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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX camera
« on: April 21, 2014, 10:26:22 PM »
How reliable is the new Canon 1DX camera ie repair frequency?

What sort of punishment are you expecting it to live through?

yeah mine's the same way.

my 70-200 2.8 II shows something to the tune of "00000cbd00b" or some nonsense

I think it's because it was an early 2010 copy that didn't share this info with cameras properly back then?  I dunno...

Are there really two threads going on about this camera's AF pushing 20 pages now? 

Why can't people just agree to disagree, and accept the fact the 6D is a great camera for what it is - an entry level FF body with great IQ but with simplified AF.

Sometimes one tool is better than another based on needs/wants.

To put things in perspective, my SLRs are playing backup to my EOS M at the moment  :o

But the OP wants a FF sensor to match his 5D3.

the 40mm pancake lives on my 5Dc.  I love that combo!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Samyang 12mm f2 for EOS-M
« on: April 18, 2014, 03:12:02 AM »
+1....16-35 III with IS would be nice ;)


I sold my 16-35II and replaced it with the 11-22 IS  :o

You bring up some good points, but it sounds like the OP needs/wants his backup to be a FF body, despite the advances and benefits to be had with a more modern crop sensor.

For the pricepoint (~$500), there really aren't other options to be had.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Samyang 12mm f2 for EOS-M
« on: April 17, 2014, 11:43:39 PM »
oh that's really cool, I didn't realize 3rd party have started to embrace the M mount!

However, I'm not sure why I would prefer this over Canon's excellent 11-22 IS zoom?

I prefer IS over fast aperture for UWA any day, and AF is just really nice to have, not to mention a convenient range of focal lengths in one lens.

Granted the OEM option likely costs 50%-100% more...

Oh, that's true. I can use the Ec-S with the 5d!

Oops!  I think the Ec-S is for the mkII.  I believe the Ee-S is for the 5Dc.  Sorry about that.

The Ee-S works well on 2.8 aperture lenses and confirming your AF is on track.  Let me temper your expectations on anything faster than 2.8.  While the center AF point is golden for most all my lenses, it was not up to the challenge with my 85II.  I had a *passable* hit rate using the Ee-S leveraging skills carried over from the old FD system, but that lens is really singing now paired with modern AF.

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.

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