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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: The First Canon EOS 6D Video Footage
« on: November 28, 2012, 01:48:25 PM »
I watched it in HD on a 27" mac and I did not think it looked all that bad, but then I'm no video expert. I could see the moire but thought it was sharp in the right areas. I used to have a friend who listened to music years gone by on old vinyl and all he did was spend his time looking for flaws, I see that time and time again with people on forums. More interested in criticising sharpness at 200% in the bottom left hand corner of a frame that 99.99% of people don't look at instead of just getting on with it, there's a guy like that at my Camera Club, will criticise everyones images technically, but has never entered a competition himself. He spends 99% of his time at his pc instead of 99% of his time behind the camera.

Anyway was "(1250 is very mush usable)" a deliberate typo?  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: November 27, 2012, 06:38:31 PM »

I also think it will have built in wifi and gps like the 6D has.

As long as it has a mag-alloy chassis, it most probably will not have integrated GPS and WiFi.  The mag-alloy chassis acts as a Faraday cage, preventing decent radio reception/transmission.  Canon would probably compromise on the integrity of the chassis in order to get the wireless antennas into a position where reasonable radio performance is possible.

Fair point.

EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: November 26, 2012, 08:02:27 PM »
As a 7D owner if I was to change anything it would be improved noise perf which largely seems to be a given in any version upgrade but more importantly improved AF. I've taken a lot of good images with my 7D, I had major issues at 200 and 400 ISO when I bought it and sent it back for repair. I'm not fully convinced it was fixed but it was better. The noise performance of the 7D when it was launched was considered to be very good and its what attracted me to it from Olympus however I have to say I was disappointed. At 100 ISO the Olympus E-3 was better, most of my shots tend to be at 100 so it was massive disappointment in that regard however once my 200 and 400 issues were sorted anything beyond 400 was fine and up to to 3200 was usable depending on that use.

My major grief though without a doubt was AF, as I say I've taken a lot of good shots but I'd have taken a lot more with a reliable AF. I've bought Focal Software to see if it improves it any, hopefully it will.

Mega pixels are not a concern, 18 is fine, I just hope that we dont get a 20 odd megapixle sensor without improved noise levels.

In terms of price I dont think this will be higher than the 6D, I think for what thats worth it will be circa £200 less. It might be silly but I just cant see Canon price a camera with a lower numerical code i.e. 7 v 6 at a higher price, it just doesnt sit right, if it was to be the case then the 6D should have been an 8D maybe. Sounds daft? Well maybe but its consistent I think with Canons current policy, the higher the No, the cheaper the camera i.e comparing latest models. One thing for sure Canon have a chance to put out a very good camera that could have a lot of Sports shooters after it.

I also think it will have built in wifi and gps like the 6D has.

For what its worth I have my max auto ISO at 25,600 but tbh that was only because I read one pro review stating that he'd be happy to allow it to go there, I've never found the need to be any higher, in fact I've rarely been up at 25.6k but your 32k-50k images look absolutely fine, even at 2xlarge.

Cheers for posting.

stoneysnapper, if you were referring to the 5DM3, yes I agree, won't have second thoughts pushing it to 25600.  Actually, 51200 will be where it's at (if needed), for me, for web purposes.

Dwight, sorry I was actually referring to the 1Dx. I suppose it depends on what you are doing with the images thereafter, I tend to either print for Club Competitions or submit digital and some judges will view at 100% or more. But for web posting etc they are absolutely acceptable.

For what its worth a pro friend of mine did comparison tests between my 1Dx and his 5Diii and he found there to be at least a 1 one stop advantage with the 1Dx.

Third Party Manufacturers / Spinlight360
« on: November 18, 2012, 07:20:18 PM »
I live in the UK and the Spinlight360 is not available through any retailers here, I know Spinlight will ship to the UK where I'll get hit with VAT and import duty no doubt however has anyone on here used it and if so are there any issues with it worth knowing, quality, ease of use etc. Would be good to know if it is worth the trouble of getting it shipped to the UK.

Thanks in advance.

For what its worth I have my max auto ISO at 25,600 but tbh that was only because I read one pro review stating that he'd be happy to allow it to go there, I've never found the need to be any higher, in fact I've rarely been up at 25.6k but your 32k-50k images look absolutely fine, even at 2xlarge.

Cheers for posting.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx battery?
« on: November 18, 2012, 06:48:39 PM »
Surfer I've tried 2 different types and both did not communicate despite promises by the suppliers to the contrary.

Neuro, I completely understand the rationale behind your comment but I've used 3rd party batteries in all my bodies without a single issue, the issue is that OEM batteries for any camera are completely overpriced, not that non OEM's are cheap, they are probably the right price, if I can get a battery in the UK at £30-40 that works instead of £140-150 for the Canon one then I'll take it. I've seen some listed as low as £13 but I know what the likely outcome is.

I should add I've never had the need to use a 2nd battery on a shoot, LP-E4N has pretty good life.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX (Jpeg)
« on: September 26, 2012, 06:35:40 PM »
I shoot Scottish Football with my 1Dx (soccer for our US friends) not paid work or anything, just for a Football website and I shoot in Raw. I intend giving jpegs a go at some point but as my deadlines are not immediate I use Raw. I spoke to a experienced Pro Sports Photographer earlier this year and for football he only shoots jpeg, he's a Nikon user. He doesn't have the time to process and convert after a game when he needs to get his images to agencies/newspapers quickly, within 20 minutes or so, in order to sell them. Lets face it Newspapers dont need the highest image quality for the printing quality and size they use, online versions may have changed that though.

BDunbar's comments are interesting as I need to experiment with the set up for jpegs. As a Club photographer largely doing landscapes for comp entries I have never once shot jpeg since I converted to Raw around 4-5 years ago. There is absolutely no doubt for my Football shoots that jpegs are the solution, most of Studio1940's reasons above explain why but I suppose one can become too reliant on the convenience of Raw editing in Lightroom. For me its a confidence thing in not shooting jpeg.

In answer to the original question, 1Dx and mostly jpegs, cant see why not, thats what most Sports/Press photographers will do, who I'm guessing are the largest %age of owners of the 1Dx.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Dx availability in UK - Jessops
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:05:30 PM »
I've never dealt with them befor Dark Star, good shout, 3 in stock now. I got mine on Monday, arrived home after a weekend in London to find it lying on my unlocked garage floor  >:(!

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Dx availability in UK - Jessops
« on: August 03, 2012, 03:05:43 AM »
I ordered mine last week.

Got it yesterday and not from Jessops, so they may not have that good a deal. Mine came in a box labled box 59 of 96 cant quite belive anyone got 96 of them but you never know.

BTW it great.  ;D

Good for you, where did you order it from?

EOS Bodies / 1Dx availability in UK - Jessops
« on: August 02, 2012, 09:55:00 AM »
I posted back at the start of July regarding the 1Dx availability from Jessop's in the uk. They have just called me to take payment and it is being dispatched tomorrow. I placed my pre-order on June 1st once the June 20 launch date had been made fairly certain, so pretty much a 2 month wait. I know there were a lot of posts back in early July with excited people getting their kit, not sure if that excitement has died down. Well not for me! Typically I'm off to London for the weekend for Olympic Football (7D will have to do) so it'll be Monday before I'm home, hopefully it'll be waiting at the local couriers house for me! I'll give the unboxing video a miss though;D Hopefully any other uk readers with pre orders at Jessops will be getting theirs soon too.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Dx availability in the UK
« on: June 30, 2012, 06:03:07 AM »
They don't take a deposit so anyone can pre-order a 1D X at Jessops. My point is, if they receive 24 bodies and you're 27th in the queue, only 3 people have to have second thoughts or cash issues for you to end up with a body. So there's still hope.  8)

Yeah I'm hoping 15 of them got hacked off waiting and bought a 5Diii or have decided to spend their cash on a summer holiday  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Dx availability in the UK
« on: June 30, 2012, 05:58:58 AM »
The woman I spoke to at Park Cameras yesterday (they are a pro dealer) said they only have had one body in (and its gone out) and they have a fair few outstanding orders now and they are expecting them mid july. They are prioritising orders to CPS members too so at least I am further up the list.

Did they ask you to prove you were a cps member? This was doing the rounds the last couple of weeks but most people on here and elsewhere were saying they were never asked to prove membership so were unclear how that could work? I'm registered with cps but Jessops didn't ask for any proof of that. Anyway hope you get yours soon.

EOS Bodies / Re: So, still no news of 1DX hitting stores in USA?
« on: June 29, 2012, 08:13:59 PM »
See my post regarding UK availability, I have no reason to believe the Jessops staff member was incorrect.


EOS Bodies / 1Dx availability in the UK
« on: June 29, 2012, 08:11:19 PM »
I have a pre-order for the 1Dx with Jessops in the UK. For readers in other countries Jessops would be the UK's biggest High Street photographic retailer but in my opinion at least, not necessarily considered a professionals, of which I am not one, first port of choice, it tends to cater more for the High Street market. Anyway I was in the newly refurbished Aberdeen Store today (well done Jessops, long overdue) to enquire if there was any update on availability.

I made my preorder about 6 weeks ago I think, once I knew the June date looked realistic from reading this site and others. When I ordered they already had 26 preorders, not much but as I said its not where most Pro's would opt to go. Their very helpful staff member was able to tell me that they were due to receive 12 bodies on Monday 2nd July and a further 12 on the 9th of July. Typically for me I'm about 27th in the queue and I am also going away on holiday on the 6th July for a fortnight so if by some luck I was able to get one of the 2nd batch I'll be away on holiday, damn! I had hoped I would have had it before going on holiday but realistically never expected to, just typical I'm going to be so close but yet so far. Talk about frustrated, I know from reading on here there are posters who have been waiting way longer than me so apologies if I'm sounding hopeful and I've only been waiting a few weeks. When I pre-ordered there was no requirement for any payment, I tried to pay a deposit today in order that the 1Dx would be held for me until my return from Holiday however doing that was going to bump me to the end of the queue, I'm not sure if anyone having paid a deposit would give them priority.

Anyway I suppose the encouraging news is that if Jessops are getting 24 in the next week or so then I suppose it would be fair expect other major retailers worldwide to be getting decent stock levels also.

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