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Lighting / Re: Joe McNally's Eulogy of Ken Regan
« on: December 04, 2012, 01:25:23 PM »
Appropriate post, but why in the lighting forum?

...I have not saved the covers from all those dozens of batteries I've owned...
Curious, why do you not keep the battery covers?  Don't you use them to indicate charged or discharged and of course for protection?
You have battery covers for 12 year old batteries that are long gone?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pentax FF DSLR for under 1499$ at release.
« on: December 04, 2012, 01:20:59 PM »
I'd need some reason to believe that they were going to stay in business.  Selling cameras at a loss doesn't give much hope for that.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Anyone received their $2499 5D3 from bigvalueinc?
« on: December 03, 2012, 11:59:58 PM »
Just got mine today.. Rochester NY. They had shipped it out late Wednesday night I guess

Mine did come with warranty card and I registered it with Canon USA. They are US models which is nice.

Wow the thing knows how to focus in low light.. Lot to learn though. I think there are more menu screens then its max iso
Actually, you do not need a receipt if you register it.  It was a gift and grandma did not put the receipt in the package.  Canon will cover it, since its a USA model, and it was registered.

It doesn't mean you are under Canon 1yr warranty, unless you can show the sale receipt from an authorizeed dealer - in this case BigValue is not.

Enjoy your new toy

Canon has changed packaging as well as whats printed on the batteryabout once a year.  Three of my four are slightly different, each is a different age.  The new batteries I bought form Adorama and Amazon (not a third party) have the correct hologram.  The other two came with my 5D MK II and later 7D.
The original 5D Battery says made in Japan, then I have a made in China, and one that is part Japanese and part Chinese.  One has a date on it, but the others are older and do not.

Do they all have the same colour plastic covers?
I have Canon batteries going back to the D30 that are 12 years old.  I have not saved the covers from all those dozens of batteries I've owned, but the recent ones from the last 4 years are all the same yellow color.  The older batteries might have had a different color cover, I know that the shell color of the BP-511 batteries changed several years ago.

Here is a link to some QR plates found on Amazon.
There are adapters / conversions to convert Manfroto to Arca Swiss plates as well.  I use one made by Kirk on my Manfroto pistol grip head, and I use the LP Series plates sold by Rainbow on my lenses.  I also have a RRS lens plate, they are pretty much equal in quality, but the Rainbow is less expensive.
As for cheap tripod heads ...  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=quick+release+plate+arca
Induro makes a low cost head thats just OK, the RRS, Kirk, and other high end ones are supurb.  They will last a lifetime, so get the best.  The head is a really critical component.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Anyone received their $2499 5D3 from bigvalueinc?
« on: December 03, 2012, 06:44:21 PM »
I wouldn't worry.  Its not uncommon for UPS to be behind.  Big Value has sold thousands of the 5D MK III's over the last few months.  When they sell 500 in a couple of hours, it does take some time to process and ship them, and UPS does not work on weekends except for uber high priced shipping items.
A few really big places like Amazon have UPS truck-trailers lined up at their loading dock 7 days a week, but that's a exception. They have so much volume that UPS pays their employees overtime to work weekends because its very lucrative.  Big value is not so large, and likely can't negotiate weekend pickup and delivery at normal prices.

Lenses / Re: 50D->5D3 upgrade, what to do with my lenses?!
« on: December 03, 2012, 06:16:54 PM »
Yes, the lenses will be fantastic on FF.  Obviously, the newer lenses are sharper, but the lenses you have will be fine.
FF is actually more forgiving of lenses, since the photosites are larger (lower pixel density).  It takes a higher resolution lens for small sensor cameras because they have a higher density of photosites.  The 15mp sensor of the 50D would be 38.4mp if it were upsized to FF but kept the same pixel density. This means your lenses will be just fine.

Software & Accessories / Re: B+W ND filters from 2filter.com
« on: December 03, 2012, 06:09:02 PM »
B&W is not going away or changing, at least I haven't seen a reputable site mention it.  Here is the Schneider-Kreuznach site, it shows B&W.  BTW, there is a US Subsidiary named Schneider Optics, but they only exist to warehouse and market the german products in the USA. Different products are sold under different brand names.
Schneider is a old optical company, they don't have the name of Carl Zeiss, but what the make is top notch.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 5Dmk3 doesnt play with kenko teleconverters
« on: December 03, 2012, 05:59:50 PM »
You can apparently make it work by turning off AFMA, but thats not a solution if your lens needs a big adjustment.  Then, you have to reload all the AFMA settings after you use the TC?

Lighting / Re: I have an old Sony speedlite and a new Canon 7D
« on: December 03, 2012, 05:53:59 PM »
Old flashes, or other model flashes might work in manual mode, but they are not going to integrate with Canon's flash system.  You spent a lot of $$ on the 7D, why not get a compatable flash.
Even a low cost one like this refurbished one for $135 can be controlled by your 7D as a off camera flash.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Likely Price Trend
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:52:46 PM »
Prices are partially determined by sales.  Sales are largely determined by the global econmy.  Buyers will buy the lowest price product rather than a luxury one.
Once the initial buyer rush is over, expect the camera to be included in Canon Rebate deals.  However, be aware that sales in May-June take a big jump as people like to use vacations, weddings, etc as a excuse to buy a new camera.  That takes the pressure to lower prices away.
Watch for 1 day deals around Christmas, or the week after.  The cameras seem to be in stock everywhere, even our small local dealer has them, so Canon is expecting very good sales.  If that happens, they may be out of stock for 6 weeks or so right around Christmas.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body is $2999 Most Places
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:40:53 PM »
The lower prices are in line with the usual Canon trend to lower prices before the end of the fiscal year, when times are tough like they are now,  the discounts get bigger.  Canon wins because they are able to reduce inventory and show stockholders a better bottom line for 2012, and the buyers win as well.  Retailers sell them at the reduced price while they last, sometimes thru most of January, and then the price rises again.
Retailers will find ways to get around map prices. You can often just call them and ask for a lower price or a package deal.
Canon loves it when they give the printers away, since ink sales are where the profit is.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Suggestions for a first monopod for a 5D3...?
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:16:10 PM »
Hello all,

Resurrecting this a bit....I just got my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, and WOW...it is heavy.

I'm thinking a long day at a fest (and we have tons of them down here in New Orleans) I would think a good monopod would be good to have when lugging this lens and my 5D3 around all day.

Any other recommendations? I have a manfroto tripod and the quick release plate for that...would anyone recommend a good manfroto monopod model, that might work with the same plate system?

Thanks in advance,


Yeah make sure you mount that 70-200 on the tripod and not the body, you dont want all that weight pulling on the mount.

Yes, get a QR plate designed for the lens and keep it in place.
I'd get a monopod that had a simple ball head and the same QR plate as your tripod.
First, consider if you want to switch to the much more universal Arca Swiss style QR plates.  Your Manfroto head can be adapted to take them, mine is.  Then, in the future only buy heads that accept Arca Swiss compatible plates.  That opens you up to a much wider range of options rather than being tied to Manfroto.

PowerShot / Re: Christmas Camera, Under $100US ??
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:00:59 PM »
Generally, the cheap cameras are not durable unless they were designed for kids.  You might be unhappy if you get a ordinary zoom lens model with a exposed lens, one good drop and its toast.
I'd check out the waterproof models, they tend to be rugged. 

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