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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D at 46.1mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 02:39:54 PM »
I believe the oldest variant is Canikon, isn't it?

EOS Bodies / Re: Why I'm not jumping to Nikon
« on: September 25, 2012, 02:31:09 PM »
Ramon, in my humble opinion you are quite correct, but this appears to be a pretty one-sided conversation.

Is it just me or is someone in this forum only to spread funny looking emoticons?

Is this a Lexar stockholder reunion or what's up?

If two cards are rated at the same specs, what would be the reason to buy Lexar, if you can get a fully equivalent product from Sandisk for a better price? If Lexar is cheaper, I don't mind buying Lexar, but as long as Sandisk offers for a better price, I am buying theirs. If prices are equal, I won't care either way.

Software & Accessories / Re: Joby Gorillapod for ground level Macro work?
« on: September 25, 2012, 08:57:34 AM »
I have also used the SLR Zoom Gorilla pod. For small bodies up to a 50D or 60D with a smallish lens this is okay, but it doesn't hold up to a 70-200mm or similarly sized lens on a small body nor to a regular sized L lens with a heavier body such as a gripped 7D.

If your macro equipment would consist of a 60mm lens and a 60D or something similar, you might be ok, but with a 5D Mark III and a 100mm lens it is not a good idea.


Eventually you will bite the bullet and purchase one of those nice L lenses. The EF 35mm f1.4L is even one of the cheaper L lenses.

Then suddenly you will be in a hurry to replace anything non-L with more L lenses. You get the picture...

With a 7D you are already poised to purchase L lenses. Should all those megapixels go to waste with lesser glass?

Next thing you know you will be upgrading to a 5D Mark III. Feels similar to a 7D, just with different image quality.

Now imagine Canon selling you a 35mm f1.8 for let's say 400$. There is already a 35mm f2 available, which is even cheaper. There would be no L goodness, no reason to purchase more. You might just end up as a customer lost to upselling/upgrading.

Lenses / Re: What 3 lenses do you dream of and long to own?
« on: September 25, 2012, 07:48:55 AM »
400mm f2.8L IS Mark II, 500mm f4L IS Mark II and 600mm f4L IS Mark II.

Just look at the attached sample picture and you will understand my longing. Currently I consider myself severely focal length limited (max focal length of 200mm, not counting my 2x converter), so birding is a somewhat restricted area for me.

Lenses / Re: Which canon macro lense 60mm, 100mm, 100mmIS, 180mm
« on: September 25, 2012, 06:58:24 AM »
The 100mm IS L lens is the best for using autofocus on bugs moving around, but in my experience this works best with a body with really nice autofocus such as 1D-X. For general macro shooting your best bet is the 180mm macro, because it allows greater distance from the subject and it allows using an extender such as the 1.4x or 2x extenders, which work with this lens (I often use the 2x extender). Working distance is an important issue, because with the 100mm lens I usually take the lens hood off, so that I won't get too close to an insect, which might either fly or crawl away. I don't tend to shock freeze macro subjects, before I take shots  ::).

Before I forget to mention it: You should add a focusing rail to your tripod, adding one piece to the gear M.ST listed. A focusing rail will allow you to set your lens to minimal distance and then you use the focusing rail to focus.

Please be careful here. DVDs or Blueray disks are supposed to be short-term storage media only. DVDs may lose information based on being stored in the wrong place (e.g. near heating), sitting in the sun or such things. Using high quality DVDs as those recommended by M.ST will save you from the worst, but they are still DVDs.

If you are thinking about long term storage, then your best option is to store on several independent disk storage systems, such as simple USB-connected harddisks or using a SAN as recommended by Menace. You should use at least one copy, in case the disk or disk system still fails. With SAN and similar devices you must safeguard against a harddisk controller failure in the SAN, even though the SAN may already mirror internal disks to safeguard against disk failure, so you still have to have one copy outside of the SAN to be reasonably safe. Disk storage also has the advantage that you can quickly upgrade/update your storage system by just copying your files quickly from one to the other. With a good number of DVDs this is a rather ugly procedure.

Canon General / Re: Canon EOS 6D Preorders
« on: September 24, 2012, 09:36:54 AM »

Why?  I don't give a crap anything about the 6D if I'm a 1DX owner.  The 6D can't go anywhere near the 1DX.  I've never missed focus once with the 1DX, in the worst lighting conditions possible, so paper specs mean absolutely nothing to me.  I guess I'm happy enough with my gear that I'm not always looking at other cameras wishing mine had that feature, etc.  So yes, I'm a 1DX/5D3 user and if the -3EV thing actually works well on the 6D, who cares?  Not me.


In my opinion the 6D is positioned as a kind of 5D Mark II with some extra features to attract people upgrading from crop to full-frame, but without the funds to purchase a 5D Mark III or 1D-X. Those using the latter two cameras will find little in the 6D attracting them to purchase it. Those who really needed GPS bit the bullet already and purchased a GPS add-on. Dilbert's point about the amount of plastic in a body is a very valid one, so why would I want GPS inside my 1D-X or 5D Mark III?

Landscape / Re: Best lens for landscapes for a trip to the mountains?
« on: September 24, 2012, 07:17:08 AM »
In Switzerland you will find many areas, where you can use a really wide angle lens such as the 14mm f2.8. You won't be able to make the same kind of shots with one of the wider EF-S lenses or even the L zoom lenses like the 17-40 or 24-105 zooms, because some of the colour you see might be going for a Houdini act, being replaced by rather non-interesting greyish tones. This applies especially in case you will have some haze on one of the many mountain lakes.

On a crop body the 14mm lens becomes something like a 21mm wide angle, which in my humble opinion is a very useful focal length. I usually combine my 14mm prime with a 24mm prime or the 24-105mm zoom lens, which is a great general purpose zoom. The 17-40mm or 16-35mm lenses provide you with useful zoom ranges on a full-frame body, but on a crop body those lenses will not be wide enough. You will feel hemmed in by the lack of a shorter focal length.

The attached picture has been taken with a 14mm f2.8 lens and a 7D.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: sony and hasselblad
« on: September 19, 2012, 06:35:39 PM »
You've got a point there.

Performance of a company does not necessarily influence client's purchasing decisions, except in rather obvious, extreme cases, if clients become unwilling to buy, because a vendor is in a state of obvious crisis.

Nevertheless this thread is about Hasselblad's cooperation with Sony and what that might imply, isn't it?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: sony and hasselblad
« on: September 19, 2012, 06:15:24 PM »
In general it is not a good sign, if a company needs to forge alliances. It is only a sign that it is easier for them to acquire skills and information from other companies rather than developing this on their own. If they forge alliances within the scope of what is perceived as their own area of competency it is a sign of inability for strong organic growth, not of good business sense, because the company doing that is missing an important part of their learning curve.

I rather prefer companies able to try something on their own or to make strategic investments buying up smaller companies with key competencies.

If I point to Canon as developing both sensor technology and lenses on their own, many people on this forum may hate me for saying that, but this is a sign that the company is healthy and profitable.

Sony using Zeiss glass is not a good sign for Sony, irrespective of the quality of lenses. If they had sufficient money, they should buy Zeiss. Then it would be good for Sony.

Nikon using Sony sensors is also no good for long term business, because Sony is a competitor earning money whenever Nikon sells a camera. I can't tell, but this dependency may be cursed by Nikon already. Again if Nikon had the money to purchase Sony's sensor branch, that would be healthier for Nikon.

The question for Hasselblad may be: How do I get out of my niche market? The interest from Sony may simply be acquiring more know-how in their quest to rival Canon and Nikon.

Lenses / Re: 24-70 vs 24-70 II Outdoors Test! WHOOAAA!!!b
« on: September 19, 2012, 05:46:31 PM »
A difference in lenses both rated f2.8 is absolutely possible regarding how much light actually ends up on the sensor. It happened before and will likely happen again. It is a good thing indeed that you can shoot at slightly lower ISOs with the newer zoom, especially combined with the 1D-X.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who really is the target demographic for the 6D?
« on: September 19, 2012, 04:54:23 PM »
I agree, too. This actually makes sense.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Buying from Switzerland
« on: September 19, 2012, 04:49:55 PM »
So what if you buy an used lens from Swiss citizen? Are you supposed to pay VAT on that too?

What if you live in Switzerland and go on holiday in your home country? Are you supposed to pay custom fees on all your goods - that you of course bought where you live?

Yes, customs apply to used items as well. I suppose you better read some customs regulations to avoid seriously getting into trouble. Just recently I was standing in line at Basel customs behind a guy complaining that he didn't know regulations. This is exactly the recipe for paying extra, that is extra fines. That doesn't make sense to me.

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