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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: April 03, 2013, 03:15:58 PM »
Your thoughts?

If there aren't any hidden pitfalls then it's as I'd expect the 7d2 to be - very good, but also very expensive (it's a crop sensor, after all).

But everything depends on the (new?) sensor because what's 10fps good for if everything >iso800 looks crappy @100% crop as on the current 18mp sensor? If the sensor doesn't cut it, all that is left to the 5d3 is the "built-in" 1.6 tc and some hundred bucks.

Lighting / Re: Does the flash pulse when <x-sync & hss on?
« on: April 03, 2013, 03:12:30 PM »
Why, in your shooting, is second-curtain the most usual/interesting?

In most cases, 1st/2nd curtain sync won't make a visible difference. The advantage of 1st cs is that the lag shutter press -> picture is shorter, but even for shorter exposure times when something is moving a little (like people or animals) 2nd cs might save the shot since the blur looks more "natural".

Problem is you have to enable it every time manually after changing batteries, and as I wrote it's mutually exclusive with hss setting on Canon flashes so unfortunately my experience with 2nd cs is also more limited than I'd like.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D as a Compliment to 5DMkiii
« on: April 03, 2013, 02:35:16 PM »
5D3 + good glass = good photos
6D + better glass = better photos

My thinking exactly (and Canon's, that's why they get away with the 6d specs) - except if the shots aren't in focus, i.e. the keeper rate is to low for the desired application, or the faster fps really make a difference like for sports.

Lighting / Re: Does the flash pulse when <x-sync & hss on?
« on: April 03, 2013, 04:31:25 AM »
2nd curtain and HSS cant co-exist by virtue of the way they work so its not an error or ommision

... but I'd like an option to switch between hss and 2nd curtain sync, with the current system it auto-switches to 1st curtain sync if <x-sync. If you enable the mutually exclusive 2nd curtain it cannot auto-switch to hss.

1st curtain fires an intantaneous burst at the start of the exposure say 1/10000 sec long
the remaining duration exposes ambient

Guess again :-) ... a full-power flash on Canon flashes like the 580ex is *1/800* long - I was also surprised how slow flash is when I read that, though at normal power outputs it gets faster.

with pulsing you might be thinking of multi mode and stroboscopic flash where the flash fires multiple reduced output bursts at a programmed (by you) frequency for the duration of a long exposure

And with "pulsing" I meant the hss system (continuous light) which is implemented as a successive series of low-power flash pulses. Sorry it was confusing, I couldn't come up with a better word do differentiate what hss does vs. "Multi-Mode"/strobe flashes.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:53:54 AM »
no sync port - this would be a deal breaker if it were to be my main body.

What's wrong with a hotshoe pc-sync adapter?

read/write speeds - SD is slow!!!!!  This may be the back breaker for me with it.

You have to use a fast/new(!) uhs-1 card, then this should be absolutely no issue?

battery life - battery does drain quite fast when wifi is enabled (note, I have no use for gps so i never tried using that).  Battery life is fine without using wifi, but, with that on be careful!

Yes, known issue, time for a battery grip... with the added weight & bulk. On the bright side: gps doesn't seem to drain as much power as I first suspected, so that's actually usable if you need it.

Why would anyone buy a 6D when a refurb 5D3 is only a few bucks more?

Because in Germany there are only new cameras, and the price difference (esp. given the current € crisis): 5d3 €2800 vs. 6d €1800, the latter dropping in price while the 5d3 staying more or less stable.

Lighting / Re: Does the flash pulse when <x-sync & hss on?
« on: April 03, 2013, 01:37:03 AM »
if you are using 2nd curtain sync it cant be enabled its one or the other
lots of situations 2nd curtain is more usefull than HSS

+1 - there should be an option to auto-set 2nd curtain sync <x-sync and hss >xsync, I'll do a feature request for Magic Lantern eventually (the devs there don't have flashes yet :-p).

At times when HSS is not set, the shutter speed is reduced to synch speed and my images are (grossly) over exposed.

Indeed, my 60d also doesn't to a proper exposure reduction to x-sync but just overexposes - I'd also call this a bug and not a feature.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: April 02, 2013, 07:38:00 AM »
Also, got to shoot an event with the 6d today - dyngus day...there was dancing..

Thanks for the pics, but the most important information for me is to get real life impressions about how the 6d feels in real life, stress shooting conditions where different camera bodies do make a difference.

Some good or bad shots alone don't mean anything, you can get them out of any half-decent dlsr, though the keeper rate, constraints by limited fps/af system & the trust into the gear is much more important. But the 6d seems to do ok - and it should, in 2013 even @€1800 this is pretty damn expensive for what it is.

Lighting / Re: Does the flash pulse when <x-sync & hss on?
« on: April 02, 2013, 03:21:42 AM »
The HSS will be effective only if the shutter speed is greater than maximum flash sync speed and only if HSS is on.


Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: April 01, 2013, 07:28:10 AM »
I've used the Canon extenders before and was comfortable with them but the main reason for leaning towards the Kenko was the cost - but now, as it is said, better be safe than sorry

Ok, if it's "only" about cost I'd definitely buy the Canon even if for future/new body compatibility alone - I've got the Kenko because it fits all lenses (like 70-300L and 100L macro, esp. the latter is a stellar combination).

Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: April 01, 2013, 07:04:08 AM »
@Marsu42  Thanks for what you wrote.  While I'm not happy it happened to other people, I'm glad I'm not alone (if that makes any sense).

In my usually doomed tries to translate German proverbs: "Shared pain is half pain" :-p ... not true, but the human psyche seems to work that way.

Polycarbonate bodies are virtually indestructible, just watch the video on DigitalRev TV where he tries to kill two cheap bodies. Their other advantage is they are light so store less potential energy, drop them and they bounce.

Interesting information, thanks - thinking back that's exactly what happened whenever I dropped my 60d (well, I try not to do it to often, but over the years ... you know :-p).

Newer mid-range alleged "metal" bodies aren't entirely mag-alloy anyway, I though it was purely marketing (esp. Nikon d7000-type, the metal is only on the top/back where the usual diagrams show it), but maybe it makes sense after all to reduce weight while having a sturdy frame against splits.

Thanks ... I pulled the plug on my plans to get the Kenko after reading the above.  :)

I don't think it's a show-stopper, the extender is excellent and good value otherwise - but as it seems other users have also issues with the Canon extender, it seems you have to be extra-careful with these. As for the Kenko release button: Maybe you have a chance for a hands-on in a shop (or order one and then send it back for free), now you know what to look out for and figure out if it's a problem for your handling style.

Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 31, 2013, 11:00:01 PM »
Miraculously, the 5D3 seems to have survived without issue.

I'd really like to see some statistics on this because imho and in my experience the body "sturdiness" is overrated: If the gear drops the first - and most likely only - thing to break is the lens, and then probably some part of the body like back or top lcd that isn't protected by metal anyway. That's why I'm now much more relaxed about my "plastic" 60d.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 31, 2013, 06:57:45 PM »
I think it will be the new "best value" model.  And I think the WOW factor will be bigger than it was for the 5D3.

I think currently "best value" and "wow factor" are mutually exclusive with Canon, it's either one or the other, but certainly not both at the same time. But still it's not impossible for Canon to learn from the 5d3 price or the 6d features, it's just that there is not the slightest indication yet.

Canon General / Re: 24-70Mk2 fell off my 5DMk3 and smashed
« on: March 31, 2013, 06:55:16 PM »
The purpose of asking this question IN A CANON FORUM was to see if any other CANON USERS experienced this issue.  If a ton of other people did, then yes, it would be a design flaw and we would hold Canon accountable.  But it looks like only a few people have had it happen, so perhaps it's just how we shoot or carry our cameras.

Well, Dr. Neuro and I also experienced it, and I would guess that many, many people also had it happen but with less fatal consequences - so I'm happy you wrote the thread...

As for the embarrassment comment.  I don't get it.  I HAVE dropped a lens 70-200L2.8....and I can assure you, embarrassment is not one of the feelings that rises to the top.  It's mostly panic and fear (that you won't get your job done, and that it'll cost you a fortune to fix) and then yourself for being so stupid.

... which imho still really might be the reason why so few people said "me too" (rage/self-hate is usually also followed by embarrassment). If people truthfully wrote what went wrong with products and what they attributed to their own stupidity a lot of redesigns would be in order (hello, Kenko!).

While I wouldn't call the Canon release "design flaw", I wouldn't hinder Canon from adding a lock that needs some optional unscrewing instead of just pushing. But maybe they aren't that hurt about selling a replacement lens, which is also the explanation why cars are so easy to steal :->

Lighting / Does the flash pulse when <x-sync & hss on?
« on: March 31, 2013, 05:12:52 PM »
I always thought this was self-explanatory, but on the other hand there might be a reason for the Canon hss button and that the flash doesn't auto-enable hss when >x-sync:

If I shoot below the x-sync limit (1/250s on my 60d) and have hss on, does the flash do the usual short high-power x-sync flash or does it do a continuous hss pulse like when shooting with >x-sync?

Feel free to write "rtfm" as long as you give the answer at the same time :->

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 31, 2013, 04:33:18 PM »
Its only a matter of when, not if.

Big companies disappeared completely (expample: German electronics) because they chose the "if" option instead of "when" - conservatism, arrogance and thinking in quarterly profit reports seem to have no limit.

I also think Canon will have to do something eventually, but if they continue to alienate their vocal enthusiast users it's not that easy to recover in a word of global communication and viral marketing. Proof: As far as I see it during the last 2 years general opinion toward Canon in CR has changed, from "begone, Nikon trolls" to "well, Canon is really lacking innovation and driving a high-price policy at the same time".

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