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Lenses / Which one, TS-E 17 or TS-E 24?
« on: December 27, 2012, 01:09:07 PM »
I am considering purchasing either the TS-E 17 or the TS-E 24 II, for use on my 1DX and 1D4 bodies.  I have two, wide zooms right now, an EF 20-35 and a EF 24-105.  However, I would like a T&S to streighten things out!  Any input from users of both would be greatly appreciated.

EOS Bodies / Re: Downgrade to crop
« on: December 03, 2012, 10:06:59 AM »
My first DSLR was the 5D back in 2005.  I chose it because I had over 35-years of shooting Film SLRs and felt it was the logical step into the world of digital photography/imaging.  I purchased the 5D Mk II when it came out and then a 1D Mk IV in Feb 2010.  After using both the 5D2 and the 1D4 for a few months together (shooting the same subjects with both bodies), the 5D bodies stayed home and I shot exclusively with the 1D4.  I never regretted or missed the FF bodies.  In fact, I purchased another 1D4 body in Nov 2010, to allow me to carry one with big zoom and the other with a 20-35 wide one.  I also bought a 7D, which I liked for the long lenses.  However, I never really found myself using it much over the 1D4s.   I sold it (7D) and one of my 1D4 bodies to purchase a 1DX.  I really like the 1DX, however, I am really glad I kept one of the 1D4 bodies.  I now carry the 1DX for general work (24-105) and the 1D4 for all other stuff, mostly with either a 70-300L or 100-400 attached.  To me, having both the FF and the 1.3 crop bodies, fills all of my current needs.  However, if I had to choose only one body for all my needs, it would be the 1D4!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX "Caution 02" Warnings AND Filthy Sensor.
« on: December 02, 2012, 05:42:44 PM »
Only clean my sensors with a blower bulb (no compressed air or anything else).  If that doesen't do the job, off to Canon they go (Canon Service Center, Irvine CA).  Same story for the many folks I know.  A few people I know have tried cleaning senors themselves, sometimes only to find either they botched the job or worse, had to send their bodies to Canon for cleaning/repair.  For me, it's just not worth the risk.  Plus, Canon does a full system check for you when they have the body for cleaning.  The check also includes an exact shutter actuation count as part of the service report.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX "Caution 02" Warnings AND Filthy Sensor.
« on: December 02, 2012, 02:27:28 PM »
Only had "caution 02" once.  It was when I first got the camera and had used one of the factory batteries from one of my 1D4 bodies (less than fully charged) to operate the 1D X while it's battery was getting its initial charge.  Since then, no further occurance so far (over eight battery charges using both 1D4 and 1D X batteries. 
Sensor was fine right out of the box (B&H purchase, Nov 2012).
I have several friends/associates who own 1D X bodies and have not heard of either problem from them.
Hope this helps.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx Af quick select within a custom function?
« on: December 01, 2012, 09:28:00 AM »
Concur with neuro, there are a multitude of options with this model.  Just remember, in AI Servo, single point AF and single point spot AF cannot be used in Cases 5 and 6!  However, Cases 2 and 4 are good choices when single AF points are needed in AI Servo.  I have found Case 6 with all 61 points selected, works very well for me when shooting BIF with either my 100-400 or 70-300L.  Also, selecting the 9 center points works well in all AI Servo Case choices.
Happy shooting!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx Af points
« on: November 20, 2012, 09:31:43 AM »
I also use the method Neuro pointed out with great success.  Just remember, you can't select a single af point when using AI Servo Case 5 or 6.  I struggled with the single point selection in AI S until I looked closely at the notes for each "Case" selection in the manual.  However, Case 4 works pretty well as an alternate choice to 5 and 6 and does allow single point selection.  Also, the expanded AF point selection (either choice) does work, so you might try that too when using Cases 5 and 6.  Good luck!

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'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.

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.

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