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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: Today at 05:47:44 AM »
Anybody else noticed on the 1Dx Gallery you can no longer post images ??, make comment etc ?? Or is this issue particular to me ??

1Dx & Otus 55f/1.4 @ f/4 1/60th ISO 100

Naoshima Island Japan

What an unusual picture !

And just shouts quality. I've always been a fan of 50 mil on 35 mm format, looks like the Otus and Sigma will rekindle interest in that focal length, a good thing.

Hi Sporgon, Naoshima Island on the Japanese Sento Sea, place has been given over to some amazing artists, a Japanese Business Chap with exceptionally deep pockets has basically turned this small Island into an Art Museum.

The "Yellow Pumpkin" sits on the end of a stone jetty just in front of the Hotel I was staying at, "Benesse House", for anyone interested in Japanese Art the Island is a must, it's about 4 Hours by Bullet Train South of Tokyo, then a Ferry to the Island.

The attached is closer to Tokyo, Hakone, the Shinto Shrine on the side of Lake Ashi

Also 1Dx & Otus 55 @ f/1.4

On a recent Holiday with my Family (current, still travelling), I decided for the first time, I think ever, to take just Manual Focus Lenses, I ended up with the Zeiss 21f/2.8, Zeiss Otus 55f/1.4 & the Zeiss 135f/2, all being used on the 1Dx with the Ec-s screen fitted.

In good light all of these lenses are relatively easy to find focus, once found, all produce amazingly sharp Images with wonderful Contrast.

In poor light it's a different matter, I found Tripod & Focussing via the LCD screen was , at least in my case, a must, again, once focus is found, the lenses all perform better than anything I own from Canon, and I seem to have a reasonable amount of Canon L Glass.

But for several weeks now I've begun to feel more and more attuned to these Manual Focus Lenses, to the point where in my own Imaging I feel with the exception of Wildlife, the Zeiss Lenses will become more and more my go to Lenses for Landscape, Portrait & anything that moves........ sloooowly.

Hakone Japan, Shinto Shrine on Lake Ashi

1Dx & Otus 55 @ f/1.4

Naoshima Island, very Art centric spot in Japan's Sento Inner Sea area South of Osaka.

1Dx & Otus 55 & f/4

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: For 1dx owners
« on: November 27, 2014, 10:01:10 PM »
It will be interesting to see just how Canon approach this particular upgrade.

My view (worth +/- 2 cents) is that Canon won't do much to the 1Dx in upgrade, it will likely be the standard minor improvements, extra couple of MP sensor, a few more AF points, and extra 2fps, hopefully better WiFi, the stuff we have come to expect from Canon, minor upgrades to a proven system & won't take away from the rest of the line up, safe stuff, boring stuff, and none of that would be bad from my own perspective, The current 1Dx for wildlife is about as good as most will need, but a little extra is always appreciated.

My bigger hope is that Canon will in 2015 do something to compete in the higher MP sensors Market that we are seeing being brought to fruition by the likes of, Pentax 645z, Hasselblad, Phase One, Sony etc etc. This at present i see as Canon's achilles heel, they have either misread the Market requirement for this type of Sensor/Body, or they have continued to believe their own Marketing voice, which seems to be "we produce the best sensors".

So, hoping for 2 Bodies, upgraded 1Dx as per the Canon norm, plus a High MP body as per the Canon non norm, sweet.

"Click" supplied the answer so I've caught up.

Is there a Gallery for the Otus 55 ??

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 27, 2014, 08:30:20 PM »
Ahh, been travelling for 2 months so missed this, thanks Click, I guess I need to check if there's a Gallery for the Otus 55, appreciatted.

Hi Guys. love the Images from this Lens, hope to contribute in the New Year.

Just noticed the 1Dx Gallery is "locked" ?? Tried 3 computers and all the same, the site doesn't allow comment, Images to be added etc, seems a dead link, since November 01st when the last Image/Comment was posted.

Anyone else with this issue ??

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 27, 2014, 08:09:27 PM »
Anybody else noticed on the 1Dx Gallery you can no longer post images ??, make comment etc ?? Or is this issue particular to me ??

1Dx & Otus 55f/1.4 @ f/4 1/60th ISO 100

Naoshima Island Japan

Have look at this Jim, it's not highly flattering of the 50, but worth looking at just the same.

I've been on the fence with this one for quite a while, I have both the Canon 17 & 24 series II Tilt Shift Lenses and rate them highly, the Scheinder isn't something I've tried, hopefully Canon produce the series II 50 & 90 sooner rather then later.


And it's just as sad that I agree with most pundits regards Canon stooping to using Sony Sensors in their top of the line DSLR cameras, especially when Nikon does, Phase One does, Hasselblad does, Pentax does, Olympus does & even Apple does (I know, it's not a dslr it's a phone), but you get the picture.

Groan ... was that meant to be a pun?

Unfortunately, Yes, my apologies  :-*

I'm sorry, but I'm far from the only person who was rather ticked off by Maeda's comments regarding their sensor technology. Even the interviewer was surprised by the response.

And there's the real issue perhaps, if the Guy at the Top has convinced himself that Canon are still the leaders in Sensor tech, then it's a lost cause until someone with a better grip on reality takes the wheel. Wether he's a "Bold faced liar" or simply being disingenuous, it's as jrista said, simply "sad".

And I'm reasonably sure Maeda San is quite capable of defending his honour & good name without members of CR attempting crucifixion of other CR members in his defence, especially when he's clearly lost the plot when it comes to Canon's current abilities to develop the cutting edge tech required for Canon to continue to be the Market Leaders.

And it's just as sad that I agree with most pundits regards Canon stooping to using Sony Sensors in their top of the line DSLR cameras, especially when Nikon does, Phase One does, Hasselblad does, Pentax does, Olympus does & even Apple does (I know, it's not a dslr it's a phone), but you get the picture.

And those companies having used Sony Sensors seems to have given those companies a leg up regards Camera Sales.

If Canon produced a 1D body with the current Sony 50MP sensor embedded, I & I hazard a guess, a huge amount of others would be on it like flies on ..... Honey, and the fact that it was a Sony designed sensor & not a Canon designed sensor wouldn't have an iota of consideration in my purchase nor I believe would most others care who made the sensor, just like I don't care who made the Camera strap.

And jrista, if at times your views appear to pee some disgruntled CR members of from time to time, just move on to the stuff I believe most of the non disgruntled CR members (the majority i feel) look forward to reading from you, your technical ability and knowledge, and don't worry about Maeda San, I'm reasonably sure in his position he's been called a lot worse than a "bold faced liar".

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: One Samsung Camera to Rule Them All
« on: November 02, 2014, 09:15:57 PM »
I think this may well be an interesting Camera, certainly if I was considering an apsc sensor body (Nikon D7100/Canon 7D II), I would have a serious look at what Samsung have done here. And this review may give a little more info than the one listed earlier in the post.

Having just looked at the 7DMK II, it's hard not to shake my head in frustration at just what Samsung seem to have been able to include into the NX1 and what Canon seem to have simply left out. Understood a list of specs isn't everything in a Camera Body, but it's a pretty good start in my view.

If Samsung can bring this to Market with a reasonable range of Lenses, they may well have a serious alternative to the Nikon/Canon variants, the 15fps & 28MP sensor plus what looks to be a pretty decent EVF & built in WiFi all go to being a pretty serious Camera.

It would not be a contender for myself as I'm simply happy with the 1Dx and the hope that Canon will produce a higher MP Body some time this Century, But I'll certainly look at replacing my Sons 6D with the NX1 once I've actually seen some Images from that 28MP sensor.

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: November 01, 2014, 10:14:29 PM »
Here´s one more, same model, camera and light setup, but with the Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4

1/250s, f4.0, ISO100

Well, not too much wrong with the Otus 85 then, lovely Images Eldar.

My Otus 85 is sitting in my Apartment, my Son picked it up for me, won't get to play until he meets us in December, Diving in Komodo, not with the Otus though.

This recent holiday I came away with all Zeiss Lenses with the exception of the 200f/2, challenges the Focussing skills that's for sure, especially in low light conditions.

Lenses / Re: Dilemma Which lens
« on: October 31, 2014, 10:55:04 PM »
If you have the availability to rent, I'de try before I buy, and to some degree it depends on the Body, but all the big whites work exceptionally well on the 1Dx & 5DMK III.

The 300f/2.8 II is an exceptional Lens, light, sharp & works well with the 1.4x III, Ok with the 2x III.

The 600f/4 II is also an exceptional Lens, again, works well with the 1.4x III & Ok with the 2X III

The 500f/4 II as for the 600f/4 II

The 200-400f/4 (1.4x) at present is my go to Lens, I sold the 400f/2.8 II & bought this Lens the moment it released & I've never had a moment of regret. You give up a stop of light (f/4 versus f/2.8), but I seldom have an issue & a large majority of my Imaging is done dawn light & dusk (Wildlife, Africa). The versatility of this Lens is amazing, and it's as sharp as anything Canon are producing with the exception of the 300f/2.8 II, and the 300f/2.8 II is generally in the Bag with the 200-400f/4 for those shots that just need f/2.8

I'de recommend looking at the 200-400f/4 seriously, you may find it's all the Lens you need, it does work Ok with the 1.4x III but forget using the 2x III with this Lens.

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