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EOS Bodies / Re: 1D X Limitations Fixable?
« on: January 08, 2012, 07:19:18 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.

Sorry to hear you couldn't get EyeFi working for you. It's not an uncommon story.

Yet there are plenty of professional photographers out there working smoothly with EyeFi. It is necessary to be aware of its limitations. I only use it to stream small jpegs to an iPad with the app Shuttersnitch which is handy for a client to watch the images roll in rather than peering over your shoulder. Attempting to stream RAW files with EyeFi is an exercise in futility.

Still, EyeFi does definately feel like a temporary technology. I feel pretty certain that built in WiFi will be a feature of many new cameras in the not too distant future.

Paul Wright

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D X Limitations Fixable?
« on: January 08, 2012, 06:49:32 PM »
If the f/8 AF limitation was a pragmatic compromise that enabled superior AF at faster apertures then I have no problem with it. Probably <1% of all shots taken worldwide would be taken with f/8 max aperture setups. That's definately unfortunate for the ultra telephoto shooters, but I guess the majority needs priority.

1DX limitations? How about the long complained about mirror lockup function being buried deep in the CF menus.

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. I know the upcoming bolt-on Wireless Transmitter WFT-E6A should answer most of the critisisms of the older WFT series, but even a modest built in WiFi function would be extremely useful. I use the SD sized EyeFi to stream small JPEG files to iPad while the RAW files go to CF. I'll really miss this with the twin CF 1DX.

But for the most part the 1DX looks brilliant. There's always room for more refinement, and you'll never get a full set of functions that will 100% satisfy every photographer on the planet. But wow, the 1DX is going to check a lot of boxes for me.

Paul Wright

This can only be your own call. It is all about your personal shooting style. Some people just see the world in wide angle. Others are lost with anything less than a 70-200. We can all advise what WE would take, but we all see and shoot subtley differently to you. Travelling with your family is a rare and wonderful thing. Keep the peace and make your kit small, simple and moderately used.

Me? When travelling light I'd be looking at the 5DII withy no grip and the 24-105. When you're used to having a complete set of lenses to cover anything from 12-400 it's a fascinating and often unexpectedly creative decision to take just one lens. Some people do a Cartier Bresson and just pack the f/1.4 50mm. On a recent trip to Vietnam with the family my kit was FF & 24-105. Having rigidly set lens parameters often made me think outside the square and thus come up with shots I may not have "seen" had I packed the full kit. I loved it.

Paul Wright

EOS Bodies / Re: Replacement? (Equivalent)
« on: January 08, 2012, 02:17:00 AM »
I'd never shoot a concert at f4. If I were very close or backstage, I'd take the 5D. If I were further out, I'd take the 7D if I were to want tighter shots. I had a lot of luck with my 1D4 using both an 85mm 1.4 and 135mm f2. Your lens really can't be too fast for this kind of work. Hate to be negative, but you won't be happy with f4.

That's not negative at all, it's real.

For concert & stage work, even f/2.8 glass feels slow and this is with the 1D4 iso cranked up. At dress rehearsals where I can get up close and even onstage when appropriate, my lenses are 24 f/1.4, 50 f/1.4 & 70-200 f/2.8isII.

Paul Wright

PowerShot Cameras / Re: *UPDATE 3* Canon PowerShot G1X Revealed
« on: January 05, 2012, 06:16:56 PM »
Oh viewfinder either optical or EVF on the G1X. I know plenty of Gxx owners who made their choice because of the viewfinder. Viewfinders on compacts are few and far between these days. Much better for refined composition, use in bright sunlight and especially holding steady at slow shutter speeds.

Are you a viewfinder aficionado? Quick! Snap up a bargain G12 today and secure your (compact) viewfinder future.

The price of the G1X? The G's are always high priced on release to cash in on the upgrade tragics. (Me!) Wait just a few months and see meaningful price drops.

Paul Wright

And as a side note, although I do not think the karma situation impacts it, this is one of the most civil forums that I have ever been a part of, so count me in on the group hug.  :-)  Every now and then I stop by nikonrumors and can barely stand to read thru the comments because the negativity and troll percentage; makes me appreciate what we have here.

The CR Karma system is a curious and clever one. I see it's function as a means for the board being self moderating. There is very little apparent CR moderator intervention here. It's occasionally abused with careless or vindictive smites, but I get the feeling that it does keep the tone higher than a lot of other boards.

Paul Wright

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: First Kodachrome, now Kodak?
« on: January 05, 2012, 05:26:43 PM »
Just in...

It looks like 2012 may be Kodak's final year. The inability to find buyers for their patents has left no option but bankruptcy.

This does not look promising for George Eastmans once revolutionary company. He was the Steve Jobs of his age with a successful desire to create a convergence of technology and art wrapped up in a highly viable business model. The name Kodak is an invention. Eastman wanted to come up with a word that was easily pronounced in any language on the planet. Kodak.

Paul Wright

EOS Bodies / Re: Do you REALLY need a new camera?
« on: January 05, 2012, 04:08:22 AM »
You are correct, though, any digital camera can take beautiful pictures of stationary objects outside on a sunny day.

You're right. We have all been touched by rapidly emerging iPhoneography.

I'm seeing plenty of exquisite little images across all sort of media shot and post-pro on iPhone.

It's a highly creative and fast growing niche a bit like Holga or Lomo art. As we approach the super crisp noise free perfection of 5DII/III and 1D4/1DX there is a totally valid creative backlash which is manifesting some truly beautiful , spontaneous work most recently from iPhone (some heavily apped work) and Holga/Lomo etc shooters.

Personally I shoot for low noise & tack sharp, but definitely tip my hat to the better iPhone/Holga/Lomo artists.

Paul Wright

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 3D & 5D Mark III Mentions
« on: January 05, 2012, 01:55:45 AM »
Does anyone know the reason why these rumours all want to call it the 3D?
But why the 3D? I only say this because when you say 3D all i think of is "3D" pictures and movies.

Yes, 3D does the Avatar 3D movie thing to me too. Since the original 3D film camera the term 3D has taken on a whole new significance.

I doubt Canon will use it.

X seems to be the flavor of the moment. Maybe it will be the XD. Canon could stun us all and call it the CR1.

3D? It's fun to perpetually have a "mythical" camera floating elusively in the mist of the near future. It's enjoyable!

Paul Wright

EOS Bodies / Re: Do you REALLY need a new camera?
« on: January 05, 2012, 01:31:28 AM »
I buy new bodies to gain capabilities that I value. 
If your existing camera meets your needs, there would certainly not be a reason to buy a new one, but in my case, my existing cameras do not do everything I'd like them to do, so I make do until something better comes out. 
+1 Well put.
Sometimes "Upgraditis" gets hold of you and hardware becomes more important than the core business of taking great photos. If you can see a function on a new release that you can integrate into your shooting style that will give you a creative or professional edge, then definitely get the Visa card out and tick the "buy" box.

I know a cashed up amateur who seems to get his hands on every 1-series body that has ever existed before anyone else on the block. Interesting APS-C bodies are too tempting to miss out on owning. No L lens is out of his $$ reach. In 12 years I've never seen a photo of his that was anything more than a test or pixel peeping exercise.

For him it's almost valid. Cameras are his hobby, not photography. And he can afford it.

It takes all kinds...

Paul Wright

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon price match the 1DX to the D4?
« on: January 04, 2012, 06:31:25 PM »
I'm not sure Canon will match price. I didn't think $6,800 was that unreasonable anyway.

I am still baffled why canon would remove one of the most distinguishing features of the 1 series line which made people choose a 1 over anything else purely so they could extend the reach of cheaper lenses with Tele converters. Its a pretty bad business decision in my opinion it will be interesting to here their reasoning for the move.

Yep, I'm a big fan of APS-H too. The only APS-H body I ever skipped was the 1DIII. But if/when APS-H goes I'm going to have to drop the Visa card on a 400 f/2.8 for the 1DX to get back the reach I have with the 300 f/2.8 on the 1D4. That's an expensive month.

1DX pricing? Canon came up with a high price at announcement time to allow some flexibility closer to the shipping date and after the D4 pricing was finalized. It's not a bad strategy actually, announce at $6,800 and drop to $6,000 when it ships in makes it look like a bargain.

FWIW I'm with EyeOne on the value of the 1DX even at $6,800. Having spent 20 memorable minutes with a 1DX late last year I know this is a killer camera.

Paul Wright

In amongst all the pre christmas junk mail and TVC's there were plenty of entry level point & shoots for under $100. They probably wouldn't satisfy you, but it's something that is semi disposable at that price. If the budget runs to a little more than that, the "tough" compacts may be a useful choice.

Why not check eBay? There are probably excellent P&S cameras there that were premium only a couple of years ago, but now are virtually giveaways.

Paul Wright

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d or 1ds
« on: January 04, 2012, 01:55:17 AM »
I shot with a 1Ds (original) and actually replaced it with a 5D classic which I still own and use for it's unique "look" for some portrait jobs.

The 1Ds has some of the obvious 1-series advantages such as 45 AF points, weather sealing, buffer etc but the 5D files left the 1Ds for dead in my opinion.

Paul Wright

EOS Bodies / Re: When will Canon 1D-X release?
« on: January 03, 2012, 11:22:32 PM »
I was wondering if anyone has heard anything more solid on whether the 1D-X will actually release at the end of March.
I have yet to see a single professional give their opinions after using it in the field. 

Photographers who have had the opportunity to use and beta test pre-release 1DX bodies are operating under extremely strict non-disclosure agreements. Canon rival Apple for pre-release secrecy and very tough NDA's.

Like a lot of photographers who have lucked out and visited their CPS at the right time I've had a 20 minute play with a 1DX under the watchful eyes of our CPS rep. The CF card slot seemed to be glued shut to prevent full res files escaping into a curious world.

What I can say is that it feels and responds like a thoroughbred, turbo charged, race prepared 1D4 and I'm not talking about the FPS rate. All functions especially AF feel faster and sharper and more responsive. The spec details are well documented.  It was difficult to properly assess high iso files on the small camera monitor but the indications are very very good. My only disappointment is the slight weight increase. I'm not what you would call Mr Muscles and a long day on location with a couple of 1-Series bodies and chunky fast glass sometimes takes its toll. Still, I didn't hestitate to get my pre-order in.

The March shipping date looks secure, though the initial deliveries will go to volume buyers, news organizations and so on. April/May is probably a reality for those who pre-ordered soon after the announcement.

Paul Wright

EOS Bodies / Re: tips on getting started shooting in raw?
« on: January 03, 2012, 07:31:56 PM »
Wow thank you for all your replies! =D But I don't think I am going to be buying new software at this point. Between Photoshop Elements 7.0 and DPP which is better for raw processing? haven't installed DPP yet..

Just try them both. Install DPP and get to work. Run the same file through both PS E 7.0 and DPP and check the results. DPP is known to be good for skintones. Sometimes if I have a troublesome file in LR I'll pull it into DPP and get a good result. There's absolutely no doubt DPP does great conversions but while the GUI looks cool it is really pretty clunky to use on bigger projects. Do a Google search for Canon DPP Tutorial.

I've never used PS E 7.0 but quite likely it's the same processing engine as ACR in Photoshop CS5 which is also the same processing engine as Lightroom.

You have got a lot of brilliant information on this it's time to fire up and get to work. Let us know how you go.

Paul Wright

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