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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 10, 2014, 04:43:59 PM »
I went to take a couple of shot of my kids with my 70-200 2.8 and then decided to switch to a 50mm, stuffing quickly the 70-200 into my bag.
Then my wife, annoyed with my habit of leaving my bag on the bed, grabbed it and... the 70-200 dropped from the open bag  directly on the tiled floor... the 70-200 is no so sharp as it used to be now. And blaming my wife wasn't really an option ;)


So...she survived the beating, eh?


What are the main models of cameras the devs are focusing on right now?

Alex (the "main" dev) has a 60d & 5d3, 5d2 is still popular, the Rebels are supported as long as you don't get the newest one because usually not all features are ported. The "maintainted" models as per source tree are (7d/5d3 are alpha):



I'm still patiently (trying) watching to see when the ML for the 5D3 gets out of alpha....and addresses the non-removable boot flag, or at the very least...the lag time the 5D3 has on boot or waken from sleep.

If that was fixed, I think I'd be loading ML on immediately and playing with RAW video...

I'm DYING to play with that...but I just gotta see the wake problems fixed first. I could live with the perm. boot flag as that my camera is out of warranty.....but I gotta have at least stock waken times.


Take a look for "hkyongnuo"- got mine from them.
My unit works well, and I am glad to have it to remote control my 600RTs sitting on other then Canon- bodies.
I will buy the Fuji X100s this year- lets see.

Would this be the link you used?

I don't see a way to order from them on this website yet...

From that site, however, I found this link:

I've never ordered stuff online from foreign sites....I'm a bit hesitant to give out CC info to a site outside the US, etc....

Anyone know how safe this is?



Dang...appears to be out of stock on both sites...

I just ordered it via ebay for €109, I hope the seller actually does have it in stock... in hindsight, I should have ordered it right away, the af assist is simply too useful even if a flash is mounted on a bracket.

Is this any particular ebay store..or just some random person selling it you bought from...?



I've been keeping a lazy eye on how things are coming along for the 6D (e.g. tragic lantern), wondering when it'll be stable enough for me to take the plunge...

Don't count on anything happening there, the 6d is unsupported in mainline ML and 6d-TL is only worked on by one person who managed to isolate himself from the rest of the devs. If you want a stable & supported ML anytime soon, definitely don't get a 6d.

What are the main models of cameras the devs are focusing on right now?

66 instead of, its the same place though dont you don't have a coupon let me know I can try and get one.

Dang...appears to be out of stock on both sites...

I have been wanting to drop the hammer on this for the past couple weeks, but no luck.



Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 06, 2014, 02:19:27 PM »
Can't say I've ever taken a shot with lens cap on because I've always shot using the eyepiece and immediately have the "WTF?!" moment before rolling my eyes and taking it off (missed some shots doing that though...)

OTOH I took a good minute of video with my DSLR in a dark environment playing with the exposure settings and wondering why the screen was always dark no matter how many stops I added until I checked the lens cap... :D

(And the first trip using my new Rode Stereo Video Pro Mic, confirming the mic was connected and got a wonderful 10 minute video of a band playing and some fantastic ambiance only to discover that I had forgotten to turn the mic on... In fact I did that several times that trip so now I just leave it on all day while traveling as each battery is supposed to last about 100 hours)

Yep...same thing with my rode mics...

I found I had to learn the mystic art of FOLEY work after that session....had to watch the video, and recreate the sounds of cooking in a kitchen....worked out pretty well, necessity being the mother of invention as they say.

Lenses / Re: From Good to Great!
« on: February 05, 2014, 02:21:00 PM »

I was looking at the Focal stuff awhile back, but it seems that I read on the site, that it didn't fully work with the 5D3.

Does anyone know if they've fixed it yet?


It works just fine, but one small piece isn't fully automated. When it's running the AFMA test, it can't automatically change the AFMA settings in camera for you. So it'll do it's thing, take a bunch of shots, then a prompt will come up on screen that says "Set AFMA to -20/-10/0 etc. and click OK" - you do that, and it continues to run the test automatically. Really not a big deal, takes a couple seconds each time it asks.

Ok, thanks for the info. I wonder why it can't do the full auto on the 5D3 like it can other cameras?

Hmm..trying to get to the Reikan site...seems they're having some webserver problems.

I'll try to look closer at it again soon.

I'm planning this year, to buy a copy of the Canon 50L f/1.2, and I want to make sure I get it properly tuned for my camera.


Lenses / Re: From Good to Great!
« on: February 05, 2014, 12:12:15 PM »
From great to greater?
I checked out all my lenses (except a manual focus Contax-Ziess) on my 1D4 and focus accuracy was spot on - perhaps I am just lucky?
However (if it EVER stops raining here in South Wales) I am going to re-check them now I have moved to the 1DX. So far I have only had a chance (in over 2 months!) to use my 300 & 800 Canons on it and it appears to be even better than the Mk4 - I hope it's the same for the others!
If not I shall be checking out your recommendation..........

I was looking at the Focal stuff awhile back, but it seems that I read on the site, that it didn't fully work with the 5D3.

Does anyone know if they've fixed it yet?


WOW! ... that looks EXACTLY like my $299.99 CamRanger. Looks like the same manufacturer (TP-Link) makes the unit for CamRanger minus the software. I don't believe this ... it costs 1/10 of what I paid for the CamRanger ... thanks for making me feel like I've been ripped off, dude ;D  ... just kidding ... good that it costs so less and does a decent job, more power to the people.
Yep, from what I've read this is basically the same bit of hardware for the wireless routing portion that the CamRanger uses, just that camranger has a bit of custom firmware of their own I think to speed things up somewhat...

Wow, nifty. Thanks for sharing!

I've got so much on my plate right now, not sure when I'll get time to try this, although I already have all the hardware...
if you get to it before I do, please report back on your workflow, etc.
I'll try to do the same if I can.
I wanna do this this weekend, but I got about 10+ hours of footage I need to start plowing through on my first paid video gig

thanks,  cayenne

I've been looking to use DSLRDashboard on my older Xoom Android tablet to control my a monitor and also to maybe use it to change settings on longer time lapse without having to touch the camera.

Take a look at this article:

I've gotten the wireless router in from, I think it was about $29...I've not had time to flash it and try it out yet, but planning to do it soon.

Anyway, for those out there wanting a budget video monitor or remote wireless control for their camera, give this a look.




Be cautioned if you have a 5D3.

ML is still very alpha for the Canon 5D3.

1. If you install Magic Lantern on your 5D3, you will set a firmware bootflag on the camera, that is NOT removable. At this time, it is a permanent change to your camera
2. It seems associated with this flag, that the boot times and wake up times can be significantly increased on your camera, I'm hearing up to like 2-3 seconds I believe. This is a deal breaker for some folks. This does NOT seem to be something that you can reverse.

The problems I mentioned above, will remain on your 5D Mark III even if you remove the Magic Lantern software. So, please be advised.

That being said, I've been following ML forums and all things about them and I'm HUGELY impressed. I really, really hope they can overcome these 2x issues with the 5D3 so I can feel comfortable with using ML on my camera. I'm anxious to start shooting RAW video with my 5D3...and to explore all these other cool options with stills photography.

But at this time, since I have only one 5D3, I am holding off putting ML on my camera.

Caveat Emptor as they say.



Also, ML doesn't run on the latest canon firmware version on the 5d3.

True, but as I understand it, even if you've moved to the latest Canon firmware, you can pretty readily "downgrade" to the version of the firmware that ML wants to use.

I am really ROOTING for the Magic Lantern team, I think they're doing an amazing job, and hope they keep making progress.

It is just that since the software is still in a pretty alpha stage for the 5D3 model, and it has problems that I'd mentioned with making permanent, irreversible changes on the 5D3, with the boot flag being set, and with the increased boot and wake times that seem to be associated with that boot flag.

As soon as these issues are addressed (or I hit the lottery and can afford a 2nd 5D3), I will wait till it is more to at least the beta stage before I try out Magic Lantern on my camera.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 27, 2014, 02:07:29 PM »
Much reduced from original images to allow easy download. Canon 7,  and EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM HDR panos

Very nice.
Could you post back with your methodology, tools and workflow for how you do HDR panos?

I'd be very interested in hearing....

Thanks in advance,


Lenses / Re: Why no 400mm f/4L IS exists?
« on: January 24, 2014, 11:56:05 AM »
Wish you were correct about being able to get a 500 f4L IS II for less than $10K.  Lowest price listed on current canon price watch is $10,187.

Try visiting our friendly neighbors to the north…. Camera Canada has it for $9730, and with the current exchange rate that works out to US $8740.

Would that lens bought "up north", still have a US warranty? Is the warranty for North America in general, or is it specifically for CA or US, etc?

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