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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D for a 1DS mk2 ??
« on: November 01, 2012, 08:03:24 PM »
The 5D Classic is worth maybe $600, the 1DS MK II goes for $1600 or more.  If you did not like it, you could sell and buy a new 5D MK II.

Canon General / Re: Canon's MAP Pricing Goes Into Full Effect Today
« on: November 01, 2012, 01:40:15 PM »
I would not worry too much, there is still a wide range of prices at various dealers, even authorized resellers.

PowerShot / Re: Down to the RX100 or G15...
« on: November 01, 2012, 01:34:03 PM »
Adorama shipped my G1X today, it was delayed by a couple of days due to the storm.  I bought it on the one day combo special which came with a 9500 MK II printer and Adobe software.  After the rebate, the entire price for the lot was $399.
After I sell the printer and software, it will net about $150 or less.
Then, when I sell my G11, I will have upgraded and netted about $150 - 200 to the good.
Being paid $150 to upgrade my 3 yo G11 to a new G1X was too good a deal to pass on.

Lenses / Re: "Affordable" telephoto lens for wildlife
« on: November 01, 2012, 01:26:37 PM »
Depends on what you shoot - and when.  In good light, or with fast subjects, not having IS isn't an issue. I often don't have enough light for 400mm f/5.6, 1/640 s at ISO 3200 on a 7D - being able to use 1/250 s handheld is a big deal...for me. 

As for reach, OP mentions raptors in fall/winter. You can never have enough reach. I'm now at 1200mm f/8 and still cropping sometimes.
You can't have a lens that is too long for birds and wildlife unless you are shooting in a zoo.  Light is the big issue.  I use my 580 EX II plus a Better beamer.  It makes a huge difference when in shadows or low light.
Here is a image with the better beamer in good light, it elimated the shadow which otherwise covered the birds head.
1. Fill light with Better Beamer in relatively good light, 100-400mmL at 400mm


Sony has forced dealers to advertise full price for years, Nikon started last year, and Canon this year.  In addition to that, the Supreme Court may rule that you cannot import a copyrighted item into the USA and resell it. 
However, there are many sellers in the mean time that are not Canon Authorized resellers who will undercut prices, and combo deals may still abound.
Canon also has ongoing rebate deals, so prices will not immediately jump.  If sales continue to drop, we will continue to see lower and lower prices, you can bank on that.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shutter Issue with 5D Mk3
« on: October 31, 2012, 11:48:04 PM »
Several good suggestions above.
When you shoot high fps, the camera has internal memory that holds or buffers images while they are being written to a memory card.  Even a fast memory card is slow by comparison to the speed of the buffer.  Once the buffer is full, the camera pauses until there is room in the buffer to begin taking images again.
If you write to both a compact flash card and a SD card, the SD card is typically much slower than a Compact Flash Card, and the camera will be limited to the slowest card.
For the best possible performance, get a very fast 1000X Compact Flash Card (Lexar), and do not enable writing to a SD Card.  If you only use a SD card, performance will suffer. The 5D Mark III cannot make use of UHS-1 SD card capabilities, so what you may think is a fast SD card is actually much slower than advertised.

Its true, the Canon MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) program starts Nov 1, so this is just repeating well known information dressed up to make it seem that they have inside information.
Don't expect any ebay prices to change though.  Many of the big discounts are from sellers that are not Canon Authorized resellers, so it means nothing to them.

EOS Bodies / Re: just got a US 1DX for $6422, delivered --
« on: October 31, 2012, 04:10:22 PM »
Yes, discounts are coming big time as high end camera sales slumps.

Lenses / Re: EF-M 55mm f/1.3 Coming in 2013? [CR1]
« on: October 31, 2012, 04:08:27 PM »
I tend to believe something is probably going to happen in March of 2013

But what?  :o
Well, last March, Japan had a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.  What could top that?

Canon General / Adorama Storm Status Update 10-31-2012 Good News!
« on: October 31, 2012, 03:24:43 PM »
*** Thanks for caring and here's a update ***
 NJ Warehouse: Back at work with power and all orders of the past few days should ship today.
 NYC Store: We are closed due to the local power outages and waiting to have power back, we have no confirmed time for that.
 NYC Office: Some dept's are operating via generated power and assuring that your orders are being processed.
 Shop with us ONLINE at
 Phone: Call us at 800.223.2500 and our lines should be fine!Good News!
I ordered a camera on Sunday, so I was hoping that the delay would not be too long, I know the warehouse is in a old Navy Yard, so I was expecting the worst.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Layer-based sensor patent by Sony
« on: October 31, 2012, 02:56:42 PM »
Indeed! If any, Canon is probably the most likely candidate to come out with a cam using a layer -based sensor considering that they have had the R&D for it for some time and currently their sensor tech is receiving a lot of critics...
I doubt if anyone will use that technology, the issues to overcome are very difficult.  Companies crank out patents to protect a unique type of design, but I don't believe we will see one in production soon.  Sigma has it all to themselves, and are not doing very well with it.  If Canon, Nikon, or Sony really believed in it, they would have bought up Foveon rather than let Sigma do it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III sensor cleaning noise (squeaks)
« on: October 31, 2012, 02:47:31 PM »
definately lots we don't know about the abiity of humans to perceive or detect external stimulii of various sorts (especially at high energy levels) in ways that are perceived to be 'hearing'.   thats for sure --  total agreement there.  For example, the ability to detect the application of mechanical energy directly to parts of the body (like vibrating the skull at ultrasonic frequencies) is amusing, too.  Imagine the variance among individuals, i.e. size of the head, bone density, etc, etc.  and maybe those with 5D3s can try pressing their cameras bodies against their heads!

The physiology and mechanics of detecing low levels of true acoustic energy transmitted via air ("hearing") is relatively well understood though, and more closely applies to the phenomena of hearing the sensor being cleaned. 

this has been a cool thread, actually, an amusing departure from Dxo scores arguments :D
I'd love to be able to once again to hear even 4K hertz with a hearing aid!  My hearing has gone south to the point where a implant is likely to happen.  I've tried all of the hearing aids, including one that shifts high frequency sounds into my hearing range.  It actually works pretty well at allowing me to hear sounds that I could not otherwise hear, even if the pitch is totally wrong.
Its very frustrating to not be able to understand what people are saying, even with the best hearing aids. 
I've looked into the various technologies for implants, bone conduction systems, direct mechanical stimulation of the ear drum, and discussed them with my doctor, who has done a lot of the original research involving many of the alternate methods, they all have drawbacks, and he is happy to discuss pros and cons.  So far, only the implants seem to be pretty much the gold standard, but I keep watching for a breakthru. 
At this point, I do not want to give up what hearing I have, I only have one ear that has any hearing at all, but the time is coming soon when I will be better off with a implant.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: G15 or G1X for my mom???
« on: October 31, 2012, 02:33:10 PM »
*  The new camera will be used mostly to take photos at birthdays, holidays, family vacations, and the kids/family dogs running around.
*  The new camera needs to have good ISO performance and/or flash performance for different lighting conditions.

Based on these criteria, I've narrowed it down to the G15 and G1X, and I'm leaning toward the G15, because the reviews I've read state the G1X has slow autofocus, which could cause problems when she tries to take photos of the dogs and kids running around. 

What do you guys think would be the best camera for my mom?


I had both the G12 and G1X. Was not happy with either. Gave the G12 to my 62 year old mother for purposes similar to what you mention above. She never uses it unfortunately. Just was not intuitive to her I guess and she has a PhD so it is not a matter of intelligence. Even the G12 is slow to focus and not ideal for catching kids or animals. A lot of shots will be missed...

I got rid of the G1X as well. I loved its image quality and shots of adults or scenery were very good as long as I had a couple of seconds to compose the shot...Its autofocus was slow and time between shots was terrible. Enough to frustrate me and eventually dump it for 60% of what I paid for it...

Not sure if the Canon SX50 (Amazon link below) would be any better or not but you might want to look at it as well. Take your mom to a store and see which one she seems "comfortable" with. If she is comfortable then she will pick it up and use it. If not it will just grow dust like the one I gave to my mom...Good luck.

The SX50 is a larger and more bulky camera than the G15 or G1X and has a tiny sensor.  The extreme zoom sounds nice, but even with IS, you can't easly hold it still, so fast shutter speeds are needed.  As soon as you get indoors, its too dark to use it, and the tiny flash is inadequate, so a external flash is needed.  I'd only recommend the SX50 as a general use camera to someone who knows its limitations and understands how to work around them.
As a vacation camera to use in bright sunlight, it might be pretty good, or a camera to capture still wildlife also under ideal liighting I think thats its strong point.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III $2799 from eBay
« on: October 31, 2012, 02:06:17 PM »
no, i'm pretty sure we've seen $2750 from adorama selling through ebay
Yes, I bought mine for $2750 with free shipping and $56 ebay bucks which I used to buy a 2nd battery from Adorama as well.
Its been $2699 from a non authorized seller.

Software & Accessories / Re: LR noise reduction in comparison to DPP
« on: October 31, 2012, 02:03:51 PM »
One of the advantages that Lightroom has over DPP is that you can create a layer using the brush and apply NR selectively to that layer.  This allows you to add more NR only to the areas that need more.  Photoshop does this is a more sophisticated way, but its easy to do in LR 4.
 Some of the other NR software attempts to apply NR only in the areas where its needed most, and works in some cases but not others.
You can get free downloads of most of the common NR software and try it to see how it works for you.  Each has its own following.

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