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EOS Bodies / Re: Download Firmware 1.2.1 link for 5DIII
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:43:27 PM »
You can customize it to "protect" mode! :o  I use that with the eye-fi to tag photos I want to send to my ipad.

No improvement on the red focus points - Booooo Hisss
No ability to customise the stupid rate button - Hope magic lantern can do something here instead since canon have no interest in being helpful

Well that sucks. :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Download Firmware 1.2.1 link for 5DIII
« on: May 09, 2013, 10:41:46 PM »
14 bug fixes.  You should upgrade it.  The low light performance is important at VERY low light levels...like shooting in moonlight.  It is especially improved when you use a speed light and have to use the AF assist beam to illuminate and grab focus. I was going to say it's like night and day but ....

There were also a few other bugs fixed that could cause the camera to lock up or do weird things in certain conditions and that's something you dont want to stumble on when that once in a lifetime shot happens.

I Finally updated our 5Dmk3s
and i have to say wow what a difference to low light AF speed!
its massive!
Very happy here

No improvement on the red focus points - Booooo Hisss
No ability to customise the stupid rate button - Hope magic lantern can do something here instead since canon have no interest in being helpful

I tested it out with the 300 f4L and 2x TC and its all good with the f8 lens AF functions and works well even in very low light with this combo

Does every 5D Mark III suffer from slow low light AF speed?
I don't notice any lag on mine.  I'm just wondering if I should even bother updating the firmware.

EOS Bodies / Re: Download Firmware 1.2.1 link for 5DIII
« on: May 08, 2013, 11:04:47 PM »
Just a follow up.  Have been using the eye-fi card in the camera since the last update here and have found it to be much more stable.  No more error 80s.  My shots now consistently show up on my iPad for my clients to review.  Very happy with that fix.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help with 5d Mark III
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:59:33 PM »
If you have a grip installed I can act weird if its loose or contacts are dirty. Also you could be bumping the grip buttons.  Overall I would say send it back to Canon with your list of complaints.  They will clean the sensor and replace the screen.  They have the tools and clean environment to get it all back to original condition.  Don't mess with it anymore yourself or you might cause more damage.  One fellow dropped a micro screw inside when trying tochangethe screen and never was able to get it out.

Send it back and pay your dues... It will be worth it.

Lenses / Re: Would you rather buy used or refurbished?
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:40:33 PM »
I never buy refurbished products anymore as I no longer want to inherit someone else's problems. 99% of returns generally just get resold as refurbished with a short warranty.  Most manufacturers don't even spend the labor looking at it.  HP is one of them.

I always buy used instead and if I can't give it a shakedown before I buy, I always buy from a reputable dealer such as B&H or adorama with a good return policy on used stuff.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 07, 2013, 01:13:57 PM »
Only in Howey-in-the-hills, FL


You run across the strangest things in the woods!

EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 06, 2013, 11:41:05 PM »
We must have patience with the newbies!!!  In one sense he is right.  If you are starting out, you need to focus on skills.  For those of us that have been at this for 30 plus years, we focus a LOT of attention on tools in these forums and less on skills.  It's the tools that we rely on to earn our living.  As one tool wears out we look for a new tool to take it's place that hopefully can improve on areas the old tool was lacking.  Newbies wont understand that until they have been at this for as long as we have.

We stretch every technical capability we can out of current tech and then stretch it even more with hours of post processing to get rid of or work around the deficiencies in the current tech.  We know/hope that the next model will improve our livelihood, reduce the hours spent at the computer, and allow us to push the envelope once again.

Newbies are not there yet.  They dont understand concepts of expose to the right, expose to the left, unsharp masking, and digital dynamic range.  We hope that with the next model all of these will be included so we dont have to waste our time dealing with it.

Newbies?  They are ones that we have to deal with as we were all once in their shoes.  ;)

...Now where's that dang 7D Mark II !!!

Kind of disappointing that CR has nothing better to report than yet another camera no one really needs not coming out anytime soon to sit on the shelves collecting dust because as soon as it is announced everyone is instantly waiting for the next model.

Look, there are probably two (maybe three) people on the planet who have actually exceeded the capabilities of the equipment they already own. Everyone else just wants to be part of a social discussion and complain about what each new model should have had, needs to have, doesn't have, etc etc.. The reality is that consumers themselves are responsible for what new models do not have because the manufacturers feel they have to instantly gratify the squeaky wheels in order to be successful. If people would simply use what they have until it stops working then the manufacturers would only release a new body in each tier maybe every three/four years. Then when they did it would actually be the latest and greatest and would hold you for the rest of its life, certainly until technology advances to the point a new model is even warranted. (Megapixels are not technology in a photographic context, sorry.)

I will offer two pieces of wisdom to the 'photographers' out there in the form of advice and a bit of reality:
1) It does not matter who you are or who you think you are, you are not even a fraction as capable as the camera you already hold in your hand..
2) Spend your money on the only piece/s of equipment that will ever improve your photography - lenses.. If you have anything left over and just have to spend it on something, take a class or attend a symposium to learn how to be a better photographer.


It's best not to worry about it much on the 60D unless you plan to send it in.  The center AF point is too large to pick up the eye as some have suggested unless you have a full frame head shot.  Also in evaluating AF adjustments, never use AI Servo.  always one shot.  The nature of AI servo (and particularly with the 60D) is that the AF will do a lot of hunting even when the subject is still.  With the 5D3 that is improved with the 70-200 2.8L IS II due to the closed loop AF feedback you will get with the combo.  the lens will report back it's position to the camera as confirmation that it's there.  WIthout the feedback the camera needs to shift the focus back and forth around the focus point to tell where the lens actually is.  It's very fast but often leaves you with less keepers..which is why in AI Servo you should use Drive mode and let 4 or 5 shots or more rip...you can sort out the sharp ones later.

EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 06, 2013, 11:17:35 AM »
Reminds me of my 3D setup.  Just add two wireless shutters on the same channel and you're there.

I guess i'll be hanging on to my 7D for a little bit longer. There are some items that I would love to see updated, but it still holds its own, even against the new Nikon D7100. Especially for sports/wildlife. 2 Card slots would be nice though.
Nikon D7100 vs Canon 7D - Fight! - Photography Feature Challenge - Best APS-C DSLR?

EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 06, 2013, 10:35:39 AM »
Ah, my $$$ are safe for yet another year....oh what's that? A 600mm F4L IS III???

Lenses / Re: Need advice taking pictures of jewellery
« on: May 03, 2013, 12:59:45 PM »
Focus stacking is the way to go but when shifting focus using the focus ring it can cause the image size to shift slightly with some lenses.  It's better to just move the camera forward or back to shift the focus plane.

There are macro rails available that are graduated in mm and have a slow adjustment knob so you can precisely control the focus you are going to stack.  It is the preferred way to photograph jewelry vs. stopping the lens down to the point of diffraction.

One of the things I used to do when taking pictures like this was focus stacking. use a tripod and shift the focus bit by bit That seemed to result in prettier images than decreasing the aperture all the way down did.

Lenses / Re: EF 300mm f/2.8 ( non IS ) AF ISSUES
« on: May 03, 2013, 10:51:22 AM »
No there is a REALLY good chance it will ruin the lens or get rubber particles inside.  No no no never use a pencil eraser on gold contacts.  I worked in the electronics business for many years and the best way is the correct way.  Use your pencils and erasers for writing only!

A fine lens it is.  Check the gold contacts on the back.  Sometimes cleaning GENTLY with a qtip and alcohol will help.  Other than that you should call Canon and see if they will check it out for you.  It's worth it to get it fixed even though 14yo.  I bet it's the contacts though.  They don't last forever.

I've also see this happen with dirty battery contacts since on some cameras the AF motor gets its power directly from the battery.  However since you have tried it on several bodies, I would say it's likely the contacts.  But it could be something internal that needs to be repaired.

+1    A pencil eraser also works...

WTF? do you want him to ruin his lens?

The pencil eraser technique has been around for a long time... it won't necessarily ruin his lens, it might not be a great solution though. It's oxidation they are talking about. Check with a electrical shop and pick up a cleaner specific for this and use gingerly on the on contact surface.

I don't mess with this stuff personally, I'd just send to CPS or find a third party repair shop.  Here in the Bay Area there are only a few that can tackle the old stuff.

Check out the canon wireless transmitter for the 5d3.  It allows you to connect USB drives for file transfer. Not sure you can record to one directly though.  However with the wireless enabled you should be able to write wirelessly to a laptop with the USB drive attached.. Or use an eye-fi card.

But in other words no. The new firmware cannot write to an external USB drive.

EOS Bodies / Re: Download Firmware 1.2.1 link for 5DIII
« on: May 02, 2013, 02:55:46 PM »
New firmware has been very stable for me.  I have only been using Canon equipment with the exception of an eye-fi SD card which I just started trying today.

If you have a backup body you should take it with you...which should be the case whether or not you performed the upgrade.

Has anyone had any issues witht he new firmware, I have a wedding this saturday so I want to make sure I dont run into any issues as it works just fine right now, but the flash AF speed would be nice, also anyone tried the update firmware with the pocket wizards TT5's? as that would be another major concern. - thanks

EOS Bodies / Re: Download Firmware 1.2.1 link for 5DIII
« on: May 02, 2013, 02:13:41 PM »
Today is the first day since the upgrade that I've used both the CF card and eye-fi X2 PRO SD card.  I did not get a single error 80.  Time will tell I suppose.

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