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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 29, 2014, 01:45:09 AM »
Frame rate is dependent upon the speed of the card, so the fastest available card with a suitable capacity for your needs would be a wise investment. (Edit: A full buffer will be far less likely)

A second battery is always good to have

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Listed as Discontinued at Amazon UK
« on: October 27, 2014, 03:15:13 AM »
Amazon UK have also failed to mark the 7D as discontinued, and failed to make the 7D2 available for pre order. I posted to here a few days ago, that's probably where the story was picked up, unless they spotted it independently.

It would not surprise me if Amazon UK did not know their 6s from their 7s. Consensus here was a mistake by Amazon. I once bought a 1.5TB hard drive from Amazon, only to find that it was 750GB!

Hold up, wait.

THE BATTERY IS 100 dollars?

Prepare for the LPE6 to sell out. Almost 2 of them for a similar price.


In Canada, at Henrys, LP-E6 sells for $119.99
                                 LP-E6N sells for $119.99

In U.S.A., at B+H, LP-E6 sells for $59.00
                           LP-E6N sells for $74.95

I'm all for supporting local, but not with getting gouged....

Count yourself lucky, the going rate in the UK is £79. That's over $120. Even after deducting the tax that's included in the published price, the UK Price is 35% more.

I was in a similar position when I recently returned to SLR photography having used compact and phone cameras since the film days. I would recommend buying just the basics at first and then finding out what you feel the need for beyond its limitations. I started with a 'zoom with my feet 50/1.8 and then started building a range of lenses from there. My lens choices changed once I started to go out and use my initial set up.

As suggested by others, the 18-135 kit sounds like a good plan. If/when the rumoured 100-400 replacement is announced, I may begin to have mixed feelings about my 70-300L. I'm with you on the 100L, it's top of my wish list to give both macro and a faster aperture at short telephoto.

Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 26, 2014, 07:45:50 AM »
The 16-35mm will give the equivalent of 29-56mm when used on the 70D. Together with the 70-300mm on full frame this covers most of the ground from 29-300mm. That' sounds like a pretty reasonable travel set up without even changing lenses.

Swapping lenses would cover ultra wide and ultra telephoto. That's a range of 16-480mm for a weight of under 4kg. That sounds like an excellent balance for travel, unless concerned about bokeh at the shorter focal lengths.

I don't own the 20/2.8, but have held off because of mixed reports. I do own the 24/2.8 IS, and it is probably my favourite lens. The focus is fast and silent, the IS allows crazy low shutter speeds where a tripod is not an option, and the colours have a pop missing from my Canon 50.

Canon EF-S lenses are designed not to fit Canon full frame cameras, so the 24 STM won't be an option when it becomes available next month. Apart from the mount incompatibility, the larger full frame mirror would typically clash with the rearmost element of EF-S lenses.

If the Voigtlander is over budget, then that also rules out the 24/2.8 IS. What about searching for a good second hand previous generation 24/2.8. If you can stretch to the current 24/2.8 IS, you will have no regrets.

I'm crossing my fingers that Canon will update the 20/2.8, but not holding my breath.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon 6D discontinued?
« on: October 25, 2014, 01:13:27 PM »

Is this a mistake by Amazon UK?  Both body only and kit options are marked as discontinued. Will there be a surprise at the New York show?
2 to 2,5 years seems a very short lifecycle.
I guess it is a mistake  :-\
Being as it happened right about the time that the 7D should be marked as discontinued... odds are it is a mistake and they meant to do the 7D instead....

That makes sense, on checking the 7D is not marked as discontinued. Ineptitude probably explains why the 7D2 is not offered for pre-order.

Pricewatch Deals / Canon 6D discontinued?
« on: October 25, 2014, 12:46:59 PM »

Is this a mistake by Amazon UK?  Both body only and kit options are marked as discontinued. Will there be a surprise at the New York show?

Am I just being daft or is the 7D mk2 not on Amazon UK?

I've looked several times and you are right, not even a third party offering grey market goods. Other preannounced Canon products are available for pre order, but not the 7D2.

I've had emails offering preorder from Calumet, Wex, etc

Available for viewing this weekend, according to my email from Park Cameras

Single hard drive and max 8GB memory is not my dream. Nice display, but all in ones still feel to me like immobile laptops.

That's the minimum config.  You can upgrade to 32Gb memory and a 1Tb SSD drive.  Also has two thunderbolt ports and 4 USB 3 ports.  You would typically add a thunderbolt RAID for your photo storage, leaving the internal for the OS and applications. 

This would be similar to what you would do with  a maxed out MacPro that contains 12 cores, 64Gb, a 1Tb internal drive, 6 thunderbolt ports and 4 USB 3 ports that can handle 3 4K displays or 6 thunderbolt displays.

Ah, I read "up to 8GB."

Regardless, one internal drive with a built in display kills it for me. YMMV

The speed of Thunderbolt allows an external drive to perform to the full potential of its internals, whether spinning disk or solid state. Given a fast enough connection, there is no performance downside to the drive being external.

The upside is upgrading of storage without any disassembly, the downside is more clutter if you have several drives.

Photography Technique / Re: Noise in 5D III - Concern or my fault?
« on: October 14, 2014, 01:13:20 PM »
Have you checked that long exposure noise reduction is switched on (separate to high ISO noise reduction)?

Such excellent comments. Each one of them. I did not vote as am confused. I like some of my older (film) photos although they are technically not so good.

I would say that the good shots taken on film with fixed low ISO are a greater achievement. I was always pushing the balance between shutter speed and depth of field, but composition seemed to come more naturally. I think it is the necessary slowness of a manual camera. I can do the same with the 6D, but it requires self discipline.

Currently an iPhone 6, before that the 4S.

The 6 camera is much better, despite boasting the same 8MP. I only feel the need for my  Canon 6D in poor light, for zoom, or for selective focus. Both iPhones have excelled at the single shot HDR which gives boosted dynamic range without the unrealistic look from Canon's in camera 3 shot HDR.

It has its limitations like all phone cameras, but within them the results are impressive. On occasions where more depth of field is required, I reach for it in preference to the heavy DSLR around my neck.

Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:35:02 PM »
Here's another wrong setting one - f/11 for landscape - switch lens, still at f/11 for wildlife.

Whatdoyaknow, of course you're not the only one. Without repeating myself too much, I've also solved this problem with Magic Lantern: I programed my auto_iso module to remember the lens settings, so it automatically selects a deepter dof or slower shutter if I screw on my landscape 17-40L than my wildlife 70-300L. I just grew tired of changing the same settings again and again, and the dslr is a computer after all.

I wish that cameras remembered the last used aperture for each lens. That was a standard feature when the aperture was set by the ring on the lens, and a minor annoyance to me with any modern camera.

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