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Third Party Manufacturers / How Strong is a Sony Lens Mount
« on: October 20, 2014, 07:54:57 PM »
I've never heard of a camera user needing to purchase a 3rd party lens mount, but with Sony, apparently, its bad enough to warrant a 3rd party making a replacement.
Generally, lens mounts are considered to be very critical, Canon service manuals devote processes for aligning, measuring and shimming them to be perpendicular to the sensor, and the exact distance to sensor is critical as well.  Apparently, even a Chinese made ring will be a improvement to the plastic thing that Sony uses, alignment or not.

Canon General / Just a mention of the 5D MK III is worth Money
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:25:05 PM »
Once I will buy you Canon 5D Mark III... this piece of paper has my boyfriend couple of weeks hanged on a wall. He is trying to save some money to buy new dslr. He saved almost the half of the price and recently all he had he invested into my ill teeths. After all of this, he put this paper on the wall and started to save money again. I`m trying to help him by selling this paper. Would you like to help? You can buy it. Thank you.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / 7D Mark II AF Points Lighted??
« on: October 01, 2014, 10:17:56 PM »
I was wondering if Canon has been able to fix the AF point illumination in the 7D to allow the selected points to remain on permanently.  This is one of the big weak points in my 5D MK III.  The original 7D had fewer AF points, and they were easier to see.  Now, with 75 AF points, I'd think that continuous illumination would be a requirement.
Apparently, Canon has been unable to solve the issue, the AF points only flash briefly when you press a button assigned to that function, or when AF has been achieved.
Since I use my 5D MK III in near darkness, its a pain to try and get the focus point on the subject, and often takes a couple of tries.
Below is what I found on a canon web site.  I added the red highlight.  The AF first just to determine if your focus point is on the subject is a trial and error process, and with 75 points, I'd think it would be difficult to do if a subject is moving.
Viewfinder illumination
Information on the focus screen can be set to illuminate briefly in certain conditions for better viewing in low light. This is actually set in the EOS 7D Mark II’s AF menu: 5th AF menu screen > VF display illumination:
Red illumination of AF points, Grid Lines, or any other viewfinder info on the focus screen when the camera detects low-light conditions (there’s no way to change the factory-set cut-off point for illuminating vs. not illuminating).
  • Enable (ON)
    Red illumination is always active, regardless of ambient light level. Illumination is limited to when AF is actually being activated; it does not simply constantly illuminate.
  • Off
    No illumination of viewfinder info that’s over the focus screen, regardless of ambient light level.
An important aspect of viewfinder illumination in the EOS 7D Mark II is that if active, it’ll appear differently in One-Shot AF vs. AI Servo AF. In One-Shot AF, when you press whichever button activates AF, it’ll flash briefly upon completion of AF, so you can visually confirm which point(s) are active and where they fall in the scene. In AI Servo AF, it behaves like the EOS-1D X with version 2.0 or higher firmware installed — during continuous AI Servo focus-tracking, the red illumination flashes on every second or so, briefly, then goes off. Again, there’s no way to have it simply illuminate constantly, regardless of the light level.
What about if you’re using Manual focus? If you’ve got the lens set to MF and press actively on whichever button would have been your AF activation button, you’ll get focus confirmation in the viewfinder when you do achieve sharp focus and the red illumination will flash briefly (as in One-Shot AF) when that happens. But again, it won’t illuminate continuously, even if the menu for illumination is set to ON.

Third Party Manufacturers / Amazon Co-Mingling of Stock Caught Me!
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:42:43 AM »
I purchased a Kenko 1.4X Teleplus PRO 300 DGX from Amazon thru their Amazon Prime, and received the obsolete model.  It does not work with some common professional lenses on my 5D Mark III.  Newer versions that have a fix were released at least two years ago and are marked with a blue paint dot, but no model change.

Since Amazon may be co-mingling stock, there is no way for me to know for certain who actually supplied it, but I am returning it, and have reported the issue to Amazon.

Amazon has started putting stock for many items in a common bin.  When a supplier slips in old or obsolete stock that has the same box and part number as in this case, customers don't know which they will get.

Counterfeit batteries and memory have already hit buyers, but I did not consider the issue before buying the Teleconverter. 

At this point, I recommend Not buying Kenko TC's from Amazon, since you can't be certain as to what you will get.

Software & Accessories / Western Digital My PassPort Wireless
« on: September 07, 2014, 12:19:45 AM »
I occasionally read posts from users wanting portable storage to take into the field with them.  This device seems to answer some of their requirements without costing a fortune.  I'm sure the price will next spring, but right now they will be hard to get.

Its basically a battery powered hard drive with a USB 3.0 SD slot, and can also connect wirelessly to mobile devices, so you can back them up on the go as well.  2TB of storage should hold at least a days worth of video and images ;)

Too bad its only SD. 


Technical Support / Anyone Repair your own DSLR Bodies?
« on: August 27, 2014, 01:22:07 PM »
I bought a old 5D classic lest weekend, it had a scratch on the lcd cover, and the tine / date battery did not work, so I had to reset the time / Date every time I replaced the main battery.

The LCD cover replacement was easy, I bought a replacement from ebay for $4.88 and replaced the old one in 5 minutes, its something I've done on other cameras I've owned.

I also decided to try fixing the battery issue, and found a free download of the 5D classic maintenance manual online.  It turned out that disassembly was easy.  I already have JIS type screwdrivers required for screws on Canon lenses, and the rubber covers on the camera body peel back easily to get at screws to disassemble the camera.  I'm at a disadvantage with my big fingers and poor eyesight, but still managed to tear down the camera to where I could get at the button battery interface module to remove it.  That's where I hit a snag. There are some fine wires going thru a ferrite core that is glued to the module, and I'd have to completely disassemble the camera right down to the mirror box, unsolder the two wires to pull it out.  That seemed excessive to me just to get that little part out, and I think there was only a small chance that a new one would fix the issue.

Still, for most repairs, like replacing the main board, or replacing the CF card slot, it would only take a few minutes and is a quick and easy repair.  There is no need to disturb the sensor or any of the critical parts that must have precision alignment with special tools.

Because the 5D is such a old body, parts are relatively cheap, so doing it yourself is a option and messing up a repair on a old camera would not be a huge loss.

Canon General / Canon Image Gateway Down Can't use Wi-Fi
« on: August 04, 2014, 03:26:55 PM »
I finally got the Wi-Fi up and working on my G1X after the delivery of a new Wi-Fi access point on Saturday.  Then the power went out until midnight Sunday.

Now, I can't use it to transfer images to my computer wirelessly.  The Canon image Gateway returns this message.

This site is currently not available due to maintenance.

Whoever is responsible for setting up a system that requires a unreliable site to be up and running in order to use Wi-Fi on a camera should be fired.

I like my G1X, but surely other cameras have Wi-Fi that is not set up by someone without a clue >:(

Canon General / Battery Overheat
« on: August 03, 2014, 05:45:45 PM »

Software & Accessories / Adobe Customer Advisor
« on: July 11, 2014, 06:46:33 PM »
I received a email invitation to become a Adobe Customer Advisor today.  I own a lot of Adobe products, but do not think of myself being a huge Adobe Fanboy, its just a tool.

Have others received the same invite?  I'm curious as to how many get picked for the "limited" opportunity ;)

I did join, out of curiosity.

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Lenses / What is Bokeh - Article
« on: May 09, 2014, 10:26:47 AM »
A attempt to define Bokeh.
There are several examples, I find some of them to be ugly, others to be striking.  I think each of us might like different ones, there is no right or wrong, just personal preference.
For example, I do not like the bokeh circles with the dot in the center, or the ones of the ocean waves catching light.  The one with the sea birds on the rock are so ugly that they detract from the subject.

Third Party Manufacturers / Another Mirrorless that Won't Sell
« on: May 06, 2014, 07:00:25 PM »
Refurbished Nikon 1 J1 with Lightroom 5 for $149?
Nikon can't give them away.  That's sad.
They will be sold out shortly, that's only about $70 for the camera and lens.

Canon General / CPS Packet - Signature Required
« on: April 04, 2014, 12:37:41 AM »
I received a e-mail about my renewal of my CPS membership with a tracking number.  It went to trash, I get a renewal every year, no big deal.
Then, I got a automated call from FedEx saying that tracking # XXXXX was coming Friday and I had to sign for it.
I find it difficult to believe that the free membership is so valuable that it has to be sent by 2 day FedEX with signature required.  :)   No wonder cameras cost so much and profits are poor.  It is one thing that could go by the slow boat UPS Mail Innovations.  Maybe they think its a image thing and I'll be impressed by them burning money!

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