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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: CF Cards in D800
« on: June 04, 2012, 11:12:30 PM »
I did a search on Delkin, and found some stores with a warning that they were incompatible with the D800.  It sounds like a firmware update is needed.

First of all they would be purchased by me from an authorised dealer with full receipt etc. They are definitely not stolen, I just think the shop in question has made a mistake with the price.

I had not thought of sending them to the US. I will have to look into how much it would cost to send there.

That sounds like a good deal.
Shipping rates via DHL are fairly good from Asia.  Use a shipping company that has a contract to get low rates, you might get the high quote if you just walked in off the street.
I'm not sure about income taxes, PayPal reports annual sales volumes over $20,000 to the IRS, but a offshore seller will not likely run into that issue.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MarkIII focuses very well at f/8
« on: June 04, 2012, 10:53:39 PM »
I've found that my 5D MK III would not AF with most Canon lenses at f/8, much less at f/11.  I taped contacts of my canon TC's to do the test.
I've found in the past that its a hit and miss thing, some bodies / lenses are a little better or worse, so one body might AF with a 100-400 while another will not.
My 100-400mm f/3.5-5.6 would AF at the short end where it is f/3.5 fine with a 1.4X TC, but it just hunted at 400mm.
My old 70-200mm f/2.8 non IS would AF fine and reasonably quickly at f/8 with a 1.4XC and 2X TC stacked.  i also had issues with lenses chattering when focusing on a close object well beyond minimum focus distance, while distant objects worked well.
So, I would not recommend that some one buy a camera believing that they could AF at F/8, many have reported the same results as I had, so be happy that you got a outlier thats exceptional.

The cameras only have a warranty when accompanies by a sales receipt from a authorized dealer, so it sounds like no warranty.  Hopefully, they have not been stolen.
There is a big demand for them on ebay, you can sell them and ship to the USA / Canada with no duty. However, unless you have a good ebay selling record, it might be difficult selling high end items.  Certainly PayPal will hold on to your money until the buyer is happy.
Contact Adorama or B&H, ask them if they are interested, but you will need to explain how you acquired them and provide proof that they are legitimate and not stolen.  That might turn a quick $3,000 or $4,000 profit to you.

Lenses / Re: A small walkabout lens - lay it on me!
« on: June 04, 2012, 10:34:40 PM »
Aieeee! Great help folks, thanks!

Mt. Spokane (my parents live in Spokane BTW, I visit there often) thanks for the info. I will definitely send this lens in for repair. I had thought it was much more expensive.

On the Voigtlander, I didn't know these lenses existed! The Voight 20mm looks like the bomb, my dream focal length! Pancake! A little slow and MF but I can deal with that.

How is it with a FF Canon 5D? My credit card is practically out on this one!!

EDIT: Or the zeiss 18mm! It's not too big, and close to my ideal focal length, thoughts on these two lenses?

PS. The Sigma 30mm isn't for FF.

Its a small world, Drop me a line next time you are planning to be in town.  Have you lived in Spokane?
 You might want to try youur hand at capturing some of those rolling hills of grain to the South.  They are impressive in person, but I'm far from skilled enough to capture the feeling they give me.
I even went so far as to buy a new D800 with capturing wide angles in mind, I also need a wide lens.  I was going to buy a 14-24mm, but I've found that many users can't easily get away from flare or distortions, so I'm still thinking about it.  My vision is not good enough to manually focus, but pretty much everything in the distance will be in focus, its the foreground that I can't focus on manually.

Canon General / Re: Food Processing Factory Photography?
« on: June 04, 2012, 10:24:01 PM »

First, congratulations on your keen interest in photography. Sounds to me like you have a good attitude toward learning and enough confidence to try new things. Don't let negative ninny type comments discourage you. Focus on what is possible! The winners in life take chances.

I think you are referring to my comment as a "Ninny Comment". 
While learning is a great thing, not having even basic knowledge of lighting or the equipment involved is putting a new photographer at risk of disappointing his boss and looking bad.  This could discourage him as well as perhaps make his boss lower his opinion of him.
There is nothing wrong from learning by hiring someone who knows the business, perhaps even workiing with the photographer.  He has everything to gain by showing his good judgement in knowing his limitations, and everything to lose by showing poor judgement such that the result is poor and the boss has to embarass him by hiring a pro.
If he recommends hiring a pro, the boss may very well be willing to have him give it a try first, but he should let the boss know that he has no knowledge or experience of where to start and that he would be learning on the companies dime.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark III Eyecup Cover
« on: June 04, 2012, 10:13:06 PM »
The eyecup or the cover?  The cover is atached to block out light.
You can pickup a spare or two from Amazon.  The 7D uses the same one, so they are easy to find.

Blown out shots are the worst to recover for me.  Sometimes in wide angle stage scenes, the lighting varies accross the stage from too dark to too light.
Here is the horrible original image.  I thought it was worth saving because I liked the kids expressions.  I printed a large 40 inch wide print of it for the director to post on her wall.  She has a lot of them by now.


Here is the overexposed area in the center:

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & 3D Prediction from Japan
« on: June 04, 2012, 09:26:08 PM »
I just picked up a 7D for $1300 CAD which is about 1260USD. If you guys were me, would you guys return it and wait for th 70D? I just use it for travel pictures and want to get into video making. Based on the MSRP of the 50D, the 70D would be around $1400USD?

This is a rumors site, its for fun.  if you start making buy and sell decisions based on rumors, most of the time you will get bit.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: SD Card Recovery?
« on: June 04, 2012, 09:03:19 PM »
i'm actually recovering some raws right now i accidently deleted one i didnt want to on the weekend

Hopefully, they are still there.  I recovered a few from my Windows recycle bin yesterday, but have had good luck with CF cards.  I have at least a dozen, and none have failed since I bought my first CF cards in 1997 or 1998.
However, I sold my almost new Canon 30D a few years back to a lady and included a starter card which was fine, but as soon as she inserted her own card in the camera, it burned the camera out.  Turns out, she was replacing her old DSLR which had done the same with that card inserted.  Fortunately, Canon fixed it up at no charge when she took it to the dealer with my original invoice. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: CF Cards in D800
« on: June 04, 2012, 08:50:38 PM »
Thanks for your question. Cards were NOT taken from a Canon and placed into a Nikon without first attempting to format in the Nikon. (Been doing this a couple of decades now, ahem...) But that is indeed a good point to be heeded by newbies. I bought two other brand new cards in the store and NEITHER OF THEM would format in the D800 except my Sandisk Extreme IVs. I have enough experience under my belt to have been caught in situations where the cards I brought along were lost/stolen and I had to use what ever I could get my hands on. I have probably taken it for granted that my cameras so far have never had CF card issues. Today, that is something that should be taken for granted if anything is. The main point is that we should not even be having this discussion in 2012 - and particularly not about a $3000.00 camera from Nikon. I cannot trust it. Would you take an exotic new car that wouldn't start all the time on an important trip? Or would you hop in something that you knew was going to get you there?

What brand were the Cards?
While almost all cards work with it, some will not.  Some Delkin, Dane-Elect, Kingston, and "My digital Discount" have been reported as not working,
I have a whole pile of CF cards, I usually use Sandisk Extreme 60 mb/sec, but I also tried a older Lexar Professional 300X, A really old "Lead Data" 8MB", a really old Sandisk 512MB, a old Transcend 8GB 133X, a old Lexar Pro 4GB 300X.  I could likely dig out more from my junk box out in my studio, but we are in the middle of a thunder storm and I'm staying dry.
Only the old 8MB (MB, not GB) card would not format, but it did not lockup the camera either.  Obviously, it could not store even one image in any event. 
The rest of the cards I tried formatted perfectly, and I took images with them as part of testing.  The camera took everything I could throw at it, the same as my 5D MK III did.
It works fine with my SD cards as well.
On the other hand, the 5D MK III worked with all of them!   http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/camera_wb_multi_page.asp?cid=6007-12452

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: SD Card Recovery?
« on: June 04, 2012, 08:17:00 PM »
PM me cosedi, I've a few spare licenses for Sandisks Rescue Pro.  It lasts for 1 year, and you'll need an SD card reader.  In the meantime DO NOT use the card.

Good advice, Rescue Pro should do a excellent job for you!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: SD Card Recovery?
« on: June 04, 2012, 08:03:00 PM »
I use Image Rescue 4.
Beware, some of the freeware  ones do garblefile names, do not recognize raw or mov files, and don't always do a good recovery job.  They should not affect the card itself, so if they do not do the job, try a different one.  After going thru several crappy freeware ones, I finally paid for a good one.
Note:  I'm not referring to the Transcend program, i've not used it.

Canon General / Re: Food Processing Factory Photography?
« on: June 04, 2012, 11:34:05 AM »
I'd tell him to hire a professional with knowledge of lighting and with the proper equipment.  Then you can watch him and learn something.
That way, you will not waste your time and money, and will not risk getting fired.

Do they care?   Do they even have a plan to produce some sort of completion to the d800?

I certainly hope not, I bought a D800, and it outperforms the lenses, and takes forever to process images.
How do you define studio resolution?  When there was only a 3mp body?, 6mp, 8mp, 12mp, 16mp, 22mp, ???  100mp?
It takes 6mp to 8mp to make a quality print.

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