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Animal Kingdom / Re: O give me a home, where the buffalo roam
« on: January 05, 2013, 01:09:39 PM »
That's a great shot with the mono reeds in the background and the tongue lick!  What a fun shot!

I do wish your watermark wasn't quite so big and distracting.  That cotton pickin' BUFFALO(!) watermark!  (Pardon my foul language!  LOL)   :P

Wow.  That's interesting.  This is new info to me.  I already knew about the 6D camera not reading off brand batteries but I didn't realize they had gone as far as not charging off brand batteries with the Canon charger.  Good to know!  Thanks!  In this case, I guess even if someone gets around the battery lockout with a firmware hack, they will still need a 3rd Party charger to charge the battery.  Thanks Canon.

When I get a new camera, I take as little out of the box as necc so if I have to return it, I haven't disturbed most of the accessories.  I never use the neck strap, etc anyway.  So for now, all I have taken out of my 6D box is the battery, camera and viewfinder eyepiece.  (I wouldn't have even taken out the battery for a while until I realized I would need another "genuine" Canon battery for the 6D.)  I've got plenty of chargers already and they all work with all my batteries including the 5D3 charger.

So this 6D battery/charger thing is totally new as of the 6D and I expect it is the new normal going forward...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: BLOWN away.
« on: January 05, 2013, 12:48:54 PM »
The other deal-breaker for me is second-rate color rendition. Sure, colors look fine to 99% of the general public who buy this, but to a Colorist like me for whom color is everything, the colors don't sing anywhere near as well as they do on my Nikons or Canons. In fact, my iPhone 5 even has better color rendition.

I'm an artist. When I speak of color rendition, I'm speaking of how well the camera interprets reality, not laboratory accuracy. Lab accuracy isn't relevant to me — I just need the photos to look great! right out of the camera.

That's a lot even for his standards.

his "standards" are +maximum on saturation.
and he is shooting JPG´s.

the guys a clown nothing more.

i guess 90% here know that... but i always find it dangerous to quote "ken "oh the colors" rockwell without making that crystal clear.

Full Disclosure - I get a kick out of reading Ken.  I think many take him too literally, half of his stuff is meant in a satirical way and the other half is often not too far off.  Most folks don't need most of the high end crap that is marketed to death every year by the big camera names.  If people want to spend the high $$ because they can afford it, great.  But honestly, if someone knows what they're doing, they can create great images with a rebel and a decent EF lens or two.  D series bodies and L lenses aren't required.  (Except for the 5Dc, that was a game changer for me and it won't break the bank either.)

That being said however, I also smirked when I was reading his comment (quoted above) about the color rendition, him being an artist, etc because I immediately thought the same thing as you:  high saturation colors.  However, that's his style.  I don't fault him for it, that's just his thing.

Lighting / Re: How to produce circular flash reflection in eyes?
« on: January 05, 2013, 10:50:41 AM »
PC Socket?  Oh Dude!  Have I got a site for you!

If you want to get totally geeked out and lost in a cool website for half an hour, go here...


This guy does some seriously wicked mods for improving/customizing flash equipment.  He rocks.  He can custom make anything and does it right.  His work is high quality with good attention to detail.  He also will rebuild what you already have to be much more "bullet proof" with better metal shoe plates, tougher screws, etc.

My biggest concern with his work on flashes is that once the flash is improved, it will never fail and won't break so my camera will split in half instead!   :D  (Gotta hate it when that happens!)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anyone still using a 20D?
« on: January 05, 2013, 12:16:36 AM »
Ditto.  Except it's the 30D for me.  Love that camera.  Haven't used it for a while but I do still pull it out sometimes.  It's not worth getting rid of and it's still a great camera.  Keep your 20D.  I suspect that you will regret selling more than keeping it.

Technical Support / Re: LP-E6 battery failure - Canon 6D
« on: January 05, 2013, 12:08:43 AM »
I have one Canon LP-E6 battery that looks perfectly genuine but throws the Error Msg in the 6D.  It matches pictures some reviewers have posted on Amazon that are counterfeit.  So I got one fake Canon battery that looks real.  I remember now that when it came, it came in a small "Canon" box.  The genuine batteries come in clear plastic/cardboard packages that can hang.

I saved even more!  I went from a 5DIII to a EOS M.   :o

Software & Accessories / Re: Compactflash Card: SanDisk vs. Lexar...
« on: January 04, 2013, 06:43:50 PM »
I've never had a card fail either.  I started out in the 1990's with smart media cards, then CF cards.  I recall paying $265 for a 85MB card for my Nikon CP-990 way back in early 2000 or so.  I've had close to 100 cards, most of them Lexar or Sandisk, but there were Kinbgston, Delkin, Transcend and likely others in there too.
I did sell my almost new 30D to a lady who had just had her Canon XT burn out.  I included a small CF Card.  A few days later, she put in her  Toshiba CF card  that she had been using with her old camera, and it burned out the 30D as well.  Since the camera was only 5 months old, Canon fixed it for her at no charge, and she destroyed the bad card and bought a good one.
Its rare, but a bad card can cook your DSLR.

Wow!  That's an interesting story.  Makes me think I may use an old Rebel to "test" those new CF cards, eh?  I typically "stress test" new cards already on my computer using a test program that confirms the read/write speeds and will give an indication of whether the card is working correctly.  It's sort of a hedge against counterfeit cards or faulty cards catching me off guard in the field.

Software & Accessories / Re: Compactflash Card: SanDisk vs. Lexar...
« on: January 04, 2013, 06:39:09 PM »
I have had excellent luck with every card I own. Including trancend~.

I bought 4 16gb 90mb/sec cards for the holidays off amazon for I think around $75 each. I tend to shy away from bigger cards (32 is my personal max size limit) because I like the security of having all my photos across 4 cards rather then all on one. I lucked out and got 4 sandisk 8gb SD cards for my 5d III as backup for $10 each over the holidays too.

+10  Ditto!  Spread out the worry in case a card gets lost or corrupted.

Software & Accessories / Re: Oddest kit purchase?
« on: January 04, 2013, 06:30:19 PM »
This is what a dollar's worth of posterboard can do as a reflector:

Heidy by Rick.Scheibner, on Flickr

Love it.  Beautiful semi-soft image of a beautiful lady.  I assume this was natural sunlight bouncing from behind her off the posterboard?  Great job!  I really like the comfortable and subtle smile looking slightly to the side.  It's not a 'run of the mill' shot and it's not too edgy either.  You could (and probably did) do a lot with various crops of that for a great head shot, etc.  It also really helps when she is wearing good colors and looks sharp.  Nice.

Well, now that I've surpassed 300 posts, my lifetime goal has been reached.  Scratch one thing off the bucket list!   8)

I got degraded from 5D mark 3 to M. 6D seems to be next, so I'll need another 400 posts for mark 3?  :o  :P ;D
Yeah, me too!  Funny just as we start this thread, all the designations changed.  I mention in a post above that I am a 5D Mark III and then bam!, I'm suddenly a EOS M.  I just passed 300 and I'm still an EOS M so M doesn't roll over at 300 anyway.  Time to start making bets on when 6D or whatever kicks in...

I guess we'll just have to keep posting in this thread over and over to see how it changes as the posts increase!   :P

Software & Accessories / Re: Compactflash Card: SanDisk vs. Lexar...
« on: January 04, 2013, 03:18:40 PM »
They are both quality brands.

I have owned/used Sandisk, PNY, Kingston, WinTec and Transcend with no problems whatsoever.  Before I buy, I tend to look over the reviews from Amazon (General Users), NewEgg (Technical Geeks), B&H and Adorama (Photographers) because each of these retailers have a slightly different demographic.

It's also important to read the specs carefully and understand the difference between Read, Write, Peak and Average Speeds in the Specs.

Software & Accessories / Re: Oddest kit purchase?
« on: January 04, 2013, 03:12:37 PM »
I find it amazing how consistently the light doesn't seem to know how much you paid for the modifier in question!  Good 'ole Cowboy Ingenuity (or Cowboy Studio, or Chinese Imports) strikes again!!   ;D

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70mm F4 IS - anybody bought one yet ?
« on: January 04, 2013, 02:57:21 PM »
I guess I'm with 7enderbender on this...

I'm still scratching my head on the new 24-70 F4L IS.  The 24-105 F4L IS is a great L lens at a great price, esp in a kit package.  If I am going to spend tons of cash on a lens, it better offer something better than Hybrid IS compared to a similar lens for half the price.  Sharpness isn't everything.  I think the 24-105 is a great deal for a F4 IS L lens.  I still can't get my head around spending well over $2K for the 24-70 f2.8 vII!!

If I spend $2K on a zoom lens, it will likely be for the well reviewed and stellar 70-200 f2.8 IS-II.

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