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Ya, nobody who might buy one was confused.
Obvious feature differences steering users between cameras: After using a 1D2 and a 1D3 I bought a 1Ds3. Sold it - too noisy and slow for birds, I had thought I would be happy with throwaway pixels. Went back to the 1D3.

And, substantial price difference. Only thing in common was they used the same lenses.
1DX was a true merging of the products lines. A very high frame rate is the main reason there weren't more pixels on this first generation body, I believe.

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1D and 1Ds were parallel product lines. They merged into the 1Dx. That's not going away.
You should have asked, will the 1Dx successor be announced in development at Photokina, and will it be high MegaPixel?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:02:15 AM »
Thank you  :)

Thank you for trying - perhaps something is wrong with my exif viewer, but I tried to save image as and view in Breezebrowser, no shooting data comes up...

Was just curious about the ISO in the museum interior shot.





I quite like these...wish the exif wasn't stripped out of the images.

What ISO was the camera shooting at with the museum interior? The noise level is quite acceptable.

My wife has RX100, shoots in raw+jpeg...
Some more pictures with EXIF data avalable.


OK, I've got EXIF screenshot for museum interior picture (attached).

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:05:41 PM »

Agree. Keep shutter speed up and it does fine. What it doesn't do is IS and f/4.0.



FWIW, the current 400/5.6 is a lot lighter, a lot cheaper, and delivers IQ pretty close to the current 400/4 DO.

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:32:59 AM »
Show me the money!

How much?

Edit: Oh, is this another spec rumor?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:04:40 AM »
Thank you for trying - perhaps something is wrong with my exif viewer, but I tried to save image as and view in Breezebrowser, no shooting data comes up...

Was just curious about the ISO in the museum interior shot.





I quite like these...wish the exif wasn't stripped out of the images.

What ISO was the camera shooting at with the museum interior? The noise level is quite acceptable.

My wife has RX100, shoots in raw+jpeg...
Some more pictures with EXIF data avalable.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:09:32 AM »
I quite like these...wish the exif wasn't stripped out of the images.

What ISO was the camera shooting at with the museum interior? The noise level is quite acceptable.

My wife has RX100, shoots in raw+jpeg...

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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:02:29 AM »
Maybe this will help:

jpeg = frozen pizza, limited pre-determined choices

raw = local, fresh, artisan pizza with toppings to your liking

Mmmmmm, pizza!

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Lenses / Re: When will we see a replacement for the 100-400?
« on: September 10, 2014, 07:46:41 AM »
Ah, really, the two lenses are completely different.
That's like saying the 200 f/2.8 L II steals sales from the 200 f/2.0 L IS.

There may be a trivial change in focal length, but the 100-400 is in a price and function range that will always be useful and in demand. It won't have a built in extender, and it will be below $2800.

Someday our prince will come, and the slipper will fit!




There have been lots of talk of a 100-400 replacement and yet nothing has materialized.  When might we see this lens?

I have all but given up hope that it will be replaced.  After all, it is Canon's top selling lens and if they made it too good it would hurt 200-400F4 sales  :o

After introducing the very expensive 200-400mmm+1.4X lens, I see difficult that Canon will canibalize their own sales introducing a new (and better) 100-400mm lens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Used vs. Refurbished Canon 7d?
« on: September 09, 2014, 09:03:36 AM »
Everything I and friends have purchased from Canon USA refurb store have appeared as new.

Shutter count on two 6d cameras were below 20
lenses unmarked and as close to dust free as I've ever seen

I believe the bulk of camera bodies sold refurb are in fact overproduction. When Canon watch reports that suddenly there are 1500 6D bodies or 500 16-35 f/2.8 v2 lens available "refurb" you'd have to be very naive to think different.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Reikan FoCal Testing Distance and Accuracy
« on: September 08, 2014, 10:21:21 AM »
I haven't focus checked my lenses in a while, but I recall not having problems with any focal length at recommended distance.

Here is Reikan's two page advisory on correct target setup distance https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/11469157/FoCal/Docs/FoCal%20Test%20Distance_1.0.pdf

Reikan expects to release Focal version 2 sometime this month. Changes may not be relevant to this thread.

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Canon General / Re: How do you cull your photo's?
« on: September 07, 2014, 11:19:54 PM »
Breezebrowser Pro. Free two week trial, quick download. Affordable. I've been using it at least 10 years now (well, I mostly use Lightroom but this is my backup file browser in case I have doubts about what Lightroom is showing me, or just to handle images I don't want in my catalog).

There is a great compare feature (grid mode, select two files, right click, choose compare. Vary the zoom amount with another right click. Choose to view side by side or top/bottom)

Super fast, it builds views based on the embedded jpeg. I highly recommend it.

Breezesys.com

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Photography Technique / Re: Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 05, 2014, 08:38:00 PM »
Both.

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Photography Technique / Re: Night Shot- Brooklyn Bridge
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:01:49 PM »
I believe you used a 5D3 and a 24-70 lens. That high f/stop is not necessary, and would have allowed a shorter shutter speed, minimizing accumulated vibration movement. Your subject, the bridge, is already at infinity focus, depth of field is only really going to affect the foreground which is water already blurred by the slow shutter speed.
The 5D3 becomes affected by diffraction after f/10:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Cameras/Diffraction-Limited-Aperture.aspx
Stopping down a couple times from wide open gets you into the sweet spot of most lenses for sharpness, as does framing to allow for future cropping of the typical "soft" perimeter. You probably would have had a better result shooting at f/8. Those tiny apertures are more appropriate in landscape for large format cameras, not 35mm.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: August 31, 2014, 02:15:26 PM »
Yes, there'll be winners and losers.
When the ver2 superteles were announced, excellent ver1 copies immediately jumped up $1k in selling price.

Well, if you own a 400, 500, 600 supertele, your lens just lost up to $1K in resale value.

That would be a bummer if I intended to sell my 600 II.  But I don't.   ;)

Another way to look at it, for me, is that the next two lenses I plan to buy are the TS-E 17mm and the 300/2.8 II...a $950 'savings'.   :)

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