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EOS Bodies / 1DX and DxO Optics Pro compatibility
« on: July 25, 2012, 08:45:40 AM »
I know many of you use the DxO software to process your RAW file.  Did I miss something or is it possible the OPtics PRo software is not yet compatible with the 1DX?  Cant get DxO to read my 1DX files...

Thanks for your input...

Lighting / When do you use spot metering?
« on: July 22, 2012, 07:27:09 AM »
I am curious to learn for what situation people use spot metering.  In particular, since i do mostly portrait, do any of you use it for portrait when shooting without a flash?

I usually do not play with metering myself but by mistake i took a few portraits with spot metering inside without flash and actually found the skin tone better this way.  Just not sure if i risk overexposing too much other part of the picture if i use this consistently...

Thank you for your insights...

EOS Bodies / 1DX available from Boolchand's (2 units)
« on: July 18, 2012, 02:53:12 PM »
For those that may be interested or are sitting too far in the pre-order queue, Ravi at Boolchand store is telling me they are receiving two unit of the 1DX next week or so and they are not sold yet.  They are in the US and offer free shipping with no tax since they are actually in the US Virgin Island!  They are a Canon dealer.

You can contact them at or  Their phone number is 340-776-0794.  In case this could help some of our fellow Canon user over here :-).  I had contacted Ravi myself for a 1DX to get it before B&H but since I already got mine in Canada from a local store they still have some...

Hope this helps...good luck...

EOS Bodies / 1DX vs D4 sample
« on: July 16, 2012, 04:50:59 PM »
Finally received my 1DX today and after the battery was charged, my mom was nice enought to serve as my model today since my dauthers and wife are out for the week.  I did those very quickly for my own use and tried to keep lighting fairly the same but you will see some variation of course.  Please keep in mind those are actually the first shot coming out of my 1DX.  Very impressive so far I must say.

The sample shown are 100% crop and were shot with a 50mm lens in all cases.    The ISO dont all match because we did those very quickly and quite frankly, I am no pro.  When I have more time I will do properly.  The D4 has become my day to day camera for the past three months.  Felt good to shoot with my Canon glass again  :D!

I will delay judgment for later once I actually know how to use the 1DX and feel as comfortable with it as with my D4.  For now I can say they are both amazing cameras well beyond my own capabilities  :P.  Two things that are stricking however is how much colors and metering are different between both cameras...

Samples shown next ...

From the Canon USA site, we can read on the new 600 speedlite that:  AF Assist Beam compatible with Canon's new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF.

But Canon fails to say anything about the other speedlite, like the 580 II for example.  Does anyone knows if the older speedlite are actually compatible with the 5DmkIII or 1DX?  Canon's site suggest they may not be!


EOS Bodies / So frustrated with new 5DmkIII - returning it!
« on: March 25, 2012, 07:00:13 PM »
I have been playing with the 5DmkII for two days now shooting lots of pictures and man am I frustrated!  WHile high ISO is better, I stuggled with the following:

1- ISO 100-400 is not better than my 5DmkII and actually at ISO 400 where a lot of my picture are taking with a flash I actually see more noise - ok I know the official RAW converter are not out yet so I was ready to live it until final software come out BUT:

2- Beleive or not over 50-70% of my shots are either soft or have way less details then my mkII ever had!  Either I have a bad unit or I am really dumb!  Or both!

I tried every AF mode and even in single point or spot AF the camera is not in focus compared to my as frustrating as this is, I decided I was not going to spend more time trying to make this work, not for the price tag I paid!  SO I am returning the unit tomorrow.  I really hope I got a bad unit!

Anyone else has gotten some reservation with their new toys or am I the only one dis-appointed?

P.S.:  I hope the 1DX is better then this!   >:(

EOS Bodies / dpreview and the 5DmkIII
« on: March 23, 2012, 08:46:18 AM »
I know a lot of folks claim DP Review is sometime biased to Nikon in its review and I always thought this was odd, until now with the 5DmkIII!  Have you noticed that both the D4 and the D800 have been updated with sample ISO shot that we can compare with any camera in their database...except the 5DmkIII.  Ok you may say, they have not done the review of the 5DmkIII yet...but then why is it that they actually did produce some ISO shots with the 5DmkIII BUT they did so in a different setting as their usual ISO shots and as such we cannot compare them to their database...and the D800 and the D4!  For now the only comparison with the D800 you get when you load them is with the 5DmkII!!!!!

Call me paranoid this morning, but this suggest first they are biased toward NIkon, and that the 5DmkIII likely kills the D800 in ISO performance dispite the various internet report saying it is great at ISO (the D800 that is).


Software & Accessories / Canon Pixma Pro-1: has anyone used one yet?
« on: January 23, 2012, 02:49:10 PM »
Just about to order the Pixma Pro-1 printer and wondering if anyone here has had any exoerience with it and if so are you happy with this printer.  I currently have no photo printer so looking forward to adding one for adhoc printing...thanks in advance for your input...


So last night I was all excited because I add ring seat to an NHL game in Montreal so I thought lets bring the 5D mkII with my 135mm and take some cool shots right!  I see so many sports pictures being posted here that I thought this would be fun!

Well when I got to the door the security denied me access to the sport center because my camera has detachable lens (the G1X would have been handy!)!  The guy was fairly rude so I could not figure out why except that I was not a certified journalist.  So I had to bring back the camera to the car and come back empty handed to get in  :-[ !

Is it like this for all professional sports?  What is your experience shooting pro sports?  Do we need some kind of accreditation or did I just stumble onto a bad security person? the way two rows down from me was a professional photographer using his Nikon D3s though ...  >:(

EOS Bodies / Assigning ISO function to a different button on 5D mkII???
« on: January 15, 2012, 11:56:30 AM »
Does any one know if there is a way either using Canon firmware or a third party firmware to assign the ISO function to a different button while shooting in various mode like Av or Tv? 

When I shoot in Av mode, I keep playing with the top botton to change aperture, but unfortunately to also change ISO one need to select the ISO button first on top of the camera and then use the same scroll button to adjust the ISO as we use for the aperture.  I just think it would be SOoooooooooooo much easier, faster and ergonimic to have the ability to assign the ISO function for example to the back scroll button so that both function could be changed fast and at the same time.

Does any one else find the existing setup for changing ISO anoying?  For myself since I shoot always in Av mode and since very often the auto ISO function does not provide a fast enought shutter speed, I end up playing with Aperture and ISO all the time.  Just find it a pain...

I was wondering if someone like a magic lanthern for example or other player make this possible...

Thanks in advance for your reply and any tips you may have while shooting in Av mode and playing with ISO.  I am assuming this limitation is also there with the 1DIV and the 1DX???

EOS Bodies / How often do you shoot video with your DSLR?
« on: December 21, 2011, 07:29:45 AM »
With all the video capabilities of the EOS camera like the 7D, 60D, 1D4 or the 5Ds, how often do you shoot video compared to shooting still?  Are you using a seperate camcorder instead for your home movies?

I thought I would use the video feature much more on my 5D mkII but I ended up using video maybe 10% of the time versus 90% of time shooting still.  I find not always ideal to shoot with a DSLR due to manual focus and image stabilization (so need a tripod or monopod if your lens does not have IS for example).  When done right the result seem much better then my Sony camcorder, but more preparation needs to go into it which sometime prevents me from using it...(especially since I have mostly prime lenses...)

Thanks for sharing your habbits and tips...

EOS Bodies / A little humor - Canon vs Nikon video
« on: December 13, 2011, 08:52:03 AM »
Very well made movie and funny too in case some of you have not seen it...funny how it was shot with Canon but the link was shown on NR as well!


EOS Bodies / 1DX in January 2012 for Pros???
« on: December 03, 2011, 09:50:54 PM »
Hey guys, while I was on vacation last week I met a professional photographer at the airport (friend of my dad I did not know).  When he saw me taking pictures of my daughter with my 5D mkII we immediately started to talk about cameras in general (well first he took a nice photo of my daughter and I ...).

We quickly move to discuss the upcoming 1DX and he told me the Canon rep just informed him that day he would get one in January.  Now I assume if this is true it would only apply to pros in limited numbers...Any other professional here with insight in this? 

The other interesting thing is this guy shoot with both Canon and Nikon, does a lot of different jobs including weddings, and he seemed really excited about the upcoming 1DX...

Lenses / Imatest resolution question - lens testing
« on: November 07, 2011, 07:57:15 AM »
This may seem like a stupid question!  When we go on to look at lens test and then compare resolution charts for each lens that are based on the Imatest (LW/PH), it make sense if I only look at Canon lens say done with a FF camera.

Where I am puzzle is why when I also look at the same test for a similar Nikon lens also done on a full frame camera the LW/PH and hence the resolution always seem higher (the graphs always show a higher number).  I thought that with the 5D at 21MP and Nikon FF being at 12MP these test would almost always show Canon lens having higher resolution.

Does anyone understand the differences?  Am I comparing apple to oranges here?  Thanks in advance for your response...

EOS Bodies / ST-E2 Speedlite transmitter helping focusing?
« on: October 19, 2011, 08:11:00 AM »
Has anyone tried or used the Canon ST-E2 transmitter (used for wireless flash) to simply help focusing without a flash?

I noticed that focusing on my 5d mk II is always better (even if I shoot the light away from subject) when I use my 580 speedlite.  I read somewhere that because the flash sends a signal first to help focusing, it helps.  I also saw people claiming the transmitter alone which basically fires that beam as well but without the flash can help focusing.

I just find in medium to low light situation my 5D mkII focusing is very eratic...(maybe it is the user!).  I always use the single center focusing point.

Thanks for any input.


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