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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 600EX-RT output inconsistencies
« on: November 08, 2013, 09:32:26 PM »
I am curious if others are having any issues with the output levels on their 600 flashes? Specifically, when using remote lights in Manual and on camera in ETTL? What is happening is that he off camera lights, even if set to a specific output level, are firing at different levels each time. If a 3rd party remote trigger like a pocketwizard is used the output stabilizes a set level though. This is using Gr mode on the Master flash on a 5D Mk3. It just seems like the Master is still transmitting scene information to the off camera lights even though they ought to be locked in to a output setting. I've had 3 people ask me about this happening to them, and I am at a loss as to what's going on.



EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Oops, opened CF card door too soon...
« on: June 03, 2013, 04:52:43 PM »
Looks like Lexar will replace/repair the card, so I guess no biggie. This would be good to know how to do some time, but for now, go Lexar!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Oops, opened CF card door too soon...
« on: June 03, 2013, 04:20:53 PM »

You may need to go into Disk Management panel and re-partition the card to use up the entire available space.

You don't happen to know any online walk-throughs for doing this, do you? Under disk management the only thing I can seem to find is format drive, which it won't. Thanks in advance!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Oops, opened CF card door too soon...
« on: June 03, 2013, 04:04:40 PM »
Have you tried formatting it with a computer yet?

It tells me Windows was unable to format the card. Is there a specific file system I should use. I am just using the defaults that pop up... Capacity = 31.9MB (weird???), File System: FAT (also available is NTFS and exFAT) and Allocation unit size = Default.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Oops, opened CF card door too soon...
« on: June 03, 2013, 03:58:16 PM »
I accidentally opened the CF card door on my 5D3 while formatting the card and now it won't read or reformat. Any tips on fixing this, or did I just nuke my card for good? There is no data as I was formatting it anyway, but it's a 16GB card I'd rather not buy again. Thanks!

EOS Bodies / Re: Where's the 1DX firmware?
« on: May 06, 2013, 06:07:34 PM »
Ok, I'll correct you.  ;)

Thanks for correcting me. I guess I am so used to Canon not doing what they say, that when then do I don't recognize it! I guess less than a month to go. At least my backup 5D3 is working better :-)

EOS Bodies / Where's the 1DX firmware?
« on: May 06, 2013, 02:48:36 PM »
Correct me if I am wrong, the AF-Assist "fix" was announced for the 1DX but not for the 5D3... so what did Canon do? Released the fix for the 5D3 and not the 1DX. Any word on the 1DX update? Arguably the 5D3 is more important to more people, but selfishly I am eagerly waiting as my wedding season ticks on. Anyone know what's happening? Bueller, Bueller...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Speeding up 1DX foc lock... Any tips?
« on: August 27, 2012, 04:18:59 PM »
I just spoke with someone at CPS USA and he noted that this slow lock in low light is not an issue he is hearing (said I was the first). So, if you are a 1DX or 5D3 CPS member having this issue CALL them. He said he was going to do some anecdotal testing himself and speak to the engineers there to see what they've heard, but I was shocked this wasn't on the radar (vs. the black focus point they are hearing a lot about). Speak up!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Speeding up 1DX foc lock... Any tips?
« on: August 26, 2012, 08:48:00 PM »
During wedding receptions, my issues come during first dances/parent dances and later in the evening during reception dancing. Even people posing on the dance floor static, aimed at their faces in one shot mode with a 600ex-rt with AF assist on is slow as mud. The 5DMk1 and 5DMk2 blow both the1DX and 5DMk3 out of the water in this regard. It is super frustrating. Like one of the commenters above, I lose moments, trying to catch a couple before they turn, or a smile or look, they are more often gone before I ever get focus The silver lining, if there is one, is that I am becoming even better at anticipating those moments... I have to so that I have the 2-3 seconds to lock focus. Also, I typically am shooting a 70-200 f/2.8 IS II, 24-70 f/2.8 (I hate this lens, but like the focal range) or 16-35 f/2.8. I'd like more primes, but mine are 50 and 85 1.2, which are awesome for portrait work but junk at a reception. I would love for this to be something that can be fixed in firmware, but if it can't the 1DX and 5D3 are merely a stepping stones to hopefully better cameras that don't have such glaring and seemingly obvious flaws.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Speeding up 1DX foc lock... Any tips?
« on: August 26, 2012, 09:46:58 AM »
It's exceptionally frustrating. I've only used the 600s on the 1DX and Mk3, and agree, until The lights get turned way down it is best to leave the AF assist been off. How did canon botch this so bad, especially on the 5D, a camera seemingly built for weddings. Is it a hardware or software problem, you think? I loath to think about switching to Nikon D4, especially since their color seems all over the map and I'd need 2... Maybe 1DX Mk2 will resolve this crappy AF...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Speeding up 1DX foc lock... Any tips?
« on: August 26, 2012, 09:09:25 AM »
Anyone have any tips that work for speeding up focus lock in low light situations (in my case wedding receptions)? I was hopeful that the 1DX would lock focus faster than the 5DMk3 bit alas it doesn't seem to. I love the camera after a half dozen weddings with it, and about 15 with the Mk3, but the extremely slow time to lock is killing me. Both the 5D1 and 5D2 did WAY better, which boggles my mind! If there are AF configurations I can try to speed things up I am eager to learn. Thanks all!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Remote Trigger and Tethered Shooting
« on: August 16, 2012, 09:01:26 PM »
Is there a way to use a remote trigger (wireless) on a 5D MkII when shooting tethered? I am finding that the remote trigger does not work in live view mode. What I am trying to do is have a tethered laptop show the image in a photo booth so that users can see that everyone is in the scene, and then be able to use a wireless remote to trigger the shutter... i.e. I don't need to be attending to the booth the entire time. I know having a monitor is possible (I don't know how), and I was hoping it could be done via a laptop since I have that already. Any pointers for setting up this scenario would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX in stock, 7/20/12
« on: July 25, 2012, 10:28:15 AM »
Just got a call from Calumet in Cambridge, MA that they have one 1DX in stock. I already got mine, so if you're looking...

EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama Shipping MY 1DX today!! WooHoo!
« on: July 20, 2012, 12:25:11 AM »
Likewise. Adorama shipped my 1DX today for delivery on Monday. I ordered April 10. Kinda surprised I made their cut today...

EOS Bodies / Re: Amazon shipping 1DX yet? (status?)
« on: July 18, 2012, 01:34:46 PM »
For what it's worth, after seeing these posts about Crutchfield I looked into an order with them (I placed an order with Adorama on 4/10 so I am probably looking into 2013 before seeing a camera, it feels)... Customer Service at Crutchfield  told me,

"This is a new item, and we haven't received our first shipment yet. We'll be sure to keep you updated with information as we receive it from Canon."

So, it might seem, just like everywhere else, information and responses are dodgy at best.

I will note too, that as of an hour and a half ago they had approx 20 people on their wait list, and I was #15ish based on an order yesterday.

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