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Sony will have a 15 lens lineup for A7, A7R and A7S within a year. They published a roadmap and are sticking to it.
I have yet to see a roadmap from Canon. Would love to know in advance, what they want to bring next.

Was trying to stay out of this, but.

AvTvM, comparing Canon's & Sony's current & future Lens line up (by the inference of Canon/Sony roadmaps), is a little laughable.

Canon have perhaps ?? the best overall offering of Lenses in the current market, it's arguable I know, but if it's not the best, it's as close as any Canon user really needs, although we are a hard bunch to truly satisfy us Photographers. On release of the 5DMK III & 1Dx I believe Canon had something in the order of +60 EF lenses available to the Market, excludes anything that is EF but not Current, no idea what that number is.

I bought the a7r when released, I'm happy with the Camera for what I purchased it for, but Lenses ?? Sony just did an abysmal job for the future of the a7r in this area, they had 3 ?? Lenses available (excluding crop lenses not made for the a7r specifically), 3 lenses, maybe they had 4, that's it, and the best of those were the ones made by Zeiss, the 35 & later the 55.

Roadmap ?? next 12 months ??, the a7r has been in my hands for getting close to 12 months, and your talking in wondrous terms of "The Roadmap" to 15 lenses in the Next ?? 12 months ??

Personally I believe Sony put together a reasonably good product with the a7r, it's no 1Dx killer, but it will have it's share of a Market area, but with currently 4 to 6 Lenses available that do it justice, and I'm talking about Camera specific lenses made for the a7r, you know, like the EF lenses from Canon that are built specific to FF, specific to the current range of FF cameras that Canon put into the Market, what real future can the a7r have ??, wait 2 years for a choice of 15 Lenses ??

I imagine Sony will do what they unfortunately always do, another year down the road, 15 Lenses available to the a7r system, Sony will ditch the a7r manufacture & you will need to choose the new Sony whatever, maybe the 15 Lenses will fit the new Whatever, maybe not.

Lenses / Re: Looking for an wideangle lens about 20mm
« on: June 08, 2014, 09:32:20 PM »
You don't mention Primary use, so I'll assume Landscape/Buildings.

I own & use both Primes & Zooms in the 8-24 range (Canon 8-15f/4, Canon 16-35f/2.8, Canon 24f/1.4, Zeiss 15f/2.8, Zeiss 21f/2.8, TSE 17 II & TSE 24 II.

For general walk around the zooms work just fine, have some issues with purple fringing & CA on the 16-35 but can mostly be fixed in post.

For dedicated time no issue Landscape work, the Zeiss 15 & 21 are superb, better than anything Canon can offer with the exception of the TSE lenses, but, your stuck with Manual Focus, with Live View I don't find this an issue.

For anything that includes Buildings, the TSE lenses are the way to go, I use them where I want DOF throughout the Image front to back.

If I was to select just the one best Lens for all round excellence, the Zeiss 21f/2.8, I use this on the 5DMK III, the 1Dx & now the Sony a7r, great piece of Kit.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 07, 2014, 11:15:51 PM »
What got me really interested are HIGH-ISO, metering, and AF. Although 5D III is ok at 6400. If 1DX can give me decent 12000, then I'm ALL IN. mackguyver claimed his cut off point is 25000 - I do trust his words.

Everything else just bonus ;)

The 1Dx is an excellent all round piece of gear, it's ability to pull good images at quite high ISO is also excellent, but be careful of believing all you read, the Camera is good, it's not Magic, noise in the dark areas will always be an issue as you raise the ISO, getting good Images isn't going to be an issue, getting good Images with controllable noise no matter the sensor, will be until that problem is engineered out, could be a long wait.

I can't see anyway you will not be Happy with the 1Dx, but it's transient, lasts until Canon bring out that next newer, shinier whatever.

Perfect opportunity here for our resident evil trolls to pop in with some DR dribble.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 07, 2014, 11:09:31 PM »
Taken earlier today at my son's 8th birthday.

85mm, 1/1000. ISO 200, f1.2

Nicely done Menace, great Lens as well, almost the perfect Lens for this sort of Image.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 07, 2014, 03:53:44 AM »
If thing works out, this will be my 2nd big purchase($11K on 400mm f2.8 IS II) this year and I need to put an end to it ::)

Really wish you all the very best with that Dylan, may be a little self delusional ??  :D

The size & weight of the 1Dx will give you a moments pause, then you'll turn it on, all downhill from that point, but you can always look at the current purchase price over what most of us originally paid, and quietly chuckle to yourself.

Fourteen stops. HAH! I fart in the general direction of your fourteen stops! And Laugh. MUHAHAHAHAHAAAA!

I think the message taped to an Arrow & shot into the Chest may have had more impact & been more pointed   ;D

Love those Movies.

Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for bicycling?
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:38:28 PM »
Battaflea 18L From Gura Gear


I understand all these cloud services, not so much the need for them, but from a Business perspective it's a reasonable Business Model, but.

I've just never been comfortable with having my Images on someone else's server, in the cloud, what ever, just seems....risky.

So, I set up my own system without too much trouble, at home I set up my MacPro as a server, connects to my esPro 8TB (2 complete systems totalling 16TB on RAID), on this I store 2 copies of my current 5TB of Images, as long as I have Internet access, I can access my Home System & download Images, check Images, work on Images.

Yes, it's quite a bit more expensive than cloud service, but it's 16TB, it's mine & it's just as accessible as anything iCloud, Google, Canon etc offer, without the risk.

Well, if my House burns down I'm in a bit of trouble, so I just purchased another 8TB system and will set that up as a cloned copy at my Son's Apartment.

This is the only way I can see to get the service I want for the amount of Images I have with the comfort of knowing my Images aren't on someone else's server.

Most of these cloud systems are developed for people wanting to store their phone camera photos I think, nothing wrong with that at all, but for someone that has anything more than 100GB, the systems really don't work.

Software & Accessories / Re: Need help finding a backpack
« on: June 06, 2014, 08:23:06 PM »
I could probably review about 15 different Backpacks I've owned & tried, but perhaps just get straight to the best all round backpacks I've owned & continued to use.

Gura Gear Battaflea, 32 & 26, absolutely the best Packs I've ever used.The 32L carries the 600f/4 II in one side when required comfortably. The 26L carries the 200-400f/4 in one side when I don't need the extra size of the 32L, if I'm travelling with my Sons then I take both plus just recently purchased the Uninta from Gura Gear for my youngest son, I am not so impressed with the Uninta, should have bought the 18L Battaflea.

Unfortunately only the Battaflea 18L has a Laptop Compartment.

One Bag is never enough when you consider you want to carry the gear necessary, and get it into the overhead locker of a commercial jet, the depth of some packs make this difficult, I've never had an issue with the Battaflea.

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:19:23 AM »
135f/2 L +35f/1.4 L

Bought them both the day I bought my first 1D, the 1DsMk3

Still own all 3, the 1Ds doesn't get too much use anymore, but I find I cant sell old Cameras, seems like selling your Kids, cant do it.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:14:07 AM »
I think the bokeh is a combination of three things. First is my horrible skills with the software. I have not spent much time on any of these I have posted, but I had a bit too much light on the background and not enough on the cat, so I did a fast exposure twist. Secondly, the green is extremely green, coming from very young and fresh leaves, so I have lower the luminance, to make it a bit less dominant. And third, and I believe the most significant, is that I get an amplification of some artifacts in the bokeh when I export to as small a format as I use. I have no clue why that happens. I do not believe it is possible to see the chicken wired dense.

I posted this on the 85 1.2II thread, but a leopard shot with an 85mm prime at 1.2 is not that usual.

Both Lovely Images, but you can see the difference in the Bokeh between the 2 Images.

Have a look at how your applying any contrast, and what type of contrast your applying, too much contrast can totally screw background bokeh I've found, of course if you have tendrils of smoke in the background etc, contrast can help pull these out of the general bokeh. Just a thought.

And your right, the 85f/1.2 is not the first Lens you would reach for when thinking "wildlife", but it's worked for you here.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 04, 2014, 07:39:02 PM »
Eye contact with Denzil, the young Amur Leopard at Nordens Ark.
70-200 f2.8L IS II @110mm
1/100s, f2.8, ISO800

Lovely Image Eldar.

EOS Bodies / Re: Can Canon deliver a FF sensor that is class leading?
« on: June 04, 2014, 03:57:39 AM »

Photography Technique / Re: What Lenses Do You Use for Panoramics?
« on: June 04, 2014, 03:53:57 AM »
24TSE II, more recently Otus 55

Software used to stitch, Autopana Giga 3.5

RRS Pano Head

Work in progress !!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 04, 2014, 03:35:49 AM »
This was actually a very difficult animal to shoot, both from a focus and exposure perspective. The AF system of the 1DX, which I believe is second to none, really struggled to find focus and I got more out of focus images of this one than I can remeber having had with anything in the past. I also had to over expose by 1.3 stops to get the details in its fur.

Can imagine, Dark to Black Body, Dark Green Background, probably low light, I'm surprised you did as well as you were able to, from all the Cameras I've used over the Years, the 1Dx is pretty well the Prima Low Light Image Maker.

Hardest Image I can think of I've tried to shoot, Black Frogfish (Underwater Imaging of course), never been able to quite pull that one off, Like shooting into a Black hole in Space.

We wont start a discussion on DR, Crap, I mentioned DR, shoot me.

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