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Lighting / Re: 600ex-RT & Gary Fong
« on: June 30, 2012, 05:06:28 AM »
I spent four hours at the Canon booth, and they couldn't figure it out either until the second day when we discovered - and this is important - that the 600ex/rt on Master setting has to be on infrared (not radio) mode when using with a 580exII or 430exII.  Little is known about this (because Canon really doesn't do a great job with instruction)

This is embarrassing for the Canon staff - with the 600rt display, most things are self-explaining. For using the 600rt with older optical remote flashes there's even a custom function to disable the radio part (and features that depend on it like group flash), so the 600rt basically behaves like a prettier 580ex2...

I wouldn't shoot events without the Gary Fong modifiers.

There seem to be very split opinions on this, and I'm not sure what diffuser to get. Some people saying these are extremely overpriced and you can re-create the collapsible Gary Fong with plastic for $1 yourself - but I guess that's paying for r&d.

But many people seem to rely on the less expensive and less bulky Sto-fen Omni-Bounce - could you please share your experiences about the differences? Or do you have even both for different occasions?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / How much does a dual-card slot matter?
« on: June 30, 2012, 04:48:34 AM »
Grasping to straws if there is any reason for me to get a 5d3 instead of a 5d2 I'd like to get you opinions about the importance of the dual-card slot. Only the 5d3 has it, Nikon puts it even in consumer models like the d7000 which was very appreciated in reviews. The question is: What's it good for?

  • Speed: on the 5d3, that can't be the reason because the sd slot is crippled and much slower than udma7 cf. Does it make a difference if writing hires jpeg to sd and raw to cf in comparison to writing both to cf like on the 5d2?

  • Reliability: brides are said to be somewhat grumpy when your no-name budget cf card breaks without jpeg backup on a second card, if you are a high profile shooter this could even ruin your business. The question is: how large is the likehood of cf/sd cards breaking without being recoverable, and are there differences between brands?

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware officially announced
« on: June 30, 2012, 04:36:44 AM »
Maybe that's just me, but as consumers I think we should demand that the support from the manufacturer should be more than just incremental and trivial updates.

That's the well-known problematic point: demand how? Writing forum posts? Buy less Canon gear or switch to Nikon as a regular consumer? All of these won't be noticed or for the wrong reasons. The things that might work is cps professionals telling Canon they're considering to switch to another brand because of mediocre support.

And yes, I do see the reason why they do things this way, but it isn't necessarily the best way to do business.

I hate to say it, but personally I think Canon is rather clever engineering people into buying the most expensive stuff which they never though they'd to a short time ago. Canon now just has to meet the competition, i.e. upgrade their sensors like on the 1dx and do r&d on mirrorless.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Get the 60d or wait for the 70d?
« on: June 30, 2012, 04:27:30 AM »
the 70D may be coming on July 24

Where did you get that date from? The earliest date I expected to see anything new was photokina in late september.

But the 10-22mm has almost no distortion. :'( It'd be hard to part with w/o renting the tokina first.

If you rent it, please let us know your findings - I'd be very interested since you seem to be very specific about the lenses you use. But everything I've read about the Tokina is very favorable (it's nearly a prime lens with the tiny zoom range), it's f2.8, it's very sharp and while Canon might be better the little distortion is simple to correct in post.

Interesting, Might replace my 10-22mm after all. :o

I'd get the Tokina over the Canon, too - but it's a little letdown that the mk2 version for Canon seems to be not even face-lifted, but just with new coating.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware officially announced
« on: June 29, 2012, 03:52:56 PM »
But I keep asking myself, would Canon be offering this firmware and hyping it to this degree if they were about to kill off the 7D series? These are the actions of a company trying to buy some time between upgrades, not a company about to radically reposition or dump a model.

You might be right, and since Canon seems to be very conservative (euphemism for non-innovative), maybe all will stay the same:

The 70d in q4/2012 might be a release like the 5d3: upgraded body (metal) and firmware (afma), but just a face-lifted sensor with the current tech. And then, maybe in q4/2013 with the time they just bought the 7d2 with a real sensor upgrade as the new aps-c flagship.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware officially announced
« on: June 29, 2012, 07:46:52 AM »

To say something good about Canon for a change: Nikon cripples its camera bodies even more, and there's no Magic Lantern to provide unlimited, automatic bracketing there. For example, the d7000 only allows for 3x +-2ev bracketing which is a known Nikon nuisance and often isn't enough for very high contrast hdr scenes...

Ok, so i can't afford the 35L @ $1479 USD, and the 35mm F2.0 is not really what i am looking for.

If you have the time to search around: There are rather cheap 35L lenses used from time to time on local markets. This lens has been around very long, is a rather specialized prime and too expensive to keep it as a paper weight - these three things seem to make amateurs in need for money sell it when they figure they seldom use it next to their standard f2.8 or even f4 zoom.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware officially announced
« on: June 29, 2012, 06:59:08 AM »
Then I get this email from Canon.  I mean, I kow that exaggeration is Marketing's job...but...reallly?!?   :o

Omh, this is hilarious - if this wasn't you posting the picture, I'd say it's pure sarcasm from a Nikon troll :-> ... imagine what Canon could achieve if they gave 1/10th of their marketing staff a programing tutorial and put them into development to figure out and implement really useful features...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Get the 60d or wait for the 70d?
« on: June 29, 2012, 06:14:28 AM »
True, but it all depends if you want/need those features for your style of shooting.

Of course, it always does. I just wanted to remark that tech data table comparisons often fall short of the reality. And sometimes even the data itself is wrong for marketing reasons - examples: the 600rt flash does hss & full x-sync on older bodies even if Canon says the exact opposite, and the 60d actually has faster fps than in the specs if you disable jpeg (don't know if this is valid for the 650d, too).

Btw: This is the first time someone has said the 60d is large and heavy, most people around here would say it's a toy camera :-p

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC Announced
« on: June 29, 2012, 06:03:31 AM »
"That Nikon Guy" on youtube has part of what you want, a Canon 24-70 L vs Tamron 24-70 VC comparison.  Very in depth.

... though one doesn't necessarily has to agree with nikonguy's conclusion, nice videos, but he's very amateurish, I agre with Albi86 on that. Don't miss his bonus video "how to shoot a model" :-)

Esp. him saying that the vc is great for handheld video - I could not second to that, because while the frame is more stable, it jumps around like with any IS, no substitute for stabilization gear. And he only tries very few "walk in the park" situations, so every potential Tamron buyer has to figure out how much the "onion" bokeh concerns his/her shots.

Read online at: http://www.thkphoto.com/news/press/N0000015/

Good news! Since I will keep on dual-shooting with my aps-c even if I have a ff body, I think I'll get this one. With f2.8, the large dof of an ultrawide plus slow required shutter speeds, these should only need low iso values with Canon's 18mp sensor.

I hope it doesn't take too long for the high list price of Tokina to drop to a saner level... and we'll see if Tokina is faster than Canon when it comes to actually shipping announced products :-o

However: even Tamron claims only "lightly improved optical performance" and "Other than the optical coating change there are no changes to the Canon mount" ... does this mean it's more flare resistant than the mk1 model? Or is this just a waste of money in comparison to a cheaper mk1 model?

Right after the focus as stopped, the image makes a little jump t the right. I have a 60d, so no micro adjust...

Everything I've read about this lens and the samples I've tried didn't show this behavior, I think it's a warranty or return case. In fact, on the samples I tried the vc lock was barely noticeable. The vc might a little time to swing in if you run&gun, but afaik there definitely shouldn't be a statistically significant jump to just one direction. Even if you probably don't want to hear this: What you're experiencing is the larger product variance (some call it qc issues) of Tamron and other 3rd party manufacturers.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware officially announced
« on: June 29, 2012, 05:36:48 AM »
I cannot see any firmware/programming difficulty whatsover to enable EC in M mode as it is enabled in ALL  shooting modes

A company designing the 1dx surely is capable of implementing much more features in firmware than are currently available. The question just is: What does Canon want? The answer: Maximize profit. This means: 1) minimize costs (like recycling the 5d2 sensor for the 5d3 and have as little support/testing for seldom used firmware features as possible). And 2) maximize money flowing to them (sell as as much cameras as they can and as expensive models as they can).

To achieve the sales goal, first they have to competitive, so they of course provide the basic feature set (like 3x bracketing) and cover up for problems (like in-camera hdr & multi-shot nr). Furthermore, they have to differentiate their products. And between mid-range and top cameras this will concern features that are important if you are an advanced photog. Examples of this are afma (dropped on the 60d for the 7d) and Ec on m (no dice on 5d) - so unless you can come up with a commercial reason for Canon to implement it, forget it.

It is very unfortunate Magic Lantern is not able to fix most things outside live view - but well, never look a gift horse in the mouth.

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