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Lenses / Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 08, 2014, 06:23:16 PM »
No easy answer.Between the two, if I was into birding or need the distance etc I would choose the 600.

But as someone mentioned earlier once you have one of the two, you are very likely to want the other, eventually. In fact I think if you get the 200-400 you would want the 600 more, than if it were the other way round.

If it was for personal use (rather than professional use) and I was forced to choose, I would go for the 600.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cinema EOS C100 Dual Pixel Upgrade Explained
« on: March 07, 2014, 07:46:57 PM »
Do you think Canon are going to come out with a C100 that has this built in? Seems a bit stupid to buy it and then hand it right back to Canon and say yes please upgrade it and here is a little more money.

It is a camera I am very interested in for my video work. I love the video (and stills) from the 1D X and I believe that the C100 is very similar, possibly even better, and there are other benefits such as the sound etc.

Having a 1D X and a C100 could be the perfect combination for doing videos and shooting stills.

That really is a terrific deal on the 300!

You do get some very sweet deals in the US on electronics.

Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 06, 2014, 10:07:20 PM »
I do not see any point in getting another DSLR. If I wanted a light weight option I would probably go for the Sony RX 100 II or wait for III to come out (won't be that long now). An alternative of course if that Lumia Camera phone thing, but I have not looked at it properly.

I am hearing very good things from multiple people about the Sony A7R, but for me the sheer size of the RX100 II (or III whenever it comes out) would probably make me choose the latter.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lexar CF Card 1000X and 1066X
« on: March 01, 2014, 06:41:35 PM »
Would not surprise me. But because I use Lexar 1000Xs my concerns are that they have decreased the speed at which they say the 1000Xs can operate at.

What I mean is, I could swear that before they stated that the 1000Xs could write at 145 or 150MB/s.

But now they have released this new 1066X card they are saying their 1000Xs can only write at 95MB/s.

Does that mean their old 1000Xs only write at that speed?

Software & Accessories / Lexar CF Card 1000X and 1066X
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:59:45 PM »
Was just looking at the Lexar 1000X CF cards at B&H and notice they now have 1066X cards too.

I have not researched them, but at first glance it seems that the difference is in the read and write speeds. The 1000X is 150MB/s (read) and 95MB/s (write) while the 1066X is 160MB/s and importantly 155MB/s.

I do get confused now and again, but weren't the 1000X cards also supposed to have a 150 or so write speed? Has something changed recently? I do not recall ever seeing these 1066X cards, and as it is such a strange number I wonder whether there has been some new legislation or something that has forced Lexar to make changes.



EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Announcement in Q2 of 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:39:50 AM »
People seem to be suggesting (not just on this forum) that Canon are scratching their heads over the potential specifications of a 7D Mk II. I'd have thought that it was pretty obvious -an APS-C sensor version of the 5D Mk III with a higher frame rate (i.e. 8-12fps).

The elephant in the room is whether the 20MP sensor from the 70D is good enough for their "flagship APS-C camera" or whether Canon are waiting to launch a new generation of sensors in the 7D Mk II. The more time passes from the 70D's introduction, the more likely I think the 7D Mk II will be the launch vehicle for the new generation of sensor; I would therefore expect any announcement to be just prior to Photokina. [Sod's law they will announce it next month and make this prediction wrong!  ::)]

Purely speculation but I would imagine one of Canon's biggest concerns is a new 7D Mark II potentially eating into 1D X and the big white market. They need to make it attractive enough, but not so attractive to take away any of the market from their flagship body and lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:14:51 AM »
I think it is great and will sign up immediately. Or I would, if I had not just lost all my money to a Nigerian email scam, anyway not to worry as I have just been notified that I have won the lottery. Filling that email out now. Maybe the beautiful girl - Iamyourski - will talk to me again now I am rich, she seemed to lose interest when I said I had no money left the last time we chatted online.  ;D

It most certainly won't come to the 1dx as its a different sensor. The C100/C300 share the same sensor and the technology for it was already built on the sensor, however it wasn't finished until implemented with the 70d.
This video should help you see its quality. https://vimeo.com/87006298

Thanks for sharing the video, I had not seen it. It is an excellent promotional video and plants the seed of me wanting one, as even though I do not do weddings I can see how useful it would be in different circumstances.

Let's hope Canon does not make any other similar videos but with a more general theme.  ;-)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: February 26, 2014, 07:49:07 PM »
Stunning shot, Edward!

Appreciated Expatinasia, to be fair though, these Animals not only make it easy, they make it a pleasure, especially Lions, they tend to lay about for 16 to 18 hours a day, so all we need to do is find them in the early morning light or at sunset. Then sit & wait until one of them get's enough energy to look up.

In this Image some fill flash helped with the bright Golden light of an early morning Sunrise showing behind the Animal.

We had gone to Timbavati again in the hopes of White Lions in the Wild, one of the very few places outside a Zoo that these very special Lions can be seen and Photographed, but I'm batting zero after two trips of 10 Days each, maybe next time.

You are way too modest! You still have to fly to the right country, have the right gear, get a good guide and find the animals you want to shoot - at the time you hope to shoot them, put up with the flies, and then, after all that, hope that you do not get eaten by one! Pretty impressive, but I can see why it must be very addictive to be out in the wild like that.

Don't give up on those white lions, hopefully you will capture one on your next trip. What an adventure though.

One thing I would love to capture on film - or at the very least to see - would be buffaloes being taken by leaping crocodiles as they cross the river bed. To watch that stampede of life and death must be quite something.

Cheers, and thanks for sharing.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: February 26, 2014, 01:06:45 AM »
Nice to see you posting Gary, lovely portraits.

One of mine, to each his own I guess, I find my subject matter less troublesome than perhaps your own.

1Dx 400f/2.8 + 1.4x, shot @ f/4 & 1/320th ISO 320

Timbavati South Africa

Stunning shot, Edward!

Very nice for C300 owners.

Mind you it does cost US$ 14,000.

I bet there are a few C100 (that costs US$ 5,000) owners wondering, just wondering if .....  ;)

Somehow I would be amazed if such a feature would be added to the C100 as an upgrade, but who knows.

Thanks for the post, and welcome to CR it seems.

I must admit that I had not noticed the news that the C100 would be upgraded. Have C100 users received the firmware update as I notice from my quick google just now that it was supposed to come out in Feb 2014? It is also rather misleading from Canon to omit that fact in the image they show above the press release in the first post.

That is/was massive news for C100 users. As C300 users will also be getting it soon then I wonder if it could/would filter down to the 1D X? Wow that would be nice.

They announced this for the C100 several months ago actually. The surprise is finding out its coming for the c300 as well.

Videography Technique / Re: Audio Issue with New Mics / External Recorders
« on: February 25, 2014, 06:13:45 PM »
OK, thanks. Had a good look around today and while I am still hoping to find a splitter with a stereo plug, I am impressed with the Tascam DR-60D. While it is something else to carry it also gives me backups etc which is very useful.

I think you'll be much happier going this route. That looks like a nice recorder and it can connect to the bottom of your DSLR. The Tascam stuff also sounds a lot better (to me) than the Zoom stuff as far as recorders go. I've found Zoom preamps to always sound harsh and thin, Tascam is very good mid-level equipment and they have a solid reputation for making recorders that goes back quite a while. That recorder will also open up the possibilities for using all kinds of different microphones.

If you are shooting interviews, I do advise you to get a slate for syncing audio with the visual of the slate sticks closing. You'll find that if you sync to the sound spike the camera records and the sound spike the audio recorder records, that the camera will be off by a couple of frames. It's not an external audio recorder problem, the audio recording of the camera itself is at fault (this is the case with all DSLRs, and indeed most video cameras) -- the on-camera sound is actually out of sync with the camera picture by about 2 (sometimes 3) frames. It's not always terribly noticeable, but it's worth knowing. Anyways, you can test this with a slate and see for yourself :)

Thanks, and yes I have noticed the sync issues at other times. I always wondered what caused that. But a good idea with the slate. :-)

The Tascam DR-60D does seem to address a couple of issues for me. An important one is that it will keep weight off the 1D X mic jack port - two xlr cables in a splitter hanging from there was always going to be a concern. Plus the other is backups. If you set the Tascam to 4-channel (learning from the YT tutorials already) you get a reduced volume image of your recording on the unit itself plus you can plug the thing into the camera mic jack and the camera will record too. So I should not have any excuses for bad audio in future.

Reading in a lot of the Nikon forums that a lot were hoping for more of a bump in FPS. The 1D X is being praised a fair bit.

If I read it correctly what is important with regards to the ISO is that now a picture that was taken at 1,600 would look as if it was taken at 800 or something (over a D4). So the benefits are really lower down the ISO scale. I did not really get why they need 409600, but it is a Nikon!

Videography Technique / Re: Audio Issue with New Mics / External Recorders
« on: February 25, 2014, 04:36:59 AM »
OK, thanks. Had a good look around today and while I am still hoping to find a splitter with a stereo plug, I am impressed with the Tascam DR-60D. While it is something else to carry it also gives me backups etc which is very useful.

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