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PowerShot / Re: Glass Scratch on G12
« on: May 17, 2012, 01:44:30 PM »
I just recently took my husband to get a protecting skin on his phone, and I think they can also do skins on a camera lens. They are called XOskins.  I don't know how much it costs for a camera, but for the phone they had really great deals.
Maybe that will help so you won't get more scratches on your G12 lens.

XO skins are sold to protect the protective glass cover over the rear LCD diaplay, not over a lens.  Its ironic that some people buy something to protect a protector, which is easily replaced.
Its kinda like buying insurance on insurance.

EOS Bodies / Re: Loss in Resale Value of 5D Mk3
« on: May 17, 2012, 01:41:18 PM »
Do you have a 5DIII?  If so, are you planning to sell it next month?  Most people will keep a body for a few years.  By then, not many buyers will know or care about it (yes, some will, but it's unlikely to have any impact on selling the camera).

Totally. In 6 months no one will even remember.

Actually, I do remember it happening when the 5D MK II was new, someone discovered it.  Now, few people remember, because it was a non issue.

I'd recommend a good fast card reader.  As long as you are buying one, a USB3 reader might be more future proof.
Format new cards in the Camera. 
If you have a problem with a CF card, do a erase (Low level format not quick) in a computer, and then format in the camera.  If its a SD card, do the low level format in camera to clear any bad sectors.

I like my Canon 100-400mm L, and on my FF and my 1D MK IV, its very good at 400mm.  For a crop camera, the 100-300mm L might be a very good choice.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 vs D800 sales numbers
« on: May 16, 2012, 12:56:31 PM »
Using Amazon sales figures can be very misleading.  Canon sells a body only version plus a kit version in the USA, where Nikon only sells the body only version.  So far as I can tell, you cannot compare the total number of 5D MK III's to the D800's being deliivered, except that Canon has two factories producing them so they are likely producing far more cameras.

Please be advised that effective today, May 16, 2012, the Postal Service is prohibiting international  shipments of lithium batteries.
Specifically, USPSĀ® shipment of the following items is prohibited to international, APO, FPO and DPO locations:
  • Primary lithium metal or lithium alloy (non-rechargeable) cells and batteries
  • Secondary lithium-ion cells or batteries (rechargeable)
Devices that contain lithium batteries are also prohibited, which may include a number of electronics such as cell phones, smartphones, portable gaming devices, and MP3 players.
This may be a blow to those many thousands od Chinese ebay and amazon sellers selling batteries or items that contain them.

Going robotic means a really big departure from the current designs.  Cameras currently are designed to be as compact as possible, and this has resulted in a nightmare assembly and repair job.  Redesigning a camera to be robotically assembled will be a challenge, and I'm sure they won't want the product to get larger. 
Lenses will be a issue as well.  Right now, for the high end lenses, only the most experienced workers can finish the grinding to the tolerances required.  There is no way to directly measure the few millionths of a inch tolerances, its done indirectly using interferomety.  Low end lenses don't have the same tight tolerances, and can likely be built by machine.

Lenses / Re: 4K to spend and I don't know what to do with it!!!
« on: May 16, 2012, 12:19:07 PM »
For weddings, a 5D MK II might be a good choice.  Often, you can't use a flash, and you need not only low light capabilities found in full frasme bodies, but the 5D MK II's ability to focus in low light.  I'd only use the center point with this camera, but the center point is very good.
You can often find a good used one at the Canon site.  They do run out quicklly, so keep an eye on it.  If you can find a old Canon film slr or broken posershot, its good for about 20% off a refurb thru the Canon Loyalty program, which drops the price with tax and shipping to about $1500.  I have my old camera here and am waiting ;)
As for lens, a 35mm L and a 85mm f/1.8 will supplement your 50mm nicely.  I do not recommend anything slower than f/2.8, and without flash, thats marginal.  Your 18-135 is a outdoor lens, keep it at f/8 and it will do reasonably well.

Canon website charges sales tax?!?!?!?

What's the deal with that?

If Canon does business in your state, they are required to charge sales tax in the amount your state levies.  Otherwise, you are required to report and pay it, so either way, you are required to pay any sales taxes due. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Bg e11
« on: May 16, 2012, 12:13:11 PM »
Any idea what the battery life is with 6 aa batteries vs two Lpe6 battery packs and what do most people use. It would be nice to use the aa batteries since you could easily replace them but not sure if the performance is worse?  Thanks

They are really for emergencies only.  Do not expect a very long life.  Likely 250-300 shots unless you implement some carefully planned battery saving measures.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Announce 2 Cameras in June [CR2]
« on: May 16, 2012, 12:11:06 PM »
Is there any chance the mirror-less camera will use EF lenses?

Hope it won't have video, save on costs (only joking honest  ;D )

That would defeat the purpose of mirrorless, a smaller camera.  EF lenses would require a deeper camera body.  Canon did patent a adapter for a smaller lens to EF a year ago.  I'd bet that patent will be used in a adapter.

I got mine on March (27th), and sent it back a month later.  I bought a used 1D MK IV with 1400 actuations instead for the same price.  I'm buying a D800 to compare them, mine will arrive tomorrow.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Possible 5D MK3 Annoyances
« on: May 15, 2012, 05:10:19 PM »
You cannot turn off all the focus points, at least one must be activated.  Thats all it means.

Software & Accessories / Re: Marumi filters
« on: May 15, 2012, 05:08:19 PM »
You do not hear much about Heliopan either, but that doesn't mean they are junk.  Marumi has a good reputation, while Heliopan is supurb, as good as B&W, maybe some of them are better.  Zeiss supposedly supplies the glass for them.  The main issue is the cost, very high!  I bought Heliopan CIR-POL filter from a local dealer who was selling out, but even at half price, they are expensive.

What Canon is really saying here:
Its good, because we will make more profit and can turn out cameras and lenses faster.  Oops, I meant to say that the customer will get a better quality product without having to pay (Much) more. :)

error myself. I'm swiss.

Edit: Oh I forgot, no possibility to smite anymore.  ;D

That capability is coming soon :)

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