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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buy a 5D Mark III or Wait for ??? in 2014
« on: January 02, 2014, 04:39:46 PM »
If you are after a replacement for the 5D Mark III in 2014, then Canon may disappoint you.  Based on history I think mid 2015 is  when the Mark IV may be released.

I have a new personal best of -33C, camera out for almost two hours.  Used a 5D Mark III with 24-105 L.  Camera still felt like a block of ice 4 hours later. LOL.  I did notice that the battery drained a lot faster than at normal camera operating temperatures.

Software & Accessories / Re: My Dell vs iMac
« on: December 12, 2013, 05:33:37 AM »
HP ZBook 15 or 17 with Thunderbolt and 30-bit DreamColour display.  Nothing else comes close to these bad boys if you are interested in working faster and more accurately. 

Buy a MacBook Air if you enjoy reduced editing performance.

Buy a MacBook Pro if you enjoy fast editing performance.

Buy a HP ZBook 15 or ZBook 17 with DreamColour display if you want a proper portable professional editing workstation.  The HP wins in my opinion for these reasons:
- Quadro K2000 graphics - Adobe CS6 and CC offer much higher performance with CUDA acceleration and Open GL.
- DreamColour has a palate of over 1 billon colours as opposed to Mac's 16.7 million.
- ZBook is a certified Adobe platform, meaning HP and Adobe develop their solutions together to ensure fewer issues and higher performance.

I had it in -11 degrees C (-18 with wind chill) in Denver last December for about 30 mins.  Camera performed flawlessly.

The 5D3's SD interface is handicapped, testing shows the fastest you can get from it is ~ 19mb/sec, and that's with the fastest UHS-I class 10 cards. Slower cards will get you less than that. This is because the 5D3 Is not compatible with the latest write protocols, unlike its CF interface.


I have a Sandisk Extreme Pro 95MB/s SD card but the 5D Mark III handicaps it to a theoretical maximum of just 20MB/s.  While obscene that in this day and age Canon can release a new camera with a slow SD slot, nonetheless I have had no issues recording 1080p 30fps or even 720p 60fps to the card, in All-I and IPB.

I bought the faster card for faster transfer speeds to my workstation, which is older than the 5D Mark III but for some reason HP decided not to handicap the speeds the way Canon decided to do ;)

I also have a Lexar 1000x CF card and I have noticed no difference with it and with the SD card for video recording.

There is a huge difference though when shooting still in burst.  I get 20-23 photos with AF on and IS before the buffer is full. I get 12-13 on the SD card.  And the SD card takes a lot longer to clear the buffer once full.  The Lexar clears the buffer within seconds.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 3000 mAh AA battery for Flash ?
« on: September 20, 2013, 06:16:31 AM »
Before I knew any better, I purchased Inca 2700mAh NiMH AA batteries, they did not last particularly long in my 600ex-rt.  I then found out about Sanyo Eneloop XX rated at 2500mAH,  the Sanyo's lasted about three times as long. 

Then I bought a MAHA Powerex C9000 and found the Inca's were only able to hold 900-1100 mAh.

I cannot answer about standard eneloop vs XX.  All I know is the XX's last ages.

Don't go cheap and you will have a pleasant user experience.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D + 24-105 L combo not that great?
« on: September 17, 2013, 06:06:06 AM »
To cut a very long post short.... Most likely user error!!

User error or genuinely faulty product.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D + 24-105 L combo not that great?
« on: September 16, 2013, 05:02:59 AM »
I agree with the others here.  I found the images on my 24-105 were soft when using the viewfinder, but not so when using Live View. 

I used AFMA and needed a +6 adjustment to get sharp photos when using the viewfinder.

I am very happy with the sharpness of my photos when using that lens now.

I have attached a photo I took with the 24-105, not because it is a great photo, it's not, it is just a quick snap, but so you can see that the lens delivers quite sharp results.

Lighting / Re: Finally getting some Eneloops, but will my old charger work?
« on: September 14, 2013, 07:08:53 PM »
Hi neuroanatomist, I believe the Sanyo charges batteries in pairs rather than individually like the C9000.  This means that if you pair up a battery that has an actual capacity of say 2200mAh with one that has a capacity of 2500mAh, then the charger may damage the weaker battery.

Other advantages over Sanyo are:
- You can select the charge and discharge rates for more gentle battery charging and discarging.
- It doesn't just charge batteries, it can discharge them as well (better for battery conditioning)
- Refresh older batteries to improve their capacity (I gained over 50% increased capacity in many of my older batteries).
- The C9000 allows you to see the actual capacities of each batter, that way you can group the stronger batteries together.  Remember, when the weakest battery dies first, the device no longer operates, even if the rest of the batteries have capacity left.   

Lighting / Re: Finally getting some Eneloops, but will my old charger work?
« on: September 14, 2013, 08:37:02 AM »
I had an Energiser charger and had been using it to charge my Eneloop XX batteries.  It all appeared to me to work well but I purchased the charger below just because I read good things about it online.

Well what a difference, using the C9000 improved capacity lost, my batteries last ~20% longer now.  The eneloop XX's were not very old which leads me to believe the Energiser charger was robbing them of capacity.

If you have rechargeable batteries, this charger is a no brainer. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mk 3 and 1D Mk IV raw images
« on: September 09, 2013, 05:00:36 AM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mk 3 and 1D Mk IV raw images
« on: September 09, 2013, 04:54:23 AM »
I find thread very interesting.  I am always curious to see how newer technology compares to older technology.  I own a Canon 5D Mark III but not a 1D Mark IV.  I would have thought the 5D Mark III would offer more detail and less noise being a much newer camera, I would love to see a photo comparison of these two cameras using the same lens. 

danski0224, are you able to post a photo with the same lens from both cameras of the same subject?  I would greatly appreciate you doing so.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: RAW or JPEG
« on: September 08, 2013, 08:58:23 PM »
100% RAW

Canon Rumors loads almost instantly on my iPad and on my Win 8.1 PC.  I have a 116Mbit/s internet connection and a HP Z800 Dual CPU workstation. 

If CR is loading slowly, I suspect the issue is most likely related to your internet connection speed foremost, PC speed cold be a secondary issue causing the delay.  Though unless your PC is ancient (6+ years old), I suspect the hardware will not be the issue.

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