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EOS Bodies / Re: I still don't get the crop debate
« on: April 11, 2012, 06:29:10 PM »
Nikon had a compelling reason to offer it.  Their pro series DSLR's were crop cameras, and so were the lenses.  Photographers with a ton of money invested in pro grade lenses wanted to be able to use them when Nikon went to FF.  The crop mode is offered for those who bought those expensive DX lenses.
 
Canon did not sell DX lenses for their Pro series cameras, just FF lenses.  When the Rebel Series came out, Canon offered EF-S lenses as a low cost option for a Standard Zoom and wide zoom.  They will not physically fir on a FF body.  So why would Canon crop a image for lenses that would not fit??
 
If you just want a cropped image, its a trivial thing, it can be done automatically as you import into photoshop, and, if you decide to change the crop a little, you can.

Except that the UWA EF-S lenses outperform similarly priced UWA FF lenses in the crop area.  For those who have invested in a crop body with a couple of lenses (especially hobbyists) allowing FF bodies to take EF-S lenses gives them options. Unless Canon thinks that the users are too naiive to see the EF-S Vignette on FF sensor and complain about it.

But, they Do not fit on a FF, they hit the mirror and cannot be mounted for that purpose.  Why have a crop mode for lenses that cannot be mounted?
 
As far as 3rd party lenses that will mount, I do not see Canon doing anything to support or encourage buyers of the competition.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS C100 & C500 Coming? [CR1]
« on: April 11, 2012, 06:25:01 PM »
With Canon, lower numbered models are the high end ones.  A C100 would likely be a flagship model while a C500 a low end model.  Perhaps a 5D MK III sensor with high end body fast frame rates and 4K??


True for Photography but could it be possible for them to change that with the Cinema EOS segment?

I have a feeling the low end will be a C300 but with limited outputs (no HD:SDI for example), basically what you find on the side of the 1D series currently. It will have the same 1080p C300 sensor but crammed into a 1D style body, with EF mount only.

 
You have a point, professional cam corders seem to have higher numbers with higher prices, but its not consistent.
 
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/camcorders/professional_camcorders

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Software & Accessories / Re: FoCal Pro Beta for 5D MK III AFMA
« on: April 11, 2012, 06:09:00 PM »
I purchased the Plus version yesterday and tried to use it with my new 5D Mk3 but it says the camera is unsupported.  EOS Utility can successfully remotely control the camera to take shots.  Focal appears to "see" the camera because it shows up in the GUI as a 5d mk3, but it says "unsupported" and I can't do anything beyond that with Focal.  Yes I closed Canon EOS utility and had the camera tethered before launching Focal.

Canon 5D Mk3 w/24-105 kit lens
Latest Focal version
Windows 7 64-bit

I sent Reikan an e-mail and am eagerly awaiting a response (unless one of you have some suggestions).  Any ideas?

As noted in the original post, the PRO version users have access to the Beta which works with tthe 5D MK III.  The lower versions do not get access to beta versions or other advanced features.
 
If you want to use the beta version (It does have bugs), upgrade to the PRP version.

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There is little doubt that money losing product lines at Sony may be axed. 
 
Yet, Sony drives customers away with their fixed pricing schemes, poor customer service, and most importantly, making products that customers do not want.
 
In their FY 2011 report, they say that they Focus areas for growth are in Imaging technology, Networking, and 3D including OLED monitors, and in emerging markets.  This is where they will be spending their cash.
 
http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/ar/2011/index.html
 
Sony is a bigger company than Canon, and has the talent, factory capabilities, R&D, and cash to sink into a venture if they see it as a money maker.  Like all companies, they have to live within a budget, and when times are tough, they tighten their belt.  The fact that they continue to show losses is a big concern, because stockholders want profits.
 
"In a bid to ease investor concerns over its deteriorating bottom line, Sony forecast it would bounce back in the current year to end-March 2013 with an operating profit of 180 billion yen ($2.2 billion)."
 
As far as cash in the bank. Sony had 1,.014 Trillion yen in cash at the end of FY 2011.  Sony has assets of 12.9 TRILLION yen!!  They are not in the poor house. 
 
Canon, by comparison had 773 million yen in cash at the end of the year, so for a smaller company, they are in much better condition than Sony as far as cash to spend on their much smaller operations.
 
Bottom line, Sony is not going to be outspending Canon in Imaging R&D, but they have such fantastic production capabilities that they can churn out products at lower prices if need be.  If they allowed resellers to discount products sales might just takle off.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirror Box Assembly 5d mk ii
« on: April 11, 2012, 05:27:52 PM »
Yes, all HDDSLR's will overhead the sensor if used for a long period of time.  There is a sensor internal to the camera that will stop the video.  Image quality will suffer as well.
 
There should be no permanent damage, just let it cool down.
 
You have two totally different topics, if you dropped your camera on the lens, not only will the lens have potential damage, but the lens mount and mirror box also take a hit and can be bent out of specification. 
 
However, using your 5D MK II for more than about 30 minutes nonstop for video can overheat it.  It depends on the room temperature or outdoor temperature, so the timing varies a lot.  The 5D MK III has improved cooling of the sensor to allow use for longer periods without overheating.
 
Sony's A55 and A33 DSLRs would overheat in as little as 3 minutes!

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EOS Bodies / Re: How about an app store for EOS cameras?
« on: April 11, 2012, 05:02:23 PM »
You should check out FoCal Pro from http://www.reikan.co.uk/focal/  It is cheap for the results that you can get.  What is the point to have a $3.5k body + a $2k if your set is not calibrated?  Also, AF Info tab on the site provides a good explanation how MA works.

 
Way off topic here.

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You carry a stick and don't turn your back on him.  But ... He really protects the flock and watches over them, he works very hard at it.  He is also pretty handsome, its those RED eyes that make him look angry.
 
 

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Lenses / Re: Canon and Zeiss Lenses for Video Vincent Laforet
« on: April 11, 2012, 04:16:49 PM »
Laforet pretty much lucked out to get his cred in the motion picture world.  I mean he had a 5DII before it was even announced and shot a pretty crappy short that had pretty bokeh, people found out it was less than $3k, had aneurysm and the rest was history.  Now people act like he is a god of motion and he's shot what?  A few commercials and a few shorts? 

Laforet only gets this much attention now because of the absolutely insane amount of money he spends on gear.  I mean this dude has every single new high-tech thing, multiple copies of the same bodies and lenses, $60,000 video cameras, insane rigs, motion controlled stuff, I mean the guy seriously is probably close to $1 million in gear.  I just don't see what he could be doing to end up with that much money, it is seriously ridiculous how much gear he has.

 
 
At least, learn what you are talking about.  Show us your awards and experience to be qualified to make comments like that.  Here is a bit of his photography history.  He grew up on a movie set, and had more knowledge about film making while a teenager than most of us will ever have.
 
http://idesignyoureyes.com/2011/01/21/one-on-one-interview-with-vincent-laforet/

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The cost of the plate is high, but the resale value of a camera body with a long indentation down the bottom, and some users have had paint rubbed off the back as well, is going to hurt. 
 
RRS needs to recall them ASAP, and even then their reputation will be ruined if they do not compensate or repair damaged cameras. 
 
I doubt if there would be a class action lawsuit, they are a small company, and lawyers want someone with big bucks to go after. Self destruction by playing dumb will be enough to put their business in Jeoparady.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will you tweak your new 5D MARK III ???
« on: April 11, 2012, 03:49:28 PM »
Some people buy a new car and do a major modification, however not many.  If you want to spend your money to do it, fine.  I would save money and get a D800E and have a warranty, as well as support in processing software, etc.

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EOS Bodies / Re: I still don't get the crop debate
« on: April 11, 2012, 03:45:24 PM »
Nikon had a compelling reason to offer it.  Their pro series DSLR's were crop cameras, and so were the lenses.  Photographers with a ton of money invested in pro grade lenses wanted to be able to use them when Nikon went to FF.  The crop mode is offered for those who bought those expensive DX lenses.
 
Canon did not sell DX lenses for their Pro series cameras, just FF lenses.  When the Rebel Series came out, Canon offered EF-S lenses as a low cost option for a Standard Zoom and wide zoom.  They will not physically fir on a FF body.  So why would Canon crop a image for lenses that would not fit??
 
If you just want a cropped image, its a trivial thing, it can be done automatically as you import into photoshop, and, if you decide to change the crop a little, you can.

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Lenses / Re: Advise please.. lens or body..
« on: April 11, 2012, 12:07:06 AM »
A 5D MK II or MK III would be my choice,  Like your 7D, they both have fine tuning for autofocus, and with f/1.2 lenses, you can always benefit from fine tuning the autofocus.
 
Once you have used it for a while, you can decide if you need some longer lenses like a 100-400mmL.

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Canon General / Re: Anyone know how to fix focus LED on 550D?
« on: April 11, 2012, 12:03:17 AM »
I have a 550d - and had the same problem. As everyone here is saying - its probably the focusing screen. On the 550d (as apposed to the 60d which you could probably do yourself) its a little trickier to exchange screens and install a new one - best to have a service person do this for you.

 
Its very easy and quick to replace a focus screen on the 550D.  There is a installation guide here.
 
http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/item--Canon-550D-T2i-Focusing-Screen--prod_550D.html
 
If the focus screen is out of place, it is really easy to spot.
 
Led's do fail, the average one lasts almost forever, but some fail after 5 minutes.  There are other failure points that could cause a led to fail to light up as well, if the focus screen is in place, send it to a repairman.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Solve idea for Light Leak Issue of the 5DMK3
« on: April 10, 2012, 11:48:03 PM »
Canon has already responded to the issue.  The meter meets all specifications. 
 
It is rated to meter down to -1 ev.  When you put the lens cap on, you are getting a much lower ev value, far far out of the specification by a factor of 10 or even 100. 

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fact is that Canon is selling in Europe Videocamera which can record more than 29min. So for these devices Canon has no problem to accerpt this tax, and for Still Canons they cant do it because of the fact they're producing only one cam for the world? Thats sounds like a fake argument. The Canon named in USA "Rebel Xti" is named in Europe "400D" and many others models too have different stickers in 3 different regions and different manuals and different boxes for one and the same product. So this is economically also doubtful, the customer has to pay for this.
As in my case... I could save buying a second (video)camera if this European law would no longer exist.
So its finally Canons economically advantage having this law in existance, Canon can sell (worldwide) more Camera... and its customers disadvantage.

Georg

What makes you think that is a fake argument?  Do you really think its only Canon?
 
Which came first?  The Camcorder or the Tax??  The Camcorder was already out there for many years when the tax was levied, but the 5D MK II had not been released yet. 
 
 
Since The 5D MK II was the first high quality DSLR that would potentially be taxed, they merely limited it to under 30 minutes.  That wasn't a issue because it could only record for 12 minutes anyway.  Until the past year, overheating of the sensor also made it impractical to record for long periods, and the battery will not last very long either. 
 
ALL camera manufacturers do the same, be it Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, or whoever. 

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