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So how does that work buying from a place like BigValueInc?  they're a non-authorized deaaler.  Unless there are tiers of canon dealerships I'm not sure I understand your answer. 

They are not a authorized dealer.  The sales receipt from them may not be recognized by any Canon repair facility anywhere in the world for warranty repair.  However, you can likely pay for repair, or pay $200 for a third party warranty.
Big Value buys surplus from authorized dealers at a low price.  they then turn around and liquidate it on ebay for a quick profit.  Since the Canon warranty only applies to the original purchaser from a authorized dealer, there is no warranty.  Its the same as if you bought up a bunch of cameras from a big sale and sold them on ebay.  They may be new and have a US warranty card, but Canon will not or may not honor the warranty, because you are not a Canon dealer.
Its probably not a big deal for most, only a very few fail within a year.  But, if it does fail, and needs $2000 repair, you are not going to be happy.

Canon General / Re: Project 1709
« on: October 04, 2012, 03:40:02 PM »
Except, just like the US canon gateway library thing they did... they got me interested right up until this...

5.2 When you upload or submit any content to our Services, you grant Canon (and those we work with) a non-exclusive, worldwide right and licence to freely use, host, store, reproduce, publish, modify, create derivative works (for example, versions of your content created to ensure your content works better with our Services) and edit your content solely for the purposes of providing you with the Services. The rights that you grant in this licence shall be free of charge, perpetual and capable of sub-licence. We may exercise all rights in the content in all jurisdictions to the full extent for the full period for which any such rights exist. This licence may continue even when you stop using our Services but may be revoked when you delete content or your account unless such content has been shared with others who have not deleted it.

Canon for US had something like this where you can make slideshows and such with your pictures... but it says once you make a slideshow with their services, they are granted rights to republish, modify, etc...  I love canon cameras but dont love them that much...
Even with Flickr, you own and retain rights to your work.
I would not touch the Canon service after reading that.
I can just imagine some user capturing a valuable image of a big news event that might sell to news services for thousands of dollars and have Canon tell him "Sorry, it belongs to us!"

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Price Drop
« on: October 04, 2012, 03:31:08 PM »
Well, in Canada the MSRP went quietly from $3800 to $3600 and in addition Canon Canada offers $100 discount. That, I guess, explains why some large retailers are selling this camera at $3400. Looking forward to holiday deals!
I agree that prices may be very good over the holidays.  However, surveys of Dealers that I've seen seem to indicate that they are not planning any big blowouts.  If sales are slow though, the price pressure will be on.

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 f/2.8 Mk II currently available at Newegg
« on: October 04, 2012, 03:26:51 PM »
Its been available in several stores this week.  They usually sell out quickly.  However, in a few months, they will be discounted for short term sales, and in a year, the price will drop.

Lenses / Re: Canon 16-35mm II + Reikan FocCal Pro --- Tips
« on: October 04, 2012, 03:25:11 PM »
Hi guys,
I bought Reikan FocCal Pro about a month ago. Believe it or not, I have not yet install the software. I’m going to take 1-2 days off from work to calibrate  do microadjustment on my lenses.

My lenses are:
1.   16-35 II - this is the lens I’m going to calibrate first
2.   24-70 II - this lens is sharp. Let see if the lens gets any better after calibration
3.   70-200 f2.8 IS II - this lens is sharp. Let see if the lens gets any better after calibration
4.   50mm f1.4 – I’m so happy with 24-70 II, I now no longer need this lens. Will sell soon

Body: 5D III

This will be my first time doing microadjustment. Also, Reikan FocCal Pro is my first software as a tool.

Any tips from CRs members are greatly appreciated.


I do see improvement after AFMA. For the 16-35 II I ended up with -5 @ wider end & 3 at nearer end.

1 down 2 more to go ;)
Depending on the lens and the shape of the curve, even a AFMA of 2 or 3 can make a difference.  If the curve is flat, it does not really change a lot.
As you can see, my 16-35 at 16mm and 0.7m to target has essentially no change from plus 3 to -3, but then drops off.

However, my 85mm f/1.8 is off quite a bit, and at a setting of 0, it loses a huge amount of sharpness. The lens is fine, it just has a buildup of tolerances that need a -8 AFMA.


Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/4 vs. 200 f/2.8
« on: October 04, 2012, 11:54:07 AM »
For sports, the faster the shutter speed, the better.  Try to get the f/2.8 non IS and double your shutter speed.  I have lept my f/4L due to the weight, and also have owned several each of the f/2.8 versions.
In good light, the f/4 is great, but as the light level dropsyou will be wanting at least f/2.8 and likely faster.  Thats where a 135mm f/2 can help.  If you do not mind changing lenses, the 135mmL is another option, but a zoom is nice to have for sports.
Here is one I recently took in bright sunlight with the f/4L IS and 5D MK II (It focuses after all ;) )


Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.2 update
« on: October 03, 2012, 08:42:37 PM »
I noticed 4.2 is dramatically faster.  Those huge Nikon D800 files now render in about 1 second or less.  NR also updates almost instantly on the D800 files where it was taking 20 seconds or more on the D800 files.
Did those who claim its slow actually test it?
My Canon 5D2 and 5D3 files load instantly, less than .1 sec.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.2 update
« on: October 03, 2012, 06:01:28 PM »
So basically nothing to fix the VERYVERY uselessly slow performance.....
I don't have a performance problem.  Sounds like a configuration issue if you have a PC.

I have a PC (with plenty of RAM, etc.) and maybe someone can answer my problem about loading photos into Lightroom.  Once I import photos from my harddrive into LR, before I go into the Develop module, I wait for all the photos to "load", by waiting for the 3 tiny dots to disappear from each photo, indicating the photo is loaded.  The problem is, only the photos that are displayed on the screen actually "load", so I then have to scroll down to have the next line(s) of photos to show on the screen before they actually load.  I have the thumbnails set to the smallest setting so more photos are on the screen at once in the Library module.  Is there something I'm missing or I'm doing wrong.  I would rather have all the photos load on their own and go do something useful, instead of having to scroll down every 30 seconds until my 1,000 photos or so are finished loading.  The reason I make sure all the photos are loaded, meaning the 3 dots have disappeared, is so that in the Develop module it doesn't take forever for a single photo to become ready for adjustments.
The creating preview images is a one time thing,  Leave lightroom running for a while and it will create previews for all 1000 in 30 minutes or so.
Go to catalog settings to set your preferences for the previews and the time to keep 1:1 previews. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Looks like the 6D may not be so bad after all
« on: October 03, 2012, 05:49:12 PM »
The 6D will be a fine camera.  The Photographer and the lenses play a much more important part than the body.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 40D to 5d mkii
« on: October 03, 2012, 05:38:14 PM »

Oh, one more thing, the 5D2 is rated for 1/4000th of a second max shutter speed and the 5D3 is rated at 1/8000th of a second max shutter speed.

What should I do, I have lots of images taken with my 5D MK II at shutter speeds over 1/4000.  Even at 1/8000 sec. 
Is it broken?  I've had two and they both use 1/8000 as stated in the manual on page 236.

I have heard it said before that Canon USA will not repair cameras bought outside of a US authorized dealer, EVEN IF YOU PAY FOR IT.  Does anyone know if that is true?  That is a-whole-nother issue than just not honoring the warranty. 

From what I've heard, they are not hard nosed as long as you purchased from a authorized reseller and have the receipt.

Canon General / Re: Project 1709
« on: October 03, 2012, 05:27:14 PM »
I tried to sign up, they do not take US or Canadian members, pretty worthless eh!

This is why I use Peli Cases and Gepe Card Safe Bags for all my equipment. I once was very happy about having them in a similar situation as yours. One big Peli Case costs less than 200$ and this is (in first row) the best insurance you can get!

Hope that everything is still working. Water damages are always a big problem...
You actually take the cases out with you when hiking for miles?  I think a zip lock bag is more practical.

Lenses / Re: Canon Teleconverters Question
« on: October 03, 2012, 01:36:14 PM »
a 1.4X II will stack to a 2XII, the 1.4X must be on the camera side.  I don't know if any other combination works.
I have a Kenko 1.4X on order to try with my 5D MK III for focus at f/8, and I'll be seeing how it stacks.  I also got a older 2X TC, which is likely a Sigma or Kenko but branded Quantaray, its actually ok, but does not allow AF at f/8 with my bodies, they just can't find focus.

The 7D and the flashes need attention.  Your 7D likely got water in thru the flash, and that high voltage capacitor is a concern.  Do not turn the camera on.
Your 5D's are likely OK.  Not having that flash and associated body opening in the top keeps water out.

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