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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 26, 2014, 11:16:45 PM »
and when they eventually make their way to the pro level cameras they are solid.

Well, atm you need a 3rd party hack to bypass the internal processing and create video material that's at least somewhere near of what's expected for HD work, i.e. won't get you reprimanded for technical quality by content management.
Same goes for the idea that it will still take some time for 4K to take of. It takes just as much time to get a project to be shown on those screens to go through the complete production process.

Pro level solidity sounds nice, but in the end Canon cooks just with water, as everybody else - from the POV of someone working in a heterogeneous environment, of course.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 26, 2014, 06:46:33 PM »

If you already have a camera for stills and need a serious performer for 4k you would be crazy not to go GH4.
If HD is a secondary usage I'd look at the A7s as well. That one reads the full sensor and samples down - better raw data to feed to the recorder or codec.
That's if you can accept the limited frame rate options. :-X

Which will give better resolution, putting the 70-200 2.8 mk2 on a 70D body with the 1.6x  20.2MP crop sensor APS-C, or putting a 2x Mk3 teleconvertor on the 70-200 2.8?
The big question is: which one will get the focus better - otherwise its a pointless exercise.
That's where a 70D, or whatever will be available past the upcoming tradeshow, has an advantage over the TC.
Use the full capabilities of the AF sensor and avoid the mandatory slowdown of the lens drive.
Also with high ISO - you can stay two stops lower with the crop camera, that compensates for the lower noise levels of a FF camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: Update on the EOS 7D Mark II Spec List
« on: August 24, 2014, 02:21:05 AM »

They have to do this at some time. The sooner the better.

Putting basically four of the current aptina sensors next to each other would be a nice start...Phase one-like resolution at 60fps. :)

Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 23, 2014, 10:30:52 AM »
as well as it would be cheaper.

That could be a problem: The 400 prime would have to go against the 100-400 in the same bracket, and the 200-400/4 (or 400/2.8) for the high end customer. Which means a limited customer base to spread development costs around, keeping the unit price higher then that of the current model. Plus the mandatory adjustments of course.

As for wide angle zoom and 15-85, wouldn't that be the standard zoom? It has a quite narrow FOV at its long end after all.


No, No, NO---You can count  each Item, Not the Quantity of the Items.

Maybe, just maybe: Camera, the drink, the (implied) strobes, and depending on personal preference the lens or the set of gels?
In certain locations, some additional clothing might be nice to have as well. :)

Lighting / Re: HSS with Einsteins win!
« on: August 18, 2014, 08:22:36 AM »
Therefore, having multiple very short and likely less intense flashes during the exposure seems more efficient and must result in a more repeatable/consistent lighting than one long flash.
And there is power regulation. Those little flashes can have a relatively wide range f power levels, making the output adjustable.
The long flash method works only at/near full power.
The energy cost is from keeping the output almost constant for the duration of the illumination, at least that is my understanding.
Most of the cost comes from the shutter blades blocking a good portion of the light, and from a little oversight in the flash protocols. The camera doesn't tell the flash how long its sync speed actually is, so the HSS-flash has to be long enough for the slowest camera. You use that 1D4? Half of your speedlite's power went into compatibility with the 6D or 5Dx. (The FlexTT has a hack for the second part, if I remember correctly)

Wow, I am very glad that I am not the real Photographer.

Looking at the photographers around town:
Quite a lot do day-to-day media work/small scale event coverage on a freelance basis. This pays, once you do the bookkeeping properly, below minimum wage for untrained labor.
A handful do work for in advertisement/commercial photography. That nets you an annual income similar to what you could expect as a MSc, although with greater fluctuations from month to month. The clients also pay for your creative input, giving you more freedom in that regard. And you meet interesting people & get to play with fancy toys.

Anyone in the first group should take a step back and think thoroughly about your statement.
I'd say those who did either advanced into the second group or got a different job.

EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 14, 2014, 02:56:06 AM »
I thought ring lights were for macro stuff where the subject is virtually pressed against the lens and just getting any light on it can be a challenge?

Have you ever looked at studio strobes? You get ringlights from all brands, and they aren't excactly useable for macro work.

It might only have the power of a Rebel. It might be the equivalent of having a D700 with it's built-in flash for Canon full-frame, that could be used as a Master.

The 90EX speedlite would come close. In that case maybe a bit too close to the popup flashes, as its optical only & afair fixed forward.

On camera light and radio comes in only two packages, both on the big end. (600EX-RT as master, and the new Phottix Mitros+ has Odin/Strato included)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Doing Market Research on Medium Format?
« on: August 07, 2014, 11:05:23 AM »

The fact that Canon entered the cinematography market which you could equally argue is a much smaller market than the DSLR market means it could be feasable and in that market they have designed three cameras C100, C300 & C500 and a set of primes & zoom lenses which can be had in both EF and PL mounts, its a market also now crowded for both cameras & lenses so there are similarities.
Notably they entered that market from the price angle. Canons cine lenses are among the less expensive  of the bunch, as strange as that might feel for some.
The Super 35 format however is not too disimilar to APS-H / C wheras much bigger glass is require for MF. 
Only in size though. Motion picture has those additional requirements that make completely different designs, esp for the zooms, desirable. For MF one could start with small frame lenses as baseline template. The elements would be large, but nothing that hasn't been done in the new TS-Es or the big whites. Even the new 24-70 is at least for the front part in the MF size bracket.

The question is whether there are strong differentiators as with the cine lenses, or if its more cost efficient to get a similar result by more conventional means.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Doing Market Research on Medium Format?
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:53:17 AM »

I encounter moire occasionally even with an AA filter.

Which back?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Doing Market Research on Medium Format?
« on: August 06, 2014, 10:49:12 PM »

Still need an AA filter.
Let me count how often I encountered moire from the monochrome back...0 times, seems to be a real everyday problem.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Doing Market Research on Medium Format?
« on: August 06, 2014, 05:35:54 PM »

As long as they include an AA filter.

Go full color per sensor cell.
-No more need for an AA-filter.
-an effective resolution akin to MF within the established system
-with the current stock of lenses, its hard to exceed 16-35/4is, 24-70/2,8& 70-200/2.8IIis as bread&butter lenses. And then there is the latitude of lens selection.
-makes it easy to generate a great video signal, just don't mess it up.

Reviews / Re: NIKON Releasing a Medium format DSLR 50MP
« on: August 04, 2014, 04:06:45 AM »
So a good lens stopped down on MF will look amazing, substantially sharper with much better micro contrast than on FF or APS-C.

That's a point where the relatively low overall turnover rates for MF come into play. Some of the current lenses for small frame have leveled the playing field quite a bit, and we won't see many MF lenses that benefit from the same technological advancements.

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