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I would really like to get the Lumia 1020, but in the USA the only carrier option right now is AT&T.

No thanks. Not really a smart move on Nokia's part if they want to sell devices.

I haven't really dug deeply into getting an unlocked version, but so far I haven't found anything definitive that indicates that all features on a US spec unlocked phone (especially LTE) would work on T-Mobile.

I have not been impressed with the iPhones.

The latest top Android offerings from HTC and Samsung both seem to have their issues.

The last new release handset I purchased, the HTC Amaze, burned me with poor bluetooth performance. T-Mobile never corrected the problem and I eventually had to get rid of the phone. I really liked the camera on that phone.

I've been using a Sensation for almost 2 years and right now I'm considering Cyanogen now that there is a stable release and all features work.

I tried Windows phones in the past and still own a HD2, but the MS support there was lacking.

T-Mobile has eliminated the "subsidized" phone pricing so you pay full retail for a new phone. Granted, it is over time and the plan pricing reduction seems to work out to be the same. Even so, these current model smartphones clock in at ~$500 a pop, plus ~$100 a month to use. It's getting to be a bit much and I wish they were more durable.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 'Revolutionary' Dual Pixel AF Explained
« on: July 28, 2013, 08:01:24 AM »
Birds in flight, you say? If this video doesn't convince you how fast Dual Pixel PDAF on the 70D is, I don't know what will.  It can track a BIF over a field (2nd video from the top of the page, around the 0:46 mark): http://cweb.canon.jp/eos/lineup/70d/info/af-tech/index.html

After seeing this I'm even more convinced now about this revolutionary tech.  8)


That looks pretty impressive.

I wonder how it would work as a series of still shots instead of a movie.

Does this obsolete the RGB AF focus stuff in the 1DX, if Canon chooses to enable it in firmware for a given camera model?

Looks like there may be some interesting new releases in the near future.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: July 25, 2013, 09:21:47 AM »

Good point.  Obviously, on a tripod one would usually manually focus with 10x Live View anyway.  But the macro lenses take a hit on AF performance spec - despite being an f/2.8 lens, the 100L IS Macro is in Group C, meaning no f/2.8 high-precision cross points are activated, just the f/5.6 crosses in the middle and the f/4 crosses at the sides (and all of the f/5.6 lines, too).  The 180L Macro is actually in Group G, meaning only 33 of the 61 AF points are active at all, and for cross points just the 15 f/5.6 ones in the middle.

One other thing to note about the 100L vs the 180L is that the 180mm lens takes TCs, meaning instead of 1:1 you can get to 1.4:1 or even 2:1.  With the 1.4x TC, it will still AF in Group G.  With the f/8 AF update, I'm not sure if the 180L + 2X will AF using the center point or not.  While it's physically possible to use a Kenko 1.4x TC on the 100L, there are issues with doing so on the 5DIII - it you have AFMA enabled on the camera, the Kenko 1.4x + 100L reportedly causes the 5DIII to lock up (meaning battery removal to reset).

Would you happen to know how the Sigma f/2.8 150mm or 180mm macro lenses fit in with the Canon AF rules?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:08:42 AM »
@danski..... first up my confession that I have used neither of the following lenses. But....

Since you mentioned that you miss OS with the 180mm macro, try out the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 OS.... I have only read that Sigma 150mm is very good, however I have not read that much about this 180 f/2.8 OS macro from sigma. I could not find either of them at my local lens rental place. If you have the chance try it to see if it performs as well as the Canon 180mm but with OS.....

The Sigma 180 has some good reviews on Amazon.

I added it to my wish list for now.

Both the Sigma 150 and 180 are available from Lens Rentals. Maybe I'll try the 150 for a different experience.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:22:58 AM »
Although probably you have fixed your mind on EF 100mm 2.8L, but since you are going for handheld a little bit of more working distance can never hurt. So have you thought about Sigma 150mm OS 2.8 Macro?

PS: although this might not be a great plus, but I see that Mr. Neuro has said that for the Wimberly  F2 bracket needs a lens with lens collar (which EF 100mm 2.8 L does not have to start with and you need to buy separately). The Sigma 150mm 2.8 OS has that lens collar out of box :)

I'll second the usefulness of a longer lens.

I picked up a gently used Canon 180mm macro and I find the added working distance to be helpful. Less shadowing for sure when getting in close to fill the frame.

I suppose the only catch may be that different parts of the 5DIII AF system are used because the 180mm is f/3.5 and the 100mm is f/2.8.

The Sigma lens with OS might be nice- one thing I miss comparing the Canon 100 to 180. I may have to rent the Sigma and see how it works.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-M sharper than 6D?
« on: July 20, 2013, 12:23:17 PM »

Thanks for the offer.  RAW files are huge, how could I share one?

Dropbox, Transfer Big Files are two free ways to move large files.

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I still haven't figured out how to use all of the stuff in the 5DIII, so an upgrade wouldn't make much sense for me.

If there is an update for the 1DsIII, and if I could afford it, that would pique my interest.


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Have you looked at Zagg Shield?

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I want to know how you found one in stock. I've been looking for a week or two, and it's never in stock. You must have found the lucky minute.

My fastest ever shipping experience was with a computer software program in 1993. I ordered it a 2AM from a place near Columbus, OH. At 9:30 AM a FexEx driver knocked on my door and handed it to me. Amazing what can happen when you combine credit cards and jet aircraft!

I signed up for the email alert at canon price watch. As soon as I got the email, I purchased from my phone. It took a while to navigate all the steps and I thought I'd miss out, but it worked out.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III or 1D IV for sports!
« on: July 07, 2013, 08:48:43 AM »
I recently discovered a "spot AF" feature in the 5d3. Does the 1d4 have something similar?

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Crazy Fast Shipping from Canon
« on: July 03, 2013, 04:41:22 PM »
I ordered a refurb 600ex-RT yesterday around 4 and it showed up this morning via FedEx at around 9.

Came from Wisconsin, so they must have thrown it on a truck right away. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d2 v 1D4
« on: June 04, 2013, 06:27:05 AM »

... You should wait for the 1DVI  ;)

I couldn't.

Too many delays with the 1DV already.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d2 v 1D4
« on: June 03, 2013, 06:17:19 AM »
I prefer 7D 3


What about the 1DV? I have one on preorder.

:)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Field printer for 5D3?
« on: May 30, 2013, 06:37:21 AM »
Would a Selphy work?

I looked into truly portable printers a while ago for printing documents, and the choices were very limited. Pretty much the Panasonic Pocket Jet and a portable HP inkjet were it.

Both require a computer, but the addition of WiFi and Bluetooth in these portable printers could make a difference, if your phone or tablet device can communucate with the camera and the printer. My phone can print, but very few printers will work with it.

I've never looked into printing directly from the camera.

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No shortage of these :)

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