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@titokane:  If you have selected a shutter speed higher than the max sync speed, the camera is supposed to override it when you turn the flash on.  The instruction manual says so, and also I have seen Canon cameras do this many times.

@ Marsu:  1.)  It was not in HSS, and 2.)  I was wondering about whether the old flash was maybe not included in the 6d's firmware as you say, and 3.)  I actually did post this simultaneously on the official Canon forum just as you also thought.  So far I have one response suggesting that maybe I didn't have the flash seated fully forward in the flash mount, and Canon's moderator gave that poster a "KUDOS" for the suggestion, but did not offer any insights from Lake Success.

I was shooting my 6D today at the aviary.  I believe I was in TV mode.  Had my Canon 320EX speedlite on.  I had been shooting with the flash off but turned it on.  The shutter was set at 1/400th.  The ISO was, I know, still set from the last room I was in, which was dark, so it is at ISO 3200.

Anyway, the camera failed to reduce the shutter to the camera's max sync speed (1/180) like you expect it to do.  As a result, the flash was clearly out of sync with the shutter. 

Also, the metadata says "flash did not fire".  But obviously it did fire.

Could this be a firmware glitch?  Bad camera?  Some obvious user error I am overlooking?


I would love to be wrong and see some major changes in the next firmware release!!

The next 5d3 firmware release is scheduled for sometime in April (2013 afaik :-)) - maybe they'll do a silent fix by then, let's wait and see ... but I've decided to save the €1000 and get a 6d anyway, so for me it's more like general interest in Canon reacting or not.

That's what I ended up doing, and mostly for this low light focus issue. 
The IQ is great, and I have not noticed any hardship at all from not having 200 AF points.  This thing will grab focus (with a nice red square and a cheerful beep) of scenes where it is so dark that the actual image is 99% black even with ISO cranked up to 10k. 
I also used a portion of the savings to scoop up an EF 85mm f/1.8 which I am really enjoying too.

Lenses / Re: Dropped my 70-200L F4 onto the carpet from my bag. Advice.
« on: January 12, 2013, 01:22:39 AM »
Don't worry too much. Test for lens element alignment issues, tape five printed pages on a wall and square your camera to it, space the pages so they are in the center and each corner of your frame and then make teat shots at all focal lengths wide open, either move the camera or the pages to keep them in he corners. If you have alignment issues the pages will have very different sharpnesses.

If you have an alignment issue Canon can fix it for a reasonable amount, but you have to send it in to them for a quote.

Yup.......teat shots....

"Teat" shots???

Sports / Re: The Destroyer
« on: January 11, 2013, 07:29:15 PM »
Ha.  You can see through the floor.  I never thought of it, but I guess that would be prety important in one of those.

Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 35 f/1.4 POST-RELEASE hands-on views
« on: January 11, 2013, 01:45:52 AM »
The title of the previous Sigma 1.4 post was about pre-release.  Now The Digital Picture has given it its first unqualified reccomendation vs. the OEM product,

and Lens Rentals has literally gushed over it..
  What are we to think?

Lenses / Re: Your "precious" lord of the red rings is?
« on: January 07, 2013, 12:40:45 AM »
Obviously he just wanted us all to know that he has two very expensive lenses!

PowerShot / Re: Boy Scout Photography Class - Thoughts?
« on: January 05, 2013, 01:19:54 AM »
All kidding aside, I think the TRIANGLE is the key.  I'd take ISO out of it, and have then work with shutter speed and aperture.  As for concrete exercises, I don't know....

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: January 04, 2013, 12:30:01 AM »
I'll pick it up in a few years when it is the kit lens for the 5D5 or the 6d3 or something, and it only adds $600.00 to the cost vx. body-only price.

Is it just me, or does the Canon not smoke the Panasonic on image quality in this review?  The reviewer is touting the constant f/2.8 aperture throughout it's 24x (600mm) range, and granted that does give nicer background blur/subject separation, and of course that can give higher shutter speed and all...BUT.  He never talks about the IQ differences in his own comparison shots.

It just seems like from his shots anyway that the Canon gives much sharper images.

PowerShot / Re: Boy Scout Photography Class - Thoughts?
« on: January 03, 2013, 04:41:19 PM »
I suppose a bikini glamour model would not work?  That would keep their attention.  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: January 03, 2013, 04:11:11 PM »
Maybe it actually is time to lock this thread.  The title is over the top negative, and that just brings out over-the-top responses from the True Believers in response.  And every time someone bumps it, it goes back to the front page/top posts all over again.


I wish that someone who has actual experience using multiple Canon cameras (including the 6D) would explain what ...

'The 6D is a repackaged 5D2, which is a repackaged 20D w/ a FF sensor.'

... even means.  It sounds like an assertion that Canon cameras haven't changed in 10+ years.  And many seem to agree.  What am I missing?  And if this is the case, why is Canon equipment still in their bag?

This is not a personal attack on Canon's overall quality...just calling it like it is... 6D is a safe move up introducing some new features... it is an incremental move...not a revolutionary move by any means...that's what the comment made by me and others means...

I also said in a different thread that once the 6D price settles down from the initial high, it would be a good value and a competent camera in its own right.

I may be a Canon user, but I don't believe in mindlessly defending Canon at every turn where every single thing they do is the second coming that needs to be venerated and praised to high heavens. Sometimes what they do is just plain ordinary or market driven and that's ok too.

I use Canon because I like the overall platform. I call the 6D an incremental move because it is.

Geez.  I'm all for not sparing Canon any well-deserved criticism, but "a repackaged 5D2 which is in turn a repackaged 20d, only with a FF"?  You gloss over the swap from crop to FF pretty dismissively, and then you gloss over the gain of a stop or 2 of low-light performance between 5D2 and 6D (and I guess 3 or 4 stops between 20D and 6D) as if they were nothing.  What, exactly would constutute a meaningful advance, assuming the end result will still look like a camera and do what a camera does?  I suppose all these cameras are still black, and still have a shutter button, so there is nothing groundbreaking like, what, mounting 3 lenses at the same time, and maybe a tractor beam, or the ability to resurect one's ancestors?  :)

Hmmm...  I see a lot of complaicency here. 

Would not want to see Canon sit back on its laurels from overconficence, nor steam full speed into the ice field (pick your own metaphor here). 

First of all, McDonalds (I think) sells more hamburgers than any other hamburger-selling outfit, yet the quality is not generally considered to be that great. 

Second, Canon's lead is narrowing and the others are gaining unless I am confused by some detail here, or by the definition of "camera" being used in this statistic or something.  I recall market share numbers in the high 40% range a couple of years ago, not the high 20% range.

Software & Accessories / Re: AFMA advice sought
« on: December 30, 2012, 11:03:09 PM »
Not to hijack the thread, but am I correct in understanding that FoCal does not yet support Canon 6D?

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