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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 1dx Problems
« on: March 04, 2015, 09:04:07 PM »
It is still a collection of parts, and some will fail.

What would prevent the possibility of a different part or assembly failing on a replacement camera?

If it had been in the shop several times for similar issues, yes, I would want a new one. I couldn't see Canon giving you a new camera for one failure any more than a car dealer giving you a new car if the transmission fails in 4000 miles.

Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions for trip to Grand Canyon
« on: March 03, 2015, 06:39:13 PM »
I'm not really up on the do's and don'ts for night sky photography.

I would imagine that your 50mm and a tripod would work acceptably well. Certainly better than your other listed gear based upon f/stop alone.

You may want to search for info here and elsewhere.

Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions for trip to Grand Canyon
« on: March 03, 2015, 07:31:26 AM »
I am going to Sedona and the Grand Canyon (south rim) next week and am trying to decide on which of my lenses to bring, and better yet, which lenses I should rent. I am very interested in landscape shots, dessert foliage shots, as well as trying out some night shots.  We will also be taking a helicopter tour over the canyon.

I have a 50D and the following lenses:
   > EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 USM IS
   > EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
   > EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM IS

I love my 70-300 lens, which is great for wildlife shots; but not so great for wide landscapes. While the 28-135 kit lens is ok, I think I want something wider.  I was thinking about renting the EF 16-35 or the EF 24-70, as well as the EF-S 10-22.  Any thoughts or suggestions? 

Also, would any of these lenses also be good for night landscapes or should I be renting another lens for that? 

I really appreciate any suggestions you might have on what lenses would be best to bring on this trip.


Good thing you didn't wait until next week to ask.... :)

When I took a van tour of the Grand Canyon, my 16-35II was by far, the most used lens on the 7D that I had. 

I didn't own the 10-22.

My biggest regret for the trip was not taking more panoramics. At the distances of the Grand Canyon, a handheld panoramic stitch can work rather well. I tried one for grins and was disappointed that I didn't do more when that series turned out OK. If you attempt some panoramics, you have to keep the exposure for each shot the same and turn off the autofocus (or do back-button AF lock so the shutter half press doesn't change the focus).

Many measurebators poo-poo the 16-35II, but nothing else does what it can.

The 16-35 f/4 IS is supposed to be a stellar lens if the f/4 works for you.

A CPL filter would probably help to bring out the colors.

Your 50mm f/1.4 would be the obvious choice for night work.

If I'm not mistaken, the 50D and 7D share the same sensor. I was not particularly happy with the 7D output in less than very good light.

If you are open to renting gear, I'd look at the 70D or even better- a 6D, especially if this is one of those "once in a lifetime" trips. I would rent the camera before renting the 10-22.

The wide lenses are tempting, but trying to capture the field of view with the 10-22 isn't the same as putting together a stitch at say 35mm taken in portrait orientation.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D II - what's inside?
« on: March 03, 2015, 07:07:15 AM »
If the current 6D had a CF slot, I would have seriously considered one.

If it had a number of AF points squarely between the current 6D and 5DIII, I would have bought one.

Lenses / Re: APS-C 60mm or 100mm macro lens?
« on: March 02, 2015, 07:43:30 AM »
Taken with a Sigma 70mm f/2.8 macro, handheld at f/8, not 1:1.

This lens is out of production (new) for the Canon EOS mount.

It extends while it is focusing, does not have a USM (so, it is noisy when focusing but still is quick) or OS (stabilisation) and it will not manually focus unless the switch is set to MF (the focus ring is locked and will not turn by hand in AF mode).

That said, it seems to work rather well and it can be had used for a relatively small amount of money.

The extending design may be an advantage over some non-extending macro lenses if this Sigma does not "lose mm's" in macro mode.

(Oz was still on the planet, last I checked ;) ).

Strange place though, with the really big bugs and backwards flushing toilets....


EOS Bodies / Re: Smartphones Already Won -- Laforet
« on: February 25, 2015, 05:21:30 PM »
My phone can act as a Wi Fi hotspot. It is part of my plan.

I don't see an issue with connecting a camera to it, as I have paired several devices to the phone via Wi Fi and Bluetooth.

I don't have a Wi Fi camera to try it.

There are limits with Android. One item I have has to go through an established Wi Fi network because it can't talk to the phone directly. Apple does not have this limitation. Maybe later versions of Android can address that.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Canon Pro-1 Question
« on: February 24, 2015, 12:38:32 PM »
Hi all,

I've had my Pro-1 for nearly a year. I had a few questions. Firstly the prints I make look nothing like those taken on my camera. The colours are far too dark and I have to manually change brightness and saturations on every image prior to printing. This is taking a lot of trial and error and will be costly inks wise. Any ideas or recommendations to fix this?

Secondly is ink levels. For a long time it's said all inks have nearly run out. It warned that inks might run out mid print...and yet I've managed to print 10+ A3's with these warnings on. I'm wondering if the sensors for the ink levels are broken?

Finally, I want to use the printer to make art prints of drawings i've done. Can someone recommend a matte and high quality paper compatible with my printer for art prints?


I had the same issue.

You need to calibrate your monitor.

If your monitor does not have an IPS panel, then you probably want to get a new one.

Some calibration tools will only do the monitor. If you want to make your own profiles for printing, then you need hardware/software that will allow you to create a printer profile and calibrate the monitor.

For paper, I'd suggest starting with the "fine art" papers offered by Canon, or the 3rd part papers that Canon supports with ICC profiles (example: some Moab papers on the Canon USA website). There are sample packs.

As mentioned above, there are other vendors that also provide ICC profiles for all of the papers and supported printers.

Canon also has the *free* "Print Studio Pro" plug-in for supported "professional" printers and it works with Lightroom, Photoshop and DPP.

A small caution: if you use Canon print drivers for Canon "fine art" paper, you will be forced to use very wide margins and no way to alter them.

Macro / Re: Playing with kenko extension tubes
« on: February 23, 2015, 08:35:44 PM »
I used some extension tubes here :)

You can also use what is called a "close-up filter". These (if you buy a good one) have almost zero image degradation, are less expensive than a 1.4x TC and will get you more magnification.

Not all macro lenses will work (accept) a teleconverter *without* using an extension tube between the lens and TC.

Extension tubes do not affect the image, they only cost you light.

The biggest extension tube drawback is you lose the ability to focus far away- could be no more than a couple of feet depending on how many tubes are stacked. The ability of an extension tube to lower minimum focus distance is also a benefit if that's what you are looking for.

EOS-M / Re: Hands-on with the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 21, 2015, 07:28:57 PM »
Sounds dangerously close to "stalker"... ;)

Lenses / Re: APS-C 60mm or 100mm macro lens?
« on: February 21, 2015, 07:26:22 PM »
There are no hard and fast rules for macro photography.

It doesn't matter if you shoot handheld, monopod or tripod. Those methods and more all exist to be used as the photographer sees fit.

There are people that use the MPE-65 handheld...

The big advantage of the 100 over the 60 is about 4" of working distance at MFD.

The special IS in the 100L is there for macro work and probably worth it if that lens is in your budget.

Lenses / Re: APS-C 60mm or 100mm macro lens?
« on: February 21, 2015, 01:32:44 PM »

im not sure if to buy the ef-s 60mm for my APS-C or the EF 100mm.

pro thing would be that i could use the 100mm on a FF camera too. contra perhaps that 100mm on APS-C is really shaky. but i wanna use a monopod anyway.
price wise they are not so much different. so which one should i go for? thought im gonna go with the YN 14 EX flash. original canon flashes are like extremly expensive for macro shooting...

The 60mm ef-s is designed for the APS-C cameras. It is razor sharp.

It may come down to minimum focus distance of either lens.

The 100mm may give you a bit more working distance, but it isn't optimized for the APS-C sensor.

About $130 at new retail separates the 60 from the non-L 100 and the L is almost $1k (plus the lens collar). Used/refurbished is always an option.

The EF-S seems to hold value reasonably well in the used market, so if there are no plans to move to a FF camera, and if the minimum focus distance is good...

My integrated graphics card can handle up to 1920x1200 through HDMI. Going higher will require a dedicated video card. Might as well gear up for 4K/5K if i'm to stretch my budget that much. Also 30" seems freaking huge for my working distance of half a meter, i would settle for anything between 24" and 27".

4K/5K is a bit of a mess right now. As I understand it, DisplayPort 2.0 needs to be brought on-line to fully support the resolution at 60Hz and up. Last I read, there is really no movement on the 2.0 standard yet.

Current 4K/5K monitors are using 1 DisplayPort 1.2 to get 30Hz and (2) cables to get 60Hz. Some monitors flake out if the cable is cheesy.

So far, the LG Cinema 4K seems to be the one with the fewest amount of issues, based on what I have looked at so far. There is a card compatibility chart on their website, and you essentially need a workstation graphics card to drive the monitor.

The Dell 4K has a firmware issue- wake from sleep. The Dell U3014 also had firmware issues, and it got to the point that Amazon stopped selling them. I am leery of buying another new Dell monitor at the time of release.

Not sure if the Dell 5K is even available yet, and HP is coming out with one too. I would be more inclined to give HP the sale over Dell.

I doubt that any of these are under $1,000.00 USD at this point and the 5K ones may push $2k+ USD.

Some are using Seiki 4K televisions for monitors.

As far as 30" monitors go, I have one and wouldn't want to go smaller. I have no problems using it at arm's length.

Some discussion here:

If your graphics can drive it, I wouldn't even think about anything less than 2560x1440 or 2560x1600.

The Dell Uxx14 PremierColor series monitors have generally received good reviews. The U3014 has had some firmware and card reader issues, but those seem to have been straightened out. I don't know if any of those monitors are available in your location or if they are within your budget.

Canon General / Re: Canon to Gold Sponsor 2020 Games in Toyko
« on: February 19, 2015, 08:23:52 AM »
1DXIII release?


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