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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 5D Mark iii and 64Gigabyte SD card
« on: April 23, 2012, 05:55:47 PM »
Has anyone tested any SDXC 64 gigabyte cards on the Canon 5D Mark iii?  I called Canon they have only tested up to 32 gigabyte SD cards.  My concern is being able to have the 5D Mark iii properly format and utilize beyond 32 gig on the 64 gig card with the FAT32 file system.

Looking only for replies from anyone that can confirm full use (or beyond 32gig) of the of the allotted 64 gig of space.  I'm not concerned about speed on this thread or why one should use a CF card vs. an SD or the Windows FAT32 file system structure

Many thanks for your assistance

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 5D Mark iii with 24-105 --> $4169 USD
« on: April 23, 2012, 04:36:19 PM »
All - I spoke with August at J&R Music in NYC (I've been buying from them since the mid 70s - trusted source).  Though not on their site, August gave me the OK to put this listing here.  if you call him directly he will sell you the 5D Markiii with the kit lens for $4169 vs. $4299.  Their number is :  800-806-1115 his extension is 1041.  They are (like most resellers) presently out of stock on this item but they expect shipment soon.  Their web site is  You must ask for August as no other sales rep will offer this price.

The author writes
The Mark III crops at low ISOs are more attention-grabbing than the Mark II at first glance, but this really is just down to sharpening. Take the Mark II image and apply greater sharpening..,

Please someone correct me if I am wrong but I disagree here.  Once you apply a sharpen at any magnitude you increase noise.  Did the author overlook this aspect?  If this is true then no they are not similar and the 5D III would clearly outperform the II.

Open to anyone's comments on this.
Article link



EOS Bodies - For Stills / Clean Your Camera With Water Hose ?
« on: February 17, 2012, 09:21:52 PM »
I am skeptical of this type of cleaning..anyone?

This might be a joke though note all the comments - I don't buy that cleaning method. Just what we need are hard water stains on the mirror for starters. Then there's the rust / corrosion factor.  Being in IT, I've opened PC's near homes on the beach and they were rusted with corrosion inside.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Image effects with EOS 7D possible ?
« on: February 11, 2012, 12:24:53 PM »
While on a heavily shaded dirt hiking path the other day, I loaded my 15-85mm on the 7D with a tripod and had approximately 60 feet of dirt trail in the view finder at 18mm.   I was attempting to create a "blurred trailing effect" from a cyclist but failed.  Much like a stream of car lights at night when you slow the shutter speed down.  I was using a nine stop Hoya ND400 filter with the lens and had the lens open for about 3 seconds.  The exposure was decent despite the heavy contrast however the cyclist didn't appear in the image as he rode the 60 feet of trail.  It was as if the event never happened.  I finally got another cyclist after shortening the shutter speed to about 1/10th (see attached image) but he was a short blur within the 70 feet and not the effect I was aiming for.

Perhaps this is not do able in shaded daylight but if anyone has any ideas that would be great.  Perhaps my 580 EX II using multi flash would resolve this?  Open to any thoughts, this is new ground for me.

Actual 1/10s image attached

Light Craft for Canon 16-35mm Mkii:  Fader ND Digi Pro-HD Round 82mm Results

Recently I had acquired the Canon 16-35 mkii and immediately began my quest for a set of ND filters or potentially choosing a high quality variable fader.  I opted for the latter and selected the Light Craft top of the line Fader ND Digi Pro-HD Round which claims to range between ND2-ND1000 for $320 USD.  I read several reviews, chatted with Light Craft on Facebook and sent off a few emails.

I acquired the filter today and found smooth threading, excellent package and a convenient handle to increase or decrease the fader settings on the ring.  The results were unfortunately not even close to the Hoya ND400.

Since Hoya doesn't make an ND400 for the 82mm, I was swapping the 16-35 with the Light Craft Fader and the 15-85 EF-s lens with the ND 400 by Hoya.  The settings were aperture priority at 5.6, ISO automatic as well as speed.  This was my conclusion (Hoya ND400 photos are #1 and #4 and the Light Craft are #2 and #3).


1)With the ND400 in place, the camera required more light if you notice (via EXIF) the ISO adjusted to a higher setting @ 1600 and the shutter speed between photos 1 & 2 went from 1/25 to 1/30 thus the ND400 requried more light

2)On photos 3 and 4, photo# 3 with Light Craft auto adjusted to ISO 400 and 1/25th while photo number 4 jumped to ISO 1250 and shutter remained the same

3)also, the darkness aspect should be equal on both filters but was not.  One would think on Max it should be ND1000 as the ads exclaim or at least ND500.  I would suspect on the Light Craft Max is about 7-8 stops certainly not 9.

Lastly, there‚Äôs a distinct lighting unevenness with the LCM filter on photos 2 and 3 vs. the Hoya which is more solid across the screen on photos 1 and 4.  Sadly, the Light Craft is going back.  I'm not sure how many folks have an ND400 laying around but without it, these tests could not have been possible and are the proof in the pudding.

As always I am open to objection or rebuttals or any thoughts you wish to share.

I'm curious as to anyone's thoughts on this.  I am sure we all realize the immediate advantage of shooting everything in color, then post processing into B&W but why have Monochrome as a built in option on the EOS camera's?  Is there an advantage choosing Monochrome on the EOS Bodies over post processing the color RAW into B&W?


I recently acquired the 16-35mm L IS USM Canon lens.  Prior I had been buying highly rated / reviewed 72mm filters.  I've used several of the filter review sites prior to acquiring any UV or Polarizer filters (especially which was very thorough) however I am curious if anyone has (1) any experience with Zykkor or other ND faders from ND2 to ND400 or do you believe carrying individual ND filters is a better way to go?  I've been told the Zykkor's use Hoya glass.  I do have the Hoya ND400 HMC 72mm and the Hoya HMC ND 8 and am fond of these two but I am also keeping in mind and trying to minimize the carrying load if it makes sense.  Thanks in advance.

I came across this article today in my Inbox from from Digital Photo Pro which talks about the 4k and 5k cameras (not referring to Dollars).  The Canon EOS C300 seems appealing at the moment but I personally don't see the still image DSLR's going away any time soon as the article hints.  For one reason, there's too many purists that want photo, and photo only without the video

Here's the article


Software & Accessories / Free PF2 Templates for DPP by Canon
« on: January 25, 2012, 05:53:32 AM »
If you've not visited this Canon international site (Japan) it may be worth a trip.  There are a handful of free PF2 templates which are free downloads that can be called up in Digital Photo Professional by using the RAW format.  These templates can be saved to your hard drive and then loaded within DPP under the RAW tab by choosing "Browse" and then locating the template.


Lenses / Canon 400mm L 5.6 .. So what's changed in 19 years?
« on: July 05, 2011, 07:48:19 PM »
This great lens first released in 1993 is currently still part of Canon's lineup and tack sharp.  It has USM but lacking IS as most of us know.  I called Canon support (3 different reps) and no one was able to tell me what exactly has changed/updated/upgraded on this lens since 1993.  It would seem logical that some components have been upgraded or possibly the coating but not necessarily a feature accessible by consumers.

Does anyone or can anyone shed any light on the 19 year time line for this lens?

PS one thing Canon support did state is that the lens is "drip and dust proof" which debunked a statement I had found on another web site.
Thanks in advance

Macro / Canon 100mm IS USM L Macro Photos
« on: January 02, 2011, 02:23:35 PM »
Honey bee hanging on as temperatures drop here in southern Cal.  Image stacked with Helicon Software.  Tripod mounted camera.

Lenses / Canon MP-E 65 Add on's & Tips
« on: December 24, 2010, 10:44:24 PM »
Has anyone used a Macro Rail (if so which one) or Angled View Finder (if so which one - Canon or off brand?) along with the Mp-E 65?  I've got a EOS 7D that I will be using with this lens

I also read one guy used a 58mm to 28mm step down ring instead of the lens hood (which protrudes a few inches that may get in the way of the subject) . I thought the step down ring was a novel idea except I was a bit concerned about vignetting though unsure if that is the case

If anyone has any tips on this lens regarding best methods (your expert experience) that would be appreciated.

Lenses / MP-E 65 being phased out?
« on: December 20, 2010, 03:04:49 AM »
I've read in a few places this lens may be phased out as it has been around since 1999 and is primitive in many ways. The online users who implied this belief stated the reasons were its lack of sales and its complexity.  I'm on the verge of acquiring this along with the MT 24EX macro flash but was curious if anyone out there has heard the same rumor and if there will be a replacement?  it's a nice chunk of change to plunk out and then have it replaced by a MK II version shortly thereafter or possibly no MP-E 65 at all.  Can anyone validate if any of this is true or if the demise of this lens is on the horizon ?  -Thanks Rev

Lenses / Missing Macro Lens
« on: December 20, 2010, 02:57:28 AM »
In reviewing the section on Macro Lenses within this site

It appears one key macro lens may have been omitted - the Canon EF-S 60mm Macro (1x) listed on the Canon site at

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