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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.

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/26/zte-nubia-x6-13-megapixel-dual-camera/

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: http://connect.dpreview.com/post/3690130016/oppo-find-7-features-qhd-display-and-50mp-images

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.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: UK Used Canon Dealers
« on: March 24, 2014, 09:38:24 PM »
I sell on Amazon all the time... I'm sure there is a seller's section for the uk.  Be detailed, provide pictures and send quickly and we'll projected.

Thanks, will look into it.

Try MPB Photography. They are specialist in second hand camera equipment. You will need to go on line for details.

Funny you should mention them as I was looking at their website earlier in the day. I just was not sure how reputable they are, so your recommendation is appreciated. Thanks.

Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 24, 2014, 11:12:39 AM »
So I got your quote mixed up with random orbits, but you're both saying similar things...my mistake though.  In any case, to have the 70-300L and never use it, makes zero sense to me.  You should definitely sell it to someone who will use it.

Yes, but I live in a part of the world where second hand (used) is not quite as appreciated. Even if the lens in question is mint. That, and I have never tried to sell anything second hand here. I started a thread about it here:


Not sure what I will do with it, but for now it just sits in a case in a cabinet.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Live: The Wedding Event of the Season
« on: March 24, 2014, 11:01:10 AM »
I am not a wedding photographer and as I have to sleep being here in Asia I will miss it anyway. Will they be recording it to view later - would be good to watch over a weekend?

Got to admit that I am really impressed by B+H.

BTW CR why did you post this in the Pricewatch deals? Wouldn't Photography Techniques be better? http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?board=86.0

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 24, 2014, 08:50:30 AM »
I have C2 set to One Shot and single point, C3 set to Servo and 61-pt, and the M.Fn button set to change modes – so it's one button press to go to Servo, two to go back (C1 is restricted).

Another excellent heads up, I have my own 1Dx Bodies set up in a similar fashion, I have a suspicion a lot of Canon users don't utilise this set up of being able to have 3 different set ups arranged at the flick of a switch (5DMK III) or press of a button (1Dx).

I must admit I do not use CF1, CF2, CF3 as much as I should - in fact I would really like Canon to allow us to name then or something. They are all set up as I want them, but I still rarely go to them.

As for the AF system, I find switching the AF system easier using far right button and the MFN to toggle between them. When I am at specific events I reduce what AF selections will be shown in advance to just those I know I will need.

The switch between AI Servo and One Shot is easy using the system as described by the OP, never liked the DOF button.

I spent a few days recently with a Phase One IQ250 and was pleasantly surprised to see they also have implemented the Canon C1 C2 C3 system as well, only thing unpleasant about the experience was the purchase Price, but 50MP & ISO to 6400, great stuff, 1.2 fps not so great, but those files are amazing.

Look on the bright side, at least it is not 1.1 fps!  :o

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: When can we drop 'D' for 'Digital'
« on: March 24, 2014, 06:20:33 AM »
Is there a need to change and drop the D? The cameras are digital in format, so it does make sense.

And believe it or not, a BMW 320i still sounds sexier and faster - to me at least - than a BMW 320 -  ;)

here are a couple of 100% crops of the 450mm and 600mm

Forgive me for asking, but is it just me or is there a substantial IQ loss between those two images? The 600mm seems very soft.

Thanks for sharing and enjoy the xiao long bao while you are in Shanghai!

it is, I think there is a bit of camera shake in the 600mm image as i was trying to hang out of the 12th storey window as much as possible with the camera and lens and was not using a strap
this is the reason i posted the crops not sure how much is due to the lens and how much of the loss is due to the operator :P
all the BIF shots i posted before are 600mm too but dont seem as soft so i think its more operator than lens

Thanks. Be careful hanging out of those windows, especially when holding a camera and no strap! We don't want any flyingwombats!  :D

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