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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:52:53 AM »
Went walking today on the Beach, found this Guy, not as pretty as the recent shot by Eldar, less well fed perhaps.

1Dx & Otus 55f/1.4 @ f/1.4

EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:21:14 PM »
Too much MP for my taste.

Sounds just about right for landscapes. :) If only it has the DR...

Completely agree, totally.

This would be a Pro Body, main competitors being the Phase One IQ250, Pentax 645z & Haselblad H5D, basically anything with the Sony 50MP CMOS Sensor in it (and you can bet good money that Sony are about to drop that Sensor into their own body, sooner not later), is that worth competing with ?? I think so, I hope Canon does as well.

Price ??, about right, Competes well with the price of the 645z, certainly competes more than well with the Phase One & Haselblad (Sony will do it for 1/3 the price, but that have zero Lenses to match without Zeiss).

Will it happen, no idea, but I certainly hope so.

Lenses / Re: The Sigma 35mm Art is Toasting Canon's?
« on: September 17, 2014, 07:56:02 PM »
Do you guys think or have any secret info regarding the new 35mm and if canon is speeding up their process to release, since everybody is leaning towards sigma since the new 35 and 50mms A by Sigma?

CR is probably the wrong place to look for secret info regards Canon's release schedule, if your looking for opinions, biased or otherwise, right place.

I have both the Canon 35f/1.4 & the Art 35f/1.4, both have their plusses, the Canon for straight up Bokeh is unbeatable, this Lens just renders background way better than the Art, colour rendition is better as well.

But for sharpness the Art is clearly a winner, so I tend to use the Art for general street scenes, the Canon for Portrait & Landscape Images.

I've had very few OOF Images with the Canon 35f/1.4, the Art 35f/1.4 is a different story, it does have more issues with AF than the Canon, I tend to use the Art with Manual Focus where possible.

I won't buy another Sigma Lens based on the 35 Art & the reports regards the 50 Art, I'll live in hope that Canon & Zeiss can come to some sort of arrangement regards licensing AF, Zeiss lenses on a Canon Body that has AF ?? Heaven in a lens.

Not sure what numbers Canon have sold on the 35f/1.4, but I'm reasonably sure the numbers "Toast" the numbers of Sigma 35Art lenses sold to date, and when Canon release a 35f/1.4 II, it'll "Re Toast" Sigma's sales, see, biased opinion   :D.

Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 17, 2014, 07:43:05 PM »
I wish Canon and Zeiss could agree on an AF license ...

Hail Mary, But Canon aren't that dense I think, who would buy a Canon Lens between 15 & 135 ?? if the Zeiss Lenses AF on a Canon Body, exception being the TSE lenses.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:43:44 PM »
Re the discussion on Version 1 versus version II lenses & AF Speed, I've owned & used both versions of the 300f/2.8 & 400f/2.8, both the version II lenses have faster AF speed & lock on is much quicker, weight of course is remarkably reduced, IQ not so sure on, not much between versions in my view.

The 1Dx allows much faster AF lock than the 5DMK III , less noticeable with the 200f/2, 300f/2.8, 400f/2.8, 200-400f/4 & 600f/4, but remarkably noticeable on the 85f/1.2 & 50f/1.2

Lenses / Re: Choose your Weapon: Ultra Wide Zooms for Canon
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:35:43 PM »
I use the Nikon 14-24f/2.8 on the 5DMK III with a Novoflex adaptor, requires Manual Focus, but it's Landscape so works fine.

Works better on the D3x.

I also use the Canon 8-15f/4, mostly @ 15, find it's a pretty good Lens at 15, certainly better than the older 15f/2.8 Prime.

The Canon 16-35f/2.8 I've almost given up on, all the Canon Primes in this Range work much better, 14f/2.8, 24f/1.4, 35f/1.4, and the Zeiss primes in this range work better than the Canon primes, as long as your Ok with Manual Focus.

I have the 15mm and like it a lot especially with the software we have nowadays like dxo that corrects the aberrations and let's you de-fish it all or partially. I was interested in getting the 8-15 but I am not really into circular shots and I didn't think it was supposed to be any better at 15 than the prime? Is it?

I use both primarily for Underwater Imaging, the newer 8-15f/4 is a much better Lens @ 15 than the older 15f/2.8 @ f/4. The usability of the 8-15 is more restricted as you get lower than say 12mm, at this point it's more about Fun than good Images, still , fun is what Photography is supposed to be about.

For Lanscape work I lean towards the Zeiss 15f/2.8 & Zeiss 21 f/2.8 where the Manual Focus isn't an issue.

The Nikon 14-24f/2.8 is better than anything that Canon currently makes in the Range, but this is a subjective viewpoint, although based on My owning both the Canon 16-35f/2.8 & the Nikon 14-24f/2.8, I've used both these lenses extensively in Underwater Imaging and Landscape, the Nikon beats the Canon in every way, unfortunately. I'de love to see Canon bring a 14-24f/2.8 to Market with the sharpness of the 17 & 24 TSE lenses or even as good as the Nikon.

Lenses / Re: Choose your Weapon: Ultra Wide Zooms for Canon
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:22:31 PM »
I use the Nikon 14-24f/2.8 on the 5DMK III with a Novoflex adaptor, requires Manual Focus, but it's Landscape so works fine.

Works better on the D3x.

I also use the Canon 8-15f/4, mostly @ 15, find it's a pretty good Lens at 15, certainly better than the older 15f/2.8 Prime.

The Canon 16-35f/2.8 I've almost given up on, all the Canon Primes in this Range work much better, 14f/2.8, 24f/1.4, 35f/1.4, and the Zeiss primes in this range work better than the Canon primes, as long as your Ok with Manual Focus.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:04:26 PM »


Have you tried the WFT-E6? I ask because I really like the one on my 1Ds MkIII's and the newer versions have much more functionality.

If so how does the CamRanger compare?

Hi Private, I do have the WFT-E6, but since purchasing the Camranger never use it, the CamRanger does everything the E6 does then leaves it behind, the thing i like most on the Camranger is the ability to focus via the iPad, the Camranger app just works very well.

Canon sell the E6 for almost $700 bucks the CamRanger sells for $300 & cleans the clock on compared usability.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:04:07 PM »
For me, I have no interest in WiFi for streaming images off to the internet. Most of my photography is done outdoors and very little of it is done in Wifi range of anything... probably a quarter of it is done outside cell phone range....

What I was interested in, was the ability to remote control the camera. That will be missed... and no WiFi SD card is going to give me those abilities.

My situation exactly, it's a pity that Canon don't get with the programme, WiFi isn't some new & unknown tech, it's been around for a long while now, Canon seems generally to have gone down the path of least resistance, add on at a reasonably large cost, pity.

I've tried a few work arounds, the only one that I absolutely recommend is the CamRanger, this system via my iPad Mini simply doesn't leave the bag, since buying the CamRanger I've just adapted it to pull those Images that are exceptionally hard to get any other way, great system, works great on the Canon 1Dx & 5DMK III also the 1DMK IV & 5DMK II, as far as I know works on just about anything.

The attached Image I'de tried on a number of occasions using different systems, monopod down low etc, but the vehicle scares the Wildlife so the shots are difficult.

With the attached Image I set the 1Dx + 300f/2.8 II on the RRS small Metal Tripod to get the Camera down Low, attached to the CamRanger, in the middle of the Track, drove off 100 meters behind some bush, monitored via my iPad Mini in the vehicle, adjusted Focus via the iPad Mini, shot the Image via the iPad mini/CamRanger as the Mum & Cubs approached the "strange looking" object in the middle of the path.

The Image isn't anything wonderful, but I just like it as all the Animals have that look of being intrigued, although Mum did have a constant frown & look of suspicion. Difficult to get this sort of Image from a Vehicle, not impossible, but the CamRanger opens up new avenues for Imaging that had been almost impossible before.

Only real issue I've found with this method is shooting Lions, they tend to eat the Camera, not good.

Lenses / Re: Which Tilt/Shift lens to choose?
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:15:25 PM »
Keep in mind when making that decision that ably the newer MkII 17mm & 24mm are in fact 'L' Lenses, the older build 45 & 90 are not.

There are differences between the two, there's an expectation that quite soon Canon will upgrade the 45 & 90, so you may want to hold on your decision for a while, but with Canon lately you may also want to ignore that & decide which of the current 17 & 24 suits your needs best.

I have both & use mostly the 17, both are excellent, very very sharp Lenses, there's a learning curve primarily in setting maximum focus, but there's some very good tutorials by both Canon & others that will help you there.

I use the 17 mostly for inside buildings, but also as a Landscape outside, the 24 mostly for outside buildings & again, Landscape.

The 24 is probably the Lens best to buy first, no issues setting this Lens up with Filters, I use the Lee Filters.

The 17 you will need to go to something like the Wonderpana arrangement which is what I use, works just fine & allows me to then use my Lee Filters on the 17.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII vs Samsung NX1
« on: September 14, 2014, 10:05:12 PM »
15fps ?? 150 cross type AF points ?? Holy Cow.

I think my Son just bought one of these to replace his 6D, Just need to let him know   ;)

Agree with jrista, if this Baby lives up to the hype, has a reasonable Lens line up, it's an amazing development.

For those that feel Samsung can't live in the same space as Sony, Nikon & Canon, just reflect on how they are doing against the Giants of the telecom world, they've certainly been able to put the fear into Apple, can't see any reason they couldn't do the same to Canon et all, love it.

Just another indication that other companies seem to be pushing innovation, Canon ?? Not so much at present.

This also may help John, no idea how well it would work, but the Otus 55/85 on this is giving me a nervous twitch.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you say Nikon
« on: September 14, 2014, 09:53:06 PM »

further doubts?
this is nikon's official 90th anniversary commemorative video:

6 minutes 20 seconds of absolute agony listening to that music, I now better understand the phrase "music to commit suicide by", definite category winner.

But at least now I also have a better understanding of how to say "Nikon", rather than how I used to say it "Nikon", which is basically just pronouncing the word the way it's spelt, as in "Nikon", appreciated, I just wasted 10 minutes of my life   >:(.

Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 14, 2014, 07:02:00 PM »
So the question for me now is; Should I get the A7R as a gap filler? Edward; Are you sufficiently happy with yours to recommend that?

No, simple answer, I've adapted to the a7r primarily because of the sensor & small footprint for Underwater use.

As a replacement for the 1Dx not in the same league, may never be (for wildlife, anything that moves quick, weather proofing, ruggedness).

As a replacement for the 5DMK III ? In most situations I believe it can & does, with the exception of Lens Support at this point. Currently I use my Canon/Zeiss Lenses with the Metabones adaptor, not a perfect situation, but it does work well.

I'll be interested to see what Sony does with the a7r II, or, wether or not Sony drop that +50MP CMOS Sensor into a DSLR, that would almost certainly see me buying into the system and if they set the Camera up to use any Lens (via adaptors), maybe getting close to what I'de like to see in a high MP Canon Body.

I think the current a7r is a good Camera with future potential as a system, it's not yet a very good camera just yet.

The 5DMK III for it's few idiosyncrasies is still a very good Camera with all the support that Canon provides, until Sony can match that it's probably not effective to look at the a7r other than as an experiment, or for a specific reason (Housed size for underwater use).

I've looked at the Fuji XT-1 for a few reasons, but a friend of mine has one and the EVF on this Camera is where I'de like to see Canon move towards in a 5DMK IV with 40MP sensor, perhaps the best iteration of an EVF I've seen, still has lag, but it's so minimal you hardly notice it, maybe where the a7r will be next year.

Of all the systems I've looked at in the last 12 to 18 months, the Pentax 645z is the best development I've seen, if they had a better Lens line up with Leaf Shutter Lenses as an option (current lens lineup sync speed is 1/200th ?? from memory), for anything other than Wildlife I'de be on board.

Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 14, 2014, 02:15:29 AM »
Thanks. How is the A7r for underwater? I don't live near a body of water that has anything interesting in it, but years ago I worked with a guy who did reef photography with a film camera (that was just before the turning of the age to digital), and his stuff was amazing. I've loved it ever since. I bet an A7s would be phenomenal for the lower light levels in a reef.

The a7r works a treat as an underwater replacement for the 1DMK IV & 5DMK III which have been my main Cameras for a while, 5DMK II before that & 5D before that, and for a while I housed the Nikon 3 Dx but it was getting out of hand when heading off on a dive trip, 3 Cameras, 3 different Housings, needed a Sherpa just to carry the gear. The footprint of the a7r Housed is 30% less than the 5DMK III so much easier to handle in stiff currents, the housed 1DMK IV is an absolute bitch when you get any sort of current, but the 1.3 crop with the 100 Macro works so very well.

The only issue I have again is the EVF & the fact that there are no, as yet, Zeiss Macro Lenses for the a7r, currently I use it with the 35f/2.8 Zeiss Lens, then the Metabones adaptor with my Canon 8-15f/4 (mostly @ 15) & the Canon 100 f/2.8 II Macro (an exceptionally good Macro Lens, kills the Nikon 105). Set to that I use two Seacam Strobes for lighting & a small focus light on top of the Housing.

Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: September 13, 2014, 08:41:31 PM »
How is the Metabones adapter with other Canon lenses? Does it work well? I am not sure that, if I added an A7r to my kit, that I'd stick with it. I am thinking it would probably be mostly a temporary thing, then I'd sell it and either get the A7r "Mark II" if one comes out soon, or if by some miracle Canon actually turns the 5D IV into a landscape behemoth with 40-50mp AND better Exmore-level DR (the former I think is likely...the latter I think is very unlikely from Canon at this point.)

The Metabones works well, I use it quite a lot these days with the TSE 17 & 24, plus the Zeiss Lenses (15,21,Otus 55, 135 & soon the Otus 85), I like the files from the a7r, certainly better than the 5DMK III, I have 2 5DMK III Bodies that I'm going to sell, I have used the 5D in my Underwater Imaging but recently bought a Housing for the a7r, smaller footprint, better Images.

Like yourself, waiting for Canon to develop that 50MP Sensor & stick into a 1D Body (need the robustness & weather proofing of the 1D line). But I think it's a couple years away at best, more chance of an improved a7r II before we see Canon go + 22MP.

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