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Reikan Focal has a option to save your camera settings and download them to your computer.  Do it before starting a AFMA.  That way, if the process fails, you can restore your camera settings.

Technical Support / Re: LP-E6 battery failure - Canon 6D
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:47:25 PM »
As Neuro noted, batteries self discharge, and can reach the point where the internal electronics will not let it take a charge.
Here is some information that applies to most all lithium ion batteries.

Lenses / Re: What to do with a broken 70-200 f/2.8 IS mkI?
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:36:38 PM »
There are lots of good parts left, sell it for parts on ebay, and it may allow repair of several other lenses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Second Body
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:29:23 PM »
Whatever you pick, its a good move to select one that uses the same battery and memory cards, that way you are not having to maintain two sets of equipment.
That eliminates the 6D, so another 7D, or a 5D MK II, or a 5D MK III.

Personally, I'd rent or buy a 1 Series camera with weatherproofing and stick to weather proofed lenses.  You might take the 5D MK III as a backup, you will definitely want a backup, because things do fail in tough conditions.
That makes it a bit difficult at the 400mm end, perhaps a 70-200mmL along with weatherproofed Canon TC's and a 1D X.

Lenses / Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 11, 2012, 02:04:03 PM »
Its great for a macro lens on a 7D, but get the 100 f/2 or 85mm f/1.8 for portraits and low light.

Lenses / Re: 50 1.4 on 5d3 anyone?
« on: December 11, 2012, 02:01:19 PM »
The 50mm 1.4 is a cheap crappy lens. Invest in the 35mm 1.4 L instead.
Some buy lenses to take photos, some buy the best one, even if its the wrong focal length. 

Lenses / Re: 50 1.4 on 5d3 anyone?
« on: December 11, 2012, 12:57:42 PM »
Its fine, but not as useful or as sharp as my 24-105mmL for all around use.  Where it comes in handy is in low light, or for a shallow depth of field. 
If you a new 5D MK III user, give it a while with the 24-105, you will get used to the weight.  Good lenses are heavier due to the large amount of glass in them.  The 24-105 is on the light side compared to the 24-70 f/2.8 or some of the other popular "L" lenses.

Lenses / Re: Next lens, round 2
« on: December 11, 2012, 12:51:29 PM »
this is all good info.  I'm selling my 10-22, 24-105, and 60D as well.  I already have the 24-70 II but I think I need to take my lenses to Canon (down the street) to get everything calibrated.  Do you guys think I should just get FoCal instead?.... or both Canon Service and use FoCal?
I'd first do a AFMA.  (Get FoCal).  Only consider having Canon adjust your lens if it has a actual problem.  Canon will put the lens on a reference body like a 5D MK III and calibrate it to that body.  Your body might still be different, so don't bother.  The next new body you get will need a different adjustment, so just use FoCal.

Neither that lens, or any other, for that matter unless ambient conditions make it a good idea, like a sand or dust storm.


Mt Spokaine, I also use the histogram 4 exposure but in difficult back or side light even though the exposure falls within the histogram the shadows may not be as filled as I would like & due to the necessary loc of the LCD screen it's often smeared & very difficult to view any accurate detail in sunny conditions even with me leaning over  to provide shade.

Pete, I think you know this, but the brightness of the LCD screen will change the apparent exposure, and it changes brightness according to ambient conditions.  Thats why I suggested that you do not use it judge exposure.  Unfortunately, in bright conditions with lots of backlighting, its really tough.  I bought a D800 to try out, and thats one area where the better DR really made a difference, in fact, I was amazed at the ability to properly expose shaded areas and not blow out a bright summer sky.  Unfortunately, its the entire system that does not quite measure up to my expectations.

For what it's worth, Canon still used the old system until at least August of this year.  I know as I took delivery recently of an 'L' lens with the date code "UA08xx" which is August, 2012.

It depends.  New lens models seem to have done away with date codes, while existing models still have them.  apparently, Canon is not going to spend money to convert existing lens models to the new system, it will happen by attrition.  The 70-200mm f/2.8L MK II was the first over two years ago.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon T4i w/18-55 IS from B&H for $599
« on: December 10, 2012, 10:30:38 PM »
Good price, Its pretty obvious that sales are slow.  I'm tempted.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Am I the only one without 5D3 Problems?
« on: December 10, 2012, 10:28:11 PM »
Its a fact, people do not tend to post if there is no problem.  When a issue arises, be it with their camera or their Bently, they go online to see if someone else if having the issue, and often post about their problem, and they post everywhere that will let them.  Divide by about 10 to account for duplicate posts to start with.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm 1.8iii... L... Real or fake?
« on: December 10, 2012, 10:21:57 PM »
Just the original metal mount lens with a red band painted on the front.  I have one without the red band.  I occasionally find them on old used 35mm bodies for little or nothing.
Correction, its a newer 50mm f/1.8 with paint or tape on it.  I have the original metal mount version, and prefer it due to the focus ring, which is much better, its not just a thin band on the front of the lens. There are about 4 or more versions that I've had, the original Japan Version, the first Mark II version made in Japan, another MK II version made in Malaysia, and I recall yet another made elsewhere, but I no longer have a photo of it. I've not had a MK III.



MK II Made in Japan

MK II Made in Malaysia


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