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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 19, 2014, 11:10:29 PM »
Don't be ridiculous. I'm not talking about eating them.  Besides, I'm allergic to iguana!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:02:48 PM »
There's an idea! Don't spiders eat ants?  But then how would I get rid of the spider?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 19, 2014, 01:44:23 AM »
Maybe they are supposed to be in there. They are the ones moving the mechanical parts when we push a button, like little workers with hard hats. Maybe they are even counting photons and pushing electrons. We probably all have ants in our cameras.

And mine are just sociable - at least until I kill them ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 19, 2014, 01:32:23 AM »
I'll see what I can do, but since I evicted the twenty or so I first discovered I only see the occasionally and less often inside the camera, more on the outside. If I get them I will try and post a video. No promises though!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 19, 2014, 12:36:52 AM »
They are obviously not going to nest in a Nikon camera....

Ha Ha!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 19, 2014, 12:14:32 AM »
I put out one of those ant baits, that they take back and poison the colony.  It seemed to be working, in that the ants marched out.  I decided I didn't really want a dead colony of ants in the camera though so killed them as they emerged, so they never carried the poison back.  What intrigues me is why they would want to be in there in the first place. I can;t believe that there are no better places to nest.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 18, 2014, 11:39:27 PM »
Sorry, no advice - but can you post a picture if you see one crawling around?
Good Luck!

The ants are only in the viewfinder. They don't get between the lens and sensor, I could take a photo of an ant on my camera but a black ant on a black camera would have poor contrast and make a terrible photo!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Ants nesting in my 5D!
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:28:40 PM »
For a while now I have had ants nesting inside my camera.  Anybody else have this?

They seem to live in the space in front of the viewfinder - occasionally I'll see one crawl across my field of vision.  They come and go via the little microphone slot above the "EOS 5D" label.  I put a bait out, next to the camera, and most of them seem to have left but I still get the odd one. I'm not sure if there are still others inside or if something attracts them back to the camera.  I can't imagine it is a good thing for the camera.

Any advice?

Software & Accessories / Re: Chuck a 5dmk iii in a rucksack
« on: April 18, 2014, 09:52:26 PM »
I used to just chuck my 400D, uncovered, into the bottom of a bag and never had any issues.  The 5D III is a tad more expensive (and I now have multiple lenses) so I am more careful.  Theoretically it is also stronger built so should take even more abuse.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:12:19 AM »
Here are a few more examples (just the jpgs, as I'm away from home), but no post processing. I'm still in Av - old habits die hard - but I switched the camera shutter speed settings back to normal and switched on the high speed sync instead. They were taken around midday, in partial shade. (Constructive) comments welcome.

70-200 ISO400, f4, SS1/2000:

70-200 ISO400, f4, Ss1/1250:

I'm about half way through Syl's book (some good background but assumes a willingness to carry around giant umbrellas everywhere) and also read through the NK Guy PhotoNotes article. More practice needed.

Photography Technique / Re: 10,000 Monkeys Shots
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:41:49 PM »
Wow great shot. Even if it was 'lucky', your perseverance got the shot.

Lenses / Re: Lens calibration
« on: April 13, 2014, 09:36:20 PM »
I'll second the Reikan software. It make the process very simple. I may be using it as I wouldn't know how to do the job the manual way though.

Unless you are planning on upgrading to a full frame sensor anytime soon I would recommend the EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM. It isn't an L lens but it really should be. You get the same 2.8 wide aperture as the very expensive 24-70 but don't loose out on the wide angle with your crop sensor and get IS. In my opinion, you wouldn't miss the 55-70mm range if you teamed this with one of the 70-200's (which I agree are also "must have"). Personally I went with the f4 version, as it is less heavy.

My 2 cents.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 13, 2014, 05:59:10 AM »
You have very good gear

I'm compensating for something!  ... A lack of photographic skill.

I'm sure a skilled photographer can manage with almost any equipment but, even at my level, I have found some improvement with better equipment. The 5D certainly makes better use of available light than my old 400D and I struggle to fault the 70-200. I've been less impressed with the 24-70 but only in comparison to the white lens.  I do miss the old EF-S 17-55 f2.8 with IS.

My reading continues. Slowly.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 12, 2014, 06:12:31 AM »
I'm not sure if I haven't expressed myself poorly. 

It is not that I am unwilling to learn from the experts here. Far from it, everybody has been so helpful.  It is more that I don't use my camera every day, or even every week, so want to pace myself and learn to 'walk before I run'.  My initial goal was to just get the flash working for me to get a respectable shutter speed for indoor shots.  I think I am pretty much there so now need to practice this and put it into action. 

If I seem reluctant to jump to doing all the things recommended here it is partly that I want to get to grips with each before I try the next and partly that I want to keep things relatively simple so I can continue to enjoy photography, rather than make it a chore.  My reluctance to switch to M mode partly stems from my cock-up that caused me to buy a flash in the first place, namely somehow switching my camera to a fixed ISO of 100 and then wondering why all my shutter speeds were so long!  For now, I am happy to let the little camera brain do some of the thinking, as mine can't do it all!

I have already learnt a lot from this forum thread and I now have links to a whole pile of resources, which I will gradually digest and try to use to advance my photography.  This will be a slow process though as I have other pressures on my time. 

I really appreciate the help I have received here.

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