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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High Megapixel DLSR a niche market?
« on: October 26, 2013, 08:22:01 AM »

more MP neither....

Good point there - I have to admit with my new 6d experience looking at the 60d crop shots my first thought usually is "oh my, what crappy iq" - but after some seconds I always realize 100% crop on the monitor is not the most important aspect, and if you cannot do nice photography you won't be able to with ff or high-mp ff...

You summed it up here; I saw the same thing after using a 5D mkii. Looking at the files on screen I thought 'this is much better than the original 5D. But it doesn't translate to the image as a picture, at least not one of a 'normal' size.

The only photographers who will benefit from very high mp all the time are those that like to look at their images at 100% on screen.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High Megapixel DLSR a niche market?
« on: October 26, 2013, 06:11:00 AM »
Proof of the pudding is in the eating.

I am staggered at how many 5D mkiiis Canon seem to be selling. For an extra £450 Canon lifted the mkiii to full pro spec as requested by its sales profile of mkiis ( photographers eschewing the 1Ds mkiii for the 5D mkii )  ; not a bad deal IMO.

Fort those that don't want to pay the extra they introduced the 6D. Do you think the 6D was the answer to Nikon's D600 ? I bet it was the other way around but Nikon got to announce first.

I think the biggest threat to Canon's higher end dslrs could be the rumoured Nikon DF ( Digital 'F' mount - who the hell said 'Digital Fusion ?'  ;)  ). If they get this camera sorted properly with a really good 16 - 18 mp chip, good ergonomics and sturdy build with no b****y pop up flash, and manage to still give a very good OVF along with the EVF facility the camera could be a winner for them.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: October 25, 2013, 06:35:09 PM »
It also seems to be a great moonlight lens.

I like to use it with a Big hood - three times larger than the lens  ;D

Nice shot of the Pleiades!  They look larger than I would think they would be at 40mm...is this slightly cropped?

Yes it is cropped in ! Well spotted, I'm impressed.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 25, 2013, 03:12:29 PM »
Sunrise shining onto low cloud at Seathwaite Bridge, Borrowdale in the English Lake District.

5D, 24-105 @24mm

Unusual, but probably a bit more typical of what you see. I didn't manage to get anything this time, I couldn't really see the hills on the opposite side of Ullswater and rain and wind tend to play havoc with lens elements and filters :P.
Here are a some of my favourites from Scotland instead.


Looking up Strathconon by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Sunlit River Conon by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Evening on the River Leven by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr


Thanks Richard. Sorry to hear your Lake District trip was a wash out; mine was too. I have attached a few incidental pictures from our last trip - I go with my partner in Building Panoramics. Unfortunately the weather gods were not smiling on us. That's the trouble with the Lakes, it should be called the Rain District.

Great light in those last two pictures of yours. Looks like you were luckier in Scotland.

@ Gilbo65, many thanks. The subtle colours in the clouds were beautiful. Love your high key shot of the Haystack Rock.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II with IS
« on: October 24, 2013, 08:46:55 AM »
When Canon launched the 24-70 II didn't they state that the lens doesn't have IS in order to optimise IQ.

If I'm right and they did state this is there any truth in it ?

Yes I believe they did state this, but then do you believe everything a salesman tells you?

Unhelpful.

But despite the apparent high level of technical expertise on CR no one seems to have a better answer.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 24, 2013, 07:18:42 AM »
At 200mm, you must have been very close. Great images!

They started out reasonably far out, but once we moved out onto the Ground they came right in to Investigate.

The attached shot I had to ask my Lad to pass out to me the 5DMK III with the 24-70 on, at this Point the Alpha Female had decided to move on and was pushing the herd around the front of the vehicle.

Young chap in the Image is Greg DeToit, just won Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 in London.

Shot with the 5DMK III & 24-70f/2.8 L II, Shot @ 24mm f/7.1 & 1/1000th ISO800

Interesting how neither Grey or the guy / guyess in the rumoured 100-400 II photo are using hoods. Have hoods gone out of fashion ?

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 II with IS
« on: October 23, 2013, 01:36:12 PM »
When Canon launched the 24-70 II didn't they state that the lens doesn't have IS in order to optimise IQ.

If I'm right and they did state this is there any truth in it ?

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Technical Support / Re: dark vignette in top right hand corner- help!
« on: October 23, 2013, 09:05:08 AM »
If it's a mechanical issue (shutter problem, etc.), the likelihood of the exact same issue affecting two bodies simultaneously seems incredibly small

+1, the probability of the mirror not lifting fully up on two different bodies at the same time must be virtually 0.

It would suggest to me that it isn't the body.

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Technical Support / Re: dark vignette in top right hand corner- help!
« on: October 23, 2013, 08:20:01 AM »
Sorry I mis read your post. This is happening on two bodies ? But you said you had isolated the problem to this camera.

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Technical Support / Re: dark vignette in top right hand corner- help!
« on: October 23, 2013, 08:07:18 AM »
If the last picture was taken with the camera up side down could it be the mirror is not flipping fully up before shutter fires.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 23, 2013, 04:52:47 AM »
I was out of the vehicle down on the river bank shooting Elephants crossing the stream about 200 metres down stream, didn't see this Young Bull come around the Bend behind us, he didn't really see us until opposite us, then he just dropped his head & charged us, the chap with me Greg DeToit (He just won Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013) stood up & raised his arms and yelled at the Young Bull, he eventually stopped about 5 Metres from us and kicked & blew water all over us.


Shot with 1Dx 200-400f/4, shot @ 200mm f/4 & 1/250th ISO400

Northern South Africa near the Border with Mozambique.

Wow Edward, I just cancelled my reservation to join you on your next safari !

Perhaps he thought your 1Dx with 200-400 was a white trunk'd rival.

Great shot.

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The 7D does have more FPS, but less accurate AF.

Really ? Less accurate than the 5D ? I thought the only thing that has less accurate AF than a 5D was an F-1

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 22, 2013, 05:15:24 PM »
Sunrise shining onto low cloud at Seathwaite Bridge, Borrowdale in the English Lake District.

5D, 24-105 @24mm

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EOS Bodies / Re: What do you think will be the Shelf life of the EOS 6D ?
« on: October 22, 2013, 02:33:33 PM »

Not putting too fine a point on it: How could you tell? The 6d is not out long enough to evaluate its durability, but the specs cast a doubt on it (short shutter life, no 1/8000 shutter) plus it's only "amateur" cps silver in the EU vs. 5d2/5d3 "platinum" which might mean it's just marketing, but then again it might mean Canon really thinks the 6d will be broken more


I noticed this too. The original 5D is 'gold'. The 6D sits in a different marketing position that it's creation created. It wouldn't surprise me if the 6D uses quite a few 5D mkii parts such as the prism, shutter etc and the syncs, max Ss etc are just marketing. Only time will tell on the durability, but I'm quite confident.

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5D classic image is good enough ONLY IF you hit and exact exposure. However, when it is necessary to lift the shadows in post-processing, noise appears very ugly. :( I'm not talking about unusual things. If you lift the shadows only 1 point, already sees colored noise horrendous. This was a good camera when it was released, but the noise and autofocus faltering are no match for the new 70D.

Probably half our pictures at Building Panoramics have been taken on a 5D mki and we have never had a problem lifting shadows from anything that was remotely correct in exposure.

Correct on the AF though; the lack of AFMA on the mki can be a drawback depending on body AF calibration, lenses, DoF etc.

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