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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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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 28, 2014, 09:26:41 PM »

Lovely!

But where are your cats or bears or elephants?

 :)

Hi RPT, yes, I miss them as well, but being happily married and staying that way requires extreme sacrifice from time to time, so, it's temples, art sites, slow moving rivers, Gucci & Herme shops with the occasional view of Chanel, I wish it was even the English Chanel, sadly not.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: For 1dx owners
« on: November 28, 2014, 09:17:50 PM »
Hey Guys.
Knowing what you all know about the 1DX, and looking into your crystal balls, would you buy one now?  I have a 5D3, and have been waiting to see what would be next for the 1DX.  I am interested in the low light performance, the better focusing and iq.  I think the mps for both the 5D3 and 1DX are fine for me. 

It is just that I am seeing dramatic price drops and am wondering if it may  be time to pull the trigger.  I have the usual trepidation about buying and next month something new and far superior comes out ( though not that likely with Canon, as had been noted).

Thanks to all of you sage 1DX ers.

sek

Hi Scott, the 1Dx is about as good as it gets right now, and for the next few years will still be an amazingly good Camera Body. I rarely use my 5DMK 3's anymore except for Underwater photography, even then I still find I reach for the 1DMK IV & 1Ds MK III most of the time.

The price right now is quite exceptional when considering what we paid at release for the 1Dx, I think currently theres really only the D4s that gives the 1Dx any sort of real competition, and your likely not to go down the Nikon path at this stage.

The 1Dx compared to the 5DMK III is not a fair comparison, the 5D is a very good Body, shares a lot of the positives of the 1Dx, but for wildlife, sport, any sort of Imaging that requires ruggedness & weather proofing, the 1Dx is the King.

My only complaint right now regards the 1Dx is it's weight, but this is just something you accept if you want all the other positives that go with this Camera.

Even considering there may well be a 1Dx II in 2015, it likely won't be until December 2015, it will likely be an incremental increase in line with Canon's method of upgrades, not a lot for a few dollars more than the original 1Dx price at launch.

If the current 1Dx has most of what you like right now, with the current price, I'de say there's no time like the present to purchase, the only other reason to hang on would be the even lower prices current 1Dx owners will get for their Bodies once they go to the 1Dx II & try to sell into a 2nd hand Market where the new 1Dx costs half what they originally paid for it. I paid 8k for my two 1Dx Bodies, currently they sell new for 5k, 2nd hand you would be pushing to sell for more than 3.5k ?? Close to what the 5DMK III cost new.

Clearly Cameras, like Cars, Boats & bad women are not an investment likely to reap any future positive returns.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 28, 2014, 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

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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.

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Hakone Japan, Shinto Shrine on Lake Ashi

1Dx & Otus 55 @ f/1.4

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

1Dx & Otus 55 & f/4

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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.

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

Is there a Gallery for the Otus 55 ??

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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.

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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 ??

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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

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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.

http://blog.mingthein.com/2014/03/18/review-schneider-pc-ts-50-90/

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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  :-*

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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".

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