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EOS Bodies / Re: Get the 1DX or wait for the 7D Mark II?!
« on: November 07, 2013, 07:15:50 PM »

You mentioned portrait and landscape....for these uses, your 5d3 would be a better camera than the 7d2...and comparable to a 1dx. IMO

Good advice, if all your intended use is Portrait & Landscape I don't think the 1Dx brings a lot to the Party, well, it brings a lot, it just may not be useful.

If your intention is to shoot a reasonable amount of action/wildlife/sports, then the 1Dx is the way to go.

If you don't mind carrying a Brick, go 1Dx, if you like to shoot in all weather conditions without using a Condom on your Camera, go 1Dx, if you want the ability to spot focus on any focus point, go 1Dx.

The IQ between the 1Dx & 5DMK III I feel is pretty well the same, it's becomes about, cost & use.

If cost isn't an issue and you don't mind carrying the extra weight, then it's no contest, 1Dx.

You might think about the Sony a7r, I imagine this Camera will be a reasonable Landscape/Portrait Body, you can use your Canon Lenses etc, lighter than either the 1Dx or the 5DMK III, but it's not a Canon so may not get too many votes in this Forum, but Sony make good gear and this Camera may work well, this is conjecture on my part, I don't own one, yet.

EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 07, 2013, 06:59:07 PM »
My two years of wildlife shooting is about enough to be able to sense what I'm missing that others take advantage of.  One year of D5100 with 300mm - pretty happy, now almost one year 6D with 300mm X2 - thrilled but beginning to be a little frustrated! 

Hi Jack, it doesn't get better with time, 1Dx + 200-400 and after a year or so I know I'll be looking to Canon dropping a High MP Body into the mix, Canon Nikon Sony ?? They Love People like us.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: November 07, 2013, 06:32:42 PM »
I may have made the wrong decision to sell the 400 f2.8L IS II, but it sure was the right one to get the 200-400 f4L 1.4x.

I agree, I completely enjoyed the 400f/2.8 II, wonderful Lens, but the versatility of the 200-400 just works, when I'm travelling in Africa I really can't get my gear down to anything less than 20Kgs in my Pack, so it's always an extra seat to ensure no issues with Hand Carry, the 200-400 + the 400 + the 600, just doesn't work well for travelling, and in Africa putting a Large White into check In luggage is the same as donating to charity (I meant a large white Lens, not, you know).

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: November 07, 2013, 02:51:28 AM »
A portrait shoot I did this past weekend.  This young lady could easily grace the cover of any magazine in the world if she wanted to pursue a modeling career.  But noooooo!!!  She wants to be an electrical engineer.  Go figure.

Intelligent, Smart as well as Pretty, hard combination to beat.

Also a nice Image.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: November 06, 2013, 10:59:08 PM »
Shot Mala Mala South Africa, March 2013.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/5.6 1/200th ISO 200

Gee whiz!  I don't think housecats with a 70-200 are going to cut it much longer at this rate!


These Guys are like House Cats, only bigger, and meaner.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 06, 2013, 10:51:26 PM »
thanks so much! ;D

Lemmy, that particular shot, is just an absolute corker, really, great shot.

Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: November 06, 2013, 09:41:58 PM »
Shot Mala Mala South Africa, March 2013.

1Dx 200-400f/4, Shot @ 560mm f/5.6 1/200th ISO 200

It's interesting when I look at the stats on how I use this Lens, 70% of my Images shot with this Lens are at 560mm & f/5.6, considering I also have the 600f/4 II it's interesting that I don't use the 600 more often, but when I look at the stats on the 600, I find I mostly use that Lens at 840 (600 + 1.4x), can't beat the 200-400 when it comes to versatility.

But i do think I'll miss my 400f/2.8 II, fortunately I kept the 300f/2.8 II.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: November 06, 2013, 09:37:00 PM »
Thanks Guys, Appreciated.

Shot Mala Mala South Africa March 2013.

1Dx 200-400f/4

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I hate to say you told me so, but...
« on: November 02, 2013, 10:13:52 PM »
I think canon have became quite complacent.

Unfortunately, totally agree, absolutely.

The chap earlier that rambled about Canon being Non Profit, non etc etc, is deluded, Canon is and has been for many years, a Multi Billion Dollar Company, having owned my own Business I know exactly what drives Companies, Profits, Profits first, profits always, anything else, quality, design etc etc, is secondary, important of course (and ignoring these areas tends to have a negative impact on, Profits), but all are secondary to Profits.

Innovation is what Companies generally need to stay on top of in order to continue generate Profits (Apple being the perfect example I believe), without Profitable Companies and Innovation we would all be still using Box Brownies, and likely quite Happy, Companies don't bother with innovation if it doesn't generate more profits, more market share, the Car Manufacturing Industry is an example where Companies fold because there is little room left within the Market for innovation, everyone is making the same piece of crap for the same Market, less room for the smaller companies.

Canon has I feel let the innovation department slip, 1Dx is a lovely Camera, for me no question, 5DMK III is Ok nothing special, does the job, the M is somewhat ill designed and lacks in most areas, unfortunately I own one so this is disappointing, but I've learnt to live with that (My Apologies up front Paul for throwing dispersions on your Once Loved), Canon missed the Boat on the D800, I feel this Camera took Canon as much by surprise as did the 5DMK II for Nikon.

The Sony a7r took most everyone by surprise, yet to see if it's going to live up to the Hype, but I hope it does at least mostly, if for no other reason than it will push Canon, Nikon etc etc to innovate, otherwise Sony will eat into those Profits that large, and small, companies bow down to, allowing us, the Consumer, access over the years to better and better products, don't much care from which company, but as I've a large investment in Canon, I hope Canon lifts their game going forward, I don't really see that at the moment though.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 01, 2013, 11:24:17 PM »
The new EOS-1 body is amazing and a big step over the 1D X. I like it.
Eeehhh ... Have you seen something we havenĀ“t seen? The only thing I have seen published so far is a rumor of a 1-series body that may be announced in Q2-14, no spec, no pictures, no .. nothing (?)

I think he sees a Green Bush in his backyard, a heady Bouquet when dried and inhaled, tends to give a dream like state where visions are often thought to be real.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: November 01, 2013, 08:00:57 AM »
Northern South Africa, Mozambique Border
1Dx & 400f/2.8 II

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3 Available
« on: October 30, 2013, 08:34:03 PM »
I love the 6D!  (And I own both.)  Oh, wait!  PUUFFF!  Too late.   :o

Just what I mean, hilarious stuff  ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Firmware 1.2.3 Available
« on: October 30, 2013, 08:31:45 PM »
Yeah, in-camera HDR.  Another feature found on the 5DIII (and other models, including my lowly PowerShot S100), but not found on the 1D X.   :P

HDR, a little like Video, and a Camera you can hold to your ear and discuss the weather with to People a thousand miles away, all things I'm Happy not to see in a Camera. But that's just me, being me.

I have to say also, Thanks Neuro for the explanation on the Red Focus Point, I often wondered about this, having 2 1Dx Bodies and 2 5DMK III Bodies it intrigued me why Canon wouldn't have the same set up for this, but your Description makes sense, Thank You, and although it took some getting used to, I actually like the intermittent Red Focus point we now have in the 1Dx.

I Love CR in the morning (it's morning here in Singapore), in some immortal words from the Big Screen, "I Love the smell of Napalm in the Morning", and the Laughs, great stuff.

Lenses / Re: Whats next
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:03:54 AM »

17mm TS-E f4L
85mm f1.2L II, alternatively 135mm f2L
300mm f2.8L IS II, alternatively 200mm f2L IS
24-70mm f2.8L II
70-200 f2.8L IS II

Have and use all these, couldn't put together a better list if I tried, every one of these Lenses falls into the great list.

The 85f/1.2 L II I did find slow on my 5DMK 2 & 1DMK IV, but on the 5DMK III and particularly on the 1Dx I find it a responsive Lens, not fast, it has a Fire by wire system, so it's never going to be a speed King, but it's SHARP.

I agree also with Eldar on the 16-35f/2.8 L II, nice Lens, but, has some real distortion at the wide end, I use this Lens now mostly for my Underwater Imaging where the corner distortion isn't so noticeable, I have read a lot of Peoples comments that are Positive re this Lens, I may have a less than perfect Copy not sure, but it's not a lens I ever recommend.

The 14f/2.8L II is better in my opinion, again, not perfect, but few Ultra Wides are, but the 14 does a pretty good job I feel.

The 24f/1.4 L II is also an excellent Lens, some Purpling in Star Shots, but renders well in normal use.

I have both the Canon 35f/1.4 L and the newer Sigma 35 f/1.4 and between these two I would plug for the Sigma, not to say the Canon is a slouch either, but I feel the Sigma 35 does the job better.

I'de like to see Canon produce a WA Zoom as good as the Nikon 14-24f/2.8, I use this on my 5DMK III & 1Dx using a Novaflex Adaptor, makes it Manual, but lovely Lens.

And welcome to the Light Side.

Lenses / Re: Hello Old Friend.
« on: October 29, 2013, 04:52:30 AM »
But since we went digital I feel everything has changed. I am now always looking forward to the next technology tweak and I wonder where it'll stop. I remember my first large prints from the 5D (version I) and I thought Wow, this is great. Today, only a few years later, we describe that body and the EF 50mm f1.2L as a prehistoric crap camera and an outdated lens in desperate need of renewal. The other day I shot a lynx with my 1DX and brand new 200-400 f4L (posted on a different thread). And looking at the color, resolution, sharpness ... you name it, it becomes a relevant question; Do we really need more, or should we consentrate on getting the best out of what we have? But, I know myself well enough to know that when the new megapixle body and the 50mm f1.2L IS comes out, I'll be all over it ...

Yep, know exactly what your saying, unfortunately I feel the same way about Photography Software, Coffee Makers, My iPhone, MacBook Pro, MacPro..... I'm sure you know what I'm saying.

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