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EOS Bodies / Re: A Sony & Canon Sensor Partnership Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: January 28, 2015, 08:39:02 PM »
Canon make steppers, part of the machinery needed to make sensors, Sony don't.

That's a big, true, irony.

Macro / Sam Droege Bee catalog, stacked macros.
« on: January 26, 2015, 09:39:24 PM »
Heard this on CBC, Sam Droege puts a 5D2 and an MPE 65 macro to good use, stacking dozens to a hundred images to get the final result using a beer cooler for managing the light...


a link to the CBC audio should be good for a few months:
it's in part 2


it's a Flickr blog, but their breakdown makes it look like Samsung's taking up a quickly growing market share at the expense of Canon, then Nikon. Pentax too, if you could even count them in to start with.

Samsung cell phones have become much more popular, and that's what you're seeing in that graphic.  I doubt their NX cameras would even be a blip on that chart.

You're prob'ly correct. Without raw numbers the whole picture is a bit obscurred by the normalizing to percentages.
The mobile graphic certainly shows what looks like a matching growth pattern for Samsung so the only thing that blog's really telling us is there's a lot more Samsung device users posting to Flickr.

EDIT:  On the MILC side, looks like Fuji and Sony are growing relative to Pan-Oly MFT gear.
And, there's still a significant number shooting with ancient Nikon D-90 in 2014!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dii vs Samsung NX-1 Epic Shootout
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:47:38 PM »
so this was NOT with v1.20 firmware on the Samsung?..

it's a Flickr blog, but their breakdown makes it look like Samsung's taking up a quickly growing market share at the expense of Canon, then Nikon. Pentax too, if you could even count them in to start with.


The first graphic is rather telling:

Canon General / Re: Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path
« on: January 11, 2015, 04:23:31 AM »
I can agree to that argument.  FF is not necessarily an upgrade endpoint from crop. It's just a similar tool with different compromises and often semi-compatible with the other equipment.
It often feels like mfrs' marketing strategies imply FF as an upgrade from crop.

Canon General / Re: New Gear Resolutions for 2015
« on: January 09, 2015, 08:08:06 PM »
Watch and wait. My mind is already in the early stages of a full shift to Fujifilm. Fermentation continues. We'll see if Canon can do anything realistic in the mirrorless world this year.

I've already made a partial shift to Fuji (& Olympus) from..., everything else, and pleased with the results. (tempered by realistic expectations)

I don't need any new gear this year.  None.
but I would LIKE to pick up more native Fuji glass; 10-24mm, 50-140mm, and maybe whatever their anticipated "long" zoom will be, hopefully it'll replace my aging but crisp 100-400L.  Another XT1 body would be nice but will also wait for an XT2... (or discounted XT1) as I suspect they'll be able to cram 20-24MP into it and still have good performance that compares with more MP from a bayer patterned sensor.

Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: January 05, 2015, 01:53:08 AM »
I may have to alter my preference.
Despite the icky buttons, I really enjoy shooting with my Fuji XT1 and even my older XE1 rangefinder-esque bodies.
Mirrorless is becoming my go-to more often when I don't need 36MP of AA-less Bayer.

I'm not really surprised that they do.
I like shooting with my XT1 and the images OOC can be ready-to-go in many instances.  When not, the raw files are very malleable and the stabilized lenses are very good indeed.
With the grip carrying an extra battery I can also do quite a bit of shooting in a day.

This review is for the mirrorless skeptics, the EVF skeptics, and the SLR die-hards.
As Kevin Raber states, it's all about the end result.  And, spoiler-alert, he's quite pleased with it.
I have to concur, I often find myself just grabbing a tiny bag with 3 Fuji bodies with lenses and I'm good to go on pretty much any of my subjects.  The full-frames and even my crop DSLRs are left on the shelf more and more.


EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Plastic/Resin Mount for DSLRs
« on: January 03, 2015, 12:11:18 AM »
considering that market segment rarely buys anything beyond the kit lens that came with the body, wear and durability aren't likely to be big factors either.  FWIW, most of my metal EF-mounts have a fair bit of slop in them so plastic's not likely to be any worse.

I don't/won't use a smartphone so it's not an option.  Social-media doesn't figure in my life.

The lowest end camera I'll carry is my old G11; it lives in a corner of my daily backpack.
If I want something a little more capable it's either my Oly EM10 or one of my Fuji X bodies, all capable of serious work if needed, under most kinds of light conditions.
I only take out the DSLRs now when I'm after some product shots and want a FF raw file to work with, even tho the crop sensor Fuji's/DSLRs and even the MFT is often good enough for large print work too.

I don't think there's much more anyone can put IN to a DSLR to make them more appealing.
But there's a few things that could be removed.
Like the mirror.. ;)

Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: December 25, 2014, 02:16:47 AM »
D800e + 70-200 f/4 VR = wicked detail

Post Processing / Re: DNG vs. original RAW in the long term
« on: December 22, 2014, 10:27:33 PM »
hard drives are cheap; 6TB for <$200
I store everything in native raw formats + some editing intermediaries for things I want to re-process.
If I like the finished results, then a low-compression jpg at full rez will do just fine for archiving the finished image.  I save the sidecar with the raw and toss the intermediaries.
DNG probably loses too much OEM-specific meta data and I don't like that it's develop data is embedded; it's convenient, but risks corruption.
I don't trust optical media for long term, I keep migrating everything to newer HD tech as it comes along, fortunately, that's not very often.  last big move was from SCSI and IDE drives to SATA.

for long term, I also archive some software AND the machines required to run it.  Been doing that since the Mac Plus, and still have one that runs.

this is interesting, not sure where I'd make use of it altho it would make storage of my processed, finished files a bit smaller, perhaps.


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