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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you know about squid?!
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:36:43 PM »
As the son of a Newfoundland fisherman, and as someone who has jogged squid and cod, let me offer the following advice.

Clothing: you will get squid juice on it... Wear stuff you don't mind getting dirty... And your hands will not be used to the lines so get a good pair of gloves.... The ones that are cotton on the inside and look like they were dipped into a vat of liquid rubber.. And DO NOT WEAR SHOES!

It can get slippery, make sure you have a safety line on the camera. Also, if you have eyeglasses, use a string to tie them on your head.

You will need a flash.... Squid jigging is done at night.

They won't take you out in rough weather so you don't have to worry about falling overboard. If it does get rough and you are on deck, they will insist you are on a line.

If you get juice or salt spray on the camera, you should be able to rinse it off with fresh water.

Don, I owe you a beer! Terrific advice, thanks.

What are the squid like if you do get in the water? Are they aggressive and do they attract larger more dangerous fish - like sharks? Had been thinking about getting a housing for one of my cheaper cameras and using that to get some shots from in the water.

Lenses / Re: How much will the new EF 800 f/5.6L IS II cost?
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:31:51 PM »
The poll needs to be amended to include an arm and a leg.


So far it seems 47.4% of people that voted think that it will be between US$ 15,000 and US$ 18,000.

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS III
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:30:18 PM »
Not sure what there's left to improve besides weight to be honest.

The biggest improvement over the MKI was the much improved MFD and updated IS imo, but either version shoots wide open all day long leaving folks more than happy with the results.

They could always add Stabiliser Mode III and I guess a few other little tweaks.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Won't Power On
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:27:31 PM »
Among the comments made by Nuero there is one Gem and I was unaware of it myself, that's the comment regards use of a Credit Card with Amazon extending the Warranty Period, I've checked the info and it appears correct, this is useful information for you (and anyone else) in the hope that your Camera may still be under Warranty, worth checking.

I did not know about that with Amazon either. I was aware that if you buy anything from anywhere (not just Amazon) with your American Express Card you get an extra year's warranty. So if a lens or body only comes with one year, you get two via American Express.

Interesting Phil, thanks.

Not that I have a Nikon but decided to check my serial numbers as described in that DP article only to discover that my cards (Rev B) do not have a serial number on the sides!

I wonder what causes the issue, you do not expect CF cards to differ so greatly within the same brand and model range.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you know about squid?!
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:02:49 AM »
Thanks. I have Canon's rain coats so am covered in that regard.

Any other issues with being on boats catching squids in the middle of the night?

Never done this before!

Wikipedia suggests the main components are melanin and mucus, not caustic or anything like that.  Still, I second the idea of raincoat - after all, do you really want pigmented snot on your camera?   ;)

You have given me the idea of buying extra filters! Thanks.

I've got a 1DX on the way and will post results from that test once I receive it, but I expect it will be pretty similar.

The Lexar was a clear winner when it had the 1000X (145MB/s) but now it is the 1066 which is what came after SanDisk upgraded their stuff. So really it depends on the card you have.

I have three 32GB 1000X Lexars (from when it was 145MB/s) and my new 64GB 1066X card has arrived but I won't be testing it until next week and when I do I will have forgotten all about testing it as I will be so busy trying to not miss a shot.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / What do you know about squid?!
« on: March 18, 2014, 10:14:10 AM »
CR has helped me to learn a lot. I did not know before I joined for example that lasers can destroy a sensor, nor did I know that taking pics at the Holi Festival in India could be problematic due to the size of the powder molecules (or something).

But what about squid?! I realise falling off a boat with all my gear is a very bad idea, but does anyone know whether squid ink can cause any serious issues with lenses or camera bodies (1D X)?

Most of my job is fun, and this is likely to be too, but I know very well that cameras, boats and live animals, are always a risky mix.

I will be out on a fishing trip where the guys will be using traditional limes to pull in the squid. I will be on the boat (I guess). There is a risk of squid ink, squid attack and squid water, along with the obvious falling overboard.

Any advice?

Thank you.

Blimey, there are a lot of handbags being thrown around in this thread!

Chill out guys!!

Lenses / Re: How much will the new EF 800 f/5.6L IS II cost?
« on: March 18, 2014, 09:10:26 AM »
To justify its existens it has to be sufficiently better than the 600 f4L IS II w. 1.4xIII extender. That requires a hell of a lens and it will most certainly be expensive. I can't see why Canon shouldn't try the same pricelevel as Nikon, or maybe even a bit above. If it sell, they have excellent margins. If not, they can reduce the price and still get a healthy return on investment.

I guess it all depends on the supply demand ratio. How many do you sell when it is US$ 21,000+ and how many do you sell at US$ 17,000 etc.

The Canon lens today is US$ 13,289. Would they really be able to increase the price by over US$ 5,000 or more?

How did the prices change when the 300, 400 and 600 Mark IIs were launched? How much more were they when they came out compared to the Mark Is?

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f4 L lens: buy now or wait?
« on: March 18, 2014, 12:42:44 AM »
Doesn't something funny happen when you attach this lens to a tripod (maybe monopod too)? I seem to recall reading that it does not AF when attached or something.

I might be wrong though.

Works great on a Tripod.  The older design IS is not tripod sensing, so unless you have a cheap tripod and are getting a lot of movement, the IS being turned on while the lens is on a tripod can be a problem.

Thanks, you are right.

It was on TDP I read this: "Keep in mind that the version of IS on this lens needs to be turned off when tripod-mounted. Not doing so may cause the image stabilizer to act erratically."

I just ran it again three times with all settings turned off and just the body cap on the camera shooting RAW - 23 frames on the 1000x Lexar, 35 frames on the 1067x Sandisk.  This is the number of frames on the 5DIII before it begins slowing from the max frame rate.  Yes, you can keep shooting at a reduced frame rate and eventually it will slow even further, but I'm measuring (and interested in) the number of shots at full frame rate. 

Also, given these results, I can confirm that aberration correction, vignetting removal, and standard levels of high ISO noise reduction don't impact frame rate.

mack..I didn't leave the body cap on, I shot at a a fixed subject - large RAW - I'll also try it again and check back.   do you have image quality set at "10"


edit...I wonder if this is the reason for the diff....from Adorama website:

Lexar Pro 1000x 16GB UDMA 7 CF Specifications
Capacity   16GB
Read Speed   1000x (150MB/s)
Write Speed   Max 966x (145MB/s)
Compatibility   UDMA CF and CF devices

this would mean that there are two different lexar 1000x cards, both at 150 read, but with 95 and 145 write.


I started a thread about the Lexars as when I bought the ones I currently use they were advertised as write 145 MB/s write but if you look at them online now they say the 1000X is now only 95MB/s write, and if you want the 145 or 150MB/s write you need to buy the newer 1066X.

This only happened quite recently, so I wonder whether people that bought the 1000Xs some time ago have got 145MB/s write cards but those that bought them much more recently only have 95MB/s.

I just ordered a new 64GB card and nearly bought the 1000X, it was only when I noticed the 1066X that I noticed the difference, so I went for the latter.

It is very misleading by Lexar, because I - and many others here and elsewhere - have recommended the 1000X, but that was when they were 145MB/s write.

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f4 L lens: buy now or wait?
« on: March 18, 2014, 12:12:19 AM »
Doesn't something funny happen when you attach this lens to a tripod (maybe monopod too)? I seem to recall reading that it does not AF when attached or something.

I might be wrong though.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Won't Power On
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:54:40 PM »
It has been 4 months since they did the product advisory fix for the mirror box lubrication- the sensor was nice and clean for about 3 months, then the typical spots began showing up again all over the sensor making shots with sky in them a nightmare to 'fix' via spot removal-

Yes, using same batteries- both are fully charged- but nothing happens when I turn camera on- no life in the camera at all.

And the two batteries are originals from Canon? Have you calibrated them?

Does sound very unusual. Did you buy the camera new, second hand? Grey market?

Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:16:49 PM »
I do like the 70-300 L but rarely use it for some reason, and am even considering whether to sell it or not.

If I were you, and considering what you said in your first post, I would either go for the 70-200 f/2.8 is ii or possibly even the 300L f/4. The 70-200 is an excellent lens, and f/2.8 can be very useful.

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