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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Back button AF problem
« on: March 29, 2014, 11:24:36 PM »
Hi guys,

I switch to back-button AF but have a very annoying problem. Whenever i move my AF point then press the back-button AF, the AF point jumps to the centre, focuses, then moves back the starting point, missing my chosen focus...  I can't see how to turn this off?  Any help?

I know I have read about this on the forum before, but i failed to find it, so sorry for the repetition!

Software & Accessories / BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:10:24 AM »
I know this has been talked about before, but i'm bringin it up again!

5D III + 2xTCIII + 70-200 2.8L IS II flew off a moving safari jeep. Lens broken (with canon now), camera and TC appear to have survived! It was fastened into my sports strap properly moments before hand!

Long version: I was on safari in India. I had my 5D MK III, 2xTC III and 70-200 2.8L IS II attached to my blackrapid sport via the lens tripod foot mount. I was standing up and sitting down a lot to take pictures. One time when bringing the camera down after a shot and the jeep started to move, however, where my set-up would normally stop and rest at my hip, it continued down, all the way down to bounce of the edge of the Jeep, out of the side and onto the dirt and rock path 5-6 feet below from the now accelerating vehicle! Somehow the camera had unlatched itself from the 'connectr'.  Now at this point, if i where you, i would be asking if this guy had actually fastened his camera on correctly. Well I did, and i know I did because this is the second time it has happened. The first time result in nothing other than my bemused face when my camera i thought attached to my strap was not and tumbled unharmed 30cm (1 foot) into some snow. I had blamed myself for this first accident, assuming I had not fastened it in properly. So since then i make sure to periodically check that it is fastened and the screw tightened correctly. I had checked my connection minutes before on the safari and still within that short time-frame it came loose.

Comments: This is a known problem, and known by BR since they now have a 'Lockstar' to hold the connector closed. This would have saved my gear. Do new straps come with one as standard???

Conclusion : Those with BR buy a 'lockstar'. Those who do not use BR, bare this in mind before making your purchaser decision, and get a lockstar!

Lenses / Glass is the most important?
« on: March 05, 2014, 10:40:16 AM »
I am a geek. I have a PhD in biophysics, and built my first computer at 13 in the early 90's (yes yes i'm 'young' too). I love gear and i love the technical aspect of photography. i like charts, graphs and statistical significant repetitions. I am a gear junkie and i am going to go cold turkey!

There are many MANY lenses i want. There are many lenses I can mental justify that i need. There are maybe a couple of lenses i genuinely need (ok, i'm good at convincing myself)! But in 2014 I am aiming to have a kit free year. Baring disaster, I am not going to buy any new kit, lenses, bodies, anything (well maybe film if it should arise).

I have just up-graded my laptop and updated my LR catalogue to include all my old photos... I obviously perused my old shots, sauntering down memory lane and i realised that there are some really good ones. Granted not the ones i thought were good at the time, but still. These were taken with a basic DSLR kit.

I am a gear-head and i believe glass is more important than the body. But I also believe the picture is most important of all!

So, I am putting my efforts into creating new photographic importunities over new gear.

A pint to the person who can correctly guess what week of the year i fold!

Now where did i put my drink....

EOS Bodies - For Video / On the spot flexible recording settings
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:51:39 AM »

I do b-roll and interviews for a videographer, and i'm fine shooting when i have time to set-up etc...  but i find when i am doing some wildlife photography i sometimes want to film and in the spur of the moment i have missed a lot of what could have been great footage.

I am putting my C3 setting on my 5d iii to a dedicated 'emergency filimg' mode. Any advice would be welcome, but at the moment it is:
Manual mode
Auto ISO (100-12800)
1920 25p, ALL I
Neutral picture (everything on 0)

considering i will be shooting with telephoto, i can not expect the sound anyway.

does anyone else have a similar mode? thoughts, comments, improvements, suggestions?

thanks, i'm off shooting tigers again this weekend, and would like to actually get some footage as well as photos! :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Leica m2
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:49:51 AM »
A friend of mine has an old Leica M2 and lenses that he has had since it's release. He does not use it anymore and said i am more than welcome to borrow it whenever i want... 

Obviously, i am excited about giving it a go...  but i have NEVER shot film (recent photography enthusiast). I need to source some film, could anyone advise me on what would be good b&w film?



EOS Bodies - For Video / Filming newbie
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:53:20 AM »
I don't film much with my 5D, but am doing so more and more, interviews mostly.

Anyway, the other day at a party, some friends broke into spontaneous song. I already had my camera out and chose to film it.  Fine the settings were far from perfect, but i shot it anyway as a memento. During filming, i took a photo, accidentally (alcohol induced snap-happy fingers). I thought nothing of it until i checked out my footage the next day, and felt both stupid and annoyed (ontop of a throbbing head). In the footage at the moment i took the still, there is a pause in the filming and an audible 'fake' (?) shutter click, before continuing normally. Fortunately, it was just friends and I think they will find it funny considering it was me, but also shoot b-roll and interviews on the side for a small documentary producer. Thankfully, nothing like this has happened in any of these jobs...

I knew it was possible to take stills while filming, but if it screws up the shoot, what's the point? Is there anyway of repairing this, or at the least disabling this feature so i don't do it again? What did i do wrong, and how can i avoid it in the future.



Software & Accessories / Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Tripod Plate
« on: February 04, 2014, 06:04:32 AM »
Hi all,

I was interested in using this in conjunction with my blackrapid system, but does "the knob" (for better words)  not get in the way of of lens tripod mounts??? e.g. will it not get in the way of the 70-200L IS II tripod mount?


Has anyone had any experience with this... 



Lenses / More EF pancakes?
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:48:39 AM »
Do you think there are going to be more pancake lenses (EF mount)? The shorty-forty appeared to be a great success...  I'm hoping it will spur canon to make others... ~20mm would be nice, especially attached to the 100D!

I know Voigtlander has there Color Skopar 20mm f/3.5 II, but a nice AF version would be great!

Software & Accessories / Black-rapid failure!
« on: December 25, 2013, 09:37:03 AM »
Hi all,

I was snowboarding in the alps the other day, the weather was fantastic so i decided to take my 5Diii with me on my BR sport under my coat. I am a good boarder who rarely falls (unless trying something stupid), so was not concerned with having my camera tucked under my coat. I had the camera locked into the system, but at one point, when opening my coat, the camera somehow got detached and jumped out, bouncing on my board and rolling down the slope for a while before i could catch up! The camera and lens are all fine, thankfully, but my trust in BR is now gone! I have no idea how it got out of the locked loop.

Has anyone else had a problem like this? If not, be careful, it might happen to you, and you might not be as lucky as me (imagine concrete and steps instead of nice soft snow)!

Anyway, happy christmas to you all! And i hope you are having a great day!  :)

Lenses / Weekend in Singapore
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:07:01 PM »
Off to singapore for a work conference tonight and will tag on the last weekend for some sight-seeing!

I was thinking of taking 24mm and 40mm. Go wide! Suitable?

Also any advice on places to go/see would be appreciated! :)


EOS Bodies - For Video / A really naive person
« on: November 14, 2013, 12:46:59 AM »
 Hi all,

I am an amateur/part time photographer living in Bangalore (it is not my day job). Last night a friend of mine who lives in Delhi who is a documentary film maker asked a favour of me; to film a short interview with a guy near by. It was a situation where this was the only time and place it could happen. Despite having had my 5D MKIII for nearly a year now, I had not shot more than 1 minute of footage before, but since I was his only/last hope, I went out to shoot. It went OK... I had no sound recording equipment, so as you might guess that was not great, but I muddled through everything, and much to my surprise he and his company liked what I came up with (sent them the files the same night). This morning they asked me if I would like to do some more shooting for them... I realise that this is a great opportunity, and I might as well give it a shot. However I am woefully naive about this kind of work... photography fine, but videography is not something I have any experience with.

I'm not even sure I am asking this in the right thread, but has anyone got any advice for me??? Some kind of sound recording shenanigans would be useful, any recommendations (a good price:quality ratio, nothing pro, but good value and simple)? Camera setting suggestions would also be useful... any useful on-line tutorials too! :) Sorry I really am in the dark here, and instead of fumbling around, I was hoping you guys in the know might be able to push me in the right direction! :)

Equipment wise I have the following:
100D (18-55mm STM)
24mm f/1.4L II
24-105mm f/4L IS
40mm STM f/2.8
50mm f/1.8
70-200 f/2.8L IS II
2x Tripods

Well, that is all I can think of right now... ANY advice would be appreciated! :)



Lenses / Beach kit
« on: October 29, 2013, 10:48:15 AM »
Heading to Goa for a week on friday.... What do you guys recommend for the beach?

I'm taking on the trip:
5d mkiii
40 STM
24 1.4
70-200 2.8
2x tc III
Small travel tripod

For days on the beach i was thinking of taking the 450D and 40 STM...  what do you guys think?


hi all,

My sister wants a DSLR (for a long time) and as a good brother i am going to surprise her with it for xmas (karma and all that). So I got a thinking....  If i were to start a fresh again, what would i do, knowing what i know now. I would pick up a used 5D (I)...  But I know my sister won't take to kindly to being given an ebay camera for xmas, nor will she appreciate the advantage it would have given her....  So, do I get her a 600/650d kit new, or a second hand 5D? Do i force my opinion upon her, or do i let her play with her xxxD and choose her own path? If you knew nothing about cameras, how would you feel getting a used present?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Removal of IR Highpass filter
« on: October 16, 2013, 09:12:54 AM »
Hi all,

How many of you guys have removed the IR highpass filter in your DSLR.  I have an old, abused, well loved but unused 450D sitting around and i would love dearly to breath some new life into it. I have tried to sell it but to be honest the street value of it (lensless) is not worth me selling....  this was my first camera, and well, i love the little fella! :) As such, I'm looking into getting the IR filter removed....

How many of you guys have done this? any advice? I don't think i will replace it with another filter (e.g. Baader BCF), but am also considering removing the AA filter too (a 450DE one might say). However this would remove the dust-removal feature....  anyone done this? was sensor dust then a problem? :)

Thanks for any advice/experience in this area!


Lenses / Longer and faster, better?
« on: October 11, 2013, 01:59:11 AM »

I am doing more and more wildlife photography (bit difficult not to living in India), and am thinking about getting a longer faster lens.

Most of my shooting is early in the morning, in the jungle/woods. every time i hope to come across tigers/leopards/bears, but these sightings are rare, so i amuse myself birding.

Currently i use a 5D MKIII and my 70-200 + 2x tcIII. The f/2.8 gives me the speed in the wee hours, and i pop on the TC when i need length and the light is better, but it is always a trade-off, and often i find myself in the situation where 200 is too short, but with the tc on the ISO/shutter speed is no longer ideal (there is an obvious point where i think adding the TC vs more extreme-cropping yields comparable results).

I am thinking about a 300mm 2.8, but the new version II is a little out of my budget. So either a second hand version I or maybe a Sigma EX 300mm f/2.8 APO DG HSM.

Any other suggestions? Has anyone any experience with the Sigma? How well does it take TCs? unfortunately TDP does not have the sigma in their comparison charts.

I guess this is more of a feasibility study for me. I'm trying to find the right/best price point.

Renting is an obvious solution for longer lenses, but it is not so easy here...  the few places that have these lenses are so overwhelmed, you need to reserve your lens weeks, if not months in advance. I am just not that well organised! :)


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