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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III - CF card or speed issue...
« on: October 24, 2012, 07:39:43 PM »
Its likely just a matter of timing.  You get a product to a certain development stage, and freeze the design.  That means you do not put new technology in beyond that point.  It happens as a part of the design of  all products.  A design freeze happens and then the detailed design proceeds.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom workflow vs in camera setting
« on: October 24, 2012, 07:26:30 PM »
I'd suggest that you buy or bowwor a good book on Lightroom.  There are many very subtle things that are easy to miss using a learn as you go method, or by asking on forums.
I generally apply lens corrections as I import along with different NR levels according to ISO.  First set the import parameters in preferences, then tweak settings in a image for a particular ISO level,  This can include NR, lens correction, and many other settings. 
Now select Develop/Set Default Parameters and save the parameters for the selected camera model or even body at that ISO.  Now, when you import a image, each image with that ISO from that camera will use the setting.  You can also click reset for other images, and the parameters will be applied to that image if it was from the camera and ISO specified.
It takes a few minutes, but you can setup parameters that differ by ISO and camera body, or make them all the same for a given camera model.  If you have two 5D MK III's, you can optimize imports for each one.  There are always small differences between cameras of the same model, and this will help make them more alike.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's new 70-200mm f/4 VR rated 5-stops
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:24:06 PM »
Focus breathing is just a fact of life, its a trade off against other parameters that are more critical, and price.  It would be nice to have telephoto lenses with no focus breathing, but there will always be some for low cost lenses.  Its part of the reason lenses for Cinema run 30K and more.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Tripod - Help
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:20:53 PM »
All I know is I won't be buying Giottos again.  Not just one leg but two have come out in my hand when extending them.  Because they used a cheap plastic inner lock deal that evidently easily snaps.  I put it back together then used electrical tape on those joints, never to be used again.  The ones that haven't failed, well even after tightening the joint screws to the point of almost breaking when clamping down...they still don't stay out and often slide down/in.  Not real thrilled with the ballhead I got for it either.  Horizontal spin axis knob is all or nothing and damn hard to get tight so it stays.  The whole legs coming apart in my hand twice now over a dumb piece of plastic has really turned me off.  You look at this piece and how it goes together and what it has to do/support and it's just a real head scratcher they have this plastic inner piece like it is.  It was just a bit over $300 for the legs and head so not an expensive route exactly but certainly not the cheapest $50 free with camera tripod deal either.  It should take some work to have the tripod legs come apart/out in your hand, not casually extending them down on two different occasions.

Sorry can't say what to get, but figured I'd say what I'm not getting next time around.
Have you asked them to fix or replace it?  There are often secret warranties that are not advertised.  It could have been a bad batch or run.  I do not use Gittos, but many have been happy.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III - CF card or speed issue...
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:13:19 PM »
Just put the CF card in the camera, remove the SD.  The numbers for SD card speeds are confusing, they are way slower than what they advertise, because the Camera is not able ti use UHS-1 so they fall back...way back.  The Camera will be held back to the slow SD card speed if its writing to both.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Tripod - Help
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:03:44 PM »
You are not going to get something good for $300, so prepare to compromise.  Our local Costco has some lower end Aluminum Manfroto tripods with head for around $200.  I don't see them online, and I only looked at it briefly, since it was not a pro quality unitet, but more of a high end consumer unit.  Much better than the junk you find at Walmart.
What you want is a tripod with a under hook.  Hang your camera bag or other weight on the hook to stabilize the tripod.

EOS Bodies / Re: One friend want to Buy my 24-70L... but...
« on: October 24, 2012, 03:57:23 PM »
I've bought 5 different 24-70mm L's.  4 used and one new.  None of them were really supurb, and not worth the price.  I'd sell yours now while the prices are high.  If you ever want another, you can get the Tamron IS version for less, and its better.

Lenses / Re: looking for equivalent to efs 17-55 f/2.8 in EF line
« on: October 23, 2012, 09:36:53 PM »
It's blowing my mind how much better the 24-105 seems to be when mounted on the 5DIII as opposed to my 60D (or the T2i I had before)'s like I unleashed its full potential.

I mean, it was still a decent lens on the 60D...but it just seems to come alive on the 5D. such a strange feeling...I've heard people on this forum and elsewhere rave about it and went ??? ...but now I understand...


Anyway, having used the 17-55 pretty extensively on the 60D, I'd say the 5D with 24-105 is definitely a step up in quality, if you're in good light. In low light I'd consider the required raising of ISO to be more or less an equalizer in terms of quality. I find 60D 3200 = 5D 6400 for instance. 5D's 6400 probably still maintains a slight edge in my opinion, but you'd really have to view at 100% to tell a difference.

Most find the 24-105 a bit better on a crop.  Assuming, that is, that its a crop with AFMA fine tuning the autofocus.
I love my 24-105mm L on both my crop and FF bodies, its one of the few FF lenses that are supurb on crop bodies as well as FF.

Site Information / Re: "Awaiting approval"???
« on: October 22, 2012, 10:07:52 PM »
Askimet works by checking links in every post against their spam database.  This is being tested, and is used on many online forums.
my***.com is a mail forwarding company that has been misused by spammers and found itself blacklisted because of this.  Nothing wrong with the company, its just the spammers once again rasing havoc.
The admin has the option of approving a post that has been held, and a message is supposed to be displlayed to the poster explaining what happened.  I don't think that is happening yet.  Thats the problem for a small operation, you have to fight the spammers (look at who is online now- 30% are likely spammers).  Virtually all of them are blocked from posting but several get thru each day.

EOS Bodies / Re: Can you BACKDATE the 1DX firm ware VIA EOS UTILITY?
« on: October 22, 2012, 09:55:25 PM »
Every new version in the future will contain all the previous firmware modifications, so there is no real reason to undo it unless something is seriously broken, in which case, another firmware would quickly come out.

Lenses / Re: Filter stacking on 50mm lens
« on: October 22, 2012, 09:51:48 PM »
I heard of Canon reps suggesting against filter use for the general loss of IQ... then again, there are lenses that aren't fully weather sealed without a filter, and of course Canon doesn't make screw on filters anymore (or do they? They certainly aren't in the stores).

A Canon rep doing that might not have a job long if his boss found out.  Virtually every Canon supertelephoto lens has screw on filters made by Canon.  They just happen to mount on a pull out tray in the rear of the lens.

Lenses / Re: Focusing motor broken on EF 28mm f/1.8?
« on: October 22, 2012, 09:44:44 PM »
The original owner helped me do some research and suggested I try spinning the ring around several times before holding it in place while autofocusing to see if the lens still focuses as it should under normal conditions.

And it does!

CharlieB I'm sure you are right in that sense of the problem. The owner had not used the lens for a long time and it had been sitting in the bottom of his camera bag. The more I spin the ring and have the lens focus, the less the motor pulls on it. So it turns out that it's just a bit stiff. Coupled with the lens being overheated in the car though, it did seem like a very serious problem.

I talked to someone once who kept their camera equipment in a cooler in their car. Now I know  ::) I didn't realize what effect heat could have on a lens.

And thank you for the tip Mt Spokane Photography. I'll start considering repair cost when buying used to see if I'd actually be saving any money.
Lenses getting hot in the trunk are a nightmare.  I am able to repair my own lenses to some extent (repaired two old Minolta MC lenses Sunday).  Both had the lube separated likely from heat, and run into the aperture.
 Sometimes, the lube in old lenses just hardens, particularly if they have not been used for 10-15 years.  Then it has to be scraped out and replaced.
Not all old lenses are easily cleaned, but the Minoltas can be done in 15 minutes, and ten minutes is spent swabbing the lube off the aperture blades.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkIII image "Dust" after impact
« on: October 22, 2012, 07:31:42 PM »
The issue is the source of the bits.  they are not dust, something broke either in the lens or in the camera body.  Not all the parts may have went into the light path, some of them may be lurking ready to destroy the shutter and create a very expensive repair.
Do not use the camera or lens, have both checked out.

Lenses / Re: 85 1.8 vs Zeiss 85 1.4
« on: October 22, 2012, 07:27:33 PM »
I recently tried the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 manual focus lens, and I must say, it is stunningly unique. Unfortunately, I would have liked to compare that lens to the EF 85mm 1.8, but none of the rental places in my area seem to have it (they only have the 85L apparently...  :o ). So I was just wondering is more than double the price and the lack of autofocus really justify the nice bokeh and IQ of the Zeiss? What are your experiences with the Canon? And if I'm into mid-tele portraiture, is there any other lens (preferably under 1k) that I should consider? I shoot a 5D2.

The Canon 85mm f/1.8 is very good, and a bargain for the price.  Only you know if you can do without autofocus. (I can't).    The 100mm f/2 is another to consider, it really depends on the working distance available.

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