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PowerShot / Re: Busted: Canon EOS Smart 1 Phone
« on: March 31, 2014, 02:56:15 PM »
Aren't there unofficial rules to April Fools? First is it should be on April 1st, which considering it is now 01:54 where I am in the far east right now, means that for most it is still March 31.

Then the other rule is that it finishes at midday. Or is that only an English thing?

 :o 8) ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Back button AF problem
« on: March 30, 2014, 10:24:09 AM »
Note that if you have the option for separate orientation-linked AF point selection, you can register an AF point in each camera orientation.

This is a very valuable feature.

I would like that the camera displays which AF setting you are switching to more clearly. This only really applies to certain weather conditions and lighting, but I sometimes find it difficult to see the outer ring when I am switching quickly while looking through the view finder - even when I am looking for it. This happened to me a lot today and it was very annoying. I think they could make the outer ring thicker or larger so it is more easy to see.

Like I said, this is only a problem when you are at a game and in a rush and with very poor weather etc.

Lenses / Re: Ordered 300mm 2.8 II; tips/suggestions
« on: March 30, 2014, 10:15:36 AM »
Congratulations on your new purchase.

Just on the note of lens coats, I would not bother. I shoot quite a lot of international sports events and everyone on the pitch has their camera and lens but no lens coats. None. Everyone in the stands (who are not media and where they allow them) who are using long lenses has one with a lens coat on. It always baffles me why. Just be careful with your lens, and you do not need a coat.

You do though need a very good lens rain cover. I suggest Canon's own, as they fit perfectly and are not that pricey.


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Weekend Lexar Memory Card Sale at Adorama
« on: March 29, 2014, 11:04:10 AM »
Problem with these stories is that there are plenty of people who have problems with SanDisk, and plenty that have had problems with Lexar etc. Once you have a serious problem with regards to the card, you may not be too concerned, but if it happens again then you are more than likely to change brand, and brand loyalty. Normal. The problem obviously lies with what do you do when the same happens with the new brand.

Hopefully none of us have this problem. I have sat in thunderstorms with torrential rain and lightening covering sporting events and can only imagine how angry (and disappointed) I would be if a card failed. Not like I could ask them all to do the tournament (or games) again!!

I just recently used the new Lexar 1066X  at a sports event and it may be my imagination, but it does seem faster than the 1000X (and I am talking about the original 1000X which was being advertised at write speeds of 145 mbps - not the newer 1000X which Lexar seems to have slowed down somehow).

EOS Bodies / Re: Much Ado About Nothing at NAB 2014 From Canon
« on: March 26, 2014, 11:00:21 AM »
Canon will be sure to highlight their Cinema CPS membership, bargain priced at a mere $1000 per year.

What do you mean? Where I am in Asia it is free, but they do make checks to ensure you are a pro working photographer.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Oppo Find 7 - Impressive Mobile Specs
« on: March 26, 2014, 08:09:10 AM »
And if that is not to your liking, though I am curious about the RAW aspects of the video and what it means, then maybe the Nubia X6 has something you prefer:

ZTE's premium Nubia brand has just launched the X6, a handset-cum-tablet with a 6.44-inch, 1080p screen. It features a Snapdragon 801 chip, 3GB max RAM, up to 128GB storage and a 4,250 mAh battery. It also has matching 13-megapixel cameras with the front shooter matching the back pixel-for-pixel. It also puts many smartphones' main cameras to shame with backside illumination, video auto-focus and an f/2.2 lens. The front camera ups the ante with an f/2.0 lens, optical image stabilization and dual flashes.


I must admit that I find it very interesting to see where the mobile phone industry is heading.

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:

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Medium Format Camera
« on: March 26, 2014, 12:01:20 AM »
Although I like what Sony is trying to do with all sorts of innovative stuff, I think they are not doing it because of "innovation" per se, but it seems more out of desperation to stay afloat, hoping one of their "innovations" click with the consumers ... unfortunately, going by their past, they are fickle minded when it comes to dropping an entire product lines at the drop of a hat.

I think their camera line is a little different from their laptop line for example, and I really think it is a market (especially the pro) that Sony is trying to get into more and more. Don't Sony make most of the sensors that not only go into Nikon's but most new MF cameras on sale today?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Medium Format Camera
« on: March 25, 2014, 11:10:34 PM »
I would definitely be interested in learning more about this.

I really like what Sony has been doing of late with regards to their cameras (and phones), and I expect to see more and more of them in the pro field as we move forward.

They need to expand their lens line, offer new pro models etc. But a US$5,000 MF camera would be of interest for sure. I voted, "Yes".

Thanks for sharing, Steve Todd.

Remember that the AF sensor in the camera has a low light threshold, typically EV -1 or -2 depending on the camera; this figure is quoted specifically for the center AF point with One-Shot AF. It's usually about 2 stops less than than with AI Servo AF, and even lower with off-center focusing points. Therefore, if maximum sensitivity for AF in low light is your priority, we strongly recommend One-Shot AF with the center focusing point.

I particularly liked this bit. I use off-centre focussing points a lot and did not realise that there was such a difference.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: UK Used Canon Dealers
« on: March 25, 2014, 08:11:33 PM »
The highest prices I ever got for second hand gear was in Vietnam, by a long way. When I was working there in 2005 the EOS 1 was selling for over $1,000 when it would get a few hundred in the USA.

Funny how the world works. I had never thought of even considering Vietnam, but am there quite often (much more than the UK) so will have to take a look.

Thanks, privatebydesign.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: UK Used Canon Dealers
« on: March 25, 2014, 06:37:55 PM »
I bought from MPB many years ago, they are/were very reputable with a vast range of equipment, literally a sizable warehouse full.

I also used and recommend WEX Photographic, but again it has been years since I used them.

Thanks, privatebydesign.

I do not have too much to sell, but figured I may get a little more in the UK than I will here in Asia. Will see. Cheers.

I was really interested to read this:

Dodge & Burn are offering free worldwide shipping

until I read this:

on all their t-shirts until midnight EST on Friday, March 28, 2014.

t-shirts!  :o   :D

Lenses / Re: How much will the new EF 800 f/5.6L IS II cost?
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:41:50 PM »
The majority of the market for a 800mm f5.6 isn't really going to be bothered about what it costs as long as it isn't outrageous. If the lens is better than the previous version they will upgrade to the new without a doubt. A few thousand dollar isn't here nor there for this end of the market and as a result canon will charge whatever the monkey throwing the darts comes up with.

I still think the price point is important. Of course some will buy it no matter what it costs, but those buyer numbers will surely differ - and possibly quite substantially - if it costs US$12,000, US$ 19,999 or US$ 25,000.

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