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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The ludicrously large 1d series
« Last post by George D. on May 03, 2016, 03:33:26 PM »
It's a double-decker bus of a camera meant to be sold to professionals (actually their agency buys it for them) or to people who want to look like professionals. On the other hand if you want to carry around a long tele bazooka lens the camera is dwarfed anyway. Having said that it also depends on what you're shooting. Bird watchers, wildlife shooters, can't do without the bulky stuff.

The next innovation needs to be on batteries. Reducing battery size significantly reduces body size and costs lesser to manufacture (and sell). Multiple benefits.

Concerning the necessity of a larger grip for larger hands, remember the tiny grip of the F1N. That's all you need. The motor driven stuff asked for the grip due to extra size/weight (12 AA/NiCad batteries) and got carried over to the EOS-1/1D lines. Without it grip is no longer required regardless big or small hands.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx mk2 B&H order status
« Last post by gunship01 on May 03, 2016, 03:32:39 PM »
Out of curiosity and also for future shopping, why does almost everyone here use B&H?  Thanks for any replies :)

For myself, I'd rather wait an extra day or two than pay $500+ in taxes through Amazon.

Here, here.
EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The ludicrously large 1d series
« Last post by on May 03, 2016, 03:29:50 PM »
I do think Canon is losing a market here. I don't know what percent additional units they could sell, but I wouldn't be surprised if it were several tens of percent. Perhaps it would make for a good poll here.

What are all the Donald Trumps in the world to do if they wish to have a camera that requires large hands? I think the physical requirements of size and weight are only as bad as the "perception" issues of stopping traffic and losing any sense of unobtrusiveness.
Camera Body Gallery / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX II
« Last post by Mario on May 03, 2016, 03:27:59 PM »
Similar shot as the one I posted on the thread about upgrade plans.

1DXII, 600II, 1/640, f/11, ISO 2500.  The squirrel is about 5 meters (5.5 yards) away from me.

I just put the raw file in adobe raw, reduced the highlights a tiny bit and converted it in Photoshop CC to a jpg. No noise reduction and no sharpening done.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dpreview of the 80D
« Last post by Jopa on May 03, 2016, 03:22:52 PM »
According to dpreview any camera without a sony sensor is an outdated piece of garbage. The DR is the only thing that matters in a modern camera LOL! Wondering who's taking those clowns seriously except of the brick wall shooters who underexpose their brick wall shots by 5 stops.
I suspect that the way they do this is sell them all first on eBay and then order them and get them in stock later.  (Use the money everyone paid to finance the order.)

I purchased this deal a few days after it went live which was about 3 weeks ago.  I waited a week then jumped.  They just now sent me a notice that it has shipped today.

Not the end of the world but good to know if one is in a hurry.  No FedEx delivery date is available yet but I suspect it will be Monday or Tuesday before it arrives.  That will make it almost a month turn around since the order but it won't matter looking back.  It was a heck of a price.
Not currently planning to upgrade but next Monday I am lucky to be spending the whole day playing with them at Canon UK HQ so that might change my mind :)
Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang unveils lenses with AF
« Last post by Random Orbits on May 03, 2016, 03:13:41 PM »
Curious to see what drove the 'We'll try Sony first' business model.  Could be any of the below, right?

  • A straight off the sensor mirrorless AF system easier to design AF for than an SLR
  • The SLR lens space is pretty crowded with comprehensive Canon / Nikon / Sigma / Tamron options, while Sony still has a fairly skinny (native mount) lens lineup
  • Sony has dirt cheap lenses and explosively pricey lenses -- the 'porridge is just right' Sigma Art sort of $799 market segment is underserved with (native mount) Sony glass presently

Which do you think drove Samyang to choose Sony first?

- A

It'll be interesting to see whether Sony's decision to license out the AF algorithms hurt them in the long term.  Maybe Sony becomes only a camera manufacturer and not a system/lens manufacturer like Canon/Nikon.  Canon and Nikon can charge a premium for first party integration.  Now Sony has to be price competitive in both bodies and lenses.  Might be good for the user in the short term but it may limit their ability to build out their own lens ecosystem.
Yes, its " 0 " available now and the price is also higher at
US $1,588.99

Glad I didnt hesitate to order - they are shipping my order today, hopefully I'll get it before Mother's Day :)


deals gone... for now...
EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dpreview of the 80D
« Last post by rrcphoto on May 03, 2016, 03:05:19 PM »
It looks like in the review the shooter doesn't get an initial the camera and lens are then struggling to re-adjust. This shouts of a poor technique from the reviewer...he's only a press hack I guess.

Leaving aside the fact that that's simply insulting to our reviewer (not me), we repeat every test at least 3x. We always initiate focus on the biker while he's static, then ask him to start coming towards the camera. If it didn't get an 'initial lock' on 3 tries on a static biker, you might say there's a problem. And that was with single-point 'One Shot'.

so you test AI servo by being in one shot mode?  or are you in single point AI Servo?

or you acquire your initial AI servo lock on a stationary object and then have that object move? for AI servo which is predictive distance and speed tracking, that's a test that is assured to fail, or the camera (or lens) to struggle with, especially depending on your AF case selection.

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