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I had a terrible experience with the Nimh rechargeables.  Right when I bought my 580EX, I started buying rechargeables.  I had about 20 batteries, and 2 fast chargers.  I used them for other things besides my flash, but about the 3rd or 4th time through my flash, they leaked all over.  I threw the whole works in the garbage, and haven't looked back.   

What would be great, would be if the flash took an LP-E6.

Fast chargers are known to destroy batteries.  Use Eneloop batteries and their charger, or a good Maha charger.  Stay far away from those energizer fast chargers.

This is really just a quiet way of saying "We won't cover repairs to your speedlite under warranty if you tell us you used lithium batteries."

They won't cover repairs to you either, no replacement fingers, hands, or eyes.

Technical Support / Re: Question about 50D known issues or recalls.
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:24:15 PM »
Hi Folks.
A friend of mind has just picked up a 50D, it has a short warranty and about 8500 shutter actuations, any known issues with this body, recalls etc. He would like to know what to look for before the warranty runs out.
On the subject of recalls, do Canon cover older models, out of production and warranty, will they cover a recall on second hand gear or only for the original owner? 

Cheers, Graham..

Its a pretty old camera, so anything can happen.  Shutters are always a weak spot, so take some images at the fastest shutter speed, and make sure there are no issues in the photo.
You can also take a lens cap photo to make sure there are not too many stuck pixels.
I'd also check to see how clean the sensor is, its pretty normal to have to clean it with a used cameras, not a big deal.
Check the clock too.
Finally, check the USB port by tethering the camera to a computer using Canon utilities.  You should be able to see images live, set all the shutter, aperture and focus settings.
I don't recall any recalls or camera specific issues, just the normal things that happen to any camera. 
As for Canon repairs, they reach a point where they decide that there are not enough replacement parts, and stop servicing them.  They usually sell the remaining part inventory to independent camera companies, and they will do a repair is they can get parts.
Canon was still repairing loose mirrors on the 5D classic last I heard (Under the recall warranty), but that may end soon.  Its something any repair shop can fix with some glue, but Canon used some re-enforcements, not just glue.
Since the 50D's now go for about $250, its usually not worth it to have any repairs made.

Technical Support / Re: 5D2 - Tethering
« on: December 18, 2014, 08:09:53 PM »
Canon utilities is far better, and its free.  Just set the folder to upload files to, and set whatever image editor you want to use.
You can use it with Wi-Fi, but must have the Canon Wi-Fi unit.
With Canon Utilities, you see the item you are shooting live, and can make exposure adjustments, ect before firing the shutter.  with the 5X magnification, you can accurately manually focus on the area you want sharpest, and use the stop down to see your depth of field and adjust that as well.
I also have a eye-fi pro SD card which will upload Raw or Jpeg or video, but its not a tether, its only 1 way.  If you upload it to a watched folder, it can open into photoshop.

Some here already know, and some don't...
The Eneloop batteries are a form of NiMh battery, not Lithium.


I have always used NiMH in my strobes - that type of battery is better suited for the power demands of constant recycling... Li-ion batteries are noted for their low drain and fantastic shelf life - that is why you find them used for your camera battery pack...

The warning is for Lithium Batteries, not Li-on.  You can pair them with a dummy battery to use in a flash.  The dummy is just a electrical pass thru, no battery inside.


Lenses / Re: Buying a EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
« on: December 18, 2014, 07:54:47 PM »
Plan on sending a used lens to Canon for a ~ $400 repair, there are some things that many owners are not aware of that makes the AF unreliable.  Then, you should have a good lens, but none of the five I had impressed me, so I sold them all. 
Watch for deals on the MK II, its visibly better. 

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« on: December 18, 2014, 07:51:02 PM »
Unfortunately (fortunately for me), my MK I sold yesterday before I had a chance to take side by side photos.  There is no doubt that the MK II is better, mostly the IS, the edges of the frame, and the AF speed. 

I must be out of the loop. Are there rechargeable 1.5V lithium AAs? Maybe one of the problems Canon is fighting is people accidentally using the 3.7V lithium batteries which are similar to AA batteries.

I did not see anything about rechargeable.  the Lithium batteries can be used by adding two dummy batteries so that they provide about the same voltage to the flash.  They store more power, and last longer.  Canon is merely saying that some of them overheat due to the high current a flash uses.  Its not likely to be a issue unless you are really using the flash heavily.
It has nothing to do with external battery units or Eneloop or li-on.

Lenses / Re: Informal comparison of old and new 100-400 + 500 V.1
« on: December 18, 2014, 01:13:41 PM »
I intended to compare mine with my old 100-400, which was very good, but it sold yesterday, and is in the mail this morning.
The new one is very sharp, and like my old one, requires no AFMA.  I'm happy with it, but mostly for the better IS and the faster AF. I'm sure its sharper, but not much.  The person who bought my old one should be very happy with it.  Not all of the version one lenses were sharp, some were off enough to be readily apparent.  I happened to get a good one.  I've also heard of 500's that were not perfect.  My 600mm f/4 non is was very good, but the newer lenses are definitely better.

I've been using Eneloops in my Speedlites (And Nikon units) for years without problems

of course, they are NOT lithium batteries, so what's your point?

I see that export to photoshop is now working in version 4.1.50, but I do not see the batch conversion ability to convert a whole folder of raw images. 

In folder view click "edit" - "select all" go to File-- batch process

Thanks.  I used to use that batch process, and thought it should be there somewhere.  The previous version of DPP would not export to photoshop cc, it wanted a 32bit version, even though it was supposed to be 64 bit.   Photoshop has been updated, so I don't know who fixed it, but it works finally.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I'm getting impatient for the new 5D 4.
« on: December 18, 2014, 12:19:36 AM »
Be wary of the hype.  You don't always hear about the shortcomings that make owning and using a camera pleasant.
I bought a D800 along with some high end Nikon lenses.  I tethered my 5D MK II using live view while attached to my pc a lot, but its a bad joke with Nikon cameras.  Manual focusing is difficult due to the delayed response, and the image resolution is so poor as to make manual focus using tethering to a 24 inch monitor useless. Then, to make matters worse, you have to pay a big price for software that Canon provides free.  My 24-70 f/2.8G had excessive CA's at the edges, LR could not remove it all. (I later found out this is normal).
If you are thinking of using a D800E as a wedding camera, skip it.  The moirĂ©  can be horrible for lace dresses and pin stripe suits.  I haven't seen many reports about the D810 yet, but it is apparently better in that regard.
On the other hand, A D800E (D810) is great when used for landscape where high resolution is very desirable.  Its good for most general outdoor use.  You will need to learn to be very careful in order to get all the resolution possible, just persist and learn. Casual photographers who just want to point and shoot often sell their camera out of frustration.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Just picked up a 7D
« on: December 18, 2014, 12:03:51 AM »
I'd only purchase L lenses where there is no high quality crop lens available.  This usually means telephoto lenses.
A 17-55mm IS, or a 15-85mm IS make good general purpose lenses, a 28-135mm lens on a 7D makes no sense at all for a general purpose lens.  I'm glad Canon stopped selling those with the new 7d MK II.  I've has many of the 18-135mm lenses over the years that came with crop bodies as kit lenses.  I sold them all for more than my cost, and used the proceeds to buy a lens of a proper focal length.
I'm not saying that L lenses don't work well on crop bodies, just that you are not getting the benefits from spending all that money.  A 24-70mm f/2.8L is a wonderful lens, but is not the right choice of focal length where a 15-85mm or a 17-55mm is just right.
if you want wide angle, something like a EF-s 10-22mm is a good choice.
Pair a 15-85mm with a 70-300mmL and you have great coverage for outdoor use.  Then a prime in the 28-35mm range will give you a good low light normal focal length capability.

" I use the center point 99% of the time anyway"

Whenever I see this, sigh and click away.

"I use my hand anyway so who needs a wife!"

You don't know what you miss till you try it out.

I'm the same as him.  I have used tracking and alternate focus points on my 5D MK III extensively, wanting it to help, but found its not needed for my work, just like I don't need 10 fps to get a good shot.  I have no issue with those who enjoy using those features, but they do not benefit everyone.  I probably find 1 in 100 shots where a off center point would help, but I use a long focal length, and can recompose with no issue on focus accuracy for those few shots.

EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 11:31:34 PM »
Having bought a D800 and some pro level Nikon Glass, my big issues were post processing high ISO images.  It was taking a minute for Lightroom to run the NR on a image, and that was a modern i7 pc at the time.
I've upgraded computers twice since, and those old D800 images process reasonably fast now.  However, I still am uncertain about having to process 2500 images.
The big Use I get out of high MP images is the ability to crop, but that's only if they are pixel sharp, and the Nikon images were very noisy when severely cropped, while I can crop my 5D MK III without that concern.
Still, if there is a high ISO improvement, and dual pixel technology, I'll be very interested, and will likely pre-order, if only just to get a place in line.
If the 1D X drops a bunch in price, I'll jump and buy a used one.

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