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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 05, 2013, 10:59:37 PM »
Its easy to get sucked into buying something you don't need when you listen to the hype.  At this point, it might not be a good idea to trade down to a 6D, used MK III's run about $2300, you might only save $300 - 400  by going to a 6D. 
The price of the MK III is going to rise now that Christmas sales are over.  Spring is the best time to sell during ordinary times, but nothing seems ordinary right now.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: BLOWN away.
« on: January 05, 2013, 10:48:45 AM »

The lens alone is worth more than 1000$, so 1800$ is not too bad for a FF body.

Plus, you pay the premium for a momentarily unique product.
How did you price a P&S lens?  Its not interchangable, and, when the camera dies, so does the lens.  Prices for P&S lenses are not the same as for interchangable lenses.

Technical Support / Re: 5d3 in coma when in video mode
« on: January 04, 2013, 11:12:03 PM »
Are you using a CF Card or a SD card?  SD cards write very slowly and might cause a freezeup.  CF cards tend to write much faster.  That probably is not your issue, but its at least one thing to eliminate.  BTW, even a SDHC card rated at 95 MB/sec can write at less than 10MB/sec, so don't get fooled by specs that quote read speeds, or write speeds for blank cards, which only happen with a new card, or with one that was erased (low level format).

Expect some new equipment announcements on the 8th.  Their announcement of a presence at CES is carefully worded to avoid tipping off anyone about new products.

Technical Support / Re: LP-E6 battery failure - Canon 6D
« on: January 04, 2013, 10:02:52 PM »
I've seen about 3 or maybe 4 versions of the LP-E6, but they have all worked fine in my 5D MK II, 7D, and 5D MK III cameras.  I have bought all from a reputable camera dealer.  There are a lot of counterfit ones around that are sold on ebay, and some have appeared from 3rd party sellers at Amazon.  Even some camera stores in the UK got fooled into selling them a couple of years back.  The ones Amazon sells have always been genuine.  I've had 8 or 10 over the years, but having sold off my two 5D MK II's, two 7D's, and one 5D MK III, I have just two LP-E6 batteries and a 5D MK III at the moment.

The AE-1 was my first serious camera, I bought it new in 1978, my mum signed the finance agreement for it, I still have the camera, and the finance agreement! It was £220 which equates to about £1,250, or around $2,000 in today's money, I paid for it with a paper round, actually two paper rounds! Now bearing that in mind can those vocal few stop moaning about the price of the 6D? ;D

Unfortunately I don't have my mum anymore, but I will never sell that camera.
I have two or three of the AE-1 program models, they don't get the chirp-squeek like the AE-1's have.  I can often find them with a 50mm f/1.8 FD lens for $5 at garage sales.  I have spare batteries, flash units,  and I clean them up and test them to make great cameras for photography students.  They are cheap, and good learning cameras.  Our local junior college has a very strong photography program.  I also have a bunch of Minolta SRT101's, but they tend to have reliability issues, particulary susceptable to lens issues.

EOS Bodies / Re: The grass is greener?
« on: January 04, 2013, 06:32:17 PM »
I tried running a few thousand images thru a D800 I bought last May.  I saw no AF issues.  I sold it because I did not like the selection of fast primes, and the lack of something that could compete with my old Canon 100-400mmL. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Compactflash Card: SanDisk vs. Lexar...
« on: January 04, 2013, 05:35:33 PM »
I've never had a card fail either.  I started out in the 1990's with smart media cards, then CF cards.  I recall paying $265 for a 85MB card for my Nikon CP-990 way back in early 2000 or so.  I've had close to 100 cards, most of them Lexar or Sandisk, but there were Kinbgston, Delkin, Transcend and likely others in there too.
I did sell my almost new 30D to a lady who had just had her Canon XT burn out.  I included a small CF Card.  A few days later, she put in her  Toshiba CF card  that she had been using with her old camera, and it burned out the 30D as well.  Since the camera was only 5 months old, Canon fixed it for her at no charge, and she destroyed the bad card and bought a good one.
Its rare, but a bad card can cook your DSLR.

Technical Support / Re: 7D suddenly not focusing properly
« on: January 04, 2013, 05:27:14 PM »
It can be a camera issue, and it can be a lens issue.
Removing both batteries doesn't do anything, except reset the clock. 
You can do a camera reset.  Did you just upgrade the firmware?  A camera reset is recommended after a firmware upgrade, it sometimes leaves the camera with nonsense settings that do not fit the new firmware.

The various levels that users get to with more posts serve a secondary purpose, different permissions can be given at each level. 
Neuro is so high that he is able to pick his own name, he just happens to like the 1D X, but he could pick a 600mm f/4 II if he wanted.  Of course, all of you with >7K posts would get it too ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5DIII and Media Cards...
« on: January 04, 2013, 03:33:22 PM »
SDHC Cards seldom write at more than 10 MB/sec once they have been used.  The figures on Roger Gailbrathe's page only apply to a newly erased card, and that is not the same as a formatted card, its a low level format that can take 30 minutes or more.  The 5D MK III can do a low level format on a SD card, but its a battery eater.
On the other hand, CF cards will write much faster, even if they have been used and filled with data.
Since the slowest card to write is going to limit you when writing to both cards, except for the unusual case of totally blank cards, 10 MB/sec is the most common limit.

Lenses / Re: Dropped my 70-200L F4 onto the carpet from my bag. Advice.
« on: January 04, 2013, 12:11:53 PM »
Roger Cicala of Lens rentals tests every lens after it is returned from a rental, or if a renter gets a damaged one.  Unless you have a good test method for checking proper operation, have a local camera shop or canon do it for you.
The lens almost certainly sustained some internal damage, its just a matter of how much it affected the IQ and sharpness.  Home grown tests for finding decentering will detect gross damage, but may not detect slight damage.
And, a cracked internal part that still works for now, will certainly fail just when you need it the most.  One of the most common failures are the nylon guide bushings that guide a lens as it zooms or focuses.  They can crack and keep right on working until they suddenly fall out of place and into the inner lens where it may rattle around, or jam and damage something else.

Lenses / Re: Oops, did it again !
« on: January 04, 2013, 12:04:02 PM »
I buy online and order what I planned to order when the price is right.

Canon General / Re: Single point auto focus
« on: January 03, 2013, 10:18:19 PM »
Almost always centre point select + aiservo or + oneshot depending on subject.

If exlusively shooting sports may switch to zone.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« on: January 03, 2013, 10:16:59 PM »
I still have a 10D, its a fine camera.  I've had most of the Canon DSLR's, only missing the 1D X and a couple Rebels.
I would not worry about the camera, upgrade if there are new features or things you need.  I also have a 5D MK III, I bought it primarily for low light use, and as a tethered body for product photography.
However, for most all around photography, the 10D is fine.  I use it as a backup.  Save one of your 20D's for a backup body if you buy a new DSLR.

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