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Software & Accessories / Protecting foam on monopod / tripod legs
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:59:23 PM »
What do you use, if anything, to protect the foam on monopod/tripod legs when you frequently work in the rain for long periods?

Even when using rain coats on the lens etc the foam is still going to get wet. I find it then eventually tears and, as the tear grows, comes off. It does not bother me too much, but thought I would ask anyway.


Photography Technique / 1D X - 12 FPS or 14 FPS?
« on: April 02, 2014, 03:06:25 AM »
I often shoot sports and was just wondering how many here use 14 FPS?

I used it once, but that was by mistake and only for a few moments. I really only ever shoot at 12 FPS. What about you?

Screen measures 5.5-inches with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. The pixel density of the 5.5-inch display is  538ppi.

The phone features a 13MP 1/3.06-inch Sony Exmor CMOS sensor and F2.0 aperture, and what Oppo calls Super Zoom, a software feature which crosses Nokia’s PureView tech with a traditional burst mode. The camera takes 10 pictures in rapid succession, keeps the four best images, then stitches them together into one 50-megapixel shot.

In addition, the Oppo Find 7 is also the first Android device to offer Raw capture. In video mode you can capture 4K footage and 120 fps slow motion video at 720p resolution. For self-portraits and video-calls there is a 5MP F2.0 front camera.

The Android OS is powered by a quad core Snapdragon 801 SoC and 3GB RAM. Rapid Charge technology will let you charge the Find 7's 3000mAh battery to 75% in only 30 minutes.

Sexy specs indeed.

More at dpreview:

Pricewatch Deals / UK Used Canon Dealers
« on: March 24, 2014, 04:57:29 AM »
I am scheduled to be back in the UK from early July to early/mid-August for work and to see family etc., and was wondering if anyone can recommend any reputable camera shops around the London (and Berkshire etc) area that buy second hand bodies and lenses as am thinking of offloading a few things to consolidate them into something more substantial.

All of the items are registered with Canon and some were bought directly from Canon (here in SE Asia), most with receipts and all in excellent condition.

I do not have an ebay account and as such do not fancy setting one up as I would not have any history etc which may put some buyers off etc.


Pricewatch Deals / Canon Price History
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:42:49 AM »
People here often link to a website that displays the price fluctuations of Canon bodies and lenses over the years, but I cannot find it. What is it please?

I tried google but I must be using the wrong terms.


Canon General / Tesco uses pictures of beef cattle in milk advert
« on: March 20, 2014, 11:02:45 AM »
Tesco uses pictures of beef cattle in milk advert

The details are important.

I am sure many can understand how this came about, but still.  :o

So Sony has just released new firmware for the Sony A7-A7r, NEX-5T/R and NEX-6.

According to Sony UK it improves image quality, reduces start-up time, provides support for SEL70200G and provides support for additional "PlayMemories Camera Apps" and features. In more detail it:

Provides support for SEL70200G:
- Improves Auto Focus speed
- Adds functions including the "Focus hold button"
-Reduces start-up time: The start-up time has been reduced in cases when the camera is switched on immediately after being switched off
-Improves image quality
-Provides support for additional ”Play Memories Camera Apps” and additional features for previously supported apps:
- Provides support for "Liveview Grading" and "Smooth Reflection" applications
- Provides support for the smooth automatic exposure feature in the "Time-lapse" application ver. 2.00 and later

So, as always, Sony is being very vague. For those that have this camera what improvements are you seeing after the update?

BTW benefits listed above from:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / What do you know about squid?!
« on: March 18, 2014, 10:14:10 AM »
CR has helped me to learn a lot. I did not know before I joined for example that lasers can destroy a sensor, nor did I know that taking pics at the Holi Festival in India could be problematic due to the size of the powder molecules (or something).

But what about squid?! I realise falling off a boat with all my gear is a very bad idea, but does anyone know whether squid ink can cause any serious issues with lenses or camera bodies (1D X)?

Most of my job is fun, and this is likely to be too, but I know very well that cameras, boats and live animals, are always a risky mix.

I will be out on a fishing trip where the guys will be using traditional limes to pull in the squid. I will be on the boat (I guess). There is a risk of squid ink, squid attack and squid water, along with the obvious falling overboard.

Any advice?

Thank you.

Lenses / How much will the new EF 800 f/5.6L IS II cost?
« on: March 16, 2014, 01:04:20 AM »
Today, the Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS costs US$ 13,289 if you buy it from B&H. If a new version did come out, as a CR1 is reporting here: how much do you think it would cost?

As I have just bought myself a new CF card, I was surprised to see they now have 256GB 1066X cards! Just for a bit of fun, how much do you think the price will drop over the period of a year?

The Lexar 64GB Professional 1066x Compact Flash Memory Card (UDMA 7) is US$263.66 at the moment, but normally newer tech such as the 256GB carries a premium when it launches.

What do you think?

Software & Accessories / Lexar CF Card 1000X and 1066X
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:59:45 PM »
Was just looking at the Lexar 1000X CF cards at B&H and notice they now have 1066X cards too.

I have not researched them, but at first glance it seems that the difference is in the read and write speeds. The 1000X is 150MB/s (read) and 95MB/s (write) while the 1066X is 160MB/s and importantly 155MB/s.

I do get confused now and again, but weren't the 1000X cards also supposed to have a 150 or so write speed? Has something changed recently? I do not recall ever seeing these 1066X cards, and as it is such a strange number I wonder whether there has been some new legislation or something that has forced Lexar to make changes.



Videography Technique / Audio Issue with New Mics / External Recorders
« on: February 23, 2014, 10:37:36 PM »
Must admit that I was not sure if this was the right section of CR, but as it is about videography I thought I would post my question here.

In addition to my stills work, I use my 1D X for video - interviews and other things - and I recently purchased a couple of AT831b microphones. These mics have XLR outputs but of course the 1D X does not, so I purchased XLR to mini-jack and use a splitter that goes into the 1D X.

I am still testing these mics as they are different from the other ones I have used in the past, but when I use them together one mic is louder (and sounds better) then the other. When I use them separately they both sound the same.

The previous mics I have (and still like) are the very affordable ATR3350. When I use these two together with the splitter both mic volumes are exactly the same and of the same quality.

I know I probably should invest in something like a Zoom H4N which has XLR inputs, but I really would like to keep the amount of stuff I travel with, which is already substantial, to the absolute minimum.
So my questions are as follows:

1) Do you know what could be causing the difference in sound with my new mics (have already tried changing batteries in them both)?

2) Is the Zoom H4N the best option for an external recorder with something like the 1D X?

3) How much loss of audio quality is there in trying to use my new XLR mics with the 1D X in percentage terms?

4) Is there anything I could try that I have not thought of?

Thank you.

Canon General / Canon Hansa
« on: October 13, 2013, 04:35:41 AM »
Just curious but how many here have the Canon Hansa miniature?

EOS Bodies / Canon 7D Mark II - How much will it cost?
« on: July 22, 2013, 01:25:56 AM »
How much do you think the RRP of the Canon 7D Mark II will be when it launches?

EOS-M / Canon EOS M II
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:36:34 AM »
With so many of you here at CR buying the Canon EOS M version one, I am just curious, especially in light of the fact that the US$ 299 is STILL ongoing*, when you think Mark II will be out?

*at least when this poll was created.

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