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Sports / Re: 17 Year old Sports Photographer
« on: Today at 09:10:50 AM »
Hi Charles.
Great set of shots.
On the kneeling thing, try not to, or use very good protection, take it from someone who spent too long kneeling or grovelling around on the ground (when I was young and invincible) in the cold and wet working on cars, if you want to be able to kneel down and stand back up when you are 40 (yes it can be that little time away) without pain and cracking noises, look after yourself! Yes you are young but that is when we do the damage.
Sorry for the dismal nature of my post but you need to not learn these things for yourself.

Cheers, Graham.

I couldn't tell in the football and soccer shots, but are you kneeling or standing?  Getting lower makes high school athletes, especially, look more impressive.  That makes it harder to move around to follow the action, however, but you're young!

Again, great work.

Sports / Re: Kayaking
« on: Today at 04:35:16 AM »
Hi Climber.
Nice series of shots, unfortunately our Island has no white water, next chance I get will be early next year going back to where I took the shots I started this thread with! (And hoping they are there!)

I really like the second shot, the red one going over the high drop, love the light through the water.

Cheers, Graham.

just to give a bit of life to this topic...

Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: Today at 04:28:11 AM »
Hi dpc.
I prefer the original, I like the foreground rocks, the only bit I was distracted by was the pointy thing far left 1/4 way up the image, kept looking to it to work out what it was.
If it was my image it would still be there too as I don't have the skills or patience to remove just that! :)

Cheers, Graham.

I've decided to remove the rock pile from my previous posting.

Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:13:50 PM »
Hi Jd.
I have shot weddings for friends that I knew were already spending way more than they could / should just to try to have a nice day.
I really hate doing weddings due to the pressure to succeed, and the devastation failure would cause!
I concur with Rusty, often "no good deed goes unpunished".
Good luck.

Cheers, Graham.

Technical Support / Re: Need help with 450D losing time and date please.
« on: November 24, 2014, 02:43:58 PM »
Hi PropeNonComposMentis.
The camera belongs to my friend, so unless he is ready to bin it if something goes wrong I will not be going in! If however he wants me to give it a go I would like to take you up on that offer, I'll drop you a PM if that is ok.
At the moment he is going to ask the seller if he was aware the camera was faulty and see where it goes, he might get a small refund that will make repairing it less painful.

Marsu, that battery made a bit of a mess didn't it!

Cheers, Graham.

Hey Graham.
Opening a camera can quickly turn into a nightmare.
But if you are looking for a reclamation-project, the 450 12mp 6years old now, its still a great camera. It was ahead of its time (just) - back in the day.

If you have the tools and some experience, and there is very little money at stake, it may be worth the effort.
If you are interested, I have some tips and tricks that may be of help.

...speaking from an informed position, ...
Yeah, I guess I have some formal education. Headed-up an R&D think-tank for a bit. I have made my own cameras, glass, lens', mirrors, telescopes, and CCD sensors.
Nothing beats hands-on experience, imo. I started out in 68' 69'. But illness has put the breaks on in the last few years.
Just finished an eleven year project, a 2006mm f3.6 compound lens with 3-axis gyro' stabilization, and adjustable DoF. I hope to have it on the collimation jig in the next few days.

I'm looking at purchasing my first camera ever, atm. The 70d is looking good right now. I will have to rewrite the firmware tho'. Just a matter of saving my pennies.

Marsu42. Yeah, you're right there. And there is no real valid argument against it.
I believe strongly that anyone new to photography, should start out with the most basic gear. So they can learn and appreciate the fundamentals

It's called "planned obsolescence", if people could simply buy old gear and replace the battery, where would new sales be :-o?

a "suicide battery" with acid ! What, did the CIA want you silenced, or something  ;)

Hi Leandro.
This is very sound advice given to me by my father, his experience was heading for Sword beach on a liberty ship, leaning over the side heaving when I quote "a large black fellow told me to go down below, head for the middle, near the kitchen, if there is fresh bread eat some". He followed this advice and felt much better for the rest of the trip.
"The more you pay, the more you sway!"  Very funny and so true.  ;D ;D

Cheers, Graham.

If you have a choice, get a berth low and central in the ship, near where the ship pivots in heavy weather.  The more expensive berths tend to higher up and much more exposed to motion.  "The more you pay, the more you sway!".  Some of the rich dudes were sick the whole trip.

Have fun!

Technical Support / Re: Need help with 450D losing time and date please.
« on: November 23, 2014, 02:40:43 PM »
Hi PropeNonComposMentis.
I think we all knew you were joking, at least I did, it's the smiley you know, kind of gives it away!  :o
Ok so if you are speaking from an informed position, which I have no reason to doubt, then no amount of battery charging, waiting for it to pick up, is going to help! Damn that leaves my friend with just two options, put up with not having date and time info on images, or intervention of an open surgery nature, either a shop or DIY.
Anyone know of any instructions showing how deep the battery is buried?

Thanks for all the input guys, I will probably end up showing him this topic.

Cheers, Graham.

I was meaning, if you are going to throw the body away, why not crack it open and have a look-see at the magic bits inside.
But if you have the right tools, then there is a chance you may be able to revive this puppy.

The 'CR xxxx' series batteries, so called 'watch batteries', or 'button cells', are made of a Manganese Oxide Lithium compound, and are most certainly NON-ReChargable.

This is a good thing if you choose to repair it, as these batteries do not require soldering. They are held in place with a saddle and screw arrangement.

There is a Zener Diode circuit that isolates the in-built battery when the primary battery's higher voltage is detected.
But there is no protection for the situation where, the primary battery is exhausted (gone flat) and remains in the camera.

Technical Support / Re: DIY. How to shoot the bird from the car.
« on: November 23, 2014, 02:28:12 PM »
Hi Don.
I like the artistic use of the rear view mirror, how does it go, objects in the rear view mirror are larger than they appear?   :D

Cheers, Graham.

It also works with deer....

Technical Support / Re: 7D mark II battery drain
« on: November 23, 2014, 05:52:48 AM »
Hi VinniWongo.
Nice bit of detective work!
I think since the introduction of the transmissive LCD screen in the viewfinder there has always been some power to the camera when off, proof, look through the viewfinder with the power off then drop the battery out and watch the screen dim! Certainly is like this on my 7D.
I don't know why they keep it powered, does it take too long to start from cold, wouldn't be able to quote start time less than 0.2 seconds (or whatever it actually is).
To me, and others looking at GPS, off really should mean OFF.

Cheers, Graham.

Hi all, thanks for the replies so far. I should have stated from the beginning that gps is off, canon original battery, no grips.

I have trawled quite a few forums on battery drain when off and various models seem to appear and looks like it's a possible firmware, hardware combo issue. I stumbled across one guy that videoed his display flickering with a Tamron tele-converter on and also stated that it drained his battery when off. Logic dictates that when a camera is off it should mean no power to anywhere in it's body. However, I currently have a Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 on the 7D mark II. This lens normally resides on my 5D mark II without any battery drain issues. Last night I put it back on the 5D and stuck a canon 100mm macro on the 7D. Checked the battery % and 11 hours later it is still the same %.

Obviously this takes some time to do these checks and I would want a more conclusive time period for each test, but I will go through all my lenses attached to the 7D to see if it is one model or make that is causing this. None of these lenses cause a battery drain issue on the 5D.

Lenses are Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC, Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC, Canon EF100mm Macro, Canon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6L IS

As I find more results on this I will update, but it will take time.

Technical Support / Re: Need help with 450D losing time and date please.
« on: November 23, 2014, 05:47:12 AM »
Yes I thought the same when I found this out, they must all be reaching built in expiry! I have no problem with built in obsolescence, it becomes a consumers choice to chase the non obsolete, but to do this sucks a bit, it can only hurt the second user market which from experience hurts the renewal circuit!

Hi PropeNonComposMentis.
Also a serial DIYer, repaired my own kit lens, went in to my 300D to free a stuck flash detection switch on the hot shoe, generally feel if it is broke, I can't break it any worse! Have been wrong a couple of times and binned stuff!
Don't need dad's cordless drill, I have my own very comprehensive tool kit!  ;D
Hadn't figured on toxic gas, will be disposed of in battery recycle bank, about as responsible as we are able to achieve here. 

Hi Mitch.
Yep thought (if he wants me to do it) I would need my JIS screwdrivers, a new battery and a possibly a soldering iron for the battery connections, oh and a map to find the little bugger! ;D

Does the little joker built in only get charged if the main battery is full as opposed to half full?

Cheers, Graham.

The 450D did not have a user serviceable holdup battery unlike most models with the CR2016 watch battery.  You can probably find a repair shop to do it but the cost of labor might outweigh any savings.  I suspect this will be an issue for most 450D's shortly as they all hit the five year mark.

Damn dude, that sux !
Even-though I am a prolific serial DIY-er, I do not recommend it to anyone else.
If you are going to toss the body into the trash, then yeah, have at it. Get your Dad's bestest cordless drill and go to town on it... :)

Get your Dad's bestest cordless drill and go to town on it... :)

This is a camera, not an Ikea bookshelf.  Precision ground jewellers screwdrivers are a more suitable tool.

Canon General / Re: Should I wait for Black Friday?
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:08:26 PM »
Hi dickgraphixstop.
Your just making up coloured days now aren't you?  ;D

Cheers, Graham.

Sure, or maybe Blue Tuesday, Yellow Saturday or Red Monday.

Technical Support / Need help with 450D losing time and date please.
« on: November 22, 2014, 08:52:05 PM »
Hi Folks.
A friend has just bought a 450D kit, may not have been the bargain he thought!
Each time he removes the battery, the time and date are reset, I know this means that the backup battery is flat, the problem is that on the 450D the battery is a "built in secondary battery" p183 of the manual.
So far I have read that sitting discharged for a long time kills these rechargeable cells, seems most cameras out there come with the rider, "not been used for ages so thought I'd sell it"!
Will it only charge from a "full" battery? He has 3 batteries, one won't fit because it is swollen, one we freshly charged and on insertion only showed 1/3, or is it 1/4, the other only seems to charge to 1/2. He is reluctant to spend money on new batteries if this body is a dud. Anyone know if it is within the scope of DIY replacement to swap out these built in backup cells? If he has to try again he will probably go after a XXD. (My fault, I showed him how much easier setting changes are on a 40D!)
Hoping that between you folks you can enlighten us on these questions.

Thanks in advance.
Cheers, Graham.

Edit. Just a thought, I guess this would mean custom menu settings would be lost too? Or are they written to non volatile memory?

Landscape / Re: Flowers and other Flora
« on: November 20, 2014, 02:39:08 PM »
Hi Vena.
WOW, you can see count his hairs!
Fabulous clean shot.
Thanks for sharing.

Cheers, Graham.

IMG_1632 by Václav Janeček, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 20, 2014, 04:27:28 AM »
Hi scyrene.
Beautiful shot of a beautiful creature. Was he /she caged, behind glass or out in the open? Our local place The Owl and Monkey Haven, they are behind wire which makes itself known as the barriers prevent one from getting close enough to loose it. (Could be a skill level thing on my part too.)

Cheers, Graham.

fandf-15 by lozwilkes, on Flickr

At Feathers and Fur, a small experience centre near Reading, UK

Now THAT is a bird portrait!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 20, 2014, 04:17:03 AM »
Hi Dave.
Not what I would do, I'd probably have binned it, not in to spending time in paint shop but that is just me too lazy to learn new stuff! Having said that it has worked nicely, a pleasing end result.
Was that a third bird to the left of the front birds tail? Sort of big blob of strong colour, tends to draw the eye to attempt to decipher it, if you have the ability to tone it down or eliminate it that would improve the image somewhat.
I hate to be critical towards people with considerably more skill and ability than I, but it is meant in the best possible intent.

Cheers, Graham.

60D; EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM; 1/500 sec;   f/7.1;   ISO 800

LR & Nik & Alien & PS Oil Paint

The original was crazy backlit. Didn't have a flash at hand. Started with Auto in LR, then, played with the sliders before moving into Nik, then, Alien and finished in PS Oil Paint.

Am trying to get the Gold Finches to get lower

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