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EOS Bodies / Re: Funny thing happening across the camera world
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:56:12 PM »
Each of the rumor sites have contributors who provide information, and the ones who have provided accurate information in the past are given the best CR rating.
As noted, sony does not really try to keep upcoming products secret, and nikon might want to, but is not successful.
Canon, on the other hand severely punishes those who sign non-disclosure agreements and leak the information.  They are very good at keeping a secret.
No one is perfect, and as soon as a product is almost ready for announcement, the number of people with information about the announcement grows tremendously, and leaks will happen.
There is a big difference between information based on prototype bodies and real ones, many prototypes are out there and few of them will become a released product.

4952
Lenses / Re: Washington State National Parks
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:49:05 PM »
Mount Rainier is a all day trip, but there are not a whole lot of areas for those of us with limited walking ability, its just a long drive even if you only stop a few times.
The Olympic mountains are best done is two or more days, there is so much more than just the park proper.  I'd allow a day to see Mt St Helens, you certainly would not want to try and do it and Mt Rainier in the same day.
 

4953
This thread makes me sad. Why are you people running so many tests with your lenses to determine absurd things like sharpness? What does that even mean? And what is the point of it?
Why does it bother you?
Why wouldn't someone want to understand and know how best to use their tools.  Certainly there is a lot more than sharpness, but, if you do not understand your tools, then you are just taking what comes at random.

4954
Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 + 2x teleconverter vs 100-400
« on: August 27, 2012, 01:27:23 PM »
There are three versions of the 70-200mm f/2.8L, the answer is different for the different versions, but one answer is common, slow autofocus.  The IQ will vary from dismal to almost as good as the 100-400mmL depending on the version.
I think its a waste of money, you will spend $$$ on a TC that is a pain to mount and use, and then, it will only work with f/2.8 lenses and retain AF unless you have a 1 series body up thru the 1D MK IV.

4955
Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Direct Instock Alert Tool
« on: August 24, 2012, 01:16:07 PM »
I noticed that button only two days ago, I am not ready to buy anything, and given the curious ups and downs of the site, I wonder if it will be reliable.
Still, it looks like a improvement, but may nale catching a popular lens difficult, since a thousand potential buyers will be notified once they place a few lenses in stock.

4956
EOS Bodies / Re: How long to charge 1DX batteries?
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:23:13 PM »
I'd return the camera and battery for a refund, (if they do not have any in stock).  They may be available elsewhere.

4957
The 24-105mmL is a excellent match for the 5D Mark II, or pretty much any camera.
The kit lenses can be sold for about 750 -800, so you would be paying $1800 for the body.
I'd buy the kit, since the canon warranty on both kit and lens is valuable.
I bought the 5D MK II on canon CLP, it had about 400 actuations or less, so it was essentially new.

4958
PowerShot / Re: Over-exposition lines in PowerShot S100 photos
« on: August 22, 2012, 11:04:34 AM »
Were you shooting jpeg or raw?
 I ask, because I saw the same thing with my Nikon D800 when Lightroom tried to correct the excessive CA's from their 24-70G lens.
If using jpeg and no further post processing, something is wrong.

4959
A pro body should have all the functionality of the consumer bodies, and then some. Not leave functionality out because it is not "pro enough" (unless it is a more pro alternative). We have to pay pro prices, they should put functionality in, not take it out. This is BS Canon!!
I do not agree.  I do not want amateur features getting in the way of the ones I need.  The menu would be even bigger than it is, and cycling thru 10 or more modes on my 1 series body would really be a pain

4960
Lenses / Re: smashed 24-105 F4 L Lens front element
« on: August 22, 2012, 10:54:25 AM »
well the good news canon came back with a quote which was £200 for full repair, not bad for pretty much fixing the entire lens - wonder why its £800 new ;0)
The front element replacement is the cheapest, partly because of the labor.  Its quick and easy to replace, most of the work is in re-aligning the elements.
I'm glad you sent it in, the lens should return better than ever.

4961
Lenses / Re: CORRUPTED! Firmware Version 1.2.0 for EF 40mm pancake
« on: August 22, 2012, 10:50:25 AM »
My camera crashed and I had to reboot with another lens.
This firmware may be corrupted.
Beware!!!!

UPDATE: my lens is gone. It no longer works. It needs the firmware. I am very upset!!!

DO NOT USE THIS FIRMWARE UPDATE!!!!!
Which camera are you using?  The firmware is only for T4i, 5D MK III, and 1D X.

If it is the wrong camera, you should not see a lens firmware upload option. Unless Cannon did it all wrong.
That may be, but I've seen posts from people who tried to apply the update to a 5D MK II and other cameras.
There is a link to the update on many sites, and people follow the link, download, and then there is a problem.

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Lenses / Re: CORRUPTED! Firmware Version 1.2.0 for EF 40mm pancake
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:45:48 AM »
My camera crashed and I had to reboot with another lens.
This firmware may be corrupted.
Beware!!!!

UPDATE: my lens is gone. It no longer works. It needs the firmware. I am very upset!!!

DO NOT USE THIS FIRMWARE UPDATE!!!!!
Which camera are you using?  The firmware is only for T4i, 5D MK III, and 1D X.

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Portrait / Re: West Somerset Railway
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:36:16 AM »
I like the second one, nice eyes!

4964
EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: OUT: DSLR // IN: Micro 4/3
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:20:00 AM »
I'm trying to find a reason NOT to do this:

Sell: 5D2, TS-E 24/3.5L II, 24-105/4L, 40/2.8
Buy: Oly OM-D, Oly 12/2, Pan/Leica 25/1.4, Oly 75/1.8

Size, weight, price and general flexibility seem to outweigh the advantages of an all-out DSLR system. I'm finding you have to dig pretty deep to find significant differences in IQ in practical use. Has anyone made this kind of change?

Qualifier: I'm not a full-time pro. I don't make my living in photography. It's only a small part of my job, but it's a huge part of my life. I shoot for the enjoyment of shooting: typically landscapes, nature, travel and cityscapes.

My view is simple.  There are many camera offerings because different photographers value different things.  I think that having broad choices is good.
Do what works for you, and don't worry about what others are doing, they have their reasons and once again, they should do what works for them.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: My first attempt at stop action (hummingbirds)
« on: August 22, 2012, 12:15:48 AM »
The 100-400mmL and the 300mm f/4 are excellent for small birds that will let you get close due to their short mfd and high magnification.  The 70-200mm f/4L is also excellent, but benefits from a TC.
One of the things that concerns me with a non push pull new 100-400mmL is they might do away with that short mfd.

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