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Lenses / Re: what lens's to bring to Hawaii?
« on: February 20, 2014, 11:11:32 PM »
I vote 17-40 OR the 24-70 to reduce redundancy and weight.

If I absolutely had to bring a second lens, I would tote the 50 1.4 for those moments at night with the fam.

Have a great time!  Very envious here :D

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Lenses / Re: what lens's to bring to Hawaii?
« on: February 20, 2014, 09:14:01 PM »
Is this your first trip there?  It's awfully hot in Hawaii during the summer... you are not going to enjoy lugging that massive kit around.

I brought a tripod, my 5D, and a 16-35 II and called it day.  Never really felt the need for a longer lens since most of my images were scenics, and the few times I wish i had something different (e.g. tele zoom, fisheye, etc.), I really appreciated not having to worry about hiding that stuff in my open top Jeep rental or somewhere in the bushes while going for a swim or spending an afternoon paddle surfing.

But if you are travelling there as a photographer, no family members around to distract you, man-on-a-mission sort of thing, by all means bring it all - and a camelback for hydration!

In retrospect, I think I enjoyed Maui best in Jan/Feb since all the whales and turtles migrate there for mating season.  It's just amazing to see those animals in the wild.

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Canon General / Re: Canon Says No to Retro Design for Them
« on: February 20, 2014, 06:25:30 PM »
Aren't all of Canon's DSLRs considered "retro" in design? They all still look like the T90 from '86!




True that.  Although I was handling my T90 just now and how I wish the current 1D series could go on a diet and trim down a bit.

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EOS Bodies / Re: $1200 1DX discounts on eBay... Anyone bought one?
« on: February 19, 2014, 08:00:27 PM »
Legit, as in legitimately Canon?

Without a doubt.  But grey market whether that means anything to the buyer.

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EOS-M / Re: Is the canon eos-m a dead end system?
« on: February 16, 2014, 02:25:45 PM »
Hi all,

Firstly let me just say - I don't mean to offend any Eos-m users by putting this post.
I am still keen is getting a smaller unit as an alternative to my 5dmk3 and I believe this is the Eos-m system.
However, with Canon releasing a new G1 camera and only releasing the Eos-M 2 in Japan and some parts of Asia, have they abandoned the Eos-m system? Should I wait later this year instead of getting the original Eos-m?

Thanks all,

Get the M for what it is: a small compact camera with a relatively large sensor that is suitable for still subjects.

The M can take your SLR lenses in a pinch which is something the G series cannot. 

The M is small enough to stow away once the action starts and you need AF that can track.  It works splendidly as a 2 camera setup for me - SLR for anything that moves, M for everything else.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon CPS Irvine Experience
« on: February 16, 2014, 02:11:51 PM »
Another vote of confidence for CPS Irvine.  I've had nothing but great service from them.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: HELP - strange 1Dx AEB behaviour
« on: February 16, 2014, 04:09:29 AM »
RGF, good to know.

When you say "main dial", are you referring to the dial near the shutter release?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III & EOS 1D X
« on: February 14, 2014, 09:10:19 AM »
That seller was selling the 1Dx for $5449 a month ago.  Why call it out now?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang will start producing AF lenses
« on: February 13, 2014, 01:08:09 PM »
As long as they continue to offer MF options, sounds great!

A won't lie, a really big part of the allure are the amazing price points and solid performance.

14mm 2.8 anyone?

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EOS Bodies / Re: What to buy????
« on: February 12, 2014, 10:49:55 PM »
What is it exactly that your D700 cannot do, that the Canon 5D Mark lll, 6D, 70D, or rumored 7D II will do better?  The D700 is a very capable camera that is no less relevant today than 4 years ago.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D4S Specs confirmed.
« on: February 12, 2014, 09:39:53 PM »
Adorama just dropped the ball:


Not necessarily.  It's not that uncommon for retailers post incorrect specs for products yet anounced.

For what it's worth, you have more confidence in these spec than the Nikon Rumors admin  ;D

http://nikonrumors.com/2014/02/12/nikon-d4s-listed-at-adorama-as-a-24mp-camera.aspx/

Quote from: Nikon Rumors Admin
I still believe the D4s will be a 16MP camera as I previously reported. I think Adorama made a mistake in their listing.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX focusing screens
« on: February 08, 2014, 04:38:35 AM »
the DOF is only apparent on fast primes.  So for my 1.2 and 1.4 lenses, it makes an enormous difference.

At 2.8, I don't notice any difference in visible DOF between stock and high precision screens, so I'm not surprised it wasn't nearly as effective on the 17 TSE.

You forget you can get supershallow dof with the TS-E, although dark VF, to see the focal plane when tilted max upwards and rotated was awesome.

ah, yes, i stand corrected!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX focusing screens
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:10:06 PM »
the DOF is only apparent on fast primes.  So for my 1.2 and 1.4 lenses, it makes an enormous difference.

At 2.8, I don't notice any difference in visible DOF between stock and high precision screens, so I'm not surprised it wasn't nearly as effective on the 17 TSE.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX focusing screens
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:49:38 PM »
Eldar,

I wound up not ordering and installing the Ec-S.  After using MF on both bodies, the smaller platform just felt so much easier to use I am going to use my 5D exclusively for MF since it already has an Ee-S screen installed.

I can't say how different the Ec-S and Ee-S screens are, but I won't use anything slower than f/4 in anything but very good light with the Ee-S.  I find the screen gets dark very easily. 

I would imagine f/4 on your 600 would work ok in decent light, but once you start shooting at dusk or low light conditions, I think you will be dissappointed.  Adding an extender will only make things worse :(

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:03:15 PM »
only for a certain, unnamed, self-professed, nikon ambassador   ::)

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