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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810 users are seeing spots
« on: August 21, 2014, 06:03:36 AM »
Hot spots are quite normal during long exposures, how bad is this?

Sorry to hear, I only have experience here in Europe, my 1DX needed a major overhaul as it was not powering up and AF kept hunting whereas before it was tack on out of the blocks each time. They replaced half the innards within 3 days under the CPS scheme, and all that despite my 1DX being three weeks after the 2 year warranty period had expired.

EOS Bodies / Re: Medium Format Announcement a
« on: August 20, 2014, 03:41:38 AM »
Oh what I would give for an affordable Phase One Achromatic shooting hour long exposures with minimal noise at ISO 33 in both visible spectrum and infrared... keep dreaming boy!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810 users are seeing spots
« on: August 20, 2014, 03:11:49 AM »
Have they quantified the fault though? As a dedicated long exposure shooter, one of the things that had driven me away from getting a D800 for long exposure work was that it got way too noisy with exposures over 4 minutes, which is a deal breaker. Not like we can afford a Phase One Achromatic you know Canon!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Can't get my 1dx to catch focus fast as 7d
« on: August 20, 2014, 03:02:32 AM »
Many people think having the most advanced AF system in modern DSLRs is enough to ensure sharp shots. It still takes a lot of user experience and dexterity. Ask sports photographers, or those who shoot dancers in low light at ISO 12800 at 1/400!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Setup AF for 1DX
« on: August 20, 2014, 02:53:13 AM »
Camera back from CPS with the following repair report:

PCB assy replaced, FP screen, focus EC-CIV, general check and clean and full functional check carried out.

Software & Accessories / Re: Best ND1000 3.0 Filter?
« on: August 10, 2014, 04:28:44 AM »
As a guy specialized in long exposure I think I can weigh in. Buying cheap ones will just result in poor results, then again if you only want to experiment with long exposures and still unsure whether you are getting into the genre they might be a good bet. Otherwise, if you work with ND filters day in day out, Lee or Formatt-Hitech are your best bet. FH seem to have taken an advantage recently, with their latest Firecrest filter being extremely close to neutral in colour cast, as well as adding a 16 stop filter to their repertoire. Come at quite a cost though.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Setup AF for 1DX
« on: August 10, 2014, 04:26:15 AM »
Case 2 is usually my default, tried case 5 and 6 since those are appropriate too, seeing dancers move erratically with stops and goes. No luck.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Setup AF for 1DX
« on: August 09, 2014, 04:40:44 AM »
I'm not sure if this is related:

Unfortunately related yes, after my 1DX was sorted for this issue, I noticed quite a drop in AF performance. Camera checked again, but they state they cannot elucidate any issues with the AF. Then again, they did not try to shoot a dancer in extreme low light at 1/400...

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 08, 2014, 05:01:21 AM »
No DSLR near the monkey, no selfie ever possible. Quite straightforward reasoning I would assume...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Setup AF for 1DX
« on: August 08, 2014, 04:57:57 AM »
[/size]Anyone has experience on how to set up AF for low light performing arts events such as dance shows? Used to perform like a beauty coupled with the 400 f/2.8 II or the 70-200 f/2.8 L II, but lately it has taken quite a drop in the amount of in focus shots I got, unsure whether it is due to a firmware upgrade. For sure my AF skills have remained the same, if not improved, after shooting around 50 shows in 3 years...

I know the feeling, but unless you will be getting a commercial/financial return from the investment, it does not make sense.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 26, 2014, 04:28:59 AM »
Damn Canon are taking their time with new sensor technology... having the better lens lineup will not be an excuse for long, as having tried the black ones from the opposition, not lagging too far behind there Nikon either.

Lucroit already have an adapter ring and filter system for this lens...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you carry your tripod?
« on: June 27, 2013, 05:12:48 PM »
Long treks, tripod in its own bag slung over shoulder, short treks tripod over shoulder bare +/- camera attached firmly to it.

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