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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Would you buy a 7d mk ii if you own a 1DX
« on: October 31, 2014, 07:19:15 AM »
Yes I will!

Reach, fast AF, great IQ.

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Abstract / Re: High resolution Moon image
« on: October 28, 2014, 04:58:20 PM »
That was pretty awsome. Thanks

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:29:10 PM »
Next 24hrs will be long... ::)

Look forward to hear and see CR members feedbacks.
+ 1000

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon DPP 4 and 7DMKII
« on: October 27, 2014, 05:53:36 PM »
Come on guys, how many more times do I need to check this thread before you guys-in-the-know are done with tinkering and can give us the answers we want? ;O

We don't wish to be accused of telling you what to think. ;D

LOL! Well, who knows what anybody thinks. But given that the playing with raw files so far have been in roundabout ways, not really giving us the information we are looking for, It would be fun to hear the educated opinions of the skilled members here.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon DPP 4 and 7DMKII
« on: October 27, 2014, 04:16:12 PM »
Come on guys, how many more times do I need to check this thread before you guys-in-the-know are done with tinkering and can give us the answers we want? ;O

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 26, 2014, 03:17:35 PM »



I took the 1Dx to the speedway last night.


I don't often shoot sport in low light but the 1Dx held my hand and helped me.


Speedway by Tom W W, on Flickr
Awsome shot!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 26, 2014, 03:17:00 PM »
Great shots Eli. You have to love the unique look the 200/2 gives. I borrowed one for a couple of years, and I miss it :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help to get a new cam + lenses (FX)
« on: October 26, 2014, 03:14:03 PM »
The 6D will give you a great camera for money. By the sound of the type of photo you do, a rugged body like the 5DIII would not be necessary.

If you need a great prime, go for the not so expensive 85/1.8. Or if you feel crazy, go for the sublime 135L F2.0

For what it is worth, I do actually like my 24-105L a lot. I was wondering about the 24-70L II, but the longer reach on FF and great quality did compell me to stay on.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ST-E3 and Canon A-1
« on: October 24, 2014, 06:58:39 PM »
Still have my A-1 / 199A combo - they worked well together.  Many years of useful service and still functioning.

Thank you. And now mine will serve me well in the times forthcoming:) I realise somethimes when reading post by people older than me, or haven gotten into this world before me, that I have missed something relevant by not having shot slr. I had an Olympus film camera back in the days, but a mere point and shoot. I will use this camera to learn more about photography :)


Shooting film with a good body/lens gives you a different perspective.  You begin to appreciate manual modes more and take more time to prepare and think about it since you will be shooting fewer frames and can't preview each shot.  You have to do that in your mind.  I think my daughter is a better photographer after taking a university photography class for her art major a few years ago - they only shot B&W film and she used my equipment.

I got to shoot my kids from birth to college on film.  Now I shoot my granddaughter with digital and re-shoot places I visited in the past with a film camera.  I am amazed by what we can do with digital today and converting old family negatives and slides to digital adds to that appreciation.  But I am probably a better photographer from my film experience.

Have fun!

I will, and hopefully.. If I get some decent shots in semi-blind mode, I will post them here :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ST-E3 and Canon A-1
« on: October 24, 2014, 06:33:04 PM »
You can use something like this:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/621573-REG/Interfit_STR115_STR115_Hot_Shoe_Adapter.html/prm/alsVwDtl

To isolate the 600EX/ST-E3 from the camera contacts (or use tape, the adapter is a somewhat safer because can't wear).

The 199A was a nice unit and powerful enough (GN 32. 100 ISO, 50mm), just the head moves only vertically, and in manual mode power can't be set. It uses battery holders which allows for quick changes of batteries (and keep spare ones together in your bag/pocket), something I miss in actual flash units.

If you wish to taste the feeling of an early 80s system and the unit works well, buy it, but it would be really useful for "quick" flash action with the A-1, otherwise your 600EX offers much more control.

You can find a lot of useful information about the A-1 and its accessories at http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/canon/fdresources/SLRs/a1/

You can find electronic copies of the manuals here: http://www.sandon.it/?q=node/55

Thank you very much. I will read it all, and with pleasure. Much appreciate that you all have taken the time in a busy day to educate me and help me. Tomorrow morning I am driving with my eldest son (6years old) to pick up my new Canon A-1, with a motor drive, and a fd 35f2.0, fd24f2.8, fd100f2.8, and a 199A. I spoke to the gentleman (seems like a nice and honest man) tonight, and hearing about the extra stuff he has lying around, I am guessing that I will use more on this new path than I anticipated. Earlier today I bought Ilford HP5 Plus 400, and a Ilford XP2 Super 400 (both b&w). The vendor adviced me to go for Kodak TriX 400 once they had new stocks.

Again, thanks a lot!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ST-E3 and Canon A-1
« on: October 24, 2014, 06:20:43 PM »
Playing around mixing old and new gear is always a risk.  As mentioned, old A-1 has fewer pins in hot shoe -- I'd call it a three pin arrangement not counting the side rail which is the ground connection.  The center pin is trigger to fire flash - that's pretty much been common for all generation flashes (only issue being too high a trigger voltage on some older 3rd party flashes).  There are two pins either side of the center trigger pin.  One pin is some type of ready signal to indicate flash is on and ready to fire.  This would force the A-1 to go to sync. speed - unless a 199 flash was used with it's slow sync. speed switch turned on.  In that case any shutter speed from sync. or slower could be used.  The other pin was a signal from the flash to the camera indicating what aperture to stop down the lens to when the shutter was actuated.  In the A-1 era this appears to have been an analog signal, perhaps a current loop.  Hence, the flash really takes control of the camera.  The sensor & electronics to detect sufficient illumination of the subject and cutoff the flash was all part of the flash back then.  The flash commanded f-stop, sync. speed shutter and shut itself off when it saw enough light.  Today it is very much the camera commanding the flash. 

Hence, the only pin that likely still has the same function on ST-E3 and A-1 is the center flash trigger pin.  Like dcm, my old 199A still works great.  I tape over the two pins either side of center, set the camera manually to  sync. speed and the same aperture that is dialed in on the back of the 199A.
Thank you for your detailed information, and time to write this :) Reading some of these replies underscores my lack of knowledge about technical issues and facts. That said in the opposite meaning of intimidating, but rather in a tone where I see that I have much to learn.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ST-E3 and Canon A-1
« on: October 24, 2014, 06:17:06 PM »
Still have my A-1 / 199A combo - they worked well together.  Many years of useful service and still functioning.

Thank you. And now mine will serve me well in the times forthcoming:) I realise somethimes when reading post by people older than me, or haven gotten into this world before me, that I have missed something relevant by not having shot slr. I had an Olympus film camera back in the days, but a mere point and shoot. I will use this camera to learn more about photography :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ST-E3 and Canon A-1
« on: October 24, 2014, 02:36:36 PM »
there was not any Warning about using new Flash on old Camera´s,

Just because less people are interested in it ;) Usually people are interested if they can use some of their old gear on a newer camera, and usally some kind of compatibility is provided to ease (and lure) people in upgrading.

Also, older camera have usually less sophisticated electronics (but they could be less protected also).

The T90 was the first TTL camera from Canon, and started to use the four pin flash interface still used - don't know how much the signalling is compatible with later cameras. It used A-TTL, not the E-TTL used now. Again, how much they are compatible at the signal level I do not know.

The A-1 uses an even older non-TTL interface, and has only two pins - it would be interesting to know if Canon when adding pins changed the whole interface or if they are in some ways still compatible.

Anway, I'd be careful not to brick the old camera electronics feeding the wrong signal on the wrong pins... after all the A-1 has no TTL, and all it can do is setting the aperture and sync speed - but it did the other way round, you set the aperture on the flash and it was sent to the camera, not viceversa (flashes then could usually use just a limited set of aperture values for auto operations).

Thank you :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ST-E3 and Canon A-1
« on: October 24, 2014, 02:35:50 PM »
The 600RT switched into TTL - not E-TTL ( in Display ) while closed the Lens with a Lenscap the Flash
fired full power, Lens opened f2.8 the Flash fired low Power, the COULD be an sign that the old TTL
works with the T90 - the A-Series Camera´s does not measure true the Lens, so the Sensor of the 600RT
should be used, like an Speedlite 199A   :D - sure there is no Garantie not to destroy something.

The Settings of Syncspeed and Aperture does not work propably - but an Hardwarefailure seems not to
be dangerous .

The Protocol of the Datatransmission could/will differ, the Hardwareassignments of the Pins seems to be the
same and/or not necessary.

I´ve got an Metz 32CT3 with SCA311 ( for T90 ) too, this Combo also worked with Powershot G2, 5DMIII and
certainly on my T90 ( not all Modes on all Camera´s )

In the Past i´ve used the Metz with the 5Pin Flashshoe on my AE-1 Program too - zero Problems, surly
no TTL  :o .

But - for sure - do it on your own Risk... i´ve done ist on my own Risk too.

The Radio Feature of the RT-Devices of Canon ist really nice, but using an A-1 with it is not
autentical  ::) .

I still like my T90 System - an awesome Camera of the Past.

The A-1 is also a Milestone of Canon .

Greetings Bernd

Again, thank you (both for advice and risk:). The guy selling this also have a 199A for sale, so I guess that I should spring for that as well, rather than risking one of the expensive 600s. I was hoping that the new flash system would work backwards, thus enbling me more possibilities to use this camera for studio work. At least, I assume that there are available cords, so at least I would not have to use this flash on camera.

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