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Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:25:16 AM »
For pete's sake, your thread topic says you're only there at the Grand Canyon for 14 hrs?

The total time of the van excursion I took was about 14 hours.

Actual foot time at the Grand Canyon was maybe 1/4 of that.

About 8 hours was driving time, in the van, to and from the park grounds. More driving time once inside. I was lucky enough to get a good seat- good enough to get some pictures out a window. There was an opportunity for a helicopter tour- i declined.

I could easily see spending 2 weeks at the Grand Canyon.

Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 11, 2013, 07:42:20 AM »
Dear Friends :
Here are my gears for 14 Hrs. at Grand Canyon and 5 days and 3 nights  at Las Vegas. (snip)

Mr. Surapon-

You are bringing way too much stuff.

On my first time trip to the Grand Canyon, I brought my 7D, 16-35II, 70-200 II and a 1.4x. I also took a van tour (south rim) that went through Sedona (and lunch) on the way out and through Native American territory on the way back. About 14 hours in all.

Everything was well planned. They hit the high points on the trip. There was some interesting scenery that was passed on by due to scheduling.

The 70-200, while a nice lens, got very little use. I have one or two photos of the Colorado at the bottom of the canyon, which was visible at one of the planned stops. That's about it for that lens. It was neat to look through but not very well suited for capturing the panoramic views.

On the other hand, the 16-35 was on camera 97% of the time, which is ~24mm to ~56mm full frame.

I noticed that the wider end of the 16-35 changed the perspective too much for my tastes- it made stuff appear further away, but it worked quite well for many shots in Sedona.

I took a couple of 5-7 shot single row panoramas with about 50% ovelap on a whim, and regret not doing that a couple more times. The distances are so large that a simple handheld attempt worked for me. The end result more closely matches what I saw vs using something like a 14mm on a FF camera.

I do not own a 24-70, but on a FF camera, that would probably do the trick. I would also bring a 16-35 and maybe a 100mm macro- certainly some sort of macro lens. The handheld pano attempt worked well last time and I do not recall too many opportunities where I would have had the time or the space (physical space at the vantage point or space due to other people) for tripod use. Monopod, sure. The ability to have two camera bodies might be nice.

I didn't know about CPL filters at the time, and wish I had one then.

If you do not live at 7,000' above sea level, it makes a difference, and should be considered if you plan on trucking all that stuff with. Also check the weather forecasts and bring a jacket. Several warm climate natives on my trip bought jackets at the gift shop.

I'll echo previous comments about bringing well into 5 figures of camera gear, much less leaving it in a hotel room.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Another Canon paper sale; buy 1 get 4 free
« on: November 09, 2013, 11:24:29 AM »
Did you click the link on the page?  It should take you there.  Try this link and click on the tab for paper

The link works just fine, thanks.

My comment was more about navigation within the website. It takes a long time for the shopping cart to come up. If I go to the refurbished section and click on "lenses", that takes forever to load.  Of course, the issues I am seeing could just be on my end.

EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 09, 2013, 07:51:10 AM »
Anyway, the jump from 5DII to 5DIII is bigger than the specs would suggest.


Usable multiple outer focus points.

Increased ISO perfomance, less flash required.

5DII is a great camera, 5DIII is a great improvement.

Canon General / Re: "Phones Imperil Fancy Cameras" -- WSJ
« on: November 09, 2013, 07:03:29 AM »
+1 on the "everyone that wants a DSLR has one" theme.

I imagine that the few other people I know with a DSLR, kit lens and nothing else, can't be the only ones out there. For those people, that combo is apparently enough. It starts costing some serious money to move out of the "kit lens" range. I loaned a relative a nice lens, and although the difference could be easily seen, the cost of the lens is seen as a major obstacle.

Significant photo quality upgrades seem to be lacking in new models (not that what is here now is bad). Non-techie people won't move to the next model for Wi-Fi features.

My smartphone takes some pretty darn good images for what it is. I tried the panorama feature, at close range, and it did what I needed it to do. Compared to the previous version, I can take panorama photos in potrait *and* landscape, and in either direction (can't do that in camera with my DSLR).

I can see pretty easily how smartphones are taking DSLR sales away from casual users.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Another Canon paper sale; buy 1 get 4 free
« on: November 08, 2013, 06:28:38 AM »
I wonder why their website is such a pain to get around in. Maybe it's just me.

EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:34:21 AM »
You can buy two 5D3 for the price of one 1DX.

It isn't always just that simple.

Camera stuff can be cheaper than speed parts... and lots of other stuff  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:29:39 AM »
2. Lacking of 4 megapixels, is it the big gap between 1DX and 5D3 on landscape shooting?

There is more than one account on more than one forum that mentions that it isn't just the number of MP.

Above a certain ISO threshold, the noise effectively reduces your MP count for you. How that camera resolves/processes the noise begins to matter more than MP counts.

I don't recall the numbers exactly, so I will not quote them. Feel free to do your own digging. I recall reading, essentially, that if you take pictures at a relatively low ISO all the time, say ~400, there is no readily apparent difference between the 5DIII and 1DX and the 5DIII has a slight advantage if you pixel peep. That changes quickly as the ISO goes up.

There is also very little difference in image size when printed at 300 dpi. Others smarter than I have done the math.

While 4mp sounds like a lot, if you do enough digging, the conclusions will be readily apparent.

EOS Bodies / Re: Get the 1DX or wait for the 7D Mark II?!
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:16:07 AM »
The 7D and the 5D Mark III.

So, do you still use the 7D owning a 5DIII at the same time?

I'm not knocking the 7D, but once I tried a 5DII, I sold the 7D. One, I didn't like the field of view. Two, the 7D had a very limited window where it produced great pictures out of the box for my uses- and "out of the box" and "not perfect lighting" is important to me.

If I'm not mistaken, Neuro did some comparisons between a 5DIII and 7D, and even cropped down to the 7D field of view, the 5DIII is better/equal.

EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:06:23 AM »
I want to upgrade my camera which is 5D markii.
For those of you who have tried both the Canon 1DX and 5D MKIII,

1. how do they compare to each other?

2. How do they compare in image quality?(Especially under ISO 50 and 100)

3. Do you think that it's worth getting the 1DX over the 5D MKIII if I mostly do a lot of landscape shots and sometime shoot birds?

Many thanks!

(1) They are completely different.

(2) Don't know- pretty rare for me to be at 100. But, in actual use, the 1DX has far more latitude in producing totally useable files over ISO 4000 right out of the camera. The noise looks nicer and cleans up easier. Even at A3+ size prints, you may not have do do anything special. For me, more latitude without using a flash is a big deal.

(3) There are so many variables that there is no one correct answer. I suspect there are many people that will only take pictures at ISO 100 and others that do not. There is a great deal of skill in capturing great bird photos and you do not need a 5DIII or 1DX to do it (certainly, lots of great bird images were taken without either camera)- but either may help. Note- I do not yet posess the skills to take great bird pictures. There is a list of stuff on a spec sheet and there is the stuff that happens in real life when using the equipment. There seems to be an awful lot of pixel peeping going on- my 5D2 produced images that I never would have imagined from plain old 35mm film, when 4x6 prints were an upgrade. Seems to be an awful lot of fixation on the details that can be extracted from dark areas in a picture/file. I don't get that, either. To each their own*. That said, if you flub a picture and want to try and recover it a bit, there is more latitude in 1DX files.

In short, if the 5DIII is a 9 or 10 on the volume knob, the 1DX goes to 11. Certainly worth it if it is on your list.

*So, how many people pushing shadows on a computer had the darkroom equipment to do the same thing? :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Get the 1DX or wait for the 7D Mark II?!
« on: November 07, 2013, 06:20:03 AM »
Well, the 7DII isn't out yet. Not even sure if there is a timeline yet.

I suspect the cost difference between the two will be quite substantial.

If you can purchase the 1DX now, you can use it and sell it if the 7DII is a better fit.

One thing I have noticed about video is that it takes up a $hitload of memory space.

The other is that processing it takes a lot of time.

But, no one knows what the future holds. I remember acoustic modems and tales of spending all night to download files from a message board.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Gateway drug: 600 RT + ST E3
« on: November 06, 2013, 07:10:08 AM »
I am also amazed at how well it works.

I'll admit to not being able to use about 95% of the features, but what I have used, works as advertised. Did the basics without even cracking open the manual :) All kidding aside, that says a lot for how well the system was engineered.

However, I am very disappointed that the focus assist light was not included. I mean, really?

A tilt screen or mounting would have been nice.

An assist light and tilt screen would add what, $20 to the price and a bunch more utility???

If the rumored Yongnuo is fully compatible and includes an assist light, I know I'll (eventually) get one.

EOS Bodies / Re: Need to upgrade my eos- 1dsmark3 but to what???
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:49:02 AM »
Hi all,
I have been shooting with the eos 1ds mark3 since 2008/9 (which I've loved) but.. I think I am quite overdue for an upgrade, but to what???

I've heard terrible things about the 1dx, plus it would be a downgrade in megapixels.

So does that just leave me with the 5dmark3? And is that really more of a sidestep than an upgrade? Thoughts? Advice?

Is there a better camera that I just don't know about? Is the nikon d800 worth the switch?

I have read many things across the web that make some pretty sound reasons why the resolution difference between the 5DIII/1DsIII and 1DX are trivial. Some make a linear printed DPI comparison and others factor in noise and how it impacts resolution. Most of what I have read essentially boils down to this: low ISO (~<400) is the only place you will find any minute resolution differences, and it takes pixel peeping to find it. Anywhere else, the 1DX is far superior.

Many sources claim that the 1DsIII is still tops at 100 ISO.

The ergonomics between the 5D series and 1D series are completely different.

Metering between the 5D and 1D series is not the same.

On the surface the 5DIII and 1DX appear to have the same AF system, but they do not.

I know nothing about the Nikon cameras.

The rumored Canon "big megapixel" is still vaporware. When it does come out, I wouldn't be surprised if it is close to $10k USD. Then there is all of the other stuff that goes with it, like ~50Mb RAW files.

If I was in your position, I'd seriously consider renting the 5DIII and 1DX and put each through their paces. Or join CPS and try to get a loaner. 

Macro / Re: Denizens of the Forest Floor
« on: November 05, 2013, 06:55:56 AM »
Always something different on this log :)

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