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Do you periodically have your lenses professionally cleaned?  How often?  By Canon, or ?   What was approximate cost per lens?  Do zooms cost more than primes?

Read on Amazon reports of problems with the Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM due to lack of weather sealing.  Can anyone report having this problems and how serious this may/may not be?  I'm interested in using this lens on my 7D.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* Firmware 1.2.5 for EOS 7D
« on: April 21, 2011, 02:39:53 AM »
Thanks, CR Man!!!!

EOS Bodies / Re: Firmware 1.2.5 for EOS 7D
« on: April 20, 2011, 10:32:47 PM »
Why has the UK website been removed and there is no mention of 7D firmware beyond 1.2.3 on the Canon USA website?  Couldn't install if I wanted to.  Seems to me there may be serious problem with it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Looking for a second body
« on: March 30, 2011, 01:39:17 AM »
Depends on how long you're willing to wait for your second body.  With the difficulties in Japan, the 5D3 may not be available for quite a while.  The 7D is available now, but there won't be much of a price break, again because of the problems in Japan. Also, the 7D supply may dry up and/or the price will increase - possibly above original list price.

I agree that the 5D3 offers more diversity paired with your T2i, while the 7D is more similar.  I have a 7D and enjoy the 8 fps tracking my dog that loves to run. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 3 More DSLR's in 2011? [CR1]
« on: March 24, 2011, 01:56:29 PM »
I'm still hoping for the 5D Mk3  :)

Contests / Re: Giveaway - Blue Crane Digital DVD's
« on: March 01, 2011, 10:21:16 AM »
What fun!

1. 300D
2. 5Dmk2
3. 1Ds
4. 1D4

Software & Accessories / Re: 580EX II Faulty by Design?
« on: February 19, 2011, 05:09:56 PM »
I sent Canon Support an inquiry about PW problems with 580EX II and got the following response:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding the recent study of the design of
the Speedlite 580 EXII published on the web by LPA Design, the makers of
PocketWizard flash accessories.

Canon USA is aware of the concerns LPA Design raised in its study and
has forwarded it to Canon Inc., where it is currently under
investigation.  If this investigation concludes that any action is
required, we will communicate with our customers as appropriate.   

Thank you for using Canon products and we appreciate the opportunity to
assist you with your inquiry.

Canon USA, Inc.

To me this info allows for this to be a 580EX II problem, and it is apparently being looked into. 

I'm glad to see Canon's acknowledgment of the problem.  Hopefully, specific actions needed by Canon and/or PW can be identified soon.

Software & Accessories / Re: 580EX II Faulty by Design?
« on: February 17, 2011, 05:39:06 PM »
I sent Canon Professional Services a query and got following prompt (expected?) response:

Thank you for contacting Canon product support.  We value you as a Canon
customer and appreciate the opportunity to assist you.

There are no problems when using Canon flashes with Canon cameras.  If
you add a third party product between a Canon camera and a Canon flash
and the combination fails, then the fault in design lies within the
third party product.  Canon does not collaborate with third party
manufacturers.  It is up to the third party manufacturer to make a
product that does not inhibit the functionality of the Canon product. 
Perhaps you should contact the manufacturer of the third party device
that you intend to use.

I hope this information is helpful to you.  Please let us know if we can
be of any further assistance.

Thank you for choosing Canon.


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Software & Accessories / Re: 580EX II Faulty by Design?
« on: February 17, 2011, 12:56:08 PM »
Amen!  I just sent off a note to Canon (see link at top of this page) conveying these same points.  If others could also express their views directly to Canon we might as least get their explanation of this 580EX II problem.  Their failure to respond would certainly not be a very good marketing strategy, and have the appearance of a cover-up.  I have not had problems with my other Canon equipment, and I wouldn't want to pay good money for equipment that has known design flaws - if that the case!

Software & Accessories / Re: Lens adapter for Olympus OM to Canon EOS
« on: August 20, 2010, 01:57:48 PM »
To that1guy

I see that the current issue of Outdoor Photographer (Sep 2010) has an article on adapters.  They pretty much cover the same design issues, but it's reassuring hearing more of the same thing.


Software & Accessories / Re: Lens adapter for Olympus OM to Canon EOS
« on: August 18, 2010, 12:14:05 PM »
To that1guy

Thanks for your reply and suggested websites.  After posting my message I too set out to locate websites, and found quite a few.  As you pointed out, Amazon has quite a few models available. Googling led to many options and information.

The article comparing Fotodiox and Novoflex was interesting. The $20 Fotodiox seems like a good choice, but the $120 model includes an autofocus verification chip.  Question is, is that feature worth an extra $100?  I have several Novoflex items and they are very well made and durable, but quite expensive.  However, I could not find a Novoflex adapter for Olympus OM, so it's not an option for me, regardless of price.

The most prominent complaint from reviewers seems to be concerned with the lens fit to the adapter.  It can be either too tight, or too loose.  Some report making shims to correct the loose fit.  What a pain!  Apparently the manufacturing tolerances may not be that precise.  You might luck out and get a good fit, but maybe not.  A bit like buying a third-party lens.

At this point I'm leaning toward the $120 Fotodiox model with focus verification chip.  Maybe it is made to more exacting tolerances??

Thanks again for your feedback. 

Below is a list of website I found that may be of interest to you, or to other readers - although the emphasis is on Olympus OM











Software & Accessories / Lens adapter for Olympus OM to Canon EOS
« on: August 17, 2010, 07:06:46 PM »
I'm interested in possibly using my Olympus OM lenses on my Canon 7D.  My OM lenses include 16mm fisheye, 24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, 80mm f/4 manual macro, 85mm f/2, and 75-150 f/4 zoom.  All manual focus lenses.

Fotodiox makes a candidate lens adapter....

Fotodiox Pro Lens Mount Adapter with Dandelion AF Focus Confirmation Chip - Olympus OM Zuiko Lens to Canon EOS adapter for Canon 7D (and other EOS bodies)

This adapter is for sale on Amazon for $120.  However, there are no buyer reviews.  Anyone familiar with this adapter that could comment on its quality, or could advise considering some other brand adapter? 


EOS Bodies / Re: DXO Pulls 60D Info
« on: July 30, 2010, 06:26:19 PM »
Seems pretty clear that a "60D-like" camera is eminent just by looking at the recent drop (although small) in the 7D price. This could coax a few reluctant would-be 7D buyers to take the plunge - folks that really want 7D, but with cost too high would "settle for" 60D with less capability.  Should be coming along soon, with firmer CR rumor rating.

7D video drops frames when played back using on Mac using QuickTime Pro. 

Recorded video with 7D in full auto exposure mode in full HD at 1920x1080 and 30 fps.  Lens IS may have been active, not sure. 

In-camera video playback is smooth, and so is playback on HDTV via the HDMI port.   Playback of *.mov file on Mac using QuickTime Pro drops frames - very jittery.    What's the problem?

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