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The issue here isn't "3rd party replacement" batteries - it is "Counterfeit" batteries. Batteries that are labeled as though they had come from Canon, and therefore their makers are not readily accountable. Big difference. While Canon's response, understandably, is to promote using genuine Canon batteries, that doesn't mean that 3rd party batteries from reputable makers are automatically bad.

Key message - know your source, and who to really blame if your camera flares up in a blaze of glory... :)

This is about counterfit batteries and other products being sold as OEM.  They have no qualm about cheating you, and if your house / car / airpplane goes up in flames, you can bet that they cannot be found.  These operations are typically garage operations in China, and move around keeping a step ahead of the authorities.  The same type of people that sold poison babies milk in China.
Its the same issue for Nikon and other OEM's.

Technical Support / Re: Very soft audio w external mike of EOD 5D3
« on: January 21, 2013, 01:58:14 AM »
It should work, make sure the battery is good. 
Make sure the plug is pushed all the way in, and that it is not in the headphone jack (just covering all the bases, so don't feel insulted, you know better, I'm sure).
Lots of people use these on Canon DSLR's.
Its just possible that your mic input on the camera is damaged. 
As a alternative, use a inexpensive external digital recorder and you will get mucho better sound.  You can synch it to the video in post production.  The sound capabilities of DSLR's leave something to be desired.
Hope you get it going!

Lenses / Re: Grey (Gray) Market Advice
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:42:32 AM »
Use the Canon price watch web site to find the lowest prices.
Note that B&H and Adorama sell it for $1799, just add it to the cart to see the better price.

Oh, and while I'm on the subject (still speaking to you Amazon)...  If I'm paying for a SanDisk Extreme you better not send me an Extreme HD Video.  Especially infuriating is the fact you covered up the UPC with a sticker with the part number and UPC for the Extreme.  I'M NOT THAT STUPID!
The link was to a item sold by someone called SF Planet, it is not sold by Amazon, nor is it shipped by Amazon from what I see.
Always buy sold and shipped by Amazon, or from a store like Adorama on amazon and you won't be fooled.

Lenses / Re: How do you test a lens at a store?
« on: January 21, 2013, 12:16:51 AM »
You can't! 
You might find obvious flaws like gross decentering or complete failure to autofocus, but checking a lens for sharpness requires a careful setup, several shots at each aperture on a sturdy tripod.
Most good stores will let you return a lens if it is defective, but unless you have lens testing experience, its likely that you will never find a issue without knowledge and test experience.
The good news is that lenses are seldom defective, its pretty rare, but it does happen.  There is a normal range of tolerances for sharpness, and the same with bodies.  So, even if you think you have found a issue, it can be the camera body.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: using powershot g15 with slave flash
« on: January 20, 2013, 07:48:17 PM »
Vik, the light output from those small slave flashes is so low that it is likely just overpowered by the camera flash.  Try placing it closer to the subject, or get a more powerful flash.  I have one of the low cost slave flashes that came with a used camera and its a bad joke as far as light output goes.

Lenses / Re: Dust Donut - Add Weather Sealing to Any Lens
« on: January 20, 2013, 07:44:01 PM »
Is there any reason you cannot buy a Canon lens mount gasket and install it on a lens without it?  If you wanted better protection at the mount at least you would know it would be the proper material as others have pointed out with something like this you won't know until or unless you get one yourself to try.

The mount is designed with space for the gasket, but, as others have mentioned, the mount is only one aspect of a weatherproof lens.
It might be even worse than that.  Many of the consumer grade lenses move a lot of air out the rear of the lens when zooming.  Where will it go if the mount is sealed?  That is solved in the design of weather sealed lenses, but might just force dust and dirt innto your sensor and viewfinder big time.

If they lowered battery prices, that would make the counterfitting business unprofitable, and they might actually make a larger profit by selling a lot more batteries. 
Somewhere there is a price point that would achieve this, apparently, Canon thinks they have the price point now, but I see it as being more like overpriced music and videos, many more would purchase them rather than illegally copying them if the prices were reasonable. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Noise & Aliasing Reduction for Small Pixels
« on: January 20, 2013, 07:31:47 PM »
I read thru the patent as well.
It pertains to the need to read data from a large mp sensor without overwhelming the buffer memory with huge quantities of data.  Typical thinning methods cause a color stripe, this one is designed to avoid that. 
 This allows for more images to be captured before a buffer fills, obviously a issue for a large mp camera.
Expect this to be used in a high mp camera, its basically firmware.
The patent number is actually 2013-012850, Igami dropped the leading zero.
Here is a quote from the translated text.
[Problem to be solved by the invention]
It is necessary to memorize a picture signal by four plains of R/G1/G2/B, and to memorize the picture signal of each plain for every frequency band further in the technology of a Patent document 2. Therefore, a mass memory is needed and it is not preferable in respect of cost. Since there are also many required amounts of memory access, when rapidity, such as continuous shooting, is the processings called for, there is a possibility of reaching the maximum of a memory access zone and causing deterioration of processing speed.
In order to ease this problem, it is possible to, apply the thinning technology of a chrominance signal as shown in a Patent document 1 to the composition of a Patent document 2 for example, and to reduce required memory space and the amount of memory access.
However, in order to interpolate the thinned-out chrominance signal in the technology of a Patent document 1 from the chrominance signal of an adjacent pixel and to restore, a difference arises in the frequency band of a chrominance signal, and the frequency band of a luminance signal, and there is a problem that the color stripe not existing will occur in an object.

Lenses / Re: Dust Donut - Add Weather Sealing to Any Lens
« on: January 20, 2013, 12:04:58 PM »
Having worked in aerospace and managed groups with many inventors, they get carried away with their expectations for their invention, and are paranoid that anyonne who criticises it just doesen't understand.  They often conduct misleading tests that prove mothing.
A product needs to have some independent testing and evaluation for not only functionality, but maintainability and producability.  I'd be very concerned about puttinng that thing on my lens and having the plastic turn to goo in hot and humid weather, just because the inventor got sold on a plastic to use by a salesman from a big company.  We got caught once with a new engineering thermoplastic from a major company that was supposed to replace expensive thermoset plastics.  We ran standard tests on it, but when it came time to assemble the parts made from it, they would not fit.  The cleaning fluids used in our manufacturing process caused the material to stress relieve , which means warp and change shape and size.  It was a expensive mess, just because we did not know they used that particular chemical in their cleaning process.
The material was guaranteed to last 50 years, so I ran some pieces thru my dishwasher at home, and after a dozen times they cracked.  Even experienced and careful people get fooled, a small time inventor has even less of a chance.

Canon General / Re: After CES Whats Next for Canon?
« on: January 19, 2013, 02:02:30 PM »
In regards to a high MB Canon, I suspect it's mostly vaporware for now.  Looks to me like Canon was caught by utter surprise by Nikon's D800.  What was Canon corp to do as a response, admit, "uh, we don't have S___ for a high MB camera."?  No, to save face and try preventing a sea of defections, they start rumors of "uh, yeah, we're working on one.  Yeah, that's it, we're working on one."  And when months pass with nothing but words emerging from Canon, they change their tune to "It's new technology... yeah, that's it, that's it, that's why we can't show anybody anything.  It's neeewwww technology."

(h/t Jon Lovitz)
Yeah, I guess Canon doesn't have a response for those high amount of MB the D800 file size have because of the high amount of MegaPixels in that camera. Not a bad thing necessarily.
Are you somehow implying that the high MP file size bothers you? Are you also thinking that disk space / external disk space is expensive or hard to get?

In that case, think again!  ;D Disk space is getting bigger and cheaper by the day. It is also getting physically smaller, so don't tell me that extra disk space is a nuisance.

I'd have no problem with storing 36MP files, or even 60MP files for that matter. No problem with processing them either.
Actualy, the 50 mp high ISO images decompress to about 150-200mb, and they are a pain to post process, particularly with brush adjustments in LR and adding NR.  I've processed 700 images from a nights shooting with my D800 and with a reasonably fast computer, and it takes much longer to post process than a 22mb 5D MK III.  Storage is not the issue, its cheap, but having to change CF cards twice as often is a pain.  I finally bought 64mb cards to help with that.

Canon General / Re: Don't order camera gear from online store
« on: January 18, 2013, 03:07:18 PM »
It is possible that someone inside Dell is stealing merchandise and putting junk in the box, that sort of thing happens.  Things like this also happen in shipping, where a shipping employee does the same thing.
However, it does not deserve a headline like this one, it seems more like someone has a grudge against Dell. 
Passing on unsubstantiated Rumors like this one is not the smartest thing to do.

Site Information / Re: Problem with the Canonrumors Website
« on: January 18, 2013, 03:01:01 PM »
For me, it happened with Nikon rumors.  I checked on Cgrome, IE, and mozilla, and it happened on all three.  Removing the offending software fixed it.  This has been a common issue over the years with many users.  Different ones claim to have fixed it many different ways.
You can try removing recently installed software, and removing or disabling internet add-ons.  The tip off to a software issue came when I tried a different computer and it had no problem.  Before that, I ran several malware removers to no avail.  Its been 6 months and I can't recall which software, but it might have been Java.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Rumors is Touring Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
« on: January 16, 2013, 06:00:41 PM »
CR - Don't forget it is quite cool (especially in the mornings and evenings) at some of the places you will be visiting. Not sure what it is like in Canada, but a think jumper may be in order.

How's the trip going?
This time of the year in Canada, its going to be a bit chilly as well.  North Bay will be -25 C tonight.  I expect CR guys problem is finding clothiing thats not too heavy.

Lenses / Re: I want a 135mm 1.8 IS L
« on: January 16, 2013, 05:50:00 PM »
Sounds fantastic, but the 135mmL is not exactly a big seller, so don't expect it.  I'm planning to use my 135L for 500 or more theatre photos tonight, its my most used lens, so I'm one of those who would be in line to buy one..

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