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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next EOS M Camera(s) [CR1]
« on: July 08, 2013, 08:51:54 PM »
I, for one, fully comprehend manufacturer/retailer relationships. However, I'll never believe Canon does not have some hand in this particular move. To think B&H suddenly got a wild hair up their tookus one day and fire-saled the M and then their competition followed the piper like mice is far too improbable. This is why I initially said I'm scratching my head trying to understand this. There is something behind it -- and I know all (or some at least) will be revealed in time.

Meanwhile, while I think it would be delightful to have the M right now, I'm not taking the bait. For me, it won't get me any pictures I can't get with my current equipment.

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I was quite surprised by how many people came out and, at least publicly, said they were buying the M camera, either to keep, sell on later, or some other reason. It was almost as if everyone had US$300 burning a hole in their pocket which they just had to get rid of.

Sure the new M is likely to be more expensive, but then it is also likely to be better.

Look at the much more costly - some say much higher IQ - RX 100. Sony has just come out with the RX 100 ii which addresses some of the main issues customers had with version one. It is a little more expensive than v1 but many would be happy to pay that extra for improved performance.

I have never been impressed with the M, and I was not even aware you needed a mount, a this and a that. The whole point of these small things is that you stick it in your pocket and not worry about which bits you have left at home.

I will look at the M ii when it comes out, but until then, I do not care if the M I is US$ 100, I still won't buy it.

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Reviews / Re: G1X vs RX100?
« on: July 08, 2013, 03:12:40 AM »
Don't forget the RX 100 II has just come out and addresses some of the issues that users had with the RX 100 version I.

Here is one review:

http://www.slashgear.com/sony-cyber-shot-rx100-ii-hands-on-you-want-this-camera-04289015/

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As usual I was thinking of me only. You are right of course. Point well taken. If I were shooting sports and in that arena. I would also be using a tripod and good head.
Yea, send me the pics... :)

No, you are right, in fact we both are. They are handholdable but not for any serious lengths of time, and believe me you would not be using a tripod at a major sporting event.

As for the pics of all the birds I know that fart, my gf threatened me with some serious surgery if I sent you anything that resembles her. Bizarrely, she did say I could send you those of her ex bf's gf. Go figure..... ;-)


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I have the 600 II and am awaiting the arrival of my 200-400 ....  But, neither of them are light, and hand holding them is not as easy as some of you on this board seem to think it is.  Doable, certainly, but challenging, YES.  Way too much lens for a small person or a woman to handle, without being on a tri-pod (Wemberley) or at least a monopod

I am glad someone pointed that out. I keep reading different posts with people saying the 400, 500 and 600 ii lenses are handholdable. They are, but only for a (very) limited period of time.

The 600 ii is just under 4kg add that to a 1D X which is 1.4 kg or something, giving you a combined total of around 5.5kgs.

Not sure about that statement. I have the new 500 II. I have had it for about 6 months and it has  been on a tripod maybe a hand full of times. I shoot daily with it. I also had the old 500 IS and it lived on a tripod. The loss of 1.5 lbs made this a hand hold-able rig for me. The only time I even think about a tripod is when I add a 1.4 t.c. which is very seldom. I shoot small to medium size birds.

99% of what you see here is handheld.
www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos

You have some lovely shots there, and 10/10 for the domain name birdsthatfart!! That's brilliant.  ;D

I guess that it depends on your style of shooting and what you shoot. I do mainly sports which means I am often seated and need to keep the camera pretty much horizontal for long periods of time. I of course use a monopod for this, if I didn't I would tire quickly.

I also have to carry all my gear (a lot of stuff) from the train station/car park to the media centre to the pitch, up and down steps, etc etc which is pretty good work out by itself.

As you are shooting birds mainly, I would imagine that you do not keep your camera and lens up horizontally for very long periods, is that right?

So I think handhodable depends on what we are doing and how long we are keeping the camera at eye level for.

Oh and I know a couple of birds that fart, I may send you their pictures!  ;D 8)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 04, 2013, 10:49:20 PM »
Some portraits taken this week :)

Nice. I like the third one, is she single?!  ;D 8)

Number One does it for me, great stuff.

3 weeks away, 2 weeks left, the only "Eyes" I've seen that compare are these, maybe a little scarier.

Beautiful owl shot. Wow.

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I have the 600 II and am awaiting the arrival of my 200-400 ....  But, neither of them are light, and hand holding them is not as easy as some of you on this board seem to think it is.  Doable, certainly, but challenging, YES.  Way too much lens for a small person or a woman to handle, without being on a tri-pod (Wemberley) or at least a monopod

I am glad someone pointed that out. I keep reading different posts with people saying the 400, 500 and 600 ii lenses are handholdable. They are, but only for a (very) limited period of time.

The 600 ii is just under 4kg add that to a 1D X which is 1.4 kg or something, giving you a combined total of around 5.5kgs.

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I find it interesting that so many people here bought it with the possible intention of selling it on, despite its widely known flaws (and please do not tell me there are none, I have seen it in action, and Canon issued a FW update to address some of them, and looks like they are now going to launch a brand new version to correct them all!).

What makes you think the price will go up, especially if Canon does launch a new M? I cannot see the price going up at all.

Still, sounds like there are a lot of happy campers here on CR right now, so congrats on the new purchase.

I won't be buying one, but I do look forward to hearing about the possible new M, and could there be some new lenses to go with it too....  8)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 7D now If I won't be able to afford 7D mkii
« on: July 03, 2013, 08:03:27 AM »
I think TDP's review of the 1D Mark II is very interesting:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EOS-1D-Mark-II-Digital-Camera-Review.aspx

and here is a comparison of the 1D Mark II and the 7D:

http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon_EOS-1D_Mark_II-vs-Canon_EOS_7D




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EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 7D now If I won't be able to afford 7D mkii
« on: July 03, 2013, 07:52:26 AM »
Reece, I am sure a lot of people would love to have so much first hand experience with a 1D Mark II.

What lenses do you currently have access too?

I know one member recently purchased a 1D Mark I (or whatever it is called) and that thread generated quite a lot of interest.

Maybe you could get your Dad to treat himself to an upgrade, and you get the 1D Mark II as a gift and get to play with his new toy from time to time.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 7D now If I won't be able to afford 7D mkii
« on: July 03, 2013, 03:07:17 AM »
Is it worthwhile buying the 7D now if I will not be able to afford 7Dmkii?
what kind of a question is that? seriously.

Nice way to welcome a new member, whothafunk. And a 15-year old member at that! Seriously.

To the OP, Reece, there are plenty of people on this forum who know the ins and outs of how Canon's pricing works much better than I, but I would expect the price of the 7D to drop even further than it has recently once a 7D Mark II is announced, and even more once that camera is released.

I would keep playing with that 1D Mark II, and watch the prices fall. No urgency, and money in the bank for you.

Have you considered the brand new 70D as well? If you wait 6 months to a year that may also have come down a little in price as well and still has 7fps, plus some great brand new video tech for a reasonable price.

Just ignore unhelpful comments like the one from whothafunk, some people just can't help themselves.

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Dylan, I remember that you had a RX-1 in your signature. Did you trade it for the 2nd 5D3 body?

Didn't he say his wife "borrowed" it off him and never returned it!  :o ;D

As much as I appreciate the excellent IQ and fast AF on a DSLR, I have really started to consider eventually switching to compact system with large sensor and great lens.

I think that the enthusiast and consumer camera markets are going to go in similar lines as to what you highlight. I see so many consumers with bulky DSLRs and a whole assortment of lenses, to produce stuff that will likely only ever be seen on FB, and the occasional mantelpiece at your, and possibly a relative's, home. Even the 5D Mark III was heavily marketed in some markets to consumers, with billboards of still and video ads showing off how great it is. But for most consumers and enthusiasts, a M, RX1, RX100 ii and the like, are more than enough, and even better in some ways as they are so easy to use, so portable and just more fun, and I think many will start thinking the same.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: JOOOUUUUSSSST!
« on: July 02, 2013, 07:31:13 PM »
What would you do?

I might just go and enjoy the day.

Any chance you could speak to CPS leaving out the "doing it for fun" part and ask if you could borrow a camera? Perhaps the 1DX to see what it is like before you make a purchase decision, preferably with a nice lens to go with it.

Good luck and enjoy.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 06:36:01 AM »
I'm a videographer, but I'm thinking about switching from my 5D Mark II to the 70D if the noise isn't too bad. The main reasons is that the 70D has a Digic 5+ processor, which is the same as the 5D3 if I'm not mistaken, right? If the magic lantern team manage to hack the 70D, which I'm sure they are, that could enable 1080p RAW video recording. Also that AF in video recording looks quite handy when its hard to focus manually. Lastly, its a generally better camera, functions wise, than the 5D2, which only has the fullframeness to brag about, which although is really nice, but I could give that up for generally better specs and that lovely processor. :3

Doesn't the lack of a headphone jack concern you? I know you can go external, but sometimes it is nice to have an in camera system you can monitor audibly.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual Pixel Liveview Autofocus
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:38:36 AM »
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Does it have a headphone socket?

It doesn't appear to have one based on the pics I've seen, unfortunately. Also, the remote control terminal is the Rebel-class E3-type connector as opposed to the N3-type connector used by the higher-end bodies. Also, no PC sync terminal like the 60D & 6D  :-\.

Yes, you are right. Strange move for a camera with so much video potential. The two video examples engadget has uploaded are pretty amazing in how easy it is to switch focus from one point to another.

I had been considering getting a XA20 but I will have to take a closer look at the 70D as it might meet my video needs better than the 1D X does, though the simple fact it does not have a headphone jack puts me off. Still this is a good move forward for DSLRs, and I am even more interested to see what they do with the 7D Mark II.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual Pixel Liveview Autofocus
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:32:09 AM »
This is pretty big news for those that do shoot video. Does it have a headphone socket?

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