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You did not mention what card you have, or where you bought it.  Counterfit cards are very prevalent, look the same and only a expert can tell.  Order a quality class 10 card like lexar or sandisk from B&H or Adorama, and you will get the real thing.
 
Buy from Amazon, only if its actually sold by Amazon.  Even then, their buyers may not be very knowledgable about counterfits, but they likely buy direct from the manufacturers, so they are OK.
 
I'd never trust any card sold on ebay.

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Lenses / Re: Best general purpose lens?
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:46:06 AM »
For your T2i, out of those you mentioned, only the 17-55mm ef-s is really suitable.  It will cost less and be better.
 
 
 

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Lenses / Re: Used Lenses
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:41:09 AM »
If you are worrying about buying used, and a few scratches bother you, I'd buy new.  There is often very little savings.
 
I buy locally from Craigslist where I can meet the owner and see the lens, which makes a big difference.  Otherwise, I'd stick to KEH for a used one.

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Lenses / Re: A small walkabout lens - lay it on me!
« on: June 04, 2012, 12:37:22 AM »
In the USA, Canon has a flat rate to repair the 50mm f/1.4, about $133 plus tax.  Its definitely worth a repair, selling used for about $350.

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Thanks, Ed.  If only I could find one of those lenses around locally.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: CF Cards in D800
« on: June 03, 2012, 08:39:55 PM »
Did you take a card out of your Canon camera and use it without formatting it?  I formatted my cards and removed the special Canon folders before trying to snap images in my D800.  It has worked perfectly.
 
Does your D800 have the new firmware released last week?  It supposedly fixed a lockup issue that was happening under certain circumstances.
 
Update the firmware, if its out of date, its a critical update.  Format your CF cards if you haven't already.

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For sports, AF of the 1D MK IV is faster as all 1D's use a 12V battery versus a 8.4v battery for the 5D's.  The extra voltage drives the AF moster faster, a lot faster!
 
For low light photography, the 1D MK II is ok to ISO 6400, and may even be usable at 12800, but focus is difficult in very low light.  My 5D MK II using the center point was better than my 1D MK IV 5D MK III, and my D800.  As long as you are not in the dark, all are very good.
 
5D MK II IS) 6400
 

 
 
5D MK III ISO 51200 in the dark (took a long time to AF)
 

 
 
 
1D MK IV ISO 12800
 
 

 
 
D800  ISO 6400
 

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Imagine the sensor size you can get on a tablet compared to a FF camera.  The current SLR form factor's limitation would be irrelevant.  Just add a tripod mount on the side, you could be looking at ridiculous IQ for portraits and landscapes.  Not to mention how much easier manual focusing would be at that size. 
 
Of course, I could be completely, wrong, too:)

I'm trying to imagine how thick a tablet would be with a FF sensor.  As a sensor gets larger, lenses get longer.  Thats why sensors are so tiny in tablets, no one would buy a tablet 5 inches thick, and, if it was a telephoto 9 inches thick.
 
Now, the large sensor you refer to... 4 X 5 inches?  Imagine the lens for that!  You would have a 1 ft thick tablet with a $10K lens.
 
You could use a pinhole lens, of course, but it would be even thicker.

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"unless you are into shooting above ISO 3500" ===> So why do you want mrk II AGAIN???

Have you try mrk III yet? Better AF, faster frame rate, and better ISO(low light)...pls don't tell me these features are NOT worth it.

I sold my 3.5 year old MK II and bought a MK III, and do mostly low light shooting.  The MK III was not worth it to me.  I use center point, and its about the same accuracy as the MK II.  IQ is the same up to ISO 6400, and AF on the MK III is slower at higher ISO's, often 3 seconds to turn on the focus light at ISO 6400.
 
I also have bought a D800 along with some high end lenses which I am trying out.  At high ISO's in low light, its worse than both the MK II and MK III, so its going on the block.  It is great in good light, nothing can touch it in the price range, but only if you have the best glass, can you get the extra resolution, and just a tiny bit of error in AF, and you lose the advantage.  I've had to take a dozen shots to get one that was perfectly focused when using a "D" lens, the gold ring "G" lenses are better.  Nikon lenses seem to have the same or even more variability in AF than Canon, and the D800 lets you see that in spades.
 
I tend to think that 22mp is a pretty good match for most of the current lenses, however there are some that are better, particularly in the Canon lineup.  Unfortunately, Canon is also charging a big premium for those.  The Canon 100-400mm L is a good reason to use Canon all by itself, there is nothing to touch it in the price range in the Nikon lineup, or third party either. 

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Lenses / Re: Bokeh...is the look getting dated?
« on: June 03, 2012, 12:25:15 PM »
You are correct about the actual meaning of the word, from its Japanese origins, and what affects it. But, as I have indicated in my previous post, the word has come to represent the very narrow depth-of-field, large aperture shooting technique which is very popular these days. Unfortunately, you cannot stop the changing nature of word meaning in the English language, in which definition is eventually based on common usage.

Only for a few, most photographers know what bokeh means, and a few spread the wrong meaning to those who are newbies.

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Lenses / Re: Buying/Selling/Renting Lenses
« on: June 02, 2012, 11:01:36 PM »
Thanks for the replies, everybody. Part of the reason I was going to do the buy/sell thing was that I have a stepson who will be playing high school basketball this year, and that seemed like a decent lens for that purpose. So, it's still up in the air, but I'm leaning toward renting for now.

If you use lensrentals.com, they will give you a coupon worth a minimum rental fee discount if you buy the lens from their recommended dealer. 
 
I really like my 135mmL, and use it whenever I can, but sometimes, its just not the right focal length.

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This is my first post
So, hi to every one

I am seeking your advice about lenses to buy.
But before that, you may want to know the camera to be used on and my purpose of use

CAMERA:
I am settled on the 5D Mark III, which will be bought in next 2 months
So far, DigitalRev seems to ask for the best UK price of £2489, that's $3834 ($3195+VAT at 20%), body only

USE:
My job has nothing to do with photography, which is a recently revived hobby, caught since I was hooked by my Minolta XD7, bought in 1978
Probably 20% of my use will be on video
The rest will be photo
Of the photo, I will probably be doing 70% indoor family and portraits, 15% landscape, 5% architecture, 5 % (or less) sports, and 5% Macro
I dislike using flash, probably because I don't know how to use it  :-[ (willing to learn), hence, a fast lens is a priority

LENSES:
After reading quite a bit of your helpful inputs, I think I have settled on primes (I may still change my mind if everyone starts telling me off)
I am hoping that 3 lenses should cover my range
However, I am not sure which 3 primes to get

I am undecided between:
- Either EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM, or EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
- Either EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, or EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
- Either EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, or EF 180 mm f/3.5L Macro USM

Initially, I was thinking of (14+50+100)
But then, I thought that with a full frame, I will have no trouble with the wide angle and should miss the telephoto effect of 180 if I did not have it. So, I considered (24+85+180)

Which 3 do you think is the best combination?
Or, do you sugget any other combination?

For that 70% indoor family portraits, 85mm is the traditional portrait focal length, but for a group, 50mm might be better.
 
For the 15% landscape, the 17mm TS-E if you can do manual focus, or the 24mm L.  14mm is  very wide which makes it a specialty lens.
 
For telephoto, consider a zoom like the 70-200mmL (f/2.8 IS MK II)
 
Get the 24-105mm L kit lens with your camera.  It is ideal for outdoor use and may become your most used lens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Problem with viewfinder canon 5d mark III
« on: June 02, 2012, 07:20:22 PM »
Cameras do have issues, if you did not accidentally press one of the buttons, exchange it.  There is likely close to 1/2 million of them delivered by now, so if it was a common issue, we would be hearing it from many users.

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United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Bad news for Camera retail in the UK
« on: June 02, 2012, 07:12:06 PM »
Canon could have lowered prices in the UK to be more reasonable.  I wonder if they realize that many buy from Hong Kong or elsewhere to get more reasonable prices.  Holding up the price is not going to help the UK dealers in the long term.

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