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I sincerely hope that something went wrong with the test at f/2.8, I was expecting better things from that lens.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Already Shipping in Asia
« on: February 16, 2015, 10:40:34 PM »
P.S. I also noticed the lens box has a Canon seal on it, I have never had a new item from Canon with a sealed box, has anybody else?

I may be wrong as it is not something that I would think of remembering, and my boxes are in a different country right now so I cannot check, but am pretty sure all my boxes came with a seal.

Maybe it is a Asian thing, I got a 16-35 f4 IS just a couple of weeks ago and no seal, but I have bought shed loads of new Canon gear over the years and none of it has ever had a seal.

Yes, it may be. And the more I think about it, the more I am sure that they did have a seal. Just like the one in the pic. I buy most of my gear in Hong Kong, so perhaps that's it.

Am looking forward to seeing TDP's review of this and that new Tokina 2.8.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Already Shipping in Asia
« on: February 16, 2015, 10:19:13 PM »
P.S. I also noticed the lens box has a Canon seal on it, I have never had a new item from Canon with a sealed box, has anybody else?

I may be wrong as it is not something that I would think of remembering, and my boxes are in a different country right now so I cannot check, but am pretty sure all my boxes came with a seal.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Replacement in 2016 [CR1]
« on: February 13, 2015, 09:19:18 PM »
I'm very happy with my 1D X - I'd rather Canon deliver something really solid in a year then rush something sooner :)

Agreed. It is one purchase I have zero regrets over buying. Truly remarkable.

The 1D X II is going to have to be something even more amazing, especially considering how much the 1D X are going for new these days. Adding 4K video, and USB 3.0 just won't be enough, they are going to have to amaze us.

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Videography Technique / Re: DSLR Sliders, Jibs, Supports and More
« on: February 08, 2015, 08:45:19 PM »
I. use the dr60d too, love the security of audio in two places, and the dual tracking with varying levels.

I wish in hindsight I had bought shares in duracell at the same time.

That has never been an issue for me, as I always run it off the mains. Worth getting the cables to do that if you do not already have.


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Videography Technique / Re: DSLR Sliders, Jibs, Supports and More
« on: February 07, 2015, 07:02:38 PM »
I've only recently made the jump into video. Needed to learn it for business purposes. Still very much in the learning stage.

I bought a Rhino Carbon Fiber Slider http://rhinocameragear.com/store/rhino-slider-carbon-core-2ft after reading several reviews. While my slider technique still leaves much to be desired, I have been very pleased with the Rhino.

Next thing is probably going to get me crucified but I would ditch the 1Dx and take a 70D. The combination of vari-angle screen, touch-screen and dual pixel autofocus is fantastic for video. I do wish it had a headphone jack, to monitor audio, but I intend to record audio separately and then use the on-camera audio purely for syncing with the separately recorded audio.

Thanks, lion rock and unfocused.

I am not new to video, just upgrading what I do. The 1D X will not be going anywhere, although I understand what you mean about the dual pixel AF - perhaps the 1D X ii will have something similar. For audio I use the Tascam DR-60D which I am very pleased with, though the videos with jibs, sliders etc won't need sound.


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Videography Technique / Re: DSLR Sliders, Jibs, Supports and More
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:44:15 AM »
I'm not much of a dancer, so can't help you with jigs, jibs on the other hand...

Haha, it's quite late at night here!

Thanks for taking the time to give me your input, I really appreciate it.

Also hope others will share their thoughts.

Cheers.


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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next From Canon, NAB and Beyond
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:36:14 AM »
We haven’t heard anything definitive about what EOS camera would be coming next. The obvious choices are an EOS-1D X Mark II and an EOS 5D Mark IV.

The 1D X is the most amazing camera I have ever handled, and I will never forget the first serious shot I took with it. A "wow" moment. Can it be improved? Sure, but enough to make it a 1D X Mark II? Mmm, perhaps we should wait a little longer. Yes, I know they could improve this and that, make changes here and there, but are those tweaks enough for a Mark II?

Ironically, from a business perspective, I would never have bought a 1D X if the 1D C had been at the price it is today. I would have bought the 1D C.

I do both stills and video etc. but the 1D C was double the price of a 1D X at that time, and I never felt that the 1D C was worth double.

I have also wanted Canon to release a serious competitor to the Sony RX 100 or the RX 1, or even an action camera that competes with the GoPro 4 (Black or Silver).

Can they do this?


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Videography Technique / Re: DSLR Sliders, Jibs, Supports and More
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:08:23 AM »
Thanks Tinky, I agree improvisation is always key when you are limited to certain tools due to travel.

I always travel with tripod legs as I do not just do moving video but other things as well, plus stills etc. That can't leave my luggage.

I am very happy with the tripod I have as it is strong enough for a 1D X plus 400 f/2.8 ii etc but also has one leg that can break off as a monopod that can also support that same weight.

Do you have any experience with jigs? Any suggestions on slider  brands etc?

Thanks again.

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Videography Technique / DSLR Sliders, Jibs, Supports and More
« on: February 07, 2015, 05:32:51 AM »
In the next few days I will be buying some if not all the following: a slider, a shoulder support and/or stabiliser, probably a Ninja external monitor and if it is feasible, a jib (compact crane).

I travel internationally with all my gear a lot and do not want to pay excess luggage (nor have to buy any new luggage to fit it all in), so whatever I buy I need it to be as light and compact as possible, while also doing the job properly without worring about its quality etc.

Any recommendations on brands, particular products or suggestions?

For example, in your experience is there a minimum length for a slider? A max?

Is the Ninja the best external monitor (to help see focus and get a better idea of what I am shooting etc?)

The camera I will mostly be using is an 1D X fitted with a 70-200L f/2.8 ii and at other times a 17-40L. My tripod is fine in terms of strength, and the head I use is a Manfrotto MVH502AH.

Unfortunately, not everything you recommend will be available where I live, but I hope to at least get an idea of what not to buy, and what to look out for etc.

Thanks.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R Preview
« on: February 06, 2015, 02:19:56 AM »
I am a big fan of TDP but I think in this instance he should have just waited until he got his hands on the camera.

This is from DP:

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canon-eos-5ds-sr

Answers a lot of questions.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / DP Review of New Canon 5Ds
« on: February 06, 2015, 12:11:32 AM »
Interesting review of the cameras just launched:
http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canon-eos-5ds-sr

Answers a lot of questions.

Seems they both have USB 3.0, but no headphone jacks.

Interesting.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Power Adapter
« on: February 05, 2015, 04:41:29 PM »
Great to know. Thanks, TAW and tphillips63.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1D X Power Adapter
« on: February 05, 2015, 08:49:49 AM »
From memory the 1D X did not come with a power adapter, and despite having two batteries there are times when it would be useful to be plugged into the mains and save the battery for when that is not an option.

As such, has anyone used the Canon ACK-E4 AC Adapter Kit (100-240v)? Any thoughts or comments on it?

It looks pretty straight forward and genuine, but thought I would ask here before buying it.

Thanks.

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EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 05, 2015, 08:05:44 AM »
This topic suggests that "finally" the M system is getting some attention.  ;)

I think there has always been the potential for Canon to produce a camera that should compete with the high-end small cameras like the Sony RX-1 and Sony RX 100 Mark III. They and others have proved there is a market for high quality pocketable cameras like that.

In my eyes, Canon has thus far failed in that arena. Will they deliver the goods with the EOS M3? I sincerely hope so.

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