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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 6D Firmware 1.1.4 Available
« on: March 23, 2014, 02:22:05 AM »
True, but in that case, you'd get approximately the same level of accuracy by writing the photos without GPS data, running the GPS receiver until it successfully acquires a fix, then retroactively updating the EXIF tags in the recent photos.

Yes, of course you're correct. Unfortunately my current 6D+Lightroom solution is less clever than my old 60D+external tagger+GeoSetter ... GeoSetter could automatically write and even *interpolate* missing gps data for a certain time frame around the last fix. Lightroom cannot do that and hasn't even got a quick copy/paste function for gps coordinates.

That's why I tend to leave gps on nowadays. And buy another battery. Just what Canon wants :-p

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Firmware 1.1.4 released
« on: March 22, 2014, 05:13:45 PM »
I suspect it's because it would add a few whole cents to the BOM, and they were hoping folks wouldn't notice its absence.  :)

Be careful, or you'll challenge my top position on the "sarcasm towards Canon's penny pinching" ranking :-p

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 6D Firmware 1.1.4 Available
« on: March 22, 2014, 05:09:59 PM »
As long as you do so before the data expires, every power-on should be a hot start, which should take only a second or two.

... as long as the camera has a good view to the satellites and you didn't go indoors or into cover in the meantime.

Anyway, fyi: The Magic Lantern devs have figured out the gps props and just added a "gps off on camera off" (and vice versa) option :-) ... and if I come around to it I'll add a MagicGPS(tm) option to ML that slows down the gps acquisition frequency if the camera is idle for some time as a power saver.

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I nearly didn't buy it because of the poor reviews this site has given it. In practice I have been pleasantly surprised really great lens nice and sharp even at 2.8 at 16mm apart from the very very far corners.

If the 16-35L (or 17-40L for that matter) would be really that bad as some people make them to be it would have hurt the sales and Canon would have replaced them by now... which they didn't.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Firmware 1.1.4 released
« on: March 21, 2014, 02:56:40 AM »
Interesting as 5D3 with GP-E2 does include camera heading in EXIF.

Indeed, that's why I know Canon *can* do it - obviously they didn't want to do it (you can still buy the gp-e2 for the 6d :-p) or for some technical reason couldn't add an electronic compass... though I somehow doubt the latter.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Firmware 1.1.4 released
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:28:54 AM »
IMO, Canon's GPS implementation is worse than half-assed.  I'm not even sure if it is quarter-assed.

I'd up that to half-quarter-assed :-p ... if they put gps in it, they should at least add the very obvious function of basic gps tracking (direction, distance) to it, I hope ML will come to the rescue once they figure out the GPS props.

What disappoints me most is that the 6d has no advantage over a dedicated gps tracker (which draws less power & is more precise) other than convenience - what *should* have been added is camera heading so you can see your fov in combination with the focal length for example on google maps/earth.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 6D Firmware 1.1.4 Available
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:05:02 AM »
So thats why the 6d has pathetic battery life compared to any rebel or the 60d. great :(

No, it's not a bug, but a feature that can be turned off.If gps would force turn off on camera off each fix would take another minute... so in essence this saves battery life because you don't have to leave your camera on to have instant gps.

Btw the larger battery drain 6d vs 60d (I have both) is because the ff sensor draws much more power. If that's a problem, buy a mobile phone with an even smaller sensor and use it for even longer than a 60d.

I guess it would probably interfere with the Magic Lantern software that some of us have as well.

It's not compatible unless adjusts the memory addresses of the Canon firmware functions, that'll take a dev ~1 hour - but it's probably not worth it right now as there's no real need to upgrade and you can downgrade to 1.1.3 anytime.

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Wonder if there is any speed improvement over cr2hdr?

It's "just" a gui wrapper for the command line cr2hdr.exe

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I think we own several thousan dollars of equipment and if we're going to be shooting in conditions where rain, waves, sand storms, etc are likely, that a $50-$150 weather cover is not too much to ask and well worth the investment to take the guesswork out of whether our gear will survive.

This is exactly what I'd be arguing in a marketing leaflet for original oem equipment... of course circumventing any kind of or definite specs or warranty on sealing, it's still guesswork, just on a more expensive level.

The value for the customer should have nothing to do with the value of the physical value of the parts but of the most pressing needs of the customer (safety, peace of mind, status with original brand gear) and the satisfaction he gets from a purchase... that's why you can sell tiny frozen yoghurt cones for €5 in summer.

Still, personally I always feel the tie between the production (included r&d) value and resulting price, that's probably why I wouldn't want to have myself as a customer :-p

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 18, 2014, 12:13:58 PM »
That's what I was thinking- They will likely be close in price, but you'll still be getting a crop sensor with the 7D

That's probably also what Canon are thinking, that's why they don't release it :-p

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Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern for 5d3 1.2.3 released
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:49:05 AM »
So far in my testing, it does not seem like dual iso will be necessary for my usual shooting situations, only when I encounter near-ridiculous situations.

You easily get >11ev dynamic range (bare Canon sensor) in hard noon light or with backlight like at sunset.

Do you guys have the auto ETTR linked to dual iso when you shoot?

No, because auto-ettr has to go to live view mode (= 1x mirror flip nearer shutter replacement & loss of time).
 
ML's auto ETTR does not seem to be producing photo's with histogram moved all the way right for some reason

I'd advise you to post your other "How to" questions to the ml forum, many more people using ML around there.

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No risk.

In that stringency, this is not true I'm afraid to say. ML is non-Canon firmware code that might crash your camera now and again if you're using bleeding edge functions (= take out battery), but there always is the risk of an undiscovered bug lingering in the code that might brick your camera. It's unlikely, but if you want absolute safety don't use ML - and I'm saying this as an absolute ML enthusiast.

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Anyway...I am not expecting anyone to babysit (?) me or guide me. I was just wondering if there are any risks and that frying thing was on my mind. But now it feels better. I might test it...thanks!

No offense meant, it's just that ML now being available on the very expensive and semi-pro 5d3, the general stability of ML and the existence of a website fools people into believing that ML is indeed a professional, production-grade product "for sale".

The problem is that this creates false expectations on support/docs, that wasn't the case when they had no forum or site (only a Google group) ~1.5 years ago and it was used by Rebel owners just wanting to have more than 3 frames bracketing.

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Canon's 5DIII brochure shows a diagram of the body+grip saying it's weatherproof - I guess because of the "high-precision alignment of seams and high-density structure".

Well, their marketing department has to come up with some nice reasons and sketches to explain away the price difference to 3rd party grips :-p ... I wonder: are there any similar brochures available for Canon lens caps and hoods? :->

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What is the potential risk with ML anyway? I believe I've read something about frying your sensor (!) when using Dual-ISO. Is that a big risk and if so, why?

That was a joke from the dev alex in the alpha phase of dual_iso, he frequently prints debug messages as "Do you smell a burnt scent from a sensor" if something is not supported yet :-p ...

... still, if your are very concerned about safety and stability simply do not use Magic Lantern, it's up to you, don't expect anyone to babysit you and convince you how much you want to use ML. It's programed from people who want it for themselves (and they don't want bricked cameras either), if anyone else uses it or not doesn't matter that much.

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