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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Manual Posted
« on: June 13, 2012, 05:51:05 AM »
Has this already been picked up? Rob Galbraith has a link to a PDF paper on the 1DX-AF guide.
http://downloads.canon.com/CDLC/EOS_1DX_AF_Guide_CDLC_Updated_June_2012.pdf

It looks for sure like the red/black AF point issue has been completely addressed. Yay!
Now the firmware release for the 5D3 needs to ship and we'll all be up to date.

PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Less talking and more shooting
« on: June 13, 2012, 05:39:40 AM »
“Art is not to be found by touring to Egypt, China, or Peru; if you cannot find it at your own door, you will never find it.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
can you shoot your own door for 20 years ?

Errrm, it's a metaphor...

PW



1039
Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Film is still hard to beat
« on: June 13, 2012, 01:06:40 AM »
The only thing I miss about film is the great conversations photographers had with each other once or twice a day at the E6 film lab. That was nice.

Recently I looked at some files of premium level drum scans from 6x7 Velvia shot on an RZ67 that I used to think were the bees knees. They looked awful compared to what I'm shooting today on 1D4 & 5D3, and would be surpassed easily by the old 5D Classic.

Film does deliver certain unique characteristics, but certainly not ones that I have any willingness to continue to explore. I've always gone by the rule that "Content is King". Most (not all!) photography today leaves the work from previous decades gasping for respectability. Go and take a look at photography books and magazines from the the 1970's, 1980's & 1990's. Then try to convince me that Film is Still Hard to Beat.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Manual Posted
« on: June 13, 2012, 12:51:37 AM »
Check out page 100. This looks like it's identical to the 5D3, just described slightly differently in the manual. There is no mention of the hoped for red selected AF point remaining visible. Damn!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Less talking and more shooting
« on: June 12, 2012, 11:28:29 PM »
Check out the Image & Video galleries here at CR. Start threads showing great images you've shot with your favourite lens. People generally respond.

You're probably right in some respects. But you can't shoot all the time.

Sometimes in other, ahem, aspects of life, people who talk about it the most do it the least. There will be all kinds of shooters here. Busy professionals who may post half a dozen messages in a day just because it's a quiet business week, totally obsessed gear nuts & pixel peepers, and plain happy as hell photography enthusiasts who just love to share a viewpoint, plus deeply experienced shooters who truly value the opportunity to flow back. And of course there are those few insecure, troublesome trolls.

Photography can be a fairly isolated profession in terms of contact with industry peers. Boards like this have to a great extent replaced the conversations we used to have down at the E6 film lab, somewhere you'd often go to once or twice a day. The five minute conversations with other photographers there was pure gold. That's gone but we still need those conversations. It's places like this and any number of other great boards where those conversations happen in 2012.

PW

1042
Just use common sense. I've never worried about shooting at the beach. I keep an old 30D for occasional extreme conditions such as very strong salt spray you can get at the beach in a big wind, or when shooting out on the water from a Zodiac in choppy water. It's had appalling things happen to it and it still works fine. If it's very salty after a shoot I wipe it down with a slightly damp cloth. Weather sealed lenses get the same wipedown.

But if you're in nice vacation weather conditions, just keep it out of the sand & water and you'll be perfectly fine. The biggest issue shooting at the beach is likely to involve local laws. Just don't look too professional, and respect other peoples privacy.

PW


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Manual Mode Exposure Question...
« on: June 12, 2012, 06:27:55 PM »
Reading on here I see that many say they use manual most of the time. For the ones who do this I am wondering how you go about getting the correct exposure in changing conditions.

You do what photographers have done for most of the history of photography. You keep an eye on the conditions and adjust settings accordingly, on the fly.  It becomes second nature very quickly, and in some ways maintains a creatively useful extra connection with your shooting environment.

Of course this century we thankfully have the instant  feedback of a screen image & a histogram. Shooting manual has really never been easier.

PW

1044
One of the things I love about the 1D Mk4 is the ability to switch modes OFF. I know I only use Manual & Av. So when I switch modes, I know what I'm getting without even looking. Not for everyone I'm sure but it works for me.

Thanks goodness the 5D3 has the lock button on the mode dial. On the old model I was consistently inadvertently bumping the mode dial onto an unwanted setting such as Bulb. This happened mostly when the body was on the shoulder and I was shooting with the Mk4, being jostled in a crowd or just moving about. It reached the point where I gaffa taped the dial in position. Hah! It looked a bit trashy, especially with the 24-70 f/2.8 which needs tape to hold the hood in place.

PW

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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.

PW

1046
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.

HTH

PW

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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!

PW

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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.


PW

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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.

PW

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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.

PW

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