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Lighting / 5D Mark III incompatible with Metz 45CL-4?
« on: June 16, 2012, 09:55:56 AM »
I have used Metz strobes and Canon bodies together for nearly 20 years. When I bought my first digital, 450D, I was told I couldn't use my 60CT-4 with it. I bought a 45CL-4, SCA 3102 Canon Module, and a SCA 3045 connecting cord that all worked perfectly with the Rebel. All E-TTL functions worked great in both Manual and Tv/Av modes (fill).

I finally treated myself to my first full-frame and decided to make sure the 5DIII and Metz played well together. They did not. The flash would fire; but it was like a full manual burst. The exposure verification light would not illuminate even though the test shots were probably 8 stops over. I noticed that the flash ready light on the 5DIII was blinking intermittently; like it was indicating an error. I tried the camera in various modes; Green Box, Tv, Av, and Manual - nothing worked. I called Metz USA and they said I needed an updated 3102 module with version 5 software. Bought one from Adorama, put it on the camera, everything was the same - malfunction... I should mention that the Rebel and the Metz still function perfectly together...

Anyone else experiencing something similar? I hope - I pray - it's not the body because returning it from here in Afghanistan would be a major PITA! Any suggestions? I was thinking about buying a Canon flash just to make sure the problem wasn't with the body circuitry...

If you can delay, I would see if the 24-70 II delivers the IQ that it is supposed to...

It has an awesome focal range for weddings!

Is anyone using DxO for your 5DMIII RAW files? If so, what have your results been like?

Wonderful stuff! Brought back some great memories! I used to have a timeshare down there - amazing place to just get away...

Lenses / Re: Canon's "matte" lens hoods.
« on: June 05, 2012, 09:40:36 AM »
I can completely understand "L"-ding-phobia! I paid more for one "L" lens than my first car cost!

Lenses / Re: The Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II Has Arrived
« on: June 05, 2012, 08:16:04 AM »
"Hand holdable"? I bet hand holding these babies gets old real quick :) Even if lighter than the previous generation, they're still heavy. I have the old 400/2.8 IS and it sees much less use than I'd like to because it's difficult to carry around (and transport on airplanes). Granted, it's a bit heavier than the newer ones, but still, unless you have an assistant carrying gear for you, don't count on taking the superteles too far from the car. That's why I'm seriously looking forward to a 400/5.6 IS, if it ever gets released.

Agree on this one. That's why after much consideration I'll go with 300/2.8+1.4TC

I guess the handholdable bit depends rather on the individual

It must! I believe the 600 comes with a gym membership...

Lenses / Re: The Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II Has Arrived
« on: June 05, 2012, 05:00:21 AM »

Thanks all.  I will first try to order another card maybe two 16gb or just one 32gb class 10 extreme from SanDisk.

Also, I will search for a tutorial on how to change VBR in ML.



If you buy a SanDisk 32GB Extreme Class 10 card from SanDisk you will pay $150. The same card at B&H is $42. If you buy from B&H or Adorama, it will not be a counterfeit... The 32GB Extreme Pro is $85 at B&H.

Lenses / Re: B+W Filters compared to Promaster Filters?
« on: June 01, 2012, 02:47:26 AM »
I have a neutral density filter from ProMaster. The first time I put it on a lens, the EF 24-70 f/2.8, was at a beach on a day that was windy and cold. After using it for an hour or so, I could not get it off the lens.  When I got back home, I tried to get it off again with no luck. The following day I decided to take it to the store where I had bought both the filter and lens. Before I left, I tried to remove the filter again, and it came off easily.

I think it was a temperature effect. The lens/filter had been room temperature when I put the filter on. The lens/filter cooled down at the beach and the metal on lens must have contracted more than the metal on the filter.

One reason why I prefer B+W over Hoya (rebranded or not) is that a filter is more than just glass.  B+W uses brass for the mounting rings, others use aluminum.  Brass has a lower coefficient of thermal expansion than aluminum, meaning less chance of the threads binding.

Even so, a set of filter wrenches (~$5) is a good idea.

+1! That's why all my filters are Heliopan! Excellent German glass with solid brass rings! If you are doing any kind of work where filters come on and off (UV + Polarizer, UV + ND, UV + Softar...) you will instantly appreciate brass rings and never use anything else again!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Huge SanDisk Sale at B&H
« on: May 18, 2012, 02:07:10 PM »
Thinking about getting the 128GB UDMA7 CF cards for my Mark III and the 7D.  Worth it?  Compatible?
Can't speak to the 7D - don't own one!

The 128GB SanDisk is a great deal at $609... But the 128GB Lexar 1000X is $726...

If you look at the Rob Galbraith report the Lexar 1000's are the speed demons with the Mark III...


The Extreme Pro's make up the next fastest group; with the 128GB UDMA7 at the top...

If you want to maximize the burst rate, and sustain it, they appear to be the way to go...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Adorama Has Stock of 5D Mark III
« on: May 16, 2012, 01:08:32 PM »
Aargh! They won't ship APO! It's either B&H or Newegg now...

If the order is less than $3,000 Adorama DOES ship to APO addresses

Good to know! However, the 5D Mark III is $3500 so it didn't help me in this case...

EOS Bodies / Re: Curious about B&H & mkiii shipments
« on: May 12, 2012, 10:49:07 AM »
Buydig.com has bodies in stock!

Just bought mine!

Sorry, B&H!

EOS Bodies / Re: Curious about B&H & mkiii shipments
« on: May 12, 2012, 04:30:38 AM »
Newegg has kits in stock right now if anyone is still looking...

EOS Bodies / Re: Curious about B&H & mkiii shipments
« on: May 12, 2012, 12:30:40 AM »
Got my body only order from B&H first thing this morning.  Sixth digit is a 3.  I feel like I just got my Red Ryder BB gun!  Looking forward to unpacking it, charging the battery, setting it up and trying it out over the weekend.  I have a definite use for it late next week.

scotta, what date did you order your body?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Adorama Has Stock of 5D Mark III
« on: May 11, 2012, 01:58:34 PM »
Old Shooter - have you tried any services like http://www.shipitapo.com before?

Thanks PhotoNoob! No, I've never used their services before. B&H and Newegg have always been my go to stores. But after nearly a month of waiting, I would like to jump on the first "In-Stock" I can find! They aren't as expensive as I thought they would be!

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