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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Silent shutter for 1D MK IV
« on: May 11, 2012, 12:05:29 AM »
:'( I'm still waiting for the Mark iv to get off  "back ordered" status with Canon, Adorama and B&H...

I doubt it ever will.  I bought a used one locally from Craigslist (Actually, it was 285 miles away), it had 1440 shutter actuations and was barely used for $3600.  Even the Canon Refurbs cost $4000 plus tax, but are rarely in stock, and then, they sell out in 15 minutes.
I had two to choose from, both with low actuations, original boxes, etc for the same price, I just took the one that was 40 miles closer.
I've seen heavily used ones go for lower prices, but these were almost new.

FD lenses have about half the image quality of modern EF lenses?  Really?  That's incredible.  I had no idea.....  It's not that I don't trust you Radiating but.... can some more people verify that? 

BumpyMunkey and Hillsilly--thanks but I don't want to mess with adapters. or smaller sensor.

In that case, you are out of luck, because no one makes a DSLR camera that uses FD lenses.  And, they will not be doing it in the future. 

Lenses / Re: Selling Lenses to Adorama Used Store
« on: May 10, 2012, 11:42:36 PM »
You can try KEH, com, but, if you are not willing to divulge who you are, I doubt you will have much luck selling to a dealer.  They are required to have the information for IRS and for police records, in case something turns out to be stolen.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Silent shutter for 1D MK IV
« on: May 10, 2012, 11:33:53 PM »
I got mine yesterday, and was wondering as well.  I tried it this morning for the first time, and the bird took off when he heard the loud clunk.

Technical Support / Re: Lexar 64GB & 32GB SD cards
« on: May 10, 2012, 11:21:12 PM »
Your laptop does not recognize them, or is it installing drivers for the card?  One or two minutes is a very long time unless its loading the card drivers, and even then, it usually only takes 30 seconds or less.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Waiting for the EOS-1P?
« on: May 10, 2012, 11:11:44 PM »
I had a bit of difficulty using my first 7D as well, it took me a couple of tries to learn to get sharp images with it. 
I tested it by turning it to the green box position, and it kept focusing way off.  I discovered my error and used just one or a small group of AF points and had no more issues.  The camera was focusing on the closest object, which was not where I intended it to focus.  This was a common issue with new users.

EOS Bodies / Re: Any new news about Canon 1D X f/8 AF?
« on: May 10, 2012, 12:01:33 PM »
The 1D4 wins out on the low light stakes - doing iso 6400 without breaking a sweat

Picked up a used 1D MK IV yesterday, only 1440 actuations, so its basically new.  I bought it based solely on your recommendation, so I'm holding you responsible. ;)
Just as a hedge, I have a D800 coming next week to try out, but its a totally different camera.  Ec in manual mode does seem to me to be a nice feature as is the AF point linked to the exposure meter.
At the same price as a 5D MK III, I think I will love the MK IV.
I'm in doubt about the D800 with respect to the editing of the very large files, but I'm thinking landscape for it.  I will use the f/8 capabilities of the MK IV as well, but not the D800, since Nikon does not have any comparable lens to the 100-400L. 

EOS Bodies / Re: It's OK to Rant and Gripe Here but .....
« on: May 10, 2012, 11:45:03 AM »
Mt. Spokane - thanks for the ALT+R tip ( I am aware of many short cuts such as CTRL+K after you have partially typed an email address in Outlook) but have not heard that one!  Thanks - I did however download the nifty program but found it a bit convoluted.  I searched further and found http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html.  At the bottom I downloaded the latest.  I liked this one a bit better as it is easier to sift through but also more importantly it appears that it auto highlights in pink the Context Menu options already in place vs. sifting through a whole bunch.  Have you tried God Mode?  http://www.tomshardware.com/news/GodMode-Windows-7-How-to,9345.html  I don't believe any of this cool stuff is on Macs  :) .   Love my freedom of choice.

I'll check those out.  I haven't tried any of them.  I could go into the registry, but I reserve that for really important things.
It used to be that a mouse came with software to alter the right click context menu, but that was 20 years back.

EOS Bodies / Re: It's OK to Rant and Gripe Here but .....
« on: May 09, 2012, 11:47:06 PM »
In windows 7, I click alt-R and it brings up a rename file window in DPP.  You can highlight one file or a group and have a very powerful renaming tool.  Custom name, by date, and so on.
I think there is a lot of free software that will let you customize the right click menu so you could add the rename function while in DPP, but I'm happy with alt-R

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Hi
« on: May 08, 2012, 11:00:44 AM »
Welcome Neil, Feel free to post images and constructive comments and questions.  We all try to help each other.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D3 Unable to turn back on
« on: May 07, 2012, 11:42:08 PM »
I think I found the solution.  I downloaded a "fresh" version of the firmware & reinstalled it last Thursday.  I used the camera multiple times since then & it worked perfectly each time.  Not sure if something happened during the initial install or if a "tweak" was made to the firmware.

Beat me.  Thats the normal advice to try when issues appear after a firmware update.  There might have been a bit corrupted on the card as the file was read in.
I'd do a low level format on the card. (not in camera, but full format in computer)

Lenses / Re: Canon Refurb Store ... Not Such A Good Deal
« on: May 07, 2012, 11:37:16 PM »
Geez, I point out an interesting note on a Canon issue and I immediately get slammed.

No wonder people don't post on these sites. You guys need to chill.

I too have bought many items thru the refurb store. I did not say the store sucked, or make any negative comments about the store itself.  But to get hammered for pointing out this seemingly isolated issue of interest certainly does not warrant these responses.

You posted a title that slammed the entire store.  Many of us get good buys there when they have sales, why not put a meaningful title up, and not a trolling one.

You have to understand the book keeping tricks that are used to define the term wholesale.  Many warehouse companies factor in damaged goods and returns as part of the cost of a item.  That makes sense, since they do have to account for the cost of those items.
Thus, if they paid $3300 for a camera but included $100 for returns and breakage, they would say their cost was $3400.
My local dealer, (a small one) said his markup was 6%, which would be a cost of $3290 based on a $3500 camera.  However, I did not ask him if he included returns and losses in the calculation.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III vs. 1D Mark IV
« on: May 07, 2012, 12:05:53 PM »
After re-reading some articles, it seems that the dodgy flash performance is related to using the AF-assist beam from external flashes.  It's very slow to get focus in this mode, compared with the 5D series cameras (of all generations).

I've read that the weakness of the 1D MK IV, if there is one, is low light AF in general.  I did not think its associated with the use of AF Assist.
Am I wrong on this?
I'm looking at getting one if I can negotiate the price down.  I've downloaded raw images at high ISO and decided that its close enough to my old 5D MK II at ISO 6400 that its not a issue.  My 7D would then be sold.

EOS Bodies / Re: Up the game
« on: May 07, 2012, 11:51:49 AM »
Please name ONE thing that was better with the 5d2 than the 5d3?

Although my 5D MK III is definitely a improvement in almost all ways over my 5D MK II, here are some things not so good.
1. Price ($1300 premium)
2.  AF points that can see to put the active focus point on the subject in low light. 
3. Ability to use interchangable focus screens.
Otherwise, my 5D MK III performs very well, and the new sensor is worlds better, just pull up blacks 4 or more stops and see how clean it is.

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