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Software & Accessories / Re: Storage & backup - advice needed please
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:17:21 AM »
Quote from: ereka
So, yes - a little housekeeping would undoubtedly hold the fort for a short while. Even given my inherent reluctance to delete anything, I think increasing my storage capacity to 4Tb combined with ongoing good housekeeping as you've suggested would keep me going probably for several years.

Make yourself a plan of what you need to keep, and what you like to keep. For costumer work, I would keep all the files as long as needed plus a few month (they want 6 month, keep em 9 or something), but after that you can actually get rid of all the stuff. If you like to keep something of that work, I would burn the JPEG on DVD. The possibility that you need RAW files of these shoots is very small, but if a costumer comes back for whatever reason, you still have something to sell/give him.

For your own work, I would be very drastic in cutting down the number of keepers; let's be honest, nobody looks at 20'000 pictures of something. So keeping down the numbers, helps the quality of your collection, saves diskspace, and is a good exersice in rating pictures. (This process is a more timeconsuming than buying new hardware, but in the long run it only helps you).

Software & Accessories / Re: Storage & backup - advice needed please
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:11:38 AM »
I just have one question before I like to go into the hardware upgrade.

Did you analyze your data. What do you save (JPEG, RAW, Both), do you still need to keep all the files? These are questions I would ask myself before upgrading the hardware. Because the upgrade only works temporarly, until the next HD bigger HD is full.

EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 10:48:20 AM »
Looks good compared to the original 7D, but compared to the 70D, there is not much improvement (only in the very high ISOs). I can't say anything about DR in the lower ISO (what DXOmark likes), but since it looks like an improved 70D sensor, it will most likely behave in a similar way.

This means that the 7D II will come out with a rather low score at DXOmark....

EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:32:40 AM »
I like the specs of the camera, it looks really good. There are three things mentioned which are missing: WiFi, touch screen and swivel display. I could live without WiFi (have it, but use it rarely), the swivel display is nice (especialy on the tripod with special angels), and the touch screen is a must have feature once you used it.
These are minor shortcomings, and you will get used to it.

I'm still waiting for the infos and the review of the sensor; how "new" will it be?
There are a few clues; I haven't seen the "very low noise" mentioned for the 70D, also the ISO range they give is can be a hint, even though this is also a marketing tool. The 16'000 are a bit strange, since canon so far stuck to full ISO steps. The 16k puts in above the 70D, but still below the 6D. These could mean two things, first, it is not much better than the 70D, or second it is much better than the 70D, even close to the 6D but they can't specify it like this, because a FF has to better than a APS-C.

Anyways, we will see it in the coming weeks.

EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:21:49 AM »
I guess it depends on your purpose of purchase. As a photographer, I can see the idea of this camera, although…. why not either boost the sensitivity of the chip to compete with Sony's A7s or boost the pixels so you don't feel like you are licking the 5D3 in the ass….

What could really make the Canon 7D II look like bullshit is the Samsung NX1 which was just announced:


The specs:

28.2MP BSI APS-C CMOS sensor
4096 x 2160: 24 fps
3840 x 2160: 30 fps
1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
640 x 480: 60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps, 50 fps, 25 fps
Clean HDMI 4:2:2 (8-bit)
H.265 Codec applied to 4K and UHD video files
Tiltable 3.0″ HD 1036k-dot touchscreen
205 phase-detection AF points
15 fps burst mode
1/8000 Max Shutter Speed
ISO range from 100 to 51,200
Camera can utilize UHS-I or UHS-II-SD-type memory cards
1/8" Headphone, 1/8" Microphone, HDMI D (Micro), USB 3.0
802.11b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi capability coupled with Bluetooth 3.0 technology
Samsung NX Lens Mount
Price: $1,500 Body Only, $2,800 with 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS Lens

Remember, those are only specs; I'm looking forward to a real world test of the Samsung, it will be interesting to see how well the camera actually works. With the 7D MkII you can be quite sure that it works like advertised, and I think it will be a damn good camera at this price point. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:58:57 AM »
The thread is already exploding!

The camera looks great. Not much that has been left out by Canon; there is only one question, how "new" is the sensor? But anyway, for those who don't care about dxomark scores, the sensor will be good enough.

The main reason, why mirrorless systems have not been even more successful in replacing DSLRs is the unwillingness of canon and nikon to make them. Meaning highly capable APS-C and FF sensored models plus native lenses at reasonable price/value points.

As soon as fully competitive offerings to fuji X-T1, X-E2 and sony A7/R/S are available from canon and nikon, the market will turn within 2 years and DSLRs will be relegated to small specialist niches - mainly fields of photography where large lenses are needed (Superteles) to capture fast action - wildlife, birds, sports.

The transition is well underway and CaNikons ability to to sell one or two more generations of boring iterations of their fat old mirroslappers to their more conservative clients is rapidly coming to a close.

I can see the generation gap everywhere i go. Best seen with amateurs/enthusiasts. At the last wedding i attended (as guest, sans camera) the pro aged 50+ was using his classic 2 DSLR setup (nikon D4/D4s) one guest aged 50+ had a nikon D800 along and turned out to be a pro. And to my surprise 3 fuji X cameras were present, all owned by well-off amateurs aged 25 to 35. plus of course all the mobile devices. Compact digicams only used by pne of the grannies and some not so tech-savvy looking uncles/aunties aged 65+ ...hehehe

The switch to mirrorless is not 10 years away, it is happening now. Solid state digital cameras are replacing mechanical mirrorslappers just like streamed music has replaced CDs after these had replaced vinyl LPs.

Well said.

I do not agree here, there won't be a "switch" to mirrorless, there is simply another way of taking pictures. Laptops weren't the death of the desktop, notebooks are not the death of laptops, tablets are not the death of notebooks, and phablets won't replace tablets.
MILC and DSLR are two kind of cameras for somewhat different needs. Everyone is free to choose the one that suits them better. SLR are very mature, and they probably peaked a few years ago, there is not much room left for further big improvments. MILCs are rather young and have the best time still ahead; so I think they will gain marketshare. We will see what the future brings; but DSLR will be here for quite some time.

I just the CIPA site myself. I just did a short look at the production numbers, and they show a rather constant ratio between DSLR und mirrorless. This ratio stand at about 1:4, for every sold mirrorless there are 4 DSLRs sold. It dipped a little bit below 1:4 in this year, but considering that this year is Photokina and Canon did not release a consumer camera this year this is no surprise. Also interesting is, that the average MILC (Mirrorless Interchangable Lens Camera) costs about as much as an average DSLR.

I just like to add two things.

1. MILCs are not so interesting for Canon and Nikon. Canon has about 45% of the DSLR market, this means Canon alone sells almost twice as many DSLRs as all manufacturer of MILCs produce together, or in other words, for every MILC you see on the street there are 2 Canon DSLR (and another 1 1/2 Nikon).

2. Seen from a technical viewpoint, the MILCs are nice and can do quite a lot. But their big advantege (size) starts to erode once you like to have a nice range of equipment. Just mount a 70-200 f4 onto a Sony alpha and you see what I mean.
Sensorsize determines imagequality (with a given lens quality), but Sensorsize also determines lenssize. So the possibilites to shrink a camera are limited (there are also some restriction dictated by physical laws which do not change with technological advances).
And also a problem once you start shooting often, the ergonomics of a camera is also important. I really like the second display on the top plate for quick changes, as I do like the buttons on the back and top with wich I can adjust the camera while having it on the eye.

Conclusion: even though some mirroless enthusiasts would like to see "their camera" become dominant, I don't see this happening, and it also pointless to be for or against something. We can all be happy that there is such a big variety of cameras available, and everybody chooses the one (or the combination) that suits him/her best.

Do you like to buy Sony curved sensor; you can do it now, the KW1 will be sold shortly.

Take a look at this awesome piece of professional equipment...


Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f4 IS vs Tamron 70-200 f2.8 VC
« on: August 25, 2014, 02:10:11 AM »
As said by other before; the question is, do you need f2.8. The question you are askingyourself is, should I buy a better speced lens, because I got the money for it. This is actually the "wrong" question.

Theoretically yes, but in practical use there are some problems. First, for every focal length, a different curved sensor would be needed to take full advantage of its benefits. Second, you probably would need to throw out every piece of glass you bought so far.

On the other hand, sensors are already in a state where there is little need for groundbraking improvements. The tech of a D800 or a alpha7 are are so good, that it is enough for the big majority of photographers. And part of the problems that such a sensor would solve, can also be solved with software (as Sony shows with their crapy kit lenses for the a6000.

Conclusion, nice tech, but my guess is, it won't be a future standard.

My camera has about 16 million focus points and covers 80% of the sensor area.

My retina is curved. My eyeballs do not contain multiple elements. IF flat sensors were "simpler" to design for, I am quite disappointed that we have not evolved that superior level yet!

I guess it is time to begin R&D on printing silicon wafers :)

There is reason to be dissapointed, not because your retina isn't flat, because it cant zoom.
There is the BIG problem with a curved sensor, the curvature only fits one focal lenght. If you like to go the middle way then and choose one curvature that fits everything, then you end up with a flat sensor, because it still ist the easiest shape, and producable with smaller tolerances (fitting two curved shapes, the sensor and the focal plane would be rather troublesome).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help: Amateur upgrade from a t2i to....
« on: February 24, 2014, 03:56:43 AM »
I would consider the 70D to start with. Keep the Ti2 as a backup camera, and spend some money on good lenses.
The photographer is more important than the camera, and the lenses are also more important than the camera. So buy some quality lenses, try to stick to FF for an upgrade sometime later. The 70D can then move down and be the backup camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 20, 2014, 07:06:00 AM »
Here are also some samples of macros shoot with a 500D. Pretty amazing work I think.

I personally think that better equipment won't make you a better photographer, better equipment just makes taking pictures more convenient, easier and more fun.


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