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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:04:26 PM »

Edward,

Have you tried the WFT-E6? I ask because I really like the one on my 1Ds MkIII's and the newer versions have much more functionality.

If so how does the CamRanger compare?

Hi Private, I do have the WFT-E6, but since purchasing the Camranger never use it, the CamRanger does everything the E6 does then leaves it behind, the thing i like most on the Camranger is the ability to focus via the iPad, the Camranger app just works very well.

Canon sell the E6 for almost $700 bucks the CamRanger sells for $300 & cleans the clock on compared usability.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:04:07 PM »
For me, I have no interest in WiFi for streaming images off to the internet. Most of my photography is done outdoors and very little of it is done in Wifi range of anything... probably a quarter of it is done outside cell phone range....

What I was interested in, was the ability to remote control the camera. That will be missed... and no WiFi SD card is going to give me those abilities.

My situation exactly, it's a pity that Canon don't get with the programme, WiFi isn't some new & unknown tech, it's been around for a long while now, Canon seems generally to have gone down the path of least resistance, add on at a reasonably large cost, pity.

I've tried a few work arounds, the only one that I absolutely recommend is the CamRanger, this system via my iPad Mini simply doesn't leave the bag, since buying the CamRanger I've just adapted it to pull those Images that are exceptionally hard to get any other way, great system, works great on the Canon 1Dx & 5DMK III also the 1DMK IV & 5DMK II, as far as I know works on just about anything.

http://camranger.com

The attached Image I'de tried on a number of occasions using different systems, monopod down low etc, but the vehicle scares the Wildlife so the shots are difficult.

With the attached Image I set the 1Dx + 300f/2.8 II on the RRS small Metal Tripod to get the Camera down Low, attached to the CamRanger, in the middle of the Track, drove off 100 meters behind some bush, monitored via my iPad Mini in the vehicle, adjusted Focus via the iPad Mini, shot the Image via the iPad mini/CamRanger as the Mum & Cubs approached the "strange looking" object in the middle of the path.

The Image isn't anything wonderful, but I just like it as all the Animals have that look of being intrigued, although Mum did have a constant frown & look of suspicion. Difficult to get this sort of Image from a Vehicle, not impossible, but the CamRanger opens up new avenues for Imaging that had been almost impossible before.

Only real issue I've found with this method is shooting Lions, they tend to eat the Camera, not good.

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Lenses / Re: Which Tilt/Shift lens to choose?
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:15:25 PM »
Keep in mind when making that decision that ably the newer MkII 17mm & 24mm are in fact 'L' Lenses, the older build 45 & 90 are not.

There are differences between the two, there's an expectation that quite soon Canon will upgrade the 45 & 90, so you may want to hold on your decision for a while, but with Canon lately you may also want to ignore that & decide which of the current 17 & 24 suits your needs best.

I have both & use mostly the 17, both are excellent, very very sharp Lenses, there's a learning curve primarily in setting maximum focus, but there's some very good tutorials by both Canon & others that will help you there.

I use the 17 mostly for inside buildings, but also as a Landscape outside, the 24 mostly for outside buildings & again, Landscape.

The 24 is probably the Lens best to buy first, no issues setting this Lens up with Filters, I use the Lee Filters.

The 17 you will need to go to something like the Wonderpana arrangement which is what I use, works just fine & allows me to then use my Lee Filters on the 17.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII vs Samsung NX1
« on: September 14, 2014, 10:05:12 PM »
15fps ?? 150 cross type AF points ?? Holy Cow.

I think my Son just bought one of these to replace his 6D, Just need to let him know   ;)

Agree with jrista, if this Baby lives up to the hype, has a reasonable Lens line up, it's an amazing development.

For those that feel Samsung can't live in the same space as Sony, Nikon & Canon, just reflect on how they are doing against the Giants of the telecom world, they've certainly been able to put the fear into Apple, can't see any reason they couldn't do the same to Canon et all, love it.

Just another indication that other companies seem to be pushing innovation, Canon ?? Not so much at present.

This also may help John, no idea how well it would work, but the Otus 55/85 on this is giving me a nervous twitch.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/995046-REG/fotodiox_eos_nx_samsung_nx_camera_lens.html

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you say Nikon
« on: September 14, 2014, 09:53:06 PM »

further doubts?
this is nikon's official 90th anniversary commemorative video:


6 minutes 20 seconds of absolute agony listening to that music, I now better understand the phrase "music to commit suicide by", definite category winner.

But at least now I also have a better understanding of how to say "Nikon", rather than how I used to say it "Nikon", which is basically just pronouncing the word the way it's spelt, as in "Nikon", appreciated, I just wasted 10 minutes of my life   >:(.

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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 14, 2014, 07:02:00 PM »
So the question for me now is; Should I get the A7R as a gap filler? Edward; Are you sufficiently happy with yours to recommend that?

No, simple answer, I've adapted to the a7r primarily because of the sensor & small footprint for Underwater use.

As a replacement for the 1Dx not in the same league, may never be (for wildlife, anything that moves quick, weather proofing, ruggedness).

As a replacement for the 5DMK III ? In most situations I believe it can & does, with the exception of Lens Support at this point. Currently I use my Canon/Zeiss Lenses with the Metabones adaptor, not a perfect situation, but it does work well.

I'll be interested to see what Sony does with the a7r II, or, wether or not Sony drop that +50MP CMOS Sensor into a DSLR, that would almost certainly see me buying into the system and if they set the Camera up to use any Lens (via adaptors), maybe getting close to what I'de like to see in a high MP Canon Body.

I think the current a7r is a good Camera with future potential as a system, it's not yet a very good camera just yet.

The 5DMK III for it's few idiosyncrasies is still a very good Camera with all the support that Canon provides, until Sony can match that it's probably not effective to look at the a7r other than as an experiment, or for a specific reason (Housed size for underwater use).

I've looked at the Fuji XT-1 for a few reasons, but a friend of mine has one and the EVF on this Camera is where I'de like to see Canon move towards in a 5DMK IV with 40MP sensor, perhaps the best iteration of an EVF I've seen, still has lag, but it's so minimal you hardly notice it, maybe where the a7r will be next year.

Of all the systems I've looked at in the last 12 to 18 months, the Pentax 645z is the best development I've seen, if they had a better Lens line up with Leaf Shutter Lenses as an option (current lens lineup sync speed is 1/200th ?? from memory), for anything other than Wildlife I'de be on board.

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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 14, 2014, 02:15:29 AM »
Thanks. How is the A7r for underwater? I don't live near a body of water that has anything interesting in it, but years ago I worked with a guy who did reef photography with a film camera (that was just before the turning of the age to digital), and his stuff was amazing. I've loved it ever since. I bet an A7s would be phenomenal for the lower light levels in a reef.

The a7r works a treat as an underwater replacement for the 1DMK IV & 5DMK III which have been my main Cameras for a while, 5DMK II before that & 5D before that, and for a while I housed the Nikon 3 Dx but it was getting out of hand when heading off on a dive trip, 3 Cameras, 3 different Housings, needed a Sherpa just to carry the gear. The footprint of the a7r Housed is 30% less than the 5DMK III so much easier to handle in stiff currents, the housed 1DMK IV is an absolute bitch when you get any sort of current, but the 1.3 crop with the 100 Macro works so very well.

The only issue I have again is the EVF & the fact that there are no, as yet, Zeiss Macro Lenses for the a7r, currently I use it with the 35f/2.8 Zeiss Lens, then the Metabones adaptor with my Canon 8-15f/4 (mostly @ 15) & the Canon 100 f/2.8 II Macro (an exceptionally good Macro Lens, kills the Nikon 105). Set to that I use two Seacam Strobes for lighting & a small focus light on top of the Housing.

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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 13, 2014, 08:41:31 PM »
How is the Metabones adapter with other Canon lenses? Does it work well? I am not sure that, if I added an A7r to my kit, that I'd stick with it. I am thinking it would probably be mostly a temporary thing, then I'd sell it and either get the A7r "Mark II" if one comes out soon, or if by some miracle Canon actually turns the 5D IV into a landscape behemoth with 40-50mp AND better Exmore-level DR (the former I think is likely...the latter I think is very unlikely from Canon at this point.)

The Metabones works well, I use it quite a lot these days with the TSE 17 & 24, plus the Zeiss Lenses (15,21,Otus 55, 135 & soon the Otus 85), I like the files from the a7r, certainly better than the 5DMK III, I have 2 5DMK III Bodies that I'm going to sell, I have used the 5D in my Underwater Imaging but recently bought a Housing for the a7r, smaller footprint, better Images.

Like yourself, waiting for Canon to develop that 50MP Sensor & stick into a 1D Body (need the robustness & weather proofing of the 1D line). But I think it's a couple years away at best, more chance of an improved a7r II before we see Canon go + 22MP.

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No.

The 1D/1Ds created product confusion amongst Canon's customers.

The 1DX is a unified product to remove confusion.

I use both the 1DMK IV & the 1Dx, I also have a 1DsMK III sitting gathering dust, there's no confusion in my mind, and the large majority of people that bought into the 1D line, bought for the higher frame rate that a 1.3 crop sensor made possible (and the perceived extra reach on a long lens), those that bought into the 1Ds line bought in for the better Image resolution of a FF sensor.

Why Canon amalgamated the line in my view had zero to do with dim & confused Buyers, it had more to do with the fact that Canon were spreading there eggs among three sensor developments, FF, 1.6 & 1.3 crop, it was a decision based on Market & Economics, nothing to do with how intelligent the chosen market happened to be, most people buying into the 1D line of Canon products are either professional, semi professional, well healed Amateurs or less well healed amateurs that know pretty well exactly what they want in a Camera body.

Why Canon didn't go down the path that Nikon did & continues to do where most Nikon top end Bodies allow at least 2 or 3 different in camera crop factors, Canon to my knowledge have never done that, which is a shame in my view, regards this point, I acknowledge some confusion.

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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 13, 2014, 06:38:35 PM »
Yeah, from the images I've seen, the Otus lenses are amazing. I'm not sure the non-Otus lenses are that far above Canon's, but the Otus definitely seem to be.

Regarding the higher MP body...have you considered the A7r with EF adapter? Since the Zeiss lenses are all manual, it's not like AF is going to be an issue. You would get that nice high resolution, high DR, which would go GREAT with the Otus lenses.

Hi John, Yes, I actually purchased the a7r, The EVF is a little difficult to get used to for me, the lag thing is just annoying so it's mostly manual focus via live view, size is just perfect, the menu system is quite good, the Sensor & Images from the a7r are pretty good, it's such a pity Sony crippled the E system with too little lens support, I have the metabones VIII adaptor & the Otus 55 works very well on it, it's mostly just that lag in the viewfinder.

I've looked at the Pentax 645z & if they had a better lens line up I'de jump on board for Landscape & Portrait type Images, still nothing around quite like the 1Dx for Wildlife.

Such a shame Canon have dragged the chain on a +/- 40MP body, I do agree wholeheartedly with the comments you make on CR regards the DR of the Canon sensors versus the Nikon, I used the D800 for a while, wasn't happy at all with it, but I still keep my D3x so I can use the 14-24f/2.8, damn pity at the moment we couldn't pull the sensor out of the D810 & put it in the 5DMK III, I'm probably going to get slammed by the Canon puritanical brigade over the comment, but in my view Canon lately have been less about innovation and more about Status Quo. Real innovation seems too be coming from the likes of Sony, Pentax, Fuji etc, what would we give for the Sony 50MP sensor in a Canon 1 series body & 3 FPS, a lot.

Be nice to see Canon do a 40MP sensor, better DR or at least as good as the Nikon & drop a EVF similar to the Fujifilm  XT-1 into it, I guess this is enough to have me banned   ;) But we can dream & hope, in the meantime it's 1Dx, 5DMK III & the a7r ( I don't post the a7r Images anywhere here, it is after all a Canon centric site).

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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 12, 2014, 10:14:30 PM »
The Otus 85 to go with my other Zeiss Lenses, then hopefully an Otus 35f/1.4.

Just don't see Canon anytime soon developing lenses that stand next to the Zeiss Lenses (15/21/55/135 & soon 85), would love Canon to develop a 14-24f/2.8 as good as the Nikon, but that also seems Pie in the Sky.

My wait for a +/- 40MP Body from Canon also seems to be part of the Pie mentioned above, love my 1 Dx, the 5DMK III is Ok, but a 36 to 45 MP Sensor that works as well as the Sony 50MP in the Pentax 645z, that's a worthwhile wait, starting to look like that old movie, "A Bridge to Far".

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 11, 2014, 06:42:24 PM »
Football
1dx and 300 2.8IS

Cheerleader shot at 10,000 ISO.

Northstar, that cheerleader Image is a cracker, lovely Image.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:27:33 PM »
Well Edward, you live a hard life. Using a pair of Nautilus as headphones requires a phenomenal physique :)

For those of you who have not seen these, an image is attached. People (a very few I admit) buy Moore sculptures for millions of dollars. With the Nautilus you get something just as beautiful with the additional feature of producing mind blowing sound quality. I must admit I wonder what other components you have in your sound system ...

I do not have Nautilus. I have been an electrostatic freak since I got my first Quad ESL-63s in the mid 80ties. And using them as a metaphor for lenses, my current Martin Logan speakers produce phenomenal midrange and a beautiful soundstage, at the expense of a slightly less impressive bass. A bit like an 85/1.2L II, with a phenomenal center, beautiful bokeh, but an issue with CA. I'm sure the Otus 85/1.4 will be the equivalent to the Nautilus.

I was fortunate in my timing, I was living in Indonesia at the time, the Indonesian Currency took a 60% dive against the USD  & one of the suppliers here in Jakarta had a set sitting with no Buyers, i jumped in and bought the set for 1/2 normal price. Like so much in life, it's opportunity & being in the right place at the right time.

.
Granger talks about it...

http://youtu.be/S_-vUXkOaOY
And now we can start drooling ...  :P

Pick mine up early November, unfortunately too late for Japan this Year.

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Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:11:22 PM »
When I'm shooting this Lens on my 1Dx or 5DMK III or a7r (Delivery first week November because it's Australia), I'm pretty sure what DXO think, or don't think of the Lens will not be high on my thought process, I'm reasonably sure it'll be Subject, Focus, f/stop, exposure, satisfaction and a Glass of good Red.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:04:55 PM »
I'll be curious as to the excuses well reasoned arguments that people come up with for why they 'need' this particular lens.

Why do people need a reason or "need" as you put it?
I have one word to answer that question - WIFE ;D

The solution there is simple, get one for your wife.  I mean, that sounds like a pretty good trade.

Jim

 :P

That's what I just did, back living in Australia, prices are 15% over Singapore prices, but Pre Ordered the Otus 85 in my wife's name (Singapore Passport), so after GST refund $4600 Aussie Dollars, unfortunately as Australia is just next to Mars as far as the rest of the World is concerned, Delivery first week of November, not in time for my Japan trip, but there's next year.

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