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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: my new 5D3 battery life
« on: May 17, 2013, 11:03:22 AM »
hello everyone, i am new to 5d3, just got it two weeks ago...noticed the battery after 2.5 hours charge according to the manual, i am only getting about 100 shots or so the battery life drops to 67% (24-105 was used, no live view or long exposure, had power savings ever 8 mins)...yesterday had about 20 shots, battery dropped to 94% (using various of 40, 50, 24-105, no live view or long exposure)

thou some canon users i have met will always charge new batteries of 12 hours, is this a good idea at all? wouldn't this actually kill the battery's life even more? a fashion photographer i met at a bird walk, he said he could get 1500-2000 shots using the 24-105 in which i am amazed by it...what's your battery life experience?

when compared to the xsi i still have, single original canon battery for that gets about 700-800 shots, this seems battery issue? i have sent email to canon and was asked to try with a different battery and if not available, send the camera and battery to canon toronto for a checkup...that also means i will have to pay for shipping plus i will be out of a camera for the next little while, what's their usual turnaround time anyway?

any reply appreciated...

- andre
I once took about 2100 pictures at a lake shooting migratory birds and I recall changing the battery about 3/4 ths of the way. So well over a thousand. I am guessing 1200 a 1400.

Change it. It is obviously faulty.

Edit: Since alexanderferdenand mentioned, my shots were all shot with the 100-400 on. My review time is 1 or 2 seconds and I hardly looked at the pictures till I was done two hours later...

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 16, 2013, 11:43:29 AM »
Hi I'm back.  I was told everything was within spec and all they did was load new firmware in the 300 2.8 II.  Could be psychological, but no matter, I will now brag I have one of the sharpest 300's around and do my best to capture shots that do it credit.  I haven't had much time to play but got some low light ISO 12800 shots and some evening shots at ISO 1200.  Here's a couple samples with the 6D 300 X2 III.

Lovely pics! The one with the reflection is exquisite!

Somebody had posted a utility on CR that read EXIF and gave you stats. I think it was a year back. If I find it, I will post the link to the thread.

Lenses / Re: my new 24-105
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:24:39 PM »
Thank you for helping i have a 50mm f/1.4 and thinking of buying 85mm f/1.8 would either of these be good for macro is so would you recommend the 50mm or the 85?
After a lot of deliberating I got the 100L macro. It is a lovely lens. Fantastic for macro and works well as a portrait lens too. So unless you need the f1.8, (the 100L is a f2.8) you will not need to get the 85mm. I got the 25mm extension tube and it works great!


Waiting for instructions.

Camera:    Canon EOS 7D
Exposure:    0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture:    f/4.5
Focal Length:    28 mm
ISO Speed:    100
Lovely picture!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 15, 2013, 01:01:26 PM »
1Dx 85f/1.2 L II, Shot @ f/4.5 & 1/160th ISO320

Love this Lens

Fantastic image...i probably stared at it for a good 15 seconds to soak it all in.
Absolutely! Did I ever say that I love B&W pics? I don't think I did on this forum  ;)

Seriously, this picture, just fabulous.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 15, 2013, 12:48:46 PM »
I4H, Renegade, strikerwy, knkedlaya, Omar and many more, Thank you for sharing. It helps me get off my back end and look for pictures. It is another matter that I may not get what I hoped for, but every so often something lands in my lap - or should I say that a whole load of photons collide with my camera's sensor and form a picture that I was hoping for. What are the chances? Probability? Parallel universes? whatever...

Later, I add a copyright notice. Makes sense doesn't it? We humans rule the universes and more...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 15, 2013, 12:32:10 PM »
Continuing on the birds without feet theme  :)
Oh! This is not cropped! Not modified! Straight out of camera RAW converted to jpg in DPP. Then resized in XnView. I could enter it into a NatGeo competition! Do they do one for birds without feet? I mean it is a unique category! I have a few for birds without heads too if they do that ;)

Models should follow the given script. I mean could he not see that I had the 1.4x multiplier on and it was not just the 100-400L?  >:(

Lenses / Re: Who has pre-ordered or will order 200-400
« on: May 15, 2013, 11:54:09 AM »
OK, actually I am waiting to save some more money. You guys wait on the 200-400 f4 L with 1.4x. I am saving up to buy this one! ;)

Lenses / Re: Who has pre-ordered or will order 200-400
« on: May 14, 2013, 10:49:13 PM »
Help, I only have one kidney.  I'm conducting a poll: which organ should I sell to finance my 200-400 purchase?
Ah! Had not thought of that! I have a spare kidney and some other parts. Tonsils anyone? ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 13, 2013, 02:12:28 AM »
This young BCN Heron and I are now friends. Whenever I feed bread to the fish, he swoops down out of nowhere and lands at the ditch's water's edge at my feet and waits for me to entice the tilapia towards him. Today, he did it again and finally, after 15 minutes and half loaf of bread, he caught his 2nd fish on our team. 7D, 100-400mmL, F7.1, 1/100-1/160s, ISO 400, handheld with 580EX II flash and Better Beamer. PP in DPP. 1st 2 shots @285mm, rest @400mm.
First 3 of 6:
So you finally taught him to fish! :)

Great pictures!

Software & Accessories / Re: GoPro Video and Helicopters
« on: May 11, 2013, 10:27:50 PM »
Take a look at this link for pics with cameras on kites.

You can do it using the EOS Utility or you can simply copy the .FIR file to the root directory on your SD or CF card.  Then press Menu on the camera and go to the Firmware option.  You can upgrade from there.  Also dont forget to remove the FIR file or format your card.

Ok, I'm feeling pretty dumb right now.  ???-I went to the Canon website to load the new firmware to my computer. The only thing coming up an update procedure PDF. Is the firmware hiding in there somewhere. Help would be appreciated:) Thanks in advance!
So go here:
In the first drop list select the OS.
In the next drop list select the version

Next click the Firmware link below.

Now under "File Description" you will see "EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.2.1 [<Operating system>]".
Click it.

That will lead to a Disclaimer and an End User License Agreement and a button that reads "I Agree - Begin Download" (I would not have capitalized "A", "B" and "D" - but then that is me...). Click it to download the firmware.

Hope this helps.
Ok, I know this sounds boneheaded.....
I've found the firmware update to download, but I don't see the instructions there on HOW to install the firmware safely on the camera...?

Am I missing the link there on this?



East Wind and readycool are both right. Looks like it is best you unzip the file and look in the folder. There are instructions in 5 languages. Take your pick...

Site Information / Re: Membership Approval Now Required
« on: May 11, 2013, 04:31:02 PM »

I mean, I never bought or used Nikon. So what do I know of the colour of the lens?

That should give you a gold plated approval already ... Stop messing about with those captchas. ;D
The captchas are cool. It is these darned trick questions that get me... :)

So if asked "what is 2 and 2" the best answer is "it depends" (and that works for most questions too - try it out - you would be surprised...)

So is this an arithmetic question, is it a binary logic question, or is it just messing with your mind? I can elaborate - the answers are:
A.  4
B.  2
C.  22

See, It is hard to answer such questions...

Damn ... I've been trying to explain to the shareholders that the answer is 5 and that is not even listed as an option
Hmmm 5
Simple. Obviously you are not an engineer. You are an economist. So we need to add inflation. I'd say that is option D.  5 = (4+4)  + 20%...

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