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Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:52:06 PM »
Has anyone noticed that the 'true' max apertures as indicate by the Tstop is nowhere near the manufacturers claim? The Zeis is closer to a f1.8 lens than f1.4 and the rest fare no better....

Landscape / Re: My Namibian Adventure!
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:12:46 PM »
yes you cant actually go wrong there....

Lenses / Re: When will we see a replacement for the 100-400?
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:11:32 PM »
You aint...was told a while ago that 'improving' it would price it out of its target market....our host didn't believe me then, maybe he's right but why are we still waiting, in this 'year of the lens'?

Black & White / Two weeks in Namibia!
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:17:04 AM »
I have just come back from a fantastic Namibian adventure! more info and images can be seen here:http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/

Landscape / My Namibian Adventure!
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:13:19 AM »
My two weeks in Namibia, more info and photos here at: http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/

EOS Bodies - For Stills / What worked for me in Namibia....
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:10:57 AM »
I have just come back from two weeks in Namibia. I traveled from South Africa, via Botswana to the central part of Namibia including the Namib Naukluft. I have written a blog of my experiences and the equipment I used on the first part of my journey up to Sesriem which can be seen here: http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon T3i, 60D, 7D comparison (same sensor??)
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:18:29 AM »
One reasons I am not much interested in the 7d, 70d, 700d etc is that I got the same sensor, which means same image quality, in the hugely discounted Eos M. Now the eos M is hugely flawed, we all know that and at launch price was a bit of a joke, however at these discounted prices it has become quite a nice little camera, of course nothing has changed but the price, its just that the flaws are more palatable at current prices.

Looking at the whole apsc line up, the differentiation is not in absolute image quality from the sensor, they all basically have the same sensor, its just that the AF is a little bit better, better quality body etc etc. this strategy must have saved Canon millions if not billions. Its just for us consumers its a bit of a let down when I have a semi pro 7d that gives the same image quality as an Eos M...of course the opposite is also true, I am trilled that my el cheapo eos M can give the same image quality as the top of the range 7d!

The more I think about it the more it looks like that is Canons strategy...same sensors across the range with ever better bodies and functionality as the price goes up. If I look at the image quality difference between the 5d3 and 6d, I see the same reasoning. Which makes me think,  will the 7d2 will basically have the same image quality as the 70D, just in a better looking body?

The rumored Samsung 28mp camera could be quite interesting. Even if we will not buy it en mass for whatever reason, if the sensor and camera is all what its rumored to be, it could be quite a dilemma for Canon/Nikon etc being upstaged by a 'mere' cell phone maker .....

We live in interesting times!

if canon sales are indeed falling it will only be good news for us. Because then they might become more competitive either ito price, quality, specs, dare I mention sensor design? etc etc. But I fear that they are still no1 all over...so they will only 'improve' slowly and incrementally

EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs DSLR Camera
« on: September 09, 2014, 05:54:46 AM »
I would imagine that pro wedding photographers have other priorities than megapixels. /they also have to buy a backup camera of similar quality. I would imagine good AF - fast and many 'outer' AF points, also in low light, high flash syncro, good high iso quality, and dynamic range would be higher on the priority list. Perhaps why 5d3 is popular (if it indeed is) I do my share of weddings but i am not a pro wedding photographer, but rather a 'pro' commercial, architecture, portraits etc. Here my 6d has just been perfect. I need and want higher megapixels for my personal photography and for the odd client where I print to size Ao.

EOS Bodies / Re: This news is exciting!
« on: September 09, 2014, 05:48:41 AM »
im more interested in this camera.. but i will have a close look on the canon 1" too.


Actually that sounds rather good!

EOS Bodies / This news is exciting!
« on: September 09, 2014, 05:10:43 AM »
Well it would seem that the new much rumored, much anticipated new 7mk2 is 'only' going to be an incremental improvement over the old 7 '. It remains to be seen if its actually going to be so much better than the 70d ...much like the 5d3 vs the 6d...same sensor for all practical purposes, differentiated by other nice to haves, which we all know about. . .but essentially one can coach the same image quality out of both cameras.  I think that's where the difference between the 7d2 and 70d will lie, same sensor on both (which for me would be rather disappointing to say the least!) and some differences elsewhere...problem is that the 70d seems to be quite competent as it is so the 7d2 wil have to be a huge improvement in a lot of areas to make it a worthwhile 'upgrade' from 7d2...especially if its the same or almost the same sensor?

But that's not really where my excitement lies...its in that rumored 1inch sensor camera. By all accounts the Sony rx100mk3 is a kick ass little camera, and although ultimate image quality would seem to lag slightly behind the G1xmk2 it is astonishingly close, and quite a feat, taking the size of the sensor, size of camera and price into account. Wouldnt it be grand if Canon can deliver something similar? I am sure it would have less pixels, ( Canon just cant seem to get this megapixel thing together ), which might be a blessing in disguise because perhaps  the high iso quality would benefit...

Anyway I am looking forward to that camera if the rumors turn out to be true...and if it can compete with that little Sony wonder

Lastly if the 7d2's sensor is indeed the same as the 70d then what does that say about Canon's sensor R&D? Are they going to sit out this recession with their existing sensor technology and wait for the economies of the world to pick up before spending money on R&D? or do they just not have it? Or will they release it later...like we have been 'rumoring' for the last couple of years?

So in my view, it all hinges on this new 7d2 sensor, if its the same as the 70d it will be rather disappointing from what we can expect in the future.

BTW I am not in the market for either a 7d2 or 70d, but I have been keenly interested in the rumors of a new sensor.

Will this 7d2sensor point the way forward, or not? 

Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:28:40 AM »
Hi everyone,
   so I think I've hit a new low regarding my enjoyment of photography.  I just can't seem to get inspired to do anything lately.  I've worked on macro, sports, portraiture, real estate, architecture, and wildlife but right now none of those seem appealing.   I figure I'm just going through a lull and that it will pass once fall begins.   I'm not saying that I'm going to give it up, but I'm not as ready to get out there and snap some photos as I used to be.  Also, when I do get out there, my pictures don't look right - it's almost like I'm trying too hard.    Maybe I suffer from Low T - who knows.   
   I'm sure that I'm not the only one out there who has run into photographer's block.  So my question to the collective minds is, what do you do to snap yourself out of this funk?


First question, how many cameras and lenses do you use? Get rid of all of them, but one lens one camera. Pick a subject, colour or B&W, and go out and shoot only that. Your mojo will come back quickly...

Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 29, 2014, 10:26:13 AM »
I suppose if you have to ask you shouldn't worry about it.....

Black & White / Re: Lion at Night - Kruger National Park, South Africa
« on: August 26, 2014, 12:47:05 PM »
Thanks!. In winter, when the climate is much more pleasant and the trees has less foiliage thus easier to see the animals

Black & White / Re: Lion at Night - Kruger National Park, South Africa
« on: August 26, 2014, 10:13:26 AM »
It was just an on camera flash, a speedlite 430 ex2 or 580 perhaps...

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