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Software & Accessories / Re: Need advice - Pixma P9000Mk2 or P9500Mk2 ?
« on: August 07, 2012, 01:34:37 PM »
I think Epson is the one with heads that clog.  My 3880 takes one day before the red head starts to clog.  In two days, the yellow clogs as well.  I run a cleaning every other day to keep from any serious clog.  Expensive!

Lenses / Re: EF 40mm STM Pancake Problem Acknowledged
« on: August 07, 2012, 01:31:48 PM »
Well heck.
I guess I had that happen on my 60D.

I was fiddling around a bit absent minded & the lens moved inward with a fairly light pressure made by my finger. I saw it move about 1/8 inch  :o (oops) & thought that didn't seem right.

I had to pop the battery out & back in to get functionality back in the lens ( didn't try re seating the lens ). It seems it just froze up causing no damage  :) . Definitely sensitive, glad their doing a fix because it could be a pain in the butt ox if it happened often.
If you push the end of the lens barrel to put on the cap, or whatever, it will telescope in, some may take more perssure, but all of them move.
What should noot happen is for the camera to lockup when it senses a lens movement. 

Lenses / Re: EF 40mm STM Pancake Problem Acknowledged
« on: August 07, 2012, 10:00:19 AM »
I tried to see if I had the issue, mounted mine to my 5D MK II and pushed on the lens, and of course, it would not autofocus because the barrel could not move with me pushing on it.  I removed my finger and it worked fine.  I tried squeezing the barrel too, but that has no affect.
Then, it dawned on me that what they must be saying is that some cameras lock up when you do not allow the lens to autofocus by pressing  the focus barrel or focus ring on the front of the lens.
Thats why the fix is firmware for the camera.  nothing wrong with the lens.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How rugged is my 5D Mkiii?
« on: August 06, 2012, 10:53:22 PM »
There is no standard to define ruggedness or protection.  One camera might survive a big time hit while another fails with a little bump.
The trick is where to provide the bump.
It all depends on the individual and the way you use the camera.  If you thiink it will get dropped or banged around, one of the protective covers will help.  However, a 1 series body is definitely built to take a licking.


Generally speaking, if you want to criticise someone else's results of a scientific method then you do so by doing your own experiments that prove your point. And yes, I'm willing to bet that the method DxO use to generate the raw numbers that goes into those calculations and the method of arriving at the calculations in that table is a lot more scientific than the process of saying "That 0.0 is wrong and because that 0.0 is wrong all other results lack credibility."

A wrong answer on one calls every answer into question.  That is how a engineer views it.  And, I have done plenty of scientific reports for NASA.
The difference is that my reports were checked by a person, not just something kicked out by a formula in a spread sheet.  If the spread sheet calculated one wrong, its not up to me to verify all of them.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III and green RAw!!!
« on: August 06, 2012, 11:27:10 AM »
Even if it is very rare it's UNACCEPTABLE!

It may ruin an once in a lifetime shot. If someone cannot count on their equipment then the equipment is not worthy.
It would seem that as more modern and capable cameras are made reliability would improve and this is clearly not happening.
This (or anything similar) has never happened on my 5DMkII.
So,Most photographers are very happy to have 50% of their images become keepers.  You must not be willing to accept one of 15,000 that are not perfect. 
What are you going to do if one day the photographer goofs and you have a poor image?  Send him back to the factory?
This could be easily caused by opening the battery door before the camera finished writing.  If so, send the photographer back, one of 15,000 is unacceptable.

Lenses / Re: Special serial number codes?
« on: August 05, 2012, 08:50:53 PM »

Also, Canon took the time to adjust their factory setup and whatnot to make the 18-55 IS II, which is otherwise practically identical to the 18-55 IS, with all the hoopla of 'releasing' a version II a while ago,
I do not recall a Canon announcement or hoopla in the USA for the version II, it just started showing up with no announcement at all.  As you said, it was merely cheaper to produce.  At least, they Identified it, so a buyer can tell which it is.

Lenses / Re: Special serial number codes?
« on: August 05, 2012, 07:38:32 PM »
The tactic seems to work. The auction ended and the lens has been sold for 50EUR more than new.

And while we are at it here is a 24-105L for 10.000EUR:

The link takes me to a auction for 829 euros, I do not see 10,000.

His chart claims that a D3100 has 0.0 read noise! 
That should give a clue as to accuracy / credability.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: FoCal likes the mk3 AF
« on: August 05, 2012, 07:27:46 PM »
Apple keeps coming up with new OS versions that render apps unworkable on the new OS.  They stop supporting versions only a few years old.  Its a losing proposition to try to support a OS under those conditions.  Buyers want their software to keep on working every time a new OS version comes out, and that is expensive for a small company.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III and green RAw!!!
« on: August 05, 2012, 12:45:39 PM »
I never saw it happen, but if it happens frequently, I'd be concerned. 

I do not believe that Lightroom can download a matching raw.  You might send a e-mail to victoria Brampton (Lightroom Queen) and ask her.  If anyone knows, she will.
As noted, Aperture does do this. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III and green RAw!!!
« on: August 05, 2012, 11:48:12 AM »
Something like this is usually a corrupted file while writing to the memory card, or transferring to the computer.
It the file green on both of your cards?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Seattle vacation
« on: August 05, 2012, 11:45:27 AM »
I'd suggest that you signup for the NWPhotographers group on facebook.  They are a active group and post photos and advice for the Northwest and mostly around Puget Sound.
They also have a free website, but all the forum posting has migrated to facebook.
One of my Favorite side trips (I lived in Seattle for 35 years) is to Tillicum Village.  Its located on a small island (Blake Island) and a tour boat takes you to it, which is a fantastic opportunity to use a 70-200mm lens or your 24-70mm as you cruise to the island.  There is a salmon dinner and a indian show (degraded in recent years).  Then, if you take the evening cruise, you will get a view of the Seattle skyline at night.  Its a challenge to get good images, so plan ahead to have the right lens.
Some of the many places to visit.
Seattle Center - Space Needle is a good place to see for 100 miles.
Museum of Flight.  If you like aircraft, it has a very large collection in several large buildings.  Literally hundreds or thousands of exhibits.  This is another challenge for the photographer, but except for the aircraft hanging in the great hall that are backlit on a bright sunny day, you can do it without flash.
Capturing those backlit aircraft will need HDR, and no tripods are allowed.
Waterfront -  You can spend hours there, and the harbor tours start there.
Pike Place Market
Mount Rainer National Park - untold numbers of potential photo sites
Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland for birding photos
I'd also recommend taking a ferry to Victoria BC and taking some of the tours, or driving to Port Townsend and taking the ferry to Victoria from there.  (You need a pasport or enhanced drivers license).  You can take your car, but leave it behind, and take the tour busses.
Thats only a start, you could spend years.





Lenses / Re: Special serial number codes?
« on: August 05, 2012, 11:11:00 AM »
My 24-105 L has 77 for the 2nd and third numbers.  $2,000 anyone ;)
Chances are that the seller just had a friend write that question so he could get a quick sale at a high price.

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