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Landscape / Re: Sunset Frustration
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:49:45 PM »
This was planned, it turned out well this time. Other times have. Been duds, too cloudy, people in the way etc

Landscape / Re: Sunset Frustration
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:40:38 PM »
I like to check sunset times and plan to be there 30 min ahead , also check the forecast for storms coming in or out for the really interesting sunsets

I wonder if a 14-24 would be versatile enough? A low distortion 16-35 with improved optics would make a better walk around lens for me personally.

24-70 , primes are something you get when you have special needs for them, zooms are better for general purpose

Canon General / Re: Canon service center
« on: June 07, 2013, 09:39:56 PM »
Canon service is top notch, even their screw ups are handled top notch. I have used them many times for cleanings to repairs and only once did I get disappointed. They more than corrected the problem to my satisfaction

Lenses / Re: AFMA Accuracy vs. Precision
« on: May 12, 2013, 06:06:50 PM »
If the body or lense is not focusing correctly i am all for factory calibration. afma is nice for a quick fix until you can send the offending equiptment in but  I would rather have it dead on accurate, esp if you have more than one camera. I just sent my 1ds in for a shutter repair and calibration, My lense that used to use afma of -2 now is dead on at 0 and is better at all focal lengthes.

EOS Bodies / Canon service centers are some better than others?
« on: May 01, 2013, 07:06:54 PM »
I have always had great service from the center in Nj but recently used the one in Newport news va, I have to say I was sorely disapointed.
Ps I recently joined the CPS platinum program and honestly I got better service out on NJ as a Joe Schmo than i did as a CPS member in VA.
I had to reship to get it properly fixed and this time asked for NJ as my service center. Result, received same day, being repaired, will be back in 2 days!!!!
I just wondered what other experiences have been with other service centers and is one recommended over another?

I use fairly new Eneloop rechargeables, got them last year and don't think they are anywhere close to the 1500 life cycle recharges limit the packaging notes. (Packaging says they can be recharged up to 1500 times but i doubt I'll push that before buying new ones.) I didn't know that about either the drain rate on the ST-E3 or the way the flash heads drain, but it makes sense. I reloaded my flash heads with freshly charged batteries twice (I always refresh in between church service and reception,) and then I did again during a break at the reception when everyone was eating.
I have another wedding this weekend, I plan to watch for similar issues ..and I doubt I powered down the St-e3 or e flashes before switching them around - really good suggestion that I"ll watch for next time!!!!
Thank you! :)
I never use rechargeable battery's for one reason 1.2 volts vs 1.5 volts, the flash gets more power faster from regular 1.5 volt batteries. Try one then the other and I bet you see a heck of a difference!

Technical Support / Re: 5D3 Focus Screen Cleaning Lesson
« on: April 29, 2013, 08:53:36 PM »
Was feeling spunky the other night and decided to clean the dust from my mirror.  Was using a cotton swab and 90% isopropyl alcohol (1st mistake).  Thought what the hell, I would clean the focus screen as well (2nd mistake).

For reasons I still don't understand the focus screen ended up with "milky" stains in 2 areas.  It kinda reminded me of hard water deposits on shower glass.  I am not sure if the tiny water component in the alcohol stained it or if the swab damaged the etching on the screen.  Whichever it was, it was not coming off.

Of course the screen is not supposed to be user replaceable (and just why not Canon??? the 5D2 was...) and finding a OEM replacement was proving hard.  Then I found a service manual, got the part number and found they are only $11.  Part number is CY3-1655-000 FYI...

It's not that hard to actually replace.  Be sure you have the right sized screwdriver as the screw heads are soft and seem to be harder to find than the screen.  When you are putting the retaining spring back **do not touch the screen with anything**...that plastic is as soft as putty.

So now I have a rocket blower, PecPads and 99% alcohol to clean the mirror.  But I am never going near that screen again...
Sometimes doing it yourself just isn't worth it!

surely - a 'flagship camera' is the model almost every one aspires to own?

Having tried the 1DsIII - i was glad i opted for 2x 5D2. Twice the kit for the bucks (and the 5D2 did not lose much to the 1DsIII except maybe build quality and robustness). In fact that very argument is the reason the 1DsIII died an early death for most wedding and landscape photographers!

The same would apply to the 1DX - having tried, i make no apologies in saying i would love to own one - soooo many benefits over a 5D3, but the simple fact is, were i to get out today with £5k for a new body, i would come home with 2x 5D3's & a battery grip for one of the bodies.

What i find really interesting is how ALL manufacturers seem to be creating blurred lines between 'flagship model' and what most people consider more than acceptable - Nikon D4 and Nikon D800? Which would you call the 'flagship model'?
Having used and owned both a 5d II and 1 ds markIII it's fair to say all they really share is similar resolution. Metering, IQ , shadow detail, midtone color, skin tones all go hands down to the 1ds

EOS Bodies / Re: Strange bright line at top of images
« on: April 03, 2013, 04:52:14 PM »
It's called shutter bounce and apparently can be an issue on some 1 ds mark III cameras,  sigh.....off to cps repairs

EOS Bodies / Strange bright line at top of images
« on: April 01, 2013, 05:55:08 PM »
At high shutter speeds (roughly over 1/500 of a second) an over exposed line appears and becomes more pronounced the higher the shutter speed. Do I have an inexpensive repair like a shutter or something more expensive? Has anyone ever had this problem before?

I would like to solicit opinions here.  I shoot a lot of sports pics of my kids.  I'm currently using a rebel T1i which takes great pictures, but I usually miss some great action scenes due to the slow frame rate of the camera.  I was looking for used cameras that would allow me to maintain my lenses (EF-S) and I found a used canon 40D that looks gently used.   The price is great at around $350.  Of course, I would love to have a 7D, but I'm watching my pennies lately and can't afford it today.  So, what would you do?  Would you save up for the 7D or go ahead and not miss this spring season's shots using a 40D?

The 40d is a wonderful camera, much better IQ than a 50d, it also has 14 bit color. If the price right it's very useful with great color, great in camera jpg.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D - error 30!!!
« on: February 15, 2013, 06:46:52 AM »
It could be wether condition related, I remember reading about some 5d mark II cameras biting the dust in artic conditions. Do you have another battery to try? I would start there to rule out the battery as being the culprit!

Its supposed to match your flash to tungsten light, its geared to make a daylight source closer to 3200, but i find the canon 580exII is warmer than daylight and it doesnt quite match 3200 on that flash. Its more like 4000-4400 (depending on how warm you like your image) to get reasonably accurate white balance from the flash. It can give a nice effect when trying match ambiant light.

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