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Software & Accessories / Re: Joby strap
« on: September 05, 2013, 06:44:22 PM »
Anyone have experience between this strap and the blackrapids?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon vs Nikon at DxOMark
« on: September 04, 2013, 07:27:35 PM »
Im assuming its because on their sensor review they focus on things like DR and color while their lens reviews take their "perceptual MP" rating into account. Since the 70 is 20 MP vs the 12 MP D7000 thats probably the difference right there.

Oh, also, DXO sucks and their ratings are useless.   ::)

Video & Movie / Re: DSLR vs Mirrorless for timelapse.
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:45:58 PM »
If I'm not mistaken, the rated life is for the camera's shutter and not the mirror box, so you would have the same durability concerns with a mirrorless.

Also, if you want to reduce vibrations from mirror movement you could always use liveview and mirror lockup.  :)

Lenses / Re: EF-M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS STM Not Coming to North America?
« on: July 12, 2013, 01:50:42 PM »
My wild guess.
1. The EFs 10-20 is selling well in US, bringing a higher margin.
EF M 11-22 will be better in performance, lighter, equally or better in build, and much CHEAPER...
I sold my Sigma 10-20 soon after the 11-22 news release..

2. EF M is selling much better in other part of the world compared to US.

I think this is the crux of it.  The 11-22 is the lens that actually interests me for the M line.  I'd like to see a size comparison of this lens with M attached, a rebel or xxD with 10-22 attached, and 5D/6D with 17-40 or 16-35 attached.  Ultrawide is where it is at for mirrorless -- no autofocus challenges, smaller size due to flange-back and mirror and all that fanciness.

They won't keep it out, they are just using this to drive interest in the M in the USA.  Look at how nuts everybody here just went over the $299 sale.  I can't wait to buy one of them used for $200 after the M2 or whatever gets dropped, and the 11-22 will be sitting on B&H shelves by then, I'm sure.

Lighting / Re: New LumoPro flash is nearly here!
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:37:01 PM »
I was going by the description in the link which says the guide number is 110. I assumed that to be 110 feet rather than metres but I could be wrong.

Its feet, which puts it roughly between the 320EX and 430EX. Dont quite understand why 110 is anywhere near the 600RT's 197.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual Pixel Liveview Autofocus
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:20:51 PM »
According the Canon the EOS 70D's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system has the following key characteristics:

Usable phase detection AF area covers 80% of the frame horizontally and vertically
AF works at apertures down to F11
AF works in light levels as low as 0 EV
Can work with face detection to keep moving subjects in focus


EOS Bodies / Re: Early EOS 70D Images Surface
« on: July 01, 2013, 07:43:32 PM »
I guess this confirms 7D AF system

Also, layout is almost the exact same as 6D besides the Q button, might pick one up as a backup crop body

Is it just me or does it look like this lens zooms the wrong (Nikon) way?

I live in southern California and bring my camera and lenses, including non weathersealed ones, to the beach all the time and have never had any problems. 

And yes, I do change lenses all the time at the beach, just get into a habit of pointing the lens/camera down and away from the water when changing lenses as the mist/spray from the ocean does tend to get all over your stuff.  To the same point, my front elements tend to be pretty covered in mist by the end of the day so make sure you have something to clean with.

I would also suggest you bring along a rocket blower or similar. Getting sand on your gear is pretty much unavoidable. I would take extra care that there isn't any sand around the mount when you go to change lenses. And NEVER wipe down any lens surfaces, even with liquid cleaners, unless youre sure that you have blown off all sand particles, youll essentially be sanding your lens.

As for being in the water while holding your camera, it really just depends on how comfortable you are with not dropping your gear and how high the tide coming in is.  I have had my 6D and 17-40 on a tripod about a foot above the incoming tide level shooting a slow shutter of the water coming in. Camera came out unscathed but tripod wasn't as lucky, had to that it apart and clean every single piece.

Along with all that...ENJOY YOUR VACATION! Don't worry too much about your gear as everyone else said.

A tripod head with quick release plates and just buy two plates, one on each camera?

fair enough. I guess you can say im referring to a "secondary" camera. Something to use when you don't feel like hulling around all the gear or when you're not allowed

I had an RX100 which had great image quality for the size but it was largely unusable for me since i have larger hands and couldnt figure out any way to grip it comfortably. I really liked the Fuji X10 minus the slow AF speed and supposedly the new X20 improves a lot on this.

Why would you even consider any of those? Are you trying to get something light because of weight issues? Instead just get another canon body since you already have lenses.

When I'm shooting an event ill have both my cameras on me with different lenses.  In addition, ill keep a T2i in the car in case one of the cameras happens to die for whatever reason.

Lenses / Re: 85mm f/1.2L II soft touch.
« on: April 22, 2013, 06:42:33 PM »
If i recall correctly that feature was added in the 5D3. I feel your pain though, that focus ring is very easy to nudge.

I have a Neewer one for my 6D that i got for 15$ and it works perfectly well.  Can set a delay, interval between shots, time it holds down the shutter button for, number of total shots.  I've only used it a couple of times but it seems to be accurate and reliable.  It can't be turned off or idled so it always uses battery (they are AAAs though which is nice), but for 15$ instead of the 120$ canon one i can live with it.

+1 to what sporgon said, it looks like it was just really good lighting when the picture was taken. Beam of sun through a foggy valley type thing.

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