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EOS Bodies / Re: Unfair Dealers.
« on: July 09, 2012, 11:54:02 AM »
I know what you saying... :)
BUT I live outside USA. Tried making a transfer but BOA asked for my 'pin' which I do not have.
I just have a bank account in US without any ATM/Credit card.
So couriered them a cheque.
Wonder why it would cost them anything to encash... Hmmm.

US Banks are tacking on fees everywhere.  If a business processes large numbers of checks, there is a fee added on.  However, I expect that large businesses do not pay those fees, just small ones with little clout.
Most banks do not charge consumers a fee for depositing a check, but it you take it to a bank, watch out!  About 2 years ago, I sold a camera to a newspaper and they paid with a business check, as is still very common.  Normally, I'd just deposit it, but in this case, I took it to the issueing bank (Wells Fargo) and they charged me a fee to cash their own check.  I complained to the manager, but he would not back down.
I have nothing more to do with Wells Fargo. 

Lenses / Re: Which L lens will be the first mark III?
« on: July 09, 2012, 11:46:08 AM »
The TC's are considered "L" lenses and are at Mark III now.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX (possible) Ai Servo Issue
« on: July 08, 2012, 10:32:07 PM »
Further testing:

I don’t think the 100K rgb sensor is quite as refined as it should be.

I tested this theory over lunch with a red, blue, brown, grey dark box (so to speak) – focused on the canon black cap using the canon logo as target:

I was having issues one shot - locking on grey objects at -2ev (which is sort of expected) adding in a white and red object made it easier but it still wasn't a cakewalk do to the af points not lighting up and not being able to see where the af point was in correlation to the target. I had to use a tripod and a torch to make sure I had the af point on the object... otherwise i had to keep moving the af point back and forth just to be able to see where the point was...

I'd exchange the camera myself.  There are many testers and users who haven't reported a issue like this.  As for the unlighted AF points, that is a big issue, part of the reason I returned my 5D MK III and bought a 1D MK IV. 
BTW You can light up the points by pressing the AF point selection button, but its not a elegant work around.  You certainly do not need a torch.

Lenses / Re: How do I know I have a bad lens?
« on: July 08, 2012, 10:24:59 PM »
So I validated that the PIC setting is enabled. Here is a test shot I took of a wall where the vignetting is really visible. Please advise.
The exposure makes it look terrible.  Try using the correct exposure.
Here is a image recently taken with my 5D MK II and the 50mm f/1.4 at f/1.4 with no lens corrections.  Viginetting is hardly a big deal, but its there.
If you can't get a similar image, then yes, your lens has some issue.


Site Information / Re: Working For A Camera Brand?
« on: July 08, 2012, 07:26:26 PM »
Lenses and Cameras are assembled by technicians.  They certainly do not need a college graduate putting the tiny pieces and parts together.  What is needed is tiny hands, slim fingers, good eyes and a willingness to work for low wages.
Designing cameras will take engineers from several discliplines, mostly mechanical, but still a lot of different specialties.  Designing lenses is done by PHD's with optics specialties, computer programmers to write sophisticated ray tracing routines to find new lens formulas, and mechanical and electrical engineers to do the hardware part.
Grinding lenses is a job where you start young doing the helper work and over the years are allowed to do more and more of the high end grinding.  Those who make the top grade lenses are those who have developed a "feel" for the almost impossible tolerances that can only be measured indirectly by interferometry.
If you want to be one who assembles things, a trade school is a good start. 
If you want to create lenses, join a local astronomy group and learn to design and build your own telescope, and take a course in college physics.  You will want to find a school that is pre-emminant in optical physics, and get accepted into their program. 
As is usual, the technology will change before you graduate, so its a lifetime learning process.
Good Luck.

Lenses / Re: Advice for trip to Hawaii
« on: July 08, 2012, 06:12:44 PM »
The biggest issue from locations with very bright sun is DR.  I'd bracket my exposures whenever practical so that the possibility of using hdr techniques to recover shaded and blown areas can be used.
Take some ND filters so you can use wide apertures in the bright light

You will need to upgrade to CS6.  CS5 will no longer be updated to add new lens profiles.

At first, I thought I was seeing a crib, then I saw the dove.  Nice capture.

EOS Bodies / Re: Stupid missing feature on 5D2 (auto iso)
« on: July 08, 2012, 02:56:45 PM »
I believe if you switch off Highlight Tone Priority in (CFnII) the auto iso limit will go away...
In manual Mode, if you set ISO to A(uto) it is fixed at 400.  Nothing to do with HTP.  This is what he is concerned about. 

Lenses / Re: Why is the 24-70 MK1 price so high.
« on: July 08, 2012, 02:54:04 PM »
I'd likely consider a Tamron

A Tamron on a 1dx :-) ... beware, the camera might have a built-in self-destruct if combined with 3rd party lenses!

I'm waiting for Neuro to post his opinion and tests.  He understands how to do a proper test.

Dr. Neuro said he'd test the Tamron? If so, I'd probably wait for this test too, there are so many different opinions on how fast & precise the af is.

I'm waiting for his review of the D1 X. 
There are good reviews of the Tamron, and it sounds OK for the price, but I'd only consider a f/2.8 lens for low light where I can use ISO 25600 or even 51200.  I use f/1.4 at ISO 12800, and need more shutter speed.  For that type of situation, depth of field is not my first concern, as I am usually back away from the subject.  I did not find the 5D MK III to be a big step up over my 5D MK II so I returned it and bought another 5D MK II refurb for $1400 thru CLP.

EOS Bodies / Re: Unfair Dealers.
« on: July 08, 2012, 02:27:58 PM »
Certainly, some get Priority.  Why does this suprise you?  If you are a customer spending a million a year with a supplier, he is going to take care of you.
When you pre-order, you will never get to see who else pre-ordered, or even know how many.  The number of sales a dealer has is a very closely held figure.
Deal with a local dealer if you can, and get to know him.  Generally, small dealers will keep you informed because small dealers need the business very badly.
That said, I've ordered from Adorama many times over the years, and corresponded by e-mail with my rep.  He is always plesant and doesn't make promises he can't keep.  I tried a couple of orders with Amazon and gave up.  Now, I just buy locally unless its something only available at one of the big stores.
If you are having a problem with B&H, e-mail Henry Posner and he will try to help.
e-mail henryp[at]
For Adorama, try Helen Oster, she is very helpful. e-mail   helen[at]
But, do not expect them to tell you that you are number 124 of 8756 orders, or give you a delivery date when they do not know exactly when or how many cameras they will get.
There is no excuse however, for some of the rude responses, even though they are really tired of people asking for information they cannot supply.  Henry or Helen will be happy to remind those responsible of the need to be polite.

Lenses / Re: Why is the 24-70 MK1 price so high.
« on: July 08, 2012, 02:05:44 PM »

I've had five of them, none were what I'd call excelent, so I won't miss them.

Even the Tamron 24-70 is said to be sharper than the Canon mk1 (depending on aperture and region) - this tells the whole story :-o ... the only thing I found attractive about the Canon was the ingenious fixed lens hood that didn't extend when zooming out - but what is it good for if this design doesn't allow for top iq.
I'd likely consider a Tamron, but I've since developed a preference for primes, and found f/2.8 still too slow for really low light.   I might buy one if I get a D1 X where I can crank up the ISO and still retain some reasonable amount of detail.  I'm waiting for Neuro to post his opinion and tests.  He understands how to do a proper test.

Lenses / Re: Why is the 24-70 MK1 price so high.
« on: July 08, 2012, 01:53:24 PM »
The lens is out of production, and those who feel they need it are willing to pay more fpr the few that are available.  Waiting does not help, they will soon be all gone. 
I've had five of them, none were what I'd call excelent, so I won't miss them.

EOS Bodies / Re: Any actual photographers out there?
« on: July 08, 2012, 12:36:35 PM »
He is helping CR pay for the servers and web site costs, so there is always a bright side.  I remember when they almost had to shut down because Canon attorneys issued a cease and desist letter. Fortunately, they backed off.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D400
« on: July 08, 2012, 11:45:21 AM »
Well on the topic of the proposed D400, the nikon folk seem to be waiting an eternity for that one too. Im morbidly interested in this one, doesn't mean I'd jump ships.. again though! Sounds like it's going be a weapon either way.

Maybe all of us canon people shouldn't feel too bad about waiting for things.
Nikon does need to step up and make something better than the 7D, or we will never see a 7D MK II.  Canon's decision to make major updates to the 7D firmware indicates that they think that will fend off any D400 threat to their sales until they can do the usual evolutionary update.

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