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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any voodoo cures for Err80?
« on: July 18, 2014, 05:01:42 AM »
Here's what Canon tells me: my 1DsMk3 power supply had a short. A printed circuit board had to be replaced. That is outside the functions Err80 usually reports on, but "cards and control" obviously suffered in the power issue.  <grin>

Graham, your idea about trying EOS Utility to bypass cards as a diagnostic was very interesting. I do use tethering a lot. Would not have shown us the problem here.

The shutter count survived the 48-hour button-battery-less interlude.

Canon had it out the door the second day (at Irvine, California, on a Friday later morning and out with FedEx on Monday afternoon). They also cleaned the sensor and the viewfinder, gave me a shutter count. I wish they'd write the count down so I can show it to any future purchaser, but they told me over the phone. (Second time they didn't log it in writing but I am pleased by this service. Reasonable cost - especially with CPS discounts.

Thanks, all, for ideas.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any voodoo cures for Err80?
« on: July 08, 2014, 05:14:21 AM »
All the pins in the CF slot are intact (visual check only, of course) I think they are all there because I was able to format the cards in the camera one of the times I recycled power and battery. The body never complained on insertion of a different card -- the displays on top and back are just as they should be... until I press the shutter. Then the mirror flips up and stays there and a second later the error message appears in the now-cleared upper LCD info display.

And to confirm: I tried *just* the SD and then *just* the CF.

Do you know if info like shutter count are lost in a camera reset? I don't mind re-entering date and time but on these old 1-series it's good to keep track of actuations because buyers are rightfully curious what the likely wear they will encounter in the shutter mechanism. Someday I'll sell this body. I guess, though it might outlive me.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any voodoo cures for Err80?
« on: July 08, 2014, 03:26:44 AM »
Camera reset, no. Will try. But how could my Sigma 12-24 or 35f1.4 cause a problem like this? Those have been on and off my various bodies a LOT. Never a hiccup. Canon tells me this error is card related, so I like the reset idea.

BTW, I also did a full, not "Quick", format of the two cards that had been in the body when the problem was noticed. There were two shoots on the Fourth.  I might have rushed too fast to ingest images after one job and pull the cards from the reader. So the deeper format was part of the attempt to return function. But a third card also locked it up.

Will report back about reset when I get to the office.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Any voodoo cures for Err80?
« on: July 07, 2014, 10:31:46 PM »
One of my 1Ds3 bodies is throwing the Err80 message and hanging up, only to be awoken with battery removal. The body did not suffer any event that I saw or knew, like a fall or static discharge. I have tried three different cards in the body, and it will hang on the first shot with all of them. I left the body without its battery for a whole night as one Canon suggestion reported or quoted said a long time should be taken for reset and I was willing to try anything.

I did reformat the cards in this body during one of those cycles -- before trying an exposure. Hung again. More than one Canon lens tried, too. Batteries Canon stock. Two brands of cards eventually went in the sockets, both CF and SD.

Betting it's an expensive deep dive into the body but must pay for a fix. Anyway, I'd be hesitant to take this on a job -- unless I got a very witch-doctor certain fix. Eye of Newt anyone?

Just checking before I send it off to Irvine.

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Thank you for the thoughtful replies.

I should have included that I was sort of assuming WordPress if I didn't get a suggestion of a service, and I am already a Zenfolio member for my professional work, so these ideas from CR members are right on. I wrote the above post too late to cover all the bases...it was getting long... I use Wordpress.org software at my host (Hostgator, also recommended) for my own outward-facing portfolio site and like the platform and its many theme-makers.

(Positive nod to the Expression theme from Pexeto for reasonable fee, BTW) hinking of Zenfolio. Had a .com WP site some years ago for a different group.

www.jonathanrawle.com shows Expression theme. Pexeto distributes through Themeforest and has a couple other themes that would work for shooters. Scroll to see earlier galleries.

PbD, I had been thinking of Zenfolio, as I and my clients like it, plus support has been good. New ownership hasn't changed anything I notice so far. We have the same club fee so there's $$ to run the subscription. I see how it would work; everyone has to remember the sign in but at least you can VIEW images with no sign-in, and a small group could learn the interface for admin. In our club there is such a wide range of computer skills and tolerance of sign-ins that I was hoping for a super-simple e-mail-only upload. Perhaps e-mail upload is so hard to do that it is rare, because it IS rare. SmugMug claims you can do this for your pages on their service, but it sounds like their staff just does it as a manual "support function". I will ask them if they still do this and guarantee the process will occur right away.

PbD, have you used Jeffrey Friedl's Lightroom plug-in for easy Zenfolio upload? Super.

Unfocused-- I am not worthy! building a site takes a lot of learning, work, and attention to detail. I have done some maintenance for a client with DW4 and struggled wth the nesting complications of CSS! Fun though. The experience made me appreciate Wordpressa lot more.

jrista--Than you both specifically for your Wordpress nod and broadly for the good information and careful writing you do on these forums.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Loss of viewfinder flash of red light
« on: July 06, 2014, 01:16:00 PM »
I'm the OP. The problem is improper operation of the user manual.

Haven't been shooting event images in the dark without strobes recently. I use back button focus and like setting that at AI-Servo. So as the country music song says, "There's your Trouble".

Line item "VF Illumination" in the menus is set for "On". I checked that but I had forgotten the use case exception for Servo. ...and that makes sense as Mt. Spokane indicated. I mostly wanted reminder of focus point as I shot, and although I'm at fault I still don't like the passive black-box feedback. The 1Ds Mark3's I use are a little slower in some of the darker situations but I love the positive feedback. 

Although somewhat chagrined I appreciate the feedback. BTW, Canon in VA didn't catch this - usually their advice or feedback better...

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...not Flickr, Facebook, Google+. Everything I have found wants people to sign in to become a community and share lots of info or whatever. We are a photo club and there is no one site/community that everyone is willing to join and people don't want to sign into a site to either upload and see other members' images. Some members get confused about sign-ins and especially uploading.

We have used/tried Facebook, GoogleDrive/Google+/Picasa. I am starting to look at WordPress templates, hoping there is a plug-in or theme there that does this.

Please let me know if there is a template or system that can do this. I can't build it in Dreamweaver, etc. Just don't have those skills.

An example of use: six club members go to a 4th of July parade and they want to show other members the images - to be viewed on the web. (For this last [viewing]step Google and Facebook require membership and sign-in.)

The best operating model would be uploading images as attachments: upload by e-mail message. Control would came from the careful distribution of the e-mail addresses. Every member of the club performs e-mal tasks and management. The alternatives make someone a images Secretary who aggregates everyone's input and does the uploading.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Loss of viewfinder flash of red light
« on: July 06, 2014, 05:00:37 AM »
I was shooting our local 4th of July arade which went through dusk I realized that the [lame]viewfinder illumination wasn't working in my 5DMk3

The choice to make a black-box focus-target indicator on the focus screen was throwing me big time in the ever-darker street. Worse, I was getting NO flash of red and a sense of which target was activated. The first thing I can't do anything about. The second: I know the 7D people pt up with it. Had never had or handled one, ever.

Has anyone had their "viewfinder illumination" die? Looks like a trip to Irvine.

Boy I hope they put in a different system on the 5D-whatever-is-past-Mk3.

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Software & Accessories / Re: EU version 3 flaky - for me so far
« on: July 03, 2014, 03:32:41 AM »
Graham,
Nope, Hawaii.
Canon labeled the new software EU to stand, i believe, for "EOS Utility".
I did more comparisons after writing my post and got similar behavior from a second 5D3 and with both a Canon and Sigma lens mounted.

During install of the v3 software we download from canonUSA, a newer version of v2 gets installed, too. I asked, they can coexist. So I  tried v2 and it was more stable. The same cables that will connect and control v2 wont work with v3.

YMMV

Jonathan7007

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dynamic Range Question
« on: July 01, 2014, 08:07:03 PM »
I didn't find the image as fixed objectionable. It may not be a style you like. There were some good ideas in people's responses. Clarity down a bit, for example. "Natural" ain't all it's cracked up to be... <grin>

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Software & Accessories / EU version 3 flaky - for me so far
« on: July 01, 2014, 07:54:37 PM »
All,
I have a shoot I'd like to perform tethered so tried out the new version with one of my 5DMk3 bodies. After three cords of ever-shorter length the program just disappears off the screen either on its own or in response to  some sort of input. I called Canon and they say they have not had lots of calls about the software; for this gentlemean in Virginia it was his first call on the subject.

So this is just a data point. I am just starting to get a handle on what is wrong.

I did tell them I was bummed that I had to run two versions and if needing to swap the body on the tripod for one of my 1DsMk3 bodies the client (and I) would probably get annoyed backing out of one package and starting another.

My tethering setup is the same as before the upgrade: same Lenovo w520, same cables (that worked before).

I did notice that a frame taken with the Sigma 35mm f1.4 did not auto focus when fired from the button image in the control rectangle in the software. Now I have to try with a Canon lens on the body.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 1Ds MkIII
« on: April 18, 2014, 07:33:06 PM »
Good advice in the above posts.

I decided to have both 5DMk3 and 1DsMk3 body choice in my kit. It was an experiment at first. I loved the files at low ISO like 100 or 200. I, too, noticed how good it was with faces, skin tones.

I don't like the coarse view screen, especially if not tethered and the client wants to see what was captured. I admit there are times I feel I can't tell if I have what I want on that screen... we're really spoiled with the 5D3's great display.

So the "pro" arguments that keeps these in the kit are: the benefit this body delivers anywhere I can go with a low ISO or want a more waterproof body. Stronger mechanics and body construction. (I love the sound of the shutter!) If I was still doing studio product work (and didn't invest in a medium format) this would be a great choice.

Minor con: although I tether with EOS Utility I also try to use the Android dSLR Controller program when appropriate and the older control software in the 1Ds precludes use of some of the features of that viewer/controller. But most work OK.

Another pro (?) (admittedly anecdotal): I was shooting an event with a 580EX attached on a bracket through the off-camera cord on one of my 5DMk3 bodies. Lens was the 24-70v2. I asked the camera to use the flash-delivered focus-assist. But I was having a hard time seeing and confirming I had focus. Some of this is the lame focus confirmation, and some seemed to be uncertainty rabbing focus on the part of the body.

Much internal screaming.

I had a momentary break and swapped out the body in the rig for a 1DsMk3. Everything else the same but no focus assist, right? Wow, focus was popping immediately where I asked it to go. Yes, I sometimes rolled the focus point to a different sector when I had to but that momentary delay was less than many of the earlier pauses while I tried to be sure the body-lens combo had actually focused.

Event was in the usual slightly dark room. Grey ceiling way way above me so depth-of-field resulting from my bounce was not helping me much (or at all..) (White card hovering above flash front lens.)  But there was enough light for the 1Ds focus to seem faster and more sure of itself.

Just wanted to contribute to what is a personal decision about mix of bodies. Can't cost-justify one or more 1Dx bodies.  I didn't find these 1Ds's at one-half the cost of a 5DMk3, wish I had, but it seemed that the reliable ones cost about 2100 last year. Maybe another year has reduced the cost. I also live way out somewhere making returns, back-and-forth a real hassle.

YMMV

jonathan7007

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Mackguyver,
I was going to PM but maybe this will help others. I totally agree with Rusty, although less from knowledge that the ASUS wouldn't hold up. I have used a Lenovo w520 since October 2011. Lightroom, Photoshop, and all the other things we do with whatever we lug around (I have a "production" desktop, too, which is like the laptop, general purpose machine.) This machine has emerged as the best -- reasonably current -- spot on the Lenovo "W" workstation continuum. The howls about the w530 and now the compromises in the w540 are a little beyond the usual "forum-as-accumulation-of-complainers" characterization. I suggest you buy a used w520.

The w520 is a Sandy Bridge configuration with user-chosen i7. get a four-core version. These chassis accept a lot of customization, like mSATA drives in a PCIe slot stashed inside -- user reachable and changeable. The optical bay can accept various after-market caddies and I now have a Hitachi 750 there with a Samsung 830 256DSSD in the "regular bay. Oh, and a mSATA that used to be my boot drive. So, three drives.

There is a configuration with a color calibrator installed in the palm rest. I didn't hear a lot of enthusiastic praise for that, but some used it successfully. (I like my Munki.) The "FD" screen is bright and a wider gamut. TN but more colorful than usual. Jury still out on the new IPS in the w540. The keyboard is excellent on the w520. There are more process light indicators on the body than is now the case. The w540 significantly changed the buttons around the trackpad.

Perhaps some time searching through this forum will help with the decision. People way more expert than I started to call the w520 the "sweet spot" when the details on the w540 emerged. Look especially at a long thread called "w540 Wish List". There are users from companies large and small that offer a VEY broad perspective on this line and its changes. "gusat", a regular, thoughtful, contributor from Switerland was part of IBM then Lenovo development (as an advisor). The search mechanism will suggest threads for whatever string you type.
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/bd-p/W_ThinkPads
If the link doesn't show PLEASE pm me before you buy the w540.
Here's a December new w540 user's experience and related comments -- might be happy, I didn't finish the thread.
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/Received-my-W540-today-First-impressions/m-p/1365799#M42584

I tether with this on assignments. I have brought it up to 24Gig RAM.

Important:, there is a dedicated graphics board in most w520's. There were two configurations, known as 1000 and 2000, nVidia chipset, because many of the w520 buyers were CAD/CAM people as well as photographers and designers. I bought the 1000 variant, and it's a good boost for Photoshop, and screen display tethering, etc.

There is a downside. The Lenovo-supplied and -approved power brick is just that: a brick! 170Watts (power a small town) because if you have the bigger graphics card set to run and you are rendering giant CAD/CAM environments it will stay ahead of the draw. Most of us also keep a very small 90Watter around for recharging more slowly when idle. The 90 from my previous Lenovo fit and works. Also an active and useful discussion on the forum.

I haven't been on the forum for a little while, so I urge you to go there and see what the building amount of user-evidence about the w540 is saying.

Good luck with the new machine, whatever you choose.

I have appreciated all the good advice and experience you have contributed here, by the way. And images!

jonathan7007

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Software & Accessories / Re: Changing over to Arca Swiss HELP!!!
« on: February 20, 2014, 02:40:42 AM »
The OP may not be able to take advantage of this but Hejnar makes two cool products that helped me switch to Arca-Swiss clamping and camera attachment. I had two Manfrotto heads (322RC handle-controlled ball and 410 geared unit) that I liked enough to want to keep. Hejnar makes a kit specific to each of these heads to allow the replacement of the Manfrotto clamping system with a Hejnar Arca-swiss clamp.

Hejnar responds quickly to questions.

His longer rails are thick and stronger than Sunway gear.

I wish he produced a Canon 5DMk3 L-bracket, but I did buy some different rails and "feet" for more generic gear attachment. Worth a look from anyone using Arca-Swiss system parts. I believe I will buy the Kirk 5D3 L-bracket. I use a RSS, bought used, on my 1DsMk3. I love the Arca-Swiss system and the flexibility offered by this first L-bracket in my kit.

jonathan7007

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I remember the image. This is the camera and lens an alligator carried off (in Florida?) which was later recovered. Someone motivated to get it all correct can look it up to get the details right. Perhaps the poster wanted people to know that a body like the advertised unit made it through something traumatic...and I don't know to which body that toothy one took a shine.

However, "making it through" might be too optimistic by half.

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