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EOS Bodies / Re: A Sony & Canon Sensor Partnership Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: January 29, 2015, 06:44:15 PM »
I know which, I'm just not saying...

EOS-M / Re: EOS M3 24 MP Sensor?
« on: January 29, 2015, 06:26:52 PM »
I'm inclined to believe there's a non-DPAF 24mp sensor that the 'III' suffix really belongs to, as in "Hybrid AF III" and not "we've skipped I and II but here's a 24mp DPAF III!"

Wasn't there a spec list for the new Rebel somewhere that mentioned a Hybrid AF III? Looks like someone's stringing along various acronyms and numerals they've seen knocking about and imagined themselves a dodgy new product!

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 29, 2015, 01:13:44 PM »
Meh... I used to shoot tour videography on HDV cams at PAL DV 576p... and upscaled to 720p for the YouTubes!
Nobody gave a frick, I'll go as far as to say no-one noticed. I do think 576p is a pleasant upgrade/alternative to 480p but much beyond that is for the most part unnecessary. With sensors at APS-C or even m4/3, never mind FF, we're needing slow apertures or shooting exceptionally highly defined b/g and f/g, er, blur? Neato!

If you want MOAR REACH you can try an M2, 600D, 70D, ML-ware etc for epic video crop.

Interviewing anybody ever at 1080p seems disturbing to me, I don't want to see anyone's studio make-up flakes and nose hairs... How about grabbing that Ultra-HD Soft Focus lens so we can record all the pleasant 8K footage we need?!

Seriously... Record clean audio and balance it well and you can film with an old shoe and people will love it.

My HDR FX1000 has 3x 1/3" sensors with no more pixels than necessary, a body made for holding sans-stabilising and some nice Cine-type/Gama Curve profiles... Plenty is in focus, insane f/1.6 constant aperture on a 20x zoom - do people remember these things we used to call video cameras and expressions such as "right tool for the job"?

I know, I'm off on one again... People are fascinating though, aren't they?

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 29, 2015, 06:32:47 AM »
Has anyone stopped to consider how disgusting humans look in 1080p close-ups and that 4K, 8K etc. are truly terrifying developments?...
I find it amazing how you can take a picture, and then pixel peep to see details you would never notice in the real world....
Can't even make out the colour of your eyes, Sir... Moar DR! Moar Pixels! Canon needs 1080K already!

Fun shot n' crop though, Don... But are these 4K enthusiasts hoping to zoom in to watch Spielberg in motion, directing Indiana from within the reflection in his eyes?

Over here the BBC in 576p is awesome - I fear the Americans and Japanese have simply spent too long suffering with 480i and now they're desperate to overcompensate ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 28, 2015, 08:50:32 PM »
Has anyone stopped to consider how disgusting humans look in 1080p close-ups and that 4K, 8K etc. are truly terrifying developments?...

EOS Bodies / Re: A Sony & Canon Sensor Partnership Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: January 28, 2015, 05:52:27 PM »
let us see what Canon are showing up, I don't believe in a second that Canon are using a Sony inside their new cameras with higher resolution, it would be a slap in the face of Canons own  sensor division

Many people suspect Canon used a Sony sensor in its PowerShot G7 X.

In any case, Canon is a business. If the higher-ups they believe they are better suited using a sensor built by someone else, either temporarily while they re-tool, or indefinitely, that's what they will do.

Aye - in that interview with, er, some Canon fella' (someone here will know what I'm talking about) he said they use whatever sensor does the job best, when asked about the implementation of Sony sensors in recent Canon cameras. It's hardly inconceivable that the Canon Execs say things, do things and a little while later still say and do those same things.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Sony & Canon Sensor Partnership Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:09:35 AM »
DPAF on the sec... no, third(?) generation of A7 cameras would be a massive leap forward! How about sharing some Tele-lens tech with Sony, too? Or EF compatibility? Between them they've nailed it all, divided they're going to have to keep on playing the patent-monopoly vs "what's the next best idea we've got?" game...

Would love to weild a pairing of A7s and A7r bodies with DPAF, sensor shift tech and 400 f/5.6L AF compatibility, amongst other EF lenses - and no, not necessarily to use those last 2 features together ;) ...and a boost in fps would be nice.

*sigh* is there anything we can do to encourage Canon and Sony to play ball?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 25, 2015, 04:18:47 PM »
Woo! I love piggies... Lovely shot, Sporgon! Was going to post one of my own piglet-pics but it's not here on my iPod, so here's what my Avatar on here looks like when it's rocking more than its usual 8 pixels...

Heya guuuuuiz!

I've been threatening to "seriously" look into Tilt/Shift photography for a while, for architecture, landscape and environment-oriented modelled shots, thus far I've only really made the "unserious" outsider-looking-in efforts of someone telling themselves it's all a bit expensive and unnecessary for now... But it's all a bit intriguing!

When I started out in digital photography I did a lot of playing with adapters and legacy glass and have somewhat of an understanding of freelensing and it's effects. I've got digital FF and APS-C gear, including the EOS M (and Pentax Q on its way) with short flange offerings, and also a 6x4.5mm Medium Format Bronica with just a single 50mm lens, though I'm not sure of its projection capabilities (ie. 6cm Square or larger?)
- I'm inclined to seek FF solutions for the usual reasons, likely with a short-flange a7s in my future!

I'm terrible for waffling on, I'll try and summarise what kinda' input I'd appreciate from you guys and gals;

- Are there online resources (articles, tutorials, videos) which you think are particularly, um, "good"? Informative? Useful?.. as with most things there's lots out there and I'd rather not spend too many hours studying the delusions and misguidance of enthusiastic, inexplicably high-google-ranking muppets, so suggestions of who/what to study and also avoid would be just lovely :)

- Examples! Yours, your favourites of others, individual pics, particular folk's entire careers or projects? What/whom do you feel really shows great understanding and/or creative application?!

- Unexpected or even obvious personal observations I might have missed thus far, regarding handling of different lenses (brands, focal lengths etc)?

- Peripheral/additional considerations? Essential or preferred filters, modifications, accessories? Use of plates, bellows, lighting, anything? Potential perks to grabbing an a7s/FF mirrorless in regards to the shorter flange/more portable kit, or is that not to be expected?

- Freelensing and Medium Format custom-mounting and positioning... is this good for playing with perspective, not just DoF? I thought I found some online bits, turned out just to be arty-'togs playing with DoF, not manipulating architecture etc... Any thoughts on the above Bronica MF lens and ideas for mounting it?!

I'll likely get a proper TS lens within a year or so but I'm happy to play and learn for now! Yeah, I should rent... assuming TS are popular enough to be stocked here in the UK?

Maybe I'm being lazy... or efficient! But I sincerely thank you in advance for your input and guidance towards finding the cream of the crop of both articles/tutorials and wonderful works :)

- Drew

Ps. My interest is mostly regarding perspective, not the arty DoF manipulation that's plaguing my search results ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Camera ownership on Flickr: 2013-2014
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:24:17 PM »
They do clarify that at the bottom of the post:

"Why do cameras appear twice in the top 10? Our tools for labeling cameras do not currently automatically group the same hardware with different regional names (e.g.Canon 600D/T3i). This is something that we are hoping to address soon."
Heh, well it's a year or three  since I last checked these stats out and that statement does sound kinda' familiar...
I guess all this hope that Yahoo invest in their products doesn't always get things done - but it's nice that they're open to trying!

It's occurred to me that in mugging type situations this idea could at least work as a verbal deterrent until it becomes a real thing...

"Dude, this gear belongs to a major media group, it's worth thousands and is GPS tracked - you're going to be found and in such deep sh*t in no time if you take it" could be a handy line to have prepared ;)

...and regarding what's directly above: when I just signed in the forum dropped me in a different thread than that which I was viewing before signing in. Perhaps explains what just happened there! Glitchy day at CRHQ?!

EOS Bodies / Re: Camera ownership on Flickr: 2013-2014
« on: January 13, 2015, 08:24:16 PM »

Good point. Newer models will only have a great participation on Flickr after 1 or 2 years.

Will anybody be using flickr in 1 or 2 years from now?  I dip in occasssionally nowadays if I'm researching potential locations, don't really post so much or contribute to forums nowadays tbh.

I think Flickr lost a lot (A LOT) of dSLR users when they saturated the environment with camera-phone shooters a little while back. It was around the time Instagramme or whatever refreshed its T&Cs and the world got in a pissy over them claiming too many commercial rights etc over people's uploaded photos - Yahoo overhauled Flickr in no time to accommodate the Social-media-socialites and the regulars were faced with a bit of a wtf?/cba situation. I used to really enjoy using Flickr when I was getting to grips with the 60D and legacy lenses... joining the "100 Strangers" project and Daily 50mm Challenge type groups was awesome fun and super productive! I'd actually recommend such challenges to a lot of Business/Professionals and rich twonks who've never really learnt to shoot properly before investing or setting up business...

Just thinking about it I'm actually feeling mildly inspired to find new/old groups to join in the fun again with!

Also, I think I strayed a little prior to the above events when I started approaching the old upload limit for free accounts - I believe that's gone now though! I might have a nose around and see how I feel about it's present-day user experience...

Also, also, also... yeah, they count the Rebels/XXXDs separately. I remember that coming up in the past and concluding Canon are actually way on top of all those Nikon sales ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: A New xxD DSLR Coming From Canon [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2015, 10:52:28 PM »
A 70D N, 75D or 750D.

I'm pretty sure Canon already sell the 70D(N) and 70D(W), depending on whether they're Wifi Enabled or Not!

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: CN-E 35-260mm f/2.8 Soft Focus Lens
« on: January 12, 2015, 08:56:00 PM »
Does anyone actually find them useful? If you wanted soft, you could do that in post, couldn't you?
First reaction to this was, oh err the sites been hacked  :o;D
Then realised this is a cine lens, I assume soft focus is a much more tedious affect to apply post or its used in cine for more than the traditional stills use?

...and if you're short on both time for editing and finances for new soft-focus glass just lick the front of the lens you've got to hand, sorted!

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:58:19 PM »
Thinking that for some, this conversation has gone .....*imagine above image here*.  Shot with Canon 5DX and 50mm f 0.6 used Toyota headlight.

...and 3C? People might expect it to be part of the Cinema line then! But... maybe it will also be an 8.8K video camera!  :D

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