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Contests / Re: B&H Video Contest
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:59:07 PM »
   Congratulations on coming in third.  My least favorite video came in first. Figures.

Software & Accessories / Re: Automatic Microfocus adjustment software
« on: January 21, 2012, 12:20:26 AM »
   Great write up and data.  I would love to see your LensAlign data added to the chart for comparison purposes.

Contests / Re: B&H Video Contest
« on: January 19, 2012, 05:27:16 PM »
Nice video Sam!  I got a really good laugh out of it.   Best of luck with the contest.

EOS Bodies / Re: C300 Dealers & Price Announced in the USA
« on: January 18, 2012, 02:37:44 PM »
From the Canon website, here are the authorized dealers and renters.


Able Cine Tech


Cinema Shot


Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI)


Midtown Video

Professional Video and Tape

Rule Broadcast

Samy's Camera

Showcase Photo & Video

Snader & Associates Inc

Texas Media Systems

The WH Platts Company

TV Specialists

Video Tape Products, Inc.




Liman Video Rental Co.

Site Information / Re: The Unofficial Canon Rumors FAQ
« on: January 11, 2012, 02:05:18 PM »
Thanks for all the kind comments.  I'm really glad you guys enjoyed it.  I loved the additions that were posted, especially the Douglas Adams reference. 
I really enjoy this forum and the positive demeanor it generally maintains.  I've learned all sorts of interesting tidbits about photography here.  It's very interesting to hear and understand how others use their equipment and get some of the great shots they post.  My time here has made me a better photographer as well as provided entertainment.
Thanks to everyone who makes Canon Rumors a great place to visit.

Site Information / Re: The Unofficial Canon Rumors FAQ
« on: January 10, 2012, 04:16:00 PM »
Question 9: <Insert your favorite science based question than most people won't understand and even less people care about here>

Answer 9: Let's wait for Neuro to answer.

Ok, I have a BIG problem with this one.  The problem is that I was taking a sip of coffee when I read it, dammit - coffee everywhere!!

   Sorry about the mess.  Truth be told I'm a big nerd myself and love your fact based and intelligently thought out responses.

Site Information / The Unofficial Canon Rumors FAQ
« on: January 10, 2012, 03:11:33 PM »
The Unofficial Canon Rumors FAQ

These are some commonly asked questions and their commonly given answers. Please read it in the humorous spirit in which it was written. No offense is intended to anyone.  Please feel free to add questions and answers I may have omitted.

Question 1: Should I buy the EOS 8DXQ Mk VIII or should I wait for the Mk IX?  I hear it is going to have 7 trillion mega pixel and have triple redundant combined GPS/WiFi.

Answer 1a: Definitely buy it right away.  If you don't have it now, you can't be taking pictures. Therefore you have no right to call yourself a photographer. The new version is just a rumor and may never ever ever happen. That means you will be wasting your life away waiting for an imaginary product.  Even if the new version does come out tomorrow you can always sell the old version for way more than the new.  I once bought a toy camera at a garage sale for $2 and sold it for $2.38. See that proves you should buy it now.
Answer 1b: Wait!! Always wait.  A new model could be released any minute now. Companies are always coming out with new models. If you buy this today and the new model comes tomorrow you'll feel like a fool. You'll be too embarrassed to ever show your face on the CR forum again. It has a CR37 rating so for sure it has already been announced and the internet just hasn't caught up yet.  The old model quits working the day the new one is released so you don't want to get stuck with one of those.  In fact you should sell all your camera gear just in case.

Question 2: Why haven't I seen the <insert Canon item of desire here> yet??  It was CR6.7 19 months ago. What gives?

Answer 2a: Rumors are not an exact science.  One needs hundreds of years of accurate data to predict arrival of products.
Answer 2b: How could you believe a CR6.7 rumor.  Didn't you read the micro table at the right. It clearly states in fine print that only a clown or a fool would be desperate enough to even read that rumor let alone believe it may some day happen.
Answer 2c: Canonland has had 4 major disasters and 37 minor disasters this month. No one can possibly plan ahead for things that may happen.  If they had known it was going to rain, they would have built a roof over the plant.  Well actually one of the engineers though it could possibly rain, but management ruled that could never happen in order to maximize his bonus.  It may take six days to mop up all the water. 

Question 3: I have a dog with 3 legs and I didn't like the movie 'Top Gun' Should I buy product A or product B?  I have some money to spend.

Answer 3a: Buy product C it only costs way more than you want to spend and the IQ is mediocre but the AF speed is to die for.
Answer 3b: We can't possibly answer that question without a complete list of all camera equipment you own, have owned in the past or may buy in the the future.  We also need a complete listing of all photos you have taken with full EXIF data, what PP adjustments you have made and why you shot those particular pics.  Please also include your social security number and bank account info.
Answer 3c: Product A is prefect for my needs.  I can't even think of a situation why I would use product B.  I not even sure why they make it.  You definitely want to get product A.

Question 4: (not really a question)  All Canon products are ancestors of Hoover vacuums, I'm changing to NiCon because their products are practically perfect in every way.

Answer 4a: Good riddance. Don't let the door ...
Answer 4b: You must be a troll to say anything bad about Canon or it's products.  Moderator please throw this person out immediately.
Answer 4c: Oh no. Please don't go.  Canon will fix it. I promise.
Answer 4d: Canon is about to release a new widget that will blow NiCon away.  I read about it on this site so it will definitely happen.

Question 5: OH MY GOD!! (spoken with Valley Girl accent) Retailer H&B has been out of stock on the  EF 98.6mm Macro Zoom for the last ten minutes. Canon is offering a $0.50 rebate on the lens if you buy it with a new camera body, printer and flash. Also 36th Ave Camera web site is offline. Does this means the MkII is being released tomorrow?
Answer 5a: My tea leaves spelled out the word 'YIIC' this morning. This must mean "Yes it is coming."  So I'm sure you are correct and a new zoom is imminent.
Answer 5b: Don't be crazy.  That data is meaningless. No one can observe the world around them and try and predict what may happen.

Question 6: Is Full Frame or APS-C format better?

Answer 6a: FF is obviously better. Anyone shooting anything else just doesn't know what they are doing. With my PRO FF camera I can get the eyeball of a gnat in perfect focus while getting a creamy blur on it's butt.  All pictures should be taken with a depth of field so thin that less than 2% of your picture is in focus.  If you're not using FF you must have small reproductive organs.
Answer 6b:  You have to spend like a billion bucks to get the reach of a APS-C sensor with FF camera.  I once took a picture of a Hummingbird that was 3 miles away.  Yes it's really small and hard to seen but at a 100% crop with sharping enhancing software you can sort of make it out.  Just try doing that with a full frame camera.
Answer 6c: Each format has it's benefits....blah blah blah.

Question 7: Which is better, more mega pixels or better pixels?

Answer 7a: Great taste
Answer 7b: Less filling
Answer 7c: All pixels are created equal but some are more equal than others.
Answer 7d: Discussion of religion or politics is forbidden on this forum.
Answer 7e: Obviously more better mega pixels are better.

Question 8: When do you think the new XYZ will be <released, produced. available, announced. retired, designed, etc>?

Answer 8a: The janitor at the local camera store told me that he small some empty space on the backroom  shelves up high. So he thinks this means a new full frame body must be coming soon.
Answer 8b: You should do a poll because polls are always correct. (Unless they disagree with what I voted.)
Answer 8c: No one knows anything. If they did know something, they wouldn't be allowed to tell you.  If fact the secret service is investigating Canon to find out how they manage to keep things so quiet. So quit asking.  No really I mean it. Quit asking.

Question 9: <Insert your favorite science based question than most people won't understand and even less people care about here>

Answer 9: Let's wait for Neuro to answer.

Question 10:  Why do I get zinged?  I go to church every third Sunday and change my underwear once a week.  I always give perfect answers so everyone should agree with me. There must be a conspiracy against me.

Answer 10: No answer required.

Lenses / Re: So what kinda gear did Santa bring you this year?
« on: December 26, 2011, 02:05:33 PM »
My wife bought me a Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L II Is USM Telephoto Zoom Lens also.  Oh my god what a beautiful lens.  The few test shots I took of the family are incredible.  I can't wait to really test this lens out. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: From NR: D800 commercial was filmed in Chicago
« on: December 12, 2011, 02:45:14 PM »
However, NikonRumors spoke very confidently that the commercial is finished coupled with the fact that there is something big coming in January makes it above the 50% line.
Above the 50% line?  Wow, we should all go out and bet our life savings, with those excellent odds.
Neuro, you obviously don't know what "good odds" are because something that is just above the 50% is not considered  good odds - i'm glad that there is still one thing in the world for you to learn  ;D

I bet there's better than 50% odds that neuro was being sarcastic.   ;)

At least a 51% chance of that...   ::)

Neuro, sarcastic?? No way!!

For those of you who missed the B&H special but still want this lens, it looks like Adorama is now offering it for this price.

Happy Shopping.

Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Current Price
« on: November 29, 2011, 11:04:59 AM »
$1974 at B&H  :o :o :o  I'd buy it if I didn't already have one.
Edit: You'll have to go through the link at canonpricewatch, otherwise it's $2074.

Alternatively you can go through Canon Rumors Price Watch section, get the same price, and support this wonderful site.

Do not know how long this will last...
The web page says it lasts until Dec 2nd

Thanks for the tip. My wife just ordered mine for Christmas. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: How often do you go through a body? Why do you upgrade?
« on: November 17, 2011, 03:32:23 PM »
First camera: Old Konica    [late 60's/Early 70's]  (hand me down from dad)
2nd camera:   Canon FTB     [~1972] (another hand me down)
3rd camera:   Canon EOS 650 [August 1987]
4th camera:   Canon 7D      [September 2010]

Would like to get a full frame camera someday.  But for now the 7D is great for my needs.

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