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Lenses / Re: Do you keep all your boxes?
« on: September 24, 2014, 12:26:28 AM »
I'm currently selling a 2006 1D MkIIn. What is it with boxes? I lost a certain sale last night just because I didn't have the original boxes. That's completely nuts.

Sorry to hear about the loss of a sale, and I fully agree with you.

I do not keep any of the boxes, and if I was buying something second hand (unless it is v. expensive jewellery and/or watches) then I would not care if the seller has the original box or not. I presume I can email CPS and ask whether the serial number of the item has been stolen or not if I am concerned about that.

How much extra was the buyer willing to pay for the box, and how much would it cost for you to buy one off ebay or wherever?

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Can Canon Cinema EOS Keep Up?
« on: September 23, 2014, 07:27:30 AM »
A lot of you guys are far more technically savvy than I am in these areas, but could it be that Canon know that 4K is going to go away very fast, and are spending their R&D money on 8k?

It is said that Windows 9 will support 8K resolution:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/windows-9-support-8k-display-resolution-improved-dpi-scaling-1466483

And Dell recently announced a 5K display:

http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/05/dell-5k-ultrasharp-display/

And yet not many of us at all have got TV that can give us 4K content.

Could Canon be focussing on a market that is not yet here yet, as the 4K market, in my eyes at least, looks like it is going to be swallowed up pretty fast?

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Videography Technique / Re: 1D X and Manfrotto MVH502AH
« on: September 22, 2014, 11:07:45 PM »
No, it is not counterfeit.

I used it a lot last week, and still couldn't figure it out, though I do understand what you are suggesting.

Thanks.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Card Failure: Lexar CF 32GB 1000x
« on: September 22, 2014, 11:04:37 PM »
In talking with the company that eventually recovered the data, he said they see about equal numbers of Lexar and SanDisk failures.

Thanks for highlight that important fact. I think it is all too easy for threads like this to become a SanDisk v Lexar and ultimately it all boils down to our own experiences with each brand. My cards are mainly Lexar at the moment and so far so good. (probably shouldn't have said that!!  ::) )

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test
« on: September 22, 2014, 11:02:08 PM »
Don't really know why, but am not the biggest fan of Granger's videos and reviews.

Regardless of that minor point, this is a lens I am very interested in, and it would be my first non-Canon lens I have ever bought if Canon do not release a 16-40 f/2.8 IS (or similar) soon.

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PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 14, 2014, 05:14:35 AM »
The video on this seems to be lacking as well, when compared to the Sony RX100 Mark III.

For Canon users, the main advantage to not buying Sony as a pocketable camera, is the menu system. I guess Canon uses a similar system on these smaller cameras as they do on their DSLRs?

There's also Canon colors. :)

But the G7X has a touch screen and Canon's touch screens are one of the best in the camera market right now. If the G7X has a responsive AF, it'll be a winning combination.

I believe the G7X can also do 1080p 60p just like RX100 M3, so I don't understand your comment that its video capabilities being lacking.

The Sony RX100 Mark III can also record video in XAVC S format at 50Mbit/s and up to 120fps in that system.

I'm kinda mad I just bought a rx100.  This looks much nicer.

Nicer in what way?! You do not even know the price yet, and the RX 100 iii has so much more things going for it. I presume you bought the Mark III if you have only just bought it?

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PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 13, 2014, 08:18:37 PM »
Does seem to be aimed directly at the Sony RX100 family, but like many others beforehand I would have liked EVF.

Even Sony realised their mistake by selling the EVF as an extra on the Mark II only to incorporate one (very cleverly) into the Mark III.

The video on this seems to be lacking as well, when compared to the Sony RX100 Mark III.

For Canon users, the main advantage to not buying Sony as a pocketable camera, is the menu system. I guess Canon uses a similar system on these smaller cameras as they do on their DSLRs?

When it comes out I will definitely go and take a look, but I do not have the same expectations or excitement as I did when I first saw the RX100 Mark III.

I doubt Sony are worried, which is a shame. How long is it until the RX100 Mark IV comes out?!! ;-)

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Surprise Cinema EOS Announcement for Photokina? [CR1]
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:52:08 AM »
I would not be surprised if they stopped making the 1DC. It is a camera that never made much sense to me, though I know a few people here have one.

Believe it or not, there are so many people like you... its weird... you probably think a stills camera is for pictures only and a camcorder is for video only...

You shouldn't jump to such as assumptions.

I use my 1D X for both my still work and my video work, and am extremely pleased with it. It is an amazing camera for stills and produces amazing results for video.

Considering the price of the 1D C, I would always take two 1D Xs over just one 1D C. Every day of the week.

But that is just my opinion.

Oh... true...  but there is so much more than just 4K on the 1DC.
There is various different formats including super 35mm and 1080/60p.
I guess, you have to assume that there are people out there that want internal 4K and FF.
Also, with the current price reduction @$9999, you can only get one 1DX and probably a 5DIII :D

I think you will be able to quite easily find two 1DXs for US$ 10,000. For that extra dollar I am sure you can persuade the shop, or at the very least borrow from someone!

I know what you mean about 4K, and I would like it, but for the videos (and stills) I do, I think getting two 1DXs is a much better idea. But that is just me, some people will prefer the 1DC and maybe two of them. Good luck with whatever you want, and whatever you use, but I would not be surprised if they stopped the 1DC series.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:33:01 PM »
Bearded dragon

Very nice indeed! Great shot.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Surprise Cinema EOS Announcement for Photokina? [CR1]
« on: September 12, 2014, 10:38:56 PM »
I would not be surprised if they stopped making the 1DC. It is a camera that never made much sense to me, though I know a few people here have one.

Believe it or not, there are so many people like you... its weird... you probably think a stills camera is for pictures only and a camcorder is for video only...

You shouldn't jump to such as assumptions.

I use my 1D X for both my still work and my video work, and am extremely pleased with it. It is an amazing camera for stills and produces amazing results for video.

Considering the price of the 1D C, I would always take two 1D Xs over just one 1D C. Every day of the week.

But that is just my opinion.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Surprise Cinema EOS Announcement for Photokina? [CR1]
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:19:59 PM »
I received a vague hint that Canon could be making a surprise Cinema EOS announcement for Photokina. There was no mention of what it could be, or whether or not it was a product announcement or a development announcement.

I receive these sorts of “nudges” every so often and they usually end up being true, but I have zero proof that such a product is coming.

Interesting, thanks. If my memory serves me correctly, there have been rumours of an update to the C100 for a while now. It is a camera that interests me greatly and would love to hear more from Canon about their future plans for the XF200/205 and C100 range (I think the C300 maybe just a little too pricey for me at the moment).

I would not be surprised if they stopped making the 1DC. It is a camera that never made much sense to me, though I know a few people here have one.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Reviews
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:05:36 AM »
Thanks for posting. Of all those listed, the only one I read regularly is The-Digital-Picture.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Zeiss-Otus-85mm-f-1.4-Lens.aspx

I think your link needs updating to the above though.



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I have never purchased a non-canon lens, but I must admit I am interested in this one. Looking forward to the reviews.

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Photography Technique / Re: Rain umbrella holder for tripod?
« on: September 12, 2014, 12:39:28 AM »
A nice idea in theory but I wonder how effective they are in practice? I mean rain does not always fall straight down, and a golf cart is far more of a substantial anchor than your camera will be if it gets too windy!!

You may get a drone without even planning for one!!  ;D

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My 4K camera of choice is the Panasonic GH4. It's utterly transformed my video work. With the exception of high iso work, it eats my 5D3 for breakfast. You shoot in 4K and publish in 1080p. For reasons I can't explain, shooting in 4K and downsampling to 1080 in post delivers way superior output to shooting in 1080.

I find that these differences are often only noticeable when you put the two videos together side by side in the same production. Is there a visible difference to the two videos that you produce once both are at 1080p?

I shoot my videos now on the 1DX but am looking for a good new secondary camera that will allow me to put the two together without one being so much visibly better than the other. I have even considered getting the C100, which would also solve a few other issues I have.

Anyway, I am very happy that companies like SanDisk and Lexar are pushing the boundaries of all this storage technology. At the moment I do not need any more in-camera storage than I have and if I do get a camera that takes SD cards then I doubt I would buy the 512 but I could see myself getting one or two 128GB cards.

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