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Lenses / Re: The 50mm f/1.4: Conclusion
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:47:46 PM »
Who did the work?  I'm not aware of a Factory Authorized repair in Spokane.  Canon did away with all but a tiny few of really large ones.
Canon has a fixed price for repairing the lens, it was $90 when I had mine fixed about 2 or three years back, but it is up a few more dollars now.  Certainly nowhere near the price of a new one.

Only true in the US unfortunately, cost me about half the cost of a new one to get it done in Oz, ie $200+. 

When it goes again Ill be getting something else.   Three feet rule makes sense as a a bit of give when it hits, thanks for that.
Spokane is in Australia?  I live on Spokane, Washington, USA so I assumed the OP was in the USA.

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Hi,

I am looking for some advice from more experienced photographers than me: I was recently asked to take some pictures during a short animation festival organized by a friend of mine in October for their website and other promotional material. The shots schould give an impression of this festival and its visitors, et cetera.


I am absolutely willing to rent gear, I just don't know what to rent exactly. I was thinking of a Canon 5d mark II or III with a 24-70mm f2.8. Is that good enough to shoot in low light without flash?

Rent what you can afford, at least a 5D MK II and a fast prime, like a 35mmL  Forget zooms, f/2.8 is too slow unless you are willing to rent a 1D X.
You should be fine between a 35MM L (or 24mmL) and your 50mm lens.
With FF, you may be happy with just the 50mm.  Be prepared to AFMA a wide aperture prime, it can make a big difference. At Least check it carefully by comparing a full aperture liveview live focus shot and a quick focus shot.

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Technical Support / Re: Problem with rear LCD on canon 5d mark iii
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:27:06 PM »
That price is high.  Try a third party repair service.  LCD's are very simple to replace, but they might be holding up the price because repair parts are not readily available to third party repair services.
You can likely buy one from Canon along with a new window for under $200.  Even at high ebay prices, the job runs about $240.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-5D-Mark-III-REPLACEMENT-LCD-SCREEN-DISPLAY-REPAIR-PART-window-NEW-/320946021080?pt=Digital_Camera_Accessories&hash=item4ab9dfa2d8

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Canon General / Re: Canada - USA cross border warranty service
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:19:07 PM »
Canon Canada has a reputation of being nasty about this, I've heard from several who could not get warranty service.  In the USA, as long as you paid in US dollars, and bought from a authorized reseller, they have not been giving a hassle.
As noted, do not take my word for it, call and ask.  Then get the name of the person you talked with, just in case they change their mind.

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Lenses / Re: The 50mm f/1.4: Conclusion
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:14:00 PM »
So I had to send my 50mm f/1.4 up to the lens hospital in Spokane. It was a DIY fix that went awry. It's being discharged now and is on it's way back home to me. How much did all of this cost? Not as much as a new lens. Not quite, anyway. But it sure feels like it. But it's my own fault, and ended up costing me more because of the botched fix-it job.

If you own this lens: Store it in the middle of the focus range, like around the 3 foot mark, and NOT at the infinity point like a lot of people recommend on the internets. I got this advice from the guy who worked on it, a factory-authorized lens tech.

Who did the work?  I'm not aware of a Factory Authorized repair in Spokane.  Canon did away with all but a tiny few of really large ones.
Canon has a fixed price for repairing the lens, it was $90 when I had mine fixed about 2 or three years back, but it is up a few more dollars now.  Certainly nowhere near the price of a new one.

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Lenses / Re: 40 2.8 with extension tubes
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:10:25 PM »
look at a set of the kenko extension tubes they are cheap there is a 36mm tube in that set too, i'll see if i can try it out tonight and post up for you
A Kenko 1.4X TC might also do the trick, and if so, would be easier to use than extension tubes and manual focus.  Some can get AF with a extension tube, but figure on focusing by moving the camera towards or away from the subject by using a focus rail.  Rent that as well.

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Prices go up and down.  Canon has started another of its rebate sales.  The catch, and its a big one, is that the rebate is figured off the MSRP, and dealers are required to do it that way if they want Canon to reimburse them for the rebate.
What this often means to you and me, is that the price goes up.  Yes, its a scam, and I wish some of our attorney generals would  step in and levy a big fine.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: In Camera Nosie/Sharpen, etc - JPEG Only?
« on: September 10, 2012, 08:59:05 PM »
The answer depends on the software you are using.  Some software (DPP for example) will read the camera settings and apply them to the imported raw file. 
There are only a couple of settings that affect raw files in camera, so you want to be aware of them.
Highlight tone Priority will capture the image at one stop lower ISO.  Turn that off.
Long Exposure Noise Reduction will affect the Raw file, but that might be a good thing as long as you understand when to use it, and what it does.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is a 46mp Canon EOS-1 on the Way? [CR1]
« on: September 10, 2012, 08:45:18 PM »
There's been no evidence of a mass exodus to the dark side due to the D800, there's always far more talk of switching, than actual switching.  ....

Makes one wonder whether they are in competition, or just coexistence? If it is so hard to win some sales from the other company....
Yes, it is hard.  Nikon had to take trade-ins of Canon Cameras and lenses a few years back in order to get a big sale with a major wire service.  Having huge numbers of dollars invested in lenses, flashes, not to mention bodies is not a trivial thing.
Of course, switching from a $150 point and shoot might not cost as much, but its still going to be painful to someone who squeezed his budget for that $150.

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Technical Support / Re: Problem with rear LCD on canon 5d mark iii
« on: September 10, 2012, 01:07:30 PM »
Hi all..I am really enjoying the mk iii 5d. However I was traveling recently and the LCD became so heavily pixellated -with a dark blob also on the display- that it was essentially unusable. Luckily the images were fine. canon now tell me the LCD has been pushed in and the problem is not under warranty. I. Know I have not damaged the camera and wonder if anyone else has seen this problem. Maybe the new LCD is not as robust as in the previous model? Advice please
The construction of the Rear LCD's has not changed.  There is a protective glass cover over the actual LCD, and it takes a bit of force or a hit to damage one. 
If its broken (pushed in), then something pushed hard or hit it hard.  Maybe it in a carry-on luggage bin?  Some people push very hard and heavy items up there, and abose other luggage.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D to 5D III upgrade..worth it?
« on: September 10, 2012, 12:56:32 PM »
I'd say keep your 7D and buy a 5D MK II.  Then when you are focal length limited, the 7D will shine.

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Software & Accessories / Re: 580EX II Faulty by Design?
« on: September 10, 2012, 12:54:01 PM »
Interesting how 1.5 oear old threads come to life.  Nothing wrong with it I guess.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is a 46mp Canon EOS-1 on the Way? [CR1]
« on: September 10, 2012, 12:40:49 PM »


Is this a new sensor, or just a higher MP variant of their existing technology? Personally I'd like to see Canon put their R/D into DR and not MP.
I suspect it is silicone based just like all other s3nsors.  What new technology is out there that works better?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Announced
« on: September 10, 2012, 12:38:09 PM »
Does anyone have good experience with Samyang lenses?  Are any of decent optical quality?
I've seen good reviews and bad ones.  The 14mm lens I bought was the most horrible lens I've ever owned, and went right back.  Others are very happy.  The issue seems to be poor quality control, or perhaps easily damaged construction that gets messed up in shipping.
I'd only buy one locally, or from Amazon Prime so that I could easily return it if its another bad one.

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Lenses / Re: 40 2.8 with extension tubes
« on: September 10, 2012, 11:52:50 AM »
The 40mm already has a hig magnification, so cropping the image might work just fine.
Here is a image of a petunia that I snapped the first day I owned the lens.  I could easily crop this and still have a sharp image.

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