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Software & Accessories / Re: How good is Reikan FoCal?
« on: February 22, 2013, 06:06:09 PM »
Also on the 5D3, it unfortunately goes to semi-automatic mode where I have to manually change the AFMA settings because Canon for some strange reason left that out of the official SDK. Works for the 6D, but not 5D3/1DX. Every time I've put in a support request saying "it's not there, fix it!" I get a response saying "the SDK is what it is, we'll take it under advisement". Which more or less, to me, says screw you, we don't give a crap.

Seeing as how Canon requires any USB communication to run through their SDK, your opinion of "screw you, we don't give a crap" seems rather obtuse.  If the SDK (from Canon) doesn't support certain functionality, and there is no other method of communication with the camera, how is this Reikan's fault?

I thought it would be a great idea to write an iOS app which would allow you to tether your phone (via connector port <-> USB) to your Canon SLR (who really wants to lug a laptop with them for tethered shooting in the field?).  That is, until I realized Canon doesn't offer an iOS SDK, and trying to reverse engineer their API would be a nightmare.

So yeah, I can't blame Reikan at all for not being able to support functions that aren't included in Canon's SDK.

EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:21:23 PM »
Anyone know what Canon camera is in this below linked picture?  Never seen one with the red piece by the hotshoe.   


Update:Even more suspicious is the Canon logo has been removed, this has a pop-up flash and looks to be in new condition.  Can't place the lens either the more I look at this - size wise looks like the 85mm 1.2 but the bulge appears different by the camera mount from the current 85,1.2???

Definitely a gripped 7D.  There's no lock button on the mode wheel (as mentioned), and the top LCD function buttons are rounded, without the 5Dm3 style nipple on the right most button.  So clearly an "older" (not pre-production) model.  The only difference between the camera in the picture and a factory 7D is the red strip at the top, which is either photoshopped or an after market addition.  No further conjecture necessary.

Software & Accessories / Re: new 13" MacBook Pro
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:53:43 PM »
I have a 15" Macbook Pro at work, and a 13" Macbook Pro at home.  Both are connected to external displays.  The 13" is an early 2011 model, and is my primary machine for editing photos.  It's connected to a 24" Dell IPS display.

You really can't go wrong with a mac.  I've been a "power user" for most of my professional career, and flip flop between Windows and Mac OSX (depending on my needs at work).  I largely prefer OS X for photo editing for a very simple reason: the native ability for the file browser (Finder) to quickly cycle through and view photos.  I'll take a large volume of pictures during a "shoot" and need to tag the keepers.  Sure, there's a lot of third party software (including some I've written myself) that can do a good job of this, but I always find myself going back to Finder for the quick, "Do I want to further PP this shot?".

So +1 for the Macbook.  Though I would definitely get a SSD for it.  Size doesn't matter (I have a 128 SSD in both my macs) since you can get an external USB disk based drive for more storage (or offload to a NAS drive if you have one), and use the SSD for editing your current batch of photos.

Lenses / Re: Rebate Ending Soon? When's The Next One?
« on: January 31, 2013, 02:17:40 PM »
It's all speculation at this point.  But I would venture to guess that since the last rebate ran unusually long, we're not likely to see another before June.

Just my $0.02.

I felt so strongly about this guess that I pulled to proverbial trigger earlier than I had planned on the 85mm f/1.2L II.  My photography allowance is now in the red, but I saved $200, so well worth it.

Lenses / Re: Rebate Ending Soon? When's The Next One?
« on: January 31, 2013, 12:21:54 PM »
Straight from the front page:

"The various rebates that have been going on since before Christmas will expire on February 2, 2013. There’s no sign of an extension of the rebate program in the USA and we may not see another one until the spring."

Lenses / Re: Which 50mm (with AF) is best from f/1.4 - f/2.0?
« on: January 28, 2013, 04:59:00 PM »
I actually JUST had the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 delivered today.  I already own the Canon 50mm f/1.4, but just never fell in love with it.  I'm going to take some test shots on my 5Dm3 when I get home, and I'll post them here if anyone's interested.  But there's been a slew of comparisons.  I'm actually more curious to see how a new copy of the Sigma compares, as I've heard the newer copies of the 50mm fair better from an AF perspective.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is a Peerless Performer
« on: January 28, 2013, 10:32:32 AM »
Hopefully the price of this lens will drop to a more reasonable level in the next year or so.  Otherwise, the mark 1 will work just fine for me.

Lenses / Re: Grey (Gray) Market Advice
« on: January 21, 2013, 11:10:57 AM »
Thanks for the input, everyone.  I wound up ordering the 85mm f/1.2 from B&H for $1,799.  Apparently Canon's MAP has retailers showing the MAP until you add it to the cart.  I usually prefer ordering from Amazon (can't beat prime shipping), but was out of stock.  So B&H it was!

Now I just have to muscle through waiting six business days instead of my usual two day free shipping.  :-)

Lenses / Grey (Gray) Market Advice
« on: January 20, 2013, 08:00:37 PM »
Hello All,
So I'm getting pretty close to buying my next lens, and have narrowed it down to the 85mm f/1.2L.  Unfortunately, I missed out on the $1,799 deal amazon had around the holidays, but I noticed Adorama has the 85mm for $1,899 via "Grey Market".  So my question is: does anyone have experience with purchasing Canon gear over the grey market, and would you recommend it (or vice versa)?  It's a $100 difference, which would equate to a B+W filter I'd likely buy with it.  Or are there any rumors about the price dropping to the vicinity of $1,799 again?


Software & Accessories / Re: Hoya ND 400X vs B+W ND 1000X
« on: November 09, 2012, 12:11:56 PM »
Thanks for the reply, guys!  I picked up the B+W yesterday, and will be working with it this weekend.  I'll post my thoughts on it when I'm back from my trip.

I use one.  Some people will tell you that you dont need one because you can easily replace the canon lcd cover that comes on the camera.  If you want to spend $100 and deal with the PIA that it is to change it then take their advice and do nothing.

If you want to do it cheaply and easily get XO skins. 

Works like a charm and you won't even notice it is there.   


Happy shooting...

Another +1 on XO.

Though I've noticed the XO screen protector I have on my 5Dm3 smudges VERY easily.  Any oil, sweat, etc on my face seems to adhere to the darn thing.  I know this is normal, but I have a screen protector on my 7D which is very good at resisting oil, smudges, etc.  For the life of me though, I can't remember where I got it or what brand it is... Or I'd order another one of those.

And as for the usefulness of the protectors, it's all about piece of mind.  I realize the screens on the 5D are hard to scratch and easy to replace the factory protective cover, but I'd rather know that I have something aftermarket on there as an additional piece of protection.

Also given that Canon is now enforcing its MAP, it's unlikely we're going to see the occasional drops in price that often come a half year or so after new product launches.

If I could get this lens for under $1,800, I would.  But assuming I could sell my current 24-70mm for ~$1,300, I'm not really willing to pump anymore than $500 into a focal length I already am perfectly happy with.  I'd rather get a new lens.

Do you think you will be able to sell your used mk1 for 1300 if mk2 is "only" 500 more for a new one ?

Currently, yes.  I've seen them on craigslist for as much as $1,500 where I live.  I don't think I'd have much of a problem getting $1,300 for it right now.  (I've had good luck getting decent prices for lenses on CL in the past, as long as I'm willing to wait)  But the $1,000+ to upgrade isn't an option... so alas, the mk1 shall remain in my bag.

Also given that Canon is now enforcing its MAP, it's unlikely we're going to see the occasional drops in price that often come a half year or so after new product launches.

If I could get this lens for under $1,800, I would.  But assuming I could sell my current 24-70mm for ~$1,300, I'm not really willing to pump anymore than $500 into a focal length I already am perfectly happy with.  I'd rather get a new lens.

Software & Accessories / Re: Hoya ND 400X vs B+W ND 1000X
« on: November 07, 2012, 01:36:33 PM »
Thanks, neuro!  Somehow I knew you'd be the first to respond.  ;-)

I tend to prefer warmer temperatures to my photos anyway, so the warming cast isn't an issue... and easily corrected in PP if it's too strong.

I was more concerned about localized color casting, evidenced by:


Which was referenced in an article discussing ND filters:


As the article states about the above photo, the problem was encountered with an aperture smaller than f/22.  While I don't plan on using such small apertures (diffraction), it still gave me pause in purchasing the B+W outright.  Not to mention the author clearly favors the Hoya, which seemed to work well for him.

Either way, given that I won't have the necessary amount of time to appropriately test the filter before heading out to the East Coast, I wanted to get some opinions before sinking money -- and photography time -- into a filter I didn't have any experience with.

Thanks for the replies!

P.S. I wish you hadn't posted a photo using your 24mm TS... That lens is next on my wish list, but a ways off from the reality of owning in.  </jealous>

Software & Accessories / Hoya ND 400X vs B+W ND 1000X
« on: November 07, 2012, 11:17:13 AM »
Hello All,
So I've decided to invest in an ND filter for a trip I have this Friday to NYC.  I want to do some daytime city shots, but want to use a slow shutter speed.  After a recent trip to the Caribbean where I would have loved to slow down the ocean waves against a dock in later afternoon sun, an ND filter seems like a decent investment.

I've narrowed my choice down to two filters: The Hoya ND 400X (9 stops) and the B+W ND 3.0-1000X (10 stops).  I'll bet getting the filter for my 24-70mm f/2.8L (mk1) and 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM (so obviously 77mm filter).

I'm leaning towards the B+W, but I'm curious if anyone has experience or opinions on either of these filters.  If you had a choice, which would you choose?  I've read the B+W is more prone to color shifts, is $25 more, but offers an extra stop of ND.  The Hoya build quality isn't as good as the B+W, and offers 1 less stop of ND... but seems to be better reviewed.

So... opinions!  Go!  :-)

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