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Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 22, 2011, 02:37:45 PM »

I'm so excited I could vomit.

The 14 adapters I've pre-sold are going out the door tomorrow morning using some other better service than Small Packet Airmail.  I'm also going to be offering those 14 very patient buyers some ridiculously good discounts on future EdMika product releases.

Also once that is taken care of the Ebay listings should go up again soon too.

Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 22, 2011, 02:14:37 PM »
Thanks for suggestion rumourmonger, I'll definitely look into it.

Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 22, 2011, 02:13:08 PM »
It appears that there was a version 1 and 2 of the lens.  Other than not providing a flat head screwdriver with the conversion kit I think it should still work fine. We evaluated using two very similar screws types imported from Japan and went with the narrower one since the thicker one was difficult to fully tighten and we were afraid users would strip the phillips screw head.  We may have to migrate to the slightly thicker thread if the version 1 of the FL55 1.2 has stripping issues or we will send out both types with each kit going forward so the version2s are not too tight.

I'm sending you a set of the thicker screws to the address you provided me now, thanks for offering to do the beta testing.

Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 22, 2011, 10:49:48 AM »
Flat head screw is news to me.  We bought 3 of the lenses, on in the 30k serial numbers, one in the 50k and one in the 70k and all where phillips.  I do have same pitch but longer and with a hair larger diameter prototype screws that we are considering going with in the future that I could send you with maybe a slightly better chance for bite.  Looks like someone had taken your lens apart in the past perhaps.  email me at to remind me of your address and I will send the screws (by some other way than bloody Canada Post Small Packet Air Mail).

Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 22, 2011, 09:09:13 AM »
Harley, make sure you tighten the 3 screws evenly.  If you tighten one fully with the others not in it can have an effect on the exact final positioning.  Before peeling shims of which you have 6 stacks of 3 I would suggest loosening the 3 screws, pressing hard and evenly down on the adapter, and retightening them at first fairly tight all the way around and then again final tight all the way around.  Take care not to strip the heads though or you'll have to use the spares.  A really good test for infinity is stars I find btw.  By dropping shims down to 2 layers thick you will note that infinity is surpassed by a large margin.  I don't think this is very useful because it just means nothing is in focus at focus ring rotation stop and because the rear glass element of the lens goes even farther into your camera than it needs to and will likely hit on a 1D series body where right now with 3 shims it does not.

Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 21, 2011, 08:48:49 PM »
Thats certainly a relief Harley, thanks for letting us know.  Hope you like it.

Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 21, 2011, 04:17:43 PM »
I really have to evaluate if I want to use small packet air mail ever again.  With the next up pricing Canada Post or UPS or Fedex offers worldwide I expect see a real slowdown in demand for my adapters when the new much higher cost of shipping is factored in. 

I got word that another September eBay sale has arrived in Japan so more and more are trickling in today. 

No reporting chips for me though still and tracking has them still sitting in Mississauga.  Canada Post Customer Service was not helpful at all though they tried sounding like they felt my pain.  If anyone reading this knows any high ups at Canada Post please ask them for help with tracking number RR657160363BY, it arrived in Canada a week ago, passed customs immediately, took 4 days to get from Montreal to Mississauga(really part of Toronto) and has been sitting there since Sunday morning.

Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 21, 2011, 11:58:17 AM »
Just this email from Andy in the UK so they are finally starting to trickle in:

Hi Ontarian,
Saw your woes on the Canonrumours forum, hang in there man! Just wanted to report that my adapter arrived in the UK today purchased 5th September from Ebay, you posted it the next day, Thank you!
Can't wait to try it out :).

Kind Regards,

Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 21, 2011, 09:28:32 AM »
Thanks for the supportive comments Maui5150,

I've yet to really make it official but if the FD lens is white, you can most likely make it focus to infinity using my glassless adapter with fairly easy and reversible lens calibration that you can do yourself with my instructions.  I've got an FD 300 2.8L and FD 400 2.8L both I was able to make work with my 0.75mm EF-FD adapter within 2 hours of getting them in the mail without having instructions on how to.  I'm working on a youtube video of the conversions soon.  The 500 and 200 are the only white lenses left that I have not yet proven the approach works on.

So in short, if you want a super telephoto but don't have 8,000-14,000 dollars to spend on it, take a good look at the FD line.  Other than lack of autofocus or IS (both of which are helpful but can be worked around especially with just taking more pictures for free with digital) The IQ is just as breathtaking.

Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 21, 2011, 07:49:25 AM »
Some good news finally, I just got word this morning that an adapter my wife mailed on the 7th of September arrived yesterday in Minnesota. Looking at the calendar it took 7 business days to arrive there.

Canon General / Re: Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 20, 2011, 05:52:20 PM »
Thanks for continuing to be so understanding Harley.  I'll keep you in the loop on the TS 35 adapter, right now the machine shop we are dealing with for the other two adapters considers us really small potatoes and we barely get any machine time so making prototypes has been really hard to get started with them.  My father-in-law and I have recently decided to invest $10,000 (on credit cards) in a nice bench top Tormach vertical CNC mill that should be up and running around December 10th, at this time we will be able to develop our ideas within days instead of months.  The TS mock-up we machined from an FL 55 1.2 kit works great and will be a really nice Tilt shift solution for EF.  I've already sold my TS 24mm 3.5L II since I like the little metal 35mm so much more. 

dickb on fredmiranda also came up with a really amazing idea to help us with the problems we are having with the close proximity of some lens aperture levers to full frame body plastic near the electrical contacts.  We will be rotating the mounts on the EF-FD 0.75mm adapters 90 degrees counter clockwise and are exploring dropping the flange thickness to around .5mm to get even more focus distance out of all FD lenses.  An even more radical idea we are exploring is taking our gen2 no flange thickness concept and making it work since the lever would not longer be an interference issue on full frame bodies.  We just have to come up with a locking mechanism within the EF body forcing the adapter to be mounted on the camera first.

Pretty interesting stuff being worked on.  I just hope people are still willing to buy EdMika after this shipping SNAFU.

Canon General / Canada Post is literally giving me an Ulcer - Ed Mika
« on: September 20, 2011, 05:08:46 PM »
I would like to solicit feedback from people who bought an adapter from me if and when they arrived.  We've been shipping internationally with Canada Post small packet air mail for about a year now with results being about a week to the US, 2 weeks to Europe, 3-4 weeks to Asia, Russia and Australia/NewZealand.  We have mailed out nearly 50 adapters since the article was published on August 30th but I have heard of only one arriving anywhere yet.

Making matters worse, my chip supplier in Belarus sent 2x50 AF- confirmation chip shipments to me the same way as several times before that previously took about 6 days but now has taken over 20 days and waiting.  I ended the eBay listing after selling 14 adapters I could not yet ship when the chips continued to be delayed.  They still did not arrive today though according to tracking they passed out of customs in Montreal last Wednesday and are still sitting in Mississauga as of the weekend.

A friend of a friend works for Canada Post in Kitchener Ontario and he confirmed that since the postal strike was ended by the Government of Canada back to work legislation things have really slowed down and backlogs have built up with non priority mail.  He blames this on the lack of management approval for overtime but I feel most employees are unhappy with being forced back to work and probably are not giving it 100%.

I've talked with Craig who runs this website and his experience with Canada Post has been fine but he is shipping using the more expensive and tracked priority mail.  If I continue to use Canada Post going forward I will have to raise mailing prices to pay for this higher level shipping method.  Personally I'm so mad at Canada Post right now I'd happily go to Purolator or FedEX.

For those understandably frustrated buyers of my adapters still waiting for them to arrive please continue to be patient.  I will consider the adapters to be lost if they don't arrive to you after 4 weeks to North America and 5 weeks to everywhere else and at that time I will offer a full refund or will resend a new one probably using a different shipping service.

My sincerest apologies for this delay, we have photos taken at the post office of the front and back of each package we've sent out in all cases the same or next business day after your items were purchased.  you can email me at if you would like me to send you the picture of your package to confirm your address and see the date it was sent to you.

Again, please comment on this thread if you are still waiting for your EdMika adapter to arrive, it would be helpful if you noted the date of purchase and the country you live in.  I'd especially like to hear from anyone who actually already got their adapters and when too.  Thanks-Ed Mika

Lenses / Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« on: September 20, 2011, 04:40:53 PM »
I'm not sure if a place like preview would be interested in doing a review on vintage gear adapted to work on modern cameras.  If they were I'd happily donate the adapters and/or lend the lenses for testing.  Plenty of people thus far feel it was worth the unproven risk that their good old lenses really were good and would remain so on EOS.

EOS Bodies / Re: overnight flight next to Canon engineer...
« on: September 07, 2011, 12:43:41 AM »
Really interesting stuff, thanks for sharing the good insight.  The video part makes me sad, the sensor part happy.

Lenses / Re: New Article: Adapting your FD or FL lenses to EF/EOS
« on: September 06, 2011, 09:12:20 PM »
I would imagine that adapting a good telescope would be just as good as the 800mm with 2x & 1.4x extenders.  (I would be looking to do Astrophotography and would need huge lenses...)  It might be a problem carrying that into sporting events, but more and more places are having problems with a 5DM2 or any DSLR...

I've been comparing the moon shots I've been doing to other people's on flickr since my first FD 600 4.5 (later my pair of FD 800 5.6L's) was made EOS compatible by one of my glued and grinded prototype designs in early 2010.  I found it has to be a pretty high end telescope setup typically on a motorized mount with often hundreds of computer stacked images to compete or beat the detail I can resolve from the moon in a single shot.  The old glass can certainly compete. -Ed Mika

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