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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50 f/1.2L
« on: January 12, 2013, 06:08:11 PM »
I have an FD50 f1.2L which I replaced the FD mount with an chipped EF mount & use it a lot on my 1D4 bodies.
It's a fabulous lens, very small, about the size of the EF50 f1.8.  The FD 50L has a very long helicoid & so manual focusing is very precise.
Incidently I've also retrofitted an EF mount on a FD85 f1.2L which is also a fabulous lens.  It's much bigger & heavier than the FD50L.

You can see photos of the conversion here (50L first then the 85L)

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D X Limitations Fixable?
« on: January 08, 2012, 01:58:06 PM »
Setting the custom white balance without taking a photo is already a standard feature of the 1D series.  I use it all the time.

EOS Bodies / Re: How often do you go through a body? Why do you upgrade?
« on: November 18, 2011, 02:21:47 PM »
1  1965 - Olympus half frame rangefinder
2  1971 - Canon FT QL w/ 50mm f1.4 (first SLR & what an upgrade). Then bought (second hand) an FLM50mm f3.5 macro with lifesize adapter (still have it & use it on the m4/3 Lumix G3).  A year later an FL-F 300mm f5.6 flourite (Canon's first flourite lens, still have it, now with an EF mount. The resolution & pic quality of this lens still blows me away).
3  1976 - Canon F1 & FD35mm f2
4  1987 - Canon EOS 650 & EF28-105, EF100-300
5  1992 - Canon EOS 5 (with eye-controlled focus-fantastic) & EF 20-35mm f2.8L (still use it)
6  2004 - Canon EOS 10D (gave it to my daughter)
7  2008 - Canon EOS 1D Mk III
8  2010 - Canon EOS 1D Mk IV
9  2011 - Canon EOS 1D Mk IV
I use all 3 1D bodies at times & my 5 "L" lenses. But mostly on assigment use the 2 1D4s with a Black Rapid double harness, 1 with a modified EF-S 10-22mm & the other with an EF 80-200 f2.8L (the magic drainpipe).

Lenses / Re: Using EF-S lens on FF body???
« on: September 04, 2011, 03:32:23 AM »
I use an EF-S 10-22mm on my 1D4.  But this is only possible when you have removed the plastic base insert and replaced it with an appropriate EF base.  This is because the EF-S lens protrudes a lot further into the camera body than an EF lens.  In fact the construction of the FF & 1.3 crop bodies ensures that the EF-S lenses will not normally mount. With my 1.3 crop bodies I have limited the zoom to 12-22 as wider than that two things happen.
1  the mirror hits the rear lens.
2  the image circle gets too small & you get cutoff at the corners.

You can see how I did it here.  There is also a gallery of photos taken with the modified lens on my 1D3.

Ross Becker
New Zealand

Lenses / Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« on: September 02, 2011, 04:08:52 AM »
I have 3 FL/nFD lenses that I've modified to fit directly onto my EOS 1D4s.
An FL-F 300mm f5.6 Flourite
An nFD 85mm f1.2L
An nFD 50mm f1.2L
All focus to infinity and are superb all manual lenses.
You can see them here:

Ross Becker
New Zealand

EOS Bodies / Re: End of the APS-H sized CMOS?
« on: July 12, 2011, 02:11:03 AM »
I've just bought my 2nd 1D4 to replace a damaged 1D3.  I carry both on a Black Rapid double strap.
An ultra-wide zoom on one side, EF-S 10-22mm, modified to fit the 1D4 which restricts it to 12-22 giving an EFL of 15 -27mm on the 1.3 crop.
A tele-zoom on the other side, EF 80-200mm f2.8L (magic drainpipe) on the other.
In my front bag carry a EF 20-35mm f2.8L when I really need something in the middle but usually I crop the ultra-wide image which saves changing lenses with dust everywhere.

Why two 1D4s?  When I'm in a dust laden dangerous disaster zone (which seems to be the norm these days), then I have found anything other than a 1 series doesn't cut it.  I don't need the high frame rate or 21MP. I do need the mechanical features that the 1 series gives.
You can see what I mean here

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS with GPS tagging
« on: May 06, 2011, 07:37:04 AM »
I mostly use 2 1D cameras wih a Black Rapid duo strap.  So a GPS in camera isn't a lot of use. 
So I've bought an I-GotU GT600 (
It's really small 2" square, records 262,000 points, fully customizable & cheap (less than $100).  Now all my photos are geotagged with Lat, Long, Altitiude. I do the data matching on my PC after downloading the photos & the GPS data.
Includes my wife's pics from her G10 when she's with me.
Best $100 I've spent.

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