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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 27, 2014, 06:01:41 PM »
The correct answer should be yes, but I'm holding out for the 5D4.

The 7D2 really is going to be the ideal body for shooting BIF, and will be more than capable at everything else, but I can't stop that nagging feeling every time I stick a 35mm lens on a APS-C body.
Given that the 7D2 is said to have a 20MP sensor I would rather wait for Canon's first foray into the big MP race. If the 5D4 is still a Bayer filter sensor and less than 32MP, then I'll get the 7D2 regardless of what sensor it has.

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Lenses / Re: Help deciding on going full frame
« on: August 26, 2014, 01:29:51 PM »
With full frame costing less than $1,500 now (used or on sale), I can't think of any reason to stay on crop unless your budget is under $1,000.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 25, 2014, 01:02:54 PM »
It seems the fad today is to look at sensor performance in a vacuum. Everyone has their quirks, Nikon does seem to be fixing some of those, but they still have them.
Even if Canon never changed their sensors again, Nikon would still have to try and compete with the 20 year old 400f5.6. Funny that they haven't bothered yet.
I'm quite comfortable with the system I have.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 24, 2014, 11:43:28 AM »
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<li>Built-in flash</li>
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It's RUINED!

(I kid)


If it's only a 20MP Bayer filter though, that's pretty much the flag for me to wait for the 5D4, which will hopefully have high enough resolution to get similar detail while being full frame as well.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 20, 2014, 03:42:28 PM »

Saw this picture today in a story at The Phoblographer:
http://www.thephoblographer.com/2014/08/20/review-sony-vgc1em-digital-camera-battery-grip-sony-a7a7ra7s/

And I think it's a stimulating photo to windup this discussion.  Do you believe this is the future, or do you believe this is mirrorless trying to be / to do too much? 

- A

At this point, it's just a camera. As long as it produces a picture the technology inside is virtually irrelevant. Cost versus functionality is still the primary consideration, no different than before.

I'm quite certain SLR and mirrorless will co-exist for a long time.
Which means we probably have a few thousand more of these threads to go through before new technology comes along and disrupts everything.

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Hot pixels are actually what convinced me to upgrade from a few lamps on a table to an actual light box for macro work.
On an 8 second exposure my 5DII lights up like a Christmas tree. I sincerely doubt any camera will give a faultless image with a long exposure.
Anything under 1 second seems to be fine.
This is actually one problem I can see having with Mirorless, when I'm shooting in live view for extended periods hot pixels are definitely worse. Again, that's only with long exposures, but in those situations you want your sensor cool for best performance.

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 15, 2014, 02:07:21 AM »
I thought ring lights were for macro stuff where the subject is virtually pressed against the lens and just getting any light on it can be a challenge?

Have you ever looked at studio strobes? You get ringlights from all brands, and they aren't excactly useable for macro work.

I think you're talking about something that falls under the category of "off camera flash" much better than "on camera flash" which is the subject of this thread.

On-camera.

http://www.paulcbuff.com/abr800.php

Fantastic, have fun with that on your next vacation.

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 15, 2014, 02:04:27 AM »
The pop up flash is inherently a problem.

So something that can be of use is inherently a problem?

You could also use explosives to exterminate pests from your house...

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 14, 2014, 09:03:15 PM »
I thought ring lights were for macro stuff where the subject is virtually pressed against the lens and just getting any light on it can be a challenge?

Have you ever looked at studio strobes? You get ringlights from all brands, and they aren't excactly useable for macro work.

I think you're talking about something that falls under the category of "off camera flash" much better than "on camera flash" which is the subject of this thread.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 14-24mm OS lens at Photokina?
« on: August 14, 2014, 08:25:06 PM »
If only they could make a body worth using. The way things are going they could beat Sony to third place... If only they could make a body worth using.

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 14, 2014, 01:52:46 AM »
Surapon your post is still awesome, I'm definitely going to be throwing napkins and stuff on people's cameras in future.

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 14, 2014, 01:48:12 AM »
Yes Neuro, fill flash does sound like the one and only thing that you could legitimately do with an on camera flash (I don't even think cameras should have a hot-shoe).
That said, of the few lighting tutorials I've seen, pretty much all of them do nothing but drill into your brain that PUF is bad.

The RT is out, it's amazing, why look back?

Now, to those who say pop-up flashes are terrible, there is a nice solution called the Lightscoop (you can Google it).

I think a key point can be drawn here. You have a solution, but having a solution by definition means having a problem (unless you're in government). The pop up flash is inherently a problem.

It's still the worst place for light to come from regardless if its the primary light source or fill.

If that were true, no one would use ring lights.  But they do.

I thought ring lights were for macro stuff where the subject is virtually pressed against the lens and just getting any light on it can be a challenge?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Asus or BenQ
« on: August 13, 2014, 07:16:02 PM »
I haven't seen any really good ones yet, but the market is just on the opening phase of exploding with 4K products (of which the primary application is media production). I'm planning on something along those lines sometime in the next year, maybe even a home theater display if someone can make one that is both accurate and good far games (has Displayport).

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 01:11:11 PM »
Direct light coming off the camera is horrendous.
I honestly can't think of a useful way to use a pop-up flash (other than blinding people in dark rooms so that you can run away).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1dx vs Nikon d810
« on: August 13, 2014, 12:58:32 AM »
The D810 is obviously many times superior based of the texture on the forehead...

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