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Canon has changed packaging as well as whats printed on the batteryabout once a year.  Three of my four are slightly different, each is a different age.  The new batteries I bought form Adorama and Amazon (not a third party) have the correct hologram.  The other two came with my 5D MK II and later 7D.
The original 5D Battery says made in Japan, then I have a made in China, and one that is part Japanese and part Chinese.  One has a date on it, but the others are older and do not.

Do they all have the same colour plastic covers?
I have Canon batteries going back to the D30 that are 12 years old.  I have not saved the covers from all those dozens of batteries I've owned, but the recent ones from the last 4 years are all the same yellow color.  The older batteries might have had a different color cover, I know that the shell color of the BP-511 batteries changed several years ago.

Here is a link to some QR plates found on Amazon.
There are adapters / conversions to convert Manfroto to Arca Swiss plates as well.  I use one made by Kirk on my Manfroto pistol grip head, and I use the LP Series plates sold by Rainbow on my lenses.  I also have a RRS lens plate, they are pretty much equal in quality, but the Rainbow is less expensive.
As for cheap tripod heads ...
Induro makes a low cost head thats just OK, the RRS, Kirk, and other high end ones are supurb.  They will last a lifetime, so get the best.  The head is a really critical component.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Anyone received their $2499 5D3 from bigvalueinc?
« on: December 03, 2012, 06:44:21 PM »
I wouldn't worry.  Its not uncommon for UPS to be behind.  Big Value has sold thousands of the 5D MK III's over the last few months.  When they sell 500 in a couple of hours, it does take some time to process and ship them, and UPS does not work on weekends except for uber high priced shipping items.
A few really big places like Amazon have UPS truck-trailers lined up at their loading dock 7 days a week, but that's a exception. They have so much volume that UPS pays their employees overtime to work weekends because its very lucrative.  Big value is not so large, and likely can't negotiate weekend pickup and delivery at normal prices.

Lenses / Re: 50D->5D3 upgrade, what to do with my lenses?!
« on: December 03, 2012, 06:16:54 PM »
Yes, the lenses will be fantastic on FF.  Obviously, the newer lenses are sharper, but the lenses you have will be fine.
FF is actually more forgiving of lenses, since the photosites are larger (lower pixel density).  It takes a higher resolution lens for small sensor cameras because they have a higher density of photosites.  The 15mp sensor of the 50D would be 38.4mp if it were upsized to FF but kept the same pixel density. This means your lenses will be just fine.

Software & Accessories / Re: B+W ND filters from
« on: December 03, 2012, 06:09:02 PM »
B&W is not going away or changing, at least I haven't seen a reputable site mention it.  Here is the Schneider-Kreuznach site, it shows B&W.  BTW, there is a US Subsidiary named Schneider Optics, but they only exist to warehouse and market the german products in the USA. Different products are sold under different brand names.
Schneider is a old optical company, they don't have the name of Carl Zeiss, but what the make is top notch.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 5Dmk3 doesnt play with kenko teleconverters
« on: December 03, 2012, 05:59:50 PM »
You can apparently make it work by turning off AFMA, but thats not a solution if your lens needs a big adjustment.  Then, you have to reload all the AFMA settings after you use the TC?

Lighting / Re: I have an old Sony speedlite and a new Canon 7D
« on: December 03, 2012, 05:53:59 PM »
Old flashes, or other model flashes might work in manual mode, but they are not going to integrate with Canon's flash system.  You spent a lot of $$ on the 7D, why not get a compatable flash.
Even a low cost one like this refurbished one for $135 can be controlled by your 7D as a off camera flash.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Likely Price Trend
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:52:46 PM »
Prices are partially determined by sales.  Sales are largely determined by the global econmy.  Buyers will buy the lowest price product rather than a luxury one.
Once the initial buyer rush is over, expect the camera to be included in Canon Rebate deals.  However, be aware that sales in May-June take a big jump as people like to use vacations, weddings, etc as a excuse to buy a new camera.  That takes the pressure to lower prices away.
Watch for 1 day deals around Christmas, or the week after.  The cameras seem to be in stock everywhere, even our small local dealer has them, so Canon is expecting very good sales.  If that happens, they may be out of stock for 6 weeks or so right around Christmas.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body is $2999 Most Places
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:40:53 PM »
The lower prices are in line with the usual Canon trend to lower prices before the end of the fiscal year, when times are tough like they are now,  the discounts get bigger.  Canon wins because they are able to reduce inventory and show stockholders a better bottom line for 2012, and the buyers win as well.  Retailers sell them at the reduced price while they last, sometimes thru most of January, and then the price rises again.
Retailers will find ways to get around map prices. You can often just call them and ask for a lower price or a package deal.
Canon loves it when they give the printers away, since ink sales are where the profit is.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Suggestions for a first monopod for a 5D3...?
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:16:10 PM »
Hello all,

Resurrecting this a bit....I just got my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, and is heavy.

I'm thinking a long day at a fest (and we have tons of them down here in New Orleans) I would think a good monopod would be good to have when lugging this lens and my 5D3 around all day.

Any other recommendations? I have a manfroto tripod and the quick release plate for that...would anyone recommend a good manfroto monopod model, that might work with the same plate system?

Thanks in advance,


Yeah make sure you mount that 70-200 on the tripod and not the body, you dont want all that weight pulling on the mount.

Yes, get a QR plate designed for the lens and keep it in place.
I'd get a monopod that had a simple ball head and the same QR plate as your tripod.
First, consider if you want to switch to the much more universal Arca Swiss style QR plates.  Your Manfroto head can be adapted to take them, mine is.  Then, in the future only buy heads that accept Arca Swiss compatible plates.  That opens you up to a much wider range of options rather than being tied to Manfroto.

PowerShot / Re: Christmas Camera, Under $100US ??
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:00:59 PM »
Generally, the cheap cameras are not durable unless they were designed for kids.  You might be unhappy if you get a ordinary zoom lens model with a exposed lens, one good drop and its toast.
I'd check out the waterproof models, they tend to be rugged. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX "Caution 02" Warnings AND Filthy Sensor.
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:56:31 PM »
- I read soemwhere that the canon 6d's are arrivign with, or get filthy sensor filter shortly after firing a few shots- soem thinking perhaps a lubricant is causing dirty sensors?
You might be a bit confused on this.  Its the Nikon D600 with dust issues.  Are you sure you have a D1X :)

Canon General / Re: How to arrange new SSD and regular HDD
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:52:07 PM »
I put my os and programs on a ssd and my documents, photos, etc on a 3TB drive.  SSD's are much faster than mechanical drives.  I also put my lightroom database on the SSD, that speeds up things as well.  I'm thinking of adding a small m-sata ssd cache as well to my Dell XPS-8500.  SSD's have really dropped in price, so a reasonably large 256GB drive is available at a reasonable price.  Samsung seems to have the market cornered right now with high quality, high speed, high reliability, and low prices.

Technical Support / Re: 5D Mark 111 and Lightroom 3 compatability issue?
« on: December 02, 2012, 01:13:39 PM »
I took some photos today with my new 5D Mark 111, and couldn’t wait to import them into Lightroom. When I tried to import the files I got this message; “Preview unavailable for this file”. I’m currently using Lightroom version 3, and just updated it to version 3.6.  Note: I mostly shoot in RAW format.

Now, I’m noticing that there is a different kind of CR2 file, with the 5D, which appears something like this; “RV3A0101.CR2”. Lightroom 3 doesn’t seem to recognize this file format. Before, when importing from my 7D, I got raw files that were named like this; “IMG_5246.CR2”, which Lightroom did recognize. If anyone has any insight into this “RV” file format or has encountered this issue and resolved it, I would really appreciate your help. Thanks

As noted, LR3 does not work directly with raw files from newer cameras.  If you are using windows XP, your choice is to use DNG converter, or to use DPP to decode the files and then export them to lightroom for editing.  They will be in tif format.  There is a batch converter in DPP, so you can convert a entire folder of images.

Good luck.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: amazon - 5d3 -- $2999/3299 wo/w 24-105L...
« on: December 01, 2012, 08:18:07 PM »
The deals are usually 1 day deals, and end when all the excess inventory is sold.  You have to be ready for the short sales and jump on the deal.  Even a 5 minute delay might see them all sold.

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