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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 580EX C. fn issue
« on: March 30, 2013, 08:01:37 PM »
Hi guys,

I use two older, 580ex's as A & B slaves (shown below) and a third 580exII functions as disabled on-camera master.

Recently I have noticed 580EX "B" slave is underexposing a bit. When I swap the two 580EX's (A switched as B assignation), the "A" side is now underexposing. So I think this has something to do with the physical B unit and not an issue at the level of the master or settings.

I now see the B unit always displays "C. fn" on LCD whatever I do with the settings (see picture). The kicker is that both 580EX units are set at C.fn values of "1/0" when I check. There appears to be no way for me to get the B unit C.fn off on the display. To be fair, I really wouldn't even have noticed the display difference between the two 580EX units or cared had it not been for the underexposure issue, so can't rule out it had always displayed that way on this unit. But the exposure issue is recent. So I am not sure if I toggled something or if the unit is malfunctioning or if the C.fn display is normal.

1) Could the display difference be just due to variance based on when or where the 580 units were bought from? "A" is newer and was bought in Europe over a trip, while B is from the US...

2) Is there a way to reset the whole B unit? I am a tad worried if the C. fn funciton is somehow toggled "on" in B unit and is responsible for the exposure discrepency. I am not a speedlite whizz so I am hoping there is an easy answer.

Best, Ray

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EOS Bodies / Re: What is missing from the 7DII specs
« on: March 28, 2013, 04:59:23 PM »
What can we "fairly" expect Canon to deliver?

If we assume that the pricepoint is ~$2000-$2200 body at intro but pre-destined to slide to the $1700-1800 after the initial rush...sounds low I know, but just watch (I can't entertain any scenario where this is over $2400 at intro), this is what I expect:

1) Higher ISO performance: 1 or 2 stops better from current version.
2) Same or similar MP ... 18 to 21. I would lean toward 18MP.
3) Same or similar number of AF points, sensitivity/ AF algorithims updated.
4) Same or similar fps (8 to 10?)
5) Single card possibly SD
6) Digic 5 or 5-plus, and a possibility of dual 5, probably more buffer
7) Wi-fi/GPS (not sure, 50/50 chance).

And you say, "So many 'same' or 'similar'!?"...and I say that these changes will be "qualitative" rather than than in "numbers". Like I said before, they may throw in a surprising bone here and there, but these are likely paltry.

Even if they mostly deliver on the ISO, it would be a highly deserving update. It is likely to be a better performing camera, not a better "spec"-ed camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What is missing from the 7DII specs
« on: March 28, 2013, 02:58:51 PM »
As for the multiple card slots, more AF points, more fps, etc etc in the choices offered...you left out one thing..."realistic expecations" ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 02:33:46 PM »

Regarding fps:

10fps on 7D2 or for that matter 70D is just plain silly...it ain't gonna happen.

I lean toward Canon keeping the same 8 fps, may be 1 more up to 9fps to throw the fanboys a bone. Canon will be thinking about their bottom line, not the unrealistic "needs" of fanboys who want the whole shop for little money.

Something tells me the shutter mechanism is not the most expensive part to produce. If it was, that would be a different story. But they've already done the R&D: the 1dx shutter mechanism can move a full-frame mirror at 12fps, rated for 400,000 cycles. You really think an APS-C mirror, at 10fps, with a 150,000 cycle rating is that unrealistic? Sounds like a piece of cake to me... I'm not saying they will put 10fps in it, just that I don't see why it's so far fetched. Especially when you say they'd do 9 to "throw the fanboys a bone". If it's that easy to add 1 fps, why not two?

It is not about the value, wheather they already have the technology, or how easy it is to just put it in... it is about how a company "grades" and markets its products at different price-points and "ascribes" a persumed value.... note, I purposefully did not say "actual" value. Some of persumed value has to do with the inherent value of the product, but what differentiates a successful company from a mediocre one is how they mold and stratify and add to this inherent value.

While it is true that no amount of smart marketing or PR will be able to market a grandma as a supermodel...ie, she has a certain street value that is inherent...what a good marketing team can do is take a young, average looking girl, and depending on their ability, get her enough clients. While a much better looking model, with a different marketing team, is sitting at home near the phone waiting for a call that ain't coming.

As unfair as it sounds, fps is fps...weather it is on a APS-C or FF...logical reasonings have little effect on the basic marketing priorities. How the fps are stratified between their 1 series, mid series, and lower-end models will be a an easy call for Canon.   

So they will continue to follow their marketing strategy that is working based on revenues...not what is logical. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50 L II
« on: March 28, 2013, 01:48:20 PM »
Current 50L, like it or hate it, is unlikely to be renewed soon.

The original 85L received mixed reviews throughout its term...loved by some, and reviled by others...but it was competent enough a performer that it sold enough regardless.

In spite of mixed opinions (no one ever claimed version 1 was stellar), and rabid sniping from some, Canon kept it going for ~17 years before releasing 85II.

If we follow that logic, even if they hurry it up, the 50L has a few more years to go before Canon feels the urge or pinch to update it.

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I think 70-300 mm isnt a good street focal range too plus its really noticable carrying such a big lens around. It also looks like a phallic symbol. RUDE! :D

True, you don't want to be arrested for....exposing yourself.... ;)

I know, I know...I need to be.... shot...  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 01:30:35 PM »
It is after all a rumor... from a rather untested source from NL's own phrasing.

But what I like about this listing is that the expectations are more toned down (barring the fps) and more likely to match the market pricepoint such a body will have to come in at ...a modest improvement on 7D is what one should expect.

Regarding fps:

10fps on 7D2 or for that matter 70D is just plain silly...it ain't gonna happen.

I lean toward Canon keeping the same 8 fps, may be 1 more up to 9fps to throw the fanboys a bone. Canon will be thinking about their bottom line, not the unrealistic "needs" of fanboys who want the whole shop for little money.

I know... you are shocked...disappointed...dismayed beacuse Canon isn't making a $2000 body with 92fps and 3 card slots and 75MPS... cry me a river.  ::)




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Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:47:01 AM »
Depends on the mood...favorites probably are 35L and 135L ...followed by 85L.
But most used is a different question... 35L and 24-105L on that one.

So even though your zoom range covers your 35L, it is still one of your most used lenses....Why?

35L is a unique lens...the focal length, quick AF, sharpness (considering it is from 1998)...the wide aperture (3 stops over the 24-105L) ...but what it really comes down to is the shooting style which is personal....for a birder, it would be a useless lens I am guessing...but for a people centered style, it is a key lens.

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Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens and why?
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:19:53 AM »
Depends on the mood...favorites probably are 35L and 135L ...followed by 85L.
But most used is a different question... 35L and 24-105L on that one.

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Lenses / Re: New 100-400 to Launch with EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:14:16 AM »
So, lets see.... 7D2 is a rumor.... A concurrent release of 100-400 II is a rumor upon a rumor... ::)

Canon ain't replacing this zoom in a hurry...talk about it may be...but we aren't gonna see it anytime soon.  But the "CR2" rating should keep the site buzzing for a while and keep the gullible fanboys typing pages upon pages on this rumored zoom...yet again.  :P

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Lenses / Re: Best tele prime for full frame?
« on: March 25, 2013, 05:42:20 PM »
135L

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Lenses / Re: 35L or 50L?
« on: March 25, 2013, 02:43:57 PM »
My 50 f/1.4 is sharp and is a well bahaved prime. It doesn't have the L's "look" but it is a straight shooter...not a fancy lens.

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And on the difference distance makes and immediacy... a couple of shots.

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Lenses / Re: Need your opinions on selling my 50L and 24/70L
« on: March 25, 2013, 01:18:52 PM »
I guess my real question for all the 50 mm L-series users out there was: is the 50mm 1.4 not enough.

I did exactly that a few years back...sold the 50L and kept the 50 f/1.4 which I also had and still do. This is not to say that the 50L was not exceptional; when the AF nailed the subject it was tack sharp and the bokeh was sweet. However, in my specific lineup it was clearly an extravagance with 35L and 85L.

Mind you, in the interest of full disclosure, in the last month, I did go through a pathetic (Gollum-like), gear-driven, fever to get the 50L back in my collection... but it would have been a luxury; my concerns about it from the first round would have resurfaced once it was in my hands, and it is highly unlikely that I would have suddenly found more use for it than I had the first time around... 

So, if the 50L truly fits in your line up, and you have the funds for it, of course get it... only you can make that call.


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A key attraction for me with street photography has always been the immediacy and subject interaction...granted we can't do that with every shot.

In the end, it is not about gaffer tapes, or zooms, or hiding, or subterfuge...a shot becomes dear when it has a memory, a story, or moment however mundane.

I have done a fair bit of wandering...and as you indicate South Asia, here is a bucolic "street" shot...

Some years ago, during a trip into the villages of India, I came across this goat herder sitting on the grass... while all her goats were out in the field, this one kid-goat was milling around her feet coming up to nuzzle and she was clearly fond of it.

I learned that either his mom had died or had rejected the little guy and he had taken to hanging around the herder. I politely asked if I could take a picture and she agreed.

While this is clearly not a sharp picture, and I think I may have used a point and shoot, I still smile at remembering the encounter.

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