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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5Diii viewfinder info missing
« on: October 23, 2014, 03:09:41 PM »
I was hoping you wouldn't say that!!

Not to worry. I'll take it away with me this week anyway and see what happens. I have the 70D to fall back on if needed.

Let's hope the air in Anglesey (Wales) has a healing effect on the camara!

Thanks once again for the prompt reply.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5Diii viewfinder info missing
« on: October 23, 2014, 02:25:55 PM »
Neuro - Thanks so much for the reply.

Yes - it is the green characters to which I am referring. They are not just dark by the way (I have just tried the camera in complete darkness and there is isn't even a sniff of a green character)!

I had sent it in as the camera had been behaving a bit oddly. The errors I mailed to them at the time were:

  1) The camera switched on and was being used. It suddenly became unresponsive to any button being pressed on the camera. The top LCD display was showing as off. (To clarify, the camera was switched on and was not asleep.)
I took the CF card out and then put back in. The top LCD display then came on but all buttons were still unresponsive.
The large battery was taken out and immediately put back in. All buttons were then responsive.

  2) Focusing has been erratic:

  a) On occasion the camera will not focus, becoming totally unresponsive to the focus button. When this happens, the focus button needs to be pressed a few times to get the camera to begin to focus.

  b) At times focussing is pin point accurate. At other times the focus point is completely out of focus, although other areas of the photograph are then pin point accurate.

  c) On occasion, the whole image is blurred.

  d) On occasion, exposure is way off - very overexposed images. This can happen in the middle of a burst of exposures (where other images are correctly exposed) or on one shot.

  Initial lens used Canon 24-105mm IS L. Results repeated with Canon 70-200mm mk II IS L f2.8 and Canon 16-35mm IS L f4.0

Until the above issues, the camera had been superb. Thankfully, it is under a repair warrantee.

So you think they have botched the repair……..? :-[ :-[ :'(

EOS Bodies / Canon 5Diii viewfinder info missing
« on: October 23, 2014, 01:17:09 PM »
Hi Everyone

I have just got my camera back from the repair shop and all settings have been returned to factory default.

I now cannot get any information to come up in the viewfinder (shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation level etc). The only thing that I can see is the selected focus point. Hopefully I am being stupid and I need to change a setting on the camera somewhere?! It's just that I have never come across this before.

Going on holiday in a few hours and worried that I might have a bigger issue than I think…….

Thanks so much for any replies.

Photography Technique / Re: Fast Motorcycles!
« on: June 01, 2014, 06:14:48 AM »
Thanks again for the replies. I will hopefully get to the vantage point mentioned, either Wednesday or Friday.


Photography Technique / Re: Fast Motorcycles!
« on: May 29, 2014, 04:34:00 PM »

Thanks so much for the advice. I am now really looking forward to giving it a go.

At the speeds the riders will be doing, what shutter speed would be appropriate and how wide should I go with the aperture do you think?


Photography Technique / Re: Fast Motorcycles!
« on: May 29, 2014, 09:53:09 AM »
Thanks for the reply. Sorry if I didn't make myself clear.

I won't be in a position to pan. They will be too close (maybe 2 metres) as they pass directly in front of me. I will need to take the shot maybe 10 to 15 metres before they get to me so it will almost a head on shot.


Photography Technique / Fast Motorcycles!
« on: May 29, 2014, 09:01:21 AM »
Hi Everyone

I have followed this site for a few years and learnt some invaluable stuff - so thanks.

This is my first post (I think!) but a rather pressing one!!

I am taking photos of the Isle of Man TT races (this week and next). I usually go to viewpoints where the bikes go relatively slowly and I pan as they pass me. For one of the races this year though, I have been offered a spot in a friend's garden. The bikes will be coming towards me at between 150 and 180mph, not quite head on, but almost. They will be moving at a fairly constant rate.

I am pondering which technique to use:

a) pre-focus on a point in the road and fire away as the bikes go through that point or

b) attempt to autofocus track the bikes as they come towards me. (If you think this is the best option I would be grateful if you could let me know which autofocus tracking sensitivities you feel would be best.)

I will be using a 5Diii and a 70-200 2.8 II.

Thanks in advance.

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