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Lenses / Re: 40mm f2.8 $199 in US, $355 in UK, why?
« on: June 10, 2012, 10:17:45 PM »
This $$ gouge is common. Look at Adobe pricing US vs Europe as a prime example. In Australia the cost of identical cars vs US is enough to make your hair curl. It goes way beyond differences in regional tariffs & taxes. Importers and local agents across the planet are free to charge what they think the market will tolerate.

I guess I'm expensive relative to the competition too. It's market positioning. Some people prefer you be reassuringly expensive. Maybe the Euro lens is better!


EOS Bodies / Re: I can hear the 1Dx at Euro 2012...
« on: June 10, 2012, 10:07:02 PM »
...during any peak action, you can hear a camera shooting around 12fps. It has to be the 1Dx.

I suppose t could be, but wow, that's a might discerning ear! Are you a musician?


EOS Bodies / Re: The Last Flagship DSLRs
« on: June 10, 2012, 07:23:25 PM »
Yes I often wonder how the ancient mirrorbox design has survived so long into the 21st century. It was a terrific breakthrough from the fixed mirror of the old twin-lens reflex cameras of last century. But I agree here, the mirrorless bodies are the future. And once EVF's have reached suitable resolution and refresh rate, the optical viewfinder will be consigned to history too.

As for the current Canon DSLR's being the last in the line, that's a mighty big call. We'll see won't we. In any case, thanks for your thoughtful "sunny Sunday afternoon contribution to the intellectual process here at CR".



Looks funny with the 40mm lens

Just think of it as a functional body cap. 8)

I think it looks COOL! Chunky yet compact.  8)  And yes, it's by far the best bodycap on the planet.


EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon at a Crossroads?
« on: June 10, 2012, 07:04:19 PM »
The integration of their wetware components will be the true advancement but a social minefield.

What? Which wetware?


EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon at a Crossroads?
« on: June 10, 2012, 08:40:18 AM »
Every platform has a life. Remember the FD glass? The EF mount may last forever but history suggests otherwise. But for this change to happen anytime soon would be business suicide for Canon. They wouldn't do it to the bazillion Canon DSLR shooters on the planet, but more poignantly they wouldn't do it to their shareholders.

The EF mount survived the transition to digital very smoothly. But one day the form factor of the DSLR will be rendered obsolete overnight by something possibly not yet invented, and that may be the end of EF.


Lenses / Re: Italy Trip Lens Advice - wide angle
« on: June 10, 2012, 03:42:37 AM »
If you've already got  the 16-35 then there's your lens. It's a fantastic piece of glass that may end up being glued to your 5D3 for most of your time in Italy. The fish would be a lot of fun, but would is generally very limited in when & where it is useful. Leave it at home.

But for travel the golden rule is keep it simple and keep it light. If you have the BG-E11 leave that at home too. 

Security is worth thinking about. It's useful to look as anonymous as possible in unfamiliar places. I often put black tape over the Canon on the prism and also put it over the MkIII badge on the front, and carry an unattractive no-brand bag. I know photographers who work in very low security locations and countries and they routinely make their brand new cameras look like they're held together with Gaffa tape. It's an equipment equivalent of dressing down. This may not apply to your trip, rather it's just general travel information skimmed from the experience of people who have "been there".


EOS Bodies / Re: Touch Screen in Future Full-Frames?
« on: June 09, 2012, 06:22:39 AM »
Touch screens on pro level bodies? It's probably inevitable but just so long as they are there as an option. Properly located buttons & joysticks that fall naturally to hand without taking your eyes off the action are a least until instant, perfect voice control takes the stage.

And that would want to be a whole lot better than Siri. Can you imagine it? "Siri, focus on the, not those eyes, the other ones...hey that's a nose...oh forget it...Siri, switch to full not the user-guide manual...SIRI behave !!!!  (coming this century)

There's a place for touch-screen for something like Q or Info, but please, not for the menus. And no Siri.


You're trying to make it sound like you wrote your initial post to assist everyone, but I'm afraid that your tone made it come across like you were gloating at everyone who can't afford a 1D X...  Rather than act defensive now, I'd suggest that you are a little bit more careful not to cause unnecessary offense in future. 

Horses for courses. I found the OP interesting and value the trouble he went to to overlay the controls of the 5D3 & the 1DX to illustrate his points. It was a well presented description coming out of direct experience.

If it's pushing buttons for you, try sidestepping the emotion for a moment and see that he's offering a personal viewpoint that is 100% valid for him and plenty of others, but just may not mesh with everyone's position.  And that's OK!


Doing sports/action based photography, I can't see how anyone could manage to lug around a huge 1-series plus its lens all day without having serious back problems. I gave up the 1DII for the 7D, never looked back... The grip comes in handy sometimes, but usually it just makes the damn thing too big. 

Hmmm, maybe. I guess all those Canon shooters at elite sports events shooting with Mk4 & Mk3 bodies must be missing something. Expect 7D sales to surge.


I think it's going too far to say that the 5D has "bad ergonomics".  I find it immensely comfortable to use, with the only 'why did they do that' button placement being the playback zoom buttons.  Yes, perhaps the 1Ds have better ergonomics - and I certainly prefer the integrated grip look rather than the 'bolt-on' type - but mostly it seems like you have particular preferences that are determined by the size of your hands or simply habit.
No, I am not going too far. I am a professional photographer and I expect something professional or at least pro-sumer like a 5D to be better...
It seems all of you 5D users fail to see the reality and can't accept the truth.
I rented a 5D III for a whole week without a grip to see if I liked it. I was extremely happy with the quality of the camera... Build, photo quality, noise levels, focusing speed, screen... The best camera in the market so far, but this grip is just not right... It took me 5 seconds to realize there is something wrong with it. 

+1 Exactly. When you use both cameras on a daily basis in demanding high pressure environments, you notice all sorts of subtleties. The button placement of the BG-E11 is unfortunate. It's still a great camera, but the 1- Series bodies are unsurprisingly so much more refined. Interestingly the 5D3/BG-E11 is heavier, taller, thicker and overall bulkier than the 1D4.


As I understand stand it, RAW processing and conversions made with the camera manufacturer's software (Canon and DPP) provide the best results.

Sometimes that may well be the case. But why do you suppose most professionals or enthusiasts who work with high volumes of files choose a program like LR over DPP? It's all about a great set of tools and options and the ability to work through large numbers of files very very quickly, especially once you skill up.

Very occasionally I'll call on DPP if I'm struggling with skintones in LR. Personally I like the output from DPP, but find that in spite of a very pretty GUI, the backend is fairly under developed with unexpected workflow roadblocks that push it away from high volume shooters. If you're working with low volumes of files it's perfectly fine, plus it has the distinct advantage of coming free with your Canon camera.   8)


Lighting / Re: 600ex-RT & Gary Fong
« on: June 08, 2012, 06:59:27 AM »
Thanks. I saw one in a camera store today. They look like they would shoot out light in every direction - a good idea for diffuse lighting.

Probably best to buy on eBay if you're price sensitive. That's where I went for mine. 100% happy with the seller. Just pick one with the most sales and free or moderate shipping.


Lenses / Re: Canon 17-40L lens for $500...good deal?
« on: June 08, 2012, 06:53:43 AM »
Much better than 17-40L is Tokina 16-28 f/2.8 at the same price.
Oh come on.  The 17-40L would be way better overall :)

+1 You can't argue with this. The 17-40 is a professional grade L lens. I've had one since they first shipped nine years ago. It's been in daily use ever since in a demanding client environment. At $500 it probably won't last long. Snap it up. You'll easily make your money back in the unlikely event it doesn't work for you.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Bought a 5D Mark iii Today (YAY)
« on: June 08, 2012, 02:10:23 AM »
Is that the POTUS on board? Third window from the front?

Good luck with the 5D3. I gather you bought the kit with the 24-105?
With 128Gb of card space I also gather you're a heavy shooter.


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