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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 09, 2014, 01:19:10 AM »
I had two X's and two 5D3's, there was something I never liked about the 5D3 images, they seemed a little "chunky" in the details... I used the 5D3 to shoot team photos for sports, the "chunky" was the details of the faces.  A lot of lit photos so no issue with low light, and not high ISO either... I didn't have the 5D3 with me and shot the X once, never shot the 5D3 again for "business"... I've since sold the extra 5D3 and now have four X's.

Don't misunderstand, the 5D3 is an amazing camera... I just prefer the image from the X and with that in my mind, there would be no way I'd ever use the 5D3 again even though I never had an issue with the 5D3 images with customers, I just had it in the back of my mind.

I still have a 5D3 as my "family" camera... sits on the kitchen counter for my wife to use around the house and for anything we do as a family...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Cyber Monday: EOS 6D Body & Pixma Pro-10 $1249
« on: December 01, 2014, 01:50:37 PM »
I have recently had good success with their rebate program.  Much quicker than I anticipated as well... just a PITA to do it, which is what they're hoping for... :)

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Canon General / Re: Please help me!
« on: November 30, 2014, 05:25:24 PM »
You've come to the wrong place for the kind of help you claim to be seeking.  Since you're not exactly new around here, I presume you must have known that before you posted your request.   ;)

Just buy the darn thing!   ;D

I bought two in July 2012... then another in January 2013... and another in February 2014... you won't regret buying at least one.... :)

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Lenses / Re: Really bad GAS
« on: November 19, 2014, 10:49:17 PM »
... you're looking for support from the largest group of GAS enablers on the planet... wish you luck... I have one of each, kinda like a two car garage... wait, that would be cheaper, sorry... Good Luck trying to control the GAS!

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Lenses / Re: Canon 400 f/2.8L IS mk1 v mk2
« on: November 02, 2014, 10:33:13 PM »
Seems to me like weight and the IS system are really the only major differences.

Don't underestimate these items... particularly the weight....

Optics of either are very good, but the weight of the Mk2 make it hand holdable and easier to maneuver on the monopod.

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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS on sunny days and white jerseys
« on: October 20, 2014, 04:08:12 PM »
As someone else mentioned - that's a thin line of focus, too. On a sunny day you should be able to get away with a higher  f-stop.

The point of owning and shooting a 400 2.8 is to shoot it at 2.8... yes, you CAN get away with a greater depth of field in daylight... but that's defeating the purpose of shooting sports with long fast glass.  There's good reason to have shallow depth of field shooting sports (and a whole heap of other things as well...).

Keep us posted what Canon offers in the way of info.  :)

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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS on sunny days and white jerseys
« on: October 19, 2014, 07:28:44 PM »
Please post back here with what Canon comes up with.

I've also sent an email to a Canon fella I met at a Canon Workshop, I'm hoping he might be able to shed some light on things...

I've not had this problem, I don't tend to shoot sports, but I often use the expanded AF selection. Would this help maybe? It might just help if the problem is to little contrast on the white. Maybe a polarizing filter would help.

Yeah I'm not sure.  Before when I was shooting sports I was using a 300 f/2.8L I IS and so therefore I was closer to the subject.  This is worse as the distance from me to subject increases as well so it could just be the 300 had more contrast to detect.  Either way, I missed a lot of shots and I'm at least going to have Canon check it out as I'm sending it in tomorrow. 

We'll see.  Thanks.

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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS on sunny days and white jerseys
« on: October 19, 2014, 07:26:15 PM »
Yes!  It's amazing the timeliness of your post!  My shoot yesterday was a mess... 1DX & 400 2.8 II... white jerseys... I also have a local friend that's been complaining about the same thing.  She sent her X into Canon, as always they are insanely vague as to what they've done and/or are doing and then send it back with more vagueness... :)

We tend to be having more of an issue with bursts not having all four or five images sharp.  I have the newer 400, she has the older, we're both feeling like we're not getting good consistent focus. The team I shoot the most of is predominantly white at home for soccer but for football they wear royal and I don't seem to have as much issue at night under the crappy lights... yesterday during the day (11 am and 1 pm games) I had fits with the AF tracking and locking for an entire burst....

I'm planning on calling CPS but I'm gathering they're just going to tell me to adjust the 1st Image Priority and the 2nd Image Priority to focus instead of release... which is just "corporating up" to me... slow my camera down so it can keep up... that's not why I have as many X's as I do...

I've been shooting on the 4 additional assist points, I move the Cases around generally between 1 and 4 but have even tried 2 and 6 to try to get it to work "better"... it's very frustrating!

Has anyone noticed a decrease in AF accuracy on bright sunny days where your team is wearing white jerseys.  I am often disappointed in the keeper rate in these situations where the camera/lens seems to focus nowhere in particular even though it says you've locked on the player.  I noticed it seems to be worse with the 400 than with the 300 I used to own.  Does the bright white fool the AF system?  Just wondering if anyone else had some of these troubles over time.  Sunday the soccer game was at 1pm and it was particularly bad.  I post an example:  1st frame shows the blurry jersey and face, 2nd is better.  3rd frame I can't figure out but the "brightness" made the AF jumpy I recall.  I didn't keep any of these for submission obviously.

Thanks!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Can "Flicker" feature of 7D2 be a firmware update to the X?
« on: September 28, 2014, 09:58:15 AM »
If it's useful, it'll be in the 1Dx II.  :-\

Jim

Do you see any reason why it's not something that can be added via firmware?  The sensor is in place, we've already seen "additions" to the firmware that are functional in nature... I understand Canon not wanting to add more to a previous body but not so much as a minor hint has been dropped about the X replacement and we've been talking about the 7D2 replacement for years.

I'll tell you right now, if it really does what it says, it's useful... VERY useful... will save a lot of photos from the delete button for a lot of my "lighting".

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EOS Bodies / Can "Flicker" feature of 7D2 be a firmware update to the X?
« on: September 28, 2014, 01:24:25 AM »
Just been eyeing the 7D2 and it's features, really seems to be a mini 1DX... if I didn't have four X's I'd be more tempted... but I was looking at what they've put out regarding the flicker feature, am I missing why this might not be able to be something added in a firmware update to the X?

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Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: September 27, 2014, 12:10:31 AM »
Quasimodo... as with most everything else with photography, it depends...  :)

I've got eight 600's and two ST-E3's... I frequently use four (on battery packs) to light team photos (faster recycle) and at least two in a 32" soft box to light individuals for sports shots.  I went mostly speedlite's as a solution because I'm not dependent on power on location AND I can put them in various places if I need a bit more light here or there...  The radio transmission of the 600's allows some added flexibility... but it all goes back to what are YOU shooting, what will YOU be using them for... it's hard for us to give advice without knowing what you'll be shooting.  I'd recommend shoot what you have and add if you NEED more... they're not cheap but you may find you're getting most everything with what you've got.  If anything I'd suggest one more, that would give you two for a background and two for a main/fill if you every shoot a white background for example (yes, I know the background CAN be made white with just one... but...)

The above team photos... I used to do that with one 580EX... so...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1dx shutter problems
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:26:03 AM »
I had a shutter mechanism fail at 20k frames... they're mechanical parts, bound to have failures of some type, it's just the law of averages, they can't be perfect...

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Regarding the 1DX (I'd guess it's the same for the 5D3 having the issue too...), send it into Canon for inspection... just got mine back from CPS, shutter assembly had to be replaced.

I had an under-exposure issue on the first frame vs. your darker... shutter was sticking for the first exposure then was fine for subsequent frames.  Mine would occur after the camera had "rested" for awhile, as long as I kept using it I had no issue, it was the first burst after not using the camera for a bit.  I noticed it happening the first burst of the day, I was shooting a 22 day baseball tournament so I got to see it happen and could recreate it quite easily.

You describe my problem. Many thanks. Canon has to fix this with a replacement of the shutter assembly.

That was the fix they made to mine... Like I mentioned, I hadn't seen the issue on any of my other X's so I knew there was something up... I'd already put double the exposures on each of the other three so I knew when I started seeing it that there was something up with the body... I sent it in with a disc of samples... they were able to replicate it so the shutter assembly was their solution... :)   Might give them a call at least so see what they say....

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Regarding the 1DX (I'd guess it's the same for the 5D3 having the issue too...), send it into Canon for inspection... just got mine back from CPS (just yesterday in fact...), shutter assembly had to be replaced.

I had an under-exposure issue on the first frame vs. your darker... shutter was sticking for the first exposure then was fine for subsequent frames.  Mine would occur after the camera had "rested" for awhile, as long as I kept using it I had no issue, it was the first burst after not using the camera for a bit.  I noticed it happening the first burst of the day, I was shooting a 22 day baseball tournament so I got to see it happen and could recreate it quite easily.

I hadn't seen the issue on any of my three other X's...

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Not sure if you like Digital Rev on youTube or not... you can get some useful info out of Kai's reviews... sometimes... I've wondered myself about both of the lenses you're looking at and decided to stay where I'm at without them... but instead have just bought the new EF-S 10-18mm IS...  Here are the three reviews, check them out... maybe something of use for you here...

28mm 2.8
http://youtu.be/laahqJ1zVRM

24mm 2.8
http://youtu.be/3RVh2HC0KSw

10-18mm 3.5-5.6
http://youtu.be/G7Q-5XhkAXU

I know you give up the depth of field but with this short of a lens you've got to get quite close to something to get the "advantage" of the 2.8 for shallow depth of field so... Good luck with your hunt!

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