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I am totally convinced that everyone on this forum is incapable of understanding humor/sarcasm.  I would suggest going out sometime.  The social experience is invaluable.
Whenever there is a new announcement, we are flooded with whining posts and trolls.  People tent to get tired of it and jump on anything remotely like a troll.
Its best to avoid humor posts for a few weeks.

Just got a note from Adorama that they will sell me one for 2249 USD.  They can't advertise that price, but apparently they are finding ways to let people know that they are offering a discount. 

Looks like Canon has a difficult job trying to maintain their high prices on the new crop of products.  Personally I will wait to see if the price falls below 2,000 by the end of the year.  If not I will probably buy the stabilized Tamron competitor.  The Tamron is not as sturdy, but I treat my lenses very gently.
Yes, there was a e-mail from Canon price watch with a link to Adorama with a form to use to request a special price.  Prices are dropping, times are tough and the initial sales rush is over.

Canon General / Re: Advice for potential rate/releases
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:50:29 PM »
At that rate, how long would it take you to pay for your gear after you pay for other expenses, gas, your time, etc?  Do a ROI, typically, you should pay off purchases of  gear in 3 but no longer than 6 months, or your losing your shirt.

The thing about the Holidays and December(in the USA) is this....people are in the buying mood/mode for large ticket items.  Canon (and retailers) know these well documented buying behaviors/attitudes.  A price drop for the 1dx and 5d3 would totally make sense IMO. 

Also...December is that month where a business owner or manager might have a little extra money in the budget that can (or must) be spent before year end..."spend it or lose it" happens in business...very common.
You can sometimes negotiate by calling a large dealer (No e-mail, they will not put discounts in writing).  Try calling a few who have them in stock.

Mt Spokane...your advice was worth two Sandisk 90mbs 16 gb CF cards....thanks.
Did you check the link I posted??
Now there are 4 dealers that have dropped their price by a few hundred.  Down to $6348 or $6445 from PMI, a authorized dealer.  Did you call PMI??

Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 14, 2012, 11:19:38 AM »
What do you mean by "Long Term"  Do you mean hands off as compared to periodic maintenance and renewal?
5yr?, 10yr?, 50 Yr?, forever?
There really are no 50 or 100 year hands off storage solution, too many issues can and will happen over that time, and you will likely have to move image files to different media every 10 years or so.
Solid State Memory - forget it
Hard Drives - better, but no
Online storage - no
Prints - possibly
Certainly, storing them online is a poor answer, companies go out of business, their systems fail, you forget to pay your bill, not a 50 + year solution at all.  In about 2000, my hard drive crashed and everythinng was lost.  I had a one year old backup on CD of my images, and recent backups on floppy disks.
The CD's had deteriorated in only one year and were unrecoverable, but I did recover most from the floppy drives.  I then started making copies to hard drives as well as CD's and DVD's. I also switched to a raid system.  Since then, I've never had a crash that lost data, but its a matter of when, not if.
I have a box full of 100 year old B&W prints and another box of negatives going back to 1940 of my ancestors.  The color prints starting in the 1950's are faded away, and I have some color negatives from the 1940's that have faded as well.  Some of the prints have been copied and sent to me by relatives, so the process of distributing images to relatives who might want to keep them seemed to work. I have scanned them and backed up the scans as well.
Current printing technology has been said to produce 100+ year life prints, so that might be the best backup method, prints and a fireproof box.  Send copies to relatives as well.  Many may still be arounnd in 100 years when the files have long been lost.

Lenses / Re: Why The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Delay?
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:58:21 PM »
I can imagine the AF/MF and AF range limiter switches are a little hard to get to in a hurry, esp on a pro body?

Looking at that image, there is a lock on the TC, but I wonder if it hits a Wimberly head??  That would be a show stopper for sure.

Lenses / Re: How often do you use 35L @1.4
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:50:57 PM »
I took some photos of a friend driving his monster truck last summer (2011), and ended up having to use the 35mmL and cropping the images severely.  Even wide open and severely cropped, I can print large prints.


Before cropping:

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Carl Zeiss ZE 35 f/2
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:47:03 PM »
DXO rates it a lot higher than the Canon 35mm L.  Even though the Canon has higher resolution, lower distortion, and about the same viginetting.  The 35mml does have more CA, but that is because its f/1.4.
Somehow, DXO seems to give CA a huge weight, unless you are looking at Nikon lenses with super high CA's and then it doesn't seem to count at all.

Lenses / Re: 5D3 and TC's
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:36:55 PM »
I have read comments from some users that turning off AFMA of my 5D MK III will let the TC work.  I'm not going to even consider that. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Plan to get a 5D3 for $1
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:33:21 PM »

Not sure how many others would be on board but if you can think of a good way to administer it.... unsure if pay pal is a safe enough place to hold those funds in escrow while we do this?
PayPal is not a place to run a Lottery, they will close your account and take or refund the money. 

I've had lots of issues trying to recover video or raw files from a card with free software. Most of them just recover jpeg files and cannot seem to figure out other file types. I use Lexar Image rescue 4, it recognizes the proper file types, be they video or raw.

Technical Support / Re: 5D MK2: Tones split in live view at 100%
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:25:05 PM »
I've never seen that.  I've used my cameras tethered for many years.  I assume that you are using Canon utilities and have the camera tethered.  Make sure you are using a proper USB canle, not a long one or one with a electronic extension just to remove any other possibilities.
It looks like you have a light box, but the color is way off as well.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon Cine Lenses, any experiences?
« on: November 13, 2012, 03:38:40 PM »

Rokinon does not make lenses, they are just one of many rebranded versions of Samyang lenses.  Rokinon, Bauer, and others.  Typically, in the USA, Samyang lenses are sold as Rokinon but not always.
If you search the internet for Samyang Cinema lens, you may find a lot of information.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Brief 2013 Canon Roadmap [CR1]
« on: November 13, 2012, 03:32:04 PM »
Hope technology = significant improvements in sensor architecture and design

been seeing a lot of that from competing brands like Sony and Nikon, wait Nikon's using Sony's sensor right? So I guess it's just Sony??
Nikon uses their own sensors as well as Sony sensors.   however, Glass is far more important than bodies, and the photographer is far more important than either.
I would not worry about a tiny difference in sensors.

Tens of thousands of users have not been reporting the issue, so it is a puzzle as to what is happening.  Problems with equipment often are batch related, for example, a certain microchip or other hardware or firmware can be bad for a lot of product.
From your description, its not even clear if its a lens issue or a camera body issue.  It could still be a lens issue, and just not showing up yet.
Let us know if it happens again.

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