Canon firmware recall

If you own a Canon 7D Mark II, you’ll want to read about this to see if it’ll affect you. I haven’t been and don’t foresee I will be affected since I use a wireless router for my wireless shooting. You can read about my setup HERE.

To read up about the recall on Canon’s Europe site, its HERE.



Aftermath of my Samsung Note 5 Smash

OK, so a couple days ago, in a fit of rage, I stupidly threw my phone down on a counter it bounced off then onto the cement floor….yeah. Here’s a pic (there’s a slight warp to the phone now):

Smashed Samsung Note 5.

Smashed Samsung Note 5.

So after that bit of satisfaction of smashing something…I slowly started to realize that I just got the phone maybe 2 months ago (I swapped my brand new Samsung S7 for it) and I hadn’t done a back up yet and over the course of 2 months I met a lot of people at the exhibitions and events, not to mention the pics I used my phone for….So I’m stewing about to boil over so I exiled myself to a corner and I’m fighting off the flu.

The flu won, slept almost 2 days. So 3rd day, today, I’m up looked at the phone, no lights no nothin, plugged in, nothing…took my sim out to put in back up phone and left the house. Went around to the used kiosks to check prices of used phones and new phones as well as repair prices. After many oooh and aaahs about the condition of my phone here’s what I gathered:

Area: Toa Payoh, Orchard, Plaza Singapura (Country: Singapore)
Price range for screen inclusive of labor: $290 – $420
Price range for Motherboard inclusive of labor $250 – $300

The high prices are from Samsung. Note: If you let Samsung fix your phone they WILL wipe your phone! They said because they reflash the phone or something like that. Also, they won’t back up for you! Where as the shops, they only replace the display so your data will stay intact.

Price range for NEW Note 5 High $800’s to $900’s
Price range for used Note 5 between $500 and $600
Price range for used Note 4 Between $300 and $400

The worry now is the warp on the phone has it caused any issues with the motherboard, Samsung said maybe, other shops say probably not. All say have to replace the display first.

Time it takes to change the display is 2 hours, Samsung 2-3 days. The shops that don’t have the display in stock will take a week to get it in.

I went with a shop in Far East Plaza called CityMobi. A gentleman named James helped me out. After much deliberation I went with CityMobi because no one had a blue display (my Note 5 is the blue one) but he offered gold or white. No one else offered. But most of all, in my opinion, he was the most honest, realistic person that I had spoken to. He was pretty sure the bend was not serious and the motherboard should be fine.

So I chose the gold display went back 1h 45 min later and it was done. The phone works, my data is all there and dang, I think two tone looks pretty good. The phone is still a bit warped, the speaker grill thing at the top is a bit wonky but hey….it works!

Anyways, i was offered a discount on a gold colored case (I guess my two tone phone isn’t as cool as I thought?) and screen protector so what the heck I got both. All in, it cost me $325, an expensive lesson to learn what button sets me off.

I hope none o’ya have to go through this but if ya do, I hope the numbers and process helps calm you down. Oh, if you haven’t done so already, BACK UP YOUR DATA!



Canon Software Suite update

Update to EOS Utility, DPP etc etc to include the new M5 and lenses. Here’s the link:

https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/details/cameras/eos-m-series-digital-cameras/eos-m5-ef-m-18-150mm-is-stm?tab=drivers&WT.mc_id=C126149#Z7_MQH8HIC0L88RB0AMD0F1Q42K25



Moose Peterson MP-1 V2.0

WOW! I thought ThinkTank Photo’s Naked ShapeShifter was cool. This bag by MindShift Gear, Moose Peterson MP-1 V2.0, looks awesome…maybe even better for what I have in mind for my gear than the TTP Naked Shapeshifter!

I can’t wait to check this out, even though it is on the pricier side.



Call For Applications – IPA

Invisible Photographer Asia: Call For Applications: IPA x SHS Photo Mentorship Grant

“The IPA Mentorship Program is an intensive 3-month program by Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) for those who wish to further their personal photographic vision and goals. The aim is for mentees to conceive, continue or finish a photo project or series as a method to strengthen their photography and understand the concerns of their individual practice. ”

IPA’s workshop website HERE.