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Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 21, 2014, 11:13:29 AM »
I have almost two dozen shoe mount flashes.
Used to have tons of Metz.

In 2006 I suggested they build a flash with manual
power settings exceeding their dated full/W/M range.

They answered that they don't see a market there.

Enter strobist.


Today about EVERY flash has manual settings at
least in full stops from 1/1 down to 1/64, some
down to 1/128 or even 1/256.

Every flash except most Metz devices.

Then I told them the world was ready for a ringflash
meant to fill in at very close range for wedding/event
shooters. made very clear that this ringflash must
work on the most frequently used lenses in these
genres, all with 77mm filter thread.

Took them two years, and then they produced the
MS-15 light. With 72mm filter thread.

You lose when you go to a gunfight with a toothpick.

German wages were not the problem, their product
portfolio failed big time.

Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 20, 2014, 08:40:54 PM »
beyond 60WS? does it run on 4xaa?

Not beyond 60 Ws, just longer zoom range.
Yes, runs on 4x AA.

Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 20, 2014, 08:39:24 PM »
I just personally consolidated to  using their new 64 AF-1 flash units exclusively - they are fabulous, and have unparalleled power.

You might want to check out the Pixel mago, then.
Does everything the Metz 64 AF-1 does - plus LED
video light / pilot light and at a fraction of the price.

Got one as a beta tester, and saw many people buy
it during Photokina for 70 Euro. Who ever I showed
it to, they went over and bought one.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 12:04:25 PM »
DXO......  a good example for the discrepancy of measurements
and the results in the real world.

After getting involved with we started to
wonder if the DXOmark has any real value at all.

Some of the worst lenses we tested rank high in their list.

So, would I care if they diss any new sensor? No.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:10:38 AM »
Global shutter to unleash flash photography.
Die, x-sync, die!

Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 11, 2014, 03:42:28 AM »
Have both. The 85L hasn't been used anymore since the ART joined my collection of lenses.

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 06, 2014, 03:59:55 AM »
Whatever it is - the folks at canon have definitely
read along in many, many forums on the net.

They do know their clientele very well, obviously.

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:11:39 AM »
My highest interest would be guaranteed if not only the resolution
would increase (moderately) but much more important: A new sensor
doing away with color problems that Bayer patterns bring to the table.
And a global shutter that serves both for video as well as overcomes
the x-sync barrier. And more ISO power.

A 3 or 4 layer sensor might cope much better with discontinuous light
sources such as fluorescent and many LEDs, and global flash sync would
be a godsent for sports with flash.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:57:19 AM »
Let's hope for Wifi in a dongle like the 1-Dx hast, or in a grip
like some models before, and NOT in a brick like for the 5D Mk3.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:42:36 AM »
IF RGB + IR does not refer to metering but the image sensor,
THEN this is the most interesting camera of the last 15 years.

I think I need one.

Who cares about grass? I'm carnivore.

If you want to see how it compares to the Zeiss Otus,
the RAW files of the Sigma ART 50/Zeiss 55 are currently
free to download here:

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 08, 2014, 04:14:57 PM »

Last week I swapped D800/D4 for D4s/D810.
Long story short - 5D MkII and 5D MkIII get equal usage as the Nikons do.
They all have their merits and strengths.

Most of the people dissing one or the other can't compare from
first hand experience. That simple.

EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: June 29, 2014, 11:26:46 AM »
There are no real rumors about the long-awaited M3.

From somebody who should be in the know I got just one comment: It's coming!

Leads me to believe that photokina the latest we will know, too.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:08:18 AM »
For still photography the improvements overall seem incremental,
with just one exception: "The d810 has the same AF module as the D4S",
says the German Nikon website.

So, there will be a D4S out soon as well.

The biggest upgrade though is in video mode with 1080 p60 available
and many other video details improved.

Yes, this looks like a very good piece of equipment.

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