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Why not rent a camera? 700D, 70D, 7D2, SL1 are all in the "coming soon" category and I am guessing you don't want to buy in a hurry and regret later. I would have said 5D3 or 6D but since your criteria is the budget of $2000, and you came from a 20D background I guess you are hoping for a 70D or a 7D2. Mind you, a 60D or a 7D are still great cameras.

Take a look at 6D with the 24-105 kit lens. FF is another dimension. I went from 300D to the 5D3 and am delighted to say the least.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Batteries and AF
« on: April 06, 2013, 10:38:39 PM »
Question for all of the collective wisdom here:

The other day, I let my sister borrow my 7d. She's used to my dad's 60D, and probably getting a rebel of her own, so I wasn't too concerned about her messing anything up. When she gave it back to me, it wasn't AFing- with any lens, regular or live view, nothing. When I MFd in one-shot mode, I got a focus recognition beep. Checked all the connectors, they were all clean. Finally, I looked at a pin diagram, and seeing that a pin provides 6v for the lens AF motor (something I logically knew, that was just the inspiration) I popped in a fresh battery. Suddenly, AF worked again!

My questions:
Has anyone ever observed behavior, where a battery shows 2 bars of remaining charge on the top LCD, and the camera takes shots, but doesn't have power to AF?
The battery I had in was OEM. I swapped in a Wasabi power LP-E6 clone- any OEM/3rd party compatibility issues? I'm inclined to think no, since the OEM was the one that caused the problem.
Should I do anything? At this point, this is purely an exercise in intellectual curiosity- that wasabi power LP-E6 has now taken 1,000 shots without issue, so I'm curious more than concerned.

Thanks!
Brian
Q1: Nope. Never.
Q2: I have 3 OEMs and one non-OEM. I have let go of the non-OEM because it did not hold charge. AF was not an issue with it. Even the last shot before the camera died would AF.
Q3: So a bit of basic electrical engineering. If that particular battery is not able to deliver 6V to AF when it shows 2 bars, it could be that the battery is faulty. It may be that the internal resistance of the battery is high. It would still generate a voltage that would be considered ok (2 bars), but when it has to deliver the current to the USM to AF, the internal resistance would drop the voltage and hence unable to AF. Then again, this is my best guess (intellectually best guess). Well, I know your question was should you do anything? The answer to that one is a resounding yes;)
If it is under any sort of warranty, take it back. Internal resistance of a battery is not a function of its charge. It is easily measured. Canon should be able to tell you if your battery is good or not. If it is not, you can leave it with them to recycle it.

Here are some questions I have:
So did you ask your sis if she found that the camera did not AF before she returned it?
Are the battery terminals dirty?
How many pictures can you shoot till this battery goes to 2 bars? And how many can you shoot till the others go to 2 bars? I don't want you to up your shutter count just to answer this question :). Oh! I am assuming the other batteries keep AFing even when they get to 1 bar. If not, we need to have a whole different discussion...

Hope this helps.

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Abstract / Re: A crack in the universe
« on: April 06, 2013, 03:27:27 PM »
With my keen eye for astrophotography I'd say this is definitely a crack in the universe. An image like yours can't be faked unlike the lunar landing stuff.

The latest images from the Planck space telescope prove the whole universe is sub-standard. Shoddy workmanship if you ask me.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Planck/Planck_reveals_an_almost_perfect_Universe
What do you expect! You send a plank (may be bad spelling...) into space. Just one plank - without any significant DR. It is bound to get substandard pictures - if any... Duh!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 06, 2013, 03:17:34 PM »
Mums have patience, in all walks of life it seems.
Plus infinity - and more...

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 06, 2013, 01:02:49 AM »
1Dx
200mm f/2.0 @ 3.5  1/2500 iso 400 case 1 
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Wow! Lovely! How far were you from it?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: April 06, 2013, 12:37:13 AM »
And here is my big guy Nigel
Winston Churchill and cigar with the
"Don't mess with me now" look
 :)


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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 06, 2013, 12:32:15 AM »

Hi RPT, Over a 2 weeks period in March this year, between 2 Areas that covered between them around 75,000 Hectares (Londolozi & Mala mall), we were able to see 24 different Leopards, I went with a Pro Photographer from South Africa, Greg DuToit, very talented young chap that set the Trip up for me, all I told him was that I wanted to shoot Leopards, in the dark, on rocks, in trees, what ever, just Leopards.

The Leopards are in my view, the most Beautiful of the cats, I've not yet had the opportunity to shoot Tiger or Jaguar, on my list, but in Africa these Guys are hard to beat, they are simply Poetry in Motion. This particular Leopard sitting on the Rock, is the same Leopard that I posted before & commented that he made me feel uneasy with that Piercing stare, on this side of the Rock when this Photo was taken, as you say, Mr Cool, totally at ease, couldn't care less about the vehicle, but when we moved around to the front of the Rock to get a head on shot, I half stood in the vehicle to change my 300 to my 400 onto the Wimberley set up, the fact that I had stood & changed the profile of the vehicle, had this guy go from calm & uninterested, to "Food??", you can see the step change in their Body language, but in particular you see it in the Eyes, in this case I remember thinking "Oh S..t, mistake", it's something that always impresses me with these Animals, the fact that you can literally get to a meter of them, they often use the vehicle as a "Bush" when stalking for a Kill, and they totally ignore you, they don't see the "vehicle" as a threat or as food, but the moment you stand up in the vehicle you break that perception they have, "You" then become a potential target, once you sit down again, you can see their eyes simply turn off, your no longer of interest.

1Dx 300f/2.8 V2, shot @ f/11 & 1/200th
Thanks. Very interesting. So it is the same chap on the same rock! Wow. And two weeks! Must have been a great time.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 05, 2013, 10:06:49 PM »
1Dx 70-200f/2.8 II, shot @ f/4.5 & 1/200th, Mala Mala Northern South Africa.

One thing you can almost Guarantee with Leopards, follow them long enough & they will "Elevate", like Cheetahs they cant resist Tree Branches, Logs, Rocks, complete Posers.
Lovely pose! Looks totally at ease. No tension anywhere in the body. Look at the paws too. You must have put him at ease. In complete contrast tho the other picture where that one was sizing you up - possibly for a meal :)
Lovely pictures!

Thanks for posting them. Btw, how many did you end up shooting?

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Site Information / Re: Love or Hate Canon Rumors Forum
« on: April 04, 2013, 10:34:19 PM »
when I found canon rumors I was glad thinking people who use and love canon cameras & lens. it didn't take long to see I  was very wrong been thinking about leaving for  some time now. maybe go to Nikon rumors if they have one to find all the canon guys living there  since all the Nikon fan boys are here !!  really don't like the wild west attitude no one in charge trouble makers just keep coming back to screw things up for the few good guys here. I try not to read all the bull crap posts but there is so many most of them I think never even owned a camera . maybe I Should  cherry pick the posts more and not spend so much  time here and just have a look once in a wile for new gear rumors .      Gary
When things go south (or north - if you are an Aussie or a kiwi or... you get my drift...) I look at pictures shot by the great photogs on this forum. "Anything shot with a..." and others.

I have learned a lot on this forum. I also like the friendliness and humor. There are always going to be the PITA persons. Like someone said it is human nature - pity about that. However, all in all, my experience is more positive than negative.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: April 04, 2013, 12:48:43 PM »
Here's my guy


Such a good boy!

I am sure you said the following before shooting...
"Sit. Stay! No!! Don't even think about it!"

Or I may be spitting in the wind...
 :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: April 04, 2013, 12:45:00 PM »
Our guy loves the snow...
Cool!  (pun intended) 8)

Hehe thanks! The faces I get (when spraying and praying) off our bulldog are almost human sometimes, they are capable of so much expression!
Fantastic shot! Put a copyright on it! And a watermark...
Krob is right. It is cool. V V V V cool!
So a conjecture about IS...
Notice the iris is probably mostly under the lower eyelid. So in nature, it seems that the image stabilisation does not happen with something shaking the lens. It happens in the brain! Oops! Shoot! May be I should patent this idea...

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Portrait / Re: First paid photo shoot - DATE: 23 March 2013
« on: April 01, 2013, 07:01:24 AM »
Thank you everyone, and thanks for the tips.

I know I have a KIT LENS  :o ::) and I did do my best.    ;D


..and by the way, he did smile, not much, HE'S SHY and IT WAS REALLY HOT AND MISERABLE OUT... so ....

He did smile...I just did not post them... there are a lot more, but here is enough PROOF  ;)




PEACE! 8)

I love the B&W and the sepia. They look just great! Congratulations! Well done.

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Lenses / Re: New Canon L-lens: EF 16-600mm f2,8 L USM
« on: March 31, 2013, 10:32:17 PM »
New Canon L-lens: EF 16-600mm f2,8 L USM  ::)
Some specs:
Built on Canon DO-technology from 70-300mm DO and 400mm DO, with 7 fluoride elements
Length: 485mm
Weight: 3780 gram
I can see a typo here. It is 16-1600. Hence no f2...

The weight is also missing a "0" and the length is all wrong... ::)

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The 1DX is their flagship sports/ fashion
the 5DIII is their flagship weddings/ event camera
the 7D is their flagship APS-C camera
The 6D is their flagship connectivity (Wifi/ GPS) camera
The 60Da is their flagship astro photography camera

I see Canon as a company that is making different products for different needs at different price points. I don't think there is a big conspiracy, but I'd love a Canon with more mega pixies for studio/ commercial product photography.

+1

Many seas - so many flagships...

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