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Camera Body Gallery / Re: This sensor is holy
« on: July 16, 2013, 09:01:27 PM »
If it's Scotch then it isn't Whiskey, it's Whisky.   We put Whiskey in our cooking sauces.  We drink Whisky.

Indeed. I do find a 16 year-old Bushmills is extremely tasty, but that is whiskey. But there is so much to discover in Scotland, the Distiller Editions of some places are excellent too. Lagavulin is one that jumps to mind. And that is whisky. ;-)

jrista - I am not going to buy a Nokia as I do not desire a Nokia. It is a brand that makes me yawn, actually it does not even do that - I pass it in Duty Free and rarely even stop. I do not know why that is, but there you go. If the Lumia 1020 was on Android then maybe, but it is not.

I am sure we both agree that there are exciting times ahead for the camera/phone. Whether it is Sony (an ex-user), Samsung (a current user) or some other manufacturer I really do not care.

When they make camera phones that are as capable as the RX100-II or even the RX1 then I will take note.

Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: July 16, 2013, 10:13:46 AM »
I have no experience with the 2xTC, but I hear is will degrade your AF speed quite a bit, so you may want to leave that in the bag.

Not so sure about that. 70-200 on a 5D Mark III does not give you much reach, and unless the planes are static they are likely to be some distance away, especially during flight.

The 1.4 is definitely preferable to the 2, but it may be an idea to see if you can rent a longer lens for the day.

I also agree with everyone about leaving the tripod at home. At most air shows you will need to be very flexible!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 16, 2013, 09:49:52 AM »
Raptor, Expatinasia, been taking loads of photos (Squirrels of the front Porch) and in all areas the Lens is sharp and fast to focus, so I may have averted Doom, good fortune favours the dopey.

To be safe I'll certainly look now to change the way I zoom, engage the Converter etc to adopt the advice in the Manual as much as possible.

Again, very much appreciate the heads up on this, I'm always so glad some people read Manuals, saves Lazy beggars like me having to do it, Thanks.

Haha, I had no idea the lens had a manual! I do not remember where I read about that issue, whether it was on TDP or here at CR, but it did strike me as strange as obviously zooming and engaging or disengaging the converter is a big selling point. I will ask the guys at CPS what they know about it, as it would be interesting to know more.

What do you have against Nokia? You clearly seem to like the Lumia what exactly has Nokia done wrong there? Seems they have succeeded WITHOUT marketing to me. If you simply don't like the name, well I guess I don't consider that grounds not to buy something. If the technology is excellent, the technology is excellent. It doesn't really matter how the company markets, or who's name is on it. I think your preventing yourself from getting a phenomenal phone with the best camera on the market just because of some name hate. Nokia's PAST problem was that they were unprepared for the onslaught of Apple and the was everyone else! Lumia is an excellent brand, with excellent features and competitiveness. It only seems to get better as time goes on. If you have ever actually used one, your dislike of the Nokia name would disappear in a heartbeat. Remember the old saying? "The best marketing is when you don't have to."

jrista, your caps lock kept getting stuck in that post!  ;)

I do not dislike Nokia, nor do I like Nokia, and that is their problem - at least from my perspective. And that is why I say that in my opinion Nokia really needs to do something about its brand image.

For example, I like Mercedes and BMW, and while I respect Jaguar I would, rightly or wrongly, probably prefer the two German brands over a Jag.

The great thing about technology, and innovation is that I can applaud Nokia, admire what they have brought to market, and now eagerly await what the response from Sony (in particular) and Samsung is going to be. I am in no rush, my life will not change no matter how great a camera/phone is, and if I get one today, or in a year's time, it really does not matter. We are still in early days of the true camera/phone so things are only going to get better, which is great for us - the consumer.

Oh and btw - the rumour on the Honami is that it will be able to record up to around 4000x2000 in video clips (yep, 4K). That and the Snapdragon 800 processor, and the rumoured 1/1.6-inch sensor make me salivate! Not bad for a phone!

I am very interested in camera phones. If the Lumia 1020 was anything but Nokia, I might even consider buying it, but alas it is not.

Samsung recently launched the Zoom which has not had the best of reviews, and Sony are expected to launch the Xperia i1 Honami - a 20MP smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor to take on the Samsung and Nokia camera / phone.

If Sony could add a phone to something as capable as the RX100-II I would definitely buy it. In fact if Canon could team up with a phone maker and create something as good as the RX100-II (or even better) but with smartphone functionality and similar Canon menu system to what is in the DSLRs for the camera, then I would buy that without a doubt.

I think we are still some way from the death of the p&s but we seem to be heading in that general direction. This could also affect the DSLR market as the camera phones get better and better, people will eventually grow tired of lugging the weight, extra size and attachments around.

Nokia, needs to do some serious PR and image building in my opinion, as the brand has almost 0% appeal for me.

EOS-M / Re: Digital Rev quick 2.0.2 autofocus speed test
« on: July 15, 2013, 10:21:34 PM »
I'd toss him out the front door -- fast and hard enough to make sure he bounced a couple of times.

Make sure you get it on film! Just maybe not with a M as it might not be quick enough to get it all in focus!

DigitalRev has over 6XX,XXX youtube subscribers, that's pretty good in my book, and his videos are far more entertaining - and informative - than some of the drivel on the net.

Perhaps dtaylor should make a video of the new firmware to show us how he thinks it should be done. ;D :o 8)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 15, 2013, 09:15:34 AM »
Yes, one of the areas I liked so much about this Lens was the ability to set the Camera @ f/4, Zoom out to 400, engage the 1.4x Converter, immediately goes to 560 @ f/5.6, then Back Button Focus on the subject, and start to follow the Animal back towards yourself, once the Animal fills the frame at 560, flip the converter out, immediately back to 400 @ f/4, don't touch a thing and the Focus stays locked on, then Zoom all the way back to 200.

Didn't I read somewhere here on CR that this is exactly not what you are "supposed" to do with this lens? I will search for it later, but I remember that someone had been told by Canon (not sure if CPS or not) that you should not change the converter while in use. A CR member did then come back and say it had worked fine for him, but I do recall that this was something discussed about the lens.

It might be worth ringing CPS about just to check what they say.

I will try to find the canonrumors post on it tomorrow.

Truly amazing pictures as always, btw.

EOS-M / Re: Digital Rev quick 2.0.2 autofocus speed test
« on: July 14, 2013, 10:52:39 PM »
I'd rather he test like an adult.

Um..then perhaps you should not frequent Digital Rev...the whole point is that Kai is campy...

I would not describe Kai as "camp".  I think his videos are refreshing and entertaining.

Michael Mcyintyre (spelling!) is camp, but he is one of the funniest comedians in the world, and is happily married with kids etc.

Kai also got some points spot on:

1) He predicted a sale on the price of the M
2) The focus is not very good but is better than before the firmware update
3) It is suitable for everyday shots.

PowerShot / Re: G1X vs RX-100 (Underwater) Dilemma
« on: July 14, 2013, 10:38:51 PM »
Have you looked at the RX100 II compared to the RX100? Some pretty good improvements in the V.II for not much more dinero.

I will leave the other questions to someone that dives with their camera, as that is something I have not done yet.

EOS-M / Re: Digital Rev quick 2.0.2 autofocus speed test
« on: July 14, 2013, 09:25:05 PM »
Probably on sale soon!

Haha, that cracked me up. He was spot on with that prediction!! US$299 anyone?!  ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX-1R
« on: July 13, 2013, 09:56:36 PM »
There are only two differences between the RX-1 and RX-1R and they are the price, and the lack of anti-aliasing filter on the latter.

I do not see Canon having anything this good at the moment, although some will surely argue that when you consider the price there are plenty of alternatives.

I think the Sony RX 100 II is probably a better deal and is much cheaper as well.

But, I think the general consensus seems to be that in terms of size/image quality, nothing can really beat the RX1 at the moment.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: July 13, 2013, 08:57:53 PM »
The only thing that really bothered me was that they shipped it back with no requirements, ie no signature required, and left them sitting on my porch, unattended all day while I was at work.  Not cool.

I hope those of you in America that are having experiences like this are writing a letter of complaint to Canon USA and Canon Global HQ. Returning a US$6,000 camera without signature required, is just asking for trouble imho, and is not what you would expect from a company such as Canon.

Thankfully where I am, I take mind directly into CPS. I know them there and I have always been more than impressed, but if I was receiving service like bdunbar describes I would be quite mad to say the least.

EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M II
« on: July 12, 2013, 10:16:07 PM »
Sorry guys, just realised I did not add the obvious: "There will never be a Canon EOS M ii". Cheers.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX Damaged by CPS
« on: July 12, 2013, 04:42:38 AM »
I agree with others, Canon Service is not an equal experience World Wide, I'm glad here in Singapore it's Positive, that might change next week when I pick up my Two 1Dx Bodies.

Yes, one major difference for us here in AP seems to be that we seem to pick them up and drop them off personally. I know the CPS guys where I am as I see them quite often when I am picking stuff up and dropping stuff off.

As you say, we all hope the OP gets it sorted, as while it might not affect the images (though that depends on what caused the scrapes I guess), it might affect resale value if that is something he is concerned about.

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