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What I personally find interesting about all this is what Sony has held back and are about to put into the new A9 (is that their top of the range, their 1D? I find their naming system to be very confusing at times).

Even the guy at SAR seems more excited by what the A9 may well be, than this impressive announcement.

But hats off to Sony, I hope they keep questioning and innovating.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Can the new 7d mark ii challenge the 1d mark iv?
« on: November 15, 2014, 02:00:04 AM »
Personally, not only do I think they are both aimed at quite different markets,
I'm not sure what you are considering different markets because everybody I know with either camera or even the original 7d use them for exactly the same thing. Which is primarily sports/wildlife. What separates the two cameras market is mainly price and not how they are used. Therefore in my opinion a comparison between the two is very important. Even if the 1d Mk iv is no longer in production there is a lot of them available on the used market.

I agree that a comparison is important, if only from a curiosity point of view.

What I meant by different markets is that the 1D IV when compared to the 7D ii is aimed more at the pro sports photographer rather than the semi-pro and consumer market (I do not do wildlife much at all and only for leisure when I do so I can't comment on that).

At the sporting events I shoot, the photographers using Canon either have a two 1D X combo, or a 1D X and 1D Mark IV, or one of the 1D X or IV and a 5D Mark III. I do not think I have ever seen a 7D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Can the new 7d mark ii challenge the 1d mark iv?
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:40:14 AM »
Personally, not only do I think they are both aimed at quite different markets, but I also think it very much depends on what you are used to.

For me, once you get used to the 1 series it is difficult to move away. I like the size, weight, quality and the way it balances perfectly when using big white lenses.

If I was forced to choose between the 7D ii and the 1D Mark IV I would choose the 1D Mark IV.


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Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 09, 2014, 03:50:54 AM »
If Canon was smart, they would have built the lens modular and have an optional version with a flip-in 1.4x like the 200-400.

Seriously. Considering how much the 200-400 costs. Would you be willing to pay the extra it would cost?

I doubt this lens is aimed at that type of market.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1Dx in favour of mirrorless
« on: November 08, 2014, 06:16:26 AM »
I could not read the article as one has to be logged into FB to read it, and if that is the case I am not interested in reading it.

A lot will happen in the next decade, a lot.

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I think you will find the Dell Precision 3800 will probably fit your needs and is customizable online.

The Dell Precision line are Dell's business-grade laptops and while the 3800 is not top of the range it is a very good deal.

Hope this helps.

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Lenses / Re: Another EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Mention
« on: November 05, 2014, 08:33:40 PM »
Okay, enough. I wish everyone will just stop posting anything at all about the (maybe) new 100-400 until Canon announces it. Do these websites do this just to to get hits? Too many years of false rumors, give us a break!

canonrumors.com

Priceless!  :P

Best post I have read for ages. Thanks for cheering me up this morning, hbolte.  ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1dc = Free beer
« on: November 05, 2014, 02:15:25 AM »
Thank you, I will be super careful from now on. It was a proper large restaurant and the kids very friendly so I never imagined I should be careful. But I totally agree with being cautious.

Yes, Pattaya is a very funny place. I personally hate it, but it is one area of Thailand (which on the whole is normally fine) that you do need to be extremely careful. When you said they were googling the camera, I could imagine dollar signs in their eyes. When you consider that a waiter will probably be paid 6-15,000 Baht per month, combine that with heavy drug and alcohol abuse in some areas, then it is easy to understand why a 350,000 Baht camera could be very attractive.

It is not just the locals, but there are some completely insane foreigners in Pattaya too.

I love Thailand, and do not want to paint the wrong picture, but in some places it does pay to be careful with expensive items such as jewellery, cameras etc.

If you are still in Thailand, you will get to experience the Loy Krathong Festival which is mainly tomorrow night. Enjoy!

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Tripod
« on: November 04, 2014, 10:43:02 PM »
Sirui tripods are strong cheap and reliable. What I like most about them is that the one I have is super compact as it folds in on itself which makes it great for travelling with. I work mine hard too and the monopod section (one of the three legs) is often subjected to heavy rain etc. Comes with a nice bag too.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1dc = Free beer
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:40:15 AM »
Sanj, please do not take this the wrong way. I have had a house in Thailand for over 20 years and love the country but please be very careful.

Pattaya is full of very bad people, locals and foreigners, and if they know your camera is worth 320,000 Baht (just the body) then that is a lot of money.

Please be very careful.

I personally would never, ever, accept a free drink in Pattaya. It is too easy to spike the drink.

Sorry. I got out of bed to post this, so please do not take it the wrong way.

Cheers

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Continue Using Canon Sensors in DSLRs
« on: November 04, 2014, 01:28:27 AM »
I personally believe that after having lived and worked in Japan, I think one has to be very careful reading between the lines of interviews done in English. Even taking the actual wording used is not always straightforward.

I love the country, the food, the people etc., but from my personal experience conducting interviews with them in English is very, very difficult.

And I am talking about big companies such as Canon etc.

So personally I would not read too much into what he said.

Great marketing for Sony though!!

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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 03, 2014, 07:06:03 AM »
Surprised so many people have voted for a 1D X ii. Whenever that camera comes out I will likely buy it, but I would prefer them to release the 5D Mark IV first. Perhaps even use that launch to iron out any kinks there may be in new tech or designs.  ;)

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As long as this sensor is not produced in China I would say that patents are saving the knowledge of the sensor design...

Oh please.....

Q: Canon released two cameras at Photokina – the EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7X. One thing we’ve learned is that the sensor in the G7X is not made by Canon. Does this represent a new philosophy at Canon?

A: We select the best sensor, whoever the manufacturer is. That’s our policy.

That's quite a statement, I wonder whether Sony can use it in their marketing materials.  :o

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I told my wedding photographer to stay in the background and that this was the day for our guests and us to celebrate. It's more important to me to have a wonderful day then to have wonderful pics.

How very, very true. Well said.


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You are a patient and polite guy.

I come across this type of thing a lot (though not at weddings as I do not shoot them, but mainly at media and sports events). Generally there are a few unspoken and unwritten rules for photographers and videographers, but there is always one or two idiots that may be new, or simply just ignorant and/or don't care.

It has often happened to me that I have been shooting stills and someone else comes and stands directly in front of me, I just tap them hard on the shoulder and indicate to move, stand next to me is fine, but not in front of me. So far everyone has moved.

However sometimes it is the organiser that has not planned things properly. I was shooting a major sporting event and there was an awards ceremony and the organisers decided to let the fans onto the pitch but had not organised a stage for the fans or the photographers which meant we were all now on the same level. I needed the shot, the fans wanted to see. The fans that were all cordoned off behind the photographers were very vocal about what they would do to the photographers if they did not kneel down so they could see their superstars! Most did, but some didn't. It almost turned violent.

But for the OP, I think this has opened your eyes to a new business opportunity. Instead of talking to the other team, I recommend you find two videographers you get along with, have the same work ethics and like their work and offer a complete package. Plus that way you end up with 4 people on the ground that can take stills and video at the drop of a hat. You have more things covered, you make more money, and the happy couple only have to deal with one company! Win, win!

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