Posts Tagged ‘Gear’

Canon 1D X… Cracked Wide Open

September 17th, 2012 3 comments

I found out the hard way that the 1D X’s magnesium alloy shell is far from bulletproof after a tumble off a golf cart onto concrete left me with a crack in the armor. Cam still performed flawlessly, but so much for the weather sealing (and the attached 24-70). That’s the one downfall of the Spider Holster I use; no camera straps.

Cracked open near the vertical shutter release


After a short two-day visit to Canon’s New Jersey repair facility, the body transplant was complete.  Canon was kind enough to return the damaged parts, for your viewing pleasure.

The Shell, from the front

The Shell, from the back

The major damage

Inside view of the covers

The covers

Top cover

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Canon 5DIII Release

March 1st, 2012 1 comment

It looks like the much  anticipated successor to the 5D Mark II, the 5D Mark III is set to be released tonight.  Announcement should come in around 11pm CST.

Here’s the anticipated spec list.  Sounds pretty good, except for the rumored $3,500 price.  Will be interested to see how accurate these specs are after it’s official.

Unsurpassed Image Quality
22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor
DiG!C 5+ Image Processor
ISO 100-25600 (expandable to L:50 H1:51200, H2: 102400
Full HD Movie (ISO 100-12800 (H:25600)

High Performance Operation
61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 crosstype points)
6.0 fps for high continuous shooting
Intelligent viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage
3.2-type, approx.1.04m dot (3:2 wide) Clear View LCD II
iFCL metering with 63-zone dual-layer sensor
Shutter durability of 150,000 cycles

High end features
Silent & low vibration modes
Dual card slots (CF & SD)
High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode
Multiple Exposures
Comparative Playback function
Improved durability & water and dust resistance

Available Colours – Black
Megapixels – 22MP
Sensor Size – 36 x 24mm
ISO/Sensitivity – 100 – 25600
Autofocus Points – 61 points
Lens Mount – Canon
LCD Size – 3.2″
Liveview – Yes
Viewfinder – Optical TTL
Min Shutter Speed – 30 sec
Max Shutter Speed – 1/8000 sec
Continuous Shooting Speed – 6 fps
Self Timer – 10 sec, 2 sec
Metering – Centre-weighted, Spot, Evaluative, Partial
Video Resolution – Full HD 1080
Memory Type – Compact Flash
Connectivity – USB 2, HDMI, Mic Input, Wireless (optional)
Battery – LP-E6
Battery Type – Lithium-ion
Charger – Includes Li-Ion Charger
File Formats – AVI, RAW, H.264, MOV, MPEG-4
Dimensions – 152 x 116 x 76mm
Box Contents – Battery Pack LP-E6 .. Battery Charger LC-E6 .. AV Cable AVC-DC400ST .. Interface Cable IFC-200U .. Eyecup Eg .. Wide Strap EWEOS5DMKIII .. CR1616 Lithium Battery+

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Wedding Preparedness

May 29th, 2009 No comments

After feasting on the wonderful rehearsal-dinner food at the Latin King (odd name for an Italian restaurant), it’s time to go over the equipment for the big wedding day tomorrow one last time.  Two of everything?  Check!  Back off, Murphy!

~14 hours of coverage, wish us luck ;)

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Trigger Me Not

May 5th, 2009 3 comments

I’ve been holding my breath for months, waiting for the release of the RadioPopper JrX flash triggers, tearfully watching them push the release date back further and further.  The latest update on their blog specified a mid March release, which has far come and gone. Contacting them directly always yields a response that they’re releasing on a date in a couple weeks, which gets pushed back another week when they’re contacted by somebody else 20 seconds later.

They’re seriously losing out on a huge market share with these delays and failure to keep the general public updated.  They can’t compete without a shipping product, and they’re losing respect as a company by portraying such incompetency and poor customer service.

With wedding season coming up, it was time to come up for air, and I had no choice but to purchase the Alien Bee CyberSyncs today instead.  I know they’re also an awesome product (I love the AB800 lights I already have from them) and know I’ll be thrilled.  The supposed specs on the poppers had just seemed a tad more enticing, and the price tag a hair cheaper.

Anywhoo, now I wait on delivery of my 4 CSRB+’s (receivers) and CST (transmitter) :)

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