have to make sure you are making enough doing photography to supplement all your income...  In an era where the fine line of professional and amateur is getting thinner and thinner...  Lower end cameras are getting so good and frankly it is so easy to learn, Make sure you get your portfolio as good as you can, find out what passions you have with photography... is it portraits, weddings, both, commercial, cars, advertising, product, etc...  Find out what makes you unique from any other photographer and what you can bring to the table that someone would hire you over 10 other photographers placing Craigslist ads offering their services for a song and a dance.  Get the basics of your business affairs in order such as equipment, printing services, pricing, operations, finances/accounting, market plan...  Remember this is a business, not a hobby, and without getting that stuff figured out before hand, it will help you not become a non-profit.  Lastly market market market and dont give up.  It's easy to get discouraged but if you got a good market plan and keep at it, even if it feels like your getting nowhere, it will work out in the end.  There's a lot of expense when dealing with a business so save up while you can. 

As far as when is a right time, a big photographer once said to keep your day job as long as it doesn't kill you.  Keep it until it gets to the point you have so much photography work and it feels like either job will start to suffer if you dont drop your day job.  Then is a good time to jump ship because it means you have lots of repeat work coming in, and that is what is needed to survive.

Excellent advice +1

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Anti-twist plate for BG-E11
« on: June 13, 2012, 12:12:35 PM »
The grip is just becoming available, so plate makers are tooling up plates to match it, or testing existing ones.  I'd check with Kirk or RRS to see what / when they have something.

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