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Like subject says I am gonna per-order the 1DX no matter what...

My class is currently working with 60D's and (I am using those also), but I feel like I need something a little bit more.

So what should I do... Buy the 5d mk II or buy a lens or 2 and wait for my 1dx (I am really impatient either way)

It sounds like you've got a good strong budget. Provided you've got a pre-order in place, it really isn't that long until the 1DX ships. The 60D you're working with right now is definitely no slouch, and there will be dividends for your students if you are ultra familiar with the same camera that they are using....the 60D.

I'd wait, and drop the spare cash on the two short zooms in the meantime.

Paul Wright

PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot G1 X Sample Images
« on: January 18, 2012, 12:41:27 AM »
As for performance along the lines of the 18-55mm IS, what's wrong with that?  That's a fantastic little lens, a bit of CA and weaker at full telephoto, but overall a remarkable performer.

I'm pretty sure the lens Chuck Westfall was referring to was the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6.

Regarding the EF-S 18-55is it's one of those YMMV lenses. I got one for my daughter for her 20D and it's surprisingly good, way better than I was expecting.

Paul Wright

PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot G1 X Sample Images
« on: January 17, 2012, 07:36:32 PM »
Chuck Westfall likened the performance of the G1X's lens to that of the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6, and that lens is mediocre at best, downright poor at some focal lengths.

Oh oh...Chuck may regret having made that comment, it's not exactly a great endorsement. We'll see won't we?

Paul Wright

Software & Accessories / Re: Third party batteries for 5DII ?
« on: January 17, 2012, 07:27:33 PM »
I used to get eBay BP-511 for 20D, 40D & 5D with zero problems. Cheap and cheerful. They're almost a disposable item at two for under $20.00. Life seemed indistinguishable from the genuine BP511's. My daughter still uses 5-6 year old eBay BP511's in the old 20D. Life is shorter but she takes a few with her on school trips.

No experience yet with LP-E6 eBay cells...but when the need arises I'll have no hesitation.

However the LP-E4 battery for the 1Ds3 & Mk4 delivers a slightly different story. I have one clone LP-E4 and it lasts only half as long as the genuine LP-E4's. Not a big deal.

Paul Wright

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 1D X tethered via LAN?
« on: January 17, 2012, 07:14:54 PM »
Or they could just go wireless like the D4.   ;D

The wireless on a D4 is an add on accessory, just like on the 1D X; so what was your point again?

Here's the Nikon D4 setup with the WT-5 transmitter

And the 1DX with the WFT-E6 transmitter

Similar price, similar size...

Built in wifi would be very well received...even if it was a modestly powered setup with a 5-10 meter range.

Paul Wright

PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot G1 X Sample Images
« on: January 17, 2012, 06:26:32 AM »
DP Review has a gallery of G1X sample images shot with a pre-release camera.

Noise right up to 12,800 iso looks remarkably well controlled, with just a small dynamic range reduction evident while toggling through the 100, 400, 800 and 12,800 iso samples.

Not so good is the apparent sharpness of most of the files. It's probably worth reserving judgement until we can see more controlled tests, plus real-world user responses when the G1X starts shipping in meaningful numbers.

I really want this to be a great, highly useable camera. After a disappointing year with a G3 ten years ago, I've been holding off returning to the G's until it shipped with a decent size sensor. And here it is, but with a potentially compromised lens.

Paul Wright

Lenses / Re: Do you go through stages of loving primes or zooms?
« on: January 17, 2012, 05:57:59 AM »
Zooms are practical family sedans and primes are impractical but fun convertibles.

+1 for the laugh.

For sheer practicality and a consistently higher percentage of commercially viable keepers I just keep going back to the zooms. With constant time constraints and the flexibility offered by high quality zooms, plus the minimized mass/weight of having  three f/2.8 lenses in the bag that cover from 16-200mm, in my business the zooms rule.

Like others I fall in and out of love with primes. The two I find it hard to leave at home are the 24 f/1.4II and the 300 f/2.8is. Others languish in the lens cupboard, left behind because I know they'd most likely be dead weight in the bag. I know this may not be a typical experience, it's just a particular "practical family sedan" working reality.

Paul Wright

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX pricing in Australia
« on: January 16, 2012, 12:53:08 AM »

It's advertised for $9,999.00 at

... which is the same price that they have listed for the D4.  I doubt the number is real

Ha! Yes I doubt we'll see anything resembling real 1DX pricing until it actually starts shipping.
Just for a laugh I did a tighter search and found the 1DX is available for just AU$15,999. Better line up for this one...

Paul Wright

Australia / Re: 27" IPS dell monitors 20% off until 19/1/12
« on: January 16, 2012, 12:33:19 AM »
I'm a big fan of Dell's U series panels. Great value. Very happy with the 27 inch U2711, also have the U3011 which often is there at promotion pricing, plus a couple of U2410.

Paul Wright

I like iso to be as quickly and easily adjustable as aperture & shutter speed. It's an equally valid exposure adjustment.

Sometime I bracket using iso adjustment, particularly in HDR situations where I'm using studio flash. Bracketing with aperture delivers files with a slight focus/focal length shift, not helpful when stacking & aligning layers in post. Pixel perfect alignment is possible with iso bracketing and tethered shooting.

What I'd really like to see is an option with auto-bracketing to choose iso.

Paul Wright

Lenses / Re: Should i buy/trade for the 24-70 or wait for the version ii?
« on: January 15, 2012, 08:08:52 PM »
Based on today's CR news item on the 24-70 MkII ("Here we go again" - 15 Jan 2012) I reckon if you need this lens just go straight out and get one. It seems like it's been "a matter of weeks away" for over a year now. ... right!

Early build 24-70 f/2.8 lenses did have IQ issues. Plenty of fortunate shooters got excellent copies but there have been endless posts on CR and other places from photographers who had two or three or more copies and never got a good one. Myself included.

However the later builds have proved to have a much improved IQ consistency. L glass holds its value very well. If you buy now you'll get a new lens for a much lower price than a MkII when it eventually ships. If you do decide to upgrade, at worst you'll only drop a couple of hundred dollars on the changeover, and you'll have had the use of this great lens in the meantime. If you have valid creative or commercial reasons to add a 24-70 f/2.8 to your lens set, just do it.

Paul Wright 

Lenses / Re: Is my 70-200 2.8 mk.II back focussing?
« on: January 15, 2012, 07:53:06 PM »
It's quite possible that there is some back-focus going on there. But I'd like to know what shutter speed & focal length you were shake & motion blur are common culprits with soft files. Can you check this info?

If you want to properly assess potential back focus issues, run controlled tests rather than reacting to soft party photos. My 70-200 f/2.8isII back-focussed slightly which I was able to adjust on the 1-Series bodies but I don't think 5D has adjustments.

Paul Wright

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX pricing in Australia
« on: January 15, 2012, 07:39:49 PM »
Where was the original information about the Australian pricing of the 1DX?
I've done a search and found nothing.

Paul Wright

The 5D Classic seems to have earned the title of classic for more reasons than simply being first in the line of the 5's. It delivers a "look" for portraits that is all its own. My beaten up 5D Classic still gets pulled out for commercial jobs with complete confidence up to 1600iso. On its original shutter it must be up over 250,000 or more actuations. It's not the quickest thing in the world, those duties go to the 1D4 bodies.

Even though it is now in semi retirement, I do love it's classic qualities. It's also become my holiday camera when I want to travel light. No grip and the 24-105. I'm considering a little 430ex to round out this compact combination.

Yes there are far more competent, faster, cooler Canons to be had, but the 5D Classic delivers the goods with its simplicity, light weight and sweet sensor.

Paul Wright

Lenses / Re: 135L or 100L macro?
« on: January 11, 2012, 05:45:06 PM »
I took advantage of the great prices that were available for a new body and upgraded to the 5dmk2. Now I find myself with only the 50 1.4 & 70-200 f4 non-IS that actually work with my body.

I tend to use the wide range much more than tele (definitely getting the 17-40L) but recently (after renting the 135L for a week) it was so sharp it really inspired me to start shooting people i.e. portrait, and candid shots.  Never really had much of a desire to do so before, and now it's something I would like to learn and develop a much stronger skill for. 

I'm going to throw a curve ball here and suggest you don't get either of them. At least not yet. The 17-40L is a great value lens, that's a good choice. I've used mine daily for commercial work since it was announced in 2003, and I've got fussy clients. The 17-40L is a very good flexible lens.

If you're uncertain about the 100L vs 135L don't rush in. You already have an extremely good lens in your 70-200 f/4L. Don't under-rate it.

Full frame is a different experience to APS-C. Use your 5DII for a few months with the 70-200 and see what focal lengths you tend to use the most. This will inform you on whether to get the 100L or the 135L. You might be perfectly happy with the 70-200. Your upgrade money may be better spent on a 70-200 f/2.8.

While I am in the fortunate position of having a comprehensive lens set, if I could only keep two lenses they would be the 70-200 f/2.8Lis and the 17-40L. I buy new lenses to cover a clear and obvious creative or commercial need.

Paul Wright

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