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Canon General / Re: Official Discontinued List
« on: May 21, 2012, 07:02:28 PM »
I expect the 430EX II will be on the chopping block shortly after the 440EX-RT is released.  (rumored this fall)

Of course. It actually surprises me that they didn't release the 440rt and 600rt at the same time to offer a full master-slave system (Thanks, Canon!). But maybe they want well-off photogs in a hurry to only get 600rt and this is the reason why they didn't release a radio-addon for older flashes yet.

Tell me about it, I'm anxious to play with the radio control but can't.  Got a 600EX-RT and have a ST-E3-RT on order.

Canon General / Re: Official Discontinued List
« on: May 21, 2012, 05:53:43 PM »
I expect the 430EX II will be on the chopping block shortly after the 440EX-RT is released.  (rumored this fall)

Lenses / Re: Canon Rebates
« on: May 20, 2012, 12:27:24 PM »
Furthermore the brand new (still warm from the factory) 600EX-RT is rebated $30. 

You are probably aware of the clever Honl system, but in case you are not:

And it does not effect the Color Filter sensors on the 600EX-RT

Canon General / Re: Suggestions on new Canon DSLR -- thinking 60D
« on: May 19, 2012, 05:50:46 PM »
In terms of post-processing software.  Many will recommend Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop Elements, and even various plug-ins.  Many people overlook the bundled software - Digital Photo Professional (aka: DPP).  DPP is VERY good....

Agree, DPP is very good software and the perfect software to start with IMO.  DPP is included with all Canon RAW capable cameras.  I use DPP along with LR.  You will determine in time if you need / want to add photo editing software.  When that time comes, download and test trial versions.

I would still go for the 24-105 over the 15-85 as:...

Certainly worth considering.   I very much like the 24-105 in conjunction with the 10-22.  You get true wide through moderate telephoto for crop cameras.  That might be the better route to take, only you will know.  Primarily for the need / want to have weather sealed lens, I sold my 15-85 and added the 16-35 and 24-105.

Canon General / Re: Suggestions on new Canon DSLR -- thinking 60D
« on: May 19, 2012, 10:03:30 AM »
...I'm definitely set on the 60D or upcoming replacement (may end up holding off until June to see what happens).  I've compared the T3i to the 60D and the T3i just feels small in my hand whereas the 60D fits well...
Good decision and great choice, the wait game can drive one nuts.

One last question, the recommended lenses included some EF and EF-S.  While I know that both fit the 60D, I'm less clear on what the impacts are to the perceived focal length and/or quality.  Online postings seem to be somewhat contradictory on this matter.  My understanding is that pictures taken with, say, 50mm focal length EF and EF-S lenses be framed differently on an aps-c sensor (as in the 60D) versus a FF sensor.  Because of this, some postings have mentioned that an EF lens on an aps-c sensor will effectively extend the reach of the lens -- turning the 50mm into a 80mm lens (1.6x crop factor).

Focal length is focal length.   Just think of a APS-C camera (60D) like a 1.6 teleconvertor.  On Canon's crop sensor cameras, multiple the focal length whether it is an EF-S or EF, by 1.6 to get the FF equivalent.   EF-S lenses will not physically fit on a FF body and shouldn't because the FF mirror can hit the rear lens element.  So buy the lens you need and want for the body you have whether it's an EF-S or EF.    (In my case I have a 7D and no EF-S lens not because I'm getting ready for FF, but because I chose the best lens for my needs.)

EF lens do not resolve any less detail when used on a crop body.    So don't worry about losing anything if you chose an EF over a  EF-S lens.  In fact if anything, a crop body can't see the edges of a EF lens (where its prone to be less sharp) like a FF can.  The experts on this site can define all this much more scientifically.

Typical focal lengths in FF:
24mm (15mm on a 60D) - Landscapes (obviously wider is nice too)
50mm - 135mm (31mm - 85mm on a 60D) - typical for portraits (of course any lens can be used, but outside of this range you have to be more careful of distortion)
50mm (31mm on a 60D) - normal FOV  approximately what your eyes see

Final tips: 

If you expect to get into photography seriously, and if you can, spend a little more now and get good glass.  IMO, I don't like the "start out with this lens now" and then "upgrade to this lens later" strategy.  Do your homework (it sounds like you have) and get what you want up front.

Buy gear incrementally.  Get some experience with your body and main lens, then use that experience to choose your next lens.

Good luck

Lenses / Re: varying aperture zoom lenses
« on: May 18, 2012, 06:43:25 PM »
One of the reasons I sold my 15-85

Canon General / Re: Suggestions on new Canon DSLR -- thinking 60D
« on: May 18, 2012, 11:23:38 AM »
Not claiming to be an "expert" by any means but my first advice would be to put your money in glass.   I would seriously consider the 15-85 over the 18-135 for IQ reasons.  Also the 15-85 is a bit wider making it 24mm (FF equivalent) which is great for landscapes and the build quality is better.  Both have the same variable apertures so that is a wash.

Second, hold off on the 55-250 until you have had time to learn your camera and body.  Chances are very likely that you will want a higher IQ lens than the 55-250 and you may discover that you might want a different focal length.

Have not shot with a 60D but I think that is an excellent choice (I have a 7D).  I think you will find a lot of ergonomic benefit from a larger body (like the 60D) over the Rebels--of course is all personal preference.

It doesn't look like the the 60D is sold in a kit with the 15-85 so you may have to buy them separate.  If budget is not an issue, consider the 17-55 which also has excellent IQ, and a constant 2.8 aperture.

Good luck and let us know your decisions.

15-85 review

18-135 review

55-250 Review

Wow, thank you.  I must rethink the ste3rt, because for around 300 I can get another flash that communicates.  Hmmm...
And you get focus assist AND you get a potential on axis fill light. On the downside, it makes your camera side much heavier to lug around.

I'm probably going to wait for the new 440EX-RT as my on-camera flash and radio trigger.  It is supposed to come out in the fall.  At around $400 it's only marginally more expensive than the ST-E3-RT and offers the advantages above.

I'm betting the 440EX-RT will not have radio master control.   That is why I ordered the ST-E3-RT from Amazon for $328.   

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Point & Shoot?...
« on: May 17, 2012, 12:41:25 PM »
It should be as simple as turning it off.  Even in the Auto modes, there's a setting to turn off the flash (press the flash icon at the 3 o'clock position on the rear dial, then rotate that dial to the off position - flash with the international symbol for no over it).  Then, it won't pop up.  In Av, Tv, and M, there's not even an option to have the flash automatically pop up - you must set it to off or on (or slow sync, in the case of Av mode).

Thanks for the tips Neruo.  I must confess I haven't played with my S100 a lot yet since I only use it when it not practical to use my dSLR.  It's going to get a  good work in about a week with the family at Disneyland.  I took it to HI on a business trip and really found the GPS function beneficial.  I was in a lot of out of the way places (Molokai) that I was able to map to when I got back home.

Edit:  initially when I commented on the "flash popping up automatically", I was wanting a hard off setting in the menu because I kept turning on the flash with my Fat fingers and since my left hand index finger was on top of the flash, it was a nuisance.   Ok, now that I've had a few days to really play with this, train my self to hold it so it doesn't interfer with the flash, and to master the dial, I m good and loving this little camera.  I do wish there was one more programmable button--like the shortcut button on my old S80.  I think I've got this all setup the way I like it:

Amazon 3rd party vendors have them off and on. I'll see them for a couple of days then they're sold out.  Then in couple of days later, another 3rd party vendor will have them.

I have a pre-order in at Amazon (sold by Amazon) because it is considerable cheaper and its sold by Amazon (I'm not big on most Amazon 3rd party vendors).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Point & Shoot?...
« on: May 15, 2012, 08:39:55 AM »
S100 (which replaced my S80).  The S100 has everything I was looking for in a P&S--glad to get raw back since it was pulled from the S80.  24-120 (FF), ideal for a P&S.   F2 at 24mm, nice.  Love the GPS.  Nice layout and handy ring control.  Only gripe, wish there was a setting to prevent the flash from popping up automatically. 

Chose Canon since I already knew the language--same menu layouts, terminology, etc.

Almost went with The G1X but reminded myself if I can't put it in my pocket I my as well have my dSLR.

Lenses / Re: 24-105mm f/4 L IS on a crop camera
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:21:15 PM »
personally i think the 24-105 f4L + canon 10-22 EF-S lens make a pretty nice combo
not that the 17-55 is bad or anything but the 24-105 is a really nice versitle lens and the 10-22 is pretty good for when you need to go really wide

Dido.  I came very close going this route when I sold my 15-85.  But because one of the reasons I decided to sell it was for a weather sealing, I went with the 16-35 and 24-105.  I'll have to hold off on ultra wide shooting until I get a FF body.

Technical Support / Re: Micro-Adjust Question
« on: May 14, 2012, 05:23:21 PM »
I would love if Canon would offer (and sell) a firmware update to store multiple AFMA value for bodies that don't support that.  I know, not gonna happen since it might cut into sales of new bodies.

Anyway, I'm anxious to see what the big guns have to say about this as well since I have the same question.  I just got done adjusting for my 24-105.  Using Neuro's procedure and the LensAlign MkII, I got -2 at 24mm and +3 at 105mm.  I set my camera at +1  because I expect to shoot more longer distances and focal lengths.

BTW, just got this lens back from Canon Service (Irvine, CA facility).  I sent it in because it had a 10 point swing in AFMA values from 24-105mm.  They reported:

"...adjustment of the mechanical chassis was incorrect causing inaccurate auto focus.  The mechanical chassis was replaced...."

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod for macro photography
« on: May 14, 2012, 10:37:13 AM »
Another one to add to your research list is this Vanguard.  This is non CF if that is the route you want to go

With SBH-100 ball head and QS-39 shoes:

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