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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Dual Pixel AF Performance
« on: July 04, 2013, 04:37:47 PM »
So many goodies in this new camera. Makes you wonder why would anyone get a 6d now!

You should do standup.

I think he just did  ;D

Alamby....mmmmmmmm  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: What will be the 70d's price tag?
« on: July 02, 2013, 07:50:38 AM »
but it won't be a round number, 1399 is a damn good guess.

To not follow every marketing trick I used round numbers, so choose $1400 for $1399 and so on...

Hey Marsu, that wasn’t a criticism of the poll options I was referring to CanNotYet’s post, my guess like most was $1300....... and I'm sticking to it  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: What will be the 70d's price tag?
« on: June 30, 2013, 11:33:51 AM »
I voted before reading all the comments, think it's always going to come out a little higher than the Nikon it's up against so I said 1300 but it won't be a round number, 1399 is a damn good guess.

For clarification:

When you switch the 6D off the GPS continues to operate therefore the only way to really switch it off is to remove the battery?

Can the GPS option be disabled in menu, if so does that stop it from working completely?

There is the option to disable the GPS via the menu. Doing that stops the battery drain in my experience. I added that option to my star/favorites menu as a shortcut. I think what's being asked is a more efficient energy management routine when the camera is not being used (I wonder if smartphones are more efficient in this regard). That way, you wouldn't end up playing around with the settings much.

EDIT: I can see bleephotography posted on this while I was at it. Same approach here!

Ah thanks, as long as disbling in the menu stops drain then for me it's a non issue although I can see why a better management routine for it would be clearly beneficial.


The one thing that I don't like on the 6d is the GPS and how you have to turn it off when you aren't using the camera.  It will drain the battery to nothing.  There have been times I've pulled my camera out and its dead.  I'm used to switching it off now, but it seems like the camera should go into some type of GPS sleep when it hasn't moved or it can't get a GPS signal, but it doesn't do that.  Even with it turned down to the least frequent settings, it is still firing when the camera is off and draining the battery.  I'm sure this could probably be fixed with some type of firmware update, so hopefully Canon does that soon. 

For clarification:

When you switch the 6D off the GPS continues to operate therefore the only way to really switch it off is to remove the battery?

Can the GPS option be disabled in menu, if so does that stop it from working completely?

PowerShot / Re: Canon France Denies Large Sensor Compacts
« on: June 28, 2013, 03:17:03 PM »
So the leaked 70D camera spec which has overall (for once) received rather positive comment on this fine site incurs the displeasure of Canon where as the volume of negative comments about other product yields no comment? mmmmmmm bless their little cotton socks, ya gotta love them.

There is a rather good Glasgow saying which would be appropriate…… perhaps not  ;D

As for loosing jobs I’m sure we can all think of a whole department at Canon that needs looking at!

if you're shooting slow motion at 60fps, 1/120th of a sec.

ah thanks for spelling that out.


EOS Bodies - For Video / Remote video activation
« on: June 24, 2013, 03:39:19 PM »


I have a Pixel wireless Remote Control RW-221RX on a 500D

The Pixel is cheep cheerful and does what I want for stills.

Recently I had a need to do remote video, wasn't able to use the above.

The manual says an RC1/RC5 should allow remote activation on a 500D. I have the RC5, again I can't get that to work.

I have Remote control Enabled on the video menu and self-timer/remote control (does that have any affect when in video mode?)

Are there any other settings I need to set?

I'm sure an RC1 would work but I need something that works 10 - 15m behind the camera (like the Pixel does for stills)

Would anyone have any recommendations?

PS If it’s not already obvious I’m a complete novice at EOS video, just stumbled into a very specific need for short remote video sequences.

Thanks in advance


I would adjust my aperture, filtration, lighting, iso before I would deviate from 1/50th.
I would only shoot at a speed other than 1/50th for a very specific purpose and it would be limited to when absolutely required.

Would an example of that be slow motion?

Canon General / Re: Is this a fair offer for an on location job?
« on: June 23, 2013, 12:53:53 PM »
Paul Walnut makes some good points. I'll add a few thoughts of my own.

If this a public re-enactment? In other words, do they invite the public to come out and watch? Or is it a closed set, such as for a movie or documentary.

I'm guessing it's a public or semi-public event, in which case anyone with a camera could come out and shoot pictures. They are then paying you $100 so they can get guaranteed access to your pictures and the ability to use those pictures.

Are they paying you enough? Is it fair? Not really, but then again, they are paying you $100 and presumably giving you some access that others don't have. Also, they may or may not be publishing your pictures. Since this a resume builder for you, only you can decide if it is worth it.

What I would not do, though, is offer them any sort of exclusive right to your photos. You want to retain your own ability to use the photos in your portfolio. If they just want a hundred or so nice JPGS that are processed and ready for conversion into CMYK, that's one thing. If they want you to agree not to use the pictures yourself, that's quite another. That's why it is important if this is a public event. If it is, then they don't really have much ability to restrict or limit how you use the pictures.

Personally, I'd try to negotiate photo credits and 25-50 copies of any publication they may use them in. That's far more useful to you than the $100.

Most importantly, I would strongly urge you to treat this like a job paying $10,000.

That means, doing research on the group beforehand. Clearing your day of everything else. Getting there early in the morning and shooting them setting up, getting ready, etc. etc., talking to the re-enactors to find out what roles they are playing (most model themselves after a specific person or create their own persona), asking them how the "battle" has been scripted (who gives the orders to charge, fire, etc. and etc.,) scope out the best vantage points, shoot detail shots before the action happens, shoot portraits before the action happens, etc. etc.

Many times, the re-enactors come in the night before and set up camp with tents, etc. Find out if that is the case and be prepared to show up the evening before to shoot some of that activity.

Why do this? First, to get the best pictures possible and second, to show them that you are a professional, even if they don't pay you like one. If people ask you what you are getting paid, tell them you are doing this as a pro-bono project because you want to help the organization.

After the event, turn around the images as quickly as you can. Give them a great selection of nicely processed images in both full size jpg and web-optimized formats. Make sure you clearly label them as such in their file names, so they don't try to use a 72ppi image in a publication. Give them the images on a USB drive.

You want to leave them with the impression that you are professional and you want them to spread the word around their peers that this person is a real pro and shot the best pictures they've ever seen.

Finally, by treating this as a professional job, you'll get a taste for what it entails. You'll understand better how many hours such an assignment really requires and you'll be better able to gauge 1) if doing this on a professional basis is worth it to you and 2) if the market could ever bear the cost that would be required to make this profitable for you.

that advice is worth more than $100 !

Site Information / Re: CR wobbly
« on: June 18, 2013, 08:37:46 AM »
yea, all seems to be well in CR land again, for me anyway, thank you

Site Information / Re: Issues with Integration of JPGs in Posts
« on: June 15, 2013, 05:30:45 PM »
No I am talking about corruption.... nothing to do with the size of the images. I am noticing it more and more... just letting them know.

Same here, also often the end of the webpage is completely garbled - first I though it'd be local harddisk corruption, but it's obviously on CR's side ... maybe their server is either broken or under attack.

Doubt its under attack we would be seeing Nikon adverts everywhere  :P but it does look like the DB needs some serious maintenance or it's an upgrade that's gone wrong. Where your describing corruption on photos I’ve even seen a bit of another picture.

Site Information / Re: CR wobbly
« on: June 15, 2013, 09:27:20 AM »
Have been getting a lot of 'cannot display' and security warnings on PC at work this week but not on home PC, assumed a security change/update at work the cause, now getting this at home. Different in that I'd say this is not a client issue.

The site also seems slower generally, dbase issues?

Take your 5D come hell and high waters.  It's worth it.  Pair it with a 40mm F2.8 (just get it!) and your 17-40L for landscapes and you're set.  For most of the time, 5D + 40mm would be sufficient and light enough.  Just bring your flash and 17-40 inside a bag and you're set.

+1 sounds like good advice to me, your on holiday have fun! no need to spend lots

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