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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:46:04 PM »
I'd be very surprised if this was a replacement for the 5D2 as it's got so much of the 7D about it. Also why would you test a 5D replacement on wildlife? That's 7D territory isn't it?

The large pentaprism housing could simply be that large for aesthetics / ergonomics and it is still APS-C or maybe H.

Interesting that no-one seems all that bothered that the 200-400 and 600 lenses are clearly on show here but all we care about is what body he's using them on!
The first thing I noticed was indeed the 200-400mm lens, and then I looked at the guy resting the collar on a bean bag and winced. Personal preference I know, but if I mount on a wimberly then I use the collar / tripod mount obviously. When I use the beanbag, I flip the collar around and rest more of the lens on the bag - just gives me more stability and sharper shots, but hey that's probably more a reflection on me  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Feel sorry for the photographer...
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:39:56 PM »
Looking at the labels on the lenses, I'm pretty sure someone at Canon knows exactly who it is and what body and lenses they are using.

I hope the photographer in question doesn't suffer because of this.
Just looking at the location would suffice, I doubt there are too many people in Kenya with that kit  :D

I think that the tester has not revealed too much. I think that the fact it is in a public place means Canon is not too worried about leaked photos. Having been to the Mara last September, everyone looks at what the other vehicles' shooters are using. Canon is not stupid. But apart from the excitement on this forum, and soon elsewhere on the net, have they really let any IP slip?

I share your concern however, that they will not punish the tester for talking to another photographer - but again, one presumes he was briefed as to what he was allowed to do / say....

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:36:43 PM »

I believe this is a Canon employee being shot by another Canon employee (with a 5D mk III as well) for a controlled leak to hype up the camera.   Why would Canon charter a safari outing with the public when they could just easily go on private outing?

Exactly, cameras can be tested in Japan just as well as any other location. 

I want my 5d3.
Perhaps as the 200-400mm is aimed at nature photographers, and pairing it with the 1Dx to test the combination makes sense in the real world, in real conditions??

And since flying from Japan to Kenya and staying in the Mara is not cheap, they threw in another body for comparison.

The 1DX, 600mm and 200-400mm are all announced. The fever on the site is due to the other body which clearly the tester slightly slipped up on, but not really. He did not inform anyone, he just had a picture taken of him by another photographer who then decided to tell the world....

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 04:45:25 PM »
I believe this is a Canon employee being shot by another Canon employee (with a 5D mk III as well) for a controlled leak to hype up the camera.   Why would Canon charter a safari outing with the public when they could just easily go on private outing?

The shots of the employee weren't taken by an employee.

yup exactly, even on the most expensive camps in the mara (assuming this is where they went), then you are out in the field with all the other camps. Hiding isn't easy  :D The person taking the shot had a 100-400mm, so I suspect they took the shots without the tester realising. And I guess as soon as he made contact, the tester decided to come clean as frankly the annoucement is imminent on both the lens availability and perhaps even the well-disguised body.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:25:47 PM »
Not related to the subject of the images but looking at the EXIF the camera is identified as a 1DS3 but the original resolution is 6,144 × 4,096. Not 1Ds3 resolution. Fishy?


6,144 × 4,096 EXIF data... if no PP, does it make a it a 25mp sensor? 1mp more than Sony/Nikon  ;).

So is it the 5d3 or 7d2?

Must be 5D mkIII because I can't see a 7D coming out without a popup flash to control current flashes.   It is quite common to change the camera model in the EXIF for pre-production models, however the images are typically down-resed to match the older model.

Can someone explain why the EXIF of the image of the prototype camera matters?  Is it a magic prototype camera that can take pictures of itself from odd angles?  Do we think the purported Canon employee had a second prototype camera and handed it to a stranger to take a picture of the first prototype camera to post on the Internet?

Phew... my post exactly.... so not a senior moment... yipee  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:22:54 PM »
6,144 × 4,096 EXIF data... if no PP, does it make a it a 25mp sensor? 1mp more than Sony/Nikon  ;).

So is it the 5d3 or 7d2?

Must be 5D mkIII because I can't see a 7D coming out without a popup flash to control current flashes.   It is quite common to change the camera model in the EXIF for pre-production models, however the images are typically down-resed to match the older model.

I may be having a senior moment here :D but the exif data is for the guy who shot the Canon employee - he has nothing to do with the field test, just happened to be in Africa.... ??

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:16:18 PM »
Oh dear god, no.  Not that stupid mode dial unlock button.  To me, that's one of the most useless additions that Canon can put on a semi-pro body.  I can see the reason for putting it on the 60D, but come on.  Anyone using a 7D or higher should have some idea of what they're doing and in all my years of photography I've never heard of anyone accidentally switching the mode dial unintentionally.  If the new 5D is in fact coming standard with the unlock button, I hope that one can "downgrade" and remove it.  Even for a fee, I'd do it.

It's funny, I took a 7D on safari along with the two 1Ds bodies. And half the time I would reach for the 7D I would try and take a shot and curse that the mode dial had changed in the vehicle. 1Ds has buttons. Rarely a problem with landscape, but definitely with nature I would have welcomed a lock function. Horses for courses....

Street & City / Re: Etiquette of Street Photography
« on: January 19, 2012, 07:29:53 PM »
it varies a lot
I never take pictures of someone's face.  I focus on the action and not the people.
It also varies from country to country.  In the US, I think most won't care and if you are confronted you apologize and if need be offer to delete the photo.
In Japan, no problem at all.
Some Latin countries, DO NOT DARE TAKE PICTURES OF CHILDREN without permission.  Unless, you are in the mood for a fist fight.  Literally, villagers will come down and beat you.
England, cops might want to see your DSLR and might go through your pictures. 
Something to consider, if you want to focus on people, is a long lens.

In UK the police have no rights to view your images unless they believe a crime is being committed. Normal photography should not attract such a response in a public place (nor do they have rights to impound your gear). Things have improved a lot based on public & media complaints but alas the private security firms have no proper education and work on FUD....

Site Information / Re: The Unofficial Canon Rumors FAQ
« on: January 11, 2012, 03:07:21 PM »
Very good, excellent read and follow up comments, a worthy end to the day... :D

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D X Limitations Fixable?
« on: January 08, 2012, 07:03:43 PM »

There is a downside to the demise of the SD slot: the EOS-1D X will not take an Eye-Fi wireless/memory SDHC combo card.

they suck anyway.. no pro i know would use them.
i returned mine after 4 days.

for studio work you have ethernet with the 1D X and there sure will be better solutions then the eye-fi cards.
Mine works fine thank you in a 1Ds MK 3 body, and it serves it's purpose (out in the field). Spending 400+ on a wifi transmitter is not something I think is reasonable, even if it gives me http & ftp capabilities and remote control.

PwP - Apparently some 5D and 7D users have purchased specific CF<-> SD cards which have some success in working - scan the eye-fi forums for details

Lenses / Re: Recommendation For Long Lenses
« on: January 08, 2012, 10:38:34 AM »
I also was recently in Botswana in late Oct early Nov...best time between dry and rainy season there and would say as other longer the better. The stars were find with a 17 - 40. and would recommend that you find out what kind of vehicle you are going to be in so you can figure out how to shoot with that long lens. Some trucks don't have enough room for a tripod. I say forget the Ipad or any computer too much weight and trouble...buy a Nexto extreme(or something similar...B&H) maybe 750gig and transfer your cards to that.  I never had any trouble with that and faster than a computer. Do all your processing at home. See if your guides have inverters for their truck so you can use your AC outlet(many people come from Europe besides North America)and charge everything through your ac adapter.

The hyperdrive ipad is a storage device, but it also can transfer images at the end of the day or during, to an ipad for review. I always go for storage devices where I can buy the HDD separate and avoid unnecessary cost. I also personally prefer a bigger screen, so I just use the ipad for critique / review but appreciate everyone is different. All the permanent camps I have been to have power, would not worry about charging in the field, but would take a spare battery. 1Ds works all day without issue even on safari (so 10 hrs use).

Website links OP provided also seem to have modified land-rover vehicles so one assumes that as it is a (rather expensive) photographic trip that they have support sorted out, but I would check to understand the type in use. I've seen pro clamps being used with wimberley heads (or similar gimbals), but a lot of the time I still prefer a beanbag. In other vehicles I have had to resort to monopod and wimberley which is still better for me than hand-holding, but again everyone has their preference.

Given also it is a photo trip - what do the organizers suggest in terms of equipment? Having done the trip before, I would expect some good advice as to lenses in the vehicle & opportunities back at camp.

Finally, if you know what sort of support will be in place in the vehicles, and you have not tried that combination before it is worthwhile if you can trialling it before the trip. I'm sure they will advise you there, but extra prep on "trips of a lifetime" are always rewarding  :)

Lenses / Re: Recommendation For Long Lenses
« on: January 06, 2012, 04:32:55 PM »
I've done mainly self-drive safaris in Kruger & Etosha/Caprivi strip, but also (organised) trips to Botswana, Kenya & Tanzania...

I normally take 2 bodies (recently both 1Ds Mk III), leave the 500mm on one, the 70-200mm or 70-300mm on the other and only occasionally stop to put on either the 17-40mm or a 1.4x converter on the 500mm. For the "up-close", the 70-200mm "wins", but I would say a high percentage are shot with the 500mm lens and I just move the vehicle to where I want to be...

Most recent trip I played with a 7D just for video, which was cool with the 500mm lens  :)

Are you doing an organised trip? If you are, then make sure you understand the vehicle(s) so you can make appropriate decisions on support for any of your lenses.

I can't think of many times I've yearned for a 400mm or 300mm over using the 500mm. In fact many times, it's the opposite, I'm worrying about DOF @ the subject distance to ensure I can get 2 or more in focus without losing too much speed.

Even on organised trips, especially those specialised photographic trips, then the driver will normally position you based on the glass of the shooters, and most seem to stick with the 500mm or 600mm.

200-400mm would definitely be interesting in the future, however, if money is no issue, then take a 300mm f/2.8 - but probably more as a backup :)

Few other tips - I bought a little sandisk memory holder for the most recent trip. Has a ring so you can attach it to the camera strap, which was easier. A pair of hyperdrive ipads were there for backups, and the ipad for preview (alas did not have a wifi x2 at the time). Oh and bought a coffee mug which plugged into the car cig lighter and boiled me coffee for breakfast in the morning...

Happy to provide any other info which may help, especially if you are doing self-drive....

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Information [CR1]
« on: November 30, 2011, 09:10:23 AM »
given the rumors are true and nikon is releasing a 36MP D800 im curious what new DSLR customers will buy. for years canon was raising MP and nikon was saying less MP are better.

now it seems the positions have suddenly changed.

If this is true then for the first time I will be considering adding Nikon to my setup. Sometime in the next year or so I would like to improve my ability to make large landscape prints from a single frame. An 18 MP 5D3 will offer me nothing in this regard over my 18 MP 7D. Cry noise and DR all you want. For low ISO landscapes printed big (>30") it's all about the pixel count.

The bummer is that Canon has the best T/S lenses and they scream for more MP. I couldn't care less about movie mode Canon! You need a high pixel count FF body for landscape and studio use.

most amateurs who have no clue still think more MP will make a better image.
even after years this is still stuck in their heads.

For some applications it is absolutely true. A 36 MP sensor will produce larger, more detailed low ISO landscape prints then an 18 MP one. No if's, and's, or but's.
Have you used the TS/E to produce a 3 shot landscape which you can easily merge into a pano which is close to a 36MP equivalent? For landscapes I have used this quite a bit. Not in every situation of course, but it works well, is quick to do the 3 shots and the stitching tends to be very clean just because of the way it is taken. No need for a pano-head...

I came across a photographer at the weekend, IIRC using a 5D. He shot a single photo using both 3 shot exposures and multiple focus distances and ended up doing focus stacking and HDR in Photoshop. I think the single shot was made up of 33 individual pictures. Again, does not cater for every scenario, but does illustrate that there could be some solutions that could work without the need for a higher res sensor. Horses for courses...

Ultimately, Canon has to chose what it thinks will be best for the majority of it's customers (current and future), and there will always be fallout. Given the D3X and the D3S, I am suprised that Canon has concluded that 18MP is the ceiling, but I guess people will decide when the dust has settled, the reviews are in, and we've hand hands-on experience with the new bodies.

Reason I ask is because there's a Lightroom (6 hour) short course running on Saturday from a well-known and respected educational insitution. I've already completed 4 photography-based short courses before and am currently (almost finished) two more photography short courses. ALL the short courses I've done have been over $600 each which certainly adds up (6x$600-$650=NEW body and 2 lenses). I'm also doing a photography course next year (not a short course, goes or 3yrs).

But the man running this short course is one of the selection 'educators' who puts together the offical Adobe Lightroom book 'tutorial/manual thing every year or whatever it is they release the book. So what do I do? There is really a lot to learn about Lighroom?[/i] I don't have it now, but plan to get it next year when I get a Macbook pro.

It's not just a sit there and listen/take notes course either. We each sit at a workstation and he teaches us how to use lightroom. Spots are very limited and they only run the course once a year. I'm totally broke and I have to enrol and pay a few  thousand dollars for my course next week. Need help. Lighroom really worth doing a 6hr course? I know I'm going to regret not doing it but I don't even have Lighroom and I don't know my way around a Mac. :o
In addition to all the other great suggestions posted, you might want to consider refurbed mac or pc and a starters guide/course to using the Mac or PC if you're not familiar with either of them.

Everyone is different when it comes to learning. If you respond better to a classroom than you do to reading books, watching videos or surfing the web, then you should consider some alternative courses as the price seems very steep. Also if you've little understanding on the Mac, then heading straight into a LR course may be biting off a bit too much in the first go. I would lean towards the advice of others - once you have an understanding of the Mac (and the mac itself!), grab a eval copy and a $30 book and see how far you get. If that fails, well then you can still do a course and have the book as a reference afterwards

Finally, learning any computer stuff is like learning to cook or a foreign language. Some people will struggle, some will pick it up very quickly and everyone else will be somewhere in between - I consider LR intuitive and quick to pick up, but ask me to tell you my name in Spanish and I'll struggle...  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Meeting Canons reps
« on: November 23, 2011, 04:08:12 PM »
Ah but this is not opinion on new products, it's clear that the reps have a company philosphy on the megapixel race, and the 24 - 70mm IS is a technical point.
Company philosophies can change on a regular basis. Canon would not be telling their reps to spout on about MP race when their top of the range is a reduced MP. However, should they launch one then they can say "it fits a certain segment of the market..." and they are responding to needs.

So yes they are keeping the party line. I believe that. Don't believe they have any knowledge of what is coming...

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