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The user has more affect on the editing of raw than the software.  iphoto is going to be more user friendly than DPP, but also limited. 
For the long run, I'd get Aperture or Lightroom, DXO is also good, and there are others equally good.  The advantage of raw is in the wide range of editing tools available, so after spending that much on a camera, get a good editing tool.  Aperture should be great for a Mac user.

When you compose a post, you will see attachments and other options at the bottom of the input screen.  Use that to attach images.  There is a size limit.
Many loocal camera shops, repair shops, and, of course, Canon, will clean your sensor. 
The line on the photo looks like dirt, be sure to clean your lens.  If there are marks or a hair on the rear of the lens, you could see this, on the front, its not likely you would see it that badly.
If you have a UV filter on the camera, remove it, make sure the lens is clean, front and rear, and try again without the filter.  They can go bad.
If the smear is still there, I'd have Canon clean it, its unusually dirty, normally you have to view dust at 100% magnification.
The sensor would have to have had something wiped on it to make it that dirty.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: shutter cycles
« on: June 02, 2012, 11:47:27 AM »
It was never a issue in film days, 150,000 shots would bankrupt you with developing and printing costs, shooting 100 images for a wedding was a lot.  Photographers were careful to get just the right poses.
Now, it costs nothing to take 500 or 1000 shots, my wife and I have taken 2500 of some events.  This means that for busy photographers who take 2000 or more a week, that adds up to 100,000 a year, often more. 
For enthusiasts, 2500 shots a year is often a figure I've seen, but even 10,000 a year is a lot for a non professional.  If you are using a camera so heavily, lots of things will wear out besides the shutter, its a very low cost per exposure.  If a 1000 dollar camera is used for 150,000 images, it costs 3/4 cents a shot, and even then, the camera will have some used value.

EOS Bodies / Re: grip gives fps boost on 5D3 to 6.7-6.9fps????????
« on: June 01, 2012, 08:50:48 PM »
If the batteries in the grip are in parallel, then the internal resistance would be lower, and under a high current drain, the voltage would be a little higher.  If the FPS is dependent only on the battery voltage, you might see a small increase.  Li-On batteries do have a internal resistance that is relatively high, so the voltage drops during high current output.
So its possible, and, thats probably why Nikon is able to get a higher FPS with dual batteries installed in the grip.

Good, I may take advantage of it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MKiii used cost?
« on: June 01, 2012, 07:47:38 PM »
Longtime ebayer and I don't sell any high-dollar items on there anymore...tons of different scams and ebay is now set up more to protect the buyer than the seller...there's ebay classifieds which is like craigslist (local) and you get to put around nine photos on...craigslist is probably still the best as long as used with common sense to protect oneself...I recently sold my 7D on CL and said I wouldn't release the camera until a check (cashier's etc. ...obviously I wouldn't with a personal check) clears my bank...the guy bought cash...as any serious buyer is fully capable of... :)

I sell a ton of high end camera equipment on ebay.  My ebay sales are guaranteed, and ebay / paypal do a excellent job at weeding out scammers.  They need to, because it costs them, not me if something goes wrong.  I know the selling rules to get seller protection, but its been 7 years since a scam slipped thru, and ebay not only paid me the full amount of the sale, but they cancelled the sale and refunded my seller fees, so I got more than the selling price.

I've owned both the 400mm f/5.6 and the 100-400mmL, alonng with a lot of other telephoto lenses. (300mmL, Tamron 200-500mm, Sigma 400mm, Tokina 400mm, Canon 600mm f/4L, etc)
IQ is almost identical at 400mm. I basically use my 100-400L at 400mm like most. I kept the 100-400 mostly for the following reasons:
It is much shorter and stores in the same length as the 70-200L.  You will not like trying to store the long 400mm f/5.6 L
IS comes in handy, don't underestimate it, I've used it at 1/20 sec handheld.
Close focus.  When you want to actually fill the frame with a small bird or object, you can get close enough to do it, the 400 5.6L does not focus closely.
Ocassionally, the zoom comes in handy.
If it matters, resale value is a little better as well.
For your purpose, the 400mm f/5.6 L will be fine, but the other advantages of the 100-400L make it a lot more versatile and easy to use.  Thats why you see it recommended so often.
I have a Nikon D800 on trial, and the lack of a comparable lens is really a downer for me.

Lenses / Re: Buying/Selling/Renting Lenses
« on: June 01, 2012, 06:12:43 PM »
It sounds like rental is the way to go for you.  Buying new and reselling will cost you a lot more.
Buying a Canon Refurb might save a little, but resale value is down as well.  http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10051_10051_306913_-1
I'd watch for a Canon discount coming up for Fathers Day, they sometimes offer a 15% discount, but inventory clears out in a hour or less.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.1 Running SLOW!
« on: June 01, 2012, 06:03:35 PM »
Mine is running about expected with my 3 year old PC.  8gb ram, first generation i7 processor, Samsung 250 gb SSD, older video card.
If you want to see slow, try DXO.
It does take a while to render my 100+ mb images from my D800, but nothing I can't manage.  Canon images from my 5D MK II or MK III are much faster.
I expect that Adobe is working on speeding it up, but until they do, I really do not have a issue editing 1500 images from a shoot.

I had a Hasselblad with a selection of Zeiss lenses.  They were pretty sharp, and being medium format, the edges and corners were good as well.  However. I could not manually focus using the viewfinder at all.  I could using liveview, but had to put a cloth over my head to be able to see the rear lcd in bright light.
In my studio where I had it tethered to a 24 inch monitor and could view it at 5X, it did a great job for products.  The manual focus was smooth and precise.
Unfortuately, for me, it was impractical.  A really wide lens might be ok just using a hyperfocal setting, but not in the 50-60mm range.  AF is far more accurate for me than my manual focusing.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II Shelf Life
« on: June 01, 2012, 04:30:13 PM »
Past trends really mean nothing.  Its sales that drive a product.  If sales are good, and Canon is making a profit, it will stay for a while.

I certainly hope that there is no Canon Propritary QR plate.  I can purchase a nice Arca Swiss compatible QR plate for my lenses that lets them balance perfectly for $25.  I have several.
No need to pay Canon $500 to upgrade lenses, and another $200 to upgrade each of my tripod heads. 
Thats what not to like.

AND the Nikon version as well.  I may actually consider buying the Tamron in an F-mount since my EOS line is adequately covered for my needs in this range.
Time'll tell.

I'm not sure it would put much pressure on the Nikon version, its pretty much inferior accross the board.  It does have lower CA's, but sharpness really is not close. Its not priced at much less either.  I was interested in seeing how it compared to the nikon 24-70G for my D800, but it would be a downgrade.
In the case of the old canon lens, it might be a better lens, but the focus shift bothers me, as you stop down, focus moves backward.  Doesn't do that on the Nikon version either.

With 179 million DSLR's shipped from Jan - April 2012, there seems to be no problem selling them.  However, there were 33.5 million mirrorless cameras shipped during the same period too.  All this is having a toll on point and shoot sales.
Last year, 534.5 million interchangable lens cameras were shipped, but mirrorless were not broken out as a separate category.

I would not use one on a crop.  The 17-55mm EF-s will be as good, and has IS.  I'd get a refurb 5D MK II.  Then, when you can afford it, start looking at wide aperture lenses.  In low light, f/2.8 is still limiting you, even on a D800 or 5D MK III, so for low light, the best bet is a 5D MK II and a prime lens.
Here is a 5D MK II ISO 6400 raw image cropped to 100% with no sharpening or NR.  Obviously, sharpening and NR will greatly improve it.  135mmL @f/4

Here is a D800 image taken with my 24-70mm f/2.8G, a more expensive lens at ISO 6400.
  Its very noisey at 1:1, but NR and sharpening will clean it up somewhat.  You have to downsize it though to get it equal to the 5D MK II.


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