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Software & Accessories / Re: Yet another tripod thread...
« on: December 11, 2012, 11:21:33 PM »
A tripod needs to be high enough for you to see thru the camera viewfinder without cranking the center column up.  Thats where many tripods miss the boat.  Take the tripod height plus any additional head height, and allow two-three inches for the camera.  This should match the height to your eyes, and preferably be a little taller.  I'm 6ft 2, and a 67 inch tripod with a tall ball head works well.
 
If you are using the tripod for a telephoto lens, stability is critical, get one with a underhook and add weight to pull te legs into compression.  this really helps.  It also keeps your cheap tripod from blowing over in a wind gust and ruining a expensive camera and lens.
 

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Lenses / Re: 50 1.4 on 5d3 anyone?
« on: December 11, 2012, 11:05:21 PM »
Getting some great responses here.  Now I also considered plunking down the cash for the 50L 1.2.  A wise choice?  Or does the price not justify the purchase over the 50 1.4?
What you get for the extra $$ is a lot more glass, better construction, and the ability to have super shallow depth of field.
You have to pay lots of $$$ to get even a tiny improvement.  Good used 50mm f/1.4's are available for $250, and are better on FF than the Sigma 50mm.  The Sigma is optimized for crop bodies and does very well there.

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EOS Bodies / Re: black focus points on 5Dmkiii
« on: December 11, 2012, 10:58:17 PM »
Its a combination of the AF points being black and being tiny with thin lines.  The 7D is similar, but has large AF points with thick lines and its not a issue. There are some klutzy workarounds that light up the points briefly, but its probably the weakest issue the camera has, and it is only a issue in near darkness.

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I have no issue unless I wait for the red focus light to blink.  I just use 1-shot center point, and a full button press.  The camera focuses and captures the shot quickly.
If I wait for the red light to blink, it takes a long time.
There are some settings like spot AF which Canon warns about in the manual that make it difficult to AF, but just read the manual about those.
BTW, I do not see any difference in the time it takes for the AF light to blink if I use the AF assist light or do without.  In both cases, I've learned not to wait.

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Reikan Focal has a option to save your camera settings and download them to your computer.  Do it before starting a AFMA.  That way, if the process fails, you can restore your camera settings.

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Technical Support / Re: LP-E6 battery failure - Canon 6D
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:47:25 PM »
As Neuro noted, batteries self discharge, and can reach the point where the internal electronics will not let it take a charge.
Here is some information that applies to most all lithium ion batteries.
http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/low_voltage_cut_off

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Lenses / Re: What to do with a broken 70-200 f/2.8 IS mkI?
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:36:38 PM »
There are lots of good parts left, sell it for parts on ebay, and it may allow repair of several other lenses.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Second Body
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:29:23 PM »
Whatever you pick, its a good move to select one that uses the same battery and memory cards, that way you are not having to maintain two sets of equipment.
That eliminates the 6D, so another 7D, or a 5D MK II, or a 5D MK III.

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Personally, I'd rent or buy a 1 Series camera with weatherproofing and stick to weather proofed lenses.  You might take the 5D MK III as a backup, you will definitely want a backup, because things do fail in tough conditions.
That makes it a bit difficult at the 400mm end, perhaps a 70-200mmL along with weatherproofed Canon TC's and a 1D X.

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Lenses / Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 11, 2012, 02:04:03 PM »
Its great for a macro lens on a 7D, but get the 100 f/2 or 85mm f/1.8 for portraits and low light.

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Lenses / Re: 50 1.4 on 5d3 anyone?
« on: December 11, 2012, 02:01:19 PM »
The 50mm 1.4 is a cheap crappy lens. Invest in the 35mm 1.4 L instead.
Some buy lenses to take photos, some buy the best one, even if its the wrong focal length. 

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Lenses / Re: 50 1.4 on 5d3 anyone?
« on: December 11, 2012, 12:57:42 PM »
Its fine, but not as useful or as sharp as my 24-105mmL for all around use.  Where it comes in handy is in low light, or for a shallow depth of field. 
If you a new 5D MK III user, give it a while with the 24-105, you will get used to the weight.  Good lenses are heavier due to the large amount of glass in them.  The 24-105 is on the light side compared to the 24-70 f/2.8 or some of the other popular "L" lenses.

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Lenses / Re: Next lens, round 2
« on: December 11, 2012, 12:51:29 PM »
this is all good info.  I'm selling my 10-22, 24-105, and 60D as well.  I already have the 24-70 II but I think I need to take my lenses to Canon (down the street) to get everything calibrated.  Do you guys think I should just get FoCal instead?.... or both Canon Service and use FoCal?
I'd first do a AFMA.  (Get FoCal).  Only consider having Canon adjust your lens if it has a actual problem.  Canon will put the lens on a reference body like a 5D MK III and calibrate it to that body.  Your body might still be different, so don't bother.  The next new body you get will need a different adjustment, so just use FoCal.

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Neither that lens, or any other, for that matter unless ambient conditions make it a good idea, like a sand or dust storm.

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Mt Spokaine, I also use the histogram 4 exposure but in difficult back or side light even though the exposure falls within the histogram the shadows may not be as filled as I would like & due to the necessary loc of the LCD screen it's often smeared & very difficult to view any accurate detail in sunny conditions even with me leaning over  to provide shade.


Pete, I think you know this, but the brightness of the LCD screen will change the apparent exposure, and it changes brightness according to ambient conditions.  Thats why I suggested that you do not use it judge exposure.  Unfortunately, in bright conditions with lots of backlighting, its really tough.  I bought a D800 to try out, and thats one area where the better DR really made a difference, in fact, I was amazed at the ability to properly expose shaded areas and not blow out a bright summer sky.  Unfortunately, its the entire system that does not quite measure up to my expectations.

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