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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon Working on Large Sensor Compacts?
« on: June 27, 2013, 01:00:37 PM »
I acquired an Olympus OMD E-M5 last week and this week got the EF adaptor.

For those who don't know about this camera it has built in image stability on the sensor level. With the EF adapter I shot the 100-400L handheld at 1/250 of a second. The smaller sensor turned it into an 800mm lens. Even at 5.6, manually focused it was really sharp thanks to the in camera stabilization.

If canon were to make a 1DX, but with a smaller sensor (and in turn smaller lenses) they would be onto an absolute winner of a camera. For me the OMD is missing a few important things. A Joystick an optical EVF.

Otherwise I would already be using it professionally. But they need to do something as I'm happy to shoot this at ISO6400, which is something the 1Ds3 couldn't do and that's only 5 years ago.

Buy the 5D3, no point waiting for something that may never happen.

Or a used 5D2 or a 1Ds3 or a 5D classic.

The 1Ds3 is the best, the 5D2 second and the 5D classic is just a lovely camera.

I've owned all of them. Each has their limits compared to todays tech. But at least with the 1Ds3 it can focus and write to two cards.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Product Advisory
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:56:24 AM »
I dropped mine in at Elstree on Wednesday and it's on the bench today.

Giving it a free clean too by all accounts. (Not sensor though), just general fibres and crap.

Software & Accessories / Re: Changes to UK Copyright Law
« on: June 13, 2013, 01:56:41 PM »
It's all being blown bigger than it is:


EOS Bodies / Re: A Big Megapixel Discussion
« on: June 12, 2013, 02:24:05 PM »

you obviously don't have a medium format! they are a pain in the ass to use, so far behind in technology. price isn't everything, i want it to do the best job it can, price isn't the most important factor for a big chunk of the market.

what i need as an advertising photographer is more speed, more iso and lots of megapixels. my p65+ has enough pixels, it just cant be used in many situations. if canon can release a decent high megapixel camera that can do iso 800 at 3-5 fps, they will own the high end of the market.


You noticeably didn't read my sig. I use a H4D50 for wedding, studio and landscape photography.

Medium format is cumbersome to use but well worth the grief. The Hasselblad lenses are the best in the world, the colour, also world class.

The majority of people using such large file sizes will be studio and landscapers. Run and gun wedding togs just don't have the need (in general) for such high file sizes. I use mine for wedding stuff for things like flowers, panoramic building shots, group shots but the rest the 1DX is used for.

I would trade down my H4D50 but the camera would have to be CHEAP because I know for a fact I would be losing out on the quality medium format affords me. When it comes to high resolution sensors I'm not fussed about ISO performance but ultimate IQ. I know that to squeeze than many pixels onto 35mm is a compromise. As are the lenses. They just aren't good enough compared to H series stuff.

Heck I may even buy a big mp Canon and keep the Hassy. It's that good. I wouldn't dream of shooting a whole wedding on a big MP Canon though. I hear about D800 owners downsizing all their image files to fit onto a DVD.

EOS Bodies / Re: Moire in the 1DX and 5D3
« on: June 12, 2013, 04:31:12 AM »
Odd that Moire is starting to surface now. What firmware are you running?

EOS Bodies / Re: A Big Megapixel Discussion
« on: June 11, 2013, 05:14:19 PM »

To rule out the flash setting variable I would do a test shoot of say, a beach ball but set the white balance with a grey card.

Then it'll be fixed and you can then see if it's truly variable.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mark III Live view NOISE!!!
« on: June 08, 2013, 11:21:39 AM »
I don't think it should do that.

But to rule out human error reset the camera to factory. You might of already done that, if so send it in for service.

If you're looking to get both the foreground and background in focus then use image stacking.

You can cheat a little with a small sensor camera but if I was shooting it with medium format then stacking is the only way.

Lighting / Re: Flash that will endure over 2000 continuous shots?
« on: June 02, 2013, 01:17:56 PM »
Kino flo continuous lighting and manual white balance is what you want, not a flash.

One misfire and it's pointless.

Lenses / Re: Help with Long Lens + Backup Body choice for Iceland
« on: May 25, 2013, 02:51:12 AM »
When using such a long focal length the difference between 2.8 and F4 fade away.

What doesn't is the weight. From experience in Iceland the weight will mean a lot of the time the 2.8 stays in the vehicle. So I recommend the F4 IS and the 100-400L Which should weight only a little more combined than the 2. alone.

You really don't need the heavy fast glass on this trip.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX and 5D3 RAW files
« on: May 23, 2013, 05:30:38 PM »
This is the thing. There is nothing really to clear up.

What are you going to do with the information once you have it... become engineers?

The 5D3 and 1DX have different sensors. That's why the Raw files have different qualities. It stands to reason that the more expensive flagship model gets the best stuff and quite rightly has the best IQ.

That's all that we need to know. Different sensors, different results. It's common sense and you don't have to have any tech knowledge to work that out.

If you really must know go on the DWF forum and ask Chuck Westfall why there's a difference.

Copper / Gold was figuratively speaking. But to compare.... the Generation 4 ipod had something called a Wolfson DAC inside it. This was and still is considered the best DAC and therefore led to the best sound quality on the ipod. Ever. It's why I have an old one in my car, when using FLAC files the clarity is amazing. Apple use a different one now and it's not the same.

Canon are not only using different sensors, but different components. Higher quality components to get a cleaner image.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX and 5D3 RAW files
« on: May 23, 2013, 02:19:08 PM »
Right ladies, lets clear this up.

I own the 1DX, 5D3 and the Hasselblad H4D50 (Which has by far the smallest pixels).

It's all about the sensor and how the information is read from it.

The 5D3 is half the price of the 1DX, the 1DX has the best sensor by default.

Pixel size isn't really that relevant, my H4D50 pixel sizes are half that of the 1DX, yet produce a superior image out of the three of them. And, I can push an ISO 50 file 3-4 stops, with better highlight and shadow recovery that even the 1DX.

It's about the type and quality of the sensor and how the camera reads the information from it. It's not all about pixel size. Fat pixels help, but as an example the D800 can be pushed wayyyyy up in the shadow department yet has tiny pixels. The 7D pixels are the same at the D800 but it's IQ sucks balls.

Maybe the 1DX has gold sensor lines vs copper on the 5D3. Who cares really?

You could try to work out why this is, but frankly don't bother, go out and take some photos. Let the guys in the labs keep designing great sensors for us to take advantage of.

EOS Bodies / Re: Buy 1DX now or wait for an upgrade?
« on: May 21, 2013, 03:33:55 AM »
The wait for the 1Ds3 to be replaced was silly, even with the 1DX announces it was what, 8 months? before release.

So they combined the 1Ds and 1D cameras into one body and made it kick ass. You betcha they will be a much longer wait for the replacement than ever before. 3 years counting from now.

I don't think there is anything Canon can improve on this current model to make me switch to another body. Other than a true silent shutter.

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