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EOS Bodies / Re: Future Canon DSLR Strategy for More Focused Products?
« on: February 05, 2015, 06:37:14 PM »
For me diversification of camera models appears to be sensible.

I am not sure though, why a new landscape or studio camera must have a 5D form factor. I do much prefer the handling and battery power of a 1-series body and would prefer a rugged 1Ds-like body for landscape photography.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R Press Release
« on: February 05, 2015, 06:05:08 PM »
Sorry, but I don't understand why some already complain about spec details. We still only know some features, but not all. Speculation about additional features is fine, but I don't see a reason for complaining before at least the entire specs have been published by Canon.

I am not even sure that press release draft is for real, like why would someone involved leak the text of the press release? Then again the text appears to be well written and if it is a fake, then at least it is a pretty good one!

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« on: December 17, 2014, 06:30:02 PM »
Those first images look pretty promising. Please keep posting, so that we can get a better impression of what this new lens can do.

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Just sell it. Being preoccupied with the look of your gear and having less than perfect confidence in getting the results you want is no good. The important part is that you do not make a loss on this.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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