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EOS Bodies / Re: The Big Megapixel Body in 2013?
« on: April 18, 2012, 02:05:50 PM »
Sony will release a high MP and therefore Canon will not be the only one without such a system.

I think H1 2013 will be shipping date, I think Q4 it will be announced (with their current track record). Might even be earlier if they think there is a significant exodus elsewhere....

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4 RC 64-bit ??
« on: April 18, 2012, 02:03:16 PM »
Maybe its just me... but I had BSOD's in win 7 after installing 4.1. Could be a co-incidence or there could be a link. But reinstalling Windows and all apps was no fun at all... took a week.
Did you google the event id for the BSOD? That will normally help identify where the culprit lies. I've not experienced BSOD with LR (any version) incl RC 4.1 64bit. Mine tend to be HW / HW Drivers related....

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MKIII vs 1Ds MKIII
« on: April 16, 2012, 07:21:25 PM »
Perhaps you are thinking of the 1D3 AF problem - the 1DS3 has always had good AF.
I always knew about this problem with the 1D3, but read in a forum elsewhere that the 1Ds3 also had this problem - it's possible that that person didn't have their facts straight.
IIRC, 1Ds MK III had/has the same AF issues as the 1D3, hence why one of the Canon fixes for AF was for both 1D & 1Ds (I had both my bodies adjusted).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays
« on: April 13, 2012, 06:12:19 PM »

So they are close then ...

 ;)

I didn't have much time do compare them more - I wanted to enjoy 1D X as much as possible, so I left 5D III behind :) But yes, 5D III's AF is great, I'm not afraid to say better then 1D IV.

Hi - I know it is not a really fair comparison, but would you have any views on quality of 1D IV vs IDX or the 5D III please?

From what we can start seeing left and right on various post, it looks very promissing!  (ok ok wishful thinking on my part since I ordered it and paid in full already!).
I wanted to see how much the IDX or 5D III was better, I just figure there will be a good number of MK IVs going for a good deal soon, and since no f/8 on the 1DX then I like to look at options...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays
« on: April 13, 2012, 06:09:38 PM »
Hi - I know it is not a really fair comparison, but would you have any views on quality of 1D IV vs IDX or the 5D III please?

I won't comment anything about 1D X image quality yet, sorry.
Understand, any view cf 1D IV?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays
« on: April 13, 2012, 04:46:29 PM »

So they are close then ...

 ;)

I didn't have much time do compare them more - I wanted to enjoy 1D X as much as possible, so I left 5D III behind :) But yes, 5D III's AF is great, I'm not afraid to say better then 1D IV.

Hi - I know it is not a really fair comparison, but would you have any views on quality of 1D IV vs IDX or the 5D III please?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Delays
« on: April 13, 2012, 04:39:48 PM »
I'm still thinking (hoping?) that the delay is due to some incompatibility and Canon want to avoid further egg on their face. PreProd models are out there, and nothing significant has been reported, so would guess it is something to do with an add-on as this site reported.

I would be surprised if Canon are not loaning pre-prod models to press agencies and the like so they can get used to the camera and thus buy en-masse when the Prod models are released, with an appropriate "thank-you" discount.

UK CPS members have not offered any advanced orders...

Anyone know what discount Canon Canada gave CPS members off the list (Rob Galbraith reported significant)....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Cinema EOS 1D & EOS C500 for NAB
« on: April 11, 2012, 06:53:05 PM »
Interesting, higher res than a 1DX - be interested to see how close it might be to the 5D III sensor and how it performs.....

How many 1DX pre-owners might have second thoughts??

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 vs D800: Video 1 of 3
« on: April 06, 2012, 06:27:29 AM »
Also worth a view...

By Crisislab

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Video & Movie / Re: 5DMkIII film shot in SoHo, NYC
« on: March 31, 2012, 02:51:34 PM »
nice work...

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Macro / Re: 9:1 macro
« on: March 31, 2012, 08:16:19 AM »

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ND Grad Filters are just another tool in the bag for making the photograph as close as you saw it. As others have said, ND Grads are good to bring the DR within the capabilities of the camera when the scene allows you to. I have the Lee system, but there are times where I will favour a 2 shot bracketed picture - typically when the part of the scene I wish to control is too irregular in shape.

Sometimes when I have used them, I will still correct the dark banding that you can often have on the scene as a result of the Grad overlapping with other elements of the scene. I will also use a Grad in LR to either lighten or darken a scene further (Lee grads only work in stop increments, sometimes I want finer control)

Bracketing, as people have pointed out, is more difficult with moving elements in scenes, but i find most of the time I'm either blending sky or water with the land, and therefore the moving elements (grass, water, trees), are limited to only one part of the scene and not impacted by the blend.

Bear in mind also, that if you can avoid a filter, even a Lee, that you will get sharper pictures so always check before you reach into your bag. How much does it blur? Put your camera on live view, 10x zoom, and put the filter in front and then away from a scene and see. It's not massive, and it can easily be corrected in PP. But if you don't need it, don't use it :-)

Your Lee circ pola will also be a good investment once you need to use it across a few lenses. And of course there are things a Circ Pola can do which you can't do digitally.

Finally, the other thing I like about the Lee system which I've used on occasion is their 2 rotation filter holder which allows you to independently rotate 2 filters. So you could use one Grad for the Sky and perhaps a 2nd for some water.

Like I said, filters - both real and digital are just tools in your bag to help create the scene you envisaged. Happy photography...

Oh ps. if you have not ordered them, get the £3 white plastic caps. I leave the adapters on all the time and therefore these are great protection...

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EOS Bodies / Re: This web site is making me question why I lurk here
« on: March 29, 2012, 07:51:01 PM »
I actually do not think its game over or I need to switch.
In fact I don't think there would ever be any reason for me to ever sell and change
to another brand, save for maybe if Canon goes bankrupt -- which will not happen.

I just find it absolutely ridiculous that any sort of comment made that does not fall along
the lines of "oh Canon is so great" gets bashed. I mean... why? If one doesn't criticize oneself,
how will one improve? I simply mentioned a need that I have and that the current Canon
offering will not fulfil, so I will simply keep on waiting until it does get fulfilled, that is all.

The overwhelming hostility and brand affiliation on this site is almost as bad as POTN, and
probably is a predominate Canon-user trait. None of my Nikon friends exhibit this behavior.

The minute anyone criticizes Canon... or perhaps even Apple, someone immediately
jumps to a conclusion and starts being ultra defensive of their views. I thought forums were
for discussions? Clearly not.

By the way, I shoot with two 1D Mark 3s, surprised?
I shoot with a pair of 1Ds MK IIIs, so no, not surprised at all :-)

And I was not trying to defend Canon or bash you, so sorry if that is how it came across.... I said I understand your frustration, I felt the same when Canon released the MK II hence why I ended up with two 2nd hand MK IIIs.

I am surprised on how many people appear to think that Canon & Nikon will always release similar specs at almost the same time, as though the industry is "geared"...

I find the D800 appealing and interesting, and I will be closely watching to see where the market pans out. Photography is pleasure for me, and it is the longer term view I will take based on what I think both companies may offer, from bodies to lenses. I've also considered a Pentax MF and a 2nd hand Phase One....

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Lenses / Re: Canon 200-400/1.4x vs. 600/4 II
« on: March 29, 2012, 07:43:02 PM »
Since you're not in a rush, and since you're considering spending over five figures on a lens...I'd suggest budgeting an extra grand (total) to rent each before you buy (based on a guesstimate of a few hundred each for a four-day rental). Or, at least, go to your local pro camera shop (if you have one) and play with them in person.

Either that, or figure out how much of a hit you'd take to sell one and factor that into your budget. Buy the one you think you're most likely to want, but don't worry about selling it and buying the second on your list if you're not happy (because you've already set that money aside); think of the loss for selling it as the rental price.

And, I gotta tell you...the 400 and the 600 most emphatically are not the sorts of lenses you just toss in a bag with the rest of your gear. They come with hard-shell cases big enough to fit at least a couple dozen laptops, and I wouldn't recommend transporting the lens outside the case. Think of them as watermelon-sized faberge eggs, though their fragility is more like that of the watermelon than the egg.

Frankly, there's no way I'd even think of taking my 400 anywhere unless I knew I was going to be shooting with it, and I doubt I'd be shooting with it on my lunch breaks unless it was part of a paying gig. Don't get me worng -- it's a hella fun lens, and I'm always looking forward to using it. But, at the same time, it's not something to take lightly (so to speak).

Cheers,

b&
I take mine (500mm IS) in a Lowepro bag and the only time I use the (original) case is when I'm at home.... Oh and for the 500mm, could not fit one of my laptops in there - can't speak for the 400 / 600mm versions :)

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Lenses / Re: Canon 200-400/1.4x vs. 600/4 II
« on: March 29, 2012, 07:02:18 PM »
Thank you for all the replies.  The 400/2.8 II is definitely another strong option that I should consider.  Interestingly my main concern was that the 400/2.8 II + 2x extender would be considerably less sharp than the 600/4 + 1.4x but at least with the current 600 that does not appear to be the case - http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=741&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=2&API=2&LensComp=336&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=1&APIComp=0 One advantage that the 600/4 II does have though is it makes a nice 1200/8 - which perhaps will be more useful in the future when Canon releases a 1 series body again capable of focusing at F8.

Note that I currently own a 300/4 and a 70-200/2.8 II.  I plan to sell the 300/4 to help fund whatever I buy.  However, the earliest I will purchase something is the end of the year as I have quite a bit of saving to do (the 5D3 did not help here :))

In terms of lugging gear to work, I already lug a bag with a 7D, 5D3, 70-200/2.8 II, and six other L lenses to work every day.  I will need a bigger bag for either lens, but it isn't a big deal.
If birding priority has a significant gap over wildlife, then the 600mm is your choice. Not sure why you would sell the 7D unless you were considering a 1D IV, as the effective reach is better.

The 200-400 appeals more for when you want to frame the wildlife and you have more opportunity to. I find I have more time with animals than birds, unless you have some lure for them (ie food). Currently I have a 500mm and 70-300mm. I might supplement with a 300mm f/2.8 but the 200-400mm is a rental option only for me I think.

You're biggest gap appears to be the longer reach, so 600mm, 1.4x and 7D. Unless you find you need higher ISO capability than the 7D delivers for you. Rent the 200-400 for Safari's if you're not happy with the 70-200mm.

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