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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 29, 2014, 01:00:55 PM »

Nikonian linguistic analysis: the -10 suffix translates to 'fixing a problem'.  The SB910 fixed the thermal issues of the SB900.  The D610 fixed the oil spatter and banned-from-sale-in-China-debacle of the D600.  The D810 fixes the problem Nikon had of producing both the D800 and D800E.

I wonder if there is a neuroanatomist-10 in the nikon forums...

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perhaps we can start a poll for the most requested/needed feature changes and improvements ;)

I propose a poll to see who among the CR members neuroanatomist, dilbert, or Aglet has provided the most helpful/useful/beneficial information to the other members of the forum.  The one with the most votes earns a pat on the back, the other two are permanently banned from CR forums.  I'll abide by the results if you two agree to do so as well.  What do you say, gentlemen...are you ready to put your reputations on the line?

Puke Barf Vomit

I am hoping this was a different person hacking into his account posting this, or feeling unappreciated here?, amongst the trolls ? QQ, I don't see why bother anyway, just let trolls reply to trolls, ignore them all.
They must love taking up your 'valuable' time, why give them what they want!

Maybe I am talking non sense, i have a reading filter, which is agressive, <--- avoiding the trolls :D, also not reading a lot of your posts, becoming somewhat of a partimetroll

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 26, 2014, 06:43:00 PM »
it's interesting to see nikons different approach (with updates between generations, whether it is to fix issues they had or try to be more attractive buying option)

The 36 mp is great, but i didnt mind going down to 24-16 and now even 8 mp !, partly because of the steps i guess.

Also im looking forward to see if canons new sensors will match sony's current gen or surpass it by quite a margin, which would be great for all system users.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.3 VC on Thursday
« on: November 06, 2013, 07:20:03 AM »
As always with a new lens (especially from a third party manufacturer), people state that that they will be happy to consider it as long as it is:

  • "Very sharp" -often stated as "sharper than (some optically flawed lens)", "as sharp as (inset name of Canon 'L' class lens)"
  • Fast aperture
  • Lightweight
  • Cheap -often stated in similar terms to the "sharp" criterion

What a shame that no manufacturer has yet managed to rise to the challenge of meeting these conflicting objectives.

Whilst I'm at it, I'm looking for a car that's small, economical to run, can do 0-60mph in under seven seconds, can carry six adults with luggage and costs no more than a family hatchback. Come on Ford, surely it can't be that difficult?

Mini cooper S cabrio? stack adults in the rear seats ,

150-600 would be great
But I am also curious to see how this lens performs against a sigma 50-500 OS,
At introduction the price on this one might be a bit higher, but it could be a good buy in a year or two

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So a bit dreamy today and thinking about the future
Not in the near future, but it could be closer then I think ( the point where it might be worth switching(for me) has just arrived)  Btw (It's meant for sports/wildlife rather than portrait shooters!!!!)

When blackmagic announced the 4k production camera I got a feeling this could be the beginning of the end.

A 1dx is one of the best sports cameras around , giving 18mpix images.
The still images of the blackmagic 4k are 8mpix, RAW, now when you keep in mind that it has a 1.7 crop factor and apply this to the original image of the 1dx  you are left with a 6.2mp image.
No doubt the raw file from the 1dx will look a lot better (but we're dreaming, and not thinking about iso etc)

The black magic shoots 24 fps, 8mp RAW photos without filling the buffer.
It does not have the auto focus system,  but still I have read many photographers say 8mp is more than enough for them! ;)

Sure with increasing processing power and cheaper memory etc, one could argue that photo cameras will always have an edge in resolution over the video cameras.
But to what point will it be useful?

When we arrive at a point where the resolution will be so great that the glass cannot cope with it, or that the ''need'' is no longer there ( Imagine in 10 years, 200-300 MP photos, it's great off course, but 8k (7680×4320 = 33,177,600 pixels) @ 120 FPS  ( 8.4 gigabyte/second uncompressed )
I can also live with 24 fps, which should be around 1.6-1.7 gigabyte/second
Currently read speed max out @ 500MB/s for ssd disks?

Will be much more useful to me than a 300mp camera which can do 10fps with mirror box.
(750mb/photo @ 10fps = 7.5 gigabyte/second)
Not sure how they are going to keep the cf format alive


Btw if Computer speed or storage is an issues, you can always delete 99.99999% of the footage and keep the 1 second with 24 frames which has the picture/moment located that you need :P

Impractical atm? yes, but in 5-10-15 years? who knows .... DSLR's need to reinvent the CF card, and Maybe lose that mirror :(

So why not film everything in raw ? and enjoy the photos it also takes while doing so :P

What do you think?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: sigma 120-300 review at petapixel
« on: November 03, 2013, 05:58:46 AM »
No doubt it's a good lens and it delivers for the price.
But the problem for me was the price on this one, When introduced it was about the same price (or slightly more) as a used canon 300 f2.8 IS , I would guess the latter holds it's value better and perform slightly better.

A further price drop would be nice , I mean really it's still 4500 $ here (3300 euros).
When it drops below 3000$ I will be more interested again.

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I find it hilarious that a DXO Mark report that effectively states the new A7R has the same sensor as the (nearly two year old) D800, has reignited the same tired old tirade that we had back then. If you still haven't made up your mind which system to shoot with, you've expended far to much energy worrying!  ::)

Indeed, but I don't really get the debate...
Unlike with Nikon back then, I doubt people even talk about switching to Sony...
For a canon users this actually is such a great development, those that have been dreaming about a canon high mp body, or a FF mirrorless, this is a chance to get it before christmas, only with a sony badge.
 
I think for us canon users, if we crave for many MP in small body, I think some reviews on how usable the metabones adapter is  would be nice( not speedbooster but just adapter), Thecamerastore tv talks about it for a while, downside bulk and slow af, but it seems to work.

As a current 1dmkiv owner, I am kind of deciding between a 5dIII and a7r for the coming trip
The 5dIII is looking like the one to buy and then sell again after the trip (much less expensive than renting)
It is better at pretty much everything but the MP/size. The big downside to the 5dIII is memory card usage when shooting raw video. It will be a nightmare transfering to laptop every day ( like 200-300gigs minimum ).


A7r seems to have 'ok' video capabilities, but not comparable imo to the 5dIII (even though 1080 60p is nice).
More downsides, is that the metabones adapter is like 650 dollars in my country, which actually makes this package more expensive than a 5dIII...  ( a7r+2 batteries,grip and adapter = around 3500$, and you don't even get a lens). Still, using it with a 24-70 for landscapes / 70-200 for frozen wildlife could be a joy.

So rationally the sony is less good and more expensive for what i need a camera for.
Still there is something appealing about that sony, maybe blinded by MP.



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The sensor is great all right. We know that since Nikon has (almost) the same sensor in the D800.

The question here is, great IQ with what lenses? Only two (rather slow) native lenses to speak of and don't get me started on adapters. Even DxO with its myopic "scores" came out with an ultimate assessment that the IQ even with a great sensor will only be as good as the lens you put in front of the camera.

Will this go the way of the D800? With a number of compromises made just for a smaller body, I guess it will sell worse.  (People who have wanted the extra MP / DR have already switched to Nikon while those on the DR / MP hobby horse can be found trolling in the CR space)

BTW, I've read that there is no confirmation Sony has microlenses to adjust for the problems with the short flange distance with wide lenses that lead to side to side color problems? Leica does this in its cameras but what about Sony?

But with a metabones smart adapter you can best of both worlds , a7r sensor+canon glass (even though AF is gonna be slow).
An a7r ,35 2.8 , metabones adapter, and grip sounds like a pretty nice addition for someone with canon bodies/glass wanting that sensor performance in such a compact housing.

Actually, most of those a7r sales are probably gonna be canon users wanting 36mp in a compact body.
I am wondering who sony is targeting with the a7r, an a7r with 2 lenses seems pretty pricy for a family, especially with all those phones around.


If I was new on the market , I would not invest in sony ( lets say an a7 and couple of those new lenses)
The lenses are smaller, hence slower, but surprisingly I find them rather expensive.
The same goes if you intend to use sony's adapter to use a mount lenses, you do get the a77 AF capabilites (which is build into the adapter), but again quite expensive ( especially 300 2.8 and 500 f4 compared to others).


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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon SX60?
« on: October 31, 2013, 07:49:03 AM »
Despite being mostly interested in DSLR announcements , the idea of a successor to the sx50 sounds appealing.
I hope one will come  and in time for Christmas.

The sx50 is already a very capable camera, if they can address a few flaws , the sx60 could become even more appealing as travel camera or for people as lighter alternative for when they don't want to take SLR gear out.

Any chance of something like this coming before the end of the year?

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon SX60?
« on: October 31, 2013, 07:47:26 AM »
Despite being mostly interested in DSLR announcements , the idea of a successor to the sx50 sounds appealing.
I hope one will come  and in time for Christmas.

The sx50 is already a very capable camera, if they can address a few flaws , the sx60 could become even more appealing as travel camera.

Any chance of something like this coming before the end of the year?

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looking forward to reviews from canon users using a adapter!

To me it looks pretty tempting, a small light package with a high res filterless sensor, imagine using a 70-200 2.8 or 300 2.8 , but then back to a relatively small sony 35 2.8 when you want.

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I hope the Metabones smart adapter will support af ( even if it's slow )
I wonder if the camera store was using smart adapter or speed booster

The idea of using canon glass on a 36 mp sensor without aa filter sounds pretty good.
20 frames at 4fps for the a7r if i remember correctly , is also pretty good imo

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This is some really interesting news,

Originally i was looking to pick up a 6d or 5d to complement the 1div on a upcoming trip, But this kind of got me thinking about an a7r with metabones as 'back up' and high res camera.

Just need to wait and see how focus capabilities are , it doesn't have to be fast, just decent enough to take a picture of walking subjects

any users of a nex series with metabones (smartadapter,not speedboost) ?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Experiences Switching From Nikon
« on: September 26, 2013, 05:14:00 PM »
I wanted to ask if any Canon users here have switched from Nikon and if so what are their experiences? Specifically can you please comment on:

- What Nikon bodies, lenses, flashes you were using and what you are using now
- Experiences surrounding gear quality
- Other experiences in general.
- How long have you used Canon for and would you do it again?

Specifically if anybody has any experience going from Nikon D300s to Canon 7d &/or Nikon 17-55/24-70 to Canon versions of these lenses, please do chime in. I am considering a switch (I slightly prefer Canon ergonomics and also believe that Canon 7D image quality is superior to Nikon D300s). You would think it would be easy to find opinions of those who have switched on the internet, but apparently not.

Thanks - and do note that isn't meant to inflame a Canon vs Nikon thing in any way.


Switched in January this year or so,

Used 200-400 vr2, 70-200vr2, 14-24 on a d800, before that a d7000
Gear quality was great, Only disliked the 200-400 a bit, for filter holder and focus ring ''sturdiness''(felt a bit hollow/cheap and got grinding dust/sand noises quite fast.
One other small thins was that i had to clean my sensor fairly often due to some Oil residue? , absolutely not a deal breaker, but it is something I had to remember.

Other than that no other complaints, the gear was great, but I liked the feel of canon , lenses , suits me better for wildlife atm with also increased fps-buffer compared to the nikon model I had.

now canon 1d4, 300 2.8, 70-200,



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I think it's a shame if they completely abandon the 1.3

It's a nice compromise , some extra 'reach' compared to FF, and bigger sensor than 1.6.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: IQ comparison; or how meaningful is DXO
« on: September 06, 2013, 07:06:21 AM »
What I wanted to show is, that the DXOmark score is nonsense. Their measurements are nice, but even they lack information to conclude which camera makes the best pictures. Sure, there are some things that can be derived from the DXO numbers, but others not. One is for example noise; you can have the same amount of noise for two cameras, but to the human eye they look different, because of the patterns and the colors they appear in.

I also found the test interessting, because it even worked for myself, since I forgot most positions of the cameras, and also did a blind test (and I judged the pictures differently then when I knew from what camera they were).

My conclusion.
-The DXOmark score difference between the 70D and the D7100 is definitly not justified.
-The Fujifilm x-pro1 makes some nice pictures.
-The Sony a99 is a bit dissapionting, the D7100 and the 70D produce pictures that are about on the same level.
-FF is better, but not but the difference is not as big as I thought (the 70D was often rated higher than the D600 at JPEG).

I really tried to make a fair test; I took samples from colorcards to show noise performance at low ISO, I took parts with high contrast and some with details. So I think the comparison is quite fair. If it is meaningful to you, I don't know, this is up to you.

You do not really think that posting selected OOF crops of JPEGs with different noise reduction proves anything, do you?

Tell me which brand you want to see a winner, and I will post similar crops from IR proving that that brand is the best.

Nokia :p?

If people want to proof that DXO is meanigless they need to do a bit better than posting samples like this.
See if you can replicate their results , and hope that they were wrong , then people try replicate yours and hope you were right ! :p

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