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Software & Accessories / Re: problems after installing magic lantern
« on: October 30, 2012, 01:55:30 PM »
Firmware is very tricky.  Canon tests it very carefully, but when it gets out to the million users, some cameras always have a issue, and users find a combination of settings that causes a problem.
There is a enormous number of combinations of settings, so software like ML is going to have bugs.
You can remove it, and should first understand how it works and what you need to do to remove it in the event you have issues.
I do not use it, since reliability of my camera is important.  If you are just experimenting and not making money with your equipment, I can understand that.  They warn you that nasty things might happen.

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Lenses / Re: When is the Big Glass going to be available?
« on: October 29, 2012, 10:03:32 PM »
When did you order it?  Lots of people have them.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Supplies for beginners?
« on: October 29, 2012, 07:40:10 PM »
I am starting to be asked to take pictures for families and I only have the Canon T3i and the 85-300mm lens.  And of course the lens that came with the camera.  I don't have any other tools and wanted to know what should I start with buying?
Oh and I have an OK software Digital Photo Professional that came with the camera...would like some recommendations for software too! User friendly...something I don't need to take a class on how to use it!
If you want to get the most out of your camera, use RAW.  Nothing wrong with using jpegs but editing them will degrade the quality even further.
The most powerful RAW editor is Lightroom.  Adobe has free video tutorials and there are a ton of good books.
If you just want the software to do the work for you, DXO takes a fairly good stab at developing RAW images, you will probably be happy with them.  However, if you want special effects or more control, use Lightroom or Aperture.
You are going to go thru a learning curve no matter what you choose.  Many people try to organize their images into directories or folders on their computer.  Lightroom has a built-in image management system, but you should learn to use it before jumping in and trying to organize by folder.

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Lenses / Re: website that compares BOKEH for canon lenses
« on: October 29, 2012, 05:47:28 PM »
Bokah is not really defined in a precise manner, and there is likewise no standard test.  Some people invent their own, but you can't compare from one persons test to another.  You also cannot compare between camera bodies, but some will try.
So far. photozone is pretty good about showing images of their test setup for the more recent lens tests, I haven't seen any sites markedly better.

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EOS Bodies / Re: real-world autofocus on 5d2
« on: October 29, 2012, 12:30:20 PM »
I have no issue with center point, but trying to use the 5D MK II AF for something coming toward you rapidly will be frustrating.
 
 

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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' fast...by 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.

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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 offer....man 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.

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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.
 
http://www.adorama.com/ICAG1XZ.html

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/03850/Canon-EF-24-70mm-f2.8L-II-USM-price.html
 

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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.

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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.

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