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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 - fragile!
« on: Today at 06:47:46 AM »
This lens has a reputation for fragility of the focus mechanism.  Mine bumped against a wall (tapped is more like it) and lost the ability to focus.  I will not buy a replacement until Canon comes out with a mark II version.

The 1.4 does have a reputation of the AF getting damaged with bumps on the lens. I had a hood permanently mounted on the 50 1.4 when I had it. Never removed it and never experienced any problems.

EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: Today at 06:34:56 AM »
@Tuglea - I want a cup of coffee and the 7DII won't brew one for me.  Therefore, it fails to meet MY needs and it's a crappy camera.  So I guess we agree.

 ::) ::) ::)

I didn't say the 7D2 was a bad camera, I said that it was a disappointing camera because it is 2012 technology, but was released in 2014 when the world has moved on. If they had built it from current tech instead of old tech it would have been so much more than it actually is now. My old T3i is a good camera too, but I wouldn't buy it now because there are so many much more capable options available now.

Wouldn't that depend on what "capability" you are looking for? If you are looking for a weather sealed camera shooting at 10fps with the best AF system on the market today, the 7D II would be a perfectly capable camera. However, if you are going to shoot landscapes or fashion photography, a 7D II wouldn't make any sense, a 6D would.

BTW, what "current tech" are you on about? The 7D II is the best all round budget sports camera you can get in the market today. That said, it is pretty much clear that Canon isn't offering any new tech insofar as the sensors are concerned. So if your complaint with the 7D II is indeed about sensor performance, Canon is a dead end at the moment and you should look elsewhere.

Lenses / Re: How satisfied are you with the 100-400 II?
« on: December 20, 2014, 03:25:15 AM »
How you like your 1DX?

Hi Dylan,

I've found it to be excellent. Seems like I made a good choice  ;)

Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400 ii Image Quality Review Posted at TDP
« on: December 19, 2014, 07:18:06 AM »
I saw the test images shot by Bryan at TDP and put the lens on order immediately. Fortunately was able to sell my 3 yo 100-400 (mark I) for around $ 875 the same day I decided to place the order.

Hope my copy is as good as Bryan's :)

Lenses / How satisfied are you with the 100-400 II?
« on: December 18, 2014, 10:50:29 PM »
Mine is on order and will arrive today. Unfortunately I'm out in the wild away from home and will be able to get my hands on it only on Christmas day. I must say I'm looking forward to shooting with it.

Your feelings about this lens?

PS: I voted for option 1

A mix of all the options. I always carry my iPhone and at the same time I almost ALWAYS carry a camera with me. Smartphone is used for photos only if the photos needs to be shared with someone immediately or there are restrictions on carrying a camera in select few places.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:19:36 AM »
Congrats JR

1dx will give you a much better handling with your big lenses: 85L II, 70-200, and of course future 200mm f2 IS  ;)

Keep in might take you sometime to get use to 18MP(larger pixel). Once you passed that state, I doubt you would pickup your 5D III.

Thanks Dylan - I watch out for the larger pixels. The big whites are on my shopping list too - the first one being the 300 II.

I'm tempted to order one too, but I'll wait for the Mk2. After that maybe 200/2 or 300/2.8. New kidneys grow back in few years, right, so I can keep selling them?

I considered waiting for the Mk2 as well but felt that photo opportunities can't wait. That said, if the Mk2 did come around sometime next year, I'd probably sell the 5D3 and get a Mk2.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 10, 2014, 11:27:37 PM »
Thanks for the replies guys. I've put the 1dx on order, should get it next week.

Cheers ... J.R.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 09, 2014, 08:12:53 AM »
So what! I'm planning to *dump* $6800 for the 1DX  :P

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 08, 2014, 11:06:23 PM »
I'm selling the (backup) 6D today, not because the camera is a dud (it isn't) but the user-interface is nowhere near what I would like.

I'm now looking at the 1DX while retaining the 5D3 as backup. Quick question here - does the fact that the 1DX is only 18mp bother you or limit you in any way? 


Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Shipping Prices - International
« on: November 02, 2014, 12:19:10 AM »
You are correct in your observation. The shipping charges have indeed gone up. For India, the shipping has increased from a minimum of $ 63 to $ 84.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 09:05:35 AM »
Kinda stynks when a cell phone's gps works faster than one built in to a fancy new camera.

A cellphone would have assisted GPS where it would get information from the Network service provider to determine your position (that is the reason GPS on phones works even indoors). In the camera you don't have access to the cellphone network and it communicates exclusively with the satellites resulting in a bigger time window.

Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:51:35 AM »
Is anyone able to get this to work? I'm submitting the required information but the page simply reloads when I click "Submit".

bracket the scene, let loose the tonemapping app of your choice and dial everything to 11!

My first entry is also my very first hdr shot, right after buying my shiny new 60d! Seemed like "instant art" to me back then :-p

Everyone has these art shots hidden in the hard drive somewhere. I'll check tomorrow and post the particularly ghastly ones.  ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: iPhone 6 gets an Exmor
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:15:57 PM »
Er... Does it shoot RAW?

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