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I start with the assumption that Canon know a lot more about making cameras than I do.

That's the spirit, I'll remember to nominate you for the "Canon compliance of the year" award :-p ... but you're correct, not every design decision is "crippling", but as it happens this one is different because ML has proven that auto iso with flash is no problem at all - you can use other iso settings manually, so there is really no reason why the camera shouldn't be able to select the iso according to the ambient light as usual and then let ettl decide the rest.

You mean as my 1Dx does, as I just pointed out.  ;D

I guess your 1Dx is different from my 1D X.   ;)

The issue at hand is when a Speedlite is attached, Canon cameras default to ISO 400 when they are set to Auto ISO.  Are you saying your camera does something different?

I'm not sure if mine is diferent to yours? Send me yours so I can carry out some tests if you like.  :)

I use a 580ex11 on camera or on an extension lead., and most of the time it defaults to ISO400. But sometimes it goes to ISO6400. The manual indicates that it will go to ISO1600. I freely admit I'm out of my depth with flash. I hardly ever use it and find it a bit of a black art. Why the owl shot I put in this tread was at ISO1600 and the one next to it was at ISO400 I have no idea. There is a color cast to the owl so maybe the flash was overheating?

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I wrote another topic about this, but here is my observation:

I've find a cool way to use safety shift in 5D. If you use Tv mode and safety shift (ISO), camera will use as high ISO as needed. It actually works identically w/wo flash.

The best thing is that you can use autoISO or set ISO manually. If you set ISO manually, consider your setting as a minimum ISO setting, camera will rise it anyways when needed. This is very nice feature in low light, where fill flash is needed. You can, for example, set high ISO to have f2-2.8, but when it gets darker, f1.2-1.8 are used and if that is not enough, ISO will be risen even more.

That's interesting. I will see if I can use it.

Here's one I took earlier.  ;D  its ISO 1600. and 100% crop, NO PP in LR4, NO NR, NO sharpening etc etc.


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I start with the assumption that Canon know a lot more about making cameras than I do.

That's the spirit, I'll remember to nominate you for the "Canon compliance of the year" award :-p ... but you're correct, not every design decision is "crippling", but as it happens this one is different because ML has proven that auto iso with flash is no problem at all - you can use other iso settings manually, so there is really no reason why the camera shouldn't be able to select the iso according to the ambient light as usual and then let ettl decide the rest.

You mean as my 1Dx does, as I just pointed out.  ;D

Thanks for nominating me for "Canon compliance of the year". Its really appreciated.  Now where is that sarcastic emoticon when you need it.  >:(

As someone who spent many years in product design and development I find it really irrational that people claim companies deliberately downgrade equipment as a matter of course. It may well happen but it is not something that I ever saw in the real world.

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... I understand from the debate I generated that this ISO auto = ISO 400 is clearly a feature stressing Canon users...
Some of them, apparently.  ;)
Probably some of those who are still stuck to auto iso 400 with flash :-p ... if everybody else is fine with that they've got that certainly doesn't bother me.

I'm certainly struggling to get used to the flash settings.

But clearly it is possible to use flash at high ISO. Sometimes mine goes to 6400. And produces great reslts most of the time.

I'm not complaining as I suspect with my understanding of flash the camera is helping me.

I'm not one of those who will automatically assume that the camera is "crippled" or "broken" when it is restricted in some way. I start with the assumption that Canon know a lot more about making cameras than I do.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 09, 2013, 04:38:02 PM »
Red-breasted Merganser drake...




Skillful photographer  + good lens = photo likes this

I can't wait to have something like this in my collection :)

+1


Me to, would love to have taken this.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 09, 2013, 04:35:17 PM »
I've been trying to push myself to get something different.

Work in progress they say.  :-[

First couple, flash was clearly not right. before processing it was black. (I clearly need more DR,  ;D)

3rd one a moment late, it had folded its wings.

4th one was taken with the camera shown to the left of the 3rd shot.

The birds very obliging, now I just have to improve.





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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 09, 2013, 04:25:36 PM »
I tried grabbing some still's from a video shot with the 1Dx in sunset low light.

and a single still that shows the set set color.


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.......  so I have gear at a price that I don't really want.  So I have to figure that out.  ........

Let me know if I neglected to address a point... and I'll be happy to respond.

As Homer would say "Dohh"  Lesson learned?

Don't worry your response was far more detailed than I was expecting. Although to be honest I haven't read it.  ;D No offence intended.

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Reminder - We still ban users for abusive posts and language.  There is a lot of stress during the holiday season, but please act like adults.

Thanks and have a happy holiday.

Blimming good job I didn't say what I was thinking then  ;D

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So you ordered it thinking that they had made a mistake, and might follow it up with another. That you were quite happy to profit from.

When they did send you the lens you were expecting to get and you got what you were expecting, if not what you were hoping for, you sent them a less than straight forward e-mail asking for an explanation. When you were pretty sure you knew exactly what had happened, and it was what you were expecting anyway.

Then to top it all they didn't promptly reply to your smart e-mail!

So to reply to your thread subject line.

"Should I be annoyed with Adorama"   Well I would say only if you really think they have fallen from a high standard you might reasonable expect.

"or is it my own dumb fault?"  Well I would say only if you think its unreasonable to try to take advantage of what you think is a mistake.      But hey you are proving a point. I'll let you figure out what point it is you are proving, as I see it.  ;D


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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 06, 2013, 05:19:47 PM »
A barn owl.

Cropped to my taste, and cropped to 100% to show the detail in the full image.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 06, 2013, 05:01:13 PM »
Sorry guys, I'm going back to the feathered kind of bird.  :P Hope you don't mind  8)

Some "birds on sticks" type photos, I hope to get something more interesting soon. But for now I'm pleased with these.

Small images, but 1 is a 100% crop to show the beauty of the feathers.

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Lenses / Re: Primes for wildlife ...
« on: December 05, 2013, 01:50:48 PM »
I also find stacking the extenders can produce usable images if I can't get closer, although this is manual focus only and works best with support.

Just a side note on this, you cannot stack the Canon 1.4xIII and 2xIII extenders together, unless you use a small (e.g. 12mm) extension tube between them.  The MkII extenders can be stacked, and 1.4xIII can be mounted behind a 2xII.

Interesting! I have a 1.4xIII and a 2xII. Does using an extension tube make any difference to function, e.g. losing infinity focus?

I've taken shots of the moon with stacked 1.4x and 2x converters separated with a 12mm extension and a 300mm f2.8. I used live view. But of course the moon is moving quite fast with that sort of magnification.

I think infinity focus may depend on the manufacture of the lens. Clearly it should theoretically loose infinity focus, and I haven't looked to see why it worked for me.

With a good stable tripod or rest this combination can work.

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Interesting post. Your results are much like what I get in so much as I generally like the results from the 5D3 over the 7D.

The only one I found surprising was the second were the 7D seems to have an advantage in low light. That's not what I find.

Thanks for sharing your results its interesting to see real world results rather than people trying to justify their opinion of the spec sheet.  ;D

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Canon General / Re: Random (but Legal) Use of your Photos
« on: November 25, 2013, 12:50:32 PM »
A lot of photo "competitions" seem to just be ways of getting free use of images.

Many people are very happy with that and please to see their images in print and used.

Some good advice I heard was "I only enter competitions if there is a worth while cash prize"

I entered one competition, and one a Nikon camera. I sold it for cash and have retired from the competition scene with a 100% record, first prize in every competition I have entered.  ;D

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