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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:47:40 AM »
I'm assuming it is gonna be metal with a plastic top (like the 6D). There will definitely be plastic bits due to the wifi.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D Next to Be Announced
« on: June 27, 2013, 12:10:35 PM »
Did the SL1 have the exact same 18mp sensor?

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Lenses / Re: 85 1.2mk3 anytime soon?
« on: May 05, 2013, 03:01:56 PM »
I certainly hope not.

There are a number of other lenses due for an update. I'm looking at you, 50mm f/1.4

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bye Canon?
« on: April 23, 2013, 06:43:20 PM »
Have fun stopping your video/live view to change aperture!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D, DIGIC 6 & 18mp Sensors
« on: March 20, 2013, 09:13:39 PM »
It seems that everybody has forgotten about how Nikon the route Nikon went with the D3 and D3S.

Both are 12.1 megapixel sensors, but the D3S's sensor was completely new and significantly better. It was the low-light king until the current generation came out. The native ISO range of the D3S was higher than the D3.

If the rumored specs are true, then the native ISO range for the T5i and 70D are much higher than before (100-25,600). Hopefully this means they greatly improved the low light capabilities.

Everybody is blinded by the megapixel war that's been going on. If Canon can do what Nikon did to the D3S, then I welcome these new cameras with open arms. I for one think that 18mp is more than enough.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS not good for NASA?
« on: January 14, 2013, 02:33:21 AM »
NASA is an old organization that likes to stick to "tradition" or however you want to call it.

Back in the day, Nikon was the top company (film era). So back then, they used Nikon. Sticking to tradition, they still continue to use Nikon.

And don't forget that the D3s did have better low light capabilities than the 1DIV..


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 07, 2013, 08:05:30 PM »
No point in selling the 5D3. The weight difference between the 5D and 6D are negligible imo. Plus if you still have the af speed/fps if you ever needed it.

I'd sell the 70-200 and pickup the 70-300L. Longer reach + lighter = perfect for vacation and candids. Not to mention, you could get quite a bit for the 70-200. If I didn't shoot sports, I probably would have picked the 70-300L instead.

I'd keep the 24-70 II simply because it's relatively "close" to the 24-70 f/4 in price. Also you'd have a f/2.8 lens if you found a need for shallow dof. If you really want to sell the 24-70 II, I'd replace it with the Tamron 24-70 VC instead. You'd still keep f/2.8 and you get VC. The sharpness (according to lensrentals) of the Tamron vs the 24-70 f/4 is near negligible. Better value in the Tamron imo.

With this setup, you have the 24-300 range covered. Perfect for vacations/candids.

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Lenses / Re: attaching lens hoods
« on: December 23, 2012, 02:55:10 AM »
One less area to tape

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D launch and effect on 5D MkII & MKIII
« on: November 23, 2012, 09:16:10 PM »
The two things that the 6D is lacking that I think are important to a amateur/prosumer photographer are a second memory card slot and a pop-up flash.  I just purchased a Nikon D600 for my father, rather than the 6D, because the D600 had the second memory card slot and a pop-up flash.

I could care less about WiFi and GPS....and video for that matter!  I think Canon should have designed this camera geared toward purely still photography, and left out the video, which would have kept down the retail price and Canon might have been able to price it around $1,500.  The Nikon D700 doesn't have video, and look at how many still love that camera!


I agree regarding the pop-up flash. However, the only reason I want one on my 5D3 is to be able to use it a wireless trigger. Other than that, I see little to no value to it.

As for the secondary card slot...
I don't see why people are complaining so much about it. I have a CF card and an SD in my 5D3, but I never use em both at the same time. I did once, and regretted it during post processing.
I only use the SD card when my CF card runs out of space.

Wifi on the other hand,
Nikon sees the potential of including that technology. In the commercial for the new D3200, they advertised their wifi dongle to go with it. The first guy I met using a D600 (before it became widely available), showed off the wireless dongle to me as one of the features he liked about it. It is a great feature to have when shooting sports b/c you don't have to buy an Eye-fi card to send the photos wirelessly to your computer.  His D600 had some kind of compartment on the strap to house the wireless dongle.

Not to mention that a LOT of people out there take pictures and then post them to Facebook, flickr, etc. Canon is going to release a phone app (for iOS and Android) that allows you to control your DSLR with your phone. The phone can function as a wireless release and even upload the your camera's photos online without the need to download them to your computer.

The real kicker would be if you can use your phone as a wifi hotspot. That means you can post the pictures ANYWHERE that you have cell reception.  I can see lots of teenagers and young adults using this feature to upload their photos to facebook and whatnot.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade advice: 6D or 5D2/3?
« on: November 15, 2012, 04:26:42 PM »
For your purposes and needs, I would say either get the 5d2 or 6D. Think of it this way. If you get a 5D2 or 6D, you an use the money you saved towards some nice glass. You said you have the EF-S 15-85, EF 50/1.4, and Tamron 70-300 VC USD.

You're no longer going to be able to use that 15-85, so you may need a standard zoom and maybe an L lens or two. You can used that saved glass to get the new 24-70 f/4L IS, which has that special macro mode on the tele end. That is a good solution to your standard zoom/macro needs. The 50 can be used for your portraits.



That aside...

The 5d3 does have more AF points, but you only really need those for sports or BIF. Although I got the 5D3 before the 6D was announced, I still wouldn't change my decision.

I shoot a lot of sports/action so I need the 61-AF system and the 6fps. However, for portraits/landscapes you don't really need those extra points or the extra burst. I used the 60D and was frustrated by its tracking capabilities.

Build-wise, the 6D is by no means a pushover. It has a magensium body with a polycarb top. Coming from a 60D, it would be an upgrade for you either way.

Image-wise, the 6D is not going to be a slouch either. It may even be possible that the 6D has slightly better noise performance because it has less pixels crammed into it. Personally, I'm really interested in how the extra-sensitive center AF point performs. If it performs as its touted to be, that will be huge for lowlight shots.

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Portrait / Guitarist C&C
« on: October 18, 2012, 03:10:18 PM »
I normally shoot studio/sports, but the other day decided to experiment with shooting into the sun.

Any C&C is greatly appreciated. I've always liked these kinds of shots and want to add it to my repertoire.  :D

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IMG_8395 by chriskpham, on Flickr

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IMG_8476 by chriskpham, on Flickr

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IMG_8497 by chriskpham, on Flickr

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IMG_8444 by chriskpham, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D3 vs. Nikon D600
« on: September 29, 2012, 01:06:22 PM »
Nikon and Canon have two different visions of how an AF system should be and  function, and with what parameters. There are differences in response, starting up , stopping down and loops to hit the target in different  scenes. Canon have  chosen  for example  up to f-5, 6, Nikon to F-8.
It would take a very long time to test out which of the systems is generally best, it is probably not doable.
There are reports that the Canon's AF seems faster but the number of keepers at  moving subject is greater in Nikon, after some time when colleagues have tried  out made we usually emerge which camera produces the best keepers in similar situations, as it emerged with 1dmk3 and d3


First off, the D600's AF system is NOT the same as that found in the D4 or D800. The d600 only has 39 af points, which is essentially a "revamped" D7000 AF. If you look around enough, you will

I primarily shoot sports so AF is critical for me. That being said, a few weeks ago I was shooting volleyball alongside a D4 user. He was switching between his 24-70 and 70-200. I was using my 5d3 paired with my 70-200. When reviewing photos between plays he kept complaining that his D4 kept missing. Mind you this is volleyball, which is a hard sport to shoot in and of itself. However, even for the simplest shots i.e. when the players were serving (nobody else in the frame), his D4 had trouble locking on.

Nearly all of my shots were keepers. Anything I missed was simply user error. I find myself having a hard time in post-processing because its hard to pick out which ones to keep and which to delete.

Shooting through the net, my 5D3 had no problem locking on to the players. His D4 on the other hand, not so much. And from what I keep hearing, Canon's new 61 AF system just works and does it brilliantly. The D4 on the other hand works, but doesn't do anything extraordinary.


On another note, the D600 is capable of shooting sports. I met a guy who had a D4, a D800, and a D600. He was testing out the D600 to see its capabilities as a backup sports body. He seemed to be happy with it. However, he was NOT happy that it did not have a dedicated back-button AF.

The d600 was too small small for my hands (even the 5D3 is a little small for me) and I never liked the button layout/ergonomics of Nikon bodies. The 5D3 is thicker and feels much beefier in my hands. The grip on the Nikon is too small and narrow, which makes my fingers feel very cramped.

Somebody mentioned earlier that people who've used the systems long enough prefer one over the other simply due to ergonomics. I've had my fair share of uses of Nikon bodies and they just don't feel right in my big hands.

Both systems perform so similarly in real world situations (stop oogling over the specs) that it doesn't really matter which system you use. I'm pretty sure that before whatever new camera came along you had absolutely no problems getting the necessary shots.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Specifications
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:40:01 AM »
really important things are always missing for example flash sync speed WE WANT CANON TO GIVE US 1/500 to say the least, 1/160 - 1/200 is a joke, this "new" camera doesnt worth the stretch.

I don't think they will give us that in a Rebel body, especially for a built-in flash. They probably want you to buy their external flashes to use the high-speed sync to shoot at above 1/200.

"Viewfinder

■Type Eye-level pentaprism"

If true, a pretty radical departure from 'Rebel' traditions...

"■Canon EF lenses, the lens (EF-S Lens)
(35mm equivalent focal length marked on the lens focal length of approximately 1.6-fold)."

What on earth does this mean  ???.  Wouldn't this be extremely confusing, as all other EF and EF-S lenses have their actual focal length marked upon the barrel?

It looks more like they're making future rebels with similar specs to the 60D, which is often considered a "super rebel". This is evidenced by the increased frame rate and the 9 AF point cross type instead of just center cross like the older rebels.

It looks like they Canon is revamping their lineup. The rumored specs for the 70D appear to be a merger between the 7D and XXD line to restore the XXD lineup's position as a semi-pro camera instead of a pro-sumer.

"35mm equivalent focal length marked on the lens focal length of approximately 1.6-fold"

Probably just their way of confusing customers to say that a cropped sensor has a 1.6 multiplier factor.

EDIT:
After seeing the pictures of an aerial view, I now see that they changed the On/Off switch to include Video mode. Might warrant some complaints about accidentally switching to video mode when meant to turn it on to take pictures in a rush. But that's only if you're clumsy I guess.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & 3D Prediction from Japan
« on: June 04, 2012, 02:41:53 PM »
I really hope that the specs for the 70D are true. I'm not a huge fan of the increased megapixel count, but I really like the AF system and the body material.

If they do decide to come out with another 7D (I hope they don't because it threw off Canon's lineup), I hope that it is essentially a cropped 1DX.

Aps-c
18mp
Digic 5+
8.5fps or 10?
61-point AF system of the 1DX or a slightly dumbed down version
Weather sealing like the previous 7D
Built in flash

Such a camera would be a great backup to the 1DX for sports photographers. Or it can be for sports photographers who can't shell out $7k for the 1DX.
Sure it's probably not a huge upgrade from the original, but the new digic 5+ should complement the sensor nicely as well as the improved AF system. As far as the fps goes, 8.5 should be plenty or bump it up to 10.


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