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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Has the EOS 6D Body Ever Been Cheaper?
« on: September 19, 2014, 09:49:30 AM »
High Five! So did I, just about $1300 with tax, free shipping.
Looked brand new, shutter count was 5, Canon Price Watch said they had 500 for sale at the time. Clearly not "refurbed".

I picked it up off the Canon refurb site for $1215 a while back during a 20% off sale.

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Lenses / Re: Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:10:50 AM »
Just rotate it up, no big deal. I prefer it down, I don't want my hand on the focus ring when I'm using AF.
The foot in place is essential when using a beanbag, for the same reason.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:43:59 AM »
Got any links to support this, or is this all just seat-of-the-pants common sense reasoning?


I've had two cameras with bent CF pins.  One was a used Minolta DSLR that I had bought (Just before Sony bought them).  I was able to straighten the bent pin out, and it was fine.

The other was a used Canon P&S that I bought for a dollar.  The charger, battery, and CF card were worth more than that.

Many SD card advocates are not aware that you must do a low level format on a previously filled SD card in order to get rated write speeds.  If you just do a regular quick in camera format, the write speed slows to a crawl.  If you do a low level format every time, then the card gets lots of write cycles, since a low level format writes a 0 to every memory cell.

With a AD card, its best to buy a big one, and do a low level format whenever you have saved enough files to reach the card capacity.

For example, you have a 64GB card.

You do 4 photo sessions using 16 GB and doing a regular format(does not erase the cells or data).  The card software tries to equalize card usage, so it tends to not over write cells with data in them until it has to.  Thus, by the 4th 16GB session, the entire card has been written to, and now data must be erased to save more.  This is very slow, so your right speed drops.  Time to do a low level format to get the speed you are paying for.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:42:52 AM »
Wait?!
What is this wait you speak of?
7D2 is old news, we're on to 5D4 around here, bub.

Try to keep up, won't you?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:58:46 PM »
Camera battery is probably lacking the power to stream files continously, what would it take to enable that functionality?
Built-in WiFi in Canon 6D is slow and disconnects randomly, not super useful. Are Canon's external $800 accessories faster? One would hope so.
I've got a TP-Link MR3040, costs $40, I'm gonna compare that to the Canon 6D and see.....

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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 01:25:26 PM »
I always thought so too....then realized I never shoot at 300mm. It's too long on a zoom (IQ), and too short as a wildlife lens, at least here out west. (I do have a 70-300L, but 300mm is just a grab shot for later identification or as a field note).
400 DO handheld on the trail stalking, and 600 on a gimbal for stationary setup. Focal lengths are pretty close together, but the way I intend to use each lens is very different.

Impressive.  Most impressive.   :)

I'd still choose the 300/2.8L IS II over this, although I might choose differently if I didn't have the 600/4L IS II.

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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 01:10:47 PM »
thanks for the image links, but those samples sure won't sell the lens to anybody.
Looking forward to some trials with production lenses.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Video Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:37:45 AM »
That's a commercial, not a review.

Pretty scenery, so I watched it anyway.

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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:23:53 AM »
Here's the link to Canon product page, old MTF lower part of page...

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup/ef_400mm_f_4_do_is_usm

This new lens costs only a couple hundred more than the old.

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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:07:29 AM »
Sweet Jeebus, look at that MTF!

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:16:13 AM »
Surprised no one has related this:
Fred Miranda earlier today posted that he has seen the MTF on the new lens and it is excellent, even with a 2X Extender.
He also states that the price will be "way lower than your expectation".
His NDA should be up about 4AM PDT.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1318195/0

(See his second post first page)

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Ya, nobody who might buy one was confused.
Obvious feature differences steering users between cameras: After using a 1D2 and a 1D3 I bought a 1Ds3. Sold it - too noisy and slow for birds, I had thought I would be happy with throwaway pixels. Went back to the 1D3.

And, substantial price difference. Only thing in common was they used the same lenses.
1DX was a true merging of the products lines. A very high frame rate is the main reason there weren't more pixels on this first generation body, I believe.

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1D and 1Ds were parallel product lines. They merged into the 1Dx. That's not going away.
You should have asked, will the 1Dx successor be announced in development at Photokina, and will it be high MegaPixel?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How's the RX-100 Miii? Should I?
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:02:15 AM »
Thank you  :)

Thank you for trying - perhaps something is wrong with my exif viewer, but I tried to save image as and view in Breezebrowser, no shooting data comes up...

Was just curious about the ISO in the museum interior shot.





I quite like these...wish the exif wasn't stripped out of the images.

What ISO was the camera shooting at with the museum interior? The noise level is quite acceptable.

My wife has RX100, shoots in raw+jpeg...
Some more pictures with EXIF data avalable.


OK, I've got EXIF screenshot for museum interior picture (attached).

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:05:41 PM »

Agree. Keep shutter speed up and it does fine. What it doesn't do is IS and f/4.0.



FWIW, the current 400/5.6 is a lot lighter, a lot cheaper, and delivers IQ pretty close to the current 400/4 DO.

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