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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Weekend Lexar Memory Card Sale at Adorama
« on: March 28, 2014, 12:05:17 PM »
Did the prices change? I looked at both CF cards on the list and neither is any near 50% off as claimed.

64GB 1066x 212.95 regular 269.95 or 21.1% off
32GB 1066x 109.95 regular 139.95 or 21.4% off

I have five of the Plus III's. When I first got them I setup a camera on a tripod in my drive way. I put a flash on the camera so I could visually tell if the camera was being triggered. I walked down the road with a second pocket wizard and kept hitting the test button. I was able to go to about 300 feet with fairly reliable results, but there were some misses and a couple of fairly dead spots along the way.

I have had good success shooting soccer from mid field and triggering cameras placed behind the goals. So far, this is the only remote trigger application I have tried.

The PocketWizard Plus III's also support a relay mode, where you can place a PocketWizard in the middle and it will relay the messages, extending your range. I have never tried this, however, so can't comment on how well it works.

I do know that things get kind of weird in continuous shooting mode when the main camera and the remote camera are different. In my case I was shooting a 7D as the main camera and a 60D as the remote. The frame rate is much faster on the 7D, so although I got a lot of good shots, the two cameras were not in sync. The 60D missed a few extra frames because it couldn't keep up. My assumption is that it ignored the request to fire when it wasn't ready and fired on the next signal, if it was. This meant the 60D wasn't able to fire at it's maximum frame rate. Instead of 5.3fps or whatever it is, it may have only been firing at 3 or 4, but that is just a guess, I never took the time to confirm this.

I have the exact same issue (an X), in a couple spots on one of my 5D3's. It's always there. Sometimes, due to color, it's harder to see, but if I look for it, I can always find it. With dark backgrounds it jumps out, so I often hit these spots with the healing tool in Lightroom. I also have some similar white pixels on my 7D, but I don't remember if they form an X. Neither my 60D or 2nd 5D3 have these types of dead/stuck/whatever pixels.

I normally shoot sports. I shoot around 1000th of a second or faster and often shoot ISO 3200 or ISO 6400. It's not a long exposure issue, at least not in my case.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5dmk2 - weak usb connection - options?
« on: November 30, 2013, 12:30:25 AM »
In the spring of 2012, I had USB ports on both a 5D Mark II and a 7D fail within a couple of months of each other. I would attach these after a day of shooting to transfer pictures. I never shot tethered. I looked back to see what the repair costs would have been, but both of mine were under warranty and they didn't list a price, just $0.00. I used a 60D in the same way at the same time and never had an issue with it.

One of the Canon techs even went as far as to suggest that it was common for people shooting tethered to trip over the USB cable and break the port. He then went on to ask if I had been shooting tethered. I hadn't and resented the insinuation. In fact the camera was placed carefully on my desk with a short cable connecting to the USB port on my monitor. I personally believe that the USB ports were defective on my 5D and 7D from the start, possibly bad solder joints that cracked after multiple insertions and removals or something along those lines.

I don't believe there was an issue with the USB port on the computer as it is still in use and and I have never had trouble with any of my other devices such as card readers, memory sticks and external hard drives.

I no longer transfer pictures via USB. I now pull the memory cards and use a reader. I don't want to go through another failed USB port on one of my EOS cameras.

I know that doesn't help you as you need to tether, but wanted to share my experience. I was hoping that one of my invoices had a price. Good luck!


So I shoot most of my work tethered to a laptop. Unfortunately the usb connector on the camera has gotten loose, it still works fine if the camera is steady on a tripod and not moving at all. But for situations where I like to move the camera a bit around in between shots i often loose my connections.

My options as I see it is.

1) Get it repaired, does anyone know what this costs? and time. I am based on the Canadian west coast if that makes any difference.
2) Get the wifi grip, i can then tether with wifi, or its built in usb or ethernet ports, correct?. Currently watching a few on ebay to see what they go for.
3) buy used mk2 or new 6d. Will have to hold back on this purchase till end of january. my mk2 does have around 110000 clicks so it is getting old.

If you have any knowledge, advice or thoughts regarding my situation it would be much appreciated.

Canon General / Re: Canon LP-E6 Product Advisory
« on: November 04, 2013, 05:28:27 PM »
It's not realistic to label all 3rd party batteries as sub-standard. Sometimes you get crap, even from Canon. If throwing your hard earned cash out the window makes you feel better, buy Canon batteries. I'm perfectly comfortable with 3rd party batteries. I have used a few different brands.

I can get 4 Wasabi batteries and two chargers including car adapters for the price of one Canon battery. In use, my 3rd party batteries have been in distinguishable from my Canon batteries. They last as long and are fully recognized and functional with all of my cameras (2 x 5D III, 2 x 5D II, 7D and 60D).

It's not uncommon for me to go out packing three or four bodies for a full day shoot. I will also take along a half dozen or so spare batteries. I always carry extra batteries, just in case, but rarely need them.

Everyone has their own opinions about what's important and we also have our own comfort zones.

That said, I'll save my money for something I do consider worthwhile... Better glass...

Lenses / Re: No one ever talks about the 28-300 L
« on: October 12, 2013, 01:54:36 PM »
If you asked me a few months ago, I probably would have never considered this lens, due to the combination of reason's already listed (size, weight, push-pull, price, etc.). It's biggest pro, is versatility.


This summer I did have the opportunity to test one out on my 5D III, for about a half hour. I did like the lens, much more than I would have expected. Although, the image quality may suffer a bit, compared to some of Canon's other offerings, it was still quite good. If I could pick up one of these for under $1800, possibly refurbished, and the stars aligned, I might consider one.

Of course, I'm not sure what I would use it for. It's not fast enough for most of the action I shoot and it's too big for a walk around lens. I also have much better lenses for portraits and landscapes, so I guess it could keep my 100-400mm company, in the bag, since it also rarely gets used.

EOS-M / Re: 85mm EF is not recoginzed by my EOS M
« on: July 23, 2013, 10:14:00 AM »
I just tried my 85 f1.8 and it worked with no issues. I have a 3rd party adapter made by VilTrox.

Lenses / Re: What's your oldest Canon EF lens?
« on: July 20, 2013, 12:58:27 PM »
Here are mine:

The 1st is a 50mm f1.8
The 2nd is a 35-70mm f3.5-4.5

I also have a 70-210mm f4.0 with code UB0700

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Don't buy from getitdigital
« on: July 10, 2013, 08:50:04 PM »
Call Canon and ask...

A couple years ago I was shopping for a lens. Over a period of a few days I looked at multiple web sites and compared prices. My intention was to find the best price among Canon authorized resellers. I even went as far as to get a copy of the authorized reseller list from Canon, and looked up a couple of shops.

I finally made a decision and ordered the lens. When it arrived I noticed two things. There was no warranty card in the box and the front element had a lot of very visible white specs on the inside.

It was at about this time that I realized the dealer I purchased from was not Canon authorized. I had confused the site I purchased from with an authorized reseller that had a very similar name.

I had two choices: 1) Call the reseller and try to get an exchange or refund. I figured this would take a couple of weeks and I wasn't sure if I would be any better off, considering they sent me the one I already had. 2) Call Canon and see if they would service it under warranty. I explained the situation. They told me that as long as I had a receipt and that it was sold to me in the US as new and under the pretense of a USA warranty that they would honor it.

I chose #2 and sent the lens back to Canon. They cleaned and checked the lens and I had it back in under a week.

Of course, now I'm much more careful about who I buy from.

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Optical Viewfinder
« on: July 09, 2013, 12:42:55 AM »
yeah..i get that, i guess i am just so used to framing my scene by looking through one...

i hope to hear lots of good feedback in the next week or so as more people get M's in their hands!

The one I bought was for my wife. I got the 22mm f2 lens. So far, my wife hasn't got to use it much as I have been messing with it all afternoon. Compared with the other EOS bodies and L-Glass that I have, the image quality is nothing special, but it's still very good and there is something exciting about getting that level of quality out of something so small and portable and for such a low price.

I'm thinking that my wife's EOS M will be spending a lot of time in my camera bag, as a third body. :D

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Optical Viewfinder
« on: July 09, 2013, 12:34:42 AM »
FYI: I also ordered a glass screen protector for my LCD. I don't know, if I will use it. I have seen spotty reports that the LCD has Gorilla Glass, but can't seem to find anything official.

I won't use the protector, if I can confirm the LCD has Gorilla Glass or some other form of sufficiently hardened glass. Adding the protector could potentially increase the glare and therefore visibility of the LCD, but then so could scratches.

Other than a few forum entries, I can only find one site "versus.com" that states the EOS M has Gorilla Glass. I would like to find confirmation on a few other reputable sites or some sort of official statement from Canon.

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Optical Viewfinder
« on: July 09, 2013, 12:22:51 AM »
I don't believe there is an optical viewfinder option available for the EOS M. Rumor is that the next version of the EOS M will have a viewfinder option. If so, it may be backwards compatible. It would be to Canon's benefit to make it backwards compatible, if possible, just for the sake of selling more of them, but I certainly wouldn't count on it.

For what it's worth... I received my EOS M today so I haven't used it much, but I will say that the LCD screen was much easier to view in sunlight than any of the LCD's on other EOS bodies that I have used (T2i, 60D, 7D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III).

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next EOS M Camera(s) [CR1]
« on: July 08, 2013, 12:42:19 AM »
A one stop focal length reducer would create some really interesting effective lenses. I'm thinking a one stop focal length reducer would be the opposite of a 1.4X teleconverter. If so, I come up with the following, assuming my math is correct.

85mm f1.2 would become a 60.7mm f0.86.

Here is my math...
85mm / 1.4 = 60.71mm

f-Stop = f/d (f-Stop = focal length / diameter). Solve for 'd':
  1.2 = 85/d
  1.2d = 85
  d = 85/1.2
  d = 70.83

Plug in the new focal length. I expect the diameter would remain the same since it's the diameter at the front of the lens:

f-Stop = 60.71 / 70.83

f-stop = .857

Still here... :D

Go out and take some pictures and enjoy it ;D

FYI: My first 5D III had a faint vertical line that was visible on solid backgrounds. I first noticed it, in the blue sky, while photographing some birds. I later photographed other solid backgrounds and the line was consistently visible, so I exchanged it for another.

You might also try some high ISO shots on a dark background to see how many bright red or blue pixels you have and see if there are any large clusters. I expect you will find stuck pixels on most cameras, especially at high ISO, but if it looks like your camera has the measles or there are large clusters, then you might want to exchange it.

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