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EOS Bodies / Re: What's your acceptable price for the 1Dx
« on: June 05, 2012, 01:18:49 AM »
Seems everyone should know what it will or will not do before one could say what they would pay for it.  :-\

Given that Canon is, ahem, not rushing to get the 1Dx onto the market I'd be astonished if it was anything less than a winner in most respects. I say most, because nothing is perfect. We have had a good practical heads up on some of the 1Dx qualities and specs with the 5D3. With the usual 1-Series ergonomics, build quality and that feeling of being carved out of a solid lump of Unobtanium, if I were a betting man I'd be backing it into first place.

PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark III Eyecup Cover
« on: June 04, 2012, 11:30:08 PM »
can you buy aftermarket eye cups with a 1D style blackout lever?

I doubt it. I think the 1-Series blackout lever is built onto the body, not the slide-on eyecup.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Canon's "matte" lens hoods.
« on: June 04, 2012, 11:26:36 PM »
can you share the "brand" and seller...

Couldn't tell you...some HK eBay store. It was a while ago.
BTW I hope your white 70-200 hood is black on the inside!

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's your acceptable price for the 1Dx
« on: June 04, 2012, 09:55:53 PM »
If you use the camera on a daily basis and earn your living from it, the price is of little consequence. A tradesman who was here last week showed me his $500 cordless drill. That's a lot for a drill. He loves it. It's the best. He wouldn't settle for less. Same thing.

As someone who generally has 1-Series bodies, the delay in the 1DX release finally wore me down and I have now been working with a 5D3/BG-E11 alongside my 1D4. While the 5D3 is a good practical camera, it feels unrefined compared to 1-Series. The 5D series has bulked right up and with a BG-11 grip is taller, thicker, bulkier & 30 grams heavier than the 1D4. The ergonomics and performance of the 1-Series is in another universe. I'll pay the asking price.

PW

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Lighting / Re: looking for my 1st flash
« on: June 04, 2012, 07:55:32 PM »
I hope someone would share me his idea on this one. I'm looking for my my 1st flash, for what type
of shooting? HIGH SPEED SYNC as I'll be doing portraits in bright daylight. I haven't tried one (as i'm not a big fan of flash photography) so I don't have any idea how much power do I need.

Back to the OP. What body are you planning to shoot with? If it's going to be older than a 5D3 or a 1DX then skip the 600EX-RT. On older bodies you'll only get 100th sync and questionable HSS. I'd recommend a pre-owned 580ex or 580exII. These are great for HSS, have the advantage of being amazingly flexible in the ways you can rotate them for bounce flash (more movements than Yonguo or 430ex) and also the distinct advantage of have a plug for an external power source which you will appreciate if HSS becomes your thing. HSS sucks power much much more than regular flash. You can read plenty on this subject here or on Google.

PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark III Eyecup Cover
« on: June 04, 2012, 07:42:12 PM »
I couldn't tell you how many of these I have lost from Canon bodies going right back to the 1990's. Some seem to fit better than others. If it's a sloppy one, take off the eye-cup, put tiny strips of tape against the body where the eye-cup grips, and it will firm up nicely. Experiment. It shouldn't be this way of course, but it's a functional workaround.

PW

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ST-E2 and 5Dmk3
« on: June 04, 2012, 07:37:32 PM »
Thanks WW. I might get a fresh battery for my neglected ST-E2 and pop it in the bag.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Canon's "matte" lens hoods.
« on: June 04, 2012, 07:31:06 PM »
I do.. that's why they're scratched up.. Maybe it's gear OCD but I like them to stay "new-like" for as long as I can.. however, once it's been scratched.... it's like a green light to "not care"..

If it means that much to you, why not protect your new hoods with black Gaffa Tape and they'll be pristine at re-sell time. Cheap & cheerful.

Actually there's another tack you could take, get a $10 eBay clone of your hood & use that. I bought an eBay hood to replace a lost hood for the 24-105. It's perfectly fine....and it's matte finish.

PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & 3D Prediction from Japan
« on: June 04, 2012, 07:26:45 PM »
erg :( the 3D specs look good except for the bulky 1D body
if it was a 5D size body it would be pretty sweet
WW, have run the tape measure over the 5D3 and popped it on the scales? With the BG-E11 grip it's taller, thicker, bulkier and around 30 grams heavier than the 1D Mk4. I was surprised. Middle age spread?

Canon seems to be heading Super Sized these days. The 600EX-RT has bulked up noticeably from the 580's, the 5D3 is big & lumpy & the 1DX is up in most dimensions over the 1D Mk4. I'm going to need a bigger bag! At least the Great-White lenses have shed some weight...

PW

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The 5DIII is a hideous, horrendous camera, and that picture you took only proves it. It's so bad that you might as well sell it without bothering to use it any more -- and, its awfulness is such that you shouldn't even expect to find a buyer for $100. I'll do you a favor and take it off your hands for $150.
b&
lol, not nice at all!

Umm...I think TrumpetPower's joking. An inverse way of saying the 5D3 is fine and the OP should stop fretting about the quality.

PW

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Lenses / Re: Best general purpose lens?
« on: June 04, 2012, 05:41:04 AM »
Everyone is pointing at the 17-55 f2.8 IS. Follow my finger...it's pointing at the 17-55 f2.8 IS too!
For a general purpose lens for APS-C it just can't be beat.

PW

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Lighting / 600ex-RT & Gary Fong
« on: June 03, 2012, 03:41:23 AM »
The Gary Fong Collapsible Lightsphere is a good tight fit on the 580EX & 580 EXII.
Like the 5D3, the 600 EX-RT is bigger & bulkier in most dimensions.
Has anyone fitted their 600 EX-RT with the  Gary Fong Collapsible Lightsphere? Does it fit?
http://www.garyfongestore.com/lightsphere-collapsible-370.html#.T8sUAsUhV8E

PW

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 600ex-RT AF assist power
« on: June 03, 2012, 12:20:12 AM »
With the weak low light AF performance of the 1D4, I depend on the AF Assist on the 580ex & 580 exII when shooting functions, often held in low/mood lit venues. Last night I had a lot of lost shots where the 1D4/70-200 f/2.8is just couldn't get a lock, even with the 580exII assist. The 5D3/24-105 f/4 was a whole lot better which is to be expected,  but still delivered a few  l o n g  moments while it got it's lock.

Does the 600ex-RT have a more powerful AF Assist than the 580's? If so, this could become a core reason for updating.

PW

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Last night I was shooting at a dimly lit function. Lucky for me the venue had a fairly low white ceiling so bounce was a simple matter. But AF was another story altogether. I have a 580exII on the 1D4 and a 580ex on the 5D3. We all know the Mk4 is next to hopeless when it comes to low light AF. I lost a lot of shots with the 70-200 f/2.8is because I just couldn't get a lock. The 5D3 was of course a lot better, even with the f/4 24-105. Interestingly, in very low light I reckon the old 9 point AF array was quicker provided you used the centre point.

Does anyone know if the 600ex has a more powerful AF assist light than the 580 series? If so, this could be reason enough to upgrade.

PW

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24 f/1.4II
85 f/1.2II
135 f/2

PW

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