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Animal Kingdom / Re: Humpback whale
« on: Today at 04:47:37 AM »
Hi seattlebirdman.
Nice shot, sorry don't do farcebook, if I did I'd look at all the shots and make a choice!

Cheers, Graham.

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Landscape / Re: Railway odds and ends...
« on: Today at 04:43:47 AM »
Hi distant.star.
Really like this shot, something about the colours, particularly the red from the bourbon where it hits the rust on the rails. Lovely.

Cheers, Graham.

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Bourbon & Creosote



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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: Today at 04:33:15 AM »
Hi DiSnapper.
Nice shots, when striving for a seemingly unattainable item or target, I've been asked if I want the moon on a stick too, but never the sun. Particularly like this one.
I'm guessing you knew this shot would happen, kept checking for the correct situation, then on the day when it all came together you were sat there waiting?  ;D I won't believe you if you say you just spotted it the day you took it! ::)
Thanks for sharing

Cheers, Graham.

Couple of sunset shots from my end


IMG_5317
by Ganugapenta NaveenKumar Reddy, on Flickr

Panorama


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Canon General / Re: Lens identity?
« on: October 29, 2014, 04:47:06 PM »
Not to worry, there are more important things than checking signatures, and if I hadn't already thought about it your suggestion would have been necessary!

Cheers, Graham.

Hi lintoni.
Thanks for the thought, seller says battery is charged, but I have a 40D so would take a spare in pocket just in case.

Cheers, Graham.

It might be worth asking friends if they have a camera that uses the same battery (BP-511) and borrow a battery, just to check that the camera works, if you do get your offer accepted.
Duh! Should've checked your sig before posting!

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Technical Support / Re: failing shutter on 60D
« on: October 29, 2014, 10:39:04 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D ;D

Cheers, Graham.


Glad it is sorted, but there goes your excuse to upgrade!


I disagree. If ever Don needed a really thorough weather sealed camera, here is the proof. Or rather a fur sealed camera.

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Canon General / Re: Lens identity?
« on: October 29, 2014, 10:35:44 AM »
Hi lintoni.
Thanks for the thought, seller says battery is charged, but I have a 40D so would take a spare in pocket just in case.

Cheers, Graham.

It might be worth asking friends if they have a camera that uses the same battery (BP-511) and borrow a battery, just to check that the camera works, if you do get your offer accepted.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 29, 2014, 10:31:14 AM »
Hi Ashley.
I too was dubious about the value of a grip, especially as when mounting the body to a tripod it should really be removed to eliminate one source of movement. I bought a Mieke grip for my 7D, I think it is one of the best non optical add ons that I have, and it was cheap enough that if I didn't like a gripped camera it wouldn't hurt like a Canon grip!

Cheers, Graham.

Thanks for the suggestions, keep then coming!

I'm surprised to see so many suggesting a battery grip. I've always thought they looked too bulky, plus most of my work is in landscape mode, but I'll have to try one sometime!

I'll check out the other products that have been suggested.

Thanks everyone,

Ashley

http://ashleymiddleton.zenfolio.com

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Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 29, 2014, 05:25:03 AM »
Hi Mitch.
I would take a guess that their server is seeing more traffic this week than for the last month or two! ;D Just needs time to catch up!

Cheers, Graham.

Mine won't activate with the activation code.  I get an error "DatabaseCannotBeOpened".

Edit: I tried repeatedly attempting to activate and even tried uninstalling and reinstalling the software.  I encountered a variation of the error a few times, "DatabaseCannotBeOpenedShop".  I'm not sure what "Shop" refers to.

The good news is that I found other instances on other forums of this happening with similar giveaway promotions. It seems that this error should resolve itself within a few hours or a day or so.  It's most definitely on DxO's side from what I've read.

So, we just need to be patient it seems.

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Technical Support / Re: failing shutter on 60D
« on: October 29, 2014, 05:19:22 AM »
Hi Don.
I think this condition should have a name and as you discovered it you should have the honour of naming it! Hmmm my camera has Haines, has been Hainsed?
Congratulations on taking the enquiring minds need to know approach. It is a bit of a concern for someone with a fluffy cat that enough hair, and I'm guessing it would only need one or three hairs in a tiny device to create the appearance of tightly wound fine cat hairs, made it in there!
Glad it is sorted, but there goes your excuse to upgrade!

Cheers, Graham.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:11:13 PM »
Hi Ashley.
I use the GGS screen protectors, I don't think the covers on the higher spec screens are user replaceable any more, bonded to the LCD or something so scratch protection is important.
A friend has a pop up screen cover, it is quite comical watching the review of an image, might be slightly useful on a camera with live view!
I bought a silicone skin for my 40D, Camera Armor I think, I have tried to use it twice about a year apart, I hate the bloody thing, looks wrong feels wrong, and I am not convinced of the extra protection it might offer being worth the way it makes holding my lovely 40D feel!
OpTech neck strap at the minimum, so much better than the OEM. Leave the OEM one in the packaging for when you sell it on! Better still a Black Rapid shoulder sling for days out, save trashing your neck.
Just a couple of thoughts there!

Cheers, Graham.

My 7d mkii is arriving tomorrow and was wondering what accessories I should look at, in particular protection.

I have seen a variety of items, peel on plastic for the screens, glass 'plates' (GGS stuff) and full body silicone skin and flip up LCD shades/protectors.

I know there isn't anything for the 7d2 yet, but what would you suggest is the best to go with, and as its nearing Christmas are there any goodies you think I should be hinting at with my family to get me for this camera (don't say batteries and cards, thats an obvious one!)

Thanks

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Canon General / Re: Lens identity?
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:12:59 AM »
Hi AcutancePhotography.
Short answer, they are selling a working camera due to a broken battery charger! £25 on eBay for genuine secondhand £5 for Chinese knock off. Figured if it was an L lens too many questions would alert even a naive seller to the worth. I don't know that they are naive, but they have not set a price, sensible offers! Yes perhaps unfairly I am hoping to take advantage to get this for a friend at a good price!  :-[ ::)

Cheers, Graham. 

Long story short, I don't want to seem too interested in it, asking too many questions might increase the price as it is on a camera with problems for sale make a sensible offer.

Short answer:  Don't consider it.

If you really think that asking questions or "showing interest" will increase the price, this not the type of person you want to buy from.  When buying used equipment you have to ask questions.  How else can you realistically make your buying decision?

There are so many legitimate used lens sources, why take the chance on a seller that might up the price if you ask questions or "show interest".

Good luck with it.

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Technical Support / Re: failing shutter on 60D
« on: October 28, 2014, 05:48:52 AM »
Hi Don.
No actual knowledge of the issue, but it would seem to me that from engineering principles it might be that a clean and lube would help, of course it could be that the issue is electronic, I'm guessing that the speeds are read and reported to the OS by some kind of sensor, perhaps that is failing.
Probably the only way to find out for sure would be to get it serviced by Canon (approved service agent?).
Can you really be the only person to ever experience this here?

Cheers, Graham.

I have a 60D with about 100,000 actuations on the shutter. Everything still works, but there appears to be no difference in exposure from 1/500 of a second to 1/8000 of a second. It opens and closes, slower shutter speeds seem OK, but fast seems to be stuck around 1/500.

The camera has never been cleaned or lubed... I was wondering if the problem could be solved with a proper cleaning. From everything I have read, when a shutter fails, it just stops... so I am wondering if clean and lube is the solution.

And NO, I am not going to spray WD40 or something like that into the camera :) so please don't tell me not to. I am considering sending it back to Canon for a proper cleaning and tune up... I want to keep it as a "magic lantern" camera...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 28, 2014, 05:10:24 AM »
Hi J.R.
I did it the first night it was posted, got the emailed serial no but haven't tried to download the file yet!

Cheers, Graham. 

Is anyone able to get this to work? I'm submitting the required information but the page simply reloads when I click "Submit".

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Canon General / Re: Lens identity?
« on: October 28, 2014, 05:05:24 AM »
Hi Neuro, Jim.
Thanks, I wasn't particularly assuming that it was an L, hoping maybe but I knew I'd seen red rings on other lenses. I'd spent a while searching, pretty much discounted most Ls due to them not having the distance scale on the front, thought it might have been an older generation.

Neuro.
I think you are absolutely correct with that I.D. There is just enough detail to confirm on the picture.

40D broken charger, Sigma 18-200 £? Be a lot better for a friend on a budget than my old 300D 18-55

Cheers, Graham.

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Canon General / Lens identity?
« on: October 27, 2014, 08:47:00 PM »
Hi Folks.
I hope someone can identify this lens for me please, it is a ropey picture from a for sale add. Long story short, I don't want to seem too interested in it, asking too many questions might increase the price as it is on a camera with problems for sale make a sensible offer. Knowing what it is will help me decide on an offer price, or if I even want it.

Thanks for taking time.

Cheers, Graham.

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