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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!

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 13, 2014, 02:09:54 AM »

I watched it go down, the boat was going at around 18kts so by the time we got back to where it had entered the water it was too late to recover it.


I think you win in terms of loss...  I think if i where you i would have just followed it off of the boat!  I did the same on the jeep, jumped right on after my camera! When i think back it was maybe not the best decision considering the jeep was moving, but my cat like reflexes did my well!

I should get my lens back tonight, I hope it is all fine.... 

I have been in contact with BR and they have been quite nice (kudos to them). they asked me "How do you feel we can make this situation right for you?" So i asked them to pay for the repair bill...  lets see what they say about that! Will keep you posted!

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:39:46 PM »
Thanks all for the comments, I'm talking to BR now...  I'll let you know if anything comes out of it. I will be adding a safty leash to my strap and setup until i find a better strap solution.

did you have it screwed shut? because it operates as a screw gate carabina, perhaps movement in a praticular way unscrewed it by rubbing allowing it to un clip.

It was tights, but i am guessing all the bumping up and down on safari rattled it loose! :(

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:28:49 AM »
so what failed?


from the description i assume the carabina like clip came unclipped?

Exactly...  that is what happened. I guess my consent getting up and down wangled it free...  :( I think that would constitute a design flaw! :(

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:21:27 AM »
40,000 INR to FIX!!!  :O  :'( (623USD)....

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.....  That strap was not worth it!

Ouch! That's steep!

It did fly out of a moving jeep falling about 6 feet and bounce along a dirt path...  but yes, i am far from happy!

I am going to glue my black-rapid connector shut on the bolt, and attach a safety line from the strap to the body!!!!!!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr  I am sooooo pi***d off.....  :(

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 03:25:53 AM »
40,000 INR to FIX!!!  :O  :'( (623USD)....

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.....  That strap was not worth it!

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 03:16:15 AM »
They take too much time repairing lenses here in India.

I handed it to the Master repair centre here in Bangalore at 19:15 last night, just got a phone from them saying they have identified the problem and that it will take a day to fix, IF THEY HAVE THE PART....  assuming they have the part, that seems pretty good to me!

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 01:08:37 AM »
Hope to see some photos of the Indian Rhinos soon. Good luck with your trip.

PS: Maybe you could test out the Tamron 150-600 while the 70-200 (+2x TC) is under repair :)

Will do my best for the rhinos...  and as for a new lens, I think i will see how much 'spare' cash i will have after this fix job!

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:33:22 AM »
Thanks...  I hope they can fix it soon, i'm going to Kaziranga at the end of next week! :(

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!

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!

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....

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

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)
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! :)

Lenses / Re: Tele-lens on a budget
« on: March 05, 2014, 05:46:06 AM »
I think the Tamron is the best deal/value at the moment...  See the other threads on this! :) It costs significantly more to get better IQ!

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: March 03, 2014, 09:42:50 AM »
I find in times of severe GAS, I end up planning trips...  though at the moment, i am planning wildlife trips around India...  the Rhinos of Assam, the lions of Gir, the Leopards and whales of Sri Lanka....  Hmm i really should get a longer lens for those trips...  NNOooooooooooooo! Oh, well...  if you can't fight it! ;)

Lenses / Re: Speculation: Year of the Lens
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:38:01 AM »
It took a ton of consideration when I bought the 70-200 is mkii... and that was two grand.  I can't see a future where I pay 4 grand for a lens.

Would I consider paying a premium for a lens that is in the top of its class, but I think two grand is where that willingness starts to  die out.

I was in the same boat...  but now i'm considering a 300 f/2.8...  situations and priorities change.  I am fortunate to be in a good financial situation, so it is plausible...  several years a go when i finished my PhD and didn't have to pennies to rub together, buying the 55-250 was a monumental decision! Never say never!  I am also looking at it as an investment. I can always sell it if i come into hard times.

Saying that, i've still got to save up for it and then pluck up the courage to buy a lens instead of a used car (or 3 new Royal Enfield motorbikes)...  :)

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