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Canon could do regional firmware but they don't.

That would be nice, but then I guess where would it end - we could end up with so many different types of 5D III/1D X as to just complicate matters, and of course the grey market would just go nuts!

I always forget about the 29.59 cut off, which is dangerous as I often do 18-24 minute videos. And tend not to shut off when someone says the wrong thing which means the actual recording can be longer.

Good to be reminded of this. Thanks.

Canon General / Re: Canon Club Canada - welcome kit
« on: May 10, 2014, 08:49:50 PM »
I see it on ebay and it was sold for 108$ 2 days ago with a big rush for the offers.....................................

Seriously?!! I am definitely going to start going through all the freebies I get from Canon now.

Incidentally, among all my stuff, I have a couple of the large fabric 1D X bags, the ones where the handles look like camera straps etc.

BTW Canon Club and CPS are two different things. I am a member of Canon Club (which is open to everyone), am also a member of the 1D X club (something I have never really understood - but as they sent me a very cool present, which I am not selling as it sits on my desk with pride, then I remain a member) and am also a member of CPS, which is of course the most valuable to me - and unlike in other countries you cannot pay to join, nor do they have tiered-membership.

Given that google indexes forum posts the Lexar Compact Flash Failure should be of importance for them to fix in order to instill faith in their premium range to US the photographers !

Maybe someone needs to point out this thread to them and if we all add our piece it will gain higher ranking in google and get notice by somebody with a brain in Lexar  ;)

I very much doubt it. What do we really have here? One person who had a problem with one card. I have a few Lexar cards, including a 64GB 1066X, two 32GB 1000X and a few others and have never had a problem. I am sure there are many more like me on these forums as well. I am also sure that there are a few that have had problems, but that would apply to SanDisk, Transcend and other brands as well. Lexar sells millions of cards per year, but most of the time you would only ever hear about those cards that caused problems. I feel for the OP, and I hope he finds a solution but I really do not think this one thread is going to deter pros from buying Lexar. It doesn't me.

Videography Technique / Re: 1D X and Manfrotto MVH502AH
« on: May 07, 2014, 07:43:19 AM »
Thanks BL and dgatwood. What you both said makes perfect sense to me. Appreciate it. Cheers.

Landscape / Re: Typhoon Haiyan: 4 months later
« on: May 06, 2014, 11:50:52 PM »
Nice to see your pics, Dolina. I am a very big fan of the Philippines. A wonderful country, with so many beautiful places to see and enjoy.

Videography Technique / Re: 1D X and Manfrotto MVH502AH
« on: May 06, 2014, 09:00:20 PM »
Thanks, dgatwood. That is what I thought.

So you think I should attach the plate to the tripod foot and sit that on the video head - even when panning and such?

Sitting the tripod foot on the head means I can tighten the plate more firmly into the head which gives me extra peace of mind.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Lexar Memory Card Sale at B&H Photo
« on: May 06, 2014, 06:34:50 PM »

I have a 64GB 1066X, two 32GB 1000X and a couple of others, and am very happy with them all. Thus far, touch wood, no problems.

My only complaint? These promotions only happen when I don't want/need to buy any more!!!  >:( ;D

(may still take a look though..........)  ;D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 06, 2014, 03:30:30 AM »
100mm 2.8 macro
twin mt-24ex

Amazing wasp shots, Gary! Wow.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 06, 2014, 03:25:43 AM »
I love the third photo....what about u guys?


Of the three, I personally prefer the middle (second) one.

Software & Accessories / Re: Get Perfect Effects 8 for FREE
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:47:02 PM »
I just downloaded it after reading that it was free at DPR. Seems like a nice little tool. Very nice of them to give it away for free. :-)

Software & Accessories / Re: Microfibre Cloths for Lens Cleaning
« on: May 04, 2014, 11:50:22 PM »
Thanks for all the feedback and terrific suggestions. I had no idea this was going to turn into such an interesting topic. I have always just used a microfiber cloth to clean my lenses but am now considering some of the suggestions above.

Btw - what's wrong with putting the microfibre cloth in the washing machine? What happens to it?

When I was collecting crystal whisky glasses I was advised not to dry them with a cloth that had been washed with softener as it, and other chemicals we tend to put in washing machines, can cloud the glass. How this correlates to the glass found on camera lenses I do not know, but I tend to just get new cloths rather than wash them. That said, the guy I was chatting to has never had a problem washing his, in fact he wishes the company were still producing them.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: May 04, 2014, 07:17:15 AM »
More Water Lillies, I like these because they tend not to move too much, and unlike my other Model, don't complain so much.

 ;D Funny! All great shots, eml58 (as always!).

Software & Accessories / Re: Microfibre Cloths for Lens Cleaning
« on: May 04, 2014, 01:33:51 AM »
Thanks for your feedback, jrista. I did a quick search on the Kimwipes and they seem to have quite a mixed reputation with some swearing by them while others swear at them!

While I was searching for them, I came across Zeiss Pre-Moistened Lens Cloths Wipes which have got some excellent reviews and are reasonably priced.

I wonder if anyone here has used those?

To be very honest I had never given much thought to the whole microfiber issue. I am concerned that these wipes may not work well when I am working in the rain and the lens gets covered with water droplets - amazing how that happens, but you just need a big storm and rain at an angle I guess, and it must bounce off the inside bottom of the hood and up onto the lens. Last time that happened both I and the guy next to me were totally amazed at just how much rain had got to the lens, and a 400 /2.8 ii does not have a small hood!

Software & Accessories / Microfibre Cloths for Lens Cleaning
« on: May 03, 2014, 11:54:42 PM »
I was at an event recently and somehow the conversation turned to the cloths we use to wipe our lenses. This one guy said he had bought one from a country in Europe, and although they no longer make it, it is the only one he is prepared to use.

Do you have a favourite brand of cloth? How often do you wash it and how?

I was surprised to learn that this guy who is a full time pro photographer just throws his precious cloths in the wash with all his other clothes. When I asked whether he is concerned about the chemicals in the cleaning fluids (and more importantly the softener) and the impact they could have on the lens, he said no.

I used to collect crystal whisky glasses (I love a good Scotch or Irish whisky), and I learned very quickly that you have to be very careful with some of the chemicals you use to wash or dry the glasses - even to the extent of the chemicals used to wash the cloth that dries the glasses.


Videography Technique / 1D X and Manfrotto MVH502AH
« on: May 03, 2014, 08:49:28 PM »
When I shoot video with my 1D X I sit it on a Manfrotto MVH502AH - a head which I love. As this head is designed more for video cameras, rather than DSLR, if I put the plate on the body it means I cannot properly tighten the plate into the head. It does tighten, and there is little risk to the camera, but the knob for doing so hits the base of the camera which means you cannot tighten it as much as you might like. If I put the plate on the tripod foot (I normally shoot video - especially interviews - with my 70-200 f/2.8 ii) I eliminate this problem.

However, many people including a "video expert" at Cathay in Singapore, have said I should not put the plate on the tripod foot as it creates tension where camera and lens meet.

What are your thoughts on this? Surely if the camera just sits still and does not move at all (interviews) then there should not be any tension other than gravity (which would be like a monopod), and if I do need to shoot video where I move the camera (panning or whatever) then would it be better to sit the camera body on the head rather than the tripod?

Am not sure if any of that makes any sense (still not finished the first coffee of the morning!) but your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.

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