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Site Information / Re: In Sympathy for CR Guy
« on: July 17, 2012, 12:33:15 AM »
I'm very sorry to hear this! They are in my prayers... :(

Using SanDisk Extreme Pro CF (32GB) and SD (64GB) cards - no problems...

Lighting / Re: 5D Mark III incompatible with Metz 45CL-4?
« on: June 30, 2012, 02:00:39 AM »
That's the price you pay when you want to have the new toys as soon as they come out!  ;D

Lighting / Re: 5D Mark III incompatible with Metz 45CL-4?
« on: June 29, 2012, 11:55:53 AM »
UPDATE - Spoke with Metz USA and gave them the symptoms. They emailed Metz Germany and the engineer there said they would receive their 5DIII for testing in about a week. Symptoms indicate software incompatibility between the camera and strobe. Not sure how long it will take to remedy. Ordered a 430 from B&H myself! :)

Issues have been reported with ability to download lens information from Canons servers.
 Has anyone successfully done this?  Lots of users were having issues yesterday, so I did not download it.  It might have just been a Canon server was down.

I downloaded it several days ago. I went straight to the DLO update to see if they had added any lenses. It couldn't find the server then, and it has been the same message ever since...

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon DPP updated to 3.11.31
« on: June 18, 2012, 01:48:17 PM »
I updated and went directly to the Tool Palette to see if they had added any more lenses to the DLO. When I clicked on the Update button, it opened the usual window, but then said that it could not connect to server. I have tried it for several days with no luck. Anyone else experiencing this?

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!

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