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Quick question for anyone:

How long did the firmware upgrade take?

thx

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Lenses / Re: EF 100-400 Replacement in 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 29, 2013, 11:59:52 AM »
I see no reason to either be excited or care about Canon lens releases anymore.  With Nikon taking the lead in inflated pricing with the 80-400mm by charging a mind-blowing $2700, Canon is certain to do the same.

Since upgrading to FF, I've bought and returned a 24-70 F4 IS and a 35mm IS.  I bet you can guess what I went with instead ;D  I have also scrapped plans to buy the 70-200mm F2.8 IS L v2, targeting the Tamron F2.8 VC instead.

The days where Canon and Nikon could command massive margins over 3rd party due to higher quality are gone.  H*ll, they can't even get rebates right.  That last round increased pricing on half the items.

I love my Canon gear for sure. But the Sticker price shock is wearing me down too.
Now I'm keeping a much closer eye on the competition than I ever did before, including bodies and whole systems. I can't say that I'm going to jump ship, but a few years ago even the thought of considering it never entered my mind. I guess I was confident that Canon would always be the best value gear (FF) for me. But the competition is fierce in every arena today, and Canon needs to to go all in to stay ahead.

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Lenses / Re: EF 100-400 Replacement in 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 29, 2013, 09:10:15 AM »
I have no interest in the 200-400 (way too rich for me), but I'm interested in this.

I think it will sell very well if it is under $2500. Over $3000 will scare off a lot of buyers.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Screw-on ND filter for 16-35 II
« on: April 25, 2013, 12:15:51 PM »
If you custom WB with the ND filter on, does that now eliminate any color cast?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Screw-on ND filter for 16-35 II
« on: April 25, 2013, 10:50:52 AM »
Here's a few examples of long time exposures with the B+W .


 The last photo has the color cast intact , it's not terrible .
If you do decide to go with the screw on filter, don't forget to purchase some stop-down rings so you can use it on other lenses !

Gorgeous shots. I feel inspired to use my ND filters more.
Do you need 10 stops to accomplish this? Can you make do with 6 stops ND?

Opinions?

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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Available Mid 2014?
« on: April 23, 2013, 09:51:00 AM »
great idea for a lens. too expensive for me.

But Sigma will probably have one out and available for $3500 before this hits the street.

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Go Sigma!

24 1.4, improved 50 1.4, and if the 135 1.8 has IS, I'm looking at 3 new lenses if they are up to the quality of their 35 1.4 (price dependent of course)

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I bought the 16-35L II several years ago because the sale price was too good to pass up. I didn't use it much for about a year. Finally I decided I had to learn how to use this lens so I went out regularly with only the 5DII and the 16-35 lens. That forced me to work out how to use the lens.

At first I was a bit frustrated because you have to look at things differently in order to see the shot opportunity. Many of the best Photojournalism shots are taken with this lens, or other ultra-wides. Check out:
http://bit.ly/Yj8uzu
http://bit.ly/XNBfa2

Google photojournalism awards and you'll notice a lot of ultra-wide shots.

Long story short, it became my favorite lens, and I rarely leave home without it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 18, 2013, 10:22:24 PM »
I could use a crop body just for some reach at times, but this is going to have to offer something with an awfully big WOW effect to entice me. The 5DIII does everything pretty darn well as it is.

I hope it has something enticing, because I like new stuff. As it is, I can get a T3i for $500 for the occasional bit of reach.

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I know I'm dreaming here, but I hope they give us video focus assist on the 5DIII.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 08, 2013, 12:53:33 PM »
There will be no big megapixel announcement in april.

First Canon has to replace some lenses like the EF 16-35 II L, the EF 17-40 L ...

Both lenses don´t work pretty with the big megapixel prototypes.

i'd be interested in the new 16-35 !

I have the 16-35 2.8L II, it's my most heavily used lens.
I'd upgrade if they improve it, but I'd rather have a 18-28 2.8, or 17-24 2.8 that was cracking good everywhere and a little smaller and lighter.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Introducing the MōVI Stabilizer
« on: April 05, 2013, 11:48:50 AM »
It does look awesome, but out of my budget range.
Maybe it will be affordable at daily rental rates.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: April 03, 2013, 07:56:28 AM »
from a fashion show i shot recently ---  both with the 85mm 1.8...one on cam flash, one off camera with shoot through umbrella

Hi Chuck,
I like your lighting and what what you do with the 85 1.8. Are those hot pixels, though, to the top right of the models' heads?

They do look like hot pixels, two clusters of them.
I had to return two 5DIII bodies with hot pixels at low ISO. It was very disappointing, but I finally got a perfect body the third time.
The experience has left me concerned about Canon quality control.

I do believe you are right...crap!!!!

Return the body is you can. Or send it to Canon for repair.
You can also do the manual dust cleaning. This remaps the stuck pixels to nearby pixels. I did this with the first body I bought, but it soon developed another couple of red pixels, so I returned it (was less than 30 days old).

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Focus aids for video, ... plleeeaaase

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:14:23 AM »
from a fashion show i shot recently ---  both with the 85mm 1.8...one on cam flash, one off camera with shoot through umbrella

Hi Chuck,
I like your lighting and what what you do with the 85 1.8. Are those hot pixels, though, to the top right of the models' heads?

They do look like hot pixels, two clusters of them.
I had to return two 5DIII bodies with hot pixels at low ISO. It was very disappointing, but I finally got a perfect body the third time.
The experience has left me concerned about Canon quality control.

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