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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 24, 2014, 06:42:25 AM »
Hi Sama.
Lovely pictures, made me shiver just looking at such cold!
Not living in a cold enough environment to see things like this, how does this form, is it snow that melts but not far enough to fall off or is it Freezing fog or something else that causes it?

Oceo, nice pics, like the cat surrounded by snow!

DJD, great shot, we know people are looking out for the birds, but thawing the feeder every couple of hours is dedication.

All others, well done great pics, thanks.

Cheers Graham.

Ice in Toronto during the Icy Christmas 2013. Shot with Samsung Galaxy Mega on the way to Costco.

Dear Graham,

Thank you for your kind words. After the Ice storm in Toronto just before the 2013 Christmas, ice were seen almost everything outdoor. No idea how it was formed. I think this is one of the coldest winters in this part of the world for the past decades. Everything was like freezing.

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 22, 2014, 07:37:26 PM »
Ice in Toronto during the Icy Christmas 2013. Shot with Samsung Galaxy Mega on the way to Costco.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« on: February 05, 2014, 03:32:51 PM »
I'm looking at getting a backup to my 6D, and also something the family can share.

Depends on your family :-> ... if they aren't the p&s type definitely get the 40d as this is the lowest dslr level with a competent usability (top lcd, back dial, overall size, menu options) ... and the 40D runs Magic Lantern so you can use all the goodies like focus stacking, focus peaking, timelapses, auto iso and whatnot.

Waited two years for the ML to work on my 40D...........but so far no alpha version released.

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EOS-M / Re: useability of FD lens on EOS M
« on: January 30, 2014, 11:02:00 AM »
I have a simple non-chipped adaptor for 40 Euro. Some experiences:

- Using manual is a pain because the exposure simulation doesn't work. With Av mode everything is o.k.
- Manual focus is easy with 5x or 10x magnification but not for moving subjects. Just focusing via the excellent display is possible (by focusing back and forth and minimizing the intervals).
- Quality of the old lenses is mediocre compared to the new lenses I use on the 600D (3.5 50 macro, 4.0 17, 2.5 135, 4.0 200). Just the 1.4 50 mm chrome ring is an exception. I am really impressed by the clarity of the images. See the example below. The center strip (2nd image in my post) is a 100% view:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=16907.msg324375#msg324375


Yes, I totally agreed that manual focusing is a pain especially using a relatively large and out of balance vintage lens on a tiny camera body. Using 5X or 10X magnification is difficulty when doing handheld shooting. It may work on tripod which provide some stability.

I have the following DIY project to share.

1. I installed the Magic lantern on the M and made use of the focus peak or focus zoom which is easier to check the in-focus area than the in-camera magnification feature.
2. I attached the LCD Viewfinder V3 to the M  (which I bought previously for my X5 - never used actually) after modifying the base by drilling a hole to match the mounting position of the M, stability is improved. Some magnification of the V3 helps to view the image on the LCD clearly. The viewfinder is detachable and won't block the LCD for touch screen functionality.
3. I don't have to worry about reflection of the strong ambient light on the LCD when shooting in very bright environment.
4. It didn't cost me a penny in this project - I used the V3 already available. I just spent 5 minutes to find the correct position of the mounting hole and drill it on the base and that's it.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Rokinon/Samyang 14mm f/2.8 $275
« on: January 27, 2014, 08:24:55 PM »
Buydig via eBay is selling the Rokinon/ 14mm f/2.8 for $275.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rokinon-FE14M-C-14mm-F2-8-Ultra-Wide-Lens-Your-choice-in-Mount-Type-/331116659660

Thanks for your info. Really an excellent deal.  Ive just ordered one.

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EOS-M / Re: GREAT AND CHEAP BATTERIES FOR EOS-M
« on: January 18, 2014, 05:24:42 PM »
I don't believe those are 2200 mAh and I don't like batteries which someone sells with different charger (usually they are NOT decoded and the camera does not show battery level).

I got 2 of this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2Pcs-Full-Coded-1250mAh-LP-E12-Battery-for-Canon-EOS-M-Camera-Show-Battery-Level-/170895464586?pt=Batteries_Chargers&hash=item27ca29d88a
They are working fine, I don't see any difference with the original battery.

Exactly. I have in hand 3 pieces of the same brand and one piece of their charger. Very nice indeed. But took a long time to come to Toronto.

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Dear Friend Sama.
Yes, I already have 2 Canon LP-E12 875 mAh. , And 2 Wasabi power Batteries1100 mAh---Not Enough for my 1 day Shooting ( which less than 600 Photos for 4 Batteries)---To day I already Order from Amazon 2 sets ( 4 Batteries and 2 Chargers) Halcyon LP-E12 Batteries =2200 mAH Lithium Ion, $ 18.99 US Dollars each set of 2 Batteries and a Charger.

http://www.amazon.com/Halcyon-Lithium-Replacement-Battery-Charger/dp/B00C32SPDW/ref=sr_1_7/192-4275402-5928723?ie=UTF8&qid=1389462791&sr=8-7&keywords=canon+battery+lp-e12

Yes, I should get on my hand with in 4-5 days ( Free Shipping), And report back to you.
Have a great day.
Surapon
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Wow, excellent price for the battery and charger combo and you don't have to wait for  weeks to get the shipment. In Toronto, I waited 5 weeks to get it from the postal outlet. People in Hong Kong are shipping the battery stuff via Singapore/Sweden/Swiss to avoid certain airline restriction. BTW, I have tested 2 of mine and they lasted for about 210 to 225 shots respectively.

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Dear Sir.
Yes, I am the Cheapo, when I try to buy the support equipment of my Love Hobby, Photography.
No,not the question about the Camera Bodies or Camera Lenses that I stick  with my dear Canon, But The Batteries.
Yes, My Awesome new Tiny Babe EOS-M require Canon LP-E12 = $ 50 US Dollars = 7.2 V, 875 mAh, Which I can shoot still Photos only 130 Picture MAX.
Yes, I already Buy 2 Wasabi brand = $ 15 US Dollars 7.2V, 1100 mAh, Which I can shoot up to 145-155 picture Max.
The Question, Sir---There are So many Brands , Cheap, and More Power, Such as :
Opteka LP-E12 = $ 12 US Dollars , 7.2 V, 2000 mAh.
Halcyon  LP-E12  = $ 10 US Dollars , 7,2 V, 2200 mAh.
Butterfly Photo = $ 9 US Dollars , 7.2 V, 1150 mAh.

What should I buy ?----YES, All Brands include Canon Battery = Made in China

Have a great weekend, my friends.
Surapon

Dear Surapon,

I have received today a package of 2 pieces of  3rd party (dste) LP-E12 and a DC 136 charger which I have purchased online from a Ebay vendor "Dstebattery". I offered $18 for the above and was accepted. Tracking number was provided with no extra cost. Warranty period is 2 years.
I bought from them before and their batteries are of decent quality. It happened once that one of their LP-E8 s became weak in less than a year's time. I emailed them and got a replacement in 2 weeks.
Just for your info.

THANKSSSSS, Dear Sama
Thanks for your infor., BUT another question " I bought from them before and their batteries are of decent quality "= What do you mean " Decent quality " ?=  Short life of the Batteries ? or Short Capacity to shoot , each Charge ?.
But 2 Years warranty is great, Not Many Recharged Batteries pass 2 years of continueing usage any ways.
Have a great Sunday.
Surapon

Sorry for the late reply. By decent, I mean the batteries are of good quality. I have used their BP511A, LP E6, LP E8 and NB 10L which hold charges quite well. I have no statistical figure as to how many pics can be taken for a full charge ( I guess they are at least up to 80% of the original ones) and most of them survive after 2 years. I was particularly impressed when they sent me a replacement previously - refer to my post above.

As for the LP-E12, I will test it out and report back to you. I have charged one fully and will see how it performs in the coming 2 days.

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Dear Sir.
Yes, I am the Cheapo, when I try to buy the support equipment of my Love Hobby, Photography.
No,not the question about the Camera Bodies or Camera Lenses that I stick  with my dear Canon, But The Batteries.
Yes, My Awesome new Tiny Babe EOS-M require Canon LP-E12 = $ 50 US Dollars = 7.2 V, 875 mAh, Which I can shoot still Photos only 130 Picture MAX.
Yes, I already Buy 2 Wasabi brand = $ 15 US Dollars 7.2V, 1100 mAh, Which I can shoot up to 145-155 picture Max.
The Question, Sir---There are So many Brands , Cheap, and More Power, Such as :
Opteka LP-E12 = $ 12 US Dollars , 7.2 V, 2000 mAh.
Halcyon  LP-E12  = $ 10 US Dollars , 7,2 V, 2200 mAh.
Butterfly Photo = $ 9 US Dollars , 7.2 V, 1150 mAh.

What should I buy ?----YES, All Brands include Canon Battery = Made in China

Have a great weekend, my friends.
Surapon

Dear Surapon,

I have received today a package of 2 pieces of  3rd party (dste) LP-E12 and a DC 136 charger which I have purchased online from a Ebay vendor "Dstebattery". I offered $18 for the above and was accepted. Tracking number was provided with no extra cost. Warranty period is 2 years.
I bought from them before and their batteries are of decent quality. It happened once that one of their LP-E8 s became weak in less than a year's time. I emailed them and got a replacement in 2 weeks.
Just for your info.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:31:06 PM »
What about a Herm├Ęs Crocodile 24K version with 10 carat diamond Shutter 1DX ?

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M video gear
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:45:27 AM »
My newest achievement in EOS M video gear:  ;D



It may not be the most sophisticated piece of equipment, but building it was free, and it has one thing going for it, that no professional slider, that I know of, can do.
Once you scrolled to the end of the track, you can disassemble the other side, add it to the front, and keep going.
Not exactly usefull for videography, but if your doing a timelapse you can scroll, brick for brick, shot for shot, for an infinite distance... as long as a smooth surface is given.

Brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« on: January 03, 2014, 08:16:06 PM »
My new camera fund has reached $3000, barely enough for a used 1D4 or a new 5D3.  Looking around, I can also get a Sony A7R with 36MP, ISO 25600 and a 24-70 f/4 FF lens.  Or do I keep going and hope to get a lower priced or refurb 1DX for another $5000.  I would like a camera for low light stage events.

Canon 5D3 now selling US$2,549 on EBay -  bigvalueinc

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Will vintage lenses help me find the way?
« on: December 31, 2013, 02:10:24 PM »
I personally am a fan of vintage lens. I allow me to have multiple prime, covering much of the most useful focal length, at a very low price. Moreover, since I use a 6D (FF camera) and a custom split-screen focusing screen, I really get the same feeling when shooting than with my Pentax K-1000 film camera, with which I learned to love photography. I must point out that I do photography for artistic purpose and not professional purpose.

Of course, modern lens often offer more feature; AF, better sharpness, better coating, electronic aperture, more CA, etc. You are never going to have the thing in a 50$ vintage lens than in a 1000$ modern lens. However, if like me, you always work in full manual, you might find the difference not so great. Also, if you study the lens themselves before buying, you will be able to find good deal on stunning lens.

Lots of people are advising against using vintage lens, which is only logical, because those lens don't fit the way they work. I really don't think they are giving bad advice, but IMO they are taking for granted you're needs and workflow are similar to theirs. If vintage lens fit the way you work, I really don't see why you shouldn't at least try working with one and see if you like it; you might love it, and if not, you can always sell it back the same price you bought it (if you take care of your gear, it is not 2 more month of use that is going to change the value of a 30 years old lens!).

+1  exactly what I have in mind.

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EOS-M / Re: useability of FD lens on EOS M
« on: December 22, 2013, 11:28:56 PM »
I tried my old FD35-105F3.5 on the M.  It already had an Mika FD-EF adapter so I could mount it on my T2i.  It mounts on the M with the EF adapter.

The experiment went fine, but I haven't really used it yet.  I find it a bit challenging to hold still at longer focal lengths with no IS and manual focus. You might need to practice focus bracketing.  It is fine outdoors with a high shutter speed,  but a tripod or other camera rest can be useful.  I did not use it indoors.

Hi, DCM,

Is your FD-EF adapter with or without glass ? Does it focus to infinity on your M with EF to M converter ?

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EOS-M / Re: useability of FD lens on EOS M
« on: December 22, 2013, 03:28:41 PM »
I tried my old FD35-105F3.5 on the M.  It already had an Mika FD-EF adapter so I could mount it on my T2i.  It mounts on the M with the EF adapter.

The experiment went fine, but I haven't really used it yet.  I find it a bit challenging to hold still at longer focal lengths with no IS and manual focus. You might need to practice focus bracketing.  It is fine outdoors with a high shutter speed,  but a tripod or other camera rest can be useful.  I did not use it indoors.

Thanks for your sharing.

I have some experience shooting with manual focus lenses on DSlr. Apart from this Canon FD 50 1.8, I have some Pentax, Meyer Optik, Pentacon, Helios, Mamiya,Olympus,  Minolta, Sigma, Soligor,  Tamron and some other lenses in the drawers, mostly prime 50mm, 55mm, 58mm 135mm. I experienced using some of  them on my 40D and X5 with reasonably good results. However, I hesitated using them on 5D3 to avoid debris, dust or fungus (not sure if there are any) etc getting into this relatively expensive camera.

When I purchased my M, I remember somebody somewhere mentioned  that the registration technical problem is non-existence and a simple adapter for canon FD mount and Minolta lenses  respectively will allow focusing to infinity etc, etc on a M body so I started another round of purchase of accessories to bring these vintage lenses back to life. They may look and work nice on the "M" I hope.

Focus bracketing may not be able to set in manual focus if I guess it right. I am not sure if FD to EF adapter with AF confirmation chip mounted on a EF to M converter will work. Or may be, I should simply order a FD to M adapter and use Magic Lantern Focus peak etc to assist in focusing. Stacking 2 adapters together may create some possible problem - please share your experience if you have any.

BTW, I have today committed to buy a FD 50MM F1.4 for $100 online and hope that it will make a difference comparing to my 1.8

posted on an ice all around day in Toronto

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