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EOS Bodies / Re: Digic 5 vs nikon lineUp
« on: May 03, 2011, 04:01:23 AM »

I can't comment on the "sexy" stuff, but I can say the new DIGIC 5 (code name "Whole Hand") will thrill you and meet all your needs. Recently I visited Canon's ultra-secret digital development center at an undisclosed location near the southern tip of South America. All I can say is "Whole Hand" is astonishing.

Obviously, I can't give you all the details. However, I can say they are using string theory to induce a dimensional flux that creates a 3-dimensional output unlike anything we've seen before. I mean it looks more real than real. I saw them take a picture of a hay bale, and when they showed it to a horse he actually tried to eat it. They assured me Nikon has no technology even close to this.

It's on the near horizon, and they tell me the first to know will be the in-the-street retail sales force. They believe no one else is closer to the customer and is equipped to give him the absolute truth with undiminished clarity. Check in frequently with your local camera store -- could be any day now.

Pretty exciting, and thanks for asking.

Brilliant. I can't wait to get one.  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Digic 5 vs nikon lineUp
« on: May 02, 2011, 07:14:44 AM »
i have a canon 60d with kit 18-135, love it, enjoy it, BUT before i invest in flash  and FAST lenses ( like a 50mm 1.4(maybe 1.2) and a sexy 70-200 2.8),  will the 'digic 5' be better with the low light iso, and worth wait time, or will thenikon line up,(like the new 5100 that comes with the sexy sensor of the d7000) be the answer

I have the 50mm f/1.4 and the sexy 70-200mm f/2.8 mk II. I also kept the 18-135mm kit lens which I find useful at times. However the CA on the kit lens is really bad, one has to pretty much fix every photo taken with it. On the other hand, once you know what to look for and how to correct it, the 18-135mm span is great.
With regards to the future inquiries....I don't know. I say go with what works for you at the moment and worry about the rest when / if they're available.
Getting a flash and and fast lens now will see you ready for the next great thing from Canon. (or did you mean flash lenses?)  :D

Sports / CaniCross (Sleddog sports)
« on: May 02, 2011, 12:43:22 AM »
This is something we do with our dogs quite a bit. I managed to capture some nice stuff this weekend.

Four dog-span racing

_MG_5152 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Kickbike racing

_MG_5223 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Mountain bike racing

_MG_5464 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Canicross running

_MG_5524 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

Comments and suggestions always welcome.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: May 02, 2011, 12:38:29 AM »
Got some new stuff using this lens.

_MG_5411 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

_MG_5043 by K3ntFIN, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: Is it a good time to buy a 7D/5DM2?
« on: May 02, 2011, 12:36:51 AM »
Get the 7D and don't worry too much about it. It has enough bells and whistles to keep you busy for quite some time.. I'm just getting used to mine and I'm still able to get some nice pics.  :D ;)

I might be going for the 5dMKIII when it comes but I'm in no hurry (and I won't be getting rid of the 7D). I don't think Canon will be updating the 7D just yet. Ok, Digic V would be nice but I don't think they will force it to market just for that. The next gen 7D will have to change more than that to be worth the upgrade.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* Firmware 1.2.5 for EOS 7D
« on: April 29, 2011, 03:27:12 AM »
1.2.5 Seems to be back on the UK site...

Can anyone confirm that this is the same 1.2.5 as is posted and stored on

It's the same, the MD5 and SHA1 checksums match, the following are the (md5/sha1) checksums for the previous 1.2.5 FIR:

220889cfb5f60d4f038b4cb6ac6c5cf8                   7D000125.FIR
9ea2c5641e397770bea91e5e602a664520051039  7D000125.FIR

the next are the (md5 and sha1 respectively) checksums for the "newly released" 1.2.5:

220889cfb5f60d4f038b4cb6ac6c5cf8                   7D000125.FIR
9ea2c5641e397770bea91e5e602a664520051039  7D000125.FIR

the checksums would differ if the file contents differed. If you have a *NIX machine around, OSX or Linux (or other *NIX flavour), you can compare, commands are md5sum <filename>, and sha1sum <filename>.

Thanks to the person posting the hash info. This convinced me that there is no difference in the first "leaked" version vs the "official" one..

Australia / Re: Starting Out
« on: April 29, 2011, 03:25:05 AM »
To complement your future 5dIII body you might want to get the 7D for it's speed and durability. Had mine for a few months now and wouldn't change it for the world. (I still might get the mkIII when it appears but the 7D will stay). :D
The 7D has a nice side effect when using the 70-200mm mk II that its reach is nicely extended by the crop factor and if you add a 2x teleconverter to it you're looking at 640mm of Telephoto goodness... :)

Lenses / Re: L-fever...
« on: April 27, 2011, 02:39:56 AM »
It would seem from the replies that medical science has no remedy for this odd and very specific disease so I will just have to give in and try to survive.  :D I like the red rubber-band idea that was suggested, I might try that until I save up for the next L-addition.  :)

Oh, and the bird thing... I've heard once you go down that route nothing is ever quite enough. (I was wondering whether the 1200mm with a 2x Extender III and a crop body (7D) might be enough, but I came to the conclusion that probably not.  ;D )

EDIT 2: the extender probably won't even work with that lens..

Lenses / Re: L-fever...
« on: April 27, 2011, 02:35:40 AM »
I saw a discussion article on a photography website that was asking "How many lenses do you need?" I thought about it for a minute and settled on "All of them?"

I seem to agree with this...  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* Firmware 1.2.5 for EOS 7D
« on: April 26, 2011, 06:54:40 AM »
If we have any haxx0rs or people with ties to Canon here, it would be interesting to know whether the so called build number of this 1.2.5 load vs the previous one has changed.
I installed the 1.2.5 update the first time it was out, it did take care of the CF card Err issue I had occassionally been experiencing.
I'm happy with it as is, but would be educational...  ;)

Lenses / Re: L-fever...
« on: April 26, 2011, 06:48:34 AM »
It's a sickness... I want all L's...  :D Anything... must...have...  ;D

I think this sickness can only be cured by buying L-lenses... (or if someone whacks me over the head real hard)  ;D

Lenses / L-fever...
« on: April 26, 2011, 03:38:25 AM »
...I think I have it.. Is there a cure or am I forever a lost cause?  ;D
The 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II is brilliant! Now all I do is browse for deals on the 100mm f/2.8L IS USM macro lens, seems I can't get enough. :)

EOS Bodies / Area suggestion
« on: April 26, 2011, 03:17:32 AM »

This post has nothing to do with the 5D3 or 7D2 or any other device Canon may or may not produce in the next 6months.
Instead, I'd like to know who's on flickr/picasa/other photoalbum sites and their links. It's be good to also state what your preferred subject matter is.

I'll go first:

My main subject are my dogs. In all sorts of situations. It is proving to be quite challenging as you rarely get a second chance so the setting better be right when you start. I have "lost" a whole bunch of frames that came out too blurry or otherwise 'wrong' due to a) me not knowing what I'm doing  :D and b) silly me had the exposure settings wrong.

That said. Sometimes it does come out right, and the more I practise the more that seems to be the case. Looking forward to the summer vacation when I can devote more time to this great hobby.

Have a great one, all of you!

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* Firmware 1.2.5 for EOS 7D
« on: April 21, 2011, 12:45:31 AM »
I installed it last night as I have been experiencing issues with my 32GB 600x (90MB/s) memory card. So far so good. No issues and the menu system does feel a little snappier (might be psychological this  :D )

Technically yes and as mentioned is being done in several cameras. However, as always with this type of setup it is a compromise. You won't get the best of both worlds but with todays technology maybe 80% performance out of each if you did a combined APS-H and FF sensor for example.
But I can certainly see a market for this type of device so when someone comes up with a device that can do this and preserve image quality across the board, I might even get one. It'd be great to take portraits and other wide shots with a FF sensor and then use a 2x extender with a 400mm lens and 1.6 crop factor to take pics of the moon.  :D

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