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Lenses / Re: Another help me pick a lens yay...35L or 24-105L
« on: August 04, 2012, 10:51:04 AM »
It sounnds like you need the 17-55mm EF-s.  Its great on a 50D.  I preferred it to my 24-105mm L.  The 35mm L is a wonderful lens, and near perfect for a 50D, but if you have the 17-55mm, you won't miss it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1D MKIV VS 5D MKIII Cameras
« on: August 04, 2012, 10:47:59 AM »
It does really depend on your use.  for wildlife where you are focal length limited, the 1D MK IV is the one to get.  For low light and general usage, the 5D MK III edges it out.
Its a hard choice, and comes down to how you use it.

Lenses / Re: Center Pinch Lens Caps
« on: August 03, 2012, 08:38:27 PM »
Thanks for the input.  I just ordered 22 of various sizes.  I'll store the original caps until I go to sell a lens.  I've got lots of knock off body and lens rear caps already.  I also have Nikon, Minolta, and more that I use if I buy a used camera and the body cap, or rear lens cap is missing.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AFMA Callibration - How much is too much?
« on: August 03, 2012, 08:05:08 PM »
"perfect when it came back"

Do you mean after calibration it needed 0 AFMA on both of the cameras?
Yes!  The divisions of AFMA are not the same for different models, depending on the lens.

If you have a good battery, try it.  power supplies do go bad.
Test it at high shutter speeds 1/8000 sec.  that is usually where problems become very obvious.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AFMA Callibration - How much is too much?
« on: August 03, 2012, 05:06:08 PM »
1.  You do not know how much each lens is off.
2.  You do not know how much each Camera is off.

All you know is the combination of Camera and lens results.  The 1D X could be right on, and your old camera could be off in the opposite direction such that it compensates for part of the lens errors.
I had a lens that required a +4 on my 5D MK II and  +17 on my 1D MK III.  I sent it in, and they calibrated it using their standard 1D MK III and it was perfect when it came back.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX err70
« on: August 03, 2012, 11:11:02 AM »

Sports / Re: The Destroyer
« on: August 03, 2012, 11:05:12 AM »
That thing is a beast. Must be real fun to drive and launch off ramps
You wouldn't catch me driving it (bad back).  I think you have to be a little bit crazy.  But Yess, he jumps cars, busses, crushes them, etc. I haven't photographed him with his new truck in a race, but here is one when he was driving for someone else.
All I had that day was my 1D MK III and 35mm L, so they are heavy crops from halfway up in the stands.


Lenses / Center Pinch Lens Caps
« on: August 03, 2012, 10:55:06 AM »
I was wondering if anyone has tried these ebay cheapie lens caps?  They are low cost with free shipping, so I don't expect a whole lot.  If one breaks, I'd just toss it.  I was thinking of buying a few of each size I yse. 
These could be much easier to remove when a hood is on the lens.  I liked the Nikon ones when I had my D800.

Lenses / Re: Looking for 18-135mm STM first impressions
« on: August 02, 2012, 09:43:45 PM »
Its better, but a 7.5:1 Zoom is a compromise, so its not for those wanting high end performance.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Rattling thumbwheel on 5d mk 3 ?
« on: August 02, 2012, 05:25:34 PM »
There could be a mis-moulded part that has some surface defects.  its not likely to ever be a issue, but you have a limited tome to return it, so you might want to exchange it for peace of mind.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera Crossroads :)
« on: August 02, 2012, 03:36:26 PM »
I agree on keeping the 1D MK IV.  I'd also hold off a little and look at the 200-400mmL when it arrives this fall.  With the built-in TC, it becomes a 280-560mm zoom on FF, and longer on the 1D MK IV.
It really sounds handy for sports.  There will likely be a lot of reviews from Olympic shooters who have loaners from Canon.

There are two very good and practical reviews at the Luminous Landscape.  I was interested in both of them. 
Both are good cameras, but ...
 The RX100 controls are too small for my big hands
The OM-D sounds good, but there are no or very few 1st line micro 4/3 lenses formicro 4/3, so you have to adapt a 4/3 lens or another lens.  That defeats the whoe purpose for me.
I'm still looking.
However, If you want to adapt some $1300 lenses to the OM-D and invest $$$ in a second system, you might want it.  With the RX100, at least you do not have to spend thousands on new lenses.

Canon General / Re: Announcements in August [CR1]
« on: August 02, 2012, 02:53:08 PM »
Since I bought a 16-35mm L last week, the new lens will almost certainly appear.
I'd like to see a G12 replacement with 1" sensor, but thats unlikely, since the price would jump to that of the RS100 / G1X.
I've been waiting for something that would be a significant advance over my G11, and still be usable with my large fingers.  A 3 inch touch screen would be a big benefit for me.  I tried a T4i the other day, and I can operate the touch screen much better than the tiny controls.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: No more Katzeye for Canon 5D Mark II?
« on: August 02, 2012, 11:59:17 AM »
hey guys, try www.focusingscreen.com

also, can someone tell me what's so special about brightscreen?
Some say they are better, some not. 
They use cut down Canon or other larger screens, and / or make their own.  They treat them with a undisclosed process to be brighter than the ones Canon supplies for $45.00. 
Making the best possible focus screens is a art, and it can be expensive to make really good ones, as opposed to merely milling down one made for a 1 series camera, or a Hasselblad, etc.

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