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EOS Bodies / Re: Best FF option
« on: September 23, 2012, 04:50:52 PM »
For MLB games, another option is a used 1D Mark IV.  Supurb camera with a 1.3 crop factor.  It will blow away your 7D, and can be found in the $3200-$3600 range.

EOS Bodies / Re: 450D to 6D
« on: September 23, 2012, 04:48:08 PM »
The 6D is directly targeted at photographers like you.  Its a huge upgrade, so ignore the trolling posts. 
As noted, get a external flash.  Grab one of the refurb 430 EX II's now available for under $200 at Canon direct.
As for lenses, the 24-105 will replace some of your lenses nicely, but you may want a low light lens like a 50mm 1.8.  You can grab one of those for $80 at the refurb sale as well.
To complete your range, the 70-300mmL is on reduced price at the refurb store for $1023.  That might be more than you want to spend.

Technical Support / Re: 1Dx froze with black screen.
« on: September 23, 2012, 04:06:58 PM »
There are several posts about happenings like this, and the workarounds.  Do a search on 1DX from the forum top page.

EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 23, 2012, 04:05:36 PM »
Mine will arrive Monday.  I'm about as far away as you can get, excepting Alaska Hawaii, and US Territories.
Its on a Truck that left Hodgkins IL on 9/20.

Lenses / Re: Update for the EF 24-105 f/4 L ?
« on: September 23, 2012, 02:19:46 PM »
Though I don't see this ever happening, a 24-105 f/2.8 would be my perfect lens.
Building a 4-1 zoom with a wide aperture is very difficult, and compromises will need to be made.  We's want one that was excellent, but its doubtful that it would be the equal of the 3-1 zooms. (except for price - $3500)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 70D & 700D in 2013? [CR1]
« on: September 23, 2012, 02:16:54 PM »
The delays in developing the sensor was apparently a big reason for the big firmware update for the 7D.

... as theorized by many posters in the cr forum. However something "new" doesn't necessarily mean "better", it could also just be "cheaper to produce". But since Canon isn't competitive with the current 18mp version anymore I'm very curious if they'll just upgrade the mp count or can do something about the current low and/or high iso/dr limitations.

If they want to spread three cameras across 2013, the 7d2 as the most expensive to arrive first cannot be that far away.
Upgrades to the sensor will likely be lower noise for the readout, a tweak to the Bayer Filters, and more readout channels.  We'd also likely see the embedded AF points as seen on the T4i.  This will make live focus faster as well as enable AF during video.
Overall, there are many Sensor tweaks possible.  There will be no miracle, however, the laws of physics still apply, and sensors are getting to be about as good as they can be, so its just small increments of improvement.
Of course, there are some technologies in the R&D stage that have the potential to be large improvements, but these seem to lose value once they actually try to build a working sensor.

Lenses / Re: Manual Focus Lenses: Smarter in F-Mount?
« on: September 23, 2012, 11:15:42 AM »
Thank you all for your replies.

My idea is buying a D600 and 3-4 high-quality M/F primes - most likely Zeiss, Voigtländer and Samyang.

In this perspective spending 170€ for a chipped adapter by Novoflex or something similar is not a big deal, and the advantages in IQ, and long term durability and flexibility are just huge in my opinion.

I only wish I could find some information about the Voigtländer 28/2.8 for Canon/Nikon.
Buy a adapter for each lens, removing and installing them to change a lens, as well as spending a hour reprogramming the chip for the attached lens is not fun.

Software & Accessories / Re: who uses Focal or similar?
« on: September 23, 2012, 10:59:28 AM »
FoCal Pro is the way to go.  My Lens align tool is just gathering dust.
Lenses which benefit most from alignment to the camera are the wide aperture lenses, but every one of my lenses except for my 300mm L needed some tweaking.  Only a couple were off enough such that it would make a real world difference.
The calibration curve is a excellent tool, it lets you visually see where the peak sharpness it.  This is only valid for the distance to subject, and for a zoom, the focal length used.  Thus, running at different distances and focal lengths gives you more information as to which AFMA settings will cover your most used distance and focal lengths without messing up the others too badly.
This is a older screen shot I took in January when I first received the software.  You can easily see where the peak sharpness is, but you can also see that being off a little is not the end of the world.
With this lens, a -5 to -10 does not make a whole lot of difference. The software picked -8 as the best.  A setting of "0" would be way off on focusing, and have much lower resolution.

Lenses / Re: Are Primes really better for portraits?
« on: September 23, 2012, 01:01:21 AM »
Again...I'm not shooting at max aperture.i never go below f4 and with portraiture i do...low light is also not and issue. I never go over iso800. The question is..Can the new 24-70 zooms be better than a prime at f5.6 and low iso... should i give up the primes or will i regret it...i know i can rent one and try but i doubt just one day can I really get my I'm hoping there are others who have already replaced their primes for a zoom and share their experience...bare in mind..I'm only looking at f5.6 and not max aperture
If you are serious about wanting a 24-70mmL, buy one from Adorama.  If it is not everything you had hoped for, you have 30 days to return it.  This is not a free rental deal, only serious people should do this, please don't abuse it, or it will go away.  At any rate, you will only be out the shipping cost both ways and you can give it a serious workout.

The sale is on, but the 5D Mark II is excluded.  Good deal on the 7D though.  The T3i also seems like a low price.

EOS Bodies / Re: 46.1mp Canon DSLR Previewed at PhotoPlus 2012? [CR1]
« on: September 22, 2012, 11:07:18 PM »
Yeah, you're probably right, it could be a 4D, but the low ISO range of 100 to 12,800 and not 50 to 51,200 or 101,400 threw me. Is this going to be a $4,999 EOS 4D designed for Studio or outdoor Landscape photography where low-light is not an issue?

well i take pictures with a dslr for 7 years now.
95% of my pictures are taken with ISO under 6400.
i really don´t know what people need ISO 25600 and above.

and i wonder how these people have worked before.....

It all depends on what you are shooting.  Not everyone shoots in daylight.  Try some low light photography.  Its difficult and will let you expand your skills.
The photos below were taken in extremely low light.  I really would have needed a battery of flash units otherwise, and they were banned.
ISO 6400

ISO 12800

EOS Bodies / Re: Dead pixel in video of 5D Mk II
« on: September 22, 2012, 10:57:42 PM »
Send it to Canon telling them of the issue.  I believe they can map it out and you will not notice the missing pixel.  I've read of others with the issue, and Canon seems to be able to fix it.

Lenses / Re: Are Primes really better for portraits?
« on: September 22, 2012, 10:55:30 PM »
While wide open, the lenses are not super sharp, you generally do not want portraits to be super sharp anyway.  If the images are really oof, try using live view and live AF.  If the results are better, you need AFMA.  AFMA is difficult to do properly, I messed my AF up when I first did it.  FoCal gives excellent results.
There are some zooms that are sharper, but they don't open to f/1.8 either.

I am using Focal for calibration and it has improved the lens sharpness without AFMA but it's still not enough.
And i don't shoot anything below F4 so i'm not bothered about zooms not going to f1.8..because the 24-70 goes to f2.8, and with's as good as 1.8

Certainly, the 24-70mm L MK II sounds spectacular, and I'm tempted.  I would expect it to be better, looking at the price.
I mostly use my 135mm L for portraits when space permits.  The 85mm f/1.8 is no slouch.  I'm not entirely enthralled with my 50mm f/1.4, but I mostly use it at f/1.4.  It is a good lens.
My 2nd 5D MK III arrives Monday,  and I may very well try the new 24-70mm mk II with it.
The issue is that in low light, I need the wider apertures, and I already know that the 5D MK III only adds 1/2 stop in RAW so it does not make a f/1.4 out of a f/2.8.  Even if it added two stops to my 5D MK II, I'd still want to lower ISO and shoot with a fast prime.
I went for the hype earlier and bought a D800 with the nikon 24-70mmg.  Nice camera, but not at IS0 12800 which I found myself using with that f/2.8 lens.  The Nikon 24-70 had horrible CA when at f/2.8, so the combination was wonderful under ISO 800, but not worth the trouble at 12800 where it took a minute or two for NR to run.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Looking for an new Camera
« on: September 22, 2012, 10:00:03 PM »
7D is your best answer.  There is no Mark II model in the near future, maybe never. Several threads keep popping up with the same question.
As a alternative, a good used 1D Mark III might be in the same price range, and is a big step up from the 7D.  You can also buy used 5D Mark III's for a reasonable price. If you want a crop, a 1D Mark IV is the best crop body Canon has made.
Even a 5D Mark II is better all around, except for the better AF on surrounding AF points, so it might be limited for birds in flight
If in the USA, check the Canon refurb store.  At 12 AM sunday, they have a additional 20% off.
Any camera better than a 7D is going to cost more, its just a matter of how much more.
As to noise, shoot in raw and use one of the better raw converters.  They do a far better job now than they did three years ago.  The new firmware for the 7D also updated the jpeg processing, so that is better as well.

Thaks a lot!
I do not want an 7D again. I joined an photographic seminar, where Canon showed us their products and we worked 1 week with them. I took the 7D and was disappointed.  The image quality was not nearly good as the 7D I was testing at the seminar.
I shoot only RAW.
Maybe Canon will create an fast Camera, as we were told at this years seminar.
Let us hope...
If your 7D did not match the 7D at the seminar, have your lens / body aligned by Canon.  Its almost certainly a issue with less than perfect AF alignment, or a damaged lens.
It all comes down to how much you want to invest.  However, even the top camera can look bad if it needs to be adjusted to match the lens, or if there is a lens issue.

Lenses / Re: Are Primes really better for portraits?
« on: September 22, 2012, 09:50:49 PM »
While wide open, the lenses are not super sharp, you generally do not want portraits to be super sharp anyway.  If the images are really oof, try using live view and live AF.  If the results are better, you need AFMA.  AFMA is difficult to do properly, I messed my AF up when I first did it.  FoCal gives excellent results.
There are some zooms that are sharper, but they don't open to f/1.8 either.

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