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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.
 
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ;)

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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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Yes, I understand that the 600EX will trigger off-camera flash.  That isn't what I'm trying to do unfortunately.

What I need to do is mount the 600EX in the hot shoe of my 5d Mark iii, then mount the 5d on a tripod (all one unit).  This works fine and I can use a cable release to fire the camera.

What I want to be able to do is 'wirelessly' fire the camera in this same configuration.  I haven't found a wireless shutter release, that mounts in the hot shoe, that also has a hot shoe for the flash, other than the PW TT5/TT1.  I need a wireless receiver that I can mount in the hot shoe that I can then mount the 600EX on top of, on the camera.

There are no off camera flashes being triggered.

The 5D MK III has a infrared sensor built-in.  Just get the infrared remote to trigger it wirelessly, flash or no flash.  See page 186 of your manual.  There are also plenty of low cost RF remote triggers as well, that do not use the shoe.  You do not need a shoe mounted remote to trigger a shutter release.  The PW is used to trigger a remote flash, and you can pay $50 for a cord that runs to your camera from the shoe mounted PW so that you can use another PW to trigger your camera.  Getting one just to use as a remote release in place of a $15 unit doesn't make sense.

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I'd format a new card.  Every time you have successfully downloaded your images and have them backed up, format the card in your camera before using it again.
 
A format takes all of 3 seconds.

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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.  The super fast cards can clear the buffer faster if you are taking a high FPS frame rate, but for normal usage they are more than needed.

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Third Party Manufacturers / My D800 Review
« on: May 17, 2012, 06:31:33 PM »
Having used Canon SLRs since about 1968, and having owned the 5D MK II and 5D MK III and currently, the 7D and 1D MK IV, I thought i'd give the D800 a try.  There was nothing to lose, I can sell it used for more than I paid new.
 
So, I have a collection of many old film cameras, and a couple or three nikon AF lenses which I did not think would standup too well with the new body.  I picked up a few lenses locally off Craigslist during the 3 weeks I've been waiting, so I had my od 50mm f/1.8D, a 80-200mm f/2.8D, a 500mm ReflexC, a 24-70mm f/2.8G, and a 200-400mm f/4 AIS ready for it to arrive, which it did last night.
 
 
I played with it today, deciding the 50mm wasn't that good while the 24-70 was excellent, and the 80-200mm was very good.  The 200-400mm AIS had a difficult to use stiff focus ring, so I returned it to the seller for repair, and I haven't tried the 500mm Reflex yet.  I'll be spending the evening taking low light photos of a play rehearsal, I used my 1D MK IV last night.  It will be interesting to see what the difference, if any is to me.
 
My first impression was of the flimsy memory door and even worse battery door.  Makes my 5D MK II door look like a battle tank.  Then, the left half of the camera.. well, there wasn't one.  no real issue inless you wanted to hold the camera with your left hand. The eye cup... Oops, it doesn't come with a eye cup either, a $20 or 30 after marked product is all there is.
 
I'm learning to use the controls, no problems there, just a matter lo learning something new.  You can set a minimum shutter speed and that was one thing I set right away.  Formatting your card is easy too.
 
 
I did attempt to disprove the high DR talk, only to find out that its all true, I could not blow out one area while retaining detail in the shadows, I was suprised to say the least.
 
High ISO images showed a lot of noise when viewed at 100%, also as expected.  There is enough detail that a lot of NR can be used, and still have a very good image, but I need to see what happens tonight.
 
I haven't sold the ton of Canon lenses and bodies I own, but, I just might get a 14-24mm lens for the D800 if it works out, and it is off to a good start.  Like Canon, I had to AFMA my 24-70mm zoom at -10.  Thats just par for the course.  My FoCal software will work with it, but I haven't had time to set it up yet.
 
There are some things I like better about the 5D MK III, but I'll have a better idea after a few thousand shots.

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Lenses / Re: Would you be interested in this trade
« on: May 17, 2012, 06:07:15 PM »
Beware used 24-70mm lenses.  I have had five of them (1 New), and none of them were very good.  On a crop, they are unbalanced and difficult to hold still.
 
Be sure to try the lens out, and check it for the many problems like decentering that many of them have.  Odds are that the owner would not even be aware of a problem like that.
 
A 17-55mm EF-s is the best choice for a crop body for general use. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a bit restless at the lack of 1DX rumors
« on: May 17, 2012, 06:02:00 PM »
I really doubt that Canon will issue a day by Day or even Week by Week status to the public.  I'm sure they have a internal daily status review though, we just are not privy to them. 
 
I've been thru that, Early AM standup meetings that all managers must attend while they go thru 2 hours of status on every late part, and thats before normal work hours begin. 
 
I'm glad I retired.

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