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But, all in all, there are enough rational and knowledgeable persons on this forum to make it worthwhile (and addictive) to stick around.

Kind of like life...

Enough already!

Look, the D4 and 1Dx markets are not really competitive. The products mirror one another and almost no one at that level is about to switch systems. The brand choice at that level is not driven by any of the things people are arguing about here.

A D4 buyer is already a Nikon user and isn't going to switch systems. A 1D user is already a Canon buyer and also isn't going to switch systems.

On the contrary, I can give two examples from the internet alone where long-term Nikon users have switched to Canon just for the 1Dx (coincidentally both guys' names are Matt) and another has been "debating":
Just sayin'...

In fairness Matt Grainger isn't switching, he is a "teacher" and wants both systems. Likewise Fro isn't actually getting a Canon, not least because of their lack of a 14-24 (curse you Canon). But one very high profile shooter who switch from Nikon to Canon (after a very public and acrimonious move from Canon to Nikon several years ago) is the UK's top wildlife shooter, Andy Rouse, and he has some very interesting and totally non confrontational stuff to say about both systems and his reasons for switching, again, on is blog. http://www.andyrouse.co.uk/index.php?link=blog

Also...whether it's Matt or Matt or Kai or Fro...they all acknowledge that it's a tough choice between the two as they are both excellent cameras, and it probably comes down to personal preference over one being better than the other.  (By the way, I like Kai's comparison at digital rev the best)  ;)

(Also, for what it's worth, Ken Rockwell also favors the 1dx over the D4.  ::)  ::)  )

Canon General / Re: Advice for future path please!
« on: January 08, 2014, 08:34:43 AM »
Hello Everyone!
I've been a fairly long time watcher of the forum and an even longer term devotee of indecisiveness...so I'd like to ask your advice as to future plans please.

I'm currently using a 7d and a 20d as a back up/second camera, along with 17-40mmF4 L, 100-400mm L, 100mm F2 usm, 28-135mm IS, 50mm 1.8, 22mm M mount plus various vintage lenses inc 300f4 zeiss for pentacon 6, 580ex/420ex/550ex/2x540ez. Powershot Pro1, Mamiya RB67, eos film 5+300+28-90/75-300.

I shoot anything I can, wildlife by preference, landscape portraits of trees and magical places, portraits of people in period/fantasy costume and other things which happen inc some charity work in low light in nightclubs (for example!). I tend to find i shoot mainly with the 17-40 for everyday use but find that it is a)often too short and b)image quality can be poor (not always - i've had some superb shots from it...and the average is ok but not spectacular). The 100-400 works the rest of the time for longer stuff. I rarely use the 100mm as i've not been too impressed with the results.
The 7d is a massive improvement over the 50d I had before, but the exposure has to be exactly right or the noise becomes noticable, higher isos also seem a bit noisy...obviously I've got used to the improvement over the 50d...! focussing has been good but still a little bit off - have manually afma'd but not done anything software based.
I also have a Powershot Pro1 which is excellent for macro but only at low isos and the slow focussing and zoom are annoying!

So, basically, i'd like any thoughts you might have for future kit - my budget is very limited so I need to save up/sell bits to acquire new things but am aiming for quality - I'd rather have a slow build to good quality than keep buying and selling increasingly good kit. Could also do with a compact camera with good quality...thinking of an M but unsure (seeing as I accidentally won an auction for the 22mm!)...

Lens suggestions i've come up with are the 100f2.8l macro, 300mm f4 l and to sell the 100f2.

Sorry for the long post and thank you for any thoughts!

You have the two L's at 17-40 and 100-400, so you're off to a good start.  I like your idea of buying quality.

As others have mentioned, a move to full frame would be something to save for....the 5d3 is a wonderful camera and you can probably find a good one used for about $2k.

If you really want a new lens then the 70-200 f4 would be a solid addition for you.   That new sigma 50 art might be one to look at.

I like your ghost picture...you've given me an idea for a family shot. :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:32:20 AM »
My egrets and herons are gone for the winter, replaced by these...things.


these are quite nice...the detail in the second one is stellar!

Hopefully another quality lens by Sigma! Hope its $899 like its little brother the 35mm 1.4.

I think you're spot on...$899 and they'll sell a bunch if them if the reviews are similar to the sigma 35mm.

So no mention of release date.  What good is this information other than to stifle sales of the D4?

Good point.

Canon's response could be.

Next gen revolutionary canon 1DX ii with improved AF, better IQ, and faster FPS....coming sometime in the future!


Great to hear about this new lens....the opportunity for a 50mm 1.4 canon mount that actually performs well from 1.4 to 1.8 is exciting. 

I'm hoping the AF is fast enough to allow me to shoot sports with it.   It would be nice when I'm forced to shoot at ISO 6400 on my 2.8 zoom, to instead pull out this 50 and shoot at ISO 3200 or 1600.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: January 06, 2014, 08:42:14 PM »
How about one for fun?  This image shows my 5 day old 24-70 getting hit with a practice baseball.  The players are doing a ball handling drill more like jacky sack than baseball.  I'm pretty sure this shot is post hit, and I am pulling away.  Ball definitely hit the UV filter as it left a mark.

Untitled by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

I hope the lens is still fine...interesting shot!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 06, 2014, 06:52:48 AM »
I hope Harry has a long life cause it could be devastating if not!  I imagine he's as close as a pet dog.  Just one Harry??


Hi Jack,

Well, there is another smaller (younger, maybe female) Heron that has been hanging around my house for several months. It's the one Harry chases off if she gets too close or crosses the street to his fishing spot. Harry has the territory across the street and this new arrival (I'll name her Harriet) stays on my side in a tree in my yard. She has watched me fish with Harry and now wants to do it too. When I walk out of my house now, Harriet calls to me (something Harry never does...he's the strong silent type). I have used several loaves of bread with Harriet, but she has not caught one fish with me yet. She also was more afraid but is getting more used to me and bolder. It's funny, but they both now will break up the bread with their beaks and re-arrange the pieces in front of them to entice the fish.


1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 05, 2014, 01:46:28 PM »
1dx and 24-70 2.8ii

iso 4000

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 05, 2014, 05:06:35 AM »
Hi Folks.
A few more pics, this gull had just been part of a feeding frenzy. I was leaning aginst the sea wall for extra stability, and edging towards him a foot at a time, he was very tollerant and allowed me to close up by several feet.
I have tried to AFMA the lens, but I think from these images that it is still front focusing, focus was on the eye each time. I guess focus on the wall and tweak is not that good!
This set was taken using ISO 3200 to see what sort of results I would get after reading so many posts saying that they wouldn't risk going past ISO 800 or 1600 etc, now I have the experimental images as I mentioned above I have no idea how to PP them! :-[ ::)

All Taken with 7D and Sigma 150-500 OS. +1/3 stop

Img 3219 F6.4 1/200 ISO-3200 @ 500mm Are you sneaking towards me?
Img 3228 F6.4 1/320 ISO-3200 @ 500mm
Img 3230 F6.4 1/250 ISO-3200 @ 313mm You are getting closer aren't you?
Img 3236 F5.6 1/250 ISO-3200 @ 267mm I moved again and he left, I guess I found his comfort level.

Cheers Graham.

if I may offer an opinion.  yes, these images are a slightly out of focus, maybe a bit front focused, but part of the problem is that the sigma 150-50 is not too sharp at 500mm and f6.3.  check out this link to the digital picture lens image quality database...it gets noticeably better at f8.   this is something you should keep in mind with this lens.

most here like to read the description about you got the shot and your settings...thanks for doing that!  (i could just visualize you inching along the sea wall towards the bird camera at the ready)

keep posting!


Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 04, 2014, 03:26:14 AM »
Here's a shot from 9/18/13, taken at Wind Point beach in Racine WI, looking south. No manipulation other than lens correction applied in camera Raw CS6. Shot was on 6D, 17-40L at 30sec f16 Av on a Manfrotto 3021B. 1st night with the 17-40 lens, the water in Lake Michigan was warm enough to wade in. Light lasted about 10 minutes!

Havs...this is a nice image, thanks for posting.

See the discussion a few posts earlier on horizon and leveling....the image needs some leveling.

Welcome to CR!

Lenses / Re: Get a 300mm or 600mm? Oh the agony...
« on: January 03, 2014, 07:04:02 PM »
I am still getting some superb results from my 7D but the focussing with the 300mm f/2.8 II + 2xTCIII can hunt when there is not a contrasty subject. I got sufficiently frustrated yesterday, despite getting some good BIF shots, that in the evening I ordered a 70D and it arrived this morning from WEX. The initial results are looking good, and I'll post a comparison when there is good weather here in a couple of days. DxO tests on its sensor suggest the 70D has significantly better IQ than the 7D.

Congrats Alan...have fun!

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 03, 2014, 07:02:37 PM »

Nicely done Sporgon...sometimes the horizon can be tricky can't it?

Thanks Northstar. Yes it can, in fact I have an alarming inability to hold the camera level. I think it's probably because I tend to look through the camera with my head tilted to one side. I normally have to rotate my images anti clockwise, and it's surprising just how much image area you loose if you have to rotate even 1 degree.

I almost never have a level horizon. Usually always off about 1 degree (usually must rotate counterclockwise to correct). I have pondered this and some thoughts:
1) my head or eyes or brain is tilted
2) I rotate the camera slightly when I press the shutter
3) maybe the sensor is rotated slightly in relation to the viewfinder
4) you just can't consistently be perfect

I also end up with a lot of images that need leveling....luckily, it's easy to fix.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 03, 2014, 06:58:53 PM »
Moab Utah.  Canon 5D.  5 stitched images with PS6.

I'm curious...why does the right side of the image look darker than the left? 

I haven't done any stitching photography, so I'm just guessing that the light changed while shooting?  (I see clouds)

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