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Hio all.

Now that we all are sure that Canon is descending into a death spiral with crappy products like the 5Dmk3 and pricing problems like all of their lenses . . . what's everyone expecting and doing for Black Friday?

Qualification: if you're out of the US, don't thread-crap that we're talking about US holidays . . . it's international at this point, since we get price depressions from now to Christmas in many places . . .

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I'll start :)

I'm monitoring for 5Dmk3 deals . . . and ALMOST ready for signing the divorce papers if B&H or another major vendor offers that bundled with the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II for a crazy-arsed-price ;)

Other than that, going to troll around for an IPS monitor . . . and stocking up on MagLite LEDs, since I live in the northeast and CL&P can't manage to keep the lights on for more than 11 months at a time.

How about you?  How are you spending your black friday?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Black friday - Canon rebates?
« on: November 17, 2012, 11:25:52 AM »
If you're in the market for a new body, keep an eye on the holiday bundles.  I want to say it's B&H, but one of the big online authorized resellers puts up good high end bundles around this time.

I highly suspect we're going to see a 'best price yet' with one of these bundles and the new bodies/lenss . . . but who really knows.

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EOS Bodies / Re: February & March are Announcement Months for Canon [CR2]
« on: November 16, 2012, 09:01:27 AM »
Too long to wait.

I'm switching to Nikon  ;D

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:55:46 PM »
BTW, both the 85 and 100 needed zero MFA.  :)
I was quite amazed my 85mm was the same after running focal repeatedly.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 07, 2012, 01:26:53 PM »
All my flashlights are LED too :D  I have a problem

Mine, too - but they're battery powered, right?  Direct current means no fluctuations, no flicker.  It's not the bulb that's the problem, per se, it's the alternating current in combination with a bulb that has a fast response time (since incandescent bulbs are basically just heated tungsten, there's no flicker because the hot metal doesn't cool down significantly at 50/60 Hz cycles).  'Halogen' bulbs are incandescent bulbs with hot tungsten, but there's a bit of a halogen gas (bromine, etc.) added into the inert gas in the sealed bulb.

I know, I know...TMI...  :P

I've officially forgotten more than I can remember.  I've got LED lanterns I use for aux lighting for product shots  :-[ Oh god, I'm getting old.  This all should have occurred to me.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 07, 2012, 12:37:39 PM »
Flashlights.  LOTS of flashlights.   :P

Actually, a couple of those portable halogen work lights from Home Depot would do nicely, and at less than $20 each, they're cheaper than many LED 'bulbs'.



AHA, I got one of those!

All my flashlights are LED too :D  I have a problem

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 07, 2012, 08:16:09 AM »
I've only done 2 lenses so far, my 85mm 1.8 (which comes up with a different number, near zero, each time) and my 50mm 1.4 that won't calibrate at all.

Lighting I think is an issue, but the mac beta says sorta weird things about iso, so who knows . . . not a lot of time on my hands :)
For lighting, I learned the hard way not to use CFL or Fluorescent Tubes :)
They drive FoCal nuts!

I misread that.  "Do NOT use fluorescent lighting or mains powered LED lighting as these can flicker and cause analysis issues"

Would you believe that 95% of the lighting in my house is LED, CFL or FL-T? If you don't count candella style, it's 99% ;D

Well FARK and FNORD both!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 06, 2012, 07:30:24 PM »
I've only done 2 lenses so far, my 85mm 1.8 (which comes up with a different number, near zero, each time) and my 50mm 1.4 that won't calibrate at all.

Lighting I think is an issue, but the mac beta says sorta weird things about iso, so who knows . . . not a lot of time on my hands :)

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 F/4L IS - Why I will Buy/Not Buy this lens.
« on: November 06, 2012, 04:32:32 PM »
Can you add "what a useless lens" to your poll?

We've already got a useless poll for this lens, so why not eh? ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 60D Microfocus Adjustment on FoCal
« on: November 06, 2012, 02:29:26 PM »
Well, that has an attention-getting title, doesn't it?

Reikan is looking into the possibility that the 60D's lacking of MFA is only in the UI software.

I wanted to start this thread in case they DO get any traction and need test data or something else (I've been bugging them for a while). 

I'm not sure if they're held up on reverse-engineering the software or if they actually need bodies for testing. They're in the UK; Greg told me they're located in the south, near Poole/Bournemouth.

I'll post back if I hear anything else, OR if they are looking for any bodies etc. (and people are willing to loan them one).

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Canon General / Re: Amazon policies.
« on: November 06, 2012, 12:23:58 PM »
How many online retailers do you know that do this?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Preorders
« on: November 06, 2012, 08:03:24 AM »
Wow, four pages of 'this is too expensive'.

IIRC people complained about the 15-85mm price, but it's really worth the money, so I'll wait and see.  From the description of the 35mm, I'm wondering why it doesn't get an "L" label, is it because they only carry one L at a time?

The 24-70 actually makes sense to me now; if they'd have given the 24-105 the same workover/upgrade, we'd be staring at $2200 to $2400.  Then we'd have complaining for four pages . . . oh wait.

In all seriousness, a lot of people here treat MSRP like it's built in stone. Anyone that can't get a 5DmkIII for around $2900 with a light amount of work/patience isn't trying very hard, so let's stop pretending like these aren't going to be bundled/adjusted.

The 40mm pancake can be had for $150 recently, so let's wait and see where the price drops come before we wail, lament, and move to Nikon.  With this announcement, no one's gear burst into flames, we need to stop acting like it.

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Repair Service Update
« on: November 02, 2012, 02:44:19 PM »
OKAY! So, where the hurricane made landfall and completely gutted the electrical system will have power 2 days after they estimate CT getting power . . . that's some fine restoration work there, CL&P

(disclaimer: I am a professional Connecticut Light and Power troll as I am on their 51-weeks-of-service-maximum plan . . .  like clockwork)

Nov 7 is DEFINITELY not the worst that I've heard from people, "Thanksgiving" was (LI) :o

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Lenses / Re: Guess what Canon's next wide angle zoom will be
« on: November 01, 2012, 10:28:47 PM »
That's easy:
1-4mm f16

This will be the frontrunner of the best internet memes ever:
Bellybutton shots and back-hair imaging.

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Canon General / Re: Noise Question
« on: October 24, 2012, 08:46:39 PM »
Many things going on. 

Depending on scene, noise is more or less apparent.  Large areas of OOF 'negative space' show noise more prominently (subjectively, because there's nothing else there to pay attention to, you eye starts looking for patterns).

Shutter speed does affect noise, but meaningfully only with longer exposures (you'll notice more noise at the same ISO in a 0.5 s exposure vs a 1/200 s exposure, but not between 1/1000 and 1/640. 

ISO matters - 'tweener' ISOs have more or less ISO noise than the full stop settings, depending on camera model.  So, ISO 500 is noisier than ISO 800, while ISO 640 is slightly less noisy.  That's beacuse with a full stop base ISO, the up tweeners are pushed (1/3 stop up, e.g. 125, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, etc.) while the down tweeners are pulled (1/3 stop down, e.g. 160, 320, 640, 1250, 2500).

Okay, so, on the 5Dmk2 and 7D (cameras you used to use a lot), which are the 'good' ISOs? :)

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