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Stormtrooper edition available next month?

May the 4th be with you....  ;D

As well as being a good answer technically, it's also a well presented answer.  I do like his style of explaining things in a clear and concise manner.

Software & Accessories / Re: Fail to contact support Reikan (Focal)
« on: March 08, 2014, 05:54:03 PM »
You do realise that the "Support Team" is one person??  In fact, Reikan is only one person...

Software & Accessories / Re: Fail to contact support Reikan (Focal)
« on: March 08, 2014, 03:20:08 PM »
If you have a look on their website, there's a link to their twitter feed where they say that there has been an issue with the contact form, but now fixed.


I think they did a website upgrade a week or so ago, so probably related to that. I've had nothing but good support from them having been a very early adopter of the software.  It's a shame they're still hamstrung by Canon's lack of a proper API toolkit for the 5D 3.

Lenses / Re: Where do you sell used lenses
« on: February 10, 2014, 06:28:54 PM »
I sell high end kit on Amazon Marketplace.  Sometimes it can take a while to get a buyer, but I've got good prices in the past where I didn't want to risk a sale at a too low price on eBay.  I realise you can set reserves, but that doesn't seem to work for me.

Sports / Re: track and field photography
« on: February 04, 2014, 04:30:44 PM »
I do pretty much as Northstar, except I start at 1/1000 and compromise that if the ISO is going too high.  Less than 1/640 and you tend to get motion blur.  What strikes me most in the first pic on the thread is that you're in the wrong shooting position.  There are way too many people in shot taking focus away from the subjects.  Reducing the depth of field to blur out the background would help, but personally I'd start by standing somewhere else.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: December 23, 2013, 08:38:47 AM »
If you're shooting with 7 or 8 FPS modes then the 7D gives you the greater buffer depth.  From what I've seen in samples on line, the 70D has slightly higher IQ with higher ISO shots being a bit more useable.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 12, 2013, 10:40:03 AM »
They do have a valid point about protecting their customers from poor quality counterfeits.  There's a story going round in cycling world this week about Specialized pulling up a bike shop called Cafe Roubaix, Roubaix being a name used by Specialized.  One of the issues Specialized has had to deal with was when they had a bike returned after it snapped causing significant injuries to the rider, only to find that the bike itself was a counterfeit.  Since then they've paid a law firm to track down counterfeiters - the Cafe Roubaix owner got caught up in the cross fire a bit.  As long as Canon continues to allow you to use a 3rd party battery, after clicking 'OK' to continue I'm fine with it.  They're warning you that your camera might get fried - but leaving it up to you to make the decision.  I still use a 3rd party battery as a spare, but use the original Canon as my primary battery.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:22:25 PM »
I went from a 7D to a 5D 3, and mostly do sport stuff.  Very occasionally I miss the higher FPS of the 7D.  What I miss most is the buffer depth to write raw + jpeg whilst using the highest FPS of the 5D 3.  But the IQ of the 5D 3 surpasses the 7D by a significant margin - and at higher ISOs by a very significant margin.  I'd go back to a 7D in heartbeat if it married the FPS of the 7D - or slightly higher with the IQ of the 5D 3, and as a bonus, the AF of the 1DX.   Not bothered about a gripped body, not bothered about articulated screens.  Not bothered about dual card slots either to be honest - not unless it's dual CF.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:47:26 AM »
Does it take better photos than an equivalently priced existing Nikon camera, eg a D800 ?  It smacks of the "emperors new clothes".

"Man makes shocking claim in Daily Fail to sell books..."

There you go, that's a better thread title??

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II news
« on: September 02, 2013, 07:37:29 AM »
The 7D II is going to come in significantly more expensive than a 7D or a 70D.  Punters will have a choice - price or performance.  By Christmas the 70D will have dropped a little in price as well.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Worth getting an SD card for 5D3?
« on: June 11, 2013, 05:32:13 PM »
I mostly shoot sport so only use CF.  That said, I have thought that an SD card would mean that if I end up needing to change cards at a critical time I can carry on with the SD until a more opportune moment.  Ideally I'd have a 1DX and 2 CF's but in reality that's not financially viable.

Canon General / Re: Newspaper Dumps Photographers, Wants Video
« on: June 04, 2013, 04:03:57 PM »
The ever increasing amount of video means I often find I can't skim read the news sites during my lunch break at work - as I can't play video, and frankly don't want to.  My other fear is that those one off iconic photos that endure for decades will no longer be captured.  That more than anything else will be the biggest loss by this.

Technical Support / Re: 5dm3 - FPS Drops when battery below 50%
« on: May 26, 2013, 08:52:49 AM »
I wonder how the new firmware affects this when using 3rd party batteries?  From reports I've read elsewhere the battery always reports 100% when using non Canon batteries regardless of the actual charge level.  Sounds like 3rd party batteries could be the way forward!  ;D

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