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No need to use software for the 1d x, it tells you in the menu. Mine is between 10 and 11k.

The system status menu that shows the release cycles does not appear to be correct on mine.  It shows <20,000 and I have shot more than that on a single job.  I am not sure why it is wrong, but it is.

Lenses / Re: Best way of doing AF MA?
« on: September 19, 2012, 04:14:40 PM »
Yep, another focal pro user here. :)

No easy way to get accurate shutter count on many Canon bodies.  My 1DX is a few months old and has ~100K actuations.  Shooting sports, I can put 30K on it in a weekend.  No big deal. Shutters were meant to be replaced.  ;D

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 F1.2L And EF 35 F1.4L Sharpest Settings
« on: September 14, 2012, 04:11:56 PM »
Yes, Its at its best at F/8, but meh, What lens isn't?

My 200 f/2 on my 1DX isn't sharpest at f/8.   ;D

Lighting / Re: Need Assistance on how to improve skin tones with strobes
« on: September 14, 2012, 02:38:03 PM »
Many mono lights have color shift throughout the power range but especially at the far ends of the power settings.  Modifiers can certainly do this as well (and change over time).  Regardless of this, you can fix it in post (especially if you shoot RAW).  Reducing the red shift should not take more than 1 minute in post with either Lightroom or Photoshop.

I agree that you need to make sure you have AFMA set for your lens.  I would also recommend learning a new way to focus your shots since the 1DX has a ton of settings when it comes to auto focus and using one shot is probably not the best in many situations.  I used to use one shot quite a bit, but I almost never use it now and the 1DX rewards me with about a 98% hit rate even with some very difficult shots at 85 f/1.2 or 200 f/2.  That hit rate is after approximately 100K shots on my 1DX.  Yes, I shoot quite a bit too.

These videos might help understand the complex auto focus system on the 1DX.  I am still trying to learn what settings are best for each type of situation.  Get it right and you should get killer sharp images.


If you use a tool like FoCal then you can test auto focus consistency which should help you understand what focus points are more consistent and if your lens is working properly.

Not sure I fully understood how you were triggering the lights, but if you were using a wireless sync then some will not work near the max sync shutter speed.  Some need to be slowed down a bit (like 160/s) to keep from showing the shutter.  Low batteries in triggers can also cause this.  Looks like simple shutter/sync issue to me.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 Second Curtain Sync - Design Flaw?
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:58:45 AM »
I agree that the option should be available even when a flash is not mounted since you may be using a remote flash (with a basic trigger).  Older Canon cameras allowed this and for good reason (lots of photographers used it without a flash or canon trigger mounted).

Cannon needs to put that option back in the menu system full time.  Now I need to go check my 1DX and see if it is missing the same option.   :o

Lighting / Re: Perplexed on Aperture Choosing with Sekonic Meter
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:08:52 AM »
I also use FoCal and I can tell you that some lenses are better at f/8-f/11 than others.  My 135 f/2 is pretty good all the way up to f/10 or so but my 200 f/2 is much happier in the f/2.0-3.5 range which is right where I use it the most.  ;D 

(Note:  both lenses are fine at f/8 but do better at other apertures.)

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dX dust in viewfinder
« on: September 07, 2012, 03:53:11 PM »
Doing a little cleaning...

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: September 06, 2012, 09:17:19 AM »
My Border Collie, Wink.

There are companies like this that make good looking ones (mostly for women).  You just have to look around.


Lenses / Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« on: September 05, 2012, 02:28:41 PM »
I'm thinking about Reikan FocCal Pro, do they provide setup distance for each lens?
It means lots of testing, which is why the automation is great.

Which is why I am not happy that Canon took out the ability to change the AFMA via the SKDs meaning that programmers can't automate the 1DX and 5D3.  :o

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dX dust in viewfinder
« on: September 05, 2012, 11:02:04 AM »
I have dry and wet cleaned my 1Ds3 and 1D4 (Arctic Butterfly as well).  No problems but you really need to learn what you are doing (3 different wet solutions to do it right).  I have not needed to clean the 1DX yet.  The new sensor cleaner wave technology thingie is working like a champ.  I saw some big particles on a few images and then they were gone probably due to turning off and on the camera which made it clean the sensor.  ;D

Lenses / Re: Walk-Around Lens For Canon 1DX Camera
« on: September 04, 2012, 04:46:16 PM »
I am not a fan of the 50L focus issues (sent mine back) so I guess it would be the 35L.  Personally my walk around with my 1DX (when subject is unknown) is a 70-200 IS f/2.8 II.  Compression is king for the way I shoot.  Your mileage may vary.  :)

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