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Lenses / Re: The First Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Review
« on: September 08, 2012, 09:56:16 PM »
I would buy this lens to use at f/2.8.  If it doesn't perform at f/2.8, my 24-105mm L will perform at f/4 or f/8. 
I've had five of the Mark 1 version of 24-70mm L's, and was a bit disappointed in all of them, so I'm pretty cautious about taking the plunge.
I'm also interested in CA's, I tried a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G with my D800, and CA's at f/2.8 were horrible.

Technical Support / Re: 5D Mark II Won't Turn On
« on: September 08, 2012, 09:44:39 PM »
Unfortunately, issues can happen.  I've never had any of my two dozen or more DSLR's fail, but it can happen. 
Good luck on getting it repaired.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 Second Curtain Sync - Design Flaw?
« on: September 08, 2012, 09:40:40 PM »
The setup also will require second curtain synch, which I've never used before. 
And, so You posted a subject title that is picked up by search engines, and now spread all over the internet based on your expert finding?

Not sure I understand your point. I don't have an "expert finding". I have a shot that I'm not familiar with in mind that I need to execute that, based on immediately available info, may require second curtain sync with a manual, off-camera flash setup.  I may discover between now and then that I don't need second curtain sync. But if it turns out I do, I'd like to be able to accomplish that without going through the logistics of putting a flash on the camera just to access the second curtain sync menu.  My specific question was whether anyone else was aware if mounting the flash was actually a requirement to access the second curtain sync menu without first mounting a Canon flash on the camera. 

BTW, I am a software engineer by training and trade and from a software engineering and man-machine interface design view point, it seems utterly ridiculous and short sighted to design the menu system with such an obvious limitation in it, if in deed this is the case.  And that IS an expert (i.e. me) finding.
The point is simple, you are calling it a design flaw, when the flaw is perhaps lack of experience.
Perhaps asking why it is not possible would be a good title, but declaring a design flaw?? 
Since you are a software engineer, and hopefully, a good one, doesn'y it annoy you when someone who has never used your software before suddenly declares a design flaw, rather than asking how it was designed to work?
If they want to do something else with your software, that might be of value to them, but was not part of the design, it the software buggy?

Realistically, you can't expect good photos in the dark.  The best Canon camera for low light is the 1D X, the 5D MK III is 1/2 to 1 stop behind it.
Are you trying to take photos of the screen and have it readable at the same time you get good images of the attendees?
I'd stick to taking photos of the group before lights go down.  You can try it with only light from the screen, but don't depend on it to work out.
Here is a example from a local college play from a rehersal.  Actors are in the seating area waiting to appear onstage.  As you see, lighting varies considerably from the front to the back, so a wide angle view like this one does not work well.
This was taken with a Nikon D800 at ISO 12800, f/2.8  .  A Canon 5D Mark III might be just a shade better, and a 1D X will do much better.  Its pretty dark in the seating area, but likely a lot more light than from a screen.

I've tried capturing images of the sound and lighting crew at our local high school plays.  Its dark in the theatre, but they do have good enough lighting to see what they are doing.
Canon 5D MK II at ISO 3200  f/1.4

There is another thread from a person seeing white X's on a black background.  You might compare notes with the poster, however, he did not yet post a image.  It sounds like a similar issue.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Dead/Hot Pixel Issues
« on: September 08, 2012, 08:57:29 PM »
I have two 7D's that I have had a few red pixel issues with. In the past they have remapped via the long manual sensor clean method, but now I have found one or two small, white X's on my images with a black/dark background, and I'm wondering what that is. Are they also dead pixels?
Posting the original unmodified would help you get some valid answers.  You may get some guesses based on someones assumption of what you are seeing, but the best answers will come from someone who can see it.
I have a couple of guesses, but i'll refrain from posting uneducated guesses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 Second Curtain Sync - Design Flaw?
« on: September 08, 2012, 08:52:04 PM »
The setup also will require second curtain synch, which I've never used before. 
And, so You posted a subject title that is picked up by search engines, and now spread all over the internet based on your expert finding?

I think the problem is that it spirals out of control quickly by others who seek to outdo the original post.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 07, 2012, 10:38:12 PM »

Not to get off topic, but I owned the 5D Mark II and now have a 5D Mark III.  Excactly what does the 5D2 do better?  I cannot possibly think of ONE thing it does better.
I've had both, and I can see the AF points in very low light with the 5D MK II, but not the MK III.  That is a biggie for some, who like to know where they are focusing, otherwise, the 5D MK III is a better camera.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A potential Tamron 24-70 problem
« on: September 07, 2012, 04:52:42 PM »
As the glue ages, its almost certainly going to happen to many more of the lenses.  Happening early in their life is something to be concerned about. 

Lenses / Re: new ziess 55mm, redefining?
« on: September 07, 2012, 03:44:19 PM »
If zeiss made their lenses with USM AF, I'd never buy a canon lens, Ever. :o

Here you go  :)
Zeiss Contax N AF lenses can be converted to AF with Canon.  Zeiss knows very well how to make their lenses AF with Canon, they just have chosen not do do so.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dmk4 vs 5d3
« on: September 07, 2012, 03:33:43 PM »
I've had the 1D MK III, the 1D MK IV, and the 5D MK III.
The user interface is very similar, and the battery is the same for both 1 series cameras.  The MK IV can be used at ISO 12800 but only if you really have no options.  I did not go over 3200 with my 1D MK III.
The 5D MK III has better AF and low light sensitivity, but not being able to see the tiny AF points in low light somewhat negates the advantage.
I'd say its a toss up, get the one whose features best match your needs.  I had to sell my MK IV due to carpal tunnel, I just could not hold the weight.  I am going in for surgery, so maybe next year, I'll be able to hold the heavier body.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is there a way to confirm focus in Live View
« on: September 07, 2012, 03:18:34 PM »
In my DSLR, the rectangle covering the AF area turns from red to green when focus is achieved.
 I'm not sure about manual focus, but at 10X, your eye is easily as accurate as autofocus, and you can focus on the precise spot you want.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Camera choice mark ii? 7d? wait?
« on: September 06, 2012, 11:31:35 PM »
I have had 1D MK II, 1D MK III, 1D MK IV, 7D, 5D MK II, 5D MK III, and a host of other bodies.  I personally think the FPS thing is overblown,  I usually use single shot, but have also used 10fps and filled up my memory card with thousands of images, which I have to wade thru to find the one I would have likely taken using single shot.
AF accuracy goes to 5D MK II and center point over the 7D, but for focal length limited situations, I'd take my 7D, its good enough, at least as long as their is good light.  It struggles as it gets to be twilight.
Maybe you should consider a rental.  Rent a 1D Mark IV and you will have a excellent body that won't fail you when it counts.  You can fill up that memory card in a few seconds, so take lots and lots of them aling... And make them biguns.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Win a 5D Mark III Kit from Norman Camera
« on: September 06, 2012, 11:18:09 PM »
I've bought several lenses from Norman Camera, I've never had any issues, I'm a big fan of theirs.

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