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This mirrors my long-term experience with CPS in Sydney. They're the best.
I echo the experience with Canon service in Sydney (though I'm not a CPS member - I'm just a keen hobbyist).
They're quick and do a great job!

Software & Accessories / Re: BG-E11 weight
« on: October 07, 2012, 05:46:34 AM »
I suggest to purchase some really bulky lenses. This may provide enough weight training to be able to lug around gripped bodies without discomfort.  ;D

Something else to consider altogether... Inertia!
One of the 'benefits' of having so much mass - is that mass requires more force to move - and so you now have the  potential 'benefit' associated with a steadycam - without the investment requirement.

Less camera shake - except when you have severe muscle fatigue from holding the kit - and then you shaking hand may be stabilised by the increased mass of the camera/lens combo.  ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 28, 2012, 04:47:52 AM »
Rainbow Lorikeet in my palm tree, hanging upside-down from the palm fronds.
50D, 70-200 f/2.8L IS II @ f/2.8 ISO 100 1/200 200mm

EOS Bodies / Re: mhm... open letter to canon?
« on: September 26, 2012, 07:39:08 AM »

We are all free to choose any manufacturer we want.
If you are saying people should cram their complaining, yeah, then I agree completely.
+1  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 4D reference in Wifi remote app video
« on: September 19, 2012, 10:18:56 PM »
Chances are - it's a screenshot of a development prototype of the app. It may have had the working name of "4D" and been changed to 6D for release.
Either way, it requires a WiFi connection (which only the 6D has as a built-in feature) - so I think that's the situation.

I've used the software on my kit (50D, some EF-S 18-200 IS and some EF non-L and L lenses) - and love it.
What I did find is that my EF 50mm f/1.4 was the hardest to get consistent AFMA for.
I agree with the OP's remarks about getting a high level of illumination - I just used available light and found that I got inconsistent results (I have a glass-roofed conservatory where I used natural light).

What I did do (that I think helped) was to print out the targets on high-quality matte paper (I used EPSON paper) and mounted them on foam-core, and then I can use Blue-tack (removable adhesive) to mount the targets and ensure a perpendicular mount to the lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: What is meant by Shutter count in 5D Mk III menu?
« on: September 06, 2012, 07:35:57 AM »
As in pg 338 of your camera manual??  Its the number of shutter actuations since the battery was recharged.  Did you put a new battery  in it, or one from another camera.
The number should go to zero after you recharge your battery.

is it really going to get the shutter count from the battery?? weird..

What it says to me is: "Hey, here's how much capacity is left in the battery - you have shot a whole bunch of frames on this one".
Much more useful to me than "it's probably fully charged", "it's somewhere between fully charged and flat" and "charge me now" - which is all I get from the 'fuel-gauge' style of charge indicator on my old 50D.

Definitely, this is a sweet feature!  :)

Lenses / Re: EF 40mm STM Pancake Problem Acknowledged
« on: August 08, 2012, 12:41:28 AM »

(I couldn't find the original thread about people saying they had a problem with it, so starting a new one).

Canon have acknowledged that there is a problem with this lens, I've had it too, where the AF just stops working occasionally.
They're blaming 'pressing the lens'. I know I haven't done it purposefully, but it could happen in my bag(s), and if it takes as little pressure as 'putting a lens cap on', then that's a design flaw.
Still, i'll do what it takes to fix it, it's otherwise a good lens.

My only concern is:
"The firmware to address this phenomenon will be available for download in late August, 2012."

This problem has only happened to me on my EOS 3, not the 7D. Are they talking about lens firmware or camera?

Here's the link to the announcement on Canon Australia's support site:
To Users of the EF40mm f/2.8 STM Interchangeable Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

Thank you for using Canon products.

It has been confirmed that the autofocusing function of the EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens, which was released in June 2012, may not operate correctly.

The details of this phenomenon are described below.

If pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (pressure can be applied even while attaching the lens cap or while carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag), the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working.

    This phenomenon does not occur during normal shooting.
    This phenomenon does not result in a malfunction of the lens.


When the above phenomenon occurs, detach and reattach the lens, or remove and reinsert the camera battery to restore the operations.
Market Support

The firmware to address this phenomenon will be available for download in late August, 2012.

Once this firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on our Web site.
Contact Information for Inquiries

Canon Australia Services & Support 13 13 83 (Local call)

Canon New Zealand Customer Care 0800 222 666

Canon General / Re: "Time for a Change at Canon?" -Barons
« on: July 25, 2012, 11:04:42 PM »
I'm not a chairman of the board of a major Japanese corporation, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last  night. That qualifies me as much as anyone else here to comment on this stuff.

Unless you are a significant stock-holder (like a pension / superannuation fund), or a senior executive of Canon, it would be hard to provide a qualified opinion of what the qualities of individuals in leadership roles of Canon should be.

I have posted before, that if you are unhappy with Canon's offerings, you should not whinge about them, rather, do not buy them.

Vote with you wallet! It's by far the most effective management and strategy tool in the market.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS M System Announced
« on: July 23, 2012, 06:33:33 AM »
In addition to the two lenses, any of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses can be used with the EOS M with the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M.

Just thinking - this makes for an expensive lens cap!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS M System Announced
« on: July 23, 2012, 01:47:16 AM »
I've been deriding the look of the Sony NEX camera but when I tried holding it (the 5N and 7), they feel good not awkward.

Looking at the pictures today (especially with the 18-55mm lenses), I realized that the Canon mirrorless look only slightly better than the NEX but will possibly not as well due to the almost non-existent grip.

Oh, and it seems too expensive for the features
Perhaps we are misunderstanding the intended market position?
I think this might be (with the 22mm STM kit lens) - a photojournalism camera.
Maybe Canon are pitching this as a competitor to the Leica M9?
If so, then it's attractively priced!  ;)

Software & Accessories / Re: Circular polarizer on a UWA lens
« on: July 19, 2012, 09:03:57 PM »
I've been seeing conflicting opinions on whether or not to use a polarizer on a wide angle lens.  I've seen alot of reviews where people mention that because of the wide DOF, you'll uneven light levels across the scene when using a circular polarizer.  But then on the other hand I see other blogs where people say the complete opposite, that for taking photos of landscapes it is a must.

Can anyone shed some light on what the issues are and when it's ok to use a polarizer on a UWA lens.  Specifically thinking about the 16-35L
I like to use a Circular polarizer for landscapes too - it certainly helps with sky and clouds, as well as situations where reflections on water or windows is to be minimized.
I have found that using a UWA lens (mine is a 16-35 2.8L II) on a crop body (50D) I get uneven color toning at wide angles due to the geometry of the lens and the way light passes through it.
I've also heard that on a FF body the effect is more noticeable because you get the entire image from the lens, not just the cropped portion in the center.

So - should you go for a CP on an UWA lens for landscapes?
Depends on
  • Crop factor (FF vs APS-x)
  • Lens quality & Focal-length(vignetting)
  • Filter quality (thin filters better than thick)
  • What you are trying to achieve, generally.

You might be able to achieve more dramatic effects, with a better result by managing exposure and using post-processing instead.

Your mileage will vary.

EOS Bodies / Re: Should/can Canon keep making its own sensors?
« on: July 18, 2012, 02:20:51 AM »
It may have been said before, however the incredibly obvious needs to be said IMO...
  • Should Canon do/make/(insert your pet peeve here...)? - that's what they pay their business executives to make decisions about.
  • If you want to influence that decision, you have simple and easy choices by voting with your wallet.
  • Either buy the stuff they make that fits your situation and needs, or
  • Buy the stuff someone else makes that fits your situation and needs

Canon would get that message much more effectively than any amount of speculation or ranting from this community about what they should do.

There's no point speculating / pontificating on what Canon should / could do - unless you work for Canon, and then that forum should not be visible here.

I'm quite sure Canon have good methods for gathering market intelligence about what the market requires - how they execute that strategy is their business, not ours.

Just saying... (I don't work for Canon or any affiliate)  ;)

Site Information / Re: In Sympathy for CR Guy
« on: July 17, 2012, 07:26:32 PM »
My most heartfelt condolences on your tragic loss.

Hi folks,
I already have a 580EXII and an older 420EX, and wanted a second 580EXII - but they have disappeared (now that Canon has withdrawn the 580EXII from sale and offers only the better and much more expensive 600EX).

I just thought I'd share some experiences having just purchased a Chinese-made 'compatible' speedlite.
I didn't want to pay too much, and the economics (AUD199) were compelling so I thought I'd give it a go.

The unit in question is the Yongnuo Speedlite  YN565EX - and claims to be compatible with and largely equivalent to the Canon Speedlite 580EXII when used on qualified cameras (e.g. a 50D like mine).
It's made in China (allegedly by the people who made the 580EXII for Canon under contract, or so the local sales agent told me).

I suspect that it may be marketed under different names in other countries.

Here's my observations.
  • Yes, it's (mostly) compatible. There's a Canon version and a Nikon version
  • You can drive the C.Fn and operational functions like a 580EXII from the menu of a compatible camera like a 50D or later
  • It works OK as a wireless (infrared) slave to a 580EXII or STE2
  • The metering and controls are much the same, except that it's ETTL not ETTL2 - at least the bit that's not the same is the lack of high-speed flash sync
  • It lacks the nice rubber weather sealing on the hotshoe mount that exists on the 580EXII, as well as not having the lever-latch for hotshoe
  • One bonus - you get a manual that's in Chinese as well as English! ;)

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