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Technical Support / Re: Upgrade my cable?
« on: April 04, 2014, 08:29:32 PM »
Don't upload from your camera...if you are. Take the card out and upload through a card reader.
I have the new MacBook Pro and use the Lexar Pro 3.0 card reader. The USB 3.0 is very fast.
I haven't purchased any Thunderbolt devices yet. I would love to hear from people who have first hand knowledge of the speed of Thunderbolt vs. USB 3.0.

I MOSTLY agree with this. Never plug your camera directly into the computer, it's just silly... I also use the same Lexar USB 3.0 and love it. It's worth noting that the most recent Macbook Pro with Retina Display finally has routed the built in SD card reader through the USB3 Bus (previous generations were still going through USB2). Therefore, if you have the newest Macbook Pro, then I wouldn't worry about using a card reader.

On the topic of thunderbolt, dont' worry about it. I don't think there's any memory card with a read speed that exceeds the transfer speeds of USB 3.

Haha you're in the same boat as me. I was planning on getting one, but figured I'd wait a while till I had a bit more money in the savings account. But the black one came out, and that scattered that dream... Actually received one with a slight fault, and my replacement should be here tomorrow! Man it was hard to send that thing back after playing with it for an evening... Really awesome interface.

Software & Accessories / Re: I know, Another backpack question
« on: February 14, 2014, 05:40:26 PM »
Since you're already into the F-Stoppers Bags, have you not considered a smaller one of those? I have the Guru and love it as a day bag. I think you'd be able to fit all that stuff into a small ICU in the guru, though the lens hoods might be a bit of an issue and the 70-200 would have to be attached to the camera. I also have the Medium Slope for mine which would easilly fit that stuff, but leave less room up top for jackets etc.

Software & Accessories / Re: Nanuk cases vs. Pelican/Storm ones?
« on: January 29, 2014, 11:38:48 AM »
Have lots of experience with Pelican, and love them! They're just damn sturdy cases. I do see what people mean about the latches, but I open and close probably 100 latches every day at my work, so I'm rather used to it. Also worth noting, is that they do soften over time (but we're talking quite a bit of time). Pelican used to have their padded dividers made by Lowepro (they were a light grey colour) and they were much superior to the black ones currently sold by them, something to note...

I don't have any hands on experience with Storm, but it sounds like people have some good stuff to say about the line. I believe they Storm originally came about as a copycat brand, that Pelican then bought and turned into their more budget line.

As a Canadian, I wish I could show support for the Nanuk brand (which is from here), but I've never been impressed with their cases the few times I've handled them. They simply feel flimsy, with much thinner plastic. The lid flexes quite a bit when open... Just not impressed, and I'd rather spend the extra on heavier case.

Software & Accessories / Re: Best Headlamp I've Found
« on: January 14, 2014, 12:54:35 PM »
So far I've been really happy with my Princeton Tec Apex headlamp (I have this version, but they make a few other ones of varying prices for different features)

I'm really picky about buying electronics that are as water resistant as possible (live on the west coast of Canada) and this headlamp has a rating of IPX7 which means it's good for 1 meter of submersion for up to 30 minutes.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: The unbreakable is broken.
« on: December 30, 2013, 07:15:03 PM »
Wow, I've never seen anything like that! It's possible that there may have been a fault in the manufacturing process. I have about 30 Pelican cases of varying sizes at my work used to transport everything from audio recorders to strobe equipment, the only problem we've had with them is the occasional broken wheel (after many years of heavy abuse).

Glad to hear they're replacing your case no problem. I've had great customer service from them as well.

I hate to say it but I do find the lack of autofocus a little bummer at the price point of this lens... Hasselblad and Schneider lenses are at a similar price point (and market according to the review) and offer autofocus. That being said, Zeiss doesn't have much footwork in autofocus, so maybe it's just best they stick with that they know.

I love Zeiss products, own a full set of primes for my Contax 35mm SLR, but this lens isn't in my price point. I'm sure it'll sell though!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Canon Hi-pixel Medium format...?
« on: August 12, 2013, 04:45:33 PM »
The square format rumor still confuses me every time I hear it... That would not be a good choice. While I do love cropping many of my images to square after the fact, it's an impractical format out there for so many professional users.

square was the professional standard for medium format before digital for hasselblad users. it prevents you having to turn your camera around for portraits. you do have to be mindful of cropping in post while you're actually doing the shoot though. It also works better with tripods.

Square was the format for Hasselblad and no one else. As it was, that was a little impractical for a lot of things since you'd almost always have to leave extra space for cropping. The, "flipping to portrait," issue only made sense when we were using waistlevel viewfinder, an issue that Mamiya had no problem fixing with their rotatable film back on the RZ series. Now days, we simply use an L bracket so that the centre of gravity is still directly on the tripod.

I think if Canon were to not go with the 645 format, they'd be screwing themselves.

Lenses / 70-200mm f2.8L IS II Repair
« on: August 07, 2013, 03:57:09 PM »
Hey there,

I have an EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS II lens that all of a sudden started rattling. Even just moving it around gently, you can hear the rattling, and if I look through the rear of the lens, I can see a ring that's shifting around. My best guess is that it's the IS module that's somehow come loose or something. Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this, and how serious it is. I generally prefer to send all my repairs into Canon, but if it's as simple as opening the lens and tightening a few screws, then I might consider taking it to a local repair shop.

Thanks in advance,

Weirdly enough I never have my DSLR setup this way, but this post has gotten me thinking about it...

When I shoot film on the Hasselblad H2 I have it setup this way, and that's because I actually use manual focus quite regularly. Like this setup because I can autofocus on my subject, reframe (only center point), and then tweak manually. Much easier to manually focus with such a huge viewfinder...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Canon Hi-pixel Medium format...?
« on: July 19, 2013, 12:02:37 PM »
The square format rumor still confuses me every time I hear it... That would not be a good choice. While I do love cropping many of my images to square after the fact, it's an impractical format out there for so many professional users.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Good TripodHead
« on: February 27, 2013, 11:40:01 AM »
I have the Manfrotto (310 I think) Junior Geared Head.

You're thinking of the Manfrotto 410 Geared Head. I have the larger brother (405) head and absolutely love them.

To the OP, you really need to mention your budget if you want to get any useful answers...

Canon General / Re: The need for backup equipment for paid jobs
« on: February 06, 2013, 06:55:36 PM »
To the OP, I would ALWAYS recommend having not just one, but a pair of hard sync cables as a backup for triggering your strobes. They're cheap, take up almost no room in your bag, and are a simple solution.

But regarding the general purpose of the thread, I'm huge on always having backup for everything.

Software & Accessories / Re: RAW Pics processing programs for 6D
« on: January 31, 2013, 11:47:59 AM »
I think that Capture One is a better program for a professional's workflow. Lightroom is better for an all around photographer, and can easily be used for professional workflow. Many argue that Capture One renders better skin tones, where as Lightroom seems to do everything well. I think all in all, Lightroom is probably the better all-around RAW converters. Furthermore, it works fantastically to catalog your images.

Canon General / Re: Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 16, 2013, 11:19:29 AM »
Why?  Because it gives you warm and fuzzy feelings?  For us in the states, I hardly never buy locally... It doesn't help that our local stores are usually 5-10% higher than adorama or BH, if not more... plus you got local sales tax, and it just makes the out-the-door price skyrocket...  I go to my local store to test out gear and narrow my choices, then I go back home, and order my gear from adorama, with free shipping, and no taxes.  =)  I'm sure our government will close the tax loophole soon enough, but until then, I will do as I need to...

What you're doing is literally the rudest thing ever. These stores need to maintain a storefront and keep an inventory of demo cameras (which incidentally cannot be sold for full price), all of which cost money. To use their resources, and then take your money elsewhere, is just being inconsiderate of the employees time and the store's overhead. I understand no one wants to pay more for this already expensive camera gear, but one should really try and be considerate and think how they would feel if the roles were reversed.

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