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Hello again

I'm going nuts trying to find where to download the 7D firmware 2.0.3 for windows 8. Can anyone tell me where to dwnload it??? I can only find the latest one, 2.0.5 but don't want it cause woudl like to be able to use still my 3rd party batteries!


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Lenses / Re: This thing's gotta go!
« on: June 11, 2014, 12:04:50 PM »
Bought a SX40HS 2 years ago. Ultra long zoom but iQ is so so. Played with it with CHDK. Kept in drawer for one year unused. Sold it for $200. More than happy to let it go.

Technical Support / Re: Laptop won't recognise camera.
« on: June 08, 2014, 07:23:46 PM »
try windows update before anything else.. it works for in some other circumstances

good luck.

Just go for the latest version will do.


If you actually go through the points you will realize most of them are either theoretical (IQ, DR, color depth, noise), or marginal (viewfinder, shutter lag, fps) or can be easily remedied (battery life- get extra batteries, max speed- get ND filters). The weather sealing of the 60D is not sufficient, so I don't see how shooting in the rain with a 50% weather sealed camera is any better than a 20% weather sealed one.
T2i is actually a pretty good suggestion. Touch screen and video AF (STM) are great tools since the OP is interested in video. The weight and higher max ISO can also be helpful.

OP, I have just recently bought an 8-year old 5D. It works great (knock on wood). If you buy used from reputable sellers on FredMiranda, or even better, guaranteed used ones from KEH (they offer a 6-month warranty) then you don't have to worry about spending $$$ for repairs.

The OP specifically indicate that he/she wants a body other than Rebel. Whilst T2i/T3i are capable cameras, they don't match his criteria of choice. T4i has a similar 18MP sensor with touch screen etc, it is also in the Rebel category I believe and it is about the price of the 60D mentioned. The OP's list of choice i.e. 7D and 60D definitely has better construction than the Rebel bodies. Other recommendations are of course providing him/her different thoughts.

Buying from reputable sellers in Canada is definitely more expensive than from private sale. If the OP can find one used from private sale with transferable warranty, it is a good alternative too. Btw, for local private sale, the buyer don't to pay the 13% HST (sales tax) thus reducing the cost of purchase. Buying from US based companies is not worth the hassle, shipping and custom charges and return shipping  added up to the cost and trouble.

I would further suggest the OP to continue using his bro's T3i if practical and save some more money for a 70D which may possibly have a lower price tag soon (Back to school and Boxing sales) or a FF 5D2 used which is also an excellent choice.

Sharing experience here is really a joy. I am learning from here everyday.

I appreciate you guys inputing valuable opinion.

I did not incude 5D here not just because it has no video feature, it's a bit too old for the money. Spending only $500 to $600 on a FF sensor seems fine but I have to worry about the money I possibly have to spend on repairing a may be 7 to 8 years old electronic equipment. Repairing cost easily reaches $300.

I also agree to some of you recommending 7D. It's best all round amongst the cropped sensor Canon Dslr within the price range. However, if I have to find a newer one, it will cost over $850. I have just received an offer for a 3 1/2 years old 7D with 30k actuation for $700. May consider but want to wait for one better than it.

$530 may seem a bit on the high side for a 60D ( really? ) but it's only a few months old with low shutter count. I have checked with CL and EBay and I found the price offered to be quite reasonable. I think if I take this one, shoot with it for about 2 years, I may still be able to resell it for $350 to 400. Then, my spending on this comparatively newer body will be very low - $10 or less per month. Moreover, it  has a 2 years warranty on it and the cost of repair is 0 for the period.  The general comment in reviews about this model is that is a downgrade to 50D that make it less popular.

Still struggling. 7D or 60D. Or may be I could buy the 70D with my credit card and pay the balance by instalments. (stop thinking about it, hate to have collection agencies calling again)

Btw, have you guys ever bought a 3 years old camera?  Kind of scary having to consider buying a camera that old.:-!:-!:-!

I will have a 50 1.8 and 28-105 USM II to start with. Given to me by family. I can borrow a 70 300, UW or a few L lens if I need to use them so I'm fine with lenses for the time being. Also, I can used over 10 vintage mf lenses with adaptors - people seem to have abandoned them completely.


I hate to argue with the OP right off the bat, but I think you would be better served by getting a refurbished Rebel T4i and with the money saved, pick up one or two of Canon's STM lenses. The T4i will meet or beat those other cameras in all aspects relating to IQ. The rebels are built plenty tough, and don't discount the functionality of an excellent articulating touch screen. The new STM lenses are all very good for stills and video. The EF-S 18-135mm IS STM is reputed to be an excellent "single lens solution" and can be had for $320 (USA model) from a reputable dealer on ebay....and now back to help-full suggestions...

See snapshot for 60D and T4i comparison. Is T4i a better camera in all aspects, I doubt it.

I would go for the six months old 60D with warranty. Bring someone who knows how to inspect a used camera with you. Otherwise, search for a checklist online and If there is no obvious damage and scratches on the camera  and if it is fully functional, it's a good choice.

7D may be better, but it's about 60% more expensive - $500 vs $800. The single digit badge may be a symbol of "semi-pro"but do you really need the more sophisticated AF system and mag alloy body in normal use ??Save the $300 for a nice STM lens (but it's it compatible with 60D ?? I don't know) Anyway, your 50 1.8 and 28 105 USM II are good to start with.

Nice people are sharing their experience here. It's only you yourself who know your own need and budget.

Buy the one you can afford and like and start shooting right away.

Happy shooting.

EOS-M / Re: Another great toy for EOS-M
« on: May 27, 2014, 06:09:06 PM »
Last winter,I modified one for my sold T3i and found it to be extremely useful on M.

I hurt my neck and shoulder badly before I headed for a Transatlantic cruise last month, the tiny M became my only camera for the trip. In bright sunshine, it is just gorgeous. Without this device, shooting is impossible.

It's nice to see this V6 available for M user now.

Excellent recommendation, our dear Surapon.

Landscape / Re: Seashore, Beaches and Harbours
« on: May 20, 2014, 07:15:29 PM »

Landscape / Re: Seashore, Beaches and Harbours
« on: May 20, 2014, 04:13:46 PM »
Third time in Le Harve, Normandy, France. Shooting Pano with EOS M 18-55 kit lens from the cruise ship - Ruby Princess.

Lenses / Re: Helios 44-2
« on: May 20, 2014, 02:00:27 PM »
Please check on the link below for compatibility.  Some copies of 44-2 will hit the mirror of 5D3. Mine is an example.

My Helios 44-2 has clearance problem initially but after a small surgery, it's fine now. See attached image.

see the other link for caution.

Canon General / Re: Lens advice for macro?
« on: March 20, 2014, 09:12:03 AM »
Try shooting with an available vintage manual focus lens. Attach it to your camera with a reverse ring for macro, which can be found on line for less than $2. If you also add on the extension tube, you will have a high power magnification macro lens.

Technical Support / Re: Magic Lantern Issue/Question
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:58:55 AM »
There is no ML for 40D yet. Several developers of ML worked on it and did not seem to continue with the project somehow.

EOS-M / Re: Why isn't M on refurbished store?
« on: February 27, 2014, 08:37:38 PM »
Yes, it was ( for for 22mm f2/flash package for $259) and it is stilling on-going in Canada for the zoom lens package.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M with tilt shift adapter
« on: February 26, 2014, 11:31:11 PM »
something like this ? for different mounts except EF

image captured from Ebay

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