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Update:

I'd e-mailed them to see if a 5D3 will register a serial number and give accurate recharge performance data and the reply was, "Yes the HLX-E6 is compatible".

Will probably get one once my current Canon one starts to lose performance.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Leica rangefinder - with lens cap on
« on: October 07, 2013, 01:28:50 PM »
Ahh, reminds me of the time Clapton tried to play his guitar while it was still in its case. Boy, did he look silly in front of 10,000 people.

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I was looking at prices of (genuine) Canon LP-E6 batteries and stumbled across the Hahnel HLX-E6. Slightly cheaper than the Canon and if you believe the claims gives around 25% more shots from a charge compared to the Canon.

Don't know what the camera will report regarding a serial number or performance but might be worth checking out. (Ask yourself how you coped prior to having that info available and I expect you'll say "just fine!")

Anyone been using the Hahnel?

http://www.hahnel.ie/index.cfm/action/batterysearch/pid/853

Update - I've e-mailed them to see if a 5D3 will register a serial number and give accurate recharge performance data. Will keep you posted.

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Don't SanDisk have a lifetime warranty? Could you return the card to them for a replacement?

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Lenses / Re: 85mm prime recommendation
« on: October 04, 2013, 01:36:42 PM »
Sigma 85 comparing Canon 85 1.2 is crap. period.


Wow, with such a reasonable, coherent and well thought out argument such as that, I can't understand why I feel sorry for you.

Best not feed the trolls.

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Lenses / Re: 85mm prime recommendation
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:55:25 PM »
Forget about Sigma, their 85 is a simply crap.

And what makes you say that? Do unqualified remarks like this help anyone?

I could've bought the Canon f1.2 but got the Sigma instead. Superb lens, great results (I've posted many portrait shots taken wide open on this site). Yes, focus at f1.4 is critical but do you really think every shot ever taken with the Canon is a keeper?

Perhaps I got lucky with my copy of the lens but it's naive to think Sigma can't make quality lenses. If they were that bad, would they stay in business?

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Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 30, 2013, 02:17:20 PM »
Kasperj - Great shots! I briefly considered the 200-400 but the price was just too much here in the UK so I got the 500mm mk2 - a terrific lens but the zoom capability requires you to run towards or away from the subject  :o.

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United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Double cashback at Calumet this weekend
« on: September 28, 2013, 11:02:01 AM »
Legend! thanks for posting that - you're a scholar and a gentleman (and a menace to my bank balance).

Glad to be a menace, wotcha bought?

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Canon General / Re: decisive moment
« on: September 28, 2013, 10:48:33 AM »
Paul Walnut - bang on the money, dude.

Oh, and who's decisive moment is it anyway? Cartier-Bresson's shot taken behind the Gare St. Lazare (Google it) might have been better a split second later with the pedestrian's toe just in the puddle causing ripples. No? We'll never know since he didn't have motordrive.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Help needed with a new canon 5d markiii
« on: September 28, 2013, 10:36:53 AM »
Go and buy a couple of SanDisk Extreme Pro 32gb cards and be happy. 30mb/s cards were okay a few years back but long bursts of shooting files with the 5D3 will create lots of data to be transferred.

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United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Double cashback at Calumet this weekend
« on: September 27, 2013, 02:23:34 PM »
Don't see it on the Calumet USA site :(  Not that I could afford the 70-200 right now even with a double cash back :'(

Probably just a UK deal.

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United Kingdom & Ireland / Double cashback at Calumet this weekend
« on: September 27, 2013, 02:04:59 PM »
Got an e-mail from Calumet saying they're doing certain Canon lenses this weekend with double cashback - current cashback on 70-200 f2.8 is £200 so get extra £200 off at the checkout. £400 off? Sounds like a deal.

Pity I can't justify any more lens purchases for a long time  :(


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Technical Support / Re: Question about 2 of my LP-E6 bettery( 2 years old)
« on: September 26, 2013, 01:31:17 PM »
This is what's great about this site. I just checked the charge in my LP-E6 battery the other day and saw that the "pleasantly reassuring" 3 green blocks are now 2 green blocks. I know the battery won't die on me any time soon but did wonder about the average number of recharges a user might expect and bingo!, here's a thread about the same thing (more or less).

I'm sure I read somewhere (probably here on CR) that newer technology batteries like the LP-E6 give better life expectancy if recharged from higher charge levels, say, 70% rather than letting them drop to around 15% or discharged fully. Does anyone know if that's an accurate statement and does anyone know the average number of charges we can expect to get from our genuine Canon batteries? I suspect it'll be a couple of years yet before I have to replace my one but it would be nice to know I'll have the Canon medium format body before then  ;).

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 2
« on: September 18, 2013, 01:52:06 PM »
It is also a bit overkill for zoos (works great with wild birds, however).

Just checked the data and the lion was 70.6m away! Still think a 500mm is overkill for a zoo?  :D

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Lenses / Re: technique advice for a 600mm II
« on: September 18, 2013, 01:46:23 PM »
RPT - ah, but you forget the 500mm is f4 and a 2x TC takes it to f8 so f5.6 would be tricky!

As many lenses are sharpest when stopped down a couple of stops, I thought f11 would be a good compromise (I understand that diffraction kicks in around here on the 5D3 but only if you look for it in shots taken beyond, say, f16 - cue the naysayers on that topic!). Clearly depth of field isn't an issue but maximising sharpness/detail was, hence the stopping down. The moon was very bright but you're still shooting through an awful lot of atmosphere which will soften the image. At ISO 320 I wouldn't really have any noise to worry about and with it tripod mounted, I manually focused in Liveview and set things to mirror lock-up, 10sec timer to allow most vibration to dampen down and IS mode 3, crossed my fingers and the rest is history.

Hope that clarifies things.

Guy.

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