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EOS Bodies / Re: AF / AI Servo tips from 7D users
« on: March 28, 2012, 10:22:40 PM »
I use back button focus,
The AF-ON button is what you are referring to for back button focus. On my 40D I had the ability to change the behaviour of the shutter button/AF-ON button via the 'Shutter Button/AF-ON' Custom Function IV.

the options are explained here:

I am trying to find the same menu on my 5D3 and cannot.

Do any of you know where I can find it? Does it still exist? I like to be able, at times, to meter with the shutter button and focus with the AF-ON.

Lenses / Re: Walk around lens suggestion
« on: March 28, 2012, 08:48:23 PM »
If you are shooting a lot indoors, then the 17-55 f/2.8 can't be beat.  The fast aperture combined with IS gives you the ability to shoot without a flash for most things.  In my opinion it is the best general purpose lens for a crop camera.  If you are just getting one lens, this is the one to get.  I have several L lenses, and this is as good a lens as any of them.

I agree with this - you won't be disappointed with the 17-55.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 27, 2012, 02:18:04 PM »
I order the [Kirk (KIQRC10) QRC-1 Quick Release Clamp for Arca-Type Plates - 1" Base] from B+H yesterday and I confirmed with RRS today that the B2-FAB indeed requires the nubs to be filed down or have the rubber on the Fasten-R3 be mashed combined with blue Loctite for a good connection.

I also ordered the RRS L-Bracket w/o grip for the 5D3 (B5D3-L) and Mark from RRS confirmed that it has a strap boss for a hand strap, in case anyone is interested.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Travel tripod help!!
« on: March 26, 2012, 01:02:11 PM »
The Benro Carbon, four section with ball-head comes in at ~3Lbs - very light. The Gitzo 1542T is 2.2Lbs but then you need to factor in a ball-head, say a Markins Q3T at .83 Lbs, then you would be up around ~3Lbs too.

That said, the Gitzo/Markins (or RRS BH-25) would be an awesome combo, with bag it would likely be up around $1000.

I have a Gitzo 2531/Markins M10/RRS clamp so I I know the quality of these items and I can say that I am extremely impressed with the Benro build quality.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 25, 2012, 09:06:07 PM »
I will likely order the Kirk from B+H once they are back in stock, coupled with the E1 hand strap I just ordered, I will be able to put together a decent kit once the RRS L-bracket is released.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Yongnuo wireless Intervelometer
« on: March 25, 2012, 05:42:13 PM »
I think I have a bad trigger, as I tried three others and they work fine.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Yongnuo wireless Intervelometer
« on: March 25, 2012, 05:21:36 PM »
Interesting, I just tried my Yongnuo Rf-602 via the N3 cable to my 5D3 and while it fires the shutter, the half press does not work to focus the camera as my 40D does. I wonder if there is additional signalling going on from the N3 port on the newer bodies.

Does anyone know?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 25, 2012, 03:36:39 PM »
I have battery grips on both bodies, and the grip provides the lower attachment point for the strap.

Yes, that's the Kirk clamp I use (I chose it over the small RRS clamp because the latter has little nubs on the bottom where the FastenR-3 goes).  I attached the FastenR-3 to the Kirk clamp with a bit of Loctite Blue on the threads.  I do have a spare FastenR-3, but haven't had any need to use it - the Kirk clamp makes it so easy to change where I attach the BR strap.

It is interesting you mention the RRS have the nubs that would interfere with the Fasten-R3 - check out the link, the forth picture over has exactly that combo:
The nubs are likely to mate with a BH-25 or the like, although that forth image implies that the nubs have been removed.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 25, 2012, 11:20:20 AM »

No L-bracket yet, but I'll be getting one for the 1D X.  I do have a Wimberley P-5 plate on my 5DII (will go on the 7D), and P-20 lens plates on all my tripod collars, and all of those and the hand straps stay permanently attached. Since I frequently change from a standard lens to a big zoom on my 5DII, being able to quickly relocate the BR attachment point is very convenient (not a big deal on the 7D which I use almost exclusively with the 100-400).

I too have a Wimberley P-5 plate but it does not have a lug to put the hand strap through. How do you affix the Canon E1 strap and the P5 plate?

I also like being able to quickly remove the BR strap without leaving the lug behind, more comfortable for portrait grip with just a plate (or L-bracket) and I still have the handstrap to carry it more easily.
Do you un-screw the BR FastenR-3 from the underside of the P5 or do you use the Kirk 1" clamp like you mentioned earlier in the thread?

The photo below shows how I have been using my BR and L-bracket for over a year - super solid as the Ty-Rap has a metal locking pin inside. I love the setup and may try to loop the E1 onto the Ty-Rap too. I also really like the idea of the Kirk 1" clamp. Is this the one you use?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 24, 2012, 09:59:57 PM »
I use Canon E1 handstraps on both of my bodies, and they're great, but they require a battery grip to attach.  The new Canon E2 strap comes with a lug for the tripod socket, but that would mean detaching the BR lug.  If you use the Arca-Swiss system, some camera plates/L-brackets have the slot for a handstrap, and a 1/4"-20 hole for the BR lug (although I have my FasterR-3 attached to a Kirk 1" clamp that I then attach to a camera or lens plate as needed.
Thanks everyone for your replies.

Neuro, your setup is identical to mine, RRS L-bracket, BR strap. I just bought a Canon E1 strap off of eBay for $5 - it looked legit but time will tell. I have seen the Kirk plate and BR combo before - it looks pretty slick. You must keep your L-bracket and hand strap permanently mounted, correct?

I like the L-Bracket on the camera as it adds a nice later of protect on two of the planes. My 40D L-Bracket has the loop for a hand strap but I can't tell of the 5D3 has the same provision, I can't tell from the photos. I will call RRS on Monday to inquire about this and I will place a pre-order over the phone as they owe me free shipping on my next purchase.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Hand strap recommendation
« on: March 24, 2012, 10:39:29 AM »
I was thinking of getting a hand strap to augment my Black Rapid RS-4. There are occasions when I might prefer a hand strap rather than a sling. I know Canon makes one, although it is not wuick to mount or remove.

Any suggestions? I am open to eBay stuff if you have a link to a decent one.

Thanks in advance!

Whhops! And here's the link I mentioned earlier: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,3077.0.html

I too like the BR RS-4 for travel, it does not look too technical and is comfortable for all day use.

There is a big long thread on sling straps here that you may find useful.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canadian 5D MIII action?
« on: March 22, 2012, 02:10:01 PM »

Just a heads up MasterCard, Visa, and AMEX from the major Cdn banks all charge 2.5% to the best of my knowledge.

Because of that and not wanting to give 2.5% to the credit card companies for nothing when I travel to the U.S. and more importantly when I spend fair amounts of money at B&H, I got a U.S. Dollar Bank of Montreal MasterCard.

It costs $25/year, however, when you spend over $1000/yr on it, they waive the fee, as in it's free. 

Since last summer I've placed all of my B&H orders using the card and I don't pay any credit card fees on the USD transactions.  All I have to do is pay off my U.S. Dollar MasterCard when the bill comes with U.S. funds.  I don't have an account with BMO so I withdraw the U.S. funds from my U.S. account at my bank in the form of a draft and pay then my M/C with it.

I have a BMO U$D card too and U$D account but it still costs money to change money unless you trade in the millions. 2.5-2.9% is pretty standard.

On a CDN 5D3 note, I just went on lunch and picked one up in a kit, I bought the extended 4yr warranty 'cause he knocked $80 off of it and I had him throw in an extra battery. I was not sure if I was going to jump in yet but I did. It might be a slight upgrade from my 40D ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: (CAN) Henry's extended warranty of 5D3
« on: March 22, 2012, 12:29:40 PM »
i think you are better off with the Canon Warranty.. 4 years is a long time.. do you think you'll still be owning your 5d3 in 4 years? is the warranty transferrable? just in case you decide to sell?

personally, I for one am SURE that my 5d3 will be gone in +/- 3 years.
Yes, it is transferrable and would likely help with a potential sale down the road, say three years out. It is a lot of ca$h for insurance trhough, that is why I thought I would ask peoples opinion.

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