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I'd like 2-3 more C# settings.
I don't have mine yet (it's coming today or tomorrow), but it would be nice to have 5 or 6 C modes and to be able to label them - Studio, Portrait, Landscape, Action, etc.  Sometimes I forget which set of settings I've put in which C mode, or worse, I change them (because there aren't enough) and then I get really confused.

Yes, it would be nice to be able to name them. BTW - you are going to love your 1D X! Choose the first pic carefully, as I imagine you may well remember it!

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Lenses / Re: How much will the new EF 800 f/5.6L IS II cost?
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:36:05 AM »
well one thing that sucks is that canon gives only 1 year warranty, while nikon offers 5 years for the 800mm f5.6. at least in the USA.

so lets hope when canons new 800mm will cost 18000$ they will raise the warranty time too.....

I did not know that.


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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:34:32 AM »
Here's another one from this winter. Me and my beloved collie Bert.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ssoell/11902183306/#

Thanks


Love it!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Won't Power On
« on: March 20, 2014, 10:31:42 AM »
I wasn't aware of that either but I just checked my Amex card and here's how it read:

With Extended Warranty♦ you can shop with less worry knowing the terms of the original manufacturer's warranty can be extended up to one additional year. Applies to warranties of 5 years or less that are eligible in the U.S. Please read important exclusions and restrictions.

Thanks for pointing this out Neuro....I will definitely be using my Amex for all future purchases of gear and equipment that has a warranty.

It is a terrific feature from Amex, but as Neuro says, some other cards also offer the benefit.

I think this is a global benefit from Amex.

I always smile when I get an email from Canon asking if I want to extend the warranty for an extra year. No need!
I don't know if all of the AMEX cards offer it but I know the Gold & Platinum charge cards do - and while other CCs may have this benefit, most of them require you to register the purchase with them, so be sure to read the terms & conditions of the extended warranty if your card offers one.

This is a very good point. I did not know Amex offered this until I called them about an issue a year or two ago. I was surprised and asked why they did not promote this part of their service more,  but I cannot remember what they said. I know with Amex I do not need to do anything to get the extra year. Apart from a few silly issues I am extremely happy with Amex, they can be very understanding.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Won't Power On
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:46:10 AM »
I wasn't aware of that either but I just checked my Amex card and here's how it read:

With Extended Warranty♦ you can shop with less worry knowing the terms of the original manufacturer's warranty can be extended up to one additional year. Applies to warranties of 5 years or less that are eligible in the U.S. Please read important exclusions and restrictions.

Thanks for pointing this out Neuro....I will definitely be using my Amex for all future purchases of gear and equipment that has a warranty.

It is a terrific feature from Amex, but as Neuro says, some other cards also offer the benefit.

I think this is a global benefit from Amex.

I always smile when I get an email from Canon asking if I want to extend the warranty for an extra year. No need!

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I fear that the idea of using any low output form of providing electricity won't be enough for charging those batteries as used in the 1D-X. You did notice that the charger provided by Canon is not the same as with a 7D or 5D Mark III. Technically I don't believe it is feasible to load those batteries in a reasonable time-frame outside of using a regular power plug. A small solar charger or something like that won't do. A large array of solar panels certainly will do, but then you again will operate within normal conditions, so I don't expect anything you can carry about will do except for that extra battery.

Personally I have never had reason to use more than two batteries with my 1D-X, but perhaps I just don't shoot enough frames and especially videos per day.

Thanks for the info. I agree with you, and like I said earlier, I have never needed more than two batteries in a day, though it has been close at a few all day sporting events. When that happens I am just a little more careful as the day drags on. A third battery would give me peace of mind for those days I guess, but would not be something I would use an awful lot.

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Lenses / Re: Canon SuperTelephoto Hood Construction
« on: March 20, 2014, 02:55:03 AM »
This is a very interesting question and a nice idea. Have you contacted Canon to ask them? I would imagine they probably know best.

Still I am looking forward to reading people's input on this.

Will you put the logo, name on the sides, top or bottom?

Good luck.

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The ASUS is a retail level product.  The Lenovo is an Enterprise level product.  Apples and Oranges.  Think of the ASUS as a Canon Rebel or *maybe* a xxD series body.  The Lenovo is a 1D series body, hands down.

I agree. In fact the only thing that can compete with, and many would say beat, the Lenovo, is the Dell Precision M4800 or M6800. Both amazing machines and they are the equivalent to a 1D Canon as well.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H is awesome
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:49:37 AM »
I agree they are. I ordered quite a few things from them on Thursday evening last week and it was in my office on the other side of the world by lunch on Monday! Wow.

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Technical Support / Re: More reach
« on: March 19, 2014, 09:45:38 PM »
A 300L f/4.0 IS would give you a bit more reach and with a 1.4X takes you to 420.

But, as jrista said, the Tamron may be your best option.

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Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 19, 2014, 08:39:46 PM »
The 70-200L II can also take a 2x and still AF.  You can stick a Canon 1.4x III on the 70-300L but the OP won't be able to AF (f/8 on the 70D) and he won't be able to use much of the shorter range either because the rear element of the 70-300L interferes with the TC.  The kenko TC is an option, but then you can't AFMA else you might lock it up.

This is why I recommended the 70-200 L ii or the 300 f/4.0 IS. The latter gives you that little extra reach with a 1.4X without much loss of IQ and can even take a 2X.

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: March 19, 2014, 08:34:26 PM »

I'm so sorry to see that it is in B&W.
It should have been so beautiful and spectacular in "real" - astonishing colors...


That's quite Ok endiendo, that's what makes Photography so interesting & attractive, we see a scene the way we want to, and all opinions are valid.

So this scene is just for you.

Antarctica is an amazing place, needs a Phase One to do it justice I think, but the thing that surprised me was the actual lack of colour, it's pretty well shades of Blue & White, which is why it converts reasonably well to B&W.

Wow, wow, wow. Amazing shot - both in colour and B&W - Edward. Wow, wow, wow.

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 19, 2014, 08:32:37 PM »
Great capture, Jack.

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Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: March 19, 2014, 08:31:16 PM »
Here is Rosette nebula, in the constellation Monoceros (Unicorn), just to the east of Orion. Integration of 30x210s ISO 800 light frames, 30x darks, 30x flats, and 100x bias. Total exposure time 1h 45m.



I wanted at least twice the light frames, and it seems I could probably do much better with 60x480s ISO 400, rather than ISO 800. Next time I get the chance, which may be tonight, I'm going to give it another go, and see if I can get more dim nebulosity in the periphery.


Amazing pic, jrista. How do you even know where to look? I had always thought you would need a telescope (and a big one) to take such images. Amazing.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you know about squid?!
« on: March 19, 2014, 09:17:19 AM »
I've never been in the water with them.... It's COLD!

I suppose you could use a waterproof p/s camera on a pole and stick that into the water, but how would you trigger it?

They are not aggressive.... The ones we caught were a bit more than a foot long. Once you pull them out of the water they spray.... a stream that goes three or four feet. If you shoot from ten feet away you probably won't get a drop on the camera....

We jiggled at night.... They were attracted to the lights..... I'm not sure that's legal any more, you might be going out in the day... I'd ask...

It is definitely at night time - jigging - a word I have never used before, and if you had asked me a couple of weeks ago what it meant I would have presumed it was a type of dance. Maybe it is.

Thanks, Don.

They look much better in the ocean when they are alive and very much better than they look on a plate. :-)  This was made with a 40D in a housing in the waters off of Komodo, Indonesia.  Not to worry, you will have a blast.  “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”



Good luck!
Steve

That's a terrific shot, Steve, well done! Did you manage to shoot a few of the Komodo Dragons on land too?

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