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I would also like to know the shutter counts from folks experiencing this problem.
I've had my 1DX for almost a year now and have been problem free.  However, I will be out in So Cal next month and plan on having my camera checked, per the Service Bulliten, at the Canon Service Ctr in Irvine. 

I don't get it, I guess I'm showing my age, but I have thousands of color transparencies (slide film) that are exposed, framed, orientated (level), focused and composed properly!  And they were all done without the ability to see the exposed images until they came back from the lab!  Remember slide film only had 1/3 of a stop latitude, so exposures had to be virtually perfect.  What am I missing here?  I have always strived to get the image correct, in the camera!  I am not knocking digitial, I own several of them and haven't used film for several years.  However, I wonder what has become of basic photographic skills.  We used to have faith in our equipment and in our ability (skill) as photographers.  Can you imagine what people today would stress over if the had to wait until they were home to see what they shot, let alone wait days or weeks!  With film, we never gave it a second thought, it was just the way it was! It sure seems to me that many of today's photographers are really just "image makers!", relying on post production (editing) to correct their errors when capturing the basic image in the camera.  Oh my, how things have changed.

Thanks neuro!  I will probably have them do mine next time I am in Irvine.  My daughter and family live near San Juan Capistrano, CA and I make several trips a year out there to visit.  The Irvine facility is about a 25-minute drive from their house, making it pretty easy to do while I am out there. 

I have not sent my EOS-1D X to Canon yet for the Product Advisory check/repair.  When I called Canon CPS, the Tech on the phone told me to wait to send it in, until I actually experienced problems?  He made it sound like not all of the affected bodies will ever experience problems?  I am curious how many others are waiting to see if they actuall experience problems with their cameras before sending them to Canon.  Also, are there any more horror stories of shipping problems (poor packaging), repair problems (parts form someone else's body), or any other problems associated with the check/repair out there?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 19, 2013, 07:21:11 PM »
Just curious, If anyone having one the affected bodies has actually experienced the problem(s)? If so, what was your shutter count?

Also, anyone with an affected body that has a ton of use (shutter count) and no problems so far?  What is your shutter count.  I am sure some of you could be approaching 100K or more shutter activations by now!

I have not contacted Canon yet.  However, from the posts here, it appears some users received return shipping labels from Canon...did they also cover the insurance?  I checked with UPS, and they charge $10 USD per $100 in insurance coverage...that's $69 USD!

It's kind of ironic, I was just out near Irvine, CA earlier this week visiting my draughter!  If this had come out one day sooner, I could have just dropped it off before returning to Albuquerque!  Just my luck!

The registered products icon on your account page allows you to remove items...I just cleaned out several old items from mine yesterday.

I am sure many of you in the USA already have an account with Canon USA and are aware of the benefits of registering your Canon equipment with them.  However, I recently helped a fried to join and register his cameras, lenses, printer, and scanner.  Once he registered his cameras, he immediately received emails listing the latest firmware updates for several of his DSLRs that he didn't know were out yet!  Having this instant notification of firmware and other technical updates, makes having to search the web every so often totally unnecessary!  Additionally, you can select other services, such as receiving their Newsletter, product announcements, etc.  also, you get 10 GB of free image storage on their Image Gateway program.  You also receive discounts through the Canon Store if you take the time to answer all the questionairs for your products.

Software & Accessories / Re: new 13" MacBook Pro
« on: February 05, 2013, 12:12:44 AM »
Just purchased the 13" MacBook Pro W/Retna display last month.  I have been using a 15" Sony VAIO, a AUSA notebook, and a home brewed desktop for the past 9-years to manage my digital images.  I made the move to Mac to better (and quicker) view/edit my images.  Even though the MBP(R) has a smaller display, it is far better for my needs.  The resolution and color accuracy are superior to any laptop, notebook, or desktop models I have used in the past!  I originally planned to use it with a large monitor, as I have seen the the 13" used with the Mac, Thunderbolt monitor, by friends of mine and was very impressed.  However, after seeing for myself just how good the MBP(R) is by itself, I might put off purchasing a monitor anytime soon!  Additionally, I have been extremely happy with Canon's DPP, Image Browser and other Canon Utilities programs for many years.  Now, they work even better on my MacBook Pro!

Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 09:54:59 PM »
28-300L on my 1DX, if I only carry one body.
Or 24-105L on the 1DX and 70-300L on my 1D4.

Canon General / Re: Single point auto focus
« on: January 04, 2013, 09:08:09 AM »
I use back button (AF-ON) focusing in AI Servo mode, exclusively for the majority of my shooting (landscape, wildlife/birding, auto racing (NASCAR, NHRA & ALMS), architecture, people, street, travel, etc.).  Using AI Servo and back button focusing, allows me to track moving subjects (holding the button down) independently of shutter release, which I find results in faster and better results (more spot-on focus).  For static or slow moving subjects, I just press the button to gain focus and release it to lock focus.  This works really well in recomposing the shot while maintaining focus and eliminates having to select other than the center AF point or points (expanded or zone).  I also use the Auto AF point selection method in AI Servo on some moving subjects, allowing the initial AF point to continue to track the subject across the frame.  The back button/AI Servo method allows me to switch between one shot and AI Servo instantly, without having to dedicate another button or make changes by changing camera settings.  I was hesitant at first to use this method.  However, now that I ues it full-time, I wonder how I could ever do without it!  My digital bodies are as follows:  EOS-1D X, 1D4, 5D2, 5D.  Film bodies: 2x EOS-1V and a 1n.  My Lenses are:  20-35, 24T/S, 24-105L, 28-300L, 50 1.2L, 70-200 2.8L, 70-300L and 100-400L.  They (lenses) all work excellently using the AF methods I listed above.
Happy shooting!

Lenses / Re: Exposure and focusing help with tilt/shift lenses
« on: January 03, 2013, 03:52:26 PM »
My thanks to all of you for your assistance and shared experience with these unique lenses.  I look forward to giving your suggestions/techniques a try.

Happy Shooting!

Lenses / Exposure and focusing help with tilt/shift lenses
« on: January 03, 2013, 10:25:31 AM »
I just purchased a TS-E 24 II.  I know exposure is usually best set before applying any T/S adjustments.  However, there seems to be a lot of difference in the actual exposures, even when using this method.  I set exposure using only the Manual mode (all manual, no auto ISO!), which works pretty well.  Does anyone have a method they use to speed-up the exposure accuracy process?

 Also, I have found that focusing in manual exposure mode, can be difficult in Live-View using the exposure simulation mode (too dark).  So I do not use it (exp sim) except in bright sunlight.  For tripod-mounted shots I have found some workarounds.  However, I plan on doing a lot of handheld work with this lens too where I will be focusing strictly through the viewfinder. Any suggestions or methods out there that have worked well for you? 

Thanks in advance!

Your results are interesting.  My 1DX is nearly flawless in all of the auto exposure modes.  I thought my 1D4's were great.  However, the 1DX is even more accurate.  I have noticed that my 5D2 tends to be about 1/8 to 1/3 on the under exposed side, which usually produces fully acceptable images.  On the other hand, I found the 7D I had, would over expose most images by 2/3 of a stop, to a full stop and a half?  So, I guess there are variables in any man made product.  However, after owning everything from film models (FT-B, AE-1s, AE-1Ps, A1s, EOS 620 & 630s, EOS-1, EOS-5, EOS-1n and EOS-1Vs) and digital models (EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mk II, EOS 7D, EOS-1D Mk IVs and EOS-1S X), I don't think I am alone in having been extremely satisfied with all of my Canon products and their precise metering.

I've owned Canon SLR/DSLRs since the '70s and have always found Canon's metering to be outstanding.  In fact, while working partime as a NASCAR photog (1998-2001) my shots were chosen over those from my fellow photog's, primarily because of my accurate exposures (Provia 100F film, with less than 1/3 stop of exposure latitude).  I never told them I relied solely on the camera's auto metering.  Almost everyone (Pro race photogs) in those days used handheld meters and shot manual exposures.  I trusted my equipment (EOS-1n & EOS-1V) and knew how accurate their metering was.  With the quickly moving subjects and constantly changing lighting conditions at most races, my exposure (and focus) "hit rate" was far greater than most of the other folks I worked with.  And that included almost everyone using top-of-the-line Canon and Nikon equipment.

Lenses / Re: Which one, TS-E 17 or TS-E 24?
« on: December 27, 2012, 05:39:38 PM »
Thanks agin for all of your help!  Just ordered the 24 from B& the rebated price and free upgrade to three-day shipping.  Take care and Happy New Year/shooting!

Lenses / Re: Which one, TS-E 17 or TS-E 24?
« on: December 27, 2012, 02:44:59 PM »
Thanks PBD, that is exactly the kind of info I was hoping for when I wrote the post!  I have had my eye on the 24 for many years, now that it has been updated, it looks like it might be the one for me.  However, when I saw shots taken with the 17, on the CPN Europe site, it really got my attention...thus the post on which one to choose!  Thanks again for the insight! 

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