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Canon 1DsMK3, 1DMK4, G1X, XF300


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cfh25: Nice to see DPR catching up with the news:

Yes I thought this was old news. PetaPixel blogged it on 20th June.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 20:36 UTC
On Manfrotto adds friction arms to its accessory lineup article (9 comments in total)
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Matthew Miller: Nice. The price seems high, but the convenience and utility will totally be worth it. I have the Manfrotto Flex Arm in both the heavy duty and the lightweight versions, and the heavy duty one is too hard to move and not flexible enough, and the lightweight version won't stay in place and can't support more than its own weight. Basically, interesting idea, didn't work out. This seems a lot better.

I was about to agree whole heartedly about them being expensive, because I thought my similar kit from Tilta was less than half the price, but I just checked and there isn't much in it. I think I do have some cheaper Chinese rig gear (yes I know Tilta is also made in China) but you do seem to get what you pay for. My Tilta arms will hold a heavyish monitor, where the cheaper arms are only OK for flags — very useful though, and way easier to carry around than a full on Mattebox.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 09:04 UTC

You might as well carry a big sign that reads 'Look at me. I am sad, lonely, and have no friends'.

Anyone read Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, or seen the movie? There is a ghost who lost his arm in a car crash, and he carries the arm about. He tries to be funny by picking his nose with the dismembered arm, or scratching his back with it. Now that would be a different way to use the selfie arm.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 06:14 UTC as 98th comment
On Battle of the titans: Top ball heads tested article (274 comments in total)
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jonpanoff: what about including a manfrotto head?? I love mine

Yes, I wondered the same thing. I suspect their big Hydrostatic heads would more than stack up against these.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 22:33 UTC
On DPReview Recommends: Selfie-Sticks article (138 comments in total)
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Igor Karpov:


Wow. More like a narrowly failed attempt for a Darwin award. What was he thinking? He boards along side the chair lift, then swerves into their path, and stops. He is lucky it didn't break his neck!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2015 at 15:15 UTC
On CreativeLive kicks off Photoshop Week 2015 article (12 comments in total)

With Adobe TV having so many excellent video tutorials now, you'd need something very special before you'd pay $299. Certainly most of the basic tutorials would be covered on Adobe TV. So fir me, it would need to be specialist content like the Bert Monroy 'how I made the Times Square' illustration hosted on

Direct link | Posted on Feb 23, 2015 at 23:13 UTC as 6th comment
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor article (255 comments in total)
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InTheMist: They announced this four years ago!

21Mp was much more than four years ago. The 1DsMK3 dates all the way back to August 2007, so getting on for seven and a half years. Some of us are getting fed up waiting for a replacement :-(

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2015 at 11:36 UTC

Richard from DPReview, you are way too intense. Please lighten up and smile now and again.

Canon, when will we see a replacement for the 1DsMK3? Mine was seven years old last November!!!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2015 at 21:26 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On Starstruck: Adam Woodworth's nighttime photography article (60 comments in total)

Beautiful images. It really makes you want to go out and try yourself. Unfortunately, I doubt it's as easy as Adam makes it appear.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 22, 2014 at 04:31 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
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MPA1: Not specific to the monkey shot here (as I have no idea of it's origins) but as a general comment, photography of captive animals in a zoo has to rate amongst the least inspiring uses of a camera I can imagine. Personally I wouldn't allow that in competition images.

The rules here regards captive animal shots usually say that the 'hand of man' should not be visible in the image, but that rule was test a few years back with Graeme Guys pictures of hummingbirds. Graeme uses multiple small strobes on minimum power to freeze the wings, but to avoid a black background, two strobes light an image on matte paper. The argument was that you could not see 'hand of man' because the BG was completely OOF, but that was considered to be pushing the rules to breaking point. I believe the rules were changed as a result of this. While this does not specifically answer your point, rules are the same for all entries, and it's the rules that count.

Rules do differ country to country though, with the RPS (I believe) not allowing images of baby birds in the nest.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 21:26 UTC
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (603 comments in total)

There is definitely something about full frame. My seven year old 1DsMK3 is still my go to camera, while my 1DMK4 only comes out for the occasional shot where high FPS and decent follow focus are required. The 1Ds3 is rubbish at follow focus.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 20:15 UTC as 25th comment | 3 replies

It's the white deer for me, although Andrew's orangutan is right up there. I'm guessing that the deer is in a location where hunting is not allowed, because by heck it would be an easy target.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2014 at 20:10 UTC as 20th comment

It's a step too far for me. I could see myself with a Canon 15mm fisheye in my bag, but where as the Canon makes distorted but beautiful images, this appears to just make life ugly.

A question: In this review of the Canon by KR, he shows an image taken with the Canon fisheye after 'rectification in DXO'. It has done an amazing job of straightening the horizon, and I'm wondering if similar can be done with Photoshop?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 20:16 UTC as 13th comment | 5 replies

Am I right in thinking that Yonguo strobes do not do e-TTL?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2014 at 05:15 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies
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Jogger: I wish they had done more work on colour e-ink.. would love to have a 300ppi 20x30 inch panel to display photographs and such. I have a 1080p 13 inch laptop and even that is too high res.

Nicely said. As someone mentioned back up this thread, very high dpi screens have caused a lot of upset for Adobe customers. We had far and away more posts on the subject on the Photoshop forum, that on any other subject. I use 30 inch 1920x1200 main screen, but 2560x1440 on a 30 inch screen is as high as I would go with Photoshop.

As for the micro-book owners who expected to use Photoshop with a 13 inch 3200x1800 display, what on earth were they thinking? Or did they even think about it at all?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2014 at 20:47 UTC
On Richard Franiec offers Canon PowerShot G7 X custom grip article (110 comments in total)

I own a G1X, which has a wee grip built in, and I have to say it is very effective. Using two hands, you can get a very firm hold of the camera indeed. So it's a shame that Canon went back to having flat front on the right side of the G7X, and I can definitely see how this accessory would make a difference.

Incidentally, I bought a G10, and replaced it with the G1X after my wife took a like to the G10, so I didn't have to travel with my 1D kit, so it's weight rather than bulk that makes the difference from my point of view.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 1, 2014 at 20:13 UTC as 17th comment
On Delkin introduces new 'Black' range of rugged SD cards article (53 comments in total)
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Bruce McL: Making the card black was a good start, but they didn't put an "X" in the name. No 'X" means there must be something wrong with the cards!

"Xtreme" would have been even better. :-)

Works for me

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 21:13 UTC
On Delkin introduces new 'Black' range of rugged SD cards article (53 comments in total)
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spidercho: I use 5 SD cards A-Data for 9 years and I had 3 of them broken from nothing. Two lock/unlock broken buttons and one broken card from putting in and outside the camera.

Now I use SanDisk and they are better.

The only time I ever lost images was with an A-Data card. This was a long time ago with a 30D, and I worked out that if I erased individual images from the camera, there was a good chance I would lose the next image taken. I rather suspect the 30D firmware, because I tried the same card in other cameras without issues.

I've never had a single flash card problem since (1Ds3 and 1D4).

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 19:48 UTC
On Delkin introduces new 'Black' range of rugged SD cards article (53 comments in total)

This puts me in mind of the remote controlled camera drones we've seen used with African wildlife. So if a lion eats your GoPro, you can follow it around, and recover your pictures from the lion's poo. If these cards are 'really' good, some one else could maybe still recover the images if a lion subsequently ate _you_. They could rate the cards by how many times they could be eaten by a lion, and still have the images intact.

Anyone want to volunteer for a test run? ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2014 at 20:51 UTC as 11th comment
On Readers' Showcase: Astrophotography article (44 comments in total)

Search Google Images with 'Michael Shainblum'. I came across him on 500pix recently, and was blown away. I am not sure how you would do an Astro panorama with the long exposures and star movement from one frame to the next, but I have not looked into it either.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 01:31 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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