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Software & Accessories / Re: DPP Updates
« on: April 28, 2013, 08:21:05 AM »
How hard can it be to have a Check for Updates option under Help or in the About section?

Imho the answer is simple: planned obsolescence. Canon isn't into "updating" anything until forced at near gunpoint, and even then only for premium models like the 5d2 video or 5d3 f8 firmwares.

They don't mind if users see buying a new camera as a way to update to whole "package", and thus don't actively promote software updates or even link them to older cameras on their website whenever I looked. On the contrary I'm quite surprised they don't tie specific dpp versions to models so that you for example cannot update from dpp v3 to v4 with a 60d model license...

Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Release Date [CR1]
« on: April 28, 2013, 07:07:23 AM »
Please, please Canon release this lens asap, I've really been waiting for this! Not because I'd actually buy it, but then you can get on releasing or updating sub-$10k lenses that for the rest of us like an updated 35mm & 50mm prime, maybe a 200mm f2.8 IS macro, ... ?

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: April 27, 2013, 05:05:41 AM »
At least this [CR1] together with other rumors or facts tells us where the Canon r&d resources go:

Into the emerging mirrorless market and high-end video, so there's little left to develop new "old-school" dlsrs (see 550d, 600d, 650d, 700d, ...) or replace the old L-lenses except for cash-cows like the delayed 200-400L.

EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 25, 2013, 02:20:34 PM »
All three lenses do need to be updated. The UWA zoom segment is probably is the Achilles heel for Canon at the moment with no updates in sight.

I have to disagree for the 17-40L which is the budget L choice and does ok iq-wise - any new version would surely result in a significant price "update" and this would rob the lens of one of the two key elements (the other being light & sturdy).

The 16-35L on the other hand seems to be overprices looking at the competition and could very well be replaced either by a mk3 version as the premium photojournalists' choice - a 14-24L wouldn't serve that purpose as it isn't long enough for a "always on" lens.

Lighting / Re: OC-E3 ettl-cord original vs 3rd party quality?
« on: April 25, 2013, 10:32:17 AM »
My 3rd-Party cord had a similar problem, a bit of 2k-glue proved to be a much sturdier connection then those fine threads in plastic. (I don't think it would ever come apart even if I wanted it to do :) )

Good idea, I'll glue it together again, too :-) ... and since the Yongnuo OC-E3 is €10 and Canon is €60 I can live with it, though I would be doubtful to use it in critical situations like a wedding.

Lighting / OC-E3 ettl-cord original vs 3rd party quality?
« on: April 25, 2013, 06:08:09 AM »
I recently ordered a Yongnu OC-E3 ettl cord from the other side of the world because it's so much cheaper than Canon. After some time having it on a flash bracket the metal base plate on top of the adapter where the real flash goes started to wobble, and recently it came completely off - the metal screws with the hotshoe were torn out of the plastic plate.

This doesn't come as a complete surprise since having a heavy 600rt flash mounted in an angle and walking around with this puts quite a torque on the base plate of the ettl cord...

... My question is: Is the Canon original any better, or are there sturdier 3rd party oc-e3 ettl cords? The Yongnu otherwise is fine, but the metal screws into plastic is just cheap and cannot take any strain at all (at least my copy).

Edit: Added pictures with torn off base plate

EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 25, 2013, 03:17:40 AM »
Oh yeah, it'll definitely sell. The 7D has been extremely popular, as it fills a fairly unique niche. The 7D II can only be better! How could it not sell?

Because the 6d is there.

In times of 7d & 5d2, the 7d mostly was the most expensive, i.e. "best" model in many stores, so people who wanted something "good" or "solid" were talked into buying that. Whith the 6d price on the decline, they'll probably buy ff quality & wifi/gps instead of 7d2 aps-c features a casual shooter doesn't need.

Reviews / Re: Review - The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« on: April 24, 2013, 06:48:17 AM »
I had assumed it was soft at 420mm  - see

With the tdp crops, you have to check all copies they tested - in case of the 70-300L the 2nd is visibly better, unfortunately they didn't use it with an extender which will enhance the softness of the 1st copy:

Though even with that in mind, a tc is always for occasional use except if you use really expensive tele primes - if you want 400mm+, get a 400mm lens and not a 70-300mm zoom. The important aspect with the 70-300L+tc is that the combination is better than cropping (I'm on aps-c), so the 200€ for the Kenko are good investment and it's still a very small package.

Canon General / Re: No Announcement Today
« on: April 23, 2013, 06:43:16 PM »
APS-H with APS-C crop mode will add enough for others to consider. Nikon has been using crop modes for years, whats up with Canon?

APS-H is dead for these reasons, it was just a hack that still doesn't use the full ef glass but looses the advantages of aps-c:

* With the current design, you cannot use ef-s lenses with aps-h or ff because of the larger mirror - and Canon is unlikely abandon a lot 7d and other aps-c users who invested in Canon ef-s (60mm macro, 10-22 & 17-55 zooms) or 3rd party ef-s lenses (like the tokina uwa).

* Canon likes well-off people or pros who want better iq than aps-c to buy ff cameras with very expensive tele primes and/or teleconverters to gain reach

* For most beginners/amateurs crop cameras have advantages: larger dof, longer reach, more fps. And in 5-10 years the aps-c iso performance will be so good to satisfy most people, so why rock the boat now?

Lighting / Re: T3i - 600EX-RT or Canon Speedlite 580EX II
« on: April 23, 2013, 06:15:44 PM »
"but the x-sync is said to be still at full speed for many camera bodies like 5d2 no matter what Canon says."
But not every time, about one in fifty shots, this would lead me to conclude two things, internet chatter is practically worthless so test what you are going to do yourself, and Canon were actually right to put that one stop sync speed proviso in

Thanks for the clarification, I didn't test it myself (that's why I wrote "is said to"). When I researched if to get the 5d2 or a newer model I didn't find any report of it *not* working with full speed ... but these people might have taken too few shots to realize the slight problem, or maybe your 1d3 does worse than the 5d2.

As for group mode: I'm expecting Yongnuo to reverse engineer the rt protocol rather sooner than later, and if they do maybe they'll release radio triggers that somehow support group mode on all Canon models... but at least then the rt system will cost 1/3 of Canon's price.

Reviews / Re: Review - The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« on: April 23, 2013, 06:07:48 PM »
Bryan Carnethan at the Digital Picture rated the IS at actually better than 4ev, but testing IS is pretty subject.  I am very stable, myself.

I am rating it as "2ev+" for me personally to be on the absolutely safe side when taking a non-repeatable shot. If I wait a little for the IS to settle and am/get very stable myself it is indeed 4ev - but I wouldn't say this what I have come to expect, again for me personally.

When rating an IS system which is all about *statistics* it's also important to make clear what we're talking about: Is it just to still get an average good/usable shot after downsizing, or is it to to get a shot at full mag exactly like one that was taken with a much higher shutter speed?

In my experience, fast shutter speed and IS off beats the IS on the 70-300L in sharpness most of the time, but I feel safe shooting with 1/250 x-sync at 300mm on crop (i.e. 480mm ff) and can expect get near-optimal iq at 100% mag. Without IS I'd feel safe with 1/1000s, so it's a 2ev advantage - remember the old 1/focal length from the ol' analog days doesn't really apply here because nowadays the sensor resolution is so high.

Lighting / Re: T3i - 600EX-RT or Canon Speedlite 580EX II
« on: April 23, 2013, 03:46:46 PM »
Think harder...or at least, smarter.  Although there are a couple of minor limitations to the functionality of the new RT system on pre-2012 bodies (lower Xsync, no group flash), most of the radio triggering functions work just fine.

The loss off group flash is really hurting since this is one of the big advantages of the rt system, but the x-sync is said to be still at full speed for many camera bodies like 5d2 no matter what Canon says.

Well I bought the 600EX-RT and should get it tomorrow.

Just some advice from a fellow 600rt user:

* Immediately buy and read "Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites"
* Set the flash so you just need to turn the dial to adjust flash exposure compensation w/o pressing a button first, you'll want to change fec often
* Use manual zoom setting often, so only your subject is lit and not the surrounding area
* Learn to use m flash no matter how smart ettl is.
* Get a sto-fen type diffuser and a larger bounce card
* If you wantmore flashes (and you will) consider the cheaper Yongnuo flashes and radio triggers

Reviews / Re: Review - The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« on: April 23, 2013, 03:37:06 PM »
here is the conclusion:  I like the lens...a lot 8)

... me, too, and I bought it back when it had a reputation as being an overpriced version of Canon's non-L lens - but it's interesting to see how it gained much more recognition since then. I esp. like the still handholdable weight for ext. periods of time and walking around vs. the 70-200Lii (ymmv).

Just a some random additions to your again very nice review:

* The 70-300L's white paint is just for show, there aren't lens elements that would heat protection like in the 70-200L. One drawback of the extending design is that you cannot camouflage and protect the lens completely with a neoprene hood.

* I really doubt Canon will add f8 af for the 6d and wouldn't advise anyone to gamble on that. On my 60d the Kenko likes to hunt on low contrast objects when using single point af, and for multi-point the 9 af points usually is spread too far apart - so while 6d/5d3 might do fine, on crop it's rather for static objects.

* Close up performance is nice when not wanting to change lenses (I took some surprisingly good butterfly shots with it), but it in no way reaches the performance of the 100L macro lens. Another issue with the 70-300L is that it is missing the focus limiting switch of the 70-200L and 100L (thanks, Canon!), so if the af misses it takes a lot of time.

* The IS on the 70-300L is really good (at least 2ev) and the lock is instant and nearly not noticeable - but there's a catch since it still needs a little time to be most effective. So for quick point & shoot it's nice to have a stable viewfinder and being able to set the af precisely, but in my experience waiting for a second is a good idea.

Canon General / Re: No Announcement Today
« on: April 23, 2013, 03:08:23 PM »
Who cares about the MP, but the low light quality, softening to reduce moire, and dynamic range are unacceptable in a new 2013 camera.

Maybe Canon got the message and the 70d will feature a 16mp sensor, but with massively improved dr and noise?

Personally, I wouldn't miss 2mp much because some mp give or take doesn't make that much of a difference, if it is to be felt it'd have to be 26mp+ from the current 18mp.

Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Available Mid 2014?
« on: April 23, 2013, 03:04:58 PM »
But Sigma will probably have one out and available for $3500 before this hits the street.

... but the Sigma won't be white, so Canon is in the clear :->

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