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Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for Gitzo 2542L
« on: October 27, 2014, 12:14:57 PM »
Just to throw in another option:


  - choose the exchangeable plate well - I had a lot of RC4s just before I bought that head
  - and is not too compact/light at 730 grams

I had the linked 468MG hydrostatic head for a while, definitely a nice head (arguably the best of the Manfrotto ballheads). 

Regarding choosing the QR plate well, best advice is to NOT choose a Manfrotto plate at all.  The RC2 wiggles in the locked clamp, the RC0 and RC4 don't but are bigger than the bottom of the camera, and way bigger than a lens collar foot, so they stick out and get in the way.

Whatever head you choose, get one that uses the Arca Swiss-type plate/clamp system.  (For the Manfrotto 468MG, get the head with no clamp and add a Wimberley C-12, Kirk, or RRS clamp...but for that price I'd say just get the RRS BH-40 LR). 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Listed as Discontinued at Amazon UK
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:38:31 AM »
I think the AF and the FPS upgrades on the 5D3 were lost on a huge chunk of the market, especially wedding and portrait photogs. ...arguing that it was a major upgrade seems equally absurd.

Wedding photographers don't shoot moving subjects in low light?  That sounds like a lot of the receptions I've attended.

Portrait photographers wouldn't want peripheral AF points that work reliably with fast primes...because they always have the subject(s) centered in the frame? 


EOS Bodies / Re: Where are the Canon fun Pentaxian colors?
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:39:01 AM »
Perhaps use 18% grey or a color balanced neutral tone so not only can we find stuff, but in a pinch we can meter off the inside of the bag?
quite good idea. use one of the removable inner separating walls as gray card.  :)

The insides of Lowepro bags and their padded dividers are gray.   :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Listed as Discontinued at Amazon UK
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:24:33 AM »
I don't know too much (read: anything at all) about Canon's production strategies but is it possible they've simply pulled the 6D from the production line to bang out more 7D2 units, using the same manufacturing resources?
I guess that kind of thing could turn into "6D has been discontinued" after a few rounds of Chinese whispers, when they're really just intending to flip a switch next week to make the Canon Robot start spitting out 6Ds again?... no? Well I had fun fabricating such conjecture so I'm probably right!
As above, I don't see a new 6D rocking up 'til it's needed to poach some potential 5D3 resale transactions ;)

Most likely Amazon UK just screwed up. 

I do not want to tempt you but now how about the new 400mm DO II ?  OK maybe I do want to tempt you...  ;D ;D ;D

Not particularly tempted.  Yes, the 400/4 DO II is slightly shorter and a bit lighter than the 300/2.8 II, but the differences are pretty small.  The 300/2.8 gives an excellent 420/4 and a very good 600/5.6, and importantly f/2.8 for indoor gymnasium shooting (currently with my 70-200 @ 2.8, I'm often at ISO 12800 already).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Listed as Discontinued at Amazon UK
« on: October 27, 2014, 09:20:43 AM »
6D is an amazing value option for Canon shooters and underlines how little an "upgrade" the 5DIII was.

LOL.  Yes, the 6D is a great value, an entry level FF body slightly better than the 5DII and costing less than the new top-of-the-line APS-C body.  But to call the 5DIII a 'little upgrade' to the 5DII is utterly asinine.  Much better AF (the first time 1-series AF trickled down to another dSLR line), significantly faster frame rate, better metering, better build, dual card slots, basically, almost everything about the 5DII was substantially improved.  Everything except the sensor, which got only a modest improvement...but no one complained about the 5DII's image quality, a tiny number of lens cap-shooting Internet forum people notwithstanding.  Maybe it was a 'little upgrade' if all you ever shoot is static subjects at base ISO with the camera on a tripod...but that means you're in a tiny minority of dSLR buyers to which Canon doesn't really need to pay attention.

I found that the maximum sharpness on a 60D was at F9... and F8 was very close to that. Above and below, it fell of. I still say it is a bit soft if you don't step it down.... but honestly, don't we all try to use whatever lenses we have in their sweet spot?

Generally, yes.  But f/9 is getting pretty narrow when you also need a fast shutter speed.

It is definitely a great lens, and superior to the existing 100-400 in the overlapping range..... but I do expect a new version of the 100-400 would reverse that, although at several times the price....

The 70-300L is also better than the current 100-400 in the overlapping range; between that and the 600 II, I had pretty much stopped using my 100-400, so I sold it.  I'm not even certain I'd want the new 100-400, I might just get the 300/2.8 II as a 'portable' option.

EOS Bodies / Re: It's just me but...
« on: October 26, 2014, 11:15:26 PM »
Where are the upgrades to the ancient lenses that people actually use with regularity?  You know, like the ... 70–300 L II ...

The 70-300L is 'ancient'?  Were you born last month or something?   :o

Lenses / Re: Review: PowerShot G7 X via DXOMark
« on: October 26, 2014, 09:31:15 PM »
Are we now liking DXO?

My opinion of them is unchanged.  I use their software and find their measurements useful (except when they make errors).  Their scores are still BS.

EOS Bodies / Re: Where are the Canon fun Pentaxian colors?
« on: October 26, 2014, 06:52:42 PM »
The Rebel T3 came in black, but also red, silver, and brown.

Brown.  If that doesn't scream, "I'M A FUN CAMERA!!," I don't know what does...   :o

Personally I've never found that to be true, in everything I've done/bought in life. If you're gonna do something, go for it. Buying 2-3 upgrades for me is really not a good solution, hence why I mentioned it in the original post.

For bodies, I went T1i/500D → 7D → 5DII + 7D → 1D X.  In three years.  You can sell the one(s) you upgrade from, but you'll always lose money, sometimes a lot. 

One piece of advice above did jump out, though.  For everything but wildlife, the 6D would be a better choice.  For everything including wildlife, the 5DIII would generally be better.  I liked my 7D, but after getting the 5DII the 7D was relegated to birds/wildlife only.  FF gives you sharper images, less noise (particularly for high ISO shooting – that can be low light, or needing a fast shutter speed in moderate light), shallower DoF for portraits, etc. 

EOS Bodies / Re: It's just me but...
« on: October 26, 2014, 04:53:27 PM »
However, it's ridiculous to be angry at Canon for calling it the year of the lens.  Look at the lenses they've introduced. 

Sorry, but when did Canon call it 'the year of the lens'??  CanonRumors doesn't speak for Canon. 

Is it that hard not to mix up subjective personal desires with objective analysis of accomplishments.

For some people, it seems to be impossible. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 26, 2014, 04:36:02 PM »
I think Neuro had a similar experience ;)

Sort of...but at the start of that experience, I was the guy using the iPhone, having it explained to me by the guy with the Rebel body and 55-250 that I needed a 'real camera' to have any hope of a good picture (of course, that was before I pulled the 1D X + 70-200 II out of the bag at my feet).

Hmmm.. i can´t trust in your words  8) - the guy ( nda ) told us HE used the 1DX - and i did not see any Bag at your feet  ::) - so somebody does not tell the Truth ?  >:(

 ;D ;D
Greetings Bernd

I was referring to an incident from a couple of years ago

Then, compare the light blue swatch on the color checker card at say ISO 6400 RAW, the one just above the black swatch in the lower right corner. Also, make sure you are in print mode. I've been comparing the 7D II and the D7100. The difference should be pretty obvious.
Noticeable, certainly - but again, it varies with where you look - if you move up and compare the four squares above that the relative slight advantages seem to flip - especially the pale turquoise/cyan square at the top right, which is clearly much noisier on the D7100 than the 7DII, so much so that the noise almost hides the splotchiness. 

Agreed...and that highlights the issue of personal bias in observations.  If you think Canon sensors have 'blotchy' and 'nasty' noise, you'll go looking for it...and most likely find it (even if you have to ignore observations which would lead to the opposite conclusion in the process).

EOS Bodies / Re: It's just me but...
« on: October 26, 2014, 01:19:45 PM »
For me, it's about what isn't currently meeting my needs first, and what would better meet my needs second.  The 7DII is shaping up to be an excellent camera, even though it's not something I need.  The 16-35mm f/4L IS seems excellent and I was quite tempted, but I decided the TS-E 17mm would better meet my ultrawide needs. 

The 5DIII and 1D X don't seem 'aging'...not when the most recent releases from the major competitor are just catching up. 

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