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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 19, 2014, 08:59:39 AM »
I own a 6D and love it but if Canon are disappointed with it then they have only themselves to blame. I shoot with centre point focus which is good for me but they made a decision to severely limit the number of points and cross type points. They limited their market by doing this and I have no idea what they saved in manufacturing costs but I suspect it was minimal compared to the impact on sales that has been seen.

I'd also love to see some firmware updates to allow for quick access to off camera flash options - at the moment the method of getting to this menu is far too complex; especially when working on a wedding and trying to make adjustments fast on the fly.

Anyone any thoughts similar to this?...

Have you tried reprogramming the menus? I added "External Speedlite control" to the "My Menu", and reprogrammed the SET button to bring up the FEC settings and that really simplified things for me during lit shoots. I really wish you could break out the "Flash function" settings from the External Speedlite control menu and get to it with one touch, then it would be ideal when it's too fiddly to see/reach the ST-E3, but this is workable for me.

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Canon General / Re: Just a mention of the 5D MK III is worth Money
« on: October 08, 2014, 01:51:14 PM »
Best analogy I can think of is a roll-your-own kickstarter campaign to fund a 5DIII. The web is truly a weird place!

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EOS Bodies / Re: white balance issues
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:02:46 PM »
I concur with what everyone is saying regarding shooting in RAW then using something like DxO or LR.  But every once in a a while, the color balance/temperature just does not seem to be acceptable no matter how hard I try (I am my own worst critic).  Just last night I was doing post on a night shot and the streetlight glow gave me unacceptable color.  I struggled with that even trying to patch and clone in PS but that lost some of the details that I was trying to capture.  Finally, I did what one must sometimes do............gave up on the color altogether.

If I am not happy with the outcome, there are occasions where I just might convert to B&W.  Is that sacrilege?

I've been there too, usually due to mixed lighting in a theater or street shot. Nothing wrong with going B&W - it's only your photographic vision that matters.

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I cracked the red autofocus panel on the front of my 600EX-RT and got the replacement part from Canon, but how do I go about getting the old panel off the light? I've tried everything but can't seem to get it to detach.
Cracked? Can you carefully work something (knife blade, screwdriver tip) into the crack and then slowly expand the crack until the panel breaks in two?

That, and can you infer how it attaches from the replacement piece? I assume there's a flange around all or part of the red lens that holds it to the body, but if it's just tabs on 2 sides you might be able to squeeze it along that axis and insert it.

And ditto about taking apart a flash. Those high voltage capacitors can really be dangerous.

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Has anyone tried printing directly from a 6D to a Canon Selphy CP910 dye-sub printer over WiFi? I'm considering picking one up for an upcoming Halloween event at our local zoo, and I was wondering how smoothly these two work together for real-time printing. Particularly, 1) how long it takes to transmit JPEG photos to the printer, and 2) whether the camera is tied up during the entire 50-60sec printing process after transmission. I can't seem to find any of these details in the manuals or a Google search. They warn you not to interrupt the transfer or you will get corrupted images, but they don't describe timing or buffering.

For background, we set up a photo shoot for kids in costume last year, and sold 4x6 prints as part of a fund-raiser. I set up WiFi pairing between my 6D and a laptop running the WFT pairing utility, EOS Utility and Lightroom, so JPEGs were automatically sent to the computer over WiFi as I shot, and had an assistant printing to an older Selphy over USB. I'd love to drop out the computer piece and print directly from the camera if that is practical. BUT I don't want to stand around like a goof for 2 minutes after sending each print job either.

Experiences appreciated. It's cheap enough I may just try it, but thought I'd ask.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:58:17 AM »
A very nice 2nd body to a 5D3.

True, or a great complementary body to a 6D, filling in the functionality gaps for high FPS, AF tracking and ruggedness at close to the price of a single 5D mark III body.


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Lenses / Re: Advice: extension tubes Macro
« on: August 25, 2014, 02:11:09 PM »
I do like the Canon 12mm tube, the smaller tubes are useful for shorter focal length lenses, and only Canon makes a 12 mm, for more extension, I see no difference between a good set of Kenko Auto extension tubes, and the Canon ones.  The Kenko set also allows more combinations of extension for various magnifications.

That's not accurate. Kenko also makes a 12mm, and the automatic extension tube set for Canon (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/375102-REG/Kenko_AEXTUBEDGC_Auto_Extension_Tube_Set.html) comes with 12mm, 20mm and 36mm tubes that can be used individually or stacked.

Just bought a set of those and they're quite nice. Perhaps not as beefy as the Canon and don't mount quite as smoothly (but fine), but a good cost savings at $180 for up to 68mm in extension.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:08:30 PM »
I use eos remote on galaxy note 3 to shoot landscapes, fireworks, family portraits, and difficult-angle shots with my 6d. It drops the connection sometimes, but it usually picks right back up also.  I have yet to have one bit of camera equipment, computer, software, phone - any bit of tech that does everything it's supposed to do all the time or is otherwise flawless.  While I find the 6d wifi and canon software adequate for my needs, I would still buy a 7d II, depending on the price, whether it has wifi or not - I'd just rather it did...

Same experience here with my 6D Wifi. Useful and generally workable. However, I suspect the 7DmII target audience interested in remote capabilities might be better served by a CamRanger or equivalent rather than 6D/70D-type Wifi and EOS Remote app. Features like an intervalometer, discrete focus stepping, motorized tripod head interface and much richer set of camera controls would be more appealing in the field (e.g. shooting star trails from the comfort of your tent, or bears from a safe distance).

Looking forward to seeing the details on this beast. I've held onto a 50D for shorebirds even after going FF, so a better performing APS-C might lure me back for my wildlife work.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85 1.8 to replace 50 1.4?
« on: August 11, 2014, 11:10:11 AM »
I currently don't do any professional portrait shoots but when I move out I am considering giving it a try to help my income. The screen and calibrator will be important because I know for a fact my prints don't match what I see on my screen all the time (my screen isn't even an IPS screen). I think if I do manage to get the money together to buy the 85 1.8, I would consider upgrading it eventually to the 135mm f2L.

The 135L is my favorite people and theater lens, but you will definitely want to have a 50-100mm lens on hand for anything wider than 1/2 body shots indoors. Your 100mm macro may even be a bit long for that use (IME 15mm is surprising significant between 85 and 100 - a good step back/forward you may not have room for). That said, I think you're on the right track keeping your 50 and 100 and pursuing other priorities for now.

Good luck.

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Lighting / Re: Cold shoe recommendation for 600EX-RT
« on: August 08, 2014, 02:40:45 PM »
Well damn, I wasn't really planning on upgrading my cold shoes, but those RRS shoes look quite nice.

Yeah, they are. I just bought a set for my 600's based on recommendations here and they arrived today. The feet slide right in and lock down tight - exactly what I was hoping for to both speed up and secure attaching flashes to stands. Like everything RRS it would be great if they weren't 4x the price of competing kit, but you sure can't knock the quality and service.

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Finally, but too late for me, I'm now using the combo 600 EX-RT and ST-E3-RT. I really like this system.

Same here, but it's good to have options.

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Lighting / Re: Cold shoe recommendation for 600EX-RT
« on: August 06, 2014, 12:34:25 PM »
Thanks. Those look really slick, and should be faster to use.

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Lighting / Cold shoe recommendation for 600EX-RT
« on: August 06, 2014, 11:41:18 AM »
I'm finding it difficult to reliably attach my 600EX-RT's to generic cold shoes (e.g. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/743061-REG/Vello_CS_Universal_Accessory_Shoe_Mount.html/prm/alsVwDtl), and last week I had a flash slip off and hit the floor after I though it was tight. No damage, amazingly, but very worrying since these flashes aren't cheap!

Has anyone found a cold shoe that works well with Canon's quick-release mounts on the 600EX and 430EX-II? I didn't have this much trouble with my old 580EX and 430EX with the screw plates.

Thanks.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: August 03, 2014, 10:31:45 AM »
All I can say is that I'm in awe of some people here.  I get involved in print judging, and (annoyingly) most people don't say what type of camera/lens combo was used.  And, obviously, there's no EXIF data to review.  I'll admit it,  I'm just not capable of telling what type of camera or brand was used.  But some people here are so confident that there is a night and day difference.  I'm now worried that I must be missing something.  Some even suggest that my eyesight must be defective if you can't see it (ok, my eyesight is defective and I wear glasses...but I see fine with my glasses on). 

Help me!  When I look at a print, what should I be looking for so that I can determine with high level of consistency and certainty if it was taken with a P&S, M43, crop camera, FF, medium format or large format camera?  If it helps, most prints I see are approx 8x12.  I'd love to get this right so that I don't inadvertently promote an image taken with a crop camera over a FF camera.

I sure hope this is sarcasm  :-\

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I haven't soaked my 6D yet (knock on wood), but I was told that 2 6D's and a 50D failed in wet/humid conditions during an insect macro-photography workshop in Belize last year, but 7D's and even some Rebels kept clicking. I bought emergency rain covers for my 6D (the cheap OP/TECH rainsleeve variety) and stashed them in all my bags as cheap insurance. Those have worked well the few times I've been stuck out, and I have gear insurance if those aren't enough.

Good luck getting your gear repaired. Tough break.

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