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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II on Moofie Woot for $89.99
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:01:22 PM »
I'd suggest caution with this site.  Reported to Admins!

Technical Support / Re: Err 30 (stuck shutter) once - get it serviced?
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:55:18 PM »
Since its under warranty, have it repaired.  Otherwise, it might die just at the wrong moment.
Try testing it at the highest shutter speed, that's when issues usually start surfacing.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1ds3 autofocus inconsistenies
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:51:44 PM »
Look into the bottom of the battery compartment and see if there are two paint dots.  Cameras that received the Canon fixes for AF issues have them unless they were made after the fix.
Your problem does not seem to sound like the one that the fix corrected, but you might want to check in any event. 
AF systems are only consistent in very bright light, EV 13 or better is best, which is bright daylight, or high powered studio lights.  If the light is not very good, there will be variations in AF.

Yes, and the work-around isnt even troublesome, so its not a big issue - auto brightness works great for me - and I do love the camera. People just need to be aware of the problem - if it truly is a general problem and not just my body - noone wants ruined shots if they can avoid it  :)

You are using Live View? 
I did not see mention of this, but the LCD is normally not on unless you are in live view or video mode.  In a very dark room, light from a fully bright LCD could be leaking in to the lens or sensor. 
I'd suggest sending it into Canon if its a issue for you along with sample images, and a full explanation of how to repeat the issue.  (They have lots of black tape in stock to repair light leaks ;) )
Its pretty difficult to keep light sealed totally out of a super sensitive sensor, the LCD has a bright light illuminating it, and electrical terminations just might be attached to that lower corner allowing light to leak.  It seems to me that they should be willing and able to fix that.  Who knows, maybe its one of the unpublished fixes that they do if someone complains.
I'd suggest discussing this with several of the Camera reviewers.  They might be willing to do a controlled test, and if they report the issue, then there will be a fix.
I'll try mine if I have a chance.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX battery drain ULTRA fast
« on: April 07, 2014, 12:24:24 PM »
Remove the lens and let the camera sit, then see if it still happens.  That will narrow the issue down to camera or lens.

Technical Support / Re: Canon EOS 7D Battery drain Issue
« on: April 07, 2014, 01:14:40 AM »

Last week I bought a new Canon EOS 7D body. Before starting to use the camera for the first time I fully charged my battery and started using it. I used the camera for one week. I shoot raw with back display always on and LCD brightness to very low. I took around 200 images, 10 with live view mode and 2-3 image with flash and a 30 sec video and my lens is 24-105 f/4 L. I turn off the camera when not in use.

But after 200-250 images my battery just rans out of juice. According to canon, the battery supports up to 1000 shots with fully charged battery. I don't use flash at all and I did mostly indoor shoots. What I feel like is my battery is draining pretty fast. Seems very unusual. After facing this issue I tried to find out how fast my battery was draining. So I shoot 3 raw images and found that battery just drained 1% so I keep doing it and eventually found that each 3-4 images taken my battery loses 1% of charge. I can only take around 220-280 images with a fully charged battery.

Super disappointed  :(

I hope any Canon 7D user could shed some light with this matter. Let me know if I am doing anything wrong here. Thanks in advance.

You should be getting at least 500-700 images using the camera as you describe above.  Taking 10 live view images should have little impact, the video will affect it a bit.
I have had 3 Canon 7D's and all of them got over 700 shots per charge used as you describe.  Either the battery, or the camera has a issue.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 06, 2014, 01:26:07 PM »
David Hobby at http://strobist.blogspot.com/
Search youtube for Syl Arena's videos.
Lots of great stuff on B&H's youtube channel.

+1, its your first choice.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod & Head - $500 or less
« on: April 05, 2014, 10:58:11 PM »
I bought two Benro ball Heads and two sets of Carbon fiber legs about 7 years ago.  The heads were junk, and just lay on my shelf, they won't hold a 70-200mm lens firmly without using pliers to tighten them down.
The legs still work fine, but a couple of years back, the rubber grips on one started disintegrating.  I contacted the Benro distributor about getting some spare parts, and at first they said they had never distributed the tripods and that B&H had sold me gray market.  I showed him the photo of the box with the name of his company on it, and he changed his story, claiming he had only worked there 3 years, and that's what he was told.  Then, he went on to say that Benro was never willing or able to provide spare parts for the tripods, and that they had tried over and over to get them.
The missing grip issue can be fixed with some tape, but if a critical part fails, then the tripod is just scrap or spare parts.  Even several years ago, it cost $400.
Its my understanding that Induro comes out of the same manufacturer, they are distributed by the same US company.
I'd much rather buy from a company that can supply spare parts for expensive equipment.  To me, this means Gitzo, RRS, Manfrotto, etc.   I can buy spare parts for years old equipment from them.
Its a factor to consider, some companies just do not provide support once a product is out the door!  I contacted the Fairbanks scale company a couple of days ago about getting the service manual for a very old scale.  They support every scale that they have ever made, going back to the 1800's.

Technical Support / Re: I was so mistaken!
« on: April 05, 2014, 10:27:54 PM »
Focal length and aperture are lens properties and the lens does not change no matter what body you put it on!
There are a ton of confusing articles that cause confusion  because of the terminology used.  People will glance at that title and become convinced that its true.
Where the confusion comes in , is that some assume the same lens to subject distance, while some assume the same composition (move the camera further away).
If you move the camera further away to get the same angle of view as FF, then the depth of field is different.  If you keep the camera at the same distance, then the angle of view is different.
The focal length and lens aperture never change.

Technical Support / Re: Battery stuck in 5D Mark III
« on: April 05, 2014, 10:16:52 PM »
Had to pull confusingly hard (it was REALLY stuck in there), but everything is back to normal, battery is ok and fits normally again.

Bizarre! But yay.

That's good news.  You do need to find out what the issue was.  If the battery is not swollen up, there is a issue that can happen again.  Check carefully for something stickey.

Technical Support / Re: Canon EOS 7D Battery drain Issue
« on: April 05, 2014, 10:13:05 PM »
Return the camera or request a new battery.  The battery is not covered by the Canon Warranty, so you should act quickly and likely will have to exchange the camera.
Its not necessary to shut off the camera, you just wear out the switch.  It still has power.  The camera will go to sleep after a minute or so, and use very little power, about the same as it uses with the switch off.

I won't be buying Benro again.  The heads were junk, and there are no service parts available for my expensive sets of legs.  The US distributor claimed they were gray market, until I sent them a photo of the box with there label on it, then they changed their tune and said Benro could/would not supply parts.
Don't waste money on something that may not be repairable a few years down the road.

Canon General / Re: PMIdigital - worth it?
« on: April 05, 2014, 09:32:05 PM »

PMI is a Authorized Dealer (Reseller), Check the list here:

Thanks for all the personal experiences.

Yeah, I knew that PMI is an authorized dealer.  So if PMI's ebay ad says "Dealer" and I purchase it, I would be the original purchaser and thus the warranty will be covered by Canon USA.  However, if the PMI ebay ad says "Reseller" and I purchase it, I probably would not be the original purchaser and there still may be a question about whether the warranty will be covered by Canon USA.  Best to get this stuff in writing from PMI before I suppose.

If you buy a new lens from a authorized dealer, its covered.  Canon has even been fixing gray market lenses when they were sold by authorized dealers, or resold by unauthorized dealers.
Don't get hung up on words that mean the same thing.  I've bought lenses on ebay from PMI, they were new Canon USA lenses, and one had some warranty work done by Canon, there was certainly no issue.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Curved Sensor Tech by Sony
« on: April 05, 2014, 09:24:53 PM »
I guess it's going to be for small sensors only.

Probably as in cell phone small, at least at first.
The problem with something like this is that all new lenses are needed to take advantage.  Then users are stuck with what might be a huge investment in lenses.  Its likely why Canon and Nikon have passed on the idea, but Sony is quick to obsolete or discontinue products.  Its one of the main reasons that Pro's are wary, when they buy into a system, they want it to last for more than a year or two.

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