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Product Review – Eye-fi Pro X2 Wireless SD Card 8GB.

When I got my new (to me) camera, Canon 1D MKIII (I love this CAMERA!!!) I decided I needed a new SD Card as the only ones I had were 2GB Sandisk Extreme III’s from 5 years ago. I was looking at a 8gb card and these Eyefi’s caught my eye a year or so ago but never worked in the 20D i had as it was Compact Flash.

It took about 20mins to setup. You plug the card in the computer (mac in my case) load the software, connect the card to my home Wireless Network and tell it things, like i wanted it to transfer photos via Direct Mode etc.

I then plugged the card in my 1D and set it to shoot to both cards (Raw to compact Flash,and Large JPG to the SD. I installed the Eye-fi App on my iPad and fired it up. I took a test shot. Nothing.. few mre goes.. nothing. I then went to the wireless settings and realised I had to point the Wireless of the iPad to the Wireless of the Eyefi card had created. Once that was done I went back into the Eyefi app and bingo… the dialogue box was happily downloading EVERY photo i had taken from the Camera’s SD. Neat.

it takes about 2-3 seconds from the shutter click to seeing the photo on the iPad, so nothing breathtaking about the speed.

During a Wedding last Saturday, a few people thought it was cool that as I was taking photos, they were downloading to my iPhone. From there I could email them to people or upload to Flickr / Facebook etc.. Kind of neat.

They are $135, so not a cheap card. Only place i have seen them here in AU is d-d-Photographics.com.au

I must say the 580EX III is a lot more handy than the cheap Chinese YongNuo Flashes I bought 2 years ago (I got 3 x 460 Manual Flashes and wireless trigger set)

I am loving the 1DMKIII. Its a BIG step up form the 20D… coupled with the 24-105 as an everyday lens, Its ripper. I am still blown away by the shots from the 135L lens.

Anyways.. Eye-fi – kind of cool to wireless send photos from the camera to an iPad / iPhone / Computer without paying $1000 for t he Canon Wireless Transmitter or shooting Tethered via USB to a laptop (which i use my Dell Mini hackintoshed to run OSX to do)

There is a ‘app’ recommended on the iPad called ‘ShutterSnitch’ to receive the Eye-fi photos, although, for the price of $54.99… Its Damn Expensive Vs the FREE eye-fi software which seems to work ok.

Now to start saving for some light stands, soft boxes etc to strobe some Car photos for my next ‘project’. I still have my eye on a 17 TSE lens too I need to work harder.

oh.. This was the most expensive model, there is a cheaper version only 4GB and one that doesn’t send videos / raw files, only jpg. I bought the Pro because, well.. i wanted the Best as I had worked hard

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Speedlite Gels.

After watching a Joe McNally, the speedlite king, on www.Kelbytraining.com I decided to get some gels and have a go at using them. I picked up a Honl speedstrap, and the Sample Kit of Honl Gels from Michaels Camera in Melbourne. I decide to use the Coloured Gels, rather than Colour Correction, to get an effect I was looking for for the Overlander 4wd forum Photography comp of Red Green Blue.

Using the various coloured gels on the 580EXII off camera, fired via CTR301 Wireless Triggers and the tripod mounted 1D MKIII I managed to get the subtle colour effect on the engine of my FT500.

Overall, after layering the 3 shots, some dodgy photoshop masking, the shot was entered. I wasn’t entirely happy with the results. but it was a great first effort.

The 3 Pics:


Final shot:

The setup:

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Canon 1D Mark III Settings

Custom Functions:
C.Fn I-1 Exposure Level increments = 0 1/3 stop Compensation
C.Fn I-2 ISO speed setting increments = 0 1/3 stop
C.Fn I-3 Set ISO speed range = disable.
C.Fn I-4 AE/WB bracketing auto cancel = 0 On
C.Fn I-5 Bracketing sequence = 0
C.Fn I-6 Number of bracketed shots = 0
C.Fn I-7 Spot metering link to AF point = 1 Enable (use active AF point)
C.Fn I-8 Safety shift = 0 Disable – I almost always shoot in Manual mode so this function isn’t relevant.
C.Fn I-9 Select usable shooting modes = disable
C.Fn I-10 Select usable metering modes = disable
C.Fn I-11 Exposure mode in manual exposure = 0
C.Fn I-12 Set shutter speed range = disable
C.Fn I-13 Set aperture value range = disable
C.Fn I-14 Apply shooting/metering mode = disable I haven’t set up any Registered shooting modes yet
C.Fn I-15 Flash synch speed in Av mode = 0

C.Fn II-1 Long exposure noise reduction = 1 Auto – may be useful and there are no penalties for having this set.
C.Fn II-2 High ISO speed noise reduction = 0 Penalties too great if set to on
C.Fn II-3 Highlight tone priority = 1 Enable – greater dynamic range possible
C.Fn II-4 E-TTL II flash metering = 0 Evaluative flash metering
C.Fn II-5 Shutter curtain synch = 0
C.Fn II-6 Flash firing = 0
C.Fn II-7 Viewfinder info. during exposure = 0
C.Fn II-8 LCD panel illumination during bulb = 0
C.Fn II-9 INFO button when shooting = 1 Displays shooting data

C.Fn III-1 USM lens electronic MF = 0
C.Fn III-2 AI Servo tracking sensitivity = 0 Default setting (for the moment)
C.Fn III-3 AI Servo 1st/2nd image priority = 0 AF priority/Tracking priority
C.Fn III-4 AI Servo AF tracking method = 1 Continuous AF tracking priority – note that this function only works if you are using Automatic Point Selection (’ring of fire’) or if you have set AF point expansion (C Fn III-8) around a manually selected focus point.
C.Fn III-5 Lens drive when AF impossible = 0 Focus search on
C.Fn III-6 Lens AF stop button function = 4 One shot/AI Servo switch
C.Fn III-7 AF Microadjustment = 0
C.Fn III-8 AF expansion with selected point = 2 Enable surrounding Assist AF points
C.Fn III-9 Selectable AF point = 0 19 points – I want to be able to use any AF pt
C.Fn III-10 Switch to registered AF point = 1 Enable – I want to be able to switch backwards and forwards instantly between the centre AF point and Automatic point selection
C.Fn III-11 AF point auto selection = 2 Enable AF selection with both command dials for (slightly) better AF point navigation.
C.Fn III-12 AF point display during focus = 0 On
C.Fn III-13 AF point brightness = 0 Not much difference between settings
C.Fn III-14 AF-assist beam firing = 0 Enable
C.Fn III-15 Mirror lockup = 0 Disable
C.Fn III-16 Continuous shooting speed = Disable
C.Fn III-17 Limit continuous shot count = Disable

C.Fn IV-1 Shutter button/AF-ON button = 3 Exposure locked at first press of shutter button; AF on rear AF-On button – but note that I have moved this function to the <*> button using CFn IV-2.1 below.
C.Fn IV-2 AF-On/AE Lock button switch = 1 Use <*> button for AF instead of AF-On button
C.Fn IV-3 Quick Control Dial in metering = 0 Exposure compensation/Aperture
C.Fn IV-4 SET button when shooting = 0 Normal (disabled)
C.Fn IV-5 Tv/Av setting for Manual exposure = 0
C.Fn IV-6 Dial direction during Tv/Av = 0
C.Fn IV-7 Av setting without lens = 1 Enable – useful for synchorizing setting in manual mode if you are using two bodies for example
C.Fn IV-8 WB + media/image size setting = 0
C.Fn IV-9 Recording button function = 0
C.Fn IV-10 Btton function when QC dial = 0
C.Fn IV-11 Focusing Screens = 1 I like to use the Ec-D Grid focusing screen
C.Fn IV-12 Timer length for timer = Disable (Default)
C.Fn IV-13 Shortened release time lag = 0
C.Fn IV-14 Add aspect ratio information = 0
C.Fn IV-15 Add original decision data = 0
C.Fn IV-16 Live view exposure simulation = 1 Enabled

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A picture tells a thousand words.

RC, one of Kelby Media’s Photoshop guys and presenters on the DTown TV, PhotoshopUserTV and Grid Live shared a video story of a photograph he had called , ‘Proof’. The photo on its own isn’t magical, but combined with the story it really tells an inspirational tale of what a photo means. I urge you to go and watch the 6 1/2 minute video. Its well worth it. You should also check out AboutRC’s blog and follow him on twitter, he is a great guy.

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Shuttersnitch.

I often find cool Ipad / iPhone apps and think, I must buy that. Then I forget the name. Shuttersnitch when coupled with a wireless transmitting SDCard  from Eye-Fi means most Digital Camera’s can wirelessly shoot photos and send the result directly to my iPhone or iPad for viewing. Which helps as photos look much better on the iPad than the tiny little screen on the camera.

 

As with most people, if only they made a Compact Flash version :( Or I could afford

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Tilt-Shift Photography, Beaulieu 2010

Beaulieu, England, September 2010

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Tilt-Shift Photography, Paris 2010

Paris, France September 2010

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Tilt-Shift Photography, Paris 2010

Paris, France September 2010

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Tilt-Shift Photography, Paris 2010

Paris, France September 2010

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Tilt-Shift Photography, Dublin 2010

Dublin, Ireland 2010

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