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Lighting / Re: Cheetah Light CL-180 vs Canon 600ex-rt
« on: February 01, 2014, 12:52:01 AM »
When I saw those Cheetahs...  I started salivating! Big power in a Speedlite form factor.

I have read nothing but glowing reviews on those units. Especially from wedding photographers. I'm going to wait a while and see if Phottix will come out with something similar. I don't want to use multiple radio systems and I love my Phottix gear. Putting a bare-bulb into a softbox always looks better than a speedlite.

Have you tried using different batteries in your lights? Say NiHM vs Lithium. How about taking them in for service?

Good work and website BTW  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Q2? [CR1]
« on: January 31, 2014, 01:08:56 PM »
I think this is just marketing. This is an APS-C camera and what photographer would chance an important shot being missed by a prototype?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Q2? [CR1]
« on: January 31, 2014, 01:07:27 PM »
So it won't work with existing CF cards, might as well throw all of my existing CF cards in the garbage if they change it.
I'm selling my collection of thirteen CF cards of 2GB or larger. Sold three and and pre-sold five. The rest I need to look for as they are scattered in the house.

Original plan was to replace them with four 64GB or 128GB cards. I hate keeping track of so many loose items that I do not end up using. Why four CF cards? That makes it one body to one card.

Reading up on Sandisk, Lexar & Canon's involvement with CFast (and further readings on XQD) got me thinking that 2014 could be the year that we will see EOS bodies with SATA-based CFast card slots.

Too many eggs in a single basket? That has been the argument since over a decade ago. Never had a memory card go bad on me but misplacing them is always a problem.

FINALLY someone else says it! Yeah, it can happen. But are they eBay cheapies? Do you sit on them regularly? Are the cards 10 years old?

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM by DxO Mark
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:51:53 PM »
The focal length is so awesome. At big events, the 70-200mm on a crop gets very close to this focal length. Great for sporting events on a large field. I would like to see a maximum aperture of f4 or better, but f4.5 isn't too as long as you have plenty of light.

This lens was introduced in 1998. And that's quite ancient. My first lens, the 28-135mm, was introduced in the same year. When I compare the 1998 EF 28-135mm with the 2008 EF-S 18-200mm, the latter lens is far superior. Even though it's probably originally, a cheaper produced lens.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 28, 2014, 10:16:03 PM »
It seems to me that putting big lenses on a compact body kinda negates the advantage of compactness.  That leaves the great sensor as an advantage, but still, the practical advantages over say a 5D3 or D800 are not that great.

Your mileage will certainly vary!  :)
I was thinking the same thing if I think of the camera as a compact. Big lens makes it impractical. But if you think of it as a DSLR competitor, then it becomes much more interesting. It's like a stripped down DSLR. For my fashion work, it would be an excellent camera to use in many levels.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 28, 2014, 08:33:20 PM »
Well, I think this is comparing apples to oranges. Reasons...

  • 5D MK III is about two years old.
  • The A7R with it's 36MP sensor is 2x the size anything Canon offers.What it should be compared to is MF or the D800
  • Just about every other specification makes it geared for the MF/D800 crowd. It has no business doing anything that requires speed. Landscape/fashion-portrait: okay

I think it's an awesome camera and the price rocks! If you have the money to spend, cool. It's a Leica M9 competitor and for what it offers, especially the price, I'd take it!

I had to think about this...  First there was what I 'wanted'...  And couldn't make up my mind.. Then I thought about what I needed... Then it became much clearer:

  • ThinkTank Photo Airport Security v2 Bag. Because I'm always pissing that I don't have a bag big enough to carry my big shoot/event gear.
  • Manfrotto Pro Backpack 50. Because using a rollerbag is a pain on many location shoots.
  • Zeiss 85mm f1.4. Love this lens. I love my Zeiss 50mm f1.4. But the 85mm is a notch higher up in every way. Even though I feel a million miles away from my subject.

Yup, two bags and a lens.... But thanks for asking..  It was fun putting my priorities in order   ;D

Canon General / Re: Deals at Adorama: 600EX-RT, Canon EOS 6D kit and more
« on: January 28, 2014, 02:37:44 AM »
I wonder why the fire sale? I bought my used 580 EXII for just a few dollars a year ago...

So cool. Less and less reason to go with Medium Format. Canon's next couple of flagships have to be better than this dual-iso trick...

Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 20, 2014, 01:40:13 PM »
I can see why Nikonians may feel slighted by Kelby. But I have one of his books and he doesn't give Nikon or Canon any greater emphasis over the other. I've always been a Canon shooter and didn't feel he gave preference to Nikon.

He also promotes B&H in the book as well. So he has no problem advertising for someone. And I think that's why he switched to Canon. The 5D MKIII and 1DX have been out for several years and don't think they magically changed overnight.  If he got a great sponsorship package, why not say so? Professionals in many different areas switch teams for similar reasons all the time. He's going to piss-off Nikonians regardless of his reasons.

I always recommend his books for beginners. And that group is the majority of the market.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:12:01 PM »
Yes. I posted about this earlier...     :D

$99 a year is too much IMO...

I've been keeping up to date on this family of lenses when Zeiss initially started talking about them. I just drool whenever I first saw it and even blogged about it. I'm quite certain the wide-angle lens is going to be a 35mm. They already have the crazy 15mm. The best in it's class. So it makes sense if they do the 35mm.

I'm glad they are getting closer to a release date for the 85mm. I'm sure it's going to be nothing short of amazing   :D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 09:58:34 PM »
I wouldn't be surprised if this new Sigma will surpass the Canon L glass in terms of performance. Both their new 35mm and 24-105mm have done just that. I think if this 50mm can get within 80% - 90% of the performance of the Zeiss 55mm Otus..  That would be quite a feat.

Forget about the price of the Otus for a second..  How many reviewers have claimed the Zeiss 55mm Otus as being the best DSLR lens E-V-E-R?  :o  Quite a number of them. I'm thinking the Sigma 50mm will come in around $750 considering the 35mm version comes in around $900. And if you think you're going to get a Zeiss 55mm Otus copy for $750. It's not going to happen.

Would the Sigma be worthwhile if it has 80 - 90% of the performance of the Zeiss Otus at their price level? Sure! A 2014 Mustang/Corvette are hot cars and totally great. But they are not Ferraris. Whether you like Ferraris or not. There is a reason why you pay a premium.

And that's a great comparison. The lenses will be for two different markets. A pro photographer making $100k+ plus a year shouldn't sweat about a $4k, near-perfect lens. Especially if it's used often for the next 5 years or more. The pro should make an easy $30k a year from using that lens.

I love Sigma for coming out with amazing glass and going for the best. And all for a very reasonable price.  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: A New Rebel for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 15, 2014, 02:44:08 AM »
I almost bought the Canon Rebel t2i over my 50D. Rebel is nothing to sneeze at. It's a damn fine camera. Any Canon DSLR. I was at Best Buy the other day and playing with their SL1.  I would love one of those little guys!

Oh not at all, the rebels are fine cameras, no ones sneezing at them or anywhere near them it's just the way that they are "upgraded" is very humdrum and not worth getting excited about! We'd rather hear about a 7D replacement than a new rebel. Just more curious about the higher end specs.

I started out with a t2i myself. Gave it to my GF to use when upgraded. Still work flawlessly after years of service. I have nothing but respect for my humble rebel. I learned a lot from it. I actually get annoyed when people under use it or never use anything other than the kit lens. It's so cheap that almost every ones got one. Trouble is they don't all get the most of this amazing machine! Shame really as it can take stunning pics. That's how I feel about the EOS M too. I reckon in the right hands it can do wonders.
Before I bought my first DSLR, I was pretty excited about the new Rebel. But I know what you mean.   ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: A New Rebel for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:19:36 PM »
I almost bought the Canon Rebel t2i over my 50D. Rebel is nothing to sneeze at. It's a damn fine camera. Any Canon DSLR. I was at Best Buy the other day and playing with their SL1.  I would love one of those little guys!

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