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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:43:23 PM »
Finally, mine arrived tonight.  4 days for next day shipping!
Its after dark, and my camera is out in the studio, so I'll just start with some unboxing photos.  This is by far the best packaged of the under $3,000 lenses I've seen.  Adorama packed it well too, as usual.  These are just snapshots with my G1X II, no flash or special lights.  I took a photo of the extended lens to show what it looks like at 400mm.

Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 16, 2014, 08:43:44 PM »
Multinational corporations would be well advised to embrace the globalized economy in all aspects. If they want to peddle their wares globally they better respect their customers right to purchase those products at the lowest possible price available. Wherever that may be ... globally. They should be grateful, we buy anything from them.

So ... up yours, Canon!
You can purchase one anywhere you want.  That was not always the case, customs used to seize Canon, Nikon, and Pentax cameras being shipped from outside the US.  There were elaborate methods used to get around this.
It will have a warranty too, just return it to where you bought it for service.
Canon is feeling the pinch from the strong dollar.
1.   Gray market equipment is forcing them to compete by lowering prices.  This is becoming a big issue in the US, but not as bad in Europe.

Lenses / Re: Buying Advice: What First Lens for a Full Frame?
« on: December 16, 2014, 08:27:39 PM »
You can usually find a new white box 24-105mmL in the $600-$650 range.  For someone on a budget, that's hard to beat.
At a very low price, you can often find a 28-135mm IS.  Not a fantastic lens, but adequate and often under $200.
The Street Price from a authorized dealer is $630 right now thru CPW.  CPW will refer you to a dealer who will sell it for that price, or you can try to negotiate that price.

Lenses / Re: How Accurate are Canon MTF Charts?
« on: December 16, 2014, 08:22:09 PM »
I find it interesting that some people remain unconvinced that the new 400mm DO ii will be an exceptionally sharp lens.  The MTF charts for the DO ii look amazing.  In contrast I also find it interesting that many who own the 400mm 5.6L claim that this lens delivers impressive image quality, while the MTF charts look rather unimpressive.

Can Canon's MTF charts be used as an accurate prediction of lens sharpness and contrast, or are there cases where real world image quality and their MTF charts vary significantly?

For example: based on the Canon MTF charts alone, could one accurately predict a significant difference in image quality (sharpness and contrast) between the 400mm DO ii and the 100-400 4.5-5.6L ii at 400mm?

The MTF Charts basically represent a perfect lens that has been properly assembled, calibrated, and as good as it can be.
As noted, MTF does not tell you everything, far from it.
The 400mm f/5.6L has been tested by many lens testers.  Its a good lens, but nothing exceptional about it.  For the price, its hard to beat.  Its very close to the 100-400mm MK I, but has no IS and has faster autofocus.  I preferred my 100-400L due to
1.  IS
2. MFD
3.  Same sharpness and reasonably fast AF.

Lenses / Re: Canon lens firmware update.
« on: December 16, 2014, 08:08:05 PM »
There will be instructions on the download site.  Probably a similar process to that of the firmware upgrade for the 40mm f/2.8.

LR does the same thing, but maybe for a different reason.  First it shows the imbedded jpeg image while it is rendering and processing the raw.  You can also choose the preset to use processing the image, or none.

Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: December 16, 2014, 12:58:38 PM »

I'm waiting for the next significant LR update.  I had purchased PS6 (on sale) and LR before they announced CC, so it doesn't make sense because I don't need other CC features.  Once I buy lenses/camera body that is no longer supported by my LR and need to upgrade, then I'll probably switch over to CC.

It has had new features added,  there may never be a LR6 because Adobe has found the sweet spot price for rentals.  Look for additional rental combos and options in the future.
I already owned LR5, but I signed up for cc to get photoshop, my ver 5 is getting pretty old.  I also have LR5 installed on 4 computers, 2 with cc and 2 with the licensed software.

Lenses / Re: buying advice: 24-70 2.8 v1 or v2
« on: December 16, 2014, 12:49:38 PM »
I've owned five version 1 24-70L lenses, and did not like any of them.  The one   MK II version I have is much better.
I'd stay away from a used version 1, there are lots of subtle issues that can cost you $$$ to get repaired.  If you can pick up one for a low enough price to cover repairs, then its still a marginal lens.
I don't use a filter on mine.

EOS Bodies / Re: Noise - maybe it's good?
« on: December 16, 2014, 12:42:50 PM »
The problem with noise is that it takes away resolution and IQ.  That's sussosedly what a person wanted when he laid out $$$ for a DSLR. 
A $50 P&S can give you noise and low resolution for a lot less.

Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: December 16, 2014, 12:31:06 AM »
I've had cc for over a year, and finally bought a Ipad.  I put it on my Ipad, but don't really know what use I'll get out of it.  I spent a couple hours watching Julieann Kost and following along as she went thru the how to operate it, and can do that.  I also tried unsuccessfully to get the Canon Camera app to work.  My computer finds the Ipad, but never actually completes linking.
I'm thinking that I might get more practical use from a smartphone.

EOS Bodies / Re: Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: December 15, 2014, 04:52:20 PM »
If Canon did this, DXO would implode from having no one left to pick on.

- A

They might have to start testing cameras rather than sensors.

UPS has not delivered any packages on time for over two weeks now.  They must be really jammed up.
They have now sent a e-mail delaying delivery for another day.  Once it gets safely here, I'm going to ask Adorama to refund the UPS premium shipping charge.

Technical Support / Re: How to remove a filter that is bent.
« on: December 15, 2014, 03:42:15 PM »
There are silicone mat jar openers that would work well for this also.

Well, if it can't be fixed with a hammer, it is obviously an electrical problem

As we used to say in the military "Never force it, just use a bigger hammer."  ;D

And a $900 hammer as well.

Technical Support / Re: 5Dmk3 grip rubber coming loose
« on: December 15, 2014, 11:06:19 AM »
I'd use a little double back clear scotch tape.  That's how they are attached. Canon uses lots of tape in a camera, it even helps fix light leaks :)
You can order a replacement.  They are not expensive, and are designed to peel off for repairs. 
Ebay sellers buy them from Canon, double the price and then sell them.

 :o Seriously?  No way... Seriously? ??? ?

I'm being gullible - right?  It's really glue - right?

EDIT: omg.  It's true.  I suppose it makes perfect sense, I just never thought about it until now.  I find it hysterically funny nevertheless.

I peel mine back, that's how you get at some of the screws to open up a camera.  As long as the adhesive does not get contaminated, it will stick right back in place.  Its amazing adhesive.
I'm assuming that the OP's pealed back, and the glue was contaminated with dust or liquid and would no longer stick.  Replacing them is best, but a temporary fix with double backed adhesive tape works fine.

Canon General / Re: Sensor life
« on: December 14, 2014, 08:05:39 PM »
Yes, sensors have a life, but its not measured in exposures, but over time, the sensor deteriorates.  You start to see more noise and stuck pixels.  Its nothing to worry about, some of the 20 year old sensors still work, but they do have more visible noise and stuck pixels.
As sensor manufacturing technology has continued to improve, I would not be concerned with sensor life at all.  The shutter will die and the camera value be reduced to near zero long before a sensor wears out.  Current sensors may be good for 50 years or more, imho.

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