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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1D X - Few Questions
« on: February 27, 2013, 07:52:38 PM »
Finally bought the 1D X, and will be putting it to the test later today. I just wanted to ask those that have one (or more) a few quick questions:

1) How long do you find the battery lasts when shooting sports with frequent long bursts etc. (shooting RAW only)?

2) Are there any smaller battery rechargers available? (makes no difference if you do not travel, but it is pretty big if you do - though thankfully it is not heavy).

3) Has anyone run into any problems regarding the noise the camera makes when using it at sporting events, where noise is frowned upon?

4) How long did it take you to get used to the different AF system/options? I will be testing it on the job later today and will probably keep changing settings though have decided to start with AF Point Expansion (Manual selection, surrounding points) and then switch between cases 1, 4 and 6.

5) Is it the fine tuning of those Cases that takes the most time to learn and perfect?

6) What CF card - in terms of read/write speeds - do you recommend? I have Lexar Pro 400Xs. Should I get faster to make the most out of the 1DX.

Really appreciate all your feedback. Thank you.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Spare Battery for 1D X
« on: February 24, 2013, 06:15:11 PM »
The shop where I am getting the 1D X does not sell any spare batteries, and my Google skills seem to have deserted me over night. How much is a spare battery for the 1D X, and what model number are they please?

Thanks.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1D X Serial Number with New Firmware
« on: February 24, 2013, 07:07:49 AM »
Does anyone know if it is possible to tell which firmware a 1D X has on it simply from the serial number?

Am about to get one, but would prefer one that has all the latest firmware on it so I do not have to do that, until they release the new firmware in May. The shop I am buying it from says it has just come from Canon so one would expect it to have the latest but still, I thought it may be worth asking here.

Is it possible to tell from the serial number?

Thank you.

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EOS Bodies / 7D Mark ii with WiFi/GPS or Without?
« on: February 19, 2013, 10:01:12 PM »
As it seems, we may be getting closer to an actual 7D Mark II. I ask you, how would you prefer your 7D Mark II to be served?

And would you pay extra for the additional perks like WiFi and GPS?

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Canon General / Canon 1D X on the Street
« on: January 29, 2013, 07:52:47 AM »
Saw a western guy shooting with a 1DX on the streets of Bangkok the other day. This is not something you see every day, the 5D Mark II and III are a much more common sight. Reason I am posting this is for those concerned about bringing their best gear to this amazing part of the world. I almost did not notice it was a 1DX, I just registered in my subconscious a guy with a camera, then my old brain slowly told me there was an black body L lens and it was attached to a 1DX. I know quite a lot of the pro photographers in this part of the world so I paid a little more attention as I hurried on by to my next appointment. The guy was taking street shots and looked like a tourist (was it CR guy?! haha ;-) ) But my point is not to worry, unless you really know cameras (like people on CR do) then most people would not even have noticed anything other than a guy with a camera, a regular sight in most tourist spots in Asia. In fact, some would probably think something that big has to be seriously old (aren't cameras getting smaller for the average Joe?!).

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I see used Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM lens on amazon.co.uk from £1,400 all the way up to £1,700. Is that a fair price in the UK for a used Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM in good condition?

Amazon are selling it new at £1,799 and there is another selling it new at £1,665.

How easy is it to sell these lens? Do they move quickly?

Thanks.

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EOS Bodies / Saw the 6D today
« on: September 21, 2012, 12:27:23 PM »
Saw a 6D on display today. Not sure if anyone is interested in pics or whether there are plenty out there already?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Sony A99 Rumored Specs "Leak"
« on: August 28, 2012, 06:24:12 AM »
Engadget just posted this about the A99.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/28/sony-a99-rumored-specs-leak/

What are your thoughts?

24.3-megapixel CMOS Exmor sensor with an ISO range of 100-25,600, 14 bit RAW output and a 1/8000 maximum shutter speed. Other nuggets of interest include a 102 point AF system, full 1080p HD video recording (at 60fps) and a 921k dot LCD.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Canon 1D X Movies and Sound
« on: August 09, 2012, 12:05:41 PM »
I believe the 1D X does not have a headphone jack, so how are those with them monitoring sound on the videos they do? (no comments about external recorders please)

I realise that video may not be the primary function of the 1D X but it is a function.

Thanks.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon Debuts 18-300mm VR lens
« on: June 14, 2012, 04:46:23 AM »
A lot of people talk about which lens to travel with. 18-300mm covers pretty much everything. I do not have a Nikon so it is of little interest but still nice to see what the other guys are doing. See more at engadget here:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/14/nikon-18-300mm-vr-superzoom-lens/

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EOS Bodies / Is Canon at a Crossroads?
« on: June 10, 2012, 04:11:30 AM »
When I read about the new T4i/650D I found it very interesting to learn of the new STM lenses.

I can't help but wonder whether Canon is at a crossroads with regards to its pro 1D cameras. Companies, and some individuals, have spent a lot of money on lenses for their 1Ds. Soon the 1DX will be fully released, but where does Canon go after that? Could it be that if they want to continue to add the latest innovations etc to their 1D series there may come a time, when the best L glass is no longer the best?

It would upset a lot of people of course, but if it is the only way to truly progress what other choice would they have.

What are your thoughts? Do you think within the next 5-10 years Canon may say yes L lens is great but if you want to unlock even more features of your 1D 2017 (body model - year introduced) then you will have to buy L Lens II?

At the moment they introduce new lenses, but these lenses just - or should - improve the IQ and perhaps AF etc. They do not unlock new tech within the camera as such.

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Pricewatch Deals / Advice on Selling 1D Mark IV (unusual situation)
« on: June 04, 2012, 10:16:30 PM »
I am looking for some advice as I have never sold a camera, nevermind 10 of them!

I have found 10 brand new 1D Mark IVs which are VERY reasonably priced (US$4,000 or £2,600). I have never seen them so cheap, and know I could make a little money selling them on.

I could buy them all and sell them but how?

They are genuine, brand new as mentioned, full international Canon warranty etc.

I will be travelling back to the UK in July, but am based here in Asia Pacific.

Of course I could carry one or even two back without the box, but surely customers would want the box too.

What would you do?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Waterproof Your Camera - What's best?
« on: April 08, 2012, 07:00:08 PM »
I will very soon have to take shots where my camera and I will get very wet. I am not talking about rain, but buckets of cold water - often with ice and/or talcum powder in it - thrown all over you from every direction.

I need to minimise the risk to my camera - a 50D for the stills. What do you recommend?

I do not have a lot of time to order stuff online, so it really is going to be a homemade solution.

I was thinking of using multiple plastic bags around the body tied off at the bottom, with more to protect the lens/body connection and a microfiber cloth to wipe the lens.

I will of course be trying to minimise any camera risk by hiding, and also taking long range shots, but chances are I will get drenched at least once.

Thanks.

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Seems Sony is in the news a lot of late, with one announcement after another. This latest is very interesting for those into video, and it will be interesting to see how it is priced.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/03/sony-pmw-100-camcorder/

and from sony.eu

http://www.pro.sony.eu/biz/lang/en/eu/product/xdcamcamcorders/pmw-100/overview

I wonder how this will impact the DLSR market because I am beginning to think it may just be best to continue carrying two cameras to do each job well rather than one that does the properly but perhaps not as well as could be.


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