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EOS Bodies / Re: Is a 46mp Canon EOS-1 on the Way? [CR1]
« on: September 12, 2012, 08:33:37 AM »
In my opinion, if Canon does not launch an cheaper model around 2500-3000€ with 35+MP, they will loose a lot of photographers.

Are they 'losing a lot of photographers' to the D800 now?   ::)


Can you please post a link to the sales figures/reports/ranking that back up that claim?

Why? You post sales figures that they're not. That is the clear implication of your question.

Sorry, but my sentence ended in a question mark. Yours did not.  Which one is a statement?

My point is that claims of 'outselling' or 'users switching in droves' are bogus - regardless of which way people claim the advantage - AFAIK, there are no data to support either claim. Thus the  ::)

I'll thank you to not put words in my mouth, though... :o

i did a quick telly up of all the professional advertising photographers i know (im friends with quite a few), and i would say half have changed to or about change to nikon.

i would too, but im not a fan of nikon lenses, and am waiting eagerly for a better sensored higher res camera than my very disappointing 5dmk3.


I just did a quick tally too, amongst the photogs I know 3 use Nikon, the rest, a bunch of 15 I guess use Canon. None have switched to nikon and the commercial/advertising photogs I know shoot mainly DMF. So yeah, so much for on the fly statistics.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX exposure metering in manual mode
« on: September 04, 2012, 04:35:22 PM »
The 1D II and III and IV does not display top LCD exposure information in manual mode. Unless I've spent countless hours pointlessly searching through menus on the 1D II when I first got it and not found the setting that enables that particular function, which I find quite useful.

EOS Bodies / Re: Weather sealed 1D4?
« on: August 20, 2012, 04:39:51 AM »
My 1D4 is/was in mint condition. I bought it used with a tiny number of shutter actuations. I took it out and it started to rain. No problem thinks me, its weather sealed, a little rain wont do it any harm. Well, it stopped working. Dead. Sent it to Canon repair center, just been returned, "uneconomic to repair". So a pro body, weather sealed against rain etc goes out in one rain storm and dies. Thats £3000 down the drain. I've spent many 10's of thousands on Canon gear and im furious. The 1DS in the same storm works a treat. Any advice on what should be done next other than cancelling my 500f4 and moving to Nikon?

I've had the drive/AF-selection buttons conk out in heavy rain and also shorted out the ETTL-circuit board on my 1D IV. I've used 10D's in puring rain with no problems and talked to others with Nikon D#'s that also broke in rain whilst D70's performed without problmes. I think it's just very bad luck :S

I ordered a Nikon D800 from a local Dealer this morning.  I have a ton of Canon Cameras and Gear, so I'll be replacing some lenses with Nikkor, but keeping my favorite ones to use with my 7D.  I had sold my 5D MK II to finance something new, and tried a 5D MK III.  Its a great camera, but I din't use most of the new features and returned it.  I'm going to try landscape photography with the new Nikkor 14-24mm lens I ordered with it.  My 7D will still be for product photoraphy and focal length limited use, and, of course, I could not part with my 35mmL, 100mmL, 135mmL or 100-400mmL.  My other lenses, flash, TC's, etc will go on the block.

7D for products, why.gifnefjpeg?

Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's - 1.8, 1.4 and 1.2L
« on: July 03, 2012, 09:35:20 AM »
I regularly use the 50 1.2. And I love that thing, it isn't as sharp as the 70-200 for instance, but that creamy nice borkeh is just awesome. But as others have said, it requires that you get used to and tame it, and that's wonderful, I think.

I had the 50 1.8 a long time ago and was pretty satisfied with it (image quality and borkeeeh is fine too), the AF is terrible, the build quality is worse, manual focus is next to impossible because of the tiny and loose focus ring. I've never tried the sigma or the 1.4. But I'd say the gain you get from the 1.2 compared to the 1.4?? Well.. I'm not sure, but I can tell you I wouldn't trade mine in for a 1.4.

Lenses / Re: 5D MKIII w 70-200 2.8II using a 1.4x vs 2x extender
« on: May 16, 2012, 08:56:07 PM »
Hi, picked up a 70-200 2.8II with my 5DIII and was wondering what your thoughts were using a 1.4x vs 2x extender?  Thanks!

I've used the 2x on the same lens with a 1D IV and the results were quite honestly appalling, the pictures were unusable both due to loss in IQ and because AF became so sluggish that nothing remotely in motion could lock/track. The 1.4 I've used and that worked ok on a 1D II, I think. But the 2X is terrible. I returned it the next day and proceeded to rent a  400 2.8 when I needed it :) 

So, my advice don't get the 4X.

it seems like you have plenty to spend, why not get a MF-digi to deliver extremely detailed shots?

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.2
« on: May 16, 2012, 08:48:32 PM »
I love mine but it's difficult to live with, but it's probably one of my favorites right now, just be aware that working at that DOF is tricky.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-3D Surfaces Again [CR1]
« on: May 16, 2012, 08:01:09 PM »
It really love a high mp camera, but for my needs now and the foreseeable future I'm leaning more towards MF for the detail, some I'm hoping for a small, mirrorless and fullframe EF-body. Would be amazing.

Get over it, typo's happen.  Particularly to a French website which has to translate to English.  How is your French spelling??

I disagree too. It don't think it takes anything away from the results, but appearing professional and as if what you are trying to sell, communicate etc. actually works/is the truth, making sure that simple mistakes like these are not there is paramount, IMO. It shows sloppiness and a disregard for detail, which IMO is a problem.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II - Your thoughts
« on: May 14, 2012, 08:29:12 PM »
Looking at the new Canon 24-70 Spec and MTF chart, I wonder how many CRs member going to buy this lens? and what is your number ONE reason to buy mrk II?



Buying it if the quality holds up, I did have the chance of trying one and I did look extremely good. The number one reason is that the zoom range is good, if it wasn't I'd have sold that horrible 24-70 a long time ago.

EOS Bodies / Re: Lower Price Full Frame Camera [CR1]
« on: May 14, 2012, 04:30:12 PM »
Excellent idea, but I'd rather have an EF-compatible mirrorless (With, god forbi, a FF sensor?)

Of topic: Why does the 5D X mockup have the top assembly from a 1D? Weird.

Because they're shooting for 1D weather sealing with the rumors, and removing the mode dial is required for that.

It says "less weather sealing"

EOS Bodies / Re: Lower Price Full Frame Camera [CR1]
« on: May 14, 2012, 03:55:37 PM »
Excellent idea, but I'd rather have an EF-compatible mirrorless (With, god forbi, a FF sensor?)

Of topic: Why does the 5D X mockup have the top assembly from a 1D? Weird.

of course we could go even further and ask for "fully customer-configurable cameras" - at least to such a degree we have become used to "customize" cars and PCs ... at the minimum having a choice between a number of different configurations/versions - eg. with/without Video, sensor resolution, Af-system, etc. 

Currently foto gear makers product modularity really equals Henry Ford's model-T policy 100 years ago ...  "you can have it any color, as long as its black". :-)

Today you can order a small car eg. a BMW Mini with a very powerful engine and most of the very same hi-end features available in large, hi-end, "flagship model" cars  ...  if you want and are willing to pay for them. But we will not  be forced to buy a 7-series BMW just becaus we would like to have a 200hp engine, Xenon headlights and decent A/C in a car.

It's about time photo gear makers (and the consumer electronics guys in general!) get off their high horse an start offering modular cameras with features to be selected by purchasers!

It's simpler installing a more powerful engine, adequate suspension, tires  and screwing in some more gadgets in a car than making a 1D IV modular, for instance, also the competition in automotive is much more fierce. If you want something fully customizable get a MF camera and a digiback, you can shoot film or digi or whatever and change prisms with or with out metering. A DSLR is small, and the prices, I'm almost positive, would skyrocket, if you could select stuff like AF and what not.
I'm not saying it's a dumb idea, but I don't think it's particularly easy to do :)
Anyway, you DO have the option to not get the flagship model.
There is the 7D that sort of does some of what the 1D does. And the most powerful and optional extra upgraded Mini does not come even close to a 7-series :)

The sensor however, that would be neat, if you could decide on a FF 25MP sensor, FF 16MP, Crop etc etc. But again - production becomes more complicated, prices rise, blah blah blah.   

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d Mark iii noise at 1600
« on: May 14, 2012, 02:34:30 PM »
That's unacceptable, return it, something is terribly wrong with the settings or the camera itsef. For reference this is a 1600 ISO shot from a 1D IV cropped at 100, the results from the 5D III should be a lot better than this:

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