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Technical Support / Re: Timelapse rotation
« on: December 30, 2014, 10:56:37 AM »
I've looked these up a few times...

This is a new one I just came across that may or may not be shipping yet:

There are lots more out there, but the cost goes up significantly.

Technical Support / Re: Replacing Canon Flash AF assist cover
« on: December 30, 2014, 10:36:44 AM »
I've had CPS just send me parts before.  I lost the little rubber cover on the the 5DIII selection joystick and instead of paying the flat service fee, I asked them about ordering the exact part.  I ended up having to order the entire back plate of the battery grip to get it, but it was still less than half the price of the flat service fee.  Call CPS and ask if you can buy it -- it probably is user replaceable.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Card Failure: Lexar CF 32GB 1000x
« on: September 19, 2014, 10:20:07 AM »
In talking with the company that eventually recovered the data, he said they see about equal numbers of Lexar and SanDisk failures.  He did mention that SanDisk encrypts the data within the card, which makes recovery more difficult.  As a result, I havne't abandoned my Lexar cards.  It is unnerving though.  I've started dual writing a lot more.

Final Update:

The first company I sent the card to spent almost a month trying to find a socket to read the chips on this card.  I started calling around and found a different company, LC Technologies, who makes their own sockets and were optimistic about support the Lexar card.  The first company finally gave up and offered to send the card to LC Tech with only a minimal charge.  LC Tech received the card on a Monday and by Wednesday, already retrieved the data and had a USB drive in the mail.  In the end, there were only 18 photos with partial to full corruption out of 893 total shots.  I also card the Lexar card back with the removed chips, so I can return it for replacement.

I can't speak highly enough of LC Technologies ( and definitely recommend you use them if you need to recover data from a damaged card.

Email to Lexar didn't prove to be useful.  All they did was say there weren't aware of any problems with this card and offered to replace.

I'm not trying to get replacement -- trying to get the data off of the card. 

I asked about contacting Lexar and apparently these "sockets" are only used in data recovery, not something the manufacturers use.  So far the only place that seems to have it is some company in Russia that may not be all that reliable.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Card Failure: Lexar CF 32GB 1000x
« on: April 28, 2014, 03:59:46 PM »
About 2 weeks ago after a long shoot, my second shooter had a complete failure of a Lexar 32GB 1000x CF Card. The card had completely normal handling and had been used numerous times before without incident. For whatever reason, the controller chip on the card failed, which prevents all access to the card data. I found a company that specializes in "off-chip" data recovery where they pull the chips off and hook up to a NAND reader to pull the data. Unfortunately, this card is using a brand new chip for which no one seems to have the right socket to do this type of recovery. Has anyone else needed to do an off-chip recovery of this card? If so, I would REALLY appreciate knowing what company did it.

This isn't a request for recovery methods or software's a full hardware failure which requires specific equipment to read.


Lighting / Re: Bolt Cyclone battery packs
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:29:06 PM »
Agree with you on the prices.  There is no excuse for these batteries to cost so much.  I was talking last night with an engineer friend of mine about designing the perfect external Li-ON battery pack for <$100 and crowd fund it.

Lighting / Re: Bolt Cyclone battery packs
« on: April 14, 2014, 01:55:45 PM »
The Bolt Cyclones are great battery packs, but you have several options on where to get them.  Two of them are made by Godox (PB960 or PB820) and have been rebranded by Bolt (same as several other companies including Cheetahstand).  Here is a very thorough review of the PB960 (same as Bolt DR PP-400DR):

I have a pair of these that I mainly use with my CL-360 flashes (also a Godox product), but occasionally use with my Canon speedlight, too.  This battery pack is much larger than the CP-E4 so keep that in mind.

I also have 4 PB820s that I was using before the 960 came out.  These work well, too, but are NiMH, not Lithium batteries.  This version was originally sold under Bolt, but that have since upgraded it to Li-ON as the  Bolt PP-310.  It's almost the exact same size as the PP-400DR but has less than half the power capacity.  The only other downside is the lack of a lock on the cable to the camera.  Having recently used one of these attached to my on-camera flash, I can tell you the cord lock is a nice and useful feature.

There is also a Bolt Cyclone X PP-600 -- this isn't from Godox, so I am not sure.  It's an inch smaller on each side, which is quite appealing, but way overpriced for what you're getting. 

Lenses / Re: 1.4 lenses kwestion
« on: March 12, 2014, 04:45:14 PM »
If you own a prime lens that doesn't look good until you stop it down to f2.8, then you should get rid of it.  All of the newer primes (those with max apertures lower than 2.8) are quite sharp with high IQ below below 2.8.  Even if the quality at the widest aperture is lacking, stopping down 1-2 clicks will generally give peak results and should still be below 2.8. 

If you're talking about some of the older primes like the older version of the Sigma 50 f1.4, then garbage wide open.  All of the more recent L primes are quite sharp at the widest settings.  Sigma seems to be knocking it out of the park lately too with their new lenses and I already have 2 of them (the 35 and the 120-300).

It depends on your business model.  I actively shoot functions that are attended by my friends or acquaintances and posting on FB gives me the opportunity to literally put my work in front of them on a reguluar basis.  It's free advertising and allows me to show the full breadth of my work to an audience that may only have a limited understanding of what types of things I shoot or the quality of my work.  I post highlights of almost everything I shoot to FB instead of having my own blog-type of site.  It's easy and has a wider audience.  I also post everything under a separate photography page that isn't my own personal page.

If you have concerns about your images getting taken and reused, you can post lower res and watermarked shots or just opt out all together.

I just did shoot this weekend based on someone on the other side of the country who briefly met me at an event and later saw my photos on FB that were tagged and shared.  This client is likely to turn into a long-term customer, too.  That means a $0 advertising investement is turning into cash in my pocket.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6d iso compared to the 1dx
« on: February 14, 2014, 01:19:20 PM »
The 6D is a little cleaner at high ISO than the 1DX or the 5D3.  I have the latter 2 and a colleague has the 6D and I can tell a noticeable difference in the noise apparent with 6D images.  The 6D's 6400iso shots look very close to the 1DX at 4000iso.

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 11, 2014, 02:23:00 PM »
Does this mean there is definitely no dual-pixel AF in the GXII?

Especially because I bet the photogs get pretty far from wireless access points at times....

Well, I'd think they would have the place covered, especially since all current professional cameras are WiFi enabled.

What "pro" does Canon have that's WiFi enabled.  The closest you can get is a 6D, which is not really something I would be using for sports.  None of the 1-series or even 5-series have WiFi.

Canon General / Re: Deals at Adorama: 600EX-RT, Canon EOS 6D kit and more
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:41:17 PM »
I guess this was a very short-term sale.  It's 7:40pm and I can't get the sale price to pull up with or without the LightScoop.

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