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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark III + Broncolor RFS
« on: November 03, 2012, 04:48:07 PM »
Did you try it in the hot shoe?  If it works in the hot shoe, then its a cable issue.

Here's another question, if you use the default AE lock (i.e. * button), is there any way to disable it without turning the camera off and the back on? Maybe I'm being stupid, but I've never found a way! (Personally, I generally use back button AF, with AF disabled on the shutter button and AE lock on half press).
Just let go of the button and its unlocked.  You might have changed the default setting to AE Lock (Hold), which holds the AE Setting until you press the button again.  Read page 321-326 of the manual to see how to re-assign the function to default.

Prices of the body only might be deceiving, Nikoon does not come with the software that Canon supplies, and the very large files from the D800 are difficult and time consuming to process.  NR and Brush actions take much longer in LR than they do for the 5D MK III, so you might have to add the price of a new high end computer to the purchase.
Then, there is the lenses.  Nikon does not have a lens with the performance of the 24=105mmL, nor the 135mmL, nor the 100-400mmL, along with a few others.  They have announced a 70-200mm f/4 which will likely be good.
Another much missed fact is that Service can take a month or more (In the USA) while Canon usually takes around a week.
When you add all the prices up, it may not look like a better deal.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New RED One Price
« on: November 02, 2012, 09:53:07 PM »
Toss in the equipment you'll get for $4k is used and/or refurbished...
Yes, I believe their term "Battle Tested" means used.  Its discontinued, so they are no longer making them.  Parts might be hard to find in a few years.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re:
« on: November 02, 2012, 09:50:53 PM »
I will say that my experience with the D800 matches theirs.  Fantastic at ISO 100, but starts visibly lagging at ISO 800.  Since I like to use ISO 3200 and up, its not the right tool for the very high ISO.
I do not like people assigning weightings to the individual tests and giving a overall score, all that does is reflect their personal opinions, and likely does not reflect a score for my usage.
Also missing is any description of the test procedure.  Without some understanding of how they tested, the value of the scores are difficult to judge.
While I do not like DXO's scoring either, at least, they do reveal the test methods and equipment used, so their raw scores give me a good feeling that they are accurate, its the intrepretation that does not fit my usage.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: November 02, 2012, 09:39:11 PM »
Personally, I much preferred the used Canon 15mm fisheye to the 14mm Samyang I bought and returned.
Here are images from the same point using each.  Note that the fisheye shows a wider view than the Samyang and is not badly distorted on the left side.
I haven't tried the defishing software with the fisheye image.
Canon 15mm FE



Lenses / Re: Thinking about a 17-40 f4L USM. Thoughts?
« on: November 02, 2012, 09:27:15 PM »
I'd reccomend the 17-55 if you have APS-C.  For FF its a fair lens.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: November 02, 2012, 07:57:02 PM »

I dug through the forums here, and I didn't see a dedicated thread (there was some good info in the 12-24mm thread tho).

You did not find anything, because Rokinon does not make lenses, they rebrand other makes.  Search for Samyang.

Software & Accessories / Re: What is wrong with my settings?
« on: November 02, 2012, 07:53:44 PM »
Try Firefox and see if its better.  IE does not support icc profiles

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New RED One Price
« on: November 02, 2012, 05:10:02 PM »
Its only part of a camera, when you put all the pieces together, the price is a bit more, in fact, a lot more.
All camera manufacturers are hurting for sales.  Prices will keep dropping.

Lenses / Re: Choosing a kit thinking long term
« on: November 02, 2012, 04:14:48 PM »
First, for extremely low light, get a FF body that can handle it.  A 5D MK II will give your low light work a big boost for very little additional money.  You can pickup the low cost 85mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.8, and see if your 70-200mm zoom will do the job in low light with the ff body. 

Canon General / Re: EOS-M kicking butt in Japan
« on: November 02, 2012, 03:55:20 PM »
The camera is aimed at women, and lots of women in Japan are enthusiastic photographers, so I'd expect it to be doing well in Japan.  Its about time that a high end camera was created that takes into account features that women want.

Canon General / Re: Black Friday Deals
« on: November 02, 2012, 03:52:36 PM »
The 1D X is currently $6445 from a authorized dealer on ebay.  Get another $100 in ebay bucks to applly towards a 2nd battery.
There will continue to be deals like this with small discounts.

Canon General / Re: Black Friday Deals
« on: November 02, 2012, 12:02:44 PM »
You might get a very few dollars off, there was a $25 off on the 1DX the other day.  I don't know the MAP for it, sometimes its a little less than MSRP, sometimes not.

Is Canon allowed to do this.

Isn't this borderline price fixing.
Yes, Sony has been doing it for many years, Apple for years, Nikon started last year, and now Canon.

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