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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Firmware 1.1.1 Now Available
« on: October 19, 2012, 04:37:46 AM »
After running some tests yesterday evening right after the firmware update I am leaving this red focus point highlight feature switched on. If you don't have to refocus constantly it is certainly a useful feature.

EOS Bodies / Re: Red AF in AI-Servo fixed in 1D-X before 5D Mk III
« on: October 19, 2012, 04:32:59 AM »
Do you really own a 1D-X? Mine certainly does not show the behaviour you describe.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thoughts on the New EOS-1D X Firmware 1.1.1
« on: October 19, 2012, 04:22:28 AM »
Do you run both 1D-Xs with the exact same settings? I also experience the blink once upon achieving focus and of course I am quite happy with it. Different configuration settings and corresponding camera usage may still result in different behaviour, but since you are a couple, you should be able to sort this out pretty quickly. If you double-check your configurations are exactly the same and how you use the cameras is exactly the same, does it still come out with different results?

I am just wondering here, because it appears to be quite strange to experience such different results without something actually being different. You should run some tests here and if you do find something strange, it would be a good idea to have CPS see to it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Red AF in AI-Servo fixed in 1D-X before 5D Mk III
« on: October 18, 2012, 10:48:30 AM »
Canon wouldn't provide firmware upgrades the way they did for the 7D and the 1D-X, if they weren't dedicated to deliver to their customer base, irrespective of competition, because I don't see any competition for the 7D.

The f8 issue, although quite important for me, isn't everyone's cup of tea, especially since f8 autofocus has previously been available in 1-series cameras anyway, so I think this fix still applies to 1-series only.

Fixing the black and now flashing red focus point issue is important for both 1D-X and 5D Mark III users, so you can expect something like this coming up in a 5D Mark III firmware update as well.

Maybe the solution for the 5D Mark III focus points will even be better than the one provided for the 1D-X, because Canon can react to the initial 1D-X user experiences. In any case I don't see any reason to whine about 5D Mark III users not receiving an update. I expect it is only a matter of time, so get your hopes up!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What to do? Upgrade from 400d
« on: October 15, 2012, 05:01:29 PM »
Having to shoot something with f1.something, if you actually would want to shoot at f2.8 is not a good option. By using only fast primes you may actually create limitations to how you shoot.

Achieving depth of field in reasonably sharp focus is one thing, but consistently being able to nail spot-on focus shooting wide open is quite another. Your keeper rate may benefit a lot from upgrading to a low-light-capable body such as a 5D Mark II or 6D, which allows you to use the f-stops you want, when and where you want it.

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How much $$$ will the high-mp eos cost?
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:40:10 AM »
I completely agree with you on this one.

For Canon it now makes sense to trump the D800 with a bigger MP animal. Not competing with the D800, but competing with MFDB appears to me might be a core point to Canon's strategy in this case, so that they can dismiss the D800 as insignificant.

This might not be pleasing to a lot of consumers, but I expect this will be appealing to Canon as a vendor, enabling them to claim that the D800 failed to be a true alternative to MFDB, while Canon's offering at least put up a challenge, whatever that may mean in practical considerations and market performance. If they are succesful in this area they may even release a lower-specced variant in D800s niche market, similar to how they now release the 6D against the D600.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.2 update
« on: October 04, 2012, 05:30:29 AM »
I believe you are quite correct, that CPU speed is an important factor. I am running LR 4 on a Sony laptop with a standard 750 GB harddisk and 4 i7 CPUs and 8 GBs of RAM and it is blazingly fast, although I have in excess of 10000 pictures in my catalogue. I don't know, if it helps much in this case, but I also organize my pictures in folders on the operating system by year and by date plus location. In general using folders increases file access performance on the operating system level, provided we are talking about thousands of files.

Landscape / Re: River Thames at Cookham
« on: October 04, 2012, 05:11:13 AM »
Especially the shots with the nice bridge would benefit from less depth of field, so that the eye is guided toward the bridge and out-of-focus areas provide a nice dreamy background.

Of course with the 24-105 f4 is the best you can do in this regard, but you can still manipulate things by using either manual focus or using a lower focus point, so that the grass up front is more in focus and the houses and stuff in the background are more out-of-focus.

Of course this recommendation will only work out, if you have a chance to visit the place again. Apart from that I second NightBreath's suggestion.

Mmmh, I am using LR since LR 3 and I am using it primarily, because of workflow efficiency. Another must have for me is the crop tool from LR. Perhaps I am just used to LR, so I have nothing much to complain about. My primary comparison is with Canon's DPP, which I also use sometimes. I particularly like the spot removal tool in DPP.

I am not a big fan of post-processing I have to admit. I rather concern myself with what goes into LR, trying to avoid having to fix things afterwards, but when I have to post-process shots, I prefer to do it in LR.

Nevertheless I would like to learn what is easier in other software. Perhaps somebody can shed some light on this.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.2 update
« on: October 03, 2012, 09:39:35 AM »
This fixes two minor nuisances I have actually experienced (the gray image placeholder appearing for a short while and the clarity - luminance noise issue). Not that this bothered me too much, but nevertheless I do appreciate things getting better.

Canon General / Re: Europe trip, 1-2 months
« on: October 03, 2012, 09:09:06 AM »
You can throw in Latvia and Lithuania with the same recommendation. These places have a special old European charme, which is perhaps surprisingly to be found preserved here rather than at other places.

Australia / Re: Insurance
« on: October 03, 2012, 08:56:39 AM »
Over here in Europe the situation is not too different from Australia. My gear is all covered through my home insurance (from Axa), but I had to raise the insured sum, so that it will also cover my gear, which I might bring along, when I am travelling. I have some 15k$ of equipment insured against theft, accidents or damages, when I am out of my house and beyond 100k$, when I am at home.

The same insurance company also offers to insure photographic gear as a specific insurance for photo equipment, but that seems to work only in case you rent something or use something for a specific trip (safari or such), because it only insures listed equipment and only at time value, so if you leave this insurance running for some years, your old equipment will not be replaced with new equipment, while your insurance rate will stay up, but in case of claims they will calculate how much value your equipment has lost, so it is not better than a normal insurance and in addition, if you buy new equipment, your insurance rate will go up, if you add it to the list of equipment or it will not be insured.

Please be careful with those options. For me the combination with home insurance works fine, although I must admit that my yearly rates are similar to purchasing a small L lens per year.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-M Begins Shipping
« on: October 03, 2012, 08:25:38 AM »
Sounds promising with the 600mm. Please provide some initial quick review of results with the EOS-M.

Lenses / Re: DPReview and DxOMark to partner for lens testing
« on: October 02, 2012, 01:35:20 PM »
I completely agree on that statement.

After what I felt might be described as a phase of vendor-neutral test results (see their 70-200mm zoom tests as their greatest example) at DPReview their reputation is now likely do go down the drain, if they adopt DxO's mysterious ratings.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-M Begins Shipping
« on: October 02, 2012, 01:17:16 PM »
Probably the EOS-M is only about style.  8)

Imagine a bird photographer removing her/his 1D camera back from a 600 f4 lens. Instead of a rear lens cap now you can connect an EOS-M with EF-adapter. Isn't that cool?  :o

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