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Reviews / Re: Product Review – Nikon D810 vs Canon Mark III
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:19:25 AM »
I wonder, if there is any particular reason why in this "test" the "daylight" background is itself a photo?  :o

Just because of this we should have serious doubts regarding the lighting used here, but who would do such a thing during serious testing? This "test" is just a joke, isn't it?

EOS Bodies / Re: Reports of EOS 7D Reaching End of Life [CR2]
« on: June 14, 2014, 01:23:14 AM »
There is an additional factor: I don't think a 7D Mark II will make a good backup camera for someone using a 1D-X as a primary camera. As a backup for a 1D-X shooter I see two obvious choices: Either a second 1D-X or a 5D Mark III. The latter has been my choice and I am quite happy with that combination, but using my old 7D as a backup isn't something I see as adequate. There is just too much of a difference and quite frankly I don't think whatever a new 7D Mark II can deliver will make it adequate.

This may sound rather pessimistic, but I suspect a 7D Mark II will find its place in the kit of people not wanting to spend a lot of money on a camera body, but who still want to have many pro-camera features, because this is the selling point of the 7D and by replacing it Canon should be aiming at the same kind of target customers. I am just confused as to why replacing that camera takes Canon so long. To maximize on profits I expected a shorter product cycle. Ask yourselves: How many 7D users already upgraded to something else? Maybe there will be no replacement at all.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 25, 2014, 06:12:59 PM »
And another one just to drive home my point regarding the camera's autofocus capabilities.

The settings were the same as in the previous shot.

If you were go on vacation would you just take the G1X.M2 or do you bring along a 5D3 or 1D-X too?

On vacation I will carry my 1D-X and 5D Mark III plus a bunch of lenses. I wouldn't go on vacation without it.

For space-limited business travel I will bring the G1X Mark II as my go-everywhere camera, especially in case I fly with some of those airlines restricting carry-on luggage weight to merely 8kg.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 25, 2014, 05:11:29 PM »
similar settings plus some luck

180mm macro at f8, 1/4000, ISO 10000

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 25, 2014, 04:49:56 PM »
1D-X autofocus at work

180mm macro, f8, 1/4000s, ISO 8000

Just recently I acquired a G1X Mark II. After initial trials I can state the following (rather subjective) findings:
  • Camera reaction speed is quite decent for a compact. Of course it is not in the same league concerning speed to a decent DSLR, but for a compact it is pretty good.
  • Camera useability with the new lens design is really good once I got used to the controls. There are lots of customization options. What is important for me is that both tapping the touch screen to set focus as well as manual focus work fine.
  • Image quality may be the same as the previous model (I didn't buy the original G1X, so I can't compare), but it is not in any way comparable to a good DSLR. At ISO 3200, which is the default limit in sensitivity I can still take shots, which look good on a postcard size print, but it is not good for anything larger. Giving up on what I am used to in terms of image quality for me is the primary drawback in using it.

There remains the benefit of portability. Nevertheless, even if I can now catch moments I would have otherwise missed, I always rue the difference in image quality compared to my 5D Mark III or 1D-X.

Lenses / Re: Which lense now?
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:03:43 AM »
Google translate automatic language recognition tells me that lense is a Norwegian word. I didn't find this word for any other language I suspected of being similar.

I wonder how many Norwegians we have on this forum?

Lenses / Re: Which lens to go with
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:55:19 PM »
Regarding lens size and weight there is no substitute to testing this yourself.

I wouldn't consider any of the 70-200mm zooms too heavy for extended use. If for example someone can safely carry a baby, why wouldn't the same person be able to carry a 70-200mm f2.8 Mark II zoom on a gripped 5D?

I have a pal who is an equestrian photographer and he'd shoot at events, selling the pictures to the competitors, so it is a case of shooting every rider for the duration of the event. ( something that would drive me nuts). He used a 1D + 70-200 2.8 and did eventually suffer from strained hand. The last time but one time I saw him he had it strapped up; the last time he was using a 7D + 70-200/4.

So size and weight can matter, it's a question of the individuals priorities and circumstances.

For repeated actions like you described it, I can understand these consequences. For a person not making a living from photography like the original poster, there is little risk of this happening.

Lenses / Re: Which lens to go with
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:17:39 PM »
Regarding lens size and weight there is no substitute to testing this yourself.

I wouldn't consider any of the 70-200mm zooms too heavy for extended use. If for example someone can safely carry a baby, why wouldn't the same person be able to carry a 70-200mm f2.8 Mark II zoom on a gripped 5D?

I'd like 2-3 more C# settings.

me too!

How would you remember what they are ? I have trouble remembering 3 !

You could write it down on your smartphone. Smartphones are being used as external memory for the Human brain for so many things, one more won't be an issue.

Lenses / Re: Which lens to go with
« on: April 06, 2014, 07:02:48 AM »
For years I have been shooting the 70-200 f2.8 IS Mark I and haven't decided to upgrade to the Mark II, because the old lens is still very good and also very reliable.

For shooting events or people you will obviously notice its f2.8 (as previously mentioned by gshocked), but you will also notice its nice bokeh, which should be better wide open compared even to the newer and sharper Mark II version. This alone is the reason I haven't felt the need to upgrade.

The image quality difference between Mark I and Mark II versions is more noticeable using extenders, so you shouldn't use something like a x2 extender on the 70-200mm f2.8 IS or you lose significant image quality. In the Mark II lens this appears to be less of an issue. Then again if using extenders is not an option you want to explore, feel free to ignore that part.

Image quality differences between the f4 and f2.8 versions should be negligible. I have used both and always preferred the f2.8 version. I tend to shoot wide open all the time with such lenses, so the bokeh and f2.8 make for far more than a small difference.

According to the findings at there is also a marked difference in robustness between the older f4 and f2.8 versions and the newer lens generation.

Just one week ago I accidentally dropped my 70-200mm on a stone terrace. It fell for about 1m and then it bounced from one end to the other. At first I was in a complete panic. Physically I found some dust on the lens hood, but wiping it off, it looked fine. I then ran the lens through autofocus tests for hours on end without finding anything amiss. I am still completely amazed how that came out, because I ended up with the lens showing neither physical damage on the outside nor any damage I could find through my tests on the inside, but I wouldn't bet a pizza on a Mark II surviving such a drop intact based on the findings published by

EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 11:05:08 AM »
I really hope that Canon doesn't release another rebel series dslr.. I still see t3i being sold and don't even see the t4i much and even less of the t5i.  the price differences are so minimal now too.  Just stop.  lol  Who wouldn't be happy to see a new rebel like every 1.5-2 yrs?  Maybe it's just me?  anyways, rumors rumors~~ 

Let's just hope it will be a 7D Mark II so that at least this waiting game is finally over and we will have a nice new camera to talk about and not just the frustrated concerns regarding what we have come to expect to be released.

EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:58:35 AM »
Anyone have any speculation on what the new lens' could be?

Personally I am hoping for the rumored 50mm f/1.8 IS but there have also been some rumors lately of a replacement to the 100mm-400mm

The problem is: It could be anything. Here are some of my suggestions:
  • It might be a more lightweight mark II 800mm lens, taunting all those happy 600mm mark II owners to upgrade
  • It might be a new 35mm to put some distance between Canon's offering and Sigma's offering
  • It might be a new TS-E lens for product photography (wasn't something like this announced already?)
  • It might be a new 20mm wide-angle (for whatever reason I like that focal length, but this one is merely wishful thinking on my part)
  • It might be another movie-oriented lens

The last one is what I really expect (and don't need or want at all).

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Technical Report
« on: April 01, 2014, 04:07:27 PM »
Really though, you're comparing apples to oranges.  You can't expect the same performance from these two types of cameras.  You just have to choose the right one for the job.  If there is a fixed lens point and shoot out there that compares to the 6D, it probably has the price tag to match. 

I am painfully aware that I am comparing apples to oranges.

I am looking for a small camera to always carry around, which is not my 1D-X or 5D Mark III, but which still delivers image quality I can enjoy. I have been pondering purchasing the EOS-M, but the EOS-M Mark II rumors have effectively kept me from investing into that system. I am also not very keen on using interchangeable lenses on this type of small camera and this is where the G1-X Mark II becomes really attractive for me, because it covers a focal-length range I consider sufficient.

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