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Technical Support / Re: Anyone know about CAM RANGER?
« on: April 29, 2014, 09:35:36 AM »
Thanks for the replies friends. I am using iPhone or iPad..

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Technical Support / Anyone know about CAM RANGER?
« on: April 29, 2014, 08:51:37 AM »
Guys would this be the best way to remotely control my 5d3? It is $300. Would this be the best investment? I believe 6D can be triggered and CONTROLLED remotely without any device. If that is the case, I may just buy a 6d as that works better for my needs. Pls help.

http://camranger.com/product/297/

https://www.youtube.com/embed/seGKsbRyQrE?rel=0

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Software & Accessories / Re: The best tripod ...
« on: April 29, 2014, 01:07:01 AM »
I am going through a similar exercise. Having researched and read many reviews on line, my thoughts were heading towards a mid range Gitzo. However, on visiting one of London's camera shops to see them for real, I realised that I would not be comfortable carring the Gitzo for a day's travelling by tube, bus and on foot. As much as stability is important, a tripod left at home will be no use at all.

The advice I'm giving is that having done some research online, go to a shop and try out the options. I'm glad that I didnt take the plunge after only online research.

My further research is on the Manfrotto 055 and 190 tripods. I will next take my camera and heaviest lens to weigh up my options (kind of literally). I think that after that, the brick and mortar store will deserve my business.

However, the tripod is only the first question. There are a myriad of tripod heads available, and the weight should be allowed for when choosing the tripod. i have found some informative reviews at Cameralabs (e.g. http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Manfrotto_190CXPRO3_tripod/ ). I will find out how informative when I buy.

I'm just hoping that I don't change my mind again after making the investment. I may well decide that the extra weight would be worth carrying!

Good luck in your decision making, I will follow this thread with interest.

As much as portability is important, a tripod which is not stable is useless. With high available ISO, image stabilization and lighter cameras, we are able to take many shots today which were not possible a decade ago. Now we need tripods for longer exposures and then stability is very important.

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Lenses / Re: Video Review: Canon PowerShot G1 X II
« on: April 27, 2014, 12:03:48 PM »
No comments yet? Ah I get it, it is not something about Sigma….  8)

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Well, the days of Canon/Nikon taking their own sweet time to update lenses is likely drawing to a close. They could get away with that before, since there was no real competition. Sigma and Tamron have not been taken too seriously by most enthusiasts/professionals for their inconsistencies in build quality, autofocus or whatever. This information would filter down to the average consumer, causing them to stick with OEM products unless budget restraints were critical. If this current rise in quality is sustained and not just a momentary aberration, this too will become well known and no company will be able to rest on their laurels. This is of coarse good for all consumers. The fact that Sigma is not just meeting, but improving over the OEM brands for significantly less money is amazing. For now, it is just in their high end models. I wonder if Sigma will be able to compete in the lower end of the market as well. That will really make Nikon and Canon take notice.

To steal a line from a previously mentioned "restaurant", I'm lovin' it!

I think you fundamentally don't get Canon's position. They are a multi billion dollar international corporation and are not overly interested in selling tens of thousands of lenses, they are into selling millions of cameras. Now the P&S cash cow is drying up they are repositioning into the C line, which is probably the only thing keeping any R&D going for us high end body stills shooters, and surveillance cameras hence the ultra low light sensor video R&D etc. They don't see Sigma or Tamron as competition because they aren't, they are comparatively small companies that sell limited quantities of niche products that you need a Canon (or Nikon) product to use, just like ThinkTank, or Adobe.

Where could I read more to get a better idea about Canon's fundamental position please?

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Well, the days of Canon/Nikon taking their own sweet time to update lenses is likely drawing to a close. They could get away with that before, since there was no real competition. Sigma and Tamron have not been taken too seriously by most enthusiasts/professionals for their inconsistencies in build quality, autofocus or whatever. This information would filter down to the average consumer, causing them to stick with OEM products unless budget restraints were critical. If this current rise in quality is sustained and not just a momentary aberration, this too will become well known and no company will be able to rest on their laurels. This is of coarse good for all consumers. The fact that Sigma is not just meeting, but improving over the OEM brands for significantly less money is amazing. For now, it is just in their high end models. I wonder if Sigma will be able to compete in the lower end of the market as well. That will really make Nikon and Canon take notice.

To steal a line from a previously mentioned "restaurant", I'm lovin' it!

Me too!! Lovin' it.

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A 7D2 would give a shot in the arm. Possibly

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Troubles (not funny)
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:39:01 AM »
hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

one more time: hahahahahahahaha

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I think you guys are missing the big "A" on the side of these lenses... for ART! Perhaps the focus issues are for artistic effect!

Brilliant! Many believe that some Canon lenses are soft for artistic effect. I am so confused these days that I am adding Coke to my scotch. Milk into green tea.

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Having said that, the design age of the 50/1.8 II and 50/1.4 certainly don't seem to bother the buyers on Amazon.com, where the Canon 50/1.8 II is the #1 selling lens and the Canon 50/1.4 is the #3 selling lens.  You need to go to #36 on their Top 100 list to find the first Sigma lens, and the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art isn't on the list at all.

That list contains quite a few oddities which makes me wonder how accurate it is:
  • The 24-105 L IS is listed twice, once at rank 13, then again at rank 25. Given that it comes as kit lens to many ff cameras, I wonder how many people buy it later on. In the used market it is sold at fire sale prices ...
  • Even stranger is the high volume reported for the various 18-55 F/3.5-5.6 lenses. These usually come as kit lenses for crop cameras, why would anyone buy these separately?
  • I see lots and lots of people running around with crop camera plus superzoom, yet these don't seem to show up in the higher ranks.
  • The 16-35 shows up higher in rank than the 17-40. Sounds bogus if you ask me.
  • The 70-200 F/4 showing up lower in rank compared to the 70-200 F/2.8 also strikes me as odd. All people I know with a 70-200 F/2.8 have the IS version, either Mk I or Mk II.

Obviously I don't have any insight into Amazon's sales numbers, and I don't run or work in a photo store to provide real world numbers, but I think Amazon's reported numbers raise more questions than they answer.

I am in the minority here but these 'facts' do not impress me. What would impress me is that Canon uses its might and releases new lenses with better technology in less than 20 years. But that is MY thinking, the guys in commercials at Canon are way smarter than me.

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Canon General / Re: Canon Hong Kong Announcement April 24, 2014
« on: April 23, 2014, 10:50:29 AM »
I am CONVINCED it is 7D2 with a 1d style body with 2 stops ISO improvement, 12 fps and 1dx focus. Larger LCD as well.

You may well know something that I don't, but I'm convinced it won't be. Canon have left a gap in the aps line above the xxD in terms of ergonomics, and price that can still come in slightly below the entry FF level.

Clearly, sanj forgot something in his post.  This:

<SARCASM>

I know this, because I'm almost always guilty of the same transgression...

Hahahaha. Thx Neuro!

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Canon really does need to update the 50mm 1.4.

Depends on what you mean by update.  I wonder which will generate more revenue - the Sigma 50/1.4 A at $950, or the Canon 50/1.4 at $400?   I think it might be the latter…and the 50/1.8 at $125 will generate more revenue than both. 

I do think Canon will bring out a 50mm IS prime (f/1.8 or f/2) in the relatively near future.  It will be priced lower than Sigma's 50/1.4, and if it has the IQ of the 35/2 IS it will outsell the Sigma 50/1.4A.

It does not bother you a bit that (according to YOU) Canon has not updated 50mm for >20 years?

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How quickly "new" Sigma's reputation went downhill.  The 35A was hailed a great lens and now a lot of forum members seem to be bashing the 50A before they get their hands on a copy.  And now some are already saying that this will have poor autofocus performance.

That's mob mentality for you.

Yep. Mob mentality. So many members pouncing on it too soon.

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Sigma is planning to announce a 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art series lens at Photokina with availability coming in October of 2014.</p>
<p>There has been no word on the possible 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art or 135mm f/1.8DG HSM Art lenses. I think both the 85 and 135 would be more highly desired than a 24mm prime, though if it’s as good as the 35mm or 50mm, we’ll take it anyway.</p>
<p><strong>Preorder the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JPL7CK6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00JPL7CK6&linkCode=as2&tag=canorumo-20" target="_blank">Amazon</a> | <a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1045458-REG/sigma_311101_50mm_f_1_4_dg_hsm.html/bi/2466/kbid/3296" target="_blank">B&H Photo</a> | <a href="http://www.adorama.com/SG5014REOS.html?KBID=64393" target="_blank">Adorama</a></strong></p>
<p>Source: [<a href="http://photorumors.com/2014/04/22/sigma-24mm-f1-4-art-lens-coming-in-october/" target="_blank">PR</a>]</p>
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"We?" Many on this forum will fight you to death for saying that.

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Canon General / Re: Canon Hong Kong Announcement April 24, 2014
« on: April 23, 2014, 08:54:04 AM »
I am CONVINCED it is 7D2 with a 1d style body with 2 stops ISO improvement, 12 fps and 1dx focus. Larger LCD as well.

You may well know something that I don't, but I'm convinced it won't be. Canon have left a gap in the aps line above the xxD in terms of ergonomics, and price that can still come in slightly below the entry FF level.

Of course it will not be…

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