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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: mirror lock up
« on: March 16, 2013, 06:58:07 PM »
What shutter speeds did you use?  A lot of people think the benefit is with 'long' exposures, but not really.  Fast and slow shutter speeds really don't benefit from MLU, whereas between around 1/20 and 0.5 s you should see a benefit.

MLU + EFC is even better. See: http://krebsmicro.com/Canon_EFSC/index.html for examples.

Good point, ive just checked and they were all luckily manually set, at 1/4 !

EOS Bodies - For Stills / mirror lock up
« on: March 16, 2013, 06:34:50 PM »
ive been experimenting with mirror lock up recently, and it got me thinking, i should probably do some tests!

though probably very un scientific, i found there to be absolutely no difference between 1. remote shutter press and 2. remote shutter press+mirror lock up.

there was a noticeable difference for the worse when pressing the shutter button manually with either the mirror up or down.

this test was done on a tripod indoors same focus/apeture/iso  etc photographing some small writing on a side of a lens box.  zooming in 100% onto same part of the picture.

is mirror lock up just a battery waste?

should you always use a remote shutter press for EVERYTHING?  even hand held stuff if thats even possible ?

Lenses / best NON L long lens
« on: March 12, 2013, 07:24:04 PM »
im looking for a cheapish bird/garden lens   but cannot afford a nice L lens.

prime or zoom, doesnt bother me, probably 300mm+ on a full frame.

does any body know a good model from any manufacturer , of course its not gonna be the best optically, probably noisy, slow autofocus, bearing all that in mind, whats the best of the worst out there?

thanks for any recommendations

Lenses / Re: 24mm (not is) 2.8 prime or 17-40 l zoom?
« on: February 28, 2013, 02:00:45 PM »
not inspiring compared to what?

the question is, is it better than the 24mm prime at same focal range?   

Lenses / 24mm (not is) 2.8 prime or 17-40 l zoom?
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:17:44 PM »
was gonna get me a 24mm 2.8 prime but  similar money second hand i have been tempted by the L lens 17-40

im just after a starter multi task WA which is really sharp,  has anybody got real world advice on the 24mm focal length on both lenses at similar apertures?

obviously one has bigger aperture (for lower light/street stuff/groups maybe) and the other is a zoom from 17-40 which is more fun! 

i read the 17-40 can be soft edged compared to the 24, but every picture ive seen the 17-40 seems be awesome!


(on a 6d) 

EOS Bodies / Re: eos solution disk
« on: February 26, 2013, 06:21:14 PM »
i got it used, the guy tested it out for a few days and brought it back to the shop and got a nikon instead !! apparently he didnt take the box!

i guess it needs a newer usb cable, i hope!

EOS Bodies / Re: eos solution disk
« on: February 26, 2013, 06:14:19 PM »
thanks, i got it now!  always helps to re read things ;)

another ridiculous question... does the new 6d need a newer usb cable to connect to a mac, im using an old one and the computer cant find my new 6d? my 'interface cable' was missing from the box.

EOS Bodies / Re: eos solution disk
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:20:42 PM »
thanks, like i said i tried this 'fix' but the file im meant to delete is not there anymore in the newer update from canons website.

i cant find a more recent fix on the internet to help me!

EOS Bodies / eos solution disk
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:09:16 PM »
right, since my drive on my imac has nt worled for years, i cant install the eos solution disk and get the utilities fro updating etc.

i borrowed a laptop to copy the files to usb for the disk but looks like that cheap diskdrive on that is playing up aswell!

is there anywhere i can download this thing online??  apparently i can use an old copy and just update it, ive also tried changing the file from the most recent download update from canon but i dont think this works for the newer version!

very very frustrating!

EOS Bodies / got a 6d yipee!
« on: February 22, 2013, 05:30:42 PM »
this may be of no interest to anyone, but i got the 6d.

luckily the very amicable london camera exchange had one that had just been returned because the  owner changed his mind, bam 250 cheaper than i would have got it new for, and he only had it a few days! 

looking forward to playing!

EOS Bodies / Re: guess the spec
« on: February 21, 2013, 08:41:35 AM »
i thought it might be an interesting exercise to upload some pictures, and then guess the lens,L or nifty fifty? focal  length ,body, point and shoot or 1dx  etc.

i know this game is a minefield of pitfalls,  but youll just have to accept the rules.  JUST FOR FUN

heres a pic, what lens/focal length and body did i use?

50mm nifty, canon 400d!   i think someone got it!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 01:43:28 PM »
They could have made this a FF!!!

No... that misses the point entirely.
+1 ... if it is made into a FF, it will cost a small fortune and will be out of reach for many people like me.
If they made this FF this would be a 1D ;)

Copy all.

My point being, Nikon threw out a monster FF at a price point (D800) I would have stood in line for. I am more than happy with my 7D, but if they can make the follow-on 7D for $2100, then surely the tech know-how is out there to enlarge the sensor to FF and sell for $2,500-$2,600 with the same specs stated in the original post. It is not a far stretch to do it IMO.

Though if it is truely a simple issue of it being a 1D with a price of $6,000, they can keep it.

It is not a tech/know how thing. The 7D is what it is because of the crop factor that is SO very useful. I own a 7D and 5d3 + 200 f/2 and 400 f/2.8 II that I use for the majority of my shooting. I effectively have 4 focal lengths (200 320 400 and 640) that I find VERY useful with 2 bodies and 2 lenses. A FF 7D MkII would remove this from my stable and force me to buy TC's I don't want to own, swap up to a 1DIV (big consideration) or buy a gently used 7D (which canon does not want) to maintain that 1.6 factor. If you want a FF 7D, buy a 5DMk3. The specs (other then the FPS.. which I bet will be limited to 8 with AF) are very similar.

maybe the ideal solution is to one day get rid of aps-c altogether and just have  more compact cheaper long lenses that mortals can afford. cuts out a whole industry lol  but would make things more focused.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:50:39 AM »
im just making the point that i dont see myself as an entry level camera kind of guy. obviously if it does its job thats fine, i just dont like that tag.

It's all relative.  The Canon C100 is an 'entry-level' cinema camera, even though it costs about the same as the EOS 1D X flagship dSLR. 

The 6D is Canon's entry-level full frame camera, but that doesn't make it an entry level camera any more than being the least expensive Ferrari makes the Ferrari California an 'entry-level' sportscar.

yeah all very true and you are right of course,  dont you get that feeling though that people who are into cameras and photography look down on the 6d a bit? it doenst bother me but i get a that feeling a little, for some reason everyone loves the 7 series, or at least accept it.

They are tools. I doubt people who are "into" photography look down on it. As I stated before the 6D is an amazing tool, nothing more and in all honesty if/when my 5d2 dies I will consider a 6d as a backup FF. Three reasons: Good price, Similar IQ and amazing low light performance to my 5d3.

On the 7D front.. I know at least 5 amateur sports photographers who got their careers off the ground using that body and two event/wedding photographers. I got 2.5 years, a 25 foot fall into a snow bank (survived), sunk to the bottom of a river in a pelican box for an hour, A cat who seems to think EVERY time I went to change a lens on the camera at home he HAD to be right there, dropped into a still warm fire pit on a hike I did and close to 215k shutter out of that body. The damn thing was a TANK and I squeezed every penny out of the body. It is at Canon right now being prepared for a proper 7D funeral... Shot into the sun and returned with a minor scuff on the body in perfect working order.

The 7D is indeed beast. Mine have been rained on, snowed on, sanded on, saltwater wave washed, and tortured in as many ways else as humanly possible. And they still survive! But, you have the award: "Most Damage done to a 7D"!

i was stupidly wading shoulder deep in the calmest water in mexico with my canon 400d to take a picture of the flat water, i inevitably dunked it for a second  after loosing my footing, completely under.luckily it was 40 degrees so i turned it off and left it in the sun for 2 days, thats was 2 years ago, still works fine!

EOS Bodies / Re: guess the spec
« on: February 20, 2013, 10:41:00 AM »
I'm guessing iPhone at the equivalent of about 40mm.


ill put up the actual spec in a few days.

anyone is welcome to post a pic.

EOS Bodies / Re: where to buy my camera
« on: February 20, 2013, 09:24:20 AM »
hmm probably all work out the same if i just buy it here in london, youd think you make a killing in hong kong airport though


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