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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 20, 2014, 06:09:14 AM »
I honestly cannot agree with the recommendation that the OP keeps the 24-70mm lens. He's a photography student. He still has to learn and define his version of the art. If he uses the 24-70mm, then IMHO, his photographs will look like everybody else's photographs and he won't develop a style of his own that's marketable in a very competitive business. (Over here in South Africa, every idiot with a "Rebel" and Sigma budget zoom considers herself a "pro" photographer ... heck, scratch "pro" ... considers herself a photographer.)
I get what you're saying, but defining your own version of an art doesn't require being focal length limited and/or having inferior lenses. What's wrong with owning the ultimate, and not getting rid of it?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 08:26:22 AM »
Very unlikely. Although not 100% confirmed, it looks like the specs of the upcoming D4S are beaten on every front by the 2011 1D X.

PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 19, 2014, 08:21:09 AM »
On the surface, those requirements read like the spec sheet of the G1X mk II.

At this stage, downpour-sealed, great IQ and small'ish size are, in that order, my main criteria. Is the G1X2 weather-sealed and if it is, to what extent?
Sorry, my previous reply was to NWPhil.

How heavy a downpour? The Nikon AW1 might be your best bet short of a waterproof point and shoot?

Software & Accessories / Re: Waterproof bag/case options?
« on: February 19, 2014, 08:16:18 AM »
anyone have a 1300? what can you fit in it? anyone have an opinion on foam vs padded dividers? guess i will be making some cardboard boxes and testing them out.
Pick 'n pluck (foam):

Pros: can look the part, and it can also allow you to pad below shallow items in the case
Cons: lots of dust/debris, which could work its way inside cameras/lenses. Not strong, so you need to leave very thick inefficient gaps between items. Not reconfigurable should you want to change kit or layout.

Swap pros and cons over for padded dividers

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 19, 2014, 08:08:44 AM »
Sabaki, for a way to compare bodies, take a look at some of the comparisons here:


People can give you the maths and their own personal experiences, but this is an objective way of you seeing differences without having the two cameras in your hands.

Oh, just saw your signature with your gear list ... Personally, I'd sell the EOS 500D, the EF-S 10-22mm and the EF 24-70mm ...
I would personally do anything to keep hold of the 24-70 II. It's a simply fantastic lens that shines on FF.

PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 18, 2014, 03:52:45 PM »
On the surface, those requirements read like the spec sheet of the G1X mk II. Are you sure that's not number one on your list, and this is just a last ditch attempt to see if anyone can talk you out of it?  ;)

I'd say go for it!

Software & Accessories / Re: Waterproof bag/case options?
« on: February 18, 2014, 09:58:04 AM »
is that a surf ski? only time ive used a racing kayak like that i got dumped like 8 times in 6 minutes. I prefer the double sea kayak ;).
It's a sprint kayak. And yes, keeping upright in those is only possible if you've got a few years practice behind you, and you start from a young age.

Software & Accessories / Re: Waterproof bag/case options?
« on: February 18, 2014, 09:43:29 AM »
I've got a pelican 1510 case which I use in motorboats, such as alongside competitors or when island hopping in the tropics. However, when I'm out kayaking, the most I can sensibly carry is a gopro. But there again my kayak is one of these:

EOS Bodies / Re: Anything to report from the Olympics?
« on: February 17, 2014, 05:28:45 AM »
I've seen a few taped up 1 series bodies over there, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're prototypes.

I would have expected some eagle eyed viewers to have spotted something that gives some details away from either Canon or Nikon by now - should there be anything interesting which isn't packaged up to look like its predecessor.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D4S Specs confirmed.
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:49:27 AM »
Adorama isn't a rumour site. They won't write anything unless they've got something to write.
In this case, their site has created a rumour. One that is disputed by NR.

PowerShot / Re: Updated PowerShot G1 X II Specs
« on: February 11, 2014, 01:48:10 AM »
More photos:


Much clearer, they match the previous image, but there's still something that doesn't look right about them.

If this is to be believed, the 12.5-62.5/2.0-3.9 lens hints at a 1.9x crop sensor, slightly smaller than the 1.85x crop from the mk I of this camera.

PowerShot / Re: Updated PowerShot G1 X II Specs
« on: February 10, 2014, 01:13:21 PM »
    NFC = Near field communication??

    Hmm... If I remember correctly, Canon had a patent sometime ago on communicating the lens with the camera body wirelessly. Hmm... may be Canon are testing out the technology on this model?? May be the camera body will communicate with the lens and EVF wirelessly using NFC?? But NFC communication is quite slow right?? Just wonder??

    Have a nice day.
NFC is commonly used as a protocol to initiate more capable communication channels such as WiFi. This particular camera is rumoured to have a built in lens, so no reason to replace hardwired connections with wireless. Also, what's the point of removing some of the electronic contacts on a lens mount? You can't remove them all without putting batteries in the lens, so what's the point? And what's the problem with electronic contacts within the mount in the first place?

NFC wouldn't have sufficient throughput for a viewfinder. EVF's in their current guise have many issues which make them inferior to OVF's, and lag is certainly high up that list. Any form of additional delay such as that introduced by even the fastest WiFi connection is a big problem. A physical connector is by far the best method. Besides, who wants to have a camera where is constantly says 'Connecting', and then needs lots of menu options and power cycles before you can finally grab the shot? I thought that was what the Sony QX100 was for  ;)

PowerShot / Re: Updated PowerShot G1 X II Specs
« on: February 10, 2014, 12:09:08 PM »
Is the EVF only for the G1X2?

Sounds like an interesting addition to DSLR as well...
Every hotshoe mounted EVF from other manufacturers I'm aware of so far* has used an extra port/connector for the data throughput, usually below the hotshoe. I doubt anything like this could be retrofitted to any existing products without the port/connector.

* someone is bound to prove me wrong on this  ::)

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 24-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: February 10, 2014, 03:01:04 AM »
So that would spell the end of the 24-105.
Example 3 on this patent is quite likely the end of the 24-105.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 24-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS
« on: February 10, 2014, 01:10:36 AM »
Makes sense, with full frame sensors moving down the line, Canon needs to reinvent the entry level full frame standard zoom. FWIW the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is no longer listed on the Canon Europe website.

While this lens isn't for me or most of the people who read this site, Canon sell a huge number of rebels with kit lenses. This is merely a FF kit lens, hopefully with a price tag, size and weight to match. Just look at the myriad of 28-80 and 28-90 kit zooms that Canon used to make to get an idea of what this lens could represent.

Let's hope that the intention of this patent at least means the the intention to make a FF rebel and/or SL1/100D to compliment this lens - not now, but a couple of years down the line when FF sensor prices drop further  ;)

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