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Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: Today at 04:44:39 AM »
Hi folks.
Cheap out on hmmm.....
Batteries, Cheap Chinese including chipped for 7D, that reminds me ought to use the original occasionally! Work well so far!
Filter set, ND's colour grad and CPL by Cokin. Not the cheapest but not the best! Do what I want!
Long lens, Sigma 150-500mm, going to be a long time before I can afford that length in Canon. Better now AFMA'd!
Remotes, wireless and intervalometer both by Phottix. No real reason to call that a cheap out, they work well!
Tripod and heads, Manfrotto, not carbon fibre, not the best but does what I want so cheap out?
Ring flash, got me one of those prism things, works but not great and is pretty much too much hassle to carry and use! But I can't justify the cost of a real one for what I want it for.
Straps, still using Canon straps but going to get BR sling and Optech shoulder with quick disconnects.
Grip for 7D, Meike, had one little issue but remove and refit seems to have sorted it!
Centre pinch lens caps for older lenses, is that cheaping out as they really shouldn't be any more expensive just because canon sold them (after stamping their name on them?).

Cheers Graham.


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:00:23 PM »
Hi Vincent.
I wasn't sure if the Vincent in your signature was you or the originator of the quote!
When we visited Az we were taken shooting by our friends, I learned I could shoot to kill, I killed an Nvidea graphics card with a Luger, an intel motherboard with an AK47 and you should have seen the Hifi lurch when it was hit by a musket ball from a replica civil war musket!  ;D
I could never shoot at an animal.

Cheers Graham.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Reikan Focal Target Setup - Help Please
« on: July 28, 2014, 07:38:59 PM »
Hi ScubaX.
I found that the target verification was doing the same to me, I had drawn lines on my workshop floor and put a plumb line from the bottom of my tripod to get in line, so I was pretty certain it was spot on, had all sorts of arrows, up down slew right move left, no idea where to go, added some light after reading what the ideal exposure was, then added more light, and hey presto big green tick. Check you have enough light according to the instructions then add some!
I think with my 500 I could just get far enough away that the whole of the target was covered by the sensor, if it is not I think that causes problems too, I think I just about managed to get on the infinity setting with my 200.
I think if you are sure the target is correct you can just tell the software to continue but loose the function that tells you if you nudge the camera off line during adjustments, not a problem if your body will run full auto, you can just go sit down out of the way until it is done.
Good luck, it is well worth doing but the day before might be a bit ambitious!
Whatever you do check the results at the range you are shooting at and if not correct be prepared to reset to zero (or your previous setting determined by whichever method) if you will be happier with that situation.

Cheers Graham.

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Technical Support / Re: Flaws on the rear element
« on: July 28, 2014, 07:16:26 PM »
Hi sagitariansrock.
I think I saw an article by Roger at Lens Rentals I seem to recall that small damage to the front element was essentially irrelevant, it might cause flaring if shooting towards the sun just might. Large damage i.e. a cracked front element was only slightly detrimental to images quality. Marks on rear elements were more of a problem from memory. Might be worth you searching his blog, I quickly found this,
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2011/08/the-apocalypse-of-lens-dust
And this
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2008/10/front-element-scratches
Hope this helps, try not to get lost in his blog, it is incredibly easy to burn through time there because there is so much of interest there.

Cheers Graham.

Hi all
I just purchased an EF 100mm Macro USM (non-L) from a member on FredMiranda. The lens has very tiny pin-point flaws on both the front and rear elements, visible when a flashlight is pointed at them. They don't look like scratches, they are too small and superficial to be scratches- and they might only affect the coatings and not the glass. There are about half a dozen, and they are midway between the center and the edge on both elements.
My question is, will these affect the image, and if so, how can I test for it? The seller has agreed to take it back for a full refund but I don't want to return it unless I really see an adverse effect. Can someone please guide me on what to look for?
Thanks in advance.

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Hi Dylan.
Ok I'll play,
1. South African Safari.
2. The Arctic
3. TBD

Cheers Graham.

What are your top 3 photography travel destinations?

I'll go first...
1. South Africa Safari
2. TBD
3. TBD

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrading to a 7D
« on: July 28, 2014, 05:31:33 PM »
Hi Philshoz.
I guess you know which camera you prefer the images from, or the handling of, if you don't have a preference, then I would suggest that you use each alongside the 7D and see if you prefer the similar controls of the 40D or the flip out display and other differences of the 600D. If you can manage without the 600D it will net you more than the 40D to put towards more gear, and you will probably not use the second camera that much anyway.

Cheers Graham.

Thanks for the replies.

I have the 40D up for sale, maybe I should sell the 600D instead ???

Thanks again guys...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrading to a 7D
« on: July 28, 2014, 01:04:56 PM »
Hi Philshoz.
Things you get are a great camera with,
built in wireless flash control, oh you have that,
top display screen for shooting settings, oh you have that,
ISO in 1/3rd stop increments, oh you have that,
dual control wheels instead of cross keys, oh you have that,
3 custom setting positions, oh you have that,
Q menu button, oh you have that, but if you use it now, you probably won't on the 7D!
But seriously what you do get is a single body with all those things you already have included, you get a really nice camera, well laid out controls, much better focusing system including AFMA. A much faster frame rate, a much deeper buffer for holding those fast frames until they are written to CF card.
You loose those silly scene controls and that very useful flip out display!
I know a lot of people find fault with the image, banding in shadows, poor high ISO performance, but these can be corrected easily in post processing, and even if you don't do that the images are really not that bad, family and friends will love them!
I know it may seem I have been a bit ambivalent at the start of the reply, but in all seriousness I love my 7D, especially since I got around to AFMAing  my lenses and getting the best out of my Sigma 150-500mm, I still have my 40D as a second body and it still takes nice pictures too.
I'm sure you will enjoy using it and get some great shots.

Cheers Graham.

I am getting a 7D this week (I know a new one is coming but the price here in France was too good to pass on, 760€ delivered)

My question is, what major improvements will I notice compared to my 40D and 600D. 18mps is 18mps but where will the subtle or big changes be seen.

Thanks in advance.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:21:55 AM »
Hi nineyards.
Nice shot, magnificent beast, great to see the antlers not on a wall.

Cheers Graham.




Around Banff National Park

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Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:32:23 AM »
Hi Folks.
I'd like to ask first "Russian Shot Putter?"
I'd also like to add I've been caught up in one of these rows when I was about 15. Mother was worried about dad's health and he promised, as in swore blind he had quit smoking for the third time.
She caught him again and a row ensued, first thing thrown at him with the words "you keep smoking you won't need this" was his alarm clock, the next thing to hand was the 70-210 FD fit lens, as it came towards me on the back swing "and if you can't walk you won't be able to use this" I removed it from her hand and she threw a handful of air.
He quit smoking and died at 88 earlier this year.  :'( :'( :'(
She loved him to the end and cared for him 'till his dying breath quite literally, holding his hand!  :'(
So not every fit of pique is due to infidelity etc, some are from pure love and the thought of loosing him was breaking her heart!
So I don't necessarily see a divorce in the guys future though I wouldn't rule it out!

Cheers Graham.

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Hi Jack.
I like that phrase, a good one to live by!
Dad had a similar saying, I don't know the origin, but very sage advice.
"Be careful who you step on on the way up, you will have to pass them on the way back down!"
Another that he used was
"If a problem has a solution there is no need to worry, if it doesn't have a solution there is no need to worry!"

Cheers Graham.

Really good lesson here for all - keep your mouth shut if you don't know what you're talking about.  None of us is immune to jumping to conclusions - I try regularly to remind myself that pulling someone down doesn't elevate me. :(

Jack

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Technical Support / Re: Canon Repair Facility in Germany
« on: July 27, 2014, 06:17:26 PM »
Hi bigdaddy.
No personal knowledge, just a thought or two, go with the Canon run facility, they are more likely to have spares in stock, they have turnaround time guidelines and should have ready access to manuals, specialist tool etc.
Of course this is subject to revision should you get info that one of the others is better!

Cheers Graham.

Hallo, i

s there anyone out there who can recommend a Canon repair facility in Germany? The are a few on Canon's website, only one is run by Canon. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

Bigdaddy

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Theater, Concert and Event / Re: First Concert Shoot
« on: July 26, 2014, 02:49:40 AM »
Hi Andy.
Photos are not bad for a first go, to me it looks like it was a pretty uninspiring subject, hard to get enthused about.

Cheers Graham.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: White-tailed Ptarmigan
« on: July 25, 2014, 08:37:24 PM »
Hi Glenn.
Excellent shots, I really like this one.
Thanks for sharing.

Cheers Graham.

Spent a few days up in the mountains this week searching for Ptarmigans. What a great time spent in a gorgeous place!




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Canon General / Re: Exif data, does it help, do you need it shown?
« on: July 25, 2014, 08:19:53 PM »
Hi Folks.
When we were last on holiday in Cumbria playing in the snow in our Landrover I stopped at the side of the road to capture the view. I'm mid forties not too portly and was dressed for the climate, a little old lady in a beat up small hatchback, think VW Polo for size, stopped to check I didn't need help, she passed us and came back a few minutes later, I thought it was real sweet of her to check, I guess she could have given us a lift to find a bigger tow car!
At least her offer was well intentioned, I guess that was karma doing the rounds, as I had helped get a small van out of an icy car park the previous day!

Cheers Graham.

Each time, I was away from the car shooting when I heard honks or people shouting asking if I was okay.

Consider yourself very lucky.  Where I live, you can be laying on the ground bleeding and no one would even slow down.

I remember when I was living in Utah.  I decided to pull over to the side of the road to look at a map.  (you see, kids, back then we had these large pieces of paper with symbols on them that helped us navigate).

In about 3 minutes I had several people stop and ask me if I needed any help.  Friendly people there. 

Where I live now (DC area), if you pull over to the side of the road either someone will shoot and rob you or the police will beat you up and rob you... uh I mean arrest you for suspicious activity and confiscate evidence.. that will get lost.

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Hi aviationwiz.
Are these straight from camera or have you rotated them? If Straight from camera it looks like the shutter or whatever is causing it is wonky! ;D I'm reasonably certain that the shutter blades and mirror should travel parallel to the bottom of the frame, not at an angle, it may be that something is occasionally not catching when it should, or catching when it shouldn't! It definitely looks to me like a mechanical problem in any case.
Time for Canon to look at it!

Cheers Graham.

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