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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 18, 2013, 06:44:23 PM »
I read this on CR this morning in the UK and I have to say I was first of all miffed to have to read about it on CR and then on the Canon USA site, I haven't seen any mention of it on the UK or Europe site which I think is pretty poor. I emailed my cps rep right away to ask about procedure and he referred my email to Service. I also contacted service directly. 2 different responses, Service direct said I had to arrange to send it in at my cost presumably, despite me including a link to the USA page highlighting its a warranty issue. The answer I got from the cps directed Service rep asked me to register my body with this link and they will contact me to arrange collection.

My kit is cps registered which didn't seem to make any difference, when you complete the form and submit you get a white screen with no message to tell you if its been registered or not. Useless.

I'm also miffed because I have had my 1Dx back with Canon twice since I bought it in August last year to have the sensor cleaned due to the suspected lubricant splatters as posted about on here and other forums. 2nd time I got it back they said it was a goodwill gesture blah blah blah when it was clearly rectifying a defect. I was less than chuffed about the insinuation that the dirty sensor was my fault. On both occasions I have got it back there has been more dust in the body than it went away with and I'm talking hairs etc visible through the viewfinder. After I got their note about the "good will gesture" I took images through the viewfinder showing all the visible artefacts and mailed it to them along with images showing all the sensor marks one month after purchase and a couple of months after the first clean. Not surprisingly they did not respond and when prompted they suggested I take it up with the repair centre!

So when it goes in this time I'm expecting it to come back with a potato field in it....

Lenses / Re: Fair price for a used 85mm 1.2L II
« on: April 29, 2013, 07:27:17 PM »
I pad $1800 for a used 85mm F1.2 II from B&H and it was rated at 9/10 by them in terms of condition etc. There is currently one on B&H Used for $1689.95 plus taxes I assume.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 22, 2013, 01:53:40 PM »
Took this on the Isle of Skye at Elgol. Did well for me in competitions this year.

The Cuillins by briandoyle1, on Flickr

F16, 37 Secs, 22mm on 1Dx with 16-35ii.

Very nice!  Did you use any sort of ND filter?

Thanks, Yeah I used a Format 10 Stop.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 22, 2013, 01:52:15 PM »
Did well for me in competitions this year.
I can see why ... EXCELLENT image, well captured.

Cheers thanks

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 22, 2013, 12:54:57 PM »
Cheers  for that Stig.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 22, 2013, 12:33:45 PM »
Took this on the Isle of Skye at Elgol. Did well for me in competitions this year.

The Cuillins by briandoyle1, on Flickr

F16, 37 Secs, 22mm on 1Dx with 16-35ii.

I use it every time I remember too! I don't change lenses to often when I am out and  about so its pretty much a click to correct then syncing across all the images, takes seconds and worth it in my opinion.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon UK Cashbacks Coming?
« on: March 07, 2013, 12:01:17 PM »
I was at Focus yesterday with a couple of friends and one of them bought a 5Diii with 24-105 Kit. She got the £160 cash back.

Software & Accessories / Re: Which wireless radio control for the 5D3?
« on: March 07, 2013, 11:56:15 AM »
I dont believe you do lose the settings, i.e. if you have it set on burst mode it will be there when you switch back on. Just to note that the receiver does not auto power off. You have to remember to switch that off when you put it back in your bag!

I had a good look at the Camranger yesterday at Focus 2013. Its actually really neat piece of kit, however its £270 and I was very tempted but I'm pretty sure I could find something that I will use more often to put my £250 towards.

Software & Accessories / Re: Which wireless radio control for the 5D3?
« on: March 07, 2013, 09:50:19 AM »
I picked up a hähnel Giga T Pro II RF remote.  Interval timer, the remote unit is small enough to fit in the palm (for getting in the picture if needed).  I like that the remote unit can actually be plugged directly into the camera if desired (i.e. used as a wired release) for interval timing, etc.

+1. I have this and its very good, its more than just a simple trigger, with an intervalometer etc built in. One annoying thing with it, for me anyway, is that the remote will power off after a minute or so, therefore if you are scouting about with your camera set up and see something you want to shoot and you haven't used the trigger for a few minutes you need to turn it back on again, which takes time. It might be possible to change the standby duration in the settings but I've never got round to checking.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6d w/ eos remote and tablet connection?
« on: February 28, 2013, 03:03:00 PM »
Apparently this is coming out in Android later in March. DPReview says its compatible with the 6D but I cant see any reference to it on the Spec page. Might be worth contacting them.

Lighting / Re: St-E3 + 600ex-rt + 430EXii
« on: February 25, 2013, 05:13:20 PM »
You could also get a long sync cord (see, e.g., which would let you use the 600 off camera and still trigger the 430 optically as a slave in ETTL or Manual, I think. The 10m cord is $65 and the 5m cord is $48.

Thanks, having spent circa £250 on an ST-E3 trigger I want to avoid cables if I can but its still a good option, thanks again.

Lighting / Re: St-E3 + 600ex-rt + 430EXii
« on: February 24, 2013, 03:39:29 PM »
Brilliant Neuro, first class as always. I had just finished reading a previous similar post on the same thing dated last December or so, although that was 580ii's.

Thanks again, nice cheap solution, I'll see if I can get them in the UK.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4
« on: February 24, 2013, 03:32:02 PM »
One thing you need to consider is the power of your existing pc or mac. LR4 is very thirsty in my experience. I was running a late 2011 iMac which had 4gb of RAM and it just wasn't enough, to crack a nut I used the proverbial sledgehammer and upgraded to 16gb, at the same price Apple wanted to charge to to upgrade from 4 to 8gb when I purchased the iMac in the first place.

The operating specs for LR4 are 2GB of Ram but if you are running other stuff simultaneously such as Elements, Internet, Mail etc then it needs way more in my experience.

Once you get into it then you'll find you can do 90% of your editing in LR unless you are into major photoshop edits or creating composites of course.

Lighting / St-E3 + 600ex-rt + 430EXii
« on: February 24, 2013, 03:18:22 PM »
Does anyone know if its possible to trigger a 600Ex-rt via an ST-E3 and at the same time have the 600ex-rt trigger the 430exii.

From what I can see and I hope I am wrong the 600 works in either radio or optical modes and cant trigger a 430exii when its triggered itself by radio from the st-e3. I've triggered the 430exii from the 600 while its on camera, which is obviously straight forward enough however I was hoping that in order to avoid buying another 600 I could use the 430exii as a cost effective double flash set up if I ever need it.

Any suggestions or confirmation of my thoughts welcomed.


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