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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X DXOMark Sensor Scores
« on: October 12, 2012, 05:11:50 AM »
DXOMark is all very well but not everything that can be measured matters and not everything that matters can be measured (to quote some patent office clerk).

The question should really be - how many would trade their DSLR with all their bells and whistles and go back to shooting film or slide?

Lenses / Re: Canon 300 2.8 (is)
« on: September 29, 2012, 10:20:49 AM »
Hmmm, tricky. What sort of distance and wildlife are you shooting? If the wildlife is quite static then a monopod would help you lots. However if the subject moves alot and is erratic then a monopod might be more of a hinderance. Of course shooting at a high shutter speed and having a ball-head on the monopod should help.

So depending on the subject the 300 non-IS and extenders plus a monopod should give good results. I have the mk1 IS and it is probably the sharpest lens I know of. Using a Kenko 1.4x converter doesn't appear to degrade sharpness at all.

If you can save for a mk1 or 2 with IS then I'd go for that - the IS is a big plus. I haven't tried the mk2 IS but imagine it's even better than my mk1.

Hope that helps.

Lenses / Re: 85 mm Lens
« on: September 26, 2012, 01:26:31 PM »



EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D at 46.1mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 01:52:09 PM »
So Canon and Nikon are developing almost the same products together.

Yes.  It's a phantom company call Cankon ;)

Cankon is a dumb name for a joint venture. Surely they'd take the first part of Nikon and the second part of Canon and call the company Nik.... oh, bugger.

EOS Bodies / Re: 46.1mp Canon DSLR Previewed at PhotoPlus 2012? [CR1]
« on: September 23, 2012, 05:17:32 AM »
Some call me visionary...or just a good guesser  ;D:


Canon General / Re: Post a cool B/W!
« on: September 22, 2012, 07:29:05 AM »
Some shots from an airshow last week.

Welcome to a capitalist society.

Here's how it works: get hold of some capital and do something so that it increases.

Want me to run over that one more time?

Every manufacturer on the planet probably does the same as Canon with some of their products. A while back a Sony repair engineer told me two of their TV models were identical apart from the more expensive one had the flag for Teletext enabled in it's firmware (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teletext). Change the flag and charge £99 more.

The Rolls Royce Ghost uses the BMW 7-series chassis. The Aston Martin Cygnet is a re-badged Toyota IQ. The Sony 300mm f2.8 looks remarkably similar to the Canon 300mm f2.8  :o etc.

Canon are not unique.

Lenses / Re: missing 200-400 and 100-400 announcements?
« on: September 19, 2012, 01:40:06 PM »
I don't have experience with a lens of 3.6 kG
How is it to work handheld with a lens of this weight?

The obvious answer is, it depends on your strength and what you are shooting. Last Saturday I used a 5D3, 300mm f2.8 IS and 1.4x converter all afternoon at an airshow. The combined weight is about 3.6kg and my arms got a bit tired towards the end but not as bad as I thought they might (I'm not the strongest of people). The main problem was trying to hold steading in very high winds. Certainly if I got something heavier, a monopod would be essential. The thing is, you'll never be able to judge until you try - a couple of minutes in a shop is nothing like wielding a heavy lens for hours  :o

EOS Bodies - For Stills / EOS 6D sample images and video here
« on: September 17, 2012, 06:39:22 AM »

Let the pixel-peeping begin....

Lenses / 24-70mm f2.8 II video review
« on: September 13, 2012, 01:53:25 PM »
Here's Kai's take on the new lens:


Hmmm, hands up all those who want one? 8)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Who is this idiot??
« on: September 10, 2012, 02:33:16 PM »
away an bile yer heid ya eijeet.

Pity the humour will be lost on so many of the forum readers. Hang on, who are you calling an eijeet?

1D X Sample Images / Re: Who is this idiot??
« on: September 10, 2012, 01:54:11 PM »
The one thing we Scots are good at is dealing with hangovers.

Aye, that's all we need, jakies like you spreading a hackneyed stereotype. I put it to my learned colleague, yir a bawbag.  ;D

45 long exposure shots in 15 minutes? Yeah, that oughta do it! The sensor has to cool down a bit between these types of shot.

Just because it can also do video for long periods doesn't mean the sensor is used in the same way.

I took a look at your link and can only suggest the points look a bit like hot pixels (assuming not all hot pixels would go red). I'm only speculating but maybe a combination of higher ISO and long exposure has caused them to get a bit hot.

Were you taking a number of long exposure shots in quick succession? This could produce hot pixels. Perhaps our resident guru Neuro might know.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 Problem black halos around stars in RAW files...hmm
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:23:49 PM »
The black circles seem to appear only around the stars that look to be clipped by the exposure. That may have something to do with it - possibly coupled to the amount of sharpening used too. Have you tried less sharpening? Can you give any other exif data?

Then again, maybe you've discovered a new astronomical phenomenon!  ;)

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