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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why is metering not linked to AF spot?
« on: July 30, 2013, 06:20:07 AM »
It appears to be artificial product segmentation.

It seems to work in their favour, this feature was one of the reasons that made me get a 1DX over a 5DIII.

Of course some other people might have chosen a Nikon over a non-1-series Canon, we don't have the numbers.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Panasonic 60x superzoom
« on: July 19, 2013, 11:48:19 AM »
Come on, is this the level we are at?

"The [...] FZ70's lens has a 60x magnification factor, meaning you could probably read the date on a penny from across the room."

Anecdotally, I just don't see people using point & shoot cameras anymore. I see either smart phones or bridge/DSLR cameras.
And, it appears, many iPads and other tablets, seems like more than p/s cameras...

The trouble is that many people use this philosophy of not bringing a compass on to a mountain too seriously.  In the UK there have been numerous call outs to the (voluntary) mountain rescue teams to rescue them because the battery in their phone has run dry.  The trouble is that redundancy might be apparent, but that doesn't mean it's real.
Battery life is a very real problem with modern smartphones, you get all the features, but not for very long!

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS
« on: June 14, 2013, 12:58:54 PM »
If the 100-400 is as good as Canon's recent new offerings, then it should be markedly better than the 70-200L II + 2x III.  Hopefully, it'll take extenders well and give us good IQ at 560mm, which is about as far as we can get with a mobile hand-holdable system.
Hopefully, it'll take them at all.  Lots of people are clamoring for a rotating zoom like the 70-300L.  What if that plus a compact design means the lens loses extender compatibility??  Why would they do that?  Consider...all along the 'barrier' was 400/420mm.  If you wanted longer and still wanted AF, you shelled out the big bucks for a 1-series body or a supertele.  So now that they've put f/8 AF in a 5-series, perhaps they'll take away a 'cheap' 560mm f/8 IS option with good IQ.  Not really trying to be the voice of doom, here, but we all know that Canon giveth and Canon taketh away (AFMA on the 60D, anyone?).
But presumably it would still work with 3rd-party extenders?

I'd get a 135L and while using that I'd think about the 35 IS or which other 35 or 50 to get, or perhaps the 28 IS and 40 pancake.
First, I'd be thankful -- lots of folks would love to have a 5D2 and $2K!!
That's a nice answer.

Now that I think of it, surprising that they don't use computer-generated renderings.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 1DX Junk camera??
« on: April 11, 2013, 08:54:59 AM »
I literally LOL'd at the end ;-)

Btw, the other day I was at this dance show, dim lighting, with my still rather new 1DX, and took over a thousand shots just to make sure some of them would be in focus, but nearly all of them were, it's a very very noticeable improvement over the 5D2!

Canon General / Re: Goodbye Cruel Canon
« on: March 31, 2013, 04:42:58 PM »
I'd start by getting a girlfriend.
That's the last thing any photographer needs!!!
Always-available model!  :)

  • Give ISO the same importance as time and aperture (e.g. put aperture on one wheel, iso on the other, and time in auto).
  • Sometimes I want to simply change a custom-mode from e.g. Tv to M or similar, which doesn't seem possible (please correct me if I'm wrong).
The first is possible now.  Av mode, and Custom Controls to switch the QCD to ISO (see p. 341).  With that, ISO is set during metering only.  With that setting in M mode, you set aperture/shutter when metering is inactive, and once you start metering you can adjust ISO.

You can't change the base mode of a C# setting. Canon could fix that for the 1D X, it seems to be a legacy of having a mode dial (the 1D X is the first to have C# settings and no mode dial).

Thanks for the hint regarding the ISO controls, that will be useful, and I'll read the manual again for other treasures that I might have missed. (All in all the customisability of the 1DX is really good compared to what I had before, and I'm glad to have made this upgrade.)

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.
Yes, that with the menu would be nice, too. In general the possibilities with the 1DX are much better than what I was used to, but there is obviously still much room for improvement...

  • AFMA built-in at the press of a button, and yes different for different focus points etc.
  • That exposure compensation in M with auto-iso.
  • Give ISO the same importance as time and aperture (e.g. put aperture on one wheel, iso on the other, and time in auto).
  • Histogram when you zoom like even the cheap Nikons do when reviewing pictures.
  • Same thing for live view.
  • When I hook up the 1DX to a LAN via Ethernet and the LAN has a wireless part I want to use the 6D's remote control iPhone app.
  • Optionally automatically enable mirror-lookup when the 2-second self-timer is used.
  • Sometimes I want to simply change a custom-mode from e.g. Tv to M or similar, which doesn't seem possible (please correct me if I'm wrong).
  • Orientation-linked AF-point-selection is cool, but how about linking choice of custom mode to orientation? EC? Let me choose!
  • The AE-sensor has enough resolution for face-detect, so warn me if the phase-detect point is not exactly on the eye (or, even better, give me a drive-mode that while I keep the shutter pressed takes a picture every time a phase-detect point happens on an eye and focus is achieved).
  • Show me the effective transfer rate to the card(s) in MB/sec.
  • If there's an internal temperature sensor, tell me what it's measuring.
  • More possibilities to configure minimum shutter speeds or maximum apertures etc. and priority between ISO, aperture and shutter speed ("set the highest f-number where you can maintain 1/100 or 1/focal length, whichever is faster, with ISO not above 6400" or "with the preselected CoC, give me aperture for no less than 2cm of DoF and give equal priority to ISO and shutter speed to get correct exposure").

Why on earth would the vast majority of Rebel owners want AFMA ?

Are they going to be shooting with 200 Ls at f2 ?

AFMA is extremely tricky to use properly and easy to b*****k up your AF.
That's why the firmware should be able to automatically perform AFMA at the press of a button, using contrast-detect to calibrate phase-detect, it's not rocket science...

To be fair, the previous releases did at least improve something:

500D to 550D was 15MP to 18MP

550D to 600D was articulating screen and a few other video features

600D to 650D was improved AF with 9 cross-type points

650D to 700D is nothing really new?!?

Lighting / Re: Question about lighting ratios
« on: February 22, 2013, 02:24:40 AM »
Yes thats right

1/4 to 1/16 is 4:1 (not the OP's 3:1).

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