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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 15, 2014, 05:59:52 AM »
I can only echo Eldars statement. I have the 85 1.2ii and while it sounds silly, this lens is all about shooting at 1.2 if you want to stop down there are better options.

If you are considering the 85 1.2 ii I also think it is only worthwhile on FF, you won't appreciate the shallow dof otherwise.

While the 85 1.8 is a very good lens for the price I see it as just another lens. The 85 1.2 is something special

Best of luck on your choice:)

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Lenses / Re: Yet another DXO Interpretation Time video with Tony Northrup
« on: December 14, 2014, 02:44:19 AM »
It must be true it's about dxo and it's on the internet!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: December 03, 2014, 06:49:34 AM »
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This is off-topic but i am confused about screen calibration, i have never done any calibration, and until recently i never printed a photo, so when my prints were exactly as in my 2 monitors i was very happy and confused, the only thing related to colors that i changed was the windows color profile to sRGB, as window preview app on windows 8 was showing strange colors, my monitors are SyncMaster 2232GW (yes a Samsung) and LEN L171, and btw all your pics look amazing here ;)
A calibration tool like Spyder Pro or Color Munki measures colors and brightness from your monitor and then uses software to adjust it. It's a relatively cheap tool that ensures what you see and consequently print should be a lot closer than uncalibrated. As jrista mentioned a higher quality monitor helps a lot

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Perhaps you've never worked in a large company? 

Try predicting what a fickle consumer will buy.  Do this 18 months AHEAD of where the customer will be.  That's about how long it'll take you to design, prototype, test, and put into manufacturing any new toy or gadget or camera or lens.

I'd be interested in your evidence that suggests Canon is any better at this than Sony.  From my perspective I think Canon has more challenges ahead of it that does Sony.

We know how to consume.  We know how to complain.  We know how to be demanding. 

Do we know how to understand what's really going on?


... And yes Sony is a stupid company look at how they have operated recently. As bad as Kodak was for under estimating the digital age, Sony have been just as poor over estimating consumption.

Yes I have worked in multiple large companies so I am aware of the challenges they face. I have also worked in industries that are a lot slower at adapting to changes than tech companies, as well as working at tech companies.

My statement was directed more towards sony's camera division rather than their sensor division. Sensors have a much broader market than just cameras.
You asked why Canon is better than Sony I would argue that their current market position and performance over the previous financial years shows a better understanding of the market. This may of course change going forward but we shall see.

Consumers in general are not that fickle, only small segments are. Canon certainly has challenges ahead but they are cash flow positive in the current economy that is a huge deal. FYI not every company can operate under debt permanently like the US government can.

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I think samsung could do well in the camera market, however it's a small and shrinking market. Samsung is not stupid like Sony, so I doubt they will over invest in cameras and try to become a Nikon/Canon equivalent.

And yes Sony is a stupid company look at how they have operated recently. As bad as Kodak was for under estimating the digital age, Sony have been just as poor over estimating consumption.

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Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: December 01, 2014, 07:24:07 AM »
Had a play its a tough shot shooting into the sun like that. Color photo is a bit of a HDR job based on the one frame, I always feel with nature its best to try to stay neutral. I have tried to tone down the sun a touch and gently lift the exposure around the lions.

However i agree with the Rob i think that sun is a distraction to the image. The black and white looks much better, highpass and slight sepia tone. I always feel that i can get away with much more noise in a black and white photo and it still looks correct.

Anyway my take (great thread by the way), and I should mention to anyone in the thread if you don't use something to color check your editing monitor a photo like this really shows when you try to print.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 30, 2014, 01:30:53 AM »
Yeah that's what I would have thought, and definitely would imagine if using a dslr a larger sensor will be better for noise.

Going slightly off topic, when I look at a lot of Nikon and sony cameras if recent I often feel they are too specialised to be big successes in the market. While they have technological advantages I think unless you are chasing one particular feature they won't be the best across the board. I think it is no secret that the 5d3 is popular due to it being a well rounded camera, I expect the d750 would also sell as well but I think some of the d600 d800 users may not swap to it, but those who had held out would.

Coming back to the 7dii I think it will be very successful despite where it ranks in apc sensor scores because it's well rounded. And most importantly coming from a 7d I think the noise is now at a point it can be used at low light indoor events without as much trouble.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:46:37 PM »
So does this mean the 7dii won't be a choice camera for astronomy photography? I would have thought the 7dii strengths were for wildlife and sports?

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 29, 2014, 01:56:01 AM »
One thing I don't understand is if you have the established position that there are better sensors in the market, why are you still using canon?
I know some people have a significant investment already in Canon and that is why they don't swap, but I am quite confused why many people who seem to be unhappy with canon gear continue to use and post on this forum, particularly stating how the next competitor camera is the best etc and they will be swapping.
Is the reason you are still here because of Canon gear in some way or another?

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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:50:23 AM »
Congratulations Dylan sounds like it went well and was a good experience, can't beat that :)

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:47:35 AM »
Regarding the nx1 I think it looks amazing and some great technological advances. I think it will sell appallingly bad much like the sigma cameras.
But I see the benefit to the market, you often need companies outside of the major players to be the innovators.
How canon responds will be interesting but I highly doubt they will stray from their current model as their business is successful and they aren't forced to take risks. But I also don't think they need to take risks they have a broad range of products to suit most people's requirements, yes they don't have a high end mirrorless camera but that is a small fraction of the market currently. I doubt Canon is ignoring it completely but more likely working out when the best point to enter that market will be.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 07:04:37 AM »
There certainly are plenty of mirrorless and software comments, and you are correct most threads start out ok and tend to get progressively worst.
It's hard for me to be objective about software as they mostly involve features I won't use, but I certainly understand why people want to untapped resources that are there. Fuji is very good at upgrading firmware on their cameras , but canon ensured f8 autofocus and that's a feature I wanted.
Now the mirrorless argument for me I don't get at the moment. The major sacrifices are af and ergonomics which are things I don't want to sacrifice. Now mirrorless will be the future but I haven't seen anything that makes me want to swap to a mirrorless as my primary camera. I have a fuji x100s which i like as my portable camera, but I wouldn't take it wildlife watching.
Now regarding criticism of Canon software and the mirrorless options to me they aren't even close to causing me to want to leave Canon, to others perhaps they are. Should those comments unnecessarily dominate many threads? I don't think so, and I find a lot of the out of place. But if they are constructive rather than complaints then good on them.

On the mirrorless option am I the only person who doesn't like smaller cameras in general?

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 03:35:20 AM »
I think all companies should be subject to objective critiscm and Canon is no exception. I am with Canon as I feel they are the leader in lenses, AF, ergonomics. I feel that perhaps they are not the best at low ISO but aren't terrible by any means, but I predominately shoot at high ISO and I am extremely happy with that performance, and low ISO performs more than meets my needs.

I don't understand two major things about the current critiscm of Canon. Why sensor scores are being used as the only factor judging a camera system and secondly why this point of view seems to infiltrate every thread on the forum.

Critiscm is extremely useful if it's constructive, most of what I see on the forum these days is just complaints.

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 05:44:26 PM »
This is a must have for my kit, really looking forward to an updated model

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 14, 2014, 01:38:15 AM »
Again thanks everyone for the suggestions, Canon just announced the cash back deals, so $150 off 700d is making it the choice of body, just got to work out the best lens

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