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Software & Accessories / Re: Louis Vuitton bag
« on: March 03, 2014, 11:02:59 PM »
Guys (in particular, the ones with a better half), think of it this way...you get this bag and your spouse wouldn't mind carrying your photography gear around for you (it's an LV after all!)...you'd have a sherpa wherever you travel!  I know someone who'd do anything to get an Hermes camera bag!  On a serious note, the Damier line is made for men...too bad for the ladies with GAS!  ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 18, 2013, 05:21:11 AM »
trowski - "I wouldn't rush to send in your 1D X. I'm guessing that wear is only a problem on higher milage cameras..."

Agreed.

expatinasia - "...the image in the viewfinder was blurry..."  "...the latter down to bad eye sight (even though I am 20/20), fatigue, a dirty viewfinder or something else."

Same experience.

"I wonder how long they need to keep it for."

Have yet to contact Canon on this.  I'm not losing sleeping over this for now.  Let's all help each other out and keep everyone abreast.

"Dwight - thanks for the heads up!"

You bet.  Just passing along info, that's all.

"Hats off to them for telling us and being proactive. How many companies would have kept quiet. I am impressed - annoyed, but still impressed."

Agreed.  Again, for now, I won't lose sleep over these phenomena.

Chris Burch - "Does anyone who has registered their camera on the Canon website ever get emails with these service notices?"

Nope.  I just found the advisory by browsing through Canon's site.

eml58 - "The 5DMK III Light Leak"

Have it too.  Got mine the day it was released.  I thought we all agreed that it was a non-issue?  Haven't had mine fixed...and I've been to Irvine a couple of times since I got the 5DM3 (non-related issues with other cameras/lenses).

"Trouble Free 5DMK II"

Same.

"And it's no good looking to the Dark Side, their Track Record is just as Bad as Canons.

Can't believe you just said that, eml58.  With all your cameras and lenses, I'd hold off even contemplating about switching over; like you said, "their Track Record is just as Bad".  I wouldn't even think about crossing over to the "Dark Side"!

"Have to say I've noticed the "Blurry Images" phenomena as well"

Yup, same experience.

Cannon Man - "In short, i don't like canon service in Finland"

Sorry to hear about your experience.  My experience, so far, with Canon US in Irvine, CA has been nothing short of good.

"Does it mean that my newly bought 1D X is potentially affected because it belongs to the group of "insufficient lubrication" OR does it mean that i can only get it repaired after the symptoms appear?"

The advisory states it lucidly.  If your camera/s serial no./s fall into the affected products and do not have the markings, your camera/s is/are "potentially" affected.  If your camera/s is/are "potentially" affected, it/they will be "inspected and repaired free of charge".

Like expatinasia said, Canon is being proactive about this.  For now, I'll take the "wait-see" attitude on this.  The 1D Mark III debacle was handled in a different manner, IMO, so there was a lot of outcry in regards to that model.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 17, 2013, 11:55:46 PM »
I guess mine will have to be 'inspected and repaired free of charge'.  Rather annoying...

You know it!  Annoying is an understatement.  Haven't checked mine...will get back to you all on this.  Not very positive on mine though (purchased 11/12), but have my fingers crossed that I won't have to send mine out [(or take it there) Irvine].

I haven't noticed either of the 2 phenomena listed.  Judging by the Egret photos you've posted on the '1D X Sample Images', you don't have an apparent issue as well.  We'll see how all this plays out...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 17, 2013, 11:35:01 PM »
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_1d_x?pageKeyCode=prdAdvDetail&docId=0901e024809120b7

Would this be another 1D Mark III debacle?  Thoughts and experiences.

Update: Based on serial no. and lack of markings, mine is affected.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 28, 2013, 04:11:57 AM »
Here are some from a recent trip to San Diego, CA.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 28, 2013, 04:08:04 AM »
1Dx 85f/1.2 L II, Shot @ f/5.6 & 1/160th ISO1250

Careful with them smokers, eml58!  Nicotine sticks to the gear and will deteriorate their value faster than all those safaris you go to!  :)  Besides, we all know second-hand smoke is just as bad!  Another great shot...remarkable colors...they paint the mood of the photo!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 28, 2013, 02:32:24 AM »
Another set:

Gadwall: AI Servo AF, Case 4, Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion:surround, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM, Digital Professional Photographer.  ISO 2,000, 1/3200, f/5.0 (it was moving around a lot)

Standing Duckling: AI Servo AF, Case 4 Manual selection of AF point, no expansion, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM, Digital Professional Photographer, ISO 4,000, 1/2000, f/5.6 (it was moving around a lot)

Head on Duckling: : AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X II, Digital Professional Photographer, ISO 5,000, 1/3200, f/6.3.

Grebe Family: : AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, no expansion, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X III, Digital Professional Photographer, ISO 3,200, 1/2000, f/10.0

(I don't know how to post this info at the bottom of the image)

Sharp Shot, you're new here as I relatively am.  I must say that your photos and demeanor are worthy of emulating.  You have just instantly become one of my most admired photographers on this forum.

The 600 (I don't have one and don't intend to own one) is just out-of-this-world!  The sharpness of the lens is as expected and the OOF area on those images are just perfect!  You absolutely hit the nail on the head with your focus point/s!  Keep shooting and keep sharing!  Thanks again!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 28, 2013, 02:24:59 AM »
Shot details
Minimal, if any cropping was applied to the images.

1st set
Bufflehead: AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X III, Digital Professional Photographer
Gadwall: Servo AF, Case 3 Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, center point selected, EF 70-200 mm F/2.8L IS II USM with a 1.4X II, Digital Professional Photographer
Duckling: AI Servo AF, Case 6, Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X III, Photoshop
Pintail: AI Servo AF, Case 6, Manual selection of AF point,  AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, center point selected, EF 70-200 mm F/2.8L IS II USM, Photoshop

2nd set
1st Grebe shot: AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, no expansion, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X II, Digital Professional Photographer
2st Grebe shot: AI Servo AF, Case 2 Manual selection of AF point, no expansion, EF 600 mm f/4.0L IS II USM with a 1.4X III, Digital Professional Photographer
Both Wood Ducks: AI Servo AF, Case 3 Manual selection of AF point, AF Point expansion: top/bottom/left/right, center point selected, EF 70-200 mm F/2.8L IS II USM with a 1.4X II, Digital Professional Photographer

Thank you for sharing your settings and PP app, Sharp Shot!  Invaluable!  Collective sharing and giving is what makes photography fresh and inspiring!

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Good gravy.  The hater train finally arrived.  Pull no punches, gang.  ;D

No worries.  I appreciate the open and passionate sharing of beliefs.  Great, great thread.

In hindsight, Kai was pulled from the lens cap, but I'll leave the stamps on for this trip.  Insurance was always in place, anyway.

Who knew tape was to keep a war photog from being sniped?  Neat.   I wonder if they used tinted/matte filters or CPLs to dull the lens elements as well...

- A

Good gravy indeed!  ::)  I'm not one to be belligerent...you can check my history...no reason to try to be a know-it-all or a tough guy online.  The way I see all this is self-expression...to each his/her own...no right or wrong way of doing most photography-related stuff...a lot of this is subjective.  Self-satisfaction and self-fulfillment are what I derive out of all this.

Having said that, you asked for advise.  People like PBD was spot on.  To avoid long-winded posts, people affirmed what he said.  You don't even care to mention (like members of this great forum is going to hunt you down and steal your adulterated 5D3) where exactly you're going (apart from a vague description of the place...could be anywhere).  Good luck, buddy.  Sincerely.  Chill and enjoy your trip!

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I have fairly strong views about taping.
  • First, the only people who notice, in general, are other photographers and they invariably ask, why are you taping?
  • Second, some of the most valuable cameras in the world are taped, pre release test models are normally taped to alter their look a  little.
  • Third, it is a fashion statement, little more. I have no time for fashion statements.
  • Fourth, unless you are shooting in (a) an incredibly dusty place and the tape helps reduce the problem or (b) your life is genuinely at risk from any reflective surfaces on your equipment (a war zone for instance), taping is not serving a practical purpose.
  • Fifth, anybody that believes a bit of tape will deter a thief is too naive to be shooting where they think they need tape. Do you honestly believe a thief who grosses $10/$20/$100 a month gives a damn if he gets $20 or $50 for the camera and lens they just stole? USA retail prices don't mean anything on the mean streets of anywhere. When I did a story on auto stereo thieves they got $50 for an Alpine, $40 for a Technics or Blaupunkt, $30 for everything else.
  • Sixth, taping your camera is camouflaging the wrong tool, you stand out like a sore thumb and will be a target anyway.
  • Seventh, and take this from somebody who has been threatened with guns, knives and sharpened screwdrivers, confidence is your only salvation, be there because you belong and walk like that too, but know when you are done and just give it up.
  • Eighth, as already stated, insurance is your best protection, even short term travel coverage, just make sure it covers the value of the gear you are taking.


So do I feel there is any justification for taping? Well yes, if you fall into my fourth point it can be a good idea, but further, if taping gives you a little extra confidence then go for it, just don't let that confidence fool you into thinking you belong there.

+1 PBD!  Couldn't have said these any better!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 27, 2013, 09:11:01 PM »
The adult and baby Grebes have been putting on a great show for the last week.  They have so much character and the adults are exceeding patient with the young ones they are trying to feed.

I also like taking photographs of birds in flight, especially take offs.
 
Shot details:
Grebe 3806, 1/2000, 840 mm, ISO 1,600
Grebe 6459, 1/3200, 840 mm, ISO 4,000
Wood Duck 9435, 1/6400, 280 mm, ISO 1,600
Wood Duck 0201, 1/1600, 280 mm, ISO 1,250

Same comments as my previous post.  Wonderful captures!  Again, IMO, 2 and 4 showcase the AF performance on these new breed of Canon high-end DSLRs.  What were your expansion points on 2 and 4?  Thanks for sharing!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 27, 2013, 09:07:47 PM »
Some recent images.  I just love shooting with the 1DX with its 12 fps and high ISO capability that enables capture of images not possible just a few years ago.

Shot details
Bufflehead: 1/5000, 840 mm, ISO 1,000
Gadwall: 1/1600, 280 mm, ISO 1,250
Pintail: 1/2500, 135 mm, ISO 400
Duckling: 1/2500, 840 mm, ISO 5,000

Stunning and razor sharp shots, Sharp Shot!  :)  1 and 3 blew me away!  Your lens collection is outstanding!  I'm guessing you shot 1 with a 600 + 1.4TC and 2 with a 200 + 1.4TC?  May I ask which AF expansion points you used for 1 and 3.  The new AF on the 1DX/5D3 is out of this world...both 1 and 3 showcase this...the AF never misses a beat!  Thanks for sharing!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 27, 2013, 07:27:55 PM »
For you Edward.
It's cheetah day!

Awesome shot, sanj!  Lighting is perfect!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 27, 2013, 07:27:04 PM »
Been a little bored lately, waiting to head off on some Image Taking work rather than some Image reviewing work, so working on the B&W look, well, almost B&W Look.

1Dx 400f/2.8 L IS Version 2, Shot @ f/4 & 1/5000th ISO 800

Yeah, a sitting Cheetah & I shot it @ 1/5000th, guess i was expecting him to break into full swing at any moment, in fact, he didn't of all the Cheetahs to run across, we found the Lazy sucker.

Beautiful!  Agreed...so much better being behind a camera than in front of a monitor!  :)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 27, 2013, 06:57:33 PM »

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