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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 12:28:16 PM »
So when will we see the DXs ?? Logic says its there. DS3 is still the highest rated camera on the Canon official site.  Also European Pricing suggests that putting the mk4 at 4000 euro and the ds3 still at 6000.

So funny just realized that the ds3 is not on the UK site but still on the Spanish site.... hmmmmm

They just updated the order on the USA site.  The 1D X is now first, followed by the 1Ds III, etc.

I just checked the usa site and it's #4 on the list below the 1D mark III and above the 5d 2.  ?

Perhaps we're looking at two different pages or, as Neuroanatomist suggested, you need to hit Refresh.  Here's the link to the page I was viewing:

http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras

Weird... the page I had open was the same page, and no amount of refreshing was changing the positioning (tried in safari, firefox and IE), but the link you gave had it in 1st... whatever... I see what youre talking about now... I think this could be an interesting 12 months for us photographers..

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 11:53:23 AM »
So when will we see the DXs ?? Logic says its there. DS3 is still the highest rated camera on the Canon official site.  Also European Pricing suggests that putting the mk4 at 4000 euro and the ds3 still at 6000.

So funny just realized that the ds3 is not on the UK site but still on the Spanish site.... hmmmmm

They just updated the order on the USA site.  The 1D X is now first, followed by the 1Ds III, etc.

I just checked the usa site and it's #4 on the list below the 1D mark III and above the 5d 2.  ?

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 11:51:39 AM »
If the above is correct and Nikon really does release a 36 MP FF camera, will Canon fail to answer?  After they've already demonstrated that they can cram 120 MP into an APS-H format?  So, I expect a 40 MP FF Canon will come along in the future.  They everyone can bitch about how slow the frame rate is, or how crippled the AF system is, etc.

Haha... so true... you cant please everyone... dont forget about the people who will complain about diffraction limits, too much MP, etc...  :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 11:36:37 AM »
Exactly my point. Canon's roadmap is all banged up. For those of us including macfly with thousands if not tens of thousands invested in glass this matters incredibly.

Why?  If you have thousands or tens of thousands invested in Canon lenses (I do), you probably have a decent camera body (or more than one), right?  If Canon mucks with their roadmap or decides to stop producing dSLRs altogether, how exactly does that affect the camera(s) and lens(es) you are using today?

If i can take this one step forward, like you I'm pretty heavily invested with canon and have been for most my pro career... So what if canon messes with the roadmap as long as they still pump out quality cameras to use with our canon gear?  Now if they start issuing dog after dog, then I would start the case for alarm, but this is a fine camera for maybe 90% of all pro and amateur photogs with a budget for such a camera.  I'm sure this would be an upgrade for most pro photographers except for maybe those digi back photographers... =)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 11:13:45 AM »
Where does that leave the rest of us?

I'm kinda torn about this camera... on one hand, it's a camera most everyone has been clamoring for... a low MP full frame high FPS camera with a pro grade AF and a metering system as sophisticated as the nikons matrix system... Well, you cant say canon didn't listen to those people, you got what you asked for.  While this camera, in some instances, to me lacks the wow factor, I also think... well what else do you expect this camera to do (that it cant do with or without an accessory?  It appears they really beefed up the "camera" part of the camera while keeping the video part solid for most purposes... No it doesn't have the 4K the red does, no it isn't 24 MP like nikons offerings, yes, there are sacrifices here and there, but it is a solid camera on it's own.  I think the confusion is not knowing where the canon roadmap is going... first they bushwhacked the xxd line, then the juggernaut 7D which is still a debate where it sits, if it's pro or not pro, and yada yada yada... Once again Canon appears to be deviating from roadmap we all knew and loved and to some extent, somewhat expected to happen... this is just one of those in transitions... I doubt Canon will hold a formal press conference and fully explain what they are doing, but I think the writing is on the wall. 

I'm not sure so much how much this is for photojournalists as it is meant to be a "go-to" camera for pros... It appears to be a great camera for wedding photogs, low light junkies, and even sports photographers (high FPS)... While likely this camera will debut outside my budget range, I hope the new 5D series and whatever cameras they announce in the future will also impress. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 10:19:17 AM »
I'm not quite sure what to think of the jump from the 1ds3 or the 1d4 to the 1dx.  Almost sounds a bit too much like to the old nikon D1x  While they didn't go right out and say it, it kinda sounds like a merging of the two lines however it could be an improved 1d4?  If it's the 1ds3 merging with the 1d4, i find it interesting indeed they dropped to 18mp... Their mantra was always bigger MP the better, but now 21 is too much?  Especially now that nikon has jumped all over the MP bandwagon supposedly?  It's like canon's marketing strategy is taking a page from nikons playbook and visa versa... I always thought it would make more sense to release the 5d3 first, but I guess I am wrong, but I hope to see it soon. 

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 F4 L IS noise too much
« on: October 17, 2011, 10:17:39 AM »
Also I surprise this lens has high no of 5 start ratings. Though I do understand it has good IQ.

Also Do you guys think I should return this as well, its driving me suspicious of having fault inside lens?
Thanks

This lens is excellent in terms of IQ, quality, and IS... it is loud but most are willing to overlook the noise for great images... Regarding the video, are you using an external mic or on-board mic?  At your distance using a telephoto lens, it may just be worth while having a simple cheap mic that goes on your hot shoe... Better audio of your subjects and no IS buzzing... From what you describe, I dont think you have a faulty IS, but it a personal preference if you can live with it or not... I cant speak for the 2.8 IS... perhaps because it's physically bigger they build in a bigger damper area within the lens to eliminate the noise?  I dont know, but I think your lens is up to par... and if you want to sell it for used prices, let me know.  =)

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 F4 L IS noise too much
« on: October 17, 2011, 10:11:07 AM »
From my experience, it does make a hum... however it's kinda reassuring to me knowing it's on and working (rather than thinking it should be on but it isn't or off).  I find it maybe louder than other lenses I've used but not over the top. Plus, as far as your subject matter is concerned, at the distance you will be shooting at, it shouldn't be loud enough to bother your subject matter except if your in an ultraquiet studio setting... It's a personal thing...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1D Mark III vs. waiting for 5D MK III
« on: October 14, 2011, 05:53:58 PM »
You mentioned that you done need "those darn 18MP"... you do offhand realize there is a strong likelyhood the new 5d would be 21mp if not bigger... granted a lesser pixel density, but yeah....  Just to bring that up... The 1D is an interesting oddball in the lineup... dont get me wrong... I love it's AF and rapid fire... but lenses are odd... you have to use full frame lenses or AF-s lenses that wont damage the mirror.  Sounds like that isn't an issue at this point in time, but something to consider as well.  Dont forget the 1.3x factor which, while would be good for telephoto, wont be good for landscapes or architecture (let alone since you cannot really use af-s lenses to compensate...

I have bought used in the past and regularly sell off gear I dont use, but as my grandpa said "if you buy used, you buy other peoples problems"... Do your research on the 1d3 that you would be buying... test it, look it over... does it have damage either physical or hidden?  Dead pixels?  AF needing calibrating?  Can you check shutter actuations?  As others mentioned, do you need a new camera right now or is this a splurge on a once in a lifetime price?  Just somethings to ponder... only you can answer your own question. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: The New EOS [CR3]
« on: October 14, 2011, 12:23:58 PM »
If this is the 1d/ids series specs... I hate to see the 5d specs... maybe the 5d mark II is starting to look more appealing... but wont believe a word till i read the specs on the press release...

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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. [CR3]
« on: October 12, 2011, 04:10:30 PM »
Using a page from the Canon Playbook, I cannot see them lowering the MP from the flagship camera whether your looking at the 1ds (21mp)... then again, I could see them doing kind of what the nikon 700 does where they offer there 30mp+ regular slow mo settings or a cropped 1.3 or 1.6 version that would be eq of 16-18mp with a crazy 12-14 FPS.  I also would hope the ISO could also be a tad higher, but a lot can happen for the next few weeks/months... I also hope they release the 5d with this release... if they do, that could be enough for nikon to crap their pants...

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United States / Re: Photography is Terrorism?
« on: October 11, 2011, 01:59:24 PM »
Last but not least, I remember a few years ago I had friends (using cameras and telephoto lenses) took some pictures of some cool buildings in Los Angeles and someone saw them, reported the cars license plates to cops, and sure enough later that day they had a lovely visit from the police at their house asking what they were doing taking photos.... They had a good answer and the cops went away, but it's getting bad all over for photographers, not just a certain area or culture. 

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United States / Re: Photography is Terrorism?
« on: October 11, 2011, 12:36:16 PM »
Then again..... Here in the good ol' USA in a outdoor mall I was shooting at in Santa Barbara, CA, I was told by security to stop shooting and delete all photos taken at the mall... (I had to go afterwards to the front desk/office and sign a release saying I could shoot for personal shoots but not professional use or sale.).  I also cant take my camera into my local university's football games so it's a mixed bag depending on location, venue, and security... Some places I get stopped and asked what I'm doing when I've got my camera with me... but as long as you got a legit answer they dont bat an eye. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Brand Tripod Mount Ring vs 3rd Party
« on: October 09, 2011, 01:51:35 PM »
I have first hand experience with both... I borrowed the 70-200 from CPS before I bought the lens.  The lens was equipped (from CPS with the canon tripod mount ring) and I loved the lens enough to commit to buy it once I sent the lens back.  The problem was the lens, as i found out, didn't have a ring... so I bought a third party to use when I get my lens... The ring surprisingly got to me early... so early that I had the lens for a day or two left to try out both rings... The difference is big but minimal at the same time... The canon mount locks firm.... even before you tighten the set screw... The 3rd party feel loose until you tighten the screw fully, and even at that you have to tighten it a bit just to catch.  Also the difference is the canon one feels like it's a heaveir allow metal, similar to the construction of the lens itself... whereas the 3rd party, while not necessarily plastic feeling, but is considerably lighter and flimsier feeling compared to both... The 3rd party, when fully secured, is tight and secure and I'd trust it to an extent, however compared to the canon, it just is not quite the same. 

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Lenses / Re: super telephoto prices
« on: October 07, 2011, 02:06:27 PM »
Back in the day, the rule of thumb was to spend 2x the amount on lenses vs camera body for optimum results... while camera prices have jumped from the film to digital age, lenses hasn't made as much of a jump.  Perhaps this is just evening out the ratio and thinning the herd sort of speak..  Plus when you take in account the time, precision, skill and effort to design, create, and mass produce these glass, there must be a high element of rejects on the manufacturing side, especially on these big whites that we all love... That all takes $$ or in this case, $$$$$.  =)

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