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Canon General / Re: An article Canon should read.
« on: August 31, 2011, 01:04:50 AM »
Oh, and "leading" and being "first" are 2 different things

Yes... the one means you're finished :D

Canon General / Re: An article Canon should read.
« on: August 31, 2011, 12:38:17 AM »
I've been watching the IPhone and the IPad frenzy lately and I finally got up my courage to ask a few questions about the IPad with an eye toward downloading photos for viewing (daily shoots) and for connection to a live camera to use it as a monitor for my cameras out in the field.  When I say "the field", I mean forrest or sea coast or other minimally habitated area.  Read few or non-existant cell towers.  Yes I know everyones needs are different.  However here is what I asked the Ipad user at Starbucks:

I think there is a time and place for everything. From what I gather your use will be in remote areas where there is no internet and will there be power?

The iPad is great for certain uses and really falls short on others, it's not to say that it cannot do what you want. But it is definately not made to run applications like Adobe CS5. You can buy an external camera connection kit for the iPad which is basically a SD card reader and a USB port where you can connect your camera straight to the iPad to download the photos - BUT it doesn't allow you to connect an external HDD. You need to jailbreak the iPad to get this feature. Looking at your need I would say the iPad is not for you...

I wanted to do the same thing, except I have access to power to keep the battery charged. I also travel a lot and wanted to be able to actually edit my photos while flying. I bought myself the ASUS E121 Slate ( and I am REALLY happy with it. It is more like a laptop and looks like an iPad.

The only negatives I have at the moment is
1) Battery life - for photo editing about 1.5 - 2 hours (It's a full PC, so it is power hungry and I can understand the battery life)
2) Limited to 4GB of RAM
3) WiFi coverage can be poor at times, not sure if it is interferance
4) Is quite heavy because of the tough glass

But I shoot tethered with my camera, edit photos in Photoshop, display photos to clients, take notes... anything I can do on my Workstation, I can do on the tablet. I bought a 64GB SD card which I leave in the tablet as an extended HDD, and I can connect an additional HDD if I wish (has 2 USB ports)

I was very sceptical at first because everyone compares this to the iPad, but you need to know that these 2 tablets fall in 2 very different categories. I know it sounds like I am promoting the ASUS tablet, but I am just giving you what I decided on after doing a lot of homework on tablets. I do believe that we will see a boom in the tablet market from next year when Windows 8 is launched. I also won't be surprised if Apple launches something between the iPad and the MacBook, maybe a MacPAd or something :)

Hope this helps a bit...

EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 24, 2011, 01:40:30 PM »
  I shot the "same" 500-1000 shots every other week all summer at my team's bike race using only L glass (mostly 70-200 L IS, some with 24-105 L), so they are shots that I am VERY familiar with.

Well I guess the only advice I can give now is saying... have fun! :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 24, 2011, 09:21:58 AM »
...and NONE of these pros is whinning about how bad their canons or nikons are!

uh.... did I say my Canons are bad?

EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 24, 2011, 01:31:32 AM »
P.S. Tried a 7D and it had most of the above but I found the images were softer than on my (wife's) 40D so I decided to wait

Just want to ask one obvious question here... Are you using the same lens on both cameras? I am sure this is an obvious "Yes" but still had to check :)

I also use Lightroom for all my post processing and I actually get better results from it than with Photoshop's RAW utility. I think the basic "engine" of the 2 apps are the same, but I find I have more control in Lightroom. I also use Nik Sharpener Pro, but find this can sometimes go a bit overboard on the sharpening.

Unfortunately I don't have a 7D, but I do have a 40D and this used to be a bit soft for me compared to the 1D. I set the sharpness to full on the presets and violla - never looked back. If it is too sharp, which it hardly ever is, I just pull it down a bit in Lightroom. It is much easier to "soften" one or two photos in Lightroom than sharpening a whole bunch.

Software & Accessories / Re: The Future of the Flash? [CR1]
« on: August 24, 2011, 01:19:43 AM »
Canon better do this, because Nikon definitely will. The only problem I see is not being compatible with third party flashes (unless they release their own receivers). Id hate to have to use two systems for my PCB lights + speedlights....

I don't think Nikon will... they already have :) Unfortunately I have to admit that Nikon is definately ahead in the Speedlight war... BUT Nikon's SB-900 has been out for quite some time and Canon can only improve on this.

In a way I must actually say that I don't mind a new Canon speedlight NOT being compatible with older versions, if it means we'll get a new amazing technology that works really well, whatever it would be. With time there will be 3rd party vendors making some kind of trigger that will make it compatible.

EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 23, 2011, 03:18:36 PM »
I'm your typical "Windows XP" kinda guy. I had to use Win Vista once and was annoyed by it. Win 7 may be better but at the moment I just do not care.

Ah - you see we are exactly opposites here :D I can also try and convince you by telling you why Windows 7 is better and all the great features it has, but... why change something that works for you? But then the other side of the coin... The day WILL come when you will have to upgrade the software and computers because Windows XP is no longer supported... the current hardware gave in and the new hardware is not compatible with XP... I am there with my current equipment - time has come for upgrade :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 23, 2011, 03:12:32 PM »
sorry. but is you photography so perfect that all current canon DSLR cameras are not good enough for you?
and if the answer is yes... i am (i think most here) curious to hear how nikon will increase your phantastic photos even further??

If you read a bit further you would see that I also said that I stay true to Canon and won't ever switch... I was speaking out of anxiety and anticipation on a new camera. I still firmly believe the best camera is the one in your hands - but if the one in your hands are becoming more and more unreliable then you have to start looking at getting new stuff.

EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 22, 2011, 11:44:06 PM »
I would never buy the latest kit, the problem is that it takes an age for Adobe & other software providers to issue their RAW / ACR updates, meaning that you have a camera which for professional use is just about useless.

You would also never get that "out of the box, new feeling". This is a matter of opinion... some people can't wait for Christmas, others couldn't care. I will install Beta operating systems to see what's new and work through the bugs - others will stick with Windows XP because it's more "stable"

At least I know when I have a brand new camera that the support will eventually follow :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 22, 2011, 04:02:52 PM »
Wow... never meant to shake the bee hive :D Also just want to make it clear that I am not really "Fed Up" with Canon... more Fed Up with waiting and being unsure. And yes... maybe it's not right being so anxious, but hey - if it wasn't for us over eager people - companies would take years before bringing out new stuff :)

Personally, I like a little lead time knowing what a coming product is.  That way I can either drool and dream or decide "hey, nothing there worth waiting for, I'll get a current model."

I have to agree with this - but then I must say, if I think about other announcements from Canon, they have released some info well in advance. When it's not such a big upgrade. So I suppose the fact that we have to wait longer, must mean something good is coming :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 22, 2011, 05:13:27 AM »
You say that you would like a 1D but there's no stock - doesn't that just illustrate the points I made above, that Canon are still having production problems?

Actually I don't want the 1D - I want something better :D

I was very much in 2 minds between the 1D and the 5D mkII and I was going to buy the 1D out of desperation. I have been holding out to buy a new camera since a year after the 5D mkII was released (The fps was just too low for some of the golf action shots I do). The 1D mk Iv was released and the ISO noise war started - so I decided to wait for Canon's next BIG camera hoping it would be by December 2010.

The stock issue does confirm that Canon is battling with production, but at the time it was also a small sign (in my head) that something new might be coming, seeing that the 5D stock was also depleted. I did get to my senses and put 2 and 2 together regarding production - but having your hopes up and then down and then up is quite a roller coaster ride! :D

My current equipment is old and it works hard - so I have to service it regularly which costs extra money. I think this whole thing is just about KNOWING... Yes - I need to know what's in a wrapped box under the tree! I am impatient... :-) Knowing something great is coming will help me plan services on equipment etc. I think it is the IF, MAYBE and NOT KNOWING that is driving me crazy LOL

EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 22, 2011, 05:04:21 AM »
I sometimes read posts like this & slowly shake my head.  Have you not heard of the Japanese earthquake which devastated parts of Japan?  Canons facilities were damaged in this and as a corporate policy it is their decision not to announce a new body until they have production facilities to actually deliver it.

It does beg the question as to the state of Canons current production facilities, especially as the EOS body plant is miles away from the earthquake zone

I fully understand this and Canon made announcements on their websites saying that their facilities are fully operational again, but the problem is that there are massive power restrictions put in place and Canon is fully complying with these restrictions.

I also understand what is said about Japanese culture, but you asked
Announcement of a camera which you cannot get your hands on, or a company which says we're not going to announce the camera until we can ship it?
I want neither  :)

Don't you think a company that is bold enough to step forward and say "We are working on a camera that will blow our competitors out of the water, with a dynamic range like never before... etc etc" - is better than a rumor page where everything is a guess. I don't expect them to say it will be a camera with features A, B and C and it will be available on XX Date.

I am just wondering how much of this cloak and dagger stuff is real between competitors and how much is from watching too many spy movies :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 22, 2011, 02:10:37 AM »
@EYEONE - The ironic thing is that part of this whole "upgrade" is that it was also a Christmas gift to me last year :) So yes it is feeling like Christmas never came LOL.

@YoukY63 - A D3x?? You must be kidding, it will be unfair to look at anything but a D4  ;) I want to see what the whole Nikon launch on the 24th is about. Joe Mcnally was involved with the D3 launch and maybe he is again on the 24th...

I think my overall confidence in Canon has just taken a knock... I am in South Africa and the Canon support here is terrible... well... actually more like "Doesn't exist". I usually take my gear to the US to have it serviced etc and therethe support is FANTASTIC. In South Africa Canon is just a name on a building - inside the building it is a lot of 3rd party companies operating under that name. But my blood is still red and I just cannot go away from Canon.

@UncleFester - I have several bodies and depends on what I am shooting. Golf is 50% of my income and Studio work the other 50%. I want to go 1Ds for studio work. I don't have a 1Ds at the moment and use a 1D mkIII or 5D mkI for golf. Lenses depends on what I shoot, it can range from 18mm to 400mm or even sometimes longer with a 1.4x converter.

I suppose I just wanted to know that I wasn't the only one who can't wait for Christmas!  :D

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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