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Lenses / Re: 400 2.8L, 500 4L or 600 4L for wildlife
« on: September 30, 2012, 06:23:16 PM »
We just returned from a two-week shoot which included shorebirds and migratory birds in Tule Lake, CA and the Klamath basin in OR.  The only lens my husband used nearly the entire time was his 600mm f/4 II for birds in flight, birds standing in glass calm water, and even small animals such as a mink on the bank of a river.  The detailing is amazing.  From 40 ft. the mink's head shows the skin pores on its nose and every lock of water-drenched hair on its head!  I drove the RV while he shot out the window on a bumpy gravel road.  This lens brings your subject up close and really personal.  Birds in flight were so detailed we could see the scales on their feet tucked in while flying. It's a pricy lens but surprisingly light and will out-do your expectations. Have your wife get you one for your birthday like I did. :)

You don't happen to have a twin sister who is available? Do you?

I always opened EOS Utility first and then with the camera connected via USB would turn it ON. The camera would then show up in EOS Utility.

Lenses / Re: Canon 500 availability ?
« on: September 30, 2012, 05:53:21 PM »
Actually if you scroll down a bit on this web page:

You can see a comparison of the two 500mm lenses and the differences in the foot and its location. I never had trouble balancing the "old" 500.

Lenses / Re: Canon 500 availability ?
« on: September 30, 2012, 05:45:11 PM »
It's noticeably sharper than "old 500". I do have issues with the design of the tripod foot. The balance is wrong for me when using it on my video head. Curious if anyone else has seen this. I haven't read anything about it in any of the reviews.

I also noticed that the center of gravity isn't exactly over the base of the tripod foot.  It's more over the "heel" of the foot. I know Canon removed the front glass protective element on the 500mm to reduce weight. Perhaps that combined with the heavier 1DX tilts the balance towards the camera. The balance is further displaced rearwards with the teleconverter attached.

The only place that I've heard this mentioned was on the Really Right Stuff website and regarding their new replacement foot II version.

I was still able to balance the 500II and 1DX on the Wimberley gimbal head, but I was also using a long 6 inch Wimberley plate, which seemed to give me flexibility in adjusting the center of gravity, by sliding the lens forward.

Here's a few picks of the set-up.  Sorry about the poor quality, as it was extremely overcast.

Please note that the center of gravity was perfectly balanced as it was positioned in the photos, however I tilted the lens upward and locked the Wimberley head, just for the photos, as these were taken a few weeks ago.

Note that the lens plate is pushed fairly far forward to achieve balance and that the gimbal head knob in the last 2 photos is centered over the "heel of the lens foot and not the base of the lens foot."

What do you do if you have either of the Extenders mounted to the lens? The lens needs to be slid forward. Seems you'd run out of mounting plate in the clamp.

Lenses / Re: Canon 500 availability ?
« on: September 30, 2012, 05:38:10 PM »
I do have issues with the design of the tripod foot. The balance is wrong for me when using it on my video head. Curious if anyone else has seen this. I haven't read anything about it in any of the reviews.

Are you directly mounting the foot, using a lens plate (which one?), or a replacement foot (which one?)?

I'm using a Manfrotto 519 video head and one of their standard mounting plates. I've used the Canon supplied "Monopod Foot" mounted in reverse. As you can see the CG is near the center of the tripod collar. Not a big deal. I'm getting used to it and it works very well. Just not what you are used to seeing.

Instead of this for registering a home AF point:

"The process is pretty simple: to memorize an AF point, be sure the camera's not set for Zone AF mode or Automatic AF point selection. Move the active AF point(s) to wherever you'd like to memorize, and press and hold down the rear AF point select button, and simultaneously press the ISO button button (EOS-1D X) or top panel illuminator button (EOS 5D Mark III). "HP" (Home Position) appears briefly in the finder, and the point is now memorized. Repeat the procedure to memorize a different point. (Only one location at a time can be memorized.)"

Why not just navigate to the point you want to register and hit the set button on the back of the camera? The above way is just awkward and I can never remember which top button to use. I have both cameras which makes it even more confusing.

So, we wait...........

Apple automatically gets the "crash report". Lets hope they see lots of them and respond.

I guess the next question I have is: Does EOS Utility work with OS X 10.8.X Mountain Lion? Does anyone have some experience to share? I've held off updating just to let the dust settle in case there are other incompatibilities.

The reply from Canon:

"Thank you for contacting Canon product support about your EOS-1D X.  I am sorry to hear you are having difficulty with EOS Utility.

We did start receiving reports of customers having issues with the new update to Mac OS 10.7 and using EOS Utility.  Unfortunately, the only suggestion I can make to work around the issue at this point is to revert back to 10.7.4.  Customers that have done this, have regained full function of EOS Utility and do not experience the crashing you are describing.

I wish I had a better response for you, but we hope to have an update or a better workaround very soon.

I hope this information is helpful to you. Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with your EOS-1D X. Thank you for choosing Canon."

I've sent a report to Canon. I advise please do the same. Maybe it will then get noticed.

Software & Accessories / EOS Utility quitting with Mac OS X version 10.7.5
« on: September 24, 2012, 09:05:50 AM »
My version of EOS Utility is quitting with Mac OS 10.7.5. It will launch, but when one of my cameras is connected via USB it quits. I have Version 2.11.4 on a Mac Pro and on my MacBook Pro. Cameras where 1D X, 5D Mark III and 7D. Has anyone else seen this?

Software & Accessories / Re: How do I get GPS data into Lightroom
« on: September 23, 2012, 09:21:24 AM »
The GP-E2 has 3 positions on the power switch. Just set it to ON after it is attached to the camera. The rest is a "no brainer". In Lightroom open the Map module and they'll be there. Magic!!!!!

Watch this for more info:

Lenses / Re: Canon 500 availability ?
« on: September 22, 2012, 09:46:51 PM »
I just got an E-mail from Adorama. Mine should be here next Monday (Sep 17th). Ordered on July 14th. I think I have a buyer already for my "old 500". It's been my most used lens and one I couldn't do without. Hopping for good things with the new one!!!!

I don't know about availability, but I'm loving mine. Have been out photographing the wild horses a few times. It's noticeably sharper than "old 500". I do have issues with the design of the tripod foot. The balance is wrong for me when using it on my video head. Curious if anyone else has seen this. I haven't read anything about it in any of the reviews.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who really is the target demographic for the 6D?
« on: September 18, 2012, 08:35:03 PM »
I think it was intended for the Rebel upgraders. Problem is all the Rebel owners I know (and some with 7Ds) wouldn't know the difference between a full frame camera and a crop camera if it bit them in the a$$.

Software & Accessories / Re: GPS, does anyone really use this???
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:49:47 AM »
Yes, absolutely. I can only think of one reason you might not want to use it. That being giving up the location of some of your secret spots. I can remember the film days and keeping an exposure log, all hand written and very tedious. Now it's all there in the EXIF data. From Lightroom it's one click and I can see where a particular shot was taken. Real nice for following my favorite subject, the wild horses here in Nevada, and keeping tabs on their whereabouts.

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