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Technical Support / Re: 7D mark II battery drain
« on: November 26, 2014, 10:07:32 AM »
That is a known issue with some of the first Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses and the Canon 6D. I had it too. I had to send in the Tamron for a firmware update (or chip replacement) and since it's fixed. Was free to do, only porto costs.

Underwater / Re: Cheap underwater flash
« on: November 20, 2014, 10:44:06 AM »
I made several dives now with the flash and am mostly happy. It's important that you use it in manual mode and regulate the power by hand. With this I made nice pictures. I use Eneloop batteries, they hold normally two dives, like my camera battery (Canon G16 now).

Don't forget that we normally get 2 years of warranty in Europe, while in the US it's 1 year. That also adds a bit to the European price. Not to forget the European repair centers with possibly higher paid workers. Also the usual support-costs/amount-of-sold-lenses is higher in Europe because of the various languages.
Still, I also don't always agree with the higher price, but luckily here in Switzerland (and several other European countries) we often get the items at a much lower price than the Suggested Retail Price.

The USD are normally always without VAT, because every state, heck sometimes every city (I think), has it's own VAT rate.

Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 08:03:54 AM »
First shop lists it on stock in Switzerland for 2'368 CHF: I wonder how long it will take until other shops also will list it on stock.

First shop in Switzerland already lists it as on stock:
Price 2'368.00 CHF, including 3 years of warranty (if bought till 31.01.2015).

First of all, I own a 6D with the Tamron 24-70 VC and am very happy with this combination.
True, the 5Dm3 offers many more software features and more AF points, if you are willing to use them. If you don't plan on using more AF points (I only use the center one) or if you don't like to fiddle in the menu to finetune the tracking features for birds in flight (or similar), then you'd be probably better off with the 6D.
With the big price difference in body, you might even consider to buy a low light lens like the Canon 50mm F1.4 and a flash (still in the price for the body difference).
Alternative, you buy the 6D without any additional gear (besides lens) and risk that it maybe once breaks. In this case you have saved so much money that you can buy half a 6D again with just the savings 8)

Canon General / Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« on: October 31, 2014, 08:17:34 AM »
Regarding public transport, whole Switzerland is more or less well reachable by public transport. I can also recommend the Pilatus for a nice walk and view!
For train (public transport) time tables, you find all of them on, the Swiss Public Transportation company. There are others, but as far as I remember, you find them all directly in SBBs timetable.

Lenses / Re: Lens compatibility with firmware upgrade
« on: October 29, 2014, 08:11:01 AM »
Or if your Tamron still have warranty, send it in for a free software upgrade.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 07, 2014, 03:12:54 PM »
This is one of my favorite ones. Interestingly it looks better on print than on my screen (both are not calibrated). The image is a RAW converted to jpeg without any corrections.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:27:01 AM »
In my 6D I use both features, depending on the scene.
Let's assume I go hiking, in that case I have the GPS turned on.
Let's assume I picture night sky, in that case I sit inside while I release the shutter via WiFi (to not freeze outside and reduce vibrations).

It also seems that we are nearly at 50:50 regarding importance and I think it's best to have both features. The more features the more possibilities to use the camera. I think this is also one reason why mobile phones take a huge part of the photography market share, they offer stuff like simple upload, quick post progressing, sending photos to your friends, convenience, ...


Transport damage maybe? I mean Sigma already said it's not normal, so it's probably simply broken or a de-centered element.

Underwater / Re: Canon S100 underwater questions
« on: July 26, 2014, 08:08:24 AM »
Hi Andy

I guess you can well start with the cheap case, just don't start with going under 30 meters ;)
10 - 20 meters should be fine, if the case is supposed to be ok for 40 meters.
Just that you know, every meter you go deper, the less light you have. Below 15 meters, in clear water, you already have to crank up the ISO very high to have enough light to picture the moving animals, corals, ...

Regarding the filters, once you have a flash (or very strong LED torch) you don't need them anymore, as you have more or less full spectrum light which gives you the correct colors.
The S100 can make RAW images. Thanks to this you can fairly easely adjust the colors afterwards in your favorite image processing program. Otherwise put in the "underwater" mode, which also corrects the colors somewhat.
But as the camera doesn't know how deep you are, it can't really fix the color 100% right, same with a filter.

In any case, you safe all those problems (filters, after editing, high iso, unsharp images because of movement,...) with one flash. I own a Sea&Sea YS-01 (would buy the YS-D1 today).

Do you have sample pictures of out of focus high noise pictures?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 25 or 24 f p/s?
« on: June 27, 2014, 07:12:55 AM »
Youtube is upgrading, soon you can upload 48 and 60 fps:

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