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Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:43:36 PM »
If you are using Firefox you can use AdBlock plug-in to avoid ads altogether.

If you must, at least don't use AdBlock Plus or plugins from the same company for other browsers. Their "acceptable ads" whitelist is simply a way to ransom sites into paying them to be included, and the author has enough leverage because it's the most popular plugin.

I know this is argued as a service to the community to invite sites to create less obstrusive ads and the payment is a mere service fee, but when you read up on how much money is collected this behavior is imho simply extortion and as criminal as it gets w/o directly breaking a law.

The GP-E1 is pretty nice, but I find that elevation readings can be totally bonkers in anything but the best conditions (outdoors with no trees or buildings).  When I contacted Canon, they informed me the "3D" satellite icon must be present for elevation readings, but this icon is hidden beneath many menus and button presses and can't easily be checked every time you want to take pictures.

The upside is that you can add the height information later on with a program that interfaces to Google Maps. As far as I remember "GeoSetter" (windows) should work to fill in the height field if it's missing, probably even overwrite it if you know it's bogus. I haven't used the software though since LR has the maps interface, and where I live the earth is flat so a 3d gps fix is an optional extra :-)

Lenses / Re: Lens 'resolving power' vs sensors.
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:41:09 PM »
Again, I can see the results in my images when I do that. There is a meaningful difference between f/11 and f/4 through f/8 when it comes to resolution

Thanks for the nice demonstration animation! And I agree, diffraction even at "medium" f-stops is visible - that's why do macro focus stacking @f8 even though stopping down would need way less exposures. Plus of course with macro, the bokeh gets worse on small apertures.

The 6D GPS stays on all the time?

The upside is that it has a very quick gps hot start (since it didn't stop :-p) and - probably the reason for this "feature" - the camera keeps generating the track log you can later download from the camera. So all in all and with the little battery drain, I'm fine with the *option* of leaving gps on even on camera power off.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pablo Escobar, Canon Shooter
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:12:32 AM »
What do you mean? The company or a camera?

He'd make them an offer they can't refuse :-p

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Did you peak and what did you do about it?
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:53:53 PM »
I think the word you're really looking for is plateau and that's something we all do.  The plateau doesn't have to be flat, however, but it's unlikely to be the jagged peak it was when we were just learning photography or moving into higher end equipment.

Well, I'm just learning photography :-) and in this case, "peak" is really the word that fits what I'm thinking of. That's because in my experience, when you're new at a genre or style, you're eager and put a lot of work and concentration into it. If you (i.e. I) don't keep moving forward, I'm becoming lazier and the results get *worse* - that's why I chose "peaked". Happened to me with mushroom macro focus stacking, good results, but a hilarious amount of work, so if it's becoming boring the shots aren't as good anymore.

Im going traveling for 5 months, I intend to geotag my images. I just wish the GP-E2 wasn't so big bulky and ridiculous. otherwise I would buy one.

With my 6d I've become lazy and use the internal receiver. But unless you need the electronic compass on a hotshoe receiver, a dedicated gps tracker is more precise and power-saving.

I've been using a €50 receiver for years along my 60d with the advantage that you can put in waypoints in advance or save waypoints when outdoors. Unfortunately, Canon didn't add even a minimal "car finder" mode to the 6d/70d, and neither did Magic Lantern (yet) as all the devs have 5d3 cameras.

I agree, it's very cool.  But, this geotagging business is hard work.  When I turn on the camera in the morning, I go to the menu and turn on the internal GPS.  Before I turn off the camera in the evening, I do the reverse.

Use Magic Lantern - after several requests of distressed 6d users with empty batteries it now has a "gps powersave" feature that turns off gps on camera off and re-enables it on power on.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D II or 6D
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:14:00 PM »
Should I go with the 6D or the 7DII, I know the one difference is the 6D is full frame.  How will the new 7D II do with taking portraits and everyday shooting?  Lighting ?  I hear the 6D is great with low lighting.

You have to be specific how low "low" is, and only then can it be determined if the 2 stop iso advantage of a ff is necessary. And don't let yourself be talked into believing only a ff can have a shallow depth of field or adds some general magic to each and every shot. If the 7d2 has a good viewfinder, it'll be just fine.

I have a 6D and honestly, my only complaint about the camera is it's terrible AF

Amen to that. The op should really take not of that because the 6d's af gets worse with fast lenses, and what's the use of a bokehlicious and noise-free portait if it's way out of focus? The 6d is a good camera but you should know what you're (not) getting.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:24:54 PM »
Could the built in GPS be the reason that the "estimated" number of exposures has dropped on the 7DII even though the battery is more powerful?  What do you think?

I very much doubt Canon would calculate in gps drain, much more likely the faster digic drains a lot of power - which would also be the reason why they felt a new battery was in order.

On the power shots GPS is a noticeable drain.

On full frame, gps esp. set to a medium interval has little drain in *relative* terms as the ff sensor makes the camera last much shorter than on crop. Probably on the powershots, this effect is even more prominent.

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Did you peak and what did you do about it?
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:22:46 PM »
until then, I'll keep working on getting better!

I'm amazed by the confidence of the CR users, probably when sitting in front of a screen, typing posts on CR you feel like an invincible photog :-). As all people keep getting better (yes, I voted this too, but barely) I really have to check up on the posters: If people never peak, this means it'll be a tough fight for "photog of the year" in the future :-p

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Did you peak and what did you do about it?
« on: September 16, 2014, 02:37:43 PM »
How would one measure whether their skills have peaked?

You can't measure it, just feel it for yourself - or ask other people when showing them current shots and the ones from the last months or years. If you or they cannot determine any progress considering technical or artistic skill, you've peaked. And in this context technical improvement doesn't mean 1d4->1dx or 5d2->5d3, even on CR :->

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 16, 2014, 02:05:46 PM »
Consequently, i can't think of one occasion where GPS would have been of any use to me at all.

I admit I find the built-in gps unexpectedly useful because it doesn't add bulk, uses little battery, is always there and you don't need to have a dedicated tracker and add the gps data in postprocessing. Sorting in LR with but map is very nice if all your shots are tagged.

However, I admit I don't quite understand Canon here: 6d with wifi+gps, 70d only with wifi, 7d only with gps?! Sounds like a typical Canon "crippling" product policy to gear up for the 5d4 which will of course feature both. On the other hand it really *could* because of the metal body, you never know with Canon...

You think an EyeFi card is going to perform better than the 6Ds internal WiFi?

EyeFi is a hack in comparison to the built-in wifi, even though Canon's implementation is mediocre at best: You need to set up a virtual access point to connect to the camera from a laptop. But you can remote-control the camera which might be very nice for wildlife shots (read: 7d2).

Photography Technique / POLL: Did you peak and what did you do about it?
« on: September 16, 2014, 01:59:20 PM »
I'm wondering about how the skill progression of other people is/was and if they feel they've "peaked" at some point and your photography results didn't get better. Did you ever feel you keep shooting and doing the same things over and over again, but lacked the imagination or skill to move on? Did you even feel that you were better in the past, for whatever reasons?

If so, I'd be interested what you do/did to be able to move forward. Keep experimenting? Read internet tutorials or books? Participate in dynamic range discussions on CR :-> ?

I hope some people vote and share their thoughts. For me, learning to shoot "good" pictures was easy with some trial & error, "very good" is possible but requires a lot of concentration & time, but "really excellent" might need something I haven't acquired. Yet :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:00:59 AM »
Does anyone know if their has been any request to the admins regarding setting up a section specifically for all things Magic Lantern? As it is now one has to search for ML and/or Magic Lantern and get posts that are spread out rather thin over both time and subjects. What do you think?

There already is a "real "ML forum, so the question is why should be different here in the CR ML section. For one, the ml devs wouldn't be around so you'd get less competent answers. On the other hand, it would be less technical, over-modereated or geeky, the reason why I have lost interest posting over there. But if the result it's that any ML discussion should be moved into the ML forum because ML covers so many aspects of photography. So my vote is simply keep opening ML threads in the general photography forum.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 14, 2014, 05:55:42 PM »
Ooh, I didn't know ML had a RAW histogram. I think that, along with the DR expansion options, is pretty much the clincher for me. I just downloaded it, am going to give it a try today.

Hah, another CR heavyweight converted :-> ... note that ML can only display the dynamic range or ettr hint in live view and not in photo mode, the latter just has the histogram. But dual_iso is a blessing, apart from all the postprocessing hassle it's the "exmor for canon" and I use it more and more often.

Edit: make sure you enable the raw histogram and zebras for photo review mode (if you manage to find the option as a ML newbie :-p), the latter is raw version of the Canon highlight blinkies but also work for deep shadows.

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