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The Canon 1Dx and 5D III have been on sale here in Thailand for many months. I asked the Canon dealer here and he said it was Canon that was setting the prices not them.
5D III = 26-2700 dollars
1Dx   = 58-5900 dollars

That is before a VAT refund of 7%. So if I bought it and came back to the USA. I would get an additional 7% savings.
I personally think it is because they are not selling over here! So Canon is marking them down to try to get people to buy them. Strange even at those prices I still do not want one. Just stick to my old camera.

I went threw this same issue with the Pentax K-5. It was very stressful.  And the reason I moved to Canon!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Teaser
« on: November 08, 2013, 07:08:29 PM »
People are studying what appears to be a CG marketing image way too closely.

Who here thinks they really placed a cloth across the new body and photographed it to make this image? Raise  your hands...
I think that is a handkerchief to cry into when we find out that the 7D2 will not be released until 2015


This is really a great thread. I am verrrry hard on my camera body's. After reading this the 1Dx is definitely not going to be in my bag. I get tremors just reading this thread.

Well then, I hope you never do a Google search for "<your make/model of car> problems" or you'll be walking everywhere you need to go.   ;)

The issue being discussed here doesn't seem to be about how hard/easy one is on the camera, but rather certain units with a problem, much like the clicking batch of 24-70 II lenses.  In my case, my 24-70 zooms silently and my 1D X sensor is oil-free.

I know Nuro, and agree somewhat.  I also watch the hard core birding sites and some there are having the same problem. AF is number one for me, along with durability at this point. When I go on a shoot I always shoot hundreds if not a thousand or more shots in a few hours. Also I live and photograph in a very unfriendly harsh environment. 
Pouring over these type of threads has really paid off for me. No more product testing for me. I am at least a second generation camera buyer.

It may or may not affect me (if I bought). But, it is an issue that would stop me in my tracks. And I cannot afford two, one as a backup. At this point I am happy with my 1D mark IV, I cannot say enough good about it. An amazing camera for my birding photography hobby.

Cheers, Gary


This is really a great thread. I am verrrry hard on my camera body's. After reading this the 1Dx is definitely not going to be in my bag. I get tremors just reading this thread.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:02:21 AM »
I will pass at this point. To little to late. I moved on.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pentax K-3
« on: October 11, 2013, 06:01:53 AM »
I have the Sigma 500 f4.5 and the Sigma 300mm F2.8 prime. Been waiting for this moment. I hope AF is good. I am in dreamland now... :)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2013, 11:09:56 PM »
   Canon has backed itself in a corner.  Canon does not have the sensor technology now to offer an update IMO.
Time to move on. I am selling the 7D. I put the brakes on buying new Canon equipment when they failed to deliver a good crop camera for me. Now 1 year since I stopped buying Canon gear.

Fortunately I have some good lenses for Pentax. With the new K-3. If AF is fairly accurate I am moving on.

If and when a new enthusiast Canon crop camera materializes. Then I will think about it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Bad News Closing out 2013? [CR2]
« on: September 20, 2013, 10:12:52 PM »
About right. The 7DII is strictly " dust in the wind " never happen at this point.

True. Imagine everybody's surprise if, instead of introducing a 7D2, Canon introduces a high-end EOS-M model to replace the 7D.

LOL I can see my 500 on the front of a M now.... 

EOS Bodies / Re: Bad News Closing out 2013? [CR2]
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:43:19 PM »
About right. The 7DII is strickly " dust in the wind " never happen at this point.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumored Sigma Lenses Coming in the Next Year
« on: September 09, 2013, 09:48:20 PM »
If this happens. Wow, .. Having lenses I can change the mount on is a dream lens.

Is this the "big lens announcement" in Sep??


My thoughts exactly.

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: September 03, 2013, 08:38:05 AM »
Looks like Canon is going to announce two new EOS M body's. If it has the Same sensor as the 70D?
I would love to have a small camera with that AF technology. Perfect for travel.
If it is affordable?

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: September 02, 2013, 10:58:36 PM »
I know everybody has invested in lenses and accessories, so jumping ship is not practical, but here is what that 3 stop of extra DR can mean (5D3 on top, D800 on the bottom):

All this really proves that even two of the best cameras currently made are each capable of producing suboptimal images when used incorrectly.

It isn't that the 5D III was used incorrectly. Fred Miranda was the one who did that review, and he is a respectable authority on such matters. The original sample images were shot to keep the whites from blowing in a high DR scene...and this, quite plain and simply, is indeed the result when you lift the shadows to compensate. There isn't any question that Canon has issues with their low ISO DR. It has been blotchy and banded for well over five years now, and it is Canon's weakest point.

Given DXO's review of the 70D, it's clear they have not put any effort into improving sensor IQ. Canon's focus is clearly different, and the weight of their focus has clearly shifted heavily towards video. I was hoping to see a better DR improvement for the 70D, and these results are rather disheartening. I'm a stills photographer, and I use my DSLR for still photographs. Quite frankly, I would really like to see Canon invest some of their huge cash flow into improving their products for their primary intended purpose, and not some secondary "sometimes convenient" purpose like video.

The Magic Lantern crew proved that Canon's sensors are capable of capturing the full 14 stops of dynamic range allowed by a 14-bit ADC...I think its high time Canon stopped their focus in video and returned their focus to EVERY aspect of IQ, including factors based on the sensor. I've argued in the past that there are other factors that affect IQ, such as AF system, but Canon has already perfected those technologies. Fred Miranda's comparison of the 5DIII and D800 is an excellent demonstration of why Canon should finally shift their focus back towards improving still photography IQ. I don't even think the problem is in the sensor, either...I think its in the ADC...and Canon pretty much whips up a new version of that every major release cycle anyway...so there shouldn't be any reason they couldn't invest some serious R&D into solving their low ISO IQ problem.

No more clever arguments from me about why Canon's products are good. They are, but that isn't the point any longer. I truly hope to see something significant on the sensor/ADC IQ front with the 7D II...otherwise, the 5D III will probably be my last Canon DSLR purchase until they stop focusing on secondary video functionality and refocus on the primary purpose of a DSLR: photography.


EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: September 02, 2013, 09:24:44 AM »
Exposing to the right is a lot easier than it seems. I don't look at the scale the camera uses as over or under exposure. Specifically when you look at the tic mark scale. It is only a guide based on the metering system and how you have it set up to.

So I personally like the definition that wicki gives. You just want to shoot at the max before you clip the highlights that are important to you. For me it is the bird. I could care less about the rest of the picture. So easy for me. Just evaluate the the color of the bird the background brightness and set an exposure for the bird. Using the tic marks as a guide only.

Whether the metering device says you are under exposed or over exposed makes no difference at all. You are over exposed if you clip the highlights that are important to you. Or you can look at the highlight clipping on the back of the screen if that helps. But that takes valuable time.

I can tell you now it works wonders with the 7D and IV. Can't comment on the other cameras.
It does kinda "tic" me off, pun intended. That Nikon does not have to worry about it near as much as I do....

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