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A valid marketing reason to ship the premium APS-C offering with a new name is this. If the new camera is a feature-laden as we hope, it's going to need a higher pricepoint. To name a significantly higher priced release as the 7DII will elicit howls of protest.  >:( "Look how much they've raised the price of the 7D!!!" >:(

But if it's skillfully repositioned as an all new model, the grounds for grumbling will be lessened. The 7D classic may even soldier on for another couple of years...who knows? It's still a very good camera which has aged remarkably well.

-pw

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Lenses / Re: Another strike against UV filters
« on: December 18, 2013, 07:13:04 PM »
I crashed my car and my seatbelt left a bruise.  Another strike against seatbelts!
;D ;D ;D very good...

-pw

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Lenses / Re: Another strike against UV filters
« on: December 18, 2013, 05:13:23 AM »
It's always seemed to me that if 'protecting' the front element was a genuine requirement the likes of Canon would be pleased to supply something suitable.  ;)
And they don't .
Lens cap, hood...

-pw

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Lenses / Re: Another strike against UV filters
« on: December 18, 2013, 02:57:37 AM »
I just received my new 70-200 f2.8 IS II a few weeks ago and put on a Hoya filter I had been using on my 24-105.  Well, the other day, the 70-200 fell off the table onto the hardwood floor.  I heard glass break and was fearing my $1900 investment was just ruined.  Luckily, it was just the filter.  I thought I had escaped damage but after gently cleaning out the glass, I noticed there are now some scratches on the front element.  If I had not had a UV filter on there, the lens would have been undamaged.  I think I'm going to reserve filters for situations where I'm shooting in dirty, dusty, sandy, snowy or rainy conditions but leave them off until then.
Isn't that a bit like throwing out the baby with the bathwater? That's a really unfortunate drop, but only carelessness would have let your lens roll off the table. I shoot most days of the year in all sorts of physical environments and experience has taught me that when push comes to shove, UV or protective filters are a good idea, primarily for their protective function. I've smashed filters in biffs that would have either damaged the front element, or at the very least damaged the filter thread. I'm always with a hood for the same reason. They make great shock absorbers.

Filters also offer the real-world option of cleaning the dust/dirt/water/smear/sludge that will inevitably land on the front element from time to time with your t-shirt, tie, facial tissue, spare sock or whatever without having an anxiety attack about damaging the front element. Give it a good quick scrub and keep shooting.

I routinely replace the UV/protective filters every 3-4 years or sooner if they're showing that unmistakable patina of fine scratches.

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: In defence of the 100D
« on: December 16, 2013, 05:00:14 PM »
I have heard a fairly common response from most DSLR users who have gotten a touchscreen camera.... They hate it until they use it, then they love it.....

Not me.
I'll continue to hate touchscreens. Give me dials I can use while I have my eye on the viewfinder!
Touchscreens have no 'feel' to them, you can't use them blindly AND it makes the screen all icky.

DP Review on the touch screen:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-eos-100d-rebel-sl1/6
And I can report that the anti-smudge coating seems to work reasonably well. I wish my iPhone had it!

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: In defence of the 100D
« on: December 16, 2013, 04:53:01 PM »
Why does it need a defense?  Its aimed at a certain market segment and is the right product for that segment.  It will take fantastic photos in the right hands.
 I'd love to have a touch screen on my 5D MK III.
Absolutely no defense required...and I expect a touch screen on any future 1-Series or any level of new Canon DSLR that I buy in the future. I have the 100D/SL1 as an ultra-lightweight travel/trekking body for when I don't feel like lugging a 1-Series or even de-gripped 5D3 and I love it. It's found it's way into my main work bag and comes out from time to time when a third body is useful.

I'm not alone in seeing the 100D/SL1 as one of the more significant, interesting DSLR releases in 2013.

-pw

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Lighting / Another HSS option
« on: December 15, 2013, 09:02:23 PM »
On Friday I received a promotion from a local reseller for the Jinbie Discovery 600 flash, reviewed here at Lighting Rumors.
http://www.lightingrumours.com/jinbei-discovery-dc-600-review-1412
Out of curiosity I emailed them and asked if they had tested any of the Jinbei flash units for HSS capability.
To my amazement I actually got a reply, and he had done actual tests himself in response to my query.
Here's his reply:

I have taken four shots with a Jinbie Discovery 600 with a Yongnuo YN-622C HSS type wireless trigger that we stock and here are the results below straight out of Lightroom with the Meta data shown.

Shot with a 5D Mkiii  quick and crusty (sorry)  anyway, the first shot is 1/4 second no flash,  2nd shot 1/200 of a second (technically the actual flash sync of the camera), 3rd shot is 1/500 and the last is 1/8000.  All synced fine as you can see :-)

I did these four shots on 600 ws,  and 400 ws settings and turned the 400 ws setting down 5 stops which is technically 12.5 watt seconds   and it still synced at 1/8000.   If i put the flash in the second socket which is 200ws it did not work as the flash duration is obviously becoming too slow,  I think it would only handle 1/500 before sync issues.


So it's clear that we can add the Jinbeis to the HSS-capable  studio-flash list, along with the Elinchrom D-Lite RX4. Good! Personally I'll probably pick up the Elinchroms for the HSS function. I know that they'll deliver HSS with Photix Odins, but has anyone successfully achieved HSS with the D-Lites with the Yongnuo YN-622C which I already have.

FWIW I have had a previously excellent experience with Jinbie flash gear. About ten years ago I bought a couple of high output Jinbie porty monos that ran off heavy lead-acid batteries (which were cheaply user-replaceable) They came with a 3 year warranty and were cheap. Zero street-cred, but they performed perfectly for years until I replaced them with Einsteins and PCB Mini-Lithium batteries. I gave them away and to my knowledge they are still going strong.

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Not Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 14, 2013, 07:00:22 PM »
It's plausible, Canon are probably trying to steer people to full frame and protect their more expensive models. The quality produced by new crop sensors is good enough in most sensors some pro's might not feel the need to buy more expensive bodies. You might have only needed a 400mm lens on a crop but now you need a 600mm on a FF so it encourages sales of more expensive lenses.
Quite right. My 300 f/2.8is is great for my purposes on the x1.3 crop APS-H 1D4 but if it was an all-FF world, I'd find myself forced into a 400 f/2.8isII purchase. If there is no 7D2, I may just stock up on good 1D4 bodies.

-pw

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of swapping a 5d3 for a 1D4.....
« on: December 12, 2013, 07:34:44 PM »
Wow.  If you could find an even swap, your 5D Mark III for a 1D Mark IV, I would do it in a heartbeat, assuming the 1D Mark IV is in excellent shape. 
Couldn't agree more, provided the strengths of the 1D4 vs the strengths of the 5D3 are what you require. I own both and they're a good complimentary pair. On most jobs I'll have the 70-200 on the 1D4 and 16-35II or 24-70II on the 5D3. But if it came to a toss-up, one or the other, it would be the 1D4 every single time. The 5D3 is called on when the project requires maximum IQ (short of renting MF) or complete FF wide-angle delivery.

1-Series bodies are expensive to buy new, but heavy users working in demanding situations know 100% that you get what you pay for. BTW, one sometimes overlooked advantage of the 1D4 is the 1/300 flash sync speed vs 1/200 on the 5D3.

-pw

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of swapping a 5d3 for a 1D4.....
« on: December 11, 2013, 01:11:13 AM »
I'm shooting almost daily with 1D4 & 5D3. They're a pretty good matched pair with different strengths. My go-to body for any type of action shooting is the 1D4, it's much better than the 5D3 in this regard. Give both bodies their best chance of delivering their highest buffer clearing performance with the fastest cards you can afford. They make an instantly tangible difference. I'm also a great fan of the x1.3 crop APS-H sensor found in the Mk4. Depending what your client wants to do with the shots, pushing the 1D4 to 6400-8000 iso is very do-able provided your exposures are perfect. A modest dose of NR in Lightroom will be all they need for good, usable output.

I love both cameras, they're both first class pieces of kit either of which will deliver the goods in most situations. For more extreme conditions or output requirements, each camera will have it's day. On the level of handling and ergonomics of any 1-Series body will leave the rest gasping for respectability. A minority of shooters will challenge this position, but 1-Series users don't tend to use these superior bodies to look cool, they just know from experience that they just can't be beaten. The loudest 1-Series critics probably haven't used them in prolonged demanding conditions, or maybe not at all.

Get the 1D4! $3k should get you a beauty.

-pw

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If you're committed to accepting something bigger than a pocket camera, and want something smaller than a 5D3, and you already have Canon glass, the SL1 is a great choice. With the need to travel very light for a trekking trip in Laos and feeling reluctant to heft a 1-Series or even a de-gripped 5D3, I'm 100% happy with my SL1 which I've had for a few months now. It's TINY with the 40mm pancake, though the resulting 65mm equivalent FOV is often a little long for my liking. Bring on the EF-S 22mm pancake! My SL1 default lens is the surprisingly good EF-S 15-85is, though I've even used it with the 300mm f/2.8is. It looks a bit like a pimple on an elephant.

It was a close thing between the SL1 and the extremely compelling Olympus OM-D, but the notion of running two systems tipped me towards the SL1. It's so good I routinely use it on jobs as a third body. If you're used to 5D3/1DX era FF, you just have to stay aware of the obvious limitations of the comparatively modest APS-C sensor.

So to the OP, if you're OK with going bigger than a pocket camera and already have Canon glass, you will not be disappointed with the SL1 which I see as one of Canon's most interesting consumer releases in years.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4966601607/dpreview-gear-of-the-year-canon-rebel-sl1-eos-100d

-pw

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Canon General / Photography Ruins your Memory...
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:06:34 PM »
Here's an interesting piece to be taken with a grain of salt that suggests photographing an event may interfere with your memory of that event:
http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/taking-photos-interferes-with-memory-study-20131210-hv54b.html

I thought about it for a minute and I have to say I agree, though from a different context to the research results. In my work I've often photographed absolutely extraordinary people, many with international reputations across all sorts of professions and pursuits. This has often been a necessarily short session, frequently with a journalist/reporter and the interview and photos may have to be completed in 30 minutes. Afterwards people may ask me, "lucky you meeting that person, what are they like, what did they say...?" And because I have been so locked onto getting the shots, I realise my memory of the experience is flawed. Of course it's not always this way, but some great encounters certainly have left me with scant recollections because of the upfront pressure to come back with great shots.

You can extrapolate this out into all sorts of areas. For example on the home front, I see other parents at kids Christmas concerts so intent on getting video coverage of their child that they miss the magic of the moment completely. And so on. Food for thought as we head into Christmas and vacations.

-pw

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I could have Googled this myself earlier but here's the stark fact...disappointingly there's no HSS with the Profoto B1 TTL.

It's a pity, HSS is the single hot item that would win volume sales for Profoto, far more than mere TTL. For precision work, I tend to switch my 580exII speedlights to manual. On a real-world job, I doubt many photographers would find a great deal of value paying the high entry price just for the TTL option. In reality, the B1 offers nothing more to me than an Einstein and Vagabond MiniLithium battery setup other than a bigger hole in my Mastercard.

-pw


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I recently disposed of half a dozen Profoto 600 Compact monos, two 2400w/s Profoto floorpacks and a boatload of Profoto accessories and modifiers and replaced them with half a dozen Einsteins, PCB modifiers/accessories/triggers etc and really couldn't be happier.

The one thing that could tempt me back to Profoto would be if the B1 played nicely with High Speed Sync. Does it?

-pw

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Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 09, 2013, 07:03:03 PM »
It's interesting that after 21 posts, there have been precious few genuinely absurd accessories stories. Many of us may have made dumb purchases along the lines of the cheap tripod folly, but what I'm reading is that most of us a actually reasonably savvy about what represents a genuinely useful addition to the kit.

Aren't we a smart bunch!

-pw

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