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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon XA20/XA25
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:24:34 PM »
Thanks joema. I may take a look at one next week, and will report back if I do - depends on the work schedule.

I must admit they do look interesting.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Canon XA20/XA25
« on: June 21, 2013, 07:40:46 AM »
Has anyone here had a chance to try the new XA20 or XA25 (only difference - apart from the price - between the two is the HD/SD-SDI output)?

If so, what are your thoughts?

Thanks.

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I am really racially ambiguous.  I can look Chinese, Hawaiian, Philippino, or Hispanic on any given day... so I wasn't given the foreigner treatment when I was there.
Have you considered a career in spying? ;D ... from what I read in the news these days, spies of a powerful nation are getting caught or being accused daily of spying ... with their reputation at stake these days, I'm sure their secret service can use someone like you, with unique abilities to blend as well as your great photographic skill ... that's a rare combination ... I bet you'd get paid handsomely.

Do I get to meet interesting people named Pussy Galore, Honey Ryder, Holly Goodhead, Octopussy, or Xenia Onatopp?  Sign me up.

Not until after I retire, they are all busy. Very busy.  8) ;D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
« on: June 20, 2013, 08:06:21 PM »
Engadget now has a video of it up. It is not as big as I first thought.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/20/samsung-galaxy-s4-zoom-hands-on/

It will be interesting to see how the Nokia EOS, expected out in early July, will compare to this.

I am also very interested in the Samsung S4 Active, and like many of the comments over at Engadget would love Samsung to make an active version of the Galaxy Note 3 (whenever that model comes out).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 19, 2013, 09:24:18 PM »
Just curious, If anyone having one the affected bodies has actually experienced the problem(s)? If so, what was your shutter count?

As I mentioned in an earlier post I only got the camera in March, but have shot over 20,000 images thus far and I have a funny feeling I may have seen the issue the advisory refers to, but can't be certain.

I have had times when the AF would not lock and the image in the viewfinder was blurry, but I always put the former down to poor skill, and the latter down to bad eye sight (even though I am 20/20), fatigue, a dirty viewfinder or something else. It is difficult to explain, but if you are shooting an important match, you are sweating and/or it is raining etc it is difficult to know what is happening.

If, as I suspect, I did have the AF lock and blurry view finder issue, then it was not constant, but intermittent in that it would come and go, which is another reason I did not suspect the camera.

I will be sending mine to CPS as soon as I am able, so probably in a week or two. Have been told they need it for around 3 working days.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 19, 2013, 05:30:42 AM »
I think it is important to remember that CPS differs (a lot) from country to country. How they are set up, and how they operate can be completely different So what maybe the norm for one CPS member, may not be the norm for another.

I just wanted to remind people of that as there is a global audience here on CR and sometimes it is easy to forget.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX Image Quality
« on: June 19, 2013, 12:46:20 AM »
First time Emirates, always use SQ, but pleasantly surprised, need a Bloody Guide in the Airport though.

Yes, Dubai airport is a bit of a mess if you are not used to it, and depending on what time you arrive the transfer area can be an absolute nightmare.

Still, their newer aircraft (especially the A380) are excellent. SQ is great but it all depends on what aircraft you are on, plus of course it is often direct which is nice.

And between the two I do believe that the inflight entertainment system on Emirates is second to none. Easy to use and they allow you to watch from the minute you get on, plus they allow you to switch on your mobile as soon as you land too.

Happy flying.  8)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX Image Quality
« on: June 18, 2013, 11:47:30 PM »
I'm sitting in the Lounge at Dubai Airport on the way to Tanzania

Have a good trip! I am often on Emirates too, love their inflight entertainment.

Dave 90210 - can you post some examples of the problems you described?

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They don't put busy cycles in the drivers for certain routines that tend to be used only by graphics apps so they can be faster for some stuff, but it's not like you HAVE to have a quadro or that geforce are so sketchy. If you read the Adobe stuff it was kinda misleading, ooooooh the gamer driver might not be reliable and ooo this, all nonsense, a good GeForce card did plenty of good (thankfully they made it so easy to hack them to work that you can scarcely call it a hack) an dnot everyone had the money to dump on a Quadro or wanted a Quadro and yet if you read the forums some got scared into it over nonsense.

Like I said, I have a Quadro 4000M but wanted to the 5010M, the difference in performance is huge (30% or so) and that is in real world usage and between two Quadro cards. I have also said that I have other laptops that have GeForce etc and there is a massive difference between them.

The top GeForce are great cards, but the Quadros are better for graphics, video, 3D, engineering software etc.

Same as a 5D Mark III is an excellent camera, one of the best on the market, but is it the best for sports photographers? Not by a long shot, but it is still a very, very good camera. That is the camera industry, why do you think the graphics card industry is any different?

I do not game so I cannot comment on that.

dirtcastle - I am sure there are plenty of benchmarks out there.

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This is also being discussed in the stills section:

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=15424.0

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 18, 2013, 04:59:34 AM »
I have a question.. canon said this:
"Potentially affected cameras will be inspected and repaired free of charge. If you own one of the potentially affected cameras please contact our Customer Support Center"

Does it mean that my newly bought 1D X is potentially affected because it belongs to the group of "insufficient lubrication" OR does it mean that i can only get it repaired after the symptoms appear? (a.k.a after there is already wear and damage to the camera)

It means that if you do not have the A mark, nor the black mark and your 1D X falls into the affected category as described in their advisory then they will repair it foc. You do not have to wait for any symptoms to appear.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 18, 2013, 01:53:07 AM »
What i don't like about this is that i bought a 1DX just under 3 weeks ago and have been proud of it's 400 000 shutter life and now they tell me that most probably your drive mechanism will fail long before that, hahaha.

They're not really saying that, they are saying send it in and let them fix the issue for free.

Hats off to them for telling us and being proactive. How many companies would have kept quiet. I am impressed - annoyed, but still impressed.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 18, 2013, 01:43:48 AM »
My 1D X is also affected - although I have contacted CPS (by email) to verify as I am not in the USA.

As I do not have the markings, and the sixth number of the serial number is one of the bad ones, I am not hopeful.

I only got the camera in March but have shot over 20,000 images thus far and I have a funny feeling I may have seen the issue the advisory refers to, but can't be certain. I have had times when the AF would not lock and the image in the viewfinder was blurry, but I always put the former down to poor skill, and the latter down to bad eye sight (even though I am 20/20), fatigue, a dirty viewfinder or something else.

I wonder how long they need to keep it for.

Dwight - thanks for the heads up!

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You don't need a quadro though. Nvidia and Adobe are just in bed so they try to make it seem like you need a Quadro.

The Quadro is faster, but I have a 4000M not because of Adobe, but because I frequently use Vegas Pro.

I have had machines without Quadro 4000M, that use GEForce or others and I can assure you that the Quadros are faster, especially if the rest of the machine is high spec.

Just between the 5010M and 4000M is a 30% real world speed difference, and the difference is amplified with the newer cards.

Your claim of there being little difference is a little like saying that there is little benefit buying a 1DX over your average P&S.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is This the EOS 3D?
« on: June 17, 2013, 05:58:24 PM »
Note to self: Get some Canon replica camera straps made asap with 7D Mark II, 2D, 1D Xii, 1D S, 3D and 4D, try to hide them a little then walk taking pictures of myself. Maybe get Nikon to sponsor the shirt, and Sony the second camera ;D 8) . This could be fun.

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