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Lenses / Re: I can't stop thinking about A MONSTER!
« on: February 08, 2013, 07:58:45 AM »
Would the new EF 200-400 IS (forthcoming) be something for you? It has a built-in 1.4x converter, so you can have a 560mm lens if you wish. Don't know about the price.
You make some very good pics, why not try to sell some? At least you could earn some money back.
I am curious about your cycling. Austria is a mountaineous country, do you avoid high places altogether or do you have 24+ gears or what? I could not imagine myself cycling in Austria but then I am from Holland which is a flat as a pancake (and ideal for cycling in my opinion).
Kind regards,


Technical Support / Re: Very soft audio w external mike of EOD 5D3
« on: January 24, 2013, 08:35:26 AM »
Dear Paul,

Thanks for your sound advice!

I ran into some probems, even apart form those with the Sony mic. I could not find out how to ajust the audio level while making a video. While filming the Menu button does nothing. I can only adjust the sound level beforehand, not while filming. Did I oversee anything?

Moreover I will not sit close to the orchestra (i.e. the gamelan). The gamelan is in the back while I will sit in front of the stage. Unfortunately the gamelan (first and foremost the singers) will be amplified. My experience is that they have a rotten team of audio assistants (sorry guys!) who think "loud=beautiful". Resulting in audio-feedback.

I fully agree with you that positioning the mike close to the sound source is best; I once interviewed someone in an airport and almost literally stuffed the mike in his mouth. The recording came out very clean, almost without any trace of airport noise.

Getting a line from the technics is a good idea, I wil consult them tomorrow as soon as I arrive (or as soon as I can get hold of them).

But if the Tascam is where the sound engineers are sitting it will be very far from the camera. A cable between the Tascam and the camera would be too long I'm afraid, there would be too much loss.

Positioning the Tascam near the gamelan (but without a connection with the 5D3) is probably possible. I know the players very well and can ask one of then to start the Tascam.
The distance gamelan-front of stage is more than 10m, I believe.

I will HAVE to sit in front, as I will be filming the dances.

Thanks again for your very sound advice (pun intended).


Technical Support / Re: Very soft audio w external mike of EOD 5D3
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:05:03 AM »
I don't think so. The DR-100 manual says nothing of the sort. The mike does not work on the DR-100 without a full battery installed. The impedance is 600 Ohm, the EOS 5D3 requires between 200 and 2000 Ohm, therefore the ECM-MS957 is well within that range. I will go back to the electronics shop tomorrow to have the cable checked.

Kind regards,


Technical Support / Re: Very soft audio w external mike of EOD 5D3
« on: January 21, 2013, 02:58:54 AM »
Thanks for your reply.

The battery is brand new, and with the same battery it works well with the Tascam DR-100, which is (unfortunately) NOT a cheap digital recorder, but a rather expensive and very good one. Cheap ones are not good enough for anything, certainly not for recording a gamelan with its very low gong sounds.
But synchronizing the audio and the video recording afterwards will be difficult for me, I have no experience with such things.

What I think MAY be the case, is the cable connecting the mike with the camera: there is a cable Cannon stereo to two Cannon mono, and a newly made cable Cannon mono (double) to miniplug. (The Tascam uses  Cannon plugs so does not need this cable). Maybe something is wrong with the Cannon --> mini cable?

Kind regards,


Technical Support / Very soft audio w external mike of EOD 5D3
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:59:37 AM »
The 26th I will have to record a dance performance with live (gamelan) music and I want to have excellent sound quality.
But when I attatch an external mike to the camera, the sound is very very soft (also when I set the audio recording level to a high position).

Using the internal mike does not have this problem, and using the same external mike (Sony ECM-MS957, impedance 600W, a stereo electret mike) on my Tascam DR-100 the sound recording level is just fine.

What causes the problem and what can I do to correct it?

Kind regards,


Technical Support / Re: 5d3 in coma when in video mode
« on: January 05, 2013, 09:03:30 AM »
I have a Sandisk Ultra CF card, 16 MB, 30MB/s. That is a lot faster than I can write myself, but perhaps very slow for a modern CF card (I far know too little about memory cards).
Can slow CF cards cause problems?

Kind regards,


Technical Support / 5d3 in coma when in video mode
« on: January 04, 2013, 07:26:42 PM »
The 53D in video mode sometimes acts strangely. I presumably had pressed the wrong button when the screen image suddenly froze and could not be resuscitated back to life. There was nothing I could do, the camera was in a deep coma so to say. Even shutting off the camera (with the on-off switch) did not help, all I could to was removing the battery.
After the battery was replaced the camera was back to normal again.
Irritatingly, I could not reproduce the problem, though I tried several times. Therefore I do not know which series of key presses induce a coma-like state like this.
Does anyone recognize this problem?  Any solutions  (where is the WRONG button?)? This has happened twice now; I have had the camera for three month, taken just over 1400 pictures and shot 19 videos.

Thanks for your replies!

Kind regards,


Technical Support / Weird freeze of 5D3 in video mode
« on: January 04, 2013, 08:03:15 AM »
When the camera is in video mode, something weird sometimes happens. I want to make a video, and perhaps push the wrong button and then suddenly a still image* appears on the screen which is totally frozen. The camera hangs and the still will not go away, whatever I do. Even shutting down the camera does not help, the display is still there. It will only disappear when I remove the battery.
Strangely when I tried to reproduce this phenomenon (which has happended twice) I failed, so I do not know which combination of button presses had caused it.
Any idea what causes this phenomenon and what I can do to correct it without removing the battery?

Kind regards,  RobPan.

*) An image, of course,  of something the camera has been 'looking' at.

If you have shaky hands, please take into account that a relatively heavy FF camera is harder to move than a lightweight crop camera. The 6D will be harder to shake, so to say.
BTW the 6D is sold with the excellent 24-100 mm IS as a kit lens. Not a very cheap kit, but worth considering! I have recently bought a 5D3 and I love it for it's high ISO ratings which obviate the use of flash (a fill-in flash could be useful in backlight situations).
IF you would choose the 6D, do not forget also buying - and reading - a good book on the technical aspects, you will need it!

Lenses / Re: Best lenses for canon 5D mark iii or 6D
« on: December 07, 2012, 12:12:23 AM »
Why don't you begin with buying a kit with the excellent EF 24-105 mm? Take say 1000 photographs in different situations, indoors and outdoors, then produce a statistical overview of the focal distances you have used in practice. Did you only twice take a picture at 24mm? Then do not begin with buying a 24 mm or wider lens. Did you on the other hand, take 400 or more pics at 105 mm? Then buy a 100 mm lens AND a 135 mm one.
(Do not steer blind on F-numbers, you will rarely need an F1.2 lens, stick to 1.4 or even 1.8 for a 50 mm and you will be much cheaper of, perhaps enabling you to add an expensive 200-400 mm zoom to your list or a 400mm tele if you are in bird photography for instance. I have a 100mm F2 and a 85mm F1.8 and they're both excellent. And cheap! These 1.2 lenses date from a time when ISO was always low, hardly ever above 800.)
Kind regards, RobPan

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Quick help needed!
« on: December 01, 2012, 09:00:55 AM »
Don't be afraid to use a high ISO setting. Change the iSO according to circumstances. If you are making stills with 1/300 of a second and F7.1, choose a lower ISO. If you are taking pictures with 1/10 of a second and F2,8, opt for a much higher ISO if you can.
Be practical. If you have a zoom lens, use it. Do not expect studio quality photographs (which are mostly boring anyhow). Choose interesting, vivid subject and you will be fine. Don't hesitate to discard pics that have come out badly. Have no regrets.
If you have only that 50 mm lens, you will be forced to come close to your subjects. Don't be shy! (but stay friendly and polite, of course.)

Of course, after taking each photograph, check it using the [>] button on the left of the back of your camera. Enlarge it to check sharpness. If unsharp, try and take the picture again or ajust the ISO setting if neccessary.



Street & City / Re: Recommendations Amsterdam
« on: November 30, 2012, 04:37:42 AM »
Too much to mention. Renting a bike is a good idea, IF you are an experienced cyclist and you don't have problems with right hand-side traffic.
NB There is NO Damplein in Amsterdam, the proper name is simply Dam.

Outside of the center, I can recommed seeing the Tropenmuseum, near Artis (the zoo). A nice colonial building, proudly exhibiting the riches we stole from the Indies.
Inside the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) (next door, same building) you will notice the door handles in the form of elephant heads.
The Aula (used as theatre and for meetings) has remarkable wooden statues towering above your head.

Outside Amsterdam one could mention Haarlem, very beautiful centre, church with a famous organ (often used for concerts), canals etc.
A small but beautiful old village North of Amsterdam (reachable by bus) is De Rijp. Townhall by Leeghwater, museum.

South of Amsterdam, on the banks of the Amstel river is the town of Uithoorn. Not very exciting, but the Cindu, a chemical factory bordering the Amstel is worthwile if you are interested in industrial designs.

Futher from Amsterdam, not very far from Dordrecht (reachable by train an bus) is Kinderdijk, famous for its windmills. Very spectacular, but rather touristy.

Delft and Leiden both have very attractive centres.
All depend on how much time you will have.

If you go in summer and the wind is North, you can easily cycle all the way from Amsterdam to Dordrecht, following rivers most of the time.

Kind regards,

Rob (in Solo)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post Your Best Hi-ISO/Low Light 5DIII Shots!
« on: November 27, 2012, 06:30:11 AM »

These twe shots were made at the besalèn of the Solonese gamelan maker Pak Tentrem. (A besalèn (Javanese) is a smithy, perapèn in Indonesian.)
The round object in the center is a kempul, i.e. a small (about 50 cm) hanging gong, with a boss in the center. Here you see how the boss is being hammered out, the last phase before the kempul is thrown in cooling water, the slug scraped off and polished.
In the back one can see another fire in which a wilah demung is being produced, heated and hammered alternatively. A wilah is a (bronze or iron) key of a metallophone with usually six or seven keys. The demung is a large and low-tumed metallophone.

(1) 5D3 with 24-105 mm (kit) lens, 1/20 sec. at F6,3  ISO12800
(2) The same, 1/15 sec. at 6,3 ISI 12800

EOS Bodies / Re: !!!FIRST!!! - Full Frame Mirrorless Camera
« on: November 21, 2012, 07:57:28 AM »
[Bodies come and go, but good glass should last for 20 years or more. ]

Hmmm... my body is already over 73 years old. My glasses, however are about one year old and will need replacement in around two years time.

Lenses / Re: New 50mm f/1.4 lenses are metal throughout?
« on: October 22, 2012, 09:43:29 PM »
Yes indeed, the lenses are all metal. The point is, the newest Canon sensors are too sensitive for glass lenses. At ISO 1000000000 and above you would need a shutter time of a millionth of a second or faster. The simple solution is to make a titanium lens. With that and a recent sensor you can take lovely pictures of black cats in dark rooms. Success!

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