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I think the guy just made a "typo" in the header, probably jumped the gun to get some forward advertising out there before anyone else regards an ebook ready to go.

The 7D has been a pretty good seller for Canon, and remains so, not a chance of a snow flake in hell Canon would jeopardise this Market by switching their flagship crop sensor to FF.

The nonsense on the amalgamation of the FF 1Ds line & the 1.3 crop 1DMK IV to the FF 1Dx was a somewhat different story, seems to have worked well for Canon, pity in my view, I like the 1.3 Crop on the 1DMK IV, but it was done to get back to basics, FF + 1.6 Crop.

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If the Sigma 50 Art had a decent AF, I agree that it would be competitor. But it is so inconsistent that I found it useless. So, after having tried 2 copies, I returned it and will not buy another Sigma until it is documented that they have AF that works and a quality control to rely on.

I tend to agree, although I do have the Sigma 35 Art & I'm relatively happy with this Lens, I passed on the 50 Art due to the large amount of complaints there seemed to be regards the AF inconsistency, and like yourself Eldar I've set up one of my 1Dx bodies permanently with the Ec-S screen and have just adapted to the Zeiss manual focus to the degree that I pretty well only use the Zeiss Lenses now, except for situations where the subject is likely to move quickly, gives you an appreciation of how just how good the "old" school Photographers were getting the Images they did with only MF lenses.

I agree also your comments re the Canon 85f/1.2 L is a wonderful Lens, and on the 1Dx reasonable AF, but it is slow and I feel the Zeiss Otus 85f/1.4 will be a step forward, we'll see once it hits the Shops.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 07, 2014, 05:31:55 PM »
I think he saw me taking is photo!

400mm @ f2.8, 1/1000. ISO 640.

Nice one Menace, these Guys look slow, but they don't miss much, Africa's most dangerous animal.

The Cousin with the pointy end, 1Dx & 300f/2.8 II @ f/8

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This lens has to be beyond amazing to be worth the price. i have the 55mm and as a photography lens if one is looking for sheer image quality I can see there are better alternatives to this lens.

As a hybrid lens, nothing beats it though with its quality build, long focus throw and beautiful rendition.

Are you saying there are better alternatives to the Otus 55 f/1.4 when considering just Image Quality ?? If there's something out there that produces better Image Quality than the Zeiss Otus 55 f/1.4 I'de be very interested to know what, I'm not being critical here, just interested to know, what ??.

If your looking in the +/- 50mm range, f/1.2 through f/2.8, Canon mount, there are a multitude of alternatives to the Zeiss Otus 55, better ?? Not in my view, close ?? maybe.

If your looking for something though with AF then the Zeiss Lenses aren't what your looking for.

Currently I have & use the Zeiss 15f/2.8, 21f/2.8, Otus 55 f/1.4 & 135 f/2 all are amazing Lenses (I also own & use the Canon 8-15f/4, 24f/1.4, 50f/1.2, 85f/1.2 & 135 f/2), at least in the Canon Range nothing comes close to the Image Quality of the Zeiss Lenses, nothing, maybe the Canon 135f/2 gets as close as any, but close isn't the same as "as good" or "better", I honestly wish Canon would produce an AF Lens as good as any of these, but they don't & aren't likely to anytime soon, there's always hope though.

And where Canon is concerned they've pretty well screwed ease of use of the better Body they produce, the 5DMK III for using any Manual Lenses, by making the Focus Screen almost impossible to change out (as against the 5DMK II, 1DMK IV, 1Dx etc), one of the more obvious decisions of Canon Management & Engineering that they seem to have lost some of the plot.

And use of "Live View" isn't a replacement for a split screen focussing screen, maybe in video work, not my area, but in walk around photography, trying to Manually Focus with "Live View" is at least for me almost a waste of time, "Live View" on a Tripod different story & no problem, makes sense.

Zeiss Otus 85f/1.4 ?? Love it already.

Having said that, it's likely to be the last Zeiss Lens I feel I need to own, unless they produce a Zeiss Otus 35f/1.4   :D

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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 02, 2014, 02:02:50 AM »
Eml,
I have visited Japan a few time, and it is a great place.  I talked to my wife just yesterday about going back to visit again.
I would like to ask you for permission to use your Autumn Kyoto photo as a subject for my wife to paint in watercolor.
Thanks.
-r

Your most welcome glad you like it, PM me with an email address, happy to send you a larger version.

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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:41:08 PM »
Autumn in Japan 2012 Kyoto

This picture looks like a Monet. Beautiful colors. Well done Edward.

Thanks Click, wish it was worth as much as a Monet  :)

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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:12:49 PM »
elm,
Very breath taking abstract of Kyoto!
-r

Appreciated, not hard to end up with reasonable images in Japan, the whole Country & it's People are Photogenic.

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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:11:16 PM »
Bridge in a Forest

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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 06:43:22 PM »
Autumn in Japan 2012 Kyoto

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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 06:14:51 PM »
jd, a good place to start might be this Book, I've found it exceptionally handy & definitely worth the $30 investment, it's certainly helped me improve my Printing & Monitor set up etc.

http://www.amazon.com/Fine-Art-Printing-Photographers-Exhibition/dp/1937538249/ref=dp_ob_image_bk

On my own Monitor set up I use the X Right i1 Pro, again, I find it worth the investment, currently I use it to set up my Apple 30" Cinema Display & my Sharp K321 4K Monitor.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 01, 2014, 05:56:11 PM »
Marc Adamus (although, I think he may have moved to a D800 as well...and his work tends to be a bit overly saturated for my tastes.)

jrista check this, your half on the money.

http://fstopgear.com/staffpro/marc-adamus
Also agree this guys work is amazing.

Finally found a Post on this thread I felt I could respond to, Thanks.


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Finally, let's for once all be honest about something. There isn't a nickel's worth of difference between Nikon and Canon anyway.

Completely agree, perhaps a large part of the issue re comments on the worth/worthlessness of Nikon/Canon/Sony/Phase One etc etc on these forums, and this one in particular, is envy, boredom, vicious mindset, the list is long.

Enjoy what you have while you can, stop looking over the fence.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 27, 2014, 07:21:11 PM »
Spider Monkey - shot earlier today.

EF400+1.4x III, f4, ISO250, 1/1000.

Thought I was looking into a Mirror at first, Love the shot, sort of Planet of the Apes look, mean & ready to Kick Butte.

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Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 27, 2014, 06:05:57 AM »
I sometimes also shoot landscapes or animals.

Love the Chimp shot, well done.

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Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 27, 2014, 06:04:08 AM »
Bdunbar you are going to simply Love that Lens, I had both the Mk 1 then the Mk II, both superb lenses, the biggest advantage with the MK II is the weight loss over the MK I.

I did sell my 400MK II and at times I've regretted it, that f/2.8 is just amazingly useful, I now use the 200-400f/4 and although it suits my wildlife well, I've compensate for the loss of the 400f/2.8 II by always having the 300f/2.8 II with me & hope I'm close enough to use it when needed in low light.

Great Lens, reasonably sure you'll have no regrets, have fun look forward to seeing some Images.

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