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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 07:33:29 PM »
In my opinion the 7D only needs improved AF and better high'ish iso performance, say 3200 to 6400. I was never convinced about its low iso performance but that might just have been my copy. I had issues with noise at 200 and 400 iso. Sent it back to Canon with that query and it seemed there was an improvement on return but I still opted to use iso's either side of those values if I could.

Additions of wifi and gps would be nice to have but basically an improvement on iq is the most important issue and that will come with improved AF and improved iso performance. I'd be happy enough with a marginal 10-20% uplift in megpixels but not at expense of iq.

Nazareth, I got my body back on Friday afternoon. you'll find my story thereafter on another post regarding Focusing Screens however basically the sensor is a lot cleaner. I cant determine if it was 100% clean before I had my issues with the focusing screen however there are now only around 5-6 distinct dirt spots, they don't look like left overs from the previous issue.

I've been looking at buying a cleaning kit or two but one of the better dust pens given that it is distinctive spots might be a better bet along with a good quality loupe.

Did you clean yours yourself in the end or send it away?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX Focusing Screen
« on: January 26, 2013, 06:22:54 PM »
Chris I ordered one last night from Park Cameras in the UK, £35 inc postage. To be honest it was on my mind to get in touch with Canon given that the camera came back less than perfect from them. It went in with a dirty sensor as described in the post link above and came back with something in the middle of the viewfinder which wasn't there when it went away to them. However I thought it would be easy to clean and I ended up making things worse. Because of that I don't know if the dirt that is now on my sensor, 5 or 6 distinct spots, was there before I mucked around with the blower, so I'm a bit hacked off. I've owned 4 DSLR's before I bought the 1Dx and never had a problem with dirt on the sensor, the total cost of those cameras was way less than that of the 1Dx so taking that into consideration its pretty damn poor on Canon's part that I had to send it away in the first place.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX Focusing Screen
« on: January 25, 2013, 02:53:53 PM »
The focus screen is user replaceable.  The stock screen that came with your camera is the EC-CV ($39, B&H link, not sure about local sources for you), and it comes with the little tool you need to swap them out.

The Ec-D (grid screen) will fit the 1D X, as well.

Brilliant, thanks for the quick reply. Your advice on this forum is second to none. At least I know what to search for now.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware 1.2.1 in the Wild
« on: January 25, 2013, 01:40:32 PM »
Mine came back today from Canon UK, still 1.1.1

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX Focusing Screen
« on: January 25, 2013, 01:34:31 PM »
OK I've been a bit of an idiot and marked the focusing screen on my 1Dx. It came back from Canon Service today after getting the sensor cleaned for the issue described in this post; http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=11331.0 . Sensor a lot cleaner but not perfect, 3 noticeable bodies on it, tried activating the sensor cleaning several times to no avail.

Anyway on taking the camera out of the box I looked through the viewfinder to see a foreign body right in the middle of the viewfinder. How it could leave the Service Centre with that I don't know. So got the blower out to give it a couple of gentle wafts and it slipped and its marked the focusing screen. Does anyone know if there are focusing screens out there that fit the 1Dx? I can see the EC-D fits the 1 Series camera but apart from a place in New Zealand which says that fits the 1Dx I cant see anywhere else that says there is one.

Its not the end of the world, only really noticeable if I'm looking at a plain'ish image that I can see it but if I have to send it off to Canon to get it replaced I would.

Any help appreciated.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware 1.2.1 in the Wild
« on: January 24, 2013, 06:52:43 PM »
My 1Dx is due back from Canon (England) tomorrow, went in to get the sensor cleaned as a result of realising I had the dirt issue showing up at F16 and above. They had it for around 24 hours this week so I'll double check it and post if it has been changed to 1.2.1. Doesn't sound like a mega upgrade anyway, I tried to check the Canon UK website to see if its available to download anyway but I strangely cant get the site to load.

For the first year in about 10 I wont be getting a tax rebate (UK terminology). I had a lucrative business deal last year that sees me needing to pay a low end 6 figure tax bill by the end of January. There'll be tears in my eyes that day at the Bank.... I'll be paying more tax in the UK this year than Amazon did probably, joke.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: January 15, 2013, 07:21:50 PM »
Excellent review. I've had this lens for nearly 2 years and use it primarily for shooting football (soccer) matches and it is just superb. Matched with the 1Dx I rarely miss a shot and if I do its usually my fault for setting the camera/autofocus wrong. I agree the only real downside is the weight, it really is heavy at circa 1.4kg. The use of a Black Rapid strap has helped big time though.

If you can afford it this lens is without doubt the medium tele-zoom to buy. That said I've considered re-purchasing the F4 non IS, just for its low weight, it is a great lens too.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 30, 2012, 07:02:52 PM »

sharon by Lseriesglass, on Flickr

Where is the street scene location? Looks typically somewhat British, Scottish even, including the rain.
Thanks guys :-) sharon is a great girl a very fun to work with.The location was south queensferry at the forth bridges :)

Thought it looked Scottish, great shot.

Great prices for these, the 128gb card after tax is currently $200 or so on Amazon.com, in the uk on Amazon that card will cost the equivalent of $360.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 20, 2012, 05:12:44 PM »

sharon by Lseriesglass, on Flickr

Where is the street scene location? Looks typically somewhat British, Scottish even, including the rain.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX "Caution 02" Warnings AND Filthy Sensor.
« on: December 20, 2012, 05:02:44 PM »
Nazereth, meant to say I got a phone call from a nice lady at Canon a couple of days later asking me to send in the body for repair. I told them I wanted it over xmas so it'll go to their UK Head Service facility in the new year. I'll let you know how it goes.

Lenses / Re: Canon 100mm F2.8L IS
« on: December 12, 2012, 08:04:57 PM »
Standard, it was Lightroom 4.

Lenses / Canon 100mm F2.8L IS
« on: December 12, 2012, 05:48:08 PM »
Hi, I've had this lens for a while now and its not one I use too often however I noticed the other day that in shots I used it for that it is showing exif data of 105mm and not 100mm when used on a 1Dx. Previously it had been ok and showing at 100mm, I've just checked it on my 7D and it is showing as 100mm. I've not come across exif data being misread before, anyone else seen this with either this lens or any other? Not the end of the world but just a query.

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