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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Guinea Pig
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:51:18 PM »
Obviously, the 5D was purposefully limited in some areas just to keep from cutting too many 1Ds sales.  AF was one of them.  I mean -2 to +2 on the exposure compensation instead or 3?  That's software for $@#$%#$ sake.

On the other hand, it is/was one hell of a camera for the money.

.... it has the ability to changes the settings via the screen whereas the the 1Ds3 doesn't

The 1Ds3 also has Series 1 features such as 7 shots bracketed, twin cards etc etc

The 5DII focusses better at very low light (on the centre AF point) than the 1Ds3
how do you think it is compared to the 1D4?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Safari Photos
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:23:51 PM »
those lenses will be pretty good for animals during the day, lots of birds on safari too, if you wanted a fast prime I would look at the sigma 85mm f1.4
if you get the FF the 24-105 will still give you excellent landscape shots if you stay crop only you might want something wider than the 24mm

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Lenses / Re: Lens recommendations for fashion photography (catwalk)
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:17:01 PM »
nice low ceiling to bounce flash, the models look good. should be able to get some decent shots for a portfolio
just make a trip of it with your wife
with all the competition you are going to need the 1D mk2 fast burst rate
get yourself a yongnuo external battery pack to help boost your flash cycle time so it can keep up
do you have 2 flashes you may overheat one and need to swap it over to let it cool down.
go for it

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:09:23 PM »
Several things here

1. Canon are not stupid they have been around for a long time and are the market leader - they want it to stay that way

2. they are clearly addressing all the concerns of the FF crowd me included :) maybe not as quickly as everyone would like but I think this next round of products are going to pretty awesome.

3. They most definately have noticed the EVIL / mirrorless competitors savaging the bottom end of the DSLR market. I fully expect they will respond with something here that knocks the competition out of the park. Everyone in the mirrorless arena talk up APS-C sensors as being huge, cannon are already all over the APS-H tech, might we see the rebirth of APS-H in this format? The thought of an APS-H mirrorless at a decent price, with and EF adaptor?

4. I seriously doubt canon are going to just drop the APS-C crowd or let it die I think they will come out with a stunning high end APS-C. The build of the current 7D is great if they use the same body and beef up everything else and call it a 70D does it really matter? they do need to rationalise the APS-C line especially with the mirrorless compacts eating into that arena i mean 7D, 60D, 600D and 1100D with a price gap of what $700 seperating all of them? somethings gotta give here.

anyway thats just my thoughts on the subject
Canon bring it on!


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Lenses / Re: 24-105 f2.8IS
« on: February 14, 2012, 06:55:47 PM »
Tamron made a 28-105/2.8 some time ago.
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=242

The lens had a reputation for being very soft wide open.

But - it goes to show that an f/2.8 zoom with this range is not impossible.  Perhaps with modern lens design and the latest in high-refractive-index glass, one could design something that's useable.
yeah by all accounts it was softer than a marshmallow on a bonfire :(

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III/X Information [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 05:43:33 PM »
You have to wonder, if Canon had released a 5Dmk3 in September (before the 1Dx was announced) and it basically had:

1) generally the same 21M sensor as today
2) the 7D functional feature set (AF system, metering, horizon guide, auto ISO, etc.)
3) a Digic-V processor or dual Digic-IV's like the 7D
4) a slight improvement in the high ISO noise, say 1/2 stop better due to improved sensor manufacturing
5) a 5-6fps shoot rate
6) used the same batteries and grip as the 5Dmk2
7) added a 60 fps video frame rate
8 ) additional firmware options

This for $2499......

How many people would be completely happy with that camera?

You're basically looking at off the shelf technology and mainly adaptation costs involved in the construction and integration, along with improved firmware.  Yet what you'd have would kick the crap out of 80% of the market.

I know that for a lot of mid-range, general studio, and wedding shooters, that's a solid camera and offers just about all that is needed in that market segment.  When you realize the image quality of a 3 year old 5Dmk2 still beats a vast majority of the competition, these tweaks remove the negatives of the current body and flesh out it's feature set nicely.

Looking at prosumer and up, it would still leave room for a 7Dmk2, an enhanced version of the 7D, same 18M pixels, but improved APS-C sensor, 10 fps. It leaves room for a 5Dx with higher megapixels, and the 1Dx for the pro market.
i would rather have the current rumoured camera at 3k

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:23:16 AM »
But there are a lot of people... a LOT of people... who want a pro-quality body with a cropped sensor and are willing to pay for it. I'd love 10fps, an extremely rugged build, a 1Dx quality AF system and metering.

To get that we're talking a $3000-4000 ballpark. I would pay it and so would a lot of sport and bird shooters. That's not something you will see in a 70D.
it might be but i would think more like 2k, rugged build would be similar to existing 7D i guess
if they use the same detuned 61pt sensor from the 1dx they save alot by production scale, can you imagine the point spread on a crop sensor with that beast. I wouldn't right them off just yet i think whatever the crop body they do come out with will be class leading. i just hope the IQ is a significant step up from the 7D sensor. still i am more interested in any new APS-H body than a king of the crops. I doubt canon will leave out the people craving a tough crop. like i said who cares what they call it right?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focusing Screen
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:01:15 AM »
Any focusing screen that will give me a brighter, yet still same functionality, with 1,2 and 1,4 primes? I read once that the VF stays at 2,8 brightness no matter what lens you use.
you mean the brightscreen ones?

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:00:16 AM »
I will probably get dinged hard for this, but if there is no pro level crop sensor camera coming out in the next year, I will almost certainly get a Nikon 800D when it comes out. You can shoot a 1.5 crop on that at 16MP at 6fps gripped. Not too shabby.

The 7D came out as a counter to the 300D and has been a huge success. I can't see Canon just surrendering this market to Nikon. It just doesn't make any sense. Why would they do that?

I am sure the 70D will be the real replacement i have thought for a while the crop sensor camera range was too crowded they needed to rationalise it
who really cares what it is called as long as it can step up to the plate and perform

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 06:21:27 AM »
So we are back to the APS-H as being the possible upgrade then ....
dont tease me like that!

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Lenses / Re: Cheap UV filters
« on: February 14, 2012, 06:15:07 AM »
the hoya pro1D range are very good value for money

Hoya UV Super HMC seems better to me, blocks less light, has more coatings (12>3) costs the same, only the ring is thicker (5mm>3mm). Or am i missing something?

But is HOYA good enough for L?
I have a mixture on all my L glass Hoya pro 1D, kenko zeta and B+W, i cant tell the difference between them, all are slim versions

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Canon General / Re: More Lens Suggestions [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 06:08:37 AM »
wow the 135 f1.8 would be worth a look

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Canon General / Re: Truth in photography
« on: February 14, 2012, 06:07:38 AM »
Here is a picture that I took over the weekend. First picture is cropped from 3:2 to A size (it is for a print) and small anount of level work.

Second picture is the photoshopped version to monchrome and added grain to age it

So how far do we go? Of course neither are 'true' as it is done by actors.
yeah its not quite finished... what about adding a setting moon? ;)

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Lenses / Re: 24-105 f2.8IS
« on: February 14, 2012, 04:21:05 AM »
The 24-70/2.8 is the 2.8 version of the 24-105 f/4.0.

Just the same as the 24-105 is the f/4 version of the 24-70/2.8.

I know that might seem a bit strange, but there is only 1 f-stop difference.

um and 35mm of focal range which happens to cover the important 85 to 100mm
1 stop is a lot especially when you are shooting high iso i prefer to keep iso as low as possible

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Lenses / Re: Cheap UV filters
« on: February 14, 2012, 04:15:26 AM »
the hoya pro1D range are very good value for money

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