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Technical Support / Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« on: April 14, 2012, 05:38:45 PM »
Pec pads + cut down small kitchen spatula = sensor swabs for pennies each.

Here is a great article:

Technical Support / Re: 5D mark iii CF card issue
« on: April 14, 2012, 09:04:33 AM »
If you can see the images while the card is in the camera, as you suggest, you have a bad card reader or cable.  Download them straight from the camera and then figure out why the card won't read into your computer.

If the files can still be seen with the card in the camera, you are in good shape.  Download them with a cable from camera to computer.  And consider doing this from now on.  If not your going to have to look into recovery options.  I use PhotoRescue.

I think i recall reading that video can only go to the CF card.

Technical Support / Re: Sensor cleaning technique that actually works?
« on: April 14, 2012, 08:54:45 AM »
It stinks but sensor dust is part of the game with a DSLR.  Learn to clean yourself, or you will suffer long and hard. 

Lenses / Re: 70-200L IS Mk I with 2x extender
« on: April 13, 2012, 10:18:19 PM »
The 2X extender comes in VI, II, or III.  Newer is better but more $.  And there are Sigma and Kenko options as well.

If you have the $, I'd consider a 100-400 IS, or 300mm f4 IS if not, or just don't want another lens, I'd go with an extender. 

Software & Accessories / Re: New DPP Next Week
« on: April 13, 2012, 10:20:48 AM »
I just hope they don't mess with that awesome user interface.  So intuitive.

EOS Bodies / Re: Where are the grips already?
« on: April 13, 2012, 12:01:32 AM »
I was sad for I had no shoes, and then I met a man who had no feet.

So I took his shoes. 

I mean he was not using them or anything. 

Also his 5DIII grip.

Lenses / Re: Canon 8-15mm and filters
« on: April 12, 2012, 12:40:08 AM »
You'll probably be on a tripod...get large, rectangular filters (Lee, Singh-Ray, or the only glass ones - the Schneider MPTV line).  Handhold them, or if you prefer, use one or two Wimberley Plamps to hold them in place clamped to a tripod leg.

That won't work for a couple of reasons.  With 180 degree field of view, no filter is going to be large enough, even if presses against the from element.  And, as you get past about 45 degrees of incidence, the light falls way off and is more distorted by the filter.

No experience with ND gel filters, but looking at the back of my 8-15, they should be easy to put in there.

Lenses / Re: Used 400mm f2.8L IS lenses - good value now?
« on: April 12, 2012, 12:31:51 AM »

Just a thought - if the AF works at max aperture (before stopping down to the desired aperture) and since the depth of field at f2.8 is a lot less than at f4 does that mean that the 100% full size images on the 400/2.8 are "sharper" than on the other big ones?

Anybody there to correct me on this!?

Well, sort of.  It should be able to focus more accurately at f2.8 than a 5.6.  and so shooting it at 5.6, it still focuses at 2.8, so it should focus a little more accurately.  And certainly can focus in lower light.

I shoot a lot of night games, and f2.8 lenses seem to do great, and f4 lenses no so much.  f5.6 lenses just bad.

EOS Bodies / Re: I still don't get the crop debate
« on: April 11, 2012, 11:17:08 PM »
The ff guys talk about IQ
The crop guys talk about reach
The APS-H guys get it in the neck from both  ;D ;D ;D ;D

I like me a good APS-H body! I hope the used 1D4 market takes a dump once the 1Dx comes out. Too bad Canon got rid of the 1.3:1 sensor. It really is a great compromise between the APS-C and FF extremes.

I'm right there with you.  I'd love to trade my 7D for a 1D4 and a some cash.  Right now, it's just too much cash, i think about @2500-3000 for the buy and sell on eBay.  $1500 and I'd do it.  But I don't see it happening.  The 1D4 is too good and the 1DX too expensive. 

Lenses / Re: What is most EXOTIC Canon lens?
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:47:26 AM »
1200mm f5.6 is a wide angle compared to the Canon 5200mm F14 Prime Lens. Yea, it's a mirror lens, but it's still 5200mm.  5200mm Canon Lens World's MOST powerful Super telephoto EF FD (updated upload)

Lenses / Re: Used 400mm f2.8L IS lenses - good value now?
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:34:22 AM »
Fantastic lens. Only real down side is the weight and size. I see them selling at $5-6K on ebay, I paid $4500 used about 2 years ago.

I use mine with the 1.4X and 2.0X extenders and thus have a 560mm f4 IS and a 800mm f5.6 IS as well.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III error 80 and failure to release shutter
« on: April 10, 2012, 09:48:02 AM »
Received this response from Canon.  Good to get a quick response, but it seems kind of canned.

Thank you for contacting Canon product support.  We value you as a Canon customer and appreciate the opportunity to assist you.  I am sorry to hear that you are receiving an error 80 on your EOS 5D Mark III.

Lets try resetting your camera using the following steps to try and resolve this issue.

1.  Turn the camera OFF and remove the memory card and battery first. Then detach the lens and place it out of the way. Use the camera body cap to prevent dust from getting inside and let the camera sit for 20 minutes.

2.  In the interim please clean the lens contacts with a soft, lint free cloth.  Use this to gently wipe the lens contacts.  Sometimes the lens can lose contact with the camera if the contacts are dirty, so we want to be sure these are free from anything that could possible cause disruption.

3.  Put these items back in the camera and turn the power switch to <OFF> and <ON> again.

4.  Using the Mode Dial, change from Auto to Creative Zone modes and back testing each, to shoot and note if the issue persists.

5.  Try a different Canon EF Series lens on the camera of any focal length.

Here are some other things to try:

- Use a totally different memory card.

- Are you in an area that has high humidly or cold temperatures?  If so, move to a more suitable location.

If completing the above steps fail to resolve the issue then we recommend sending the camera into the Factory as we would be able to take a look at this product for you and see where the real issue lay.  We very much apologize for any inconvenience this causes you at this time.

For factory service, please forward your digital camera to the Factory Service Center shown below.  When shipping your camera, please be sure to remove the memory card and batteries.  You are not required to send any accessories or manuals when shipping the camera.  Be sure to include your name, street address (no P.O. boxes, please), telephone number, and a letter describing the issue with the product.  If it has been less than one year since the camera was purchased, we ask that you also include proof of warranty in the form of a copy of your sales receipt.

As we do not provide RMA numbers for service, we suggest using a trackable and insurable service (i.e. UPS, Federal Express, Priority Mail) to ship your camera.  Please package the camera very securely in a sturdy shipping box to prevent damage during shipment.

Please send your camera to the following Factory Service Center:

Canon Factory Service Center
100 Ridge Road
Jamesburg, NJ  08831

Upon arrival at the Factory Service Center, your camera will be logged in to our repair database and assigned a repair number.  Next, the camera will be examined and you will be advised of the findings.  If the required repairs are covered by the warranty, the repairs will begin immediately, and you will not be contacted.  When the repairs are complete, the camera will be shipped back to you via Federal Express.  The length of time for the repair will be dependent upon the nature of the repair and availability of parts, if needed.  Usually, warranted repairs are completed within approximately ten to fourteen business days of the camera's arrival at the Factory Service Center.

All decisions regarding warranty coverage are made by the Factory Service Center at the time of repair.  If the repair entails something that is not covered in warranty, a written estimate will be sent to you at the address that you have provided.  The repairs to your camera will not begin until you approve this estimate and make payment arrangements.  If, after receiving the estimate, you do not wish to have the camera repaired, please inform the Factory Service Center of your decision as soon as possible.  If you decline the estimate, the camera will be shipped back to you unrepaired.

Once you have confirmed with your shipper that the camera has been delivered, you are more than welcome to contact us for repair updates. Please include your name, address, and telephone number, as well as the serial number of the camera, in all repair status inquiries.

Please note that our U.S. Factory Service Centers are unable to accept packages from or return equipment to addresses outside the United States.   A signature will be required for the return delivery of your repaired product.  For return shipping please provide a shipping address where an adult will be available to sign for the package. 

I hope this information is helpful to you. Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with your EOS 5D Mark III.

Thank you for choosing Canon.


Technical Support Representative

Special Note: Certain issues are very difficult to resolve via email. If your question remains unanswered after you have received this email, you may call our special toll-free number for email customers with unresolved issues and speak to a technician by dialing 1-866-261-9362, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight ET, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET (excluding holidays).

If you prefer to continue to communicate via email, reply to this message and we will respond as quickly as possible.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III error 80 and failure to release shutter
« on: April 09, 2012, 08:09:53 PM »
OK, well good to know i am not alone.

It is really frustrating that I cannot reach B&H about this.  I understand their closing for religious reasons, but jeez...  Can't you hire a few Christians/Buddhists/Snake Handlers to answer the phone?  I cannot even get support via their website as they have the feature blocked.  I feel like i cannot continue to use the camera because I will add to the shutter count. 

What have others with the problem(s) done?  Returned your Camera?

I have emailed Canon, but have not received a response. 

EOS Bodies / Re: A Day At The Track 5DIII
« on: April 09, 2012, 05:40:57 PM »
Really Nice.


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