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You might try using a remote shutter release velcroed to the left side of the camera, or some other easy to use place if that would make it easier. 
I hope you are able to regain use of your right hand. 

They pretty much sold out almost a year ago.  Canon stopped making them, and then was unable to get the new lens delivered such that all sold out.
They were not particularly good or reliable, so its a good thing they are gone.

Lenses / Re: January 8th Lens release rumor... a dud or a ruse?
« on: January 07, 2013, 11:26:59 PM »
The poster apparently thinks that rumors posted here are due to some magical link into Canon.
There is no such thing.  The rumors are based on input from e-mails, and receive a CR rating based on their reliability, CR1 being the lowest reliability, while CR3 means a sure thing.
Its all for what -if and fun, and if you have to take it seriously, a rumor site will definitely leave you unhappy.
Canon is extremely protective about letting information out, and lenses are the hardest to predict.  Usually, the CR3 rumors happen because someone somewhere makes a accidental slip and posts embargoed information.

Technical Support / Re: 5dMARK III showing ERR 40 then ERR 20
« on: January 07, 2013, 02:46:57 PM »
You have a year warranty on the camera.  Contact Canon and arrange to ship it to the nearest facility.  They will ask for a copy of the sales receipt.
Don't wait, get it fixed.

Lenses / Re: Lens mount play
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:46:20 PM »
The play has nothing to do with a 5D MK III.  It does have to do with the design of the EF mount system.  The play is a designed in tolerance, and is noticible on some lenses more than others merely due to tolerance stackup.
Google it, its been discussed for 20 years now.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 or 24-105
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:35:39 PM »
I see no advantage for the 24-70 f/4 IS over the 24-105mmL IS.  Sharpness is identical, weight is lower, but cost is higher.  I guess having a near macro setting would be one advantage, but not enough to offset the higher price.  Any additional distortion in the 24-105mm L is quickly and easily removed in all competent software.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1 ds mark3 vs 5d mark 3 image quality
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:02:21 PM »
I would say it depends on what type of shooting you're interested in which is the most important factor in choosing a body. For me i have a passion for sports so upgraded my original body from an xsi kit (when first getting into photography years ago) to the 7D. Just recently i traded in for a 1D Mark IV which happens to be a HUGE upgrade from the 1D III. I can tell you that i know A LOT of people who recently got the 5D III when the IV was released since it dropped in price a substantial amount. Its full frame & you cannot beat that sensor or image quality as well as high ISO capabilities. My new 1D IV has 10 fps & great high ISO which is extremely important when shooting sports with fast SS  but i've heard the 5D III is RIDICULOUS! I'm mentioning all of this as an example because the 5D wouldnt do anything for me since my passion is for sports. What im gaining i would lose with reach since full sensor & i cannot afford 300mm+ lenses to make up for this which is what the pros do as well as fps. Sure i could crop & with the 5D u can a great deal not losing any quality. So it all depends on what type of photography you're gonna shoot!
He is asking about 1DS MK III, not 1D MK III.
Crop cameras are a different ball of wax.

Software & Accessories / Re: LP-E6 shelf life
« on: January 06, 2013, 10:43:28 AM »
All batteries self discharge, but Li-On batteries have a circuit in the case that shuts down the battery when the charge level gets low.  It is then dead and cannot be recharged.
I'd expect this to happen in about 3 years or less, depending on how long it was stored before you bought it..

I suspect that you have just smeared the dust on your mirror, its happened to me when toughed with a sensor brush accidentally.
Have the camera cleaned, and that will give you some peace of mind to find its not scratched at all.

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.

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