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Canon General / Re: Colombia
« on: July 14, 2014, 07:22:27 AM »
If visiting a Third World Country causes concern, consider not taking and flaunting your First World extravagances.
Take only one, un-gripped body, mount a 40mm pancake and call it good.
Hang the camera from a Kevlar UPstrap or a stainless cable reinforced Carrysafe, no big gear bag, only a small belt looped accessory bag.
I consider essential accessories to include a battery charger, spare battery, spare memory cards, a CPL, an infrared remote.
If you want some minimal support, a weighted string with a clasp, a 1/4" - 20 eye bolt screwed into the tripod socket for the string's clasp.
I'd leave laptop and tablet home, use a smartphone for tethering, appropriate cables.
You may just find traveling and shooting gear light and minimal to be liberating and exhilarating, you may just find fresh creativity without the aids of multiple focal lengths.


another thing.. what I do…take a film camera…and a few rolls of film… 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: July 07, 2014, 05:50:40 AM »
i have a nikon film camera…and canon 5dm3...

EOS Bodies / Re: The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 04, 2014, 03:33:03 PM »
we still have a week to find it

EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs Sony A7s vs GH4
« on: July 02, 2014, 04:44:09 PM »
I have the A7s in hand, also have a GH4 and 5Diii. I've done some initial testing and should have more show later tomorrow (July 2nd).

I have mixed feelings, but in my limited time playing around with it here are some thoughts:

- Great ISO performance, but the higher ISOs are indeed pretty grainy.
- Incredible Low Light focusing sensitivity. More than anything I have ever tested, but only with native Sony lenses.
- Im already wishing Sony had many more lenses made for it with very wide apertures
- Paired with the Metabones Speedbooster and wide aperture glass, it could be a low light monster, especially for video.
- The Metabones Adapter, (not the speed booster) AF pretty much did not work, at all. I might have a bad copy. I hear it is slower, but is still supposed to work, but I had no such success with it.

I was very impressed with the DR and colors it could see beyond my own eyes, as grainy as it was:

There will probably be a sweet spot for low light portraits, but I would imagine it is around ISO 25,600.

Ill post the ISO charts later today.

 5d3 + m.l.  for video and stills tests?? 

hi everyone. i've been a member for a while now but for some reason (probably too many email accounts), i had to register again after a forgotten password. so, hello again! hope you're all well.

short version - to retina or not to retina?

long version - i'm looking for thoughts/comments/advice from mac laptop users on whether to go retina or not.

i've got a full desktop set up with a 27"
screen in my studio, but because i travel very often and post-process while traveling, i've become very accustomed to working on my 13" laptop. and it's time to upgrade.

for about the same price, i can get a 13" macbook air or a 13" macbook pro with retina that are roughly equivalent, same i7, same solid state drive, same ram. but different graphics processors and, then, retina or no retina. weight difference seems negligible, but when you're traveling with gear even a small difference counts.

again, i'm well-accustomed to working on a screen of this size, and either new laptop i've described would be an upgrade to the hacked together and upgraded over the years machine i've been using, and i don't view this as a long term investment so i don't need to get into the fact that upgrades post-purchase aren't possible anymore, it's really just a matter of thoughts from retina users on whether retina is worth it.

so, sorry for the long read, would appreciate any thoughts or comments or advice. thanks everyone

retina, retina, retina!
and a 4k 24" external monitor like the UP2414Q

this and the new 7d…2…??

EOS Bodies / canon at the world cup post your pics
« on: June 19, 2014, 06:06:30 AM »


I think the a7s won't be successful because in general for photography the A7R is better.
It's 4k is a gimmick requiring an expensive external device.
It's low noise is impressive and hd video but the amount of users who need those features more than what they will get from the A7R will be small


its early yet

EOS Bodies / Re: Ye Olde Film Photography
« on: June 17, 2014, 01:17:36 PM »
love film…! 

digital is digital
film is film

use both and keep them competitive and evolving

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:06:02 AM »
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We have received a couple of specs for the upcoming replacement to the EOS 7D which lead us to believe it will in fact be a “pro” APS-C camera.</p>
<li>EOS-1 style top plate, which means no mode dial.</li>
<li>Pop-up flash, even with the new style top plate.</li>
<li>WiFi & GPS will be internal. We all figured this one.</li>
<p>No other specs have been given to us as of yet.</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">c</span>r</strong></p>

waiting for more info….

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<p>Northlight is reporting that Canon pro dealers in Germany are being invited to events in July to prepare for August announcements. This is pretty normal, certain dealers in most countries get advanced knowledge of the upcoming gear to prepare for dealer ordering and marketing.</p>
<p>If the pro dealers are involved, you can expect a prosumer DSLR at least. We also expect some higher end lenses to be added to the lineup.</p>
<p>Source: [<a href="" target="_blank">NL</a>]</p>
<p><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">c</span>r</strong></p>

can we just move on to the 7d3

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: June 03, 2014, 05:51:46 AM »
i needed a bit wider and is so i went for the 24mm…great!

EOS Bodies / Re: Debating on selling my 5D II and 35L/135L for a...
« on: May 29, 2014, 02:50:28 PM »
I've been debating on this for a couple months now since I don't really use them for more than taking pictures of my kids and some occasional outings with our friends.  It is a pain to lug around with the battery grip and kids stuff and I don't feel like I'm really getting anymore good use of out if (although everytime I take a picture they come out AMAZING).  Anyone have any recommendations on something new? I haven't been following the mirrorless cameras much but they seem to be the 'next big thing'.  My only requirement is that the camera shoots in RAW as I love to edit photos and touch them up in Lightroom.

550D with pancake 40mm!

Canon does not respond, simply because they are making money while Sony and other imaging companies are losing a ton of money.  Sales of digital cameras in general are poor, with P&S and Mirrorless being weakest.  Introducing a major new product incurs a huge amount of cost, which comes directly out of profits.  Unless the new product is going to make a profit, its better to stick with the existing one that has all the development and tooling costs already paid for, so every sale is quite profitable.  Its not a good time to be throwing money away on new product releases that won't generate enough income to break even.
When Canon does come up with a major new product, you can be sure that it will have been researched and will sell.  Profits are never guaranteed, but Canon has a good track record.  In the meantime, look for products that are minor upgrades, basically a new label and a couple of software features added, but nothing that requires huge tooling expenses.


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