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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Manual Posted
« on: June 12, 2012, 04:32:26 AM »
This has been a serious disaster for Canon..PR I mean. I am can CPS member and I am so locked in with tons of Canon lens. Even then I am seriously thinking of switching. I browsed today for D4 ..but couldn't find that one either.

Well let's wait and have a good look at the camera before calling it a serious PR disaster.
It could quite possibly be a high point in Canon history.
But switch to Nikon by all means if you're sure that would serve your business better in the long run.


After speaking to CPS on the subject some time ago, the recommended strategy for the long & stable life of the CF card is to do as Dr Neuro suggests, and that's to format in camera every time you put the card back in the camera after downloading. They add to that the recommendation to format in your computer via your card reader with a FAT32 format. FAT formats are for older cards under 1Gb. Do this two or three times a year.

But they added that for greater stability, avoid deleting images in camera and do your edit when you get back to the studio. The cost per Gb is so low now, deleting on location is barely necessary.

The third stability strategy is to avoid using your cards across other devices or even brands of cameras. If you do, make a point of doing a full FAT32 format first.

Lastly, take your CF card out of your jeans pocket before putting them in the wash. I've done it twice. Both times they came out noticeably cleaner, but one led to card failure. Wrong brand of detergent I guess!

Other than the wash incident, I've never had card failure or corruption, and that's over 12 years now. I've followed those basic rules, and always bought Sandisk cards. There used to be a lot of talk about failed cards...often they were Lexar or low cost no-name cheapies. Lexar may be better now but I'm staying with Sandisk. Also I generally replace cards after a couple of years, regardless of performance or perceived stability. Overkill? Maybe, but professional credibility is hard earned over time but can be lost in a heartbeat.



Different hand sizes are a major point with camera bodies. My hands are very much on the large end of the scale (nearly 10-1/2 inch span)

Brian I hope you play the piano! It would be a pity for that effortless two octave reach to go to waste!


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: shutter cycles
« on: June 11, 2012, 06:05:41 PM »
Would they really be happy with 100 photos from a wedding?

I wouldn't.  We got way more than that, and the photogs were shooting Mamiya 645s (the film ones...and I've got the stack of negatives to prove it...).

Back in the film days I shot maybe a dozen weddings a year...mostly for corporate clients. Shot on EOS 1n bodies, they always seemed to average around 15 rolls of 36 exposure neg film. That equals 540 mostly thoughtfully composed shots. 20 rolls was HUGE. A massive 720 frames! OMG.. And it was tough to edit.

My weddings PA has probably dropped to more like five or six a year, still mostly for corporate clients, and the thought of being restricted to 540 shots scares me. These days weddings seem to run to around 3000. After a brutal edit, the client gets around 250 shots. Comparing the wedding images now with ten years ago, the freedom to shoot completely unrestricted is delivering brides great shots that leave the old 15 roll wedding deliveries gasping for respectability.

So in the context of this thread, full time wedding shooters would hit the shutter life cycle sooner than most. But a 100 photo wedding? Maybe this was the number of images delivered to the couple rather than the number of frames the photographer shot on the day.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: shutter cycles
« on: June 11, 2012, 08:43:23 AM »
When I retired my 5D classic it had close to 300,000 on the clock and still worked like new. A 20D had similar high mileage. There are plenty of 1-Series out there in the hands of sports shooters with over a million actuations. My 1-Series bodies are nowhere near those numbers but they'd be way past Canon's advertised life cycle.

The shutter count from Canon is very conservative. Some shutters will collapse before the spec time and others will exceed it 10 fold. It's like any mass produced mechanical item. Some die young, some seem to live forever.


Does that mean the OP goes around town and looks for people who own a 5D3 and tells em "Uh you got a bad ergonomics there" hopefully somebody who happens to have a .45 and a shovel is willing to tell him otherwise.. :'(

Well that's very sweet of you Hog Have Mercy. As well as being an undisguised flame, it almost amounts to a threat. There is absolutely no place for this sort of sentiment on CR or any list.


EOS Bodies / Re: Cropping in camera
« on: June 11, 2012, 01:09:12 AM »
No problem there. We have had the in-camera technology since the days before George Eastman unleashed his once famous Kodak cameras.

Walk closer or step back. This is known as the "foot zoom". Later came lens choice. Later on came the zoom lens.
All these techniques work well for in-camera cropping, despite coming from previous centuries.


Pricewatch Deals / Re: The Lens Bracelet - Pro Series
« on: June 10, 2012, 11:37:50 PM »
I'm embarrassed that I even clicked into this thread and responded!


Lighting / Re: 600ex-rt overheating?
« on: June 10, 2012, 11:32:00 PM »
Do controlled tests as suggested side by side with the 580's. If the 600's really do quit way ahead of the 580's I'd be talking to Canon about a swap-over.


Hmmm....... can't believe this thread is still going but hey what the heck.  There is good information here and while I am enjoying the 5d3 as it is, I'm getting interested in trying the grip.  I have large hands and it would be interesting to have more to latch on to.  I'd like to get another lens for my video work but the grip would be nice for the straight photography aspect.  Decisions, decisions.

If you have large hands the perceived ergonomic anomalies of the BG-E11 will be less noticeable than for the digitally challenged ( I'm talking finger/hand size...!). Get the BG-E11 as soon as practical. It's bulkier than previous grips but that shouldn't bother your fortunate physiology.


Lenses / Re: 40mm f2.8 $199 in US, $355 in UK, why?
« on: June 10, 2012, 10:17:45 PM »
This $$ gouge is common. Look at Adobe pricing US vs Europe as a prime example. In Australia the cost of identical cars vs US is enough to make your hair curl. It goes way beyond differences in regional tariffs & taxes. Importers and local agents across the planet are free to charge what they think the market will tolerate.

I guess I'm expensive relative to the competition too. It's market positioning. Some people prefer you be reassuringly expensive. Maybe the Euro lens is better!


EOS Bodies / Re: I can hear the 1Dx at Euro 2012...
« on: June 10, 2012, 10:07:02 PM »
...during any peak action, you can hear a camera shooting around 12fps. It has to be the 1Dx.

I suppose t could be, but wow, that's a might discerning ear! Are you a musician?


EOS Bodies / Re: The Last Flagship DSLRs
« on: June 10, 2012, 07:23:25 PM »
Yes I often wonder how the ancient mirrorbox design has survived so long into the 21st century. It was a terrific breakthrough from the fixed mirror of the old twin-lens reflex cameras of last century. But I agree here, the mirrorless bodies are the future. And once EVF's have reached suitable resolution and refresh rate, the optical viewfinder will be consigned to history too.

As for the current Canon DSLR's being the last in the line, that's a mighty big call. We'll see won't we. In any case, thanks for your thoughtful "sunny Sunday afternoon contribution to the intellectual process here at CR".



Looks funny with the 40mm lens

Just think of it as a functional body cap. 8)

I think it looks COOL! Chunky yet compact.  8)  And yes, it's by far the best bodycap on the planet.


EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon at a Crossroads?
« on: June 10, 2012, 07:04:19 PM »
The integration of their wetware components will be the true advancement but a social minefield.

What? Which wetware?


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