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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Got my 1DX Mark II
« Last post by Jack Douglas on April 30, 2016, 06:12:59 PM »
a price of US$ 5,780 at current foreign currency exchange rates.

Cough, splutter  >:( That's £3955 against UK price of £5199 or US$8445.

Where do you live? You might be getting a visitor!
If you are from the UK, you can buy a £50 Ryan Air ticket to Norway, buy it here and get the VAT refunded. With the current exchange rate, that will be about £4150.

Hey Eldar, I could ask a number of questions but one that is uppermost and not related to pixel peeping is how fast the auto focus is with the 300 2.8 II with the 2X III attached.  I have only two frames of reference, the 1D IV and the 6D, neither of which were great.  Recently looking at $Can of the long lenses I might like as alternative to 300 X2 (hand hold/hiking), they just aren't feasible assuming I get the 1DX II.  The new 100-400 is one lens I could and maybe should afford??  Any thoughts much appreciated, anyone really can chime in.  Thanks.

Photography Technique / Re: Your best images of 2015?
« Last post by PatchedUp on April 30, 2016, 06:04:48 PM »
Quite a few favourites, but this is probably my best image and one of my most memorable days to date. The light quality was incredible requiring barely any changes in post.

I could say this image represents the ongoing struggle of the wildlife due to the warming polar ice caps with rapidly diminishing sizes of ice for the penguins to live on, but in reality I though "ooh, this looks nice" ha! Even got a penguin photobombing on the smallest floe in the foreground!
Taken in the Weddell Sea off the coast of the Stancombe-Wills Glacier with a 1DX and a 70-200 f2.8 IS II

A bit apprehensive, first photo posted for critique!
To me its a worthy upgrade with the trade in.  I can use the 4k dpf video recording.  Use the best gear, i can charge more.  Easy to explain that to a customer.  Maybe the extra features will eliminate some of the need for an assistant and cut some costs.  We'll see....soon.
Software & Accessories / Re: Does your GAS stretch to camera straps?
« Last post by CanonFanBoy on April 30, 2016, 05:55:52 PM »
I don't use the Canon provided strap, as it is too much advertisement for thieves. I bought a simple black one, but nothin' fancy.

Thieves. Hahaha! I think people freely give Canon money. ::)
EOS Bodies / Re: Could the 7D-iii be closer than we might think???
« Last post by scyrene on April 30, 2016, 05:48:33 PM »
Now I have gone over to a camera without a low-pass filter, the 5DS R, I am never going back to a 7D or other APS-C with a filter as it softens the image, and Moiré is very rare problem.

I hope you put on asbestos clothing before you posted that because the collective wisdom of CR is that the low pass filter is absolutely necessary and that moire ruins everything.

I've no strong feelings either way on the topic. However, it does seem like one of those things a marketing department thought up - after all, were lots of people calling for the removal of the filter before? Moiré exists - it is a rare problem for most shooters, from what I've read. But it exists. And those sounding a note of caution say - moiré cannot be as easily remedied as the slight softening of an AA filter. Anti-AA evangelists don't have much to say about that.

Ultimately though, the idea one should pay a premium for the lack of a feature (strictly a feature that is disabled in the case of the 5DsR) is what stops me from considering that camera. I am glad to hear it's not showing up much in bird shots, as I expect in a few years AA filters will be much rarer - a victory for marketing.
EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dpreview of the 80D
« Last post by rishi_sanyal on April 30, 2016, 05:37:57 PM »
Another note, many reviewers (esp. DPReview) love to compare the 45 or 61 AF points in optical viewfinder of DSLRs to the 425 AF points in A6300. Then, they wax lyrical about the number of A6300 AF points.

Errr... doesn't the 80D have 80% * 24 MP, that is, 19.2 million AF points in live view?

No, each single pixel is not an AF point - you need strips of pixels to form an AF point.
Why strips? Is that for DPAF or generic contrast-detection?

You need contiguous pixels (not necessarily exactly next to one another - you can skip some pixels) to make a phase measurement. One strip/row might be 'left looking' and another 'right looking', and you correlate features between the two to determine the phase difference between them, which then gives you directional and magnitude information.

For example, see this schematic of the E-M1 scheme of on-sensor PDAF:

Software & Accessories / Re: Does your GAS stretch to camera straps?
« Last post by AshtonNekolah on April 30, 2016, 05:34:03 PM »
Yum yum, feel the quality.
Looking at the Sella, it rocks got a look like optech also but with leather.
EOS Bodies / Re: Could the 7D-iii be closer than we might think???
« Last post by ahsanford on April 30, 2016, 05:27:36 PM »

200-600 f6.3 is extremely unlikely. Canon doesn't make DSLR lenses slower than 5.6.

It is unlikely, yet it isn't..... The new cameras seem to handle F8 and there is no reason why the lens can not "stretch the truth" when it talks to the camera body, just like Tamron and Sigma do when you put one of those 150-600mm lenses onto your camera...

This has been debated as nauseam elsewhere on these forums, as you probably know. Anything's possible, but remember those third party lenses aren't even 600mm f/6.3, they're shorter and narrower at the long end - the only way they can be so relatively small and light. I think a (Xmm-)500mm f/5.6 is more reasonable.

The question is not whether Canon will offer a 200-(some large number) 'slower' zoom.  They will.

The question is how slow is slow, how big is 'some large number' and how much will it cost?  A very good Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 IS for $1400 is an impossibly good value proposition -- first party AF, 1.4x T/C possible on the long end, strong IQ, etc.

Canon only going to 500mm makes little sense with such a strong 100-400L II already on the market.  So most think this will be a 200-600 zoom.

Canon reaching to 600mm @ f/5.6 will not be cheap.  You're well over 100mm on the entrance pupil at that point (as many have pointed out on other threads here), which will drive weight and cost considerably.

Others have also stated that Canon doesn't deploy anything slower than f/5.6 with the EF mount (I believe someone said that it was part of some Canon authored EF standard).

- A
Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: tamron 15-30 2.8 VC usd
« Last post by telemaq76 on April 30, 2016, 05:22:43 PM »
great work thanks for sharing dustin. for sure it s a great lens. sharpness is out of this world.
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