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Canon General / Re: More Canon price drops!
« on: December 11, 2014, 06:09:30 PM »
Look at the Yen / Dollar  The Yen is rather weak (you can get many more yen per dollar than six months or a year ago).

Canon can sell at a lower $ price and still get the same (or more) Yen.

Canon General / Re: RTFM. Do you?
« on: December 11, 2014, 06:06:56 PM »
Too many manuals are reference manuals, not user manuals.

Reference manuals assume you know the basic and why you would want to ... User manuals tell you they why and limited about of the how.  You need both - users to start and reference to answer detailed questions.

For example, a dictionary is a great reference manual (you can find the definition of any word there) but it fails to teach writing

this is actually a decent shot but worth that much money?  :o

The print is worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it.  the value of the print is not only the print but also cache brought by the photographer.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hyperfocal Distance
« on: December 09, 2014, 01:28:29 AM »
Do any Canon cameras (or any other manufacturers' cameras for that matter) have an option to provide the user with the hyperfocal distance for the camera's current lens focal length and F-stop settings?  I would find this to be a useful function, and even better if the camera could, on operator command, set the lens to the hyperfocal distance (don't know if lenses are sufficiently calibrated to allow for this).  If a smart phone app can calculate the hyperfocal distance, I see no reason why the camera manufacturers couldn't program their cameras to do it.

They could do lots of things but which of the 1000s of ideas should they do.  Hyperfocal is not as simple as you might think.  If you look at the equations, there is something called circle of confusion which basically is the amount of defocusing you are willing to tolerate.  If you print 4x6 or only view your images on a monitor your circle of confusion can be fairly large.  If you push your prints to the limits and want images to be tack sharp, then your circle is much smaller.

EOS Bodies / Re: A new high end camera
« on: December 09, 2014, 01:24:09 AM »
In everyone's opinion, what are the chances of a high end 1DX mark II or another top of the line DSLR being available next year?  The reason why I ask is because I am close to spending $4,000 on the new 5K iMac if a new camera won't be available until 2016.  However, if we are talking early to mid 2015, then I might hold off on a new computer so I can get the camera instead.     

There's a 100% chance that the 1DX or 5D3 will be updated next year.

If Dilbert is wrong, he will refund in double the consulting fee you paid him.

1Dx is strongly positioned vs the D4s.  Unless Canon wants to leap frog Nikon, I don't expect to see an update.  If Nikon introduces a D5 then perhaps, though Canon seems to be slow to introduce new items recently.  I think the got badly burnt when the rushed the 1D M3 to market with autofocus issues.

5DM3 is long in the tooth but sells well.  They are milking it.  Canon may layer new camera on top of 5D M3 (dare I call it a 3D or 4D) and collect $ from all of us.

Not sure if they will do any of this - I don't have a crystal ball (or at least one that works) and I am not a Canon insider.

Likely to see / hear about something next year but hard to tell what (or when).

Perfect Canon DSLR for me would be like:

- Not larger nor heavier than a 5dM3
- Minimum of 10fps, desirable 14fps
- Noise performance at least as good as the Sony A7S
- Autofocus points and speed same as the 1DX or 7Dm2.
- 4k video (at least 60fps, desirable 240fps for slow motion)
- A focus accuracy better than anything else on the market, to nail any f/1.2 shot in low light
- Touch screen with that fast focusing, same as 70D
- Weather sealing as good as the 7Dm2
- At least 36mp
- Color depth and dynamic range of the D810
- 1200 shots in a single battery life
- Built in radio transmitter for triggering flash
- Built in Wifi (not lagged as the 70D) and GPS
- Sensor shifting to get some IS on lens without stabilization
- A few extra completely customizable buttons around the body

Then it would be worth 10k.

 I would add that the body needs to be upgradable and have grip that provides full function of lower half like the 1Dx.

Lenses / Re: I *HATE* UPS.
« on: November 30, 2014, 11:49:23 AM »
Personally I agree - UPS leaves a lot to be desired.  I have had good to great experiences with our local UPS and Fed Ex delivery agents.  UPS as a company leaves me cold.  Especially when I need to go pick up a package - that is a real nightmare.

Today a cap arrived from Arc'teyx.  $30 item.  I had go to a local pick up location since I was not home to sign for it.

If the shipper had requested signature (you would have to have paid for it), then the package would not have been dropped in the delivery bin.  Are you willing to pony up the extra $ for signature.

Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 26, 2014, 11:22:04 AM »
A B&H Gift Card

Cash is simpler and allows her to pick her store.

Not sure but Canon seems to charge for hood.  Strange since all my other L lenses came with a hood

Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:31:15 AM »
you say you want to get her a mid range zoom

Good choice - the wide angles is over covered and the 70-300 covers that range well.

Canon makes 2 lens you could consider

24-70  (L version - $$$)
24-104 (L version - $ to $$)

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:20:55 AM »
I browse this website quite often since 2012. I have never seen so many negative comments about Canon these days in comparison with before.
Does Canon really not satisfying its customers lately or is it that there are new members in the forum who like to put down Canon in comparison with other companies?

It is fun to complain - and to do it on line without having look the other person in the eye, is even more fun.  I can get nastier than I would in person  ::)

Bottom line - no but human nature is lash out.

Software & Accessories / Re: No LR 5.7 version for CC (yet)
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:11:33 AM »
Eventually showed up, about 8-12 hours after announcement.

EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 02:13:09 PM »

it's possible - the 7DII sensor scaled up would be 51.2Mp - close enough to 50Mp to call it spades.

Will the new camera have a Bayer sensor or something more akin to the Foveon multilayer sensor?  If the later, is that 50 actual MP or equivalent (Perhaps 25 actual MP but claim twice the resolution)?

Software & Accessories / No LR 5.7 version for CC (yet)
« on: November 19, 2014, 07:20:17 PM »
I used the link to upgrade my LR CC (on Mac) and found that I had provide serial number to activate LR 5.7.  I uninstalled it and reinstalled the latest version using Adobe CC ap manager.  Got LR 5.6 installed and when I checked for an update there was none.

Wonder if there is LR 5.7 for Win and when the LR 5.7 CC mac version will be available.

I had a minor problem with 10.10.1 - softraid driver needed to be updated when I updated the OS.  Seemed that I lost my Thunderbolt disks but not my TB monitor so I started to look at disk.  Found that non-raid disks worked well so I eventually I narrowed it down.  Took around 12 hours (clock time) but only 1-2 hours of my time (ran errands and had meetings for most of the time).

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