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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod & Head - $500 or less
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:39:15 PM »
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Even Chinese tripod legs cost well over $300 for good ones from Feisol or Induro. 

feisol is not chinese, it´s taiwanese.
and i guess from their warranty the factory is in taiwan too:

The Republic of China is located on the Island of Taiwan.

Looking back to my Disney Trips, the first was in 1956 or 1957,  and 3 or 4 more times later, the photos are now valuable, and I wish I had better images.  The first, in the 1950's when I was young were taken with a B&W film in a box camera.  Later, I had various cameras, but I liked the ease of use with my Olympus superzoom and 35mm film. 
Since I was taking photos of my kids on the rides during the last few times, I found a zoom to be valuable.  I like close ups of the faces coming down things like the water slide, and photos inside some of the dark indoor rides.
I think that you will wish you had the DSLR when your kids are grown up in 20 or 30 years.  I wish there had been one when I went.
In 1998, my daughter went to Disneyland with my grandson and took my new Digital Camera, a 1.3 MP Fujifilm MX700.  It struggled at almost everything compared to even a camera phone today.

Lenses / Re: When Canon registers a patent, what does it mean?
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:14:55 AM »
Canon does not issue patents.  They apply for patents, and a unknown percentage are approved by the Patent office and they issue the patent.  The time from application to issue is normally at least two years.  In some cases, the patent is put into production before the patent office approves it.
On some products, you may have seen the words "Patent Pending".  That's because the patent had not been issues when the item was produced.  It is protected by the patent though, the date of patent application, or even a earlier date can be the deciding factor.  In my workplace, designers are issued notebooks to record inventions as they progress from idea to a workable invention.  Only a few of these are submitted for a patent, and only a few of those make it into a product.  I used to evaluate patents in my field of expertise, and appear before a patent committee to recommend applying for a patent.  There are some pretty wild inventions out there.

Landscape / Photography in the Palouse
« on: March 31, 2014, 11:27:42 PM »
I noted that there is a photography event and workshop right on my back doorstep in the Palouse, which is the name that we use when referring to the area South of Spokane, Washington.  The Palouse river winds its way thru the hills, so that might be the reason for the name.
The rolling hills have huge wheat crops, with special combines that can climb the steep hills as well as run at a steep angle on the sides of the hills.  Its not Kansas, but there is wheat as far as you can see, and a good ways beyond.  I attended Washington State University in the heart of "The Palouse" many years ago. 
With all the beautiful scenery here locally, I should be spending more time taking photos.

It makes little sense to buy into a business that is selling compact cameras.  Canon is also rumored to be getting out of the low end point and shoot business, that makes more sense.
Panasonic does make some very good video equipment and lenses, that might be what interests Canon.  The factory with its skilled workers might also be worth a ton of money.  They might buy it to keep Sigma or Tamron from buying it.

Lenses / Re: Lens deals suddenly dry up
« on: March 31, 2014, 10:37:04 AM »
The high prices for new lens models is the same as most other products.
Products have a life cycle, and the high initial price is to recover the investment in tooling, and because people will pay more.  As a product matures, prices drop, cost to produce drops, and demand drops.
With Camera lenses, improving a lens means more exotic glass, tighter tolerances, and usually more lens elements which also affects prices.
Check out something like new car prices.  When they first come out, prices are much higher than last years model, but by the end of the year, there are big sales and the selling price is much lower.

Using a better beamer throws off any auto setting, and Magic Lantern will not correct this.
Doing it the way you did is fine.
You can also use your better beamer with TV and exposure compensation.

Thanks guys. I'll be there for work and traveling between India (Hyderabad) and China (Shanghai). I'll have most of my time in India for at least two or three weeks. Most of the time I'll be doing tourist things I'm sure, but I am the kind of person who likes to get away from the crowds and adventure. There will probably be a good mixture of wide shots of landscape and others with people and attractions.  There will be a visit to a few temples as well as a ride on the local trains. I really want to get some great shots of the local people and typical living in the environment. I was looking for a camera that performs well in low light because I'm sure we will be out in the evenings. I also notice that less expensive cameras doesn't deal with the wide aspect between darks and lights in the same frame.  I'll look at the cameras recommended here. Dslr makes me feel like a photographer and puts me into that "mode" of operation while a point n shoot is more casual.  Not sure why, but holding a dslr get me going.

Dealing with very bright and very dark objects in the same image is a weakness of digital cameras.  Its something that you have to learn to deal with.  In low light, the issue is much worse.  A good flash helps with this issue.
As noted, no one camera has it all, so prioritize.
1.  A large Sensor is better for low light, but they all have issues in low light with bright and dark objects in the same image.  Try to get a camera with a large sensor.
2.  Interchangable lens or built-in zoom?  Each has its points, you have to decide.
3.  Size.  There are some small cameras with large sensors, in the point & Shoot, the G1 X does very well in low light, the zoom lens is not very wide, so that might be a issue if you need very wide.  Many of the mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses have the same issue, for many, no ultra wide lenses are available.  The EOS M does have reasonably wide lenses, but you have to find one, since Canon does not sell them in the USA.  Its certainly one to look at for someone wanting small with good quality and a wide lens availability.

Lenses / Re: Lens deals suddenly dry up
« on: March 30, 2014, 06:16:40 PM »
As someone looking to save on a 70-200 f2.8 ll, the recent 20% midnight sale was a cruel tease. Suddenly it seems like all lens deals are gone, prices are up. We're told discount pricing will be stopped by Canon.
What's going on ?

I'll wait. A week, a month, six months ?  I'm just going to wait. List prices are pretty damn high if you ask me.

Check out Canon Price Watch.  Look at the graph of lens prices below the lens you want.   Notice a trend??
Spring and Summer is the high season for lenses, and years end is when Canon reduces inventory due to the end of their Fiscal Year.  Last year was a terrible year for lens and camera sales.  Prices reflect this. 
I see no end of quarter price drop pattern.

I bought a SX50, and it was very good, but I had trouble with the small buttons, and the zoom moved much too fast.  hopefully, it will have a touch screen and two speed zoom.

Software & Accessories / Re: PS and LR, does anyone use both?
« on: March 29, 2014, 01:11:04 PM »
I have 0 experience with Lightroom and am trying to figure out if I should incorporate it into my workflow. I have always edited in Bridge/PS, but are there any benefits to LR at this point?

Thank you greatly for your response!


I use lightroom 90% and PS 5% and ACDSEE 10% (for quick and dirty jpeg images only).  My wife uses ACDSEE exclusively for her G1 X, its simple, and fast.
Once you get a large number of images, some sort of database to help you find them is a big benefit, and Lightroom excels at that.  It also does 90+% of the editing that I use most.
I bought into the $11/month Lightroom / Photoshop rental package.  The one thing I don't like is that it always seems to be updating itself, but the price is right.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod & Head - $500 or less
« on: March 29, 2014, 01:04:09 PM »
I'd wait until you can get a good set of legs, and a good head.   You are just throwing away your money with the cheap ones.  If you only use a tripod  times a year, that's one thing, but if you use it frequently, then get one to last for 25 years.
You do not have to buy new to get a good one, but it will take work to find a used unit for a reasonable price.
You are not going to get anything decent for $250 unless you buy used.
$500 is marginal for good quality and new.
Even Chinese tripod legs cost well over $300 for good ones from Feisol or Induro. 
A good head will cost $500 or more.
Within a $500 budget, I'd get a set of Manfrotto legs for $200
As for a head, I would go for a $300 Aratech, but Vangard has a decent one for a few dollars less which would let you buy some extra AS compatible plates.  Go with AS plates, don't buy into Manfrotto heads and their plate system.
Bryan has some good input based on lots of actual comparison testing from a person that knows what he is doing.

Canon General / Re: TC switchable like built-in TC
« on: March 28, 2014, 11:53:10 PM »
At first glance, its not very simple. 
If, for example, you had a tube that a TC switched in and out of, when the TC switched out, it would suddenly be a long extension tube and you could only focus at short range.  So, some other optics will have to switch in to compensate.  I suspect that happens in the Canon lens.
Lenses with TC's that are built in are not common, but have appeared in the past, and, they are used for some Commercial TV lenses.
I suspect that any practical implementation of the idea for general usage would be difficult or impossible because of the need to matchup the glass that switched in to a individual lens.  That would not preclude someone making a dedicated unit for a popular lens like the 70-200 f/2.8L.  It might sell for $700, but some would find it very useful.
Why not start a kickstarter project to design and sell one??

Site Information / Re: How often you visit Canon Rumors?
« on: March 28, 2014, 01:08:14 AM »
I've cut back in 2014 to 3 or 4 times a day, but it might be for a hour each time.

It does start to get dull, seeing the same posts over and over, year in and out.  Today, I only visited 3 times!

I'm pretty much in the same situation, a replacement for the 100-400L might interest me.  I am still considering the Tamron, but I'm very patient.

I might pick up a 6D to replace my old 40D as a 2nd body to my 5D MK III.  However, I'd like to have the dual pixel tech in a FF body.

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