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Canon General / RIP Leonard Nimoy
« on: February 27, 2015, 01:11:45 PM »
Leonard Nimoy passed away today.

Besides being in Star Trek, he was a photographer as well.  I was privileged to be one of those who watched the Star Trek series when it first came out in the 1960's. 

"Nimoy had other roles during a long career in TV, film and theater, and directed successful movies, wrote books, composed poetry, published photographs and recorded music."


A Local incident where a Drone was, in the Opinion of the rescuers interfering.


There was probably no way for the drone operator to know he was causing a issue, and no way for the Rescuers to contact the operator to ask him to stop interfering.

This type of incident hurts all those who are careful and inspires the creation of new laws.

Canon General / Finally got a Defective Refurb Camera!
« on: December 25, 2014, 11:49:13 PM »
I've bought several refurbished cameras and lenses from the Canon site, and I finally got a dud.
I have spent some time yesterday and today trying to photograph at 600mm and 1200 mm, but could not get the IS to lock on.
So, I brought it indoors and double checked the IS setting and focused on a brightly lit object with lots of contrast, and watched the image move around the viewfinder while I handheld the camera.  It just would not lock on, but instead drifted all around.
I've previously owned a SX 50, but thought the price was too high, but paid $200 for the refurb.  It locked on nicely.  I'll call Canon tomorrow and ask for a exchange.  They show 500+ in stock.

Lenses / TDP Results for 7D MK II and 100-400mmL MK II
« on: December 25, 2014, 04:28:12 PM »
Its interesting to compare the lens at 400mm on the 7D MK II wide open at f/5.6 versus wide open on a 1Ds MK III with 1.4X TC.  Note, the lens is better wide open than stopped down, and matches the FF in the corner, but not quite in the center when wide open.
The images are very carefully set up and manually focused to be the best the camera can do.  The 7D MK II is a hair better than the 60D, since it has a few more MP, the improvement is proportional.
I wish he had included the 1D MK IV in those tests.
7D MK II at 400mm f/5.6 (center)

7D MK II at 400mm f/5.6 (corner)

1DS MK III  with 1.4X TC wide open - f/8 (center)

1DS MK III  with 1.4X TC wide open - f/8 (corner)


Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:43:23 PM »
Finally, mine arrived tonight.  4 days for next day shipping!
Its after dark, and my camera is out in the studio, so I'll just start with some unboxing photos.  This is by far the best packaged of the under $3,000 lenses I've seen.  Adorama packed it well too, as usual.  These are just snapshots with my G1X II, no flash or special lights.  I took a photo of the extended lens to show what it looks like at 400mm.

Pricewatch Deals / Canon 70D Bundle $799 after Rebate at Adorama
« on: December 06, 2014, 09:21:20 AM »
You get the 70D plus Pixma Pro Printer, paper, SD card, and case for $799.00 after the $350 mail-in rebate.  Sell the printer, and its even less.

Third Party Manufacturers / Phase One Mirrorless MF Camera in December!
« on: November 15, 2014, 04:53:36 PM »
I can imagine that getting rid of that huge clunky mirror would be welcomed.  Hopefully, it would use the same lenses and body, just minus the mirror.  Its not a sports camera, so lightening fast AF is not required.  In a studio, a LCD monitor will work fine to compose.  I'm not sure what options might be coming for landscape photographers who work in the daylight.  Perhaps a EVF?
You can probably get one starting at $43,000 for the beginner model ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Is the 7D MK II Really Selling Well?
« on: November 04, 2014, 01:20:00 PM »
I happened to check CPW today, and noticed that both body only 7D's as well as Kits are commonly on stock.
Sure, the big stores sell out, but only a few days after the cameras have started shipping, there appears to be no problem getting one from a Authorized Dealer without paying a inflated price.
Some have bought them on speculation, and are going to find there is no profit in selling them, unless, of course, they manage to convince someone that they are not available.
There is nothing wrong with the camera, but money is tight, and the camera is, imho, over priced.  I expect that they will be a bit harder to find after Black Friday, but gray market camera will be flooding ebay by then.
Camera Canada sells them for $1698 USD right now, and two US Authorized dealers have them on stock.
Everyone has kits, and, again, you can save over $100 from Camera Canada

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. 


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