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Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 20, 2014, 04:25:00 PM »
Insolvency does not necessarily mean shutting down. They will restructure or be bought out. It is possible that the profitable product lines will continue in some fashion.

Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:45:40 PM »
The one I don't have........ yet

Canon General / Re: More Canon Lens Mentions [CR2]
« on: October 10, 2014, 04:34:14 PM »
F4.0 would not surprize me. Canon reserves the biggest apertures for the prime lenses. ie. 14mm prime. If they did the zoom at 2.8 the 14mm prime would be less desireable.

Lenses / Re: Is FoCal worth ~$150?
« on: October 07, 2014, 04:12:12 PM »
I would suggest that $150 is a reasonable amount (at least for me) to at least verify my other techniques (manually guessing using test shots and then also using DotTune) were in the ball park. In the end, depending on the lens, it took some time to verify the results of the testing methodology for each technique until I was satisfied. Probably I overdid it, but I feel better for doing it.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 01, 2014, 01:41:41 PM »
Is it only me? Or am I the only one prefering the SOOC pictures in the review compared to the post processed ones?

when I looked at the raw pre and post processed I thought that the processed were pushed too high for my taste. I would have probably pushed a bit more than SOOC but not to the extent of the finished product. I guess I am more on your side of the preference of some shadow than pushed so high.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Next purchase?
« on: September 30, 2014, 12:09:47 PM »
I took a quick look at your sideline shots and, correct me if i am wrong, most if not all the shots are 1/1000 at ISO 8000. Even the shots that have little movement in them. I would think that you can experiment by varying the shutter speed according to the action and thereby lowering your ISO. Even 1/1000 may be a little high in most action shots (I would think 1/500 would be sufficient in a lot of cases). The lower ISO will help in the quality of photos.

Must resist feeding trolls.... getting weaker, weaker....... I need help.....

And if you read the entire Bob Atkins article....

"Does this mean that the D800 is a better camera than the Canon EOS 5D MkIII? Not necessarily. Judging a camera based only on the sensor resolution and low ISO dynamic range would be a bit like judging a car on only top speed and 0-60 acceleration times. There's a lot more to a car - and a camera - than that.

I can't whether the D800 is a "better" camera than the EOS 5D MkIII because that depends a lot on the user, so there's no "right" answer. Each have their strengths and weaknesses. I've shot with both and both did a fine job and produced images of the highest quality. I'll leave it up to others to "pick a winner". If I wanted a camera in this class, I'd probably go with the Canon EOS 5D MkIII because I have a lot of Canon lenses, I'm familiar with the Canon control interface and switching systems makes little sense. The EOS 5D MkIII also goes to higher ISO ratings (ISO 102400 vs ISO 25600) and shows lower noise than the D800 at high ISO settings I'm pretty sure the EOS 5D MkIII would do everything I needed it to do - and do it very well. The AF system is excellent and the camera is very fast, I was very pleased with the images I shot and the way the 5D MkIII handles during the time I had the camera to test."

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 and EF 24 - 105 F4 L IS USM
« on: September 20, 2014, 11:46:36 AM »
I echo the comments on If you are happy with the 39-168 FOV and the f/4.0 then its good. Another consideration is the 17-55 for APSC. More desireable range and f/2.8. But not weather sealed. Another option is the new 16-35 f4.0. FOV similar to 17-55 on the wide end, IS, weather sealed, but f4.0.

Lenses / Re: Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:34:08 AM »
Touched "everything?"

I suppose he is seeking his 15seconds of fame and people seem to be lapping it up.

Matt Granger has proved to be nothing more than a tool.

Thank you for your valued opinion. Sharing Your expertise in this matter is greatly appreciated.

$1,799 in both the US and Canada. With the CDN dollar so much lower.... all you US guys, buy from Camera Canada!

Notice that the only site mentioning that $1799 is an estimated price and that actual price may change... Is camera Canada.  ;)

Ahhh no. Final price from camera canada is $1799. Plus canon canada offers a presale promo of a 24-70 f4 is for $400 plus some other freebies for canadian buyers.

Correction it is now listed at 1,899 cdn. Still a great deal

Re correction. I have an email confirmation that camera canada will honor the $1,799 price!

EOS Bodies / Canon Canada 7D Mark II Presale Promotion
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:09:01 PM »
Seems like a good deal. Buy a 7D II within the presale time for $1,799 CDN and then get an EF 24-70 f/4.0 IS L for $399 CDN plus a waterproof jacket, trinket, and a Canon smartphone/tablet skin.

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:23:50 AM »
Chillax. All we know so far is that the 7D II takes pictures and video. We can't infer anything from some jpegs taken in haste at a trade show.

$1,799 in both the US and Canada. With the CDN dollar so much lower.... all you US guys, buy from Camera Canada!

Software & Accessories / Re: Western Digital My PassPort Wireless
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:52:08 AM »
Dont you still need a computer to initiate the transfer? If so why not a wired drive connected to the computer?

I had a quick look at the manual and this device in particular can be set to automatically copy or move everything off of an SD card once it is inserted; the device can be managed by a PC or Mac or wireless device via wifi.  It appears to be useable as a simple USB external drive, or the USB port can be disabled.  I don't know if a CF card adapter may be connected, but if I can get my hands on one of these drives I'll try it.

What is saves for me is the requirement to hump a laptop all the way across Europe.  I plan to take my phone and probably my tablet, and with this device I can copy everything from the card and then mail the card home for the sake of diverse storage.  It also charges via USB, so ideally I'll only have one wart for those three devices and one Canon charger.


If it can auto download off of a cf reader through usb without a computer then its gold.

I am looking into the options as well. For me i think i might try two types. First something that is easily transportable and another that is more robust. I just ordered a fotosharp pro white cover. Advantage is that you can flash through it and it is very portable. Disadvantage is it does not breathe. I might add a lenscoat raincoat standard. I think more robust, breatheable, and no special eye piece. But no flash protection. I dont think i will be in places that require more protection. For that consider thinktank or aquatech. But more expensive and not as portable and they need a special eye piece.

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