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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:42:57 AM »
What an odd thread. Anyway...

I left Canon for my video work...the awesome Panasonic GH4 system has transformed video production for me.
But the majority of my work is stills. And it's Canon 100%.

I left Nikon over 15 years ago just near the end of the film days, mainly because of the sheer quality of CPS. Where I live Nikon professionals were just not being looked after. That may have changed. It was good timing as Canon's early leadership in digital made them an obvious first choice.

It's a great time for someone starting out now, you're absolutely spoiled for choice.


EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:23:23 AM »
Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
Interesting that the leading vote at this point is NO to a high MP 5D4.

But yikes, now that the 7D2 has been announced, is 5D4 speculation going to be a dominant topic here for the next year or so?  :P


EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 27, 2014, 08:14:36 AM »
The 5D III was targeted to wedding and event photographers
Seriously?  I'm neither and it's worked out well for me so far.
Is that from official marketing materials/press releases, or your opinion?
I'm genuinely asking.
The 5D3 specs make it a highly useful and relevant tool for wedding and event photographers, no question. Obviously the feature set makes it useful and relevant for all sorts of other photographers as well. I saw Unfocused's post, in the context of this thread being a comment that wedding and event photographers probably don't need more megapixels, indeed, more megapixels may be more of a hindrance than a help especially when you're potentially shooting thousands of frames per event/function. That's a lot of data to manage.

It would be reasonably certain that Canon market researchers would consider potential target markets for any of their products, be they DSLR bodies, lenses, pocket cameras or office photocopiers, and tailor the product accordingly. All successful manufacturers do this as a matter of course. For the most part, Canon tend to get this part of the process right. Their market-leading sales are evidence enough.


EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:05:40 PM »
I'd hope a 5D4 wouldn't go past 24 mp, especially if it was at the cost of reduced high ISO performance. I shoot double page spreads, billboards and so on with a 1D 4 and 5D3. Please, no more mp's! Canon had it right settling on the 20-22 mp range with the 1Dx & 5D3. Issues like archive storage, card size, buffer depth, the need for seriously upgraded computers to run post pro on large jobs, ISO performance and so on firm up the argument for keeping the mp size in check. Hell, it's not a competition for the biggest, errm...

I wouldn't argue against some photographers real or perceived needs for megapixel monsters, but that would be best served by a separate model, maybe a successor to the 1ds3. Either that or simply make a commitment to a MF system


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Black Rapid Backpack Strap
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:41:38 PM »
I know at times I sound like a Peak Design shareholder which I'm not, but I am an unashamed advocate.

Having tried just about everything in all sorts of work, travel, hiking scenarios, Peak Design has pushed aside not just the body-busting original neck-straps, but Spider-Pro system, Carry-Speed (murdered by the enthusiastically litigious Black Rapid) and Black Rapid themselves. Their products lend themselves to the precision and demands of extreme sports all the way to the corporate boardroom.


Lighting / Re: Yongnuo YN600EX-RT at Photokina?
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:29:53 PM »
Keep an eye on Flash Havoc http://flashhavoc.com/
They generally seem to be first with flash hardware news.

If the Yongnuo YN-600 EX-RT cuts it, I'll be grabbing a couple to expand on my pair of Canon 600-EX-RT. I'm loving the hardware coming out of China right now from companies like Godox, Yongnuo and other lesser known brands.

Japan had better watch out when China starts innovating in camera hardware. This looks like being some time in the future, but how fast did the last ten years go? You think it won't happen? Historically it wasn't that long ago we were scoffing at anything Japanese...cars, cameras, electronics etc as invalid and most likely low status rubbish. More recently you could have said the same about products coming out of South Korea. No longer.

The Dragon is fully awake and is open for business.


Lighting / Re: New model Phottix Odin announced
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:53:08 PM »
no ODS?
Where did you read that?

Dropping ODS would be worse than dumb. If you're right, it could be the new Odin has such broad inbuilt range and tolerance, or clever automaticity that manually adjusted ODS is no longer necessary.


Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:44:50 PM »
The 24-70mm MKI is also a good design with its reverse zoom, more protection better hood...

+1   Lucky you having one of the good copies. Hang onto that one!
       I also preferred the basic design of the MkI. That great big hood was fantastic.
       The high price of the MkII was worth every penny to me, not just because it was able to displace my               
       three primes; I can trust it on important projects where delivering optimum results to the client is essential.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:27:35 PM »
Just like a few other CR regulars, I had a shocker of a time with the 24-70 f/2.8 MkI. Over time, I had five copies and none of them were any good. Bluntly, they were all dogs. I personally know a number of pro shooters who would name the 24-70 f/2.8 MkI as their most disappointing lens. There are good copies out there, but you've got to be lucky.

In complete contrast, the 24-70 f/2.8 MkII has immediately established itself as a stunning lens, out-performing primes in the 24-70 range. My 24 f/1.4II, 35 f/1.4 and Sigma 50 f/1.4 overnight became an unused waste of space and have been sold. The new 24-70 f/2.8 MkII is nothing short of sensational. This is not just my personal viewpoint, read up on reviews and user reviews. This is a lens that won't disappoint.


Lenses / Re: Inexpensive standard walk around lens question
« on: September 24, 2014, 04:19:00 AM »
Since you already have the 35/1.4L, why not carry that lens instead of 24-70/2.8L II?
+1...You've already got it.  :)


Lighting / New model Phottix Odin announced
« on: September 24, 2014, 04:09:16 AM »
This looks good! It's the new model Odin and it has a very welcome focus assist lamp.
I'm increasingly admiring Phottix products, I wish I hadn't left it so long to get Odins which I've has for around 6 months now...they're awesome. (even without focus assist  ;D)

The other very interesting Phottix announcement is for the TTL & HSS capable Indra 500 mono:

I've got to say an area of photographic gear that is evolving like crazy is lighting, all the way from speed-lights to studio gear, and most of the innovation is being spearheaded by China. I'm loving it.


Check out Joe Demb's long-time entries into this world of on-speedlight tools. Well-made attachment bands, good QC from my experience. Accessible business owner.
+1 for the Demb products, I'm using his flash bracket and bounce cards, great stuff at a reasonable price - and great service. Here's one example of an innovator being successful w/o selling snake oil.
The Joe Demb stuff works for me too. Deceptively clever, simple, well made and honest.
Having tried just about everything in the on-speedlight universe, I just keep coming home to Joe.
But for a natural look, the number one preference will always be a low white ceiling.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:22:43 AM »
Updates coming from Adobe for ACR & LR very, very soon.
There will be updates for a raft of new cameras that have been announced in the past week or so, not least the 7D2.


EOS Bodies / Re: Am I the only one excited about the new 7D mk2?
« on: September 22, 2014, 04:11:08 AM »
For all people looking at video, it's a huge disappointment, because even if you don't need 4K now, you might need it in the coming 4 years. 

I personally would have bought 3x 7D2 if it was 4K as addition to my 1DC, now i have 3x GH4.

I've stopped looking to Canon to solve my video requirements. Why worry?  The Panasonic GH4 is just awesome. I'll probably get another one. The Panasonic glass is compact and classy. With the new Metabones MFT Speedbooster my Canon glass is an option for video usage too. Cool!

However I'm pretty excited about the 7DII for stills. Most work is shot on the 5D3 and the 1D4, but the 1D4 with well over 500,000 clicks may soon be getting a bit tired. I like having a good crop body, though like WW I'm an APS-H fanboy. The x1.3 crop APS-H 1D4 is an absolute classic. Even with the high milage, I won't be completely retiring it any time soon.

The awesome AF of the 7DII is what interests me. For evening events work the 1D4 is has lousy AF when the light is low, only saved by a Yongnuo 622C with it's very bright AF assist. With a 7DII I can leave the Yongnuo 622C at home and enjoy Canon's best AF this side of the 1DX. And it's inexpensive! Having used very nicely evolved touch-screens on the GH4 and SL-1/100D, it's disappointing that this great feature didn't make the cut.

Really looking forward to checking out some high iso 7DII RAW files. I'd only expect a modest gain over the 7D and don't really expect a match with the 1D4, but if 3200 is usable I'll be a happy camper.


Lighting / Re: Basic help: How does Flash exposure compensation works
« on: September 22, 2014, 03:40:09 AM »
This tutorial explains it pretty well:

Have a dig around in Neil van Niekerk's blog, there is a LOT of great flash related info, some paid, a lot free.


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