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Canon General / Re: Jessops [UK camera retailer] closes
« on: January 15, 2013, 09:36:26 AM »
A lot of people still like to physically hold a camera before deciding what to get.

I think that's generally true, but more applicable at the lower end of the dSLR spectrum.  The consumer-aimed Rebel/xxxD series represent the vast majority of dSLR sales, and those are sold at many 'big box' stores.  A person who tries-then-buys an entry level dSLR becomes a brand owner, and that makes an online upgrade to an xxD or xD more likely. 

Even so, I think these new Canon stores are likely to be quite analogous to Apple Stores - their main focus is going to be point-and-shoots, camcorders, and entry-level dSLRs, much like the prominent displays of multiple iPads/iPhones/iPods and MacBooks and some iMacs...and where's the Mac Pro?  Tucked away in the corner. 

I use mostly Canon OEM where available.  Particularly, batteries and the battery grip.  I'd have no problem using a 3rd party flash for manual output.  I'd also stay away from 3rd party lens hoods - not so much for the chance of a worse fit (Canon hoods are hit and miss depending on the lens) but because the Canon hoods have flocking on the inside, whereas the smooth, reflective inner surface of a 3rd party hood can actually add flare instead of reducing it.

Canon General / Re: EF mount's obselences
« on: January 15, 2013, 09:18:44 AM »
With Canon finally making a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera makes you wonder when they will abandon SLRs all together.

Sure...right when they put that 'wonder camera' from couple of years ago into production - the one with the 1:1-macro-to-5000mm lens, ultra high resolution sensor, fast-frame video-only capture so you just pull the stills you want, and about the size of a current 24-70 lens.  That should be along any day now...

Canon General / Re: DxOMark vs. Reality
« on: January 15, 2013, 09:14:43 AM »
Rumor has it that a camera does not become worse simply because newer models appear

Is that a CR1 or CR2 rumor?   ;)

Canon General / Re: Hey Canon, I've got cash to burn, but...
« on: January 15, 2013, 09:11:39 AM »
I am a moderator on another forum. My job there is to keep the discussions on topic and check for inappropriate comments. Some would consider this censorship and suppression of free speech. I personally think that forums like this ought to have posted rules of conduct on the boards with moderators that enforce them. This site DOES have rules:

Unfortunately, they don't seem to be enforced very much in quite a few topic threads here lately.

At a guess, I'd say you were typing this as a mod was cleaning up this very thread.   ;)  Or so I assume, since I don't see anything particularly objectionable here now...

Canon General / Re: Hey Canon, I've got cash to burn, but...
« on: January 15, 2013, 09:10:26 AM »
So for me, the equation might be solved by a 6D (landscape, low light, portrait etc.) + 7D II (fast action, reach etc.) combo in the mid term.

OK, maybe a 1DX might look like an all-in-one equivalent, "just a bit" more expensive than that combo (pure speculation right now, concerning 7D II schedule & pricing)  but I've long been taught not to put all my eggs in the same bag !

I did the 7D + 5DII thing for a couple of years, which is a lot like the 6D + 7DII scenario - the 5DII for landscapes and portraits, the 7D for birds/wildlife.  The thing is, the 1D X is a really nice 'bag'.  It's a lot more robust than the lesser bodies, that great AF and fast frame rate comes in handy for portraits (basically, each shot is a 'double-tap' so there's almost never a lost shot due to a blink, etc.).  As for reach, it's artificial unless you're printing large - a 1D X image cropped to the FoV of the 7D gives a 7 MP image that still has (slightly) better IQ, and if you don't need to crop, the IQ is much better.  If you're always shooting at ISO 400-800 or less, the 7D does very well, but at higher ISOs, the 1D X is much better - enough so that I see no point in keeping the 7D, and unless a 7DII brings ISO improvements that push it into the FF IQ range, it's not particularly tempting to me...

I guess that's a new one on me..better beamer..I'm intrigued..which ones are you using ?

The FX-3 with a 600EX-RT on a RRS B91-QR flash bracket with an FA-QREX2 extender.  There's really only one type of Better Beamer, the different models are for fitting different flash heads.

Lenses / Re: Canon Lens of the year 2012
« on: January 14, 2013, 11:52:33 AM »
The 600mm f/4L IS II....and not just because I own one.  The 24-70 II is certainly a great lens, but IMO it's what the original 24-70 should have been in the first place.  All of the new superteles saw optical improvements, but the greatest IQ delta was with the 600 II, and while the 300/2.8 and 500/4 saw modest weight reductions, the 400 II and 600 II are 28% lighter than their predecessors.  So...biggest IQ gain and tied for most weight loss is why I picked the 600 II.

Canon General / Re: More Canon Store Information
« on: January 14, 2013, 08:27:31 AM »
We do not have a [CR3] confirmation for more than the stores being announced on Tuesday.

Well, that's ok. I'm sure a Canon Store will take great pictures.  ::)

There is a setting for this (don't have it connected now but as I recall it has a sun icon).  you can toggle this on and off - it's within the city name..here it says Los Angeles.  I have not had an issue since I've toggled this off.  The time stamps are all correct now so I'm fairly confident that was the issue.  You raise an interesting point and that is to turn off DLS on the camera.  That certainly is another work around though since I rely on the camera time more than the GPS (not always connected) I may stay put and wait to hear back on what canon has to say.  PS did you get the latest version of the 600mm @ F/4 ?

My point was that the sun icon by the city name is part of the camera time setting, not a GPS function.  It's on the same menu screen as 'GPS functions' but a different line, meaning it's a camera function.  Or with the GP-E2 connected, is there a second place to set city and 'sun' that comes up when you highlight GPS functions and press Set? (Why would the GPS setting need a city entered, isn't that the point of a GPS?!?).  Assuming there's only one such setting, leaving the sun/DST off is the way to go, since we're currently on standard time.

Yes, I have the 600/4L IS II.

Lenses / Re: Lens firmware update
« on: January 13, 2013, 07:21:40 PM »
The firmware update isn't MacOS software.  All the Mac needs to do is mount the .dmg file so you can copy the file to a CF/SD card.

To the OP - hopefully you're aware you can't use any body to update lens firmware, you need a 2012 body (T4i/650D, 5DIII or 1D X).

The 6D will also work.

Absolutely, also a 2012 body. Thanks!

Lenses / Re: Reasons why 14-24L zoom will not be coming soon
« on: January 13, 2013, 07:20:58 PM »

A zoom will almost certainly have more distortion than the prime at 14mm.  Correctable, yes...but only by adding softness to corners already unlikely to be exceptionally sharp.

Again the Nikon example is being ignored, the 14-24 outperforms the 14 prime in almost every metric

Not ignored, but I'm not sure it's a relevant comparison. The 14-24mm is much newer than the Nikkor 14/2.8.   

Compare the 70-200/2.8 IS vs. the MkII to see how far Canon went in a similar period of time. 

Lenses / Re: Lens firmware update
« on: January 13, 2013, 06:12:45 PM »
The firmware update isn't MacOS software.  All the Mac needs to do is mount the .dmg file so you can copy the file to a CF/SD card.

To the OP - hopefully you're aware you can't use any body to update lens firmware, you need a 2012 body (T4i/650D, 5DIII or 1D X).

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D AF and Focal Plane issues by recomposing
« on: January 13, 2013, 06:11:01 PM »
Nikon's 3D tracking = Canon's AI Servo.

Oh, thanks. Thats exactly what I wanted to know. Now, does it work properly on the 6D?
I am just afraid, only the 5D MIII (not to mention the 1´s) can perform well in this discipline and €2800 are out of my reach.

Probably ok on the 6D, but definitely better on the 5DIII.

Lighting / Re: Off camera flash
« on: January 13, 2013, 05:59:44 PM »
What body?  Recent APS-C bodies can control an off-camera 430EX II directly, with no additional hardware.

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