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Software & Accessories / Re: Latest on Magic Lantern?
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:13:49 AM »
You may be able to find your answers on the ML forum and download pages.

yes, but i'm hoping some people here have had some experience with it.  it looks like they updated the ML site, but i'm confused with their forum.

Software & Accessories / Latest on Magic Lantern?
« on: September 16, 2013, 03:26:11 PM »
I was just curious if anyone is up-to-date with Magic Lantern, more specifically with Magic Lantern on the 5D3?

I remember all the hype that popped up a while back, but I haven't heard much since.  I remember RAW video without audio was working fairly well (albeit on expe$ive memory cards), zoomed video, and other little features, but I have NO IDEA where the software stands now.

So, if anyone out there has the latest ML version and using a 5D3, would you mind telling me what's awesome about it, what stinks, and what is likely in the works?



Canon General / Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« on: September 12, 2013, 11:11:39 AM »
So - Good News!!!  I think all our anger got to them, because I just received this from CPS:

I understand you are frustrated with the upcoming changes to the CPS Program and, I would like to address your concerns regarding the CPS Evaluation Loans.  The length of the loan period is being changed to one week, as the email stated however, this will not include the time for shipping as the current loan program does.  This change will allow you to have the loaner equipment in your hands for one week.

Canon General / Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« on: September 11, 2013, 04:55:19 PM »
Not a member yet.  But the Gold level sounds pretty good.  The ONLY thing that sucks is the eval period.  24 hours?  You're joking...  I think 3 days would be a minimum.  You're not supposed to be using them to take on vacation or instead of renting them.  So to test and play:  3-day of in-hand use would be fine.  5 days better.

So this is another that gets me - Canon's CPS thing initially stated that they want you to have a decent amount of time with loaners, so you can get a "real feel" for the items, and that's why they let you keep them for 2 weeks.

To me, it sounds like the big wigs at CPS said - "Wait, loaners don't make us money.  Repairs make us money.  So let's reduce the repair discount and essentially eliminate the loaner program.  Also, let's act like we're doing our customers a favor with this new policy and tell them that it means they can get loaners quicker."

Canon General / Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« on: September 11, 2013, 04:32:14 PM »
I just sent an email to Canon stating how disgusted I am with their recent policy change, and I encourage others to do the same if they feel the same.

Canon General / Re: Canon USA Changes the CPS Program
« on: September 11, 2013, 04:07:24 PM »
this is nuts to me.  canon sent me this email the other day listing all the things they are taking away and made it seem like they are doing me a favor.

the only reasons why i got cps gold was for the big repair discount and equipment loans.  so now, they reduce the service discount and essentially eliminate loans?

nikon is sounding better every single day...

Lenses / Re: Is There Such Thing As a "Best" Normal Lens for Crop?
« on: September 10, 2013, 12:34:22 PM »
Is there such thing as a best normal lens (prime or zoom) for crop?


it seems like its been suggested, but here is what i do:

I put the camera in Tv mode, and set my ISO to whatever I want (usually 100-400), then let the camera decide what it thinks the aperture should be at a 30 second shot.  Then, I take the shot.  If I like what the camera chose I then switch it to Bulb mode and match the settings. 

Let's say I was at 30 seconds, ISO 200, f/7.1 and I want a 60 second shot- the easiest thing to do would just be to lower the ISO to 100, which would mean that a 60 second shutter would give the same exposure as the first shot.  If ISO isn't an option (if I was at 100 initially) and I wanted the 60 second shot, I could go 60 seconds, ISO 100, and f/10 - this would give the same exposure as 30 seconds, ISO 100, f/7.1.

Now, let's say I was at 30 seconds, ISO 200, f/7.1, but now I wanted a 2 minute shot.  I could go to Bulb mode, hold the shutter for 2 minutes, drop the ISO to 100, and go f/10.  That would give me the same exposure as before.

My point is simple - just find an exposure you like at a time where the camera is able to meter.  Then, just do the math.

Lenses / Err 1 on 100mm f/2.8
« on: August 21, 2013, 11:51:52 PM »
So today, out of nowhere, my Canon 100mm macro started giving me an "Err 1" message.  I cleaned the contacts and it doesn't work.  I tried other lenses on my 5d3 and they all worked, then I tried the 100mm on my 50D and it started to work, but as soon as i take the picture i get the error.  I'm assuming that this is something that I will have to send it to get fixed. 

I know this won't be productive, but i have to take some time to vent.  This lens is LESS THAN 3 YEARS OLD!!!  it cost me about $550 new, and now i have to fork over another $153+ to get this thing fixed?  it's not like i dropped it, got it wet, banged it into the wall, or melted it - it just stopped working.  i checked online and apparently its some cable in the lens that burns out?  if this is the case, how can canon seriously expect users to pay this amount on something that is so new and out of their control?  way to stick by your products canon...

anyway, its now my birthday - thanks canon.

Lenses / Re: Why Does the 100-400L Sell So Well Still ?
« on: June 06, 2013, 03:34:14 PM »
because its an awesome lens.  sure, compared to some other lenses out there it doesn't compare.  however, for the price - its hard to beat.

Here are a few shots i got of an osprey less than two weeks ago.

I got nothing.  Apparently, Santa doesn't like people without lots of money...

Lenses / Re: 50 1.4 on 5d3 anyone?
« on: December 11, 2012, 02:58:57 PM »
I have that combo and its my favorite.  Some are saying that its a crappy lens?  That's some of the stupidest "advice" I've ever heard.  I use it at paid gigs ALL THE FRICKIN TIME!!!

I looked into the sigma, but the reviews of it were that its great if you get a good copy, and I didn't want to deal with all that crap.  On top of being amazing in low light, focusing fast and accurate, and producing beautiful images, it also has the benefit of being small, light, and discrete.

If you want a 35 (as someone mentioned), then get it.  If you want a great 50, then get the 1.4.

Video & Movie / First video (5D iii)
« on: December 02, 2012, 04:53:53 PM »

I've never done a video before, but i figured with such a sweet camera i should try it.  the video is of how we made our save the date envelopes.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: The First Canon EOS 6D Video Footage
« on: November 28, 2012, 02:54:31 PM »
maybe i'm an idiot, but i thought that it looked really good.

Lighting / Re: Entering the world of needing a flash at darker weddings
« on: November 12, 2012, 10:13:34 PM »
i've got a 5d3 and 430EXii with cowboy studio triggers.  I've never had any problems with any of them - they work amazingly well.

If you're going to be in really dark areas with high ceilings a lot, then just buy a cheap manual flash because ETTL will probably have the sucker on full blast the entire time anyway.

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