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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 15, 2012, 10:26:56 AM »
I rent a locker in my gym, and keep a hard disk there. I go there often enough to rotate it.
That way you keep fit  too ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 10:20:13 AM »
And don't forget they had that hiccup with the 7D firmware kinda recently. Last thing we need are sketchy firmware updates that have been hastily released!
 ;D
Noone said "hastily released". If you read again you will read "thoroughly tested". So it's not that I want the firmware upgrade today or even yesterday. But I cannot believe that it will be ready and tested by April 2013

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:38:31 AM »
Anyone else thinks that the April release date for the new firmware was set so far in the future in order for Canon to have time to work out how to go about this problem?
It'd be very nice to have, but it looks like you're right - and the sooner they give up, the better; that way we won't have to wait as long for the f/8 AF and, hopefully, a higher minimum shutter speed with auto-iso.
I cannot understand why they must include all into a single firmware upgrade. They should release whichever feature has been implemented and tested thoroughly. That way, we would get new feautures sooner.

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I ordered my 5DMkIII from HDEW. No problem  :)

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM
« on: November 14, 2012, 10:10:32 PM »
35mm 1.4L at f/8 and 30 sec. Taken at Monemvasia, Greece.

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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 14, 2012, 09:26:29 PM »
Someone goes on a bus and validates two tickets instead of one! So a second person approaches him and asks him why he has done that.
First person answers: "In case one of the tickets is lost". But then the second person says: "Well, in that case you may as well lose both tickets".
First person answers: "I also have a monthly card"  ;D

Well this joke reflects my opinion for the use of hard drives. I store my photos in many copies. I have not yet filled another disk to put it in a safe box though...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx ISO100 high DR shadows SNR improvement
« on: November 14, 2012, 09:01:21 PM »
So I activate mirror lock just  before ME shot sequence  (done automatically after camera focused on the subject)  and then deactivate it after ME shot sequence  (using SET button - selectable option in mirror lock function) or it is deactivated itself later by camera itself .
Unfortunately this is not supported by my 5DMkIII that's why I was wondering how you can do that. So it's only Live View for me  :(  (OK I know it is sufficient and actually a super set of Mirror Lock for this purpose but still ...)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:51:57 PM »
An interesting question is why Canon made new silicon for the 5DIII, given that it performs almost identically to the 5DII. They could have just cleaned up the signal routing to the A/Ds and maybe added a new micro-lens array to improve the sensitivity a little.
They made one dimension 3 times 1920 (5760) pixels so as to make 3X3 pixel binning in video

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx ISO100 high DR shadows SNR improvement
« on: November 13, 2012, 09:19:39 PM »
Just  a question. You mentioned that you kept the mirror locked until the end of the sequence. Do you mean that the mirror was up the whole time ?Assuming that 5D3 and 1Dx are exactly the same in ME this cannot happen unless you are using LiveView. Unless you meant you had activated mirror locking and you deactivated it afterwards. But in that case the mirror moves up before and then down after every shot.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 13, 2012, 09:00:57 PM »
I didn't even try Auto ISO until I got my 5DMkIII (previous cameras were 40D which unfortunately was stolen and subsequently 5DMkII). Coming from the film era, having the ability to choose the ISO in the digital cameras is more than enough for me.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon car charger CBC-E6
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:53:33 PM »
The AC/Mains charger must be able to take alternating current of a wide voltage range and two different frequencies and convert it to direct current of 8.4 V (for an LP-E6). Obviously, you fail to understand the engineering complexities of producing a car charger that must be able to take just a single input voltage that's already direct current and step down the voltage a little bit.  For them to charge only 3 times as much for a device that sophisticated, why...it's a real bargain!!   :o

The inverter produces standard Uk voltage and AC frequency + accepts standard UK plugs. So you just plug in your charger as if it were a mains socket. Other than the rather long leads hanging about in the car  I cannot see what the problem is. I have tried my Canon LP-E4, CP-2LWE and LC-E4 chargers on in car inverters with zero problems. As I said at the price for the Canon lead (which will ONLY work on my LC-E4) it's a no brainer.
As to Canon chargers being sophisticated???? Only the 1 series chargers allow balancing of the individual cells, and then they take forever to do it! With Lithium cells periodic balancing is important to get the most out of your batteries. The Canon 3 cell charger/balancer Lc-E4 is over 300 GBP in the UK, yet I have far more sophisticated chargers that cost less that 30GBP - pity I cannot work out how to connect them. The Canon/Nikon etc Lithium battery chargers are poor at best and WAY overpriced.
P.S. With my interest in electric powered R/C aircraft I am critical of batteries and chargers
Hey! Neuro was obviously joking  ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx ISO100 high DR shadows SNR improvement
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:49:56 PM »
Glad if that was useful to any of 1Dx users.
I guess you helped 5DMkIII users too as the Multiple exposure capabilities of the two cameras seem similar  ;D
So thank you on behalf of the 5DMkIII users too ...

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Lenses / Re: Revenge of the Primes
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:50:29 AM »
if you do a lot of landscape/wide-angle then I wouldn't go for primes. The comfort of being able to zoom beats shallower DOF. ;)
The zoom cannot beat the quality at the edges though. Zoom lenses are worse.

Having the said that, in the case of some of the older primes like the 28 1.8 and 20 2.8 the corner performance isn't really any better (and in some cases worse) than the zooms. I considered getting the 28 1.8 as a fast standard prime for a crop camera but was put off for that reason.
In an attempt to compare apples to apples I do not think that 28 1.8 is a good example. I mean the comparison must be between L lenses and L zooms or non-L lenses and non-L zooms

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon car charger CBC-E6
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:42:04 AM »
Just bought an inverter myself - 136 GBP (Canon lead) vs 6.59 GBP (for inverter) - bit of a no brainer really!

That's the thing I don't get, Canon must be happy to sell a few at high profit than many at lower profit (not that I have any figures to back that up). If it cost a similar amount to the mains charger I would happily get one but 3 times the price?  :o
Wait to see the new caps prices  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 12, 2012, 10:20:48 PM »
You couldn't have said it better. I was about to mention that maybe, just maybe an average or above average DSLR shooter can set the ISO to manual   ::)  (especially a 1D series user ...  ;D  )

Meh.  I haven't taken a picture since getting my 1D X.  I've read the manual over and over, and I can't seem to find anything like the green square setting I used on all my other dSLRs.  I gave up and just use my S100 now.  :o
;D

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