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EOS Bodies / Re: 100D/SL1 Discontinued already??
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:07:48 PM »
On amazon UK to top selling DSLR is the 1100D. Number 2 is the 600D. You can clearly see that the top sales are price led. The 100D (SL1) is down at 49 which I find really surprising to be quite honest.

There is no reason to use Av mode for anything.

Ouch !

Reviews / Re: Why the DxO bashing?
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:53:23 PM »
You mean Whinnie the Pooh was He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named  ???     ?

BOY I am gonna get me one of those Zeiss Otus 58 1.4s !! Have you seen what that lens has done for his photography ?

Who said "gear doesn't matter" ?  :-X

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:16:12 AM »
A B&W shot of early morning mist over a lake in the English Lake District

5D + 24-105L @ 80mm

Photography Technique / Re: Tips for Shooting Equestrian Events?
« on: March 10, 2014, 04:10:25 PM »
1. Dressage might be really beautiful, but to the uninitiated, it's not too exciting after you've seen one or two routines.

Let me assure you; it's not too exciting to the initiated either  ;) Dressage judges must have to take pain killers when judging the lower levels all day  ;D

Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: March 10, 2014, 04:01:02 PM »
One more - a fun one - and my first "sequence shot" at that.  This obstacle was called "Stairway to Heaven":

Some great shots there - had a look at the ones on you're link.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D 1.1.4 Firmware upgrade sighted!
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:25:24 AM »
How about 'SET' button returns AF point to centre one. One of the most annoying features of the 6D - no way to change straight back to centre.

Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: March 09, 2014, 06:27:47 PM »
I think it comes down to the fact that the 135mm is a niche focal length, at least that is my experience over the years with 35mm format; maybe it'll change with aps as it 'becomes' a 216mm but we are probably moving more towards potential 135 L customers moving to FF anyway.

I realise that on CR it is about the most popular lens ever produced, but IMO that's not reflected across photography in general.

Lenses / Re: IS Versions of the 50mm, 85mm & 135mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: March 09, 2014, 05:03:29 PM »
So, while I also would often not trade larger aperture (f/1.2-f/1.4) for smaller aperture (f/1.8-f/2. 8) + IS, it is rare that the former offers no disadvantages and the latter no advantages.  In fact, I'd say for most the new "IS" range is probably the best bang-per-buck combination in the primes.  With Canon zoom lenses, though, getting the more expensive L range is almost a necessity as the non-L lenses are too slow.

I agree with you on the new range of non L IS primes; they are very good and not only the best value for money but also versatility, as you say.

However I don't agree on the 135L; the Sporgon crystal ball doesn't see an IS version of this coming, or at least not in the foreseeable future. Whilst the current lens may be the Holy Grail of L lenses to many aspiring photographers - indeed if CR had Coat of Arms it would probably be two crossed 135L lenses mounted in front of a FF sensor atop a pile of third party junk - it's reached that position because it is 'affordable'. To be worthwhile for Canon to develop a better lens with IS it is going to have to be considerably more expensive, and I suspect at the present time they won't feel there is a financial benefit to themselves as a business. Also the third party manufacturers haven't produced a 135 IS or 1.8 version which is a sign they don't think the sales volume / price point is worthwhile.

I do think we will see a 50 IS very soon, and possibly a 85 version after that which bridges the price gulf between the current version and the 1.2L

Black & White / Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 09, 2014, 01:22:16 PM »
My attempt at being more Tri-X like. Not sure I succeeded but at lest the lens was genuinely Tri-X era - it was a 20-35 L f2.8 from 1988.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 09, 2014, 06:05:05 AM »
Pacu Jawi Bull Run, near Padang Sumatra Indonesia, yesterday.

1Dx 200-400f/4, shot @ 200mm f/8, 1/800th ISO 1000

Incredible day.

Superb ! I love the subtle colours you're getting.

Black & White / Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 07, 2014, 02:21:44 PM »
I tweak about in PS to get my B&Ws, but they always look more like 'Ilford HP5' rather than 'Kodak Tri-X'. The latter gave fantastic tones when exposed / processed / printed well.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: March 07, 2014, 09:44:37 AM »
( I've just realised how to stop the attached images from not fitting the page - after two years - duh ! )
I haven't.  How to you get them to fit the page?

Image size has to have a width of 740 pixels or less

Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 06, 2014, 06:03:18 PM »
Regarding size and appearance, a DSLR is a DSLR regardless of whether it has a built-in vertical grip. Part of the OP's concern is with appearance/safety. There is no such thing as an inconspicuous DSLR other than maybe, just maybe the SL1 (with a pancake).

X100s also satisfies this need as it just looks like an old rangefinder that is much smaller than any existing DSLR today.

Apologies,  I didn't intend to quote you in my first post. Must have touched something I shouldn't  ;)

However, quoting this post, I very much doubt if a 6D with pancake would attract more unwanted attention than a 100D. If this was the case the best bet might be a £350 1200D and just hand it over rather than a £900 X100.

My reason for recommending a Canon DSLR is that the DSLR is still by far the most versatile camera you can buy as long as you're not wanting something you can put in your pocket - which I don't think the OP is necessarily requesting.

Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 06, 2014, 05:23:52 PM »
You don't say which lenses you're using on the 1D but I guess they're pretty big, so you're not going tomgain a great deal by travelling with large lenses on a smaller body.

However you say that photography is an important part of your excursions, and you're a 1Dx user so I guess you really want something that is as close to the 1Dx but much smaller - the 6D. I apologise now to all those who have just raised an eyebrow at me mentioning '6D close to 1Dx' in the same sentence.

With the 6D you'd need small lenses to capitalise on it's size: the 24-70 IS is a very good match for the camera; lenses like the cheap 40 pancake are excellent enough to satisfy any 1Dx user.

The other small FF alternative that's compatable with EF  lenses is the Sony a7r.

If you didn't want to purchase smaller, lighter Canon lenses, assuming you haven't already got any suitable, and were prepared to go for a camera with a smaller sensor then there are a miriad of options.

I guess I'm thinking that for anyone used to handling a 1 series the 6D + lightweight lens is gonna seem tiny.
X100s. Full feature set, great IQ, compact, no extras needed on the go other than a couple batteries.

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