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EOS Bodies / Re: Cinema EOS C200 & C400 at NAB? [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2014, 12:17:07 PM »
The biggest problem I have with this is the 200 cited as "a new entry-level 4K camera." The c100 was quite neutered in a number of ways compared to the 300, and I can't imagine Canon taking that big of a step on the lowest end of the line.

I'm really hoping for an upgraded C100, but with the recent dual-pixel AF firmware update, the timing would be odd to me to hard announce a new camera a couple months after that.

Of course, maybe the problem here is that I'm actually thinking about what Canon will do, which generally seems to yield less-than-realistic results.

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I recently discovered the Cocoon Grid-It system. I recently assembled a connector kit for audio and used it along with a Think Tank Cable Management 20 and a 15' mini to mini cable. I'm giddier about this than I should be.




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Canon General / Re: 11 photographs that shook the world
« on: February 20, 2014, 12:39:42 PM »

Wow, talk about the art of understatement. There are at least a hundred genuinely important pictures not here.

This whole thing is irrelevant drivel with an over the top head -- Shook the World, indeed!!

Some content manager told an intern to put together a list of great old images -- in this annoying form of a "list." The top 7 things you need to know before going into the gas station men's room. The 12 most important vegetables in the evolution of humanity. People see this crap and are somehow powerless to resist. So, the kid put together a list of images, based on his limited experience, tagged it world shaking...

and viola, traffic!!

There's no more to it than that.


And if you find a website that already did most of the work - even better!

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Okay, I found one more from the same event at ISO 6400. This is a 1:1 crop (no resize). 1/200, f/2.8 this time.

No PS adjustments on this one - straight from the out-of-camera jpeg.

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Attached is a downsized image (1800 px x 1200 px) image and a 1:1 segment of a 70D photo at ISO 4000.

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II, f/2.8, 1/320, Shot Program Mode at -1 EC, out-of-camera jpeg at camera defaults. Edited in Photoshop with slight shadow/highlight and curve adjustment to correct exposure. Both saved out of Photoshop at image quality 8.

For me, this is "real world" because it is typical of what I am sometimes required to do to process an image.

And it may be worst-case-scenario since it's -1 exposure comp with adjustment back upwards in PS. (Before you judge, let's just say it was a ... hectic ... press conference experience for me).

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Their GoPro equivalent?

More like Flip equivalent, methinks. However, it arrives a couple years after people quit caring about Flip cameras.

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PowerShot / Re: Canon France Denies Large Sensor Compacts
« on: June 28, 2013, 12:43:47 PM »

Canon is not overly happy with us at the moment, especially one specific country (not France). However, nothing we do here is about being malicious or to hurt anyone. As such, we apologize to anyone that may have been affected in a negative way by yesterdays posts.

Tell them to get in line behind my wife, who was not overly amused when I told her that I found what my next camera was going to be (referring to the 70D). I'm much more worried about her than a large, multinational company to whom I voluntarily give money.

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Lenses / Re: Do you wish your 70-200L were black?
« on: May 22, 2013, 11:42:23 PM »

Actually, Nikon's new 800/5.6 does use fluorite elements - two of them.  This, despite previous Nikon marketing blurbs that fluorite was used long ago, but they made ED glass so they could avoid using temperature-sensitive, fragile lens elements (e.g., this link).

I wonder how the fluorite will do in a black barrel?  If it has thermal issues, Nikon will be blasted. If not, it supports the idea that Canon's white paint is purely a marketing ploy (already supported by the white lenses with no fluorite, like the 300/4L IS).  Either way, I see egg on the face of one or maybe both...


I was under the impression that the white telephotos were white to keep a lens' autofocus system from overheating, not the fluorite elements - going back to the early days of AF where Nikon was using focus motors in their bodies.

At any rate, I don't mind the white 70-200. In some situations where I shoot, it adds an air of legitimacy to the fact that I'm standing around with a camera taking photos. I walked around a large city in China and never hesitated to pull it out. Of course the fact that I'm white was probably a bigger deal most of the time.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« on: April 13, 2013, 10:07:14 AM »
I will never, ever buy a Nikon scope!

I'll stick with my Leupolds.

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I bought my first DSLR in 2005, and was choosing between a 20D and a Nikon D70. At that time, Canon's CMOS sensor tech was superior to Nikon's CCD tech, especially in low-light shooting. It was impressive that the 20D gave a "clean" ISO 400 and a "usable" ISO 800, as I recall.

There were other things I liked better about the 20D and the Canon system (AF, base ISO of 100, 8mp vs. 6mp), but a camera dealer in Wichita, KS, said he had more Nikons come in for repair than Canons. That sort of helped seal the deal at the time.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Too early to sell 60D?
« on: February 21, 2013, 02:43:48 PM »
Sorry, but I really didn't mean for this to turn into a tech specs opinion post. Maybe I wasn't clear enough at the beginning, and if that is the case I do apologize.
The question I have is this; I have recently watched the new/second-hand price of my camera go down a few hundred dollars and I was wondering if anyone believes that with the release of the next in line, will my 60D drop in resale value again or would I be relatively safe to wait and sell when the new one comes out?

A couple questions/observations to that point:

Is the 60D your only camera body? If so, if you sell your camera before the announcement of a replacement, how long are you OK with being without a camera? Obviously, if your income depends on the camera, it's a different answer than if it's for enjoyment only. But even your enjoyment has value (perhaps not monetarily).

The 60D isn't an extremely valuable body new (coming from a person who has two 60D's and who is very happy with them). If a 70D is announced tomorrow, how much will used value drop on a 60D body? $100? $200? Let's say $200, just for fun. That means if you sell today, you can cash in on $200 extra. However, if you sell today, and a new body isn't announced as soon as you think/like, does that $200 cover the cost of renting/borrowing/buying a new camera if you have an immediate need? We're talking rumors and potentially vaporware here. Without a concrete, announced, and available product, no one can make solid recommendations.

A camera in the hand is worth more to me than one on the internets.

$.02

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In my two years with my 60D, the lenses that I feel give me eye-popping results (as a general rule) are:

Canon EF-S 10-22mm - Even in thumbnails I have a lot of "wow" reactions to this lens.

Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS - Really nice lens. Between the IQ, constant f/2.8 and IS, it was hard to send this back to the rental house after I was done with it.

Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II - Of course it's a great lens, and as long as I keep up my end of the bargain, the results are wonderful.

My 24-105 f/4L is more than adequate, but it hasn't produced quite the number of "wow" results the above lenses did. The 50mm f/1.8 II I use from time to time is plenty fine, as long as the focus hits (craps shoot), and when it's stopped down a touch.

As has been said before, what I'm seeing at pixel-peeping levels sometimes has no impact on printed results I'm seeing. I'm still tickled that the 18mp resolution gets me double-truck at 300dpi with a little room to spare.

Edit: Because it was mentioned previously, I also use the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 and the Tamron 17-35 f/2.8-4 from time to time. IME, our copy of the 28-75 has poor contrast. The clunky autofocus and the backwards (Nikon) zoom make it less than pleasant to use. The 17-35 is soft compared to other lenses we have, and I find its contrast lacking, too, especially indoors with overhead lighting.

$.02

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Lenses / Re: What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a lens?
« on: February 05, 2013, 10:54:16 PM »
Nikon FM2n, 28mm f/2.8 AI, 50mm f/1.8 AF, 105mm f/2.5 Non-AI converted, and 135mm f/3.5 AI for $250. With a bag.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I love big gear
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:47:35 PM »

I will be traveling to Hong Kong & China this coming friday - guess what camera I'm bringing with me? 5D 3 + 40mm pancake + 16-35 II.

I still want P+S camera size with FF sensor - with some special lenses: 14, 35, 50mm etc...

Wuss.  ;)

I went on a similar trip (HKG + China for 2 weeks) and took a 60D, EF-S 17-55 f/2.8, EF-S 10-22, 70-200 IS USM II, 50 f/1.8 II, 580 EX II and accessories (Gorillapod, Videomic 2 among other things) in a Lowepro shoulder bag.

Thank goodness back massages are cheap in mainland China ...

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Lenses / Re: Question about variable aperture
« on: January 16, 2013, 10:08:41 AM »
The first part of this Tech Tips post from Chuck Westfall explains a little bit of the mechanics of a constant-aperture zoom lens. I found it an interesting read when it was first posted in 2009.

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