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Apple has had a myriad of problems over the years with their WiFi implementations on many different devices.  Their solution (plan?) was always to just point people to the AirPort or whichever Apple Access Point was the current model.  This solution was less realistic with iPhones however because for the first time in history, Apple actually had a product with enormous market share instead of a small niche of dedicated users.  So they had to be more diligent at getting the iPhone WiFi to work in a more universally standard way and for the most part they did but I still see rare instances where (esp a new version) iPhone has trouble.  It will likely go away within a year or so when Apple finally decides to silently fix it in a software update.  Because the problem really doesn't exist until they silently fix it.

And in all reality, WiFi has always been somewhat finicky regardless of the product or the network.  Some are better than others.  I'd love to know which chipset Canon used for their WiFi.  That might explain a lot.  It's possible that Apple changed the WiFi chipset in the iPhone 5 and it doesn't play 100% nice with the Canon chipset and/or that the iPhone 5 internal driver/firmware has a bug with that WiFi chipset.  That might explain why the iPhone 4 worked fine.  My wife's iPhone 4S and my Galaxy SIII both work fine with the 6D.  My office and house WiFi and my Lenovo Intel WiFi all work with the 6D fine as well.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hi =) -- Need New Camera -- Need Advice
« on: March 01, 2013, 09:02:18 AM »
FWIW, since I probably can't get the 007 burglar protection on my next DSLR, I would support having an optional security lock code setting that must be entered daily (or some configurable time) similar to a cell phone.  Then have Canon and/or a 3rd party company keep good track of the serial numbers so if someone called in for repair, they could potentially be caught and the camera returned.  (Yeah I know, all of this is a pipe dream, even the lock code.)

Since I'm dreaming, I would also like some kind of product or integrated feature that would allow you to track it similar to a child tracker necklace but more integrated or at least have something that could go in the photo bag in case it gets lifted.  I have considered getting some kind of proximity alarm that sounds if the alarm device moves out of range from me and I might know which direction it went.  But that's another discussion.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hi =) -- Need New Camera -- Need Advice
« on: March 01, 2013, 08:46:20 AM »
There are two simple photo backup methods that I use together when I am away from my main photo PC for more than a day.

1. Use smaller CF or SD cards and swap them out often.  Minimize the potential loss from loss or failure.

2.  Use a NEXTO Backup Device.  I take this on all trips that last longer than a weekend.  I take it to summer camps and other outdoor places where I have limited access to power and the battery worked fine to not only back up my 1000's of RAW images but all the other participants' images.  I have tried several devices like this and this device is foolproof, fast and convenient.  The battery lasts a long time, it transfers images off the card faster than anything else I've used and most important - it works every time.  No complicated menus, reboots or failures.  It's does its primary job to perfection and doesn't try to be anything else that requires more software or battery life.  You can easily use whatever 2.5" hard drive or SSD you like.  (I'm probably going to upgrade mine from the 500G HD to a large SSD sometime.)

I have this one (w USB + eSATA):  http://www.nextodi.co.kr/en/product/eXtreme_en.html
Here is another (w USB + FW 800):  http://www.nextodiusa.com/photo2.html
Read the reviews: http://tinyurl.com/cncne8v    http://tinyurl.com/d7snuz4

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hi =) -- Need New Camera -- Need Advice
« on: February 28, 2013, 05:30:11 PM »
Ignore the poor 6D reveiws.  Read the good reviews.  I have both the 5D3 and the 6D.  You owe it to yourself to at least rent the 6D and try it.  I love mine.  It will do you fine, you probably don't need the 5D3 unless you plan to do fast sports stuff.  Good luck with your quest.

Sorry for your loss.  Take steps to prevent the next loss by keeping the next camera less noticeable and tethered with a Black Rapid type strap.  Use a non-photo backpack with some low profile lens cases, etc inside so as not to advertise lots of photo equipment.  Change memory cards every day.  Travel with a body guard that can beat the cr*p out of them next time and hand your camera back to you.   Or - have Q from MI-6 install the 007 famous "burglar protected" system in the next camera!   ;)

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
« on: February 27, 2013, 11:08:56 PM »
Just for the record, my bitching is more about wanting more functionality and redesign than cheaper price.  Just swapping optical for radio communication isn't a big game changer in my book and doesn't deserve my money.  I would like to see Canon do something truly great and shake things up using the big advantage they own... integrated camera functionality together with several models of great performance flashes with reliability and simplicity of use.  After all this time knowing what is out there in the aftermarket and designing the current new camera bodies and new flashes, this is all they came up with?  How unimaginative and incremental.  Yawn.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
« on: February 27, 2013, 10:42:09 AM »
Although now that I think about it, perhaps an integrated high capacity battery system on a full size flash might be a good thing with even faster recycle time and longer life.  Let me think... use the same LP-E6 battery in the flash too... hmm.  That might be something cool...

Not a good idea to use the camera battery.  Li-ion chemistry is optimal for sustained, moderate-current discharge, and a flash needs brief, high-current discharge to fill the capacitor.  A Li-based battery in a flash means long recycle times (that's one reason why the popup flash on a Rebel/xxxD is very slow to recharge, whereas a 430EX II with NiMH batteries can keep up with the first part of an 8 fps burst.

Yeah, excellent point neuro.  Forget I said it.  Something in the back of my mind was dogging this idea and that's why I did the "eh... naah" thing at the end.  I couldn't put my finger on it.  Plus, more expensive batteries that can't be charged in the field are also a drag.  Since eneloop batteries came on the scene, my flashes work great for a long time and I loooove those eneloops.  Sanyo needs to somehow apply this same reliable and foolproof battery technology to the economy.   :D

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
« on: February 27, 2013, 09:55:30 AM »
Well, good point and you may be right but don't they already have different models for different countries?  That's just part of the game.  Just a few more hoops for the lawyers to rangle and the design techs to manage.  Shouldn't be a show stopper.  Maybe pick an available freq that works in both countries?  Or have two freq.  Pretty easy to manage two different freq or RF modules at the assembly level I would think.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
« on: February 27, 2013, 08:37:56 AM »
Hence the natural thought progression of ... lose the ST-E3-RT controller all together and put that functionality into the camera itself.  Now just carry one flash and let it live on the camera when not used off camera.  One flash, multiple uses.  Simple but for some reason not within Canon's grasp to offer.
Putting ST E3-RT funtionality into the camera is a great idea and I think it is "within Canon's grasp to offer" ... but IMO it would have negative imapact on the camera with:
  • decreased battery performance of the camera (as it also needs to provide additional power for that function)
  • If they produce new powerful batteries to support the camera with the in-built ST E3-RT functionality, the cost will add up not only for the camera but also in having to buy spare batteries (going by Canon's recent pricing strategy, I bet it will be very expensive) ... also those who are not interested in wireless flash photography will have to pay for a feature that they do not want.   

1.  Wireless flash RF wouldn't affect battery life that much.  It doesn't seem to affect the 600 series flash's battery life much does it?  The flash only uses four AA batteries, no special high capacity batteries there.  Although now that I think about it, perhaps an integrated high capacity battery system on a full size flash might be a good thing with even faster recycle time and longer life.  Let me think... use the same LP-E6 battery in the flash too... hmm.  That might be something cool...  Eh, Nahhh.
2.  Cost is rarely a reason to not do things in photography.  Canon charges somewhere around 10 million percent profit margin already and everyone seems to pay it for whatever they choose to release lately.  Just look at the 1D-X, 1D-C or 1D 4K or even the 5D3 as examples.  Not to mention the newest lens prices lately running into the stratosphere.  Somehow I don't think integrating flash control into the camera will make much of a diff.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:30:44 AM »
An efficient light weight lighting kit is more valuable than an expensive heavy lens that you will rarely use.

I guess I'm not sure how two or three 600EX-RT flash units along with possible stands, light modifiers and batteries can be considered "light weight" compared with a lens but you're right if compared to a bunch of studio strobes.  As for subjective value or assumed rarity of use compared with a lens, my flashes come out a lot less than my lenses in the types of walk around journalistic shooting I do.  And these large flashes are actually larger than most lenses, the 70-200/2.8 being one exception.  (I use a small RD2000 flash most of the time but I would love to have something similar in size from Canon that was controlled ETTL wirelessly directly out of the camera.)  YMMV.  My flashes would be used a LOT MORE if I could control one off-camera flash straight from the camera and not be forced to have a big ass flash attached to my hotshoe for the sole purpose of controlling another big ass remote flash that was the only one I wanted to use in the first place.  (Carry two large flashes just to use/control the single active large off-camera flash = stupid PITA to me.)  The ST-E3-RT controller is about the size of the RD2000 flash I use now but still requires me to hand carry the 600 flash because I can't mount the 600 anywhere.  That's dumb.  At least put a hotshoe on the controller.  But no!  Find a pocket, backpack or between your knees for that flash when you can't hold it all the time in your other hand when focusing, etc.

Hence the natural thought progression of ... lose the ST-E3-RT controller all together and put that functionality into the camera itself.  Now just carry one flash and let it live on the camera when not used off camera.  One flash, multiple uses.  Simple but for some reason not within Canon's grasp to offer.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:52:02 PM »
"Canon wasn't even kind enough to keep backward compatible TTL light communication so you could keep using all of your now obsolete and soooo 2010 pre-600 series flashes."

Nobody cares if you are a stick in the mud, or if you can't realise the value of a manufacturer supplied option, to you it might not be high, to others it is good value. When compared to a 580 EX II and a PW the 600 is a bargain.

But where on earth did you come out with that rubbish? The 600 is 100% compatible with all previous optical ETTL flashes.

Well, I'm not sure how illustrating the obvious on my comments about myself and value perception is productive but whatever. 

As for the backward compatibility, that actually isn't rubbish.  I just neglected to be more specific because something came up and I had to run.  (I'll edit the post right away.)  The ST-E3-RT controller (which was my mental focus at the time) is NOT backward compatible with optical and WON'T control anything but the 600EX-RT.  The 600EX-RT as a master is supposed to control everything according to specs but I've read in some places where folks have had some issues or group/zone limits or something with the older flash models mixed in with 600 units used as optical slaves.  Since I don't own a 600, I can't really speak to that, that's just hearsay.  At any rate, it does sound realistic that if one wants the 600 series stuff to work best, one should not try to mix old and new and that seems to be a pretty common opinion.  So backward compatibility is probably a moot point anyway and that's too bad.

So with that said, I would expect upgrading to a 600 series only flash system to be quite expensive.  Well over $1000 at least for just two units and nothing else.  Everyone has their own priorities and budgets.  As I said before, not a big deal and it's all good for them if that's their choice.  Just not good for me.  I don't think I ever said others wouldn't benefit.  But if one already owns 580 units and some kind of satisfactory RT solution, PW, RP, YN or whatever works, I don't see much value in replacing it all with a minor upgrade such as the 600 series.  It's just not that much of an improvement in that scenario, which happens to be my situation and likely many others'. 

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
« on: February 26, 2013, 06:52:59 PM »
I realize that if the 600 series flash system solves problems or works wonders for someone, they should be happy to have the new features.  I just think that for the combined price of 3 x 600 series flash units + a transmitter I would rather keep what I already have that works (about the same) and get a 70-200 f/2.8 IS L v2 or something that adds more overall value to my kit.  But that's just me.  We all buy what's important to our individual needs.  It's all good in that regard!   :)

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT
« on: February 26, 2013, 06:33:51 PM »
OK, I read (semi read + skimmed) the review and I found it well done.  Thanks!

Unfortunately, the new Canon RF flash system still leaves me underwhelmed/disappointed because I think there are so many things they could have done and didn't.  It seems fairly rudimentary and limited for the money they are charging.  An incremental upgrade considering what is already available from RadioPopper, PocketWizard, YN, etc.

Integrated camera wireless control is what I want and halfway expected from Canon after all this time.  I want a small Canon RT flash alternative like the compact SunPak RD2000 form factor that I can hand hold or use on camera without the need for wires or another large on camera primary flash.  I want simple wireless flash zone control like the PW AC-3.  Instead we get another expensive, complicated menu driven master/slave dedicated flash design that simply replaced TTL light communication with TTL RT communication.  Wow.  Yawn.  Canon wasn't even kind enough to keep backward compatible TTL light communication on the ST-E3-RT controller so you could keep using all of your now obsolete and soooo 2010 pre-600 series flashes.  The 600 series flash stuff just seems more like a small incremental way to take a lot of my money than a true innovation or evolutionary RF flash system to really wake things up.  And WiFi is not the way to do anything other than low priority network data transmission.  To use it for much else where fast response is mandatory will result in delays, latency and interference.

Sorry to be such a stick-in-the-mud here but I think I'll pass and just keep using all my old 430/550/580 series (now junk I guess) stuff with YN radio triggers that work like a champ.  And the YN triggers even have AF assist lamps and a hot shoe on top, unlike the single function ST-E3-RT.  Take that Canon!

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Lenses / Re: Canon 6D (Body Only) which lens to purchase?
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:58:11 PM »
Honestly, I'd get the 24-105L kit lens - it's a great lens, very versatile, and well priced when bought as a kit.  Budget permitting, supplement it with a fast prime like the 35/1.4 or 135L, but having the zoom lens will allow you to make an informed decision on what focal length prime(s) best suit your needs and style as it develops.
++1

Get the 6D + 24-105 Kit and enjoy!  Great deal, very useful.  Good performance, good weight, looks pro but isn't super heavy, very versatile, etc.  The f4 + IS along with the great high ISO performance of the 6D along with a little tweaking with Lightroom and you will love the available light pics you make with this camera + lens combo.

Later get a good flash and a good wide zoom like the 16-35 v1 and you'll have a great lens kit for both wide and semi long and you can fill light in daylight or indoors.

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Lenses / Re: 70-300L AF IS goes *CLUNK!* (??)
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:50:43 PM »
FYI UPDATE - 70-300 IS L w/ Kenko 1.4X PRO 300 Teleconverter DGX
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002C6QC3E/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I got the new Kenko TC above.  IS seems to work great, no "CLUNK!:o when stabilizing using the Kenko TC.

END FYI UPDATE.   :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6d w/ eos remote and tablet connection?
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:33:48 PM »
I've used my 6D with both the iPhone 4S and my Android Galaxy SIII and it worked fine.  I've been super busy but I'll try to get around to trying it with my wife's Nexus 10 soon.  I don't see why it wouldn't work fine.

One thing that is annoying with the way Canon did the 6D WiFi is when it goes to sleep, it resets the WiFi to OFF so you have to go through the connection process all over again.  The only way to avoid this is to disable the camera sleep timer.  I really wish they would have come up with a better way to do this.  Maybe something intelligent like power down the WiFi radio to 2% and only shut it off after a longer period and let the camera sleep separately.  You know, something elegant and functional like laptops have done for years.

Oh well...

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