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How many of you still have the Canon EOS 50D and still love to shoot with it? This is the very last model in the xxD line without video and still made out of a metal frame but a camera this old will start to show its quirky nature. First it was the shutter button assembly failure. Brought it to canon and it was replaced within a day.

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My old reliable.

Now, when 2 fresh batteries (BP-511A) are loaded into the battery grip they would not last a day. The top LCD would start doing the blinking low battery dance. Or in some instance a recharged BP-511A are loaded and the camera does not turn on. Sound familiar?
Do not panic. There is probably nothing wrong with the BP-511As. Nor the 50D itself. But the internal clock battery has dried up and needs replacing. The CR-2016 can be purchased in most stores that supply wrist watch batteries.

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The original CR-2012 from the Canon EOS 50D

First, make sure the 50D is turned off. If a battery grip is attached, take out the BP-511As and detach the grip. Look into the 50D battery compartment and there is a little tiny plastic plate with a CR-2016 engraved on it.

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The internal clock battery slot.

Make sure the brand spanking new CR-2016 is right where you need it. Once this is removed date and clock will revert to 0. Don’t worry continuous file numbering will not reset.
Then, by pressing on the grooves with a finger slowly slide out the battery panel. The little plastic battery tray should slide out with just a little bit of friction since the slot has not been moved for years. Then remove the dead CR-2016 and put in the fresh one. + goes on the side facing the BP-511A chamber. Battery brand will not be crucial to breathing new life into the camera. Just make sure the CR-2016 are new stock.

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Put a finger on the grooves and slide out the battery holder.

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Once the old is replaced with the new CR-2016 slide the battery back into the slot and push it down gently into the slot.

Then slide the little tray all the way back inside the slot. Insert the BP-511A into the battery compartment and, close and lock the compartment door. Turn on the camera and the adjust date and time screen will magically appear. Set to the appropriate time zone and the old EOS 50D will have another few years to go.

That is it. Simple, easy and without problems.

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The 50D is now ready to go back into action.

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On a side note, found Energizers near me and it only cost PHP50 (about US$1.00) for a pair.

Update: December 1, 2010

Seeing quite a few views on this post. If your EOS 50D shutter button stops working don’t panic. Just bring it in to Canon for repairs. I promise it won’t hurt. Read on…

SHUTTER BUTTON SWITCH RELEASE

First off, shutter assembly and shutter button switch release, although very much related, are 2 very different components within the hand grip of a DSLR. Now, on to the cold sweat inducing-body contorting set back.

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Cutaway view of the hand grip with shutter switch release

A few months ago during an event shoot the EOS 50D’s shutter button would not take a shot after achieving auto focus. The cam emitted the all too familiar beep and still no go. After trying a few more times albeit with more tap tap pressure than normal the shutter button finally released the mirror to take a shot.

More events were covered without another hitch until some weeks ago. There were no warning beeps, blinking lights or ERR 99 on the LCD. The shutter button had finally succumbed to fingerly abuses while only achieving auto focus but no mirror clak-claking to take a photo. The battery grip (BG-E2N) saved this photographer from an embarrassing situation and served as the main shutter button for both horizontal and vertical shots. Imagine the contorting positions while composing a frame and good thing the 50D’s a second cam with a wide angle lens attached.

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Shutter switch release component: top and bottom view. Notice the darker portion of the red circle-that

There was just no time to search the net for answers and hoping a call to Canon Philippines would get me the proper psycological remedy. The call got me Canon Philippines customer service reps. The cause of shutter failure could be 1. shutter assembly or 2. shutter switch release needed replacing. Without parts on hand repairs would take 2-4 weeks or longer and that was not a very favorable answer for having another shoot lined up in a week. Oh, cold sweat had started beading up all over.

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4" Iron Man modelling the tiny shutter switch release

But 30 minutes later, after frantically searching, got the phone number for Canon service center on Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong. Gave them a call and talked with a supervisor on the dire situation. Finally, a bright future ahead, the switch release replacement part was on hand but no shutter assembly. With that, a trip to Canon Shaw Blvd wishing the problem is the shutter switch release.

Arriving at Shaw Blvd at 11 am, noticed instantly how helpful and cheery the staff was. Very different from the normal sales team at some of the Canon boutiques. Within 5 minutes at the proper hands of a spotless lab coat wearing technician the culprit is the shutter switch release. Feeling quite the relief while begging and pleading got the EOS 50D repaired, cleaned and back in my dirty paws before 2:15pm (It helped to mention photography as a means of living).

Thank you very much and 2 thumbs up to Joseph and his team at Canon Shaw Blvd for the exceptional service. Most importantly, even without CPS, this photographer was given back one of his work horses for another shoot. The shutter switch release was only PHP133.93 (approx. US$4) and workshop repair charge at PHP1,116.07 (approx. US$35). Everything totaled at PHP1,400 and a very small price to pay for the return of a second camera.

TODAY: THE 15th DAY ON THE 8th MONTH IN THE YEAR OF THE TIGER OF THE CHINESE LUNAR CALENDAR

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中秋節 (Zhongqiu Jie) literally translates to “Mid-Autumn Festival” in Mandarin Chinese.

Above image captured yesterday with Canon EOS 50D+EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6. RAW and converted in DPP and further processed in Photoshop.

The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節), also known as the Moon Festival, is a popular East Asian tradition of Chinese origin, dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China’s Shang Dynasty, that spread to neighbouring cultures like Japan. It was first called Mid-Autumn festival in the Zhou Dynasty. In Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and the Philippines it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival. The Chinese Lantern Festival is held on the 15 day of the first lunar month.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese calendar (the other being the Chinese Lunar New Year), and is a legal holiday in several countries. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally, on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomeloes together. Accompanying the celebration, there are other additional cultural or regional customs.

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Above image captured September 15, 2008 with Canon Powershot G7 point & shoot. Jpg file further post processed in Photoshop.

in the spirit of mid autumn festival (中秋節) here’s a chinese legend…

Chang’e, Ch’ang-O or Chang-Ngo (Chinese: 嫦娥; pinyin: Cháng’é), also known as Heng-E or Heng-O (姮娥; Héng’é), is the Chinese goddess of the moon. Unlike many lunar deities in other cultures who personify the moon, Chang’e only lives on the moon. As the “woman on the Moon”, Chang’e could be considered the Chinese complement to the Western notion of a man in the moon. The lunar crater Chang-Ngo is named after her.

but, i like this next one much much better…

In Chinese mythology, a rabbit lives on the moon where it makes herbal medicine. The rabbit is also mentioned in the novel Journey to the West. According to Korean and Japanese myths, a rabbit lives on the moon making rice cakes (Thuck – the Korean word for rice cakes in general, and mochi, a different type of a rice cake with red bean filling, in the Japanese myth).” quotes from Wikipedia

A happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all.

UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 4, 2010

CKSC ’85: Touched for the 25th Time yearbook now available! Take a look at the preview.

  • Hardcover 8×10″, 50 pages
  • Full color w/ wrap around cover

You can inquire and order from Ms. Helen Benoza or please send me your name, contact number and questions. Please put CKSC 85 on subject header. Thanks!

CKS 1985 CELEBRATING THE 25TH

A great party it was!

I had so much fun I didn’t realize both the Canon EOS 50D/ EOS 7D combo went through around 3,000 images. Seems strange when only 5 photos are posted here, hmmmm.

The story went like this: shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot…. upload upload upload upload upload… backup backup backup…. then the eye popping process began of sorting and editing the photos.

Finally after a week it’s done then sleep sleep sleep. After a good nights dreaming of caressing an EOS 1D MK IV it was time to sort though a few thousand photos for their ‘yearbook’. Let me tell you, it was harder than choosing a good wife to marry. And the elimination process took another week, my blood shot eyes couldn’t take anymore but slaved on to complete it but oh, but it was fun.

Now, I hope the whole class orders the ‘yearbook’ that so much work was put into =)

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TYPHOON 2010

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The onset of the rainy season was announced in early June 2010. It is part of the Tropical Monsoon season that hits a large part of South East Asia. In the Philippines, situated in the tropical zone, have only 2 weather seasons-hot and rainy. During the rainy season we experience tropical typhoons or tropical storms or as referred by Wikipedia as East Asian cyclones.

All that heavy rain and flooding all over CNN recently is a regular occurrance for Metro Manila even during my young formative years. Even the recent Singapore flooding of Orchard Road pales in comparison. Here is a little reminder of typhoon Ondoy from last season and these images are considered tame.

The word typhoon, which is used today in the Northwest Pacific, may be derived from Urdu, Persian and Arabic ţūfān (طوفان), which in turn originates from Greek tuphōn (Τυφών), a monster in Greek mythology responsible for hot winds. The related Portuguese word tufão, used in Portuguese for typhoons, is also derived from Greek tuphōn. It is also similar to Chinese “taifeng” (“toifung” in Cantonese) (颱風 – literally great winds), and also to the Japanese “taifu” (台風), which may explain why “typhoon” came to be used for East Asian cyclones. –Wikipedia

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In the Philippines, names of typhoons are changed once it reaches our area of responsibility. For 2010, the names of typhoons that have been lined up by PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration): Agaton, Basyang, Caloy, Domeng, Ester, Florita, Glenda, Henry, Inday, Juan, Katring, Luis, Neneng, Ompong, Paeng, Queenie, Seniang, Tomas, Usman, Venus, Waldo, Yayang and Zeny. Names of letters M and R have gone AWOL. And can’t seem to be found.

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Just last week we experienced the wrath of Ester with 20 more to go for this year. Even as many roads have been repaired or are still being repaired, along with drainage systems, flooding still occur during the initial stages of heavy rain. There is an urban myth that goes: if PAGASA declares no classes or work for the day due to heavy rains then it is much the opposite and it is usually a good day to go out without the everyday traffic jams.

On August 6, newly elected President Aquino sacked PAGASA chief Nilo for the forecast of typhoon Basyang that was predicted to skirt Metro Manila but instead hit head on and caused flooding and major power outtage for 2 to 3 days. With the Philippines still in the early stages of typhoon season lets all hope that interim chief Science Undersecretary Graciano Yumul will better inform the country of incoming tropical storms.

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Photos were shot in various stages of rainy season. All RAW converted to TIFF and further processed in Photoshop.

UNEXPECTEDLY CAPTURED

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It all began on this rainy night.

The camera, a Canon EOS 50D, was all set up on a tripod and suddenly thirst got the better of me. There would be nothing better than a cold drink while waiting for lightning to strike.

Instead of leaving the camera idle outside in the slight drizzle my fingers found the shutter button on the remote and set it to bulb. Now, getting that cold drink took about a minute or so. Upon returning to my shooting spot with drink in one hand, my other hand closed the shutter on the camera. Not really expecting to get anything a few 1 minute frames were captured thereafter.

Of the 40 plus frames only 3 had me smiling and 1 had me jabbing the air like my son had just received a new toy. The rest are history and stored in an external hard drive.

Original photo shot in RAW format, processed in DPP and further enhanced in Photoshop.

YOUR COMMENTS ARE VERY MUCH ENCOURAGED…

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Shot details: Canon EOS 50D, Focal Length: 26mm, Aperture: f/4.5, Shutter speed: 1/30, ISO 200, Speedlite 580 EXII/430 EXII, RAW

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