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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M3 in Q3 of 2014?
« on: April 14, 2014, 08:11:26 AM »
The 2 models will be split into entry level and prosumer.

Who cares? Just give us ONE camera that is on par with the FUJIFILM X-E2, Olympus E-P5, Sony A6000 and Panasonic GX7 ... as a minimum. Then add weather-sealing as the trump card.


Landscape / Re: Astrophotography - which camera?
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:58:30 AM »
Hi Don,

thanks - 7D it is then, and thank you for the additional advice - wouldn't have thought about using the moon for exposure.


Grant  :)

Landscape / Astrophotography - which camera?
« on: April 11, 2014, 06:09:29 AM »
Hi guys,

the ISS is flying over my house tonight and I really would like to get a shot or two of it.  I have at my disposal a 5D2 and a 7D, a 70-200 2.8 IS2 and a tripod.

Which of the cameras should I use?  Is it best to go for IQ/ISO over reach?

Many thanks,

Grant  :)

It's worth raising the issues, as regardless of it being Canon hiding stuff or not, the public should have greater awareness of what they are getting themselves into.  Not quite in the league of Snowden, but should hopefully lead to I more open support from Canon.

Awesome! A really enjoyable April fool.  Not too implausable, but the "W" looks slightly offline, making it a clear fake  ;)

Bravo!   :D

Lenses / Re: Tamron 150-600mm AF servo issues?
« on: March 28, 2014, 11:38:16 AM »

The point being, what are the conditions that AF problems are occuring under? Is it the fault of the camera, the lens, or the lack of contrast in the suject matter? You really need controlled tests to elevate this from a "he said... she said..." level.


EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L IS
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:37:22 AM »
What's "Shifutobure"?

"the image blur caused by the imaging device are shifted in parallel (hereinafter, referred to Shifutobure) is generated by the motion or the like of the arms holding the camera"


I don't fully understand it, but it looks like it Image stabilisation is related to hand shake whilst holding the camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 11, 2014, 09:40:28 AM »
With the long wait, I'm erring towards a 5DIII, as time is pressing. 

Unless the 7DII can rail off 10fps+ for a good 100+ images (jpeg) and has an IQ in the 5D/5DII arena, and a AF system surpassing the 5DIII, then I'll settle for 6fps ad infinitum (jpeg), great IQ and AF of the 5DIII.

By the time the 7DII makes it into the world, I doubt there'll be much price differnce, like the 5DII and the 7D when it was launched.

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 09:23:41 AM »
Had a similar thing happen with a Hama strap - the pin between the strap and the mouting bracket sheered and dropped my 60D+70-200 onto a pavement.  No damage, just some scratches, but I've gone for Sunsniper as they have less moving parts and are more robust.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Headed on safari, need some advice
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:55:06 AM »
We have been to Zambia, SA and Botswana a number of times on safari and there couple of things that you might need to bear in mind.
If you are travelling between camps using light aircraft there is usually a weight limit on bags. I know that recently Proflight in Zambia introduced a strict weight limit on their internal flights. A couple of bodies plus lenses, battery packs etc. soon build up the weight. worth checking with your travel agent.
I wouldn't bring a tripod, prefer a monopod. If you are sharing a vehicle with up to 6 guests, space is limited and tripods take up a lot of room. I find the monpod easier to use, especially if the jeep, land rover etc. is bouncing around. No tarmac roads I'm afread. A lot of the good lodges will supply bean bags.
If you can avoid changing lenses during the game drive then do so. Apart from the dust aspect it's much easier to have two bodies set up with different lenses so that you can swap at a moments notice. I have the 100-400 and find it only of use in good light and would tend to use my 70-200 f2.8 for the early dawn and dusk shots.
The light drops quite dramatically, especially on the equator.

Plan is to use the 70-200 during those times 100-400 in good light as you mentioned. I will be bringing a monopod or bean bag for the truck and a tripod for astro shots. We only take one inter country flight and it's on a decent size sa airways flight. All other transfers are by car.

Be aware that SA ailines have an 8kg hand luggage allowance.  It's a bit on the low side and you might have to be clever in your packing.  If your wife / girlfriend is going, then load her handbag, as women get the 8kg hand luggage limit PLUS a handbag.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D IV or 5D III or other - Wildlife photos
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:33:47 AM »
Hi Neuro,

thanks for the advice - much appreciated from you.  I'd included the ID IV from an fps perspective, but I see where you're coming from on the AF side of things.  I suppose it's beter to get 1 shot in focus than 10 out of focus.

many thanks,

Grant  :)

EOS Bodies / 1D IV or 5D III or other - Wildlife photos
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:07:52 AM »
Hi guys,

I appreciate that this is a bit early, and there is still a chance the mythical 7DII might appear, but I'm starting to draw up a list of camera gear for my safari in September.

Last time we took a 7D, 2x60D and a 40D, coupled to a 100-400, 70-200 2.8II and a 24-70 each, giving us wide and reach and no need to change lenses.

We have recently purchased a 5D2, which was at a bargain price, so that is on the cards for taking this time, thogh is a bit slow for wildlife.  We are looking to upgade some the kit this time (at least the 40D), and within the budget limit of about £1800, the following cameras fall out with good fps and at least good(ish) IQ:
  • 1D IV
    5D III
    7D (mark 1)

I know the 1DX is a killer, having played with one, but it is way unaffordable, and I have no intention to hire, as I can always sell the camera when get back to the UK (it's what we do with the Canon 100-400), so that it effectvely becomes a "free" hire.

So the question is, with a budget of £1800, what would be the best camera to go for, assumning tht the 7Dii doesn't appear, or should I go for e.g. 2 more 7D?

Huge thanks in advance,

Grant  :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Headed on safari, need some advice
« on: March 06, 2014, 07:49:10 AM »
That is a bit of a difference!  Odd, as camera gear is usually way cheaper over your side of the pond.

Lenses / Re: Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
« on: March 06, 2014, 07:47:06 AM »
I had a play with one on Monday at the Photography Show. 

Yes, it is heavy, but no more than a 70-200 2.8II. 

Yes the focus hunts a little, but not notcably more than than the 100-400.

Unfortunately they weren't doing a special "show" price, so there was no incentive to buy one, tempting as it was, as I don't need one for a few months.

I was impressed at the image quality - more than sharp enough for my needs.  Hpoing it drops about £100, and then it'll be a no-brainer.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Headed on safari, need some advice
« on: March 06, 2014, 06:43:46 AM »
I'm on my fourth safari in September and would recommend option 2 out of your options.  The 5DIII is a great camera and 6fps is faster than the 60D, and I always put the longest lens on an APS-C camera for the extra reach it gives.

I have a feeling that the 7D II (or whatever) will be a Christmas thing, as it'll be Sod's law that it won't be out for September / October.

Might I also throw a 1D IV into the mix?  10fps, 102000 ISO, and second hand (in the UK at least) coming in at under US$2500.

My wife and I are currently looking at taking two 60Ds, a 7D and a 5DII between us, with a view of replacing at least one 60D, probably with another 7D or a 1D IV, though having spoken with some 5DIII owners, the 5DIII is looking like a third candidate.

Have a GREAT time!

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