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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual-Scale Column-Parallel ADC Patent
« on: December 18, 2013, 06:16:39 PM »
Yeah, the PC rules. :D This is also why I think Microsoft will be a very successful company in the long term. They may not still be a "WOW" company like Apple or Facebook or Google or Twitter, but they have it where it counts. Windows 8, for all that people complain about it, offers the best of all worlds in a single, unified platform experience...WITHOUT forgetting about the desktop, keyboard, and mouse. That will be the key thread of their success five, ten, twenty years out.

One thing that amazes me about the Surface (Pro 2 specifically) is I can use my finger (or two), the keyboard touchpad, the stylus or the wireless mouse at any given point and it works. I can switch from any one to the other seamlessly. I've never had an iPad, so maybe it isn't a big deal for some, but prior iterations of touchscreen on Windows has kinda sucked...

The wireless keyboard adapter is pretty cool, too.

My only beef is I would actually prefer the iPad 4:3 form factor.

Windows 8 on a touchscreen is pretty awesome.

Big touch monitors are still kinda pricey, but there are some touch mice for desktops.

EOS Bodies / Re: Do you have a 4K display?
« on: December 18, 2013, 06:01:16 PM »
20/20 vision is by definition average. I'm a little better than that, but when I say that the difference between 1080p and 4K is blatantly obvious, I have confidence that it will be just as obvious for the average person reading this.

I also find the difference to be blatantly obvious.

I checked out the 4k TV display at an electronics store, and I was floored.

Unfortunately, at least for upgrades, my current set still works (and I hope it keeps working for a while).

The next one will have to be bigger... 63" isn't big enough. So glad I didn't buy a smaller set.

I have four Laser printers, two color Xerox, and two monochrome HP printers.  None of them function once a toner runs out.  You are not going to see a change there.  It used to be that you could set certain color inkjets to keep on printing if color was out, but I haven't had a inkjet home printer for 15 years.
There are some pretty good reviews of laser printers.  Beside quality and speed, some of the weak points to look out for are:
1.  Low tray capacity.  I prefer 600 pages.
2.  Flimsy paper trays
3.  No network connection
4.  Crappy scanner software that makes it neigh impossible to scan to your computer over a network.
5.  Poor or unreliable paper handling, jamming, etc.
Its very likely that you can find a good used Xerox printer for a couple of hundred dollars that will blow away the cheap home printers.
You can also get toner on ebay for the older machines much cheaper than for home machines in terms of price per page.

I am almost positive that my Dell 1320c laser *will* do black prints if a color is out.

I'd have to do some digging to see if the new Lexmark has that option- but it isn't an important feature to me.

Considering that both models are more targeted towards small businesses, that may be a factor.

I had 2 small inkjet printers at one time and one would do black prints if a color was out and the other wouldn't, but that was almost 10 years ago. The one that wouldn't pushed me to buy the Dell laser, which was on sale at the time.

I suppose if the ability to print black if a color was out is an important feature, that would require extra digging before purchase.

Scanning utilities can be challenging in a Windows environment- at least in my recent experience.

When I went to W7, I lost the WIA drivers for the Canon MF4690, which drove me to consolidate two machines. The WIA driver issue for the MF4690 is well documented on the web and I couldn't get mine to work despite downloading the new drivers from Canon. Interestingly enough, that scanner now shows up in the "printers and faxes" and I can initiate a scan through Windows- so something was fixed- but it was broken for a long time.

The lack of OEM driver support is what pushed me away from Canon this time. It would have been nice if the driver packages were updated a while ago, but that won't force you to buy new stuff. That Dell 1320c is ancient in tech time, but the drivers have been supported.

The scanner portion of the MF4690 could be controlled with VueScan, and this produced way better results than going through Windows. I never got the hang of the Canon utility.

The new Lexmark has a TWAIN driver utility that must be used to get a scan- I suppose VueScan would work there too. The Lexmark does *not* show up in the Windows "Cameras and Scanners" dialog box- probably due to the lack of WIA drivers.

Lighting / Re: Trigger Speedlite 600EX with 270 EXII?
« on: December 17, 2013, 06:23:33 PM »
Yup, might as well just get the ST-E3-RT. Basic remote wireless flash is easy as pie now.

The big glaring oversight from Canon is the omission of the focus assist lamp.

The Yongnuo version has just been released, and it has a focus assist lamp, however the quality of that assist lamp has not been reviewed yet.

Lighting / Re: anyone use the RRS flash bracket?
« on: December 17, 2013, 06:16:49 PM »
looks like it requires its own L bracket though?  so it wouldn't attach to my RRS L or a Kirk L then.  AT first look, my reaction was "holy high partcount, batman!" , But I don't have it in my hands.  the operation does look smooth and the video shows that it does the trick and does it well.   Did you evaluate any of the RRS solutions?

Yes, they have a solution:

The 410de is a full duplex machine- ADF and printing. You can hard enable duplexing in the built-in print server menu or do it each time through the "print properties" dialog.

The 410dte is the same machine, with an extra paper tray in the box vs ordering it later.

Will it fit onto a filing cabinet? I guess it depends on how big the filing cabinet is. It would fit on mine.

There is a demo video on the linked page above that shows how the rear paper output works. It comes out and up on an angle, not straight out the back. This arrangement probably benefits paper handling within the machine.

If it is within the budget, an extra ~200 for color laser seems worthwhile.

I looked long and hard at color laser multifunctions. For home office use, you can't get a true 1200 x 1200 color laser until you go over $1k USD- except for this one. Post Script support is another bonus.

Color output can best be described as "matte". It isn't shiny or waxy looking.

If I print this test image with the Lexmark: and hold it up to my calibrated monitor, there is very little difference. The color output is *very* good. It doesn't look as good as a photo inkjet, but that is to be expected.

If you deal with legal size paper, unfortunately, it sticks out the back of this machine by about 3" (about how far the paper output tray sticks out). The OKI C530 series is the only color laser I am familiar with that will fully enclose legal size paper at or near this price point.

As far as power goes, the international compatible devices you list all work from a transformer and use DC voltage internally. The TV and I bet the printer uses 60HZ as a time base for internal clocks. Given that the USA is 60HZ and much of the rest of the world is 50HZ, I predict problems even if you got a transformer big enough to step down the voltage... in addition to the joys of using a precision device like a printer after it is shipped again after being unboxed and set-up.

Any reviews out yet?

Would be nice to know how well the focus assist lamp does/doesn't work.

"List price" on Amazon is meaningless. Estimated retail of $299 at Canon USA webpage.

The MF4890dw was available 8/2012 on Amazon, not sure if these devices get annual-ish updates.

I have (had) a MF4690 and began seeking a replacement due to scanner incompatibility with new Windows OS. The WIA driver portion was no longer supported. It figures that shortly after buying a new multifunction, Canon decides to update something and now it works. Kinda peeved about that, and the driver issue was well known on the web- which is part of why I decided to get a different machine. That said, it has been reliable and inexpensive to operate.

For a little more, I'd suggest getting a color laser multifunction.

I have a Lexmark cx410 series, and the print output is pretty darn good at 1200 x 1200 dpi. There aren't many color lasers with a native 1200 x 1200 print output at that price point (1200 x 1200 for monochrome is more common, but typically near $1k USD price point). It will do wireless, but you have to get an add-on dongle. It won't do wireless/ethernet/usb at the same time. Kind of a pain to set up, but as mentioned before, output is very, very good.

Color output is near inkjet photo quality. PS3 emulation, too.

The Lexmark print app works for me. I didn't know about the wi-fi dongle and didn't order one.

Lexmark has a toner return program with some benefits.

The cx410 series does have Linux driver support.

The cx410de is $400 at Amazon as of this posting:

Not sure if you will find much multi-voltage support in a consumer level machine.

For an extra $100 or so, seems like a no-brainer to me.

Hello Mr Surapon Sir, these are lovely images - thanks for sharing.

Here is a photo of my wedding ring :)

5D III, EF100 f2.8, focus stacked

What is the inscription?

Nice pictures :)

Does something similar that tilts towards/away from the viewfinder exist? Even a 45* angle would be nice compared to the 90* angle.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of swapping a 5d3 for a 1D4.....
« on: December 12, 2013, 07:53:53 AM »
I totally agree with the likelihood that the 1 Series use higher tier componentry.   There must be some reason people claim that 1 Series RAW files can be pushed and pulled more than lower tier bodies.

I use the spot focus feature tons so that's a knock against the 1D4.

You're probably right that the 1D4 may retain more value long term given that it is the last in the line of APS-H bodies and is very popular among wildlife photogs.  No doubt it is a great camera.  Just not convinced yet that it would be a step up from the 5D3 -- perhaps more of a lateral move....I mean I realize the build quality and FPS are an advantage but as has been discussed it does lose out on the 5D3 for some features (5D3 has 2 more cross type points, spot focus, low light servo performance).

Yes, for some reason, 1D files can be manipulated more in post, at least in my limited experience. I also think Canon files can be messed with a bit more in DPP than Lightroom, for example. But, Lightroom wins in the interface department.

I think the files look different, too.

It is possible, given good exposures to start with, that the 5DIII file can be cropped to match a 1DIV file with no loss in IQ. It may be possible to do the same with a 1DX file- crop it to a 1.3x FOV with no loss in IQ. The "reach" arguments are going away as technology marches forward.

I have noticed that Canon seems to be splitting up feature sets across the product line. Note the stellar center point in the 6D vs other current FF offerings. But, Canon made the body smaller than the 5DIII, which isn't appealing to me.

If low light AF performance and spot focus without a Big White are important, then a 1DIV isn't an upgrade over a 5DIII.

There are 3rd party focus screens available for the 5DIII, but ease of use doesn't come to mind. If focus screen use is of importance, then the 1DIV becomes an upgrade over a 5DIII.

The 1DIV also lacks all of the cool stuff that can be done with current Canon RT flashes through the camera menu. Although it may be possible to address this with a firmware update, it hasn't happened yet.

Given current offerings, the 1DX is the only one that has limited occurances of the word "or" when describing feature comparisons between current models.

The one major thing that the 1DIV has over the 5DIII is value in the used market. If the 1DIV is in good to excellent shape, you can flip it with little effort, and get more funding towards a 1DX or try out a 6D.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 7D Firmware 2.0.5 Now Available
« on: December 12, 2013, 07:15:33 AM »
I wonder if the 3rd party issues are intentional or if they are a side effect of the coding.

Some 3rd party issues, like battery compatibility, are intentional.

Others, like the reported ML incompatibility, or lens issues, may not be quite as intentional.

In either event, users purchased the main hardware from Canon.

If Canon is intentionally seeking out ways to create havoc with 3rd party accessories, they must realize that in some instances, it will reduce sales.

I'm sure there are thousands of 7D users that bought the hardware (or, continue to use the hardware) just because it runs Magic Lantern.

Some 3rd party lenses are better than OEM. "Better" can have many meanings. In any event, choice is good. If there are issues with 3rd party lenses with this update, this will make or break promises of service when the stuff doesn't work.

Losing all those battery sales must be a sore point, but maybe there is some validity to saying that the OEM's are priced too high. Someone will always make knockoffs, but maybe if the price was lower for OEM, they would sell more...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of swapping a 5d3 for a 1D4.....
« on: December 11, 2013, 08:33:34 AM »
Just wanted to get some thoughts from people who have had both cameras.

I shoot a lot of varied stuff from portraits to events, landscape, nature and wildlife (this is where my main interest lies).  I upgraded from a 7D to a 5DIII mostly for the better noise handling and full frame sensor despite losing the crop factor advantage.  I have been very happy with my 5D3 and I would absolutely love a 1DX for the integrated grip, better weather sealing, FPS and deeper buffer.

The 1DX however is currently not in my budget so I have been kicking around the idea of going from my 5D3 to a 1D4.  The only issues that I have run into with my 5D3 are having to wait for the buffer to clear from some action sequences I've taken and the lack of interchangeable focusing screens when I've been using some of my Zeiss lenses and manually focusing large aperture lenses.

Anyone have any thoughts on this crazy idea?

I noticed landscapes in your post above.

If you use wide angle lenses, there is a difference between the 5DIII and 1DIV.

There is the option of a Canon Refurb 1DX. The CPW price alerts work.

I wouldn't expect the retail price of a 1DX to come down anytime soon, nor would I wait in anticipation of this rumored big megapixel body. If the "studio" body materializes, it is aimed at a different segment than the 1DX, so it isn't really a replacement of the 1DX, therefore, the anticipated 1DX price drop may not happen.

Also note that the 1DX does not support the Ec-S screen, and I don't recall seeing anything on this in the upcoming firmware update. That said, I can see a difference looking through 5D series and 1DX viewfinders. The 1DX appears clearer to me and where manual focus was maddening in a 5DII, I can do it through a 1DX (yes, diopter was adjusted in both instances).

There are many posts claiming similarity between the 5DIII and 1DX cameras, and I think they are further apart than what meets the eye or spec sheet. I suspect that a comparison between exploded parts diagram views with part numbers of both cameras would confirm this.

The 1DIV does NOT have the same spot focus feature found on the 7D, 5DIII or 1DX. The 1DIV spot focus feature only works with the supertele lenses with a focus button.

The 5DIII focuses better in low light than the 1DIV. "Low light" is kind of vague, but you may want to try it out if you can with both cameras.

It is hard not to recommend the 1DX.

It is possible that the 1DIV will retain more value over time than the 5DIII, so switching now may not be a bad move.

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 10, 2013, 08:11:10 AM »
I bought a micro camera to clip onto Fluffy's collar to see what she did all day. The camera was set to take an image every 10 seconds. I managed to capture 9 hours of sleeping cat.

I tried it on her outside. She came back without camera and collar. I never found it.

Don't ask, don't tell...

Secret life of cats.


It seems that lots of posters here have never worked in retail, and therefore do not know how some "customers" act.

"Morals" never even enters the thought process, it is always about getting something for nothing... or pitching a fit at the cash register until they get what they want.

Not directed at the OP, just a thought after going through this discussion.

Props to Helen for even entertaining a discussion over what amounts to a print error.

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