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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 16, 2014, 01:44:00 AM »
When I read the N1v3 can do ~60fps with focus locked almost made me choke on my ichiban noodles!

Well, at least we have Magic Lantern which can do 60fps+ raw with locked focus right now for Canon ("silent pix"), but alas, only at reduced live view resolution 1824x1224 ...

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By now, it would not hurt 600EX sales that much, since many who want and need them have purchased already.

I doubt it because many people will have held back purchaising *more* 600rt because of the price and the expected 430ex successor - once the price drops a bit and there's no telling when and if a little brother will arrive, many people will "bite the bullet". I know I did.

The current 430EXII will continue to sell in large numbers probably for years, I suspect it outsells the 600EX-RT.

And there's a reason for this - people buying a 430ex2 like I did back than use it on camera for direct flash or bounce, so weight and size matters. Once you get the flashes off camera which is the whole point of  the rt system, these factors don't matter that much anymore, but power and recycling time do - so the advantage of a little rt unit is diminishing to the targeted users, at least for me.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 14, 2014, 04:43:49 PM »
... the days of the mirror-flipping high fps beast seem to be almost over.
Marsu, don't tell me you're buying into the mirrorless hype. :)

Well, this forum is the stronghold of the old school "80s" dslr community, but alas, tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis.

I'm buying the fact that in the near future, you can do 100fps full res with mirrorless - at amateur price w/o 1d-type construction and for shootings styles that need "take your pick". Me, I'm always using flash so 1fps is enough :-)

But really, the whole mirror idea is based on the fact that the analog film needs to be hidden, with a digital sensor it's on its way out except for people who also use digital watches that were once cool. Your camera is a high-performance computer, but this fact is only used up to a tiny fraction by existing designs and software.

Canon is working on this with the whole dual pixel af gadgetry, and the 7d2 delay indicates they won't release it as the last flagship incarnation of the old school dslr system with "everything Canon has" stuffed in.

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I think the Canon 600EX RT great, but too big and heavy (and expensive).

I tend to agree with "expensive", though often there are Canon rebate programs and even without them the 600rt is as expensive as Nikon's flagship with added 3rd party radio triggers.

However, after some time I have come to value the 600rt system - if you use light modifiers and/or shoot in bright outdoors with hss, big and heavy is the least concern if the flash "just works". Remember it might be big, but it doesn't need the clutter of an added receiver - and the 200mm zoom lets you concentrate the light more effectively where you want it also w/o an added modifier.

I'm going to sell my 430ex2, it's really nice to carry less weight esp. on a bracket, but except for bounce in small rooms it's just too weak.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:04:46 AM »
I do agree this camera will have to be extremely feature rich to be successful.


This is most likely the reason the 7d2 isn't here yet and neither "around the corner" ...

... but the competition is a moving target, the new Nikon 1 v3 has 20fps with servo af, full res 18mp and 40 shows raw buffer (http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=20018.0) so Canon should better come up with something really interesting or amateur wildlife photogs will switch to mirrorless.

The hybrid (evf/ovf?) viewfinder is the indication Canon is following suite - with a high-fps "mirror flipped up" mode, the days of the mirror-flipping high fps beast seem to be almost over.

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Fyi: Mirrorless seems to gain ground, are the days of the high-speed flipping mirror almost over? Interesting to imagine what will be in the v4 if they keep improving these with the current speed...

http://www.nikon.com/news/2014/0313_dslr_01.htm

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The superior performance with tracking of moving subjects is made possible with 105 focus points when phase-detection AF is used and 171 focus points when contrast-detect AF is used. 105 densely packed focus points positioned over a broad range of the frame ensure precise acquisition of moving subjects. At approximately 20 fps, the Nikon 1 V3 also boasts the world's fastest*1 high-speed continuous shooting rate with AF tracking, as well as high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 60 fps when focus is locked. This, as well as the world's shortest*3 shooting time lag ensures fast and precise focusing on moving subjects. What's more, the Nikon 1 V3 offers an operational system that users of digital SLRs will find familiar. It is also the first Nikon 1 camera to be equipped with a vari-angle LCD monitor that enables flexible shooting from any angle, new intuitive touch-screen control that is easy to use, and built-in Wi-Fi® capability for simple transfer and sharing of high-quality images.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L IS
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:24:40 AM »
We’ve been told that the 180mm f/3.5L macro is on its way out, and this could be the direction Canon takes it.

That's great news as the 100L for macro is rather short for ff. But on the other hand, 180mm really doesn't qualify as a dual-use portrait lens anymore but as a shorter fixed tele, so imho they might just bump it to 200mm.

It would be even greater news if this would arrive at a somewhat reasonable price, but looking at the current 180L price and Canon's recent policy, I'm not so positive about this :-o

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Yes, I use my Angle Finder C handheld.

How much practice does it take to get used to it? I though of buying one (China ripoff, of course :-)) vs. lying in the mud with my non-swivel screen 6d, but am not confident it'll feel as natural as looking straight through the vf and I won't use it much in practice.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D 1.1.4 Firmware upgrade sighted!
« on: March 10, 2014, 02:10:03 PM »
How about 'SET' button returns AF point to centre one. One of the most annoying features of the 6D - no way to change straight back to centre.

Magic Lantern does it (I added it myself to ML :-)).

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D 1.1.4 Firmware upgrade sighted!
« on: March 08, 2014, 03:07:28 PM »
No option for none of the above???

No, because imho screwing 3rd party batteries is a given after the last 5d3 update and Canon ignoring any complaints about it.

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EOS Bodies / 6D 1.1.4 Firmware upgrade sighted!
« on: March 08, 2014, 01:20:51 PM »
One 6d owner got his 6d back from service with the new fw, but we don't know what's changed yet (see http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=5530.msg105576#msg105576).

This is your chance to say "I told you so!" after release - vote what the latest hot update from Canon will feature, or write any other items you think will be added in this thread!

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Canon will eventually release it and it will sell like hotcakes.

By this point, I somehow doubt that. Yn will have their clone 600ex flashes out by then (if you want to have more flash power @lower price and probably reliability) and is going ahead with other rt equipment. Unless they completely bomb Canon has a problem: The 600rt price has dropped some, and the 440rt will be most introduced at the usual higher starting price - so except bulk/weight there will be the usual long list of disadvantages of the "small brother".

My guess is that Canon will wait until they release a new camera body with integrated rt controller to have a slave-only 440rt go along with it. 7d2 anyone :-p ?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5Dm3?
« on: March 05, 2014, 12:02:03 PM »
Just to mirror the high standard of argumentation and further elaborate the topic :-p

It always amazes me as to how users think that AF is such a big issue with modern cameras, I guess that they somehow don't wonder how photos were taken for 100+ years without any autofocus at all, and yet fantastic images were captured of sporting events, bif, and other demanding events.  Certainly, good AF is nice, but hardly a big issue for me.  I did just as well with my Argus C3, my Yashica TLR, my Canon FTQL, any number of P&S cameras, and several early DSLR's.  I have had several 1 series DSLR bodies as well as Rebels, all the 5D series, even a D800!  I've had no issues capturing sports with any of them, its just a matter of paying attention and learning timing.  There were probably a billion supurb images captured with those old Graphlex 4X5 cameras where you had to slide in the film carrier, then pull out the film cover, and capture the image as quickly as possible.  Then reverse the process, flip the carrier over and take a image using the film on the other side.  They could do that in a second or maybe two.
 
I recently discovered some old pre 1920's National Geographic issues in my attic, and, sure enough, there were great photos of sporting events, wildlife, and birds in flight from the early 1900's using primitive cameras, the photographer just learned to deal with what he had..
 
Get as good of a camera as you can afford, and learn to use it.  You will do fine.

This. +1

This -1

I am sorry but that is bunkum.

Yes we made fine images when we shot manual focus, but keeper rates were dramatically lower, even for top end pros. When I shot sports in the '80's I was happy with 3 critically sharp images per 36 roll, an 8% critical keeper rate and I was average at the time and in the best of health and eyesight, nowadays keeper rates are in the order of 90-95% critically sharp.

AF is huge, that is why after a comparatively short introductory period they achieved universal acceptance, way quicker than practically any other major feature of SLR's. Universal acceptance of TTL metering and Auto exposure modes both took much longer.

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Canon General / Re: Interview With Canon Executives
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:00:54 AM »
"Will still photography be necessary in the age of 4K video?

No, because you can just select the frame you want and it will have sufficient resolution. Now you only need a flash system that does 30 full hss bursts per second and lasts for some hours w/o overheating and power drain :-> ... that's why I'm happy with my 3fps  6d.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: March 03, 2014, 11:46:15 AM »
"Wide open" vs "wide open" is pointless.

I see your point, but I beg to differ concerning the conclusion: If you want the thinnest dof (or fastest speed) with any lens/camera combination you'll use "wide open" a lot in reality, so it's perfectly valid to look at this performance no matter the synthetic equivalence.

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