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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 26, 2012, 03:11:21 PM »
More of Northern Ireland.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 26, 2012, 02:53:38 PM »
Northern Ireland.

Does the rental price include the dude in the picture to carry the lens about?  :P

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 70D & 700D in 2013? [CR1]
« on: September 24, 2012, 08:11:59 AM »
You're failing to frame things in the right context. 4 years ago all people wanted was a better AF in the 5D2, now things have changed as technology matured and new performance standards were defined.

Also, the improvement in AF (supposedly) boasted by the 6D over the 5D2 is quite undersized for today's standards and for the price of that camera with respect to other missing features compared to its older sibling.

Some years ago a Blu-Ray player was 800€, now you can have one for 80€. Selling old technology for a brand-new price tag is unacceptable. But I guess Apple fans and stockholders would probably disagree with me.

Your blu-ray comparison is BS. There is nothing new in todays blu-ray player that wasn't in one from 4 years ago. So if you want to use that as an example then compare the price of the mkii from 4 years ago to now. Big difference right? The mkiii has a new sensor, new AF, new processor. i.e. it is NOT 4 year old tech. Anybody who thinks it is is just plain daft. It might not be the tech you wanted in the mkiii but it IS what people asked for.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 70D & 700D in 2013? [CR1]
« on: September 24, 2012, 05:52:55 AM »
I can't help but chuckle at the state of affairs on this forum now. For years I coveted a 5Dmkii but couldn't justify getting rid of my 7D to do it. After all the 7D AF system is "light years" ahead of the antiquated 5dmkii AF system. I read hundreds of threads and posts dedicated to how bad the mkii AF system was/is. The general consensus was just giv us a 22mp (who needs more, right) 5D with a better AF system. Well Canon delivered exactly that. What's the old saying? Watch out, you might get what you asked for. I'm still amazed at the pictures a lot of you have gotten with your 5D mkii and it's antiquated AF system.

So what exactly is needed on the 7Dmkii ? Just better DR? More MP? WiFi? Espresso maker? Remember the warning (it's in bold above).

P.S. I'm busy saving for a 5D mkiii and I am soooo loking forward to getting my hands on it, even if it doesn't have enough DR/MP/WiFi/whotsits/thinga-mabobs.  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Official Specs
« on: September 17, 2012, 06:09:47 AM »
I haven't read all 16 pages so I'm not sure if this has already been posted. I checked the Canon (US) site and found some interesting things that are not quite the same as the CR "official specs" (or just missing).

Shutter Speeds 1/4000 to 30 sec., X-sync at 1/180 sec. (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)

AF Points
11 points

Center: cross-type at f/5.6; vertical line-sensitive at f/2.8.

Upper and lower AF points: vertical line-sensitive AF at f/5.6.

Other AF points: Horizontal line-sensitive AF at f/5.6.

Here's the linky:

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Specs Leaked?
« on: September 14, 2012, 11:23:27 AM »
I think this was leaked by Canon so they could sell more of their 5D mkii's that they have already made. I do have a question for everybody saying Canon should just put the 7D's AF system on a full fram sensor. Surely the AF system would only cover a very small portion (center only) of the bigger sensor? So essentially a 19 point AF system for a FF sensor would be a completely new AF system?

Sports / Re: Newbie - some feedback please!
« on: September 11, 2012, 04:49:51 AM »
As an (ex)slalom kayaker I love this shot. Slalom kayaking is extremely difficult to photograph because it is really fast, the water make's the action very unpredictable and quite often the best place to be to get some pictures happens to be right in the middle of the water. I think you did great with this shot. Half a second later or so would probably have had the paddler with his right arm at full extension putting his paddle blade into the moving water. Problem then is you would probably lose his facial expression behind his right arm. Like I said, not easy.

Next time maybe try get closer down to the water. What I've also found works is getting directly upstream of the upstream (red) gate and get the paddler when he has just finished his sweap-stroke and started his bow rudder stroke to pull the nose of the boat around into the gate. The paddler is moving slower, normally a strained expression or at least an expression of concentration and the paddler will be looking pretty much straight at you (line of trabel of the boat).

Good luck and good job.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon PowerShot G12 Digital Camera
« on: September 05, 2012, 04:48:15 PM »
G12 is still a great bit of kit, at any price.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 17, 2012, 06:37:14 AM »

Nonsense! All L lenses have solid metal construction! What do you think the L stands for?

 ;) ;D

All "L" lenses. Except the 100mm L Macro.

Lenses / Re: 24-105mm f/4 L IS on a crop camera
« on: May 18, 2012, 01:06:22 AM »
I sold my 24-105 after getting the 17-55 f/2.8. I found it was just not wide enough on my 7D. The difference on the long end is not so noticeable as I also have a 70-200 in my bag, and the gap in focal length between the two lenses I have not had a problem with at all.

Lenses / Re: EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 HELP
« on: May 15, 2012, 04:23:21 AM »
I sold my 24-105 after I got my 17-55 for my 7D. I found the 17-55 to be sharper and produce better colours on my 7D. I have since added a 70-200 f/2.8 to my bag and between the two, even with the focal length gap, I can cope in almost all situations. Canon really got the design and manufacture of the 17-55 right.

I love the lens.

The thread title is a bit of a conundrum. Because I took the pic below with a old Kodak 2.1 MP camera that cost almost as much as my 7D. So it's old but it was NOT cheap.  :o

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Product Advisory
« on: April 18, 2012, 09:41:15 AM »
Maybe a firmware update that turns off the LCD backlight when the shutter button is half pressed and before metering starts could solve this issue for most people? No?

Hi guys,

A complete n00b here (<- First post ->) but I took a quick look at the link ( posted above. As I am currently a 7D shooter I changed on of the cameras to the 7D, crancked up the iso to 3200 on the 7D, D800 and Sony A900. Then moved the wee square onto a black portion of the image so all the samples showed some shadow noise. Please could somebody else try this and tell me if I need new glasses or not. I don't want to post what I see until somebody else does so I can't be accused of missleading somebody with my observations.


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