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Thanks, BL. Very useful tips.

aj, to each his own. For my specific purpose, I need a cheaper full frame body to complement my 5DIII where I cannot take the latter, and where I cannot change lenses.
Also, thanks for sharing the information about shadow noise in the 5D.

I do understand one cannot get everything at once. I have to expect some trade-off for getting a FF camera for so cheap. I just need to make sure the trade-off is in the right areas. The AFMA is a bit of a worry though.

I did not notice a problem with my 2.8 lenses in regards to AFMA.  Anything faster than that, prepare to use your eyeballs and a high precision Ec-S screen :(

There are hardcore supporters of the idea that "full frame is always better. :-X" I do not think so, and choose 70D without hesitation. ??? Weather sealed, AFMA, AF far superior, more images per second, higher resolution, etc... ::) I have not used original 5D, but some friends use and the noise in the shadows is very ugly. :-[ Any Rebel model currently has more like colored noise film, while the original 5D has horrible colored spots. 8)

I have not used any rebels, but I don't think i experienced what I would call horrible colored spots in the shadows.  I expose everything to the right with the 5D (as with all my canons), so perhaps that is a partial offset?

I do however use the M frequently and its performance does not leave me thinking twice to reach for the 5D, despite the technology gap.  Although I will say I prefer the noise pattern of my 5D over the M when ISOs go north of 400.

Lighting / Re: How to tell when Eneloops are running dry in 600EXs?
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:52:11 PM »
I am using the same as you and I just go on the first missfire, though I find the ST-E3 kills its two AA's before the 600's kill their four.

The only reason I have had a missfire from the 600's (apart from with the Youngnuo YN-E3-RT) has been down to battery level, a change of battery has sorted it out.

I'm the complete opposite.  My ST-E3 lasts longer than my speedlites. 

You could be pushing your 600s harder than I am, as I tend to gang lights together for groups A and/or B.

I too have been shooting the 5D since 2005 and I still enjoy using it.  It was the camera that convinced me to ditch wet processing for dry! 

That said, you have to understand its limitations given what's available to us today - dated LCD (just use it for histograms), AWB can be fiddly at times, forget AI servo, not a lot of headroom for cropping, and I generally won't push the ISO beyond 1250.

But I still enjoy using it because it produces lovely files and really like how simple a tool it is.  If the mirror work hasn't been done, don't worry about it.  Contact Canon and they will still honor that recall and fix it at no cost to you, even though it's been 5 years since they announced it.

Look out for dirty viewfinders.  My 5Ds viewfinder looked like a litter box after 7 years, but Canon was kind enough to clean it out along with the sensor when they performed my mirror reinforcement fix a year or so ago.

Should be able to find a clean one for around $500USD.  I would suggest craiglist or a way to buy in person so you can check it out, unless the online seller has posted more than enough pictures to leave little to the imagination. 

Lighting / How to tell when Eneloops are running dry in 600EXs?
« on: April 17, 2014, 04:17:04 PM »
So I use 4 600EXs for all my lighting needs, powered by Sanyo eneloops.  In the past using 580s and 430s, I've used a full power flash dump and counted in seconds for the ready beep to determine roughly how juiced a set of batteries were - 2.5s meant fine, 3.5s-4s served as a reminder to change out a set for a fresh.

What I've been finding with the 600EXs is that even when the batteries are near death, the ready beep still engages after 2.5s-3s after a 1/1 test, only to discover it stops firing and dies just a few pops later mid session.

I doubled checked to ensure every test on each flash is not set to 1/32 but to 1/1 full power.  It's frustrating when you think everything is charged and a speedlite fails, and perhaps I've been foolishly relying on those ready beeps to gauge battery status.

Anyone else experiencing this? 

Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: April 16, 2014, 12:15:11 PM »
Hi everyone,

I'm looking to take my photography hobby to the next level, so to speak  :D, so I'm thinking of buying me a tripod and a tripod head. I've done some research online, but I think I'm more confused now, than when I started thinking about tripods and heads.  ;D (I guess, that happens a lot). From my understanding, Manfrotto and Induro seem to be the best tripod brands, so I'm looking to get the above mentioned gear from either of these two. I'm more inclined, however, towards Induro products.

In so many words, what do you guys make of this?

For studio use or for travel?  Two totally different setups imo

EOS Bodies / Re: Has anyone confirmed the 12 FPS on the 1DX?
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:11:01 AM »
You could take a video of it with your 5D and slow it down to count the actuations

Lenses / Re: Lens calibration
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:45:53 PM »
Does distance matter for this sort of calibration/testing?  I would imagine it's probably best not to calibrate at MFD or infinity for example.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:39:23 PM »
Windows 7 & 8.  Both IE and Chrome do not display out-of-stock.

Item in question:

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 15, 2014, 04:13:40 PM »

I really, really appreciate your participation in this forum.  It speaks volumes to how important customer service is for Adorama and that issues are not taken lightly.

I purchase things on a monthly and sometimes weekly basis, and having to contact a service rep to validate stock status for SKUs is not something I could realistically keep up with.  That said, the inconsistencies experienced for stock status is a real missed opportunity and I hope it gets resolved soon.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 15, 2014, 03:38:51 PM »
Well, since I don't shop on mobile, prices are identical in most cases, and it seems different browsers are telling different stories for in stock status, it's pretty clear where I should place my orders go forward to avoid out-of-stock/backorder issues.

Thanks all for checking your browsers and confirming I wasn't losing my mind!

Lenses / Re: San Francisco camera store recommendation
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:33:40 PM »
You'll not find anything as large as Adorama/B&H in SF, but I can personally recommend Glass Key Photo in SF, and the Looking Glass, just outside of the city in Berkeley.  These are independently run, small businesses that have given me fantastic service, with staff that have been a real pleasure to work with.

You're in for a real treat as the weather has been unusually warm and sunny.  Enjoy your time in SF!  :)

Reviews / Re: 50/1.4 Sigma Art Review by The Digital Picture
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:24:09 PM »
With the Otus as exception, most other 50's have to stop down 1.5+ stops or so to keep up with the Sigma wide open.  Looks really promising.

Thanks for sharing the link!

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon E2 Handstrap opinions?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:38:42 PM »
I use a camdapter on both my DSLRs.  I love that handstrap.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 14, 2014, 12:13:47 PM »
Since you're going to have to wait anyway…might I suggest that you consider the RRS L-bracket for the 1D X? 

It is more expensive, yes, but the design is excellent.  It is modular, so you can remove the upright portion of the L bracket for a smaller profile when you don't need to mount in portrait orientation (that also means you can buy the body plate, and add the upright portion for the L bracket later).  The hex key to convert stores right in the plate itself.  It's a common size (5/32", IIRC), and for me that little easily-accessible wrench has come in handy in a variety of situations.

Neuro, thanks for the suggestion, but I'm finding I rarely use a monopod let alone a tripod with this particular camera.  I just need something simple for video I've been shooting more of :)

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