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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II specs wishlist.
« on: March 04, 2012, 02:05:35 PM »
I think this is being reasonable:
- New sensor with improved low and high ISO (clean ISO 1600)!!
- Dual Digic 5
- Same build, maybe a little better weather seal
- Improved DR
- Maybe a few more AF points (all cross)
- Same screen (resolution & aspect ratio) as 5D3
- No flip-out screen
- Multiple micro adjust settings per lens (does 5D3 have this?)
- Price inside 2K US dollars

Would be nice but don't see it happening:
- Radio controlled flash
- User replaceable focusing screens

Not sure if I'll upgrade my 7D to a 7DII, most likely I'll add a FF body.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II specs wishlist.
« on: March 04, 2012, 01:41:38 PM »
How about a lock for the mode dial?  I'm always inadvertently changes modes when I change lenses, etc.

considering the lock for the dial has been coming for most of the new bodies, I'm pretty sure if it does come out it'll be there...

How about a lock for the mode dial?  I'm always inadvertently changes modes when I change lenses, etc.

Agreed. I've had that happen to me too many times with my T2i.

BTW, you can send in your body (7D, 5DII, not sure about T2i) and have them put on a new locking mode dial for $100.  And it definitely looks like new bodies will all have the locking dial.


Lenses / Re: Grand Canyon Lens suggestions
« on: March 04, 2012, 01:30:22 PM »
Slightly off topic but closely related, the web sites for many of these locations mention that a permit is required for photography that will be or may be used in any commercial way. They include fine art photography in that category. Antelope makes some sense since it is a very specific location but I can't figure out if places like Monument Valley only refer to specific areas within the First Nation jurisdiction or the entire park or if there is a difference. Trying to get more information via email or phone was a nightmare. I just got off the phone with someone from Monumental Valley who seemed to be saying a permit even for personal use was $50!

Does anyone have any insights into these permits? It would be very appreciated.

No specific info on permits for Monument Valley.  However I was there for 2 days (less than a year ago) taking pictures everywhere.  The only fee I paid was a few buck (maybe 10) to drive the loop road.  Out on the loop road was about a hundred people (over the course of the loop) also taking photos.  Of course all my photos were for personal use and not commercial.

In general there are fees required on Indian land for hiking, camping, and general access.   I have taken lots of  photos (for personal use) on Indian land and have never heard anything about permits.

Bottom line, I'm confident you will not have any issues taking pictures.  If you are doing commercial work, then of course you will need to conform to their policies.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« on: March 02, 2012, 02:59:01 PM »
One more option needed:  "Wait a while for the 5D III to drop"

I figure I'm at least a year away until I have the funds for a  new body anyway and I do want the 3 over the 2.  Hopefully the price will drop below 3K.

Dang, I was hoping the $3500 was an error and it was going to be $3000 or less.   :(   Well I can't afford one now anyway even if it is $2500.  If figure I'm a year away and hopefully the price will slide below 3K.  Maybe there will a less expensive version without video.

Glad to see the same battery as 7D

Software & Accessories / Re: Photo editing software for a new user...
« on: February 27, 2012, 09:34:44 PM »
Lightroom 3 for $75.00 at Buy.com tonight (7:30 PM AZ time).  This is the student teacher edition  ???  which to me is very odd.


Well, yesterday i found this usefull information. I tried it and works so I shared it with you guys...

What I found today? just suspicious about virus?? Nowbody will ever be grateful for this great info?

For those 7D users like me there is no way to know shutter count if you don't install ubuntu and I don't know what other crap in your PC.

I am really sorry about you guys... I thought it was a good place to share information with other Canon users but it seems I was wrong.

Hmmm,  Don't take the virus suspicion personally, no one wants to get their system hosed.  I'm grateful and I appreciate you sharing this little tool!  I downloaded the file, scanned it then ran it, and it worked great.  So I posted my (positive) results and then gave you an applaud.  Since then I received a smite, I hope it wasn't for being cautious with a downloaded file from an unknown source. 

 Cool!  Works on a 7D.   8)

(file is safe, scanned using Trend)

Lenses / Re: New Lenses Coming [CR3]
« on: February 22, 2012, 08:43:01 PM »
Nothing exciting about the lens announcement for me.  :'(  Where's the 35 1.4 II and anything 50? 

Ok, what is with pancake lens?   ??? Not the focal length, even though that is weird unless its an EF-S.  Why a stubby little lens?  Seems to me something has to be compromised else more lens would be nice and compact.  Someone educate me on "pancake" lenses please.  Thanks

Lighting / Re: Do I need the 580?
« on: February 22, 2012, 08:23:51 PM »
By the way, I just ordered it and think of cancelling the order - don't you think it's feasible to wait for the next top-in-line flash to get it work during videos for additional light?
If the new one is announced then expect to see lots of 580's pop up on used sites, so it might be best to wait if you can. It is intriguing that the new 590 rumour makes mention of wireless but we have not heard much of that in recent camera rumours. If the new 5D3 has wireless flash support I will sell you my two 580 EX II 's for a good price  ;)

...or the price of the 580 EXII might go up if the EOL rumor becomes true and the new 590 is significantly more money.  If it were I, I'd grab a 580 now, learn it, use it, and enjoy it.  You can always sell it or I'm sure it can be used as secondary flash with radio setup.

Too many unknowns with the next gen of Speedlights.

With the upcoming [CR3] announcements... am I the only one who's equally excited by the idea of a new speedlite with radio signalling built in?? The creative possibilities without spending literally thousands of dollars on expensive ETTL third party triggers - I'm nearly salivating.

Perhaps I'm getting a bit ahead of myself... it is still a rumour!

The only problem I face now is I currently have 3 580 EX IIs - Canon releasing a radio add-on for legacy speedlites really would be wishful thinking, wouldn't it?

Very exciting for me and I'm just a hobbyist.  Question is will Canon offer transmitters and receivers for non radio bodies and Speedlights, and if so will they be affordable (love to have radio control over my 580 and 430s with my current body).  I doubt they will be offered and I expect the 590 EX will be a couple hundred bucks (US) above the current price of the 580 EXII.

So if the 580 is rumored to be EOL, do you expect the 430 also to be EOL?  If so that doesn't leave much desirable with the current Canon Speedlight lineup.  Hmmm, maybe more new radio controlled units will follow the 590.  Lots of excitement in the air right now.

Lighting / Re: Do I need the 580?
« on: February 21, 2012, 09:22:45 PM »
I too am a hobbyist with a 7D which can act as a master trigger.  Without repeating others' comments too much, get a 580EX II for all the reasons already mentioned but mostly because it can act as a master where the 430s cannot. 

Trust me, if you think you are going to get into flash photography, you will want a second and possibly a 3rd flash.  Get the 580 EX II first.  I have 1 - 580 EXII and 2 - 430 EXIIs.  I often use a 3 flash setup and most of the time I use the 580 as the master trigger (via  an extra long ETTL cord, see link below).

Yes my 7D can fire all 3 of my Speedlights but I often don't use he master function on my 7D because I often place my slaves outside of the 7D's FOV.  Also, as mention in the thread, the 430 head rotation is only 270 degrees, sometimes I wish one of my 430s was a 580 just for that reason.  I love my 430s, but I love my 580 a little more.

A must have, get the 33 footer:

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 18-45 f/3.5-5.6 Kit Lens for APS-C Mirrorless Patent
« on: February 20, 2012, 11:56:19 AM »
Excuse me for coming off ignorant, but what is with all the hype over mirror-less cameras.  I'm serious, what am I missing?  I get the part of less mechanical, maybe higher shutter speeds (maybe not), but what about the loss of a "real" viewfinder?   

Yes, I know mirror-less have been around on and off for years, but I don't understand what market they're aimed at.  Is this to compete with the P&S market, DSLR, market or its own?  It seems to me they're targeted towards the hip, got-to-have-the-lastest, the in-thing, trendy market--at least that is what I get from the Sony commercials.

Please, someone enlighten me. ???

Lenses / Re: Grand Canyon Lens suggestions
« on: February 19, 2012, 01:58:54 PM »
Lots of tourist coming to AZ, we like the revenue   ;)

A few more suggestions for those in the Grand Canyon vicinity:

- Walnut Canyon National Monument - cliff dwellings in side of mountain and steep canyon, cool easy all paved hike, few miles east of Flagstaff
- Wupatki National Monument - high desert Indian dwellings, about 25 miles N of Flagstaff
- Sunset Crater National Monument - Ancient volcanic activity, a few miles N of Flagstaff (you can do Wupatki and Sunset together in the same driving loop)
- Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon - just south of Flagstaff, my favorite route is to take old highway 89 down into the canyon from Flagstaff
- From Sedona, head south west to Jerome an old mining town.  Jerome is the most vertical town in the country.  Main street zig zags up a mountain.

Don't want to come across as a tourism promotion but, lots of wonderful photography opportunities.

PS, might be cheapest to buy annual NP pass to cover all parks and monuments.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Eneloop batteries for my flash
« on: February 19, 2012, 11:02:32 AM »
Since we are talking about batteries, I want to share an awesome battery caddy to hold your batteries (I have 3, thanks again Syl).  Normally I don't get excited about a piece of molded plastic, but these caddies are excellent; strong non-brittle plastic, batteries snap in and will not fall out, orient your batteries up or down to indicate charged or discharged, and come in multiple sizes and colors.




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