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EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:59:50 AM »
For me it is interesting and exciting enough.
As a 7D owner I await still the reports on sensor Performance before committing (next year)

Plusses -
  • better sensor - we will see how good
  • even better AF
  • dual cards
  • interchangeable screens
  • saves me a larger Investment in 5D Mk III and corresponding lens Upgrades! - which aren't in the Budget for next year

Sweetners -
  • Sensible price
  • GPS
  • even better weather sealing
  • intervalometer (OK would be available with Magic Lantern and I don't use it - but...

Missing / Minuses
  • WiFi - not for Facebook but for control - though Canon Need to fix their WiFi implementation
  • no Radio Flashlight Control (though I still have optical Flashes) - would rather have the Pop up than have to buy RC Flashes though
  • 4 k Video - although I personally don't shoot anything that would need it
  • Flip out Screen - just for the very rare cases - but I would rather have the sealing and robustness
  • Touch Screen - but only if one can turn it off almost all the time (e.g. via separate lock switch) - as I miss hit enough Buttons/dials normally when carrying the camera around - don't want another large source of incorrect
  • Spot AF as per 1 Series - OK just dreaming
  • anything else radically new...

so nearly everything that I want is there - a correctly implemented WiFi would have been the one thing.
If only there was an add on for WiFi and Radio flashlight control.... (built into a battery grip ?)

I know there is potentially better equipment potentially available, but as an amateur it's positioned right for me once I bite towards next year.

EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:18:58 AM »
Addendum -
I was hoping for a 4K compatible sensor - even though I wouldn't use it.
I was hoping for WiFi - but except for some triggering applications wouldn't use it.
(guess it must be a more expensive add on)
A better sensor (low light, less noise/banding) is my first priority, maintaining the build quality next.
A flip Screen would have been nice if it could have been built robustly - I would however rather the
robustness instead of the Screen.
Improved AF is good, GPS nice. Better fps a sweetner.
Glad they are adding intervalometer, and better battery - simply as a sign  that things will be improved.

The question is how long will it take for Magic Lantern to run on dual DIGIC 6 ?!
The 7D development is taking  along time to reach the next stable Version.
If there is too Little love for the 7D II this could also take more than a while!!

EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:10:01 AM »
I am missing the option to wait.
"I am not sure.  I'll make up my mind when I see the reviews."
Why - I own a 7D and although seeing improvements elsewhere, I can't really complain.
If the sensor is better than simply the 70D sensor, and with the improved AF etc. I would seriously consider.
Seeing as no one really knows what the sensor is going to do - I don't see any reasons for the negative responses there.
It would certainly be cheaper than upgrading to FF - as I would Need a 5D III or IV :-)
as I would also need to add (/upgrade) a few lenses (I would still keep the 7D)

Would be an idea for the Magic Lantern development - if one could identify where everything was saved...

Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:39:21 AM »
Hi all,

I've spent weeks (or months) now looking into a tripod.
I'm looking at getting a Carbon Fibre on and in particular the 3 Legged Thing - Eric.

The thing I'm getting confused about is getting a "stable" tripod... The 3LT Eric has 3 locks and 4 leg section/segments...
After doing my researching I have in my mind that this isn't stable and I should be looking at only a 3 segment tripod.
Is there completely false? What's people opinions on this?
I have a Three Legged Thing - called Brian.
I am perfectly happy with it - there are a few criticisms - the rubber grips on the locks aren't the best,
and a cover fell off one of my tripod head locks - but they did replace it.
I have it as a travel tripod, hence the choice as it is airplane hand luggage compatible.
The price was also in my budget as well.
I wouldn't necessarily put a 300mm 2.8 or 600mm on it - but then I neither have them or envisage travelling
with them in an airplane either... (without making additional arrangements.)
Excluding Gitzo I consider it to be one of the best travel tripods available here (in Europe).

As with all things there is also a compromise - to get the folded length you need four sections, and it's not 2m / 6 foot tall. But that is pure physics. The monopod leg is also obviously a little on the short side, but that is also logical. Other combinations will have all the same characteristics. It's a travel tripod/monopod - mainly for cities reached by air etc. If I was travelling say in a car,  ad larger lenses, availability of RRS, other budget  then maybe other factors would come into play. for me it hasn't been topped for my purposes.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:44:53 AM »
And I realize there is the 15-85 and 17-55 options out there, but I don't believe they were kitted with the 7d, though I may be wrong about that.

In some countries in Europe the 15-85 was offered as the kit lens - I know because that was what I purchased.

Lenses / Re: January in Japan...Advice?
« on: October 23, 2013, 02:08:46 PM »
For good advice try contacting Martin Bailey -
He's from England - lives in Tokyo and has been running tours to see the snow monkeys, and Hokkaido for years.

He has a few old podcasts as well dealing with the trips, what to bring etc.

Lenses / Re: I Repaired my own 50mm 1.4, and so can you!
« on: September 06, 2013, 12:47:24 PM »
I followed the same instructions around two months ago, and it looks like I will have to do the same again having dropped the lens again :-(
I did use the one link (to the site in Romania for a few additional pictures)
The instructions could be marginally improved - e.g. step 7 better explained.
What is blatantly missing are the instructions for reassembly, as the odd step or two does require the pieces in the right position, and just how tight the screws should be etc.
Having had three disassembly and assembly operations goes before my lens worked first time though I have the details now in my head....
The steps - of unclipping the element and unattaching and feeding through the cable were the most scary/difficult.
I was forced out of necessity as well. I bought the lens used, and the repair costs would have been around the same cost - and I needed the lens for an upcoming wedding quickly (private not professional).
I was glad to have performed the task - even if it did take several hours.
I do have an engineering background and some experience in such things, so I was of course less nervous than some might be!

Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: July 23, 2013, 09:15:41 AM »
74. Photos presented for the purpose of comparison, that are blatently shot under different conditions.
Especially badly shot photos of garden sheds....

Lenses / Re: 50 F1.4 durabilty question
« on: July 09, 2013, 09:15:15 AM »
My 50 1.4 rolled of a table about 1m/3 ft above a wooden floor and suffered the typical focusing damage
(infinity was OK, but below 1.5m was not possible)
The lens was purchased second hand so I decided to take the risk - as a local repair with tax would have
been a reasonable sum. Plus I wanted the lens for a private photos at a wedding coming up soon.
I googled and found a very good description (unfortunately the saved link is not on this PC)
[there could have been some improvements especially the couple of things to note when reassembling]
The first disassemble was very slow as I was very cautious. Then a small amount of bending.
Reassembling meant checking everthing double as well.
After the second go I could do unassemble, fix and assemble almost in my sleep in around half an hour...
I fixed it myself after several tries - each time bending the rotating component a little more back into place.
On the final attempt I also filed the component as well - as I noticed a dent or two.
As it was couldn't attend the wedding - the wife falling ill just beforehand.
I have yet to fully evaluate my fix with AFMA etc. but at least it focuses through the complete range now.

Unfortunately the 40mm pancake is still relatively overpriced here in comparison to the US (as is the EOS-M).
And my other option would have bought the 85mm 1.8 for use on a crop sensor...
So I will stick with it for now - not my most used lens - but still comes in handy.
would certainly wish like a quite a few for an update sometime - but dependent on price and any upgrade to full frame - who knows....

Lenses / Re: to TS-E or not to TS-E?
« on: June 21, 2013, 03:55:23 AM »
The 24mm is a fine sharp lens for general purpose use. would suite a lot of landscape photography for you.
However I personally so no serious use of Tilt/Shift without adequate camera support - Tripod or at least resting on a solid surface. There are some fun uses of the lens to create "toy" looks that can be performed handheld - but this is not on your list of subjects.
Maybe you need to consider a more portable travel tripod?

If the cost is the problem Rokinon/Bower/Samyang have a 24mm TS for around half the price - though the reviews seem to indicate that it isn't the sharpest wide open. For learning not critical, and if you are not going to make anything other than online or small prints not critical. If you are shooting buildings you will be most probalby stopping down anyway.
Other disadvantages - some build quality compromises, and resell value should you decide to upgrade.

I would be tempted but my investment in lenses needs to go elsewhere first.

For me the answer is easy, I will upgrade to LR5, as I ommitted upgrading to LR4 - without good reason,
although I did try all the releases. So for me it's two updates in one.
My LR3 will remain installed - one never knows.
Then the fun can start - new process version, Location placement in the map module, and trying out the new touchup brush etc. and possible reorganising the catalogue - after three years I feel I need more structure...

Lenses / Re: Tele for backpacking
« on: June 03, 2013, 12:31:59 PM »
For those with experience, how are the non-L 70-300 IS or the 70-300 DO?
I am about to upgrade as Deva did, from the 70-300 IS USM non-L  to the 70-300L.
I've had no problems but do notice the difference. (The L version wasn't available when I bought the original)
It's basically a Kit lens quality lens. Maybe fine for an older camera
Although the non-L is half the weight, it isn't that much smaller - and only a third of the price...
However even on a crop camera (7D) it isn't sharp above 200mm.
In comparison it is slower to focus, worse IS, not weather sealed and and a little slower in f stops in the middle range.
The DO is slightly better quality but nowhere near as good as the L Version.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: DSLR Video Questions.
« on: June 03, 2013, 09:49:54 AM »
My questions:
1.   Do I need another monitor besides the LCD on the camera to check focus etc?
Not 100% necessary, but useful. The more you focus pull the more necessary one will be.
You can view at upto 10x for the initial focus.  Eyepiece LCD viewfinders such as Zacuto are available as well

2.   Which is the best slider for price for DSLR?
sorry not my area - try Planet5D or similar websites
3.   Which is the best way to record audio? Do I record on camera or external recorder and sync using a slate? I have a BeachTek DXA-SLR available for free. Is it any good?
External recorder - you can sync then using a slate or software such as pluraleyze. can't comment on the Beachtek
4.   Should I use Magic Lantern software or original Canon RAW? If magic lantern, then which version?
Canopn does not record RAW Video. Regardless of whether you record RAW or not the Magic Lantern is recommended for the 5D3 (not available for the 1DX) for focus peaking etc.
5.   What is the ideal ISO for video? And if not ideal, what is the acceptable range for noise free work.
ISO160 or multiples thereof if required
6.   Is 1/50 the only shutter speed to work at or it does not matter?
You can set the Framerate in the camera - so depending on your output you would set the shutter speed at double that.
7.   Will my Imac be ok for the edit? I will not buy an Imac now until it is refreshed, but just want to prepare myself on the speed of edit.
Can't answer that - but I suspect it would be a little slow for RAW Video editing

Further - one Card ?? You will need several - or a stack of them if recording RAW Video....

ANY help is appreciated sincerely.

Thank you!


I've done the corrections for color, WB, noise....I've done cropping, but in Aperture I was doing it with 'retain original aspect'....

I don't know what that original aspect is...hence, my asking.

I'm wanting to know if I want 4x6 prints, if I need to go back to all my images and re-crop them before sending them out...or if the 'native' export from the 5D3 happens to be 4x6...?

Original aspect means the same ratio of length to side - so a 4x6 = 8x12 = 2x3 etc.
Conversely you would not be maintaining the aspect ratio if you cropped to e.g. a square image.
The sensor size is nominally 24mmx36mm or 2:3 - so the same as 4x6.
Nothing should be lost on a 4x6.   Othersizes such as 5x7, 8x10 etc. will cause some cropping.
I am not familiar with aperture to know if it supports print sizes, but I expect that it does.

As for format - that will depend on the lab. JPG should be OK for 4x6 etc. For larger prints a TIFF maybe better.

IF these are your first prints you may want a lab that will perform some work on the image - e.g brightness control, as you may otherwise find that your images come out too dark due to you having too bright a monitor.

Further on you may want to see if the lab has ICC profiles for download - this will help in getting more accurate colours.

To start with though I would just send in a number of images in JPG at 4x6 and see what comes out.
You can always learn and improve / change labs later...

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