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Lenses / Re: Wildlife lens setup
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:56:40 AM »
I would disagree with the use without IS. When you are shooting wildlife you are probably shooting fast enough to make IS void.

70-300mm L is a really nice lens. The 400 F5.6 is probably the best bang for buck. More important is the understanding of the animal you are shooting.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:00:51 AM »
I really like the Sony cameras. Not just the IQ but the form and the way they work.

I am going traveling for 5 months through South america and doing a stint in the Amazon. My Canon gear 5DMKIII 24-105mm L and 70-300mm L is perfect for the trip but weighs 3kg when you add the rest of my gear its a lot and its not exactly discrete. So I was looking at buying a smaller system, as I already have the Nex5n and really like it Sony was the obvious choice.

But try swapping out your lenses… The camera bodies are great and weigh nothing but the zeiss lenses don't come close to the canon counterparts. Especially the Zooms not so much the primes, first choice was the A7 because the 24mp is more than enough for me, but the kit lens… soft, the 24-70 F4 Zeiss, from samples I've seen shouldn't be waring that badge for £1000!! The 70-200mm F4 also not a bad lens but not stellar, also over £1000! To replace for a travel system you need £3000 and the lenses are bang middle of the road. Only benefit is the weight the whole kit, weighs in at 1.5kgs the A7 and 24-70mm weighs less than the 5DMKIII body alone then the 24-105mm is another 670g. So half the weight.

Putting a metabones adapter on for me is pointless because they aren't reliable and the AF is so slow its unusable for anything but static subjects.

Instead of focusing on a high MP camera for 9k that is in a difficult competition they should just go all out and add the very best of EOS to a FF mirrorless and steal the whole market. Stick the 6D or 5DMKIII sensor in a small body with a good EVF mid range performance and the ability to use EF lenses and it will sell like hotcakes take the whole market. Thats where the money is for Canon not in a high MP body imo. Sell it for £1500 no brainer for a lot of people.

I love my 5DMKIII for commercial work, because it works and the IQ is great but when I'm shooting for myself the weight really is a pain!!! Canon have nothing that is portable, the 100D, EOS M 700D etc nice little cameras but that sensor is just awful it was poor when it was announced 5 years ago and is currently not competitive the 20.2mp is a little better but not good, pretty much everything on the market has better IQ and noise performance. The 6D, great camera crippled by AF not much smaller than the 5DMKIII and like 150g less weight, IMO pointless swapping out a 5DMKIII for one.

You are all saying Canon aren't in the position with new sensor tech but the 18mp, 20mp and 22mp FF sensors only reside in one camera respectively, which is bad economy surely? They have milked that 18mp sensor and it was poor so why not milk the better sensors? stick them in some other cameras.

I might be in the minority, but at least then there is a little bit of evolution in the canon camp and more options for canon users that want to stay in the camp.

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Lenses / Re: What do you use your wide angle lens for?
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:07:49 AM »
A lot of people use them for landscape, but since owning the 16-35MKII I tend to shoot longer. Filling the frame with as much as possible is great but it also makes things further away. I find the wider end of mid tele better as you get a little more compression so its more like what your eye sees, somewhere like 35mm.

If your careful then and don't shoot to the extreme of 16mm more like 20-24mm it can still be used quite nicely for groups of people, and 20 compared to 24mm is quite a difference, used it on occasion for event shooting.

Although I did shoot a few Panos at 16mm pretty happy with the results.

Haweswater Reservoir, Corpse Road, Cumbria by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

16-35mm is really useful for indoor photography in tight spaces. I also find the 16-35mm useful for night sky scenes.

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Lenses / Re: Full frame bargains
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:03:05 AM »
Thing is they are all old lenses and were all updated for the higher density sensors. If you have a look at the lenses available on Digital Picture they really struggle at the extremes, loads of CA and how many MP they will actually resolve is anyones guess. No point putting them on any of the high resolution FF sensors makes the benefit of having them in the first place void. The new sensors need good glass to resolve the detail.

Probably struggle on the 5Dc too. I would give them a miss, although good value for money depends which camp your in.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:59:45 PM »
Overkill in what terms? 7DMKII is about the same size as the 5DMKIII and like 100g lighter they are both big cameras but the 5DMKIIIs IQ is still much better.

Basically compare the current 70D and if you could live with it then the 7DMKII improves on it in a couple of areas.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:14:32 AM »
I think everyone is getting carried away here.

I can't see Canon creating this camera. Even if it is a pro body the price is too high and the game has changed and Canon needs to move with it.

Why would they introduce a new sensor tech and left the 7DMKII for the next 5 years with a modified last gen sensor. Doesn't make sense to me…

Canon need to respond but the fact we've barely heard anything about this camera since the 1Ds MKIII was discontinued…

Don't get your hopes up… again.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:42:55 AM »
Although it is currently Canons largest MP camera I don't think it was always meant to be. The 5D has always been the event/photo journos camera aka the main commercial area of photography. Therefore I highly doubt they will add a 50+mp sensor.

Saying they should add a 50+mp sensor for the landscapers, ye fine but landscape photography is a niche, you might enjoy it but very few make money from it. Anyone who is shooting billboard size advertising etc won't even look at FF it is MF all day long.

The high MP sector was always the 1DS but canon maybe doesn't see the need for a large mp count sensor camera otherwise one would be out now, or they are really struggling with sensor tech. The two main sectors as said are event (including sport) and journo and Canon already fills these sectors with the 1DX and 5DMKIII.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Do you need a really high ISO?
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:56:04 AM »
I have my 5DMKIII set to max at 6400. At weddings indoor shooting in venues this is fairly norm.

I have shot up to 12,800 but just don't like the results I get.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:41:05 AM »
+1 I really don't want a high MP camera, shooting a wedding at 1500 shots is 48gbs on the 5DMKIII and 100gbs on the D800, then after processing add that again just ridiculous.

24mp is more than enough for anything unless you are cropping hugely.

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - Canon 7D MK2 Preview
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:13:38 AM »
He gave it a good preview. Predicts it as the action and sports camera to buy, will be hard to beat.

Disappointed with the lack of new sensor tech tho… like the rest of us. Otherwise awesome camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 05:07:42 AM »
I would like to see a weight saving, not the physical size but 950g with a bat and card currently. Around 800g would be nice, i don't find it a problem but when your shooting all day with say the 70-200mm MKII its a 2.5kg camera.

I like the MP count but a small bump to 24 would be nice, standard stuff like uprated ISO maybe native 51,000 where 12,800 and 25,600 are more useable. Sort banding issues and maybe a little DR but to me its not its DR capability just the banding when you recover.

7-8FPS would put this camera in a really nice segment so it can be used as both sports camera and a run and gun event camera.

Might be interesting too see a crop mode, when your really in a pinch that uses a 1.6x version of the sensor. Not necessary but would be useful on the odd occasion.

TBH I love the 5DMKIII it will be very difficult to update it for stills.

Video theres a lot they could do, but I'm not a video shooter. If they added the AF functions of the 70D/7DMKII I would be more inclined to use it.

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Im going traveling for 5 months, I intend to geotag my images. I just wish the GP-E2 wasn't so big bulky and ridiculous. otherwise I would buy one. I think I am going to either buy a some kind of GPS watch or use my phone, but battery life apparently isn't great when using GPS via iPhone. Also a pain that apps such as geotag photo only sends the gpx file via dropbox or email, when your in the middle of nowhere with no internet how are you supposed to get the GPX to your laptop?

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EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 12, 2014, 08:05:14 AM »
I think the fact not one person has ticked the "I'm over-the-moon with the spec list.  This is beyond my expectations."

Speaks volumes

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The answer to the 5DmkIII has arrived

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs DSLR Camera
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:54:09 PM »
They're also a lot lighter, so could be easier to carry around all day as a few extra batteries they need don't weight all that much either. :>

After I surveyed the weight/price of certain mirrorless lenses such as the Sony FE 70-200 f/4 OSS and Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8, I decided I'll stick to passe SLR technology. These lenses are not any lighter than Canon EF 70-200 f/4 IS. :)

The sony 70-200mm G doesn't perform as well either and is more expensive.

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