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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 1D X - HDR First frame always shaky
« on: January 07, 2013, 03:53:42 PM »
I have taken a series of HDR shots today using my 1D X and 24-105L lens. I have also used a tripod and the camera is set to auto bracketing (5 exposures). In just about every series of shots the very first picture has camera shake and the other 4 exposures are sharp. I was wondering if anyone else had this problem before and if it is possibly the Image Stabalizing motor causing the shake? What is strange is that it is for instance a 3 sec exposure that is shaky but the longer exposures are perfect... This is very confusing!

Third Party Manufacturers / What to tell a newbie?
« on: August 14, 2012, 01:39:35 PM »
Today I came to a realization that Canon is indeed behind in the current camera market. I LOVE Canon products and LOVE my 1D X, but I also give training to new and upcoming photographers. I get a lot of questions on what camera to buy and what is the best camera and of course I know the best camera is the one you have in your hands, but how do you currently advise a new photographer to buy Canon if they just cannot deliver?

For example... I have someone who wants a camera to use when going overseas for travelling and holiday purposes (Powershot G1X will work here) and not sure if they will get serious about photography. But they also go away to a game farm frequently and wants to get a bit closer to the birds and wildlife. (SLR territory) Video is a nice to have feature seeing that it will also be a family camera.

Now newbies don't have a clue about ISO and shutterspeed and aperture and focal length etc - they want to push the button and get a great shot. Of course they will be disappointed and then they want to learn more on how to get the better shot.

Comparing Cameras AND availability just showed me once again that Canon has seriously dropped the ball. For what this student want the EOS 600D would be sufficient, but why force him to buy a Canon because I like Canon if the D3200 is clearly the better choice? I am comparing with the EOS 600D, because Canon had to recall the EOS 650D, once again, and it is not available - so in my opinion that isn't even a contender for someone who is burning to buy a camera.

I advised about 3 or 4 people in the last week to buy Nikon, and it really hurt! I still love my Canon gear, but Canon left a deep scar with the delays of the 1D X, the delays in the 5D III and now the EOS 650.

My only way of staying positive is believing they have something big up their sleeves... a game changer. Canon was the first to release a full frame DSLR and this made A LOT of Nikon users switch to Canon and they got a big market share there. Canon will have to bring out another miracle like the full frame DSLR - or they will lose all that ground they built up with it...

EOS Bodies / EOS 1D X Wired LAN Instruction Manual
« on: July 06, 2012, 07:11:20 PM »
Not sure if others have posted this but I see Canon added the Wired LAN Instruction Manual for the EOS 1D X today.

EOS Bodies / 5D MkIII & 1D X RAW conversion in CS6
« on: April 24, 2012, 09:25:23 AM »
I just had a look at and I see the 1D X in the list of supported cameras for the Camera Raw 7 plug-in and Lightroom 4, but the 5D MK III is not listed. I would have thought it would be the other way around. I am still waiting for my 1D X and just thought I'll look into RAW conversion so long, was just curious if anyone could give some feedback if the 5D mkIII is supported in Lightroom 4?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Digital low noise test?
« on: March 06, 2012, 08:58:32 AM »
Waiting for the 1D X I have had too many opportunities to shoot with different cameras as I rent a lot of bodies for different shoots. At the last wedding I did I mainly used available light as the venue was ideal and lighting was perfect for it, but I did have to push up the ISO a bit at stages. Something that I have taken for granted several times is that as soon as you push up the ISO, your number of available shots left on the memory card decreases, because noise takes "extra space" so to speak.

So I was wondering... The 7D and the 1D X are both 18 megapixel cameras and in THEORY if you take the same shot with both cameras the file size SHOULD be roughly the same... Am I correct?

But if the noise reduction is indeed lower on the 1D X, then we should see smaller file sizes compared to the 7D?

This is just something I was wondering about and would love to hear what others have to say about this?

EOS Bodies / Canon EOS 1D X tethered via LAN?
« on: January 17, 2012, 01:12:02 PM »
I can't really find a lot of info on this but was wondering if anyone had any comments on if it would be possible to shoot tethered with the 1D X using the new built in LAN port? The gigabit LAN port is faster than your standard USB 2 connection, so in theory it would definitely be possible... Any input on this?

EOS Bodies / Cat and Mouse games
« on: September 17, 2011, 10:54:44 AM »
I have just been wondering how much of a cat and mouse game Canon and Nikon are really playing. Is the one company really waiting for the other to release a camera to see if they can better that? If Canon is waiting for Nikon and Nikon waits for Canon, I suppose Sony will carry on selling in the middle?

The other thing that doesn't make sense to me is that a lot of rumours suggest Canon wants to get production up first before announcing a new DSLR. I can understand that production levels needs to be in full operation and after the terrible disaster this is not a quick fix. But surely they must have something to produce to blame production levels? Surely they should know which one of the prototypes will become the new model? Unless production is so hampered that they don't even know if they CAN produce anything at the moment? Is it possible that Canon suffered a bigger loss than they actually reported to "protect" stocks?

I am still fully behind Canon, but these are just some of the questions hanging in my mind...

EOS Bodies / No sensor cleaning?
« on: September 01, 2011, 08:37:03 AM »
Can't remember where, but I did read a rumour that the new 1Ds will not have built in sensor cleaning. If this is true, we'll have to see. But I read in a electronic magazine "Click" distributed by Canon South Africa today that their service partners will now offer free sensor cleaning to all EOS bodies purchased after January 2011. As far as I know you lucky international shooters already have free cleaning from Canon, so you might ask what's the big deal?

I also know that the camera technicians had to go for training recently. I don't think it was training on something new or exciting, but this announcement from Canon SA came after this. And it just got me thinking that MAYBE we will indeed see a new camera without auto sensor cleaning and they had to be sure their technicians are capable of cleaning the sensors?

Take this with a pinch of salt - just thought I'd share my 2 cents worth.

EOS Bodies / Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 22, 2011, 12:30:50 AM »
Is it just me or does it feel like Canon is dragging their heels in getting back as the market leader in the Pro SLR market? Maybe I should wait till September to point fingers, but I am really getting disillusioned with Canon. I am doing a lot of pro golf events for magazines and studio work. After a lot of saving and hard work I got enough money together in December last year to move to the 1Ds range and I knew buying one then would be a mistake - so I waited. There were times I thought I should just get a 1D, but there's no stock... So I am still waiting.

Now reading things like "However, we’re told Canon is more interested in getting production up to 100% before announcing new EOS products" is not really the type of news I want to read...

Am I the only one who feels this way? Is Nikon the new leader? (I know swearing is not allowed - but hey, sometimes you need to get things of your chest)  :)

Maybe I just need some feedback from fellow Canon users before I decide to switch to the yellow brand...

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