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Lenses / Re: Ditch 100L for 70-200 L II ?
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:57:36 PM »
get a sigma 70-200 os for portrait and you will get a greato portrait lens and you will retain the macro one
I would not call a maximum magnification of 0.13 Macro, the old non OS version had a .29 magnification.  Still not macro, but better.
The Canon 70-200mm MK II has a .21 magnification which is not Macro either, but better than the Sigma OS..

Lenses / Re: Performance of Carl Zeiss 25 f2.8 ZF on 5d2
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:35:02 PM »
I'd check out the 25mm f/2, I've heard it's amazing.  From what I understand the 25mm f/2.8 is one of the least impressive in the ZE/ZF line.
WHY?  He got the lens free from a cousin, he is only shopping for a adapter. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Moving to 6D from 5DII
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:32:33 PM »
It is a upgrade, but slight at best.  No reason to sell a 5D MK II to get one.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lost image files from Canon DPP software
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:47:37 PM »
You can recover them from the formatted card.
DON'T USE IT UNTIL YOU DO!! If you use it, you might overwrite some of the deleted files.  Formatting the card in camera merely tells the card that its ok to overwrite the deleted files, but they are not actually erased.
There are many recovery programs that work well.  I use Image Rescue 4, which I bought after trying the freeware ones and finding issues with all of them when trying to recover RAW files.
You will likely have to rename the files, since the original name will be lost, so make sure you do not duplicate names and overwrite another file.

Lenses / Re: Performance of Carl Zeiss 25 f2.8 ZF on 5d2
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:41:15 PM »
Adapters for Nikon to Canon are very simple machined rings with a release mechanism, and are low cost.  The lens will work fine. 
Its not a particularly wonderful Zeiss, but good for the price you paid.
Here is a review.  Note that they used a Nikon version with adapter for the test.

Technical Support / Re: Canon CPS International Repairs
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:34:26 PM »
Have you contacted the Canon repair center in Japan?  They would likely help you if there were a real issue.  However, it sounds like you have a cosmetic issue, which, to me, does not fall under helping photographers keep their equipment running.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D vs 5Dii - The End of an Era?
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:30:24 PM »
The 5D MK II is indeed going away.  Canon is not going to keep making them at the price they are selling for, and is likely just selling down slow moving inventory.
I expect the price to rise after most are gone, just as it did with the 5D Classis.  There will always be some who want another new 5D MK II and will be willing to pay top dollar for it.

Lenses / Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:24:05 PM »

Though I have nothing my 7d has mounted several fantastic lenses including the 200 f2,of all lenses I liked the 100mm the mistake have constantly been using my friend's 100 L(i can probably compose with my eyes closed)

Since you have used and like the 100L, trust your own judgement, its what counts.  Each person views things according to his method of photography, but its what you like that should determine what you buy.

Lenses / Re: Which (if any) non-L lenses are enviro-sealed?
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:17:16 PM »
There are no environmentally sealed EF-S cameras, so they do not seal to a environmentally sealed lens in any event, and the lens mount is a biggie.
It does not make much sense to seal EF-S lenses.  Of course, they could seal the bodies, but they won't.

DSLR's are not for everyone by any means.
I'd say that many photographers want something to point and shoot, and they want everything to be in focus. 
A DSLR is for those who want more control over the final image and the ability to vary settings over a much wider range. Obviously, image quality is another reason, but point and shoot cameras can be very good there as is my wifes G1X.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: digital camera as light meter
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:08:03 PM »
The metering will not be a precision reading, or advanced, as you mentioned.    Light is lost in the lens, as much as 1/4 - 1/2 stop just due to the glass in the lens.
This does not matter to the camera, it meters the light actually making it thru the lens and sets the exposure accordingly.  However, setting a different camera with a different lens to the same settings will not be as accurate as a light meter, but will likely be close enough if the lens is similar.
I've compared my DSLR's to my light meter, and they usually are within 0.2 stops.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Top Focus Point Light Bleeding Issue
« on: December 12, 2012, 03:09:19 PM »
What problem does it cause?   Does it affect anything?

I don't see it in live view or movie mode with my camera at 16:9.  The lighting or lens cap does not change it, just a black area at the top and bottom.  I wonder if some additional setting is involved.

The issue with SD cards is the extreme slow write time when overwriting previous data.  A regular in-Camera format of a card does not erase the card, but merely marks it as empty in the fat table.  Then, when you record a video, the card must first erase a block of memory before it can record to it.  This slows the write time to about 10mb/sec on many cards.
The 5D MK III offers a low level format option for your SD cards (not needed with CF cards) which completely erases the card, and allows 3 or even 4 times faster record speeds. This is a workaround, and Canon was obviously aware of the issue with slower cards.
This is why some have no issue and others run into problems.  I'd get the 95mb/sec card, it can erase blocks fast enough to allow recording over existing files.

Based on the feedback so far, it seems like the wear you are seeing is an extreme case. It's possible there was a manufacturing problem when they applied the finish on that part of your camera.
I have read of one other case like this, and I agree that there is some sort of issue with improper painting or they missed on the primer.
I'd ask Canon to replace the worn panels.

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