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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or wait for New 7D?
« on: December 26, 2012, 06:18:54 PM »
Trying to decide whether to just go for it w/ the 6D or hold off until the new 7D comes out next year.  Thoughts?

Do you want a full frame camera, or a crop camera body?  Answer that, and you've answered the question.   :)

Quite possibly the Canon A2E, it was a leap forward, and then a feature pulled from our hands. 

... and his reply to me " i didn't go into custom functions as didn't have the space to,idea was to talk about design and using it out of the box.otherwise a review would read like an instruction manual which would be pretty boring read".

I write for magazines, and there is always a balancing act in what you write, what the editor wants, and what the people want.  For the most part, the buyers of magazines are not looking for super technical pieces, they want something easy to read, and almost conversational.  I fully agree with the people who are going to post "NO!!! We want full technical info and in depth real coverage!!!"  The problem is that information is more often than not found on sites like this, where most people will skim over it and only a few will get involved. 

This causes most reviews to be written as an overview, instead of an actual review.  Combine that with the need to write about new items, and a lead time of often several months before an article is written to when it hits the stands, and you can see where the internet simply slays its print edition older siblings.   

I agree that mentioning a custom function would have been better, but there ends up being a lot that a Nikon shooter isn't going to know, and a lot that a shooter new to the 1DX doesn't know as well.  I blame most of that on the time constraints which are put in place for the articles. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D in Costa Rica
« on: December 26, 2012, 02:26:06 PM »
Costa Rica, Vietnam and Laos?  Running this site must be paying off in basket fulls of money! 

Keep doing what you are doing, it is obviously working out well.   :D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Back Up Body
« on: November 01, 2012, 02:38:16 PM »
I have just ordered the 1Dx. My main focus is wildlife, bird photography specifically, but I also do landscape and some macro. I currently have 1Dmiv and two 7Ds. Which of thoses would you keep as a back up to my new 1Dx. I am leaning towards the 1Div but am open to suggestions. Thanks for your thoughts

I had a similar dilemma, but with the 1DS3 instead of the 1D4.   I ended up keeping both the 1DS3 and 7D as trade in value is just not very good on them.  The 1Ds3 is a great studio workhorse, and the 7D (while not stellar) does a good enough job for action and video while staying very light weight.  I'm up in the mountains loaded up and sometimes weight is a factor, the 7D pulls good enough pictures for publications as needed.  The 1.6 crop isn't all that important to me most of the time, but it is also a factor. 

Are you doing this as a professional, or more of a hobby? 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Alaska: 5D2 or 1D4
« on: November 01, 2012, 02:31:44 PM »
I live in Vermont.  The weather here is just as mixed and harsh as Alaska.

Vermont is not as mixed and harsh as Alaska, but I think the 5D3 would most likely fill his needs just as well as the 1D4, and possibly better.  It doesn't sound like he is going to be out on glaciers on a regular basis, and since he didn't mention what type of photography he is doing its kind of a guess on all of our parts.   :)

PS- I love Vermont, and I'm not sure there is a more beautiful state to be in the fall.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Blackout Underground: NYC MTA Subway Stations
« on: November 01, 2012, 02:27:52 PM »
I wonder how many bodies they will find down there when they start to rebuild and do inspections in some of the real old and deep areas. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D for a 1DS mk2 ??
« on: November 01, 2012, 02:20:58 PM »
Thanks everyone,

lots to think about!

My mind is spinning!



I'm not sure what there is to think about, the only pro for the 5D would be it has low value if its broken and it is light weight. 

The 1D professional bodies are outstanding, even buying a new battery or two you are so far ahead it is crazy when you compare it to the 5D.

The fan base for the 5D is the bang for the buck.  The fan base for the 1D series is that they are Canons no compromise bodies.  This includes the crop and full frame 1D series. 

Easy, Caroline. Why the vulgarity?

No kidding...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Semi-Erotic Photography: Questions...
« on: October 27, 2012, 04:33:54 PM »
Not having done any of this style before...

But also having a 3rd person there, maybe a friend of hers or someone she's comfortable with? At least until you develop a relationship (meaning you know each other, and trust each other with work).

Also stay professional. Concentrate on the work, the lighting, etc. And if things 'rise' up, just ignore it as best as possible, and continue on.

A large portion of "dancers" are going to be involved in narcotics (using and selling), with a good chunk selling themselves on the side.  The concern isn't about them being uncomfortable around him...

Before anyone gets on a high horse about girls working themselves through college, sorry, I've arrested way too many to buy into the fairy tales.  Coke, meth, and prostitution combined with stealing are reoccurring themes.

That doesn't mean you can't find attractive girls or take decent pictures though, just don't go into it wide eyed like a chump. 


So I would appreciate feedback regarding the quality of the autofocus from people who use the 5D III or 1DX. Critical, honest and heavy users and people who have to deliver to customers. Is the autofocus in the mentioned cameras good - ore just LESS BAD but still not as it should be with such a price tag? Your feedback would help me a lot!


I shoot professionally using a variety of Canon cameras, including the 7D, 1D3, 1Ds3, and 1DX.  I am more than a little familiar with traveling several thousand miles to do a photoshoot which can not be shot a second time. 

The 1D3 and 1Ds3 were good bodies for me until it came to a shallow DOF.  I could not rely on them to be tack sharp where I needed, and it was not a matter of front or back focusing.  However, in my case it was a matter of inches at worst, never of several feet as you describe.  Thankfully much of my work is at higher Fstops, so the issues were typically not of concern.

When I received my 1DX, it was like I had found a new style of photography.  I must have been simply used to working with the older AF systems, because the 1DX locks on in low light, and hits with ALL lenses at ALL apertures.  My glass suddenly seems new, and I am more than a little impressed with how well the AF works. 

I could be bitter at the AF of previous generation bodies, but it worked well enough for what I needed.  The newer AF system is simply stunning.  While I didn't enjoy the price of the 1DX, it is all part of business, and at the end of the day it is making me money and allowing me to shoot in conditions I would not have been able to previously. 

I debated heavily getting rid of my other bodies and picking up a 5D3 to go with the 1Dx.  I'm keeping my 1Ds3 for studio work and product photography, and the 1D3 is being kept because there is little value in it.  The 7D is a "beater" camera, and is taken up into or under the mountains and in other conditions where I need a light camera and top notch images are less important (though still able to be sold).   Being able to keep a supply of similar batteries on hand is another big plus.

I've never owned or used a 1D4, so I can't help you with a comparison, but the 1Dx does everything Canon claims in my opinion. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Radio triggers on the 1DX
« on: September 04, 2012, 03:13:16 AM »
Am I correct in my research that neither Pocket Wizards or Radio Poppers currently work with the 1DX?

From what I can gather, it's currently only the Phottix Odin's that will work (in HSS and manual modes).



I'm using the Odins with the 1DX, it won't work in TTL, but its fine with everything else.

I posted earlier that it was working, but now it is not.  I'm not sure what is going on, but my 1DX will not currently do HSS with the Odin.  Neither will another guys same combo who just tried his on POTN (his also previously worked).

I'm really not sure what changed, or if I changed something I'm unaware of. Odd that it would happen to two if us. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Radio triggers on the 1DX
« on: September 02, 2012, 06:19:58 PM »
Am I correct in my research that neither Pocket Wizards or Radio Poppers currently work with the 1DX?

From what I can gather, it's currently only the Phottix Odin's that will work (in HSS and manual modes).



I'm using the Odins with the 1DX, it won't work in TTL, but its fine with everything else. 

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