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Lenses / Re: Why are Zeiss lenses manual?
« on: September 13, 2013, 03:36:35 AM »
There will always be those few who want a proper manual focus for the pleasure of using it, but they are few and far between.

I wonder if there are people who use an abacus to calculate their tax forms, just for the pleasure of it?  ::)

You mean there's another way ?  :(

Get with the times...use a slide rule like everyone else!

slide rule - why so advanced (I still have and know how to use it)?  how about an abacus?

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« on: September 12, 2013, 03:14:50 PM »
So - Good News!!!  I think all our anger got to them, because I just received this from CPS:

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I understand you are frustrated with the upcoming changes to the CPS Program and, I would like to address your concerns regarding the CPS Evaluation Loans.  The length of the loan period is being changed to one week, as the email stated however, this will not include the time for shipping as the current loan program does.  This change will allow you to have the loaner equipment in your hands for one week.

Sweet... now the question is does that include return shipping as well... and how do they enforce length of return shipment (i.e. ground vs 2 day vs overnight)....  but at least this is a step in the right direction and showing they are actually listening.

A week plus shipping time is an improvement.  Not ideal but better

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Lenses / Re: Why are Zeiss lenses manual?
« on: September 12, 2013, 03:11:41 PM »
So far I've read (I'm not expert in optic design), there is a large difference in the optic design of the lens : it's manual, due to a larger (and heavier) group of moving lenses inside the lens itself (sorry for my poor english). A lens having an AF has a smaller (and lighter) moving group, so that the AF engine CAN move it. The result is that the optical quality can be better, with such a manual lens design.
Well, I'm owning one (35mm F2), and I'll should keep it... The IQ difference is very noticeable. Not to mention the colour rendition... That should inspire other manufacturers...

Hmmm, not convinced on that. Whilst it may have some truth for cheap light weight lenses there are some pretty hefty elements out there being moved by AF.

Even if the groups are a bit heavier, that means the motors would need to be beefier.

Good be done, is a trade off - cost and bulk.  But I would gladly trade up certain lenses. I wish Canon would work with Zeiss to create a joint offer - premium quality lenses.  Of course, that would imply Canon can not do it themselves.

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Canon General / Re: Canon Complaints?
« on: September 12, 2013, 08:58:07 AM »
I had a 1V that was in for repair 4-5 times.   Towards the Canon got serious and finally did repair it correctly and paid shipping both ways.   Problem was obscure and it did take them a long time to believe it was real

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Canon General / Re: The super-sensitive Canon sensor
« on: September 12, 2013, 08:54:34 AM »
I think this sort of technology will also find its way to stills.  If they can just somehow improve the resolution...

Even if the sensor does not make it, perhaps the noise-free electronics will

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Silent Mode - 5D Mkiii
« on: September 12, 2013, 12:36:34 AM »
If quiet is your goal and no mirror shake, try HDR with Live View

PS you can use the lock feature on a cable release to force the camera to run through the entire HDR sequence without pushing the button a second time

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Silent Mode - 5D Mkiii
« on: September 12, 2013, 12:35:27 AM »
If quiet is your goal and no mirror shake, try HDR with Live View

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Have a 7D, add a 6D or go for 5D Mkiii?
« on: September 12, 2013, 12:34:22 AM »
Don't have a 6D but I have heard it is quite good.  Not as good as the 5DM3, but ..

Decision boils down to do you want extra body with crop sensor.  Do you need the extra reach the 7D gives you.  If you are considering upgrading the 7DM2 (or whatever) now would be the time to sell it before the new model is introduced.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I jumped ship...
« on: September 11, 2013, 07:20:11 PM »
O_o

Did you land on another ship or in the water?

I landed in a strange world where the ISO button is on the top of the mode dial. Of course, the most logical place to put it.  ::)

Not sure why this happened but Nikon and Canon lens zoom in the opposite direction?

Recently Canon has placed the focus ring closer to the body (200-400, 70-300L).  Are Nikon controls laid out this way?

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« on: September 11, 2013, 06:01:48 PM »
Sent the following (slightly editted to CPS)

I received the notice about the changes in the CPS Program.  As a CPS member I have mixed reaction to the changes.

First of CMS is a great service and I am glad to hear it is being expanded.

More trade shows, events, etc does not impact me, as I shoot wildlife and nature.  You are unlikely to have an event in Botswana or coastal area of Alaska where there is high density of grizzly bears 

The reduced discount on repairs is probably offset by the reduced membership cost so I will call this a wash.

And the reduced time to evaluate equipment greatly reduces the utility of this service.  To full evaluate equipment I need to try the equipment in the field, under real world use.  That means a trip, general 7-10 days in length.  With a 2 week evaluation period, I could do this.  One week make evaluation much harder.  I would like to see longer evaluation periods with a  modest fee charged for anything over a week.

Lacking from the program is priority purchasing.  When the 200-400 was released, I had very hard time finding one; as a Platinum CPS member it would have been great if I could requested that an extra lens be shipped to my dealer with “my name on it”.  Also it would be great if we had priority access to refurbished equipment – perhaps identify equipment desired and when an items comes available it is held for us for 48-72 hours.

Thanks for listening.  CPS is a great program but not all CPS need the same service.  For me priority access to new equipment and time to evaluate equipment in the field are of paramount importance.

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Lenses / Re: A New Zoom Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: September 11, 2013, 03:11:44 PM »
I would like to see a 180-200 macro with Tilt capabilities (don't need shift).  That would help with DOF which is very narrow at magnification
Probably not as much as you'd think, though.



Thanks.  Interesting and valuable

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Boo Amazon!!!
« on: September 11, 2013, 03:07:01 PM »
Time for some tea guys   ::)

Problem with taxes and government is that they start doing good and end up doing too much and not know when to stop.  I am all for reasonable government - but unfortunately government tries to solve and correct every problem.

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Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: September 11, 2013, 03:02:09 PM »
very nice.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I jumped ship...
« on: September 11, 2013, 03:00:48 PM »
O_o

Did you land on another ship or in the water?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Can this 7D package be worth over $9500?
« on: September 11, 2013, 03:00:13 PM »
most of the items are throw in.

Have you added these? 

THis seems to be ADM (Additional Dealer Markup) by perhaps $5000

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