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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 5d mark iii Amazon price drop
« on: October 28, 2012, 10:08:38 PM »

I guess it ain't movin' Feb to May it could hit 2750 without much fanfare or too many tears shed.
Be careful with that date.  It could happen, but check Canon Price Watch graphs for historical price levels.
There is a good reason why prices go up after the first of the year.  Canon's fiscal year ends December 31.  Their profits for the year are based on FY sales.  In order to lower inventory and to maximize sales, prices drop in November and December to their lowest levels of the year.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: G15 or G1X for my mom???
« on: October 28, 2012, 10:00:05 PM »
Thanks for the feedback!  Also, I should mention that less than 20% of the photos she'll be taking are going to be action type shots, plus her current camera is a 6 year-old point and shoot Fuji S5200 5.1 mp camera, so anything I buy her will be a significant upgrade!

I just noticed the G1X is on sale for $399 with the $400 rebate gift card that price is hard to pass up!

I broke down and ordered one for my wife today.
Considering I can sell the printer for $250 and the software for $30, the net cost is under $150.  When I sell her old G11 for $250-$300, I'll not only be getting a new and better camera with a warranty, but $100-150 back.  Better than a free upgrade.

Pricewatch Deals / Adorama G1X Deal - $399 net
« on: October 28, 2012, 03:05:28 PM »
Adorama has a combo deal for the G1X, it includes the camera, printer, and adobe software for a net price of $399 after $400 rebate.
I've been looking for the price to drop to something reasonable.
If I sell the printer and software, its a better deal yet.

Lenses / Re: AF Trouble on my 70-200L ... HELP!
« on: October 28, 2012, 01:45:36 PM »
Intermittent could mean dirty contacts, but I really doubt it.  I'd get it packed to ship out tomorrow morning, or to take to a local camera shop if thats what you prefer.
You might want to rent a replacement if you need it right away.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to start using 0.18um (180nm) process for FF?
« on: October 28, 2012, 01:21:01 PM »
Switching technologies is expensive, and the camera industry is in a tailspin.  Canon has released a recent patent which makes a rear illuminated sensor practical for FF and APS-C sensors (It is not used now because there is no benefit).
Unless Canon has already committed and is installing the equipment, don't look for any billion dollar facility updates soon.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: New Canon INSTANT REBATES for October - December!
« on: October 28, 2012, 01:09:10 PM »
While Canon and all the other camera companies are duking it out for sales, expect more and bigger discounts into January 2013 at the minimum.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Back Up Body
« on: October 27, 2012, 06:32:30 PM »
The 1D MK IV is a good choice.  It can share batteries with the 1DX and is far superior to the 7D. 

Pricewatch Deals / Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 MK II Price Break? $2274
« on: October 27, 2012, 06:23:23 PM »
As more dealers are getting stock, I noticed that buydig (authorized dealer) has knocked a few dollars off the price of the lens.  You need to use the FALLSAV25 code to get the $25 off.
Global sales are very difficult right now, and once the early adopters have their lenses, I look for coupons, one day ebay sales and other discounts to begin.

Lenses / Re: 5D3 + 24-70 f2.8 II + FoCal
« on: October 27, 2012, 06:09:47 PM »
There are lots ov variables, distance is one of them, its fine to vary the distance, but expect different results as well.
Notice how little variation there is accross the top of the curve,  Just a tiny bit of difference will change things.  The good news is that the sharpness doesn't change much from +2 to -2 so the setting is not that critical.  Sharpness won't be a issue unless you get well down on the curve.


Thank you so much for your kind advice!!!! I'm really opting for the 18-135mm now, being a newbie and all I believe it'll be a good start. Once again, thank you!!!
Good Choice.  You might also want one low light lens, 50mm f/1.8 is inexpensive and in a dark place, you will be happy to have it.  Just keep it in a padded pouch when not using it, its fairly easy to damage if banged around.

I have similar amount of play with my 70-200 on 5diii but is really snug on  my 7d. if it's that loose, wont that affect weather sealing?
Its not going to affect weather sealing, it merely rotates a very tiny amount.  It seems to be more than it actually is.  Rotating the lens does not open a gap, except that if you do it a few hundred thousand times or so, it might wear the gasket.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DM3 - Problems with tungsten lighting
« on: October 27, 2012, 12:57:34 PM »
What shutter speed?  Fast shutter speeds might be able to cause this, the effect is horrible with fluorescent lighting that does not use electronic ballasts.  Do you have a dimmer on the tungsten lights?  That can flicker at slow enough speeds to cause issues. 
Check and make certain that there is no fluorescent lighting that might be off to one side but still contributing to the overall light, and no dimmer.  A slow shutter speed (1/60 or less) should not show effects of lighting color changes, try that and see what happens.

It is unlikely to be a camera issue.
BTW, there is a limit to file size on uploads.  Make a copy of your file reduced to 800 X 800 @ 96 dpi and it should upload fine

EOS Bodies / Re: odd canon cps point allocation --
« on: October 27, 2012, 12:16:52 PM »
Still, when you consider market price, the old 85L and the Mark II are not a 1-5 value ratio.  I guess they drop the points each year so you will buy new gear.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D600 High ISO Examples
« on: October 27, 2012, 12:12:36 PM »
I'm glad to hear that Nikon has released another modern FF lens, they are sorely needed.  Still lacking is anything equivalent in price and quality to the Canon 100-400L, even though the Canon is old, Nikon can't match it.  Same for the old Canon 135mm L, and for the Canon 24-105L.
Lenses are much more important than bodies, and a much biger investment. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon Mitsubishi & Sony
« on: October 27, 2012, 12:03:20 PM »
There something I have always found a little strange and that is, Nikon is owned by Mitsubishi but Nikon gets some of it's sensors from Sony who is a direct and major competitor to Mitsubishi! any body else find this a strange arrangement?  ???
You need to study some more.
Nikon is a publically owned company, its owned by its shareholders.  However, companies in Japan join loosely joined groups that have banded together in a group called a Keiretsu to support each other financially. 
The member companies own small portions of the shares in each other's companies, centered on a core bank; this system helps insulate each company from stock market fluctuations and takeover attempts, thus enabling long-term planning in innovative projects. It is a key element of the automotive industry in Japan.
Back in the 1920's and 1930's these groups were monoploistic and were called zaibatsu.

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