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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 18, 2013, 08:45:40 PM »
Stills - 7D
Video - 70D

I bought a 7D couple of weeks ago. Tried both the 7D and the 70D and as long as you don't need any of the new 70D only features, the 7D is still the superior camera. Better ergonomics, build quality and same IQ. Trying to select an AF point without joystick is not fun. At least not when speed is important.

I  don't use the joystick.  I use the wheels...  maybe I should mix it up and give it a try.

There's a custom function (don't ask me where!) that essentially does away with the m-fn button when selecting AF points so as soon as you half press the shutter the AF point can be moved. When I first discovered this it put a huge smile on my face!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon
« on: November 16, 2013, 10:32:16 AM »
One that TDP forgets to mention is the Samyang 14mm for $300! Lots of distortion but barely any CA and really quite sharp indeed (other than sometimes with fine details against bright white clouds), sometimes even sharper than well known L lenses.

I've ordered my copy of this (again) hopefully I'll be able to test it out on Monday. For ¥28,000 (less than 300 bucks) I don't really expect much other than the ability to shoot at 14mm (and have a little fun in the bargain!)

I have no interest in this Zeiss lens however. TDP even mentions the Zeiss some has coma, not ideal for stars. I heard the Samyang has one up in this regard.

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Lenses / Re: Same ole, same ole' Filters vs no filters...
« on: November 16, 2013, 04:22:37 AM »
I feel like we have this filter debate about once a month and it goes around in circles with no conclusion. Ever.

I've seen people with filters on a kit lens with a lens cap on top of that!! :o

I've seen bare lenses, no hood (or hood reversed!) no filter, when they prob shoulda used somethin!  :(

Why do we care what other people do with their stuff? Let's never see this thread again (until next month!) :D

Btw - I use hoods for bumps and general protection but filters only when there's sand or water involved. Reason? I paid for L lenses and don't want another piece of glass in front of it. If it breaks it breaks. I'll (cry and) buy another one!

I did this a little differently. I used some photo examples of why its not overall a big deal if you use filters or not.

I have to wonder, if you are so tired of these threads, why do you open them and read/respond to them? Hmmm.... ???

D

 :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Japan Teases a White Kiss
« on: November 14, 2013, 12:07:10 PM »
"Kiss X7", sounds and looks a bit too kinky, for my taste.

Unfortunately, as I live in Japan I had to buy a Kiss X4 as my first DSLR. I always referred to it as a T2i or 550D. Eventually had to man up and get a 7D!

I've never been one for taping a camera up but if I were to start it would be to hide that ridiculous name. 

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Reviews / Re: Review - PocketWizard PlusX
« on: November 14, 2013, 11:54:40 AM »
Or .... ND filter and add more flash power? Not ideal but certainly a cheaper solution to the sync speed conundrum.

I mean really? Medium format just to get faster sync?  :o

Just buy a fuji x100s and be done with it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 14, 2013, 11:49:39 AM »
7Ds has slightly more AF options, 1 fps, slightly better build, and can be cheaper than the 70D used. It's due for replacement.

But you have to admit - even though it's been around nearly 5 years, it still kicks ass!!  ;D


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Reviews / Re: Review - PocketWizard PlusX
« on: November 13, 2013, 11:17:05 AM »
I'm not sure what he meant by "relay mode". To my understanding you can trigger the camera shutter and flash at the same time via a third transceiver?? Yes?

Well, OK but I'm pretty sure my $20 YN-603C triggers can do that too! (actually I know they can because I used it in a shoot recently). And that's twenty bucks a pair! (Trigger cable is included in the box too).

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In this day and age, it's unfortunate that doing what you love can sometimes put you at a greater risk. It's never been truer for me when out for street photography. I'd have to completely agree with PBD, gaffing the hell out of your camera draws much attention. Walking with a bit of confidence and others is far more effective. There is only one true protective measure I can take. While I don't carry while traveling abroad, I do here in California... especially at night on the street. I do have a CWP for a few different counties... most notably I always carry in San Francisco and Oakland. I also carry when in the back country while hiking. I also always travel with my brother and a friend or two when in rather sketchy areas, they carry also. We steer clear of trouble by keep situationally aware and that really is the first line of defense. The last is covered by Springfield. I'd put it under the title of have it but hope to never need it.



There's shooting at 9mm and then there's shooting WITH a 9mm! I think you've got yours mixed up mate!

Pepper spray would be just as effective (not that I condone that either) but there are other non lethal ways to protect yourself and your gear. Learn some Kung fu or something.

Also why are people walking about with $3000 equipment in these dodgy areas and crack dens? What are you taking pictures of that are so important? Are you guys on assignment from the government or something? If I had to I'd use my EOS M. If it gets stolen, meh no big deal.

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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:20:05 PM »
So I just acquired a EOS M over weekend, of course it showed up AFTER returning home from the trip that justified the purchase! Grrr. Anyway, I've been dying to get my hands on this camera for sometime now. I've been shooting for about 8 years now and always wanted an alternative to lugging around L-Glass and a Full Size DSLR Body. I was waiting to see what Canon was going to do with the next version of the M before I bought one, unfortunately my patience expired. I am still within the 30-days to return the camera, so I've turned to CR for advice. I understand everything is speculation at this point, but from those of you who own this camera, should I hang on to it? Will the update be that significant?

 I am thrilled about the images it produces and how easy it is to use. It is just lacking a few things, like a viewfinder. I found myself bring the camera up to my face a few times.

Bottom line; to keep or not to keep and restart my patience clock.  :-[

Cheers,

-Jeff

Keep. You seem happy with it. The new M could be several months away and then when it does come out it'll be more expensive than the current one. You'll get used to the "bringing the camera up to your eye" thing after about a week. I think a VF would just make the shape an size of the M strange. It's got the whole compact thing going for it, I like that people think it's just a P&S as it attracts less attention.

Use the current M as much as you can now and if the new one appears make your decision then (when you can use hard facts and specs to decide rather than speculation and BS). If you decide to upgrade just sell the old one. Overall you won't lose much but you'll have gained more in terms of pictures taken and experience with a mirrorless camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Japan Teases a White Kiss
« on: November 12, 2013, 08:44:00 PM »
Quote from: mkabi link=topic=18033.msg335060#msg335060 date
So let me get this straight, you're going to wait? For canon to bring out something better than Sony's A7R?
What if they bring out something on par to the A7R? What if by the time they bring out something on par to the A7R, and Sony comes up with A8R or the A9R... you still going to wait?

Out of curiosity, what system do you currently own?

Amateur, Canon 7d, couple of ef-s and ef lenses, couple of canon speedlites.
Looking to move to ff sensored cam. Tired of Marginally improved DsLR iterations. Waiting it out until excellent ff mirrorless comes. Sony a7r might be good enough already. Won't preorder until i've had a chance to testdrive one. Especially with regards to evf and af. Don't like sony for anumber of reasons. Prefer canon ui. And i am in no hurry. 7d is not broken yet. But i will not buy anothermirror-slapper, now that small and good milcs are around the corner.

Want to have totally silent and vibrationfree cam (a7 is neither) for concerts. Small cam for mountaineering and street. Hi-res cam for cityscapes and landscapes. Hi iso cam for indoor events. Wheathersealed for outdoors stuff. And more. All in one camera system i am so familiar with to operate it blind. No big tele lenses needed. dont care for birds in flight or other critters. And No retro stuff for me please. No manual focus stuff. Good enough Tracking af for children at play and dancers at weddings and parties. Price? 2k for body ... Just like sony a7.
:-)

Would you like a Golden Unicorn that shoots rainbows out it's 'rse to go with that wish list of yours??

 ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 12, 2013, 08:37:10 PM »
As a 7d owner and given this camera came out in 2009 as opposed to 2013 I would go with the 70d purely because of the better sensor and Digic 5+ processor in the end its about images the 7d can get very noisey in low light.

Just to put the record straight: The 70D sports a Digic 5+ processor, that's true. But the 7D features two, not one, Digic 4+ processors.

Twi Digic 4. Not 4+

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Lenses / Re: Same ole, same ole' Filters vs no filters...
« on: November 12, 2013, 11:26:26 AM »
I feel like we have this filter debate about once a month and it goes around in circles with no conclusion. Ever.

I've seen people with filters on a kit lens with a lens cap on top of that!! :o

I've seen bare lenses, no hood (or hood reversed!) no filter, when they prob shoulda used somethin!  :(

Why do we care what other people do with their stuff? Let's never see this thread again (until next month!) :D

Btw - I use hoods for bumps and general protection but filters only when there's sand or water involved. Reason? I paid for L lenses and don't want another piece of glass in front of it. If it breaks it breaks. I'll (cry and) buy another one!

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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 11, 2013, 08:18:40 PM »
The current M + 22mm almost fits in your pocket, I'm wondering by making it smaller will it be compact enough to slip into your jeans when walking around??

With a much faster AF this could be the perfect walkaround camera. Just hope we see a telephoto lens for it. Like a 55 - 200mm would be perfect.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Japan Teases a White Kiss
« on: November 11, 2013, 11:51:27 AM »
Super lame teaser and even lamer idea. A white Rebel? What is this? Pentax?? The white EOS M already exists. How is this big news?? Get back to making my (our?) 14-24 and big megapixel wotsitmathingy stat!!

White kiss indeed! Bah humbug! >:( :P ;)

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Lighting / Re: 90EX on a 5D3?
« on: November 11, 2013, 02:53:56 AM »
90EX for fill flash?? Eeeeyyuukk! You might as well just use your old iPhone because that's the kind of light you're creating with such a small on camera flash. Hope you like red eye, and lots of it!

I know you're looking for something small but at least get something that tilts and swivels. Consider the 320EX II. Now, I know it's not brilliant but I had it and it has some very useful features.

1. It tilts and swivels
2. It can act as a slave, and has group compatibility.
3. It has a zoom head (ummm kind of! Lol)
4. It's pocketable if you have medium sized jacket pockets. (It's shorter than a 430ex)
5. It works as a remote shutter release
6. It has an LED so you can find your keys in the dark  :P

OK the LED is useless. Wish it had a AF assist beam instead. It does have that crazy rapid flash burst AF assist that is kinda garbage but works.

I had this flash for a while, it served me well as my intro into the flash world. I see you already have the 600exrt so you prob would only use this as a back up anyway.


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