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Messages - charlesa

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I suggest waiting for the Big Stopper rather than going for the Hitech option. I also suggest looking around all the other retailers in your particular continent... I reside in Europe, most retailers all over were back-ordered, but you can usually find one who has 10 stop ND from Lee available from stock. Got one within 3 days from Ireland.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 20, 2013, 03:17:21 PM »
Enough with the flame wars already  :o
 
As the OP I never meant to be a Canon vs Nikon rant, just to assess the veracity of owning the best of both worlds and whether it made sense business wise.
 
All I got was that people stick to their system even if it shot them in the foot... repeatedly. Brand loyalty does not make sense.

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Lenses / Re: Why some lens says "macro"?
« on: March 19, 2013, 02:59:18 PM »
Pure marketing ploy, only macro lenses are those with 1x magnification capability or larger... or you could always reverse your lenses!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 18, 2013, 05:07:17 PM »
I did not mean to start a flame war, I just meant that although I am a dedicated Canon user well invested in L glass and make money out of my prints, I cannot keep begging Canon to fulfil my need for a high resolution body for one line of my work. I will grant you, the 1DX coupled with the 70-200 and 400 mm blows others out of the water for events, sports and wildlife, but when it comes to higher resolution and UWA lenses, I am not too happy with what Canon can offer me. So, although it might seem crazy to invest in another system, it makes sense rather than waiting for a vaporware high resolution body to MAYBE (may be never really!) appear just to sustain the one system I am used to.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 18, 2013, 01:50:15 PM »
You're right, I suppose I could run out onto the football field with my f/1.4 lens :).

That's the spirit. ;)

Actually Nikon D800 plus the 14-24 can be the second coming... that is all there really is...nothing like it since sliced bread...  Canon's telephotos...superteles... f/1.2 portrait lenses...they don't matter...screw all that...but the 14-24...now you are talking... it does it all. Sharp all the way from this deluded corner to the other greener pasture.  ;)

Actually there is a heaven on both sides.. a D800E with a 14-24... and a 1DX with a 400 mm f/2.8 II on the other side...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Frustrated with Canon
« on: March 17, 2013, 03:22:04 PM »
Am I alone in feeling that Canon has, perhaps, lost its way at the top end of the market, albeit temporarily ?  The new top end models simply don't provide what I want. The EOS1DX is clearly a sports camera body, not a studio camera, and I resent Canon for trying to pretend that it is.

I've been with Canon now for years, having used their EOS film bodies before digital . Time spent with Nikon !DXs confirmed my view that Canon had far superior ergonomics, and five years ago, the Canon EOS1DS Mk III was a game changer. However, since then Canon seems to have lost touch with its professional customers. As a result, last year, I bought a Nikon ( D800E) which I currently run along side my Canon equipment. It is a fine camera. Nikon seems to have priced this camera very competitively indeed, and I gather that it is making large inroads into what should have been the preserve of the 5D3 market.

Now we're told that Canon have no intention of producing a higher MP camera until next year, and given Canon's habit of announcing cameras long before they actually become available, the reality could be some time after that.  By which time the Nikon D4X will be out.   

How frustrating. I want to stay with Canon, but they sure are making it difficult.

So what is wrong with your 1Ds3?  Is it now suddenly not a good camera?  Are your photos now suddenly bad?  If you want super high MP, go medium format.  So what's the problem?

Is there even such a thing as affordable medium format? Can get a Mamiya 645 for 500 euro, but the digital back and the lens cost a foot, a leg and the whole of the body and then some!

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Lenses / Re: Is there anything I can improve on this gear list?
« on: March 17, 2013, 01:26:40 PM »
You have good gear, get out and shoot, when you gravitate towards a particular niche, then invest at that point.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 17, 2013, 01:22:11 PM »
It is an expensive endeavour, since it involves buying the D800E body, the 14-24 and a filter system for the lens... it all depends on selling the 1Ds Mark III in the end.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Ds mark iii????
« on: March 16, 2013, 10:09:38 AM »
There doesn't seem to be a market to recoup costs on second hand ones though... and once you work with a 1DX, the 1Ds III looks and feels like a dinosaur... I was cursing even at the lack of a Q button... and the ISO performance is nothing short of stellar on the 1DX.

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It is hand holdable easily it seems... although more interested in samples on how it would compare to a 400 mm f/2.8 prime... and the price I believe will surpass the price of the supertelephoto primes themselves.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 16, 2013, 10:05:58 AM »
Call me mad... but cameras are a tool and the eye is all important.

I make the most photographically via my landscape and fine art prints, and I also cover events and photojournalism.

Up till recently I used a 1Ds III and a 24 mm TS-E II for the first and a 1DX with a 70-200 mm and a 400 mm f/2.8 I IS L for the second. Although quite happy with the TS-E II and the 1DX, I am feeling quite a bit let down by the 1Ds III. Files simply are not up to scratch compared to a 1DX.

Now a crazy thought entered my mind... how about going dark, and selling part of the gear to reinvest in a D800E (!!) and the fabled 14-24 mm, since I do most of my work on the landscape side?

The 400 mm f/2.8 has already been sold, at a profit. The fisheye, 135 f/2, 100 mm macro, 50 mm 1.2 might consider selling, keeping the 70-200 mm and the tilt shift.

Does playing both systems make sense? Canon have no higher resolution sensor, and the Nikkor ultrawide is a renowned lens. Now Canon might be considering a higher MP body at some point, but it is still total vaporware.

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Higher quality glass always surpasses sensor in terms of performance gains in the end.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Ds mark iii????
« on: March 12, 2013, 09:22:11 AM »
I bought one recently to complement a 1DX but not too happy with the quality of the RAW files compared to 1DX...

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Canon General / Re: your scariest photography moment?
« on: March 11, 2013, 03:14:20 PM »
Taking the fisheye off and momentarily forgetting it has a very VERY bulbous front element... which I put down element first onto a stone wall while changing lenses...

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Lenses / Re: Tilt Shift Lenses - Looking for Advice
« on: March 11, 2013, 12:43:38 PM »
So... comparing the version II of the 24 mm TS-E and the 17 mm TS-E... which is actually sharper and has better image quality?
The TS-E 24L II is slightly better.  But if you need wider....

Could always stitch 3 shots using shift if one needs wider, no? (except with a fast moving sky or sea in the scene that is...)

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