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Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: March 02, 2014, 04:09:49 AM »
Thanks Edward. If we donĀ“t have more solid info of a high MP Canon body before this summer, I think I have to get one and try. It seems to me it will make manual focus a bit easier and it is also a bit tempting to try out the sensor. My use will be slow and non-action photography with the TS-E lenses and the two Zeiss lenses I have, so some of the speed issues you have will not bother me much. I am a bit puzzled over the lack of lenses for this body though and I am not overly enthusiastic over the need for the adaptor.

Hi Eldar, the Metabones adaptor I have is the EF-E Mount Version III, make sure if you get the Metabobes you get the version 3.

It's actually not much of a problem, as I only have Canon Mount lenses the Metabones can stay on the a7r except when I'm using the Zeiss EF 35, I have not noticed any degradation of IQ using the Metabones, but I have to assume there is a small amount.

And your right, if you keep your Imaging to slow/static action the a7r is a pretty reasonable Camera with a very good sensor, plus the cost of the a7r has made it attractive, especially now, I think the a7r can be purchased for a lot less now than when I purchased it in Late December 2013.

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: March 02, 2014, 02:40:33 AM »
Worth a Look, Couple of very well done Videos shot with the Otus & 1Dc
4k Blackmagic Production Camera - Brighton on Vimeo Small | Large

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:37:07 PM »
A couple of questions to those of you with the Sony A7R:
- How happy are you with the EVF and how does it work with manual focus lenses?
- Is it better, worse or same-same as an OVF?
- Are you sufficiently happy with it to recommend it as a special purpose body for the Otus?

Mmmm, it's a slightly mixed bag to date, but in fairness to the a7r I've not had the conditions to put it fully to a test, my comments to date would be.

Completely brilliant size/weight/look & layout (none of which count when it comes to IQ, but helps the general feel).

I'm not so keen on the EVF arrangement, but as I use the a7r more I'm beginning to like it more, it's the very first EVF camera I've used.

I like the EVF for it's quite clear rendition of what your shooting, but it's not as good as say the 1Dx OVF.

I like very much the EVF ability to zoom without having to go to the back LCD and live view.

I like the "focus peaking".

(these last couple of points absolutely help with manual Focus)

I don't like the "Lag" you get between shutter actuations, there's a definite point after tripping the shutter where the view in the EVF Stalls for a second, before you once again get your live image back, that's a huge PIA and in itself makes the Camera almost useless for Fast Action Imaging.

The Sensor is what should have been in the 5DMK III, this is a superb sensor, 36MP of brilliance, I won't go into the DR question I'll likely get burned, enough to say side by side with the 5DMK III on IQ, just IQ, the sensor in the a7r outshines the 5DMK III (I'm sorry Guys, but it's just one man's humble opinion, this doesn't make the a7r better than the 5DMK III, it isn't, but the a7r has a better sensor, unfortunately it's also a large part of why your limited to 4 fps, Oh to have your cake and be able to eat it as well).

4 fps, is fine for most things except fast action, wildlife, sports etc, for Portraits, street photography, landscape, the a7r is in it's element.

On lenses, I have the metabones Canon Mount adaptor to use my Canon Lenses.

To date I've tried both the 17 & 24 TSE Lenses, both work exceptionally well, detail is excellent.

I've of course tried the Otus on the a7r, again works flawlessly.

I bought the a7r with the Zeiss 35, great combo for general Photography, I did order the Zeiss 55 but cancelled until I had some time to read reports on it, seems it also is a very good lens.

If there's a single serious failure here it's Sony's lacklustre ability to have serious set of lenses available at launch, it's somewhat off set by the ability to use pretty well any other Lens ever made, but there will be a slight loss I'm sure when using an adaptor, I haven't really seen it yet, but I imagine if you look close enough it'll be there.

So, not an in depth review of course, more a list of my impressions to date, I like the Camera, I'll certainly continue to use it, and I seem to be reaching more for the a7r now than I do for the 5DMK III, I have an underwater housing ordered for the a7r and once Zeiss release a Macro lens  & 15mm WA for this Body this will become my go to UW rig, currently it's the 5DMK III.

I'm heading next week to Sumatra for the Bull Run at Pacu Jawa, the a7r will not be coming (4fps won't cut it), that will be a 1Dx + 200-400 event, with the 5DMK III as a back up (1/2 my gear is in Australia as I'm moving back to Aus permanently in June this year after 28 years living in Jakarta & Singapore).

I bought the a7r primarily because of the Sensor, and the small footprint, and I'm very happy to date. I'm not sure I'de buy it for use with a single lens.

Once Canon bring in their High MP Body (this Century I hope) then with the exception of UW Photography (where the a7r has a size advantage), I hazard a guess I'll opt for the Canon Body & hope it comes in a 1D body rather than the D800 style of body.

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:16:27 PM »
Won't it state on the lens where it is made ?

Ask Eldar or Edward or Winnie the Pooh to look

What a smart wee chap you are Sporgon, hadn't thought to look at mine, but there it is.

The "Made in Germany" is the B + W Pro clear filter.

The rest is "Made in Japan"

It sounds like your using a Camera Body with a Single CF Slot ??

So my advice would be similar to others in that you should look at what a normal days Imaging is going too be, then get 2 Cards. I'de suggest a minimum of 2 x 32GB Sandisk CF Cards.

You might then look down the track at getting a Camera Body that has built in back up, i.e.. 2 Cards, I can't imagine going on a trip to say Africa with a Camera that has only a single Memory Card.

Unlike some, I've had a couple of bad experiences with CF Cards, in particular Lexar 128GB Cards, I purchased 4 of these about 18 Months ago, had one dead on arrival, another corrupted after a full days shoot in Botswana, around 1500 Images on the Lexar lost (I did eventually save about 70% of the Images with "San Disk Rescue Pro", a great piece of software.

What that experience taught me was to always set up my Cameras so I have both Cards saving at the same time (so I have 2 copies of everything I shoot, hence the requirement in my case for 2 x 128GB Cards), this is fine on the 1Dx as they are both CF Cards, the 5DMK III you run intro the issue of the Canon Software built in bottle neck of the SD Card, ridiculous software limitation still not fixed by Canon (Nikon doesn't have this issue where they use a mix of CF/SD Cards) on the 5DMK III the write speed of the Cards is governed by the speed of the SD card & Canon's limitation on SD write speed.

Another heads up on Memory Cards is the recent release of OSX 10.9 Mavericks, I have 3 Card readers, the Sandisk CF Card reader (works fine still), the Lexar HR1 Hub Reader (reads up to 4 cards at once in a stacked hub) works fine still, and an older Lexar Card reader that reads a CF card & SD card in a pop up head, this reader no longer works under OSX 10.9.

I hope this helps, my experience with Lexar CF Cards doesn't appear to be widespread, but I no longer buy Lexar Cards, I stick now to 128GB Sandisk CF & SD Cards.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 01, 2014, 05:45:21 AM »
Nice shot! You do have to clean your sensor though. And if the images had been shot 1/100s earlier, you would probably have the entire dog in the frame and maybe also sharp focus on his head. And if, on top of that, the car had been removed, it would have been really outstanding!

After all that good advice, I must say the moment I looked at this image it reminded me of the "Hired Wolf" Image by Jose Luis Rodriguez.

Such a pity regards the end of the story because I still find it one of those Classically Beautiful Images.

Half way to Nothing's image just goes to show how you can get a Dog/Wolf to perform, nice Dog as well.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: February 28, 2014, 10:50:09 PM »

I agree that bottom one is to die for, incredible!  Processing in LR?

Hi Carl, yes LR5, I tend to bring everything into LR and use that to manage files, make basic adjustments in LR, move to PS CC then I either use Layers in PS or now I often find myself in On One, I like that programme.

Small story on the Pissed Leopard Image, I was shooting across the front of my youngest Boy, so he was closest to the Animal shooting with a Nikon (I originally thought that was why the Animal was annoyed), immediately after this image the Leopard charged the vehicle, I dropped the Camera and grabbed my Lad, the Leopard actually rammed into the side of the vehicle, then went and laid back down growling at us.

We had come across this Lady immediately after she had been run off by a large group of Baboons & she had lost out on a Kill & taken a Baboon beating, I guess in hindsight we should have let her calm down a bit before further annoying her. But the strange behaviour was she wouldn't leave the area, so we decided to come back the following day.

The next day, same area we came across The Female as per the first Image, chomping down on one of her protagonists from the previous Day, Mr or Mrs Baboon.

Around 2 hours later she moved off to a large clump of fallen Logs, and the second Image showed us what the strange behaviour was about. The young Cub was probably just 5 or 6 weeks old & Baboons have a built in behaviour of killing Leopard Cubs.

Both these Images were in fact shot with the 1DMK IV & I think the 400f/2.8 V1 Lens.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: February 28, 2014, 10:24:49 PM »
5Dmk111 + Canon 300f2.8mk11 lens ISO 4000. Low light performance brilliant with this combination

Lovely Image, my favourite Animal in the Wild, great capture of the Leopard having a drink off his nose, really, well done.

If I might offer one little piece of prospective advice ?? Try the image slightly cropped so the Green Bush on right & left are cropped out, what you will end up with is the Animal swimming in a space where everything is OOF, except the Animal and the rain drops are more obvious, gives the background more of that early morning dreamy effect, or not.

And your right, although I tend now to use the 200-400 for most of my Wildlife Images, I still bring my 300f/2.8 II for those shots that need complete sharpness and low light, it's a remarkable Lens.

Reviews / Re: Nikon D4s VS Canon 1Dx Comparison
« on: February 28, 2014, 07:05:16 PM »
First paragraph tends to let me know the writer is a little loose on thought processing, he's stating the D4 & D4s are improvements over the D3x rather than the reality, the D4 & D4s are improvements over the D3s, so I get the impression the Lad is a bit confused right off the Bat.

The fact that he's trying to compare two Cameras developed 3 years apart is another point for confussed journalism.

I personally think the D4s looks to be a pretty reasonable Body for Nikon, it's what Nikon should have released instead of the D4, they didn't, and we have the situation where Canon's 1Dx took a lot off the Nikon Market in this area of Sales. What Nikon have embarrassingly done here is finally develop a Pro Body as good as the 1Dx, 3 years later, probably something Nikon should remain quite about. I'll feel the same way about Canon when Canon finally bring a +36MP Body to Market, 2 to 3 years after the D800.

I love the comment on the 1Dx inability to take sharp focus when the operator hasn't locked focus, now I see why so many of my own Images have been out of focus at times, amazing piece of deduction on the writers part, don't lock focus, end up with blurry Images, new stuff, love it.

I suppose I was expecting Nikon to bring out a D3x type upgraded Body, I owned one of these (D3x) once upon a time, and thought it a remarkably good Camera, certainly in most areas better than my 1Ds MK III, but the 1Dx ?? I feel it's probably got about 2 to 3 years before it's something I'll look at and feel I need to upgrade, it's a wonderful mix of IQ/Speed & the AF system is matchless in todays Cameras, including the D4s. Be nice to shave some weight though.

Canon General / Re: Why Image Quality isn't Everything
« on: February 28, 2014, 06:19:29 PM »
I liked best the last Photo's caption "The Leopard evaded capture and is still at large"

Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: February 27, 2014, 09:48:12 PM »
So, I FINALLY got some clear sky for a period of several hours, and was finally able to create a nicer image of Horse Head and Flame Nebulas:

Superb, simply superb.

Really, this takes dedication few of us have, well done.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 07:18:12 PM »
Now if this hack would give me everything I've been fantasizing about in the a7R

My experience to date with the a7r is if it could be hacked to give 8fps ?? the rest is just fine as is, this Sensor and 8fps, my hopes for a near future 1D body.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 07:09:16 PM »
Wot Nikon are going to start modifying 5D3s  :P

Ha Ha Ha, wondered how long before someone would suggest this, should be the start of another Looooooong blown out DR discussion, generating quickly into argument, degenerating inevitably into name calling, insults & Chaos.

But, if you wanted better DR than Canon offer, I suppose you could just buy a D800 ?? right ?? wouldn't void the warranty.

I think I'll just stay with my 1Dx, 5DMK III, 1DMK IV & 5DMK II as is and wait for Canon to improve DR, or not, I'm Ok either way.

I was hesitant to make a comment here, but things seem to have calmed down a little.

I do a lot of Macro, albeit it's all Underwater Imaging, I have two set ups for Underwater.

1DMK IV in a Seacam Housing, I find the APS-H format just get's me closer and for my Macro Imaging works better than anything else I've tried (FF/APS-C), primarily it allows me to better utilise the 100f/2.8 Macro L IS.

For everything else I use the 5DMK III again in a Seacam Housing, FF seems to the wide angle Imaging better than the 1.3 Crop of the APS-H format.

Software & Accessories / Re: need help choosing the right macbook.
« on: February 27, 2014, 06:38:40 PM »
I'm using both the 13" Retina (2.8Ghz) with 8GB & the 15" Retina (2.6Ghz) with 16GB of RAM.

The difference between the RAM loads becomes noticable in particular when your running several programmes at once, i.e.. LR5 + PS CC + On One, you will start running into lag in this situation with 8GB, it's not a major, but on my 13" it is noticeable at times.

Also if your working with Video, in particular from an external drive, 8GB just isn't quite enough to work without some Lag.

The 13" Retina MacBook Pro is a great machine running either 8GB or 16GB, but if you can afford the extra $$$ always load to the Max, especially as RAM today is so cheap and you'll have a great machine for a couple years.

The 15" macBook Pro is just a better all round screen experience especially with the Retina Display & it comes standard now with 16GB RAM, I always upgrade to the fastest processor, mine is running the 2.6Ghz processor. Again, if you can afford it, this is the machine to go for, the display when working with video & images is just that much better than the 13", there's a slight size/weight trade off, in my situation I use the 15" and my son uses the 13".

I understand your running to a budget, we all do, but again if you can afford it upgrade to the 1TB HD, it won't affect the running of the machine, only how long before you start having to run from an external HD. I generally only keep Images and video on the HD while I'm on a trip, as soon as I get Home it all comes off and goes onto a 32TB G Speed esPro External RAID system.

Whichever you go for, enjoy the experience, Apple + Canon, heaven   ;).

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