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I shot this last winter. The expression on the mountain goat's face gets me every time.

E88A2033 by HadrianRobinson, on Flickr

Encountered a herd of 150+ elk in RMNP.  6D / Tamron 150-600

Beautiful shots! That last one too, especially. :)

I just hope I can still purchase a full downloadable version; I don't want a cloud version

If the Pancake is an option, the Pancake is always the correct choice.

Love my pancake!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 15, 2015, 09:56:29 PM »

Damn, I like the Sony Store in Calgary at Chinook Center. I've never bought anything in there (probably like everyone else, which is why it's closing), but I always enjoyed going in there and playing with their cameras.

How does this area look on other 1DX owners' cameras?

I'm still curious to hear others' opinions too.

Thanks for the response. I looked at a store demo unit today and it's got a tiny lip, but no where as pronounced.

*sigh* I think I'll just send it in again (for a sixth time) rather than potentially break it.

I can't believe how bad Canon Canada CPS is.

Anyone think the body panel fitment will affect the camera's weather sealing?

Since I bought my 1DX in June of this year I've had to send it in to Canon a total of five times. Every time I send the camera in, Canon Canada CPS (platinum member) sends it back with more problems than it fixes.

This latest round of problems are threefold:

1) There is now dust on the inside of my viewfinder eyepiece that was not there before. I sent the camera in for my Transmissive LCD being out of alignment with my focus points. They obviously didn't clean anything before putting it back together.

2) They had removed the rubber hand grip for the vertical/portrait orientation, and they obviously contaminated the adhesive of the grip because it no longer sits down completely and will most likely start peeling the first time I get the camera wet or it goes from cold to hot and condensation gets in there.

3) My main concern. Also near the vertical/portrait shutter they've taken apart the body. Right next to the shutter button the body splits into three pieces, with a small thin metal piece in between the two main body panels. I had a piece of 3M invisible shield tape running overtop of all three panels to protect against knocks and scratches when I'm on the ground or rest the camera on something. The Canon technician must have lifted the piece of invisible shield to get into the camera, but when he put everything back together he actually closed the camera up with the portion of tape he peeled up hanging in-between the body panels. I actually didn't notice this for close to a month after getting the camera back and I've since pulled the tape out. There's now a slight lip where the body panels do not fit completely flush anymore.

My concern is that since there is this lip between the body panel pieces, is there a chance the camera is not properly weather sealed?

I loathe to send the camera back to Canon at this point. I'm trying to learn whether this is something I can live with and not worry about when I use the camera as it was intended to be used. 

I'm attaching some pictures of the raised lip.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1DX maintenance?
« on: December 28, 2014, 12:57:31 PM »
I had mine in for cleaning and check after about 50k, primarily to clean the sensor. It turned out that the particles I had on the sensor was from a part that was wearing down. Apparently a known fault, which had slipped my attention.  Everything was fixed and I probably have another 50k exposures now and the camera still performs as new.

That part that's wearing down I believe is the reason why particles also continually get thrown up into the viewfinder of the camera.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: December 12, 2014, 03:26:32 PM »
Excellent review! I always enjoy your reviews.

I am purposely staying away from this 85 and the 55 Otus. I know exactly what will happen if I go near them…

Software & Accessories / Re: FoCal - 7DII support
« on: December 10, 2014, 12:34:17 PM »
I just hope FoCal 2.0 isn't a buggy mess. Reikan have released some pretty bad updates in the past.

Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:04:11 AM »

I have been pondering the same thing, though I am only looking at Apple solutions. The obvious choice is the new Mac Pro but the truth is I think they are overkill for photography and they are unnecessarily expensive when you add in the required storage etc. This may or may not be important to you.

In the mean time my mind has been wandering to an old Mac Pro 12 core, I like that it is self contained, fully upgradeable with USB 3, FW800 and multiple Ethernet connections, as well as up to 7 internal HDD's along with reasonably priced RAM up to 128GB. It can't do Thunderbolt but with the interface options it does have I don't see that as an issue for a specialised photo computer running two screens. There are several companies that will sell you one with 3.46GHz processors with warranties too.

I'd like to know if anybody can point out any glaring issues I am missing by thinking like this, and again, I am not interested in PC or Hackintosh solutions.

Mine won't support USB 3.0 without headaches so that sucks but otherwise it's fine. It must have 6000hrs of run time and I've never had any problems with it. Highly recommended.

I am using an Inateck KT4004 PCIE USB3 card for my 2010 5,1 Mac Pro and it works beautifully with not too many hassles. Only thing is it ejects if the computer goes to sleep, which I don't let mine do anyways.

Here's the link if you want to breathe new life into you Mac Pro: http://www.inateck.com/inateck-kt4004-4-port-usb-3-0-pci-e-express-card-without-power-connection/

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: November 25, 2014, 02:40:44 AM »

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Raw Processing
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:44:37 AM »
   I have, for the moment, switched back to Aperture for post processing.  If Apple had not announced that they have stopped further development of Aperture I might make it a permanent switch back,  sigh. 

Sample RAW image from 7D Mark II processed in Aperture:

I feel the same way. Aperture was my main editing software; now LightRoom is. Apple has literally given up on their professional software and computers (the new Mac Pro is a joke). I'd be extremely cautious to invest in anymore of their expensive software, like Final Cut.

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