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I was just wondering why canon would announce a camera so far in the future without being able to deliver? Is it prevent more people to defecting to Nikon when the D4 ships much earlier? I have enjoyed all of my canon gear very much, including the "dreaded" 1d mark III which i never had issues with in the least way, but i have to admit i have been tempted by the low light performance of the D3s. I wouldn't just ship entirely but there are many times i could use that kind of low noise high ISO performance. Esp in uptight catholic church weddings where even diplomatic use of flash is discouraged.

Has anyone really seen any high iso samples from a 1DX yet?

Don't get me wrong, i love my canon gear and have had wonderful experiences with canon service. I just was wondering what canon actually has up there sleeve with the 1dx :)

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm 2.8L
« on: January 20, 2012, 09:52:56 PM »
Just the drum point lighthouse on an average day, ISO 50 5d mark II. Would have been nice to have no wind so i could get a nice reflection :)

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I have seen lots of 1 d mark II cameras for sale locally for 575 to 800 dollars. They are a pro body weather sealed camera with a reliable proven autofocus system . It may be a good choice for such an endeavor

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While its a good camera, the prices I've seen ($1000) would definitely scare me away.  With 5d MK II used prices well under $2000, its a huge step forward.  Of course, if you can find a 5D classic in good shape for $600-$700, it might be worth the risk.

The 5DC is a nice bit of kit with unique qualities but I agree $1000 sounds like too much, especially with the comprehensively better 5DII starting to appear on Craigslist etc for fairly compelling prices. People are just starting to shift them in anticipation of a 5D3 release. If you're willing to go gray market 5D2 bodies can be had for $2000 or even less if you drill right into the market.

What would you prefer, new gray or pre-owned?

Paul Wright
If a camera is gray market will a canon facility repair it, I have always been told no that you would have to use a third party repair shop. I would avoid gray market for that reason alone.

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One major issue you should be aware of is that the 5D has a design flaw that may cause the mirror to be detached from its housing. The fix is fast and free but it's still a hairy moment when the camera stops working and you hear something is rattling inside. Also, damage to the rear element of the lens is theoretically possible but not likely. I don't know if the issue was fixed from the factory at a later stage but I have a '06 model that it happen to.

Having seen this and subsequent posts regarding the mirror issue and planning to take my 5Dc to Italy in May, I called Canon today to see whether they will fix the mirror before it comes loose.  Turns out they will send you a free shipping label to send in your 5Dc to have the mirror fixed and the camera cleaned and reset to factory specs.  Mine is going as soon as the label arrives.  Planning to also send my 24-105 for whatever it might need (they will prepare an estimate and only proceed if you authorize the work).  Does anyone think that sending the lens is a good idea?  Bad idea?
I would say yes so you can have the lens calibrated to your camera since the original 5d doesnt have micro focus adjust.

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Does any one know if there is a way either using Canon firmware or a third party firmware to assign the ISO function to a different button while shooting in various mode like Av or Tv? 

When I shoot in Av mode, I keep playing with the top botton to change aperture, but unfortunately to also change ISO one need to select the ISO button first on top of the camera and then use the same scroll button to adjust the ISO as we use for the aperture.  I just think it would be SOoooooooooooo much easier, faster and ergonimic to have the ability to assign the ISO function for example to the back scroll button so that both function could be changed fast and at the same time.

Does any one else find the existing setup for changing ISO anoying?  For myself since I shoot always in Av mode and since very often the auto ISO function does not provide a fast enought shutter speed, I end up playing with Aperture and ISO all the time.  Just find it a pain...

I was wondering if someone like a magic lanthern for example or other player make this possible...

Thanks in advance for your reply and any tips you may have while shooting in Av mode and playing with ISO.  I am assuming this limitation is also there with the 1DIV and the 1DX???
I do believe the answers to what you seek lie in programming the c1 c2 and c3 buttons it is fairlynsimplemonce youmconsultmthe manual

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Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: January 13, 2012, 06:45:20 PM »
I vote no :), It seems to be abused in my humble opinion. Either post a civil opinion of disagreement, or make a better comment.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D4 Outed Officially
« on: January 04, 2012, 07:16:27 PM »
What it doesnt say is can it do the high frame rate at 14 bit like the canons can and do. If i remember correctly the d3 and the d700 took a hit performance wise when using 14 bit files instead of 12. Looks like a great camera for sure, just not sure it would be worth jumping ship to buy. I might leap at a 4000 dollar d3s  :), 12 megapixals is more than enough for reception candids.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm 2.8L
« on: January 03, 2012, 05:23:56 PM »
I've got it bad for this lens.   :P

I have the EF 24-105 f/4L which I love and use as my 'walking around' lens.  The 24-70 is bigger and heavier and overlaps the range of the 24/105, albeit faster. So, every time I'm about to hit the buy button on Amazon, I talk myself out of it because I just can't think of why I need the faster lens.  And now, with talk of an update,....

But I'm about to begin a project of photographing Saint Louis at night.  I want to spend a lot of the coming summer doing this.  My camera for this job will be the 5DM2.  Don't I REALLY NEED the 24/70 for that project?  My 50mm 1.4 won't be enough, right?  And the 24/105 is too slow, right?  In fact, maybe I need the new 5DM3 with the new 24-70 II?

The 24-105mm L was the first I bought for my 40D.  I tried five times to upgrade it to a 24-70L, and each lens had a worse IQ.  i tested them on sturdy tripods with mirror lockup and fast shutter speeds to get the best possible IQ.  The IQ was reasonably good, but not by comparison with my 24-70.  At the time I also had a 5D and the FF images looked better, as you would expect.  Finally, I gave up and still use my 24-105..

If you buy one, be sure that you can return it or exchange it a few times until you get a good one.  good ones can be great, but I never was able to find one.
I wasn't happy with mine at first but after a short trip to canon repair in new jersey its been my favorite lens. Others are sharper like the 70-200 F4IS but I find the 24-70 to be such a useful range with fantastic color and contrast.

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Lenses / Re: Do all of canons 50 mm lens suck?
« on: January 03, 2012, 05:16:02 PM »
I have used the 35 24 and 50 extensively on an aps-h sensor.

For IQ you much better off with the 35, IF the focal is what you need, they're very different. Second when it comes to sharpness you want the 35. However, if you need weatherseal, MUCH nicer bokeh, color and resistance to flare, you want the 50.

I use 24 and 50 on a mk4, and I love them both. But IQ of 50mm lenses will never match the equiv in 35 and 85mm. I hope they will, but it just seems like they haven't yet, so my money is on never.

If you want the best possible 50, and my god how wonderful the 50 is on both aps-h and FF, color, contrast sharpness from wide open (1,2) through 2,8, you absolutely want the 50L. It will never break and is in my eyes at least the best handling lens on a 1-series body ever made. It just fits right.

Nevermind the shift focus talk, it's not a big deal between 1,2 and 2,5. And this is where you use this lens. Be aware however, that the 50 L is very much softer closer than 3 ft than at some distance. So don't go shooting at mfd if you try this lens (as nearly 100% of the customers in my shop do when testing a lens)
I was seriously looking at the 35 1.4, there are times i find the 50 a bit to long as a good walk around lens. Thanks for the in depth comparison :)

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I'd like to buy my 7-year old nephew his first camera.  Although he is careful, I have no illusions about the expected longevity.  Can anyone recommend a really cheap P&S?   It only need be good enough for him to enjoy.  (Yes, I know: sacrilege.)

Thanks.
Fuji fine pix xp20 it's tough and cheap my skateboarding teen hasn't destroyed his yet

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Lenses / Re: Do all of canons 50 mm lens suck?
« on: January 02, 2012, 06:11:00 PM »
I love the 50 f/1.2L. I've heard the "focus shift" issue has gotten better over time. I've never really noticed it. Though it doesn't have a floating element, so it's probably there.

The 50 1.4 is in dire need of replacement, Canon makes a lot of money selling focus motors for it though.
I was wondering if the 1.2 had similar issues I find 50 mm to be a very useful focal length, it seems to focus best 4 to 5 feet away. When the 1.4 is on its very sharp ESP when used with a 580 ex useing focus assist. The weather sealing could be better on the 1.4 too

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Lenses / Do all of canons 50 mm lens suck?
« on: January 02, 2012, 03:12:02 PM »
I have had my 50 1.4 recalibrated every so often but sooner or later back to suck. Is the 1.2 version any better or should I just get the 35 1.4? It seems to be much better rated. I used it with an aps-h sensor anyway so is there any one that has used one or the other or both?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sooner Than Later [CR2]
« on: December 29, 2011, 03:04:49 PM »

Where did you see the prices go up? B&H have stayed the same.

The price went up again today. It was 1999.00 with a 16gb cf card, Lowepro bag and Red Giant software bundle. Now it's 2175.00 (was 2099.00 yesterday) without the 16gb CF card, but with the Red Giant software and Lowepro bag.

The 1999.00 price was only through the link provided on this site.

It was a great buy at 2499, its a steal at that price!! I would have jumped on it if i hadn't already owned one. No need for 2 when better stuff is so close around the corner. LOL I might jump for a second body only if it falls below 1900, which just might as the 5d3 date looms closer :). It was just to close to christmas to take an unneeded extra expense.

I'm glad I bought it at 1999.00...
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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sooner Than Later [CR2]
« on: December 28, 2011, 06:18:06 PM »
most people have never used a 1d camera, the 5dII has wonderful image qualty when used properly. But its does have more chroma noise than i like, and yes there is some shadow noise but nothing aweful. For the money its a great camera, but not better than a 1d camera.

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