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Canon General / Re: New 95MB/s sandisk sd cards
« on: September 15, 2011, 03:52:21 AM »
Apart from the transfer speed to your PC, what benefit does this actually have.  I've got a 60mb/s sandisk and to be honest I don't notice any speed increase.

I've found a noticeable difference between a 20MB/s Sandisk and 45MB/s if you're doing burst and exceed the camera's buffer. Otherwise, as you say, it's potentially just on the PC - but again, this will depend on your card reader / PC interface

EOS Bodies / Re: Your wishlist for your next body...
« on: September 14, 2011, 06:45:15 PM »
For the 7d mkii:
RAW histograms
RAW picture review
I'm only an amateur so might be missing something, but I shoot my 7D in RAW only mode and get histograms and picture review fine?
What you see on preview is based on the embedded jpeg within the raw, not the raw....Same for histograms

EOS Bodies / Re: Even Nikon has announced its FF successors.
« on: August 24, 2011, 09:12:05 AM »
I don't want a 5D Mark III; I want a 5D Mark IV.  With a release date of now.  At the T2i's price point.  And I want three CF card slots, because one 64GB card isn't big enough and four seconds is too long to swap out media, plus one for back-up.  Oh, and throw a second direct print button on there to print from multiple flashcards at once.  If Canon doesn't produce, I'm going to Nikon.

FOLKS, GO TAKE PICTURES AND STOP FREAKING OUT ABOUT NIKON VS. CANON!  If you really think Nikon offers you such significantly better equipment, switch over.  Just don't be whining about it constantly.

It's a rumour site - that's what people tend to do here :D

Canon General / Re: 5d Classic Problem (??)
« on: August 16, 2011, 08:29:30 PM »
Hm, every other time regardless of conditions it was nearly instant (maybe a second delay or less).  Maybe the camera is just old?

Think I should just upgrade and drop my 5d?

RAW files, not jpeg ?

I will have another look through customer functions tomorrow (bit late in the UK). I guess you could do a reset to defaults and reset all custom functions and see if that brings it back to "normal"

IIRC, my 5D was never that quick, but hey that could just be my recollection.

Canon General / Re: 5d Classic Problem (??)
« on: August 16, 2011, 07:44:22 PM »
Kurt, just dusted off my 5D and did a few tests in rubbish conditions (ISO 3200, Indoors, RAW, shooting a lightblub!)

I got 1 image previewed in 4 seconds. I could do a burst of 12 shots, but only after all 12 were written, did I get auto-preview show me the 12th image. However I could look at an image after about 6 seconds, and then cycle through the images as they are being written to CF.

I also shot with no CF card - and the preview was still 4 seconds.

Next I shot with ISO 100, and got the image after 3 seconds, inline with a smaller RAW files (10MB vs nearly 13MB).

Finally, shooting with ISO 100 and Jpeg fine, gave a 2.9MB file and preview after 2 seconds.

If you'd like me to run some other comparisons to your testing, then let me know the details.

Has anyone used "Simply Electronics" ? I've only noticed them recently, but they appear the cheapest in the UK - is there a catch ???

They claim to be UK based - but I've had equipment delivered that's clearly from Hong Kong (Sigma 50mm f1.4 if I remember correctly). No problem with them otherwise, delivery was a tad slow and the website is a bit misleading but competitive prices.

I've used Digital Rev before as well - they are openly HK based.

Just placed an order with procamerashop.co.uk - great communication so far, expecting my delivery tomorrow.

Good luck!

Concur with Freshprince08, I've used Simply without any major issues, stock arrived without problems. Sales can be a bit slow, and not as clued up. Have also used procamerashop and the 3% discount. They seem to slightly undercut Simply.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Warehouse express offering £100 off 7D
« on: August 12, 2011, 12:54:36 PM »

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* This & That
« on: August 10, 2011, 04:37:17 PM »
Further rumour on one of the the forthcoming Sony dSLRs...


believe as much as you want....

Canon General / Re: Nikon to launch D800 D4 this Month?
« on: August 02, 2011, 12:08:01 PM »
Yep, I expect Canon to announce 1 body either end of Aug or early September - Nikon / Sony / Canon sometimes have a nack of launching & annoucing quite close to each other, so I expect something within a week or so. Nikon normally announce & can ship quite quickly, Canon announce then ship months later  ;)

Given Nikon Rumors & Thom seem to indicate the D4/D400 and not the D4X, I would guess that Canon intend the IDs IV and perhaps another in the G series, and will release the 5D MK III next year (so one does not steal the other's thunder) , but hey we could all be pleasantly surprised - and guessing is just that - no more likely or unlikely to be correct  :D

As mentioned, there is an uncanny likelihood of similar features across Canon & Nikon bodies which comes across like inside information...

Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 F4 L IS or 70-200 F2.8 L
« on: August 02, 2011, 07:11:08 AM »
a) For a bizarre reason, Canon chose to swap around the focus ring and the zoom ring, so you sometimes chose the wrong one. It's not a biggie, but worth knowing

Indeed.  The reason might be a design necessity (for example, the lens has a floating focus element), but may also have been by choice.  From their market position paper on the lens, Canon is aiming it primarily at APS-C users, and even though the zoom and focus ring placement is reversed from other L-series lenses, it is the same as the high-end EF-S lenses (17-55mm, 15-85mm, 10-22mm).

Cool - never realised that for EF-S lenses Neuroanatomist - definitely a mild confusion with the other lenses I use.

Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 F4 L IS or 70-200 F2.8 L
« on: August 02, 2011, 06:56:37 AM »
Canon Rumors did a review of the 70-300 f/4.5 to f/5.6 L IS, and was one of the factors which caused me to buy one. I still have the 70-200 f/4 IS - have not had chance to do an A:B comparison yet. Couple of points

a) For a bizarre reason, Canon chose to swap around the focus ring and the zoom ring, so you sometimes chose the wrong one. It's not a biggie, but worth knowing
b) The 70-300 f/4.5 to f/5.6 L IS will not work with Canon extenders - designed to prevent this. Does work with the Kenko Pro G teleconverter (again have not had chance to try comparison of with/without).
c) I've not tried this for fast moving action, but you could hire / try either of the 70-200 lenses with a 1.4x to get additional reach at the expense of some sharpness / some focus speed.

Canon General / Re: UK camera travel insurance
« on: August 02, 2011, 05:05:53 AM »
http://www.aaduki.com/ what i use for my camera insurance and liability insurance.. maybe worth a call...

+1, I use Aaduki as well...

With respect, the article states there is a longevity issue with the memory not OCZ, and that most end users will not see it, only notice a reduction in usable capacity. The memory in the 25nm OCZ is Micron.

OCZ "dubious marketing" was also picked up by Anandtech - more on performance than storage size, and OCZ agreed to make this clearer. Intel will still go to 25nm, so will face the same challenges.

We stick with the brands we are used to, and I completely understand why you will be more risk adverse when your own company is reliant upon it. I've just not personally had those problems.

Software & Accessories / Re: Filters - Screw on or not ?
« on: July 31, 2011, 12:02:28 PM »
Personal preference, but I have the B+W UV to protect, then Lee filters for the other - I leave the adapters on the lenses all the time and use Lee lens covers to protect from dust etc. Not sure if this is possible on other systems (e.g. screw), but you can independently rotate 2 filters on one of the Lee holders, so you can adjust perhaps for a bright sky, and perhaps tame a bright element in the foreground which needs a different angle.

90% of my filter needs is done by Grads (the rest is Circ or ND). I've done hand holding, but for long shots in the cold it's a little more awkward so I prefer to remove the gloves, add the filter/holder and then I can normally tweak with the gloves still on.

For the 10 stop ND, I could not work with the B+W ones as I'm always fine tuning composition (angle & zoom), so screwing on a filter at the end did not work for me.

Horses for courses, but prefer filter holders / drop in filters. The Lee glass filters are supposed to have less colour cast, but tbh, not really noticed a strong one on their resin ones.

Um, intel have had problems with their SSD and firmware as well. Also their Sata 3Gbps motherboard controllers in the Sandybridge support chips.

It is of course your choice, but a) I'm not a gamer, and b) I've not had problems with OCZ, Crucial or others over the past 3 years, plus it was only a suggestion ;-)

Memory for SSDs is only sourced from a handful of manufacturers e.g. Micron, Toshiba, Samsung. The OCZ controllers (until recently are not theirs), just the firmware etc.

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