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Lenses / Re: How to clean lenses ?
« on: August 22, 2013, 05:18:27 PM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 vs. 1DX for lower-light shoot
« on: July 24, 2013, 11:42:49 PM »
If you are expecting to shoot at 4000 ISO, you should be fine with either one. I have both. The 1Dx does handle low light better. That is, it can handle about a stop of lower light. You shouldn't notice any difference until you get into the upper end of ISO.

Lenses / Re: Lens recomendation for infant passport photo
« on: July 21, 2013, 05:02:06 PM »
I lay them on a white sheet on their back and stand over them. Works perfect.

Landscape / Re: My photo on the Bing home page today!
« on: July 06, 2013, 10:19:44 PM »
Great photo. Just curious, where was this taken?

EOS-M / Re: EOS M and Flash X-Sync Question
« on: July 04, 2013, 11:23:00 AM »
Good to know. There will probably be lots more EOS-M owners after this week. I just ordered mine from B&H on the incredible $299 deal.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Monoprice camera accessories
« on: July 03, 2013, 08:48:41 PM »
I've never bought their photo stuff, but Monoprice is an awesome company to deal with. Superior customer service.

I had 2 1D Mark II's from May 2004 until about 2 years ago. I travelled all over the world with them and they were great cameras. I have made 40x60 inch prints with them. Obviously there are many many difference compared to today's cameras, but the MAJOR difference is low light performance. You are limited to about 500 ISO before things start falling apart. It still would be a great camera in the camera room. That was the camera that got me to switch to Canon after 24 years shooting Nikon's.

Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 02, 2013, 09:07:14 PM »
Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II
Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
Canon 300 f/2.8 L IS II


They should have offered you as loaner, I'd contact CPS and complain.

The loaner was available, I just didn't choose to get it since I had enough extra equipment to get by and I didn't have any major jobs right then.

I've had pretty decent service from the VA center. I'm a CPS Platinum member. Most of the time lens repairs are shipped the same or next day.

I recently had to send my 1Dx for a problem. They had to replace several parts including a circuit board, pentaprism and top panel. They did not have the parts and had to order them (from Japan, i'm assuming). The repair took about 10 days. I can understand what happened, but I think Canon's communication with the customer about what is going in is exceedingly poor. All the information they would give me is "in process".

Canon General / Re: Ever borrow from CPS
« on: April 05, 2013, 09:38:51 PM »
Everyone seems to be agreed that CPS is great, which it is. I am just amazed at how many differences there are.

Do you guys in the US have a limit to the number of free borrows "eval" bodies/lenses you have?

From what some of you are saying it seems as if you do not.

I'm CPS Platinum in the US. If I remember correctly I can only borrow the same piece of equipment 3 times ever. There is no limit to loans other than that.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX Does not wake up
« on: April 01, 2013, 09:51:38 PM »
I just had an issue with mine where it would shut down while I was shooting. I sent it to CPS under warranty. They said one or more buttons were sticking and that was causing the problem. They replaced a circuit board the top cover and the pentaprism. So far, it is working fine but they told me to send it back if I continued to have problems.

Software & Accessories / Re: CF card health
« on: March 30, 2013, 08:39:44 PM »
Lucky me, never lost a card in 13 years of heavy daily use. However, I do follow a few rules.

1. I always format in the camera I'm going to use it in.
2. I never delete images off the card "in camera"
3. I never expose the cards to strong fields...meaning I don't put used cards in a pocket with a phone.
4. I replace the cards after 18-24 months.
    This may be overkill but my career and professional reputation didn't come cheap. Cards are cheap.
5. I don't drop the cards.
6. I never use the cards in different devices. Canon EOS cameras only.
7. Download the images with a card reader, then extract it. Left in the computer it will continuously access the directory, checking the byte order, to see if there are any changes etc. This action is identical to a write cycle so the life of your card may be reduced.
8. Don’t work on the image while it’s still on the card. You could possibly reduce the life expectancy of the card just by doing that with a single image.
9. Some say it's good practice not to fill a card completely. I've never really worried about it. But it's true for a DVD burn or pushing HDD capacity to the limit.

Half of this might well be pointless mumbo-jumbo, but which half? Who knows...it's worked for me.


I agree with pwp 100% on this one. I have been shooting digital professionally now for about 12 years and have followed these same practices. I have never had an issue.

I have used Strauss Photo Technical Service in Washington DC many, many times. They have technicians that are dedicated to certain brands. Like the Canon techs only work on Canon, etc. I have known Steve Strauss for about 30 years now and trust them. http://www.straussphototech.com

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: CF Cards - Where do you buy yours?
« on: March 08, 2013, 08:48:26 PM »
Back in 2000 when I bought my first Compact Flash cards, I was trying to decide which brand to buy. I was shooting Nikons at the time and the Nikon branded card that came with my camera was made by SanDisk. I decided that since SanDisk invented the CF Card, that was the brand that I would use. I have owned about 50 of them over the years and never had a problem.

I remember back in about 2003. I found the SanDisk 1 GB CF cards on sale. They were $250.00 (yes, you read that right) marked down from $500.00 (yes, you read that right too). I bought 2 of them and went out and shot a wedding with them the next Saturday. Everything was backed up to my PowerBook and iPod before I left the wedding, then to the server and DVD's when I got to the studio. Well, a couple of days later, mom was over at my house helping with the laundry and she found my two new 1 GB CF cards in the bottom of the dryer. She pulled them out and said, what are these? I was sick, I thought there was $500 down the drain. They had been through the washer AND the dryer. Well, to this day, they still work fine. I don't use them any longer because now they are so small. But after that, I was definitely sold on SanDisk.

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