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EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: April 29, 2013, 12:17:22 PM »
I find the ML forums and wiki page just a little user unfriendly.

I understand that and recently mentioned it to the devs, suggesting a "what does ml actually do for me?" page - they simply don't have the menpower to beef up the wiki, actually the team consists of one main dev (alex), maybe 3 people hacking and then another 3 submitting patches now and then...

... so the bottom line is that ml is great, mostly self-explanatory but you have to be willing to put some time into playing with the options. But in newer builds you can hide things you don't need so you never see them again, so in your case just enable the movie menu with the "restart recodring" option.

But installation is really easy (there seems to be a video for the mac:
1. update the camera fw once with the ml firmware, this only sets the loader flag in the Canon fw
2. enable the boot flag on the/all cards that should have ml
3. copy the ml files - mainly autoexec.bin - to the/all cards.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: April 29, 2013, 07:43:03 AM »
How stable is ML on the M wickid? Does it unlock the 4GB limitation... I really want an M for discreet video, and if it can be hacked to allow longer run times (without messing with quality) then I'd be in.

ML on eos m is alpha, i.e. not nearly near production quality since it's a newer digic5-camera. Afaik they don't get around the 4gb barrier atm - you can format the card with the exFAT filesystem that allows for larger files, but the Canon fw is quite strict to enforce the 30min or 4gb limitation. However ml always had an "instant restart" so that you get consecutive clips after 30min/4gb.

Feel free to look at the dev thread and ask any specific questions there:

Lenses / Re: Just bought a 17-40mm F4 L
« on: April 29, 2013, 06:16:41 AM »
What are some things that I should check out to be sure that everything is working as should?

Print a test chart of shoot something symmetric with small details with a tripod and mirror lock up and look for decentering - every sides or corners should look more or less the same. My first (new!) 17-40L had bad decentering and the bottom was way blurrier than the top, so I had to exchange it.

Esp. on used lenses decentering can happen because of physical impacts and then lessen the sharpness even beyond the mediocre 17-40L standard wide open.

Software & Accessories / Re: DPP Updates
« on: April 28, 2013, 05:55:26 PM »
Canon is not in the Software business and there is no profit with DPP. It is more than likely built into the price of the camera. Since they offer it free with the camera there is no incentive to put a lot into it.

As far as I see it, they're putting a lot of effort in their softwares and not surprisingly still fail given the fierce competition like Lightroom after the recent price discount LR3->LR4. Maybe Canon would be better off to sell or ditch the stuff & allocate the software r&d resources to hardware. The only thing Canon does should be a good sdk so 3rd party devs don't need to reverse engineer everything (I want Magic Lantern for wifi instead of eos remote!).

If they come up with more competitive cheaper cameras I'd be glad to pay $10-$20 für eos remote and eos utility, and if everybody who actually uses the stuff would do that everyone would be happy?

Software & Accessories / Re: DPP Updates
« on: April 28, 2013, 08:21:05 AM »
How hard can it be to have a Check for Updates option under Help or in the About section?

Imho the answer is simple: planned obsolescence. Canon isn't into "updating" anything until forced at near gunpoint, and even then only for premium models like the 5d2 video or 5d3 f8 firmwares.

They don't mind if users see buying a new camera as a way to update to whole "package", and thus don't actively promote software updates or even link them to older cameras on their website whenever I looked. On the contrary I'm quite surprised they don't tie specific dpp versions to models so that you for example cannot update from dpp v3 to v4 with a 60d model license...

Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Release Date [CR1]
« on: April 28, 2013, 07:07:23 AM »
Please, please Canon release this lens asap, I've really been waiting for this! Not because I'd actually buy it, but then you can get on releasing or updating sub-$10k lenses that for the rest of us like an updated 35mm & 50mm prime, maybe a 200mm f2.8 IS macro, ... ?

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: April 27, 2013, 05:05:41 AM »
At least this [CR1] together with other rumors or facts tells us where the Canon r&d resources go:

Into the emerging mirrorless market and high-end video, so there's little left to develop new "old-school" dlsrs (see 550d, 600d, 650d, 700d, ...) or replace the old L-lenses except for cash-cows like the delayed 200-400L.

EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 25, 2013, 02:20:34 PM »
All three lenses do need to be updated. The UWA zoom segment is probably is the Achilles heel for Canon at the moment with no updates in sight.

I have to disagree for the 17-40L which is the budget L choice and does ok iq-wise - any new version would surely result in a significant price "update" and this would rob the lens of one of the two key elements (the other being light & sturdy).

The 16-35L on the other hand seems to be overprices looking at the competition and could very well be replaced either by a mk3 version as the premium photojournalists' choice - a 14-24L wouldn't serve that purpose as it isn't long enough for a "always on" lens.

Lighting / Re: OC-E3 ettl-cord original vs 3rd party quality?
« on: April 25, 2013, 10:32:17 AM »
My 3rd-Party cord had a similar problem, a bit of 2k-glue proved to be a much sturdier connection then those fine threads in plastic. (I don't think it would ever come apart even if I wanted it to do :) )

Good idea, I'll glue it together again, too :-) ... and since the Yongnuo OC-E3 is €10 and Canon is €60 I can live with it, though I would be doubtful to use it in critical situations like a wedding.

Lighting / OC-E3 ettl-cord original vs 3rd party quality?
« on: April 25, 2013, 06:08:09 AM »
I recently ordered a Yongnu OC-E3 ettl cord from the other side of the world because it's so much cheaper than Canon. After some time having it on a flash bracket the metal base plate on top of the adapter where the real flash goes started to wobble, and recently it came completely off - the metal screws with the hotshoe were torn out of the plastic plate.

This doesn't come as a complete surprise since having a heavy 600rt flash mounted in an angle and walking around with this puts quite a torque on the base plate of the ettl cord...

... My question is: Is the Canon original any better, or are there sturdier 3rd party oc-e3 ettl cords? The Yongnu otherwise is fine, but the metal screws into plastic is just cheap and cannot take any strain at all (at least my copy).

Edit: Added pictures with torn off base plate

EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 25, 2013, 03:17:40 AM »
Oh yeah, it'll definitely sell. The 7D has been extremely popular, as it fills a fairly unique niche. The 7D II can only be better! How could it not sell?

Because the 6d is there.

In times of 7d & 5d2, the 7d mostly was the most expensive, i.e. "best" model in many stores, so people who wanted something "good" or "solid" were talked into buying that. Whith the 6d price on the decline, they'll probably buy ff quality & wifi/gps instead of 7d2 aps-c features a casual shooter doesn't need.

Reviews / Re: Review - The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« on: April 24, 2013, 06:48:17 AM »
I had assumed it was soft at 420mm  - see

With the tdp crops, you have to check all copies they tested - in case of the 70-300L the 2nd is visibly better, unfortunately they didn't use it with an extender which will enhance the softness of the 1st copy:

Though even with that in mind, a tc is always for occasional use except if you use really expensive tele primes - if you want 400mm+, get a 400mm lens and not a 70-300mm zoom. The important aspect with the 70-300L+tc is that the combination is better than cropping (I'm on aps-c), so the 200€ for the Kenko are good investment and it's still a very small package.

Canon General / Re: No Announcement Today
« on: April 23, 2013, 06:43:16 PM »
APS-H with APS-C crop mode will add enough for others to consider. Nikon has been using crop modes for years, whats up with Canon?

APS-H is dead for these reasons, it was just a hack that still doesn't use the full ef glass but looses the advantages of aps-c:

* With the current design, you cannot use ef-s lenses with aps-h or ff because of the larger mirror - and Canon is unlikely abandon a lot 7d and other aps-c users who invested in Canon ef-s (60mm macro, 10-22 & 17-55 zooms) or 3rd party ef-s lenses (like the tokina uwa).

* Canon likes well-off people or pros who want better iq than aps-c to buy ff cameras with very expensive tele primes and/or teleconverters to gain reach

* For most beginners/amateurs crop cameras have advantages: larger dof, longer reach, more fps. And in 5-10 years the aps-c iso performance will be so good to satisfy most people, so why rock the boat now?

Lighting / Re: T3i - 600EX-RT or Canon Speedlite 580EX II
« on: April 23, 2013, 06:15:44 PM »
"but the x-sync is said to be still at full speed for many camera bodies like 5d2 no matter what Canon says."
But not every time, about one in fifty shots, this would lead me to conclude two things, internet chatter is practically worthless so test what you are going to do yourself, and Canon were actually right to put that one stop sync speed proviso in

Thanks for the clarification, I didn't test it myself (that's why I wrote "is said to"). When I researched if to get the 5d2 or a newer model I didn't find any report of it *not* working with full speed ... but these people might have taken too few shots to realize the slight problem, or maybe your 1d3 does worse than the 5d2.

As for group mode: I'm expecting Yongnuo to reverse engineer the rt protocol rather sooner than later, and if they do maybe they'll release radio triggers that somehow support group mode on all Canon models... but at least then the rt system will cost 1/3 of Canon's price.

Reviews / Re: Review - The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« on: April 23, 2013, 06:07:48 PM »
Bryan Carnethan at the Digital Picture rated the IS at actually better than 4ev, but testing IS is pretty subject.  I am very stable, myself.

I am rating it as "2ev+" for me personally to be on the absolutely safe side when taking a non-repeatable shot. If I wait a little for the IS to settle and am/get very stable myself it is indeed 4ev - but I wouldn't say this what I have come to expect, again for me personally.

When rating an IS system which is all about *statistics* it's also important to make clear what we're talking about: Is it just to still get an average good/usable shot after downsizing, or is it to to get a shot at full mag exactly like one that was taken with a much higher shutter speed?

In my experience, fast shutter speed and IS off beats the IS on the 70-300L in sharpness most of the time, but I feel safe shooting with 1/250 x-sync at 300mm on crop (i.e. 480mm ff) and can expect get near-optimal iq at 100% mag. Without IS I'd feel safe with 1/1000s, so it's a 2ev advantage - remember the old 1/focal length from the ol' analog days doesn't really apply here because nowadays the sensor resolution is so high.

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