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Photography Technique / Re: Back-button focus?
« on: August 31, 2014, 11:15:11 AM »
One possible drawback: cable release no longer activates focus.

This is to be expected, of course, but I was nevertheless surprised when I decided to practice using a cable on my BBF'ed camera. I briefly switched back to the default but I had been using BBF for a year now and had difficulty going back. I think I will have to learn to focus with the BBF button, THEN trigger release with cable.

I've been using BBF for several years now and can't see ever going back to shutter release focus. The times that I am using cable release, my camera is on a tripod and I've locked focus either in live view or through the viewfinder with BBF after composing my capture and then firing off the cable release.  All of those pictures are static landscape or portrait type pictures.  I am not sure why someone would have or of a problem with using the cable release with either shutter button focus or BBF.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Repair on 5D3 problems
« on: July 14, 2014, 12:28:50 AM »
I was able to turn on the grid display but it does not show up in the 3x3 pattern but at this point I'll take it.  All of the menu controls were set at default and I thought I had gone through each one but must have blown by VF display setting.  Thanks for the help everyone.  Much appreciated!!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Repair on 5D3 problems
« on: July 14, 2014, 12:17:02 AM »
I sold my 5D II over a year ago, so I can't remember all of the specifics, but as far as the beep and lighting up, is the camera by chance in "AI Servo" or "AI Focus" mode?

Bingo!!! Thanks.  I was re-setting one of my custom functions and forgot to return it to Single Shot

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Repair on 5D3 problems
« on: July 14, 2014, 12:15:14 AM »
It probably is back to all defaults considering what the repair was.  Go through all the menus and check.

I went though all of the menu and specifically turned on 3x3Grid as well as grid on playback which it does show

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Repair on 5D3 problems
« on: July 13, 2014, 11:38:59 PM »
Phil-- Thanks!  That takes care of the EV problem.  Still can't figure out why the grid isn't showing up.  Also I noticed when I AF and the camera locks on there is no beep note does the center box light up.  I think it used to light up but maybe i never paid attention before.  I does in live mode, however. Thanks again.  Never thought to look at the lock button.

EOS Bodies / Canon Repair on 5D3 problems
« on: July 13, 2014, 11:27:38 PM »
I just had my 5D3 returned from Canon Repair for correction of the light leak on long exposures and a general 18 point cleaning.  My camera is acting funny.  Aside from having to re-set all of my custom button settings, etc, I noticed that when in Av mode and taking a photo, if I try to rotate the Quick Control dial for some EV compensation while pressing the shutter halfway down, the shutter speed in the viewfinder changes to the letter "L" and the center mark on the exposure bar does not move.  Also, I selected a 3x3 grid to show but it does not.  Any ideas?  I've emailed Canon and will try to call but if there are any quick fixes for this let me know.  Thanks.

Doesn't this primarily effect those who are doing long exposure photography with a 9 or 10 stop "black glass" filter on their camera?  A piece of gaffer's take over the top LCD should do the trick.  But has anyone had experience with the turn around time once you send your camera into Canon?  I bought on of the early models of the 5D3 and my serial number is one of the effected models.  I am about to start doing some long exposure photography so I am leaning towards sending my camera in.  Just hate being without it.  It's a little like sending your kid off with strangers.

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 09:22:57 AM »
24-105 f/4L

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Viewfinder eyepiece question
« on: January 14, 2014, 12:24:00 AM »
Neuro, Thanks.  I'll give that a try and see how it works.  I got one of the early order 5D3s so I guess I need to check the serial number and check with Canon to see if it was one of the ones that needed the black adhesive tape repair. :-o

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Viewfinder eyepiece question
« on: January 13, 2014, 08:53:49 PM »
Nikon's have a way of shutting out light through the viewfinder via their eye piece.  With Canon we have to use the device on the strap, or a piece of gaffers tape.  Does Canon or anyone else make an eyepiece for Canon with a similar mechanism as Nikon?

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 06, 2012, 07:50:11 PM »
I Wanna Win. They would look just fabulous under our Christmas tree.  Happy Holidays to All!

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 23, 2012, 08:17:27 PM »
Silver Falls State Park, OR

Another vote for the 055XPROB by Manfrotto. I went with the 324RC2 Manfrotto ballhead.  I already had Manfrotto's rapid release plates so I opted for this head rather than exceeding my budget for the Really Right Stuff system (head and plates).  If I could have I probably would have gone the RRS way, but at the time I knew that I would spring for the 5D3 when it came out so I was trying to conserve my allotted budget.

I shot an indoor wedding and reception with my 5D3 using a 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 and my walk around 24-105 f/4.  I used 3200 ISO inside and it worked out just fine. I did have my 580EXII mounted and used on all of the reception shots.  With your faster lens you may not need that but I would think about having a flash just in case.  I did go to both the church and the reception hall at the time of the day of the wedding and attended the church rehearsal the night before and took a whole bunch of shots at different settings and ISOs to get what I thought was best camera settings including the various people walking down the isle.  I decided to shot in Av priority only because I was more worried about getting the shot than trying to manually set the exposure.  Shooting in RAW, I knew I could play with the exposure if needed. I found that with the 24-105 that 70mm was best and I was able to pick out one of the pews (I put a piece of black tape on the pew at the floor level to mark it)  where the light and ISO gave a good exposure (I had my wife walk down numerous times after the rehearsal was done as well) to start shooting the person wlaking down the aisle And used a stained glass window as my location marker as the where to stand.  My advice on the 5D3, use A1 Servo and the 8 "box" focus point (press and hold the far right button on the top back of the camera and press down on the M-Fn button on the top of the camera repeatedly until you get this pattern) for the walks down and back up the isle. Alos i shot in "silent" continuous mode throughout the evening. After the walk downs, I shifted to the center square button for all other pictures. With the f/2.8 lenses that you have you may not need as much ISO.  I'd probably put the 70-200 on the 7D which will give you a longer range and the wider angled lens (which ever you choose-maybe the 24-70 Tamron) on the 5D3.  For portrait pix, the 70-200 on the 7D should be OK I would think.

I'd definitely plan on using a separate card for each "section" of the day, i.e., pre-ceremony, ceremony, reception.  I had 3 CF cards, 16, 16 & 8GBs and a 16GB SD card (the 5D3 had two slots one for a CF and one for an SD).  The 16 SD saved my bacon on the ceremony shots because I ran out of space on my CF card as the couple was walking away from the alter and the 5D3 auto shifted to the SD card..whew!!!  An extra camera battery is a must. You probably have that already for your 7D, you may just have to suck it up for the 5D3. Good luck.  I discovered a new-found respect for wedding photogs after doing my first wedding!

Canon General / Re: Why you should take your camera to family Weddings
« on: October 03, 2012, 06:04:57 PM »
My sincere Thank You to those who took a moment to congratulate me on my daughter's recent wedding. They are so obviously in love that it was a time of great joy that will be remembered forever.

Let me add my congrats on your daughter's wedding and advise you to ignore some of the "less generous" (I'm trying to be nice and civil) comments posted. My nephew and niece recently got married a week apart and I didn't bring my camera to either and my kids complained.  They were hoping I'd take pictures of them and their spouses and SO's since they were all dressed to the nines!  I won't make that mistake again.

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