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Bought 2 CF Sandisk 32GB Extreme Pro (160Mb/s, UDMA 7) from Amazon (Spain).

Both packages look like the one in the second picture which is the same you can see pretty much everywhere.

However, after opening, one of the memories does not have the golden band on the top and bears a different look (first picture)...did I get a fake mem from Amazon or is this somehow the new look of the Extreme Pro's?

Left Memory No.1 which is the on expected and matches the package
Right Memory No.2: the weird one

Fyi i've contacted Sandisk and expect their reply.

thx for your feedback!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Updating 7D Firmware from 1.2.5 to 2.0.5
« on: June 05, 2014, 03:30:56 PM »

Got a second hand 7D with the old 1.2.5 firmware.

Can anyone advice if I can go directly to 2.0.3, then to 2.0.5?

Or do I have to upgrade to 2.0.0, then 2.0.3 then 2.0.5?


Lenses / Help on Markins Plate for rental Canon 300 2.8 II
« on: October 28, 2013, 03:18:30 PM »
I'm renting a 300 2.8 II for a couple of days and was wondering if anyone could tell me whether I can fit my markins plate PL-55 on it? it is the plate I have for the 70-200 2.8 II

I have never used the 300 II so do not know if the lens curved foot would accept this plate given the plate it has a stop on one side. I would think of aligning the plate's stop to the forward side of the foot but will the screw position have enough play to fit it?

Though i'll be using the 300 mostly handheld I would really like to be able to use it as well on my tripod and I don't want to buy another plate just for a rental lens.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Where to but Canon DSLRs in Iceland?
« on: July 03, 2013, 03:39:34 PM »

Can anyone please advice where to buy Canon DSLRs in Iceland? new or used, I don't care.

Additionally would need to be a physical store, preferably.

Thanks for the feedbakc!

Software & Accessories / Markins plate for 7D
« on: July 01, 2013, 05:46:09 PM »

Does any one know if the markins plate P53U (for the 5D III) would fit a Canon 7D? at least to take a few pictures, not for a permanent ensure a minimun of support should I use a 7D as backup camera and need to use it for some tripod shots?

thanks for the help

Lenses / Ever wondered what will a Zeiss 100MP do with a Canon 2xIII?
« on: June 29, 2013, 05:55:24 PM »
Out of boredom this afternoon I decided to clean a bit my lenses. At some point all were lying on a table and theZeiss 100 Makro-Planar was laying besides the Canon 2XIII extender so....thought of matching them. And match they do! Well, kinda because the extender will not let focusing beyong 10m but's that more than enough for macro or portraits (and up to 5m if you put the 1.4x II though I did not bother to take pics with it)

Below a copuple of comparisons of the same pic taken with the Zeiss alone and with the extender. Both pics are taken at minimun focus distance, this means the Zeiss "only" subjct is magnified 1:2 (as per the lens design, obviously) and the extender subject fills 1:1. This is important, the normal zeiss pic is shown zoomed 2:1 to match the extender pic

Pics taken on tripod, aperture priority, liveview mode, cable release. As I had a crappy light in my house I decided to shoot ISO 800 with a Canon 5D III. This proved to be an interesting choice when looking at the effect of noise. I'm no lens test expert so there may be flaws in this test, don't hesitate to pint them out.

(you may want to click to go to the flicker pic at 100% otherwise the differences are lost at this sizes)

The Original Field of view for each pic
The "A" in PANAM is about 2mm wide. The coin is a 20 cents of €

Original shots II par Fegarix, sur Flickr

To the left the Zeiss only at 200%, to the right the Extender pic at 100%

Zeiss 100MP and 2x comparison f4 (cropped) II par Fegarix, sur Flickr

The Original Field of view for each pic
(The "I" in Colombia is about 1mm wide)

Original shots par Fegarix, sur Flickr

To the left the Zeiss only at 200%, to the right the Extender pic at 100%

Zeiss 100MP and 2x comparison f4 (cropped) par Fegarix, sur Flickr

My personal conclusion
a) IF your subject does not FILL your frame with teh Zeiss alone, by all means use the Canon Extender!!!!  Even for the Zeiss 100MP which is THAT freaking good at any aperture and holds well zooming in however blowing up the Zeiss "only" will cause artifacts and dramatically increase the apparent noise so to me the extender pic gives you more margin to work under those conditions.

b) keeping the Zeiss alone pic at 1:1 and reducing the extender pic to 1:2: the Zeiss alone clearly wins, but your subject does not fill the frame....

c) I'm impressed, did not expect those results.

d) Really happy I got myself a Zeiss 200mm Makro-Planar f/4   :D :D :D

A couple of Notes
- When using the extender the camera reads the natural Zeiss aperture range, starting at f/2. In reality you are shooting two stops above it so a extender pic at f/2 = f/4. This is easily seen in the shutter speeds. This also means when shooting at f/22 you get ridiculous small aperture of f/44. Did not bother to try it, probably crappy IQ
-The selections you saw were matched to trying and get the (roughly) same DoF (remember the to calculate double the aperture number in the extender pic to have an idea of the real one)

-have a bunch of other apertures tests in case you're courious!

Software & Accessories / Lightest, good, Shoulder Camera bag?
« on: June 23, 2013, 12:01:57 PM »

I have a Lowepro 160 pro Messenger which is a fantastic bag, nicelly padded, great storing features. However it is becoming too darn heavy for me. Even empty feels a bit of a burden (aprox 1.4Kg I believe)

I thought of asking the community what would be the lightest bag to carry a 5d3 with a 70-200 2.8 + 1 or 2 primes?

-I don´t care if they get really tight in the bag, the only thing it needs to have a minimun of padding betwwen the 2 or 3 compartments. I don´t need to have neither a multitude of pockets. One small pocket to put a spare battery and a 77mm filter would do.

Again, the first criteria would be weight an just a minimun of protection.

Thanks for the feedback!


Fisrt I wanted to say how happy I was today when receiving my (second) Lee Big Stopper today. It now comes with a custom, thin metallic box to store it and carry it, all padded inside.  Finally some real protection! Kudos to LEE

Fyi this is my 2nd Big Stopper, the first one I bough a couple of months ago, well in advance of a trip i'm planning and the darn thing broke in my bag before I could used the first time!!! (and I was actually careful cause had read how these filters break even by looking at them)

Anyway, my question is that I have the "clonic" SERK LEE Holder (see link below) and would like to know if someone has any creative ideas on how to use a B+W 82mm Slim polarizer with it, along at least one additional ND/GND filter on the holder? It would be for use with a Zeiss 21 which has a 82mm thread and being a slim type I cannot thread anything to it, preventing fitting the holder on top of the polarizer.

For the courious ones here's the holder I bought which I see has now dramatically increased its price. I haven't used the original LEE but this one looks and feels actually pretty nice anyway.

Lenses / Help with Long Lens + Backup Body choice for Iceland
« on: May 24, 2013, 01:43:16 PM »

This topic may have been beaten to death and I have tried to read whatever I could find for Iceland but haven't yet decided the way to go so hopefully you guys that have been there could advice. I'll be there this summer and being one of those one in a lifetime trips you want to ensure all bases are covered. My current equipment consist of:

Zeiss 2.8/21
Sigma 35 1.4 HSM Art
Zeiss 2/50 MP
Canon 85L II
Zeiss 2/100 MP
Canon 70-200 F4 IS (+ 1.4extender II)

I got therefore a nice focal range covered but the question I may need your advice with concerns the darn Puffins, the occasional bird in the Myvatn area and the long reach landscape shots. I think this will in turn also influence the choice for the backup body to get:

From what I read (or not???) a 200mm may be a bit short for Puffins or the birds at the Myvatn area and  I'm not impressed by the 70-200 F4 IS coupled with the 1.4x extender I currently have. The options I can think of is to selling the 70-200 F4 IS and getting a 70-200 2.8 II (keeping the 1.4 extender) or to get a used Canon 100-400 instead.

Regarding the backup body I would consider the following options:
1) any used APS-C (7D that I know well or 60D or even a 650D etc): I can get them cheap used. APS-C has the added crop factor bonus so the option to take a 70-200 II with extender becomes very versatile for the birding. However in the eventuality the 5DIII fails then I'll have only an APS-C so my 21mm becomes effectivelly a 35mm which is not very nice for a place such as Iceland...

2) a cheap used 5D II:  whatever happens with the 5DIII I still have the wide end properly covered with the 21mm but then I may need to get the 100-400 (?)

So, to end a long post what would you do:

-Used APS-C as backup body, selling 70-200 F4 IS and getting 70-200 2.8 II (I keep the 1.4 extender anyway)
-Used 5DII as backup body, selling the 70-200 F4 IS and getting the Canon 100-400

Nota: I plan to resell whatever backup body I get after returning.

Thanks for the help!


I'm about to upgrade to Windows 8 but I'm not sure if LR4 and NIK Color Efex are compatible with Windows 8?

Has anyone tried them on Win8?

Thanks for your feedback

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