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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 21, 2013, 10:17:34 AM »
I think this fits in with the thread title :)

Lenses / Re: magnification: Lens reversal vs canon 100mm L IS maco
« on: November 17, 2013, 05:43:23 AM »
thanks for the reply.

so is it the lens reversal of a prime lens on max aperture gives more magnification than a dedicated macro lens ?

Aperture has no impact on magnification

I haven't messed around with lens reversal.

From what I understand about lens reversal, you may have to get quite close to the subject to achieve 1:1 magnification. Also, if I recall correctly, a 25mm extension tube will allow 2:1 on a 50mm lens, and this trick does not work well on other focal lengths.

Unless you have a manual lens (100% manual), you will not have any control over aperture settings while reversing lenses, so you will have to pick an aperture before unmounting the lens.

A 100mm macro lens will have less working distance than a 180mm macro lens. If you turn off AF and set the lens to show 1:1, it takes very little movement to be in focus or out of focus. Being short of the 1:1 makes a big difference in magnification, so if you are looking for max magnification, you have to be aware of where 1:1 is.   

Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 14, 2013, 08:06:02 PM »
Lenses like that should only be purchased in pairs, I'll take the extra one and hold it for safekeeping....

Custom Brackets has a nice gimbal.

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:53:49 AM »
Now there might be a better wide-angle coming soon??  (I need a head banging smiley...)

Just as a friendly reminder, these rumored lenses are still vaporware :)

Almost certain to be months out, if not longer.

Buy what you need or want now, and enjoy it.


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.

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