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EOS Bodies - For Stills / AFMA changes since 5D MK III firmware 1.3.3 ??
« on: February 17, 2015, 10:15:49 AM »
Has anyone else noticed they need to re-adjust AFMA values for lenses since upgrading to firmware 1.3.3?

My 70-200f2.8L II used to focus accurately with W +8 and T +5. I've recently redone AFMA on this lens and it now seems most accurate left at 0 on both W & T. Admittedly I don't use software for adjustment but do it old styley, which has always been good for me.

If it was a very slight change I'd not be too surprised but this seems quite an adjustment.
Anyone had similar experience?

Software & Accessories / Kirk BH-1 or RRS BH-55 Ballhead?
« on: August 28, 2014, 04:46:56 PM »
Hi people...

I'm trying to decide whether to buy the Kirk BH-1 or RRS BH-55 Ballhead.
Anyone have any suggestions for me or experience with these?
I'm in the UK and can buy the Kirk easily here but would have to buy the RRS head from the US and pay for import charges and wait longer for delivery. I've worked out that the cost will be pretty much the same for either option.

Another bit of info is that my camera and lens plates are Kirk plates, but as I understand these will work with RRS.

Lighting / LED lighting for Macro Video
« on: August 16, 2014, 07:09:57 AM »
Hi people..
I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions for continuous lighting for macro video?
Specifically filming using the MP-E 65mm Macro Photo lens. I'm experienced with taking still shots with this tricky lens, but just getting round to thinking about filming with it on my 5DIII.
I have the MT-24EX Twin light macro flash and wonder if adding either a Manfrotto ML120 or ML240 led light to the hotshoe mounts on the flash head lens bracket from this would work?

Anyone do the same sort of thing? Or have alternative suggestions?

Software & Accessories / Step Up Ring 77-82 for 70-200 f2.8L II ?
« on: June 29, 2014, 06:24:40 PM »
I've just got a B+W XS-PRO CPL for my 24-70 f2.8L II and want to use it for my 70-200 F2.8L II which of course requires a 77-82 step up ring.

I know the one I'd buy, the Heliopan ring as it's made of brass. The question I have is it a usable solution using a step up ring for this lens? I'm guessing the lens hood won't fit. If anyone has any firsthand experience could they give me some advise? Cheers.

Just got this filter for my 24-70 f2.8L II.
It's actually my first CP filter. I've tried it out briefly and it certainly does what it's supposed to. Love it.
The only thing I wanted to ask people who have this particular filter is if when turning the outer ring do you occasionally get a slight 'shooshing' sound like it's slightly rubbing every now and again on the turn? It's still rotates really nice and smooth when it does it though which is good.

Hi fellow forum'ites, I've only just switched to the Black Rapid system after contemplating it for some time. I'm really loving it. Still getting used to having my gear hanging by my side but feels safer than I imagined it would.

I've gone the route many have in that I have an RS-Sport strap attached to a 1" QR Kirk clamp which either clamps on to my 5D Mark III Kirk camera plate or my 70-200 f2.8L II tripod collar Kirk plate. Really love this setup. I use the Stealth FastenR too to keep things nice and quiet.

However I've also got the battery grip for my camera and so if I want to attach the strap to this in the same way I'd need to buy the Kirk plate designed specially for the grip.

Before I spend more money I'd like to ask what people's thoughts are on connecting the Black Rapid to a battery grip?
I'm satisfied with the weight hanging from the tripod mounts on the body and lens collar but I just worry that hanging all that weight on the battery grip could cause problems. Not so much with the tripod screw mount on it but the strain on the connection between where the grip and body attach together.

Am I worrying needlessly?  :o Any thoughts welcome.

Lenses / Strange AFMA results with canon 50 f1.4
« on: February 22, 2014, 06:18:43 PM »
Ok this ones strange.
Just been adjusting the AFMA for my canon 50 f1.4 on my 5D III.
I've found that I have to set it to around +15 when aperture is wider than f4 and particularly when shooting at medium to far distances. But if aperture is f4 or narrower and particularly when subject is at close distances it's best left at around +5.

Anyone experienced similar?

All my other lenses AFMA settings are unaffected by aperture changes.

Lenses / 70-200 f/2.8L IS II AFMA Settings
« on: October 26, 2013, 01:43:30 PM »
Had this lens a reasonably short time and haven't had chance to use it too much yet.
On my first tests I was really pleased with it as far as sharpeness goes. Was similar to my f/4 IS version it replaced.

I've now just spent an hour adjusting AFMA on it and surprised how much I could improve it.
Wide end is now: +10
Tele end is now: +5

My 24-70 f/2.8L II doesn't need any adjustment at all so both set to 0.

Is this quite normal for the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II ?
I guess it's not too excessive on AFMA. Maybe the wide end. Anyway I've re-tested over and over and confirm that it nails focus at these settings so I'll definitely leave it set this way.

What do you guys have your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II AFMA set to out of interest?

Software & Accessories / B+W Filter - No Green Hologram
« on: August 21, 2013, 05:10:48 AM »
I've just received a new 77mm MRC Nano XS-PRO UV Filter and the box doesn't have the usual B+W/Genuine Product green hologram. Instead it has a silver hologram on the left side of the box which says Schneider Kreuznach on it and underneath that it says 9FFQ3T.

Should I be concerned?  :-\ I know Schneider is B+W but all my other filters have the green B+W hologram and I haven't seen anything online about this changing. It might be my imagination but the black box doesn't look quite so black as well...but I'm at work at the moment so can't check if this is the same as my other XS-PRO ones. The filter itself seems to look about right.

Software & Accessories / Lightroom 4 Edit In Photoshop CS6 sRGB Issue
« on: August 08, 2013, 12:57:53 PM »
Hi I wonder if anyone can help with this strange 'bug'?

I have Lightroom 4 which is showing as version 4.4 with Camera Raw 7.4.
I've created some external editor presets depending on the type of file I want to 'Edit In' to Photoshop.
They are all basically set to PSD's, 16bit, 300ppi and then either color space set to ProPhoto RGB (lightroom default), AdobeRGB (1998) or sRGB.

When I Edit In a lightroom adjusted raw file (CR2) to Photoshop using my Presets that I've mentioned above all work correctly and open up the file with the correct settings and color space EXCEPT the preset that is set to open as color space sRGB. This instead opens to AdobeRGB  :o

Now I've actually got a little further with this problem in that I've worked out that it seems to because of the Workflow options in the Camera Raw version of my Photoshop CS6 which happens to be version 8.1.
So If I open a CR2 file straight from Photoshop it pops up the Camera Raw window and at the bottom where it shows the workflow settings if I click on that and change it to sRGB for the color space if I then go back to lightroom and Edit In a file to Photoshop with my sRGB preset it now works and opens up with the sRGB color space.

Anyone know why this is happening? I wouldn't have thought that the Workflow settings in Camera Raw of Photoshop would have any influence on my Edit In preset settings in lightroom.

This hasn't always happened as far as I'm aware. Maybe it's started from an update to Photoshop and its Camera Raw version ??

Anyone shed any light on this for me?

I wonder if anyone would post their suggestions on what is a good starting place when it comes to Lee filters?
I know they do a Lee Digital SLR Starter kit but not sure if the included 2 stop filters are the best starting point as I read a lot of people prefer the 0.9 (3 stop filters).

So maybe buying the foundation kit and getting seperate 3 stop ND and NDG would be better?
I know these things are really a matter of what you want to be able to achieve with them but still if we're talking a good starting point what would you suggest?

I'm initially going to be using this with my 24-70 f/2.8L II lens by the way.
I've already bought a Lee 82mm wide angle adaptor ring. I'll also be buying a Big Stopper at some point in the future too.

Any advice welcome...

Lenses / 24-70 f/2.8L II strange zoom noise + decentering issues
« on: May 29, 2013, 10:14:56 AM »
I've just received a replacement for my 24-70 f/2.8L II as after some shooting with the old one I felt it had some decentering issues (whole right edge was blurred).
The replacement seems generally sharper across the frame, though doing a brick wall test this weekend just gone I now believe this copy to have a slight blurry left edge, not as bad as last copy but still :-\ The right edge is pretty sharp. On this point can someone tell me if decentering issues can be fixed by Canon repair centers?
The other issue which is weird is a strange noise/sound when I zoom in and out. The old copy I had was fine..a bit more resistance than this new one but sounded normal. The new copy I've got makes a strange tiny 'crackling' sound. It doesn't sound mechanical at all and the zoom action is smooth all the way. Maybe something to do with rubber seal in the zoom ring or air/bubbles in lubrication maybe? Only way I can describe it is the sound kelloggs rice krispies make when they 'snap, crackle and pop'  :) It seems to be quite random too. Sometimes it's worse than other times (temperature?). If I've not used it for a good few hours it hardly does it but then seems to happen more as I use it for that session. It is quite faint in sound I must add. If you were outside in noise you'd never notice but in a dead quiet room you can just hear it from behind the camera and if you put your ear to it it's clearly noticeable. I fear that if I used it for video the mic may pick it up easily causing some peaks in the audio.

Anyone else experience similar?

Lenses / 24-70 f2.8L II or.....
« on: March 28, 2013, 11:25:33 AM »
ok just wondering what peoples thoughts are on this...
take a look at my sig for my current lenses. notice the widest lens i have is my 50mm. I need to rectify this.
now what would you do in my position:

A) 24-70 f2.8L II
B) 35 f1.4L + 24-105 f4L IS

note I can get either option for essentially the same money.
oh yeah.. will be used mainly on my 5D MKIII.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D Mark III - Sensor Cleaning - Clean Now
« on: February 25, 2013, 01:06:28 PM »
Could you 5D Mark III owners test or confirm something for me please?

I've had the 'Automatic Cleaning' option enabled in the Sensor Cleaning menu since new (seeing as it's enabled by default). This performs as i'd expect like my 40D. If you put your ear right up to the body you can hear a tiny couple of electronic sounds. I believe this to be perfectly normal.

However I've just run the 'Clean Now' option in the Sensor Cleaning menu on my 5D Mark III for the first time.
And I expected it to just do the same as the Automatic Cleaning that runs when you switch on and off, but instead it made a few very audible noises. More like a motor sound which repeated a couple of times.
Is this normal? Can I get you users to check it on yours to see if it's the same? Remember I'm specifically talking about the 'Clean Now' option in the Sensor Cleaning menu.

Software & Accessories / What are most people using for processing RAW
« on: September 21, 2012, 08:41:55 AM »
For my 40D raw files I've been using Elements 8 for some time.
Now I'm about to get a 5D MK III, I'll not be able to use Elements 8 as it's version of ACR isn't compatible with this camera. I can't afford a copy of Photoshop CS6 so whats my best option? What do most people use? I guess the answer is Lightroom 4.1.

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