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1,3 & 4 NO

2 though I can see something...

its a tough balance... you are closest to hitting it on 2; less work through the area under the eyes for starters.

agree, 2 holds some promise

EOS Bodies / Re: 2015 wishlist
« on: January 12, 2015, 12:52:54 AM »
My Reasonable requests (at least I think they are reasonable and have some chance of coming out in 2015)


5D Mark IV (resolution 36+MP, better DR by at least 3 stops)
Announcement of 1Dx M2 - 24 MP, better DR, builtin GPS, otherwise similar to current model but $1,000 lower price
1Dx Crop - incremental improvement over 7D M2 in 1Dx body


12-24 F2.8 zoom (though would settle for F4)
24-70 F2.8 IS with 77mm Filter

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2015, 11:29:55 AM »
I agree the naming is important as the 5 series is the sacred cow. But I dont think Canon ever makes a model badged the 90D.  Sounds way to much like the old Nikon D90.

What happens after the 90D?  Suddenly Canon mid-tier camera is 3 digits, the realm of lower end cameras.

Numerical naming can be tricky - especially long term.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New firmware for 1DX ?
« on: January 07, 2015, 06:00:52 PM »
My 1D X doesn't brew coffee.  It's a serious shortcoming and one Canon must address or I'll be forced to switch to Cuisinart.
Neuro, you really need to start reading the manual - custom function H-2O must be switched from "Auto" to "Hot", and you have to have a proper filter installed on your lens.  If you do that and add the grounds correctly, it should work for you, too.  I do hear the Cuisinart has some seriously smooth bokeh with the right attachments, however...

Hope the new firmware includes an expresso and latte mode.

Seriously I would like to multiple my menu tabs like the 7D M2.

Software & Accessories / Re: Reco on travel tripod?
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:54:30 PM »
Budget?  I travel with the RRS TQC-14 + BH-30 LR.  It has a center column which I leave down.  It's very robust (leg diameters are like a Gitzo 2-series, it's rated to 25 lbs, that's just a wee but conservative since I can hang my 180 lb self from them), and quite stable especially for it's size.  It's light, and the tripod+head inside it's RRS TQB-47 quiver bag fits inside my Storm im2500 carryon hard case.  The catch is that the setup is >$1100...  But that's consistent with the axiom that for tripods you want stable, light and inexpensive but the best you can get is two of those three.

Thanks for the great redo.  Unfortunately the TQC-14 is backordered for 6 weeks.

Agree need to pick 2 of the 3.

Software & Accessories / Re: Reco on travel tripod?
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:51:44 PM »
Does it need to fit in a carry-on?


No.  I plan to check bags and have a moderate to large size rolling duffle (much to my wife dismay who like to travel ultra light).

Software & Accessories / Reco on travel tripod?
« on: January 06, 2015, 06:12:13 PM »

I am going with my wife (who will be at conference) to London.  I'll bring some photo gear (5D M3 probably without grip, 16-35, 24-70, possibly 17 TS-E and/or 70-300 L). 

Looking for a light weight tripod w/o center column.  Ball head most likely be Acratech.

Thanks in advance


I just my 7D M2 and really like the option to have multiple My Menu tabs.  It would be great if Canon would add these to their existing cameras (1Dx, 5D M3, 6D, 70D).

A couple of observations - I can not figure out how to turn of unused metering modes.  I only used evaluative and spot, never use central weighted or ....

Also found that they focus was a bit soft with my 200-400.  The camera arrived Wed and Thursday I took it on a family trip (mostly shake down).  I did a bit of AFAIM (I think +7 at the long end of the lens), with my 1Dx I don't need a AFAIM on this lens.

I have not had time to test other lens on this camera yet.

EOS Bodies / Re: Speculate: How much noise improvement from 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: January 05, 2015, 06:08:05 PM »
I realise that the 5D4 hasn't been announced yet, but I'm curious on views about how much improvement in noise we might expect going from the 5D3 to the 5D4 (assuming it comes out in the first half of this year).

I note that the 7D2 has about 1/3 stop noise improvement (via increased sensitivity) from the 7D, which is disappointingly low.

I love low-light photography, and am really hoping for 1/2 to 1 stop improvement (although I appreciate 1 stop improvement would be a huge stretch).  Getting ISO 25,600 to the point where it is seriously usable (like ISO 12,800) would be fantastic. 

Many thanks!

To be precise, based upon all available information to date, 2.34 averaged over all ISO and sensor signals from 70 to 95% of maximal count.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Firmware Coming for EOS 5D Mark III
« on: January 05, 2015, 02:05:13 PM »
Got my 5D M3 back from Canon Itasca last week and the firmware was still 1.2.3

On my 7D M2, there are multiple My Menu screens.  This is a great addition  :) :)  I would really like to see that added to the other SLR (5DM3, 6D, 70D, 1Dx).

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 1DX2 - that is the question
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:40:21 AM »

I've been intentionally paying way too much tax withholding through the year. Come February, I should get decent amount money back. So the big question is, should I get 1DX for ~$5k, or wait for 1DX2 for (maybe) $7k around late-summer (or early winter) (just guessing, no knowledge on price or release date).

I've been trying to read the speculations on the 1DX2 features, but nothing solid there. Will it have enough improvements to make it worth the extra money and wait?

Current 5D3 does great, so no immediate need to upgrade. There's big sports tournament in May, but I've already given hope of having 1DX2 by then.

Time line is optimistic.  But if you get an early specs not the 1Dx 2 please let me know.

As you have undoubtedly learned from everyone's comments, it is very hard to know what Canon plans and from the latest comments Canon will introduce fewer new products (unlike Nikon which introduces incremental improvements to milk the must upgrade every cycle). 

Bottom line: is there something that the 1Dx can not do that you have reason to believe a newer camera will be able to do in a reasonably amount of time.  If so, go for it.


EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX or 1DX2 - that is the question
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:39:13 AM »
Do you mind me asking where you purchased your 1TB SSB drive for your MB Pro 17.  I also have a MB Pro 17 and have been wanting to upgrade to a SSD, but have had a hard time trying to find one that size.

It's a Crucial M500 960GB SSD, I think ordered it from Amazon.

New MBP can not be upgraded.  Which I could upgrade my 13" MBPR, but ... I would add more RAM and possibly swap out SSD from 512GB to 1TB.

Lenses / Re: 100-400mm II in Stock - USA?
« on: December 30, 2014, 09:45:23 PM »
I don't need it right away (and don't have the funds readily available - 7DM2 to be delivered tomorrow).

I hope to have one a few months.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1D W
« on: December 30, 2014, 09:43:08 PM »
I am waiting for the 1DW M3.  heard from a good source it will be available week and next.  Not sure, next what?  week, year, decade, century :)

I had been considering Reikan FoCal and LensAlign

I used to use a LensAlign, switched to FoCal when it first came out, far prefer the latter.

I tried to Focal and had some trouble.  Perhaps indoor lighting was marginal, it was windy outside, ...

I hope to repeat the process but just wondering if you have any tips on how to get everything working well.  I don't have a large studio to work in and my longest lens is 600.  And if possible I would like to adjust it with both the 1.4x and 2.0x converts.


Lots of light, lots of distance.  I tested outdoors in full sun with no wind, and actually added light on the target (ended up at 14-15 EV, meaning a nice high shutter speed with such a long, relatively slow (f/5.6 and f/8 with TCs) lens.

Thanks.  Do you print your own targets or use their plastic target.  I guess w/o wind you don't need to worry about the target blowing.  A challenge for me is that our backyard is shady (partially shady) so it is hard to find a sunny spot that will stay sunny for several hours.

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