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EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: August 20, 2012, 06:57:42 PM »

It is supposedly a statement made by a Sony official: To offer a FF mirrorless camera body that can accommodate a large range of legacy and production lenses including those made by other manufacturers.

Yes, sony has disclosed their lens communical protocol to those other manufacturers - Sigma and Tamron.  Surly, you did not think they meant Nikon, Canon, or Pentax.

They are all winners, get the one that suits your needs. 
I returned my 5D MK III because I was unable to use the AF points in low light.  It makes no sense to have good AF if you cannot see the AF points.  The much larger points on the 7D can be viewed in low light, but those tiny specks on the 5D Mark 3 were too difficult for me to see.
Otherwise, its worth $3,000 no more.
I repurchased a 5D MK II which I use up to ISO 6400.  AF is excellent, fast, and accurate for the center point, which is all I use. 

Macro / Re: Dandelion DOF
« on: August 20, 2012, 06:00:14 PM »
Macro lenses have a very shallow depth of field at close differences.  There are ways to deal with it like focus stacking.

If they only would provide focus bracketing, i'd use it often.
They've had it for over 2 years.  Great feature for focus stacking.

EOS Bodies / Re: review the 5D3 reviews
« on: August 20, 2012, 12:24:21 PM »
Even though I mostly use RAW, many users shoot in jpeg mode for various reasons, I believe that most users use jpeg.  The fact that the camera produces lower quality jpegs than it should is definitely a con.
The good thing about DPR reviews is that they tell you what works well, and what does not.  That allows you to ignore a poorly implemented feature that you have no interest in.
Everyone uses their camera to suit their own taste, so a ideal review would cover all the common functions.
What I do not like is the reviewers who say ignore factual data, and just trust my super abilities to know if a camera is good or bad based on "real world images", which may very well be images they selected to look good, or to look bad, depending on their bias and what they believe.
I do like to see real world images, but I know how easy it is to mess them up either accidentally, or on purpose, so I tend to value that type of review from only a few very good photographers who have proven themselves over the years to give accurate and impartial reviews.
For example, reviews by Canon Makers of Light, or by the Equivalent Nikon photographers tend to bias.  They tend to emphasise the good and brush over the bad.
Rob Gailbraith was a Canon who criticised the AF of the 1D MK III and was dropped by Canon from the "Maker of Light" program because he dared point out a serious issue. After that, my opinion of his reviews went way up.
A couple of my other trusted reviewers:
Bryan at "The Digital Picture"
Michael Reichmann at "The Luminous Landscape"
There are a ton of reviewers out there that are good, I just have my favorites.

Technical Support / Re: Error 80, got fixed. Now Error 70! (Canon T2i
« on: August 20, 2012, 11:42:01 AM »
I'd have to look at the paperwork that was returned with my camera (which is at home ... and I'm at work right now). But the estimate that they e-mailed to me back in April did not mention anything about a warranty on the repairs. Plus, since it's two different errors, I'm wondering if they'll say it's not covered? (If there is a warranty)
They do provide a limited warranty on repairs, either 60 or 90 days.  Even though its a different error message, it might require the same part (motherboard), for example.
I'd contact them ASAP, but the 60 or 90 days is likely passed.
Error 70 is sometimes a bad memory card, so don't overlook that.  It also might be a bent pin in the camera body.  I've had a 33% success rate at straighting the bent pins, but be sure to check by looking in the camera with a magnifying glass.  Usually, bent pins result in a no memory installed error, but error 70 is possible.
You can sell it for parts on ebay and at least get something out of it.  The battery and charger can be sold separately if they do not work on your new camera.
I saw one that sold on ebay for $250 with error 70, so its not worthless.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ISO levels
« on: August 19, 2012, 07:56:50 PM »
You can change the behavior in setup.
I'm not sure that there is any absolute proof that full stop values produce less noise, but some have claimed that their tests show this.

Lenses / Re: Going to FF from APS-C, need lens advice
« on: August 19, 2012, 04:02:23 PM »
Never make a purchase decision based on a rumor.  A new 100-400mmL has been rumored for at least 7 years, thats a long time to wait for a rumor to happen.
I hope it comes out this year, but I would never wait for a rumor like that one. 

Thats the standard Canon offer that all the sellers have.  It is usually restricted co certain DSLRs, and not all cameras as you imply.    There is also a rebate for the Pro 9500 MK II.
The offer has been available for as long as I can remember, the printer model updates when new ones come out.
If you need a printer, its a good deal.  If you plan to get the free printer and resell it, everyone else seems to have the same idea, Craigslist is plastered with hopeful sellers.

Lenses / Re: 17 ts-e vs 24 ts-e
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:20:51 PM »
If you are shooting at 17mm a lot on your 17-40mm L, that should give you your answer.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Firmware?
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:18:28 PM »
I wasn't stating that it *needed* one , I was just following up on what was reported here :

New 5D Mark III Firmware Before the End of May [CR2]

There is apparently going to be new 5D Mark III firmware before the end of May. It will address a few bugs, as well as adding some “features”. No mention of what the features might be. It was mentioned there is a possibility of a bug fix firmware update before the “feature” update, a two part strategy if you will.

There have been no mentions of additional features for video.
I do not think that a "Huge" firmware update was being implied.  We were hoping for a fix that would light up the AF points, and there are some minor bugs reported.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 1D Mark IV in Canon Refurb Store
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:15:43 PM »
I haven't checked for a few days, they must have a bunch of them, or their price is too high.
I sold my 1D4 on ebay Friday for $4200. (Took almost 3 hours for someone to buy).  It was like new with only about 2800 actuations.  I've developed carpal tunnel and can't take the extra weight on my wrists.  That also dashed my hopes of buying a 1D X.
I'll be getting some treatments, but haven't been to see the specialist yet due to a botched referral.
If it persists, I may be looking for something light, but for now, I'm sticking with my 7D and 5D MK II.

Lenses / Re: Going to FF from APS-C, need lens advice
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:09:16 PM »
I use my 7D when I'm focal length limited and my 5D MK II for all around shooting.  I do have a 100-400mm L but it usually gets used on the 7D.
I'd keep your crop body for times where you need more reach, it might cost less than a new lens, and having a backup camera is good.

Pricewatch Deals / 1D Mark IV in Canon Refurb Store
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:05:03 PM »
Won't last long, they usually sell out in a very short time.

The first one is front focused, your shutter speed of 1/1250 sec was fast enough, it should have been ok.
I'd try to test your lens for accurate AF on a static object about 50 feet away.  Use a tripod and take 5 or 6 photos normally, resetting the lens to infinity before each shot.
Then put the camera in live view using live focus, and take another 5 or 6 set the lens to infinity between shots.
If the live focus shots looks sharper, then your camera, or your lens, or both need autofocus Micro adjust.
By doing the tests above, you will know for sure if the focus is accurate.  Live focus is always the best possible focus, it uses the contrast of the image under the selected AF point to adjust focus.  Its slow, but accurate.

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