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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II
« on: June 27, 2013, 01:41:53 AM »
It is a nice review, though very light in comparison to the excellent reviews at TDP.

I did find this strange:

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Who it’s not for: This is definitely not a lens for the weekend warrior to start with. Those considering buying their first long lens would be better off starting with a shorter focal length such as the Canon 300mm f/4 L IS and then “graduating up to the bigger glass.

I would say that anyone thinking of buying a big white should buy the length that best suits their photography at that moment, and in the foreseeable future. It would be extremely costly to start collecting lenses, and if you can afford a 600 then get it, don't get the 300, then the 400, then the 500 unless you are Bill Gates, or possibly a neurosurgeon, or even a neuroanatomist!   :P 8)

Also, isn't there an error in the:

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A bit on Image Stabilization (from Justin’s text)
“Optical Image Stabilizer technology makes hand-held photography more practical at slow shutter speeds*” (*Canon USA). IS helps free the camera and photographer from the tripod and gives you a bit more latitude to how and where you shoot. As a guide, it’s suggested that photographers’ shutter speeds should match the apparent focal length of the lens. So ideal shutter speeds on a full frame camera like the 1DX, 5DMKIII, or 6D, would be about 1/300th of a second at 300mm

As this is a review of a 600mm lens, shouldn't it be 1/600th? It looks like someone copy and pasted from a 300 review. But I am often wrong about these things.  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Lens Review Request: Canon 400mm f2.8 IS II
« on: June 26, 2013, 08:14:29 PM »
I guess...not many people interested :'(

I still have hope for CR review :)

Just curious, but what would you like to know about the lens that you cannot read in the other reviews (such as TDP's which I linked to earlier)?

It is the best 400mm f/2.8 in the world, and has numerous benefits over version i.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: New Species of Bird Discovered in Phnom Penh
« on: June 26, 2013, 05:27:48 AM »
Hey, as you know I've lived there, just moved back though after three years. I'm sorry but I've never heard of it. Had this come up just a couple of weeks ago I could've gone out to locate them. Sorry!

J

That's cool, didn't realise you had returned to Europe.

I am not a birder, but as I know a lot of people here at CR love taking shots of birds, I thought this would interest some of them.

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Lenses / Re: Lens Review Request: Canon 400mm f2.8 IS II
« on: June 26, 2013, 01:58:07 AM »
I said yes, because any review is good to see.

+1

Let's be honest though, we all know exactly what it is going to say, as there are plenty of very good reviews out there.

TDP's is one of my favourites:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-400mm-f-2.8-L-IS-II-USM-Lens-Review.aspx

It is an amazing lens and not only a joy to use, but also a privilege imho.

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Animal Kingdom / New Species of Bird Discovered in Phnom Penh
« on: June 26, 2013, 01:43:58 AM »
- sorry I do not have a picture but am hoping someone here does!

A team of scientists have discovered a new species of bird with distinct plumage and a loud call living not in some remote jungle, but in Phnom Penh, Cambodia!

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Called the Cambodian tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk), the species was found in Cambodia’s urbanized capitol Phnom Penh and several other locations just outside of the city including a construction site. It is one of only two bird species found solely in Cambodia.

From: http://www.wcs.org/press/press-releases/cambodian-tailorbird-discovery.aspx

I posted this here as so many people seem to love taking pictures of birds, and finding a new one is pretty exciting. Plus, as there are a couple of members from Cambodia here then we might even get some pics! Until then, Google Images will have to do I guess. :-)

Here is one which may be similar (the website describes it as the Dark-necked Tailorbird Orthotomus atrogularis:

http://twearth.com/images/cisticolas-and-allies/dark-necked-tailorbird-591243286a486660507b8e82c5278b42.jpg

Have you ever discovered an unknown species before? What is the rarest type of bird, or any animal, you have managed to take a picture of in the wild?

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Lenses / Re: Beware bad customer service Canon Direct
« on: June 25, 2013, 08:16:01 PM »
People should take the time to learn about the dos and don'ts of how to use their credit card before blaming Canon. ::)
I do not think the OP is blaming Canon,
Looks like you and I are reading different subject titles ... the subject title I read for this thread says "Beware bad customer service Canon Direct" ... not sure what you consider "not blaming Canon", but that title, to me, clearly says that the OP is blaming Canon, especially when it is the very first post by the OP and disappears for 4 days.

It is bad customer service. Sorry, but there is no way to sugar coat that.

From the first message of the OP:

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They are always out of stock. Two days ago they became available and I ordered immediately. Today I called as I had received no shipping notice and was told me order was cancelled due to a "hard reject" of credit card. The CS woman would give no info, no reason and when asked why I was not notified she said "we don't do that ........

........ Although my order was form a US card, with a verified US billing address and shipped to that same address, it was still cancelled."

Now forget the logistics, but if you had purchased something from Canon, B&H or Amazon, or one of the other big companies, and it was cancelled, but the company did not even bother to send you an email, wouldn't you be a little annoyed?!

That is bad customer service, and that is what the subject line is about.

Even if it was a boiler plate email telling the guy/gal to (insert word of your own choice) off, that would be better than simply ignoring it all together, especially if it is true that it is on a US cc, using a US address which is the same as the US billing address.

Good customer service would have been to contact the person by email, hold the item for 24 or 48 hours and tell them that there are issues with the order and could he/she please contact them asap or the order will be cancelled.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 25, 2013, 08:05:14 PM »
Hahaha, obviously you never had an issue with excessive oil from Canon before.  The 1DsM3 oil issue threw so much oil around that everything was covered with oil, sometimes including your attached lens (not something you can clean yourself)!  Having to send a body back in to Canon cost time and money so I think it is worth being concerned about.  I don't think we should avoid having the fix done by Canon, but I am concerned about having my body come back clean until I shoot high speed and it throws over 1000 drops of oil everywhere.  Given that consideration, I'll only send in my 1DX when I have the most down time.  I'll also make sure my backup 1Dm4 body is clean and ready to be used full time.

You call it worried, I call it prepared.

Being prepared is good, and you are right I have never had an issue with Canon.

I guess I am lucky in that I do not send my camera in for repair, I take it in and pick it up personally, and thanks to the warnings here I will make sure I stick it in high speed mode and hold the shutter button down before I leave - just to make sure there are no issues ;).

Like you, I am also prepared, and if Canon wants to keep it for a week or a month, it really does not bother me, though of course I would prefer it back asap. As it is, they say they need it for 3 working days, so I should be taking it in next week or the week after.

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Lenses / Re: Beware bad customer service Canon Direct
« on: June 25, 2013, 07:31:02 AM »
People should take the time to learn about the dos and don'ts of how to use their credit card before blaming Canon. ::)

That's all well and good, but it varies from country to country, and bank from bank, and is not quite as simple as you make out.

Still, I do not think the OP is blaming Canon, I got the impression he is more unhappy with the lack of communication on the issue (which I am guessing here, may have allowed him/her to use a different payment method).

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Lenses / Re: Beware bad customer service Canon Direct
« on: June 25, 2013, 12:23:38 AM »
ON the other hand, businesses like Amazon have a sensible approach: Secure the payment then ship. I regularly use Amazon US with a French visa card and delivery adress in China, never had an issue.

Yes me too, never have any issue with the big merchants like Amazon.co.uk, B&H etc. and that is despite my IP being in one country, card from another and often the shipping address somewhere else.

Still, like you, I can also understand why merchants do have to be careful, especially the much smaller ones. And I won't even touch paypal, so any merchant that only accepts that will never get my business.

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Lenses / Re: Beware bad customer service Canon Direct
« on: June 24, 2013, 11:19:41 PM »
I have occasionally reached back home while traveling into my bank, brokerage accounts.  No problem logging in, but next day I get all sort of red flags that someone in a foreign country is trying to hack my account. 

Yes they look at the IP address to verify the deal is legit.

I know your pain! Facebook is terrible at this too. Every time you log in from a new country you have to go through a security barrier. Thankfully they have made it easier now, but at the beginning you had to name some of your friends from a selection of photos, get so many wrong and you would not be allowed in. Problem was that at the beginning the system did not always show you a picture of your friend, but one of her cat or a sunset or other weird stuff. Now it is a lot easier, but still.  8) ;D

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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Review from TDP
« on: June 24, 2013, 09:16:21 PM »
Excellent review as always from TDP (though on this occasion he could do with self-editing it slightly in places).

His summary is also what I expected, and confirms what CPS told me when I asked whether I should stick with the 400 f/2.8 ii or get this new one.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 24, 2013, 09:13:28 PM »
I would really appreciate if you would share any findings regarding oil drops on the sensor, and hopefully it's clean. I'm sending mine in on monday, so I can get it back between weekends.

I really think you are far too worried about the oil drops. It is out of your hands, and even if a few of us have an issue (which I doubt will happen) what are you going to do? Worry about other things, and have confidence in Canon, don't spend so much time worrying about something you cannot control.

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Canon General / Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« on: June 24, 2013, 01:45:44 AM »
Number 1 is interesting, but can you remember where you put your car keys!!  ;D

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I just tell people I work for the inland revenue as a tax collector. What did you say your name was....?! Hello, hello, come back...!

Of course it works in some countries better than others....  8) ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 23, 2013, 07:20:59 AM »
Forgive my ignorance here, but can this issue just cause unexplainable oof images? I've been shooting a lot with the 24-70 lately, and it is perfectly afma'd, but often I aim at something and it just won't focus properly. This sounds nooby, but it's not "the occasional oof iimage" I just doesn't focus right, and not in front or behind, it feels like it just doesn't even try to get it right.

And it's been worse lately. And VERY annoying.

From Canon USA:

Phenomena
In some units of the models listed below, there is a possibility that the following phenomena may occur due to wear caused by insufficient lubrication within the camera’s driving mechanism.

    1. AF searches but does not lock in on the subject.
        (Caused by minute particles produced by wear mentioned above.)
    2. The image shown in the viewfinder is “blurry” or “not steady”.
        (Occurs if wear progresses.)

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_1d_x?pageKeyCode=prdAdvDetail&docId=0901e024809120b7

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