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Lenses / Re: 85 L vs 135 L
« on: May 20, 2012, 09:04:36 PM »
You have all this gear and you are asking which focal length you need??
 5D mk3, EF 16-35 f/2.8 L II, EF 24-105 f/4.0 L IS, EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II, EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS, EF 50 f/1.4, Sigma 180 f/3.5 EX macro, Speedlite 550 EX,
30D, EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, EF-S 17-85 f/4-5.6 IS   You should know better than 99% of the posters what focal length you need for your photography.   Select and purchase a lens to fill a need, not just because its the best.

I do not think you can make it stay on longer.  This is the same for every DSLR I've had, and thats a lot.  You can turn on the info display on the rear LCD, and look at exposure and settings on the top LCD.  I'm not sure what you are trying to use the viewfinder display for, it is usually used to let you know what the settings for the image are, not to setup the camera.

Thats the way Canon dual card slots have worked  on all 1D series cameras, and now on the 5D MK III. 
If you do not want it to switch, turn the camera off until you reinsert the CF card, or remove the SD card and turn it back on after you reinstall the CF card, and it should switch back.  If you turn it on with only the SD card installed, it will switch th that card and stay there.  Its not odd, it makes sense that the camera should use which ever card is installed.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Best place to buy 5D Mark III
« on: May 19, 2012, 01:55:10 AM »

What is the best place to buy a 5D Mark III right now? I know Canon has start shipping after the light leak fix and I know some are getting their cameras already.

Anybody out there just placed order recently and received the camera already? If so, where did you buy it from? If pre-ordered, how long is the wait? Adorama? Amazon? or BH?

Thanks guys, trying to get one but not sure where to order it from.

check out onecall.com they get stock so often, I got three 5DM3 from them by registering my email in product notification request. they don't have long waiting lists, usually when they receive shipments they appear in-stock (for few hours though).

Onecall is a good store, they no longer have Pro Photographers in their brick and Mortar store (Huppins), but they are still a big cut above Best Buy.  They are about 20 miles from me, so I shop there often.  I can try the gear, and get web prices.
There is also a old fashioned camera store about 35 miles from me where the people who work there are Photographers.  Its called Camera Corral in Couer D Alene, ID.  I ordered a D800 from them on 4/19, and it arrived Monday 5/14.  I received e-mails every step of the way, so I knew exactly when Nikon shipped it, etc.
I'll be buying most of my gear there in the future.  They also have a camera and lens repair shop.  They will do mail order business, but their main focus is on local photographers.  Its a small store, so they do not stock all the high end lenses and Camera bodies, however, they order them for you and that worked well for me.  As much as I like Adorama, One Call, and B&H, I'd like to keep the local old fashioned camera stores around.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Sony Doubles Focal Lengths
« on: May 18, 2012, 08:53:23 PM »
This has been done in Digital Cameras since the very early days.
Fujii did this years ago, and got beat up badly for it.    They claimed the camera had twice the MP that it actually had, they merely interpolated to a higher pixel count.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII SDK May be released next week
« on: May 18, 2012, 08:40:08 PM »
That fits the time frame Canon gave out a couple of months ago.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Huge SanDisk Sale at B&H
« on: May 18, 2012, 08:25:54 PM »
The benefit from a super fast card comes when your buffer is full due to fast FPS shooting, or faster downloading to your computer, assuming you have a super fast card reader to match. 
Unless you are doing that, a inexpensive Sandisk 60 mb/sec CF card is overkill, but a good middle of the road choice.  In another year or even this next Christmas, prices for those super high speed cards will drop as a newer and faster one arrives on the market.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Vs Nikon in Hollywood
« on: May 18, 2012, 08:19:40 PM »
Sony has white lenses, Nikon has white lenses, and all three have some black lenses. 

Get yourself a UDMA card and a UDMA card reader, and then watch your card load to your computer faster than you can imagine! I will never go back to anything less. Shop around, cheap prices are out there. The UDMA card reader even down loads my non-UDMA cards faster than before. i swear!!

I got the sandisk extreme  sd card: SDHC 45 MB/s 32 GB
and for CF sandisk extreme 60MB/s 32GB card.....

Will those work ok?

They worked fine on my 5D MK III.  They even work well on my D800, and its writing a lot more data per image. 

Only the same as a 7D and less than the 1D4 ;) ;) ;)

My 7D does not write a average of 52 mb per image, not does my 1D MK IV, so my original statement of data per image is, I believe, correct.  I have been comparing the D800 to my 1D MK IV, I want to find out exactly which things are better, or worse. So far, memory cards that are reasonably fast are not a issue for single frame or a short burst.  Once the buffer is full, then a super fast card make a significant difference.

The only change to make is to put the knob on the "P" position and select the center point.  Then learn to take sharp images with the kit lens.
BTW, All 61 AF points are available to all lenses in groups A thru E.  The 24-105mm kit lens uses all 61 points, some of them may not act like cross points, but they are all available, so watch out for mis-information. 
Group F works with 47 points, Group G (one lens) has 33, Group H (one lens) has one.  For the most part, these are ancient film lenses with the exception of the 800mm f/5.6 and the 180mm L macro.
See page 79 of your manual.

EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless Vs Regular DSLR -- Your thoughts???
« on: May 18, 2012, 11:43:21 AM »
The only current benefit for a mirrorless camera is smaller size.  Most of them do not have phase detect AF, many have no viewfinder at all, or a add-on EVF, there are no wide angle lenses wider than about 24mm FF equivalent.  Basically, most are small interchangable lens bodies that have a lot of compromises.
I would love a mirrorless camera if it had the power and features of a pro level DSLR, fast AF, FF, goof viewfinder, Fast FPS while retaining AF, etc.
They are getting there, the Soney NEX-7 is the best compromise I've tried, but still dissapointed me due to the lack of a wide range of lenses.
There is going to be a fallout in the market in the next 2 years, and some will be stuck with a dead end product line and a bunch of lenses that have no future.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Huge SanDisk Sale at B&H
« on: May 18, 2012, 11:31:22 AM »
Watch out, those SDXC UHS-1 cards do not work in UHS-1 mode for Current Canon cameras, so it might sound like a good deal for a fast card, however, it will not be nearly that fast in your camera, so you are wasting money.

I've not found Samyang lenses to be worth the postage.  Some seem to get good ones, but not me.  Its a risk due to sloppy manufacturing.

You've written this a couple of times. Which lenses did you try and what problems did you have ?

I published images.  do a search, there are lots of buyers with similar issues, and lots of very happy buyers.  Its hit and miss.  BTW, I bought the 14mm f/2.8.  Fool me once, shame on you, but twice - shame ojn me.
Samyang has good designs, its the spotty hit and miss production quality that causes some to be very happy, while others hate it.
In the case of the 14mm, it was supposed to be a FF lens.  But, the owners manual warned you off the bat that it was optimized for crop camera bodies and might perform poorly on a FF body.  They were certainly right.
So, be prepared to spend shipping both ways if you mail order a bad one, or find a dealer who will pay return shipping, like Amazon.  My seller did not, so I got stuck paying $35 to try a junk quality lens.  Then, I found others saying the same thing.

EOS Bodies / Re: Loss in Resale Value of 5D Mk3
« on: May 18, 2012, 12:50:36 AM »
  There have also been reports of people wrapping themselves in light-blocking tape and burning themselves in effigy in front Canon's regional headquarters offices in the USA and several European countries, to protest Canon's inadequate fix for this problem.

I thought effigy was a place in France ... The same city that DXO is in ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Sold my Nikon Gear
« on: May 18, 2012, 12:47:43 AM »
The trick with a 5D MK II, as well as with most DSLR's is to shoot to the right and pull the shadows down.  Pulling them up on any camera will increase noise, but on the 5D MK II, its visible sooner.

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