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Lenses / Re: Patent and New Lens
« on: July 25, 2012, 12:49:29 PM »
Few patents make it to production.  there have been numerous patents released over the years that were for a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.
Anyone expecting a patent to actually become a released product at some later time is going to be disappointed over and over ... and over.
In fact, many lenses are introduced before the patent is published.  This avoids tipping off the competition.  I believe thats it is only when production delays hold up a new lens that the patent arrives first.

My friend just bought the current one on craigslist... I keep teasing him that the new one is coming out and his will be obsolete... maybe i can get his even cheaper haha.  But, as we know canon lately, dont count on the new one being under 2k.
I think it will not be under  $3K.  I also think that Canon is or will be rethinking new product introductions.  If the tooling is complete, they will probably go ahead, but if its just in the final design phase, it will get delayed.  The recent drops in prices accross the photography industry are a sign of lagging sales, and the resultant cash flow issues.
Obviously, the 200-400mmL is going to come, and a host of small low cost STM non L lenses as well. Those will sell, even in tough times.

Lenses / Re: Refurbished Lenses from Canon
« on: July 25, 2012, 12:39:12 PM »
I've bought a 15-85mm, a 70-200mm f/2.8 II, a 5D MK II, and a 7D.  All looked and worked like new. 
However, you need to sign up for e-mail notification of their  occasional 15% off sales for lenses, and use the CLP program to get 20% off the bodies if you want a deal. ($1407 for a 5D MK II)
I ordered a 16-35mmL from New Egg for $1351 and free shipping thru one of their customer appreciation deals.
Thats less than the regular refurb price.
Prices on photo gear are dropping like a rock, so keep searching for deals.

Lenses / Re: Wide Canon L choice: 14L II 2.8 or 16-35 II 2.8
« on: July 25, 2012, 12:21:41 AM »
I just bought the 16-35II today.  So far I'm impressed with it, and lovin the 16mm wide end.
Mine shipped today, so it should be here by Friday.  I never warmed up to my 17-40mmL, so I am hoping I like this one.  Right now, I have a old Tokina 17mm f/3.5 Prime that I do like, but I have a use for the zoom.

Software & Accessories / Re: The latest EOS Utility WANTED!
« on: July 24, 2012, 09:15:51 PM »
When its updated, it will be available for all cameras.

Site Information / Re: Battery thread closed?!
« on: July 24, 2012, 06:43:21 PM »
Why is it not possible for me to post any threads anymore in the general cam forum and why was a thread closed just after I placed an answer related to a battery topic in a previous thread?
There was nothing in it against any forum rules!
Furthermore I did not receive any explanation nor PM. >:(

And now I can not post any further post in the above forums?!?

Please, I expect an explanation! ???  I feel kind of censored!


Probably because the thread was a old one and your post was likely of no help to the op who posted it months ago.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 Light Leak Issue - Did you send yours in???
« on: July 24, 2012, 01:07:34 PM »
I sent my 5D3 in because I messed up the focus screen and told them to do the light leak repair at that same time.  I shipped the package out via UPS ground on a Monday, and I got the camera back that Friday, so it was a very fast turn around.   I have no idea where you got 7-10 days from, but that certainly wasn't my experience.  Canon Prof Services also replaced my focus screen and cleaned it for free, which I wasn't expecting.  So far I've had superb experience with them and couldn't be happier.
What Canon quotes and their actual turnaround time may vary with workload.  I guarantee that if I send a parcel by UPS ground to Canon from where I live, it will take 4 days for them to get it, and if a weekend is involved, 6 days.  Don't assume that the entire country is one day away from a Canon repair facility by UPS ground.

EOS Bodies / Re: Do you know any stores Canon 1dx in stock in US?
« on: July 24, 2012, 12:44:38 PM »
Their phone started ringing 5 seconds after posting. :)
Your best bet is calling around to find a dealer with one coming in that has no buyer.

EOS Bodies / Re: could the new EF-M mount support FF sensors too?
« on: July 24, 2012, 12:42:40 PM »
yes, the EF-M mount probably wont fit a FF sensor in.. BUT.
Why Can An EF mount camera be mirrorless?
It can.  However, the point of a mirrorless camera is "SMALL"  A EF lens has a long focus distance to the sensor in order to clear the mirror as it swings up.
Lockup the mirror on your FF DSLR using liveview and you have a mirrorless FF camera with no viewfinder.  The size could be reduced somewhat, but not to a small factor as long as EF lenses are used.
Yet another series of lenses would be needed if a small FF mirrorless body were to be produced, and they would still have a fairly large adapter.
Of course, a FF point and shoot could also be made.  Just take a look at any of the old 35mm film P&S bodies.  A FF P&S is very possible, but the cost might scare buyers away.
I tend to concur, Canon should have made it FF if they wanted to sell to enthusiasts, but its very obvious that this is a bridge camera between P&S and a Rebel DSLR. 
It might be that many will never see the need to move to a DSLR, once you invest in a few lenses, you tend to be locked in.  Thats why a G1X is attractive to existing DSLR users, no need to buy a bunch of duplicate lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: Do you know any stores Canon 1dx in stock in US?
« on: July 24, 2012, 12:26:17 PM »
Ace Photo in Ashburn, VA has them in stock.  They just posted that they had them on their facebook page.

There you go.  Jump quickly.

Technical Support / Re: How much space to get to macro?
« on: July 24, 2012, 12:24:58 PM »
i dont think its possible without proper know-how and equpiment to just build some lens converter stuff. just missing a little and the focus is off.
Sure its possible and easy. The length of the adapter is not critical.
The point was, is it worth spending two or three hours to save $7.00, but the op wants to experiment and learn.  Thats a good thing!
Cut off a piece of plastic pipe screw or glue Canon lens mounts from damaged lenses or even tape it to the lens and camera.
Focus is controlled by moving the camera toward or away from the object.  The focus distance can be very short, sometimes less than a inch, depending on the length of the adapter.

Even with the 22mm STM lens, it takes a second or two.  The 18-55mm STM is said to be reasonably fast. 
The new Hybrid AF system is not optomized for use with the non STM lenses, so AF speed will be dismal.
Take into account what may be a lower voltage battery, and there is less current to drive the AF motor.
Other than him trying to focus on the table at much closer than MFD, I was suprised that the camera focused as fast as it did.

Technical Support / Re: 7 min max shutter open
« on: July 24, 2012, 12:03:47 PM »
You have Long Exposure Noise Reduction enabled.  After you take a long exposure, the camera takes a second exposure of equal time with the shutter closed, then subtracts that dark frame from the image to remove thermal noise.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Road Map Becoming More Clear
« on: July 24, 2012, 12:01:33 PM »
I think there is still a place in Canon's top:

A. DSLR product line for:
1. FF - low ISO, high MP, low fps
2. APS-C/APS-H - just 1dx with the smaller sensor so greater the reach, so lower the iso, so even higher fps

B. mirrorless product line for:
1. FF, dedicated wide L lens line
Lots of people would like this, but I wonder if the current market will support more expensive cameras.  Canon and others are starting to slash prices, which means sales are really poor.  Summer in the northern hemisphere is usually the high season with strong sales to people buying new gear to take on vacation, for weddings, ect.  Apparently this is not the case this summer.
Poor sales creates a cash flow issue, so manufacturers have to tighten their belt and slash prices as well as profits.

Lenses / Re: No 24-70 F2.8 on sale in New Zealand
« on: July 24, 2012, 11:49:32 AM »
The old lens is discontinued, and stocks have been pretty much exhausted.  The new version will not be here soon.
This is a costly error for Canon, one of many in the last two years.

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