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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: January 04, 2014, 12:57:35 PM »
Neuro, please, you 're better than this. Every Canon camera comes with a fully functioning, non-counterfeit battery (even if it *can* trip Canon's no-fakes-protection). You can always use that for spares - I do. There's your backup. But my four main batteries are aftermarket, averaging less than $15 a piece.

I used third parties for over a decade, never a problem. You really should ignore that, as a scientist of your stature would steer well clear of generalisations based on hearsay, as you did in your previous post. By the way, by that reasoning, all Canons are unreliable, too. An even dumber argument is to regard the price of batts relative to the price of the camera. You only buy expensive petrol for your expensive car?

And "I suspect most people would consider that a significant risk"? WTF? That *is* fud, and a fallacy. Posts like these take away my appetite for this forum. And I KNOW you're cleverer than this. I'm with Marsu - in suspecting the fud has sunk in, at least - and out of here. Don't bother convincing me you were making sense - you're not and you know it.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 28, 2013, 02:46:15 AM »
a two year old 6D

That camera was released last year in November. That's thirteen months ago.

You must really like rounding up :)

Unless I completely misread the article, there was no "retribution".  He wasn't specifically targeted, he happened to be in a building that was bombed.

Such are the risks one takes when reporting from a war zone.  This should serve as a reminder to us all that the camera does not make us invincible or immune to the laws of physics.

I don't think he was specifically targeted, either. What I read in AdamJ's post was that his death was inevitable, and if that is a guaranteed price to pay, I'd call that a form of retribution rather than a risk. "You can shoot this war, but you're always going to die for it."

It used to be the Syrian government's bombs and missiles that journalists had to avoid. But now rebel-held territory is widely regarded as a media no-go zone. Rebels no longer offer the media any assurance of protection. It's a lawless conflict: journalists are being kidnapped and killed on a weekly basis. There's no cynicism intended on my part and I didn't imply that the boy had it coming to him. But, if you put yourself at such extreme risk, it is likely only a matter of time. He must have known that. Any journalist going into that zone must be realistic about their safety.

I hadn't realized that, and it puts your post in another light. However, I still think there is a difference between being realistic about safety and accepting that your luck will run out. And maybe I *want* to be angry - realism is often confused with cynicism and I'm sorry I probably did that. But, as Burke said: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." I cannot accept as a given that people in Syria *will* get shot, that violent death is inevitable, that journalists must die. It's wrong, even if there is nothing I can do about it but speak up. So that's what I do: "Unless someone like you/cares a whole awful lot/nothing is going to get better/It's not!" Morality is not rocket science.

Anyone who wants to be informed about the horrors of this conflict need only visit one of the well known gore sites and search 'Syria' or 'FSA.' Videos from this civil war have been the staple of these sites for several years.

No thanks. I have a vivid imagination and the bloodied 70-200/2.8 was quite enough. And I'd probably be more negative about his chances, which, as you now hopefully appreciate, I just don't want to be.

But you know, maybe my moral high horse is just a bit jittery today, what with the reindeer everywhere. Maybe some hay'll help. And some nog for me.



...wow. Just - wow.

War is hell.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Osprey
« on: December 19, 2013, 02:13:10 PM »
That is one sad looking fish.

Lighting / Re: Apollo Orb - Speedlite batteries
« on: December 19, 2013, 02:12:46 PM »
For an event, you should ALWAYS charge new batts - if only to find if there are DOA's. If you have four cells, and one is dead, you can power zero flash guns.

Recommended current is, as a rule of thumb (and depending on whom you ask), 1/5th - 1/3rd of the capacity, so 2550mAh can be charged at anything up to 850mA, 500mAh is on the safe side. The 1000mA chargers won't kill it, though - nor will a 100mA charger, but that seems disproportionally cautious.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 13, 2013, 07:38:54 PM »
Appreciate the context and yeah, I can see how video would make a case here. I still would've liked some comparative research, but that's not your problem ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 12, 2013, 02:21:24 PM »
or simply catches on fire while in flight.   ;)

Love it..,.,.

Just for the record: during flight, pressure differences can cause lesser lithium-ion-batteries to spontaneously combust. This article seems to be pretty comprehensive on the dangers of bringing such a battery on board an airplane, I'm sure there's tons more of info. So not really a laughing matter ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 12, 2013, 11:51:44 AM »
No offense or insult intended, but who is "Jon" on Amazon 's review and how reliable is this only single review?  I would like to see others report success with this battery before I get any.

I'm less inclined to be nice. I read this article as an advertisement for this particular seller and his particular batteries. I strongly doubt these are the only batteries to register correctly - Wasabi has been mentioned. Given that we just had another D&B T-shirt ad, I'm curious how much CR guy is making on this post. If nothing, it's terribly naive journalism.

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 10, 2013, 08:20:47 PM »
+1  thank you.  let's keep from random unrelated comments..   ;)

Another +1 anyway. It needs to be said loudly and clearly - you don't knock people for having manners and style. But I'll edit the quote to add less scrolling ;)

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 10, 2013, 08:51:31 AM »
I also remember buying 2 third party rubber lens hoods for my 18-55 kit lens (can't even say that without laughing now!). Pointless garbage. Also bought one of those lens caps that have a string attached so you don't lose it. It just flaps about annoyingly and gets in the way instead! Pointless!

I love the rubber hoods for shooting through windows, they eliminate most reflections if you have 'em flush on the pane, and allow you to shoot under an angle doing that. And those strings are brilliant - I attached a bunch of those to the zippers on my motorcycle jacket. That way, I can operate them with gloves on :))

And I have a bunch of stupid gizmo's - I always buy cheap first, if I use it enough and I can find the shortcomings of whatever it is, I buy something more expensive. Goes for most everything, tools, food, furniture, 400D>5DIII... :P The plus side is: I frequently find I don't even want to use stuff before spending serious money, and I have a lot of stuff that I do use which doesn't need to be expensive. Flash diffusers, the no-name LP-E6's that I use, rings, remotes, cords, gloves, you name it - I paid pennies and will never need more.

I bought a micro camera to clip onto Fluffy's collar to see what she did all day. The camera was set to take an image every 10 seconds. I managed to capture 9 hours of sleeping cat.

I tried it on her outside. She came back without camera and collar. I never found it.

This had me in stitches. Pet Fluffy on my behalf, will ya  ;D

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway
« on: December 02, 2013, 05:40:50 PM »
Well, what can I say. I urgently need upgrades. Chobe, Et Cetera & Tembo all sound good :)

Lenses / Re: Advice Request - Selling Lens & Refund complaint
« on: December 01, 2013, 05:55:05 AM »
(that is normal right?!)

Yes. And I agree with Mt. Spokane - some people just don't think straight. Have him return it, then (!) refund him.

Canon General / Re: Comet ISON = ISOFF?
« on: November 28, 2013, 05:22:36 PM »
Apparently, we'll have to wait for another comet  :(

Canon General / Re: TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
« on: November 26, 2013, 06:11:57 AM »
Thus, if we believe DXOMark

Well that's a bit of a stretch.

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