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It's funny because he was from Canon, it was cameras, but not consumer cameras....

Sorry, I do not understand.

Anyway, I like CR - and I also appreciate the input and contributions of you (Don Haines) as well as you(privatebydesign) to the forum and community. I have learned a lot from the both of you, and I do not want to degrade my experience here, so I will not post any more in this thread. Thanks.

dslrdummy - Testing a lens, especially one as amazing as the 200-400 1.4x is not the same as testing a body.

Getting accreditation for these things is very tough, I know I have to go through the process a lot, but I have never, ever, met someone "working" for Canon.
That's funny... I have :)

and when you have a $100,000,000 advertising budget and have set up technical services to support a couple of hundred "pros" working the event, I am sure that you have no problems getting a few of your people into the mix.

Good. Not sure why it is funny though. If you are a sponsor with a $100,000,000 I am pretty sure you could get whatever you asked for.

Every Getty and AP photographer is issued their gear, they use what they are issued, if Canon and Getty did a deal then Getty photographers will be issued 7D MkII's, not exclusively, but they will be using them. Canon don't give a damn about freelances and stringers like you (and I used to be), if they are not dealing with a big agency then the Explorers of Light and a very few notable up and comers will be lent them with very strict instructions and NDA's.

To be sure, Getty and/or AP might only take 10 test bodies and use 200 bodies or more, but the decisions are made way above the photographers heads.

I am not a freelancer, and am not sure what a stringer is, but I doubt I am one of them too.

The guys I know that work for the agencies choose the gear they use. In fact most have their own stuff too.

Not trying to achieve anything on CR, Khufu. Of course Canon tests their cameras, that does not mean pros test them at events like the World Cup.

If I am paid by Canon to take pictures with a 7D2, that is what I will do. If I am paid to use a GoPro or an iPhone, then that's what I will use.

The goal is not to take great pictures at the world cup, it is to take great pictures with a 7D2 at the world cup.

Of course. How many of those people do you think there are? Very, very few. Getting accreditation for these things is very tough, I know I have to go through the process a lot, but I have never, ever, met someone "working" for Canon. The next event I am at Canon will be there, they have already been informed I will be there (along with hundreds presumably of other CPS/media members) but I am not paid by them, nor will I use something that does not meet my needs.

I have never heard of an agency insisting a photographer use a test body, ever. Especially an inferior model to what they most likely have.

Those photographers will generally tend to use the best they can get their hands on. The 1D X.

Like I said earlier, I cover a lot of int. sporting events and will be at another soon. Canon will be there I already know that, but I won't be touching anything other than a 1D X for my main pictures. If Canon wants me to test it I will, I will take it to a pub cricket match or a Sunday football game, but it won't be used to take my "work" pictures.

What we are talking about however is pros at the world cup. Low light is not an issue, focal length is not an issue. The ability to get and keep focus is the single most critical in that scenario. If they are in a different scenario they might use a different camera that was more suitable.

Any pro that insists on using a particular piece of equipment outdoors for action photography simply because that is the piece of equipment they use in a studio should be looking for a new job IMO, because they are clearly incompetent.

The pros will use what is best for sports action, and that is the 1D X. Offer me a 7D Mark II at an event like this and I will politely decline.

Bravo, Canon. DPP has always been a favourite of mine. I am so happy to see you improving it.

Am going back to the World Cup now!! ;-)

Street & City / Re: Typhoon Haiyan: 7 months later
« on: June 18, 2014, 04:10:50 AM »
Hi guys!

The Youtube Video of SBS Australia's Dateline story of Tacloban City, 7 months after Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, is up. I was part of the production of the story.

A photo gallery of this trip can be viewed

All photos by me unless indicated.

Great job, Dolina.

I love the Philippines, amazing country and amazing people.

Lighting / Re: Small container for holding spigots/studs?
« on: June 18, 2014, 02:53:10 AM »
I use a really small air tight food container. Something similar to these:

They come in all sizes, and brands and you can even get super small sizes. Plus they are waterproof, air tight and not expensive!

Software & Accessories / Re: What raincover solution do you use?
« on: June 18, 2014, 02:30:52 AM »
Depending on what lens you will be using, there is no better raincover for body and lens than Canon's own. They are terrific.

Software & Accessories / Best Case for Canon TCs
« on: June 18, 2014, 01:49:54 AM »
What case(s) do you use to keep your extenders in?

I find the Lowepro 8x6 to be the perfect solution for both the 1.4X and 2.0X.

The 2.0X only just fits, but the little case offers perfect protection for when travelling or moving around.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:32:24 PM »
I wasn't really interested in this camera until I read this thread. Now that I have watched some reviews I totally want to own this camera!!  ::) Damn it, this forum really makes you buy even more things than you wanted before!  >:( ;D

I have not bought it yet. I resisted. But for how long who knows?!

But, the more I test and play with it, the more I like it. The EVF senses when you put your eye next to it so it deactivates the LCD and activates the EVF. The AF is not too slow, and there are quite a few different settings for the AF point which is moveable. The insane little flash, just makes me smile, and as I gradually get to understand the menu system a bit, things gradually begin to make sense. I even like the brochure!!

Go to your local shop and have a play with it yourself. Make sure you do the pocket test, as that is the icing on the cake. It is so light you hardly know it is even there.

Now if it only had whatsapp built in.....  ;D :o

Pricewatch Deals / 1D X for Below US$5,000
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:22:29 PM »
I am posting this for two reasons:

1) I find it interesting to see what is happening to the price of the 1D X around the world; and

2) One (1) person may be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and buy it!

I have never seen the 1D X this cheap before.

At Duty Free in Hong Kong they have a 1D X on sale for HK$ 38,320 which is roughly US$ 4943.

I asked the salesman about this deal and he said it had been going on for a month or two now (I need to check prices at the airport more often, as normally they are more expensive than in town so I normally do not bother), but they now only have one camera left in stock at that price. Once it is sold the price will revert to HK$ 47,XXX which is more than what you would pay in town.

The camera is brand new, original of course and comes with China/HK warranty, plus a silly canvas Canon 1D X bag.

I did not buy it, but it was there a few hours ago!

I have just downloaded and installed them both. The changes to DPP are quite significant - especially in look/layout - and will take some time to get used to. Fortunately you can keep both the old and new version on your computer.

I have not delved into the new EOS Utility yet.

Still think it is great that Canon has taken the time, and spent the money, on improving what I see as an excellent piece of software. Bravo, Canon!

where did you download from?

Canon Hong Kong

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