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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DsIII vs 5DIII + 1DIV vs 7DII (all used)
« Last post by Snzkgb on Today at 07:22:50 PM »
1ds Mark III is still a wonderful camera with the exception of the high ISO. If you usually use above ISO 1600, other cameras are more interesting.
I'm fine with ISO performance of 5DII, and 1DsIII seems to have the exact same sensor.
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1ds Mark III is still a wonderful camera with the exception of the high ISO. If you usually use above ISO 1600, other cameras are more interesting.
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Reviews / Re: Canon EF-M 18-150mm IS STM Review
« Last post by TWI by Dustin Abbott on Today at 07:10:12 PM »
Thanks for posting.

Having picked this up for myself recently, I will agree with you that the lens exceeded my expectations as far as sharpness goes. With the exception of around 150mm f6.3, I found the lens to be surprisingly sharp, more so than the 15-45 lens which is disappointingly average in this respect. That said, I found CA to be a bigger issue with this one than with most other lenses in my collection. Also, balance with the smaller M's like the M10 is slightly front-heavy. But for my uses, not really a deal-breaker. I like it overall. I do have the 55-200 as well but I'm going to keep it for now - besides the 50mm extra reach, it's also 2/3 stop faster in the equivalent focal range.

Also - if you use the built-in flash, keep in mind the long barrel will cast a shadow at the widest FLs (up to about 30mm).

The aperture advantage for the 55-200 is definitely true.  The 18-150mm gets to a maximum of f/6.3 by 60mm.
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DsIII vs 5DIII + 1DIV vs 7DII (all used)
« Last post by Snzkgb on Today at 06:52:24 PM »
If you have time to save a bit more (it looks like you have) what about a used 1DX? Not sure about prices in you area  but buying the cameras at the prices you report should be getting you a long way towards a decent condition 1DX (Mk1).

Just a thought?
Well, maybe, but I prefer to have two cameras for different types of shooting, when FF camera is an all-rounder, mostly landscapes, casual shooting, street photography, portraits and fast crop camera is aimed at wildlife, sports and action.

I'll think about having just one 1DX.

You have the SL1, as we all know.
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Everyday camera - what to choose?
« Last post by Snzkgb on Today at 06:50:43 PM »
If budget is tight I would suggest the EOS M3 as the best compromise at the moment, especially as you can add the external viewfinder should you need it.

One great advantage of the external viewfinder over the EOS M5 built-in is that you can angle it, it's really very flexible for shooting.

The EOS M5 is a better camera in most respects, but the M3 has a couple of advantages still so I'll keep mine when I get the M5
I think one real advantage of M3 is its price. In any other aspect M5 is better. Especially in AF.
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DsIII vs 5DIII + 1DIV vs 7DII (all used)
« Last post by slclick on Today at 06:47:07 PM »
If you have time to save a bit more (it looks like you have) what about a used 1DX? Not sure about prices in you area  but buying the cameras at the prices you report should be getting you a long way towards a decent condition 1DX (Mk1).

Just a thought?
Well, maybe, but I prefer to have two cameras for different types of shooting, when FF camera is an all-rounder, mostly landscapes, casual shooting, street photography, portraits and fast crop camera is aimed at wildlife, sports and action.

I'll think about having just one 1DX.

You have the SL1, as we all know.
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It may not be about how you look but it is about how you feel ergonomically and what you are conditioned to. Decades of looking through a VF on film and digital camera bodies as opposed to years of using a smartphone or a camera w/out a VF for someone much younger is a fine analogy. I tried the OG M series and nope, couldn't do it. Just doesn't work for me, like holding a phone in my right hand. YMMV

Good point.  If camera bodies + lenses got dramatically lighter and took on a different ergonomic approach (two small handles like with underwater housings, handles moved forward for better balance with the lens), a full time liveview camera could 100% work. 

The Lytro Illum -- much like the first-gen Honda Insight some 20 years ago -- may not have been set the world alight, but may been ahead of its time in some respects.  No EVF, longer lens and it still clocked in under 1 kg.  Granted, it wasn't a FF rig by any stretch, but its concept-car-like design might be a roadmap for VF-less higher end rigs.

- A
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DsIII vs 5DIII + 1DIV vs 7DII (all used)
« Last post by Snzkgb on Today at 06:39:01 PM »
If you have time to save a bit more (it looks like you have) what about a used 1DX? Not sure about prices in you area  but buying the cameras at the prices you report should be getting you a long way towards a decent condition 1DX (Mk1).

Just a thought?
Well, maybe, but I prefer to have two cameras for different types of shooting, when FF camera is an all-rounder, mostly landscapes, casual shooting, street photography, portraits and fast crop camera is aimed at wildlife, sports and action.

I'll think about having just one 1DX.
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Among Canon cameras, my 1Dx2 is probably the best at high ISO, but since I moved to it I use a tripod more than ever. There are several reasons why for almost every landscape shot, I now use a tripod.

  • For the best DR, I need ISO 100, which means a longer exposure
  • ISO 100 is also much cleaner, especially when printing very large
  • It forces me to take my time and examine the composition, which leads to better photos
  • Most of my shots use TS, which is much easier to manage when on a tripod

I currently use a Gitzo Explorer Arm type tripod with an Arca-Swiss D4 geared head.

Pretty much every landscape shot in my recent feed - https://www.flickr.com/photos/calevphoto is with a tripod. The only ones not with a tripod are the macros and wildlife. Yes, perhaps I am a bit contrarian - I'll almost always use my 24-70/2.8 II with a tripod, but I always use my 200-400/1.4x handheld. :)
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It has nothing to do with how you look. It is about getting the shot.  I could not get most of the shots I do without an OVF or EVF.  I doubt I am alone.

No, you are not.

Just checking -- I wasn't sure -- here are the digital full frame mirrorless rigs released to date (that I am aware of):

Sony RX1/RX1R:  Nothing onboard, but modular OVF and EVF were offered (both optional, I believe)
Sony RX1R II:  EVF built-in
Sony a7 (6x models to date): EVF built-in
Leica Q:  EVF built-in
Leica SL:  EVF built-in
Leica M (not sure of the hard figure, but it's a number of designs):  those have been 100% OVF over the years, correct?

Unless I've forgotten one, I am not aware of a single FF mirrorless rig that didn't have a VF of some sort.

Medium format are deeper waters for me that I am not well-read on.  But I believe the Fuji and HBlad MF mirrorless setups have EVFs.  There's also the nutty Alpa 'body' (more of a properly spaced out frame and mount) + MF digital back 'mirrorless' frankenstein rig.  That one might be VF optional.

- A
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