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EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: August 20, 2012, 10:38:59 AM »
I truly wonder why I shoot using the viewfinder most of the time and only on occasion use the 10x magnification in liveview? I don't think removing the mirror and prism arrangement does so many wonders for me. One of the biggest factors here is autofocus speed.

Given that in current cameras autofocus slows down using liveview autofocus mode, we should not expect that just removing a seemingly old-fashioned mirror and prism arrangement will make autofocus faster, because the camera also has to deliver image information to the viewer. How image data is handled in camera also affects how quickly it can be delivered on screen. I don't consider this a negligible factor. I do have my doubts about mirrorless cameras replacing DSLRs as long as I don't have autofocus at least being as fast as it can be using liveview. If using the viewfinder would slow down autofocus, then that would be different.

A mirrorless design may be able to get faster eventually, but when and at what cost? I fear that there is too much trust in new technology. We will have to wait a while, before anything spectacular might happen in this area.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X won't wake from sleep
« on: August 20, 2012, 10:08:38 AM »
I have only an older Mark II 2x extender, which I sometimes use with my 180mm. I have not had any problems with that combination on my 1DX. I can't say, if there is any difference in the Mark III extenders that may not be perfectly matched to such an old lens design as the 180mm. I am not sure, but since you have found no issues combining the new extender with newer lenses or combining an older extender with the same lens and body there may be an issue here with gear not being as optimized for each other as you would wish for.

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 :D Thanks for the information.

I've got the same camera/lens combination. As soon as I get out of Europe (with intense levels of light pollution in my home area keeping me from astrophotography) I will want to try something like this.

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@Gulado:

I fear you are missing something here. The reuse of sensor technology for example from 7D to xxD, xxxD cameras is not a bad thing, but good business sense: Avoiding senseless investments in R&D.

But the sensor in the 1D-X is not the same as in 7D nor is the sensor in the 5D Mark III the same as in the 5D Mark II. It has a slightly higher pixel count.

The thing is that Canon felt compelled not to increase pixel count, but rather invested in making the rest of the camera better. This is what many people have been telling for years: Don't worry about pixel count only. Usually I have heard this from people loving their Nikon cameras.

Nikon came from a different situation, where they found themselves being limited mostly to just 12 MP for many years. It is surprising how often this is simply ignored by people praising Sony sensors in Nikon cameras. Of course Nikon must try to make up for what they must have perceived as a problematic restriction in previous years, while Canon was free to develop their gapless fullframe sensors, which now provide better pictures at the same resolution (except in Neuro's previously stated circumstances).

Don't forget that as a company you are in real trouble regarding 3rd party dependencies in case you have to use key components such as sensors delivered as it is from a competitor. It does not matter here, if a generation of these sensors is especially good or not. This problem is much more severe.

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You will definitely need a crossover cable. Be careful though with operating system security settings, so that it will not block communications.

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Technical Support / Re: New camera and Lens calibration
« on: August 15, 2012, 05:48:23 AM »
As far as I understand you will need calibration as a service only in case something is way off. Then it may be free, because you have received new equipment being somewhat on the fringes of acceptable production limits regarding autofocus.

Apart from that AFMA should do the trick, which I see as a standard operation to consider for all fast lenses. Lens IQ is not affected by calibration, only AF performance is affected, which in turn affects the IQ of your pictures severely, but only if using autofocus. For manual focus you won't find benefits.

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Lenses / Re: Any updates on the 24-70 2.8 II lens?
« on: August 15, 2012, 05:21:19 AM »
Some traders in Europe claim that it is going to appear in September, but I don't know if this information is reliable.

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Lenses / Re: What lenses do you own?
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:10:11 PM »
I'll list only what I use currently (I still own some old FD mount lenses and some other stuff):

14mm f2.8 - my favourite wide angle lens (I use it frequently on my 7d)
17mm f4 TS-E - great for architecture, if you have time for each shot
17-40mm f4 - cheap (for an L lens), but effective. It is a nice lens on full-frame, with a less useful zoom range on crop
24mm f1.4 Mark ii - I find myself shooting on 24mm focal length pretty often
24-105mm f4 - my favourite general purpose lens
50mm f1.2 - before I purchased the 85mm f1.2 my favourite portrait lens
85mm f1.2 Mark ii - my favourite portrait lens
70-200mm f2.8 IS Mark i - I still like this lens quite a lot (because of the nice bokeh)
100mm L f2.8 IS Macro - I must admit I bought it only, because I got it relatively cheap. Nice lens though
180mm f3.5 Macro - this is my favourite macro lens. It also works reasonably well with my 2x converter

I am currently using a 1D-X with a 5D Mark iii as a second camera and a 7D as backup.

I've been into photography for 27 years.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Worth the Money?
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:35:48 PM »
The main issue should be autofocus speed and frames per second. If you shoot bursts with 6 FPS and you miss a critical moment and end up only with pictures slightly before or after that moment you may want to purchase a 1D. In the digital picture review of the 1D-X there is a list of camera response times, which I have found enlightening in this respect.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Discounts for the 1DX for Christmas?
« on: July 12, 2012, 09:55:35 AM »
Since it was possible to purchase the 1d Mark IV on several online shops, I expect the 1D X will end up there as well. The question is only when.

I expect prices will be more or less the same. Comparing previous 1-series and current 5-series pricing in shops I have seen there is much more variation in 5-series prices as Canon won't be controllng prices so much as with a 1-series body.

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You may also want to check out the 14mm and 17mm primes. I also love to use wide angle lenses, but I do prefer primes in this area (currently owning the 14mm prime and 17-40mm zoom). While the 14mm will give you a focus length similar to a 22mm on crop, you will have a stunning super-wide on full-frame. In this way you will replace using your 10-22mm zoom with something at least somewhat similar, although the optical quality should be different.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Cancelled 1dx pre order.
« on: July 12, 2012, 04:54:57 AM »
This link just got me confused. There is nothing worthwhile in it regarding 1D X. We all know that it will be a 18 MP sensor, not 22 MP or anything like that, but that is beside the point. MPs are not everything. For my purposes I expect the 1D X will be twice as good as my 5D Mark III just because it will perform autofocus faster and it will shoot faster, which in some cases makes the difference between nailing the shot I want or providing reactions such as:
1. I should have a picture with the wing of the bird not exactly in front of its head.
2. Why is that bee halfway out of my frame? It just sat there, then I adjusted my focus a bit and now its too late.
3. Add similar entries at your leasure.

The upcoming 1D X promises to give even better low light capabilities than the 5D Mark III and it is simply fast and highly responsive. If this counts for something to you, you shouldn't shy away, before you have even seen the first reliable reviews. The digital picture is certainly a website I recommend for good reviews, but they don't have a 1D X review out yet...

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Gr├╝eziwohl! Lucky you!  ;D

Initially I thought about preordering on digitec, but then they took the 1D X from their website and I decided to wait until arrival, giving me at least a chance to compare prices. I expect the last one or two months will pass as well, after having to wait for so long.

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I have been looking to buy a 1D X since its announcement, but where I live (in Switzerland) the camera is still not available for sale, although there are signs, that it may be coming soon.

Just recently I purchased a 5D Mark III. This makes it much easier on me to wait for the 1D X.

As soon as the 1D X appears in stores I will hurry to purchase one. Then the 5D Mark III will make a fabulous secondary/backup camera. I will also keep using my 7D for that bit of extra reach. My original thinking was to use the 7D as a secondary/backup camera for the 1D X, but I dropped that notion as soon as I had taken some night shots with the 5D Mark III.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Pricing Issue
« on: July 10, 2012, 07:24:51 AM »
Probably this is, because it is a rumours site. Rumoured prices may not be accurate.  :o

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