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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M2
« on: April 03, 2014, 10:55:35 PM »
...and you get the Sensor Crop Video Zoom with the M2, right? I still can't believe they got as far as printing this as a feature on the box of the EOS M then removed it last-minute, putting a sticker over any evidence of it on the box. I'd LOVE to have this feature for bird & wildlife videos.
Did Magic Lantern get anywhere with this? Last I read there were issues with blank/solid pixels or something and i'm not sure if it was to be a RAW only thing or could render high quality MP4s/similar.

Am I the only person looking at the sensor dimensions and thinking "they get away with calling THAT medium format these days?... and people pay what?!"

Really, I'd just assumed "dMF" was worthwhile and comparable to MF (120/220). Are these figures for real?

I agree.

This shouldn't be called anything more than a FF+, it isn't even 2" wide. Not good enough.
While I don't think I'd ever want an 8x10, a digital 4x3" sounds just about right. Though they should probably design the lenses for a 5x4" sensor and then just use the largest sensors available (kind of like ten years ago).

Leica uses a similar sized sensor in the S system and they call it "Pro Format",It's not a replacement for a Phase/Hasselblad FF sensor.

The rules of sensor size and resolving power are different between digital and film!FF digital like the D800e can out resolve 645 film,and on landscape magazine ran a great test that compares formats,the IQ180 can easily match 5x4 film ..  see this article.. http://static.timparkin.co.uk/static/tmp/cameratest-2/800px.html

Oh, I'm actually thinking Physics here... I can show people photographs of my MF negs on my iPod screen and say "that's about actual size of the negatives, I've just inverted the colours" - and it's true, for anyone wondering what the standard SMALLEST MF frame's size is... That's 4.5 x 6cm, though 6 x 6 is the square standard, and 6 x 9cm or 6 x ~12cm for mechanical/panoramic negs... anything smaller than my 4.5 x 6cm sounds kinda' silly and unnecessary to me when we've got 35mm films and equivalent sensors knocking about, relatively for peanuts.

I'm by no means a clueless amateur, I'd just assumed digital Medium Format was a real luxury that was currently financially out of my reach - I've shot (still do for wildlife) APSc, moved to full frame and personal preference has me shooting sharp, fast primes... I appreciate the physics and look at APSc/FF as crops/expansions of the same projected image, DoF and all (hence my thread on the possibility of low MP, low light
APSc sensor shooters that all went a bit silly) ...

So I'm genuinely shocked that in my ignorance I believed there was a proper step up in sensor real estate to be lusted after, alas, er... this.

Also, "proper" MF lenses are relatively massive for SLR models' flange distance - and as such, primes are around f/2.8 max, if they don't push much beyond this for these tiny crops it really seems to me they're just playing with people's fad-lusting and I'm much happier saving a few dozen grand and shooting 35mm at ~f/1.4 and slapping some 120 in the back of my Bronica for kicks!

dMF, eh? I'll put that in the pile of not-for-mes with m43...

Though if I get rich quick, I might give that "cheap" Pentax a go ;)

So no, I wasn't even stepping into IQ territory, just mere "Composition Quality", how naive of me ;)

Bonus thoughts: asides from mass-production set-up costs, what would reeeally be the financial and practical restrictions of seamlessly sticking 2x 6D sensors worth of pixels next to eachother to create a 36 x 48cm or similar sensor? Yeah, I went there...

Am I the only person looking at the sensor dimensions and thinking "they get away with calling THAT medium format these days?... and people pay what?!"

Really, I'd just assumed "dMF" was worthwhile and comparable to MF (120/220). Are these figures for real?

EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 23, 2014, 04:15:06 AM »
These are fun to look back on! This guy was shooting with the "new" 200-400mm x1.4, 600mm, 1DX and 5D3 before either camera was on sale. The 1DX had just been announced, the 5D3 was unheared of and people were speculating that it may be a sneak peak of the 7D2. this was on or before January 23rd 2012*... and there was black tape over the Canon branding ;)

Google Image Search '5D III prototype', it's fun to look back on!

* EDITED: 2012, not 2011 ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 23, 2014, 02:46:53 AM »
"dude, get a 5D1/6D/5D3, you're not interested in shooting birds, you twonk!“

... or macro, I find my 60d works better then the 6d since it's got more working distance (100L) and you don't want thin dof anyway

... or non-raw video since the 70d has dual_pixel video af (but no Magic Lantern (yet), doh)

... or working at add odd angles or on tripod, the swivel screen of 60d/70d is invaluable near ground level

... or non-hss flash photography, 60d/70d/7d all have 1/250s x-sync, 6d only 1/180, and this is noticeable

Touché! I'll admit, after shooting the 60D for a year or two and "Going Full Frame" very soon after the 6D dropped, there's a very good chance I'd have gone for it over the 5D3 had it came with the flippy-floppy screen... and I can even be quoted as having said "the only reason I'd trade my 60D for the 7D would be to sell the 7D to fund another 60D with cash left over" ;)
Regarding all of the above, though... WiFi monitoring on the 6D for tough angles and "selfies"? Nice...
I've also recently purchased and am yet to try out wee adapters which allow me to plug my Android Phone into my 5D3, there's apparently an App which does monitoring, shutter release etc! I digressss... perpetually...
I don't know if I'll ever use video autofocus, despite it seemingly being THE selling point of the 70D, though touchscreen focusing is a fun/useful feature for stills on the EOS M!

This isn't what this thread's about at all, is it? Heh... I still personally don't really see the appeal of a 7D I, II ooor III ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 23, 2014, 01:20:56 AM »
The 7D, 5D3 and 1DX are all older models than the 70D and 6D, yo!

If you can bang out 4 or 5 new dSLR designs to suit these different target audiences and put them all into production and distribution by Springtime, go for it ;)

Also, I really do wonder how many of these 60D/70D "haters" have ever even touched the things... Mag Alloy for a 1.6x crop seems like overkill to me - the 70D is only really missing the Spot AF for birders, it has its MFA back and 7fps, decent weather sealing... It's a nifty 1.6x extender alongside my 5D3 IMO, I wouldn't personally want a crop cam  as my number 1 shooter so bring on the lightweight 70D or buy a proper FF camera ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:24:07 PM »
Bit of a curveball/possible perspective shift...

Around the time of the 1DX/5D3/Lens development and prototype testing, didn't Canon have people out there in the wild (literally) shooting prototypes with black tape over where finished products' logos would preside?...

EOS Bodies / Ever such Rumours as APS-C, Low Density, Low MP sensors?...
« on: February 22, 2014, 08:25:50 PM »
Has it ever been rumored for their to be prototypes in testing of what would essentially be a physical 1.6x crop of a FF sensor, allowing the ISO capabilities of the 6D/5D3 in, say, an EOS M or xxD body?

I'd love me an EOS M with 6-9 megapixels of low light goodness!


Would this be stupid-expensive to develop? I can imagine the right advertising campaign could sell the concept of fewer pixels for low light, arty, shallow DoF shooting with the 22mm f/2 with results that're still 2-4x larger than necessary for Facebook ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 22, 2014, 07:45:10 PM »
I'm another 5D3 convert who's slightly baffled by the appeal of the 7D2 and to some degree anything other than the EOS M, if anyone's going Crop!

Having said that, I've just bought myself a Grey 70D (for the record, £626 and some pennies from Panamoz!! Best I've found since ProCameraShop crawled up its ass and died)

The 70D in its solid, light-ish 7fps body is a high-res 1.6x extender for shooting birds, wildlife and Roller Derby alongside the 5D3, when the drop in IQ etc is workable and a reasonable compromise... outside of distant Wildlife, I enjoy working with people and going-ons.

The EOS M 22mm f/2 is a beautiful B&W shooter at High ISO for low light and in regards to street shooting it has to be a contender for the best deep-enough-with-shallow-pop camera (touch screen focussing "ftwffs!!1") ever, imho...

If someone tells me they've got the cash for a 7D/70D/60D/xxxD all I'm thinking is "dude, get a 5D1/6D/5D3, you're not interested in shooting birds, you twonk!“

The appeal of a >7fps tank for non extreme-distance shooting is beyond me...

Also, I might recommend a 100D/SL1 or 400D/XTi if someone's desperate for a viewfinder - couple it with the non-IS 35mm f/2, shoot B&W, magical! ;D

Hello, I'm Drew... I'm always watching y'aaall :)

Any chance of a waterproof point and shoot camera being released that shoots in raw? (This excludes the newer Nikon one, I want a pocketable camera).

Are you familiar with CHDK, bgran8?... Those guys hack lots of Canon's Point & Shoot Cameras to unlock extra features and I think one of their primary goals is to unlock RAW shooting - have a nosey around the internets, they may have already broken open the innards of earlier waterproof shooters  :D


Canon General / Re: procamerashop?
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:57:08 AM »
Online reviews seem fine with 'em, I may be ordering me a 70D soon so shall keep everyone informed... another Bank Transfer for Further Discount job - good stuff!

Also, like ProCameraShop, they appear to have floating prices which go up and down between the same two figures every week or two. I assume this is a marketing thing but the 70D's currently ~£640 with bank transfer discount - was ~£626 a week or so back and I assume it will be again...

I requested an invoice, been offered it for £626 and not yet paid for it but the online price has risen since - wondering if they'll still do me the cheaper price ;)

Canon General / Re: procamerashop?
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:50:36 AM »
I've Found me the cheapest deals in the West once again (well, the UK)...


They're running a pretty similar operation to ProCameraShop and they're beating everything else out there that guarantees to ship from the UK sans-taxes that I can see!

PowerShot Cameras / Re: New Vixia Camcorders Official
« on: January 11, 2014, 10:43:11 PM »
Plus model numbers on the stock images show the post is all jumbled up further still - Ha, it all looks like someone's been having a laugh ;)

PowerShot Cameras / Re: New Vixia Camcorders Official
« on: January 11, 2014, 10:36:27 PM »

I think someone's really ballsed up this post... Maybe a re-draft and re-posting is necessary?

Looks like the MINI X details got deleted along with the title/model name and pic that preceeds the immediately following spec list?... Then the same specs are listed twice as two cameras or something? I don't know, my interest's died - but that MINI X has no 12x zoom on it ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 09, 2013, 09:01:46 AM »
Biiiiiirds :D

Hello, I'm Drew... slowly worming my way around the forum. I've not posted in this thread before but everything looked terribly exciting ;)

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