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Lighting / Re: Canon 6D and Sunpak RD2000 - ettl not working
« on: June 27, 2013, 09:46:26 AM »
I bought the RD2000 early on to use with my 5D Mk2. Found out the hard way that it needed a firmware upgrade to function. As I bought this over e-bay I was out of luck, as this is a model not sold in my country, hence no f/w upgrade. It do works fine on my old 1D Mk2.

My suggestion is to get the flash get a new f/w and it shold work even with your 6D, hopefully :D

Lenses / Re: I can't stop thinking about A MONSTER!
« on: February 08, 2013, 08:11:50 AM »
There is one major flaw here: Owning the lens for ten years and calculating the deprication to €2500.
IF you buy the lens, write it off immediatley! IF you then want to sell it later on anything >0 will be a bonus.

What if Canon decides in 5 years from now to bring out a new lens mount?? That is vastly improved... what will happen to the value of your lens?

Interests come and go, and you do the right ting, saving up to spend on expensive stuff! Do start save, if you reach your goal of €10k maybe you found something else to get, still you do have the cash, and Cash is King

Lenses / Re: Need comparisons between Canon 135L vs 100L
« on: October 30, 2012, 06:55:46 AM »
Having both the 70-200/2,8LISII and the 135/2L My advice it to get the zoom!
IQ is pretty much a tie, and the only thing that speaks for the prime is f:2.0 and weight.
 It's just that the zoom is so versatile :D

My prime sees far too little use now that the new 70-200 came along.

And as I see you are using 5D Mk3, the new zoom do have a newer type of focus system that will give improved accuracy vs. older lenses. Newer still (compared to 70-200) do have even better focus system, look at the the blog. Quite interesting stuff.

Still if money is an issue, the 135 is a great lens and do give superb IQ as shown in the thread.

What we heard in the grapewine is that Canon surely do know how to design very high quality and high megapixel FF sensors. But apparently lack the fab to produce them... As building one or two new lines capable to mass produce FF sensors with high MP is such a big investment it will show in business related press and so far no one has spotted any indication that Canon has started to invest in such lines.

So it seems Canon are staying with the old process for a wee bit longer than we want :( But I sure hope I'm wrong!

Lenses / Re: About to buy the 135L, and then saw this....
« on: October 02, 2012, 01:40:08 PM »
Even if somewhat old, this compares the 85/1,8, 100/2 and 135/2:

He used both cropped and full sensor.

Sports / Re: learning bike shoot
« on: August 22, 2012, 10:26:30 AM »
nice agility shots.... when you use the 200/2 and monopod do you still have the IS enabled??

I find the startup time for the gyros can cause blurry pictures if I try to shoot to quickly...

The photographer Jimmy Wixtröm more or less planned the whole thing. He got Usain to use his camera last year and now during the Olymipics Jimmy was wearing the same cap each and every day and was even called a stalker by Usain (but with a smile)... and Jimmy stood where he knew Usain would pass after the 200 meter final. He shouted for Usain and got noticed. The rest is history..... As for just standing and not taking any photos, Jimmy had two cams, but the one he had left was with tele lens and useless for capturing the moment.

I am confident it was no planned marketing from Nikon on this... but sure could  be used in upcoming commercials if they wanted to :D

I assuem you are referring to these:
Some are clearly marked "Usain Bolt" as photographer :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 05, 2012, 05:14:27 AM »
Browsing the comments... it seems Canon will fail big time no matter what they do!

Seriously... if they do get the sensor to perform like the 1Dx and with twice the pixels it sound like a winner! Compare this with the new focusing system with the superb repetability (see lensrentals blog) it will be one sweet camera.

So if you want to do it legal :D 2600 plus VAT 20%= £3120 Do not think there are any duty on digital cameras. So question is: Can you make a fair profit with this?? I.e. selling for sa £3500??

I bet once the 1Dx start shipping you will see a drop in 1D4 prices... you better hurry up  ::)

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX on preorder
« on: June 13, 2012, 05:55:46 AM »
At least we have a specific date, june 20:th!!!!!!
So put the bubbly wine in the fridge, it's coming  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays [CR2]
« on: May 31, 2012, 03:14:39 PM »
Not sure why everybody is so worked up about delays... the 1Dx was announced in october and said to be available in march 2012. It seems delays are 2-3 months right now, if they start to ship in june.

I highly doubt they are trying to do major redesign... with 2,5 months delay. I bet they are trying to iron out firmware bugs and get all it in good working order for the olympics.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays [CR2]
« on: May 31, 2012, 12:44:29 PM »
Seems like the first cameras are "hand built" and must be returned to Canon! They apparently hope to have production running in time for the Soccer and Olympics, and by handing out "pre-production" units allows the user to get to know the cams.

BTW story goes that one of these pre-production cameras has been stolen from a car in Stockholm, so if you are offered to buy a 1Dx beware  :o

I'm sure we will see a lot of pics coming the next few weeks...


EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: April 03, 2012, 04:13:19 AM »
Did some further testing with the Mk3 and 70-200/2,8ISMk2, my gut tells me things did improve by removing and re-inserting battery, and this with lights even lower! And what may make comparing with the older Mk2 difficult is that the size of the AF point is likely to be much smaller in the MK3. After rebooting camera, I had no problems with fast and "snappy" AF in single shot, but with slightly less contrasty objects it did stop to "think for a while", not just hunt, runs the USM stops AF and nothing happens for say ~1 second and then AF confirmation. The Mk2 may have "seen" the object with high contrast (this was a wee bit off center), and locked on that when pointing at a slightly less contrasty area...

So so far my findings are: Yes there are "issues" with the 5D Mk3, it was really funky with my 200/2IS, and camera had all sorts of lock-ups/unresponsiveness when changing back to my 70-200. This was solved by re-boot of camera. Now the low light snappy AF may be an issue too... further testing has to be done. But it seems all is related to f/w and probably will be fixed in f/w upgrades (as it seems to correct after removal of battery).

I find that once camera has locked, the focus is dead on.... no worries that it misfocus! Not that I had any issues with my Mk2 either... but tracking AF is great, much improved over the Mk2. And I find that I can lock foucs in roughly 2 stops lower light that the Mk2, sweet!

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