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EOS Bodies / Cam Ranger and focus peaking
« on: November 22, 2013, 10:31:08 AM »
Hi Guys,

I thought I'd share this information with all the MF lens shooters out there; the CamRanger accessory provides focus peaking which I find to be a great asset for manual focusing.  Especially nice when you're focus stacking. The focus peaking highlights are in red and not white like other camera manufacturers use.  I personally find the red to be easier to see and obviously focus on the LCD.

CamRanger also has a feature for focus stacking and setting up the number of shots you want but I have yet to determine if it does a better job than what I can do manually, other than it does it automatically after set up.

My Fuji X cameras have focus peaking and this feature is so nice to use with MF lenses.  After you start using this feature its so hard to consider not having it on every camera  you use.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Focus Peaking for Canon 5D3
« on: October 18, 2013, 03:56:43 PM »
Hi Guys,

Sorry if this has been discussed before but after using a focus peaking feature on my Fuji camera's I really would enjoy this feature with my 5D3 and Zeiss lenses.  It really makes manuallly focusing so much easier IMO. 

I would imagine that Magic Lantern has offered this but wondered if anyone is using ML on a regular basis with a 5D3 for stills and what do you/they think of it.

Thanks again,
Danville, CA USA

Software & Accessories / Portability: laptops vs desktops
« on: July 29, 2013, 07:05:30 PM »
Need some advice on editing images on the fly.

My current workflow includes downloading images to my Dell desktop and edit those with PS CS6 among other programs.  I either print at home on my Epson 3800 or send out for larger prints, canvas prints, etc or quicko-cheapo small prints from Costco.

My question is this: I'd like to make this workflow portable and stay within the windows platform if possible.  I've got a MacBook Pro 13" but it is not optimized for large files and I'm not completely comfortable with mac platforms, my own learning curve is at fault.   

Oh,  ::) the question: What type of laptop would you recommend to run CS6 that is windows based?  Or other laptop that is designed for this type of work?

I'm quite sure this has been discussed before numerous times and if you can lead this horse to water, I'll drink.

Thank you in advance.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Anyone using a Capture Camera Clip?
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:29:32 PM »
Hello Troops,

Wondered who might be using a Capture Camera Clip which is similar to Spyder Pro and some others of similar design.   Kickstarter has a new version of the Capture V2 in funding right now.

Your thoughts and experience with this type of attachment would be appreciated.


Does anyone have experience with CamRanger + 5D3 that allows you to shoot wirelessly through an Ipad?  Having Live View on the Ipad and being able to adjust the exposure, etc, remotely is my goal.  The only vendor I've found is CamRanger which is approximately $300. Any alternatives to this?

The Canon 6D has wifi and works great with Canon's EOS app on the Ipad and I miss this same function for the 5D3. Smart Trigger app does not work with LV nor Ipad 4.

Any help you can provide would be very much appreciated.

Thank you

Video & Movie / Customer looking for videographer in SF Bay Area
« on: April 30, 2013, 09:04:20 PM »
I have a dear friend who has asked me to shoot video for a professional marketing gig however as a stills photographer, this is something I'm not comfortable with and I've told them. :-\

I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area and this project will most likely be somewhere near the East Bay Area or if you have a studio you can work in, location may not be an issue.

Any recommendations for a videographer you can share with me would be much appreciated.  Send me your info and I'll link you two up.


Lenses / Is anyone using Nikon 14-24 on 5D3? Set up?
« on: January 13, 2013, 02:57:37 PM »
Wondered if any Canon shooters are using Nikon's 14-24 wide angle lens and their thoughts on this lens?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1D4 error message 30 - Yikes
« on: October 29, 2012, 08:25:37 PM »
I picked up a used 1D4 last week that have 100K miles on it.  Seemed to work well, ran it through a couple of tests from what I can see on the fly and it worked and functioned as designed. Paid $2,600 for it. 
Shot two soccer matches this weekend and on the second day it pretty much crapped out at the third quarter.

I shoot Ai Servo high shutter speed on Canon glass, 70-200 2.8L II + TC 2.0X II onto 1000X CF card and SD card at  the same time.  RAW to CF and Jpg to SD.

'Err 30' pops up and tells me to shut down, remove and reinstall battery and start up again.  This didn't do anything and I could only take one shot.  I tried other modes with no success.  How frustrating.

Packed it up and sent it to Canon today for service.  I've got one more game and then team portraits to do next weekend.  I've got a 5D3 and 7D for back up but I've gotten attached to the 1D4 just recently.

Any other 1D4 users experience this?

EOS Bodies / Trading 7D for 1D4 with high shutter count
« on: October 19, 2012, 10:18:42 AM »
Hey Canonistas,  I very much value your opinions and make most of my decisions through the experiences of others.

I'll keep it short. I shoot typically architectural and landscapes with the 5D3 but have been shooting soccer on the weekends with my 7D mainly for the extra reach and speed.  I upload images to SmugMug for players and their families to view, print, purchase.

Here is the question: I can get a 1D4 body with 100K shutter count as a trade for my 7D with $2K attached. My 7D has about 40K shutter count.  I think my biggest concern is the 100K shutter count on the 1D4. Replacing a shutter, I'm guessing, is about $300?  If so, it might be a good investment to get faster speed and better low light capabilities.

Your thoughts on this would be very much appreciated.

EOS Bodies / Is there a way to confirm focus in Live View
« on: September 07, 2012, 01:11:14 PM »
First, let me say thanks for all the great knowledge and information I've learned through this forum.  I'd say I'm a bit addicted as it keeps me from my work.  ::)

My question:

Is there a way to get focus confirmation in LIVE VIEW x 10  like we see when using the view finder with our MF lenses?   Depending upon the amount of light I'm shooting landscapes in, sometimes its very difficult to see the LCD and know for sure I'm perfectly dialed in.

I've used external monitors on previous shoots but sometimes the whole set up is cumbersome and the monitor resolution was not as good as the LCD itself.

Thanks in advance.

Lenses / Filters for lenses that are not designed to accept filters
« on: August 24, 2012, 10:58:50 AM »
Saw this at the The Digital Picture this morning and found this interesting.  Not being able to filter a 17TSE drove me to the 24TSE-ii which is the sharpest lens in my bag given the focal length.

Here is the article link:

I personally doubt whether you'd achieve uniform filtering due to the curvature of the lens. 

EOS Bodies / 5D3 Viewfinder vs LiveView
« on: August 23, 2012, 02:37:54 PM »
I've posted test samples of images previously on this subject where my manually focused Zeiss lenses and/or Canon lenses with 5D3 are focused accurately through the VF and get the AF confirmation.  They print out and display super sharp on my screens.

Problem I'm having is when I focus in Live View x 10, there is no AF confirmation though the image is sharp on the LCD only later to see that the LV image in the computer is out of focus when compared to the VF image.

Yes, I've had my eyes checked reguarly. :o

With landscape or tripod mounted scenes, I much prefer to focus via LV than VF, however this is a problem.

Any ideas anyone?

Thank you.

Canon General / Adorama issues anyone? Ever try to return a product?
« on: August 15, 2012, 05:34:53 PM »
My experience has been horrible more than once. Think I'd learn.

Anyone else?

Hi All,

This is my first 'test' and first post, so be gentle.  ha!

Using 5D3 with Zeiss 85mm 1.4 at f8.0.  Model: 'Bambi'..... (not her real name....)

Comparing manually focused lens through the viewfinder with audible confirmation against using LCD's Live View and magnifying x 10 to hit the focus point.

Conclusions: The viewfinder focusing was more accurate than Live View as you can see.

 I've also compared the IQ of Canon's 85m f1.2L II with Zeiss and found them very close overall but the Zeiss were much richer in color.

Thoughts anyone.

EOS Bodies / New Canon 3D - how much and who would
« on: June 06, 2012, 02:27:02 PM »
Just for the sake of going broke, how much do you anticipate a 40MP 3D camera body will retail for?  And would you buy one?

My guess: $5,999 and 'YES!'

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