These are the steps that I personally take when purchasing camera equipment(Body/Lens/Speedlite). Hopefully with this guide nobody gets ripped off again. Note: In this guide, you will need a torchlight for all checks. Your phone torchlight will do. Also, this guide covers how to check for the functional aspect and optics of the camera. Honestly, I don’t really care about the exterior condition of the camera, you decide for yourself if scratches on the body are ok. Let’s start with camera bodies. There are 5 things to look out for when checking a body. 1. Viewfinder (Only applies for DSLRs not mirrorless cameras) Start with the viewfinder, the part you look through in the camera. First, remove the body cap of the camera, using a torchlight, shine at the focussing screen and look for any scratches or marks. If there are any, replacement at Canon SG is roughly $30. While we’re are there, take a look at the mirror for any signs of scratches or fungus on the mirror. If there are any, Mirror replacement is about $200. Next, shine the light straight into the lens mount area, and look through the viewfinder with the camera powered on. Adjust the dioptre for your eyes to make sure the numbers at the bottom of the viewfinder are clear. Move the light around looking for any faint white jagged lines or patchy areas. They may look branchy from the centre or be growing from the edges. That is fungus. Unless it’s a crazy deal like a 5D Mark IV for $2000 (2018 Price $2900), the camera is pretty much a write-off with repairs easily being about $200-400 at Canon SG. 2. Sensor Start by putting the Camera in Live view and shine a light at the sensor. Make sure that you don’t see any scratches, branches or spots. Next, mount a lens and close the aperture as small as possible, and shoot pointing at the bright sky. Look for a patchy spot in the image. If there is, that is fungus on the sensor. Expect repairs from as little as $40 (if fungus is only on top of the sensor) or as much as $600 if the fungus is between layers of the sensor (assuming a higher-level camera). If all is clear, test for dead pixels by putting the body cap on and covering the viewfinder. Then take a shot with 30 second exposure. Make sure image is completely black with no coloured dots. If there are, means that there are dead pixels. 3. Shutter Testing the shutter can be done by first, simply putting it in continuous drive mode and making sure it fires. Afterward, shoot a picture of the bright sky with 1/2000 shutter speed and above or as high as possible. Adjust your aperture and ISO to match. Make sure the photo is bright throughout and there aren’t black horizontal bars. That is a sign of a shutter failure. Shutter replacement is around $250 at Canon SG. Unless it’s a crazy deal like a 7D Mark II for $500 (2018 Price $1100), it’s not worth it. Shutter Count isn’t something you should worry about the 150k lifespan is an extremely conservative estimate. Almost all cameras go well over the estimated lifespan. I personally had a 5D Mark III go well over 200k SC and still work perfectly. There are even some reports of 5D Mark II going well over SC of 1 Million. 4. Buttons and dials Press every single button and dial and make sure it works. Don’t fall for any tricks like the seller saying “I disabled it and you can enable it again in the menu” If that is so, ask the seller to enable it for you and make sure it works. PLEASE also get the seller to bring a fully charged battery and lens to test. 5. Ports Make sure all the ports on the side are working by plugging the appropriate external devices to it. This is more for the serious studio photographer as most hobbyists don’t use any of the ports there. Now for Lenses. There are 4 things to look out for when checking a lens. 1. Optics Start by simply removing both caps and looking straight through the lens. You should be able to see straight through it no problem. Then, take a torchlight and shine it into the lens. Slowly move it around and look carefully for anything branchy or patchy. Do so through both sides of the lens. If any is present, that is fungus. Cleaning at Canon SG ranges from around $60-100 for EF-S and smaller EF lenses, and from $100-200 for larger EF Lenses. If fungus is growing inside the element group between the elements, repairs go from $400+ onwards at Canon SG. 2. Focussing Set the lens focus to infinity, then focus on a subject nearby. Make sure it can focus accurately. Do the same the opposite way. Set the lens to MFD and focus on a far-away subject. Make sure it can focus well. Then make sure the AF/MF switch works. Switch the lens to MF and make sure it doesn’t AF and focus can be adjusted on the focus ring. If lens cannot AF, repairs can go up to $400. 3. Aperture Set the lens to the widest possible aperture in MANUAL mode. Decrease the aperture and take a shot at every step. Ensure every photo becomes darker. If the photos all stay the same brightness, aperture is likely stuck or sticky. Repairs may cost up to $400 at Canon SG 4. Image Stabilisation This applies to lenses with IS only. To start turn both the AF and IS switch to OFF. Half press your shutter button and make sure there is no sound from the lens. After that, turn the IS switch to ON. Half press your shutter button again and you should here some noise from inside the lens. If there is still no noise, it is likely that the IS is broken. If so, repairs can go up to $400. Finally, Speedlites. Easy to check. Only 2 things. 1. Firing Ensure that Speedlite can be fired by pressing the Pilot button which will light up red. Then mount the Speedlite on top of your camera and make sure that it can fire. Ensure that there is no burning smell after firing. If there is, that is the sign of a dying bulb. Replacement can cost up to $200 at Canon SG. 2. Physical check Make sure all the buttons and dials are functional. They should also not be too stiff or too hard to press. Check battery compartment for corrosion or oil. Either may lead to a Dead PCB costing around $150 to repair at Canon SG. Below are some pictures of fungus for those who don’t know how it looks like.
Hi, all. Now that we are a good 10 weeks into discussions, it's time we get to know each other well. But before we begin in earnest, allow me some basic rules, okay? 1) The Discussion Section will be strictly for discussions, not for ads of your own items or profiles on social media (these ads belong to the Marketplace). Effective tomorrow (27/08/18) I'll be removing the item sales and promo listings. Sorry ah, this isn't Tinder, this is Carousell. 2) Topics in the Discussion sections should be photography related, but need not be about Canon 100% of the time. Really, I'm not a dictator, so just know what's good to post. 3) Online interactions are not rated by the ESRB, so please keep all content in your chats proper, i.e persuant to the laws of the Govt of Singapore. Don't anyhow whack or start flamewars and don't turn this place into Straits Times Comment Section hor. Simple enough ah? Okay, next. I've lost touch with the old admin, and so will be needing another admin. Roles and responsibilities: - Planning and Execution of events for group. - Assist in spring cleaning of group - Group discussions moderation / adjudication. - Engagement of Group - Relations with Carousell. If you think you can handle this (it's unpaid!) Drop me a message on any of my items. Basic Requirements: 1) Must be a photographer *all skill levels welcome* Do DM up! Lastly, I'll need the members to vote on other rules. Can we have you suggest other rules for this group? Just write below and I'll review. Thank you! -- Isaac
Guys, lets see if we can try a day to go to Ilight. 22 Feb 2019, Friday 6.30pm at Raffles Pl MRT. Bring a tripod, camera and lens, plus a supply of water and snacks! We will walk from Fullerton side, one round past Downtown, Promontory, MBS, Helix Bridge and to Jubilee Bridge, then dinner at Gluttons By the Bay!
Hei guys! So canon just launch a new mirrorless full frame camera Canon RP here the link related to it: - https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt2ShCxHZup/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1ccbaji38kx7h - https://www.apotelyt.com/compare-camera/canon-r-vs-canon-rp So what do you guys think about it?
Composite photography. . In frame - My Son. Photographer : @fir_effy . Camera Setting : ISO 100 f2.8 70mm ¹/250sec Canon M50. . Photoshop : - BG location - Central Business District at Marina Bay. - Snow - overlay with motion blur (45°) and guassian blur. - Stack on 5 group. - High pass / Liniear light mode - subject - inspired by Sin City. #composite #potraitphotography #canonsg. I have lots of photos of my family, landscape and architecture, sometimes I don't know what to do with it. So, I use photoshop to create composite photography, I been using Photoshop since last year, but I'm still learn to improve myself by taking courses to improve my knowledge on photoshop. Right now I challenge myself to create on the excessive images that I think have potential to make composite on photoshop, as time I doing it, I'm getting in love with Photoshop and the tools. I believe the process of getting better on photoshop is to practice and practice. So I take this opportunity to hear from you guys. What do you think? Constructive feedback is much appreciated. . Thank you . @fir_effy
May I ask which brand or model of the laptop is good for editing, other than Macbook (it is so expensive for me because I still a student) ? Because currently I realized that colour show in my laptop and phone is totally different (like the photo shown below, the colour is more saturation, more orange compare to the one shown in my laptop)
Is Epson printer good? What is the image quality of the pictures. Why I choose Epson - the only printer using bottle ink. If there's a product or brand that have a similarity like Epson let me know. Because I want the product that have a similarity benefit like Epson using bottle ink. Im tired using cartridge printer, most brands using cartridge and cartridge so Xpensive. Any advice?
Hei guys! I'm a canon user for roughly 9 years now. I used to shoot with canon 550D from the kit lens and now already have a few lens. But seems like the 550D are too old so I change to canon m5. After a few months use it I feel that the canon M5 are not that good. Is it just me that still love the DSLR or the mirrorless are actually bad? Thinking to change again to DSLR like 6D or 5D. Is this still a great time to use DSLR?
I just saw some dope photos of eagles and thought about doing doing aome wildlife. I only have a 55-250mm lens though. So 250 x 1.6crop=400mm. Is it enough? Im thinking of getting a tamron 100-400mm g2 where with the crop its 640mm and i saw really good loseups at 600mm. My budget can fit a tamron 100-400mm. But how about sigma 100-400 or 150-600mm? Theres tpo many options
Hi friends. Looking to purchase my first telephoto lens for my 5Dmkiv. I have experience shooting with the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 mkii and I absolutely loved it. Doing event and concert professionally, portraits and street on the side I’ve read and heard praises for the Tamron G2 and also snippets of the new Sigma 70-200 Sports lens taking over the throne. Looking for one that doesn’t hurt my wallet Thoughts?
Hi, all! Where would we like to go for our next photowalk? Tentative mid Feb.
This picture taken with a same setting (I will leave the settings down below) with a stack of 6 layer. Post processing in LR and PSD. I didn't do any of the bracketing or HDR. Just that on the Post-processing, I mask the long exposure light trail to bring out the brake light on the vehicle. This is another angle of the national gallery Singapore. . Camera Setting :ISO 100 f16 25sec 18mm (18-35mm) Sigma Art | Canon M50. .
Last year Bucket list fullfil tonight. . It been quite sometime I didn't take architecture photo. This was one of my bucket list since last year, I tried to take a shot past few weeks but the weather was not pretty good. So, this evening, I made history on this new chapter of 2019. Hope you guys are inspired and enjoy this beautiful architecture landscape. . Camera Setting :ISO 100 f16 25sec 18-35mm (Sigma Art lens) at 18mm. . #fotoshiok #architecture #landscape #nightphotography
Recently took this photo at west coast park on a cloudy day... Looking comments on how to composite the photo better... Thank you. 😃
Canon Eos 4000d Or Canon powershot 15
Help im a beginner and i just checked my lens why is it like this
I believe my sensor has a slight fungus on the bottom right of my sensor. I would like to send my camera for servicing. Does anyone know where i can service my camera sensor? Prefer west side since i stay in bukitpanjang
Abit about me. I don’t shoot places everyone else shoots, just not my style. I don’t follow trends. I tend to look for good landscape shots from high vantage points (which I usually find by looking out of the car window when my father is driving or on a grab etc etc) *HDB is my best friend* Abit about why I’m asking this now: I’ve been recently immobilised for 3 weeks up till 2 weeks ago due to a broken ankle (gah its so inconvenient) and got back to shooting again just over a week ago after not shooting for about a month. Usually go out to shoot at least 2 times a week. Now I’m kinda dry on ideas and forgot about most of the places I saw previously but haven’t visited. Anyone has any reccomendations? If possible do include the address of the area or like describe the area. No rooftopping or trespassing please.
Hi I would like to know what camera should I get. My budget is around 300-500. I worked with dslr before and roughly know the settings. I don't mind if it's second hand. Just want some recommendation. Thankyuu
I went on to search and i found two kinds. One is a dry cabinet the other is dry box. Whats the difference? Which is more practical for use? Im not looking at the price.