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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Question
« on: November 18, 2012, 02:03:01 PM »
Thanks Viggo!  I guess I should trust what is left of my mind!

EOS Bodies / EOS-1D X Firmware Question
« on: November 18, 2012, 01:53:21 PM »
I should know the answer to this question already.  However, I am having a "senior" moment! 
I don't remember which update was on my 1DX when it arrived (1.0.3 or 1.0.6) before I installed version 1.1.1.
I am thinking that 1.1.1 should include all previous firmware editions?  Am I wrong, or do I need to install 1.0.3, if that is even possible?


Site Information / Re: In Sympathy for CR Guy
« on: July 17, 2012, 09:25:54 AM »
My deepest condolences Craig.

Very Respectfully


Oh great!  Removing the 1D4 from the Canon Professional Imaging Products page means that they are probably done supporting this model with Firmware updates.  I guess it was inevitable with the release of the 1D X.


EOS Bodies / EOS-1D X now or wait for 1D neXt?
« on: June 17, 2012, 01:06:37 PM »
Is anyone else sitting on fence over the decision to buy the 1D X right now (when available) or wait to see what is coming next?  After using my pair of 1D Mk IV bodies for over two-years now, I am debating about the benefits of selling one of them and buying a 1D X.  As the 1D4's have met all of my needs; auto racing, landscape, travel, existing light, in other words, just about everything, I am hesitant to make the purchase of a 1D X right now.  On the surface, it looks like the 1D X would be a great addition to my bag of tricks...it's just that the 1D4 meets all my current needs and the jury seems to still be out on the yet to be available 1D X.  So, maybe it would be better to just wait a little while and see what Canon does next as there seems to be a lot of discussion of just that ?  The good news in all of this, is that it has been easy to find prospective buyers for the 1D4, as there is quite the demand for them right now!  Makes you wonder why/if Canon is discontinuing the model?

Software & Accessories / Best PC product for HDR
« on: May 29, 2012, 10:05:28 AM »
Having only used Canon DPP and Image Browser to post process my images, I would like to try some HDR photography and need the proper software.  However, there seems to be no shortage of possible products to choose from and all claim to be the best at HDR?  Any help/experience would be greatly appreciated.  I don't plan to use it a lot, but would like to have the ability.

EOS Bodies / EOS-1D Mk IV Firmware update 1.1.1 on Canon site now!
« on: March 29, 2012, 11:13:33 AM »
Just checked the Canon EOS-1D Mk IV web site and the latest firmware download (1.1.1) is available now. http://www.usa.canon.com/nw3s/CanonUSA/DownloadContents/English/0400051102EN.htm

Lenses / Re: Which lenses need micro-adjusting?
« on: March 27, 2012, 10:39:23 AM »
I can only speak from my experience with EOS-1D Mk IV bodies.  With them, I found every lens I use must be adjusted to get the sharpest focus possible.  Each lens required a different amount of micro adjustment to gain the best sharpness, some as little as -2 (closer to camera) with a 28-105L and as much as -14 with a 50, 1.2L!  Other lenses I have fall somewhere in between these two.  Checking the same lenses on the other 1D4 body required about the same adjustment.  Several lenses looked very sharp initially.  However, on closer look , especially at long focal lengths or close distances when using a precise focusing point (eye or very small subject), it was clear the focus point of the lens was off (sharper behind the intended point of focus).  Taking the small amount of time to fine tune each lens to the body made all the difference in the world!  I don't use the fancy equipment recommended by some others, not that they don't work, it 's just that I have found a method that works for me!  I set the focus point (one shot) to the center one, set the shutter speed to 500, select the maximum aperture on the lens, set Auto ISO, and turn off the IS.  Using a steady rest, I focus on a small subject on the ground, outdoors in full sunlight (seed, pebble, or other very small subject).  I closely place other small objects along a line closer and farther away from the center subject.  I try to place the subject just beyond the minimum focus distance of each lens.  For zoom lenses or telephoto lenses, I will use the longest focal length.  The camera is at a 45 degree angle above the subject to give depth to the shot.  I shoot a couple of frames and then check the focus, make the adjustment and try again until the focus is sharpest possible.  This usually takes less than 10 minutes total time.  Again, I have found this method works for me.  Bottom line, no lens I have is its sharpest with "0" adjustment!  Hope this helps!

EOS Bodies / EOS-1D Mk IV Production/Delivery Issues?
« on: March 16, 2012, 10:45:08 AM »
I have noticed that the major retail stores on line are having trouble keeping 1D4 bodies in stock?  Is this because of reduced production, increased demand or an effort to bump up preorder/sales of the new 1Dx?  I also noted that 1D4 bodies are selling like hot cakes on eBay!  Like many of you, I would like to sell one of my 1D4 bodies and buy a 1Dx.  Not because I am dissatisfied with the 1D4, on the contrary, I have nothing but praise for my two 1D4s...I would just like to try the 1Dx.  Maybe I will be able to test drive one before deciding to sell one of my 1D4 bodies.  I guess the good news to all this, is that I shouldn't have any problem selling one of my 1D4s, as one is very low mileage (5000) shutter actuations.  For those that are out there who appreciate the capabilities of the 1D4 and are trying to find one, the current lack of availability must be frustrating.  I hope Canon will continue production of the 1D4 until it is clear that the new 1Dx will satisfy the needs of ALL pro/aspiring pro photographers!  Right now, I carry one of the 1D4 bodies and my 5D Mk II for most work.  However, the 1D4 ends up being the body of choice almost all of the time.    Hopefully, the 1Dx would be a good compromise to the dilemma of carring two different bodies (FF & 1.3), to cover most situations.

Canon General / Re: Where the EOS Digital Camera came from
« on: January 21, 2012, 10:05:55 AM »
This link will give you a little more info on these cameras.

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Wildlife - Post Here.
« on: October 11, 2011, 04:19:02 PM »
EOS-1D Mk IV, EF 70-300L, ABQ Zoo

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Creative Lighting - Post Here.
« on: October 11, 2011, 04:13:40 PM »
EOS-1D Mk IV, EF 28-300L, Zazobra burning, Santa Fe, NM

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Creative Lighting - Post Here.
« on: October 11, 2011, 04:10:11 PM »
EOS-1D Mk IV, EF 28-300L, Mission San Juan Capistrano, CA

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Creative Lighting - Post Here.
« on: October 11, 2011, 04:07:02 PM »
EOS-1D Mk IV, EF 28-300L, Santa Fe, NM

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* Event Photography - Post here.
« on: October 11, 2011, 04:04:10 PM »
EOS-1D Mk IV, EF 24-105L, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2010

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