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Aug 29, 2011 19:09 as a reply to  @ post 12997148 |  #16

Hi, back after working with it this weekend. Got some fairly good shots on Saturday and then went at it yesterday and all of a sudden, when I took pics Sat, the quick preview would come right up with the picture I took for examination. Sunday, before taking first pic, the "Live view shooting" tab was white in color when starting up, but right after I took the first picture, it went dull in color and it was not available to click, and no preview. Not sure what setting could be causing it. Also, because it is a canon utility, and I am using a Tamron macro lens, it is not suppose to but I think that could be a conflict in some cases but not sure. As far as computer, it is state of the art with solid state drives running in raid with 16 GB's of memory. It boots Windows 7 in 10 seconds. Have tried several cables all with the same results.


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Aug 29, 2011 19:22 |  #17

The lens won't matter, it's the camera your controlling. Like I said, EOS Utility is flakey. Make sure you have the latest version installed. If it doesn't start right the first time, unplug the cable, turn off the camera and restart it. The cable should be connected first, then turn on the camera, then start EOS Utility. I've been using it for 5 or 6 years and it's the flakiest damn software I ever used. It's almost like it has a mind of it's own. Once the computer gets it right though, it usually runs trouble free after that.


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Aug 29, 2011 21:00 |  #18

Correct on that one. Also using the macro lens I played around with the settings and took the f stop above 2.8 which caused the issues. Brought it back down and everything seems to be going ok. It is a battery hog.


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Aug 30, 2011 16:08 as a reply to  @ Amadauss's post |  #19

You can even focus from that panel.

Can you expand on this point...how do you manually focus from that bit of software, without touching the camera?


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Aug 30, 2011 17:09 |  #20

Same way you trip the shutter, or set the shutter speed or aperture, or ISO. It can all be done from the EOS Utility panel or the preview panel on your monitor, using the mouse to click buttons.

1. The main camera control panel, with the Aperture button ready for business. Either double or left click the buttons on this panel to get to their menus, then set them where you want, which is pretty obvious how, then move the mouse off them to close them.

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2. This is the live view screen, what you normally see when in EOS Utility after you click the "Live View Shoot..." button near the bottom of the narrow main panel. The focus buttons are not gaudy and look dead sometimes, but they are active and turn blue when you press and hold one.
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3. You can even use the magnify view, by clicking the little magnifying button at the bottom right of the live view screen. This can magnify at 100% or 200%, and I use it quite a bit to fine focus, it will make a difference in sharpness on your final image, so use it if you have time.
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Now, it's up to you to learn the rest. Just open it and play with it, it doesn't cost anything.

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Oct 24, 2011 19:58 as a reply to  @ canonloader's post |  #21

Sorry took so long to get back. Have been trying all sorts of methods with lighting and playing with setups including shooting through a piece of glass letting the light reflect off of it to the coin. Here are some examples. The Kennedy I was just trying to play around with various light positions and get a very unique picture. Was thinking about starting a best coin pics topic.

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Oct 24, 2011 20:24 |  #22

They came out nice. I wonder what a polarizer would do?


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Oct 24, 2011 23:37 as a reply to  @ canonloader's post |  #23

Come on, you see Just an amateur in my signature :). What do you mean by a polarizer? Any suggestions or ideas appreciated.


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Oct 25, 2011 04:02 |  #24

A circular polarizer is a filter that goes on the lens, and you can turn the outer part to remove glare from glass, water, most shiny things. Makes it look more normal. Sometimes it's a good effect, sometimes not though.


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Oct 25, 2011 10:01 as a reply to  @ canonloader's post |  #25

On the Indian head penny, I used a piece of glass at a 45 angle, taking the picture through the glass. Had light in front reflecting off the glass on to the coin. If done right, do not get to much reflection at all and just a great pic of the coin. On one of my posts, I put a picture of the set up. I might want to try that polarizer to see what might happen. I am guessing you can get them at any camera store or do you recommend one? Thanks.


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Oct 25, 2011 10:12 |  #26

Well, I found out the hard way, the cheap ones don't work so well. I bought one from Canon for a Canon lens that was $125 and it was nice.


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Oct 25, 2011 21:21 as a reply to  @ canonloader's post |  #27

Thank you. Would have probably tried for something cheap and been upset with results. Will look for a good one.


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Oct 25, 2011 21:28 as a reply to  @ Amadauss's post |  #28

despite the fact that there's always room for improvement, those coin shots are well done. anybody who has tried would really appreciate them. :)




  
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Oct 30, 2011 11:41 as a reply to  @ N.V.M.'s post |  #29

Thanks very much. Here are a couple more.

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Nov 01, 2011 20:49 |  #30

Notice the colors on the silver coins?

You might find that undesirable and can 'desaturate' to remove them.

Otherwise they are really nice.

If you like I could show you the results by editing one of your images and posting it here.




  
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