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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.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* Firmware 1.2.5 for EOS 7D
« on: April 21, 2011, 02:39:53 AM »
Thanks, CR Man!!!!

EOS Bodies / Re: Firmware 1.2.5 for EOS 7D
« on: April 20, 2011, 10:32:47 PM »
Why has the UK website been removed and there is no mention of 7D firmware beyond 1.2.3 on the Canon USA website?  Couldn't install if I wanted to.  Seems to me there may be serious problem with it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Looking for a second body
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:39:17 AM »
Depends on how long you're willing to wait for your second body.  With the difficulties in Japan, the 5D3 may not be available for quite a while.  The 7D is available now, but there won't be much of a price break, again because of the problems in Japan. Also, the 7D supply may dry up and/or the price will increase - possibly above original list price.

I agree that the 5D3 offers more diversity paired with your T2i, while the 7D is more similar.  I have a 7D and enjoy the 8 fps tracking my dog that loves to run. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 3 More DSLR's in 2011? [CR1]
« on: March 24, 2011, 01:56:29 PM »
I'm still hoping for the 5D Mk3  :)

Contests / Re: Giveaway - Blue Crane Digital DVD's
« on: March 01, 2011, 10:21:16 AM »
What fun!

1. 300D
2. 5Dmk2
3. 1Ds
4. 1D4

Software & Accessories / Re: 580EX II Faulty by Design?
« on: February 19, 2011, 05:09:56 PM »
I sent Canon Support an inquiry about PW problems with 580EX II and got the following response:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the recent study of the design of
the Speedlite 580 EXII published on the web by LPA Design, the makers of
PocketWizard flash accessories.

Canon USA is aware of the concerns LPA Design raised in its study and
has forwarded it to Canon Inc., where it is currently under
investigation.  If this investigation concludes that any action is
required, we will communicate with our customers as appropriate.   

Thank you for using Canon products and we appreciate the opportunity to
assist you with your inquiry.

Canon USA, Inc.

To me this info allows for this to be a 580EX II problem, and it is apparently being looked into. 

I'm glad to see Canon's acknowledgment of the problem.  Hopefully, specific actions needed by Canon and/or PW can be identified soon.

Software & Accessories / Re: 580EX II Faulty by Design?
« on: February 17, 2011, 05:39:06 PM »
I sent Canon Professional Services a query and got following prompt (expected?) response:

Thank you for contacting Canon product support.  We value you as a Canon
customer and appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

There are no problems when using Canon flashes with Canon cameras.  If
you add a third party product between a Canon camera and a Canon flash
and the combination fails, then the fault in design lies within the
third party product.  Canon does not collaborate with third party
manufacturers.  It is up to the third party manufacturer to make a
product that does not inhibit the functionality of the Canon product. 
Perhaps you should contact the manufacturer of the third party device
that you intend to use.

I hope this information is helpful to you.  Please let us know if we can
be of any further assistance.

Thank you for choosing Canon.


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Software & Accessories / Re: 580EX II Faulty by Design?
« on: February 17, 2011, 12:56:08 PM »
Amen!  I just sent off a note to Canon (see link at top of this page) conveying these same points.  If others could also express their views directly to Canon we might as least get their explanation of this 580EX II problem.  Their failure to respond would certainly not be a very good marketing strategy, and have the appearance of a cover-up.  I have not had problems with my other Canon equipment, and I wouldn't want to pay good money for equipment that has known design flaws - if that the case!

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