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I can only add: uhh huh huh huh, he said butt.

1) Okay, we got the thread "how will canon respond to X"
2) We're missing the outraged "I'm switching to Nikon" guy
3) You buy Canon or Nikon because you know someone with that system . . . if not, then you're splitting hairs
and lastly
4) he said butt


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: C P S Central Warranties
« on: May 23, 2014, 12:01:33 AM »
Purchase with a credit card that doubles the warranty, and get a reliable warranty just in case the original does not pan out.
Call B&H or Adorama and see if they will match the price.

You posted this 5 minutes after I decided to bite on it.  ;D

I gotta get serious about selling those bodies now.  Once you put high-priced stuff on CL, the jerk wads really come out.

Third Party Manufacturers / C P S Central Warranties
« on: May 22, 2014, 11:09:28 AM »
Does anyone have any actual experience with CPS Central and claims?

The Gray Market 5Dmk3 that's listed on the front-page, the company says the warranty comes from that company.  Looking them up, I see some mixed reviews (mostly cell phones) so I shied away initially.

On Lens Authority, however, that is THEIR third party warranty, and I trust the LR people as much as here.

It's essentially an insurance plan that you have to use THEIR repair shop; just wanted to know if anyone has actually used them.

Thanks guys.


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2559
« on: May 21, 2014, 09:24:51 PM »
Nevermind; found out it's CPS Central, which gets terrible reviews, which is a type of Insurance.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2559
« on: May 21, 2014, 03:11:01 PM »
This listing NOW states that they're gray market, but they have a 3-year international warranty.

I'd like to know who the provider of said warranty is if anyone knows.

I posted a question on ebay but haven't heard back.

ALSO: Change your ebay passwords; there was a break-in there and the keys may have been compromised.

Some things are worth it, some people just want over-'shopped photos out of a higher-end camera.

Lots of things separate a pro from an amateur.  As Neuro said, bunnies?

I've stopped doing my own formals of my kid because it drives me up the wall when he 'poses' and gives that wooden smile and I can't not start raising my voice.  This is why I only do candids (which I'm decent at). 

I'm no child portrait photographer . . . and it shows.

Local studio my mom 'sneaked' my son into and got great shots.  LifeTouch does school pictures and I get that stupid wooden grin like the person said to "SAY CHEESE" and his dress shirt isn't touched in.

I'm sort of the same as you, except I have not yet gotten past personal/organizational usage.

Personally, I license "all rights reserved" and give written permission . . . myself, I'd be loathe to hand over 'everything', especially if it's commercial at that point.

At this point, you're past the 'little old lady' pricing; just make sure whatever everyone else tells you to do here, only sell what portion of the rights you're comfortable with and have a decent contract done up.

Good luck!

Lenses / Re: The Next \
« on: May 20, 2014, 10:30:16 AM »
ISO 12233 charts.   :P

That's only a problem for you city-folk.  You just get a 'nuisance permit' and you're allowed to shoot ISO 12233 charts out of season here.

Heck, people are always running them over with their cars, you're doing them a service.   ::)

Lenses / Re: EF 50 f/1.2L II Gets a Mention by Canon
« on: May 20, 2014, 09:08:18 AM »
Typo or not, the model is HOT! ;)

Took me a good 3 minutes to find where it said the lens in the upper corner.

Hot or not, someone needs to get that girl a sammich, stat!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: "Higher Bit" Sensors
« on: May 16, 2014, 08:39:50 AM »
I thought I saw that a new MF camera was rumored to be coming out with a 16 bit AD.  I'll have to search.  MF might benefit from 14 bits actual.
I found it!  The Ricoh Pentax 645Z.   Lots of megapixels (51) and 16 bit AD converter. Dual SD slots and 4:3 format.  Maybe it is just a big point and shoot ;)
At $8500, its not a consumer grade camera, but its not a $30,000 MF body either.  I'd like to play with one, but its not something to carry around.

3fps hehe

Looks like a black "Apple Cube" with a lens.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: "Higher Bit" Sensors
« on: May 15, 2014, 04:48:51 PM »
...he said that canon camera bodies are 8-bit color and there are new 16-bit models of other cameras that increase the dynamic range of color.

Just keep in mind that sounds can come from more than one human orifice, or put another way, he was talking out of his a$$.   :o

As rs states, Canon and Nikon both use 14-bit analog-to-digital converters (although some Nikon cameras allow you to save only 12-bit data to save space).  'Color' in Bayer sensors like those in Canon and Nikon dSLRs is provided by the color mask; each pixel sits under a Red, Green, or Blue filter, but the pixels themselves are monochromatic.  A 14-bit ADC means the data contain 214 possible values for each pixel, with 'color' assigned based on the overlying filter.  When the RAW file is demosaiced, the software interpolates the color data based on a cluster of pixels, so each pixel is assigned a color value that approximates the correct one (since each pixel really only saw R, G, or B). 

Worth noting that no Canon or Nikon camera even uses all 14 bits of data; the maximum DR for Nikon (Sony, really) is just over 13-bits, and Canon tops out at under 12-bits.  So those extra bits are basically wasted space in an image file.

I do have scientific cameras with 16-bit ADCs, but as rs also said, those don't exist in the consumer world.

I'll ask him where he got the idea from.  If this is what (he thought) he was talking about, then my original recommendations to shoot straight RAW was about as close as he could get.

Thanks for the info.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: "Higher Bit" Sensors
« on: May 15, 2014, 04:02:26 PM »
All Canon DSLR's for the past several years have shot 14 bit raw.

I'm not aware of any DSLR from any manufacturer that shoots greater than 14 bit raw. Nikon certainly don't.

Right, that was the *only* thing I could find.

The web is covered with 256 vs. 65k colors analogies . . . which are great if you're living in 1995 . . . I just couldn't figure any relevance to what he was trying to ask.

Third Party Manufacturers / "Higher Bit" Sensors
« on: May 15, 2014, 03:23:15 PM »
At a dinner party last weekend, we were discussing aspects of our amateur photography. 

Being the resident geek, I'm usually asked my opinion about different equipment, and usually have halfway competent answers. These are mostly folks who have higher end gear than me, but generally, at the same events, end up asking me for shots because I do well with my 'pro-sumer' range of gear.

One question completely flattened me was about "when canon is going to come out with a 16-bit camera".   :o  Seriously, that was the face I made (I'm not going to go on about this or that if I have no clue).  Asked to explain, he said that canon camera bodies are 8-bit color and there are new 16-bit models of other cameras that increase the dynamic range of color.

Did he pick up some marketing-speek somewhere and it just not come out right?  Someone clue me in please :)

Thanks guys.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Expired: EOS 5D Mark III Body $2574
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:32:49 AM »
Anyone know who these guys really are? Can't find any physical address or tele.

Canon General / Re: Tilt & Shift Fan?
« on: May 09, 2014, 04:23:01 PM »
Time & Sales?

Love me my deep-book.

Gets my arbitrage on!


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