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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 06, 2015, 09:53:21 PM »
...Chuck Westfall was clearly unprepared; ...
Hardly. He's simply straight and honest, as always. And, frankly, I believe that a 50 MP sensor having the same DR as the 22 MP one from the 5D3 and the same noise performance as the 7D2 despite including a much stronger CFA for greater color accuracy (a feature which matters a lot to those photographers whom these cameras are intended for) represents an advancement in overall IQ over the predecessors. My only worry is that, unfortunately, for now I can't afford one, damnit!  :'(

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I'll upgrade from another camera. But not now.

First, I'll wait for the 5D4.

Second, I'll read the reviews, and users' opinions of all the new 5D editions, then critically evaluate the pros and cons of each model. 5Ds /sr and 5D4 are going to be quite different beasts.

Next, a couple or more lenses are prioritary in my prescription to cure mitigate GAS symptoms.

Then, when prices settle, I'll possibly upgrade to one of the three, presumably no earlier than a couple of years.

Meanwhile, I'll keep shooting happily with my 5D2 and 7D2.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 05, 2015, 11:42:20 AM »
leaked press realease from canonwatch:

http://www.canonwatch.com/cw5-canon-eos-5ds-eos-5ds-r-ef-11-24mm-f4l-press-release-leaked/

seems like cameras will be getting a canon sensor?

 ;D LOL... That site has more trolls than Mordor...

Indeed! But I had a good laugh reading those comments, there's also another fake neuroanatomist.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Specifications of the EOS Rebel 760D
« on: February 05, 2015, 08:06:30 AM »
I hope nobody will feel offended if I borrow Phil Schiller's claim at the 2013 WWDC to comment on the forthcoming Canon announcements... here I go.

"Can't innovate anymore, my a**!"

I'm posting this here, but I think the same applies comfortably to all of the other products.

I'm feeling so much a Canon fanboi today, though I'm currently saving for the 150-600 Siggy for my 7D2...  sure, depending on the 11-24 pricing, I imagine I'll think about reconsidering my priorities every time i go to bed for the next months to come... and what about replacing my dear old 5D2? OMG, does anybody need a decent kidney?

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Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 11:21:54 AM »
Given such a beast of a wideangle zoom lens has got no competitors, I guess the price won't go down significantly for a loooong time. Well, even at f/4, it's nonetheless a lot of glass for a 11-24 zoom lens, not to mention the handicraft work particularly critical aspherical elements require. Sure it's a lot of money, but equally sure this lens will be worth every cent it costs considering the quality level Canon have been delivering with their recent lenses.

And it seems the new rebel gains a wheel and a top LCD also... well, who cares with the recent SonySung around?  ::)


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Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 09:16:58 AM »
Great thread!

1. '60, '70, never enough money to buy film: shoot instead of always asking myself whether the subject was worth the shot.

2. '80, '90: buy film and shoot instead of buying into photo books and magazines.

3. 2000 - today: shoot instead of idling in front of a browser's window.

I know, I know, I'm still on Canon Rumors... well, you know, there's a proverb, not famous but very true, which states: "the roads towards hell are paved with good intentions".

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5DIV: 36 MP US $ 3799 TBA in March 2015
« on: November 23, 2014, 06:45:57 AM »
Very credible and consistent spec list. Definitely not just poorly thought out click bait:

Storage

Two CF slots.

Weight

30.0 oz. (850g) with battery and SD card.

I also noticed this. Furthermore,

Power top

Rated for 1,250 shots.

How? With the battery grip and 2 batteries it is possible, but with a single battery... hardly believable, imho.

I think this is BS. Despite several rumors claiming the 5D4 is coming in 2015, honestly I don't even think the 5D4 is going to be available before 2016. But I hope I'm wrong.

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Post Processing / Re: POLL: What picture styles do you use?
« on: November 16, 2014, 02:26:00 PM »
just browse the archives and you'll see
Great link, thanks! ... ...
Hmmm... You manage to get to that text (the .org one)? I only manage to get a 403 & a 500 error. :( That daemon doesn't like me!
Probably you're using Firefox (it's my browser of choice, too). Try opening the link in a different browser.
Indeedy I am. It worked thanks to Marsu's PDF - and it saves me from firing up any other browser.
Sorry for not remembering to indicate that the site does not work with Firefox, my fault. Since I use Internet Explorer by default for viewing digitaljournalist.org, as well as very few other sites which are not visualized properly in Firefox, I forgot to insert a warning in my post  :-[.

And thanks to Marsu42 for his explanation! I always solve this kind of problem "the lazy way" by using a different browser, I should try to dig deeper into this kind of oddities instead.

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Post Processing / Re: POLL: What picture styles do you use?
« on: November 16, 2014, 01:54:07 PM »
just browse the archives and you'll see
Great link, thanks! ... ...
Hmmm... You manage to get to that text (the .org one)? I only manage to get a 403 & a 500 error. :( That daemon doesn't like me!

Probably you're using Firefox (it's my browser of choice, too). Try opening the link in a different browser.

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Lenses / Re: If only Canon made this lens
« on: November 16, 2014, 10:26:16 AM »
The announcement, or development announcement, of a Canon 500mm f/5.6 L IS within a year or so is the only event which would prevent me from buying a third-party 150-600 zoom for my 7D2.

I've just started saving for the Sigma, the new Canon 100-400 is not an option because I love the compactness and great IQ of my 70-300 L so I wouldn't renounce to it and only 100mm advantage at the long end is not enough to justify the cost of something that would leave me hungry for more reach anyway.

+1 for the 500 f/5.6!

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Post Processing / Re: POLL: What picture styles do you use?
« on: November 16, 2014, 09:25:38 AM »
I don't know why he uses neutral, but for me it indeed seems like a good postprocessing basis. Btw "faithful" looks very similar, but a bit warmer - but I don't use it as I don't quite understand what it does vs neutral (anyone?).

Chuck Wesfall explained the difference on a monthly column, "Tech Tips", he wrote for The Digital Journalist, which I loved to read. Too bad Canon pulled their sponsorship back in 2010 and, unfortunately, CW no longer wrote his tips on TDJ since then. It was a great resource and still is, just browse the archives and you'll see.

http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0910/tech-tips.html

There's also an old thread on POTN you may find useful:

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=893089

Cheers!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Amazing Custom Settings
« on: November 13, 2014, 08:49:16 PM »
Thanks for starting this thread! As I said elsewhere, I was thinking of starting a similar thread on the 7D2 customization, but I didn't because I thought I should have had something worthwhile to suggest in the first place. I'm still playing with the settings and I'll try your suggestion which seems a great idea.

For now, I can say I'm following another great tip suggested a long time ago by neuroanatomist (I hope I remember well), i.e. to set C3 to best catch fast moving subjects such as birds in flight: you can move the dial clockwise until it stops without the need to check visually, so you're ready to shoot in a heartbeat anything that would otherwise be a missed opportunity.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 09, 2014, 08:11:40 AM »
having had the camera for a week now, I really really really don't like DPR. Lightroom is a far superior product and I hope they have an update soon.

Open in DPP->Convert to TIFF->Open in LR

I personally hate LR/ACR (I'm definitely in the minority there, I realize) and this is what I do for pretty much all my photos so that I can work on them in Photoshop.  DPP handles noise much better than Adobe.  You can set DPP defaults to all zero so that there are no adjustments carried over to the TIFF if you want, as well.

I can't say I hate LR+ACR, but I use DPP and it has always worked fine to me. Basically it does all that is needed. Plus, it's free. I guess it's a matter of getting used to the graphics, layout, menus... I'm at ease with the DPP's interface. It's the same old story, once you're accustomed to something you always feel uncomfortable to change to anything else. That said, I believe that if the majority prefers Adobe, DxO or other paid software, then there must be a substantial reason.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 09:03:20 AM »
....When I finally get my camera I will have to pay about 30% more than the US price...

Dale Photographic in Leeds have them in stock; £1,599.00.

Wow, at £1,599.00...that converts to roughly $2,875 CAD...over 50% more than the current Canadian list of $1899! ...

We are not lucky at all as concerns the cost of tech products in Europe, and not only tech stuff, unfortunately. Everything costs 30% to over 50% more than US and Canada. I paid €1,629 for mine in Italy and I'm very happy because the 7D2 is currently listed at €1,799. ...

It depends how you look at pricing. In the USA the minimum wage for many states is $7.25, and though many states have higher minimums things like overtime, healthcare etc are not paid as they are in the EU, the UK minimum wage is £6.25 for over 21's and that is $10, or nearly 40% more.

True. And food also, just to mention a prime good. But energy... is insanely expensive here.

Back to first impressions, my 50mm f/1.4 has become a fantastic portrait lens! With the 5D2, its autofocus was unreliable even after AFMA (+13), but with the 7D2 it works like a charm, and I haven't AFMAdjusted it yet. Too much of a difference to think it's only the DOF advantage of crop.

I still haven't AFMAd any of my lenses 'cos I've been too busy playing with the settings. I'm going to look into AFMAing as the next step, it will be interesting to compare each lens' result to the 5D2's adjustments. Logic would suggest consistent results, i.e. back- or front-focusing lenses should behave similarly relatively to each other, but I suspect things are not as simple as they appear and the AF module accounts for more than speed, accuracy and precision in this respect. We'll see in the next days.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 07:01:52 AM »
The OP of this thread is apparently a UK resident and received his new camera on 29th October(?).

I'm also in Britain, and as far as I can tell none of the major resellers have stock yet. Is this another example of Rip-Off Britain? When I finally get my camera I will have to pay about 30% more than the US price, and in the USA they get their kit weeks before we do!

I could, apparently, order from DigitalRev in Hong Kong, who have them in stock, and I'd receive my camera in about five days and pay £200 less than buying from a reputable UK dealer who buys through the Canon UK distribution channel. Does anyone have a view on whether it's worth sticking with Canon UK distribution, or saving money and getting my camera quicker by ordering from DigitalRev?

Dale Photographic in Leeds have them in stock; £1,599.00

(They also keep getting in surprisingly large amounts of used D600 and D610s)  :)

Wow, at £1,599.00...that converts to roughly $2,875 CAD...over 50% more than the current Canadian list of $1899! For warranty purposes, it's usually best to buy in your home country,but with that big a price difference it might be worth taking a chance and shop around. $1899 CAD is approximately £1,056....or nearly £550 difference. Even with shipping/duty you stand to save. Maybe a large US or Can retailer might be worth checking out.

We are not lucky at all as concerns the cost of tech products in Europe, and not only tech stuff, unfortunately. Everything costs 30% to over 50% more than US and Canada. I paid €1,629 for mine in Italy and I'm very happy because the 7D2 is currently listed at €1,799. Btw, the battery grip is practically nowhere to be found here at present.

I had resolved not to be an early adopter and wait for the price to settle a bit also because I was still undecided between the 7D2 and 70D, but after reading some first impressions reviews and the comments of the owners I couldn't resist and I'm happy I didn't wait. The 7D2 is really a mini-1DX.

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