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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 11, 2014, 09:01:52 PM »
For people wanting 24MP in the 7D ii to match Nikon etc, remember that Canon's crop-sensor crop factor is 1.6 whilst Nikon's is 1.5.  So at about 21MP the Canon would already have the same pixel density.

I wonder if Canon would ever consider moving to a 1.5 sensor to match Nikon and Pentax, if only for the 7D ii and maybe 80D lines.  They could release some version ii EF-S lenses with a larger image circle.

Wait, version ii EF-S lenses??  Maybe in the year 2035...

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 11, 2014, 08:52:22 PM »
In September last year my 550D - my first and only DSLR at the time - suffered a malfunction and I needed to get something new.  I had 80k actuations on it so it wasn't a big deal.  Cam still works fine in most respects, but it was no longer up to being my only camera.

When I enquired at a local camera store about a 7D the guy said to me "What would you want a 7D for?  The 7D mark ii will come out soon, you should wait."  At which point I mentioned that I needed to keep shooting and, erm, what was I supposed to shoot with in the meantime??

That struck me as 1) a very strange thing for a salesperson to say and 2) (since I monitor CR) probably inaccurate.  Good thing I didn't take his advice and sit around waiting for the 7D ii - 6 months later and still nothing on the horizon.  Nikon Rumors just noted that the D400 is also thought to be a long way off, in fact they might just do a D7200 instead.  I now have a 70D, but I might still be interested in a 7D ii depending on how it turns out (if at all).

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Lenses / Re: We want more EF-S lens
« on: August 24, 2013, 07:32:52 AM »
EF-S does need some development, badly.   In primes particularly.  Admittedly, the relatively recent 24 & 35 non-L rejuvenations mitigate that a little.  EF 24mm IS can pinch hit as a 35 on crop, 35 IS as a 50.  But it would still be nice to see:

EF-S 24mm equiv (16mm f/whatever IS)
EF-S 35mm equiv (22mm f/whatever IS)
EF-S 50mm equiv (31mm f/whatever IS)
and some more pancakes !!!

The FF options listed above are not cheap, EF-S equivs would surely be cheaper.  There is a saying that if you don't cannibalise your own products then somebody else will - it seems odd for MFT and mirrorless systems to have a proliferation of primes whilst Nikon and Canon crops get nothing.  Canon is not alone, this is the number one complaint from Thom Hogan in the last few months.  The most logical explanation is that Canikon are trying to push more ambitious crop users into FF systems.  But giving more lens options to crop would not take away some of the other attractions of FF like better high ISO performance and shallower DOF.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Canon EOS 70D is Hitting Stores
« on: August 24, 2013, 02:23:48 AM »
Hi all-

Melbourne, Australia: 70D everywhere in stores now.  Will be interested to find out how the dual pixel AF works at macro distances and in low light.  Might have to have a play with one once the initial havoc dies down, for the sake of curiosity...  Still waiting for that 7D ii however.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixel Camera in 2014
« on: July 09, 2013, 07:16:58 PM »
Not sure if this is the right place for this, the value of high MPs has been discussed in several different threads lately.  But I thought this was a very cool real-world example of where having high MPs and high `croppability' is valuable.  He obviously wasn't anticipating this to happen.  Cool photo indeed.

http://blogs.reuters.com/fullfocus/2012/11/30/best-photos-of-the-year-2012/#a=21

Admittedly, you need decent MP and strong AF in this sort of case, which is asking a lot.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 09, 2013, 07:06:26 PM »
I'm very interested in what happens with the 7D ii since it could be the right option for me.  But I'm surprised to hear the 70D sensor mentioned as a possible basis for it.  The 7D is billed as sports / wildlife cam, at least as its strongest area of performance.  Both types of photography are very viewfinder-oriented, at least at this point in time, yet the whole architecture of the 70D sensor revolves around its party-trick of having strong live-view AF.  The main thing 7D users are calling for is better ISO and better live-view AF is about the last thing.  Barring unexpectedly hot performance from the 70D sensor then this wouldn't make much sense.  Assuming Canon can make a better sensor without the Dual-Pixel CMOS stuff then hopefully they will make such a sensor and chuck it in the 7D ii.  70D sensor in the 7D ii would be weird, but not unprecedented admittedly...

The 70D test results will be of interest obviously, also Nikon's annoucement, if it happens, of the D400, since that will guarantee a 7D ii and give some idea maybe of what to expect.  I reckon Canon and Nikon know a fair bit about what each is doing at any point in time, somehow.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 09, 2013, 06:49:44 PM »
I'm curious about the 2 "pro" bodies - one of will be the high megapixel camera but the other will be?.....

Yes, interesting.  Some sort of advanced mirrorless option?  FF Foveon?  An RX1-like camera?

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Lenses / Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« on: June 23, 2013, 03:55:45 AM »
I've currently got the 100mm non-L and I've shot literally tens of thousand of pics with it.  When I researched the initial purchase of my gear I read that there was no difference in sharpness between the two and the IS wasn't really beneficial for 99% of my shooting, so I saved some money and went with the non-L, probably an ok decision at the time.

But now that I've shot a lot, advanced my gear collection a lot and read up more on L vs non-L I've decided that I will upgrade.  Apart from IS there are a few other differences.  The L is a tad sharper actually (see Photozone for example).  The weather sealing is welcome, plus there is a focus-limiter switch and the L bokeh is better as well.  Not sure how the Tamron compares, but the 100L seems good in many different areas.

I'd like to know if there is an AF advantage to using the L but I suspect that the body is a more important factor.

Interestingly I had the internal motor of my 100mm lens conk out one time, the rig just siezed up and said I needed to clean the contacts, but actually it was a motor problem.  Cost me AU$260 to fix, but considering how much I've used the lens I wasn't really annoyed.  But it has made me rather paranoid, so on serious macro holidays in future I will be taking along two lenses (100L/non-L and EF-S 60).

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Lighting / Re: Radio Triggering-- 600ex-rt + 430exii + ??????
« on: June 15, 2013, 03:23:51 AM »
My 2 cents:  on my 5DII, PW tt mini + AC3, paired with two 580EXII with tt5's- not all that reliable all the time.  I out up with it because I can futz with the exposure  until I get it right, rather than count on it being right shot after shot.  When I can't count on it at all, or when I fall into a ton of money, or when I just get sick of it I'll belly up and get a couple of 600EX- RT's and not look back.

sek

What about Pocket Wizards with the AC3 zone controller vs. 600EXs with ST-E3-RT?  Wouldn't those give fairly similar functionality?  I have 3 x 430EX ii + 1 x 600EX-RT which I currently control with a Phottix Strato ii system, but there are times when I am using 2 or 3 lights and would like to make rapid changes from the camera position.  Applying a flex/mini + AC3 system would probably work out cheaper than moving to more 600's but I'm interested to hear people thinking that the Canon system is far superior.

I've found the Phottix Stratos to be very reliable but obviously they don't have the functionality of the higher models and I haven't used them out to 80 feet as the OP was requesting.

Interesting to hear that.  Thanks for the info.  Oh well, looks like another couple of items to add to my already bloated shopping list.  One more 600 and the transmitter would probably do.  I rarely need rapid control over 3 lights, 2 + a reflector could probably fudge that in many cases anyway.

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Lighting / Re: Radio Triggering-- 600ex-rt + 430exii + ??????
« on: June 14, 2013, 11:17:52 PM »
What about Pocket Wizards with the AC3 zone controller vs. 600EXs with ST-E3-RT?  Wouldn't those give fairly similar functionality?  I have 3 x 430EX ii + 1 x 600EX-RT which I currently control with a Phottix Strato ii system, but there are times when I am using 2 or 3 lights and would like to make rapid changes from the camera position.  Applying a flex/mini + AC3 system would probably work out cheaper than moving to more 600's but I'm interested to hear people thinking that the Canon system is far superior.

I've found the Phottix Stratos to be very reliable but obviously they don't have the functionality of the higher models and I haven't used them out to 80 feet as the OP was requesting.

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Lenses / Re: New Samyangs. Also in EF-M mount...
« on: June 14, 2013, 10:14:16 PM »
Personally I'd go for the Canon EF-S 16mm f/2 because it's better quality.  Oh ... hang on ...  :(

Mind you Canon aren't alone in this.  Thom Hogan has repeatedly bashed Nikon on this point, suggesting that the quality and range of their DX cameras should be matched by better quality and range in their DX lenses.

Will be interesting to see how the Samyang 16mm compares with the Canon 10-22 at 16mm and the 17-55mm at 17mm.  On a related note check this out:
http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/831-canon_1855_3556stmis?start=2
The recent 18-55mm STM kit lens gets a solid review from Photozone (who are generally hard markers).  Peak resolution is actually higher than for the 17-55mm, which is very surprising.  Since I am considering the purchase of the latter lens it does cause me to wonder if it is really worth it at 4x the price...

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EOS Bodies / Re: T2i Upgrade Help Needed
« on: June 13, 2013, 08:17:03 AM »
I agree with a lot of the advice provided here, 6D is definitely your main candidate.  One comment is that you may wish to wait and see if the 70D is released in the next month or so.  It still won't offer low light capabilities in the class of the 6D.  Depends what your budget is.  I'm shocked at the high prices still being fetched for the 5d mk ii, they should be $1000 & under not $1500.  I also second the person who suggested getting a flash.

550D is in my kit as well.  Currently upgrading my computer monitor, laptop and adding 3 new lenses, but eventually I'll be looking at a 6D / 7D mk ii combo as body upgrades.  I was once asked to shoot some photos at a birthday party with my 550D, in a room with dreadful light and a dark ceiling.  Without flash the 550D was just nowhere near cutting it, ISO 6400 with a fast lens looked pretty bad.

 are you getting a monitor designed to see images the way they will print out.  I need to get one of those...  my last set of prints were a touch underexposed,  but they looked good... just  not amazing.

My current monitor is calibrated with Spyder4 Pro and I noticed a definite improvement after I did that.  Apparently some of the mid-range and higher IPS monitors are factory calibrated and claim to be fine straight out of the box.  Raises the question of whether I should recalibrate with the Spyder or not...  In any case the Spyder claims to adjust for variances in ambient light so it would still be plugged in I guess.  I'm just in the early stages of investigating currently.  I used to get distinctly underexposed prints as well, calibrating is definitely the way to go.  But hey, we've gone off topic : )  Not for the first or last time I guess...

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EOS Bodies / Re: T2i Upgrade Help Needed
« on: June 13, 2013, 06:25:58 AM »
I agree with a lot of the advice provided here, 6D is definitely your main candidate.  One comment is that you may wish to wait and see if the 70D is released in the next month or so.  It still won't offer low light capabilities in the class of the 6D.  Depends what your budget is.  I'm shocked at the high prices still being fetched for the 5d mk ii, they should be $1000 & under not $1500.  I also second the person who suggested getting a flash.

550D is in my kit as well.  Currently upgrading my computer monitor, laptop and adding 3 new lenses, but eventually I'll be looking at a 6D / 7D mk ii combo as body upgrades.  I was once asked to shoot some photos at a birthday party with my 550D, in a room with dreadful light and a dark ceiling.  Without flash the 550D was just nowhere near cutting it, ISO 6400 with a fast lens looked pretty bad.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Big Megapixel Discussion
« on: June 12, 2013, 12:39:19 AM »
Releasing a 1-series big MP camera still wouldn't really solve the `problem' of enabling Canon to compete with the D800.  $3000 & $7000-$10,000 are different brackets altogether.  It depends how desperately Canon feels the need to do this.  Maybe they don't.  I'm guessing the 5D iv will have about 30MP, but that won't happen for 2 years or more surely.

And no way will Canon name the camera 1d-"excess".  Canon is a conservative company and that would not be conservative marketing.

Definitely one thing that is happening, and will continue to happen, in the camera market is more differentiation in FF options.  In 2003 Canon had only 1, in 2005 2, currently 3 (not counting the 1DC).  Clearly there will be more, probably an RX1-like camera, and more differentiation in 1 & 5 series bodies.  Whether this will suck one option out of the APS-C lineup, who knows, I doubt it somehow.

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