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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 09:30:56 AM »
Has there ever been a 7DII release-date related rumour at the CR2 level? (but as they say, sooner or later, it'll eventually be true lol)

Hold on there partner......nobody said anything about a release date.  This is just the announcement.  nobody said anything about release dates...... :) :) :) :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod & Head - $500 or less
« on: March 30, 2014, 09:37:37 AM »
If you are going to buy a tripod buy the last tripod you will ever need.  Same for the head.  DP review recently did reviews of 10 full size ball heads.  most are out of your range but one budget model was found that is very, very good.  http://www.dpreview.com/articles/8192473209/battle-of-the-titans-top-ball-heads-tested/7Start with this $200 head and spend 300 on legs.  Carbon fiber has advantages but you will get much more bang for your buck with Aluminium.  I liked Benro and Manfrotto.  you should do very well at $300 dollars.  2 points to consider.  3 section or 4 section. 3 is quicker to setup and use, 4 will be smaller when carrying.  The other thing to consider is leg locks.  Some people like the twist ones, I like snap hinge ones.  your taste may differ.  I like the hinge because I can see when it's locked.  That prevents surprises if the twist is not locked.

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Technical Support / Re: Newbie needs help: Tamron 150-600mm
« on: March 15, 2014, 01:13:30 PM »
Most of the reviews I read say the lens is a great value.  However, one thing that was mentioned was that the sharpness falls off when you go over 500mm.  The shots you showed are perfectly usable with some sharpening, but the sweet spot will be 500mm and below.  I don't have any really long lenses but even with image stabilization I would use a monopod.  Much easier to use with wildlife than a tripod and will add considerable stabilization 

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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:39:42 AM »
Hi, sorry for your problems.  Just for my clarity you said you attached it to the tripod foot mount.  Maybe a difference in terminology.  Was the Black Rapid Lug screwed directly into the camera tripod mound or was there a plate in between?  I have not had any issues with my Black Rapid but that doesn't mean the first one would not be a disaster.  I use a piece of electrical tape to make sure it does not unscrew.  I'm using a tripod more so I stopped using the Black Rapid and went back to a neck strap.  I miss it but posts like yours are starting to scare me
again, sorry

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Photography Technique / Re: Three days in The Big Apple
« on: March 09, 2014, 10:42:32 AM »
Staying in midtown?  First and most important rule.  GET OUT OF MIDTOWN!  Midtown is mostly tourist stuff anyway.  Sure, you have to photographer the Chrysler building and the Empire State Building so get it out of your system.  The other thing that is kind of in midtown is Grand Central Station.  Spend a few hours in Grand Central Station .  Good place for people & architectural photography.  Save this if it's raining and you need to be inside.  Now, lets get you out and about.  Take the F train to York Street in Brooklyn (buy yourself a 3 day unlimited card, subways is the best way to get around, safe & fast).  Walk through DUMBO to Brooklyn Bridge Park (this is a short walk but gets you under 2 bridges and the best views of Manhattan.  Continue in the park under the Brooklyn Bridge to the Squibb Park rope bridge.  go past the bridge and take some photos of the skyline  with the burnt out pier pilings. Now up the Squibb Park bridge  to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade  (think Moonstruck).  You then have the choice to walk through Brownstone Brooklyn or walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to lower Manhattan.  This should fill up a day and a memory card or 2.
Another day you can catch a subway to the Lower East Side (F train again to Essex Street) walk around the Lower East Side and then walk over the Williamsburg Bridge to hipster Brooklyn in Williamsburg.  Take the L train back to the end (8th Avenue and if you have anything left in your legs you can walk visit the Chelsea Markets and walk up the HighLine Park.  You might also want to take the tram to Roosevelt Island and see Freedom Park.  Great views of Manhattan here.  As to Museums the Museum of Modern Art can be hit or miss and is usually impossibly crowded.  There is plenty to see and photograph at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Here is my best tip.  It is open until 9PM on Friday and Saturday.   The crowds really thin out after 5PM.  Go at 5 stay until 9. If it's nice out it is safe to walk around the Central Park reservoir at night.  Other ideas are the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and one of my favorites is Green Wood Cemetery.  Not hard to get too and definitely something special that the tourists don't see.  Once again GET OUT OF MIDTOWN!  Midtown is for tourists.   You can do well with just the 24-105.  Thats is what I use about 95% of the time.  The wide angle will be useful too.  If you don't have a Black Rapid or something similar you might want to consider it.  Takes a big load off your neck and will add hours to your shooting day.  BTW Grand Central Station and I think the museums frown on tripods.  Best time and place for a tripod is Brooklyn Bridge Park at night.  Welcome and have fun

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I'm really looking forward to this.  Sigma art lens have a really good reputation.  If this is a sharp as the hype Sigma is getting my money. The Canon 1.4 was so fragile (better build quality my ass) I had two of them go bad (broken auto focus) so I just stuck with the the old series 1 1.8.  Hoping for good things and a reasonable price but I will settle for super sharp

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 20, 2014, 12:34:25 PM »
I own a 5DIII and love it but I shot with a Sony 7R this weekend and the images were just better.  Sharper by a wide margin.  I make big prints and it really shows there.  Maybe I just had a good day and the camera had nothing to do with it?
Interesting! Although I do not intend to change my hardware (I just ordered a second 5DIII) could you care to elaborate please? (for example did you focus using LV in both models, you used same lens, same aperture, tripod, same PP?)

 I always wondered why the 22mp raw processing of 5D3 is so slower than the 21mp raw processing of 5D2. Combining this with old case where DPP was not producing sharp pictures - THAT HAS BEEN CORRECTED WITH AN UPDATE - I wonder whether a possibly strong AA filter has something to do with it (just wondering, NOT knowing...)

Just an informal photowalk. around lower Manhattan  With the 5DIII my usual lens for this type of thing is a 24-105L f4  On the Sony I used the 28-70mm F3.5-5.6  kit lens.  It's an area I know and photograph well so I was using the Sony under real life conditions (for me) and could compare to similar days out with the Canon.  Mostly full auto.  I like AV but the lens on the Sony was not fast so I just used Auto and RAW.  I didn't care for the menus, and that's not because I am unfamiliar.  Fuji has a great menu system you can pick up in an hour.  This was not a formal test, just a test of the way I use my camera every day.  Sony RAWs were far, far sharper than the best my 5D3 has ever put out....and It has put out some great ones.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 12:39:04 PM »
Yes, it's likely that the next camera is launched T6i. I just hope it has the same sensor 70D.

Canon is shrewd when it comes to milking profits from sensors.  Consider that the T5i/700D did not get the latest version of the 18 MP APS-C sensor.  The T5i's sensor has Hybrid CMOS AF (same sensor as the T4i and the EOS M), whereas the sensor used in the SL1/100D and the EOS M2 has Hybrid CMOS II AF (where the phase AF area covers 80% of the frame vs. just the central portion).  That allows Canon to release another T#i-series body with a 'new' (to the line) sensor (but not the 70D's sensor).  Put Digic 6 in there, and they're good to go with the T6i/750D.

I was being factious because of my frustration with Canon.  In truth I think 2014 will be a good year for new hardware.  I know that Canon has cited the 5DIII as one of their current success stories so I don't expect much there.  This might be the 1DX going to 24MP or it might finally be the first of the new sensors.
 I'm probably wrong but I think that the Nikon 800e caught Canon flat footed.  Their sensors ruled the roost for a long time and the 800 was  the point where they knew their current sensors could not continue to compete with the Sony's. Perhaps they were working a new line for a while but the Nikon's with Sony sensors really got their attention.  I'm sure that it takes years and years before a sensor goes from design to profitable production.  Hopefully, Canon is near then end of that cycle and we will see some significant new sensor technology.  Canon has made real improvements everywhere but in sensors. Fortunately, they have held their market share but that can't last forever.  Sony probably has another generation in the pipeline already.

Canon's sensor advantage came from their early adoption of the CMOS type sensor; they have fallen behind as other manufacturers also adopted this technology. Canon fabricate their own (large) sensors, which represents a considerable capital investment, and are therefore understandably keen to recapture the maximum value back from this. I think that Sony has an advantage here, because they sell so many sensors to other camera manufacturers, they can afford to move their sensors forward a fabrication generation more often than Canon. As much as I understand Canon's reluctance to invest in new fabrication technology at a time of recession and market contraction, I think that they've reached the end of the road with what they can squeeze out of their current technology. Either they will have to change their fabrication foundries over to newer sub-0.18 micron (or even sub-0.11 micron) process generation architectures, or they'll have to start subcontracting the manufacture of their sensor out to a third party foundry partner.

Sony does seem to have established itself as the dominant player in CMOS sensors at the moment, but it doesn't have the field all to itself; apart from Canon, Aptina have shown they can produce and Toshiba sensors have found their way into the Nikon line-up. Even the vaunted Olympus EM1, which everyone thought had a Sony sensor, turns out to be using a Panasonic sensor -another manufacturer that people were starting to question.

I presume that Sony would sell them sensors but at something of a markup.  Nikon was able to absorb the cost and put at good cameras, although the 800 is not flying off the shelves and the 600 is headed towards a class action lawsuit.  Dispite the outcry it was a really god day for Apple when they got in bed with Intel.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 11:21:52 AM »
Yes, it's likely that the next camera is launched T6i. I just hope it has the same sensor 70D.

Canon is shrewd when it comes to milking profits from sensors.  Consider that the T5i/700D did not get the latest version of the 18 MP APS-C sensor.  The T5i's sensor has Hybrid CMOS AF (same sensor as the T4i and the EOS M), whereas the sensor used in the SL1/100D and the EOS M2 has Hybrid CMOS II AF (where the phase AF area covers 80% of the frame vs. just the central portion).  That allows Canon to release another T#i-series body with a 'new' (to the line) sensor (but not the 70D's sensor).  Put Digic 6 in there, and they're good to go with the T6i/750D.

I was being factious because of my frustration with Canon.  In truth I think 2014 will be a good year for new hardware.  I know that Canon has cited the 5DIII as one of their current success stories so I don't expect much there.  This might be the 1DX going to 24MP or it might finally be the first of the new sensors.
 I'm probably wrong but I think that the Nikon 800e caught Canon flat footed.  Their sensors ruled the roost for a long time and the 800 was  the point where they knew their current sensors could not continue to compete with the Sony's. Perhaps they were working a new line for a while but the Nikon's with Sony sensors really got their attention.  I'm sure that it takes years and years before a sensor goes from design to profitable production.  Hopefully, Canon is near then end of that cycle and we will see some significant new sensor technology.  Canon has made real improvements everywhere but in sensors. Fortunately, they have held their market share but that can't last forever.  Sony probably has another generation in the pipeline already.

Here we go again...

I own a 5DIII and love it but I shot with a Sony 7R this weekend and the images were just better.  Sharper by a wide margin.  I make big prints and it really shows there.  Maybe I just had a good day and the camera had nothing to do with it?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:45:41 AM »
Yes, it's likely that the next camera is launched T6i. I just hope it has the same sensor 70D.

Canon is shrewd when it comes to milking profits from sensors.  Consider that the T5i/700D did not get the latest version of the 18 MP APS-C sensor.  The T5i's sensor has Hybrid CMOS AF (same sensor as the T4i and the EOS M), whereas the sensor used in the SL1/100D and the EOS M2 has Hybrid CMOS II AF (where the phase AF area covers 80% of the frame vs. just the central portion).  That allows Canon to release another T#i-series body with a 'new' (to the line) sensor (but not the 70D's sensor).  Put Digic 6 in there, and they're good to go with the T6i/750D.

I was being factious because of my frustration with Canon.  In truth I think 2014 will be a good year for new hardware.  I know that Canon has cited the 5DIII as one of their current success stories so I don't expect much there.  This might be the 1DX going to 24MP or it might finally be the first of the new sensors.
 I'm probably wrong but I think that the Nikon 800e caught Canon flat footed.  Their sensors ruled the roost for a long time and the 800 was  the point where they knew their current sensors could not continue to compete with the Sony's. Perhaps they were working a new line for a while but the Nikon's with Sony sensors really got their attention.  I'm sure that it takes years and years before a sensor goes from design to profitable production.  Hopefully, Canon is near then end of that cycle and we will see some significant new sensor technology.  Canon has made real improvements everywhere but in sensors. Fortunately, they have held their market share but that can't last forever.  Sony probably has another generation in the pipeline already.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 08:19:26 AM »
Ah, finally!! The Canon ti6 with 18mp sensor.  Was waiting 2 weeks for this!

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PowerShot / Re: PowerShot SX700 HS, PowerShot D30 & Rebel Images
« on: February 12, 2014, 10:40:58 AM »
Wow!   Is that a Rebel with a 18 MP sensor!!  Wow I have been waiting for this forever!!!!!....Hold on, I have to go, my beeper just vibrated.  I think I am getting a call from the 70's!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2014, 04:51:28 PM »
Patience patience.. When literally every other company other than Canon is producing some top of the line bodies and lenses.. (minus Nikon)   ::)   I still have my bank in Canon.  I'm sure they'll blow all competition away very soon.  -let's be optimistic-  ;)
Oh thank god!! The EOS T6i with an improved 18MB APS-c sensor is finally here!


I'm thinking 20.2MP sensor for the T6i.
I think they could just stop with the rebel series.  After the t3i, I don't care anymore tbh.
Why canon will stop producing its most profitable cameras? ??? Is there any mirrorless do everything that the current Rebel, more efficiently, and costing less? ::)

I'm not asking them to stop producing it, I'm asking them to stop renumbering it.   The T3i is a fine little camera.......but what has changed except the number?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2014, 03:51:49 PM »
Oh thank god!! The EOS T6i with an improved 18MP APS-C sensor is finally here!  and it will have a World Cup logo on it!!!!

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Canon General / Re: What is the problem with Canon
« on: January 09, 2014, 12:36:14 PM »
To paraphrase James Carville:  "It's the sensors stupid!"  If Canon was sporting a Sony sensor we are not having this conversation.  A 5DIII with a Sony A7 sensor for $2,8000 would be something really, really special.  Canon needs to make.....or acquire......better sensors.  We can talk sames figures and long term strategy all day but Canon Cameras with Sony sensors would make it very, very hard for anybody else to compete
Except that a large share of the revenue garnered from sales of such a camera would have to pass through to Sony rather than remaining in the coffers of Canon.
In technology there is almost always a "buy vs build" decision that has to be made.  You are advocating that Canon should come down on the side of "buy" vis-à-vis sensors.  But unless you can show that this would lead to an overall increase in retained profits for Canon, you argument lacks substance.  It is more likely that Canon has determined that they can produce a "good enough" sensor in house, efficiently amortize the R&D costs across the entire corporation to design that sensor, and retain 100% of the revenue resulting from the sales.



" You are advocating that Canon should come down on the side of "buy" vis-à-vis sensors."
I am advocating no such thing.  What I said was : "Canon needs to make.....or acquire......better sensors."  I didn't come down on either side.  Canon trails Nikon and Sony in only one important category....sensors...Canons are not as good.....Like I said  "It's the sensors stupid!"   CLOSE THE GAP CANON!  as for what my engineering expertise is (Masters in Chemical Engineering) is not at all important.  I am speaking as a consumer.  Why I want is a Camera with a better sensor.  I like really, really , big prints.  The Sony A7R and the Nikon D800E are much better at doing that.  I like Canon, I have lots of Canon glass....CANON NEEDS BETTER SENSORS

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