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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Eneloop batteries for my flash
« on: February 19, 2012, 01:46:00 AM »
this reminds me, I keep my speedlights and battery packs with eneloops in them then have all the spares in plastic cases.
Is it bad to keep them in the units?
just it would take up heaps of room if i were to store them outside and then i have to go loading all the batteries and battery packs every time i want to use them

what is everyones take on this?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Used 1D Mark IV dirty sensor
« on: February 19, 2012, 12:04:56 AM »
i want one :( nearly got one on ebay last week but it fell through :(

Lenses / Re: IS substitute for faster glass in low light? Not convinced.
« on: February 17, 2012, 09:16:44 PM »
The thing is that I'm still trying to get over my disappointment that I now have to use EF lenses and that all my FD glass won't work with digital. I had always resented the idea of moving to the EOS system because I don't like the feel and build quality of the EF lenses (or any other lenses from "modern" AF systems). I have lenses that are almost 30 years old and look and work pristine. I'm pretty sure that this won't be the case with any of my new lenses, L or non-L, IS or non-IS. Just saying.
you really need to talk to edmika I got a 600f4.5 FD lens in mint condition and his adaptor it works great on both my 5Dmk2 and my 1Dmk3

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Off Lighting/Color With 7D
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:09:38 PM »
i've redone the calibration i posted a couple more times this time i set the brightness down to 60% before doing the calibration and only put it back up to 90% after
I found going below 98% blue and red gamma gave wierd colour casts
my lightroom and photoshop look good now but safari and firefox colours are still out of whack (too saturated)
oh well as long as the editing software is working properly

Any differences between this kit and the previous version you made?

Hi Harley, Quite a few changes but nothing that really impacts functionality in this unofficially 3rd FL design version.  This is the first FL kit we 100% made ourselves, the first two versions were outsourced to Toronto machine shops.  We made the edges of the EF side exactly match an EF lens rather than having them more rounded before which used to allow a larger cutter to be used for minimizing tool wear and tool changes.  We did this square edge thing because we could not assure that a mechanical lens detection switch on older EOS bodies (from the 1D2N and older) was being triggered in all bodies.  We also added a small face groove to reduce friction while engaging and disengaging the lens.  We added a small circular brass ridge to give me perfectly repeatable chip locating rather than the old notch I used for eyeballing.  We also eliminated the sticker shims by adjusting cut depth since we found variability in the field was quite low and I was tired of sticking them all on by hand.

If anyone is interested in upgrading to the latest version (though I really think from a functionality point of view its rather unnecessary) I am willing to sell at a 40% discount with the return of the original adapter.  The reason I'm interested in getting the old ones back is I've had an experience with one buyer in particular who claimed to have a problem with their adapter so I sent a free replacement and they turned around and sold the original one.  I know this is just one case and overwhelmingly buyers have been extremely honest and excellent and supportive of what I'm doing but once burned its hard to not get a little bit jaded.

pretty disappointing that people will do that considering its a fair priced item and all the R&D that went into it
BTW mine is going well, hoping to go out and shoot some kangaroos with the 600FD today if this rain clears up

Lenses / Re: IS substitute for faster glass in low light? Not convinced.
« on: February 17, 2012, 08:00:21 PM »
i still work on the theory i would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it
but i'm find with all my non IS lenses so not too worried really just certain shooting contditions i REALLY need IS and my 24-105 is my workhorse for those occassions.

its interesting that canon is addidng IS to all these primes, it will be very interesting to see if a revised 135mm f2 gets IS

EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Soon [CR3]
« on: February 17, 2012, 07:55:35 PM »
wooo hooo nearly time to pre-order a couple aqnd sell a 5Dmk2 :P

Canon General / Re: Papers, forms and contracts - the legal stuff
« on: February 17, 2012, 07:44:13 PM »
I use this now :)


super simple to use

Canon General / Re: Yet Another Upgrade Advice Request
« on: February 17, 2012, 07:41:13 PM »
Not skimping on the lens is exactly how I ended up with the 70-200 2.8 IS Mk2. Easily the best advice I've ever read. It's been amazing and I wish I would have picked it up sooner. The 24-105 and 24-70 are two that are for sure on my short list should a body upgrade not offer much.

In terms of selling, my only problem there seems to be the market. I've tried to ditch the two kit lenses (17-55) twice with no real luck. Best offer I got for one was $35. At that price, I'd rather keep them around as emergency backups. The 55-250 doesn't seem like a real hot item on eBay or other forums with "For Sale" sections, but I could give it a go. The real winner seems to be the 15-85 as it looks like I could unload that fast (even though I do love it) for close to what I paid for it last year.

All great advice so far. I'm already looking into some fast, wide 2xmm lenses that I never would have thought about. Please keep the ideas coming!

I'd suggest skipping the midrange zooms for now, your budget is limited and your 50mm has good value.  I would suggest upgrading to the 5dii and selling your 55-200 and 18-55s for the 17-40L.  That would give you 17-40, 50 and 70-200, so you really do not need a midrange zoom.  That would give you significantly more range on the wide end (17 vs. 15*1.6), which is useful.  You can then get the 1.4x TC to restore the range on the long end later if you need it.  So, for slightly more than a net of 2k, you'd have a large range (17-280 with the TC) and you would have moved to FF.
good advice here, although i'd look at selling the 15-85 too and picking up an 85mm f1.8 too look i would worry about a teleconverter just yet but when you do look at the kenko 1.4 300 dgx great value for money

Lighting / Re: What 3rd party Flashes offer in camera control
« on: February 17, 2012, 07:30:53 PM »
if you don't need high speed sync the yongnuo 565 is a good option i like the additional battery packs they do too and use them with all my 580s i have the youngnuo ste2 transmitter too which works well.
the nissin 866i do high speed sync but for the price i would rather go with canon 430exii flahses
i put this up
explaining how you can use completely manual setup flashes
I mean you can get the older manual yongnuo flashes for under $50 new and poverty wizards for $20
cheap as way to start out learning flash, and once you understand manual flash getting your head around how ettl works is easy.

Lenses / Re: Grand Canyon Lens suggestions
« on: February 17, 2012, 07:22:56 PM »
Will that fit on my MF tripod.  I have the 322RC2 head on it now.  I was thinking about buying another head anyway so this might work.
yeah It should the unit isn't too heavy in itself I just put it onto my benro travel angel CF tripod no problems
I also should have mentioned my favourite lens for tele panoramas is the 100 f2.8L macro
it's light , its super sharp, 100mm gives a nice detail boost to make big panoramas but not insane that you will spend 10 years processing it. also 100mm is more forgiving of slight movement than say 300mm also you can get macro shots of interesting things with the lens and it makes a wonderful portrait lens

EOS Bodies / Re: Leaked photo of 5DIII/X to be 38MP ?
« on: February 17, 2012, 07:09:20 PM »
  they have learned that the VEERY hard way from destroying the 1ds3 sales with the 5d2....

The 1Ds3 is a very nice camera - I am pleased they got it wrong - a used 1Ds3 is selling for about the same as a new 5DII - the image IQ is so good from the 1Ds3

I have been surprised how much bigger the jpg is from the 1Ds3 when compared with the 5DII
seriously over here they are still few and far between and expensive as hell I have the chance to buy a used 1Ds3 for  $4500 before the1Dx was announced but decided to get 2 5D mk2 instead how much are used 1D4 going for over there?

EOS Bodies / Re: Leaked photo of 5DIII/X to be 38MP ?
« on: February 17, 2012, 07:41:35 AM »
hehe thats the best rumor i've read all day
but i think he forgot to factor in the proximity of the moon to the earth and the effect that will have on the pixels....  :P

i'm still hoping the surrent 22mp 61 pt AF etc rumor is on the money

i wouldnt mind having a look at a high mp camera but i feel the 22mp rumor speced one will deliver a solid workhorse in any situation

Lenses / Re: Grand Canyon Lens suggestions
« on: February 17, 2012, 07:38:50 AM »
I didn't think about the 70-300L  I have the 70-200L f/4.  I saw someone talk about putting taking several portait shots and combining in a cool panoramic shot.  I thought about doing that.  Is the 16-35 that much better than the 17-40 to justify renting it?

I think it is (16-35)
and definately take a longer lens and consider portrait shot panorama. get a decent pano head though if you dont have already with a smooth rotating plate that you can lock
maybe consider renting one of these
I have one and they are fun especially if you are driving and dont have to carry it around alot.

Lenses / Re: hum...what's this lens ?
« on: February 17, 2012, 05:31:01 AM »
It's shot with a 70-200 2.8 + 2x tele at 200mm from the end of the beach, I wasn't really in a mood to get back in the sand and cross the beach to ask him  ;)

There was no name calling, just thought you were just trolling by asking that (of course I would have asked if I was shooting next to him), my apologies.

thats a pretty sharp shot considering there is a 2x tele on it i've always been a bit scared to go the 2x since i find the 1.4x needs an additional stop down typically to get the IQ close to native wide open IQ

I cant wait to take my 600FD and have a go at manually focusing some surfing shots hehe its in mint condition too not a nick on the paint work and it must be 30 years old at least

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