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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 05, 2015, 02:28:14 PM »
It's not much like but instantly brought "Moonrise Over Hernandez" to mind.
Sorry I can't compliment you any better than that.....

No worries. :D
Are you familiar with M. O. H.?

Just looked it up. Awesome photo. Compliment enough :)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 05, 2015, 01:34:43 PM »
It's not much like but instantly brought "Moonrise Over Hernandez" to mind.
Sorry I can't compliment you any better than that.....

No worries. :D

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 05, 2015, 01:10:46 PM »
Mid storm near my house.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs. DSLR
« on: February 03, 2015, 04:23:33 PM »
There has already been a redundant rehashing of all the differences between the two types. Advantages, disadvantages, whatever.

The best way personally to look at it would be, "Can I accomplish everything I need to accomplish without a DSLR?"

There will undoubtedly be numerous people that answer yes to this. I cannot, with mirrorless in its current form.

In the last two years, I have owned a Sony a7r, Fuji xt1, xe2, and x100s. Although I still have Fujis, I cannot allow myself to get rid of my Canon DSLR kit due to my personal needs which cannot all be accounted for with the mirrorless cameras.

What I will say is that when I can also answer "yes" to the question, the DSLR kit will more than likely be done away with.

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Canon General / Re: Photographer Petitions Canon for Left Handed Camera
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:45:50 AM »
stupid idea, i'm left-handed (with everything) but you'll get used to it, now i don't know better anymore.
before classifying the idea as stupid, you should know that the photographer who started this suffers from a disability which does not allow the use of her right hand. furthermore, an idea is not stupid just because it does not apply to you personally.

I agree with the fact that the idea should not be written off as being stupid in such fashion. Like others have stated though, it would not make any sense as a business move for any large company like Canon with a large line/selection of bodies to choose from to offer such options since it would only apply to a minute number of people, personally.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Global Shutter Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:24:32 PM »
I have the xt1 and regularly use the electronic shutter. I don't quite understand the science behind the differences between an electronic shutter and a global shutter. But I do know that they are not the same.

One is for both curtains (start and end of the exposure), electronic is for just one.

Ah. Makes perfect sense and explains a few things regarding my indoor use of the electronic shutter. Thanks for the info.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Global Shutter Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: January 23, 2015, 11:52:57 AM »
This is a step in the right direction for Canon and I'm hoping a firmware update 'might' bring this to the table.

Fujifilm just released their new line of mirrorless cameras that have ELECTRONIC AND MECHANICAL shutters. You can either use one or the other depending on shutter speed needed. Their shutter speed limit is 1/32,000 of a second.  Fuji also just provided firmware updates for two of their previous models to incorporate this new electronic shutter feature. Now, how great is that?

My point is, it can be done and is being done now with some manufacturers. The electronic shutter is totally silent. :)

I have the xt1 and regularly use the electronic shutter. I don't quite understand the science behind the differences between an electronic shutter and a global shutter. But I do know that they are not the same.

Also, re flash sync, you cannot use flash with the electronic shutter on the xt1. Rolling shutter is also an issue. Also, simply shooting stills indoors with some fluorescents, will yield visible lighting patterns in the shot.

The Fuji electronic shutter for all intents and purposes is basically just a good tool for shooting in the bright sun with fast lenses. Kind of a moot point indoors.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: Do you need 1/8000s shutter speed?
« on: January 07, 2015, 05:06:33 PM »
The day was sunny, the aperture was f2.8, and the shutter speed was 1/8000.  So yeah... and I like shooting wide open, so f1.4 or even f1.2 on a cloudy day... Yeah... I'll happily shoot at 1/8000 rather than using and filter.

Exactly. The reason we buy all these fancy super fast optics are to be able to use them at large apertures whenever and however we please. Combine that with the fact that I think of filters like condoms in most instances, I would rather shoot without one 100% of the time if I can help it.

The only two instances (for me) where any type of filter is acceptable are either doing video with a large aperture in bright light to bring down the shutter speed, or for daytime shots where you want a long shutter for your shot.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: Do you need 1/8000s shutter speed?
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:35:54 PM »
All I can say is, I love having 1/8000th and faster. Here are a couple at 1/32000th from a few days ago. Even then, I brought down the highlights between -40 and -50.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: Do you need 1/8000s shutter speed?
« on: January 06, 2015, 04:24:51 PM »
Probably the most common time I have missed having 1/8000th is when shooting with the fast primes out in daylight. Moving from the 5D3 to the 6D, I have definitely missed it. Yes, there are filter work arounds, but I would much rather just have something that doesn't require an extra step in order for me to work around.

Also, since the middle of December when Fuji released the firmware update for the x-t1, I have been using the electronic shutter which goes all the way up to 1/32000th and can say wholeheartedly that I love being able to shoot that fast. I have been using the 56/1.2 wide open all throughout the middle of the day and have taken a lot of shots that are between 1/13000th and 1/32000th during said time period.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 03, 2014, 11:53:06 AM »
as far as DP-AF is concerned ... so far Canon has not been able to turn that feature into any really tangible benefiot for users. To the best of ma knowledge, both 70 as well as 7D II  are still rather on the slow end of the bunch when it comes to autofocussing in Live View. Nowhere near where a Sony A6000 or Fuji XT-1 are.

I am asking myself, whether there is real value in DP-AF technology and Canon just not able and/or willing to unleash t, or whether its basically a "dud innovation".

I have both the X-T1 and 70D. The 70D is not slow comparatively. It is actually just about as fast as far as when they both lock on. The issue for me with the Fuji is that it hunts when you don't expect it to. Same with the A7r when I had it (for what it's worth). DPAF has been much more reliable in my experiences with both cameras in various lighting situations. Comparing DPAF to any mirrorless camera I've had, it is much more consistent and reliable while being competitively fast.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 07:16:51 PM »
As far as the claim that Canon has already "lost" in the mirrorless market, I don't think that that is the proper perspective to view it from.

First, they only half-heartedly entered the market to begin with which wasn't really an attempt at winning any type of battle. Second, they already possess the sensor and other technologies to make a worthwhile mirrorless body e.g. use the existing EOS M with a dual pixel sensor. Third, the ecosystem is the ecosystem. Nothing changes with regard to everything else that Canon has to offer in conjunction with any camera body they release.

Those few things alone would make it much easier for Canon to simply release another M with a few simple upgrades they are already capable of and take a decent chunk of the mirrorless market. This doesn't even really require that they break a sweat.

Now imagine if they actually threw some additional innovative features into it. Point is, it wouldn't take a whole lot to get back into the battle (assuming they ever lost it).


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Third Party Manufacturers / Sony - Question of a Differing Variety
« on: November 21, 2014, 12:45:58 PM »
Anyone happen to have a technical answer for why there isn't an EF to FE mount smart adapter that allows for usable autofocus speed and accuracy?

The reason I ask is because I own a Zeiss Contax N mount 50/1.4 that has been modded by Conurus (one of the main players at Metabones) which autofocuses very well on all my Canon bodies. This would lead me to believe that Conurus is significantly tapped into the Canon AF protocols somehow. However, every generation of the Metabones smart adapters for EF to FE so far have not been up to par with speed and accuracy of AF.

Second question is, anyone think that it might be easier to accomplish with the A mount bodies?

Hoping someone here has an explanation for this.

If it were possible at some point to get usable performance with adapted EF lenses, I think full transitions into the Sony ecosystem would be much more painless especially with some of the new features being offered in the latest body announcements.

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However the X100 sync is a work a round that has it's own limitations, anything short of a true shutterless sensor read exposure and very short flash duration is. The real game changer in this area for serious pros has not been the X100 but the Profoto B1 Air kit, sync at any speed and any aperture, true HSS with a decent amount of power.

And now the Chinese are coming out with their own versions of powerful HSS enabled integrated battery powered studio strobe crossovers at a fraction the price, that is where the strobists that want to push boundaries should be looking, not at leaf shutter hacks.

Very good point regarding what the best option for strobists may be. There are definitely limitations even with the x100 setup. However, the kit you're referring to starts at just shy of  $4,000. I would love to have it. But for mere mortals like myself, a used x100 runs about 400-600 bucks nowadays (x100s for 800-950).

Haven't read anything about the chinese knockoff versions. But you definitely have my interest piqued. Although I don't know what price range they would fall into as even 25-50% of the cost of the name brand kit would be too expensive more many.

BTW, can you point me in the right direction with some names of the knockoffs? Thanks in advance.

The RoveLight RL600 has a fully integrated battery for $599, more than 8 times the power of a 600-EX-RT, and that includes the radio trigger with power control.
 
http://flashhavoc.com/flashpoint-rovelight-rl-600-review/

Thanks for the info. Was digging around and saw that they had the flashpoint mount version for 379 on sale right now but read that the bowen mount version was preferable for it's universal compatibility. Almost pulled the trigger....lol.

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Also for the record, regardless of whether we call the x100 a work around, hack, etc, it still works pretty damn well. :)

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