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Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Review from TDP
« on: June 24, 2013, 09:16:21 PM »
Excellent review as always from TDP (though on this occasion he could do with self-editing it slightly in places).

His summary is also what I expected, and confirms what CPS told me when I asked whether I should stick with the 400 f/2.8 ii or get this new one.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 24, 2013, 09:13:28 PM »
I would really appreciate if you would share any findings regarding oil drops on the sensor, and hopefully it's clean. I'm sending mine in on monday, so I can get it back between weekends.

I really think you are far too worried about the oil drops. It is out of your hands, and even if a few of us have an issue (which I doubt will happen) what are you going to do? Worry about other things, and have confidence in Canon, don't spend so much time worrying about something you cannot control.

Canon General / Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« on: June 24, 2013, 01:45:44 AM »
Number 1 is interesting, but can you remember where you put your car keys!!  ;D

I just tell people I work for the inland revenue as a tax collector. What did you say your name was....?! Hello, hello, come back...!

Of course it works in some countries better than others....  8) ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 23, 2013, 07:20:59 AM »
Forgive my ignorance here, but can this issue just cause unexplainable oof images? I've been shooting a lot with the 24-70 lately, and it is perfectly afma'd, but often I aim at something and it just won't focus properly. This sounds nooby, but it's not "the occasional oof iimage" I just doesn't focus right, and not in front or behind, it feels like it just doesn't even try to get it right.

And it's been worse lately. And VERY annoying.

From Canon USA:

In some units of the models listed below, there is a possibility that the following phenomena may occur due to wear caused by insufficient lubrication within the camera’s driving mechanism.

    1. AF searches but does not lock in on the subject.
        (Caused by minute particles produced by wear mentioned above.)
    2. The image shown in the viewfinder is “blurry” or “not steady”.
        (Occurs if wear progresses.)


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
« on: June 23, 2013, 07:19:44 AM »
I think that the S4 Zoom is a game changer and the end of the entry level compact cameras.
I disagree, simply because of the price. I have a regular S4 and for the price of that I could get three or four entry level point and shoots.

Yes, but that's not the point. Here, Nokia and Samsung are now taking the camera-side of the phone to the next level and I can only see it getting better and better as we move forward.

Just imagine if your S4 which costs hundreds itself - could take pictures as well as a Sony RX 100 or RX1. You will always need to carry a phone with you, but you do not always need to carry a point and shoot. There would be your answer.

The Nokia EOS is supposed to be coming out soon, which will be very interesting.

Just imagine if Sony stuck a phone on the back of a RX100 (or the new RX100 ii or is it going to be RX 200). And why not? It is a very small camera as it is.

When Samsung first came out with the Note people (all the pro reviewers etc) blasted it for being too big. I never thought so, as much of what I do on the phone is surf the net and message which is easier on a phone the size of a Note than it is on something much smaller.

Batteries are getting smaller and lasting longer, so if a manufacturer can come out with something that takes pictures as good as a RX100 (or even a RX1 - wow) and allows calls, surfing apps like whatsapp etc then I guarantee that that will be my next phone purchase and I would bet millions others would too (though there would be different market segments like any product and I am not saying everyone will spend US$2XXX on a phone camera).

We are not at the beginning of a new cycle, and I find it very interesting indeed.

Canon General / Re: Is this a fair offer for an on location job?
« on: June 23, 2013, 07:08:52 AM »
I presume I would give up all copyright over my photos and they would potentially be published as a calendar, postcards, or in a book.  I might get a credit in a book, but I would doubt I would keep any rights to the images.

Never, ever assume or presume when it comes to business. If they do not have a contract in place, make sure you outline exactly what you will provide them and if possible get them to sign or at the very least agree to what you have written.

Don't be afraid to put your foot down and ask for more money, or the right to a percentage of the picture sales (calendars, postcards etc.).

It may be worthwhile speaking to some of the guys taking part, sell them a package. People do buy pictures of themselves but you have to make it easy for them (automate it online etc).

Remember that you are providing a service.

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.

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?


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

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.


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).

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.

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.

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)

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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