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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 14, 2014, 04:51:48 AM »

This is from Stonehaven on the Scottish east coast, with Dunnottar castle in the background. Beautiful place. Shot with the Zeiss 21mm f2.8, 1/160s, f9.0, ISO100

Nice Image, nice spot, very nice Lens, I have this Zeiss also, enjoy it a lot.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:23:38 PM »
In the interest of some hope of getting this thread back on track, I'll post a recent 1D X + 300 f/2.8 IS II + CPL shot:

Nice, Like the effect of the CPL, well done.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:52:51 PM »
Yeah !! The start of the slippery slope, life with a 1D

Next ?? Medium Format !!

Enjoy Dylan, looks like a good year, Camera as well.

Lighting / Re: Cold Shoe for 600EX-RT?
« on: June 11, 2014, 09:46:50 PM »
I use the RRS cold shoe (part of their Snap-QR system).  There's a small hole for the Canon lever-lock pin.

I'm looking at their summary of cold shoe products at
Which shoe do you use, the "FA-QRCS2"?  The description says: "The updated design of this accessory now accepts the Canon 580EXII flash unit with room for the weather boot."  How well does it fit the 600EX-RT, and does the lever lock work?

I found an old post of yours that recommended the Vello shoe I linked in my OP.  How does the RRS shoe compare to the Vello, considering it's $20+ more?

I'm using this Cold Shoe on 3 x 600EX RT units with the Ring Bracket & Extender Arms, all from RRS, all work as designed with perfectly engineered points of attachment, the snap lock system works a treat.

The majority of use is Wildlife in Africa, so the system is constantly being treated to Rain, Dust, vehicles etc, never an issue to date.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: June 11, 2014, 09:33:25 PM »
Funny you say that as I was at my Canon dealer ONLY yesterday and he was tempting me with a 200-400 as well as a near new 800! Good deal too but I managed to refrain - just.

The 600f/4 II + 1.4X III will give you marginally better IQ @ 840 & f/5.6 when compared to the current V1 800f/5.6, and the 600 is a deal lighter & easier to pack as well.

That may be the reason Canon are dragging the chain on a VII 800f/5.6 when you see that Nikon have had their new VR 800f/5.6 (with 1.2x Converter included) on the Market for some time now.

But you did well to restrain yourself on the 200-400f/4, there are very few situations where I miss my 400f/2.8 II, but then I have the 300f/2.8 II as a filler for low light, without that ?? Maybe tears.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 11, 2014, 09:09:57 PM »
I"M DONE for 2014....PERIOD

Ha ha - we'll see  ;)

That's what I said a TS-E 17 ago :)

Ha Ha Ha  ;D

That's what I said after my 50 1.2! But then ended up buying an 85 1.2L as well.

Never say never.

Tell me Dylan, do you see a "trend" here ???

It's really amazing how well People get to know each other through the medium of the Internet, don't you think  ;)

And really, this is the Canon year of the Lens, or something, apparently, lots of lenses, new Camera Bodies etc, apparently, only one that might help to save you from breaking that resolution could just be Canon themselves, no new lenses, no new Bodies   :'(

Almost a fate worse than death.

EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Replacement Buzz Going Around [CR2]
« on: June 09, 2014, 09:08:37 PM »
I think this is not a relevant post. Why would CR post this? It is not saying anything new.

But I guess Canon is keeping its secrets very well guarded.

Yeah, sort of like a regurgitated regurgitated rumour, like the "Great White Hope" in Pro Boxing, crew of the Mary Celeste, things are probably slow at CR, so let's start anoooooooother thread on the fabled 7DMK II.

Although I'm unlikely to buy it should it ever make it to Market, I'de realllllly like to see it done & dusted & all those that want one, get one, and start Posting in a "Images from the 7DMK II" thread, instead of endless threads re comments on "what about" "what if" "when ?" "why ???????"

And then be Happy !!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:54:46 PM »
The weight is a habit with the 1dx + 200 f2, the results from it makes it lighter ;D

All these three shot today with the 200 wide open.

Love the First Image Viggo, Beautifully done, also my favourite combo, with all the other gear I own this is what I most reach for, 200f/2 wide open.

Hasn't hurt to have such a Lovely Model as well, Love the Tat on the arm as well   :D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:50:43 PM »
I'm done buying for 2014.

You may well have picked the wrong end of the Year to make that resolution, you currently have 6.5 months to trip over your......resolution.

But I'm sure we all wish you Luck.

What about the RRS 'L' Bracket for the 1Dx ??, the 1Dx doesn't quite work 100% properly without one.

Then there's the ..................................   ;)

Lenses / Re: Looking for an wideangle lens about 20mm
« on: June 09, 2014, 06:34:18 AM »
If you have the 17mm TS-E where do you use the 24mm? Is it when you need the added sharpness (vs 1.4x) or added depth of field (f/3.5 vs f/5.6) or use of filters. Can you post some illustrations?
I have purchased both the TS-Es recently, and I know the 17mm will definitely find ample use in architectural photography, which I like doing a lot. It had been a dream lens for me. But I purchased the 24mm mostly to compare, and I was wondering if there is any justification in keeping it.

I initially purchased the 17TSE, after a month I thought I'de get the 24TSE as the 17 felt too wide, plus at the time my Lee Filter system could only be used on the 24TSE & not the 17 TSE.

I now find I use the 24 very little, and I've solved the Filter System for the 17 via the Wonderpana system.

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.

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