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What we are talking about however is pros at the world cup. Low light is not an issue, focal length is not an issue. The ability to get and keep focus is the single most critical in that scenario. If they are in a different scenario they might use a different camera that was more suitable.

Any pro that insists on using a particular piece of equipment outdoors for action photography simply because that is the piece of equipment they use in a studio should be looking for a new job IMO, because they are clearly incompetent.

The pros will use what is best for sports action, and that is the 1D X. Offer me a 7D Mark II at an event like this and I will politely decline.

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Bravo, Canon. DPP has always been a favourite of mine. I am so happy to see you improving it.

Am going back to the World Cup now!! ;-)

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Street & City / Re: Typhoon Haiyan: 7 months later
« on: June 18, 2014, 04:10:50 AM »
Hi guys!

The Youtube Video of SBS Australia's Dateline story of Tacloban City, 7 months after Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan, is up. I was part of the production of the story.

A photo gallery of this trip can be viewed http://www.sbs.com.au/news/gallery/pictures-tacloban-after-disaster

All photos by me unless indicated.

Great job, Dolina.

I love the Philippines, amazing country and amazing people.

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Lighting / Re: Small container for holding spigots/studs?
« on: June 18, 2014, 02:53:10 AM »
I use a really small air tight food container. Something similar to these:

http://www.amazon.com/Little-Big-Box-Plastic-Container/dp/B00CMTDVD0/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1403079132&sr=1-2&keywords=small+plastic+airtight+container

They come in all sizes, and brands and you can even get super small sizes. Plus they are waterproof, air tight and not expensive!

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Software & Accessories / Re: What raincover solution do you use?
« on: June 18, 2014, 02:30:52 AM »
Depending on what lens you will be using, there is no better raincover for body and lens than Canon's own. They are terrific.

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Software & Accessories / Best Case for Canon TCs
« on: June 18, 2014, 01:49:54 AM »
What case(s) do you use to keep your extenders in?

I find the Lowepro 8x6 to be the perfect solution for both the 1.4X and 2.0X.

The 2.0X only just fits, but the little case offers perfect protection for when travelling or moving around.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:32:24 PM »
I wasn't really interested in this camera until I read this thread. Now that I have watched some reviews I totally want to own this camera!!  ::) Damn it, this forum really makes you buy even more things than you wanted before!  >:( ;D

I have not bought it yet. I resisted. But for how long who knows?!

But, the more I test and play with it, the more I like it. The EVF senses when you put your eye next to it so it deactivates the LCD and activates the EVF. The AF is not too slow, and there are quite a few different settings for the AF point which is moveable. The insane little flash, just makes me smile, and as I gradually get to understand the menu system a bit, things gradually begin to make sense. I even like the brochure!!

Go to your local shop and have a play with it yourself. Make sure you do the pocket test, as that is the icing on the cake. It is so light you hardly know it is even there.

Now if it only had whatsapp built in.....  ;D :o

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Pricewatch Deals / 1D X for Below US$5,000
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:22:29 PM »
I am posting this for two reasons:

1) I find it interesting to see what is happening to the price of the 1D X around the world; and

2) One (1) person may be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and buy it!

I have never seen the 1D X this cheap before.

At Duty Free in Hong Kong they have a 1D X on sale for HK$ 38,320 which is roughly US$ 4943.

I asked the salesman about this deal and he said it had been going on for a month or two now (I need to check prices at the airport more often, as normally they are more expensive than in town so I normally do not bother), but they now only have one camera left in stock at that price. Once it is sold the price will revert to HK$ 47,XXX which is more than what you would pay in town.

The camera is brand new, original of course and comes with China/HK warranty, plus a silly canvas Canon 1D X bag.

I did not buy it, but it was there a few hours ago!

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I have just downloaded and installed them both. The changes to DPP are quite significant - especially in look/layout - and will take some time to get used to. Fortunately you can keep both the old and new version on your computer.

I have not delved into the new EOS Utility yet.

Still think it is great that Canon has taken the time, and spent the money, on improving what I see as an excellent piece of software. Bravo, Canon!

where did you download from?

Canon Hong Kong

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I have just downloaded and installed them both. The changes to DPP are quite significant - especially in look/layout - and will take some time to get used to. Fortunately you can keep both the old and new version on your computer.

I have not delved into the new EOS Utility yet.

Still think it is great that Canon has taken the time, and spent the money, on improving what I see as an excellent piece of software. Bravo, Canon!

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I shoot at quite a lot of major international sporting events, though I am not in Brazil for the world cup, and if Canon did offer me the use of a 7D Mark II at such an event I would probably say no, as I would need my 1D X. In fact two 1D Xs will always be preferable to any 7D Mark II (whatever it may be) combination for the sports I shoot.

This is not the same as when they test a lens. If they offer me whatever lens(es) I want  - test or not - then I will (and do) gladly accept.

Having said, that I would gladly test a 7D Mark II (if such a thing exists) at events or games where I am not working (hence not important to me), such as at a local footie match on a Sunday. But definitely not something important like a major int. sporting event.

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This is great news. I am a very big fan of DPP and use it for every image I work on. I also download all my images direct from the camera via EOS utilities. It is terrific that Canon is still working on these benefits for their customers.

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These sensors could come out sooner than we think. SAR is reporting this:

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The image of this Sony curved sensor created quite a buzz but some people argued that this tech may not coming any time soon. Well this is wrong. Sony already made a first mass production run and realized 100 sensors. Sony device manager Itonaga said it clearly: “We are ready“.

http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/addendum-sony-says-we-are-ready-to-produce-curved-sensors-on-mass-scale/

If I have understood the physics of this properly, this could really be a game changer.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:47:11 AM »
Rodeo action yesterday with the 1dx and 70-200 and 300 2.8.

Full sun at high noon so the light was quite harsh and from straight above, but i did the best i could

Never thought I would be interested in Rodeo, but with great food and hot chicks like that I am definitely going if I ever find one!! Nice shots, Northstar.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:41:48 AM »
I have the mark 1 as an underwater cam and presuming the mark 3 is better again, they are an awesome little pocketable camera (not so small in a housing)

I cannot speak of its performance but I can tell you that the new viewfinder is very impressive, it even has a tiny little flash. When I tried to test the AF speed in the Sony Store it seemed fine and worked well, and the IS in video mode was quite extraordinary.

I may go back again tomorrow and see if I can stick my own memory card in to take a closer look at the RAW files.

For me a camera like this is all about image quality and portability. I could go on a cycling trip with this in my jersey's back pocket and not worry about weight etc. It is ideal to take to a discreet event and not worry about the camera and lens(es) ruining my dinner jacket-look.

I even like the brochure.  :o

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