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Lenses / Re: How Accurate are Canon MTF Charts?
« on: December 16, 2014, 04:47:50 PM »
What's your reference?  400 5.6 is sharper than most of the 400 options unless you want to pay for, and lug around, the 2.8.  Sure, it's not as sharp as the Canon "A" listers but it's a lot older.  It's also cheaper and lighter which make it doable for many people.  The new 100-400 is probably sharper too but more $.

Also keep in mind when comments are made.  400 f5.6 has been around a long time and is in a lot of kits.  Same can't be said for the newer tech with higher price tags.  In a few years you won't hear as much about the 400 5.6 but then again we may be talking about the 400 5.6 II which will once again best the 100-400.

I think most expect the 400 DO II to be sharp but maybe lacking in contrast or other qualities.  A lot of people just have a wait-and-see attitude right now on new technology that is going to set them back several thousand dollars.

EOS Bodies / Re: Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: December 15, 2014, 05:46:57 PM »
I think it would be a mistake for them to surrender chip design--both for Canon and for the users.  There needs to be MORE sensor competition--not less.

Competition is good for the consumer and will exist as long as consumers choose to support the competition.

EOS Bodies / Re: A new high end camera
« on: December 09, 2014, 12:48:01 PM »
There's a 100% chance that the 1DX or 5D3 will be updated next year.

And, there's a 100% chance that the 1DX or 5D3 will NOT be updated next year.

Canon General / Re: Canon U.S.A. Prices going down?
« on: November 26, 2014, 12:54:33 PM »
Yes, it will be good news for prices.  A bonanza?  I wouldn't expect a 40% price drop but prices will come down.  We've already seen price drops and these may have been in reaction to the declining yen or in anticipation of the future declines.  How much more we'll see depends on how long their recession lasts and how strongly the US economy grows and what happens in the other parts of the world.  Canon may prefer to sell in Europe and not give us bigger discounts.

Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:29:58 AM »
Is it just me or did we lose the mid-zoom aspect of the lens?
Since she has a "fast" mid-zoom already I'm not sure that fast means aperture.  Maybe focus speed?

Camera stuff is expensive and you hate to get it wrong.  Lens and camera choices can be very personal things for someone who has been involved in the hobby for a while.  I would recommend making a creative card with a "gift certificate" for a photography shopping trip.  Take a day and take her to a couple of camera stores, a nice lunch.  Stop on the way home a pick up something for super and a nice bottle of wine.  She'll get the lens of her dreams, not ours, and the memories of the day every time she uses the new equipment.

Such a camera cannot exist for me, "truly ultimate" and $10k are mutually exclusive.

I think everyone would benefit greatly from starting with the cheapest DSLR and a nifty fifty.

Maybe for your type of photography but not EVERYONE does your type of photography.
A 50 won't accomplish a lot with birds and wildlife.  Cheapest DSLR?  Try catching the iridescent greens in the blackish head of common merganser (mostly white bird) while it passes you at 80mph in early morning light with the cheapest DSLR you can find.

You need to match the equipment to your skill and your needs.  It needs to be usable now and give you room for growth.  How much growth?  That depends on the individual and how much they want to grow.

I pitty the newbee that tries to figure out how to get started in photography.  They'll have the cheapest DSLR kit they can find and a $2000 tripod/head to put it on.

Lenses / Re: Which prime lens for nature fotography?
« on: October 11, 2014, 10:45:10 PM »
I hope to face a similar dilemma soon.

I know you said prime but might I suggest considering the Canon 200-400, it seems very versatile.  200-560 on its own and I believe it can be used with an external 1.4 for 400-800.  IQ is very good too.

If you can wait a little longer the new 400 DO looks to be very impressive.  Need to see some reviews when it's finally out but the MTF charts sure look good.  If you're happy with a 400 range then the new DO should be on your short list.

The answer I wanted to check is not there. My answer is no effing way. My early work would have been better if I had more knowledge/experience.

The camera doesn't do the composition, you do! :)

The camera doesn't do the lighting, you do! :)

A better camera WILL NOT make you a better photographer :(

Sorry, I have to disagree.

I've always thought if equipment didn't matter every professional photographer would be shooting with the cheapest equipment they could get their hands on.  Cheaper equipment means higher profit margins.  The equipment doesn't matter, right, you make the photo not the camera.  Anyone interested in my old 110 film pocket camera for $5?

Fact is better equipment makes better images possible, period.

If your AF is slow or picking the wrong focus point a better AF system will help.
If lots of your photos are bullseyes due to getting the best focus with the center point a better AF will help.
If you suffer motion blur a lot an f/2.8 lens will help get faster shutter speeds.
If you have problems getting exposure right a better metering system can help.
If you have issues with noise a better sensor will help.
If you shoot black and white subjects and can't get detail on both ends a sensor with higher DR will help.
Better flashes produce more light and can put it out there further.
Equipment doesn't make great photographs, photographers do (have to wonder what Ansel would do with modern equipment), but equipment does help make photos better.  Equipment can only help if you know how to use it effectively.  If the equipment is too complex it can overwhelm the photographer but if it is too simple it can also limit the photographer.

What is important is matching your equipment to your knowledge and the desired job.

So, yes.  If I could have afforded better equipment it would have allowed me to get the photos I was trying to get.

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 06, 2014, 12:22:18 PM »
My 3 guesses:
1) A new flash system.  Looking at the image on the site it looks like multiple flash zones.  Logo also looks like a box being busted open to reveal a light.

2) Some new IR or UV capability.  See the impossible - converts something we can't see to something we can.  (Besides shadow detail even though ETTR applied  :()

3) A subscription service for hardware firmware.  You buy the hardware and then keep paying to keep it running.  Pay up or we shut you down.  Seems to be working for others (MS and Adobe) so why not Canon?  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Brief Hands on with the 7Dii
« on: October 05, 2014, 11:59:04 AM »
Art Morris at Birds as Art will be getting a Beta version of the camera Monday, on loan from Outdoor Photographer.  Watch his blog for his opinions.

This was copied from his blog:
I asked George [Lepp]about the quality of the 7D II image files. He said, “You will love the camera and the image quality. The images are quite similar to those from the 5D Mark III.” Then I asked with some trepidation, “What about noise?” George replied, “The same as the 5D III.”

No one complains when all the network news broadcasts cover the same world events and give their impressions and opinions of those events.

What do you expect, there is nothing more anyone can do, the camera isn't available yet.

Some have reviewed pre-production models but these may not be what the consumers get.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: 4K, 5K, 6K and Up Video
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:26:00 PM »
I mean think about it, these displays are like getting INSTANT, FREE 8MP and 14MP 24" and 27" prints!

But what about DR?  Smaller pixels can't emit enough light, I mean it's just physics.  There will be all kinds of noise in the shadows.  Hopefully it won't be that awful banding type.  Not sure if Dell is using Sony tech, if not it's a lost cause, I hear Sony has the highest DR.

You have to get the FP (full panel) types to get respectible image.  The smaller CP types just don't have the image quality at these resolutions.  The FP are heavy, bulky, and expensive but they do have an impressive feature list.  CP are lighter, cheaper, and a lot features that make it easy for the average joe to use. 

Good news is I hear they're coming out with trimmed down FP models that are more affordable.  They're also pushing the technology and coming out with CP types that rival the FP types image and they have a really nice feature set.  Problem is the new tech can be applied to the FP types too and they'll just jump ahead once again.

These new technologies should be hitting the market in early 2016.   The technology and product announcements should happen at the New York Video Show in the fall of 2015.  Despite the efforts to push the technology forward as fast as possible it won't be fast enough for the technosmarts.  The technodumbs won't know anything about this for 10 years an then they'll be total confused, frustrated and affraid to do anything for fear it will be a dumb thing to do.  The technoapathist will use what ever and enjoy it as long as they can then they'll go buy what they can afford that improves on their current situation.


I just bought my first flat screen HD type TV 2 years ago.  My prior TV was a 26 in stereo tube type that I had for well over 20 years.  I'm going to go crawl back into my techoapathist hole and come out in 20 years and see what's new (If I live that long and care at that point).

Service it and next time your friends want to rent it tell them you can't because you had it fixed up and you're going to sell it.  Offer to sell it to them at the friends adjusted rate, maybe knock off $100 from the going ebay rates.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:48:44 PM »
Did DPR get confused over the Single-point spot AF (manual selection). 
Spot AF does shift with focus point.  Spot metering does not?

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