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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 27, 2013, 02:55:36 PM »
Is it build like a squeaky box of yoghurt, or is it metal now? It looks cool enough.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 27, 2013, 02:32:58 AM »
Thanks to everyone who posted their experience with the repair here. It seems it will go without a hitch. Mine is shipping on Monday.

If the sensor came back with dust and hairs I would clean it myself, it was the oil that was the concern.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Mentioned [CR1]
« on: June 26, 2013, 11:47:59 AM »
Too late!  Look what I bought today... my first non Canon.

Just out of curiosity, how does the build quality feel? Is it a solid build like a Canon lens? How does the focus ring feel? (Just interested in knowing how a modern Sigma lens compares in the less-talked-about aspects of lenses...)

I hate everything that's not Canon and I felt the Siggy 35 was VERY well built, beautiful focusing ring and a bing chunky heavy lens that feels as it will take pretty much any abuse except for water .

I almost felt it was a bit too heavy for a 35 though.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 25, 2013, 02:34:03 PM »
Got mines back today, receipt says mirror box modification and repaired faulty/damaged parts lube hook.I gave it a good run at 12fps with no issues sensors spotless :-)

Nice! That's great news! Glad it worked out for you. Mine is going in Monday and I'll update my experience here.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 24, 2013, 12:55:52 PM »
I get mines back tomorrow :-) i asked them what happened they told me the modification was complete so lets hope it comes back with a clean sensor and still properly weather sealed.

I would really appreciate if you would share any findings regarding oil drops on the sensor, and hopefully it's clean. I'm sending mine in on monday, so I can get it back between weekends.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Mentioned [CR1]
« on: June 24, 2013, 12:25:07 PM »
All of you that is raving on about the super-slowmo AF'd Sigma like it's the end all lens, there is a thread or ten for the people who love it here, please let me enjoy every little word that's rumor and fact about the 35 L II that I've been waiting for for the last 8 years  ;)

I do not care what it costs, because if it's anywhere near as much better than the 35 L as the recent upgrades from Canon (70-200, 24-70, TS-E24, all the super teles and so on) it will eat all other primes for breakfast.

I think it will be by far the fastest and best focusing prime under 200mm, and yes I realize that includes the 135.

I can't wait!  ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 24, 2013, 07:29:12 AM »
I called my local service shop today and asked if they have started taking them in or if it's only in the US still, and he said, just send it in, will fix them as we get them now.

So for anyone who wants it fixed, send an email, they might be on it in your country as well.

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Canon General / Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« on: June 24, 2013, 06:52:34 AM »
It's very seldom farther away than and arms reach sitting in stdby. Pretty much never ever more than 6-7 seconds away at all times.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 23, 2013, 01:55:47 PM »
Well, it's a bit hard to be certain since I'm viewing on my iPhone, but it looks like the first one 'hit' better on the play tent opening.  Not sure if you're aware, but the actual AF points are larger that the little box that represents them in the VF.  So, you could put the box on his face, but the real AF point extends up outside the box and catches the rolled up 'door' of the tent, and that what it locks onto.

Yeah, that image wasn't the best example I guess. I'm aware of the point being larger, but this issue has appeared lately, and can happen with any subject... I can shoot a checkerboard in bright light and it would suddenly be oof.

I guess I'll try to send my camera in if people get them back without splattering, and see if that solves the problem.

I saw the issue with the "Af Consistency" test in Focal also. Out of 20 points I had two that were completely off and the other between 2700 and 2670, for example. And that hasn't happened before.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 23, 2013, 11:20:45 AM »
Forgive my ignorance here, but can this issue just cause unexplainable oof images? I've been shooting a lot with the 24-70 lately, and it is perfectly afma'd, but often I aim at something and it just won't focus properly. This sounds nooby, but it's not "the occasional oof iimage" I just doesn't focus right, and not in front or behind, it feels like it just doesn't even try to get it right.

How was it "perfectly afma'd?"  What you describe (neither front- nor back-focus but still a soft image) sounds like a problem with the lens, e.g. decentering.  What do shots taken with Live View AF look like?

I used Reikan and tested nearly 2000 images, plus that I have afma'd all my other lenses over the past 5-6 years to hit dead on, and the 24-70 also hits dead on most of the time, equally sharp on both edges and top to bottom, EXCATLY the same sharpness with LV and phase.

And I might have put that a bit wrong, because when it's oof, it must be either back or front, but it's off by 2 meters at 2 meters so it's nothing to do with afma, it misses by (nearly)the same distance I shoot often. But it's the ones that are far enough off that the images is completely useless and not by so much it shows in VF or the dot blinks telling me it can't find focuses that are causing me the issues.

Here's just a on the fly typical missed shot. The point is on his head.



Usually they look like this:



ps, I know the light is QUITE different, but the problem is random at any type of light.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 23, 2013, 08:17:47 AM »
Forgive my ignorance here, but can this issue just cause unexplainable oof images? I've been shooting a lot with the 24-70 lately, and it is perfectly afma'd, but often I aim at something and it just won't focus properly. This sounds nooby, but it's not "the occasional oof iimage" I just doesn't focus right, and not in front or behind, it feels like it just doesn't even try to get it right.

And it's been worse lately. And VERY annoying.

From Canon USA:

Phenomena
In some units of the models listed below, there is a possibility that the following phenomena may occur due to wear caused by insufficient lubrication within the camera’s driving mechanism.

    1. AF searches but does not lock in on the subject.
        (Caused by minute particles produced by wear mentioned above.)
    2. The image shown in the viewfinder is “blurry” or “not steady”.
        (Occurs if wear progresses.)

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_1d_x?pageKeyCode=prdAdvDetail&docId=0901e024809120b7

Yeah, I know, but that, to me, means that the camera says (by the blinking dot) that it can't focus. Mine doesn't do that, everything seems like it has focused, and the blur in the VF isn't enough to tell straight away that it's oof. It's only the reviewed image that tells me that it's oof.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 23, 2013, 06:16:05 AM »
Forgive my ignorance here, but can this issue just cause unexplainable oof images? I've been shooting a lot with the 24-70 lately, and it is perfectly afma'd, but often I aim at something and it just won't focus properly. This sounds nooby, but it's not "the occasional oof iimage" I just doesn't focus right, and not in front or behind, it feels like it just doesn't even try to get it right.

And it's been worse lately. And VERY annoying.

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Software & Accessories / Re: How good is Reikan FoCal?
« on: June 22, 2013, 06:08:35 AM »
hooked up 5D MK III + EF 50mm f/1.4
First Time:
Tried the "Fully Automatic" mode ...

Full auto isn't supported for the 5DIII - you need to be in MSC mode.
I see that Reikan's website ( http://www.reikan.co.uk/focalweb/index.php/why/requirements/#msc) mentions "MSC Mode" & "Manual Mode" ... but my FoCal software only shows the following 4 modes:
1. Fully Automatic
2. TurboCal
3. Semi Automatic
4. Manual Mode
There is no MSC (Manual Settings Mode) ... the 4th mode (Manual Mode), according to Raikan, is for 'Offline Image Analysis' ("images captured by you and then supplied to the software")
I'm confused ... unfortunately, by the time I sent a message to Reikan it was past 5pm GMT yesterday, (they are closed for the weekend) so I'll have to wait till Monday.
Meanwhile any help from CR members would be most appreciated (please understand that I've never done AFMA before, so everything looks confusing  :-[ ... Google wasn't much help ... Youtube got me a video (by Bob Keenan) but it is for a one year old version of FoCal and the interface looks totally different from the version I currently have (1.8.1M ... couple of hours after I bought that version they released the 1.9, which I have not yet updated).

I always use Fully Automatic mode for the 1dX, the only thing is that I change the afma-values myself.

Never seen the error you're describing though. Not sure why the LV error message comes up though, you shouldn't be in LV at all, except for when setting up the target...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 21, 2013, 04:19:50 AM »
I would love to keep this thread going so we can see what the results of the serviced cameras are like. Problem fixed? How long did it take? Did the splatter the sensor, mirror etc.


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Lenses / Re: Sell 24/1.4L II and 70-200/f4L IS for 24-70 II or not?
« on: June 20, 2013, 04:54:32 PM »
I will buy one, I was suppose to get a Heliopan HT, those are without filterthreads in front, and that is essential, the thinner the filter the less it affects vignetting, and the 24-70 mk2 is bad with vignetting, really bad imo.

You turn for every shot almost, well, not all, but if you flip the camera from horisontal to vertical, you need to turn to get the effect, but this goes without thinking after a short while.

DO NOT use a pol-filter as a replacement for a protector or UV, because it steals at least one stop of light, so might as well get a 24-105 instead.  :P

I love pol filters, but beware of 24mm and pol filter, you will get very uneven polarization, still, I try to do a compromise and use it anyway,

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