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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Handstrap
« on: January 26, 2012, 03:05:56 PM »
I have the E1 on my 7d... I dont have a grip on my 7d... I bought one of those cheapie ebay ones that comes with the mounting plate on the bottom of the camera and removed the ebay strap, added the E1... took some finesse because the plates want the nylon straps to bend in almost a 90 degree angle and when new... good luck.  Anyways I got it to work and has served me well... I dont like the rubber inside feel of the ebay grips... and even the E2 that neuro posted, while nice, appears to be more narrow than the E1, and isn't quite the same...

Got my ebay grip.... works as advertized, however  I wish I could feel more secure, it seems like something will give and my 5d will crash to the ground with the 70-200ii attached  :'(

Is it secured with a plastic piece?  I love the arca-swiss plates that I have on both, they even have threading for a strap/other tripod mount but are secured so tight it feels like part of the camera.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Handstrap
« on: January 25, 2012, 03:43:41 PM »
Some follow-up; vendor always seems willing to help, but after $4.75 to ship it back priority, they said they never got it. 

After sending them the tracking, I was told I would get a refund (surprise surprise) only the purchase price, not original shipping came back.

I'm done with Cowboy Studio; I filed an A-to-Z guarantee, but it serves me right for dealing with a 3rd party vendor. 

Looks like all of the big boys are still OOS for the E1 :(  I'm sort of hung up on that grip since it's the one I'm used to. 

Well, I am not tempted. I am waiting on whatever will be announced after the "Out of Africa" momentum ;-)

If it's too good to be true, it is.  I vote scam.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:36:23 PM »
This is NOT 60D but 7D or 5D.  IT does have push down button on knob to turn different mode.  Top of the on/off switch is on the TOP without flash!!  Great!!

Yeah, that whole "no Articulating screen" thing was a giveaway  ;D

Technical Support / Re: Canon 60D makes noise when cleaning sensor???
« on: January 22, 2012, 08:13:20 PM »
I have had 60D 14 months now and noticed when I turn off and when senor is cleaning I can hear motor or something running,,, I don't recall hearing this noise before but has anyone experience this issue?

It does not have affect on pictures but it's annoying.,,,  Did contact Canon but they want to charge $180-$290 for labor plus parts or they also have refurbished program where I can upgrade/downgrade to 7D, 50D, Rebel T1i, Rebel T2i, and the Rebel XS which carries a 90 day warranty.....

Any thoughts??

Mine does not do this.

Lightroom does this very well as long as you have exif.  Those with exif stripped can be sorted by name.

Lightroom can make folders by year, month, etc and place the images in the correct ones.  I would think aperture will do this also.  It should not matter if they are CR2 or jpeg, just create a catalog for the jpegs and a different one for the CR2 files so you can manage them separately, if thats what you want to do.

Thanks, since I already have a copy, I'll start there.

Thx Guys for the info 'till now!

The extra meat:
- I am not looking for the desktop versions (iMac etc.) because I need the mobility, plus in real need I can always use this iMac (otherwise I couldn't discuss it with you guys)
- I had a MacBook Pro, but it crashed a few days ago (the motherboard went RIP), the I like about Mac is the screen and the speed (which I need for CS5 and sometimes Final Cut)
- I don't like the price of the MacBook Pro

but so far I didn't find any real competitors (maybe the HP envy 17") :(

If you're already a mac user, MBP hands down.  And get it a little-brother MBA just for good measure :)

I just added an air and it's been quite the gem.

If it's between the two, I vote for MBP, but if you can at all do post-processing on a desktop, I think you'd be better off.

From my last few years experience, I'd say stay away from any sort of small/slim form factor of PC (laptops included).    I've been living in a laptop/media center support nightmare (various family members, wife, etc.) -- google cs5111 asus problems as an example of what I've seen.

That said, do you NEED a laptop or just prefer one?  If you're going to spend a lot of time post-processing, you can get a 64-bit win7 box with an i7 from dell for under a grand, and it'll go a long way (I have three of these at work) for being usable for time to come.

Being that you said you wanted a laptop, I assume it's for other things and I can tell you the macs are a great user experience.  I highly recommend if you go with a Windows laptop that you try it out in person (at a store) to make sure the touchpad is to your liking as well as the keyboard.  Google around for support articles about the product before you buy as well -- in the case of the media pc I mentioned above, they tend to overheat and cook drives due to poor design; cost us a lot to rebuild, then it burned another HDD.

Good luck :)

I've (somewhat) got image backups down now (despite my wife's effort to the contrary) and do the following:
Import jpegs for general use to iPhoto
Import CR2 into aperture (I now have a copy of lightroom as well)
Back up files to 2 external HDD under folder names cameraName_jpg cameraName_CR2 etc.

What I've got is a mishmash of hoarding from years past where I kept images sorted by topic (my crazy windows days) and somehow I managed to inter-mingle renamed files that had exif stripped from online backups and there was one version of iPhoto that did that on import.

I'm left with 90,000 files . . . and though I've resolved myself to fix this, I can't just rely on a dumb-delete system like DupeZap.  Can you suggest a software that will allow me, after importing, to group 'similar files' into generations (like Aperture and Lightroom) automatically by EXIF, and possibly visually match ones that have no EXIF?

ACDSee For Windows was pretty close back in the day, where you could batch process files by exif, but it would hang/crash a lot.

There's probably 18k-25k of individual photos, but I just need a way to get them somewhat back in order.  I was planning on trying picasa, aperture, and lightroom to see what they could do, but being that I tend to pour hours into this type to thing, I figured some of you folks could give me a suggestion as to what to start with.

Therapy is the obvious answer; saving that, what's the alternative? :)  Thanks folks.

Lenses / Re: Going Wide on FF but which.
« on: January 20, 2012, 12:46:55 PM »
"The 14 is obviously a sweet lens, but since this is not a need lens, and more of a creative / play lens for me, I am trying to keep the price down. "

Too late and a dollar short with this answer, but I would have kept with the EF-S 10-22 and used it when you wanted to go ultra-wide.

Lots of good choices, lots of good answers, but unless you're going into business taking UW and/or changing your style, why switch?

Anyhoo, take a look at the shots you took that you liked the FOV on the UW you had before and apply the crop factor.  As for the 17-40, didn't see any problems with unusability from our good friends at lensrentals:

If you're going wide and don't want to break the bank, that seems like a reasonable FF choice.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is the AF really that bad on the 5Dmk2
« on: January 19, 2012, 11:53:45 AM »
Uh, oh...look what you've done.   :P

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Seriously, the center point of the 5DII is very good - locks on in low light and is accurate, especially with an f/2.8 or faster lens.  The outer points, well, they sort of suck.  AI Servo tracking isn't terribly good with oncoming/receeding subjects, although it does ok with subjects moving across the frame at the same distance from the camera.

For weddings and portraits, the AF of the 5DII will do just fine.

Neuro, which xD xxD xxxD models would you say bracket it (one step better, one step worse).

Just curious :)

Site Information / Re: a thank you letter to Canon Rumors
« on: January 18, 2012, 04:11:01 PM »
Sorry folks:  It is easy to come out against SOPA, but I still haven't seen an alternative solution proposed in this thread.
So...  Either the masses whose liberties will be impeded need to come up with a better solution right this moment, or we just accept the weak, non-effectual proposed plan that our elected and pretty well-paid officials have come up with?  I don't understand what's so hard about "the idea and principle is sound, but the regulation and enforcement need to be refined."

I'll add: this person has no clue how Congress works at all.  Everyone that got their seat in the last election got it for saying they "won't let X do Y" and every reasonable compromise has gotten blocked by a resounding 'nuh-uh!'.

Hell, I'll vote for a change that says "you have to come up with a better solution" on every topic you say no to.   ;D Problem solved!

Site Information / Re: a thank you letter to Canon Rumors
« on: January 18, 2012, 03:48:23 PM »
But it is time to bring some balance to the Internet.

Recall the Jedi prophecy that a Chosen One would come and bring balance to the Force.  Of course, the foolish Jedi Council didn't think that one through to it's logical conclusion - since they were in ascendance, 'balance' could only come with a gain in power by the Dark Side at the expense of a loss of power (and ultimately, lives) of the Jedi Council.  They asked for Balance, they got Darth Vader and the destruction of the Council.  Be careful what you ask for... 

Wikipedia may be blacked out for the day, but Wookieepedia is up and running.   :P

The force is strong with this one.  I agree - didn't make sense to balance things when you're winning.

Taking that lesson back to the original topic, idealistically Craig is right --- but we've got legislation in the US that makes it illegal to make a digital copy for something that you paid for . . . it's not about balance, it's about maintaining a monopoly.

Site Information / Re: a thank you letter to Canon Rumors
« on: January 18, 2012, 11:36:37 AM »
I didn't know it was coming, and I got a gigantic smile last night when I saw it.

I sure as heck didn't.  So many  sites did this today I *actually got work done*.



Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L II [CR2]
« on: January 16, 2012, 09:43:20 AM »
I understand you’re all sick of reading about it.

No, we are merely sick of getting excited about it.

This really isn't a lens (replacement) that Canon can afford to drop the ball on, I think getting it right is really more important than getting it out.

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