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Canon General / Re: New Speedlite Coming? [CR2]
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:38:52 AM »
lets not forget that if you have a grip, it comes with the AA adaptor so you can run your camera on that...ya gotta figure if one 5d3 battery can power the body for a few thousand shots, one of those in a speedlight could go for a week!

A week of very long recycle times. You can forget an LP-E6 battery pack that works optimally in a bunch of cameras and flashes.  Li-ion isn't optimal for fast-draw applications like refilling a capicitor.  Canon would ideally make an NiMH battery for that, and the form factor would need to be different to avoid confusion.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HUMIDITY ALERT!
« on: July 18, 2014, 06:47:59 AM »
I store my gear in Storm hard cases with desiccant cartridges inside the case.  The desiccant has an indicator dye that turns from blue to pink when it needs to be replaced.  There are also humidity controlled 'dry boxes' to store gear.

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EOS-M / Re: The promised pics of the 18-200 Tammy
« on: July 17, 2014, 07:52:55 PM »
The 10-18 seems like it might be a good match (if you already have an EF/EF-S ->M adapter).  Getting good reviews and pretty small. Any reason not to go this route?

I just got a 6D, kept my 60D as a backup/beater camera, so the M is relegated to times I'm bringing some sort of backpack or shoulder bag while playing tourist but not so much that I'm bringing one of the bigger cameras. Debating whether to invest in a wide-angle (trip to Italy coming up), or pare back even more and spend the money on something like an RX100iii that takes great photos but is more limited in focal length.

The 11-22 is significantly smaller than the 10-18 + adapter. 

I had been considering the RX100 III, since I used to bring along a PowerShot S95/100.  However...in bright light, small sensors do fine (nearly as good as larger sensors if you don't need shallow DoF), but in dim light you want the biggest sensor you can carry.  That's what I like about the M – relatively larger sensor in a small package with lens flexibility.  The 11-22 and 55-200 together aren't much more outlay than the RX100 III.  The M + 22/2 does decently in low light (not nearly as good as my 1D X + 35/1.4L, though).

I find the M + 18-55 carries nicely in a Lowepro Dashpoint 30 on my belt.  I have the 22/2 pancake in a Lowepro Lens Case 8x6 in the backpack that I bring (I have 3 kids, one 15-months, so I need snacks, diapers, water, raincoat/sweater or towel, etc., on pretty much every outing).  The 8x6 case holds the 18-55 when I swap.  The other two M lenses would be easy enough to carry in separate lens cases, and the whole kit would take less room than the 1D X + 24-70/2.8 II even in a neoprene cover in the backpack.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod centre column - yes or no
« on: July 17, 2014, 07:19:12 PM »
Neuro & others - have you used your RRS tripods in salt water very much?  I'm considering the TVC-33, but my tripods go in muddy/sandy salt water about 2/3 of the time I use them.

I use mine in salt water occasionally, in mud and sand more often.  Like Eldar, I always disassemble and rinse in clean water after that, and I've not had any issues.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod center column - yes or no
« on: July 17, 2014, 07:16:06 PM »
if you get a sturdy gitzo, then you won't have any problem with the column shaking during the shot.

i know people who claim that the center column makes the tripod less stable

It's not 'people claiming' it, it's just physics...a raised center column is less stable. Period.

Now, whether or not that extra instability affects your shooting depends on the load and how balanced it is, the focal lengths used, the shutter speeds used, and your personal tolerance for blur.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: July 17, 2014, 08:14:41 AM »
Neuro, is this true with all IS lenses?  That might imply sports guys with long glass never net as sharp a shot with the first frame in a long burst that they might get with the rest...

Yes, although I think the MkII supertele lenses stabilize faster, and they have a Mode 3 that leaves the VF unstabilized until the shot it taken. 

Many sports shooters (and me, for BIF) are using shutter speeds fast enough that IS is of no benefit anyway.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: July 16, 2014, 10:00:59 PM »
For those testing the IS, are you half-pressing the shutter (or pressing AF-ON if you use BBF) and then letting the IS system operate for ~0.5 s to fully stabilize the image?  I've often found that if you simply press the shutter on an IS lens, you get a shot that's not much better than no IS.  Here are some tests I did with the 100L.   

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Do you mean the poor battery life of the M?
Yes.... when on trip I need 2 loaders or a propper schedule to have at least 3 batteries loaded until next morning.

So I've been shooting for two days with the M, at the very end of today the battery meter dropped from full to 'getting low' (two bars remaining).  I've taken a short (90 s) movie and 385 images.  It's not my 1D X (I think the 1-series LP-E4N weighs as much as the whole EOS M), but it's not that bad...

EDIT: today, I shot another 120 images for a total of 505 stills and a short movie on one full battery (nearly filling the 16 GB card in the camera).  I could have shot more frames, but I swapped in a fresh battery it as soon as the red-flashing battery symbol appeared.

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EOS-M / Re: How Much Would You Pay...
« on: July 16, 2014, 11:38:09 AM »
...for an (shooting for the moon now) EOS M-style body...with

*focusing abilities of, say, a 70D

and a sensor with...

*high ISO abilities of, say, a 5DMkIII

I will pay 200 quatloos.  I think future currency makes sense for something not currently technologically possible. 

Now, I need to find a jar big enough for my brain...   8)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 16, 2014, 02:36:58 AM »
I dunno. I've read the subsequent DPAF patents, and there isn't anything remotely revolutionary in there. Mostly just using different sized photodiodes for the AF part, and a means of increasing sensitivity for AF without reducing IQ. If that's all Canon's got for the 7D II, they are going to take a HUGE reputation hit...and they HAVE to know that... (If they don't, then they've totally lost touch with their customer base, and I am seriously hoping that's not the case.)

Are you suggesting that the people here are representative of Canon's customer base?  I see lots of clamoring for better IQ on forums but until the 70D, the 7D remained a strong seller.  I'd bet a 7DII with 41ish AF points and 10 fps, and a 24 MP DPAF sensor similar in IQ to the 70D, would sell quite well.

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EOS-M / Re: The promised pics of the 18-200 Tammy
« on: July 15, 2014, 07:57:33 PM »
I m curious about the Canon 55 200

I've been finding my M very useful as a travel camera, I may pick up the 55-200 and 11-22 to round out the kit.

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I use a Nanuk 915 for my M gear.


I use a Storm im2050 for that.  Since taking this picture, I've filled a space with the M 18-55.


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Software & Accessories / Re: To filter or not to filter
« on: July 15, 2014, 04:17:34 PM »
I don't use UV (protection) filters on my 40/2.8 pancake or on my EF-M lenses, but I do on the all the others that take them.

Hi Neuro, is that because of the relative price of B+W filters vs. the price of the lens? Would your answer change if you were going to be in a sand/sea environment?  I just bought the EOS-M on the eBay special along with the 22mm and plan to take the kit to Hawaii in August.

For the pancake lenses, their advantage is the small size – I prefer not to make them thicker.  They also have pretty tiny front elements (as does the MP-E 65mm, but I'm always shoving that lens into bushes...).  For the EF-M 18-55, I might get a filter (I bought the lens a couple days ago, took my first shots with it today) - it's also small, but it turns out the M + 18-55 combo fits in the Lowepro Dashpoint 30 with the (pretty shallow) EW-54 hood mounted for use, and the filter + cap would fit inside the hood.

Thank you, Neuro!

After being out for a full day with the M + 18-55, I'll be getting a UV filter for it. 

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I have the Storm im2500 and it's excellent.  I prefer the latches to Pelican's 'knucklebusters'.

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EOS-M / Re: The promised pics of the 18-200 Tammy
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:43:05 PM »
Thanks for sharing.

Cool EW-54, mine is plain old boring black.   :(

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