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EOS Bodies / Re: How weather resistant is a 5DMK2 really?
« on: October 26, 2011, 10:12:18 AM »
Like neuro, the 5d II is equivalent if not maybe a hair better sealed than the 50D/60D... The 7D i have been able to shoot well in a snow storm or two and haven't thought twice about shooting in light rain (even though I made sure to get it in dry conditions as soon as possible after shooting... The 5d II being like the xxD series, I've had my xxd cameras fail on me when shooting in high heat and high humidity... (no rain)... They would cease functioning until I got them in a dry A/C room to cool and dry off.  I dont think it would be as bad if you were shooting with sealed L lenses... (less rain to get into the internals and sensor) but still it's taking your chances... As a bit of very cheap insurance, carry a spare plastic grocery bag with you... when needed, rip a hole in it, slide the very end of the lens through the hole, bonus if you have a rubber band to seal the bag, and shoot until you're done... Dont overstay your welcome and get dry ASAP but if a freak raincloud pops up you're covered. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Feedback on 1D X from 1-series users?
« on: October 25, 2011, 10:26:01 AM »
So take the FF image and crop it in PS to whatever size you want. You will still end up with a better APS sized image than an APS sized sensor would give you.

Crop sensors have their place in the world as well... If you take a 21mp full frame photo, crop it down to 8 mp (the average size comparable to a crop camera) and compare that image or even up size to a 18mp 7D image or even better take a 7D image and downsize it to the cropped 21mp photo, the 7D photo would come out smelling like a rose... The 7D cant hold a candle to the full frame full raw photo vs full raw photo, but there are it's advantages and disadvantages... Sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. 

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D mrk. II
« on: October 24, 2011, 04:20:03 PM »
You know, after reading this thread, it got me thinking... what else would we really want this camera to do?  GPS?  WIFI?  make coffee?  seriously?  It makes me wonder if Canon will ever start invoking the old VW model where they pump out a basic shell of a camera for real cheap that has what most people would want to function but offer add ons... Want an 18MP sensor?  ok that's an additional $200... Want an 21mp sensor?  $250, etc... you want basic AF, comes equiped... You want 19PT AF... an additional $200 unlocked through optional firmware... you want 45 pt... etc... To be honest I cant think of what else I would want my camera to do that's not already included and this could be exactly what could make most people happy... offer options that are either user replaceable or software replaceable... Computers you can change/add memory, if you're savvy enough you can change your own chips, boards, etc... you can customize them to your hearts delights... I could add more jobs at authorized camera stores to do these upgrades for you (like computer store upgrades) and people pay for what they want to use... Just floating the idea..  Red in some fashion employs a similar philosophy... why not evolve the camera industry to do the same...

EOS Bodies / Re: Feedback on 1D X from 1-series users?
« on: October 24, 2011, 11:23:11 AM »
More viewpoints are certainly welcome and appreciated!

As a 20 year EOS veteran, a published photographer and a CPS member since that program started I can tell you that nobody at Canon ever stepped forward to ask my opinion on what the next OS should be. I have no idea where they get their market research, but it would be nice if they actually asked us what we'd like. I love the EOS form factor, but I won't but a 1Dx simply because it doesn't do what I need or want. I want a ~45mp sensor that has incredible 645 beating quaility as 100iso. I always light my subjects, so don't care about high iso, a useable max 1600 is just fine for me.

I understand where you're coming from... Like you, I've been using the EOS system for almost 15 years or so give or take, published and had my photography shown on TV and the Olympics, and a CPS member.  I have received a few different surveys from canon asking what I was in the market to buy, my opinions or whatever... I get them maybe once ever 6-12 months or so.  I dont know if they come from Canon CPS or some other marketing dept but it is what it is... While I would have liked to see a better (higher MP) sensor in the 1dx, this camera isn't one I'd be buying.  While I like using the best gear I can afford, I'm a minimalist at heart and had beaten into me since young the concept of needing vs wanting... I want to buy a 1dx (or 1d series in general) but I dont need it for my clients and my work so I get by with what I can. 

I second neuros thoughts about those who complain about the 1dx being those who are not really in the market for a 1d camera but worries about what it could mean towards other "lower" cameras... Until I see directly how other cameras get affected (when the 5d3 and 70D and 7D2 comes out), I wont lose one minute of sleep worrying. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkll. Where to purchase
« on: October 20, 2011, 11:40:00 AM »
@awinphoto... I'm sure you've stumbled upon this website: www.the-digital-picture.com but I thought I would cover the bases anyhow.  It's a good resource for researching canon stuff.

I have a 7D and a 1Ds3... with my 7D, I can't take advantage of the wide angle range on my L lenses and getting true aperture/dof.  That's the only thing that bugs me.  However, I love how responsive and low-profile the 7D is compared to the 1Ds3.  Sorry, I know you asked about the 5D2 but I thought that I could add whatever I could anyways.  I really love my 7D's AF and AE systems.  I've been holding out for a 5D3 in hopes that Canon incorporates all the 7D details with the 5D3 full frame.  Good luck with your situation.

Thanks for your comments.  I was aware of the site and the wide angle situation... Before the 5d2 came out I was saving for it, then of course life happened, car had issues, money got depleted, and hence I ended up with the 7D's... =)  Dont get me wrong, I love the 7D... It's served me and my clients well so far, and I hear these jabs here and there "of the 7D isn't as good as the 5D because of... "  "the 7D isn't a pro camera..."  yada yada yada... I use it professionally and I do plan on making a jump to full frame when possible.. It's a fine camera but there are trade off's for both cameras... Ideally a 7D with a full frame sensor would be my perfect camera but the longer this goes out and all the chatter that goes on gets discouraging... I feel somehow if I dont get it now it'll never happen given how the economy and life is... especially with the record low prices... But then again I get gun shy and if it's really not that worth it, I find myself talking myself out of it... hmmmm....  Plus when the 5d3 comes out the 5d2 would be new enough where i could recoup most my losses on it... maybe...

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkll. Where to purchase
« on: October 20, 2011, 09:59:58 AM »
Hey guys... I'm just going to throw this out there... I have a 7D... I have/had money set aside for a downpayment for a house we are looking to buy and extra for a 5d mark III... The longer and longer this draws out the more and more tempted I am just to buy the 5d 2 now (and possibly trade-in/liquidate once the mark 3 comes out) and basically spend that money before it gets allocated somewhere else (i.e. kids, christmas, house, life, etc...) and I wont have that money as readily available whenever this sucker pops out... So with all that being said... Yes the 5d2 has a better sensor (fullframe) than the 7D for the most part and has slightly better ISO performance... is there any other feature that the 5d2 has that the 7D doesn't?  Is the quality SOOO heads and shoulders better than the 7D that I should plop down the $2k now while I can get it at this price or is the difference really so small i should wait?  Nothing's wrong with my 7D and I plan on keeping it as a backup camera, but... Honest opinions welcome.. 

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 04:19:03 PM »
Why on earth would you need 30+ MP for a studio shoot? So you can print stuff on the sides of buildings?

As a matter of fact yes. Go to Macfly's website and you'll see that he does shoot images (movie promos, mainly) that do indeed go on the sides of buildings.

Seriously folks, it's bad enough to flame people, but flaming people without having a clue what their history and needs are is just ignorant.

There are a lot of reasons for solid use of a 30+MP camera... As everyone I'm sure has read from me before, I'm a huge proponent for more MP, but with that being said, I also understand there's a place for every camera and every use... As i've mentioned before, in film days, a 35mm camera rarely was printed at anything bigger than 8x10... even at 8x10, with good old tri-x film (ISO 400), you could see some grain.  Sometimes you would be daring and ask your lab (or push it in the darkroom) and pump out 11x14's, but you knew you were going to lose quality... Professional photographers knew and had in their back pocket MF cameras or even large format cameras for bigger prints...

Now adays with cameras we can pump out 16x20 practically without any interpolation with the 5d/7d printing at 300dpi.  I have shot murals with my 7D that were put on tradeshow booths (20 feet wide) however they were still lifes and I was able to shoot the large scene in sections and stitch together to build a native file without any interpolation.  Larger MP's would mean that I could do that with less stitching and make things essentially quicker, better, higher profit margin, however I hope that we keep in mind the limitations of the 35mm format and if you have the rare need for super large images, not to expect a 35mm to pull that off but instead look at MF with digital backs or LF with digital/scanning backs instead. 

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X Canon USA Press Release
« on: October 18, 2011, 03:31:35 PM »
Direct quote from Dan Carr's web-site...  are you going to tell him to get a clue???

yep i do exactly that.

of course 1/500s or 1/2000s would be nicer then 1/250s.

but 1/250 or 1/300s that´s just a matter of more flash output, smaller aperture, a ND filter etc. and not a dealbreaker.

This goes back to strobe and exposure 101... first of all, the strobe, in most situations, should be fast enough to freeze action and so that brings up the situation of darkening the ambient to match your situations... ND filters, polarizing filters, lowest ISO possible, etc... assuming you're trying to underexpose sunny 16, ISO 100 at 1/250 at f16 is 1 stop under... add a ND filter or polarizing filter and that's a few more stops... there you go... how much more underexposed do you want?  Lastly, minimum shutter speeds has always been an issue with shutter curtains (not so much with leafs)... It isn't like in the good ol film days where some where at 1/30... remember those dinos?

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:


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..

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.  ?

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

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... =)

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. 

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. 

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?

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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