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Canon General / reassuring stories
« on: July 13, 2013, 04:33:10 PM »
Hi everyone-

So, I took my 7D fishing this morning, which had two unfortunate results.

1) I jinxed myself and did not catch any fish, since I was prepared to photograph one well.

2) I slipped on a rock and fell in the river. 7D, on, with 28 1.8 mounted, took a quick plunge.

I figure about 1/2 second in the water, another second later it was switched off, battery out. Wiped down the entire camera using the dry part of my shirt, came home, put it in rice. Now, when it switched off, I did see the "Sensor cleaning", so I know it didn't immediately short. It was also a very clear stream (which probably contributed to fish seeing me and swimming away...). While drying it off, there was 1 drop of water (probably 5-10 uL) on the mirror, but nothing else in the mirror box. CF card and compartment were dry, etc. Battery compartment looked fine- there was one drop on the clock battery that worried me a bit, but not much I can do about it...

So, on the "not much I can do about it" note, anyone have reassuring stories for me? Camera and lens are in a crock pot with a bunch of rice, cover on, and going to stay there at least 5 days no matter what you tell me. But, I'd probably sleep better tonight knowing other peoples' cameras have survived worse... :-)

Also, I've got the camera upside down, because it is a 7d, and has a popup flash. I figure if there's water anywhere, it's in the flash, and I'd rather that drain out, rather than into the camera. But I can't pop the flash open because it's off. And I'm not about to power it up just to pop the flash open.... If anyone has thoughts / insights in that area, I'd appreciate them.

Thanks for helping me through this troubling time!!


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Batteries and AF
« on: April 06, 2013, 09:39:27 PM »
Question for all of the collective wisdom here:

The other day, I let my sister borrow my 7d. She's used to my dad's 60D, and probably getting a rebel of her own, so I wasn't too concerned about her messing anything up. When she gave it back to me, it wasn't AFing- with any lens, regular or live view, nothing. When I MFd in one-shot mode, I got a focus recognition beep. Checked all the connectors, they were all clean. Finally, I looked at a pin diagram, and seeing that a pin provides 6v for the lens AF motor (something I logically knew, that was just the inspiration) I popped in a fresh battery. Suddenly, AF worked again!

My questions:
Has anyone ever observed behavior, where a battery shows 2 bars of remaining charge on the top LCD, and the camera takes shots, but doesn't have power to AF?
The battery I had in was OEM. I swapped in a Wasabi power LP-E6 clone- any OEM/3rd party compatibility issues? I'm inclined to think no, since the OEM was the one that caused the problem.
Should I do anything? At this point, this is purely an exercise in intellectual curiosity- that wasabi power LP-E6 has now taken 1,000 shots without issue, so I'm curious more than concerned.


EOS Bodies / 7d2 Video specification speculation
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:43:35 PM »
Pardon the pun in the title, it's Friday afternoon and I'm getting goofy.

Adding to my wish list of things that are unlikely to happen, along with AF-point-linked spot metering, I'm wondering what the chances are of seeing higher frame rate video in the 7d2. Obviously this is not based on anything more than line items on CR1 spec lists about "improved video", and there are lots of ways to improve video.

But, given that the 7d is geared towards sports shooters, might Canon include the ability to shoot 1080/60 (or better?) This would be a better spec than the 5d3 and 1dx, but the GoPro3 can do it, and that's a much smaller, cheaper little device. Plus, I want it to happen, and therefore I've convinced myself it's possible.

Street & City / Boston Night Walk
« on: February 27, 2013, 01:21:16 PM »
Hi all-

I was in Boston this weekend and decided to walk from Central square to the hotel, because I needed to stretch my legs after a long day of sitting. Ended up getting a couple shots I was pretty happy with... hope you enjoy!

(Note that this is my first foray into both B+W and street shooting, so I more than welcome critique, as I have lots to learn.) Thanks!

EXIF: (all with 7d)
1) EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 @ f/2.8, 28mm, 1/8 sec ISO 1600
2) EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 @ f/8, 17mm, 10.0 sec ISO 100
3) EF 70-200 f/2.8 L @ f/5.6, 78mm (various times, merged in PS CS6 to HDR Pro) ISO 800

didn't have a tripod, so set it on a bridge railing for #2. Oh, and the last one was the next morning at sunrise, through the hotel window, which definitely cost it something, but it was the best I could do at the time...

Abstract / I call it...
« on: February 11, 2013, 02:24:01 PM »
Compost in the Stairwell.

7D, ISO 400, 1/160. EF 85 1.8, @ f/1.8. Available light, no flash.

I left for lunch and this was sitting on a half-wall in the stairwell. I came back from lunch and it was still there. It was just so strikingly out of place... And I had my camera so I couldn't resist.

I would love feedback as to things I could try with light next time someone leaves fruit refuse lying around, or post processing techniques (this is SOOC), I will post a RAW file tonight if anyone wants to download one to give some examples of what you'd do... or, if you think photographing oxidized fruit is stupid, feel free to share that too.

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