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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:13:19 PM »
Appreciate the comments Sporgon/Mackgyver, seems with the advent of "Live View" the manual Focus screens have lost some significance with the newer models from Canon, the fact that you can no longer legitimately change the screen on the 5DMK III is disappointing, I've ordered the Ec-A & Ec -B, see how they perform in the 1Dx with Manual Focus.

Again, appreciate the feedback.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: February 06, 2014, 03:38:19 PM »
Did you get the Otus before Christmas? There are lots of angry posts on the Zeiss website for late deliveries.

I did, but it's still sitting in Singapore while I'm in Australia, pick it up from my Office 18th Feb when I get back, perhaps then I can contribute.

The screen does not help at all. At least not to me... So miss the older split screen types. My XE2 has FANTASTIC manual focus aids...

That's sad, perhaps we try the Ec-B, I've read that the Ec-S fits into the 1Dx but doesn't work the way it was designed in this particular Body, only in the older bodies 1DMK IV 1Ds MK III etc, but I've had no experience with these manual focus screens so at $50 each it's worth buying a few and see which works best. I certainly need something as I gave up the Leica M9 due to my inability to precisely focus this Range Finder, wonderful Camera & Lenses, my eye sight just wasn't up to the system.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: February 06, 2014, 01:40:47 AM »
Very good!
I am also looking forward to a higher resolution body, even though I am not very tempted by the 800.

I have practiced my focusing skills through the viewfinder for a while now and from f2 I get an acceptable amount of keepers. Wider than that is a bit of a gamble. I am tempted to install the EcS focusing screen in my 1DX and see how that works.

I've ordered the Ec-A screen so we can swap experiences later.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:37:12 PM »
Here´s an image of the local rock´n roll band from a fair in a valley I past through last summer. The drummer is in a class of her own  ;D

Love it, I'de hazard a guess if you had shot a 5 minute video clip the drummer would have looked the same throughout.

I've had the a7r now since end December, around 1500 Images to date.

Good Camera, very good Lens (Zeiss 35f2.8 ), but.

I wouldn't consider for a moment that the a7r could replace the 5DMK III, let alone my 1Dx.

What the a7r does, it does well, Landscape, slow to dead objects, anything that moves rapidly, your in trouble, the AF system isn't anywhere as good as the 61 point AF system on the 1Dx/5DMK III.

The a7r does produce wonderful Images though if you use some patience, I did own the D800 and sold it after 12 months, I unfortunately received twice one of the problematic units with the indecisive AF Issues, and as has been pointed out by Mt Spokane earlier, with a 36MP Sensor you do need to adapt your style to suit the Sensor.

Again I agree with others re the a7r, very good small form, high MP Sensor Camera, fitted with Zeiss Lenses, Street Photography, Landscape & Portrait, wether or not Sony can continue development is something we will have to wait and see, I hope they do because the a7r has I feel been a bit of a wake up camera perhaps for Canon and I do believe the D800 caught Canon napping & resting on their 5DMK II laurels.

Would I consider moving from Canon to Sony because of the a7r ?? Not for a moment, the a7r is a nice to have adjunct to my 1Dx/5DMK III, but it's not a remote possibility as a "replacement".

Street & City / Re: My 14 days Vacation in Greece
« on: January 31, 2014, 04:31:32 PM »
Dear Surapon,

Do post some more photos ... I plan on going to Greece (or Safari in Masai Mara ... still not usre), maybe towards the end of this year or early next year ... so its nice to see some photos of CR members in Greece.

Hi Rienz, just wanted to mention, the Masai Mara is a year round destination, no doubt, beautiful wildlife all year round, but, if your wanting to see the Wildebeest Migration you need to consider the timing more, Late August through November is the general timing, I was in both the Serengeti & Masai Mara in September/October of 2013, timing was perfect for the Mara River Crossing on the Masai Mara side.

Lovely Images as well Surapon, Greece is a place I will visit at some point, still on the to do list.

I used the Gitzo until around 2 years ago when i changed over to RRS, One of my better decisions, and I must admit I did that based on reading CR and in particular Neuro's comments.

Currently I use the following RRS gear, all of it works superbly with the 1Dx + 600 or the 1Dx 200-400.

TVC-34L, to this I set the TA-3-LC-HK Levelling base (I have the TA-2-LC Levelling base when I want get totally low to the ground), On this I mostly use the RRS BH-55 and the PG-02-FG and in particular find the PG-02 an excellent piece of gear, I also use the Stainless Steel TA-3-FS Feet for the Tripod when I'm using the system on Hard Ground.

To attach the Ball Head & Gimbal Head I use RRS Dovetail plates, on my Lenses I use RRS Replacement feet and L plates on the 1Dx Bodies and 5DMK III.

After carrying this gear from Antarctica, Arctic to Africa I haven't had a single issue with this gear, very stable, especially I like the hook arrangement when Imaging in high winds, snow etc, and the gear is extremely well engineered, being an engineer myself I appreciate how the Guys at RRS just produce exceptionally well made equipment.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Sony junk....
« on: January 29, 2014, 05:27:10 PM »
but bashing someone for doing what they were paid to do and doing it right, does not make sense. 
I'm sorry if you own Sony stock.

Ok, my last comments.

I dont own Sony Stock, I think I made that perfectly obvious in my previous post, so your attempt at trivialising is un appreciated.

My comments have been centred around Moodys, but they are relevant in my opinion to S&P and Fitch as well, these are largely unregulated companies that are allowed to produce "Ratings" based on an "issuer pays" model, i.e.. If you want a good rating, or in fact if you want a bad rating (there are reasons companies want a less than stellar rating), you pay these companies for that rating and they produce it.

My point has been be careful of ratings agencies and their ratings, these guys aren't exactly on the ball or trustworthy, and the following comment I feel gives some credence to my point.

In February 2013, the U.S. government filed a civil suit against S&P in a California court, seeking damages of $5 billion for the agency's alleged role in misleading investors during the run-up to the financial crisis. If S&P is found guilty and forced to pay such a penalty, it could spell the end for the embattled ratings agency, and produce a flow on that could affect Moodys & Fitch.

Others may argue that any rating from anyone is better than no rating at all, I disagree, you say you read Sony's financial reports ?? I haven't, but I do track news, and what I read tells me 4 of 5 divisions within Sony are making Money, unfortunately for Sony that one Division in the Red is dragging the rest of the P&L down, hence my position that I currently wouldn't hold Sony Stock, but I'de like to make you feel better about all this Mt Spokane, although I don't own Sony stock, I do own Apple stock, it's down 8% as of last night, feel good about that.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Sony junk....
« on: January 28, 2014, 03:13:58 AM »

What are you taking about??

I'll give it a go Mt Spokane.

In 2010 the US Government took to task this bunch of no hopers over the fact that 73% of Morgage stocks they rated in 2006 as AAA, had by 2010 become rated as "Junk", these guys and few others just like them could have/should have alerted the Market to the looming mortgage crisis, this is what they sell themselves as right ?? Crystal Ball Gazers, a Company that looks into a Companies worth, valuation, etc etc, but we all know they didn't do that re the companies they valued so highly in 2006 that in 2010 directly contributed to one of the worst financial crisis of the last 50 years.

So why do people, just like you Mt Spokane, still sing their praises, I think Moodys as an organisation and in the way in which they pronounce sentence on other private companies, is reprehensible, but the US Government still allow these guys to influence Markets, question here should be, why ??

I agree with you that Sony today is not a healthy company, I wouldn't invest a cent in Sony Stocks, but I'm just fine buying an a7r, a PS4, a Sony TV.

My comment was less about Sony and more about Moodys, I think they're charlatans.

On the other hand I think Sony are a reasonably good company going through hard times, time will tell if they can pull it together, others have, hopefully Sony will, I certainly hope so, it will cause a lot of grief to a lot of people if they dont survive, on the other hand I couldn't give a flying crocodile if Moodys sink into oblivion.

I guess that was what I was talking about.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Sony junk....
« on: January 27, 2014, 05:24:31 PM »
It's a damn shame in today's world where an "independent" group of people can influence the views and values of the general public world wide regards companies such as Sony, Apple, Dell, etc etc.

If this Apple in the US making crap statements such as this the Good Old non aligned US Government would rip their heads off, or at least take the opportunity to fleece them solidly.

Sony are an excellent company, producing some quite amazing products, including I feel the a7r, but they do it in competition and I feel at times, exceptionally poorly led.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 27, 2014, 04:51:02 AM »
600mm f/4.5 1/6400 iso 320
shot today

What ?? No Feathers ??

Lovely Image Gary, nice to see you posting again.

2 Minutes after mentioning the above, friend of mine sent me this link in case anyone else is interested, I'll certainly order the Housing today & start thinking what WA/Macro Lenses I can use on the beast, probably start with the Adaptor with the Canon 8-15f/4 & Canon 100f/2.8 L IS Macro.


Sony A7 Alpha Time-Lapse App has Landed!

Thanks for that Rienz, wasn't even aware of this function/ability, Apps for Cameras, what will they think of next, hopefully some more Lenses.

Have been reading this thread with interest, I've had my a7r for a month now, lots of things I like about it, a couple I dont, sort of how I feel about the 1Dx & 5DMK III. Having been one of those Leica M9 owners mentioned earlier, my experience with the a7r is worlds apart from my experience with the M9, just wasn't happy with the M9, the a7r I liked from the start.

The a7r for me at least will likely never replace the 1Dx, it could replace the 5DMK III if Sony do a bit more with Lenses, I have the Adaptor so I can use Canon Lenses on the a7r, but I feel you give up IQ to utilise the ability, a friend of mine does still own the M9 & bought the Metabones adaptor to use his Leica glass, he's about to sell his M9 as well, although he does say not all his Leica Glass works 100% on the a7r, it works well enough for him to decide on the a7r over the Leica.

I think to date my biggest issues with the a7r, and I understand of course No System offers everything we need as Photographers, would be the a7r's lack of ability on anything that moves, so as a wildlife system on anything other than vultures on a kill, the a7r is not the Camera for wildlife shooters.

Low light with the EVF is troublesome, workable, but not up to the 1Dx or the 5DMK III.

I still have issues with that EVF, the way it hangs onto the last Image in the viewfinder momentarily just annoys the heck out of me, but it gets back to that first point I made, this is not really the Camera for action shots.

But good points are still good points, the size factor is just amazing, throw the Camera into a bag & you hardly know it's there, great Camera for General Imaging, spot on for Landscape, and with some additional Lenses it should be a great Portrait Camera.

I like it, and will work with it, I'm keen to get it into an Underwater Housing once we have a Macro Lens and a WA at around 15, The Images this Camera produces should equate to better imaging for my underwater use, and the small form  factor will allow a much smaller Underwater Housing to be used than I currently use for the 1DMK IV & 5DMK III.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: January 18, 2014, 02:55:32 AM »
milky way iso-12800

Nicely done, what Lens ??

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: January 18, 2014, 02:53:09 AM »
EF50 f1.2

ISO 500, 1/160 @ f2.0

Lovely Image Menace, I think you & Bornshooter need to get together and swap Model info, this young Lady would look wonderful in any Image, but your B&W treatment is just superb, really, well done.

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