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Lenses / Re: Which wide-angle lens to hire?
« on: February 17, 2014, 02:13:19 AM »
The Rokinon 14mm is inexpensive and has done me proud in many a night photo.  I will make one other suggestion though, the Zeiss 21mm.  I picked it up a couple weeks ago and it is now my favorite lens.  It takes an 82mm filter, so it matches what you use for your 24-70mm lens.  It's not nearly so wide as the 14mm Rokinon, but it's much more useful for landscape photos.  It does a fantastic job day or night, and it's easy to focus.  It has a hard stop at infinity, and I just roll it back a smidgen and it's perfect every time.

When I go out hiking now, I pretty much just use my 70-200mm lens and the Zeiss 21mm.  I used to carry my rokinon 14mm and my old nikon 24mm ais, but the Zeiss has all but retired those two.

Two beautiful shots yorgasor. What body are you using and may I ask what settings you used for both? Thanks.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Q2? [CR1]
« on: February 01, 2014, 09:01:28 PM »
I'd happily take a prototype 7D II to the Olympics...hell, I'd be ecstatic. I wouldn't want to take a preliminary test model 7D II to...well, anything.

Only if it were to be used for fun shots, or unimportant games that you aren't being paid to cover. Why? Simply because as a sport's journalist covering such important event you would want the best body for the job, and that would be a 1D X.

I am looking forward to the 7D Mark II but it will not be as good as the 1D X, it will give more reach, be useful in that regard but I would very much doubt it would be better than the 1D X.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Q2? [CR1]
« on: January 31, 2014, 07:49:28 AM »
It is a brave photographer that would test a brand new body at such an important event.

A lens is different. I would not mind testing a new lens on my favourite top of the range body.

But if I was at either of those two events mentioned (Sochi and Brazil), I would want the 1D X and only the 1D X (in multiples).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon naming policy
« on: January 18, 2014, 05:12:14 PM »
Canon EOS naming scheme on Wikipedia:


Yeah, sorry. Totally don't agree that the 5D line is "prosumer". It is extensively used by literal professionals in the wedding and portraiture arenas. There is no question that the 5D is professional. The 7D, while not as often used by professionals as a primary camera, is frequently used by professionals as a backup. Additionally, the feature set wise, the 7D has the closest featureset to the 1D line.

I have to agree with the manufacturer. I know a lot of pros use the 5D, it is a great camera, but it also extremely popular with consumers, especially here in Asia Pacific, which by definition makes it prosumer. Nothing wrong with that, it is an amazing camera.

As for the OP, I think 7D mark II as a name, works well.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.0.3 Released
« on: January 09, 2014, 12:48:46 AM »
Thanks for the heads up, I have installed it.

Now I just have to hope they do not issue an emergency notice to tell people not to install it yet as they just discovered a few major problems.  :o

Haha, all well so far - mind you it would be, it has just been sat on my desk!

Software & Accessories / Re: Black-rapid failure!
« on: December 27, 2013, 05:41:06 PM »
When you started your post with "I was snowboarding in the alps....." I could see something happening. Those kind of statements usually do not end well for camera gear. :)


The first words that occurred to me were, "Chest harness."

Agreed. I thought back pack. I do not see any reason to have a camera on a strap when you are snowboarding down the mountain. Better to keep it all wrapped up, stop and get it out (seconds only) and shoot. Much better than what happened, or potentially falling and damaging it and you too. Live and learn I guess.

EOS Bodies / Re: Do you have a 4K display?
« on: December 18, 2013, 07:24:54 AM »
I remember someone once asked me a few years ago why I was recording all my videos in 1080, and I replied that technology was only going in one direction so while at that time broadband speeds were still quite slow, and 720 was more popular on the net, just a short time later and we are talking about 4K.

I agree with Dolina that if it were an important event like a wedding, I would, if possible like it to be recorded in 4K to future proof it as much as possible, but I think mainstream 4K will still take a while to catch up.

A lot has to do with the TV companies, some countries are faster than others to deliver full HD TV. I know that the Full HD TV channels I have look great on my big TV but the rest of the channels look bad.

I could even see myself skipping 4K and going for whatever is after it.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: DSLR Video -- Not for Everyone?
« on: December 18, 2013, 02:46:45 AM »
Haha, thanks for sharing. Funny ad.

As it stands, there is a tiered setup for membership which includes one type that has expedited service as well as other perks.

Just so we are all clear, what you write there is not a global standard.

There is only tiered setup in certain countries, and as this is a global forum with members from around the world I just wanted to stress that.

Where I am, you are either a member or not, there is no tiered setup. And from what I have read on these forums and others, the benefits can be very different as well.

Anyone have an idea how stringent Canon is about signing up for CPS?

This very much depends on where in the world you are.

Where I am they are very strict, and require proof of working as a pro photographer. In other parts of the world it seems that they are much more relaxed about it, but then the perks are different too.

Good luck!

Software & Accessories / Re: Rolling Case to fit all my camera gear
« on: December 02, 2013, 06:46:22 AM »
I have had this problem, and my biggest issue was not finding a rolling bag big enough but finding a rolling back big enough that would also take a 17.3 inch laptop. It was the laptop that was causing me all the issues.

I eventually solved the issue by modifying a bag I had already.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Lexar Memory Card Sale at B&H Photo
« on: November 27, 2013, 09:52:27 AM »
Unless SanDisk has introduced a new card then the Lexar 1000X are still the fastest on the market.

Personally, I am not a big fan of buying the latest high capacity (storage) cards on the market. 128GB is such a new card that I was never tempted to buy it, preferring to go with 32GB or 64GB variants. I still am.

Problem is with these cards, once we have a major problem we would probably all switch to the other brand. Then if that brand let us down, perhaps we would move back or switch to yet another.

So far my Lexar 32GB 1000X have worked flawlessly, and I am happy they have this promotion on. :-)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Lexar Memory Card Sale at B&H Photo
« on: November 25, 2013, 08:06:10 PM »
Thanks for the heads up. I did a mammoth shoot just the other day, taking over 3,800 pics in a relatively short period of time. The two 32GB 1000X Lexars are great and suffice for most events, but occasionally you do need more capacity. Now I just need to decide whether to buy one 64GB 1000X, or two more 32GB 1000Xs.

I do not mind when people complement the picture taking capability of my camera. It is awesome and makes my life so much easier than it was in the past.

What I do not like is when I do a shoot and present the pictures and the client tells me he loves them, but that he also wanted pictures of A, B, C and D.  That really annoys me, as he could have told me that at the very beginning. Now I just take a lot more pics than is in the brief and hopefully cover all eventualities.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: EOS C100 Feature UpGrade
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:53:04 PM »
I was just reading about this on engadget:


It is an interesting development, but it is not the upgrade which interests me - as I do not have the C100 - but the fact that they are charging for it. I wonder if this is a sign of things to come.

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