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Canon General / Something to lighten the tone :-)
« on: April 26, 2014, 09:24:32 PM »
Thought this might lighten the tone a touch for a few of us and it is all Canon gear :-)


Not really Canon related, though it might be. The choices of small office/home printers is huge, I got my last one about 6 years ago and have been very happy with it, but it needs replacing and I was hoping some of you guys could point me in the right direction.

My old letter sized HP office printer is dying and I need a new one, prefer scanner, printer, copier, so an all in one, would like wireless printing as well. The HP has served me well but am not particularly brand loyal, of course overall running costs are a consideration, the vast majority of it will be regular B&W text printing, so photo printing is not a feature I need in this printer, but the occasional colour copy etc will be needed.

So does anybody have current recommendations?

Just for fun.

I have $1,882 that needs to be spent on camera gear before the end of the year, I have some ideas for myself, but what would you get?

Top of my list, another three 600EX-RT's, or a couple of Einsteins, a 35 f2 IS..............

Software & Accessories / ColorChecker Passport special offer
« on: December 17, 2013, 09:05:09 PM »
B&H just emailed me this.

Hope a few of you can take advantage of the offer, it is a premium product that can dramatically alter your output, in a good way.

Custom camera profiles are the only way to go.

I find Adobe's free DNG Profile Editor to be better than the X-Rite software that comes with the Passport though.

EOS-M / Is the EOS-M the biggest sensor for the money?
« on: December 03, 2013, 01:10:35 AM »
Just thinking about cost per square mm of sensor real estate, I can't think of anything that comes close to APS-C for $299.

329 mm² for $299 = for 1.1mm² per $1.

Anybody know of a "better" deal.

Site Information / Where did all my posts go?
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:27:21 PM »
Not that I care about the posts, just wondered where they went. I was over 1,100 posts and a 1Dx yesterday, today I am at 800 posts and a 1D MkIV.

Anybody got any ideas?

Just a heads up really.

For anybody wanting to load EOS Utility onto a computer with no disc drive, or if you lost your disc, it was, until recently, problematic, there were workarounds but it seems Canon felt you needed the original disc first, updates only activated if your original software was on your drive somewhere. Well it seems Canon have now realised the limitations of that route.

You can now download stand alone versions of the relevant software for your device direct from Canon, just go to their website, find your gear, click Drivers and Software and a new option is there. Just did it for a no disc drive laptop and it works perfectly. You do need to enter your devices serial number, but no registration or recording of any personal details.

A very nice simple addition that made my life much easier last night.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / iDC Triplethreat
« on: February 09, 2013, 04:16:56 PM »
Just a heads up, I really like the iDC Triplethreat flash bracket. I wanted to get another couple (I keep losing them!) and emailed iDC, I pointed out that at $59 they were well above the price of the Bruce Dorn version available for pre-order from B&H, I made them an offer of $100 for three.

They just emailed me back saying they are selling their last remaining stock for $33.99 each, then they are done. I ordered three, I just need to stop losing them now!


EDIT: I forgot to add why I prefer them to other designs, I love that they are evenly spaced around the modifier shaft, I can use two on one shaft for six lights (I have five 550EX's and three 600EX-RT's) but best of all, they don't have clamp coldshoes, the slots work much better for the lever style Canon strobes. Great $35 worth.

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