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Software & Accessories / Microfibre Cloths for Lens Cleaning
« on: May 03, 2014, 11:54:42 PM »
I was at an event recently and somehow the conversation turned to the cloths we use to wipe our lenses. This one guy said he had bought one from a country in Europe, and although they no longer make it, it is the only one he is prepared to use.

Do you have a favourite brand of cloth? How often do you wash it and how?

I was surprised to learn that this guy who is a full time pro photographer just throws his precious cloths in the wash with all his other clothes. When I asked whether he is concerned about the chemicals in the cleaning fluids (and more importantly the softener) and the impact they could have on the lens, he said no.

I used to collect crystal whisky glasses (I love a good Scotch or Irish whisky), and I learned very quickly that you have to be very careful with some of the chemicals you use to wash or dry the glasses - even to the extent of the chemicals used to wash the cloth that dries the glasses.

Thoughts?

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Videography Technique / 1D X and Manfrotto MVH502AH
« on: May 03, 2014, 08:49:28 PM »
When I shoot video with my 1D X I sit it on a Manfrotto MVH502AH - a head which I love. As this head is designed more for video cameras, rather than DSLR, if I put the plate on the body it means I cannot properly tighten the plate into the head. It does tighten, and there is little risk to the camera, but the knob for doing so hits the base of the camera which means you cannot tighten it as much as you might like. If I put the plate on the tripod foot (I normally shoot video - especially interviews - with my 70-200 f/2.8 ii) I eliminate this problem.

However, many people including a "video expert" at Cathay in Singapore, have said I should not put the plate on the tripod foot as it creates tension where camera and lens meet.

What are your thoughts on this? Surely if the camera just sits still and does not move at all (interviews) then there should not be any tension other than gravity (which would be like a monopod), and if I do need to shoot video where I move the camera (panning or whatever) then would it be better to sit the camera body on the head rather than the tripod?

Am not sure if any of that makes any sense (still not finished the first coffee of the morning!) but your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Utilities and CS6 with 5Dlll
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:49:25 AM »
Well I am going to defend DPP. I like it and use it with all my pictures - personal and work. It is easy to use and I have no issues with lag or any other negatives as described above. I only shoot in RAW and I like and appreciate what DPP offers me. Plus it does not take up much space, so you might as well download it and give it a whirl.

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Canon General / Re: My weapons of war.
« on: May 01, 2014, 09:53:40 PM »
I that a blow up doll in the background?!!  :o

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Canon General / Re: Canon branded T-shirts?
« on: May 01, 2014, 09:52:36 PM »

Canon has a giveaway program currently giving a 100 million EF lens T-shirt to anyone who buys a EF lens from the online Canon Store (USA Only).  You can bet that they will show up on ebay as soon as Canon starts delivering them.
 
In the mean time there are dozens on ebay of varying designs.

Do people really buy that sort of stuff? I have some pretty nice Canon giveaways which I never, ever use. Even have a 4GB 1DX USB stick, and a few other bits and bobs. Maybe I should put them on ebay and see what happens!!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon CPN EOS-1D X AF Guidebook Smartphone App
« on: May 01, 2014, 09:18:24 PM »
Thanks for the link, Steve.

Looks much better than some of the other guides they have published. Nice to see Canon working with the mobile/tablet market in mind. Let's hope we see some useful mobile apps from them in the future.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« on: May 01, 2014, 09:16:36 PM »
I have a RX100 MI.  I use it primarily for underwater photography.  I prefer the size and being able to use the LCD screen while diving.  It has advantages and disadvantages vs an DSLR.  I have considered putting my 70D in a housing but have decided I don't use it enough to make it worth doing. 

It is a great little camera to throw in your pocket and carry around if you want something small. Its barely bigger than a big wallet.  Picture quality is excellent even at large size.  I blew up a picture of a shark to 24x30 and it looks great.

Thanks for your feedback, Chisox2335.

I know the RX100 II is slightly larger than the I, and the III maybe be again but what housing are you using for the underwater photography with your I?

I am not happy taking my 1D X underwater as it is too valuable to me above ground, but it would be great to have something as small as the RX100 III to carry around and also be able to use as an underwater camera as well.

Are you tempted to upgrade to the III now you have seen the likely specs? There are some definite advantages.

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I think there may be more than just one other that has both, possibly two even.

Anyway, are you going to start the ball rolling and post some comparison shots?

Just the name Zeiss would win me over, as it in itself implies quality. Just the way Rolex (watch), Porsche (car), Rolls-Royce (car) brand names do.

Am looking forward to following this thread.

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Canon General / Re: Best Backup Strategy?
« on: April 30, 2014, 09:18:10 PM »
I have quite a few external HDs and three HDs inside my laptop. I try to do a system image every week, and manually back up individual files and programmes etc at that time. I keep some externals in different countries to avoid the theft issue and do not trust the cloud at all.

When I am on a job I will back up immediately to my HD and another HD in my laptop and also an external. Once I have finished I just delete all but those on the external and duplicate the backups on one external to another for redundancy.

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Lenses / Re: Lens choice for airshows
« on: April 30, 2014, 09:13:40 PM »
As Airshows are normally over a couple or more days, have you considered renting? You could rent them both and see which you prefer before you buy one for the next Airshow.

I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for, and while I have been at events where I am next to guys using the Tamron, the build quality of Canon's super whites is second to none imho.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« on: April 30, 2014, 09:03:00 PM »
I've been tempted by the RX100 and MkII, but haven't jumped.  The MkIII looks even more interesting, though.  But what will the rumored lens do to the overall size, which was the RX100's main selling point IMO.?

There was very little difference in size between the Mark 1 and Mark II and it is rumoured that the Mark III will also be very similar in size, which makes it an extremely attractive camera with an even better lens (and better video) than either of its predecessors.

I hope they are wrong, but SAR is reporting that the RX100 Mark III announcement won't come until around 15 May, but Sony is still expected to announce the A77 Mark II today (1 May). It does get them better PR to space out such announcements, so I would expect the delay to be true. Pity.

This may be the RX100 that finally wins me over. If only Canon could produce an identical version, then I would not need to learn a new menu system (this always bothered me when I played with previous versions in the shops).

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Third Party Manufacturers / Sony RX100 MIII
« on: April 29, 2014, 06:18:38 PM »
Since Sony launched the RX100 I have been an interested fan. Seems to be a very useful camera with some great features and it is so compact it can easily fit on your belt.

Now that they are supposed to launch the Mark III (tomorrow - 1 May) I must admit that the improvements they are rumoured to be making are more attractive than ever. It is expected to have a new 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens.

It also seems to have quite a following over at DPR.

Anyone here have an RX100 or interested in the new Sony RX100 Mark III? What are your thoughts and impressions?

One good and bad thing about Sony is that you are always guaranteed a new version within the next 12 months - sometimes just 6.

Added specs supposed to be:

 20MP sensor (same as RX100/M2 models)
 ISO 125-25600
 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens
 Built in View finder (SVGA OLED Tru-Finder 1440k dots)
 Tiltable screen (180 degrees up)
 Record in XAVC S format (Same format of the Sony A7s but with no 4K output option)
 Others same as RX100 II

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sr5-sony-rx100m3-specs-records-in-xavc-s-format-just-like-the-a7s/




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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 28, 2014, 08:42:38 PM »
But! This is a very fast little bugger and I had to prefocus on the opening of the whole. When the head of the bird appeared in the opening, I would fire the full 12 fps on the 1DX, which gave me one frame with the bird still in the hole, one in the air and one of its tail feathers.

Question: How should I set up the AF system to be able to track that movement? Is it at all possible?

(600mm f4L IS II, at 1/4000s, F11, ISO4000

Seems like you got the shot you wanted! I think most of us (if we are honest) are still learning the AF system on the 1D X, there are just so many possible combinations and a lot of them work for multiple situations. The last int. sporting event I was at, I was having a beer with a guy that was also shooting a 1D X together with the 400 f/2.8 ii and I asked him about his AF set up to compare it to mine. Turns out we had both messed around with three different of the 6 AF cases/scenarios but not one of them was the same!! Who was right and who was wrong? No idea, but we both got the shots we needed.

I do not shoot birds very much, but considering you were at f/11 I would probably have gone with 8-pt Expansion and taken it from there. After that it is a question of finger speed etc. As for the case, I may have reduced the lock on so that AF could change more quickly from the bark of the tree to the bird, but beyond that I am not sure. I do feel this is a scenario where back button AF can also help. Am sure you use that already right?

Anyway, there are people here at CR that are far more talented and knowledgeable than me when it comes to shooting birds, so hopefully they will have some input I can also learn from.

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what Sony has achieved is nothing short miraculous.

I wouldn't go quite that far, though it is impressive!  :o

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Troubles (not funny)
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:49:43 PM »
hahaha. Nice, thanks for the laugh.

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