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Canon General / Failure rates
« on: August 08, 2013, 02:10:23 PM »
I'm going to be ordering a 500mm mk2 in the next week or so and in all likelihood will be getting a grey market one as I'll save £1000 on the UK price. If Canon want to play the global market game then so should we. As Canon no longer do international warranties (I wonder why?!?) I spoke to Canon customer services today about what happens if the lens dies in the first year. They told me if the lens went faulty I'd have to return it to a service centre in the territory it was intended for or get it repaired locally and reclaim the costs from Canon in the intended market i.e. Japan in this instance. So even if I bought European-market gear and it went faulty on a trip to, say, Brazil, I couldn't get it repaired in Brazil without forking out for the repair there and then. Customer care? Not once Canon HQ have your money it seems.

Anyway, I'm not here to question Canon's approach to their customers (although I did) but wondered if any of you have access to a table of failure rates for their lenses (or bodies for that matter). I wouldn't expect a lens to fail in the first year but clearly it's possible. Is the percentage failure rate evenly spread throughout their product range or are there specific items that are notorious among service centres?

Essentially I'm trying to convince myself the grey import option is worth doing especially when looking at the savings.

Just tell me to quit whining and buy the damn thing.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS Update [CR2]
« on: August 07, 2013, 02:00:45 PM »
Dstppy - Even I refrained from saying that. You had to go and spoil it for everyone now, didn't you.

See me after class and remember to bring your pink oboe.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS Update [CR2]
« on: August 07, 2013, 01:46:15 PM »

Note: I challenge you all not to have any more discussions about push/pull vs rotary zoom!!!

Without wanting to get all Beavis and Butthead on your ass, any lens that "trombones", sucks. The only thing suckier than a tromboner (stop sniggering at the back) is a trombonist. Fact.

Quod erat demonstrandum, as Butthead would say.


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Started trying it last weekend for portrait stuff and also birds in flight at a falconry display. Seems a bit odd at first but quickly gets easy though on a couple of occasions my thumb found the exposure lock button instead.

Makes sense to use it for portraits - use rear button to focus then re-frame as required and take the shot. Combined with AI Servo means life is much easier. If you don't get used to it within an hour or so you can always go back to the old way of doing things. I'm a convert.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 07, 2013, 01:18:25 PM »
Urban Dictionary: tfp
www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=tfp
"Time For Prints". Photography expression meaning the model will get prints of the shots for their time spent modelling.  :D

Ah, that makes sense.

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Canon General / Re: You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 06, 2013, 03:03:35 PM »
Easy portrait shot. Thinks focus, come on, focus....(presses shutter release button harder as if that'll help matters), why won't this thing focus??? Mutter, mutter, getting impatient....bloody equipment!!!!! Moment of realisation, cough cough, clicks focus limiting switch on side of lens to allow minimum focus distance. Admit it, you've done it too.

Yes, AND shooting with the lens in MF and not realising, and in the wrong IS mode 1/2, or off etc etc. Still forgetting sometimes to check that the switches are where you think you left them after knocking the camera or taking it from a bag.

Oh, and moving from inside to outside and forgetting to step back the iso's. Too much stuff to worry about sometimes.

Yup, done all that too. I guess people like us should just stick with auto-everything.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 06, 2013, 03:00:47 PM »
Bornshooter,

TFP work? Sorry, no idea what that is. Glad to hear you're making money though. Got anymore kick boxing stuff? Your shots of it almost tempted me to get rid of the 5D3 and get a 1DX. Almost...

Guy.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:55:57 PM »
Jrista,

Tried the Kenko 1.4x(DG Pro 300 "red dot") very briefly on the 500mm when I had it - whilst I didn't try any tracking shots, the static images were super sharp. At 700mm I couldn't find fault in the test shots I took. I know the Canon mk3 TCs should be better but assuming I buy the 500mm, the Kenko would do for a while if I needed more reach than 500mm.

Regards,

Guy.

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Canon General / Re: You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:46:54 PM »
Easy portrait shot. Thinks focus, come on, focus....(presses shutter release button harder as if that'll help matters), why won't this thing focus??? Mutter, mutter, getting impatient....bloody equipment!!!!! Moment of realisation, cough cough, clicks focus limiting switch on side of lens to allow minimum focus distance. Admit it, you've done it too.

Renting 500mm lens. Open flight case in shop to inspect new toy. Nice. Close lid and flip locks shut. Lift case by handle and watch case pop open in 3.6 nanoseconds. Almost empty bladder in 3.5 nanoseconds. Luckily the velcro strap held the lens in place. Must remember to apply some compression to lid when closing to ensure locks engage. Are we insured, sir?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:22:18 PM »
From a falconry display.

5D3 300mm f2.8 IS mk1 plus 1.4x Kenko TC.


The second one is awesome.

Thanks Click.

The owl was only about 9 inches in height (coulda just stuck it in my pocket!) and was used for a quick display for small kids - flying from its perch onto the kids' outstretched arms. I took tons of shots but only got a couple that were sharp. I think the Kenko TC slowed down the focus speed/reaction time of the 5D3 and 300mm.

I was using the combo to help decide if I should get a 500mm mk2. Overall the 300mm on its own is terrific but with the TC I wasn't completely thrilled with the results from the afternoon; some good, many bad. I hired the 500mm for an airshow a couple of weeks back and was amazed at the quality. Clearly you wouldn't use the 500mm for falconry due to the proximity of the action but I wanted to see how snappy the 300+1.4x combo would be. Might be acceptable to some, not me. Sigh, that'll be more money on this hobby.... :D

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:03:59 PM »
A few from last weekend.

5D3 Sigma 85mm f1.4

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:51:30 PM »
From a falconry display.

5D3 300mm f2.8 IS mk1 plus 1.4x Kenko TC.

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Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:46:34 PM »
Scott,

Black lens?  :o That sound like a Nikon thing. The 500mm I was using is white all the way through. I was standing just at the corner of the Concorde hanger next to a bloke who was also using a gimbal.

Looks like it will be the last Leuchars show in a few weeks. So far the only thing of interest is the Viggen. Dunno if I can be bothered paying £30 plus travel costs etc. just to see that. Quite a bit of the proposed display was at East Fortune so would probably just get more pics of the same - how many pics of a Jet Provost does a man need?

Liked your pics though.

Guy.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:38:36 PM »
Bornshooter - just wondering if your stuff is "just a hobby" or if you sell to agencies etc. i.e. main source of income. Just curious.

Regards,

Guy.

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Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: August 05, 2013, 01:27:52 PM »
If I didn't want a gimbal before, I surely do now!

Jim

A few people don't like them, but I was one of two photographers there on the day using a gimbal and it was much easier than hand holding the lens.
get is balanced and positioned properly and you will have no problems tracking the aircraft either.

Looks like I was the "other" photographer with a gimbal at East Fortune!

5D3 and 500mm f4 IS mk2.

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