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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.

Animal Kingdom / New Species of Bird Discovered in Phnom Penh
« on: June 26, 2013, 01:43:58 AM »
- sorry I do not have a picture but am hoping someone here does!

A team of scientists have discovered a new species of bird with distinct plumage and a loud call living not in some remote jungle, but in Phnom Penh, Cambodia!

Called the Cambodian tailorbird (Orthotomus chaktomuk), the species was found in Cambodia’s urbanized capitol Phnom Penh and several other locations just outside of the city including a construction site. It is one of only two bird species found solely in Cambodia.


I posted this here as so many people seem to love taking pictures of birds, and finding a new one is pretty exciting. Plus, as there are a couple of members from Cambodia here then we might even get some pics! Until then, Google Images will have to do I guess. :-)

Here is one which may be similar (the website describes it as the Dark-necked Tailorbird Orthotomus atrogularis:

Have you ever discovered an unknown species before? What is the rarest type of bird, or any animal, you have managed to take a picture of in the wild?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Canon XA20/XA25
« on: June 21, 2013, 07:40:46 AM »
Has anyone here had a chance to try the new XA20 or XA25 (only difference - apart from the price - between the two is the HD/SD-SDI output)?

If so, what are your thoughts?


Third Party Manufacturers / Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
« on: June 10, 2013, 08:23:35 PM »
This phone/camera is still a rumour, albeit a very strong one - with an official announcement expected on 20 June (London time).

It looks like a small p&s with a phone stuck to its back. Some are calling it chunky, but then many initial reviews of the Galaxy Note were negative when it first came out and look how successful that has been.

The Zoom is expected to have a 16MP camera with optical zoom and its own shutter button, using the volume controls to zoom in and out.

There are some pics here:

Personally, I think it is a nice idea, but will be interesting to find out more, such as battery life, weight, image quality etc.

If they offered different versions of the S4 Zoom, or even made it customisable then I would seriously consider this as a replacement for my current smart phone.

What do you think?

Software & Accessories / GoPro Video and Helicopters
« on: May 07, 2013, 08:31:43 AM »
There are times when I would like to take a bird's eye view of something. Perhaps it is a building by a beach, or a gathering/event out in the open.

Of course scaffolding is one answer, but I was looking at remote controlled helicopters the other day and started wondering just how good they are at getting such video. I could attach a GoPro at the angle I desire and if I can learn to fly the thing, I should be able to get a few seconds of decent shots. At least that is the idea.

Has anyone tried this? Am I being delusional, or can it work?

Software & Accessories / DPP Updates
« on: April 28, 2013, 06:51:02 AM »
There must be millions around the globe that have DPP installed on their computers. Why do you think it is that Canon has not inserted an auto update facility in it? Same goes for EOS Utility etc.

I only found out by chance that they recently updated DPP to

How hard can it be to have a Check for Updates option under Help or in the About section?

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