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I take these statistics with a grain of salt as Canon is one major sponsor.
Didn't expect so many leicas.

However, from now on, whenever I count 8 1DX cameras in the hands of photographers at a press event, I'll expect to see that one bold guy with a Mamiya 7 to show up next to them.  ;D

Lighting / Re: Benefits of a 600RT system ...
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:41:18 AM »
That makes sense.

Lighting / Re: Benefits of a 600RT system ...
« on: February 14, 2014, 07:08:51 AM »
You are correct - and I'd like to stress the benefits of this feature, I just experienced it today ... if some flash refuses proper ettl metering or you want to shoot it at fixed (or full) power anyway, simply set it to m flash on the master ... impossible with the old pre-rt system.

Did you really need the ability to change the setting from the master unit if you want to shoot at "fixed power"?

I recently took some pictures with a manual slave fired by a ttl flash. After some initial testing, the power level of the manual flash was set and I never touched it again.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best Flash
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:31:58 PM »
@ Daniell:
as expected, nice.

but "you need an additional sender to talk to the remote flash" is not true, that is the part I was addressing.

That quote is out of context. I think I made my point pretty clear in the whole sentence:
The 7D has built in off camera flash control via line of sight.
If this is not sufficient and you need the radio remote (going the 600 way) keep in mind that you need an additional sender to talk to the remote flash.

I see how this is off topic and I apologies for that, but as a non native English speaker I would like to know what makes my post ambiguous.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best Flash
« on: February 13, 2014, 04:34:31 PM »
The 7D has built in off camera flash control via line of sight.
If this is not sufficient and you need the radio remote (going the 600 way) keep in mind that you need an additional sender to talk to the remote flash.

No, the 7D on board flash can act as an optical controller for the 600-EX-RT, obviously it is line of sight or indoor use

I was talking about the radio remote. If the line of sight control is all 14thegipper needs, a 600 could be a very expensive way to do the same thing a 430/580 could deliver (not looking at output power)

I personally would rate Metz at the top, they could be worth a look too. Very good flashes. I almost brought the top one but got a 52 af-1 instead. Touch screen, works like a charm as optical slave from the 7D and better than the canon 430. Big bit cheaper than a 600rt or the metz 58 af-1. Touch screen too. I'd look at those before other third party flashes. 

How's the touchscreen of the 52? I own the 50 and would like to add the 52 because it can be used as a master (50 is slave only)

+1 for Metz.

If you need more synch possibilities, a Phottix Mitros might be an alternative.
Again, it all boils down to how you want to use the flash:
on/off camera, radio/light-of-sight/cable synch, ttl?

PowerShot / Re: Underwater Compact that shoots RAW?
« on: February 13, 2014, 03:20:45 PM »
There's CHDK, which brings Raw to P&S cameras including D10 and D20 Canon cameras:

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best Flash
« on: February 12, 2014, 06:16:24 PM »
I think a big strobe is way more overkill than a small speedlight could ever be.

Yes...until you discover that off-camera lighting yields much better quality, and putting the light in a modifier is even better, and then you end up selling your 430 flashes and buying the 600 flashes you should have bought at the outset.    :P

Sorry, I don't understand how that relates to my post.
With "big strobe" I was referring to flashes bigger than speedlights which are always off camera and usually used with a modifier.

I tried to point out that if one's afraid that a 600 is overkill, put a Profoto B1 next to it and it doesn't look that overkill anymore.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best Flash
« on: February 12, 2014, 04:48:23 PM »
The 7D has built in off camera flash control via line of sight.
If this is not sufficient and you need the radio remote (going the 600 way) keep in mind that you need an additional sender to talk to the remote flash.

I think you should ask yourself:
Do I need to fire the flash remotely? If so, how? (radio, light or cable)
Do I need TTL?

I think a big strobe is way more overkill than a small speedlight could ever be.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Leica m2
« on: February 12, 2014, 09:34:54 AM »
I shoot Ilford FP4 ISO 125 and occasionally the Delta 3200.
FP4 is about 4,17€ a roll in the bay + development + scan/enlargement

The current version of HP4 is HP5 plus with ISO 400.

Most of the films can be pushed 1 or 2 stops. I would not do it with the 3200 though.

Have fun!

Here's the right article:


The New, Super-Zoom PowerShot SX700 HS and Waterproof PowerShot D30 Digital Cameras Deliver Outstanding Performance and Versatility

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014
– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of the new super-zoom PowerShot SX700 HS and the adventure-ready, waterproof PowerShot D30 to the PowerShot line of compact digital cameras.

The stylish and pocket-sized PowerShot SX700 HS camera features an impressive 30x optical zoom lens (equivalent to 25-750mm zoom range), built-in Wi-Fi®, and Near Field Communication (NFC™)1 capabilities helping to ensure high-quality images can be captured and easily shared. This focal range will allow a user to be able to photograph a flower that is close but also have the zoom to capture an image of wildlife that is in the distance - all in a compact camera. The new PowerShot D30 camera is the world's deepest waterproof camera*, allowing for shooting up to 82 feet below sea level. This ready-for-adventure camera is also shockproof and cold and heat resistant. Both cameras produce breathtaking low-light images and offer 1080p full high-definition video so moving and still images can be clearly captured in many different environments.

"With the PowerShot SX700 HS camera's incredible long-zoom capabilities and the PowerShot D30 camera's ability to shoot underwater at a world-record depth of 82 feet, these cameras are capable of inspiring creativity when photographing wildlife, marine-life or everyday adventures," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "In addition, consumers now have two excellent new digital camera options that allow them to create images and video that are not only high in quality, but easy and fun to use."

The PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera

The 30x optical zoom PowerShot SX700 HS camera combines a 16.1 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 6 Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM -allowing for excellent low-light performance. With Canon's Intelligent IS, the PowerShot SX700 HS camera automatically chooses from various settings to help optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.

The Wi-Fi® connectivity options in the PowerShot SX700 HS camera allows users to easily share beautiful images online with family and friends. Using the Mobile Device Connect Button, users can connect to a compatible smartphone, a compatible tablet or a Wi-Fi enabled computer. Connection to the computer is easily done using Canon iMAGE GATEWAY through the cloud2. For easy Wi-Fi connectivity, built-in NFC™ allows quick and simple pairing to compatible Android™ devices. With NFC, users press the Mobile Device Connect Button and tap their NFC-enabled Android device to the PowerShot SX700 HS camera to send images from the camera to their compatible smartphone with ease. For even more convenience, photographers can control the camera remotely via the free Canon Camera Window app3 from virtually anywhere with their compatible iOS® or Android device3. After composing the image, the photographer controls the shutter from their compatible smartphone, so that the photographer can be included in the shot.

Zoom Framing Assist Auto has been enhanced to make it easier to keep a subject that is at a far distance in the frame of view. The camera also records high-quality 1080p/60p Full HD video through a dedicated movie button. The Hybrid AUTO mode allows users to record up-to four seconds of video every time a still image is taken, and then automatically joins the clips and pictures into a video that captures the essence of a vacation, an important event, or any time you are shooting many shots in a day. Hybrid Auto automatically recognizes the scene and optimizes camera settings to capture the highest possible image quality to create a great looking highlight reel in 720p HD video.

The PowerShot SX700 HS camera also features Creative Shot mode. Creative Shot mode is an easy yet powerful tool to add artistic effects to photos. In Creative Shot mode, users compose a shot and the camera analyzes the photo to apply a series of artistic elements. Creative Shot mode includes four categories with 46 filters total. The four filter categories are: Retro, Monochrome, Special, and Natural. Before an image is captured, users choose one of the four filter types and Creative Shot will automatically render five different variations of the shot in different composition, color and lighting styles, delivering creative, new perspectives automatically while still maintaining the original image.

The PowerShot D30 Digital Camera

The PowerShot D30, Canon's latest waterproof camera, provides an ideal solution for those in need of a durable digital camera that can handle different adventures. The PowerShot D30 camera is waterproof to a record-breaking 82-feet below sea level, giving the open water diver 23 more feet of depth to explore in their underwater environment. The PowerShot D30 camera is also temperature-resistant from 14 degrees to 104 degrees Fahrenheit and shockproof to 6.5 feet. A great travel companion, the PowerShot D30 camera's built-in GPS** tracker remembers where and when photos were taken so images can be captured along with the date, time and location of each moment.

With its sleek design and comfortable grip, the PowerShot D30 camera can quickly adapt from under-to-above-water shooting environments through the camera's new Sunlight LCD mode. This feature reduces glare when shooting above water so capturing and sharing outdoor photos is easier than ever before. While in the water, however, the PowerShot D30 camera screen is bright and intuitive for easy, hassle free use. Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 32 predefined shooting situations giving users the best possible shot composition - while Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to help image stabilization for the shooting condition.

In addition, the PowerShot D30 camera also delivers excellent low-light shooting capabilities through the Canon HS SYSTEM - powered by a 12.1 megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The PowerShot D30 camera also records stunning 1080p full HD videos through an easy-to-access dedicated movie button so moving images can be captured the instant they happen.

Pricing and Availability

The PowerShot SX700 HS digital camera will be available starting in March for a retail price of $349.99 in black or red.

The PowerShot D30 digital camera will be available starting in April for a retail price of $329.99 in blue.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 11, 2014, 12:53:10 PM »
I'm not a video guy.

Having more information than you need is always nice in post processing.
So even the output is not 4K, shooting it or at least having the option to do so seems to be a good thing.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Camera porn (SFW)
« on: February 09, 2014, 06:04:08 AM »
I don't understand how some people call the recent mirrorless Fuji cameras the "new Leica".
I mean all they did as a redesign was to release the x100s in black. Now look at the Hermès.

Canon General / Re: Gear envy
« on: February 08, 2014, 11:22:59 AM »
2 Canon 14mm fisheye lenses

What lens is that? I don't think the 14mm L 2.8 II qualifies as a fisheye.

Lenses / Re: Replacement for EF-S 17-85mm/ 4,0-5,6/ IS USM
« on: February 04, 2014, 06:22:20 AM »
There are several options lens starting at 17mm:

Canon 17-55mm IS
Sigma 17-50mm OS
Sigma 17-70mm OS contenporary
Tamron 17-50mm
Tamron 17-50mm VC

Thanks for the list. I'm capable of googlin' together 17mm lenses.
As said I do not insist on 17mm. What I like to hear about are personal impressions =)

I have a Tokina 16-50mm (no longer produced) I can say that was made ​​to last many years.

I heard of Tokina's solid builds.
How did it perform optically?

Lenses / Re: Replacement for EF-S 17-85mm/ 4,0-5,6/ IS USM
« on: February 03, 2014, 07:11:53 PM »
hi guys, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

I guess I was not quite clear on the focal length.
If I had a 15mm lens, the diagram would probably look the same, just shifted to the left.
If anything, I wanted to point out that I don't need a lens longer than ~50mm

I had a look at the 15-85 and have serious doubts about this lens.
Lasting for a year without issues is something I take for granted.
I was disappointed that my lens only lasted ~5 years.
Availability on the refurbished market does not add to the reputation of this lens or underlines its solid build.
And as I just refurbished a lens myself that I plan to keep as a backup, I want to buy a brand new lens.

To get an overall impression, I went to dxo mark and the Sigma scored twice as much as the Canon lens. 20 - 10
Photozone speaks of a "new (negative) record" of vignetting at the wide end for the Canon.  :-\
So while it has more zoom on paper, it doesn't seem to perform that well.

The only real advantage of the Canon seems to be the stabilisation that the Sigma misses.

The aperture unit of my current lens failed because of the movement during zooming in and out.
I don't feel very confident extending the zoom range even further.

and buy a better flash ;)
Bit of a misconception here, I think. I own a good flash.
It's not applicable to throw it directly at the subject, producing harsh shadows.

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