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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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


Autofocus is not only for those unable or unwilling to use manual focus.

More sensor points simply give the camera more information to process, which is quite a good thing. Even if you focus on an area, which is not the center area, you can define a focus zone and use the autofocus points in that zone.

How about an experiment:

Rent a 5D Mark III and a 5D Mark II and run both through autofocus tests involving some moving subjects. You will see your own argument disappear into thin smoke pretty soon. The additional autofocus points actually do deliver functionality.

Site Information / Re: Optical Technician ?
« on: July 10, 2012, 06:46:00 AM »
In stark contrast to a certain competitor Canon is highly profitable.  ;)

Site Information / Re: Optical Technician ?
« on: July 10, 2012, 05:31:28 AM »
Many decades ago I had the same dream. Sadly it never came to pass. I ended up with a diploma as a nuclear physicist, but never worked in the field nor in optics.

First of all studying physics will yield some surprises: Optics is not exactly what you would call a focus area in research. Your best bet will be to specialize in solid-state physics. If you are lucky, you may be able to acquire useful know-how regarding lens coatings.

Then once you have completed your studies there is the next surprise: The companies you would like to work for are few and far between. They may be doing their research in regions you have not expected. Now the internet allows for something I then had no chance of doing: You can easily research information on the target companies. How many optical engineers do work there? Would you want to work there? What would be the payment? Is it a good idea specializing in such an area?

You will find good information using both Google and Wikipedia, the latter being highly useful, because you will be able to find information about company histories, which are otherwise mostly unavailable. This will broaden your view and yes, there are also companies amongst the Leica spin-offs doing research in the U.S., but as far as I know only regarding military equipment (rangefinders, night vision devices and so on).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Gear with a budget
« on: July 08, 2012, 07:02:12 PM »
That makes a lot of sense. In my humble opinion you should purchase at least one lens much faster than f2.8 at a useful focal length such as 50mm. This gives you a lot of options for narrow depth of field or low light situations you would otherwise miss completely.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Overexposed Sun/Bright areas
« on: July 08, 2012, 06:52:22 PM »
Did you switch off the auto-lighting-optimizer? Today I intentionally tried to lure my 5D Mark III into overexposing some streetlights while shooting in the dark with up to ISO 12800 and the camera handled it just fine.

In case you switched the auto-lighting-optimizer off and you don't want to use it, you may have to manually underexpose the picture to get things right.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Real Estate Photography 5D mkIII
« on: July 04, 2012, 04:05:22 AM »
Isn't that a bit negative, after we had such nice and constructive posts from both @lex, wickidwombat and revup? I am not exactly a HDR enthusiast or something, but some of @lex's shots can really only be done using HDR and yes, they look well composed and well executed in post-processing. Thanks @lex!

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