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Technical Support / Re: 5D III OR 6D or 7DII
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:25:32 PM »
Hey Canon Rumours Gurus

I'm gonna get a new camera, and would ideally like it before the end of October (travelling then)

- Currently have a Canon 600D, had for 3yrs now, have taught myself manual settings, etc, now time to upgrade
- What I shoot - animals (Macro & Tele), landscapes/sunsets/waterscapes and for my new camera will also be possibly looking shoot underwater (will buy a housing - pricey I know)
- Examples of what I shoot - Check out my instagram, or website for an idea of what I shoot. (please note instagram crops and degrades photos so don't judge me ;)
- What lenses i have: tokina fisheye  10-17, Canon 15-85, Canon 100mm Macro, Canon 100-400, Canon 50mm 1.4
- Budget:
* Camerawise - 5D III is what I am willing to spend. Not 1D (also 1D is too bulky)
* Lenswise - Am open to suggestions <$2500
- I travel as much as i can, carry it all currently in my lowepro 21L bag. Last trip I took my fisheye, 50mm, 100-400 and 15-85 and a couple of filters. Also took a point and shoot Canon S100 and underwater housing. Barely used 50mm (not a portrait guy), fisheye was novelty but could easily travel without it.
- I want to be able to blow my photos up big. Like 30' x 45' big
- Dont really shoot video

What I want in a new camera
- Focussing - 600D misses quite a few shots, probably me a bit, but i feel the focus is just not quite there...
- Noise - I set my limit on my camera to 800 ISO, because nothing above that is useable on the 600D. Even 800 is pushing it.
- Frames - As much as i shoot wildlife, I am reasonably happy with the frames I have, 5+/second is adequate.

Options I think
- 5D III
- 7D II
- 6D

The debate is the reach and noise really.
FYI am going to Sri Lanka this year (gonna to some safaris - Leopards!!) and am looking at going to Africa mid next year (Gorillas as my primary destination).
- looking to take a new lens + 100-400 +/- fisheye (aware only works at 15mm+ on full frame)

- Looking at 24-70 and 24-105
- Am leaning towards the tamron 24-70 VC.  I have read extensively on the forums (there is definitely a hater of this lens) and the conclusions I get are that this lens is SLIGHTLY less impressive than the canon, SOMETIMEs tracks a bit, but has great image stabilisation and produces great images.  Leaning towards this.
- Why not the 24-70 F4 from canon. Firstly I don't think we (Australia) have had the price cut yet, but also want to try out starscapes and it seems they are all shot at 2.8 (? am i wrong)

I would love any input. I have tried to pre-empt all the questions you might want to know.

if you have the $$$ get 5diii ….if not get a canon film camera for cheap and a couple cheap zooms

EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 01:28:24 PM »
You're asking Canon to make you a custom camera, and to change the 5D market position.  Unless you have many millions to throw at Canon, that ain't gonna happen.

No I'm not - the original 5D did not have video functionality, so I would like to go back to that.  People who want high quality video has the 1D C available (and that already supports 4K shooting).

or Canon could make it film camera and include a drum scanner....


nice…i'd buy it

EOS Bodies / Re: A Surprise Cinema EOS Announcement for Photokina? [CR1]
« on: September 14, 2014, 06:52:35 AM »
I am told that the surprise announcement has nothing to with new hardware or development announcement. A patent sharing agreement with other cine-camera manufacturers like Red, Alexa, Arri etc like they had it with Microsoft. Canon realizes that it is lagging far behind in sensor development.  Canon is apparently interested in latest RED sensor which outscored Sony at DXO. There is speculation that Canon may slowly concentrate on only lenses.

What's your source? The Alexa sensor is Sony so if so, this is a huge deal! I never liked Red or Sony's color rendering compared with Canon, but if Canon shares color science with Arri and Red we are all in for a lot of magic. But why would Canon go out of its way to share patents if it plans to focus only on lens production... that's what confuses me. Why would the best-selling dSLR company and most profitable by far drop its camera division?

Thanks for the heads up! Leaks like this are what keep the internet running. I would be devastated if this were true as I have a C-series body and 5D Mark III... and many only half as much invested in lenses. :(

Might have to start selling. Not sure where to turn for stills, though, if Canon drops body production. Nothing else has competent autofocus with EF-mount.

are you sure the alexa has a sony sensor??

Canon General / Re: Canon Celebrates 80th Anniversary of Kwanon
« on: September 02, 2014, 09:14:44 AM »
i'd buy that film camera

Canon General / Re: Colombia
« on: July 14, 2014, 07:22:27 AM »
If visiting a Third World Country causes concern, consider not taking and flaunting your First World extravagances.
Take only one, un-gripped body, mount a 40mm pancake and call it good.
Hang the camera from a Kevlar UPstrap or a stainless cable reinforced Carrysafe, no big gear bag, only a small belt looped accessory bag.
I consider essential accessories to include a battery charger, spare battery, spare memory cards, a CPL, an infrared remote.
If you want some minimal support, a weighted string with a clasp, a 1/4" - 20 eye bolt screwed into the tripod socket for the string's clasp.
I'd leave laptop and tablet home, use a smartphone for tethering, appropriate cables.
You may just find traveling and shooting gear light and minimal to be liberating and exhilarating, you may just find fresh creativity without the aids of multiple focal lengths.


another thing.. what I do…take a film camera…and a few rolls of film… 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: July 07, 2014, 05:50:40 AM »
i have a nikon film camera…and canon 5dm3...

EOS Bodies / Re: The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 04, 2014, 03:33:03 PM »
we still have a week to find it

EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs Sony A7s vs GH4
« on: July 02, 2014, 04:44:09 PM »
I have the A7s in hand, also have a GH4 and 5Diii. I've done some initial testing and should have more show later tomorrow (July 2nd).

I have mixed feelings, but in my limited time playing around with it here are some thoughts:

- Great ISO performance, but the higher ISOs are indeed pretty grainy.
- Incredible Low Light focusing sensitivity. More than anything I have ever tested, but only with native Sony lenses.
- Im already wishing Sony had many more lenses made for it with very wide apertures
- Paired with the Metabones Speedbooster and wide aperture glass, it could be a low light monster, especially for video.
- The Metabones Adapter, (not the speed booster) AF pretty much did not work, at all. I might have a bad copy. I hear it is slower, but is still supposed to work, but I had no such success with it.

I was very impressed with the DR and colors it could see beyond my own eyes, as grainy as it was:

There will probably be a sweet spot for low light portraits, but I would imagine it is around ISO 25,600.

Ill post the ISO charts later today.

 5d3 + m.l.  for video and stills tests?? 

hi everyone. i've been a member for a while now but for some reason (probably too many email accounts), i had to register again after a forgotten password. so, hello again! hope you're all well.

short version - to retina or not to retina?

long version - i'm looking for thoughts/comments/advice from mac laptop users on whether to go retina or not.

i've got a full desktop set up with a 27"
screen in my studio, but because i travel very often and post-process while traveling, i've become very accustomed to working on my 13" laptop. and it's time to upgrade.

for about the same price, i can get a 13" macbook air or a 13" macbook pro with retina that are roughly equivalent, same i7, same solid state drive, same ram. but different graphics processors and, then, retina or no retina. weight difference seems negligible, but when you're traveling with gear even a small difference counts.

again, i'm well-accustomed to working on a screen of this size, and either new laptop i've described would be an upgrade to the hacked together and upgraded over the years machine i've been using, and i don't view this as a long term investment so i don't need to get into the fact that upgrades post-purchase aren't possible anymore, it's really just a matter of thoughts from retina users on whether retina is worth it.

so, sorry for the long read, would appreciate any thoughts or comments or advice. thanks everyone

retina, retina, retina!
and a 4k 24" external monitor like the UP2414Q

this and the new 7d…2…??

EOS Bodies / canon at the world cup post your pics
« on: June 19, 2014, 06:06:30 AM »


I think the a7s won't be successful because in general for photography the A7R is better.
It's 4k is a gimmick requiring an expensive external device.
It's low noise is impressive and hd video but the amount of users who need those features more than what they will get from the A7R will be small


its early yet

EOS Bodies / Re: Ye Olde Film Photography
« on: June 17, 2014, 01:17:36 PM »
love film…! 

digital is digital
film is film

use both and keep them competitive and evolving

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:06:02 AM »
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We have received a couple of specs for the upcoming replacement to the EOS 7D which lead us to believe it will in fact be a “pro” APS-C camera.</p>
<li>EOS-1 style top plate, which means no mode dial.</li>
<li>Pop-up flash, even with the new style top plate.</li>
<li>WiFi & GPS will be internal. We all figured this one.</li>
<p>No other specs have been given to us as of yet.</p>
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waiting for more info….

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