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EOS Bodies / Re: Anything to report from the Olympics?
« on: February 21, 2014, 04:38:44 PM »
Strange ... Curling is normally used as The example of boring winter sports. But apparently not amongst photographers  ::)
The first time I saw the Winter Olympics on television, I thought curling was a funny sport. :P But I was only seeing the men's teams. This year I discovered the girls' teams and was a fan of this sport. ::) It is a pity that in Brazil the temperature is between 20 and 35 degrees Celsius throughout the year. :-\ We will have no ice around here, much less the beautiful girls of the Russian team. :-*
In the London Olympic games....all the fuss was about the Brazillian outdoor volley ball team...I had a few mates with front row seats all though the qualifying, quarters, semis....they all looked more than a little star struck ;-D
It is a pity that Russian girls curling team go to the games with a lot of clothes. :-* Maybe we will see 7D mark ii olympics in 2016, here in Brazil. :P Yes, and girls volleyball too. ;)

Yep, once upon a time the Russian girls teams seemed to be only discus and shotput throwers....most fellas youed to comment on the size of their biceps...most looked like body builders....these days things have changed a lot!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 21, 2014, 04:22:43 PM »
In the grand scheme of things I would rather the 7D-II to arrive perfect, rather than soon.

With that said, I've got travel plans this summer, I want the camera  :-)

A 7D-II will not particularly change the look and feel of your holiday photos. That can easily be served using any of Canon's current line up. You may want a 7DII for your holiday, but it's an emotional self imposed deadline and will only prompt further anxiety for your self. Enjoy your kit, shoot lots of lovely photos and upgrade when the mkII comes out. Buy it because you can, but please don't attach an emotional artificial deadline. It will only cause you self inflicted pain ;-D

In the mean time, there flies a pig with a unicorn on it's back...or was that a 100-400 and 35IIL?

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Lenses / Re: Why no 400mm f/4L IS exists?
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:01:59 AM »
If you want a 400mm f4 LIS...then consider the new 300mm f2.8 LIS mkII and a 1.4x TC
It's an astonishing combo.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anything to report from the Olympics?
« on: February 21, 2014, 09:57:22 AM »
Strange ... Curling is normally used as The example of boring winter sports. But apparently not amongst photographers  ::)
The first time I saw the Winter Olympics on television, I thought curling was a funny sport. :P But I was only seeing the men's teams. This year I discovered the girls' teams and was a fan of this sport. ::) It is a pity that in Brazil the temperature is between 20 and 35 degrees Celsius throughout the year. :-\ We will have no ice around here, much less the beautiful girls of the Russian team. :-*

In the London Olympic games....all the fuss was about the Brazillian outdoor volley ball team...I had a few mates with front row seats all though the qualifying, quarters, semis....they all looked more than a little star struck ;-D

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...the cost of ownership of the Canon big tele's when you take resale value into account is very very low, many have made profits owning them.
I have sold all but one Canon lens for profit (~4 Ls and 4 non-Ls), broke even on one L, and lost nearly 50% when I sold a Sigma in mint condition after a year of ownership.

Yep been there too. Most of my Canon lenses are now worth 30% on the second hand market when compared to the new prices I paid for them. I've only really lost money on off brand stuff and the DSLR camera bodies. The lenses are pretty good investment really...and you get to use them too. If one thinks long term, the lenses pay for themselves via professional use and then you get money for them when you come to sell them again...it's no brainer over the long term. My 400 f2.8 LIS is only worth a little more than I paid for it s/h 2 years ago. Although I'm not interested in selling it just yet...it's effectively free to use for me. If and when I can raise the cash for a 400 f2.8 LIS mkII....i only have to worry about the difference between the two lenses.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 21, 2014, 09:47:43 AM »
If it was coming so soon, there would be leaks, specs and spy shots of it by now.
The 7DII will be here when it's good and proper ready!

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I'm really looking forward to this.  Sigma art lens have a really good reputation.  If this is a sharp as the hype Sigma is getting my money. The Canon 1.4 was so fragile (better build quality my ass) I had two of them go bad (broken auto focus) so I just stuck with the the old series 1 1.8.  Hoping for good things and a reasonable price but I will settle for super sharp

Yep, be ready to put on your hard hat and cotton wool in your ears....the din from the Sigma fan boys will be deafening :D

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Having looked at the WonderPana 145 Essentials Kit I am interested in getting one for the polarizer. Could somebody who owns one post a picture of it mounted on the 17TS-E please? Whilst I can understand how it works on the 14mm and the Nikon 14-24 I don't see how it fits the 17TS-E without mounting on the focus ring. It would be a great help if I could see one before ordering, thanks.

Yep, I took a leap of faith with this system just as it was made available. I had to wait months for the various filters to become available. The ND filters are far from neutral, there's a gold colour cast which is quite strong. But it's certainly usable and the system works well. It's great to be able to use a polariser. But wrestling with 165mm filters out on a cold and windy morning can be a problem. One rain spot and it really shows in the final image and the size of the filters is a little bit like handling a large diner plate! Not a system to use in Cornwall, UK for windy landscapes!
Here you go. As you can see it is mounted via the bayonet of the lens cap. Very secure and does not vignette with movement.
Added Bonus is some protection of the front element.

Normalnorm, how are you finding the WonderPana 145 holder? There's not much information about it in the way of reviews. I'd like to know if it in any way marks the lens.

Anyone else should pipe in too if they own this holder. Thanks.

It is a superb system. I got it and couldn't be happier. The holder is custom made and mounts to the lens cap bayonet mount of the 17 TS-E, it does not mark the lens at all, it is a much neater implementation that how they do it to the Nikon 14-24 as there is no locking collar.

They have since come out with a modification to the 66 part of the system, if you are a grad filter user then 100% get the FreeArc version, I am not so am quite happy with the cheaper and smaller original version.

Couldn't recommend this higher.

Thanks.

I find it strange that Fotodiox have not done more to show the implementation of the holder on the 17mm TS-E or any lenses that are not the Nikon 14-24mm. There are very few examples out there.

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There actually can be degradation of a digital file... And far faster than analog. The best way to ensure archival of a photo remains a print and a negative. I heard a few years back that Hollywood briefly attempted to archive via digital format only until they lost a whole film. The response was to reverse course and make an analog master print of every movie made (including ones shot digitally) to ensure future revenue years down the line.

The archival standard in photography is at least 100 years of durability. Digital has yet to be proven by this standard. Burning to DVDs, maintaining RAID drives, or even storing on SSD are all rife with potential failure and loss of data. Each successive copy made over the years increases the likelihood of a corruption of data and loss of access to your images.

I have yet to gain faith in the likelihood of my digital images being around in 100 years but I remain confident that my negatives will.

Back in 1859 there was a solar flare from the sun which was so big and catastrophic that it destroyed most of the world's power stations. Anything with a coil, capacitor or tuning circuit just melted or fried. It was the largest solar flare in recorded history. It's been widely considered that if such an event occurred today, there would be little of today's technology which would survive. Anything with a micro chip, silicon, or tuning circuit would literally burn out. Every computer hard drive would be wiped, every laptop battery would fail, every TV screen would burnout, every CPU would frazzle, every car would fail, every power station would melt...society would roll back to the 18th century over night. Our beloved digital files would go the way of lost static and the cameras would become empty shells. It's not possible to shield against such a huge electromagnetic wave of this magnitude.
So I think that if and when such an event occurs again (it may not be in our lifetime) and all of our digital history and data is lost, old fashioned photographs may be the only record of our society left.

http://news.nationalgeographic.co.uk/news/2011/03/110302-solar-flares-sun-storms-earth-danger-carrington-event-science/

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 12, 2014, 09:11:02 AM »
- May I help you ? - I'm just checkin' some L lenses out.

              Are you looking for something in particular ?

              No. Well, yeah. Something... with pretty bokeh and reach. 200 f/2, 200-400 x1.4, 85L...

              Yes.

              - You got nice stuff. - Thank you.

              - How much is this ? - I don't think this would fit your body.

              Well, I didn't ask if it would fit. I asked how much it was.

              How much is this, Marie ?

              It's very expensive.

              - It's very expensive. - Look, I got money to spend in here.

              I don't think we have anything for you.

              You're obviously in the wrong place.

              Please leave.

Years ago I was a postman working in parcels. One day I was in the Jaguar showroom delivering to a sales man who was on a phone call. While I waited I was looking in the window of a very nice XJ6. When the sames man finished he walked over and said "Hey! Do you fancy a test drive in this?" I was a little embarrassed and told him why I was here and held out his parcel. He replied as he signed for his parcel "I didn't ask if you could afford it, I was asking if you wanted a test drive and the offer still stands. You might not be able to afford it today, or tomorrow...but who knows what the future holds for us". We went for a spin and I fell in love with the marque due to his investment in me. Fast forwards 20 years...I'm now a lot more successful and I now drive an XKR convertible. It's my 3rd Jag. His words became a promise and came true, if only all salesmen were that wise.
A wise salesman sows opportunities which others can follow up on, a poor salesman is only interested in low hanging fruit and is a consumer and not a producer.

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The other issue here is making the files all look the same from the different Canon and Nikon platforms. Nikon WB and general look is very different to Canon's even when the settings are set the same.
The Nikon D4 has been a dismal failure for Nikon. Many felt that it was rushed to market without proper testing. From a professional stand point, I wouldn't trust my dependence to Nikon at this moment unless they really did something special with the new D4 variant. The 200-400 VR is a great lens, but it is old compared to the new Canon variant. The Canon is expensive but offers a number of key improvements and benefits over the Nikon version. If you are going to buy once...buy right and only buy once.

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Lenses / Re: zooms vs primes for landscape
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:53:50 AM »
I have the Zeiss 21mm too and I quite like it, especially for astrophotography (not much coma and hard stop at infinity). Now even "modern" Canon lenses exhibit coma like: 24mm 1.4L II 35mm 1.4L 16-35mm f/2.8L

I guessing that Canon's coma performance will be improved during the next round of release.  The 24-70 II is much better coma-wise.
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Is Coma performance particularly important for landscapes? Wide open, how about at f11?

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Canon General / Re: Gear envy
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:51:15 AM »
Not a single 24-70 - that's surprising.
On Canon's CPS blog, one of the photographers said that they shipped this gear by boat to Russia and so the photographers were asked to give them whatever gear they could do without during the long transit period. I'm guessing most of them held onto their 24-70s and other core lenses.

At the Olympics there's not much call for a medium range lens. Most of the photographic content occurs at the very long or very wide end of the focal range. A 24-70 isn't very wide and it's certainly not very long.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Q2? [CR1]
« on: February 02, 2014, 01:13:38 PM »
It is a brave photographer that would test a brand new body at such an important event.

A lens is different. I would not mind testing a new lens on my favourite top of the range body.

But if I was at either of those two events mentioned (Sochi and Brazil), I would want the 1D X and only the 1D X (in multiples).

Not really, I'm guessing they would be using it initially alongside other cameras (1Dx) and will start using it during the early heats to get accustomed to it. I seriously anyone would be using one for the finals or portfolio work.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 29, 2014, 03:58:50 PM »
But a camera isn't judged by IQ alone...it's just one feature. The 5DIII is a very rounded camera and probably the most versatile currently available. But there's a die hard group who only want the very top tier IQ, with the rest of the camera lacking...ie 5D / 5DII. 

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