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Lenses / Re: Help deciding on going full frame
« on: August 16, 2014, 03:28:15 PM »
When you first use the 24-105 you may not understand why people don't rave about it.  Then you may try the 24-70II and you will see for yourself.  When you do, you just might never want to use it again, especially because iq is important to you.  You can zoom with your feet.  Why don't you try both lenses for yourself at a camera store before you buy?


Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 02:12:23 AM »
Well said.

In the end, specs are great, but how does it really perform in the field?  I for one will be watching and won't be an early adopter.


No wifi or touch screen? Bummer. All future canon prosumer cameras should have BOTH wifi and touch screens IMHO.

Comments like this make me think people don't know how to use a DSLR. DSLRs are devices that you need to instantly change settings on. You need to be able to dial in exposure on a dime when the light changes. Who in the world, ESPECIALLY pros, want to pull the camera away from their face so they can fiddle with a clunky touch screen? It's sad how smartphone mentality is invading every other area of our lives...in many cases, a touch screen is the primitive configuration device, and all the "archaic old buttons and dials" are actually the vastly superior and far more reliable means of controlling and configuring something like a DSLR (or, for that matter, a remote control, an airplane cockpit, or a nuclear launch facility, or pretty much anything where the behavior of a given doodad has to be EXACT, fixed in behavior and place, reliable, hardened against rough activity, instantaneous, and immune to things like software bugs, viruses, etc.)

Touch screens on consumer devices make sense. Touch screens on professional grade devices designed for use by people who know how to train muscle and procedural memory, and prefer instantaneous access to many features of the camera without the need to look at anything, or remove their eye from the viewfinder...are quite frankly the most confusing "innovation" I can think of.

I'm not necessarily against adding a touch screen, but it is FAR from a dealbreaker if one is not included on the 7D II. Same goes for WiFi. It's not an essential...in the end, it does NOTHING for my photography. It's just a handy gizmo that MIGHT make data transfer from the camera to the computer easier. To me, the most critical, fundamental, hell foundational aspects of the 7D line of cameras are frame rate, AF system, metering and sensor. If those things don't add up to a significant upgrade, something like a two-generational update over the 7D I, then I'd be worried.

EOS Bodies / Re: Which body to buy?
« on: August 15, 2014, 12:04:01 AM »
Why don't you wait to see what comes out in the next few weeks and then decide?


Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:49:06 PM »
A tip:

Bring yourself to buy that vest- a light colored one with webbing to allow ventilation.  You will be so glad that yo did.  You will wear it all the time.


I'm flying SA in September and yes, 8Kg is a bit on the light side.

My plan is:
- Use my wife's handbag for some bits and a small lens (women get a handbag as well as hand luggage).
- Use the pockets in my combat trousers for some other bits and a small lens (just zip the legs off and put those through the scanners to save time emptying packets).
- Ship non-essentials in the hold luggage as I get 2x 23Kg and I've got a Peli-like case that's going to have a Parrot drone, batteries, camera batteries, spare phone, filters, trail cam and batteries, etc.

I suppose a camera vest would work well too, but I just can't bring myself to buy one. 

Just pack what you NEED to pack in your hand luggage.

I did a trip a few years ago and the all-up weight (hand and hold luggage) was only 15Kg.  Now that took some planning to pack and strip stuff down to essentials - battery grips removed, minimal spare batteries, minimal clothes and I "wore" a lot of stuff onto the plane in pockets ;)

Don't forget to enjoy the trip and look atthe wildlife through your eyes  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:25:29 PM »
This looks like the same hardware that the CamRanger uses with their brand name on it.


I expect to try the TP Link TL-MR3040 soon to see how it compares. Only $40.
This is what I use on my 60D.  Works great.  The DSLR Controller app is better than Canon's app and the range on the TP Link is excellent.  I get 30 or so feet -- maybe a bit more -- depending on the environment.  For the money, it can't be beat.

I'm hoping the IQ will significantly increase over what APS-C has to offer now.  If not, I may save my money for a full-frame.
Hi, could you tell me more about how this works please? USB connection from Camera
to TPLink then via the LAN to a Tablet running DSLR Controller?

I am using DSLR Controller from my Tablet direct USB to my 5D, and have played with DSLR Controller
on my smartphone viw WIFI to the Tablet and then USB to the Camera.

Cheers Brain

See this link

EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:04:33 PM »

Nice post Surapon.

One time I was out shooting and sadly, my flash died.  I was glad that my 50D had a pop up to catch a Dik Dik in the shadows, which I otherwise would have missed. 


Dear Friends.
Sorry, I am not the PRO,  But some of my Canon DSLR have Pop-Up Flash---Yes, It most use full Fill - in  light when The sun at the back of subject---BUT I must use my DIY White paper as the photos below, or Use my Clean tissue in my pant pocket  cover the Pop-Up flash  and tie  down with rubber band.
Yes, Cheap and work for me , But for Fill flash/ Pop up flash with white paper cover  must to be 4-5 feet distant from the Lens to the face of portrait model----Yes, Instead of cheap white copy paper, We can use the Wax Paper or Translusive Drafting Paper too= Yes It work better than White Copy Paper at the longer distant from the subject.
Yes, I  have a great Boss/ Great Architect ( for 5 Years during 1975 to 1980),who Teach me = " The Great Architects same as the Great Chef , who can use the Chicken's S--t to make a great Chicken Salads"---Yes, Some time Useless Pop-up flash can be the Life saving Photos for the photographers like us,  if we know how to use them.


EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Dual Pixel Phase Detect AF While in AI Servo
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:29:21 PM »
The prospect of improved AF is exciting no matter what the technology.  I can't wait to see what comes and how it actually performs in the field.  I also can't wait to see what bodies it comes it.  Hopefully the new sensors won't be hampered by the new technology.


Lenses / Re: Tamron 150 600 woes
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:14:02 PM »
With the exception of my cheapo Samyang 14mm 2.8, all my lenses are L and all need some afma.  You are lucky I guess.


I knew it was a problem because images were not in focus on my 60d.

Yes, i could afma on 5d3 but I refuse to spend 1000£ on a lens that doesn't work on both my bodies. I have 9 lenses all of which are calibrated perfectly (no afma require at all) across both bodies.

EOS Bodies / Re: Suggestions of a Canon MF announcement at Photokina!
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:09:01 AM »
How much of a demand could there be for such a camera?  There is all this talk and hype, but anybody have a guess at all?  With the cost of them and perhaps new lens designs etc., I can't see this as a huge seller.  I may be way off base here.  What segment would want them.

Thanks-  just curious, not intending a flame war.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Another Nikon full-frame
« on: August 10, 2014, 01:13:32 AM »
More isn't better.  With yearly upgrades, the camera depreciates like crazy.

On the other hand, let them innovate and keep pressure on canon, we can only benefit.  Granted Canon are slow to introduce new models by comparison, but generally, more cautious and value is retained longer.


Another take on what has already been said. 

I use Macs (Pro's, iMacs).  I have tried to edit on both.  One of the problems is that the Apple screens tend to be way too bright.  Looks great but if you try to print from that image, it will be way off.  Try to calibrate the screen, with available Spyders or X-rite and they come somewhat close, but not exact.  Of course, the image will look different on different screens too.

Obviously, I prefer Macs.  If you feel that you want this Mac, and that it will be powerful enough (I am sure it will), and it will meet other needs to be useful for more than just photos, get it, you will love it.  It will certainly power a monitor that will allow you to get accurate calibration.

I love the glossy screen by the way, so that has never been an issue for me.



Lighting / Re: Cold shoe recommendation for 600EX-RT
« on: August 08, 2014, 04:16:16 PM »
I use the rrs cold shoe and it does the job well, and securely.

When the flash locks in, you know it is in.


Well damn, I wasn't really planning on upgrading my cold shoes, but those RRS shoes look quite nice.

Yeah, they are. I just bought a set for my 600's based on recommendations here and they arrived today. The feet slide right in and lock down tight - exactly what I was hoping for to both speed up and secure attaching flashes to stands. Like everything RRS it would be great if they weren't 4x the price of competing kit, but you sure can't knock the quality and service.

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 08, 2014, 04:06:52 PM »

Not controlled expeperiment.

D10 in this review edges out 5DIII.

Will I switch?  Nope. 

Will I get the 1DX or 1DXII- yep!


just for the sake of a civilized discussion... ;)

Yeah like that will happen. 

Do you also dangle red capes infront of bulls?   ;D

This should be entertaining.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24 f/2.8L Coming [CR1]
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:25:47 PM »
OK now

Video & Movie / Re: The Galapagos Islands
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:50:43 PM »
I would caution you to be very careful in Guayaquil as it is a high crime area, and a great place to loose your kit.  You likely will have a stopover here.  If you do have a day here, consider going on the malacon.  I posted some information on a blog that I made:  http://sekecuador.blogspot.com/

My lady had her credit card info stolen by the hotel so I would advise bringing more than one credit card and let the company know that you are going away.



Good job!  I'm going in early November and your video has me psyched!  Any tips appreciated!

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