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EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« on: September 20, 2014, 12:58:12 AM »
Going for an overkill has never made me frustrated, at least not for long. But settling for less always has.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:42:38 PM »
I think I will hold off the EF-EF-M adapter.
Amazon had it for $60 a few weeks back and I ordered but later canceled it.  I can't ever see myself using the adapter - the whole idea (for me) of the M is that it's tiny.  Adding the adapter and my L glass would make it ridiculous.  I carry a 5DIII (or 1D X depending on the shoot) as a back up body, but for those who carry the M for that purpose, I could see the purpose of the adapter.
Smart! The Idea of EOS-M is to have a SMALL kit. Some posters here seems to be doing the opposite. They are building up a big system around the tiny  EOS-M. If that is the case, they might as well bring their FF DSLR kit.

It's an individual decision. While I personally favored the idea of a compact camera staying compact, I am more than willing to listen to the rationale of very smart and experienced people going the other way.
The Franiec grip, by the way, looks very nice but almost double the price of the ebay one. Worth it I am sure, but I am cheap ;D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Favourites of Photokina: Peak Design
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:37:44 PM »
As an affected customer, here's my feedback:
1. They were very upfront about the issue. They contacted us as soon as possible (even before they had found out all about the issue) to warn us against using the new products.
2. They were very clear in explaining the problem and provided a very timely test and survey to identify faulty products.
3. They described a troubleshooting road map with possible solutions, assuring we will get a working product at the end no matter what.
I have a clutch, and the spring popped out and has stayed that way when I performed the test. Even before, the explanation of the problem was clear enough that I knew my copy was defective. These tolerance issues and QC happen. Blackrapid straps failed. We should give these guys the benefit of doubt and support their effort to make things right. I sincerely hope that this doesn't become a big financial liability for them and an easy solution is achieved.
Regarding the product itself- I was thinking of doing a video review, but can't due to the popped spring. It isn't as easy to put on and off as featured in the video, but loads easier than any other wrist strap. The Strap was a little stiff when it arrived, but has eased up. The anchor links are extremely low profile and I am thinking of replacing my Optech/USA clips with these. The workmanship is very nice.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:19:55 PM »
Anyone from the US ordered from Canada?

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:18:53 PM »
No I've only tried on paper and wood based surfaces.

I think you'll find once you start using the grip, the bulge alone is sufficient

I wanted to combat the coldness issue as well.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:35:52 PM »
ah yes, true.  I have the same rubber paint.

Not sure how well it adheres to metal though...

Oh, you have it? Have you tried it? They say it should stick to metal.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Grip with integrated Arca Swiss plate review
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:45:23 PM »
Interesting - thanks for posting.  I've never had a big issue with the M's grip, but adding a A/S plate makes this one pretty cool.

You're a 1D X user- you can probably fit the whole M within your fist ;)

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:44:29 PM »
BL, if you read this post- can you please post a photo of how you grip it? My hands are quite small and I am worried I won't reach the shutter button after wrapping my hands around the grip...  :-\

I have small hands too.  But this grip works great for me!

Perfect! Thanks so much.
Grip has been ordered :)
BTW, there is a spray-on rubber paint called Plasti Dip. It will add friction and comfort to the grip.

EOS Bodies / Re: LP-E6N in 5DMK III
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:46:48 PM »
We need someone who has used the new battery for 1D X (LP-E4N) in a 1DsIII, 1DIII or 1DIV and can tell if it had a longer life compared to the LP-E4.

That wouldn't be a directly useful comparison: the LP-E4N is advertised as having an additional 150 mA·h capacity over the LP-E4, while the capacity for the LP-E6 and E6N is advertised at 1800 mA·h.


You're right, and it practically makes this thread irrelevant. It seems the only difference in LP-E6 and LP-E6N is in charging setup as per regulation changes. I wonder where this titbit came from?

Haven't seen this discussed yet, but wondering if the 5D MK III will be able to take the LP-E6N.  Seems the only difference is the LP-E6N has 200mA more juice, and I am suspecting Canon looks at the battery in firmware, but wondering if in the future with a firmware upgrade, the 5DMK III will be able to take advantage of stronger and likely longer lasting batteries from the 7D MK II

Lenses / Re: EF11-24mm F4L listed on a Japanese site
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:39:49 PM »
Good news if true.  I wonder why f/4 if there's no IS?  Just to make it lighter I suppose?

IS isn't nearly as necessary at ultra wide focal lengths as it is at longer focal lengths. Even stopped down fairly far, any camera shake is going to produce sub-pixel movements, which don't really affect IQ. The use case for this lens is primarily going to be landscape, maybe architectural. I think for the most part, at really narrow apertures, the assumption is that it's probably going to be on a tripod.

I hate it when people generalise like that, IS might not be useful for you at wide focal lengths, I would find it useful in any focal length. Low light environmental portraits can always push shutter speeds, I have many 16-35 shots that would have benefited from IS.

+1. RLPhoto has a video on Youtube where he handheld the 16-35/4 IS for a second with perfectly acceptable image (@16mm)! Imagine the possibilities if you are shooting in a church and don't have a tripod. I can relate an example from life- I was at the top of the tower in Hotel Paris, Las Vegas where they don't allow tripods, and taking long-ish exposures to shoot the Belaggio fountains. It was very useful to have IS (it wasn't this lens, FYI). Plus 16-35 is very versatile, not just landscape and not to forget, video.

EOS Bodies / Re: LP-E6N in 5DMK III
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:31:33 PM »
We need someone who has used the new battery for 1D X (LP-E4N) in a 1DsIII, 1DIII or 1DIV and can tell if it had a longer life compared to the LP-E4.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:30:25 PM »
Ok, I pre-ordered via Canon Canada, being bitten by the Canon Price Watch bug again  :'(
They have an excellent deal, FYI- a 7DII plus 24-70 f/4 IS comes up to US$ 2100.

Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:06:31 PM »
A version of the 70-300 IS USM lens that isn't rubbish and doesn't cost over $1000.

And I'd like some low calorie ribeye steak, too.

It is far from out of the question. A full frame 70-300 STM has been rumoured (I think I remember a patent), and would be a logical follow up to the 24-105 STM.If it has a non rotating filter and good IQ (as recent STM lenses for EF-S), it will only lack the USM, external appearance and high price of the 70-300L.

Logic says that it will come, but only if willing to sacrifice USM for the silent but slower STM. I would have settled for that instead of stretching to the wonderful L, if the existing non-L USM had not been so dissapointing in so many ways.

I had waited for that lens for a long time following logic, and still am. But I am less than hopeful. Canon has tiered it such that people are forced to buy the more expensive lens if they want quality or go bust. The non-L has so many issues- ergonomics, no true ring USM, few aperture blades, rotating front element. It was just a difficult lens to love.
Your idea about an STM makes sense. But having used STM lenses, I don't think I'd want one if I am shooting birds or sports- it's just too slow. So even if it comes out, I'd not benefit from it.

The Tamron 70-300 is easier to love than the Canon and roughly the same price.

Maybe Tamron or Sigma will produce a competitor to the 70-300L that's < $1000 and has equivalent or better IQ.

Agree with both statements.
I had the 70-300 Tammy and it was a lot better than the Canon in handling (non-rotating FE, manual focus override, better build), was about 20% cheaper, and about the same in IQ.
But considering the fact that Canon is around 1.1K with discounts and street prices, I think the market will be tough for a third party lens, especially given the L zoom's reputation.

Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:03:13 PM »
Some long lists, but the question is how many of these will you buy. At least within a year of release?
Let's have some realistic lists.
Which lenses you want Canon to produce and you will pre-order if they do?
I'll start:
135 IS
(Not if they are all released simultaneously, I won't have the dough for that  :o )

Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:58:23 PM »
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.

Hmmmm, just a thought here, but maybe people who don't have unlimited amounts of disposable income?  People who can't afford to drop $4-6k on every single lens?

LOL, was going to say the exact same thing.

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