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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.

Canon General / Re: Lens advice for macro?
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:59:08 PM »
I looked at your list of lenses carefully, and realized quite redundancy.
EF-S 18-55mm
Sigma 17-70mm
EF-S 17-85mm
Seems overkill to cover the same zoom range, and I would sell one of them (myself 17-85mm) to buy a fast prime like 100mm F2 + three extension tubes. I have this combination and works great for macro, and still is a very light and bright tele. The other zoom lenses from your list cover the same zoom range.
Cosina 100-300mm
Sigma 150-500mm
EF 70-200mm 2.8
I would sell one of them (myself 100-300mm).

I would agree with this view, have a good look at your current Lens selection, sell off what you really don't need, then look at buying a used Canon 100f/2.8 non IS version, they should be a reasonable price.

The optics between the Version 1 & version II are similar with the exception the V II has IS.

The 100 f/2.8 is an excellent Macro Lens and a very good Lens for "normal" use, there are a couple of threads on CR for either the VI or VII that you can check out.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:38:39 PM »
Ordered my 1st big white today,its the baby one though the 300 2.8 L 2 :) super excited also ordered the 2x extender as the results i have seen from that are impressive.

Congrats Bornshooter, it's arguably the sharpest Lens I feel Canon make, don't go many places without mine, incredibly good with the 1.4x, it's the only Lens I use the 2x on, still good results with the 2x.

bornshooter, that's great news and I'll guarantee you won't regret this purchase, not a chance!  It's so hand-holdable and fun as opposed to a struggle.


Jack is sort of right, in my own hopeless experience the 200f/2 leads to the 300f/2.8 leads to the 500f/4 or 600f/4 leads to the 200-400f/4, you get the picture. I'm now considering seriously the Phase One IQ250, only thing holding me back is I know as soon as I buy it Canon will release a 1Dxs with 45MP sensor that shoots @ 4fps, then I'de shoot myself.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: March 19, 2014, 08:20:01 PM »
50D on 200 f/2, at f/2

Very Nice Image Carl, well done.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:54:16 PM »
1Dx  85mm 1.2
here's one more of my  granddaughter  Kassidee she's 14

Lovely Image Gary of a Lovely Young Lady.

Carl & Northstar, appreciate the comments Thank You.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you know about squid?!
« on: March 18, 2014, 09:26:18 PM »
Hi Expat, my experience has been of the smallish type, up to a foot long, jigged or jogged for, night time.

The Ink shouldn't present a real issue, the slime they are covered in will if it get's onto your Lens, but my experience is it can be cleaned off, although I'm not sure how it affects the new Lens coatings.

Other than that take a big pot & some cooking oil, they generally taste better than they look.

Hopefully you won't be seeing anything like the attached Image.

Here's some mild reading before you go, suggestion here is ChainMail, don't fall overboard while wearing it because you'll have all the attributes of an untethered Anchor.


EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Won't Power On
« on: March 18, 2014, 08:17:21 PM »
Hi Nazareth, quite honestly sorry to hear the issues your having with with the 1Dx, not helpful of course but I had both my own 1Dx bodies into Canon Singapore last year & both returned just fine.

I do appreciate threads like this, the heads up warnings at least allow us to understand that there are often issues out there with the equipment we use.

If you wouldn't mind I'de like to know which Canon service centre you put your 1Dx into, only so I don't make the same mistake myself should I ever again have the need to service/repair a unit other than through Canon Singapore.

Among the comments made by Nuero there is one Gem and I was unaware of it myself, that's the comment regards use of a Credit Card with Amazon extending the Warranty Period, I've checked the info and it appears correct, this is useful information for you (and anyone else) in the hope that your Camera may still be under Warranty, worth checking.

You have my sympathies, for most a 1Dx is a significant investment and it's a little world shattering when things go wrong, your "little rant" is not unusual & your endeavours to give a heads up over an issue I at least was unaware of, should be commended.

My own history with Canon/Nikon might put some perspective into the problem, I owned the 1Ds MK III, This had been a total Horror story with the well documented AF issues, 5DMK III light leak issues on 2 out of 3 Bodies, D800 left/right out of whack Focus issues, Nikon finally replaced the Camera Body & I promptly sold it, My 200f/2 300f/2.8 II 400f/2.8 II 600f/4 II all required sending back to Canon Singapore for new firmware due to upgrades required due to release of the 1Dx & 5DMK III, so one might ask "why stay with Canon" ?? I understand these issues are relevant to all Camera systems & Canon I feel generally provide the best after sales service.

Don't take to heart negativity on a public forum, it's part of the beast, take the positives from the experience, hopefully there are some, i.e.. the extended warranty via Credit Card payment at Amazon.

I hope you get the issue fixed, unfortunately it's likely made you a D4s future buyer, but believe me all the Camera Manufactures have the same issues, these are mechanical pieces of gear, just like a Car or a Toaster, most work out of the Box, some don't, you unfortunately got one that has issues.

it shocks me sometimes the narrow point of view that is expressed about certain subjects and how little knowledge there is on this forum about professional photography. i thought there were more professionals on this forum but it seems more and more there is not...or at least they remain quiet readers for the most part.

And with an opening paragraph like this, it's a pity you didn't remain one of those "quite readers for the most part".

Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: March 16, 2014, 10:42:18 PM »

I'm so sorry to see that it is in B&W.
It should have been so beautiful and spectacular in "real" - astonishing colors...

That's quite Ok endiendo, that's what makes Photography so interesting & attractive, we see a scene the way we want to, and all opinions are valid.

So this scene is just for you.

Antarctica is an amazing place, needs a Phase One to do it justice I think, but the thing that surprised me was the actual lack of colour, it's pretty well shades of Blue & White, which is why it converts reasonably well to B&W.

Lenses / Re: Just bought a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II - A Few Questions
« on: March 15, 2014, 10:08:30 PM »
I think most of the issues mentioned can be attributed to the attached.

I find with mine that it does rattle when shaken, depends on just how you want the result, I actually prefer "over ice but not shaken", I really hate that rattling noise in my 70-200.

When attached to your Camera Body you may find some mild to serious issues with weather sealing.

Attachment does cause light leak issues except when used in the dark.

Only real downside on mine is the Zoom Rings are very very difficult to Zoom with,

I can't speak for others of course, but I can say that mine does produce an amazingly good Cappuccino just when you need it, about dawn in the Okavango Delta.

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