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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 05, 2014, 09:12:28 PM »
Nice looking Birds Eldar, well shot.

Probably look good in a pot as well, with some stuffing.

<p>We’re not sure whether or not we’ll post the rest of the internal documents we have in our possession. If you think there’s value in us doing so, <a href="">please sound off in our forum</a>.</p>
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This is a little like the "friend" that has info about your wife's infidelity and is happy to tell you he has the info, but not sure he wants to actually tell you.

Get serious CR Guy, either you have the info, or you don't, you decide with advice from your legal counsel to share the info, or don't.

There's no question anyone that's ever owned a piece of Canon gear wouldn't want this info.

Basically it's called "piss or get off the pot", the whole basis of your starting a thread on this is demeaning, to you.

I honestly cannot fathom why you would sell off the 1D IV (unless you were seriously strapped for cash, which if that's the case, well then I understand ;P).

For as good as the 70D may be, it is good "within it's class". The 70D doesn't hold a stick to the 1D IV. The 1D IV may be "older", but it is still a vastly superior device. It has better noise  handling, better color, higher frame rate, more features, better features, and (at least IMHO) has the wonderful APS-H sensor size with larger pixels than the 70D (so better dynamic range.)

Outside of the "strapped for cash" situation, there is no way in good conscience that I could recommend you trade the 1D IV for the 70D. From a functionality, capability, and IQ standpoint, your trading DOWN, WAY DOWN, and I truly think you would regret the decision.

Complete and total sense, I have 2 x 1Dx & 2 x 5DMK III Bodies, But my 1DMK IV I still use when I need that 1.3 Crop reach with a long Lens & all my Macro Underwater Images, Love this Camera & wish Canon had continued it. And of the listed Cameras it's the only Body that's Never had to go back to Canon for some "fix".

Not working here to, unable to tracert the page (or ping for that matter).

Thanks Grant, excellent write up, in particular for us Wildlife Photographers, followed to a large degree your previous advice on set up as well from your wonderful website, works with excellent results, nice of you to post this update.

For those that aren't getting the link happy to email a pdf copy, just PM me your email.

Sanj, Expat, I'll email you a pdf copy, hopefully grant won't mind.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 01, 2014, 04:01:16 AM »
Now this would be a serious replacement to the 1Dx.

If Only
What a beauty :)))) ..... and the date is ??

Yeah, that's the only issue   :(

But, when Canon do release this, no need for a Phase one   ;D

And don't forget the 200-600f/4, with a 1.4x built in, ahhhh, dreams are made of this.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 01, 2014, 03:37:34 AM »
Now this would be a serious replacement to the 1Dx.

If Only

My own experience with the Big Whites I own, or have owned, 1.4x III excellent on all, very slight loss of IQ that is hard to determine mostly.

2x III I have only had very good results while used on my 300f/2.8 II, it's Ok on the 200f/2, 400f/2.8 II & 600F4/II.

1.4x III excellent on the 70-200f/2.8 II, 2x III not so good but usable.

Using either on the 200-400f/4 with the built in 1.4x engaged is close to useless.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: BEWARE LEXAR FAIL!
« on: March 29, 2014, 04:44:43 AM »
I don't want to pick on anyone... but if you have multiple cards fail... it might not be the cards... it is more likely that you are the common denominator.

And that's a reasonable point, opening the Card Door & or trying to remove the cards while the Camera is still in shutdown mode is a guaranteed Card screw Up, done that.

And it's also fair to say all manufactured equipment has a failure rate.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: BEWARE LEXAR FAIL!
« on: March 28, 2014, 06:20:03 PM »
I had 2 Lexar 1000X Professional CF cards literally die on me. One time after taking 500 irreplaceable
vacation photos and the second time after 2 hours of a paid shoot which I had to restart completely.
I went back to Sandisk Extreme Pro 1066X which hasn't failed me in 13 years.
Save yourself a headache and don't buy Lexar.

Your personal anecdotes are just anecdotes.  You may have gotten counterfeit cards, you may have mistreated them, or you may be the statistical anomaly that had two fail in a short span.  Every manufacturer will have a small percentage of defects; you happened to bump into defects labeled "Lexar."  Others tell the same story with Sandisk..or whatever.  I've used cheap (Transcend) cards for years without problem.  I always test new cards thoroughly before using them.  Do you test your new cards?

Anecdote or not, I've mentioned on CR a couple times regards failed Lexar 128GB Pro Cards, bought 4 through Amazon, 1 of the 4 arrived Dead on Arrival, could not be formatted in camera or by computer, Amazon exchanged it for a new one, within 6 months I had 2 of the 4 cards fail at different times in different 1Dx bodies, fortunately I was able to save 70% of the Images by using Sandisc Rescue Pro, but the cards failed again even after a deep format on computer).

I do still have the remaining 2 as back ups to MY 128GB Pro Sandisc Cards, I doubt wether I would try Lexar Cards again after my own experience. Originally when I purchased the lexar Cards it was because they were 20% faster than the equivalent Sandisc, that's no longer the case, Sandisc I've been using for several years with zero failures.

It may well be anecdotal, but we generally take experiences like this and make decisions going forward that are reflected by that experience, i.e.. no more Lexar Cards for me.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 27, 2014, 07:16:53 PM »
Always interesting to see what people would like in a new camera body, video, small size, etc etc.

For myself I can't see Canon wanting to compete with the likes of Phase One, Mamiya & Haselblad, even with the new 50MP CMOS Sensor developed by Sony, this is a small and crowded enough market.

What I could see Canon developing would be something +/- 40MP, that can utilise their current AF system (61 Point), possibly something in the order of 4/5 fps.

I can't comment on video because I'm one of those that still feels if you want video, buy a video camera.

The ONLY issues I see with Phase One IQ280 is iso max at 800, .75 fps and what amounts to a single centre AF point (they do have 3 small off set from centre points but they are pretty well useless) but for anyone to argue against the IQ of the Files is ridiculous, as a Photographer who wants less then the best IQ ?? The issue for me (excluding price of course) with the Phase One, is usability in my chosen field of Photography, Wildlife, the IQ 280 is unbeatable today in portrait, landscape, still life, the IQ250 goes someway to resolving for the "action" photographer some of these issues, better ISO performance out to 6400, 1.5 fps, both systems on Phase One with a Leaf Shutter Lens give you synced flash @ 1/1600th, impossible in todays dslr cameras and non leaf shutter lenses.

If Canon can produce a sensor of +/- 40MP, current AF system, 4-6 fps, resolve the issues current with banding in the shadows (sorry, Canon's sensors suck in this area compared to Nikon let alone a Phase One system), then I believe there's a real Market for this type of Camera, and Nikon/Sony are proving that right now with their D800/D800E & a7r, unlike many on CR I don't agree that these Cameras are selling poorly, I think they sell to People that want this type of Camera (i.e.. Larger Sensor, better Files), not the Mass Market.

Sony developed the 36MP sensor that graces the D800/D800E, Nikon rebadged it, but it was a sony designed sensor.

Sony have recently dropped that sensor into one of their own cameras, the A7R, which seems to have done well, not on CR of course, but they have brought the Camera to Market, it's doing well even though Sony hamstrung the thing with poor support regards available lenses etc.

Sony designed the 50MP CMOS Sensor now in the phase One IQ250, and Haselblad 50MP systems, I imagine it's no stretch of anyones imagination to think Sony will do with the 50MP sensor what they have done with the 36MP sensor, i.e., drop it into a Sony DSLR.

I believe that will be a wonderful thing to do, the Camera may or may not be successful, but it should prompt both Nikon & Canon to lift their game.

Canon have to a large degree taken the "safe" path with their Camera systems since the introduction of the 5DMK II, yes the 1Dx is a wonderful camera and system but it's not exactly cutting edge sensor science by a long shot, it's incremental adjustments to a tried & true system.

Sony at least are pushing the envelope, that's got to be good for us, the consumers.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 23, 2014, 06:44:32 PM »
I have C2 set to One Shot and single point, C3 set to Servo and 61-pt, and the M.Fn button set to change modes – so it's one button press to go to Servo, two to go back (C1 is restricted).

Another excellent heads up, I have my own 1Dx Bodies set up in a similar fashion, I have a suspicion a lot of Canon users don't utilise this set up of being able to have 3 different set ups arranged at the flick of a switch (5DMK III) or press of a button (1Dx).

Having had a brief outing a year or so back with the D800 I was hugely surprised to find Nikon hadn't made this feature as easy to use as Canon have. But then of course I haven't heard any Nikon users complain about it either.

I spent a few days recently with a Phase One IQ250 and was pleasantly surprised to see they also have implemented the Canon C1 C2 C3 system as well, only thing unpleasant about the experience was the purchase Price, but 50MP & ISO to 6400, great stuff, 1.2 fps not so great, but those files are amazing.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 22, 2014, 06:55:24 PM »

Northstar: No I did not know that 'one shot' is sharper than servo for still objects. I thought is was about getting focus, not the way one got focus. And I believe that once I get focus and I remove the thumb from the back focus, I am as good as 'one shot'. Am I wrong?

Having said all of this, I am positive that I am missing something... I will get it one day and go 'yeyyyy'.

Hi Sanj, having seen your impressive Images & the things you like to Photograph, this might help to understand what is being suggested (I have certainly set my own Bodies up for this method).

Before the Firmware update Back Button could only be programmed for either AI Servo OR single shot.

That's still the same, but now we can set up the Back Button Focus Button for say AI Servo (Those Cheetahs at 80KPH)

And we can at the same time set up AE Lock Button for Single Shot Focus (Those lovely Bollywood stars I've seen you Photograph)

Under "normal" conditions your in the Bush Photographing a Cheetah @ 80KPH in the Serengeti, so AI Servo works best, but suddenly the most Beautiful Bollywood star on the Planet suddenly appears standing under a Tree 10 metres away (all thoughts of the Cheetah are now completely superfluous at this point), your AI Servo isn't the best way to capture this situation in all it's Glory, single shot is, gives you much better Focus Lock, you can focus on the eyes (or where ever you desire) and be a lot more confident you have excellent focus.

Prior to the firmware update you would have had to go into your menu system & change your Back Button Focus Button to single shot from AI Servo and that takes time, time to allow that Bollywood Star to become skittish and make a break for the tall grass, so now we can programme one button for AI Servo, the other button for single shot, and that Bollywood star is dead in the Serengeti.

Hope that helps, now........ all we need to do is get a Cheetah & a Bollywood Star into the same area......

I'll work on the Cheetah, I'll leave the Bollywood Star to you.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 22, 2014, 06:31:45 PM »
Edward, you forgot the 400 f2.8L IS II in between the 300 and the 500 ...  :P

Your right, how could I have forgotten the 400, owned 2 of them, it's a definite sickness.

Holding on the Phase for another month, give Canon a chance to release a 45MP 1D, Ha Ha Ha.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:04:14 PM »
Heres one it took on my ancient d30.

Some standouts here, but this image of RLPhoto's is a standout.

I was going to post an image of my 1Dx & 200-400f/4, but thought I might get some flack.

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