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Landscape / Re: Milky Way near the moon?
« on: September 15, 2013, 02:44:03 PM »
This is the reason pictures of the moon taken by the Apollo astronauts do not show the stars... contrary to the beliefs of some conspiracy theorists  ::)

they were shot in a hollywood studio?  Actually if there were, then there would have been stars!

Technical Support / Re: Internet upload sppeds????
« on: September 15, 2013, 02:38:31 PM »
Hi Canonshooter,
DSL is only 3/4 of the description of your service, sounds like you have ADSL, Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line, it is usual for upload to only be a small fraction of the download speed. To get round this you would need SDSL, Symmetric DSL which generally has as the name implies equal upload and download speeds, you better need it though as it is usually expensive.

Cheers Graham.

thanks. I have seen ADSL did not understand what the A really meant (knew A stood for Asymmetric but I failed to think about it).  I have never seen SDSL.

nice shot.  Might try HDR to help reduce highlights from buildings overly bright lights

Technical Support / Re: Sharpest f stop for a lens?
« on: September 15, 2013, 02:34:17 PM »

BTW, this is of almost no practical use anyway unless you are shooting a chart.

Sure it is. We spend thousands of dollars on expensive gear to gain a little IQ that for the most part we only see if we pixel peak. Then if we ignore the sweet spot on our lens we ignore something that improves the IQ of our pixel peaking for free.

No, it is not. DOF, noise level, subject movements, border performance, etc., are far more important factors for choosing an f-stop. I would never shoot with the 135L or the 85L at f/2.8 instead of f/4 or vice versa just because some test site tells me that one of the f-stops is 5% sharper than the other. It will be sharper in a tiny plane of focus anyway and it would not necessarily give the best overall look, unless you are shooting a chart.


Agree.  Small difference in optical quality and less diffraction is often less important than other factors such as DOF, higher shutter speed to get less motion, (or slower shutter speed to get motion blur such as rushing water), ...

Suggest you experiment a decide.  Small differences are not that important.

Technical Support / Re: Which one is accurate?
« on: September 15, 2013, 02:30:32 PM »
Does accurate matter?  Is someone paying for accuracy?  Which do you like better?  Sort of like ice cream - which is better chocolate or vanilla? 

There should be no issue.  All manual sensor cleaning does is hold the mirror up while you clean it.  Its possible that the mirror motor could be affected, but I'd doubt it.  If there were a lot of current involved, the battery would not have lasted 5 hours.
If the mirror sticks or acts up, send it to Canon.

mirror AND SHUTTER open.  Still not likely to have major problem since the sensor was not powered up

Technical Support / Re: New 5D3 won't download images
« on: September 15, 2013, 02:26:59 PM »
seen the problem before.  Copying the images to another card occasionally fixes the problem.  Could be a bad card.

Card was OK. Took that same card with the photos that wouldn't download out of my 5D3 and put it into my 7D and it then successfully downloaded the 5D3 images. Also, then placed several other CF cards into my 5D3, took photos and none of them would download. Today, Canon Service center put their own CF card into my 5D3, took some photos, and my 5D3 wouldn't download the files into their computer. They agree that the problem is solely with my 5D3 camera and sent it back to Irvine.

keep us posted on the situation.  Would like to know the solution in case I have a similar problem

Landscape / Re: Grand Canyon Sunset
« on: September 15, 2013, 02:23:57 PM »
like the first on but seems rather hazy.  Never-the-less nice image

Landscape / Re: Milky Way near the moon?
« on: September 15, 2013, 02:22:05 PM »
Probably won't work.  Light from the moon will overpower starlight from the Milky Way.

very true

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: iPhone Photography Course Instructor..?
« on: September 15, 2013, 11:28:10 AM »
emerging trend - though I prefer quality over small size

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 10 Signs You're a Photo Geek
« on: September 15, 2013, 11:27:18 AM »
thanks.  now we need one for photography geek - focus on pictures, pictures, pictures, ... not just the camera and lens and gear

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX Image Quality
« on: September 15, 2013, 03:03:06 AM »
I have both bodies and they are top of the list of bodies I have owned over the last 35 years. If I had to choose one for IQ, I would probably pick the 1DX, but the 5DIII is very close. Adding AF performance and speed to the equation makes it an easy choice. The 1DX is the best camera I have ever used.


Lenses / Re: Canon 200-400 and Adorama
« on: September 14, 2013, 08:00:07 PM »
Glad to hear that Adorama came through for you.    It is a great lens -enjoy it

My last few purchase have been through Adorama because their customer service has been pretty good.  The other big NYC retailer has, in my experience, been a lot more "too bad, so sad" with me. 

2% more might not sound that much but for such a large purchase that, for me, would be a bit of an emotional purchase, it is the difference between feeling really good every time the lens is used vs. a reminder once in a while about the missed out money. 

Good job, Helen.

Understand about the importance of the 2% and how it can make you feel valued by the Adorama.

Lenses / Re: What does Blue Dot on a box means?
« on: September 14, 2013, 07:57:51 PM »
Most companies would sell these as factory seconds, Canon chooses to sell them as new. If this bothers you and you bought it from someone like B&H the will exchange it with no fuss.

I have not seen any evidence of that but I read posts by Henry at B&H where he acknowledges that B&H sells returned items as new. He spins it very nicely - B&H reserves its right to decide whether a returned item looks new enough to be declared by them as being new.

not surprised.  If I open it to look at it at home, is that any different from opening it in the store? 

Not sure how this works with Canon - if it is returned to the store and the store deems it "used", what do they do with it?  Return it to Canon, does Canon the store a full refund?

I think any returns to Dell were sold as refurbs (after reinstalling the OS on the hard drive).

Lenses / Re: What does Blue Dot on a box means?
« on: September 14, 2013, 07:54:53 PM »
evening blue light special??

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