April 21, 2014, 07:28:54 AM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - NWPhil

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 11
1
PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G17 Coming in May? [CR1]
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:32:07 PM »
I think Canon is droping the G1#'s series and moving in G1X's series, sort of what they did with the 1D series - now just 1Dx.....

G1Xmk2 was in rumour status for a while...and now a G17 competing model just "pops" out of nowhere?

sure, why not - so typical of Canon

2
It makes no sense comparing it with FF lenses  - apples with apples.
The samy 16mm is equivalent to a 24mm FOV in FF; so DxO is being silly and bringing rigged results this way.
When one changes to other lenses in equivalent FF range, or to a FF camera with given lenses, the results are substantialy different.
Not to say the Samy is not good at all - just should not be compared the way they did

3
PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 25, 2014, 03:30:58 PM »
Love that I can use my 600EX-RT's with this baby, only...

"Wireless operation of the Speedlite 600EX-RT is not supported."

 >:(

It would be tempting to think that maybe what Canon really means is that the on-board flash cannot be used as a master.  But then one would have to wonder why the ST-E2 is listed as compatible and the ST-E3 is not listed at all.  Apparently optical wireless is supported while RF wireless is not—even though the ST-E3 was available at retail before the G1X II was even on the drawing board.

I would think that they mean the G1XII can't serve as a radio master to the 600E-RT.  And it also seems like the G1XII can't serve as an optical master on its own (even though it should), although it can with the 580, 600, and ST-E2.  And I assume that it can work with an attached ST-E3 or 600EX-RT to use them as radio masters.  But none of that is clear. 

It reminds me about their little blurb in announcing the new MR-14 II where they said it could remotely control a 600.  The implication being that it was an RT master, when the reality is that it is an optical master and can consequently remotely control lots of flashes in addition to the 600. 

Either Canon wants to play silly little games about their flashes or they just can't write this stuff clearly.

it might ongoing issue mentioned in another thread - bad translation

4
PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 25, 2014, 12:12:20 PM »
No 14-bit RAW or AdobeRGB; boo-hiss!

from Canon's website:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/products/professional_cameras/pro_ps_digital_cameras/powershot_g1_x_mark_ii#Features
(...)Shooting and Recording Modes Including 14-bit RAW + JPEG
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II offers a host of shooting and recording modes ranging from fully automatic to fully manual, plus Full HD movies and full-resolution high speed continuous shooting. The camera recognizes 58 shooting situations, automatically optimizing settings for achieving the highest quality shots on the go. Alternatively, you can exert complete creative control over the look and feel of your images. 14-bit signal processing, just as in EOS-series cameras, gives images notably rich detail and smooth gradation, and RAW images are available in a choice of 3:2 or 4:3 aspect ratios. Compared with 12-bit processing, 14-bit offers a 4x increase in RAW data for a visible impact, giving images rich detail in both highlights and shadows as well as smoother, more natural tonal gradation for outstanding image quality.(...)


Thanks for that, didn't find anything about 12 vs 14 bit raw after a quick skim thru the manual.
Hopefully it has good enough signal to noise ratio to warrant 14 bits, otherwise 12 can be adequate.



check this out:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/minami/sets/72157642734832515/

5
PowerShot / Re: Compact cameras - do everything but good fotos
« on: March 25, 2014, 12:09:02 PM »
My GF's getting a compact digital camera (sub 250€) for travelling, as she doesn't want to take her 550D/50 f1.8. When reading reviews, I made a mistake by trying to duplicate the noise level in some review's test shots with my 6D and comparing the ISO difference. Result: I didn't have enough ISO on the 6D to go beyond 200/400 ISO on the compact camera.

Why is there no inexpensive compact camera with OK image quality? Is the low-end compact camera market dying because of cellphones, or because it's filled with crap trying to pack more megapixels & zoom just for the sales pitch? They seem to be in a downward spiral, trying to differentiate themselves from cellphones with more zoom & megapixels, but becoming crappier in the process and letting people take better photos with that phone.

9 of 10 times, you get what you pay for - yes, compact cameras are a compromise, as one has to give out some features in order to get others.
So, is the 550D combo a size/weight issue, or simply wants something easy and cheaper to ease fears of damage and loss?
Maybe the Sony rx100 mk1 or the canons G15/ G16. Seems that they will be whithin her budget - in the used market.
Panasonic's lx series are great, but have smaller sensors too - anything above 800 iso is a waste and probably not great to large prints either

6
Lenses / Re: Should I buy the 35L now or wait for the price drop?
« on: March 25, 2014, 10:10:48 AM »
There was the rumor not long ago that Canon has patented a new formula for a 35mm 1.4.
I want to buy a used 35mm 1.4, but I'm not sure if I should risk loss of value, in case a new one comes out shortly after.
Of course, there is also the Sigma option, but I'm scared of focusing problems which I have had before with Sigma. I also like the lighter weight of the Canon.
What do you think and what would you do?

Thanks!


...meanwhile you risking not taking the shots you want need.
It's not a collectible item (at least not yet), or a center display piece in your shelving, nor should be taken as an investment unless it's for work, or a very rare model; so get what you think you need, whithin your budget.
Prices will drop in time, no matter what - unless it's a rare lens. Lenses will depreciate slower than cameras, but don't let that stop you to get it now. There will be always something better lurking in the future, but live the present and get out enjoying your hobby.
Can't tell you much about the sigma - rent one or both and find out for yourself. As others said, the new model might be quite expensive to start, and guess what? - it will have a price drop sooner than later after you buying it...

7
PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 24, 2014, 03:03:23 PM »
No 14-bit RAW or AdobeRGB; boo-hiss!

from Canon's website:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/products/professional_cameras/pro_ps_digital_cameras/powershot_g1_x_mark_ii#Features
(...)Shooting and Recording Modes Including 14-bit RAW + JPEG
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II offers a host of shooting and recording modes ranging from fully automatic to fully manual, plus Full HD movies and full-resolution high speed continuous shooting. The camera recognizes 58 shooting situations, automatically optimizing settings for achieving the highest quality shots on the go. Alternatively, you can exert complete creative control over the look and feel of your images. 14-bit signal processing, just as in EOS-series cameras, gives images notably rich detail and smooth gradation, and RAW images are available in a choice of 3:2 or 4:3 aspect ratios. Compared with 12-bit processing, 14-bit offers a 4x increase in RAW data for a visible impact, giving images rich detail in both highlights and shadows as well as smoother, more natural tonal gradation for outstanding image quality.(...)

8
Canon General / Re: Lens advice for macro?
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:11:56 PM »
do some research on reverse rings  - the 50mm will give you some magnification, but I believe it can get better with one of the ef-s zooms.
Search on macro forums, or do a related search i.e. "reverse ring canon ef-s 17-85mm macro" or something like that.
The " macro" setting in any non-macro dedicated lens is just a sales guimick - at best you get a decent close up shot

9
PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:38:28 PM »
On the surface, those requirements read like the spec sheet of the G1X mk II. Are you sure that's not number one on your list, and this is just a last ditch attempt to see if anyone can talk you out of it?  ;)

I'd say go for it!

OK RS,
you were right.....after all.
Maybe it does not make sense buying it in pre-order, aka not waiting for price drop, but life is too short, and the clock is ticking...down.
So, yes, I pre-order the G1X mk2 at B&H.
Nothing else did made sense and come or close to what want/need within minimum compromises

10
Lenses / Re: What to do with an old 17-85 f4-5.6 IS USM?
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:46:17 PM »
(+1 Neuro)
- give it to local school's camera club/class
- get a donation refund thru some local charity
- dismantle, and find out what's inside
- use it as shooting target
- mount a reverse ring, and play with it
- sell it for >$100; buy some gadget you need/want with it/add up to new lens fund

11
EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Headed on safari, need some advice
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:52:05 AM »
I would say option 2 as you have, but you are forgetting an UWA/WA and star/nights shots
Cheapest option for both - rokinon 14mm
next best option - Canon 16-35mm mk2 (not so great on start shots)
Do keep your lenses on at all times while on the road - no swaps.
The rx100 will handle most shots during daytime, that will require WA
If you don't care for star shots, you are set

 ps: do bring a tripod, extra cards and batteries - recharging might not be so easy, depending where you going to and staying overnight. If you willing to bring a laptop, will help backing up and sorting shots.
ps2: don't overlook landscapes, bugs, flowers and people as opportunities to taking shots and keep memories.

12
Lenses / Re: Good lens for hiking
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:54:17 AM »
I think i would just take the 24-105....

I'd like too but with the 6D it weights 1.4kg (approx. 3lb), which is the same as my backpacking tent for 2 person.
When you hike nearly 40km by day, it is not a good choice. And the lens is pretty bulky too.
40km a day while backpacking is quite a lot, even for AT or/and PCT thru hikers.
In any case, considering your budget I would go for a higher end P&S, like the sony RX100mk2, the Canon G1X, Lumix LX7...you get the point, and still would have money left for extra batteries, memory cards, and depending on camera, a solar charger too

13
Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 25, 2014, 02:17:17 AM »
all this reminds me of that story...
about that millionaire guy, with his best-seller book "how to become a millionaire" - guess how he did it!

spoiler hint: selling a book

14
PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:19:00 AM »
the AW1 look to be a nice camera...but widest zoom setting is 30mm equivalent
ITOH the P7800 was also some nice specs, but I have to say that Nikon's website sucks...sorry - slow image reloading and painfull navigation

The G15 looks very good still, but the TG850 makes a lot of sense ....however I keep going back to the latest  higher end models.
The reality is, I am going to have to compromise somewhere....

I have no interest in legacy glass, as other than a ef300mm 2.8L is, I am pretty much set
A single lens has to do it: from wide angle (24mm minimum) to mid range 70-100mm
The Sony alpha 7s are beautifull and loaded, but too close to a dslr, and a bit of an expensive rig to let me be worry-free while hiking/camping
the current ef adapters either bump the price too much, or don't allow AF
- not ready for a compact with prime unless is 24mm and/or have a easy panorama mode (sweep style)

15
PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 18, 2014, 09:26:01 PM »
On the surface, those requirements read like the spec sheet of the G1X mk II. Are you sure that's not number one on your list, and this is just a last ditch attempt to see if anyone can talk you out of it?  ;)

I'd say go for it!

LOL - well, I am not a gear slut per say, as aside the lumix, I only had a brief romance with Pentax 30 years ago or so (ME-super II). The LX3 did fit the bill when I lost a canon S9?? series a few years ago. It's unusable at 800 iso and higher, not to talk about color rendition. The size was right, with plenty of control, good close-up/macro abilities, and got it cheap enough to not be afraid of carrying it up and down mountains.

What I don't like on the G1-X mk2? - in part the lack of viewfinder and for sure the very short battery life.

It's not that the G15, G16 or G1-x are out of question, but the possibility of using my current lenses it's a big draw, IF indeed the AF can work. In that case so far, Sony is ahead. $400 for the metabones  places it above what I want to spend for a casual camera (my wife has the S120, but would not be enough for me).

Then comes the Rx100II - did not like the UI that much aside offering only 28mm wide.

Has to be with a zoom for sure, and no less than 24mm.
I guess I will keep a look  on same of the new upcoming models, but still wishing in big part that an EOS M mk3 would show up mid-summer.

So, nah, Canon G1Xmk2 still not quite there, because there is so much competition on that price and capabilities range right now, but they are just released or about to - aka no real feedback/reviews available yet

meanwhile I have a dedicated IE favorites folder with 20 links or so ....

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 11