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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 600EX-RT now $499
« on: September 29, 2014, 08:44:07 PM »
Just saw the $50 price drop this afternoon on Amazon... thought I'd share the savings...


Maybe Amazon is starting their Xmas pricing early. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: No EOS-1D X Replacement in 2014 [CR2]
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:54:22 AM »
And, for that matter, why would the 5DIII need to be replaced?

When people say a 5D "replacement," they are just referring to the update cycle. I don't think the 5D will be killed off and totally replaced any time soon. That said, I think everyone is expecting an update in line with Canon's historical 5D announcement schedule...

5D - Aug 2005
----3 years 1 month
5D2 -  Sept 2008
----3 years 6 months
5D3 - March 2012
----3 years ?? months
5D4 - Expected Sometime 2015

EOS Bodies / Re: No EOS-1D X Replacement in 2014 [CR2]
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:15:49 AM »
Not spring. Canon has to milk buyers with the 7D2 for a year or so. If they released 5D4 with 7D2's AF feature in spring (5 months after 7D2 got released (not introduced)), who would buy the 7D2, if the 5D4 offers same or even tweaked AF with slightly lower frame, but better IQ?

I find it strange they haven't introduced a new rebel yet. It's been 18 months now.

I disagree with you on this point.

Those looking only for one camera, namely a 7D2, are not the target market for a 5D4. One is 2x the price of the other. However, those dropping 3600 for a 5D4 can also afford the 1800 for a 7D2. Also, they are two totally different formats/tools (crop&speed vs. full-frame&sensitivity). The extra reach of crop, vs. the creative capabilities of full-frame are huge factors to many pro buyers that cannot be ignored; saying it is just speed vs. slightly better IQ is an oversimplification of what the two bodies offer.

In short, the 7D2 won't effect sales of a 5D4. Buyers on a budget looking for one camera will get a 7D2. Pros with the budget for a 5D4 will either get only a 5D4, or both a 5D4 and a 7D2. They are a dangerous (ie, perfect) pairing.

EOS Bodies / Re: No EOS-1D X Replacement in 2014 [CR2]
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:13:09 AM »
Did anyone really expect another 1DX this year? I thought it was only the announcement of a new 1DX that people were looking forward to this calendar year.

7D Mark 3?

Time traveler trolls.  :o

EOS Bodies / Re: Chuck Westfall Talks Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:29:31 PM »
Elsewhere, someone worked on a 7DII raw file and found rather clean shadows:


This is way out of my expertise, and all though it looked good from a shaddow point of view, I would have liked to see a few more examples. The steel railings (which in the original is quite dark) are somewhat smudgy in the shaddowenhanced picture. I am not sure if that is the way the steelrailing looks inherently, but could also resemble some sort of banding, could it not?

I gotta be honest, those railings don't look smudgy at all to me. What I see are weathered railings with different patches of discoloration due to sun/wind/rain. It's pretty common in moist/humid environments. And if that's the case, and that's the detail we're seeing, this sensor is sick!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:20:51 PM »
I'm interested, but waiting on some real world feedback.  If things look good, then I'll be in the second wave of people to make a purchase.  Surapon gave some valuable advice which I will follow.

BTW, from the pictures that I can see, the noise level looks great at iso 3200.   I have not seen any full size images though.  Has canon posted any sample RAW pictures that are downloadable?

I haven't seen any RAW files yet, but you can get 1920 size JPEGs from here...


We should see RAW files when they get their product pages online which, hopefully, should be soon.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 18, 2014, 12:03:29 PM »
YES I preordered.

I think the 6D, 5D3 and 7D2 make a solid arsenal.

Photography Technique / Re: photographing motorsport particularly F1
« on: March 25, 2014, 04:58:14 PM »
I did a blog post on shooting motorcycles a few years back...


I hope this helps!

PS:  Have fun at the races!!!   woots :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:30:54 AM »
I'll be brutally honest, I'm not sad to see them go.

I had a terrible experience with them regarding a BP1500 pack I purchased from them a couple of years ago.  Long story short, the zippers tore out 4 months after purchase (and a total of 35-40 field uses), and it required an act of Congress to get my backpack back from them.

Here's the long story... After the zipper tore out I was disappointed, but patient, and called Calumet regarding their "lifetime warranty."  To my surprise I was quickly helped and immediately given an RMA number.  Cool deal!  I sent the bag in for repair and was told I'd have it back in 2-3 weeks.  Three weeks went by.  Then five, and six.  After 8 weeks I called inquiring about my bag, and it became clear that they had lost my RMA info.  On numerous phone calls I was told "we'll call you back tomorrow," and I never heard from anyone.  I was never contacted once.  I finally had to get angry, and after not accepting the "call back" offer, I was put on hold while some one searched for my file.  The employee I spoke with told me, "we think your bag is at our OEM supplier for repair - we'll send it back to you when we get it from them."

No estimate for time.  Just, "we'll get it to you when we get it" kind of a deal.  I realized I had no other option, so I just waited.  During this time I submitted a review for the BP1500 backpack to the Calumet website.  It was negative, but honest and objective.  A few days after I posted my review, it was deleted from the Calumet website.  Wow - classy.  My backpack finally arrived about 90-days after I sent it in for repair,  and about 10 weeks after Calumet promised I would have it. 

After this incident I personally blacklisted Calumet, refusing to ever give them any of my money again.  I'm all about supporting brick and mortar and specialty camera shops (for example I much prefer buying from B&H over Amazon), however, I can't justify spending money on incompetence.  Especially when that incompetence impacts how I do MY job.

Just my $0.02.

Look Canon, no view finder and no flash? Fuck it, I'm going to have to buy my wife a Sony Nex 6. Damn it.

Why do you think I just bought a Fuji x100?  Canon is asleep at the wheel, and hopped up on Ambien and booze at the same time, while texting and driving.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji x100s + Canon Speedlites?
« on: November 11, 2013, 03:53:06 PM »
Took this about a half hour ago with the yn622 and 580exii at 1/8th.

Do you know if the 600ex-rt work with the yn622?

I just got an x100 and would love to incorporate some off-camera flash, but I dumped all my 580s for 600s this past summer.  :/

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 01, 2013, 12:23:49 PM »
So Nikon produces a large mega pixel (36mp) camera for $3k. If and when Canon produces a large mega pixel (speculated 47mp) camera it's looking to be around $7k in an EOS-1 boy type.  ::)

Right?  I just don't know what Canon is doing anymore.  My long held belief of, "I'm tied to Canon because of all the glass I own," may actually be starting to fade.  For the first time I am considering the possibility of moving on, or at least taking on another brand full time.

And as for the $3k price of the Nikon 36mp, don't forget that Sony will be launching their version come December 1 for $2,300 ... http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Full-Frame-Interchangeable-Digital-Camera/dp/B00FRDUZUK

Really makes you wonder what you could possibly get in the $7,000 version from Canon.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:45:32 AM »
TBH, I actually don't care all that much now.

What we have is good enough for (most of) our needs.


Maybe I'm just old and cranky, but Canon's approach to "innovation" of cranking out $2,500 bodies every two years with minor tweaks is getting a little old.  And in the case of the 1D series, we're talking $7,000 bodies.

Reminds me of the iPad Air launch; "Really - that's it?  Thanks, but no thanks."

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