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Canon General / Re: Adorama issues anyone? Ever try to return a product?
« on: August 15, 2012, 08:05:27 PM »
This is the 2nd anti Adorama posting from the OP in two days.  If there is a issue, he can contact their goodwill ambassador Helen Oster and ask for help. (She also occasionally posts helpful notes on this forum)  They have a excellent reputation, but things can go wrong, and she is usually able to help straighten it out.
Adorama has been great for me for the last 30 years.  They have a 30 day return policy.  You do not have to fool around or call or get a RMA number. 
There is a form online to fill out and you ship the item back. 
I returned my 5D MK III because I was unhappy with the unlighted focus points. I had my refund, no questions asked in less than a week after I mailed it to them.


This is the tablet I've been waiting for. A Tablet that can actually do work and run serious app's for my photo needs with a USB PORT!!!

This is good stuff, A full OS in a tablet. 8) The possibility's are endless with that USB port. Tethering shooting, Storage, CD Drive, Printers, and so much more.

Are any of you interested in this tablet? Because if the giant microsoft can pull it off, The Ipad will have some serious competition.
It sounds interesting, there are windows touch screen tablets that run lightroom, photoshop, and pretty much anything else.  Lenovo makes one of them, its been around for a few years.  Its a industrial grade machine though, so its big and heavy.  Its also expensive.
My issue would be with readability, I can't read my 12 inch Lenovo screen, much less a 10 inch one.  A 7 inch screen is out of the question for me.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Worth the Money?
« on: August 15, 2012, 11:29:04 AM »
I'm currently shooting with a 60D and 5D Mark iii. I was originally going to get the 1dx but the 5d iii came out sooner. I wanted something with high fps, and am wondering is it worth spending the money. I know it's an amazing camera, however a 1d mark 4 is a lot cheaper lol
Are you asking if it will earn more money than the cameras you have?  That really depends on whether it will allow you to get money shots that lesser cameras might not be able to capture.
If  photography is a hobby, and its required to do what you need, you have no choice.
My take is that its the ruggedness, low light capability, high AF speed that set it apart from the 5D MK III.  For a average user, this is not going to justify the price difference, but if you need those features than get it.
Some of us, of course, like to have the best possible tools, and get one if we can afford it.

My RX100 arrived yesterday: had an afternoon of random shooting: wow! That little thing is so usable, OOF blur is close to my big and heavy ZEISS  (not the same though, there is still some distance to the 5D3 with a 1800 USD lens on it...) but let me tell you, I cannot be happier because now I can tell my wife "don't worry, just shoot jpegs and mpegs and we'll have a look at them later". The AF is very very good, the usability and customization is more than enough for her and for me as well, video is perfect, colours are just what we need them to be: very close to real. The lens is sharp, very sharp but not in the wide open corners. There it is pretty average but I don't care, this part is beautifully blurred with a centered subject.
Yes, I'd say this is a good step down from a DSLR, a MFT system would be an overkill.
Thanks for your almost united advice!
Post some photos. 
Do you use RAW?  If so, how do you convert them, Sony's raw converter is a bad joke.

EOS Bodies / Re: Calm before the storm
« on: August 15, 2012, 11:09:18 AM »
He is referring to all the trolls and whining that happens every time a new body is introduced.
It doesn't matter what it is or what the features are, there will be a storm of ignorant complaints.

Lenses / Re: smashed 24-105 F4 L Lens front element
« on: August 15, 2012, 11:06:55 AM »
Have it repaired.  Replacing the front element is not all that expensive, but the elements will also likely be decentered, so a complete adjustment should be done.
Here is a interesting article by Roger Cicala of lens rentals.

Use the Canon Utility to shoot tethered.  Even when they get tethering support for the 5D MK III in LR 4, its pretty poor when compared to the Canon utility. Thats one piece of software that Canon did a fine job with, and its free. 
BTW, It will export the images to lightroom and open it for further editing if you set it in the preferences..

Portrait / Re: 50mm f1.4 group photo
« on: August 15, 2012, 12:42:07 AM »
just edited my first post included the photo. thanks
After downloading and viewing the image and exif, I wondered if you were using a tripod?  1/20 sec for a 50mm lens with a 22 mp body is pretty slow.  I'd prefer to use 1/125 sec and set the aperture to f/2.  It looks like some motion blur, but it might just be that the use of ISO 12800, and taking it as a small jpeg which throws away even more detail.
I'd recommend using raw and post processing to control the NR and sharpening.  The 5D MK III does not do a spectacular job with jpegs, particularly if you have the images set to small jpeg.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Good gimbal head??
« on: August 15, 2012, 12:22:44 AM »
I had a Wimberly for my 600mm f/4 and it was wonderful.  However, it would be overkill for the much lighter 500mm lens.  I'd go with Neuro's recommendation, or use it handheld or with a monopod.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II [CR2]
« on: August 14, 2012, 08:39:09 PM »
Considering today's 35 f/1.4 is already superlative...what, aside from the price tag, will be different with the new one?


The 35mm 1.4 was spectacular when it was released, now it's just average. It's so average in fact that a third party 35mm 1.4 Canon EF lens you can buy for $350 brand new is much better than Canon's own $1350 35mm 1.4, which is ridiculous:

Just from that comparison I see the following that could be noticably improved:

-Corner sharpness
-Mid frame sharpness
-Severe Color Fringing

Here are some other factors which could be improved:

- Flare resistance (better coatings)
- mid frame and corner sharpness for meridonial detail stopped down
- Color fringing stopped down, it's plainly visible even at f/8.0
- Purple Fringing (I notice this in my copy)

Don't get me wrong even with all these problems the 35mm 1.4L is probably my favorite prime of all time ever, the combination of pleasing quality, focal length and aperture are amazing.

However if it were as good as say this, well... we can only dream.

I bought one of those SammyYang coke bottles you refer to, but the autofocus would not work on any of my cameras. 

Is anyone else experiencing problems with the Canon 1DX body not autofocusing with some of their lenses?

I have a 1DX that will not autofocus at all with my 24-105 IS L lens; as soon as the camera is turned on you get constant lens motor noise and the AF indicator in the viewfinder flashes continuously.  The lens motor makes a zip-zip-zip-zip noise (always in groups of four).

I went into my dealer and he tried my lens in another 1DX body; the same problem happened.  However, we also tried it in my 5D and one of their 1Ds mk III bodies and the lens worked perfectly.  This suggests to me that perhaps the lens is not faulty but that there is perhaps some incompatibility problem with earlier 24-105mm lenses?  I'm also having intermittent problems with the 1DX failing to autofocus my 500mm f4 IS L lens (a mark 1) but could not reproduce the problem with their 500mm (mark 2) lens in the shop.  My experience is that sometimes the 1DX cannot focus my 500mm lens until I manually focus it close to 'in focus' when the optics suddenly jump into life!

It's shaking my confidence in the 1DX's ability to work with the full range of EF lenses and so far Canon UK don't want to know - no reply still to my e-mail to my CPS rep and the repair centres point me back at the dealer.

If you are thinking of buying a 1DX, I suggest you be careful and test it with all your lenses first!
It sounds like a lens issue, there can be issues with lenses.  Trying a different lens might help point you in the right direction.

Software & Accessories / Re: Capture One Pro 50% off till Sept 7
« on: August 14, 2012, 05:42:50 PM »
Along with the poor global economy, Adobe's big drop in prices is causing the industry to drop their prices accordingly.  Thats good for all photographers, prices have been too high.

Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.2 ii or 135mm f/2
« on: August 14, 2012, 03:31:15 PM »
I have a 135mm L, its great for FF, but I'dlove to have a 85mm f/1.2.  I do have the f/1.8 version, but it have used it less than half as much as my 135mm L, in fact, it gets basically the same use as my 50/1.4 and 2/3 the images of my 35mm L.
I keep looking for a deal on one, but they are not as often found  locally on Craigslist. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Stitching panoramas question
« on: August 14, 2012, 01:46:01 PM »
It really does depend on the technique and the range you need to cover.  I'd do a quick and dirty one to get a feel for it.
I played with the Canon software just taking images by rotating the camera on my tripod.  Thats reasonably ok for distant scenes, but a problem for closer ones.  Still, they came out very well for my not having done it before.
Here is a link to the photos and the panorama.

You linked to scaled versions of the images but i found the originals in your gallery  :)

It's pretty hard come to a definite conclusion regarding the quality. Also at the shot with the 2x converter a cloud is on the main tower reducing contrast and it seems like some kind of noise reduction is employed. Additionally there may be air turbulences and slight focusing errors etc.

I think most people will be happy with the 1.4x extender on any tele lens F/4 or faster but the 2x extender is only a compromise.

A 50mm shot for comparison. Try scaling it :)

That's quite impressive!
Yes, there are flaws in the test, a distant object miles away is not really the best type of test, that pesky air, clouds, water vapor, etc change all the time.  Also, from a wooden deck, someone walking in the house might affect it.

Its pretty clear that a 1.4X does a good job with a 10mp 1D MK III.  The result with a 18mp 7D might be different, I might setup on concrete one day and try that.  I now have a laptop holder on my tripod, or can use a long USB cable and focus / capture remotely to get the best possible image.  However, something closer might be better.

I really do not use my 100-400mm L with TC's, its too much of a bother for any possible gain.  I can crop most of the time, and other issues usually out prioritize using a TC.

Here is a cropped image of a female redwing blackbird as she dropped from our crabapple tree to the ground to pickup sunflower seeds. I loved the way I could AF on the bird right thru the clutter of the tree with my 5D MK II.  I always was wondering at those who could not AF with it. 100-400mm with no TC.

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