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Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:32:56 AM »
These Pics reminds me to use this lens again. When I bought it, around 2001 or so, I was a little bit frustrated. I thought it could be used like an normal macro lens (like my 100mm2.8 or ma 180mm 3.5). But it was a little bit more difficult... So I had to buy a lot more equipment. A micro-adjustment glider (Einstellschlitten), a adjustable flash-holder for 2 flashes, and an 2 headed flash-system (all from Novoflex uniset, auto-duo-flash,...) ... A lot of money, but I was not satisfied, because the flash was not bright enough to bring enough light into the picture at a 3-5x magnification. Especially, when the insects were not resting long enough, or the wind was moving the objects... So it was hard work to get sharp pictures on the film (Eos 1V and Eos 3).
Using the 7D and 60D was more satisfying, but there was much vignetting. But now, the 6D will be a game-changer in this topic. Thanks for reminding to use it again. I just opened the dusty box with the since 2011 resting MPE65 and all of the macro-equipment inside.

One question please: I think the Novoflex uniset will be able to carry an light flash. If not, which external flashholder to buy? and which "flash softbox?
I think an omnibouncer on the flash will bring to hard light on the objects.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Q2? [CR1]
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:35:51 AM »
Some days ago, I saw a lot of photographers with a lot more equipment carrying around in Kitzbühel in Austria. We´ve been there (not to see Arnie  :P) but to support our local new slalom-star from Garmisch. (And he won  ;D )
 I saw - like last year - more than one photographer-group using an big SLR-body without a naming on it and an built-in vertical grip. This might be an Nikon body, because of the round OVF... 2 Laptops, many boxes,... one person shooting and three looking on their laptops...

I my opinion they tested something. The lenses or the body......

But in my opinion too, it looks like seome people want to keep this topic boiling....

Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod Suggestions
« on: January 28, 2014, 03:52:45 PM »
MeFOTO Roadtrip: Hmmmm. This tripod looks the same like one of the Sirui Series ... Could this be?   

Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod Suggestions
« on: January 28, 2014, 03:47:27 PM »
I recommend the Sirui TX-2204 with the E-20 ball head. Arca-swiss comatible. carbon.
Own it for a few month, using it nearly every day in the last weeks.
Going skiing or ski tours in South Tyrol an the Swiss Alps, every pound you do not have to carry is an good one...
The Tripod is about 144cm extended, with the 7d and grip or the 5D3 in eye height (I am 178cm tall). High enough. And the Head and the tripod is only about 1,7 kg. The head is very good. Keeps the 5D3+Grip+300mm 2.8 + 1,4x in every position.

It looks very similar to the system made by f stop gear ;)
The price of the medium ICU is the same like the ICU  from F-Stop.

I hope F-Stop will create an bigger backpack with an side-access to the Camera with an mounted lens.


Dpreview will release its review in the next day(s).

Used it on saturday @ indoor shooting. Outdoor @ good light-> superb! But indoor, the alpha 7 with the kit lens had some problems with the AF. It took very long to get sharp. I will try it with an better zeiss-lens next week again.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 04:15:58 PM »
Pay attention dude, we were talking about video. 

Were we, dude?  Only video?

No, most people in that position will get an iphone to save money, get almost as good a camera, and better video.

No, it seems we were talking about cameras and video.  The iPhone camera is in no way 'almost as good' as a T3.

As for less noise in video, if your evidence for that is a post by Ken Rockwell, perhaps you can also provide some evidence for the honesty of politicians by citing Richard Nixon's memiors. 

You should apply for a job at Canon. 

The point is, there isn't a profitable niche in IQ BETWEEN the iPhone (or comparable) and 100D @~$400. 

Clearly you should not, dude.  If Canon does release a body that comes in under the 100D in the lineup, it will be because they are pretty damn sure there's a profitable market for it.  But I'm sure that you know Canon's customer base better far better than they do, it's not like they sell many cameras or anything like that.  ::)

I'm going to try thinking like Canon's financial and marketing departments... here goes.  Let's say that a reasonably priced ($250 or less) P&S camera has roughly the same quality (at the wide end of its zoom) as modern smartphones (not just the iPhone).  Maybe not always true, but bear with me.  Since the P&S market is declining, P&S cameras are probably seen as comparable to the phone you already have.  If Canon is good at making money, which is already proven to be true, the smartest thing they could possibly do with this declining P&S market is release a dSLR that's close to a high-end P&S price.  Well, they already did that with the 100D, so what's the next step?  Make a cheaper version that still makes the people who wouldn't pick up a P&S "because their iPhone's camera is almost as good" think that it's worth buying.  Those of us who are already in the Canon ecosystem complain about Canon releasing a cheaper 100D instead of upgrading something we want.  Canon doesn't care, because when the consumer with a smartphone looks a little higher than what they'd spend on a P&S and sees a dSLR, they'll think "it looks professional, so it must take better pictures", and they buy it.  Canon has just performed a little upsell, and gotten more money from that consumer than they would have spent on a P&S.


The same thing happens in many electronic branches every day. Just think of e.g graphic cards,... A new name, new design, one new feature.... and many of us want to own it....
Canon´s market specialist know exactly, which product will have a high potential to become an cash cow.
And if the time is right to serve an special market, they will release something that satisfies those customers

EOS Bodies / Re: A New Rebel for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 14, 2014, 04:46:30 PM »
Meh.  :-\

But its ok if its a full frame rebel.  ;D

a full frame rebel? Yessss, Sir! A 6DII would be great....
More AF points and a a little bit faster AF-performance would be great!
I was thinking more like a 'response' to the Sony A7R.

High resolution, loads of dynamic range, all stuffed into a small and affordable package.. Maybe same size as the Rebel SL1.

But we can forget that . ;D

Mr. Ricku, I would order the Alpha 7B in the next minute, if there would exist more lenses.
The 7B and the 7R were the first Cams, where an "wow"-effect came over my lips for an long time (did not use an 1dx ever) . Using them on an workshop just with the standard kit-lens, produced shots that were marvellous.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Vs. Canon 70D
« on: January 14, 2014, 04:37:30 PM »
Hullo Hjalmarg1, seems there are a lot of people asking the same question as you are.  I have quite extensively compared the ergonomics and performance of the two cameras, 7D and 70D, on my website.  Here is the link

In summary, the 7D has a bigger body, more robust, with more external controls and a slight speed advantage.  The 70D has an image quality advantage, in good light and especially at higher iso settings, perhaps a slight AF improvement, a definite AF improvement in Live View and video in a much smaller package.
Hope that helps

In most disciplines the 70D is better than the 7D.
If you do shoot in extreme situations the 70D will be the "better 7D"

Mr. AE1Pguy is right too, if he prefers the 6D. In speedy situations the 70D is better and has more AF points... But the Eos 6D-IQ ist far better than the 70Ds - especially in low light situations.

(My personal opinion)

EOS Bodies / Re: A New Rebel for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 14, 2014, 04:32:27 PM »
Meh.  :-\

But its ok if its a full frame rebel.  ;D

a full frame rebel? Yessss, Sir! A 6DII would be great....
More AF points and a a little bit faster AF-performance would be great!

EOS Bodies / Re: A New Rebel for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 14, 2014, 04:26:54 PM »
... Why the hell 7D mark ii should have more megapixel than 1Dx? :o

Maybe, ´cause most other equal cameras have more than 20MP....?

Software & Accessories / Re: Best Headlamp I've Found
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:10:17 AM »
My children use Mammut X-950 Sun headlamps when they go paragliding or basejumping. Very strong and it is rechargeable. We use the Petzl Ultra rush at the mountain-rescue.
Both models are ultrastrong.

I was allowed to shoot with the Alpha 7 and 7R last weekend. Impressive Camera with an great IQ. I just got the 28-70 kit lens to shoot with. Bust the pictures are really impressive!
As we did this in an guided workshop it will take some days to get my pics to post here.
But if Sony will release some better lenses, this Camera will be a hit!

My personal impressions: Really superb IQ. We shot e.g. dancing childrean without flashlight at high Iso. And I found no noise! Great colours, really sharp. Superfast AF, even at low light. The Cam is not the fastest at continuous shooting, I think about 3-4 pics a second. But, most of them are super sharp.
A tricky situation will be to change the lens, ´cause of the uncovered sensor. This might be an problem if you are outside...
But simply the best IQ I have seen in the last month. Much better than my 7D and better than my 6D.

Canon will do hard to meet the IQ at this range of price (1400€ body)

If Sony releases some more lenses, a definitive competitor to the Canon and Nikon DSLRs.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2014, 06:02:21 PM »
but seriously: I read, that Canon has ordered a lot of new BIG boxes, where their Cams are stored inside.
Worlds favourite sports event appears in 2014 too...
So those of you, that are in hope that there will be an announcement in spring might be not wrong...
Chances are high that we will see something new. But if it will be a gamechanger? Let us see...

The D7100 will be to be beaten in IQ....

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