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Canon General / Re: Starting lens upgrade.
« on: March 25, 2012, 05:05:10 PM »
There is a 1.6 factor in apparent focal length between crop and FF.  You will find yourself using different focal lengths on your FF body, so do not buy lenses for FF based on the focal lengths you now use.
In particular,
I'd hold off the 16-35mm L until you get your FF body and determine if 24mm is wide enough. 16mm is like 10mm on your crop.
You may very well want a lens that is 400mm, its about like 250mm on your crop.

EOS Bodies / Re: With lens, without lens
« on: March 25, 2012, 04:59:53 PM »
I have thought about that and I am leaning that way. I always like to get advice. 
For that additional lens, I am really curious about the 200-400mm f/4L with the built in extender.   Looking forward to reading the reviews and seeing MTF charts on it.

The $11,000 200-400mm f/4 L will be fantastic.  It will not be something to just walk around with, you will need $$$$ tripod and head, so add another $1500 or more for that.
If you can afford that lens, why not get a d1 X.

It can be a big issue.  apple has patented a circularly polarized lcd screen to help with the problem.  sounds like its useful for a camera lcd as well.
I don't use polarized sunglasses, but its not a issue to laugh at.  They are vertically polarized, if someone has a link to diagonal polarized glasses post it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Silent mode on 5DmkIII
« on: March 25, 2012, 04:26:16 PM »
For most users, there is no downside, but if you need 6 fps, you can do it in liveview and still get silent mode.
This is going to be a popular feature.  I occasionally photograph birds, and when I'm close, they jump or fly when they hear the normal loud shutter click.

It has worked for third party models on previous bodies.  A third party camera lens merely sends information to the camera identifying itself as a Canon lens. 
The 5D MK III now also looks at the serial AFMA ignored the serial number, but to be able to have different AFMA values for different lenses of the same model, it now saves the serial number.
This might be a big deal to many third party lens owners, I hope its not true.

I just wonder, the 5D MKIII has been tested by a lot of photographers before the camera was released. And none of them reported this problem? Then maybe it is a problem of this specific sample that The Digital Picture used for the review.

None of the preliminary users had DPP, just out of camera jpegs.

Canon General / Re: PhotoPrice.ca Silenced for Canon Products
« on: March 25, 2012, 03:05:23 PM »
I wonder if it is related to the supposed price freeze on Canon?   Nikon, and Sony products already have restricted selling prices.  These sites pay for their existence with advertising and referral fees, and if prices are going to be the same everywhere, why pay referral fees to attract business by offering lower prices.  Instead, we will likely see free ad-ons like memory, junk batteres, camera bags, junk tripods and so on.

I am not sure of the reliability nor do I have any info on the "reviewer" as I had never seen that page before. Still, wanted to post since most of the comparisons so far have been between mk 3 and d800 and mk 3 beating D4 in low light performance is interesting if true. 1DX is supposed to have even better low light performance; so a new low light king?

As per DxO measurements, D4 is in second spot behind 12 MP D3s in low light performance...

There have been a number of threads that point to the comparison.  this one merely points to a site that points to the comparison. 
I certainly did not notice that one was outdoing the other by any noticible worthwhile amount.  However, the high ISO images were taken with bright light and the story may change with low light at warm temperatures which are more realistic for use in the dark.  For sports use to freeze motion in brightly lit arenas, the results should be realistic.

Helen Oster just posted that Adorama has a ton of kits in stock.  its in the big Adorama thread.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon Lens Prices
« on: March 25, 2012, 02:41:12 PM »

Thanks to all those who replied. I genuinely appreciate your input.

I managed to order a D800 a few days ago while Amazon UK dropped its price to £ 2,100.

As I'm not heavily invested in either system I couldn't really justify paying an extra 30% for the 5D Mark III. 

The £ 900 saving is hard to argue with!

Thanks again.



Don't forget to order the Nikon Software, its free with Canon but extra with Nikon.
The Nikon 70-200mm VR II is sharp, but its focus breathing is extreme, so that is a detractor if you expect 70mm up close.
Many of the common Nikon lenses are priced much higher, and some equivalents to Canon are not available.  However, Nikon is rapidly cranking out some good but expensive primes.  No f/1.2 lenses though, not that I could afford them anyway.
I have 16 canon lenses including TC's currently, so I'm not likely to sell them all.  It would cost less to switch to a 1D MK IV or 1D X compared to replacing them with 6or 8 Nikkor lenses(including TC's).
my 5D MK II is sold, so I'kk want a replacement I like by may.  My 5D MK III arrives Tuesday.

Software & Accessories / Re: Advice for first graphics tablet
« on: March 25, 2012, 02:29:27 PM »
I've the Wacom PTK 640 that I bought used for $250 on craigs list.  It had a full version of Adobe Illustrator with it, I don't use it, so I sold it for $300.
Many buy the tablets and then never use them, so keep a eye on Craigslist, or even advertise for one.

EOS Bodies / Re: LensRentals.com RESOLUTION TESTS
« on: March 25, 2012, 02:25:52 PM »
Even if most people know about using sturdy tripods, mirror lockup and cable release, I am not sure they are aware of exactly how much they need to pay attention as the MPs increase.

This article : http://www.josephholmes.com/news-sharpmediumformat.html talks about 45 MPs on a medium format  system so it details procedure that are a bit extreme (and some irrelevant) for 35mm but still it is an eye opener in some ways. For example, he says to let the mirror come to rest for 6 seconds after it flips up to avoid vibrations. I don't know many photographers who wait even 2 seconds.

There will be some pain at first, but after they learn, it will be second nature.  It is not more difficult than a 7D or other 16mp+ crop.

EOS Bodies / Re: With lens, without lens
« on: March 25, 2012, 02:21:09 PM »
Get the kit.  Sell the 28-135mm lens.  You will notice the difference, the 24-105mm L is much better.
After that, you might want longer, if so, sell one of the 70-200mm lenses and get a 100-400mmL.  400mm on a FF is about the same as 250mm on a crop.

Software & Accessories / Re: This is a little embarrassing...
« on: March 25, 2012, 01:09:10 PM »
I once sold my D30 to a lady whose camera had just died.  I sold it with a smaller CF card, and when she filled it, she put one of her own in, and it burned out the camera immediately.
It turns out that this same card had just been installed in the previous camera when it burned out.  Fortunately, my camera was just a few months old, and out local dealer took care of sending it to Canon for repair at no cost.  She paid dearly to get the first one fixed.
Based on that experience, I would suggest just smashing them good and buying new ones.  Its unlikely they will do any damage, but, why risk it.
If you have a old digital body thats only worth $10, you might try them in that, but I'd still say there was risk.  If they ever got damp, some dried soap particles might suddenly become conductive liquid and short it out.

Site Information / Re: no more, I saw an add for...
« on: March 25, 2012, 01:01:42 PM »
Google is very clever, they actually serve ads to match your individual browsing profile and are very accurate at showing something you have shown interest in previously.  Thus, one person may see a ad that others haven't just because of what he has used google to search for in the past.  Any ad they have that is considered similar, they throw in.  For Example, I'm retired, and AARP ads pop up frequently.

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