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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...

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

24mm 2.8

10-18mm 3.5-5.6

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!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cps gave me a 1dx and falling in love
« on: May 18, 2014, 01:40:51 PM »
1Dx RAW files are better.  Don't know why.  I had a 1Dx and a 5D3 and sold the 5D3 and got another 1Dx.  You'll love it.

Ditto!  I have a 1DX infatuation... is there a support group for that yet? :)

With the latest FW there is a way to have both AI Servo and One-shot modes programmed to two different back-button focus buttons.  I have my Af-On button as my regular AI Servo mode and I have the * button set to be one shot focus.  This setting is done differently than the way you are doing with the AIServo-Oneshot switching button, which as you have found out requires it to be held down.  With the other way you have a full separate button for one-shot and a separate button for servo.

You set this up in the C.Fn 5 menu under Custom Controls.  You would set the shutter button to "Metering Start" and then you would set AF-On and * to "Metering and AF start", select it and then press the INFO button for the "Detail Set".  This will give you a menu with 4 options: AF start point, AI servo AF characteristics, AF mode and 14FPS super high speed mode.  You only need to make changes to the * button as the AF-On will stay at default values.  For the * button I go under "AF mode" and select "ONE SHOT".

Alternatively you could use this way to set up two different AI Servo modes on the two different buttons.

Apparently I was misunderstanding the original question... these instructions are for setting up the camera to back button focus... I thought you wanted to set the camera up to change focus modes with a push of the back buttons AND keep focus on the shutter button... sorry, I thought you were choosing not to back button focus... Back Button focus offers a lot of functionality that I think you'll appreciate!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX camera
« on: May 17, 2014, 09:14:08 AM »
I have about 165k exposures across 4 1DX bodies... I had three of them (one is much newer) in for the last service advisory because they were all early X bodies (

... but otherwise have had zero issues with any of them... my first two were July 2012 then January 2013 and now March 2014.

EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking about moving from a 1Dx back to 5D MkIII
« on: May 17, 2014, 09:08:03 AM »
I had both cameras for business, still have a 5D3 as my "family" camera (short story of why is that it's smaller than the X and my wife uses it... but... on vacations... the X goes if I'm shooting...)...

So, I had both, I shoot sports and a lot of league photo type stuff... I used the 5D3 as my team camera as it has more megapixs... My thought was there would be more detail potentially with more megapix... then I shot a team photo with an X and started to compare the two images... I personally like (so don't flame me people, it's "my opinion"...) the file "quality" out of the X better than the 5D3... I sold my "business" 5D3 and bought my 4th 1Dx.  Now I have no compromises, I only have X's so it's me if there's a problem now and I can't point to the camera and say "... well I used that body..." (even though the 5D3 is a fantastic camera...)

I would say if you've compared the quality of the images between the two cameras and you're happy with both, the 5D3 offers some advantages over the X...

I believe it's a more "natural" thing for you if you back button focus... then you're just hitting a different button for a different function.  It adds an option that was not available before... and I'm guessing based on the "content" of the last firmware update that the high level pros (Peter Read Miller types) were the ones asking for the upgrades to the functionality of the camera.

I'm pretty sure what you're asking cannot be done without just changing the mode using the AF-Drive button on the top left of the camera.  The instruction that you're referencing states "when you hold the button down" twice in the paragraph.  I'm afraid you're stuck with the top left controls or start using back button focusing... when I switched it took me a few minutes to get used to it but now all of my X's and my 5D3 (even the one my wife uses, yes, I made her switch too and she's not a shooter, just a mom with young kids...) all use back button focusing.

EOS Bodies / Re: $1200 1DX discounts on eBay... Anyone bought one?
« on: March 16, 2014, 06:26:00 PM »
just a quick update...

Had the camera for about two weeks, shot one NBA D-league game with it... there's a slight difference in the viewfinder with my 24-70 attached, I know that sounds weird but when I shoot with that lens I zoom it to 70mm and keep both eyes open and my brain somehow equalizes my eyes on my other three 1DX's... this one seems a bit more zoomed, which I cannot explain... but otherwise I can't tell the difference between the cameras....

The battery was of a touch of concern but an email with photos to Canon's anti-counterfeit group confirmed that the battery is Canon but was not intended to be sold in the US... I'm OK with that... :)

Saved myself $1200....

EOS Bodies / Re: $1200 1DX discounts on eBay... Anyone bought one?
« on: February 24, 2014, 12:53:42 AM »
Well I pulled the trigger tonight... I'll keep you all posted how it goes.  Paid $5600... bought the other three at $6800... That's a lot of other things assuming I'm not self insuring the camera!  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: $1200 1DX discounts on eBay... Anyone bought one?
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:14:45 PM »
This post has some interesting info regarding Grey Market gear...;topicseen#new

EOS Bodies / Re: $1200 1DX discounts on eBay... Anyone bought one?
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:08:28 PM »
I had a lengthy conversation today with GetItDigital... seem like legit guys, not trying to pull any fast ones... the $5650 Canon 1DX is not a US model, therefore does not have a US Warranty... however they do sell a 3 year warranty (3rd party) for an inexpensive price.  They also will have a US model soon posted on eBay that's $650ish more than this grey market one... They do have a return policy... again, they're very open and honest about things....

I also called CPS (Platinum member...)... The guy basically said if it's a DSLR there is no difference between any of them any longer.  If I was looking at some of the lower model Powershots then there might be a problem if it's a Japan model in particular... so if there was an issue with a current DSLR, they'd be able to do repairs.

Now... $1150 is A LOT of "warranty" repair and with the experience of three other 1DX bodies which have had ZERO issues (two of them with 19 months, one with 13 months on them... about $150k total exposures between all of them which is quite low for a 1 series...) I'm weighing the "risk" that's really there for that first year and what a US model is going to give me besides a larger CC bill and a warmer "peace of mind" for the first year...

I appreciate your comments guys!  Keep them coming!

EOS Bodies / $1200 1DX discounts on eBay... Anyone bought one?
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:28:53 AM »
The "discount" is significant, has anyone bought one of these US model Canon 1DX models from any of these folks selling them for $5850ish?

Thanks!  I have three from B&H... wondered if these were legit.

I print all my own "prints" for my sports team & individual business and I own an old time portrait studio... so I'm pushing out thousands of prints per year... I've got a bunch of printers... Don't count out the "consumer" printers...

If you plan on printing larger than 8x10, the go for the next models up... for example, get a 13" wide if you're going to do 11x14/13x19's... otherwise I've been printing a lot with Epson Artisan 730's (8.5x11 max) which are now no longer available... but I also recently picked up an Epson XP-600 (8.5x11 max) to test it against the 730's... I printed two prints, one from each and set them in front of my wife, who sees a good portion of the prints that I send out... she picked the print from the XP-600... "newer" in the ink jet world is better, the companies are smarter and make better products...

I have Epsons, I've heard really good things about the Canons... so don't get hung up on brand from my experience... but the XP-600 uses fewer inks than the XP-800 (and 730...), it is cheaper..., it's available at Staples, Best Buy, etc... ink is available everywhere... if you're looking for a 13"... I have Epsons so I'd get an Epson 1430 (same as 730 just 13"...), it uses more inks but that's the nature of the beast for that size of printer... again, I have a buddy with a Canon, loves what they're getting with that...

I mentioned I have a lot of printers...

1 Epson 7900 (24" wide)
1 Epson 1400 (print envelopes, it used to print beautiful 13x19's... it's abused printing envelopes...)
5 Epson Artisan 730 (8.5x11)
1 Epson XP-600 (8.5x11)
2 DNP DS80 (dye-sub) (max 8x12, mostly 8x10)
2 DNP DS40 (dye-sub) (max 6x9, mostly 5x7 & 4x6)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 11, 2013, 01:28:25 AM »
Multi-Exposure function...

If you set up your "recipe" as a preset and have Lightroom process it as such when you import it will use whatever preset you choose... I shoot tethered and on cards and import into Lightroom all day long and have presets automatically "color" the images.

Why are you using EOS Utility, why not just shoot straight into Lightroom? No, you cannot make camera adjustments from Lightroom... that's not it's job... but once you have the camera settings in camera, you can shutter release from Lightroom... Do you have an iPad?  Set it up as a remote with On-One's DSLR Remote to do your "tethered" adjustments and shoot away...

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