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No, it's not a quiet recall. An official statement has already been issued in december.

Software & Accessories / Re: Meike MK-6D Strap Lug Width
« on: November 04, 2014, 05:50:49 AM »
You're welcome!  :)

Software & Accessories / Re: Meike MK-6D Strap Lug Width
« on: November 02, 2014, 10:41:28 AM »
I can confirm that!

I have the grip here and the lug opening is 12mm wide, same as the camera.

Lighting / Re: Yongnuo killed my batteries - warranty case?
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:46:00 PM »
You could try to revive those cells with a small power supply.

Set it to 3V, current limit (if available) to a few hundred mA and connect the supply to the cell for a few seconds. Plus to plus and minus to minus. A small 3V...9V wall-wart will also work, as long as it puts out a DC voltage. The higher voltage won't be harmful if you connect it for only a few seconds, just enough to polarize the cell again and give it some voltage.

Then insert the cells back into the charger. There's a good chance it will start charging now, if it works you should let it do a few charge/discharge cycles.

WARNING: this only works with 1.2V AA or AAA NiCd or NiMH cells, DO NOT try this with LiPo or Li-ion cells!

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:30:35 AM »
Man, you're one stressed-out dude.

You need to chill...

Software & Accessories / Re: Shuttercount Now Available for Windows
« on: August 28, 2014, 03:48:59 PM »
Or just install Magic Lantern, it will show you the number of shutter actuations for free...

Reviews / Re: DxO reviews Sony A7s: king of low light photography?
« on: August 07, 2014, 03:03:54 AM »
Well said. No need to add more.

FWIW, I got a Kenko 1.4x Pro 300 DGX recently, to test it with my 70-200L 4.0 IS. I was wondering if a little more reach could stop me from buying the 70-300L in the future...

Turns out the Kenko is holding up quite well. AF is quick and without trouble on my 6D. There is some loss of contrast and sharpness & detail, which is predictable, but it's very acceptable. So I did a little comparison between a 1.4x @ 200mm shot, and a 200mm shot cropped to the same FOV, and upscaled to the original resolution.

Outcome is that the cropped & upscaled shot is looking better (sharper, better detail) than the one with the 1.4x...
So this teleconverter is going to be up for sale again!

Reviews / Re: DxO reviews Sony A7s: king of low light photography?
« on: August 06, 2014, 01:21:23 AM »
Thanks for reminding me, I almost forgot!

A bit is a bit, right?

Reviews / Re: DxO reviews Sony A7s: king of low light photography?
« on: August 05, 2014, 06:44:04 AM »
This guy really doesn't get it... it's hopeless!

Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 02:49:43 AM »
Bummer on the AC...

I went cheapo on:

- batteries, bought some chipped chinese clones and they work perfectly
- battery grip, I don't need the weather sealing, got the Meike grip. Works great!
- IR remote
- center-pinch lens caps
- lens hoods

Main reason for getting the cheapo stuff: I think Canon accessories are way overpriced.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:54:35 AM »

Read the quote on DxO's web page:

"Here is a sample of some of our clients."

It doesn't say that those listed are DxO's only customers. It also doesn't say those listed are the top ten DSC manufacturers. It just says that they are *some* of DxO's customers. So Canon could well be a customer of DxO and if they were, then the statement on DxO's webpage is still true.

This is sooo sad...

EOS-M / Re: Canon EF-M 55-200 f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Gets Official
« on: June 17, 2014, 03:30:05 AM »
YESSSS, finally a tele for the M! Great news.

But... is that a plastic lens mount I see on the NZ website?? Or just black metal?

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 09:05:52 AM »
Like many, my first L-lens was the 70-200mm f/4.0 USM. Amazing quality and sharpness for the money. I bought it not very long after I got my first DSLR, a 500D. Paired nicely with the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM.

Next came the IS version when I upgraded to a 60D. I still use it today with my new 6D :-)


... unless you're shooting faster lenses than f2.8 because for these it's got only non-cross precision, alas, "best" is a term to be better avoided when comparing tech items that perform very differently in different situations.

Where does it say that? Seems to me that the center point is cross-type from f/1.0 to f/5.6.

From the 6D manual:

Maximum lens aperture: f/3.2 - f/5.6
Cross-type focusing (vertical and horizontal lines detected simultaneously) is possible with the center AF point. The other AF points are either vertical- or horizontal-line sensitive.

Maximum lens aperture: f/1.0 - f/2.8
Besides cross-type focusing (vertical and horizontal lines detected simultaneously), the center AF point can also perform high-precision, vertical-line sensitive AF. The other AF points are either vertical- or horizontal-line sensitive.

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