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I take my DSLR on trips and for work, assignments etc. But when I nip to the shops or walk to the local market  to buy food or just look around, I won't take it along. It is at those times when, if I see something I want to shoot, I have no choice but to use the only camera on me which is my phone.

There have been times though that I wanted the shot so much, that I snapped it with my phone, walked home and grabbed my 1D X and walked back hoping what I wanted to shoot was still there!

Perhaps the Sony RX100 Mark IV will include phone features, or perhaps Canon could produce a 1D X micro that fits in my pocket and ...... ::)

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Canon General / Re: Advice on which DSLR to get
« on: December 19, 2014, 12:16:35 AM »
Hello,

My wife is getting more into photography and I would like to get her a a DSLR. This would be her first DSLR, but I'd like to get her one that she could grow into and not one that will be replaced in a year or two. I have read some very positive reviews for the Rebel T5i. Would this be a good choice? What lens(es) would you recommend? From what I see this camera was last refreshed March of last year, which was quite a while ago. Should I wait for a new version to be released first? Is there one coming out soon?

Any advice/help is greatly appreciated! :)

I think you really need to tell us a little more.

Why do you think a DSLR will benefit her?

What does she have now?

Do you have any Canon lenses, and if so which?

What does she want to take pictures of, and how is her photography going to "grow"?

Is weight an issue?

Unless you tell us more, we really are just plucking cameras out of the dark. Cheers.

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Thanks for the heads up.

I tried DPP 4 when it first came out and maybe it is just familiarity, but I greatly prefer 3.14.X and still use the latter for all my images.

I will take another look at 4 later on to see if they have improved it from the initial release.

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:55:24 AM »
Welcome to the global economy.

Most CF cards are made in China, but they cost 4 times as much to buy in Asia as they do in the US.

Last time I bought CF cards, they were made in China, shipped to the U.S., put on promotion at B&H, sent by UPS from the U.S. to Hong Kong and all for cheaper than I could buy them locally!!

Crazy times we live in.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buy another 1DX?
« on: December 15, 2014, 11:01:10 PM »
Purely speculation on my behalf, but I doubt the 1DX II will be out, or even announced, by March 2015.

If you need a second 1D as a backup or secondary lens shooter, then just get another 1D X or if money is a little tight then grab a 1D Mark IV.

Both the 1D X and 1D Mark IV are very reasonably priced at the moment.

Have fun!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 08, 2014, 11:41:24 PM »
No, not in the slightest.

And I crop almost all the images that get used, and it still does not bother me (or anyone else dealing with the pics) at all.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 02, 2014, 10:51:27 PM »
I wouldnt say the 1DX is better in every way.  Some things to consider against the 1DX

1. Cost - You can buy two or three 5D3's for the cost of one
2. Size - No removable grip so you have to lug the heavy camera everywhere...plus the charger which weighs as much as the camera
3. Noise - The shutter is very noisy.  Even in single shot it will turn heads.  In drive mode it's a machine gun going off. Scared off a lot of ducks with that one.
4. Shorter battery life - 5d3 with one battery will last longer than the 1DX.  Add the grip to the 5D3 and you may last a week of pretty heavy shooting before needing to charge batteries.
5. 1DX cannot run Magic lantern.  5D3 can, adding a lot of additional capability such as one shot HDR (Dual ISO), focus peaking, intervalometer, ETTR and more.
6. 1DX is 18MP.  Not much smaller than the 5d3's but if you end up cropping you will notice it.

I opted for the 5D3 and have used that for pretty much everything from landscapes to pro sports...now that I have the 7D mark II, I also have the FPS and AF system to help in that regard.  Oh and between the two I spent less than that of one 1DX.

Many people would say point 2 is a plus rather than a negative. I like the build, size and weight of the 1D X. It balances perfectly when used with big whites. Plus you cannot forget the grip at home, one less thing to worry about.

Are you sure about point 4? I would be surprised if that is true. Even if it is, I doesn't make much difference. I forget how many thousands of pictures I can take with just one battery, my spare hardly ever gets used.

As for point 5 - could be a plus or minus depending on your point of view. I do not have any desire to install Magic Lantern, I doubt I am the only one.

6 - nah, you won't.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 02, 2014, 07:04:41 PM »
It does sound as if, from what dash2k8 says s/he needs, the 5D Mark III will suffice.

But, as the first post also states money is not an issue then I would be tempted to take the 1D X. Why? Because you are already used to the 1D form, there is a certain comfort knowing you have the absolute best that Canon has to offer - you will never wonder whether that other camera is better, it isn't. Plus, you never know what the future may bring and fast action of one form or another could play a role in your life, and there are technical benefits too.

Personally I would take the 1D X. I love it.

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The first time I read your story I thought hang on, you see guys nicking a relatively inexpensive ladder and then grab a few thousand dollars worth of camera equipment to point at them. If I were a thief that nice white lens with a good looking camera may have seemed like the better option!

My first thought would be to grab a baseball bat or worse! Probably not that smart either.

Anyway, sorry that you were a victim of this crime and hope you can claim on insurance at least.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Lexar 64gb 1066x card on sale
« on: November 29, 2014, 07:55:08 AM »
$90.95  ;D

No, it fell even lower than CR was quoting. I got mine for US$ 88.95 from B&H.   ;D

It's crazy cheap considering how much you could sell them for if you did not want to use them.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Lexar 64gb 1066x card on sale
« on: November 28, 2014, 04:16:41 AM »
Those look like affiliate links you have posted.

Anyway, I checked the B&H Photo site and you are right the 64GB 1066X is US$91 which is a good deal.

I have two or three of them already (and am very pleased with them) so no need for more, but thanks for the heads up and sure some will find it very useful.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: For 1dx owners
« on: November 27, 2014, 09:57:35 PM »
I would really, really like USB 3.1 but if Canon cannot do that, then at the very least USB 3.0.

A few teaks to the Menu system would be nice, even faster FPS, more AF points, heated grip for when its cold, chilled grip for when its hot.... (alright forget the last two!).

I definitely would not mind 4K, better video AF, and I also would not mind more MPs.

I am not that technically inclined and because of that it is hard to see how Canon could improve the 1D X, so I will just let Canon surprise me. I am sure it is going to be great whatever it is.


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What I personally find interesting about all this is what Sony has held back and are about to put into the new A9 (is that their top of the range, their 1D? I find their naming system to be very confusing at times).

Even the guy at SAR seems more excited by what the A9 may well be, than this impressive announcement.

But hats off to Sony, I hope they keep questioning and innovating.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Can the new 7d mark ii challenge the 1d mark iv?
« on: November 15, 2014, 02:00:04 AM »
Personally, not only do I think they are both aimed at quite different markets,
I'm not sure what you are considering different markets because everybody I know with either camera or even the original 7d use them for exactly the same thing. Which is primarily sports/wildlife. What separates the two cameras market is mainly price and not how they are used. Therefore in my opinion a comparison between the two is very important. Even if the 1d Mk iv is no longer in production there is a lot of them available on the used market.

I agree that a comparison is important, if only from a curiosity point of view.

What I meant by different markets is that the 1D IV when compared to the 7D ii is aimed more at the pro sports photographer rather than the semi-pro and consumer market (I do not do wildlife much at all and only for leisure when I do so I can't comment on that).

At the sporting events I shoot, the photographers using Canon either have a two 1D X combo, or a 1D X and 1D Mark IV, or one of the 1D X or IV and a 5D Mark III. I do not think I have ever seen a 7D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Can the new 7d mark ii challenge the 1d mark iv?
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:40:14 AM »
Personally, not only do I think they are both aimed at quite different markets, but I also think it very much depends on what you are used to.

For me, once you get used to the 1 series it is difficult to move away. I like the size, weight, quality and the way it balances perfectly when using big white lenses.

If I was forced to choose between the 7D ii and the 1D Mark IV I would choose the 1D Mark IV.


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