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I'm curious if it can handle low light as well as the a7s.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Would you get Zeiss 135 f2?
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:08:25 PM »
I would say get the Canon 135. Cheaper and very little discernible difference in performance (pixel-peepers need not apply).

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4799
« on: November 04, 2014, 07:25:03 PM »
@stevewoz, your very first post on CR forums is to bash the moderator for sharing a great deal with everyone. Makes me wonder if you signed up just to be a a!@#$%. Minimal discount? If you know where we can find a 1DX for a similar price, tell us! Otherwise, $4799 is a HUGE discount based on any math. Gimmick? Did you even click on the link? There's no gimmick involved unless you have problems typing in your credit card number, then it does get kind of "tricky."

As someone else mentioned, at a 99.3% approval rating and tens of thousands of successful transactions, this seller is as "shady" as B&H. Most of us would call that "reputable."

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The responses here have been very polite, so I'll take the fall and be the bad guy. The video person is clearly an amateur with the wrong gear. If this were a true pro, he would mind the shots of the other cameras and make the attempt to get out of the way. Judging by standing so close to the couple, it's clear he thought of no one but himself. And if he's so unprofessional in his attitude toward others, his shots will likely be unprofessional as well.

Gear-wise, he set himself up for a massive fail. Seriously, a 50mm standing that close? Looks like the f/1.4 version, too. Why not the 85mm f/1.2 and back up more? Also, hand-holding it without a Zacuto viewfinder (or similar) is going to produce a lot of shake. Doesn't look like the lens has an ND filter on it so the shutter speed is most likely out of whack (perhaps 1/1000s f/9 ISO100). And as mentioned, wireless mic at that distance?

If these people cannot show proper respect for other shooters on the scene, I cannot give them any respect on my end. Everyone should play nice and obey the rules.

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Abstract / Re: This image may have been photoshopped
« on: October 27, 2014, 09:22:18 PM »
Wait, the giant cat is not real!?

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: October 27, 2014, 08:58:11 PM »
Has the above bird image been adjusted in post? The outer rim of the bird exhibits a bit of the HDR look...

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Audio on a DSLR
« on: October 27, 2014, 08:56:30 PM »
No DSLR preamp is worth talking about, so let's get that out of the way. The JuicedLink will be worlds better. It should not be a problem if you are on a tripod all the time, but if you use a cage system or some sort of stabilizer, the unorthodox form-factor will be annoying. After you decide on the audio interface, it's just a matter of choosing the best mic for your purposes. Shotgun? Stereo? XLR opens up a lot of opportunities that I encourage you to freely explore. However, as with flash lighting, anything mounted on-camera will be limited in its usage. Just as off-camera flash is always better, off-camera mic (wireless or long cable) will usually provide better results.

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10K? No way. A 135 format DSLR should not cost 10K. For that price I'd expect at least medium format. If in fact any camera maker made a body so feature-rich that the 10K price tag is justified, it means the camera will have 150 advanced functions that will be useless to me. 200fps? Max ISO at 1,000,000? DR of 100 stops? Ultimate, but totally useless.

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Generally lens of the same focal length but bigger max aperture (50mm f/1.2 vs f/1.8) will be of better make and glass, thus producing superior image quality in contrast, sharpness, etc. No one would believe that a picture taken at f/2.0 with the 50mm f/1.2 would look the same as the f/1.8 lens. How many people actually shoot portraits at f/1.4? (I mean that as a serious question, not a rhetorical challenge.)

I think f/2.8 is the "magic number" in terms of what people will buy a lens to use at wide-open. Sports shooters need big aperture to keep up the shutter speed, while f/2.8 is a deep enough DOF to keep most of the athlete in focus. I don't think I've ever heard of a sports shooter buying the 135mm f/2 because he needs to shoot at f/2. The DOF would be too shallow and would make a lot of pictures useless.

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Is it sharp in the corners? What about bokeh? Because these are crucial elements when photographing an alien spaceship. I want the stars in the background to bokeh nicely while framing the ship carrying Will Smith into the mothership to the left. Sorry, I'm picky.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D MkII RAW sample images
« on: October 15, 2014, 11:19:49 PM »
Anybody remember that this is done with an "early" build of ACR? Until the product actually hits the market and Adobe releases a final, it's too harsh to say this is the official result. If the JPEG looks good, it would make sense that the RAW will be much better. Let's wait for an official release before declaring this RAW dead.

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Reviews / Re: Canon EOS 7D MK II Field Review of THE APS-C DSLR KING .
« on: October 15, 2014, 11:14:34 PM »
http://www.cameraegg.org/canon-7d-mark-ii-vs-70d-vs-d7100-high-iso-comparison/
7DMKII kicks ass
+1 agree that based on these high-Iso comparison 7DII looks very promissing.
I would say it's not fair to compare the 7D2 to those other two. I think Canon is marketing the 7D2 in the 6D level, except for the APS-C factor. It's therefore natural that it would beat these two. I'd like to see a direct comparison between the 7D2 and the D750, for example, to see how each handles low light/shadow recovery, even if sensor sizes and crop factors are different.
Compare Canon 7D Mark II with Nikon D750 makes sense in the same way that a comparison of these cars...
I think a sedan with a large interior space is more suitable for family outings, instead of a sporty two-door. Maybe someone prefers to take his family squeezed into a Camaro ??? ::) :P



I did mention that I'm speaking purely about "low light/shadow recovery." If the 7D2 performs very close to the D750, that's very good for a crop sensor, wouldn't you say? I'm not talking about depth of field/lens reach/whatever, just the handling of the dark areas. It's the same way you would compare a Camaro and a Benz sedan for horsepower or comfort despite having two very different purposes. Obviously the 7D2 will trounce the D750 in sports with its faster AF, and the D750 will supposedly beat it out in low-light performance. But to say cameras with different crop factors can't be compared is like saying cars with different engines can't race against each other.

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Reviews / Re: Canon EOS 7D MK II Field Review of THE APS-C DSLR KING .
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:21:26 PM »
http://www.cameraegg.org/canon-7d-mark-ii-vs-70d-vs-d7100-high-iso-comparison/

7DMKII kicks ass
+1 agree that based on these high-Iso comparison 7DII looks very promissing.

I would say it's not fair to compare the 7D2 to those other two. I think Canon is marketing the 7D2 in the 6D level, except for the APS-C factor. It's therefore natural that it would beat these two. I'd like to see a direct comparison between the 7D2 and the D750, for example, to see how each handles low light/shadow recovery, even if sensor sizes and crop factors are different.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 750D real world review
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:18:52 PM »
There's a lot to like about the D750. For me, the kickers are the price, WIFI, and tilt screen. Some people consider WIFI and a tilt screen to be "consumer grade" items, but there are many times I'm on assignment that both would come in handy. The extra DR is merely an added bonus.

As a Canon shooter, I'm glad that the D750 and D810 have been released in between product cycles of the 5D line. Competition is a beautiful thing.

I'd actually flip that. I think the extra DR is the cake and the tilt screen is merely an added bonus. I've never taken a "lesser" picture because I didn't have a tilt screen. WIFI is completely useless to me (I'm sure it serves other ppl very well, just doesn't fit my own workflow) so I don't care either way. And I agree that competition is always good. It forces everyone to stay serious and we are the ones who benefit from this.

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Reviews / Re: Canon EOS 7D MK II Field Review of THE APS-C DSLR KING .
« on: October 13, 2014, 11:22:09 PM »
Love the Chuck jokes. But I wanted to put in my $0.02 on the original topic:

If Jeff Cable says the 7D2 is for real, if a guy who shoots for the US Olympics Committee, who works closely with B&H, who teaches at universities, says it's for real, then that's good enough for me.

Now... let's hear more about Chuck!

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