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Hi

I am considering upgrading to Yosemite (OS X ?).

Any software gotchas?  I run LR, PS both CC, bunch of plugins.

Thanks

Rich

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Vic Falls - over processed.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Strange Problem with 1Dx
« on: October 16, 2014, 11:26:01 AM »
I'd guess it's a problem with file export.  We're you tethered on USB?  Or sending over wifi transmitter?  Or perhaps a card issue - were you at the end of a card or hasn't formatted the card you were using?

I've never had a problem other than the scenarios mentioned above.  And in that case I think it says "error 5".  Leaves the mirror up, and the only way to unjam it is to remove the battery.  If you could fix it by simply turning off the camera, maybe you're into something different.  Good luck!

In the field, not tethered, recording to dual CF cards.  I did not try other cards (only show HDR for a few days).  I can test that at home.  Now to find the bad cards.

Thanks for the ideas!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces CN20x50 Cine-Servo Ultra Zoom Lens
« on: October 16, 2014, 11:21:56 AM »
weight is 6.6 KG.  that is heavy -- too heavy to hand hold.

a 200-600 F5.6 would be great.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces CN20x50 Cine-Servo Ultra Zoom Lens
« on: October 16, 2014, 10:28:02 AM »
Definitely pricey.  What about the weight?  Also could this fit into an airline legal camera bag?

Too bad Canon does not make similar lens for still photographers.  I could use the CINE lens on my 1Dx but then I would have to give up traveling for a number of years.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Strange Problem with 1Dx
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:05:52 PM »
Hi,

last week I was shooting a series of bracketing images (Raw, HS motor drive, +/- 1 stop) for HDR.  Occasionally on the 3rd image my 1Dx would freeze up and not finish the shot.

I fixed this by turning off the camera.  The battery was okay (>50% charge, perhaps 75-80%), and this did not happen on all the shots.  The shutter speed for the first exposure was around 0.8 second.

Anyone seen this before?  I plan to take the body to Canon service center but thought I would check to see if this was a known problem.

Thanks

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I don't think Canon will enter this end of the market.  I think it would be in the benefit to make a licensing deal with Zeiss and/or Schneider for AF technology.  Once canon moves into the 40+ MP range the weakness in their lenses will become very apparent.  I don't Canon will make dramatic improvements to their lenses (L+ series?) but allowing a 3rd party to provide ultra high quality glass, would be in the benefit.

Right now they have lost landscape photographers to Nikon.  A 40+MP and some Zeiss/Schneider glass (not sure they will need AF but others who want 40+ MP such as model photographers, ..) could use AF

Have you tried any top Canon lenses on a 40+ MP body? 

None of the lens testers have, but a 7D had a 42MP equivalent sensor.  And now the 70D and 7D MK II have sensors that are equivalent to a 51.7 MP FF sensor based on photosite density.   

I don't expect to see a issue.  People were complaining that Canon lenses could not resolve a 20 MP Body when the 1Ds Mark 3 came out, based on what?  Lack of information and fear of the unknown!

I don't expect a problem with a high MP sensor, resolution of the image will increase.  My issue is processing time.  With newer computers and SSD's, that concern is easing as well.

If Canon are so great, why would anyone pay extra for a Zeiss lens?

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Lenses / Re: Do you keep all your boxes?
« on: September 21, 2014, 10:52:51 PM »
When I first started out I unpacked everything and stores, manuals, cables etc with my equipment.  Now I leave all the stuff in the box - including the warranty card.  Much easier to find when it is time to sell.

What is this extra stuff worth?  Not sure, but I think it adds a bit to resale value.

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I don't think Canon will enter this end of the market.  I think it would be in the benefit to make a licensing deal with Zeiss and/or Schneider for AF technology.  Once canon moves into the 40+ MP range the weakness in their lenses will become very apparent.  I don't Canon will make dramatic improvements to their lenses (L+ series?) but allowing a 3rd party to provide ultra high quality glass, would be in the benefit.

Right now they have lost landscape photographers to Nikon.  A 40+MP and some Zeiss/Schneider glass (not sure they will need AF but others who want 40+ MP such as model photographers, ..) could use AF

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Software & Accessories / Re: Settings for Reikan Focal
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:39:04 PM »
You might find this post I wrote a while back helpful:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19742.0

Thanks.  very helpful.  On 70D (my wife's camera) my 70-300 was profiled easily  while her 100-400 has caused nothing but problems.  I may bring this lens into canon to get them to check it over

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Software & Accessories / Settings for Reikan Focal
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:27:41 PM »
I am starting to adjust camera bodies with lenses

Wonder what settings in the preferences are recommended.  I tried high strict AF repeatability and found that was problematic.

Any recommendations?  After basic tests, what would be recommended next.  I got the pro software.

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:30:54 PM »
The image quality would have to be impeccable though...

Something the two DO lenses released to date aren't known for. 

Personally, I'm not really interested in a 400mm f/4 lens...I'd rather have the 300/2.8 for the faster aperture when needed.

You reach 560 with this lens with just 1.4XTC whereas the 300/2.8 is still only at 420. To most people a 2xTC degrades the image to much. So basically this new lens could beat the 300/2.8 in the range 400 - 560. That's pretty important - we shall see.

Well, if I need to reach 560mm, I'll be using my 600/4L IS II, giving me an extra stop of light, and even more reach with a TC if needed.   :D
Exactly and I was really hoping the next DO lens (with better IQ in theory) would be a 600mm (f/4 or f/5.6).  Smaller size & weight at that focal length would make a lot more sense to me.

600 F5.6 DO could be really sweet depending upon price, weight (undoubtably easily handheld), and IQ.

Like to see how the new 400 DO II stacks up against the 400 DO (original).  I have heard but was never confirmed that Canon made small improvements in the 400 DO over the years.  Wonder if that was true?

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Lenses / Re: When will we see a replacement for the 100-400?
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:23:52 AM »
Yup, Canon doesn't want to eat their own lunch. Problem is that they're then exposed to others eating their lunch. Canon is never very aggressive here.

LOL.  People who speak of f/5.6 zooms or primes 'cannibalizing' supertele sales are rather clueless.  The superteles are on a whole different level of IQ, are 1-2 stops faster, and have better AF.  Pros who need a supertele generally know it, amateurs often move up from the 100-400L, so that lens is sort of a gateway.  Even with a big IQ boost, a new 100-400L won't beat the superteles.  Canon also prices their lenses to ensure profitability. 

As for 3rd party competition, that's been there all along.  For some lenses, the quality has gone up (though Sigma's QC issues apparently continue to plague them)...as have the prices.   The Tamron 150-600mm is a decent lens, with similar IQ to the current 100-400L (similar in the overlapping range, similar at the long end to the 100-400 + 1.4x).  A 7DII/X with f/8 AF will make the 100-400 w/ TC quite feasible as a much smaller and lighter choice over the Tamron.  The Sigma 150-600mm is even bigger and heavier than the Tamron. 

Will we see an updated 100-400L?  Yes, I think we will.  Likely in late 2015 or spring 2016.  Canon is good at extracting profit from consumers.  So...release a 7DII/X now, the new action-oriented APS-C body will spur sales of the 100-400L.  Some of those who have one already will buy the 1.4x because of the f/8 AF.  A year later, release an updated 100-400 to get people to upgrade. 

It might make philosophical sense to release a new 100-400 along side a new 7-series body, but it probably doesn't make fiscal sense.  The economy isn't terribly strong right now.  Spreading out the launch of 'big ticket' items targeted at the same market segment seems logical.

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I have the 600 II and 200-400 (plus a 300 I).

I have traveled with both the 600 and 200-400 but it is a difficult due to the weight and size.    Hard to put much else in the bag or lift the bag into the overhead bin without letting the Flight Attendants know how heavy it is.

If Canon had a much better 100-400 (similar to the raves I have heard about the new Nikon 80-400) it would make my travels a lot lighter.  Then I would have a hard decision.  Keep both the 200-400 and improved 100-400 or sell the 200-400.

I believe a number of nature photographers feel the same way.

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Lenses / When will we see a replacement for the 100-400?
« on: September 09, 2014, 09:15:55 PM »
There have been lots of talk of a 100-400 replacement and yet nothing has materialized.  When might we see this lens?

I have all but given up hope that it will be replaced.  After all, it is Canon's top selling lens and if they made it too good it would hurt 200-400F4 sales  :o

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ROFLOL

Anything is possible - after all a man walked on the moon (or was all done in Hollywood studio?)

BTW - that is not even a good 4/1 joke.  Not at believable.

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