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Software & Accessories / Re: advice on CF brand
« on: June 08, 2011, 02:46:07 PM »
I would recommend sticking with Sandisk. ALWAYS buy big brand name cards, and ONLY cards with lifetime waranties. You will be happy with the Sandisk CF's. Adorama has a 2 pack of 16gb Sandisk 60mbps cards on sale for $120 for 2 of them.  Great value.

+1 for SanDisk

I highly recommend using SuperDuper! to do what you need.  I've used it for years now and have had 0 problems with it.  It's fast, powerful, and offers a lot of flexibility.

Thanks to all for the helpful feedback.

I downloaded a trial version of SuperDuper and read the User's Guide and agree that it does what I need - and more.  And very clearly documented.  Many functions become active only after purchase.  Costs only $28.   

One benefit of this solution is that I can continue to use Time Machine to back up my internal startup drive to a dedicated external drive, while also using SuperDuper to back up my RAW pic files on their own external drive to an another external backup drive.   SuperDuper allows for flexible backup scheduling.

Cautions about LaCie hard drive reliability are also appreciated!   

Software & Accessories / Re: Flash cord recommendation
« on: June 07, 2011, 05:42:30 PM »
Check  (Off Camera Gear) for (much) longer cord than the Canon OC-T3.  The build quality is identical to the OC-T3, but it is a bit pricey.   Does provide for off-camera flash for considerable distance from camera,

Time Machine can only back up the internal drive (where Mac OS is loaded) to a designated external hard drive.  I'm interested in backing up an external hard drive (with data only) to a second external hard drive (also
only data).

I have my digital pic files stored on single 2TB LaCie external hard drive attached to my Mac.   Want to back up these files to an identical external hard drive also attached to my Mac.  This is a backup from one external hard drive to another external hard drive, both attached to the same Mac.  Want to automatically schedule regular backups that only include changes since last backup.  Interested in hearing from others that regularly perform similar data backups.  What backup software do you recommend?

EOS Bodies / Re: Firmware - 5D Mark II 2.0.9
« on: May 30, 2011, 11:25:18 AM »
Items #2 and #3 were provided in recent 7D firmware update 1.2.5.   Item #1 will now likely also show up in next 7D update to provide UDMA-7 compatibility.  The faster CF card, once it becomes available in smaller sizes (and more affordable cost), will likely improve read/write speed when using 7D in burst mode. 

I use the UDMA-6 compatible SanDisk Extreme Pro CF card rated at 90 MB/s.  Works great in burst mode.   The 16 GB size isn't cheap, but at least it's available.  Hopefully the UDMA-7 version will soon be available in smaller size.

The new SanDisk UDMA-7 card is currently only available in 128 GB size and 100 MB/s lists for $1500.  Very prohibitive cost.  This card appears to be motivated by video considerations rather than shooting stills in burst mode.

Lenses / Re: Using EF-S lens on FF body???
« on: May 27, 2011, 08:27:58 PM »
I'm convinced.

Contests / Re: Blue Crane Digital Giveaway!
« on: May 27, 2011, 01:42:48 AM »
Early October morning in Yosemite Valley - Understanding the Canon Speedlite

Lenses / Using EF-S lens on FF body???
« on: May 26, 2011, 05:42:15 PM »
Can you use an EF-S lens on a FF body IF you use Liveview where the mirror is in lockup position?

Lenses / Re: EF 16-40 f/4L IS [CR1]
« on: May 24, 2011, 07:15:30 PM »
It's a pity they cold not make it a tad longer say 55mm or 60mm then it could be the perfect weather sealed standard zoom for 7D.  Current weather sealed options are 17-40 L, too short; 24-105 L and 24 - 70 L, not wide enough.

If you want this focal length range for a 7D, what's wrong with the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8?  I know, it's not an L lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III [CR1]
« on: May 23, 2011, 04:47:12 PM »
what I expect in a 5D MK III is a relatively minor upgrade.

Exactly. I've been thinking the same thing ever since I read the latest rumored specs.

I think this will especially be the case if the 5D MKIII is upgraded before the 1Ds. It seems logical that these two lines will diverge, with the 5D MK III serving as a basic full-frame camera for enthusiasts, portrait and wedding shooters and as a creative alternative for video shooters. I think they'll reserve the 1Ds for the high-end of the market. It will have the latest and greatest of everything and continue to be built like a tank. I expect the 1Ds will also have sufficient resolution to compete with medium-format cameras.

This gives Canon the ability to trickle-down some of the higher-end features into the next generation of the 7D. Again, creating further divergence between their top three cameras.  (I am assuming that the APS-H format will be dropped when the new 1Ds launches.)

Interesting outlook.  I think the 5DIII must have an AF system at least as good as the 7D - I think this is a major 5D upgrade, even though it is existing technology.  I have a 7D and recently used a 5DII and really missed the 7D AF performance. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III [CR1]
« on: May 20, 2011, 07:07:18 PM »
I don't understand why the burst rate is so low. 7 or 8fps would be glorious.

pushing 32MP is a lot of data, so burst rates that high would be pretty tough.

A higher burst rate could be accomplishing using dual Digic V processors like the 7D uses dual Digic IV.  This is how the 8 fps burst rate is achieved in the 7D.  Even so, the 5D is primarily a landscape camera so burst rate is a much lower priority, whereas the 7D is a sports/widlife camera where burst rate is much more important.   

EOS Bodies / Re: "Discontinued" 5d Mark II ?
« on: May 02, 2011, 02:39:06 PM »
I see on Amazon that Canon 5D MkII is currently priced at $3000, which is an increase over recent selling price.  This appears consistent with supply shortage rather than beginning of phase-out in favor of MkIII.   Overall Amazon has been steadily increasing selling price of Canon bodies and lenses since the Japan quake.

Do you periodically have your lenses professionally cleaned?  How often?  By Canon, or ?   What was approximate cost per lens?  Do zooms cost more than primes?

Read on Amazon reports of problems with the Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM due to lack of weather sealing.  Can anyone report having this problems and how serious this may/may not be?  I'm interested in using this lens on my 7D.

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