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Hi guys,

I've been asked to video a friend's wedding in a few weeks, so I have purchased a cheap stereo mic from Ebay. It's a SG-108. I think it doesn't work, as the on switch is a bit iffy, but how can I tell on a 5d iii if the mic is working and the sound isn't coming from the in-camera mic?  I have recorded some footage with the mic in and removed it mid way through and I noticed no difference in sound quality. Any thoughts?

Many thanks,

Grant  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 28, 2014, 02:50:45 AM »
I won't be buying one for a while, as I don't need a camera with that good a spec at the moment.  I did need one for a safari, but it's not available for that, so it'll be a couple of years before I seriuosly look to get one. I was rather hoping for 24MP and better low-light ISO performance, not just another stop or two of fuzziness - maybe the "new" sensor wil deliver the latter.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon's $40 Super-Macro Lens
« on: August 22, 2014, 05:11:13 AM »
Which version of this lens did you use, as all are pretty cheap?

Thank you  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 15, 2014, 07:10:58 AM »
As long as canon and all other digicam makers are able to put wifi and gps into quite a number of measly and cheap 1/1.7" and 1/2.3" dwarf-sensored compact and bridge cams .. Powershots, elphs, coolpix ... And are able to get regulatory approvals for those pieces of junk around the world ... There is no excuse on earth for not putting wifi, gps and rt flash commander into every single dslr they make.

But they don't sell every pile of junkin every country, because they can't. that's the excuse. 

The GPS / wi-fi enabled ones are sold in countries that permit that (e.g. UK, Europe, USA), and not in those that don't (e.g. Saudi Arabia).  That's why for DSLRs there is an "N" version of the 70D (N stands for Not GPS/Wi-fi enabled) and other GPS/Wi-fi enabled DSLRs that don't have wi-fi so that their users don't get arrested and cameras confiscated in the countries that frown on the ability to take a photo of a sensitive building and instantly stick it onto Facebook.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is this a joke?
« on: August 15, 2014, 07:03:07 AM »
I saw this a few months ago. It's bogus (ish) - I think someone just put a placeholder in for it, as the release date is last year and soooo much of the spec is missing.

Lenses / Re: Lens setup for wedding photography
« on: August 08, 2014, 06:16:07 AM »
Speedlite for af assist and use little flash.

Enjoy the wedding and don't jump in front of the paid photographer.

+1 - flash will be useful in the evening or to fill if there are lots of shadows on a sunny day.  Have fun!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany
« on: July 31, 2014, 08:15:42 AM »

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:17:58 AM »
But how big?  Will I need my 10-22 to take a phot of it or will my 24-70 suffice?  ;)

Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: July 29, 2014, 06:33:05 AM »
I'm flying SA in September and yes, 8Kg is a bit on the light side.

My plan is:
- Use my wife's handbag for some bits and a small lens (women get a handbag as well as hand luggage).
- Use the pockets in my combat trousers for some other bits and a small lens (just zip the legs off and put those through the scanners to save time emptying packets).
- Ship non-essentials in the hold luggage as I get 2x 23Kg and I've got a Peli-like case that's going to have a Parrot drone, batteries, camera batteries, spare phone, filters, trail cam and batteries, etc.

I suppose a camera vest would work well too, but I just can't bring myself to buy one. 

Just pack what you NEED to pack in your hand luggage.

I did a trip a few years ago and the all-up weight (hand and hold luggage) was only 15Kg.  Now that took some planning to pack and strip stuff down to essentials - battery grips removed, minimal spare batteries, minimal clothes and I "wore" a lot of stuff onto the plane in pockets ;)

Don't forget to enjoy the trip and look atthe wildlife through your eyes  :)

Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 06:21:11 AM »
Batteries, battery grips and remotes.

So far no problems!  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:49:43 AM »
Still on  Still at £899.  No sign of price cuts over here, and guessing a definite $ for £ pricetag for the 7DII  >:(

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D II specs appear at Snapsort
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:43:53 AM »
Yes, they look quite reasonable and accurate.  For example, the 13.8µm pixel size, which is twice the size of the 1D X pixels and much larger than any APS-C camera.  Or the 0.38x viewfinder magnification, a pretty big step down from the 7D's 1.0x, don't you think?  Oh, and it was announced well over a year ago.

This is Snapsort trying to draw hits to their site.  I'm sure they appreciate your help...

and it doesn't even have DPAF......

DPAF?  that's soooo 2013  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: 45x Zoom for Waterproof Camera
« on: July 21, 2014, 05:38:36 AM »
Great.  Another naff enhancement to a naff camera.  The Nikon and Olympus kick the @r5e out of the D30 on image quality and fps and have closer to f2.0 lenses (Olympus TG-2 / TG-3 are f2.0), so they doesn't need to go up the ISO ladder to take the same shots that the Canon does.

I'm buying an Olympus Tough TG-3, as the D30 was a total dissapointment.

Surely creating a naff product doesn't cost much less than creating a good (not great, but good) product?

Photography Technique / Help: lightning photography?
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:46:30 AM »
Hi guys,
We had a great storm last night with loads of lightning. I tried to take some shots but nothing came out.

I have a 7d and a 5diii at my disposal along with a canon 24-70, 70-200 is I and a tammy 150-600. I was using the 7d and 24-70 last night.

Could anyone please let me know what sort of settings would be best on which camera and which lens, as we are scheduled for more lightning tonight.

Huge thanks in advance,

Grant :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII CF vs SD slot performance?
« on: July 11, 2014, 04:59:49 AM »
Hi guys,

thanks for confirming that- I thought that there was some issue with maximum speed of the SD slot.  I only intend to use the SD cards if I run out of space on the CFs, so unlikely to run with both cards in the body at the same time.

Thank again,

Grant  :)

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