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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Firmware 2.0.2 IS faster
« on: June 20, 2013, 03:16:58 AM »
So fast I can't even see anything!

Lenses / Re: Marco Equipment for Baby shots
« on: June 19, 2013, 03:50:39 AM »

Canon General / Canon service center
« on: June 07, 2013, 09:13:31 PM »
So, a little story...

I live/work in Japan, but am an American citizen only. I have a job that grants me SOFA status, which basically means though I am a civilian, I work on a military base here and am granted the same privileges as an Active Duty military member.

That status granted me the ability to purchase a brand new 5D3 last summer at the base exchange, as opposed to having to buy one out on the town for a much higher price (sidenote, most Japanese electronics are cheaper in the states than Japan).

I flew to America a few weeks ago, and on my return flight, I decided to check my camera bag as opposed to carrying, so I would have a lighter load at the three airports I must always traverse. Mistake. When I arrived home, and began unpacking everything, I noticed that the multidirectional button/pad seal was torn.. no biggie... Except then when I tried using the button, it was stuck to one side, would not operate, etc...

I tried messing with it, tried getting it to work, and actually ended up breaking it off. Now my 5D3 is pretty much useless to me without that function. I emailed Canon, explained the situation of the camera, my situation, they said send it in, so I did.

Got the email today that the camera is being fixed under warranty, no charge. I didn't know their warranty covered things (airline transport) that most companies would just laugh at. I was expecting a couple hundred dollar repair, instead it cost me the 45 dollars or so to USPS priority mail the camera to their California service center.

In short, Canon just earned my continued business, despite me being a long time canon fan (Canon G2-PS800-PS1000-SX10-Rebel T1i-5D2-and now onto my 5D3, S95, and EOS-M. I don't really use the S95 anymore with the M in the stable)

Just wanted to share. Comment if you feel like

Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 05, 2013, 09:39:45 AM »
I'd keep my 14L II, 24-70II, 70-200 IS II. Can I have an extender?

Canon General / Re: Trip to Japan
« on: April 18, 2013, 09:06:28 PM »
I live in Okinawa, Japan is pretty spectacular.

definitely go to kyoto, see the temples there. Check out Harajuku in Tokyo, lots of wild sights there. Go visit the Tokyo skytree for sure.

There's a really cool overnight train that goes from Tokyo to Sapporo on Hokkaido. If you have time/money it's worth it.

Can you speak/read any Japanese? The trains and planes all have English, but the bus system is more hit and miss. It can be tough to figure out.

Get up early and check out the Tsukiji market as it's due to close next year.

The Ueno area has some really nice museums, parks, and sights.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: April 07, 2013, 02:06:11 AM »
<a href="" title="5D3_5518 by volksron, on Flickr"><img src="" width="800" height="534" alt="5D3_5518"></a>

PowerShot / Re: SX50 outperforming 5DIII +100-400mm
« on: April 04, 2013, 05:31:54 PM »
So please explain how that is "outperforming" it?

Lenses / Re: 200mm 2.8 II vs. 85mm 1.2 II for Food Photography
« on: March 23, 2013, 10:28:53 AM »
Neither, 100L IS macro

I use it all the time. It's spectacular!!

It lets you get personal with your food, makes it interesting...

5D3_5744 by volksron, on Flickr

5D3_5746 by volksron, on Flickr

You won't/can't get images like that from either of those two lenses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help to make my decision.
« on: January 26, 2013, 01:14:24 AM »
I see two options for you if you want to make the jump to FF..

Sell 7D and lens, buy 5D2 + a lens or two

KEEP 7D and buy a used 5Dc (they can be had for 500 or less) + 17-40L.

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: January 25, 2013, 05:52:52 AM »
Smooth background?

IMG_9577_l by volksron, on Flickr

Or balls of light?

Relaxed night by volksron, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 23, 2013, 06:31:02 AM »
Bolinas, CA

Amber waves of grain by volksron, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Question regarding constant aperture lenses.
« on: January 23, 2013, 06:28:04 AM »
 "An f-stop is the ratio between the focal length of the lens and the *apparent* size of the lens opening as viewed through the front. It must take into account the magnification factor of all lens elements in front of the diaphragm, because it is the size of the opening that the light "sees" as it passes through the lens, not the actual physical diameter of the diaphragm opening. It is this fact that allows companies to make constant aperture zoom lenses which maintain a constant f-stop when the focal length changes, because such lenses are designed so that the magnification factor (diopter value) of all elements in front of the diaphragm changes as focal length is changed to hold the aperture value constant."

Lenses / Re: Step-up Ring, Filter...
« on: January 23, 2013, 06:23:37 AM »
Larger Filters on Smaller lenses with a Step Up ring, you're never going to have a problem, except if you want to use a hood. Sometimes you can get the hood on and *then* mount the filter, sometimes you can't even do that. But if you don't want a hood, there's no problem at all. (I'd recommend getting another lenscap, $2 on ebay, the size of your filter, so that you don't have to unscrew everything to put the original lenscap on).

Hell, a filter with a step up ring is kinda a hood!!  :P

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - How bad is it? Really?
« on: January 23, 2013, 06:21:50 AM »
but I also realize that the standards on this forum is VERY high.

Wrong. Most of the people on this forum are pixel peepers who don't enjoy photography. The 7D will be a huge upgrade over that 30D in exactly the areas you need it to be. Buy one and enjoy for years to come...

People forget that the man makes the tool, not the other way around... Catch my drift?

If not, I know someone who runs a very profitable business on a twice outdated camera, the Canon 5D... Seems to do just fine.

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