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EOS Bodies / Wifi on 5D MK IV?
« on: October 08, 2014, 09:57:28 AM »
I really liked the Wifi on the 6D, and was kind of shocked it did not turn up on the 7D MK II...  what do you think the chances of it appearing on the 5D MK IV?

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Software & Accessories / Bag suggestions
« on: October 08, 2014, 03:20:56 AM »
Hi guys...  as always, New equipment comes with new bag needs.

I've just got a 500 f/4 IS II and am looking for a bag for safaris. My current bags don't really fit it at all!

My general safari kit looks like this :
5D III + Grip
500 f/4 IS II
70-200 f/2.8 IS II
24 f/1.4 II
1.4x III
2x III
100D back-up

I'm looking for a bag to hold this comfortably, but don't want a MASSIVE bag as room in the jeep can be tight.

Easy access of course!

Any ideas / suggestions?

Thanks

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Lenses / Announcements before Photokina
« on: September 09, 2014, 01:33:29 AM »
Don't new announcements usually occur BEFORE a big even like Photokina?

If so, surely we should be getting press release notifications soon? Does anyone know of any NDA's finishing soon (even if they do not know the content of it)?

I'm super keen for the new pancake! :)


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Lenses / Lens price drops around the world
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:23:08 AM »
We have all seen that Canon USA has reduced the prices of 26 lenses. Moreover, it is possible that this price-drop is permanent.

Has anyone heard of any other Canon branch doing likewise? I know the rest of us non-USA Canonites would love to see this....  Any rumours/thoughts?

I have cash for a 500L, and was about to pick one up when this happened...  I'm asking my contacts here in India if it will also be applicable, but no one seems to know. I guess i am not asking the right people! :)


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Lenses / Breaking GAS
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:46:28 AM »
So, I've tried to have a lens free year this year...  2013 was a big GAS year, so this year i was trying to break it...  And i've failed...  BIG time. I've just ordered a 500mm F/4 L IS II....  I guess in GAS terms, this is drug/drink equivalent of a month long bender?

It would appear when i go cold turkey the pent up GAS eventually explodes spectacularly....  I think it is better for smaller GAS release for me.

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Software & Accessories / Eye-fi Mobi
« on: June 28, 2014, 08:39:41 AM »
Hey im interested in this card for my wife but have a (probably stupid) question.

Is it possible to take pictures on the card, like a normal SD card, but then later (not live) transfer just a select 1 or 2 to my iphone?  Basically, she wants to be able to send selected images via her phone. She does not care about the live connection.

This is probably a stupid question, but i don't know anyone who has used this card so have no one else to ask. Anyone here using it? Is it worth it?

Thanks,

John

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Lenses / Helios 44-2
« on: May 20, 2014, 07:12:55 AM »
I just picked up a Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 from 1974...  and boy, it is fantastic...  best 15 gbp I've ever spent!!!!




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Software & Accessories / Safety Line for my camera
« on: May 05, 2014, 03:58:41 AM »
Hi all,

I have a BR sport...  my camera came unclipped and lens damage followed (BR kindly paid for the repairs, great company). i have since attached a leash between the strap and my camera as a secondary safety line. However, this makes it a semi-permanent fixing and not easy to undo if i want to have my camera without a strap/change strap.

I was going to get the OP/TECH uni-loop system as this would solve the problem. It is said to have a 15lbs/6.8kg tensile strength... (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/485769-REG/OP_TECH_USA_1301062_System_Connectors_Set_of.html/prm/alsVwDtl)

However, i also noticed that OP/TECH also make the smaller Mini Quick-Disconnect Loops.  These have a 44lb/20kg tensile strength and are a lot smaller.  (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/736105-REG/OP_TECH_USA_1301082_System_Connectors_Mini_QD.html/prm/alsVwDtl)

Has anyone much experience with the latter as compared to the first...  The leash would ideally be able to hold my 5DIII + 70-200 if the BR should come undone again.

Thanks

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Lenses / A lightwight wildlife lens
« on: April 26, 2014, 02:58:44 AM »
Hi all,

My wife and I go on wildlife safari a lot, and until now she has been using my 24-105 on her 100D...  she wants a longer lens, but does not want anything too big or heavy, but good IQ (not a big ask eh?)...

I initially thought of the 300 f/4L IS, but it heavier than I thought...  then i thought about the 70-200 F/4L IS...  200 being 320mm on her crop body. It is lighter and smaller...  it also works well with the 1.4x tc.

Any other thoughts/ideas/suggestions?

I already have the 70-200 2.8 IS II, but my wife finds that too heavy and uncomfortable. Unfortunately (?) she has become accustomed to good glass and I am in no position to argue about how much we should spend on it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Back button AF problem
« on: March 29, 2014, 11:24:36 PM »
Hi guys,

I switch to back-button AF but have a very annoying problem. Whenever i move my AF point then press the back-button AF, the AF point jumps to the centre, focuses, then moves back the starting point, missing my chosen focus...  I can't see how to turn this off?  Any help?

I know I have read about this on the forum before, but i failed to find it, so sorry for the repetition!

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Software & Accessories / BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:10:24 AM »
I know this has been talked about before, but i'm bringin it up again!

Short-version:
5D III + 2xTCIII + 70-200 2.8L IS II flew off a moving safari jeep. Lens broken (with canon now), camera and TC appear to have survived! It was fastened into my sports strap properly moments before hand!

Long version: I was on safari in India. I had my 5D MK III, 2xTC III and 70-200 2.8L IS II attached to my blackrapid sport via the lens tripod foot mount. I was standing up and sitting down a lot to take pictures. One time when bringing the camera down after a shot and the jeep started to move, however, where my set-up would normally stop and rest at my hip, it continued down, all the way down to bounce of the edge of the Jeep, out of the side and onto the dirt and rock path 5-6 feet below from the now accelerating vehicle! Somehow the camera had unlatched itself from the 'connectr'.  Now at this point, if i where you, i would be asking if this guy had actually fastened his camera on correctly. Well I did, and i know I did because this is the second time it has happened. The first time result in nothing other than my bemused face when my camera i thought attached to my strap was not and tumbled unharmed 30cm (1 foot) into some snow. I had blamed myself for this first accident, assuming I had not fastened it in properly. So since then i make sure to periodically check that it is fastened and the screw tightened correctly. I had checked my connection minutes before on the safari and still within that short time-frame it came loose.

Comments: This is a known problem, and known by BR since they now have a 'Lockstar' to hold the connector closed. This would have saved my gear. Do new straps come with one as standard???

Conclusion : Those with BR buy a 'lockstar'. Those who do not use BR, bare this in mind before making your purchaser decision, and get a lockstar!

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Lenses / Glass is the most important?
« on: March 05, 2014, 10:40:16 AM »
I am a geek. I have a PhD in biophysics, and built my first computer at 13 in the early 90's (yes yes i'm 'young' too). I love gear and i love the technical aspect of photography. i like charts, graphs and statistical significant repetitions. I am a gear junkie and i am going to go cold turkey!

There are many MANY lenses i want. There are many lenses I can mental justify that i need. There are maybe a couple of lenses i genuinely need (ok, i'm good at convincing myself)! But in 2014 I am aiming to have a kit free year. Baring disaster, I am not going to buy any new kit, lenses, bodies, anything (well maybe film if it should arise).

I have just up-graded my laptop and updated my LR catalogue to include all my old photos... I obviously perused my old shots, sauntering down memory lane and i realised that there are some really good ones. Granted not the ones i thought were good at the time, but still. These were taken with a basic DSLR kit.

I am a gear-head and i believe glass is more important than the body. But I also believe the picture is most important of all!

So, I am putting my efforts into creating new photographic importunities over new gear.

A pint to the person who can correctly guess what week of the year i fold!

Now where did i put my drink....

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EOS Bodies - For Video / On the spot flexible recording settings
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:51:39 AM »
Hi,

I do b-roll and interviews for a videographer, and i'm fine shooting when i have time to set-up etc...  but i find when i am doing some wildlife photography i sometimes want to film and in the spur of the moment i have missed a lot of what could have been great footage.

I am putting my C3 setting on my 5d iii to a dedicated 'emergency filimg' mode. Any advice would be welcome, but at the moment it is:
Manual mode
Auto ISO (100-12800)
1/50
f/8
1920 25p, ALL I
Neutral picture (everything on 0)

considering i will be shooting with telephoto, i can not expect the sound anyway.

does anyone else have a similar mode? thoughts, comments, improvements, suggestions?

thanks, i'm off shooting tigers again this weekend, and would like to actually get some footage as well as photos! :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Leica m2
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:49:51 AM »
A friend of mine has an old Leica M2 and lenses that he has had since it's release. He does not use it anymore and said i am more than welcome to borrow it whenever i want... 

Obviously, i am excited about giving it a go...  but i have NEVER shot film (recent photography enthusiast). I need to source some film, could anyone advise me on what would be good b&w film?

Thanks

John

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Filming newbie
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:53:20 AM »
I don't film much with my 5D, but am doing so more and more, interviews mostly.

Anyway, the other day at a party, some friends broke into spontaneous song. I already had my camera out and chose to film it.  Fine the settings were far from perfect, but i shot it anyway as a memento. During filming, i took a photo, accidentally (alcohol induced snap-happy fingers). I thought nothing of it until i checked out my footage the next day, and felt both stupid and annoyed (ontop of a throbbing head). In the footage at the moment i took the still, there is a pause in the filming and an audible 'fake' (?) shutter click, before continuing normally. Fortunately, it was just friends and I think they will find it funny considering it was me, but also shoot b-roll and interviews on the side for a small documentary producer. Thankfully, nothing like this has happened in any of these jobs...

I knew it was possible to take stills while filming, but if it screws up the shoot, what's the point? Is there anyway of repairing this, or at the least disabling this feature so i don't do it again? What did i do wrong, and how can i avoid it in the future.

Thanks,

John

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