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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Still Live: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $1999
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:23:41 PM »
Just want to report that I ordered a 5d3 from bigvalue and it came in today. I didn't have a chance to shoot anything meaningful, but everything is fine in my initial tests. And for those worried about longevity, I ordered a 7d from bigvalue several years ago and never had an issue with it. So don't hesitate if you are in the market for a 5d3.

Just curious to know which firmware is on your new 5D3.

I just sold mine in Ontario after 2 years of usage and with around 50K clicks on it. Waiting to buy a 50mp but was tempted to buy one back @ $1949. The balance of this sell and buy again is only$200. Nice.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2149
« on: January 21, 2015, 01:43:19 PM »
Not sure about this. Has anyone here purchased these deals from ebay sellers? It says $2149 after $300 rebate but the regular price is $2799. I added to cart and went all the way up to final checkout at $2149 but saw nothing mentioned about mail-in rebate.

$2149 is the Ebay seller price.

Compare to the street price $3099 ($2799 after $300 MIR).

No more MIR for the ebay grey market item.

Photography Technique / Re: Depth of Field - Bokeh
« on: January 14, 2015, 06:02:10 PM »
Excuse me. I am confused. I need training in person. hehe

Checked the price history

Thanks for the heads-up. Unfortunately in my region (Hong Kong) such rebates and/or special sales don't exist. Those of you who live in the states are lucky in this aspect, I guess. Fortunately at this price for an L lens, this is too good to pass up for me.

You don't need a rebate/sale to buy this lens cheap in Hong Kong. Retail price is below HK$6900. (below US$900)
(grey market is even cheaper)

Check it out from here :

Lenses / Re: Comparison: Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 vs Canon 50mm f/1.8
« on: January 02, 2015, 01:50:09 AM »
studio test of YN 50 1.8

YongNuo 50mm f/1.8 – Round 3: Studio

Technical Support / Re: Canon Rebel T3
« on: December 29, 2014, 07:31:07 PM »
Put a little lube on the spring on the hinge with a toothpick, thought it helped, but after sitting closed for a while it still sticks. Moved the spring over thought that maybe a problem. I guess not. To me it seems like the catch that locks the flash down is not always releasing as it should. I will spend some more time on it and see if I can find a solution . I will post my findings.

This one will help too. It's about the micro switch (external flash detect switch) underneath the metal strip of the flash mount. Lubricate the switch button with a tooth pick and a drop of lube oil. (or WD40)

link for more details :

Technical Support / Re: Canon Rebel T3
« on: December 29, 2014, 12:02:37 PM »

Even though I don't understand his language, he has demonstrated how to fix the built in flash pop up problem. I even add a drop of light machine oil to lubricate the part. It works on my old 40D and the problem never return.

I quoted hereunder from : "" which explain the problem.

The spring latch on the pop-up flash can stick. It is part of the hinge in the rear. You can try to gently raise the flash and while I would not suggest that you force it open, try to get a fingernail or stiff business card under it while it is clicking and gently help it up. If you are able to get the flash to pop up, you need to clean and lubricate the latch and spring with something like WD40, since dirt and grit can block the correct operation. If you are unable to get the flash to open, the unit will need to go to Canon for service.

Lenses / Re: Buying a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:08:47 PM »
You won`t find one of this lens in the $500'ish range unless it is `for parts or repair` or it is the older model EF28 70 F2.8L.

The average price on the Ebay is 1K. I just sold mine locally on CL for $880.

Technical Support / Re: 5Dmk3 grip rubber coming loose
« on: December 15, 2014, 01:56:33 PM »
Do not use glue which will make it worse. Adding a small piece of double sided tape won't work as well.

Could you explain why these would not be a good idea?  I always like it whens I can gets some learnin' here.

You are welcome to experiment using different glues and tapes and come back in a short while to let us know if they work. My friend used 3m double sided tape but may be not the one designated (3M 300SLE) for this design and the tape came off after a few days use. He then used super glue gel type and it lasted for only a short while. The already deformed (enlarged/loosen) rubber grip came off again.

I then ordered the piece from Canon Canada online store and the problem was solved in less than ten minutes. He sold the camera after a year and the rubber grip was still in excellent shape. BTW, by using glue, you are risking corrosive stuff passing through the openings on the body(underneath the rubber piece) into the electronic components inside creating further problem.

A few discussions in the forum tell the experience. (60D) I have no knowledge about 5D3 problem in this regard though.

Technical Support / Re: 5Dmk3 grip rubber coming loose
« on: December 15, 2014, 12:57:51 PM »
It's a very common problem with the early batch of 60D too. Do not use glue which will make it worse. Adding a small piece of double sided tape won't work as well. I have replaced one for my friend and it is pretty easy. Just get a replacement part from Canon and DIY. I won't waste time shipping back to Canon and wait for the return.

Technical Support / Re: How to remove a filter that is bent.
« on: December 13, 2014, 04:43:38 PM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: December 03, 2014, 09:58:50 AM »
40D with 40mm pancake

Technical Support / Re: Canon Rebel XTI Error 01
« on: November 28, 2014, 09:20:20 PM »
Ive already tried cleaning the contacts. Also Im still getting error 01. Don't have another lens to try out unfortunately. Would they let me test one in a camera shop you reckon? thanks

I have no idea but you may ask. Anyway, it either the camera body or the lens is broken, it's not worthwhile to send them to canon for repair. Good luck.

Technical Support / Re: Canon Rebel XTI Error 01
« on: November 28, 2014, 08:37:21 PM »
thanks for your reply. just tried putting it in AV mode. F value says F00. When I try to change it there are no values. Have no idea whats happening!

F00 means camera can't communicate with lens. But, no more ERR 01 right ? Try clean and check the contacts on the lens and pins inside the camera again. Go to the menu and clear all settings and revert to default. BTW, do you have another lens to test it out ??

Technical Support / Re: Canon Rebel XTI Error 01
« on: November 28, 2014, 06:40:09 PM »
I have once had the same problem with my T3i and Tamron 17 50. I followed another suggestion and it worked.

"The solution is to set the lens aperture to the largest f-number (minimum aperture) such as f/38 of your kit lens @ 55mm and shoot a couple of pics"

Have no idea why but it really solved the problem.

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