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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Flash in animal eyes
« on: July 30, 2012, 11:57:17 AM »
You can substitute the yellow for another color in photoshop, but I'd just take another photo with indirect light.  Its only worth the effort to photoshop something like this when you have a photo that cannot be redone.

EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade from my T3i Need Advice!!
« on: July 29, 2012, 10:00:58 PM »
You might also consider a used 1D MK IV, its very good at video and sports both, and can be had in the 3600-4000 range.
The 7D has fast AF, but as light gets low, the need for fast shutter speeds means cranking up the ISO.  In low light, ISO 3200 can be pretty noisy, but 1600 is ok.
You can use a 1D MK IV at ISO 12800 with NR.

A local Photographer had a Nikon 200-400mm AI-S for sale.  He had only used it twice, and it sat in its Nikon pouch looking like new for 30 years.
When I tried to focus it, the focus ring was so stiff that there was no way it was usable.  The aperture was likely in the same shape.
If the lens had been used regularly, its likely that it would have been in better condition. 
I asked a local repair shop about it, and they said its a common problem, the lube hardens and has to be scraped out and replaced.

Plastics outgas and get brittle, lubes harden, but if its in good shape and maintained, its likely OK.  Still, I will not buy a older lens unless the price is significantly discounted.  Its merely playing the odds, given two lenses in similar condition, the older one is more likely to need repair.

Lenses / Re: Where to sell a lens?
« on: July 29, 2012, 12:25:40 AM »
Nine percent  seems pretty high, I just sold a $1700 lens and it cost me 2.8% plus the 3% PayPal fee.  I sold it for a much higher price than I could have on Craigslist, so I came out well ahead.

Out of curiosity, how did you manage that? It looks like the auction-style Final Value Fees are 9%. I have read through everything and can't seem to find a lower fee structure.

For 3% I would definitely list it. I just don't see that option available to me.

Any pointers would be appreciated.

I list my stuff as fixed price listings.  Its far cheaper.  I also get a 20% discount for being a high rated seller.  Trying to list it as a auction jumps the fee to 9%. 
Without my 20% discount, the final value fee for a fixed price sale of 2,000 is $71.52 or 3.57%.  Put in my discount, and the fee is $57.32 or 2.866%.
Just do the research and set your price according to what selling prices actually are.  If you do not have a lot of ebay feedback, consider asking someone who does to list it for you, with no feedback, its hard to get a good price.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Question for Kirk L-Plate users
« on: July 28, 2012, 10:08:28 PM »
I use Kirk Clamps and they have worked well with the various plates.  I bought a few when Kirk was selling them for $20 on ebay, but the price has jumped up.

Lenses / Re: Where to sell a lens?
« on: July 28, 2012, 10:02:36 PM »
Nine percent  seems pretty high, I just sold a $1700 lens and it cost me 2.8% plus the 3% PayPal fee.  I sold it for a much higher price than I could have on Craigslist, so I came out well ahead.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5dIII hot pixel question
« on: July 28, 2012, 09:59:09 PM »
I did not find any hot pixels on my 5D MK III, in fact it was amazingly devoid of them.  But then, I did not try to create them with a super long exposure.
If you actually need 30 sec exposures at ISO 800, take a dark frame and subtract it.  Thats pretty much the standard for long exposures.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Im looking into getting a new camera
« on: July 28, 2012, 04:25:42 PM »
Thanks for the help! Think going with the t3i. I found a scratch protector for it too. Same place I got one for my phone, www.xoskins.com... I'd recommend them for anyone.  :)

Canon DSLR's have a replacable protective cover over the LCD.  If it gets scratched, you can order a replacement from Canon.  It is held in place with a die-cut piece of double back tape.

Lenses / Re: About to jump into the canon boat!
« on: July 28, 2012, 12:21:22 PM »
Big gap between 50mm and 135mm.  Consider a 85mm or 100mm lens, or get a walk-around zoom like the 24-105mm L.

Lenses / Re: Lenses - All Change!
« on: July 28, 2012, 12:19:15 PM »
I'd think the 135mm l would be a little long on a 7D, but it depends on your style.
The 85mm f/1.8 is very good and reliable, but it is possible to have a damaged or malfunctioning lens.
As far as CA, its now pretty much a non issue, Lightroom 4 will even remove or minimize LoCa's as well as make other lens corrections.
I'd first get your lens checked out.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 50D to .......?
« on: July 28, 2012, 12:07:54 PM »
What do you need to acomplish?  Unless you have something specific in mind, its not going to be worth a upgrade. 
If you are going to FF, it will pay to plan for it in advance, since all your lenses will suddenly seem to be 1.6 times shorter, and and EF-S lenses will not work with a FF body.  Then, if you can't afford to buy lenses and FF body all at once, start acquiring a minimum set of lenses you will need for FF, and by then, a new FF body will be available. 
If going to a 7D, all your lenses will work, but its not going to give any big boost to image quality, rather, it has advanced autofocus, video, and a much better build. 
So what do you value most?
Video?  Landscapes?, Wildlife?, Sports?, Weddings? Family and Vacations?  There is a different best model depending on what you do, and no one model is best at everything.  Life is always a compromise, we make the best one we can.

EOS Bodies / Re: advice required
« on: July 27, 2012, 12:14:29 PM »
For Macro, my 7D loves my 100mmL, I far prefer it to FF.  But for portraits, a FF is going to be much better.
For about the price of a new 7D, I bought a refurb 5D MK II a few weeks ago thru the Canon CLP program ($1407).  It was like new, and had only about 100 exposures when I checked.  Its my 2nd 5D MK II and I find it to be a really good deal for the price.
Get a refurb and save money for good glass. Bodies come and go, but you can keep using good glass for 10+ years, even 20.

Software & Accessories / Re: EOS Utility and osX 10.8 Mountain Lion
« on: July 27, 2012, 12:07:41 PM »
I use the EOS utility for tethered shooting. 
I have a light table with a 10 ft USB  cable going to my PC.  All my images are focused remotely, and I set the exposure by looking at the live histogram as well as the screen.  Then I release the shutter and the image receives my custom file name and goes straight to the selected folder of my PC. Since I see it before hand, I can set depth of field and view of my products and capture them the way I want pretty accurately.  Its a huge time saver.
I can also sync my camera clock to my pc clock, which is synched to a time server, and is usually accurate to a second or two.

Software & Accessories / Re: Filters for 16-35mm f/2.8L?
« on: July 27, 2012, 11:59:15 AM »
My new 16-35 should arrive today.  I do not have any filters larger than 77mm, I'm not sure I will need any, but will look for a cir pol and a ND.  Multiple exposure HDR seems like a good way to deal with high DR static scenes.  As long as its not over baked, it can look natural.

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