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5DIII first, which will then become your primary with your 5DII serving as the backup.  The 5DIII's outer focus points work well with fast glass and gives you so much more freedom compared to the 5D II.  I'd wait for the canon refurb store to do a sale or look for another deal from BVI. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 600D flash problem
« on: July 22, 2013, 10:09:00 PM »
What mode are you shooting in?  You should use Av or M.  Av will meter for the ambient background, and M you can set to whatever you want.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: July 21, 2013, 07:55:17 PM »
Okay, this may be a stupid question, but when sending your camera in for service, do you include the battery?


Shawn L.

No, just the camera.

Lenses / Re: EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
« on: July 21, 2013, 04:55:35 PM »
I had bought a used 24L II and it was the focus was off.  It didn't come close to focusing accurately until f/5.6.  Live View was a lot more accurate.  Sent to Canon, and the problem was fixed.  Used it on a 20D and it was fine using the center point.  Used it on a 5DII, and the center point was fine.  Use it on a 5D III and it is fine at a lot more focus points.

In general, the target should have high contrast.  In low light, that is tougher and the focus accuracy falls.  Focus beam helps.

If your not getting good center sharpness in good light (go outside on a bright day, ISO 100 with shutter speeds in the 1/1000s) at your AFMA CALIBRATED distance, then it would make sense to have it checked out.

I literally just upgraded to a 580 ex ii... so while I may be tempted... it isn't going to happen.

After using the 600ex, I can't go back.  It supports a zoom range up to 200mm, which makes a 70-200 much more useful indoors.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: first paid gig need help
« on: July 19, 2013, 12:30:31 PM »
Mixed light looks bad, so if you are going to use flash, gel your flash and bounce as much as you can.  If you want ambient light for the background and it changes from room to room, I'd let the camera do the exposure (Av) and play with EC/FEC until you get the mix you want.  Use ISO to get acceptable shutter speeds and trade it with noise.  Inside, I like to use the 24-70 with some select use of a fast prime for some shallow DOF shots, especially if the background is close to the subject and cluttered.  I tend to use the fast primes more if it's really dim and flash is not practical.

For outdoor activities where there is more space, I like start wider to get some environmental shots and then end up using the 70-200 for the rest.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fantasy Dayhiking Kit
« on: July 18, 2013, 09:23:35 PM »
having the ability to get basically a 21- 900mm focal length (unless my math is wrong) with incredible IQ sounds awesome.  Discuss :)

Hi, just wondering how you got to 900, my maths makes it 640mm.
400mm x 1.6 crop on 7D2 = 640. Did I miss something?

200-400 has a built in extender, so 400*1.4*1.6 = 896.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Super Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2545
« on: July 18, 2013, 12:57:10 PM »
I bought a camera for 2499$ from BVI. It took two weeks to get here but It was indeed a USA camera.

+1, my experience as well.

EOS-M / Re: Share your thoughts - M pricing
« on: July 17, 2013, 11:11:26 AM »
After getting the recent $299 kit on sale (22mm) I wanted to fill out the rest of the system. I love the camera by the way, perfect complement to my DSLR. Not as good as, but about as small as my S100 (minus lens) and with far greater capability. My S100 still has a place too by the way.

Anyhow so I got the zoom for the $153 (white box) from BigValueInc which I think is a great price, the adaptor from another eBay reseller for $85 (grey box) and ordered the wide angle zoom from Canada (pending). For the quality of what you get, and the EOS M sale (selling it at cost as far as I can tell) this is well worth it.

I consider it as doubling the capabilities of my existing DSLR kit for not a lot of money. My fisheye zoom doesn't get a lot of time on the DSLR but it's getting a lot of stick time on the M as I've always preferred crop sensors for zooms.

Did something similar.  Got the 18-55 from BVI, and the adapter is on its way.  The M is primarily for my wife, and upon using it with the 22 f/2, she was wondering where the zoom was.  So, I ended up picking up the 18-55.  I agree with others that said it works better with fast compact primes.  The 18-55 is too slow for indoor stuff (1/15s at ISO 6400).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Move to full frame (6D) or New Lens?
« on: July 16, 2013, 10:25:18 AM »
If finances allow, get the 6D + 24-105 kit.  Use the 24-105 until you have enough to replace it, if that is what you want.  I used the 16-35/50/70-200 combo until the 24-70 f/2.8 II came out and it worked well, but it comes down to personal preference.

The 6D + 24-105 will do better than the 7D + 15-85, but the bigest improvement will come with your 50 and 70-200.

Lenses / Re: 17-40 Replacement
« on: July 14, 2013, 10:40:19 AM »
Given that both options are manual focus, I'd go with the TS-E 24.  Typically used for architectural photography, the movements also come in handy for landscapes.  I use shift to so some quick panoramas and to get a shot that I can not get to.  I use tilt far less but it useful when you can.  If you don't use the movements, the TS-E 24 II is still about the best 24mm lens around.

I used to bring the 70-200 II to the zoo with 1.4x and 2.0x extenders.  Then I got the 70-300L and left the 70-200 II home when going to zoos.  The 70-300L is more compact and lighter than either 70-200 II or the 100-400L, which helps a lot.  If you get the 300L, then you'll need to bring multiple lenses, which will make the travel kit heavier than what you already have.

I can see getting the 300L if you plan on using a 2x to get to 600.

Lenses / Re: EF-M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS STM Not Coming to North America?
« on: July 12, 2013, 01:04:31 PM »
Notice they say "due to current market conditions". This can mean a lot of things, but to a large company like Canon just having an item out for support and sales means it costs money - a lot of it. The service centers have to be trained and keep parts inventory - just for starters. This costs $$.

My guess is they see NA sales low enough that it's not worth supporting, they mostly just sold them to the Photo sites and rental places. Perhaps this is why they dumped stocks in NA.

Now with the however many new EOS-M's running in the wild in NA it might be a different story - in a year! Big companies run slowly.

The US has a population that is 9x Canada, which is offering the 11-22.  They could only repair/service the lens at 1 site rather than all US sites to save money.  Maybe the Canadians like the M more than Americans and buy more...

Lenses / Re: EF-M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS STM Not Coming to North America?
« on: July 12, 2013, 11:57:22 AM »
Between the Canadian retailers shipping to US, and eBay, I don't see how it'll be a problem for anyone wanting to buy this lens...

As I can buy it easily enough, but what if it breaks?

Don't stores like Adorama offer store warranties on gray market gear?

EOS-M / Re: Just got my EOS-M! First impressions...
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:38:28 AM »
Played around with MF and AF+MF with the EF-M 22 f/2 and was likewise disappointed with its implementation.  This camera will be used strictly AF only with EF-M lenses.  Loved the IQ of the EF-M 22 -- fantastic little lens.  Still haven't quite figured out a good way of holding it with the right hand and still have good access to the controls, but it's a good trade for the compact size.

Did you try switching to back button AF? That enables full time manual focus with the 22mm (when you have AF+MF selected) in the menu.

I was trying to set to BB AF (custom function 5), but it didn't seem to be working the way i thought it should.  There might have been something else that I had set that might have over-rode it or locked it out.  I'll have to dig into the manual to see...  Thanks for the heads up!

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