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Software & Accessories / Reco on travel tripod?
« on: January 06, 2015, 06:12:13 PM »

I am going with my wife (who will be at conference) to London.  I'll bring some photo gear (5D M3 probably without grip, 16-35, 24-70, possibly 17 TS-E and/or 70-300 L). 

Looking for a light weight tripod w/o center column.  Ball head most likely be Acratech.

Thanks in advance


I just my 7D M2 and really like the option to have multiple My Menu tabs.  It would be great if Canon would add these to their existing cameras (1Dx, 5D M3, 6D, 70D).

A couple of observations - I can not figure out how to turn of unused metering modes.  I only used evaluative and spot, never use central weighted or ....

Also found that they focus was a bit soft with my 200-400.  The camera arrived Wed and Thursday I took it on a family trip (mostly shake down).  I did a bit of AFAIM (I think +7 at the long end of the lens), with my 1Dx I don't need a AFAIM on this lens.

I have not had time to test other lens on this camera yet.

Software & Accessories / No LR 5.7 version for CC (yet)
« on: November 19, 2014, 07:20:17 PM »
I used the link to upgrade my LR CC (on Mac) and found that I had provide serial number to activate LR 5.7.  I uninstalled it and reinstalled the latest version using Adobe CC ap manager.  Got LR 5.6 installed and when I checked for an update there was none.

Wonder if there is LR 5.7 for Win and when the LR 5.7 CC mac version will be available.


I am considering upgrading to Yosemite (OS X ?).

Any software gotchas?  I run LR, PS both CC, bunch of plugins.



EOS Bodies - For Stills / Strange Problem with 1Dx
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:05:52 PM »

last week I was shooting a series of bracketing images (Raw, HS motor drive, +/- 1 stop) for HDR.  Occasionally on the 3rd image my 1Dx would freeze up and not finish the shot.

I fixed this by turning off the camera.  The battery was okay (>50% charge, perhaps 75-80%), and this did not happen on all the shots.  The shutter speed for the first exposure was around 0.8 second.

Anyone seen this before?  I plan to take the body to Canon service center but thought I would check to see if this was a known problem.


Software & Accessories / Settings for Reikan Focal
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:27:41 PM »
I am starting to adjust camera bodies with lenses

Wonder what settings in the preferences are recommended.  I tried high strict AF repeatability and found that was problematic.

Any recommendations?  After basic tests, what would be recommended next.  I got the pro software.

Lenses / When will we see a replacement for the 100-400?
« on: September 09, 2014, 09:15:55 PM »
There have been lots of talk of a 100-400 replacement and yet nothing has materialized.  When might we see this lens?

I have all but given up hope that it will be replaced.  After all, it is Canon's top selling lens and if they made it too good it would hurt 200-400F4 sales  :o

Lenses / Why are Cine Lenses so expensive?
« on: July 30, 2014, 12:28:51 AM »
Besides that they sell for the price, what does a Cine lens offer than a regular L lens does not?

Flip side - could a Cine lens be used as a still lens?  How sharp would it be?

Third Party Manufacturers / Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:49:45 AM »
In particular I am considering the new D810 with 14-24 and 24-70 for landscapes.   

The Canon 16-35 F4 is good but the 14-24 is great!

The 5DM3 is a nice camera but lacks the DR of the D810.

Hate to spend the extra $ for another body and duplicate lenses.

Does anyone shoot both Canon and Nikon - Canon for long lens and Nikon for wide angles?  Experience?  Thoughts?

I am not trolling nor trying to start a flame war, but look for well thought out positions based upon experience.



Lenses / Canon EF 16-35 F4 is shipping today
« on: June 20, 2014, 03:36:06 PM »
got notice from B&H that the lens will ship today.  Tried to cancel my order at Canon Direct and was told it was too late, I would need to return it

Lenses / Any word on new 16-35 F4
« on: June 14, 2014, 05:19:21 PM »
just wondering if this lens has surfaced or is about to surface?

Lenses / How to Calculate DOF for a 180 Macro Lens (in macro mode)
« on: May 12, 2014, 10:57:40 PM »
I am interested in how to calculated DOF with a 180 macro lens so I can determine how much to move a focusing rail.  If the focal length was truly 180, then it would be simple.  But I have heard when a macro lens is focusing close, the focal length is actually much shorter than when the lens is focusing at infinity.

Canon General / Professional Business insurance
« on: April 23, 2014, 11:37:23 PM »
There have been several (at least, perhaps more) on equipment insurance.  What about business insurance (professional liability).  If someone get hurt by your equipment, etc. I don't want to be held personally responsible.

Any suggestions?  I am think of doing a bit of work, not full time, but never the less, what to make sure I am covered.

Software & Accessories / Looking for a focusing rail
« on: April 02, 2014, 12:39:08 PM »
With spring nearing, I am thinking that I would like to get use a focusing rail to help my macro work.  Ideally it would be great to have a motorized setup, but with the need for power (batteries) that would make the rig too large to take to the field.

Next best would be a stepping rail with some sort of gear knob to allow me to move the camera in fine increments.

Any experience/recommendations? 


Software & Accessories / any records to raw to both cards?
« on: March 12, 2014, 04:36:33 PM »

Does anyone record raw to both cards simultaneously?  This would give a bit of extra security in case a card failed, but seems like over kill since I have yet to have a card die in the field.


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