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Whats the point?  You want to pay more to have someone disable video?
Very low sales volume, poor resale value, and higher price for the same camera with Video disabled in the software?
It is, of course, possible to develop a all new sensor that does not support video.  The cost to develop a new sensor and associated firmware is extremely high and must be amortized over the expected sales.
Assuming $10 million to develop one (Likely low estimate), and 5,000 sales, you would add at least $2000 to the manufacturers cost, and that will mean $4,000 or more retail.
That puts a camera in the $11,000 range with a 1 series body.
Maybe just better to buy a Hasselblad and digital back?

Typically, we do see lower prices in December for Canon products.  This is because Canon's fiscal year ends December 31.  Thats when the profit / loss and sales figures that go into their annual report are determined.
In order to make things look as good as possible, Canon reduces prices to clear out inventory.  This year, there is a world wide financial crisis and sales are poor.  The poor sales and the end of year will result in some really big discounts, but they will be of the form of one or two day blowout sales rather than a price drop.
Just be ready to jump on one when it comes.  For example, I see a new 5D MK III for $USD 2799 on ebay this morning.  its likely a one day only sale.

Pricewatch Deals / 5D MK III $2799
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:01:52 PM »
Another ebay unauthorized dealer, they have lots of good feedback though.

Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:47:36 PM »

I totally agree with you on the facts. Cloud storage has risks. Local storage has risks. And print is a great format, with a long shelf life.

With regards to "prints as backup storage", I think it boils down to volume. The problem with print storage is that it has scaling issues. For smaller collections (or people with lots of money), print is a great way to preserve and backup photos. But for most shooters, print doesn't work as a primary method of cold storage. It requires one to have both a digital storage system and an analog system. It's just too much work/money for most of us.

Now, having said all that... for selected images, having prints makes a lot of sense.
I'm not suggesting prints as a solution for the reasons you mention, just pointing out that with digital media, we do not have a nice reliable long term solution similar to the store it in a shoebox method so our descendents can view images 100 years from now.
I'm hoping that someone steps up and creates a storage media that is reliable, its certainly possible, but only available to the technically astute, and who knows if anyone could read the media in 50 years.  Its not happening because no one sees a market, or maybe there is no good known technical solution (I doubt that).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:35:58 PM »
WTF, then just give us a short AF blink when the AF-On button is pushed. Just like it was with the MarkII. At least it would be on the same level then. No reason to make this more complicated as it is.
You are missing the point.  go back and reread the original article.  It messes up the metering.  BTW, metering is done when you press the shutter button.
I'd much rather have a properly metered image than the red AF point if I had to make a choice.

EOS Bodies / Re: First 6D review up - does [KR] read [CR] ?
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:22:51 PM »
I checked 40K of my images, only 19 are at 1/8000, so for some, its not a frequent thing. 
I do agree that some who do a lot of very bright day outdoor photography may hit that limit fairly often.

Canon General / Re: Advice for potential rate/releases
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:18:01 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.

Well, I've already bought my current gear. This would all be as a side job/pay for my gear type of thing. No clue how frequently I'd get gigs either, as I have not been promoting/marketing myself much at all. At least currently, maybe I'll try doing something in the near future. Right now I imagine I'd be shooting smaller/emerging bands, not well established playing at large venues and able to afford significantly higher rates. If it was a headliner at the Greek or something, I'd expect probably 4 or 5 times that, at least.

How about in terms of the rights release? Does that seem about normal for what bands would expect?

I'm thinking I'll follow my fathers advice (registered CPA) and get a tax id, a dba, and start keeping track of those sorts of things/expenses so I'm prepared if this starts being even 2 or 3 times a month.
I was just giving you something to think about.  There is no way you could operate a successful business with those rates.  Even if you own your equipment, the day you start a business, you move that equipment to be part of the business and declare its value.  The equipment represents a investment and is part of your cost of doing business. 
You need to sit down with your father, construct a business plan, and understand what its costing you to do a session, and then how much you want to be paid for your time, your liability insurance (you could be liable for damages in the event of a accident), there are lots of costs to do business.
 If you want to run a business, you need to do those things your father advised.  If you do not and the IRS audits you, they will tell you how much tax is due according to their estimates, and it will be high.

Technical Support / Re: Mark iii - fixed noise spot
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:08:05 PM »

Its called a hot or stuck pixel.  Sometimes the user can map them out, and NR usually makes them disappear. 
You can google map out hot pixel for the process, or read this.
If thats not successful, Canon can map it out.

Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:02:05 PM »


While it's true that many online solutions could be risky, I would trust the lifespan of Amazon over a consumer-grade hard drive.

You are aware that some lost everything in the recent Amazon crash??  Some lost their files when their online photo services folded.  Online storage has not really been proven to be a reliable system that you can upload to and expect to have your data 50 years from now.  Nor is a hard drive, raid system, SSD, memory card, DVD, or CD.
You must actively keep multiple backups and move data as media becomes obsolete.  That was my point, nothing is as reliable as those 100 year old prints that many of my cousins have in a shoebox in their closet.  Some may be lost, some may burn up, but there seem to always be someone who managed to save them.  I guess thats a case of many many backup copies to a media that does not lost the images after 50 or 100 years.
My Grandfather from around 1905.  You had to sit very still then, no fast lenses or shutters.

My Grandmother born in 1886

The point is that we still do not really have media that can match the longevity of the old prints from 100 years or more ago, except to make and store prints.

Lenses / Re: 135mm L
« on: November 14, 2012, 07:36:38 PM »
For me the 135 f2 replaced my 70-200
I also kept my 135mmL and sent back the 70-200 MK II.  Its a wonderful lens, but heavy and the f/2 of my 135mmL makes a big difference in extreme low light.

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??

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