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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 29, 2014, 05:45:14 PM »
Here is one of mine shot with a (then) borrowed 1Dx and a 70-200II, in the Ree Zoo, in Denmark.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 28, 2014, 06:15:55 PM »
Great alligator shots Macguyver! I would have made sure I knew where the mother was also  :P

This is the kitten of a rare small cat called Pallas's cat, also called the manul, a small wild cat having a broad but patchy distribution in the grasslands and montane steppe of Central Asia.

200-400 f4L IS 1.4x @560mm, 1/250s, f6.3, ISO2000

Fantastic shot!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 26, 2014, 02:34:38 AM »
To be able to sit less than one meter from this magnificent animal, with only a netted fens between us, look him in the eye, hear his deep bass roll and smell him, was just fantastic.

70-200 f2.8L IS II @125mm, 1/125s, f2.8, ISO800

Another reason to do the Norway trip, I think a month in the area would work well now I can see a use for the 200-400 & Subjects with Teeth & Attitude, although I'm sure the local Tribes have plenty of both considering they are descendants of the Norsemen.

Lovely set of Images Eldar, must be a Magical Experience (to quote Steve Jobs), to Photograph these animals in the wild though, and as good as these Images are, and they are good, I still feel your earlier Lynx Images are always going to be hard to beat.

Nice to see that 200-400 getting some use though, never would have considered it would be a Scandinavian Landscape type Lens, seems it can be.
Edward, considering where you´ve been and the images you have shot, it would be a bit difficult to recommend this to you. With your experience, skills, funds and available time, there are many things that would fill my stack I believe.

But on the other hand, if it is to watch and photograph these very rare cats, which it is very unlikely any of us will see in the wild, it is quite good. The Amur leopard must be shot through a netted fens. That is no problem though, unless the light shines on the fens. Same with the lynx. But with the Amur tigers, snow leopards, pallas cat (I believe that is the English name for it also) and the Persian leopard that comes in June can be shot from a bridge or platform.

Here´s an Amur tiger coming out from the woods
1DX, 200-400 f4L IS 1.4x, 1/200s, f5.0, ISO2500

Very nice pictures Eldar and Eml.

I have taken the trip to the bear park in Flaa twice trying to get a shot of the lynx, but it is very shy, so I have not succeded... The bears, wolves, and foxes on the other hand, are readily available to shoot (without the net, but from a high viewpoint). Speaking about shooting in Zoo's, the most impressive I have ever been to by far, is the one in Re, in Denmark. I'll see if I can dig up the pictures I shot there with my then borrowed 1Dx.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX camera
« on: May 21, 2014, 05:31:45 PM »
All recalibration does is measure the amount of power the battery holds at full charge, obviously as they get older the capacity decreases, this is then used by the camera to report charge levels more accurately.

The best method for recalibration is to fully charge the battery first, then take it off the charger, then put it back on and push the Calibrate/Performance button. The three lights then flash red, as the battery discharges two, then one, then none light, then the recharge cycle starts automatically if the charger is plugged in and the three lights start to go green, first one, then tw,o then when the charge is complete all three.

Thank you.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX camera
« on: May 21, 2014, 02:38:52 AM »
I have had my 1DX since Nov 2012.  Other than having it serviced for the technical advisory (recall) for lubrication check, and a clean and check last Feb, it has served me well.  I have experienced a couple of things with it that never occurred with any of my other bodies.  I was shooting the mission in San Diego, when I had a blank image occur in the middle of a series of shots I was taking of some of the art work there.  I took the shot and looked at the LCD, only to see an all black image?  This has only happened once with my 1DX, but still puzzles me!  The blank image contained all of the right exposure information, just like it would with a properly exposed image, but no image was recorded?  I checked the System Status Display and found an error 80 code.  However, upon checking the event time, it was for several days prior to the blank image and when I checked the time code against the shots I had taken, there was no problem with the images shot before the time code or after it?  The only other issue I have had, is that both the original battery (LP-E4N) and one of the extra batteries I have for my 1D4 (LP-E4) display the "Recalibration is Needed" after about six rechargings?  Performing a recalibration did not clear this issue with either battery?  The original battery for the 1D4 has been recharged at least a dozen time without this ever happening?  So, other than those two issues, it has been a complete delight using the 1DX!

UPDATE:  Just tried a method of recalibration suggested by a friend.  Charging the batterys fully before attempting the recalibration, did the trick!  Although it takes about 14-hours to complete this process, it cleared the "Recalibration" message from the battery status display.

Steve, would you mind enlighten me on the pro´s of batterycallibration?
My 1dx is too new for me to have gotten the message, but my 1Ds III tells me every time that I need calibration. Is it done to enhance life of the battery per. cycle, durability, or to get the most power available (amp)?
Why is it only possible to calibrate on 1 bodies? My 5D II does not have the function on the charger, and the message has never arisen.

and also a bit more on how you do it? (do you simply push the middle button on the charger and let it calibrate, and how are you told when it is done?

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Great shot, and congrats on the publication. That must feel good :)

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Name on app or link? Tried to find it, but could not.

Link copied from the last line of the CR post ("available here" is a link).  Note that it's available in EMEA, but not North America.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/canon-brochures/id802862659?mt=8

Thank you Neuro. I could not find the hyperlink when I first looked at it, and even tried the hyperlinked Adobe. I guess I have to have my eyes checked. I have downloaded it now.

G.

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Name on app or link? Tried to find it, but could not. 

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 19, 2014, 02:32:39 AM »
Great Crested Grebe, with her 2 day old chicks. There are very few birds I know of, where the difference in appearance between adult and chick is so big as with these. If H.C. Anderson had seen this bird before he wrote The Ugly Duckling, he would have used the Grebe instead of the Swan ;)
600mm f4L IS II + 1.4xIII extender
1/800s, f11.0, ISO3200

great job elder!   where did you find these beauties?
Thanks Northstar. We are fortunate to have them in a lake in Oslo.

And yes Edward, this lens is still great with the 1.4xIII extender. Actually with both extenders. Only reason I don´t use the 2xIII more is due to the restrictions on AF. Only center point is a bit too limiting for me.

I posted this on the bird portrait thread, but it probably deserves some extra publicity. This is a 2 day old Grebe, learning how to eat fish ;)

Great and intimate shot of this very cute young bird :)

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Quasimodo, don't know if you got the PM I sent, but here's the post I intended to send you last time about using the dual back button AF method:

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19945.0

Steve.

I got the PM today. I am happy about this solution. The funny thing is that I actually read the thread you linked when I had my 5DII and 1Ds III, so I read it and forgot about it. It suddenly became WAY more interesting now that I have gotten my new baby 1dx.

Btw: Thanks for sharing the very interesting answer you got from Chuck Westfall about the real difference between Ai Servo and One Shot!

Gerhard.

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With the latest FW there is a way to have both AI Servo and One-shot modes programmed to two different back-button focus buttons.  I have my Af-On button as my regular AI Servo mode and I have the * button set to be one shot focus.  This setting is done differently than the way you are doing with the AIServo-Oneshot switching button, which as you have found out requires it to be held down.  With the other way you have a full separate button for one-shot and a separate button for servo.

You set this up in the C.Fn 5 menu under Custom Controls.  You would set the shutter button to "Metering Start" and then you would set AF-On and * to "Metering and AF start", select it and then press the INFO button for the "Detail Set".  This will give you a menu with 4 options: AF start point, AI servo AF characteristics, AF mode and 14FPS super high speed mode.  You only need to make changes to the * button as the AF-On will stay at default values.  For the * button I go under "AF mode" and select "ONE SHOT".

Alternatively you could use this way to set up two different AI Servo modes on the two different buttons.

Apparently I was misunderstanding the original question... these instructions are for setting up the camera to back button focus... I thought you wanted to set the camera up to change focus modes with a push of the back buttons AND keep focus on the shutter button... sorry, I thought you were choosing not to back button focus... Back Button focus offers a lot of functionality that I think you'll appreciate!

Thank you anyway for taking the time :) It is probably due to my  inability to explain myself :)

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Programming of Q(uick) button

Another ignorant question: After looking at the pages 51,211,238, and 264 I am still not wiser. (Disclaimer: Could also be that I am not understanding everything given that my options included in the box were Swedish, Danish, and Finnish (I am Norwegian)).

My thinking was that it would be nice to program the Quick button to toggle between different AF-cases. Is there an easy way to do this, and also if any of you know if there exist a thread in here were all the basic questions I am asking is covered (I looked for it, but could not find such a thread).

Again, thanks :)

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With the latest FW there is a way to have both AI Servo and One-shot modes programmed to two different back-button focus buttons.  I have my Af-On button as my regular AI Servo mode and I have the * button set to be one shot focus.  This setting is done differently than the way you are doing with the AIServo-Oneshot switching button, which as you have found out requires it to be held down.  With the other way you have a full separate button for one-shot and a separate button for servo.

You set this up in the C.Fn 5 menu under Custom Controls.  You would set the shutter button to "Metering Start" and then you would set AF-On and * to "Metering and AF start", select it and then press the INFO button for the "Detail Set".  This will give you a menu with 4 options: AF start point, AI servo AF characteristics, AF mode and 14FPS super high speed mode.  You only need to make changes to the * button as the AF-On will stay at default values.  For the * button I go under "AF mode" and select "ONE SHOT".

Alternatively you could use this way to set up two different AI Servo modes on the two different buttons.

Thank you very much Arbitrage! I made the changes and it works perfectly. With the slightest movement of my thumb I can now switch between modes :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AF Guide 1Dx renewed
« on: May 17, 2014, 12:01:23 PM »
Quasimod,

Like you, I wanted to do the same thing.  However, with that not an option, I set the back buttons to select between the AF modes.  See post: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=20182.0

Thank you Steve Todd, I will read the whole thread :) Also saw that there is some interesting notions about the differences of modes. Again, thank you :)

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I believe it's a more "natural" thing for you if you back button focus... then you're just hitting a different button for a different function.  It adds an option that was not available before... and I'm guessing based on the "content" of the last firmware update that the high level pros (Peter Read Miller types) were the ones asking for the upgrades to the functionality of the camera.

I'm pretty sure what you're asking cannot be done without just changing the mode using the AF-Drive button on the top left of the camera.  The instruction that you're referencing states "when you hold the button down" twice in the paragraph.  I'm afraid you're stuck with the top left controls or start using back button focusing... when I switched it took me a few minutes to get used to it but now all of my X's and my 5D3 (even the one my wife uses, yes, I made her switch too and she's not a shooter, just a mom with young kids...) all use back button focusing.

Thank you for your answer. I was hoping not to go through the af drive button, as it involves me taking my eye from the viewfinder. Given that I have now gotten two new buttons on the front right part of the camera, I was hoping to program the lower one to this function, thus being able to switch on the fly if the situation requires it. Thus what I am thinking now, is that I will program the M-fn button right next to the front wheel, thus making it thumb on AF-On to meter and lock focus, pointing? finger on the M-fn to trigger the different modes, and my long finger to fire the shot, but it will result in a less steady grip.  Or am I missing something here?

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