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Lighting / Re: Yongnuo killed my batteries - warranty case?
« on: October 22, 2014, 04:35:47 PM »
Lots of good information here: http://batteryuniversity.com/

There's no reason to not store Eneloops (or any other NiMH battery) at full charge. It could be a good idea to remove them from devices if you aren't going to use it for a while, since they could be drained to the point of damage.

Lighting / Re: Yongnuo killed my batteries - warranty case?
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:55:41 PM »
You could try to revive those cells with a small power supply.

Set it to 3V, current limit (if available) to a few hundred mA and connect the supply to the cell for a few seconds. Plus to plus and minus to minus. A small 3V...9V wall-wart will also work, as long as it puts out a DC voltage. The higher voltage won't be harmful if you connect it for only a few seconds, just enough to polarize the cell again and give it some voltage.

Then insert the cells back into the charger. There's a good chance it will start charging now, if it works you should let it do a few charge/discharge cycles.

WARNING: this only works with 1.2V AA or AAA NiCd or NiMH cells, DO NOT try this with LiPo or Li-ion cells!

You can do the same thing with a NiMH battery that has some charge on it.

See the picture here: http://www.amazon.com/review/RK62EGS3P082I (if that link won't work, google NLee paper clip trick).

If you don't have a charger that has individual battery slots to use, you can use another paper clip to connect the negative terminals.

Or if you have a really dumb charger, you can insert the batteries in it for a while.

Scott Kelby makes an hour long infomercial on the 7DII - he's just giving us some information, guys, totally no ulterior motives. Promise

National Geographic photographer makes a blog post about switching to Sony - Shill! Hack! Liar!  Bad photographer!

To be fair, I've seen Kelby referred to as a hack/shill/liar/bad photographer on this forum numerous times. Maybe all that was before he switched to Canon though. ::)


Read into things much? The examples were chosen *because* most people have opinions on the subjects.

So....you voted for Obama, love hip hop and celebrate popular youth fashion?  You'll forgive me for assuming that someone posting these things on a forum that skews heavily toward wealthy, middle-aged/elderly American and European white men had a specific opinion in mind.

You are right that ignorance doesn't stop people from forming opinions but it really really should.

This will be my last on the subject, ...continue if you please.

I am "the decider" re. whom/what I  will forgive  ;)

In this case I will base the forgiveness on your obvious lack of situational awareness. You really, really should note that your ignorance re. my voting/music/fashion preferences has not "stopped" you from forming an assumptive opinion about same. ( FYI, your score was 33 1/3%, ...in my experience, this is a failing grade. )   :o
At least we now know who you voted for ROFL

I might be reading a bit too much between the lines, but I think it's much more likely that we have an idea of who Steve didn't vote for.

Anyway, I think the OP was either shilling or trolling. Meh. As far as needing to be a great photographer to critique, that's simply fallacy. To be a credible photography critic, one needs to know something about photography, but a person doesn't need to be a great photographer to have that knowledge. Being a great photographer doesn't necessarily mean you're a credible photography critic either. And anyone can critique photography, much like anyone can critique fashion/politics/music. To be credible though, you need knowledge of the topics at hand.

Of course, I suspect everyone knows this. We just all like to beat each other over the heads since we're all internet tough guys. :P

Photography Technique / Re: Any advice on shooting dragonflies
« on: October 08, 2014, 01:40:01 PM »

This was shot with a 100-400 and 6D, 400mm f6.3 1/800 ISO200.

Not up to the standard of some of the other images, but it's my best one. I don't actively pursue them, but I shoot them when I see them. My advice is keep shooting. This was one good shot (well good for me) out of 30 or 40.

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:16:10 PM »
Absolutely! Every single photographer on earth botches shots, even the greatest of the great pros. Throw in a bunch of random factors and a brand new prototype camera model that you've never used before, and you would missfocus a bit as well.

But man with a Sony sensor they could have had great dynamic range in all those out of focus areas.

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:16:22 PM »
What should I think about the opinion of somebody who posts anonymously as a "guest" here? How's that even possible?

Banned or deleted account I think.

He deleted his own account, I checked the logs.  He had also set up a second account, and deleted that as well.

We have been handing out a few warnings and temporary bans, we typically delete all posts and topics when we delete an account, that's almost always a spammer.

Thanks for the clarification.

EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 05:07:24 PM »
I would also like to have autofocus track a moving subject in a frame without me having to use the joystick (Nikon can do this as well).

Wouldn't that just be enabling the mode that uses all 61 points?

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 01:10:26 PM »
What should I think about the opinion of somebody who posts anonymously as a "guest" here? How's that even possible?

Banned or deleted account I think.

I think missed focus is a forgivable offense if the pictures were taken on a trade show floor, where he likely had very little time with the camera.

At web sizes, my 6d showed no noise at ISO 25600. Even ISO 51200 was acceptable, especially after some noise reduction. Heck, ISO 6400 on an EOS M that was underexposed and pulled up looks fine at web size. So yeah, full size images will be interesting once they start trickling in.

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:04:42 PM »
Probably lower resolution = less sharpness & higher noise level?

If you're packing a $10k tele prime or a 24-70L2 on a ff sensor, cropping might not deminish iq - but for the rest of us like /me with a 17-40L & 70-300L, the lens' sharpness is only so-so and severe cropping really shows as you cannot "downsize-sharpen" that much.

I find I crop mostly at the telephoto end, especially after upgrading to the 5d3 from the 6d since I have usable AF points outside the center.

As for the 70-300, it's supposed to be better than the 100-400. I found my 100-400 to be acceptably sharp at 1:1, so I wonder if your AFMA is off or perhaps you're not using a high enough shutter speed.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you say Nikon
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:39:22 PM »
I would guess to a Japanese ear, no matter how we pronounce it, we are butchering it.

Lexington (well Georgetown actually), Kentucky, US

Technical Support / Re: Canon 600D, Sandisk and Corrupted MOV files
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:15:54 AM »
That's a story that is all too common.

I prefer to buy cards from a reputable camera store, but will buy ones that are sold by Amazon, but not a third party unless its a store I know.  Adorama, for example, sells on Amazon, but not thru the Amazon Prime.

Chinese sellers are getting clever, and shipping stock to Amazon to sell on their Prime program.  Most of them are honest, but counterfeit batteries and flash cards are so common in China that it can be difficult for a buyer to know who the real seller is.

This is good advice. If you're buying anything that could have a counterfeit issue on Amazon, make sure it's shipped from and sold by Amazon.

EOS Bodies / Re: here we come, 6d AF problems
« on: August 12, 2014, 05:24:33 PM »
Actually all I can share is that quite often my camera can't focus on wide angle, but when it locks everything is just fine. It's not connected with anything like shutter speed, it's only AF system.Besides, I was told by one technician that this is impossible to repair, though I'm not sure now that he's competent.
I'm gonna AFMA it this week, hope it'll help.

I wish you'd be a little more clear with your problem description. So far I think you've described two very different problems, one with a 35 f1.4 lens, and another with a 16-35.

I might be reading a little too much between the lines here, but it sounds to me like you can't even lock focus with the 16-35? In one shot AF mode, I would expect that to only happen if you're shooting at a very low contrast target (white wall, clear blue sky, no light etc) or closer than the MFD.

If that's the case, I'd send them in, with a clear description of what you're doing and what's going wrong.

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