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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: August 14, 2014, 05:36:16 AM »
Lake Garda, Italy

Early Morning stroll along the shore

Malcesine-35
by lozwilkes, on Flickr

Lake Garda from the mountains at Malcesine

IMG_2283
by lozwilkes, on Flickr

On the mountains

IMG_2271
by lozwilkes, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Dual Pixel Phase Detect AF While in AI Servo
« on: August 13, 2014, 07:03:04 AM »
Would be nice if this could be applied via a firmware update to the 70D.

If it is all in the algorithms, and not new hardware components, perhaps that is possible.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70d center focus point -bug- problem
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:53:43 AM »
what people don´t seem to understand is that this has NOTHING to do with tolerances.


Others with the problem seem to suggest differently. e.g. http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showpost.php?p=17077451&postcount=1175 where he discusses the possible misalignment of AF elements.

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the lenses in combination with the 70D behave fine when the working apperture is set to say f2.8 or f4.
sure the amount of error should be smaller then (greater DOF) but still visible.

and it does not happen when you don´t use the center AF point.

the fact that it only happens at wide open apperture, that no amount of AFMA helps, only the center AF is affected.... is what makes this issue so special.


But people with the same camera and lens combination, using it in the same way, don't have the problem.  It is a fault with individual cameras, not every camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70d center focus point -bug- problem
« on: August 07, 2014, 08:43:56 AM »
when there is some kind of percentage of flawed cameras i call it a series issue.

And what is that percentage?

I reckon Canon have sold at least 10's of thousands of 70Ds. Probably 100's of thousands.  Canon have sold in excess of 5 million DSLRs since the 70D was released. Even if the 70D was only 1% of that, it would be 50,000. But the 70D is a top seller according to places like Amazon and BCN, so it is going to be more.

Meanwhile, how many have faults? Well 10's possibly 100's have stated they have a fault in forums and elsewhere.  i.e. a very tiny percentage. But as ever the silent majority who don't have faults don't post that fact.

It's a real bummer for people who have a problem with their camera, and Canon don't seem to be doing a good job of fixing it for them, or managing the situation.

But I find no evidence to suggest that a high percentage of 70Ds have this fault, and certainly no indication that it is some inherent design fault or firmware issue - otherwise everyone would be reporting it as we all have the same hardware and firmware.

I have tried every way I can to find this fault in my camera but it stubbornly refuses to mis-focus.  What I did find though was that every one of my lenses required some MFA on the 70D.

If there is a fault it is in the assembly process that appears to allow the build of misaligned cameras or the calibration routines are at fault,  and in the testing process for not spotting them before they leave the factory. 

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Reviews / Re: 70D - I think I will keep it but . . .
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:22:03 AM »
Certainly worth MFA'ing your lenses as michealhodges suggests.

I have both the 18-135 and 55-250 STMs with my 70D too.  Both required a little MFA (around +3)  to get the best out of them.

Compare some carefully set up LV shots with the same OVF shots. If the LV ones are sharper, then you need some MFA.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 02, 2014, 07:37:46 AM »
Hooded Vulture, at Hawk Conservancy Trust , Andover, UK

hctvulture by lozwilkes, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Live View Display blackout after shot? 70D
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:09:58 AM »
The 70D and X100S are quite different designs of camera of course.
The 70D is a DSLR, which whilst offering an improved 'live view' experience compared to most DSLRs is still optimized around the use of the OVF - particularly for action shots.

I don't think there is anything 'wrong' in what you or the camera are doing - It is just the way Canon DSLRs work and I guess it just doesn't conform to the experience you were expecting coming from a mirrorless camera.

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Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 28, 2014, 10:58:15 AM »
Is it only me, or does that camera look too damaged to have been simply thrown to the floor?

To break off the entire top of the camera housing would take some considerable force I would have thought.

She really would have had to thrown it quite hard I would think, not simply picked it up and dropped it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: London Walkaround
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:20:38 AM »
Currently in London being a good tourist and helping the global economy. Brought my Rebel SL1, EF-S 10-22, and EF-S 15-85 IS. Everything fits in a small shoulder and is a delight to carry around all day. Don't really need anything else and the IQ is more than satisfactory. Less is more???

What equipment would YOU choose for a week in London?

more than enough - for a tourist trip rather than a photography trip... if you get the difference

I am in London frequently.  I find just the little EOS M + 11-22mm if often more than enough - for a tourist

Great for shots in Museums

British Museum by lozwilkes, on Flickr


Great Court British Museum by lozwilkes, on Flickr

Or parks and open spaces

untitled-1834 by lozwilkes, on Flickr

and other 'interesting stuff'

Chez Michele London Borough Market by lozwilkes, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Question for Reikan Focal Pro users
« on: July 01, 2014, 05:55:13 AM »
Not sure about 2 values for the same prime lens.

But for a zoom lens, the process is automatic.
Run FoCal with your lens zoomed fully out, and FoCal will know to set the Wide MFA setting.
Run it again with the lens zoomed fully in, and FoCal will know to set the Tele MFA setting.

(When it asks you if it is OK to save the MFA setting it does tell you whether it is setting the Wide or Tele setting)

Pretty simple really  :)
But not obvious, because they don't make it fully clear in the documentation.

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EOS-M / EF-M 55-250mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens rumour
« on: June 16, 2014, 11:04:29 AM »
http://eos-m.net/lenses/rumour-ef-m-55-200mm-f4-5-6-3-stm-lens/

Digicam-Info report rumours and a photo of a EF-M 55-250mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens for the Canon EOS M system.

The spec is rumoured to be,

    One glass aspherical lens and one UD lens
    22% shorter overall length compared to the EF-S55-250mm IS STM
    31% lighter than the EF-S55-250mm IS STM
    IS provides 3.5 stops of stabilization
    Faster AF by optimization of the drive system algorithm
    Full-time manual focus
    Uses Hood ET-54B

Size-wise that sounds good, and in keeping with the overall EOS M ethos of keeping things as small as possible.  However, in return you must give up 50mm of reach and a smaller maximum aperture at the long end.

The photo shows the lens is also in keeping with the rest of the EF-M lenses style-wise.

If true, it will provide a welcome reassurance to those unsure about the future of the EOS M system.

However, the big question for those outside of Asia is whether it will be released by Canon in the US or EU markets.  It would seem slightly strange to release a new EF-M lens in the US and EU, whilst holding back the release of the EOS M2 camera. Even more so in the US where the EF-M 11-22mm was never officially released.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: June 02, 2014, 08:56:40 AM »
It is however, a great completement to your APS-C stills or video kit if you don’t need ultra wide angle very often. If you do, there are better and more expensive options out there.

What "better and more expensive options" are there in the 10-18 range, on an APS-C?
(not trying to trip Northlight up, just genuinely interested)

The 10-18 STM appears to be better than the Canon 10-22mm - at least on paper

Sigma 10-20mm options perhaps?

What options are there around this range? (that isn't a fisheye)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 29, 2014, 02:43:18 AM »
What are you waiting for?

For Fuji to significantly improve their video capability, and to reduce their lens prices to EF-M levels.

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If people want to compare prices they need to figure out if they have to pay customs duties and taxes and how high they are for the country they live in.

Very true.

In the UK, they have set the launch price of the 16-35L at £1199 GBP.
At today's exchange rate that is $2026 USD.
Whereas the US price, plus import duty and VAT is £909 (at today's exchange rate)
So in the UK we are paying approx one third more for this lens.  I call that a rip off.

Interestingly, the white SL1/100D was launched in the US on the same day.
In the UK they set the launch price at £499 GBP
At today's exchange rate that is $843 USD
Whereas in the US they set the launch price at $749 USD
By the time you add import duty (which is 0% on cameras) and VAT that comes to  £532 GBP.
So in that case the UK is actually cheaper!
With

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In Sweden the new 16-35/4L IS is introduced at 10390 SEK, that is $1504.75...

$2000 in the UK at today's exchange rate...

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