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I use the 1Dx & 5DMK III, primarily the 1Dx.

Bought into the a7r around a year ago, mainly because of the 36MP Sony Sensor, but also looking for the smaller unit/weight factor.

Recently completed a 6 week Holiday around mostly Asia, primarily Japan, Bagged the 1Dx, my 5 Zeiss Lenses, and decided to give the a7r a real trial compared with the 1Dx.

The a7r form factor is interesting and at times a plus, but the more I used it the less important this became, I just prefer the 1Dx in hand, even the 5DMK III.

The EVF on the a7r, it's a PIA, some will get used to it as they will compromise, but there's no way the current EVF cameras can compare to the OVF of the Canon/Nikon etc, the latency of the image in the viewfinder is just.....awful, always waiting for the Image to refresh, real Pain.

The Menu system, the system in general, is Ok, but I found frustrating, and Manual Focus on the a7r is an absolute bummer. But it's something given time you could adapt to, it's just a menu system after all, doesn't necessarily impact on Image quality.

The Metabones latest Mk III adaptor to use Canon Lenses (Read in my case Zeiss), works, but I'm not convinced use of an adaptor, any adaptor, doesn't detract in Image Quality.

The Zeiss 35f/2 Lens is very very good, the Zeiss 24-70f/4 is Ok, maybe good, but the f/4 in low light is a killer.

The Sensor is excellent & in my opinion somewhat better than the current crop of Canon Sensors, others will disagree and that's fine, I would simply like the a7r sensor in my 5DMK III and I'de be a Happy Camper.

After this last 6 weeks I gave the a7r to my eldest Lad, he needs a general Camera, non specific, good at most things and the sensor quality he doesn't even think about.

Another suggestion already made may be worth looking at, if your not too committed to Canon in the Lens department, look at Nikon, the D750 & D810 are I believe currently a viable alternative in my view, certainly right at this moment as good or better than Canon's 5DMK III & 6D, that will of course likely change mid next year, but it's not a guarantee.

I'll just wait out Canon for a high MP Body in 2015 as I'm extensively committed to Canon L Lenses & Canon mount Zeiss Lenses, my advice along with others would be see if you can rent an a7r for a couple weeks, I'm just not convinced at this point hat Sony have a Camera that can compete with either Canon or Nikon, Sensors absolutely, Camera Bodies not yet, Lenses certainly not now & not for a very long time, the adaptors are not the answer.

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Might have been nicer is your shots were sharp.  The bark images look soft to me

I believe Privates Image is of the Trees that grow into & out of Angkor Wat near Siem Reap, these are Banyan Trees, the outer "Bark" is a soft paper like material, actually shines if you have water & sun on it, hard to impossible to get a "sharp" look to it as it has so little detail, unlike say the Bark of a Pine Tree.

This whole Temple Complex is an excellent area for seeing just how well your Camera Sensor can handle the latitude between shadows & Bright areas.

Unlike many of the threads on CR that discuss DR & Sensors, I've actually learnt two things of importance to me & my Photography from this thread, but as is usually the case we now have 1 page of interesting info, and the rest have degenerated into who can piss up the wall the highest without falling over.

And the biggest shock for me has been learning two things from a thread started by AvTvM, so maybe now I've learnt three things, never underestimate.

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private/dtaylor, appreciate the feedback to my question, Thank You.

Also the info regards ML, unfortunately it isn't as yet workable on the 1Dx, to my knowledge, I like this for no other reason than the auto ETTR, can't quite come to grips why Canon don't implement something along these lines as standard on all their gear, as well as the other Camera Manufacturers.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Hyperfocal Distance
« on: December 07, 2014, 10:00:34 PM »
Do any Canon cameras (or any other manufacturers' cameras for that matter) have an option to provide the user with the hyperfocal distance for the camera's current lens focal length and F-stop settings?  I would find this to be a useful function, and even better if the camera could, on operator command, set the lens to the hyperfocal distance (don't know if lenses are sufficiently calibrated to allow for this).  If a smart phone app can calculate the hyperfocal distance, I see no reason why the camera manufacturers couldn't program their cameras to do it.

Not to my knowledge.

Although your point is interesting, and I'm sure it could be done, why you would want it incorporated baffles me, as you point out, it's fairly easy to pull  this info up on your iPhone, iPad etc and manually make your adjustments.

I'm just waiting for the announcement that a major Camera manufacturer has had the brilliant idea of incorporating voice calls into the sub menu of their next DSLR   :-\

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A good Image, not great, but it is in my view a good image, and more importantly, I learnt something from reading the method of process.

The a7r (Own & use one) is a a very good sensor matched to a mediocre system, but if you take your time on the Image (pertinent point with any Make/Model) it will produce excellent results, and having the 1Dx & 5DMK III in my view does generally produce files that have more latitude than the Canon sensors.

Having said that, I've had little trouble producing similar latitude in Images from the Canon Sensors, but it does require multiple exposures and more attention to detail.

For those that believe they can reproduce similar latitude to the Image discussed in this thread from single exposures from a Canon Sensor, I would be hugely interested to see some evidence, and I mean this in a positive sense, I would like to know just what I'm continuing to do wrong with my Canon gear that in a single exposure generally doesn't produce as much latitude as a single exposure on either the D800 (owned one of these as well) or the a7r.

In my own situation I primarily use Canon, but that's mainly because my main interest is Wildlife, long lenses. Of late I've attempted to move a little towards Still life & Landscape, and it's here that I've found a need for more latitude in the Images that the Sony Sensors appear to give, but always it's a balance, it's not always just the sensor, the system and how you use it is just as important.

Hopefully all these discussions become redundant in 2015 when Canon finally, hopefully, bring to Market a 40-50MP sensor that does have the latitude of the Sony Sensors.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 07, 2014, 12:03:49 AM »
A couple of weeks ago I had driven up to Palomar Mt to catch the sunrise.  Unfortunately I drove through all the clouds on the way up but the fog sitting atop Lake Henshaw made up for it as the sun rose.

Very nice Image, well done

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Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: December 05, 2014, 05:54:17 AM »
Well "Favourite" as against the right Camera/Lens Combo for a particular scene, suggests

1Dx & 200-400f/4, as this would generally mean I'm in Africa, Antarctica or the Arctic, some place where the horizon stretches out, places I look forward to being in.

Anywhere else it's the 1Dx & the Otus 55 or 85

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: December 02, 2014, 07:31:08 PM »
I am basing this on my experience with the A7r EVF, which is decent, but far from great. I could ALWAYS feel the lag, even when it was performing at it's best...and at worst, it was horrible. Stutter and tearing and lag so bad that you couldn't really even tell what was being framed until you stopped moving the camera and let it "settle" and work through whatever the hell was causing the issue in the first place. That was really annoying. It was disruptive to me just being able to do photography. I find that entirely unacceptable, and is one of the key reasons I did not buy an A7r on the spot. (The other was the body...too freakin tiny, even though I don't think that would matter as much for an on-tripod landscape camera...I still did not like the ergos.)

Recent Holiday (ongoing) I set out with the 1Dx, 4 Zeiss Lenses, and the a7r as a back up.

The 1Dx & in particular the Zeiss Lenses were as expected, faultless, albeit it did take some time to get used to Manual Focus Only, but at least now after 8 weeks travelling from Bali, Burma, Cambodia & Japan, I feel comfortable with these Lenses.

The big disappointment was in the a7r, and for mostly the reasons you point out in your Post, this is a good Camera, but unlike my experience with the 1Dx/5DMK III/D3x, it is never likely to become a great Camera, there are at present just too many issues that interrupt the process of taking Photographs.

And I was most surprised over the fact that one of the main reasons I purchased the a7r, the small size, was an issue for me when used on a continual basis, I've just become so comfortable with the 1D Bodies.

The Sensor remains though as the best I've had in any Camera Body, it's just all the rest that for me was an issue, in particular the EVF and the incessant need to touch the shutter button to get the EVF to rework the view, simply hugely annoying & becomes such a pain it spoils the whole process. Switching to Manual Focus, another large & painful process.

My eldest Son now owns the a7r, and with his general photography needs it will likely fit just fine.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 01, 2014, 09:01:39 PM »
Sunset Naoshima Island Sento Sea of Japan

1Dx Otus 55 & f/16 10seconds ISO100

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The Yellow Pumpkin at Sunset, Naoshima Island Japan

1Dx & Otus 55, f/16 10 seconds ISO100

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 29, 2014, 10:13:41 PM »
Ummm, Pookie, who's looking at the background landscape??

But having seen this I now feel better about posting an Image of a seated Buhda.

But agree with others, lovely light, same for the young lady.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 29, 2014, 10:10:56 PM »
Very nice Edward. I really like this picture.

Appreciated, Thanks Click

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 28, 2014, 10:42:35 PM »
Borobudur Java Indonesia, at 0430ish

1Dx Otus 55 @ f/1.4

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Rectified the fact that after 26 Years in Indonesia, I had never visited Borobudur, visited this amazing structure 3 mornings in a Row, at 0430 to beat the crowds, not many had the incentive at that hour, worth it though, this structure at sunrise is breathtaking.

1Dx & Otus 55 @ f/1.4

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Good to see some posts again Edward. You show (again) that you have a good eye for this. But like some others, I wonder where the claws, teeth and tusks are ;)

Having had as much time as you´ve had, traveling through Japan must have been phenomenal. In my next life, I´ll copy you!

I also fully share your enthusiasm for the Zeiss primes. I am totally sold and will most likely preorder any new Otus they release, regardless of focal length. You can really look forward to get your hands on the Otus 85. Just as good as the 55.

Hi Eldar, believe me when I say, the Teeth, Tusks & Claws are sadly missed, but as I mentioned on another thread re this point, being happily married & staying that way requires the ultimate sacrifice from time to time. Fortunately I was able to steer the sacrificial path via Japan for 4 weeks, Bali for 3 weeks & Burma for 2 weeks, currently heading to Sth Africa though for 2 weeks at Mala Mala, where teeth, claws & bad attitude still abound.

I found the recent Zeiss only trip very enlightening, in particular the Camera I chose as my back up, the Sony a7r, showed quickly it's finer point (The Sensor) and it's drawbacks, everything else. Fortunately I have 2 Sons, my eldest will now happily own the a7r, I wait patiently now for the High MP 1D something from Canon, I fear it could well be a long sad wait while looking over my shoulder with MP envy at the chaps with the current non Canon crop of +/- 50 MP sensor Bodies.

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