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Canon General / Re: CPS Canada - No (more?) welcome package?
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:32:07 AM »
Canada might be different, but in the USA for the gold level you get:
1 CPS Pro Strap
1 Body Cap
1 Rear Lens Cap
CPS ID Card
CPS Pin

Plus some labels for addressing your equipment when you send it to them. Upon renewal, I just got a card, labels and a repair form.

Not for renewals, just for new members.

Yep, said that. I think this he is new to CPS.

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Technical Support / Re: 5D3 Focus Screen Replacement - Alignment
« on: August 26, 2014, 10:47:04 PM »
I just got mine replaced by Canon 3 days ago for free.  :)

I'm hoping that will be the case with mine as I sent it into CPS last week for the focus screen and a CMS. They checked it in yesterday as CMS and no mention of my request to change the focus screen. Then today a notice of shipment and no charges.

Hoping they actually read my complaint as it is no longer just about that small scratch. While cleaning the mirror box with a air blower before a trip, the nozzle of the blower flew out under pressure and smacked that focus screen and bounced out and across the room. Now there is a serious scratch/divot in it. I got a used one and put that to work for my trip, but it was kind of messed up with circular scratches from someone cleaning it.

The cheap backup air blower is in the trash now as I tested it away from the camera and on the hard 5th squeeze that nozzle flew off and across the room. I will only use my Giottos Rocket blower in the future.

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Canon General / Re: CPS Canada - No (more?) welcome package?
« on: August 26, 2014, 10:34:40 PM »
I found this on the CA CPS site: Welcome kit:
The Canon welcome kit contains a welcome letter, the CPS member card and, of course, complimentary gifts included as a token of our appreciation. Welcome kits will be shipped to accepted members upon payment of the applicable enrollment fees. Fees will be billed to the members account upon acceptance and will be payable within 30days.


So maybe they send it separately after the money order clears for 30 days?

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Canon General / Re: CPS Canada - No (more?) welcome package?
« on: August 26, 2014, 10:23:03 PM »
Canada might be different, but in the USA for the gold level you get:
1 CPS Pro Strap
1 Body Cap
1 Rear Lens Cap
CPS ID Card
CPS Pin

Plus some labels for addressing your equipment when you send it to them. Upon renewal, I just got a card, labels and a repair form.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Reikan Focal Target Setup - Help Please
« on: July 28, 2014, 10:03:02 PM »
Thanks so much for your guys help. I managed to get the 70-200 and 400 done before I lost the sun. If I had the hour and half of fiddling time back I probably could have done the other two lenses. I would have also like to added my TC's, but that's what I get for putting this too low on the to-do list.

I could probably do the 24-105 and 16-35 inside but I don't think I have the lighting. I have two CFL's but I saw the warning in the manual about florescent lighting.

Thanks again.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Reikan Focal Target Setup - Help Please
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:25:14 PM »
Hi ScubaX.
I found that the target verification was doing the same to me, I had drawn lines on my workshop floor and put a plumb line from the bottom of my tripod to get in line, so I was pretty certain it was spot on, had all sorts of arrows, up down slew right move left, no idea where to go, added some light after reading what the ideal exposure was, then added more light, and hey presto big green tick. Check you have enough light according to the instructions then add some!
I think with my 500 I could just get far enough away that the whole of the target was covered by the sensor, if it is not I think that causes problems too, I think I just about managed to get on the infinity setting with my 200.
I think if you are sure the target is correct you can just tell the software to continue but loose the function that tells you if you nudge the camera off line during adjustments, not a problem if your body will run full auto, you can just go sit down out of the way until it is done.
Good luck, it is well worth doing but the day before might be a bit ambitious!
Whatever you do check the results at the range you are shooting at and if not correct be prepared to reset to zero (or your previous setting determined by whichever method) if you will be happier with that situation.

Cheers Graham.

It's a very frustrating setup. I don't know why the zoom box being changed back to center made any difference, but I got a green box right away.

Because of the small area I live in, I am outside in fairly bright sun. I believe the last settings I saw were 4000 @f2.8 iso 100.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Reikan Focal Target Setup - Help Please
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:21:55 PM »
How far is the camera from the target at each FL?

For 70mm I was at 11'4" and for 200 is was 32' 6". I used a digital measuring device to get as close to 50x as I could.

After adjusting where the live view zoom was, I went back out put it on my tripod and got a green box instead of red. Then the arrows worked pretty well and soon I was actually setting the tele portion. Final results of the 70-200mm II were -2 and -4.

Next is the 400mm but I can only get to about 60'. Will that be good? It is certainly beween the 25x and 50x (45.72x).

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Software & Accessories / Reikan Focal Target Setup - Help Please
« on: July 28, 2014, 06:58:48 PM »
I've spent a very frustrating hour trying to get the target lined up properly in Focal Pro. I was able to get it lined up in a short amount of time - though difficult at 70mm but now at 200mm it is just not getting setup properly.

I focus on the target center with single point AF mode. Then connect up and run the target setup and all it does is sit there with a big fat red X and occasionally blinks an arrow at me. When I move the camera that direction, I get no confirmation, just the same big fat red X. There is also a large red rectangle that sit up high to the left of the target that I have attempted to move over the target. With it over the target I still get the  big fat red X.

Can I get some help please, I was hoping to get this done today as I leave on a trip tomorrow.

TIA

Edit: never mind about the rectangle, I just found that in the manual.

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Technical Support / Re: Matte Photo Paper N?
« on: July 27, 2014, 05:36:42 AM »
I was just looking for the answer to that myself. I would also like to know the other nomenclature they use, such as 1/2, 2/3 or 3 under Photoshop print settings/printer profile.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Help..
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:53:13 PM »
Did you watch the youtube video that @sama posted a link to? At what point does your fail - watch the video and tell us more precisely how it fails.

It is hard to troubleshoot an issue if I can't see it, and yours are the only eyes on the event.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Help..
« on: July 22, 2014, 03:45:43 PM »
$140, I called this morning... :(
I tried the eos utility. It doesn't bypass the card. It writes to it.then the camera upgrades from the card still.
I appreciate the quick responses, thanks guys.

Was that quote for just cleaning or a problem loading the firmware? There is a difference, because with a cleaning they upgrade the firmware free, but for troubleshooting a problem your going to get a higher quote. Of course if their is a problem that they discover during cleaning and the firmware update, then the price would get higher. But that would also mean there is a problem with the camera that needs fixing.

I doubt you qualify for CPS as mentioned in a post above as you need a certain points total of professional lenses and bodies. But it's only $100 and they include something like 6 cleanings in that price.

Have you done a reset of the camera? If that does not help, pull all batteries, including the little coin battery. Then set the camera date/time and try again.

Another thing to try is to get a hold of the current firmware version and try using that. You should get a message indicating it's up to date. I'm sure that version is available as I've seen some postings on similar stuff for the 5D3. But, do not go backwards as that can and has caused issues reported by someone recently giving that a try.

Also, how are you getting the firmware file onto the CF card? There have been issues with files being corrupted via CF card readers - so maybe another reader?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Help..
« on: July 22, 2014, 12:45:50 PM »
That price seems a bit high. As I recall it was $40 for a cleaning, and during the cleaning they upgrade your body to the newest firmware. It may also cost you $40 to ship it insured, but I believe they pay the return shipping within that $40 charge.

When you say it wouldn't work, exactly what happens? Errors, messages, just sits there and does nothing?

I'm sure you tried to download the firmware again and extract it and then copy it to the CF card formatted by the camera?

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The difference in prices for the BH-40 have to do with the type or size of clamp. The B2-40 and B2 AS II are similar with ...



IMO, panning above the ball limits the horizon being dead center.
However, if you use a leveling base and panning head, then you can pan with the camera pointed up or down with the ball, and your panning axis will still be vertical.
Of course, if you use a full panning kit with horizontal and vertical rails, and a vertical panning clamp, then there is no limitation whatsoever.

That's the "more dollars" part I mentioned.

Sure.
What I am mainly trying to say though, is that leveling heads are more versatile than panning clamps for panoramas.

Oh I agree that is a much nicer solution for pano's. So he could go with the BH-40 LR II but add 2 to 3 hundred for the leveling base putting the cost around $600 to $700.  And while were spending his money, then he could also add a Nodal rail at another $100 to $200 to avoid parallax.

That is the way I would go, except I would get the BH-55 and different legs too.

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nice PC-LR

and what do you think of tripod ? do you think they all same

I have not looked into those tripod legs, but the two brands are top of the line.

Remember to consider what your using the tripod for, will you need extra height for hills or rocky areas? Are you going to be able to take it as carry on or will you need to check your 1 grand+ tripod? For the height, remember to add the BH and camera and subtract from your height to your eyes - that might make a difference if you need it to be shorter to get it on a plane. United Airlines max is 22 inches in length and the TVC-24L's minimum without the head is 23.3" - and I have heard they've become real jerks about it.

Look at package deals from RRS and maybe give them a call. I have heard they are very helpful.

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The difference in prices for the BH-40 have to do with the type or size of clamp. The B2-40 and B2 AS II are similar with the B2 AS II having a spirit level and is 60mm vs 50mm.

The PC-LR is a pano clamp.

If your planning on doing any landscape pano's, this would be a good choice. The rotation markings can be seen clearly in the picture on RRS. Instead of rotating at the ball head, you rotate at the clamp. For instance, if your on a rocky shore and you level your camera by positioning the ball head, it will no longer be perpendicular to the horizon. As you rotate the BH for the pano, the perspective will change and you will need to re-level the camera for each shot. With a rotating clamp, it will be perpendicular horizon once the camera is leveled with the ball head.

The photo on the right is a good example of this, the legs are not level but the BH is used to make the camera/clamp level. Then you can rotate the clamp/camera without affecting the perspective as much. There is another issue with pano's having to do with rotation and parallax, but that discussion is for another time and many more dollars.

If it was my cash, I would get the PC-LR because I like pano's.




IMO, panning above the ball limits the horizon being dead center.
However, if you use a leveling base and panning head, then you can pan with the camera pointed up or down with the ball, and your panning axis will still be vertical.
Of course, if you use a full panning kit with horizontal and vertical rails, and a vertical panning clamp, then there is no limitation whatsoever.

That's the "more dollars" part I mentioned.

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