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Lenses / Re: Which Super-Zoom is the best?
« on: March 29, 2013, 02:14:26 AM »
I think you need to be a little more specific and mention your budget, what she shoots etc.

The best zoom is probably the 70-200 f/2.8 Mark ii. Great lens, but light it is not.

The 70-300L f/4.5-5.6 is probably the best compromise, an excellent lens and not overly heavy.

EOS Bodies / Re: What is missing from the 7DII specs
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:22:03 PM »
Wonder if it will have a headphone socket, something the 1D X does not have (rather annoyingly).

Do we know what the read/write speeds will be? If it is the same as the 1D X then 1000X cards will be handy, and you can always use 64GB cards to capture around 2,600 raw images.

What would you like to see added to Canon's next firmware update for the 1D X?

I would like more than 6 choices in the My Menu. Even just 2 extra would be nice as I do find the My menu quite useful.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Warning on low card space
« on: March 24, 2013, 02:31:07 PM »
Before somebody says it, I do realize that the 5D mark iii has 2 slots and that I could of selected the option to have it start recording to the other card but being that it was a wedding, I decided to have it record JPGs in case there was an issue with one of the cards I was recording on. I had extra cards in my pocket but in moments like that you don't have time to switch cards. Sigh... live and you learn I guess. Just frustrating that a $3000 camera can't give a simple warning for something so important as card space.

I have my camera set to switch from Card 1 to Card 2 automatically. I have two 32GB CF cards which can hold roughly 1,396 RAW pictures each. From past experience, I know roughly how many pictures I will take at each event and so I make sure I have enough. The same goes for the battery. They are the two things you must never run out of on a shoot, especially a paid shoot, or anything that is important to you.

I think the idea of getting a notice from the camera saying that you have only X number of shots left on a card is a good one in theory, though I am not sure how effective it would be in real life. Still sounds like a simple issue to implement and Canon could give users the option at what point to deliver the notice and how.

You mentioned you were shooting JPGs, how big is the card you were working with?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx vs 5D M3
« on: March 21, 2013, 08:05:16 PM »
If you're shooting in a war zone and you need to be able to club a renegade rebel to death with your camera and still be able to use the camera to take pictures of the steaming corpse, the 1Dx is for you.

Hahaha, thanks! That made my day. Canon should add this to their sales pitch!!  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Digic 6
« on: March 21, 2013, 06:50:43 PM »
Interesting article. Thanks Don.


So if Wikipedia is right and the Digic 5 is
6 times faster than the DIGIC 4 processor and efficiently manages the increase in scene information and simultaneously reduces the appearance of image noise by up to 75%. According to Canon DIGIC 5 analyses four times more image information to create each pixel, recording more detail and colour from a scene than ever before.

and the Digic5+ is
said to be 17x the performance of the Digic 4

Makes you wonder why Canon are being so tight lipped about the new Digic 6.

Exciting times for sure. Looking forward to the 7D Mark II announcement, whenever that happens....

EOS Bodies / Re: Digic 6
« on: March 21, 2013, 06:22:13 PM »
Yes, I'm wondering what the specs are on the new chip too...  I've done a decent search via Google but nothing substancial has turned up.

Precisely. You would think that if they are launching a new Digic then there would be a bit more info about it, especially if they plan to move the new Digic up the pipeline to higher end models.

EOS Bodies / Digic 6
« on: March 21, 2013, 04:27:39 AM »
So what is this new Digic all about? Why did Canon opt to put it in the SX280 HS and SX270 HS but not the 100D and 700D?

Do we have any solid info yet on how it compares to the Digic 5+?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DMK2 just dropped from canon website.
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:04:40 AM »
Hope it didn't get damaged....  ;)

There has been a Canon 5D Mark III for a little time now.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 20, 2013, 11:45:25 PM »
Interesting, thanks.

I think you should enter that last one into a competition, I am sure it would do well. I have never seen such a thing!

Did you should a whole burst at that moment? Do you have one with the other bird even more submerged?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 20, 2013, 10:42:02 PM »
600mm f/9.0 1/1000 iso 400 case 1

Wow, that's quite a moment you caught there, Gary! Congrats.

Do you know if it is the males fighting or the females, and are they normally so aggressive, or is it because there are young ones around?


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D, DIGIC 6 & 18mp Sensors
« on: March 20, 2013, 06:27:39 PM »
It will be interesting to learn what the Digic 6 brings to the table.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 20, 2013, 06:54:49 AM »
I do not disagree with what you are saying ... the only objection was for the "silly" comment, glad you acknowledge that it was a wrong choice of word, I suppose we are all guilty of that ... unfortunately those kind of words tend to get picked up and we receive brick bats.
Although I jumped camp from Nikon to Canon a few years ago, I currently do not have any "serious" glass invested in Nikon, I only have 1 lens (18-300 VR) for my D7000 which is mainly used for everyday general purpose and vacations for its sheer convenience ... for all "serious" shoots I use the 5D MKIII and a few L lenses ... Of course I am saving up for the Nikkor 14-24 and a D800 for landscape photography (which is about a year away from happening). I like being able to play with both systems and I have a plan to teach photography when I'm 60 and retire from my current job in the oil and gas industry (which is also well over a decade away from happening :-[ ) so being able to understand and use both systems from the "big boys" is kind of important to me.

Sounds like a good plan. You say you are in the oil and gas industry, are you on a rig? Have known a few people that work on rigs, and it is a tough life, though I believe the pay is quite good.  :)

I did look briefly at the Nikon D800E when it came out, and it looks like a very nice camera. Some friends have the D4 and they absolutely love it too.

It will be very interesting to see whether Nikon do bring out the D4X or whatever it is rumoured to be called, and what exactly Canon puts in the 7D Mark II.

Whichever brand, the future of photography is very bright indeed. Thanks.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 20, 2013, 05:22:06 AM »
It does not become silly just because you "think" ... there are some people like me (although in the minority) do play with dual systems ... but once again that does not make it "silly", it only means that you "think" it is silly i.e. it is all in your head and is not real. ;D
You chose Canon for a reason, I respect that but calling others silly bcoz they don't do what you do is actually silly. Just like you "have more time for Sony rumours", some of us have the time and interest to play with dual systems.
(BTW, I did read your rebuttal in a later post but whatever your reasons are, just bcoz you "think" it is silly does not make it silly ... a small secret, we all "think" many things but some of them are not real  ;D)

Are you mainly shooting international sporting events or landscapes/weddings etc?

As my first post was really pointed at the sports pro. If landscapes then of course it does not matter as much.

Perhaps I chose a wrong word, when I used the word "silly". But I still do not think it benefits the photographer (especially pro sports photographer) to have two DSLR systems each with their own lenses.

That is my opinion, and that is what forums are for. But you are right just cos I think one thing, does not make it right, or wrong. I am pleased you admitted you are in the minority - and there is a reason for that.

Added: and the reason I mentioned Sony, is I could imagine having a small camera like the RX1 in my bag with me, which would mean I too would be then using a dual system. But what it does not mean, is I would be investing in glass for that system, because I would still only use Canon for that - unless I decide to change and go to Nikon or another brand in the future. I would not invest in two different DSLR systems that require lens investments.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx vs 5D M3
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:30:27 AM »
Simple answer is yes. They are similar but the 1D X has its own Digic 4 processor dedicated to AF/metering, that's on top of the 2 Digic 5+s, the 1D X also has spot metering linked to the AF point and EOS iTR which helps with tracking depending on the mode you are in.

The 1D X can AF at f/8 though that is said to be coming to the 5D Mark III in April, or May (forget which).

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