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Software & Accessories / Hopefully not DxO bashing!
« on: February 08, 2014, 10:33:47 AM »
Just been reading through the topic ‘Why the DxO bashing?’ and was going to post a question but thought that although related was sufficiently OT to stand on its own so here goes!

I’m nether qualified too or in truth interested in commenting on DxO testing, although the very eloquent posts from Mt Spokane, neuro and jrista make a conclusion really rather easy, but I am very interested in their software (Optics Pro  9)
I’ve been experimenting with a view to changing my WF from DPP->Elements to OP9->Elements and have been very impressed with it so far specifically NR Prime. The price point is also a good fit (£75).

Jrista when you wrote; (It gets even worse when you download DXO Optics Pro to see how it works, and find that DXO's algorithms result in FAR more noise with Canon CR2 files than ACR/LR, RawThearapy, or any one of various astrophotography tools...makes me even that much more suspicious that DXO doesn't really know how to properly process Canon CR2 files for optimal performance.)

Is that a conclusion specifically around astrophotography or do you feel that it’s generally true for all subject matter? I’ve been amazed at what and how prime can clean up so far, but then look where I’m coming from.

My primary usage would be NR/WB/Sharpening/jpg out any other adjustments in Elements (although I am considering moving on from that too).

If anyone else has any experience/opinions on OpticPro software particularly NR Prime and how it shapes up against other NR solutions I’d be really interested to hear.

Thanks in advance

Canon General / procamerashop?
« on: September 07, 2013, 11:53:04 AM »
Anyone know what's going on at
Apart from not a lot according to my browser, seems like a very strange way to shut down a web site though.

Anyone got outstanding orders?  :(

EOS Bodies - For Video / Remote video activation
« on: June 24, 2013, 03:39:19 PM »


I have a Pixel wireless Remote Control RW-221RX on a 500D

The Pixel is cheep cheerful and does what I want for stills.

Recently I had a need to do remote video, wasn't able to use the above.

The manual says an RC1/RC5 should allow remote activation on a 500D. I have the RC5, again I can't get that to work.

I have Remote control Enabled on the video menu and self-timer/remote control (does that have any affect when in video mode?)

Are there any other settings I need to set?

I'm sure an RC1 would work but I need something that works 10 - 15m behind the camera (like the Pixel does for stills)

Would anyone have any recommendations?

PS If it’s not already obvious I’m a complete novice at EOS video, just stumbled into a very specific need for short remote video sequences.

Thanks in advance

Lenses / 25mm EF Pancake
« on: February 23, 2013, 11:34:26 AM »
I have no empirical proof but I believe the 40mm pancake is a bit of a success for Canon. I certainly hear very few detractors on CR and it’s definitely on my list.
Do you think there is any chance they will make a 25mm pancake to go along with it? using the same shell as the 40 would it take much lens design?

Technical Support / Images not dislaying correctly
« on: February 12, 2013, 04:05:56 PM »
This didn't always happen, just started about a month ago. Anyone any idea what's causing this this is with IE 9 Chrome just shows broken image link. Thought it may be my wireless router but have just had that replaced and Internet upgraded (after this started happening). Looks like a graphics card or memory issue but it's happening on two machines, don't have issues on other photo sites.


Canon General / A bit worse for wear
« on: November 24, 2012, 09:22:16 AM »
Hi all,
Does anyone know how to repair/disguise brassing on a F1n? (actually on a AE-FN finder)
I’m also wondering if there would be anywhere (UK) that could put a new finish on it cheaper than just getting a ‘new’ clean one.

This is NOT for selling on!

Any help/suggestions most appreciated.

Canon General / Project 1709
« on: October 03, 2012, 03:34:17 PM »
Your lifetime of images, on demand – Canon unveils new image management platform

Anyone going to try this?

I thought it was a scam at first with a name like that!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Which Speedlite
« on: February 09, 2012, 04:08:56 PM »
I'm looking to buy a flashgun and have got the choice down to the following;

Canon Speedlite 430EX II
Guide No. 43 (at ISO 100/m)

Nissin SpeedliteDi866 Pro
Guide No. 60 (at ISO 100/m)

Both are very closely priced around £200 which is a good price point for me.

I’d like a fast recycle time. From what I can gather the Canon is around 2.5secs and the Nissin 5.5secs both on full power. To compare like for like would anyone know what the recycle time for the Nissin would be at the equivalent Gn43? as that would be enough for the distances involved where I need it faster.

Looking at all other specs I’m favouring the Nissin but would the Canon being a Canon give better overall integration and ease of use?

Any thoughts/advice most appreciated (inculding any others that you feel are better at around this price)

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