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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 09, 2013, 09:43:54 PM »
Maybe the heat got to it.  There is a limit as to what they can take.

Something of interest perhaps, during my last trip to Africa, at some point, one of my 1Dx Bodies sustained a damaged Focus Screen, no idea how this happened, although I'm not particularly delicate with my gear (to me they are just tools for a job), I generally don't drop the gear or knock it about unduly, so how/why the screen broke I cant tell, the screen broke along the lower edge, shows up in the viewer as a Black shatter mark as you would expect from broken glass. Don't know if anyone else has had this issue ?? have to say it's the first time I've ever had to send a Canon Camera back for repair for something like this. Fortunately it was only about the lower 10% of the view finder that was affected so the Camera was completely usable still. I've drowned a 5D & 2 5DMK2's over the years (Underwater housing leaking, at depth, solved that issue by switching from Subal Housings to Seacam Housings), but the screen was surprising.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Batteries and AF
« on: April 08, 2013, 03:58:25 PM »
Interesting that it was a refurb.  Possible it was returned...camera was checked out but not the battery.  Put up for sale as a refurb.  I've often found...no every time I've found...that buying a refurb also buys you the previous owners issue.  I generally stay away from refurbs.  That being said, every refurb issue I found was always fixed under warranty...but it's the hassle you deal with to save a few dollars.


Thanks all for the replies!

Lets see if I can answer all these questions:
-I do not use ML; not that crazy a question, I've considered it, but no, I'm using factory firmware.
-Longer version of the anecdote: she said she was manual focusing because the camera wasn't focusing, but she thought it was fine at the beginning. Looking at her shots, she nailed some running dogs, so I'm pretty sure it was fine when she got it, and died during that day.
-I have not really tested any of the batteries, since I usually recharge at the end of a day of shooting. But I have fired off 2k frames in one day of ski racing, and not had to change battery. Unfortunately don't remember which battery that was... Statistically speaking, twice as likely to be a third-party one, right? ;)
-battery terminals look clean to me
-both third party batteries AF right down to one bar.
-this OEM battery is ~5months old, can't have more than half a dozen load-cycles. Came with my 7d when I got it, refurb. Makes me less likely to bother returning it... If it is a faulty battery it seems more worth my time to recycle it and get another $15 wasabi power one... They've been great in my gopro for 2 years, and so far so good in this context as well.

Edit: because I got it from canon direct, I'm inclined to think its genuine. Now, it may be refurbed and already have a ton of load cycles, but I think it was in retail packaging...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Batteries and AF
« on: April 06, 2013, 10:25:51 PM »
I've never seen that.  Been using t2i, 60D, 7D and 5DIII.  All use the LP-E6 (thanks Canon for at least being consistent for a few years).  It could just be a defective battery.  How old is it?  They do wear down after each use/charge cycle (other electronics too inside that can fail).

If you put the OEM battery back in does the problem return?

Question for all of the collective wisdom here:

The other day, I let my sister borrow my 7d. She's used to my dad's 60D, and probably getting a rebel of her own, so I wasn't too concerned about her messing anything up. When she gave it back to me, it wasn't AFing- with any lens, regular or live view, nothing. When I MFd in one-shot mode, I got a focus recognition beep. Checked all the connectors, they were all clean. Finally, I looked at a pin diagram, and seeing that a pin provides 6v for the lens AF motor (something I logically knew, that was just the inspiration) I popped in a fresh battery. Suddenly, AF worked again!

My questions:
Has anyone ever observed behavior, where a battery shows 2 bars of remaining charge on the top LCD, and the camera takes shots, but doesn't have power to AF?
The battery I had in was OEM. I swapped in a Wasabi power LP-E6 clone- any OEM/3rd party compatibility issues? I'm inclined to think no, since the OEM was the one that caused the problem.
Should I do anything? At this point, this is purely an exercise in intellectual curiosity- that wasabi power LP-E6 has now taken 1,000 shots without issue, so I'm curious more than concerned.

Thanks!
Brian

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Canon General / Re: Ever borrow from CPS
« on: April 05, 2013, 11:04:37 AM »
I eval equipment pretty frequently.  Loaned equipment I generally keep on me at all times and if I have to leave at home it is locked in a safe.  Check with your homeowners and auto insurance to determine personal coverage but if you get held up when using it it's generally your responsibility to cover the loss unless you have specific professional coverage.  Always ship it insured back to Canon 1, 2 or 3 day delivery with signature.  Costs a small fortune but it's still cheaper than renting.

It brings up an interesting point.  I frequently have friends that ask to borrow lenses and gear from me and I always ask, if you drop it, get held up or it gets stolen, can you afford to replace it?  That usually gets them thinking and they stop asking.  So my point is if you don't have insurance to cover the loan and you don't have enough cash in the bank to replace it, then you probably shouldn't borrow equipment from Canon or anyone.  A loss could be catastrophic to your finances, relationships, friendships, whatever.

Replacing a 1DX is perhaps 2 or 3 mortgage payments for most people and that could be serious if you don't have funds to get by.

Once you get through that, CPS eval is a great service.  In the US, GOLD level doesn't let you pick the dates to eval.  They ship when it's available so hard to schedule trips.  PLATINUM level gets priority and you can pick your date, and Canon picks up shipping and insurance both ways!  But it's 500.00 a year!  :(


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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: April 04, 2013, 05:01:26 PM »
Optical ones have to be specifically tailored to the lens.  I was referring to software.  You do lose something in software but the results are better than without.  I know you can do stacking in photoshop but never tried this kind of stacking.  Rather than play with another SW package I may try tinkering with the capabilities in what I have and see if I can get similar results.

I didn't want to lose any light since I couldn't use longer exposures on this occasion. I can't remember if the 135/2 did improve much stopped down now... and when you say CA filter, do you mean the optical sort or software sort? Effectively I did my own version of a software approach for this image. I haven't looked at exactly how the optical ones work but presume they filter out certain wavelengths so as to reduce the effect. But I'm not sure they're applicable in this scenario anyway.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: April 04, 2013, 04:03:17 PM »
Most lenses wide open have a difficult time reproducing point stars and have all of the colors line up.  How does the 135 stand up to a click or two stopped down?  I would think 2.8 or 3.1 would clean up the red halos....but still you can probably filter out most of the red halos with a good CA filter.

I did most of the processing in PixInsight. I made flats to correct for the vignetting of the 135/2 wide open and calibrated, aligned and stacked in there. Then some cosmetic fixes in PSE afterwards. The 135/2 isn't great for OSC astro imaging. The red focus is quite a bit off compared to green and blue, so you get nasty red halos around bright stars. I'm wondering if the new Zeiss 135/2 APO would be better, but it isn't at a price that means I will find out any time soon. The Canon 135/2 does ok for narrowband imaging though.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: April 04, 2013, 03:07:13 PM »
Very nice and the stacking technique clearly helped.  What software do you use to stack these?

Canon 600D unmodified. Astronomik CLS-CCD filter (reduces impact of sodium lighting). Canon 135mm f/2L at f/2. ISO3200. 50 shots stacked of 5s exposure each.

I only took a fixed tripod so had to keep exposures short to reduce the impact of star trailing. The fizzy blob above the comet is Andromeda galaxy. The two should be very close in the sky around now, if I get another clear night I'll give it another go.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: April 04, 2013, 01:03:47 PM »
I tried for a shot with Andromeda but was unable to get one.  :)  Nice capture.

A shot of Panstarrs from the UK, noisy and not the sharpest due to being shot at ISO 6400 on a 7D with no post processing, but the comet is plainly visible along with a fuzzy patch of light that is Andromeda up top!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Question re: real world experience with 5D MkIII AF
« on: April 03, 2013, 03:34:43 PM »
No duh's  ;D.... It's a lot to ingest.  There are some very good white papers on Canon's DLP site on AF, mostly for 1DX.  But since they share the same AF system, almost all of the settings function the same.  Only iTR tracking and metering on the selected AF point are different.

http://learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2012/1dx_guidebook.shtml

Click the PDF link near the bottom of the page.

AF4 on the menu.  Manual page 98 under selectable AF point.  The manual says when you manually select all 61 points, all will be used.  It's only when you manually select AF points.  It also says in a foot note that expansion will also still work regardless of this setting.  I assume that the center point will always have to be a cross type point but the expanded points may not be.


AF accuracy on the 5DIII is slightly better than the 1D IV.  AF speed might be on par or a little less but even with BIF shots I didn't notice the difference at all.  The benefit of using the 5DIII is that you will also get closed loop AF with Canon's newer lenses such as MK II models.  Those lenses now report AF position back to the camera.  However, even with the older lenses, the AF accuracy is improved.

For best AF accuracy for action, you also need to set the firmware to use only cross type af points.  If you have it set to use ALL of them, it's possible for the AF to be less accurate...It's fine to use ALL of them if you are shooting static subjects.

Most people using the older bodies are accustomed to using the center point only.  While that is still a very good option for most, the 5DIII offers a few other AF modes that are an improvement over using just the center point....and with most modest lenses, a large block of the center AF points are all cross type.

Lots of benefits to using the 5DIII for action....but a lot more options to tweak based on what you are shooting.  It's a bit overwhelming.  I've been using a 5DIII for about 1 year now shooting almost exclusively wildlife and I'm still finding tweaks that are improving the numbers of keepers in certain situations.  Steep learning curve but glad I have it.

BTW, got rid of the 1D IV and 7D.  Now waiting for the 7DII to come out as my 2nd body.


I apologize if this has been covered in the past but I did a quick search on the subject and could not find what I was looking for.

I'm hoping that someone out there has some real world experience and can answer my question.

How does the 5D MkIII AF compare to the 1D MkIV?  I'm particularly interested in the accuracy and AF lock-on speed.  My primary use is action photography;  motocross and birds in flight.

The lenses I mostly use, in order of time on the camera are:

70-200 f/2.8L IS II
300 f/2.8L IS
400 f/5.6L
135 f/2L

I should mention that I do not intend to replace my 1D MkIV, which I have been using for 3 years.  If I acquired a 5D MkIII, it would be a second body to use primarily at the motocross tracks.  Most likely, I would carry the 300/2.8 mounted on the 1D MkIV and the 70-200/2.8 or 135/2 mounted on the 5D MkIII.

I am also not concerned with the burst rate as 6 fps would be adequate.  I normally keep my 1D MKIV set at 7 fps for motocross and it's been fine.

Any help would be appreciated.

That's great information.  Thanks.

I read the paragraph above with particular interest in your comment regarding the setting in the firmware for using only cross type AF points.  I have downloaded the manual but have been unable to find any reference to where and how that is done.  Do you mean to select a point with expansion or a zone that would only include those?

Are you able to elaborate?

Got it.  I think I must have stopped reading at page 96.  Duh me.  Much appreciated.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Question re: real world experience with 5D MkIII AF
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:20:54 PM »
AF4 on the menu.  Manual page 98 under selectable AF point.  The manual says when you manually select all 61 points, all will be used.  It's only when you manually select AF points.  It also says in a foot note that expansion will also still work regardless of this setting.  I assume that the center point will always have to be a cross type point but the expanded points may not be.


AF accuracy on the 5DIII is slightly better than the 1D IV.  AF speed might be on par or a little less but even with BIF shots I didn't notice the difference at all.  The benefit of using the 5DIII is that you will also get closed loop AF with Canon's newer lenses such as MK II models.  Those lenses now report AF position back to the camera.  However, even with the older lenses, the AF accuracy is improved.

For best AF accuracy for action, you also need to set the firmware to use only cross type af points.  If you have it set to use ALL of them, it's possible for the AF to be less accurate...It's fine to use ALL of them if you are shooting static subjects.

Most people using the older bodies are accustomed to using the center point only.  While that is still a very good option for most, the 5DIII offers a few other AF modes that are an improvement over using just the center point....and with most modest lenses, a large block of the center AF points are all cross type.

Lots of benefits to using the 5DIII for action....but a lot more options to tweak based on what you are shooting.  It's a bit overwhelming.  I've been using a 5DIII for about 1 year now shooting almost exclusively wildlife and I'm still finding tweaks that are improving the numbers of keepers in certain situations.  Steep learning curve but glad I have it.

BTW, got rid of the 1D IV and 7D.  Now waiting for the 7DII to come out as my 2nd body.


I apologize if this has been covered in the past but I did a quick search on the subject and could not find what I was looking for.

I'm hoping that someone out there has some real world experience and can answer my question.

How does the 5D MkIII AF compare to the 1D MkIV?  I'm particularly interested in the accuracy and AF lock-on speed.  My primary use is action photography;  motocross and birds in flight.

The lenses I mostly use, in order of time on the camera are:

70-200 f/2.8L IS II
300 f/2.8L IS
400 f/5.6L
135 f/2L

I should mention that I do not intend to replace my 1D MkIV, which I have been using for 3 years.  If I acquired a 5D MkIII, it would be a second body to use primarily at the motocross tracks.  Most likely, I would carry the 300/2.8 mounted on the 1D MkIV and the 70-200/2.8 or 135/2 mounted on the 5D MkIII.

I am also not concerned with the burst rate as 6 fps would be adequate.  I normally keep my 1D MKIV set at 7 fps for motocross and it's been fine.

Any help would be appreciated.

That's great information.  Thanks.

I read the paragraph above with particular interest in your comment regarding the setting in the firmware for using only cross type AF points.  I have downloaded the manual but have been unable to find any reference to where and how that is done.  Do you mean to select a point with expansion or a zone that would only include those?

Are you able to elaborate?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Question re: real world experience with 5D MkIII AF
« on: April 03, 2013, 11:10:04 AM »
AF accuracy on the 5DIII is slightly better than the 1D IV.  AF speed might be on par or a little less but even with BIF shots I didn't notice the difference at all.  The benefit of using the 5DIII is that you will also get closed loop AF with Canon's newer lenses such as MK II models.  Those lenses now report AF position back to the camera.  However, even with the older lenses, the AF accuracy is improved.

For best AF accuracy for action, you also need to set the firmware to use only cross type af points.  If you have it set to use ALL of them, it's possible for the AF to be less accurate...It's fine to use ALL of them if you are shooting static subjects. 

Most people using the older bodies are accustomed to using the center point only.  While that is still a very good option for most, the 5DIII offers a few other AF modes that are an improvement over using just the center point....and with most modest lenses, a large block of the center AF points are all cross type.

Lots of benefits to using the 5DIII for action....but a lot more options to tweak based on what you are shooting.  It's a bit overwhelming.  I've been using a 5DIII for about 1 year now shooting almost exclusively wildlife and I'm still finding tweaks that are improving the numbers of keepers in certain situations.  Steep learning curve but glad I have it.

BTW, got rid of the 1D IV and 7D.  Now waiting for the 7DII to come out as my 2nd body.


I apologize if this has been covered in the past but I did a quick search on the subject and could not find what I was looking for.

I'm hoping that someone out there has some real world experience and can answer my question.

How does the 5D MkIII AF compare to the 1D MkIV?  I'm particularly interested in the accuracy and AF lock-on speed.  My primary use is action photography;  motocross and birds in flight.

The lenses I mostly use, in order of time on the camera are:

70-200 f/2.8L IS II
300 f/2.8L IS
400 f/5.6L
135 f/2L

I should mention that I do not intend to replace my 1D MkIV, which I have been using for 3 years.  If I acquired a 5D MkIII, it would be a second body to use primarily at the motocross tracks.  Most likely, I would carry the 300/2.8 mounted on the 1D MkIV and the 70-200/2.8 or 135/2 mounted on the 5D MkIII.

I am also not concerned with the burst rate as 6 fps would be adequate.  I normally keep my 1D MKIV set at 7 fps for motocross and it's been fine.

Any help would be appreciated.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Firmware, any news?
« on: April 02, 2013, 12:19:03 PM »
No they will hold those until 7DII release!  :)


of course the cool thing to do would be to hit the target date with a few surprise firmware tweaks, but i'm not holding my breath.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Firmware, any news?
« on: April 02, 2013, 12:18:09 PM »
Canon will market the release for as long as possible so I don't expect it until 4/30.

Post from Canon Australia back in February says -

We are developing a solution to enhance the focusing feature for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1DX and plan to release a firmware update based on following estimated schedule:

    EOS 5D Mark III: (estimated) Late April, 2013
    EOS-1DX: (estimated) Late May, 2013

Personally, I don't hold out much hope of it being on time or the focal point illumination being fixed given past history - it's been 6 months since it was announced!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 29, 2013, 11:34:52 PM »
I see. Yes for printing its good to over sharpen a little.  Just curious as I notice the compression algorithms on these sites do play with my mind sometimes.  Difficult to make comparisons when everything gets compressed by 50%.

Excellent shots.  I enjoy checking back in to see what else you have posted.

Quote from: East Wind Photography link=topic=8079.msg25035Ahasg250357 date=1364567425
These are great shots but even after looking at the full JPG, they all seem to be over sharpened to me...more so after the web downsizing.  Did you sharpen these or is this just an affect of compression uploading to the forums?

1Dx 400f/2.8 V2, shot f/2.8 & 1/1600th

Have to admit this Guy made me uncomfortable, he seemed to be eyeing me up for a Dinner Option.

Hi "Eastwind", Guilty I'm afraid, although I try not to over sharpen, what I post is generally the file that I print, so it's had a little more sharpening than I would normally apply so that it Prints well. But I appreciate your comment and I tend to sharpen to what I feel looks right (In On One), then back off a little, sometimes/often I don't back off enough.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Wimberley Head versus Wimberley Sidekick
« on: March 29, 2013, 04:41:00 PM »
I use the WH-200 and it is smooth and supports the lens very well.  I have full trust in it's ability to support my system.  If you have to decide to change heads for macro work, maybe consider another tripod for that.  I use a smaller carbon fiber model with a ball head for macro portrait work.  The Wimberly just stays mounted on my Induro CF.

Hey folks

I just picked up a Canon 500mm. I already have Gitzo a Gitzo 3530 tripod with a Markins M10 ballhead that I use mainly with my 180mm Macro.

I'm undecided on the right approach for the head. I'd like to choose either the Wimberley Sidekick, or a Wimberley WH-200 Head. Of course, the disadvantage to the Wimberley Head is that whenever I want to do any Macro work, I'd have to pull the Wimberley head off and pop the Markins back on. From surfing the web, I get the impression that a ballhead is more convenient for smaller lens like the 180 and the 70-200 than the Wimberley Head.

I don't want to get a second tripod, and while I have considered a monopod, I'd like to work with the new tele on a tripod - for a while, at least.

Has anyone here used both a Sidekick and a Wimberley Head? Does anyone have any first-hand experience, suggestions, or thoughts on my choices?

Cheers

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