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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The best ways to (not) get your gear stolen
« on: January 28, 2012, 03:22:24 PM »
The other is the quite conspicuous "hit and run" - simply snatching the camera off you, or cutting the band from your strap or bag and running off with it.

You could cover all of your gear in a thin, even layer of vaseline. This would make snatching more difficult for would-be thieves and also improves the water sealing of many bodies and lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III - February 7, 2012 [CR2]
« on: January 28, 2012, 09:51:05 AM »
To fuel the rumour, I suppose some of the most unbelievable specs make sense when you compare with the rumoured Nikon D800 specs:

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III - February 7, 2012 [CR2]
« on: January 28, 2012, 08:31:05 AM »
I find the 61 point AF and the 7.5 frame per second so incredibly hard to believe... But hey, here's to hoping. I'd likely cancel my 1D-X pre-order and save a significant amount of money.

The 2 stops of ISO performance has always been quoted as JPEG, I thought that was pretty transparent by this point. I hope that people's expectations for the 1D-X's low noise aren't too high, really. For argument's sake, let's say the 1D-X offers a 1 - 1.5 stop improvement in raw file noise vs. the 1D Mark IV. According to DxOMark, the 5D Mark II is 0.5 stops better than the 1D Mark IV for noise - therefore, 5D Mark II shooters would notice approximately a 0.5 - 1 stop improvement in raw file noise when upgrading to the 1D-X.

Of course, I plucked the '1 - 1.5 stop' idea out of the air; it could equally be a 2/3 stop improvement; we have little idea.  But if you're a current model full-frame user upgrading to the 1D-X, my guess is you would be lucky to have a full stop of raw ISO improvement.

Personally, I'm a 7D shooter. I find myself resorting to flash more often than I would like during indoor events, which is undesireable for several reasons. I am expecting a full 2-stops of RAW ISO improvement. ;)

Can anyone identify which camera stores are taking pre-orders.  I know that B&H is not taking any pre-orders and has not indicated when they will..

I should clarify: I live in the UK where most major retailers are accepting pre-orders online/in store. I suspect it has little to do with projected availability and more to do with competition, i.e. Jessops started doing it so now everybody is.

My class is currently working with 60D's and (I am using those also), but I feel like I need something a little bit more.

A thought occurred to me that it might be beneficial to your students if you continue to use the same camera as them.  If you produce great results with the same camera, they'll know that having better equipment is a minor part of good photography.

After all, everyone expects pro results from a pro camera...

Just a thought!

Retailers are continuing to take pre-orders and presumably will do so until the release date. Based on past experience, what proportion of these will be delivered on release?  After that I'm guessing it's first-come-first-serve, but for how long is demand likely to be greater than supply? Just curious. Speculation welcome!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why canon?
« on: January 19, 2012, 01:16:51 PM »
Because "canon" sounds cool.

... But moreso because my father shot Canon, and my first camera was a gift from him.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Battery Issues?
« on: January 15, 2012, 05:22:18 PM »
If, like me, you've been reading the comments over at Nikon Rumors, it's a common complaint that the D4 battery life is significantly reduced vs. the D3S. (2,600 shots/4,200 shots respectively).  There has been some speculation (always fun) that this may have been due to the new Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law in Japan, which was also the reason for the cessation of shipping the D300s and D700 in Japan (

Perhaps Canon, for whatever reasons, are running into the same problems as Nikon.

EDIT: Also, hi. First post. Long time lurker.

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