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The blinking is irregular on mine, it's a bit more annoying than if it was consistent...
That's not good.
Can you describe the irregularity? Is there any pattern to the on/off rate?

The "blinking" on mine is refocusing... each time it achieves focus it "blinks", which for AI Servo is all the time if you're moving at all... which is what it's supposed to do... I'm coming off of 2 1/2 years with 7Ds so this function turned off works for me... I might try it for night football but...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D III, or 6D+7D combo - your thoughts?
« on: October 12, 2012, 06:54:34 PM »
I moved from two 7D's to a 5D3 while waiting for my 1DX's to arrive (I wanted to shoot FF and also take advantage of the higher ISO capabilities of the 5D3 over the 7D...)... I shot 14 days of a little league tournament with the 5D3 (shot the last two days with the 1DXs)... don't get me wrong, I loved my 7Ds and had great successes with them... but I shoot a lot at night under the lights and in gyms that have questionable lighting... (none of which "allow" me to flash) and just as I sold my 1DMk2 the day I got my first 7D... I sold one of my 7Ds within days of first shooting the 5D3 (had to have a backup if the 5D3 died...). When the 1DXs came, off went the other 7D, I knew I would never use it again...

The main reasons...
Higher ISO capability
Better IQ
Better AF system (all around... points, speed, etc.)
larger screen (anyone here getting younger, do tell your secret!)
Because FF, beautiful DOF shooting wide open... (but that's probably one of your reasons for wanting FF...)

During the day, the 7D is great... once the light starts to get questionable, the 5D3 will step up and allow you the shots that others cannot get... this is a business for me, that is critical now with soccer mom and photo dad being my biggest competitors...

In your situation papa-razzi, I'd consider selling the 7D to help offset the cost of the 5D3... will you really use both?  Once I've gotten used to the newer gear, I have a hard time going back... these days newer really is that much better...

I'm also having a similar dilema as you for my "family" camera... I have a 60D, which I had to put into business operation once when I sent off my 7Ds for service... I found the WB better and more consistent on the 60D than the 7D (it's newer it should be better right?)... but I simply LOATH Canon's 9 point AF system... yet now with two 1DXs and a 5D3 as "business" tools I'm finding it hard to look at anything "lesser" and not kinda cringe at the thought of not having the performance, responsiveness and capabilities of these two fine bodies...  :)  The troubles we have in life!  HA!

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Sports / Re: Post your best Football shot (American Style)
« on: October 09, 2012, 12:16:55 AM »
Very controversial ending to a high school football game in my area... this pass play set up the drama... gotta love high school sports!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any update on 1DX / 5D3 AF point display?
« on: September 27, 2012, 09:27:12 AM »
Just a question... I have a 5D3 and two 1DX's... I back button focus (which really makes no difference other than I'm VERY conscious of focus...)

I've "roughly" followed this "problem" (I had two 7D's prior which had the same set up... so I really don't understand...) and I can kinda see people's concern... I am normally shooting at night, under horrible lighting at baseball and football stadiums (thus why the 1DX's...)... is there a focusing problem that you're experiencing because the focus points are dark or is there something else that I'm missing?

I would not call baseball stadiums and football stadiums as being horribly lit.  They have reasonable lighting, unless the teams are playing in the dark.
The issue comes when literally using the camera in the dark with only extremely dim lights. 
The fact that the AF points are black is only a part of the problem.  The other part is that they are tiny with a thin line around them.  I've no issue with the 7D because the large points are easy to see.
I am fine with anything that is lighted.


In your situation with dim lights, is the camera grabbing focus?

My worst situation is stadium lighting that is at best 12800 iso with white jerseys then throw in the home team wearing black helmet, black jerseys and black pants against the black sky of the night... But again, I'm not doing any "creative" framing at that point...

The reason I'm asking is because I have yet to take the focus points off cross type points and a lot of time am using the five multi-cross points up the middle with the camera in landscape... With 22k+ exposures on the 5d3 and 15k combined on the 1DX I've been pleased and haven't been comfortable venturing out to "test" my luck, ain't broken, nothing to "fix" mentality! :)

Thanks for the feedback!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any update on 1DX / 5D3 AF point display?
« on: September 25, 2012, 05:48:36 PM »
Just a question... I have a 5D3 and two 1DX's... I back button focus (which really makes no difference other than I'm VERY conscious of focus...)

I've "roughly" followed this "problem" (I had two 7D's prior which had the same set up... so I really don't understand...) and I can kinda see people's concern... I am normally shooting at night, under horrible lighting at baseball and football stadiums (thus why the 1DX's...)... is there a focusing problem that you're experiencing because the focus points are dark or is there something else that I'm missing?  I routinely shoot a school who's colors are black and orange... I use a single focus point that changes if I'm landscape vs. portrait... I know where the spot is, I know I have to get it on the player... I know the spot will grab focus where I need when I have the subject framed how I want... if there's nothing there for the camera to focus on it won't matter if the point is neon pink the camera won't grab focus... if there IS something, my three bodies are grabbing focus (albeit the 1DX's grab it far quicker than the 5D3...)....

Am I missing something? Are you moving the focus point around that much under that poor of lighting conditions that you can't find the point?  If the lighting is that poor, are you getting it to focus?  Or are you concerned if it's focusing?  I'm just not getting it... I've been with the black focus points for two weeks shy of three years... I'm really not quite understanding the problem.  Help?

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Just chatted with B&H... they're expecting a shipment on 9/13...

Wonder who's info will turn out to be "correct"....

Shipping tomorrow... so much for what the agent told me this morning... B&H has been great over the years (particularly this last year...), just get some strange "misunderstandings" of what's really going on sometimes...

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Just chatted with B&H... they're expecting a shipment on 9/13...

Wonder who's info will turn out to be "correct"....

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Sports / Re: 1DX & 500mm f/4L IS II Varsity Football
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:34:01 PM »
Just thought I'd add a few...

1DX, 400mm 2.8 2... the one of the QB is 8000 iso... just whatever in camera NR... nothing post, jpegs out of the camera.

I bought the camera specifically because I shoot in the dark most of the time....

Sorry for the watermarks... have to do it on my site as most of these images end up as Facebook profile photos... and then in their printers....

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Just get some yn622's.  They do ettl, hss, ratios, and pretty much everything else, all done in the camera menu.  They also control third party flashes.  Even better, $100 for two, and they are all transmitters and receivers.

But do they do it via radio or optical?  the new RT system is a HUGE benefit...

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Lenses / Re: Need some advice from owners of the 40mm and FF cameras
« on: August 28, 2012, 11:16:15 PM »
Hey James,
If you're used to primes to shoot groups and have the flexibility of moving your feet for zoom then I think you'd be good with the 40mm (no joke about the price being right).  I do not have that luxury.  When I did shoot with the 40 for a group it was specifically because that little guy fits in my pocket and I can slap it on quickly for a "group" shot.  The 24-70 doesn't fit in the pocket so easily...

MOST of the time when I'm shooting my 24-70 is because I NEED that flexibility because I cannot move very far but need to be able to get tight on a five year old baseball player but wide enough for a group of pre-teens for a buddy shot...  I don't have much room to be able to move so having that flexibility to zoom saves me a lot of time... I shoot 400-600 kids in one day that flexibility saves me A LOT of time.

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The ST-E3-RT will save you $$ over the 600EX-RT too... but... (and this is coming from someone with six 600EX-RTs and two ST-E3-RT's...) my recommendation would be to get two 600's and one ST-E3 and you'll be able to have a tremendous amount of flexibility.  Gone are the transmission issues with optical (thus why a lot of people used a flash unit on camera... so your transmission to the slaves was better...)

I have so many so I can can have multiple setups and not have to worry about line of sight issues with the optical... I shoot outside a lot... been over the moon impressed with the ST-E3 and the 600EXs...

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Lenses / Re: Need some advice from owners of the 40mm and FF cameras
« on: August 25, 2012, 11:25:17 PM »
Any reason you're not looking at the 24-70?  You say you currently have a big hole between 20mm & 70mm...

I shoot nearly all my portrait work with my 24-70 as well as group photos, very versatile... I personally am not 100% pleased with the current version and have the "new" one on pre-order but at this point it is as good as vaporware...

I have the 40mm pancake... haven't tried portraits specifically with it because I like to be a touch further away, compress the background a bit more and also give people a bit more "personal" space... I've done some group work with the 40 and was pleased with the results...

I'm shooting on two 1DX's and a 5D3... been happy with the results of the 24-70 on all three bodies as well as on my former 7Ds...

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Canon General / Re: To CPS or not to CPS...That is the question
« on: August 13, 2012, 11:52:46 PM »
Platinum member...

I think of it as insurance... and it's cheap insurance at that when you drop your camera from a low level on turf and it tweaks the lens mount in the body just a slight bit which causes the lens to mount "stiff"...  that discount quickly makes up that "membership" amount.  Free (which is really "included") shipping both directions... just recently sent the 300 2.8 and 400 2.8 in for the firmware update... as well as my 5D3 because the lens release pin in the mounting ring was stuck in the body... covered under warranty but shipping "included" overnight...  So with these three shipments alone I would have been in the $150 range for shipping...

For me... "membership has it's privileges"... to use a catchy phrase... :)

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