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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).

Lenses / Re: lens question for the math geniouses
« on: February 19, 2013, 10:22:45 AM »
(Deleted -- neuroanatomist has a better and more elaborate response, read that instead.)

EOS Bodies / Re: What if the rumored 5Dx is actually a 4D?
« on: February 14, 2013, 09:28:31 AM »
I know it's against the current stream of excessive classification and name calling (e.g. displays, retina vs. non, and these useless uwxyzvga designations; just tell me the size and the number of pixels already) but I couldn't care less about whether it's called the 5DX, the 5D9, the 1DY or the 4D, if the performance and specs are what I need I'll try to get it, and if not I won't...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DPReview: Canon EOS 6D Reviewed
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:51:49 AM »
I would hope that the 6D has moire in video, that means it doesn't have the overly strong "let's make ALL images soft just for the couple of people that use this for serious video"-AA-filter in the 5D3! At least that was my initial impression after looking at the first 5D3 reviews and sample images, that the AA-filter was too strong.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New MFA method
« on: February 11, 2013, 01:03:27 AM »
Hmmmm....  I suspect we'll see an official word from FoCal why this method doesn't work so good and we will all read it and collectively say "nice try, bye bye".
Sorry to be cynical, but we live in a day and age where people and companies with any kind of commercial interest are known to tell a lot of lies and even defend them in court if it means that they can, well, maximise profit. They might of course really have something, but anything they say will have to be double checked. And although I'll have to do some more tests, as I wrote above, double checking this new method the other day indicated that it was spot on for me.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New MFA method
« on: February 10, 2013, 02:41:07 PM »
Tried this yesterday evening, and except for being a bit shocked for how much adjustment my shiny new 1DX needed (only the 24-70@24 came out at 0) it actually worked pretty well, that is when I double-checked some of the obtained values they were spot on...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX ITR AF Feature
« on: February 08, 2013, 03:44:15 PM »
Yes.  Setting 'select cross type points' limits only what you can manually select.  With 4- or 8-pt expansion or 61-pt in Servo, when the camera is picking the AF point(s), it will use both cross- and line-type points.
Thanks for the confirmation, I got the 1DX only two weeks ago, and haven't had an opportunity to put all AF modes to a proper test yet.

PS: It was also some of your input that convinced me to get the 1DX, and what can I say, it's great, and I don't miss the 3MP from the 5D2!

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