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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 04, 2013, 03:11:54 AM »
Snow Monkey Japan

1Dx & 135f/2, shot @ f/5.6 & 1/160th ISO800

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 04, 2013, 01:25:25 AM »
Thanks for the input regarding the Sony...I cannot buy one...but I am eagerly watching the development of all-things mirrorless.

Me too, I think Sony are on the right track with the a7/a7r, they've let themselves down with a mediocre approach to the Marketing side, basically you can choose from a Sony zoom, or the Zeiss 35 at launch, the Zeiss is excellent though.

I went to process some RAW files from the a7r today and was left a little Gob Smacked that not even Sony (as far as I could find out) have a full on software set to process files from the a7r, all I could find was some hopeless system called "PlayMemoriesHome", which allows you to view and do some minor cropping but no conversion from the RAW format, hopeless. Fortunately I found Adobe has a release 5.3 that does allow the files to be worked in PS/LR5.

I really do hope Canon at some point decide to get serious re mirror less, but I can't see any real signs at present, in the meantime I'll play with the a7r for a while and see what the possibilities are, and pick up the 1Dx or the 5DMK III when i need to get serious.

Software & Accessories / Re: Good idea to upgrade to LR5? Regrets?
« on: December 04, 2013, 01:12:39 AM »
Upgraded all my Macs to Mavericks no issues at all.

Upgraded to CC, including LR5, also no issues.

Only problem ? was today when I went to process RAW files from my new a7r, Sony make nothing that I could find that would handle the files (what a bunch of Bozos), LR5 also wouldn't then I upgraded to 5.3 release, all good.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: December 03, 2013, 07:28:03 PM »
We don't have big cats in my neighbourhood, but this small one jumped at me after running quite rapidly. Shot @f2

Lovely shot, background is perfect, well done.

EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 03, 2013, 07:23:01 PM »
I imagine 1Dx owners feel a little bitter about sort of being penalized for owning Canon's non-C flagship EOS.  No?

No, good point, but No.

For myself Canon could take out the Video function on the 1Dx, reduce the price 1k, and I'll sell my current 2 1Dx bodies & buy 2 of these, if I want video I use a Video Camera, or better still, let my Son take the video.

what would make me even happier (and I'm Happy with what I have, but happier is better, No ??), would be jrista's wish list.

Personally, I hope it gets the following (this would be my wish list for the 1Ds X):

  • 180nm sensor fab process, 60% Q.E.
  • 46mp (8350x5567) or 54mp (9000x6000)
  • 16-bit on-die parallel ADC (3e- flat read noise)
  • 15+ stops DR
  • ISO 52100
  • 1D X meter and AF system
  • 61pt AF unit
  • 5fps frame rate (FF), 7fps (APS-H cropped), 9fps (APS-C cropped)
  • Integrated intervalometer, 9999 max frame count, configurable inter-frame delay, configurable pre-start delay, manual mode or bulb mode support, bulb-ramping
  • Price not to exceed $6,999

Which I feel could all be possible, except the last line, $6,999 ?? Possible ?? Yes, Probable ?? Don't think so, still, Canon will need to compete with the Nikon D4x due soon as well, so they'll need to keep the price competitive, but I see the 1Dxs being a premium over the 1Dx, maybe an 8k Camera Body.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Not Coming to North America
« on: December 03, 2013, 06:57:26 PM »
I certainly had hopes that Canon would go quite a bit farther with the M system, I own the current version, not a bad Camera, but not a good camera either when I look at what it needs to be a reasonably developed back up to my 1Dx & a possible replacement for my 5DMK III, the current M doesn't do it.

But the Image files aren't too bad from the current M, absence of a viewfinder is a big issue for me after having the current M, in day light the screen is almost useless.

So, my a7r arrived 3 days ago, still trying to work through the Menu system, not as bad as the Nikon System, but takes a while to work out.

Nice size, has a viewfinder, takes some getting used to but I like the viewfinder on a7r.

I was concerned after reading reports that the auto focus would be quite slow, but I'm using the a7r in dim lighting, very dim, and it focusses just fine quick & accurate. Files look very good to date but I'm yet to really put the is camera to the test considering the choices of Lens, well, make that choice, in Singapore the only Lens available is the Zeiss 35f/2.8, which is a lovely Lens, 55 arrives sometime late December.

Once I get a WA ( 15F/2.8 ) & a Macro ( 100f/2.8 ), I'll try & get the a7r into a Underwater housing, I have high hopes the a7r could replace my 5DMK III for underwater Imaging.

Like the Camera so far, has a load of the things I had hoped Canon might put into V2 of the M.

Image was shot with the M.

Australia / Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« on: December 02, 2013, 07:40:30 PM »
Hi Rienz, late, too busy with the dilbert stuff.

Although I haven't lived full-time in Aus for 35 years, my Family and I visited Melbourne a few months back for a week, I hadn't been back since my Army days, a looooooong time ago, loved the City.

Melbourne is just a wonderful City for Food, especially Asian Food, Old Buildings in the City Centre.

Our best couple of days was the drive down along the Great Ocean Road, lovely scenery, some great Photo Ops all along to the 12 Apostles, weather permitting also a great area for Night time Photography.

If your driving watch out for the Aussie "Round About's", Australia's answer to a set of traffic lights, Aussies all understand the system and drive through these things with gleeful abandon emulating Schumacher Clones, a loss of nerve half way around one of these is almost a guaranteed occasion for some choice Aussie vitriol ("get your license out of a Wheeties Packet you dopey Wanker ??", springs to mind), a visit to the Panel Beaters, or worse.

It's a Beautiful Country, truly hope you and your Family have a wonderful Holiday.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 02, 2013, 06:27:37 PM »
The avatar

One of your Best, Love this Image, B&W just perfect.

EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:50:47 AM »
Just to be clear, I'm not trying to say my work is particularly great or anything. Not at all. Just that I don't think it's "junk"... I've never been satisfied with it, but I don't think it's junk.
Neither do we!

Absolutely, neither do we, in fact I've looked at your website and find your work damn fine.

EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:49:11 AM »
I wouldn't want to be too quick on that as a lot of the material I've seen here and the "wow, cool" means a lot of junk is praised when it shouldn't be.

Well that's a real pity dilbert, it's a reaction one would expect from an immature 10 year old, when your frustrated at not winning the argument, you resort to blanket insults in the hope that the shock factor will win you the point, it's just not how mature adults conduct themselves, perhaps it's time to take a break.

On the the point of "Images" good or bad, most people that actually post images on CR do so because they want to share these Images with other like minded people, not all the Images Posted are or claim to be "Ansel Adams" quality, they don't need to be, most post Images for constructive feed back in an endeavour to better their Photography, and most people that understand this give constructive criticism, constructive criticism is not the same as your comment above, your comment, unfortunately, is just plain bad manners.

And yes, often less than stellar Images receive positive reviews from people on CR, it's called "being positive", or "being nice", which seems to me to be so much easier than the opposite, which in case I need to spell it out, is "being negative" or "being an arsehole".

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:10:53 AM »

Stunning work! The first shot, in particular, is just beautiful. Love that partial silhouette and backlighting.

Hi jrista, and that is where the 300f/2.8L II shines even over the 400f/2.8L II, I had both Lenses with me during that 1st Image, but I could only get the 300 to focus fast in these conditions, and it focussed on the head immediately, the 400 tended to hunt some before eventually locking focus.

My 200-400f/4 wouldn't have a hope of taking this Image, well, in my hands at least.

Again the attached shows the Lens in action, on the 1Dx @ 12fps this was reasonably easy shooting, except when this big boy got to the top I thought he was done, he didn't even hesitate, just launched out of the Tree with the Impala in his mouth, i was too stunned to shoot, missed what would have been "the shot", that's photography though.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:59:43 AM »
How is it possible NOT to want this lens ...

Yes, it's one of my favourites, even the Version 1 was a great Lens.

Like your Avatar as well.

EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:48:10 AM »
I have examples posted all over these forums, if you wish to take a look. I get a lot of compliments, but the simple fact of the matter is I'm rarely satisfied with my work. I don't blame my lack of satisfaction on my equipment. My equipment is excellent, even though these days it is technologically inferior. I blame my lack of satisfaction for not having the ability to fully realize my vision...what I see in my minds eye is often not what I see in my results. No amount of equipment will ever fix that...doesn't matter how much DR Sony and Nikon pump out...the only thing that can fix the deficiency in my art is a continued, exerted effort to improve it myself.

Lovely stuff, it's what I read CR for, small pieces of Eloquence, be it technical, Images or just plain nicely put.

Thank You jrista, honestly made my day.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 01, 2013, 10:39:38 PM »
One of the regulars in CR asked me to post some of my Images shot with the 300f/2.8 L II, so I've pulled these four as examples of just how well the Lens works on either the 1Dx or the 5DMK III.

I wasn't able to pull up any shot with this Lens + the 1.4x converter, I've tested this Combo and found it's a perfect match, very little degradation viewable, but I very seldom use the combo as I've always had the 400f/2.8 L II as well, now the 200-400f/4.

The 300f/2.8 L II is one of my absolute main stay Lenses, sharp, fast to focus & light.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: December 01, 2013, 07:40:56 PM »
I have read a few quite good examples of trolling here, but alongside every once in a while maybe you are missing some good points. ;-)

Diko, you may well be right, but it's a two way street, it may just be that your the one missing the point.

There's nothing wrong with having a wish list, I have several, I just don't expect that a Company like Canon/Nikon/Sony is going to give much thought to it, but that doesn't stop me living in hope and believing that all these Companies sooner or later end up at the same point, some sooner, some later, but they all end up with very similar pieces of Tech & equipment for the same Market, it's called good business.

Just pick one, large choice, buy the gear, enjoy.

Don't keep looking over your shoulder at what everyone else is doing, just leads back to CR and Posts of discontent.

And if that Green Machine has an Option to install a Canon, I'm in faster than greased lightning.

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