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On article Canon videos showcase 70D's innovative AF system (145 comments in total)

Sorry - missed off two additional features from MY 7D MK2 spec: Headphone socket and dual card slots.. now my work is complete and I can go back to taking images.....lovely sunny day across the UK and wait for it HOT.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2013 at 09:18 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon videos showcase 70D's innovative AF system (145 comments in total)

The new 70D seems to ME to be MY almost perfect camera (if there is such a thing) IF IF IF the video AF works. I'm not expecting everyone to agree with me but on balance it offers most things without a massive price tag. Improved APS-C sensor ( YES- at last ! ) AF with video (YES) Touch Screen (YES) Compact size but not too small (YES) Faster / better AF with stills (YES). I've been seeking an upgrade from my 40D for ages, the 50D/ 60D didn't cut it, the 7D had problems with its AF (early on) and that 18M sensor isn't as good as it could be for high ISO. What's missing ? Well - dream list - interchangeable focusing screens for use with my manual focus lenses, 100 % viewfinder, bigger buffer, full RADIO wireless flash control and the build quality of the current 7D - gosh - I've just written the spec for the new coming soon 7D MK 2 !!

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2013 at 09:11 UTC as 16th comment
On article Just posted: Our Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens review (81 comments in total)

I think this might well be my very next lens. I owned the Pentax SMC-M 40mm F2.8 back in the day - loved its compact size but I didn't really use it much. On my ASP-C sensor this new Canon 40mm becomes a 60 ish mm lens, will it prove to be useful given that I have several zooms that include that focal length, the 50mm 1.8 (MK1) and the 60mm Macro ?? We'll see....

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:07 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On photo IMG_0835 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Smooth looking car - and a nice pic too

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:03 UTC as 1st comment
On a photo in the Canon EF40mm F2.8 STM preview samples sample gallery (2 comments in total)

Smooth looking car - and a nice pic too

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 20:03 UTC as 1st comment

What the Zeiss ? As well as silly names Zeiss appear to be doing a Leica - "we must be good cause were so expensive" - Zeiss glass is good, some say brilliant - but I can't help feeling that Zeiss are milking this for each and every penny and should their glass be better say that Fuji it will be a tiny improvement for a lotta cash. Looking forward to the reviews. Samyang where are you?

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 20:48 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
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BSweeney: With an Olympus product, wait a year for a 40% price drop. 2 years, 70% price drop. They need to price the camera at a reasonable price, recover NRE over more sales, and lower product turn-over rate. My lesson learned with the EP2.

If you have money to burn, love u43, go for it.

At 70 % off I'm really interested !! Still waiting for the Canon EOS-M lens/flash kit to hit £299 - not long now - unless Canon redraw them, dig a big hole and forget they ever made such a poor AF mirror less camera.....If only it could focus like a Pen !!

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2013 at 16:43 UTC
On article UK's Focus on Imaging photo trade show to close (19 comments in total)
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Peter Del: That's a pity. I went there this year and succumbed to the hype and bought an OMD.
The place was very busy and the one stand that was selling equipment was mobbed. So it's not the number of visitors that caused its decline, so perhaps it was an exorbitant rent.
Peter Del

Focus was dying (as is the whole market place) and it was there for all to see - I attended 2012 and saw the fantastic Olympus stand complete with dancers from SCD - loved the OM-D which I managed to get my hands on too - 2013 - no Olympus stand, no dancers, no nothing. The same happened a couple of years ago to Sony at Focus - big stand, big spend - this year - nothing worth the name. Focus either needed a big boost/ change (thus big spend) but the overall photo market is reducing because of phones etc or to close.....

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2013 at 16:38 UTC
On article UK's Focus on Imaging photo trade show to close (19 comments in total)

A shame that its closing but having attended for a number of years I did feel that the show had either to change (become far more interactive) or close and did not plan to attend the 2014 show (if it had gone ahead) and second that this reflects (again) the changes taking place across all of photography. I strongly feel that our hobby using (real) cameras and lenses is on borrowed time now with fewer and fewer (younger) people seeing any reason why they should not just just their phones... one day Canon & Nikon (etc) will simply be APPS on another smart device ... don't believe me ? Watch this space - it's coming.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2013 at 16:31 UTC as 10th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon D4 & D800: What do the Professionals Think? (376 comments in total)
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Shunda77: It really puts the 'megapixel pirates' (one eyed of course) on DPR forums into perspective.

16mp is more than enough.

So true. I've used a Nikon D700 (lovely camera with plenty of quality) tried using a Nikon D600 - too small - didn't impress. Yesterday I attended a wedding (I now do wedding cars but have over 10 years as a PRO wedding photographer so know my way around cameras a bit) spoke to their photographer using a D800 - I know the guy and fully expected him to gush on how brilliant it is. No, he said he didn't like it for a number of reasons (which he didn't share with me) but he did say he HATES the huge files which are taking him far far too much time to deal with....said he was going to upgrade to a D4 soon because of the smaller files and that its a PRO tool (his back up camera is a D3) - interesting...

Link | Posted on May 26, 2013 at 12:48 UTC
On article Just Posted: Canon EOS 6D In-depth Review (532 comments in total)

Interesting update - On this weeks Calumet News Canon are offering a FOC photo back pack 'worth £115' with each new 7D and 6D purchased. Now it makes sense that Calumet/ Canon need to boost sales of a 4 year old APS-C camera when most of its tech can now be purchased in MUCH cheaper EOS cameras. But the 6D ??? An almost brand new FF DSLR ? Sign of the times my friends - Canon cocked it up with the 6D and its poor AF system. Mark my words - many decent discounts will happen before the 6D is gone and the 6D MK2 is already in Canon Japan's HQ under lock & key. But don't expect it too soon. Somehow Canon have got to get shot of the 6D MK1's first !!

Link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 18:29 UTC as 14th comment

WOW - Nikon bring out a greatly interesting prime for their 1 series and then WOW - what a price. Are they expecting to sell many ? Good luck to that lads....

Link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 18:23 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article Olympus to axe V-series point-and-shoot cameras (124 comments in total)

Another sign of the times guys....only a matter of time before us camera loving folk walking around with our DSLR's look as silly as photographers of old having to hid under a sheet to take images on their large plate cameras.....

Link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 18:21 UTC as 44th comment | 3 replies
On article Just Posted: Canon EOS 6D In-depth Review (532 comments in total)

Well months on what are we to think about the 6D ? Fury and Frustration greeted the new Canon 6D camera as it was about to enter the market place in October 2012 including from me. Since then it appears to have gone on to become a steady seller and users (overall) seem to rate it highly. The more promising Nikon D600 (and Nikon D800) have both had huge problems with quality issues (oil on sensor/ duff AF) both of which the 6D seems to have avoided. So what are we to think? For ME: A good not great camera. Too expensive unless GPS / WiFi are really wanted. A poor AF system and the 6D deserves far far better. Too expensive compared to the better spec Nikon D600 which is coming down in price faster and appears to be a bigger hit despite its problems. A really good sensor which out performs the 5D3 but really poor (for the price) video. I'd give it a 6/10 having only played with one - not at all sure its worth over £1500 b/only. Given the cash I'd rather have a Fuji XE1....YOU?

Link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 17:49 UTC as 15th comment
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Rap: it would be great to have these adittions for the MkII also... there is a huge number of videographers using the MKII.... me included... lots of them counting on Magic Lantern to have expanded features...

You make a good point - after all Canon were able to upgrade the 7D with a new software upgrade package. I think its unlikely given that the 5D2 is still such a good camera (OK - AF is rubbish) for stills - was at a wedding yesterday and got chatting the pro photographer, John, he has 2x 5D2 and sees no point in upgrading to a 5D3 (for wedding stills) I think he has a point. The 5D3 in most conditions and without having to have ultra fast AF simply isn't worth the extra cost for many including John. Given this I think if Canon upgraded the 5D2 VIDEO it could impact strongly upon 5D3 sales and with Nikon improving/taking more market share all the time Canon need to sell as many NEW cameras as possible....

Link | Posted on May 12, 2013 at 09:44 UTC

I'd still love to buy a 5d3 if only I could afford one - I used one at a wedding a few months ago and didn't want to hand it back ! However even I as a massive Canon fan still feel that Canon are behind the game on FF mid stream DSLR's. No I'm not saying the Nikon D800 is simply better because of its 36MP but I am saying that I feel it very strange that Canon haven't introduced a similar BIG chip model - let's call it the 3D1 by now.

Then again the 700d is simply the 650d, which is simply the 600d etc - all based upon an 18MP sensor that is now 5 years old and didn't compare well to the Nikon sensor at the same price point even then....strange. Have all the top Canon designers gone to work elsewhere?

Link | Posted on May 12, 2013 at 09:37 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

I think Sigma should be given a firm slap on the back for being so brave and advancing lens design forward across so many formats. I've never been a massive fan of Sigma ( I have only ever owned one Sigma lens and that packed up on me) preferring (over 30+ years) Vivitar, Kiron, Tokina, Tamron, Hoya and Mitsuki when buying 'none brand' in the past. But the games afoot and frankly anything that pushes the primary brands Canon, Nikon, Sony forward is a good idea. Roll it on Sigma !

Link | Posted on May 12, 2013 at 09:28 UTC as 11th comment
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forpetessake: Let's see. I bought Kiron 28-85/2.8-3.8 full frame lens, reasonable quality, size, weight. Porting this lens to APS-C image circle would produce 18-55/1.8-2.5, and porting it to micro4/3 would produce 14-42/1.4-1.9 lens. I paid $15 for Kiron, I'm sure many people would be willing to pay 100x more for a modern lens, so why are the manufacturers still producing ridiculously slow lenses for ridiculously high prices? Has the industry degraded so much since 80-s?

Great point well made. Kiron glass was pretty good ( I used to work for the importer into the UK Lotus Instructions at one time) well made none of that nasty plastic stuff that we all put up with today. I have a series of very old Canon FD lenses (1st gen) and they are ALL built like BSH's even compared to my new Canon L lenses... go figure !

Link | Posted on May 1, 2013 at 19:35 UTC
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peevee1: So no stabilization on either?

Nope ! This is old school classic engineering with all the benefits and issues that brings...

Link | Posted on May 1, 2013 at 19:29 UTC

Think the Sony NEX line NEEDS decent glass, less so the Fuji X range which already has some excellent lenses. Still a good move for Zeiss me thinks. Leica to do the same next > ? Only joking Leica fans !!

Link | Posted on May 1, 2013 at 19:27 UTC as 17th comment
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