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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1D X Power Adapter
« on: February 05, 2015, 08:49:49 AM »
From memory the 1D X did not come with a power adapter, and despite having two batteries there are times when it would be useful to be plugged into the mains and save the battery for when that is not an option.

As such, has anyone used the Canon ACK-E4 AC Adapter Kit (100-240v)? Any thoughts or comments on it?

It looks pretty straight forward and genuine, but thought I would ask here before buying it.

Thanks.

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EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 05, 2015, 08:05:44 AM »
This topic suggests that "finally" the M system is getting some attention.  ;)

I think there has always been the potential for Canon to produce a camera that should compete with the high-end small cameras like the Sony RX-1 and Sony RX 100 Mark III. They and others have proved there is a market for high quality pocketable cameras like that.

In my eyes, Canon has thus far failed in that arena. Will they deliver the goods with the EOS M3? I sincerely hope so.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Who is going to buy the new 5Ds's?
« on: February 05, 2015, 06:31:07 AM »
Yes, I will grab the first batch of 5DS, with out thinking.
Yes, I grab 7D MKII and fell in love with that Baby too, Just another  New toy for me, After I work so hard in 2014, and I must have some thing to reward my self----Ha, Ha, Ha.---Yes, I know, This new camera will never make me take the better Photos any ways, Just get the Happy feeling when I touch the New toy, and pretend that the Next Photo might be my Masterpiece---And That might worth my Money.
Have a great Week, Sir, Madame.
Surapon

K. Surapon, you are going to need to clone yourself just so you can carry all your gear!! If you buy any more cameras, it may take you 5 minutes just to decide what to take the shot with! Good luck with it, anyway. 555  ;) ;)

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EOS Bodies / 1.3X and 1.6X Crop Modes on New 5Ds
« on: February 05, 2015, 01:26:14 AM »
I am not very technical, so could someone kindly explain what the crop modes on the two new 5D cameras do, how they affect the image and how would that differ in IQ from using a TC (1.4 or 2) etc?

Is this something that is likely in the 1D X Mark II? Or is it really only feasible with very high MPs?

Thanks.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Who is going to buy the new 5Ds's?
« on: February 04, 2015, 08:07:03 AM »
No, but I am getting more and more excited to learn what the 1DX Mark II might have. That, I will most likely get.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Firmware: EOS-1D X Version 2.0.7
« on: February 04, 2015, 02:46:30 AM »
I have also updated but not put it through a major workout since, just messed around with it.

It all seems to work as it should though, and I do hope that the level is better than before, there were times in the past when I had to take a few shots of something purely because the level was saying things were straight, when they quite clearly weren't. It's quite funny how we, or at least I in this case, can question our own judgement when we believe something to be wrong but technology is saying it's right!!

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EOS-M / Re: First Images of the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 03, 2015, 05:01:05 PM »
Looks a lot like my RX-1.

But will it be as good, and will it be able to compete with the RX 100 Mark III with Sony probably launching the Mark IV in August?

I really hope Canon can make this little thing work, and work well. There are many advantages to using one lens system and similar menus etc.

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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How many mp do you want anyway?
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:43:51 PM »
I want as many as will best future proof my work for the longest possible time.

I remember when people were saying there was no need to shoot in Full HD, now everyone is clambering for 4K and we are already talking about 8k and up.

So it's not really what I want, but what will work best for all those fancy toys many of us want to buy in the future.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Firmware: EOS-1D X Version 2.0.7
« on: January 29, 2015, 05:23:15 AM »
Interesting, thanks. Is good to know Canon are still working on improving what is already an amazing camera.

I do wonder whether I have seen the electronic level issue as there have been times when I could have sworn what the camera was saying is straight, wasn't.

Anyone downloaded it yet?

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Videography Technique / Re: Good Wireless Lavalier Mics and Set Up
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:28:02 AM »
OK thanks, Tinky and Abn2001. Sounds like I will just shell out for two units, I had hoped with new technology you could get something small enough (like a set) with two or three receivers built into one small unit.

The main purpose it to make it easier to move around at events etc., and quicker to set up. The XLR wires get in the way and make it all that more cumbersome to carry around. With a wireless set up I could wear mine all the time and hooking up the other person would be very simple, as would moving from one to another.

Thanks for all your input, really appreciate it.

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Videography Technique / Re: Good Wireless Lavalier Mics and Set Up
« on: January 26, 2015, 09:12:15 AM »
Thanks, Tinky and Dustin.

I had looked at the Rode when it was announced and it does seem like a nice system on paper.

Is there not a wireless lav mic system where I can use just one receiver and stick that on top of the Tascam (which sits on my camera) and then get audio from 2, 3 or even perhaps 4 mics to it (though my biggest interviews are 3-way and most are just 2)?

I do not mind spending for a good solution, but I just want to keep it as simple as possible. One receiver that can record simultaneously 2 or 3 (maybe 4 mics max).


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Videography Technique / Re: Good Wireless Lavalier Mics and Set Up
« on: January 24, 2015, 07:44:25 AM »
Thanks, Abn0021. I must say the Sennheiser G3 system does look good, and everyone knows the quality you get with Sennheiser so there are no worries there. I did watch a couple of videos about them, and it looks very easy to mount one receiver on top of the camera (or in my case on top of the Tascam DR-60D which is sitting on top of the camera) but how would you mount two receivers on top of each other?

All my vid interviews would require a min of two receivers for the two mics being used. Am I missing, or not understanding something?

Thanks.

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Videography Technique / Good Wireless Lavalier Mics and Set Up
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:57:24 PM »
When I shoot video interviews I use my 1D X, Tascam DR-60D mounted on top and a couple of Audio Technica AT-831b Cardioid Condenser Lavalier Mics.

This works fine when I am in a controlled setting, but there are times when I need more flexibility and less wires, which is why I am looking for two good quality wireless mics so that I can move around (an exhibition or other event for example) and set up a quick shoot relatively easily without having to carry the mic cables etc.

Ideally I would like a very small and light receiver (can one pick up sound from both mics?) that can sit on top of the Tascam DR-60D so that I can move around without having to unplug everything etc. If the receiver could work with three mics that would be even better for those times when a three-way interview has to be done.

What do you recommend please?

Thank you.



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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4199
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:18:32 AM »

Couldn't resist.

However, Paypal didn't go through. I almost never use paypal, and suddenly $4k+ purchase so it triggered fraud alert and didn't let me complete the deal. Called them few times to fix, but they were not really reassuring to fix it so put it on my cc instead.

What else should I buy now? One extra battery for sure. The charger is already double charger, so that's good. What else?

(Trying not to jump and down here with excitement)

Congrats!

Fast CF cards if you don't have them.  If you use an Arca-compatible tripod set up, the RRS L bracket is a thing of beauty...it's modular, I leave the upright portion off if I'm not bringing a tripod with me.

If you use one of Canon's little IR remotes (RC-#), unfortunately those do not work with 1-series bodies, so you may want to look into a radio trigger solution (I use the hähnel trigger as the transmitter is reasonably small).

I got the fast Lexars already (2 of them), which actually leads me to a question: is there certain way I should use those? Does it automatically continue with second card after first is full (I assume yes), anything else there?

I have cheap-ish tripod, so not Arca.

Is the trigger port same as 5D3? I already have wired intervalometer, plus cheap Chinese wireless trigger (the receiver is wired to the port). If the port is same, I'll keep using those.

Congrats, tpatana!

A second battery as you mentioned can be a good idea, but to be honest it is amazing how long just one lasts for if you are shooting stills (even sports). It is video which drains the battery quite quick. They are pricey, but at least having a full spare handy can be reassuring. I have a second and have used it, especially when shooting a mixture of stills and video. With just shooting stills, one battery really does last an amazing amount of time - incredible technology.

As for your question about the CF cards, yes once the first card is full it automatically switches to the second card. This may depend on your settings, but that is how it works for me. I work with RAW only and it writes to just one card (under my settings). I have two 64GB Lexar 1066X in my 1D X and it is quite hard to fill them both. There are quite a few different settings you could choose as in what is written to where etc.

Have fun.


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It feels bad to people who paid big bucks for it. I know it is how it is but feels bit unfair.

I fully understand your pain, going from over US$ 12,000 to 6 or 7,000 is one hell of a drop.

Does make me wonder just how much more Canon would have made globally if they had just sold the 1D C as the 1D X for a thousand or two more than it came out at the time.

Would I have bought the 1D X, with 1D C specs, for a little bit more than I paid for "just" my 1D X without the 4K video? Most probably. But to me the 1D C was never worth 2X 1DXs.

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