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Australia / Re: Gumtree Bargains
« on: December 03, 2012, 04:22:46 AM »
Yep the bargains do happen. I got a near perfect 24-70 f/2.8 MkI for $600 a few months ago. Just got lucky. Saw the advert when it had been up for just a few minutes and they were in the next suburb. But most times Canon L glass asking prices are more than you can get new grey-market lenses for. Personally I'd prefer new grey to second hand....

-PW

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I currently use and am happy with LR4.  I like the keyword ability to sort, and the image manipulation abilities seem just fine.  Work flow is efficient.

I had a long discussion with the Canon representative who did not suffer from humility from either his own abilities or the Canon line of cameras and software.

He opined that DPP software was superior to all other processing software because it communicated directly with the digital files from Canon cameras in a proprietary.  His argument was that importing through DPP (especially in raw) frequently obviated need for pp, and that lens tuning/correction could not be matched by third party software. 

There is little argument that DPP will deliver beautiful files. On rare occasions I'll go to DPP with a file I'm having a hard time with in LR4/ACR, usually because of tricky skintones. Maybe as often as once a year...

The Canon guy you were talking to is the perfect blue-print salesman, one-eyed as you can get about the product, with persuasive lines yet perhaps somewhat lacking in knowledge of the true needs of photographers and the ways they process RAW files.

If DPP was a match for LR4 I think most Canon professionals could have caught on by now. As you know yourself, LR is workflow headquarters...there is nothing better if you have got a deadline chewing at your neck and there are a few hundred files to output before morning coffee.

DPP certainly has its place, but not as a tool for busy photographers working with large folders of image files. DPP certainly looks very pretty in the GUI department, but like so much Canon software, it's easy on the eye but behind the game in the performance stakes. The Canon Suite is a welcome inclusion for those on restricted budgets but it's not professional standard. EOS Utility anybody? Now there's a piece of Canon software just screaming out for a full redesign. It's barely changed since its first incarnation. Zoombrowser? I don't know a working photographer who actually uses it. Powerful programs such as PhotoMechanic or Breezebrowser Pro are the usual browser choices. Bridge has all the options but is a little slow.

DPP? Sorry Mr Canon salesman...I'm not convinced.

-PW


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:11:37 PM »
Yesterday I was told, the 7d MK2, I am interested in, will be @ about 2700€  (Canon product manager). This would be about 3500$.
Could this be true????? That is more than the 5D3 costs!!!!
Expect: fast shooting, fast AF. For all that need to shot fast things. No word about IQ.
EDIT: Need to correct: My wife told me, that the CM said that there will be an standard zoom added as an kit. Sorry, but I did not ask which one, because I was a little bit upset about the price and did not notice that he told that this would be a kit.

If there is an expected price hike, then the optimist in me says this is good news. Why? The 7DII may well shift up a whole level and become the 1D4 replacement in terms of FPS, AF performance, iso performance, buffer depth etc.

While I wouldn't hold my breath for 1-Series level ergonomics, durability and weather sealing, I would expect a camera that will go a long way towards satisfying the day to day high performance needs of photographers who currently depend on 1D4 APS-H bodies. A high performance APS-C 7DII has the potential to save me the cost of a 1DX and a 400 f/2.8isII. Why? Because on APS-C vs FF my 300 f/2.8is will deliver the reach I need for my current clients needs, currently met with 1D4 bodies.

Still, no matter how strong the 7DII feature set ends up revealing itself as, one can't deny that the 1DX and 400 f/2.8isII combo will remain the gold standard for sports/action work.

-PW

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Canon General / Re: Is canon going to come back?
« on: December 02, 2012, 05:55:56 PM »
So i´m in the market for a full frame camera right now. I only have FF lenses for EF mount, so switching would at least mean the loss of a lens or two (money reasons).
Right now canon is far behind others. Or lets just say it: Nikon.

The d800 is 2300€ the 5d3 is 2900€ and the Nikon just is the superior camera. If you downsize the image even high iso is awesome, af is good etc. It´s just a really good body and much more in the price range of a 6d.

I want to stick with canon but if they are going to make their first competitive body in like 5 years i really have to consider switching....

OMG is this thread still going?
Buy a horse.

-PW

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Upgrade from 7D to 6D or MK3?
« on: December 02, 2012, 05:53:52 PM »
If FF is not a "must-have" then it may only be a short wait for the 7DII. Personally I'd have a fully featured 7DII ahead of a stripped back 6D. If the budget is there, the 5DIII is certain to satisfy.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: December 02, 2012, 06:20:41 AM »
One thing missing....what is your expected/suggested price for the 7D MKII?
$1699, same as the 7D at introduction.
Look at recent Canon $$history...$1699 sounds optimistic.
But wait; what's wrong with being an optimist?
Optimists are generally happier healthier people.
$1699? I'll have two please...

-PW

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Lenses / Re: 17-40mm F/4 L or 16/35mm F/2.8 L I
« on: December 02, 2012, 05:45:39 AM »
You might glean a few well informed viewpoints from this piece from Luminous Landscape...
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/canon-17-40.shtml

My feelings would be that the 5D3 sensor will punish the old 16-35 f/2.8. It was never a stellar lens at the best of times, performing only adequately on film bodies...let alone FF DSLR. I had one which was a constant disappointment. By contrast, the 17-40 which I have owned since they were announced in 2003 has been consistently excellent, currently spending a lot of time on a 5D3 body. Provided you accept that it can be a bit mushy wide open, keep in perspective that from f/5 it is a match for the 16-35 f/2.8II.

If I was in your shoes I'd be going for the 17-40. If you NEED f/2.8 save some more for the 16-35 f/2.8II.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Pro Canon body tested by Steve McCurry???
« on: November 30, 2012, 08:11:40 PM »
Great video! Does anyone know what those small hand-held light panels are?
LED lights, most often used for video, but can be very handy for that tiny bit of fill. As we have awesome iso performance now, this type of lighting is rapidly coming into its own for certain projects.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/LED-Light-Sources/ci/12248/N/4294551085
Litepanels LED lighting Systems- BiColor for Still Photo Shoot
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/techniques/the_next_chapter_in_photographic_lighting.shtml

-PW

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Lenses / Re: Advice 5d3, wide angle
« on: November 30, 2012, 08:04:34 PM »
The 17-40 is rubbish, and the 16-35 is more of a workhorse for photojournalists. Sharp at the center but lousy edges and corners.
That's a mighty big call to say the 17-40 is rubbish. Maybe you have not owned one. It's mushy wide open but is a match for the 16-35 f/2.8II from f/5 onwards. The 17-40 is a lens I've used with total confidence for demanding commercial work since they first came out in 2003. Read reviews...

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-17-40mm-f-4.0-L-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/177-canon-ef-17-40mm-f4-usm-l-test-report--review
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=3
http://www.lenstip.com/4.1-Lens_review-Canon_EF_17-40_mm_f_4.0L_USM-Introduction.html
http://www.naturephotographers.net/articles0508/dw0508-1.html
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/canon-17-40.shtml

Also if you have been following threads about wide zooms on CR you'll see the 17-40 has delivered largely positive experiences for those who own one.

-PW


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Lenses / Re: tilt-shift question
« on: November 30, 2012, 07:35:25 PM »
RRS?
Hah! Yes we're drowning in acronyms. RRS=Really Right Stuff  www.reallyrightstuff.com  Brilliant gear.

-PW

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Sorry to hear this...Compatibility issues with EOS Utility seem to have been rampant this year, notably for people shooting tethered via a Mac. That was solved a month or so ago after a long wait.

Are you sure you are running with the very latest version of EOS Utility?

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Pro Canon body tested by Steve McCurry???
« on: November 30, 2012, 07:19:14 PM »
Yep it's body armour...
But do watch the video...not just for the story and imagery, watch the flow and pace and communication between McCurry and the models, it's pure magic.

http://fstoppers.com/new-pirelli-2013-calendar-titillating-different-way

-PW

 

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Canon General / Re: Is canon going to come back?
« on: November 30, 2012, 06:44:31 PM »
So i´m in the market for a full frame camera right now. I only have FF lenses for EF mount, so switching would at least mean the loss of a lens or two (money reasons).
Right now canon is far behind others. Or lets just say it: Nikon.
I want to stick with canon but if they are going to make their first competitive body in like 5 years i really have to consider switching....

Yawn...troll. Please go ahead and get your Nikon. Take your misinformed negativity elsewhere.

-PW

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Canon General / Re: Travel to Thailand/Laos should I bring my 5d mkiii?
« on: November 30, 2012, 02:48:02 AM »
Yep.
Definitely take it. My standard South East Asia travel kit in recent years has been 5DC/5D2/5D3 de-gripped and grunged down with black tape. Get the tape that doesn't leave residue when you peel it off. It looks really tatty and like it needs the tape to hold it together. I like to keep it very simple now, so one lens does it for me...the travelers friend, the 24-105 f/4is and a shirt load of high capacity cards. You'll beat yourself up if you go there with a P&S...it's photographers heaven.

-PW

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Now the good news:
Under my insurance policy, I was surprised that it covered me for "At Fault" accidental damage. A small excess was paid, they dealt with CPS, CPS loaned me replacements for the lens repair period. The Mk2n is landfill.
-PW
May i ask what company you have insurance with that covers accidental damage?
It's http://www.aisinsurance.com.au Contact and great guy is George Roth.

-PW

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