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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* People - Post Here.
« on: October 06, 2011, 08:15:55 PM »
Montreal Canadiens Winger Erik Cole.

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Lenses / Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« on: October 05, 2011, 07:38:54 PM »
If you look at places like KEH and other online retailers other than eBay you can usually find a reasonably good TS 35 for under 600.  I agree that for around 1000 there are older version EF mounts around that are competition for the value argument but unless they are full metal construction (I don't know I only know the TS-E 24mm 3.5 L II I just sold was a plasticy monstrosity) they just don't have the magic feel the compact and precise FD mount version brings.   People who bought the FL 55 1.2 conversion kit from me will know what I mean.  I don't expect to sell nearly the same number of TS 35 2.8 EF conversion kits as the other two I make because of the costs and limited lens production numbers in comparison but thats cool, its still wicked to bring the nice stuff back into action in a digital world.

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And finally

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A few more.

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Some of my shots

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: October 01, 2011, 06:10:20 PM »
I'd get a katzeye based on the limited research I've done.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/881589/

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: October 01, 2011, 09:28:50 AM »
It would be possible but to improve my critically in focus rate I would either also buy one of those aftermarket split prism focus screens for the 7D or I would try to stop the lens down as much as possible to give me a better fudge factor by giving me a greater depth of feild.  I replaced the focus screens on both my 1D4s and depend on them more than either the focus confirmation chip or personal vision focus perception. Though with digital you can shoot many more pictures and with action you may be eyeballing more than anything so just feel and overshooting your way through it would probably work too.

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Site Information / Re: I Get Interviewed by James Beltz at PhotoTips.biz
« on: September 30, 2011, 05:45:28 PM »
Well done.  I would love a square sensor btw, no need for a vertical grip and flexible cropping options.  I tend to only shoot landscape orientation and this way I would get to figure out the best framing for the subject when I have time to think about it in post processing.

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 29, 2011, 08:22:22 PM »
Thanks for the feedback Harley, and all the great images helping show just what a unique lens this really is.  I've since modified the brass machining program to accommodate the slightly larger screws and only ship the larger screws as well, I think it will now perfectly handle both versions of the FL55 1.2. -Ed Mika


Ed,
The larger screws for my "pre-30k serial number" FL 55 arrived today.  I replaced all three smaller screws.  The smaller screws had worked and two of the three held fine before, but all three larger ones bit and its feels a little more solid all around.  You were right about the tighter fit to the camera mount after installing the bigger screws.  After taking the lens off and putting it back on a couple of times it smoothed out.  Thanks for all your follow-up.

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 28, 2011, 05:57:49 PM »
Hey thanks Harley, thats a really good tip I never thought of.  I figured the manual/auto switch was going to be the vestigial appendix like carryover from the previous camera system but this makes it really useful.

A tip for anyone using the converted FL 55mm f/1.2 lens... 

You probably already know the switch for automatic / manual focusing has to be set to "M" for the aperture ring setting to engage.  With narrow apertures the viewfinder can darken significantly.  I have had some success using the A / M switch to open up the lens for composing and focusing, then quickly switching back to the aperture I want for metering and taking the shot.

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 23, 2011, 09:19:19 PM »
The machine shop we were using told us they were not interested in our business because of the small volumes and low prices.  We found a new one at a higher piece price for now and have just bought a small but accurate CNC machine (delivery 4-6 weeks).  I also found a new supplier for Dandelion AF-reporting chips with hopefully more reliable shipping.  We raised our price 12% to compensate.  Also we found if we packaged the adapters in a thinner envelope we could get a more reasonably priced shipping option that was actually tracked so shipping went from 11 to 19.

I understand we may lose a few sales from the higher price but for most people I think the really nice shooting solution will still be worth it.  Perhaps when the new CNC vertical mill is paid off we will be able to bring our prices down a bit, to be honest I expect some lower quality knockoff competition at some point in the future though the volumes are still probably too low to justify corporate interests.  My father in law is more serious about this venture but I'm really only doing it for the love of the gear.

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 23, 2011, 06:56:18 PM »
Nice results Harley, glad you are having as much fun with the lens as I am. -Ed

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 23, 2011, 02:07:00 AM »
These 14 beauties are going out to my 13 patient buyers in the morning.

BB8D3436 by Ontarian, on Flickr

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 23, 2011, 02:01:01 AM »
You are welcome Bigdaddio, congrats on finding more treasure.

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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 22, 2011, 03:23:31 PM »
Will do Lance.

For those interested in instructions on how to make your FD 200mm 1.8L, FD 300mm 2.8L, FD 400 2.8L, FD 500 4.5L, FD 600mm 4.5, FD 800mm 5.6L white super telephoto lenses fully work with infinity focus on EOS bodies without distortion adding and light robbing additional optics, check out the two below videos I made of the lens calibration with use of the EdMika EF-FD 0.75mm brass adapter.  My apologies for the amateur presentation. - Ed Mika

Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytgt1d1Ts8I
Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ3_jG7LqM8

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