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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.0.3 Released
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:52:26 AM »
There doesn't seem to be very much feedback about the new firmware update, so I'm curious to know if the 1DX owners are noticing much of an improvement with autofocus in low light conditions with the new firmware update...or noticing any improvements at all for that matter?

thanks

To be honest they are some important enhancements, but the AF system is quite complicated, and while I do appreciate some of the changes that make it easier to move around, it really is business as normal. I get the impression that the improvements are all genuine, but it is difficult to notice the changes, especially as it has been now a month or so since it was released and I can't really remember what it was like before, I just know it worked.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Laser Light Burns a DSLR Sensor in Canon 7D
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:46:48 AM »
Yup, we see posts about this from time to time, its been happening for years, but a reminder every once in a while might prevent someone from having the issue.

A useful reminder to have, thanks.

Does anyone know what about the laser actually kills the sensor?

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Canon General / Re: I Need Help Finding A Camera Bag
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:41:04 AM »
I use the Toploader Pro 75 AW with a 1D X with 70-200 f/2.8 mounted and a 1.4x mark iii attached and it fits. The flash also fits nicely in the front and you have some room for a spare battery etc at the top. Not sure if you could fit the two lenses. Any additional lenses I tend to use an extra bag or belt bag depending on how big it is.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1D X, 4x5 Flipbook Now Available
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:05:45 PM »
Thanks for sharing. Always good to read up on the latest developments. I keep playing around with some of the AF settings but "think" I have it working to its best potential!

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EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 20, 2014, 05:56:44 AM »
Sorry, should have been more specific as in this is an actual quote from the governing IOC.

"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) enforces strict regulations that protect its corporate sponsors, meaning any brand not sponsoring the Olympics is not allowed to show its logo or otherwise affiliate itself with the lucrative event".
So the brand is not allowed to show its logo, which would mean that Canon or Nikon can't just show up waving flags, but I don't read that to imply that photographers happening to use Canon or Nikon (or whatever) need to cover their logo. What would be next, they need to cover their shoes if Adidas or Nike aren't sponsors?

Actually yes.  Ive participated in some pro sports (as an amateur) where you could not wear clothing with visible logos.  If it couldn't be removed you had to tape over them....if you were found to violate that policy you would be disqualified.

I agree that some photogs who shoot in varying venues just tape over and leave it that way so its never an issue.

Sorry we are not talking about clothing. Most photographers get a bib anyway. I say it AGAIN, I have not once been asked to cover my Canon logo at a globally televised event. Not once.

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EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 19, 2014, 05:30:35 AM »
Tonight during the skating even where the Americans won Gold, I noticed a white lens, on a un-named body.  I record the events, so I took a closer look, and the "Canon" logo was completely blocked out.  It may have been a 7DII, since the skating even is fast, and a fast frame per second would be used.

These have been seen before, probably for the simple reason that non-licensed advertising is forbidden at top sports events so the photogs have to cover any brand names/logos or product specifications.

I have not done the Olympics but do a fair number of major sporting events and have never been asked to cover the Canon logo. The white lens is a bit of a giveaway, and when it rains the Canon rain cover makes it even easier to work out what brand you are using. The same goes for the Nikon users I see too.

It is fairly common to have people cover logos on televised sports events unless they are a sponsor.   There is big money paid for advertising and someone like nikon who pays 2 mill for an ad doesnt want the word canon plastered all over the screen.  Some venues dont care but its usually a sponsor that makes the demand in their contract.

Like I said. I cover quite a few globally televised sporting events every year and have never been asked to cover the Canon logo on the camera(s), nor on the rain cover(s) for the lens/camera(s). Not once. And I have not seen Nikon users have to cover their logo either. There is no point. Everyone knows that Nikon lenses tend to be black and Canon white. In fact the colour of the lens is far more obvious than any miniscule Canon logo on the body.

We do have very strict regulations on what we can do with the pics, what we can wear etc (most of the time given a bib anyway). But nothing to do with the camera's brand, there's no point.

Just watch any sporting event and try to actually read the name of a camera brand on a photographer's camera. You can't unless you really, really, really try. What you can see is what is white and black.


The Olympics are a different breed altogether. YES there is a very heavy handed rule for this. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) enforces strict regulations that protect its corporate sponsors, meaning any brand not sponsoring the Olympics is not allowed to show its logo or otherwise affiliate itself with the lucrative event.

I agree. But like I said, there is very little point in them asking the photographers to cover the Nikon or Canon name on their cameras when (a) the colour of the lens is a total giveaway and (b) they are very small.

The events I cover that are globally televised have very strict policies (pages of contract) but they do not include the covering of my camera brand.

Do you know that the Olympics is asking that or are you just guessing?

Sorry, should have been more specific as in this is an actual quote from the governing IOC.

"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) enforces strict regulations that protect its corporate sponsors, meaning any brand not sponsoring the Olympics is not allowed to show its logo or otherwise affiliate itself with the lucrative event".

I cover globally televised events quite a lot and the contracts you have to sign beforehand are scary. What you just quoted is very standard.

I have never, not once, been asked to cover my camera logo.

You did not answer my question. Do you know that the Olympics is asking photographers to cover their camera logo or are you just guessing?

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These numbers are irrelevant because we don't know the original number of photographers. Not because Canon is one sponsor : they wouldn't give fake numbers anyway…

One thing you have to get is that press photographers doesn't all use a pair of 1Dx, a 24-70 II and a 300mm 2.8 II. Salaried ones, working for the major agencies (AFP ; Reuters ; AP) are the ones who use the best gear because they don'y have to pay for it. For any other press photographer, they are standing alone with their shitty sales report and they have to deal with that money to pay for their living and their cameras.
Their is not that much 1Dx in the everyday press context. The 5D3 is the most used Canon body. There are some 5D2 and a lot of 1D4 and 1D3. Except for the ones who don't pay it, their is a very few 1Dx. The Dx is so much expensive and a lot of works require the silent shutter of the 5D3. That's why it is the most used camera : expensive but not that much ; great AF ; good ISO and silent shutter. These are what a press photog really need.

You know that the news economic model collapses more and more every day that passes. Being a press photog is, nowadays, a mostly precarious situation. You simply don't have enough money to buy the version II of lenses and flagship body if you want to pay your rent and your food. You buy a good camera, keep it for two or three years (minus one if there is a presidential election in the year) and broke it after 250.000 / 300.000 pics. That's why you change it. Not because you want the trendy last camera that has a "better DR". No one ever talks, no one even ever think about DR. DR is only good enough for the forums and "experts" chatting.

I am press/media. What you say is wrong and right. One year ago there is not many 1DX in the field. Now there are. I rarely see Canon 5D as I shoot action.

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EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 18, 2014, 07:58:07 PM »
Tonight during the skating even where the Americans won Gold, I noticed a white lens, on a un-named body.  I record the events, so I took a closer look, and the "Canon" logo was completely blocked out.  It may have been a 7DII, since the skating even is fast, and a fast frame per second would be used.

These have been seen before, probably for the simple reason that non-licensed advertising is forbidden at top sports events so the photogs have to cover any brand names/logos or product specifications.

I have not done the Olympics but do a fair number of major sporting events and have never been asked to cover the Canon logo. The white lens is a bit of a giveaway, and when it rains the Canon rain cover makes it even easier to work out what brand you are using. The same goes for the Nikon users I see too.

It is fairly common to have people cover logos on televised sports events unless they are a sponsor.   There is big money paid for advertising and someone like nikon who pays 2 mill for an ad doesnt want the word canon plastered all over the screen.  Some venues dont care but its usually a sponsor that makes the demand in their contract.

Like I said. I cover quite a few globally televised sporting events every year and have never been asked to cover the Canon logo on the camera(s), nor on the rain cover(s) for the lens/camera(s). Not once. And I have not seen Nikon users have to cover their logo either. There is no point. Everyone knows that Nikon lenses tend to be black and Canon white. In fact the colour of the lens is far more obvious than any miniscule Canon logo on the body.

We do have very strict regulations on what we can do with the pics, what we can wear etc (most of the time given a bib anyway). But nothing to do with the camera's brand, there's no point.

Just watch any sporting event and try to actually read the name of a camera brand on a photographer's camera. You can't unless you really, really, really try. What you can see is what is white and black.


The Olympics are a different breed altogether. YES there is a very heavy handed rule for this. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) enforces strict regulations that protect its corporate sponsors, meaning any brand not sponsoring the Olympics is not allowed to show its logo or otherwise affiliate itself with the lucrative event.

I agree. But like I said, there is very little point in them asking the photographers to cover the Nikon or Canon name on their cameras when (a) the colour of the lens is a total giveaway and (b) they are very small.

The events I cover that are globally televised have very strict policies (pages of contract) but they do not include the covering of my camera brand.

Do you know that the Olympics is asking that or are you just guessing?

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EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 18, 2014, 09:04:06 AM »
Tonight during the skating even where the Americans won Gold, I noticed a white lens, on a un-named body.  I record the events, so I took a closer look, and the "Canon" logo was completely blocked out.  It may have been a 7DII, since the skating even is fast, and a fast frame per second would be used.

These have been seen before, probably for the simple reason that non-licensed advertising is forbidden at top sports events so the photogs have to cover any brand names/logos or product specifications.

I have not done the Olympics but do a fair number of major sporting events and have never been asked to cover the Canon logo. The white lens is a bit of a giveaway, and when it rains the Canon rain cover makes it even easier to work out what brand you are using. The same goes for the Nikon users I see too.

It is fairly common to have people cover logos on televised sports events unless they are a sponsor.   There is big money paid for advertising and someone like nikon who pays 2 mill for an ad doesnt want the word canon plastered all over the screen.  Some venues dont care but its usually a sponsor that makes the demand in their contract.

Like I said. I cover quite a few globally televised sporting events every year and have never been asked to cover the Canon logo on the camera(s), nor on the rain cover(s) for the lens/camera(s). Not once. And I have not seen Nikon users have to cover their logo either. There is no point. Everyone knows that Nikon lenses tend to be black and Canon white. In fact the colour of the lens is far more obvious than any miniscule Canon logo on the body.

We do have very strict regulations on what we can do with the pics, what we can wear etc (most of the time given a bib anyway). But nothing to do with the camera's brand, there's no point.

Just watch any sporting event and try to actually read the name of a camera brand on a photographer's camera. You can't unless you really, really, really try. What you can see is what is white and black.

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EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 18, 2014, 08:01:12 AM »
Tonight during the skating even where the Americans won Gold, I noticed a white lens, on a un-named body.  I record the events, so I took a closer look, and the "Canon" logo was completely blocked out.  It may have been a 7DII, since the skating even is fast, and a fast frame per second would be used.

These have been seen before, probably for the simple reason that non-licensed advertising is forbidden at top sports events so the photogs have to cover any brand names/logos or product specifications.

I have not done the Olympics but do a fair number of major sporting events and have never been asked to cover the Canon logo. The white lens is a bit of a giveaway, and when it rains the Canon rain cover makes it even easier to work out what brand you are using. The same goes for the Nikon users I see too.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS#Naming_scheme

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.

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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!

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