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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 25, 2014, 02:08:40 AM »
Raw is better if you want to make adjustments to white balance or boost the shadows/cut the highlights. That sort of thing because you are not making corrctions to an image that has already had adjustments and compression applied. The camera itself makes a raw to jpeg conversion which is the same as DPP. Shooting raw does not automatically give better results but gives you more flexibility and if a better raw converter comes along then you can still work with your old files but if you have jpegs then everything is "baked in".

Well exposed JPG is nearly as good as a RAW.  But when you run into trouble, RAW will save your butt.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 03:22:05 PM »
Details about the sensor are lacking.  Great marketing buzz terms but does the sensor have significantly better DR (vs 70D and 5DM3).

Also a bit surprised about the dual CF/SD card slots. Perhaps this is up the write speed?

Biggest choice is OS vs Windows 8.  OS is a clear winner - i recently switched from PC to Mac and glad I did.  There are a few frustrations (I can not hot key as often on the Mac as a PC), but otherwise glad I made the switch.

When looking for PCs (both laptop and desktop) I could not find any that had only USB 3.0 interface.  All I saw had mix of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.  USB 2.0 is okay for keyboards and mouse about not data.  I need 1 plug for kb/mouse and the rest for data.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 16, 2014, 11:41:39 AM »
Not sure if my wife would believe a lens could be that expensive, let alone I would consider buying it

I don't know if I could get insurance on it

And how would you travel with the lens - but if you can afford a $150,000 lens you should be able to afford a private jet.  Definitely would not need to fly in coach with this baby :)

Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 01:21:40 AM »
Can you control the camera and use live view over an eyefi card?  I have no interest whatsoever in downloading pictures over WiFi.

wifi has no value to me when I shoot wildlife.  in fact, unless I am shooting in a studio I can not image using wifi (I am sure I am missing some uses).

Major interest is the new sensor - multiple layer implies higher effect resolution.  but what about DR?  Unless Canon thinks that this camera will not be used contrasty subjects (which is not true - back lit wildlife, sports, etc).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: August 12, 2014, 04:04:15 PM »
I think my previous reply to the OP was very confusing.
So try to rewrite it here:

IIn many ways the Sony A7R is not as refined as the D810 is , but it is a lot less risky and  also much cheaper to get.

And if you do shoot only landscapes or studio set up work , then there is no difference between the D810 and the A7R.

36 MP would be nice but also will increase workflow (larger files, more disk space, longer processing times, ...)

Don't worry about that, it is not true.
My first digital camera was a 1.3 megapixel one (a Canon/Kodak DCS 3C).
Now I have a 36 megapixel one, and imageprocessing is about a 1000 times faster.

The rate that computers are becoming faster, (and the harddisks are becoming bigger)  is much greater than the rate the camera's get more pixels.

computers are faster, disks and cards are much cheaper.  Today I can buy a solid, but not the best, SanDisk or  Lexar card for the 5DM3 for less than $3 / 36 exposure (the equivalent of a roll film which use to cost $10-15 with processing).

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Dual Pixel Phase Detect AF While in AI Servo
« on: August 12, 2014, 12:12:02 PM »
will dual pixel improve DR?  or only AF?  It would be nice if it would

Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:57:52 PM »
I don't know if it works for airlines in other countries, but in the U.S., if you have to check gear in a bag and want to guarantee that it arrives at your destination, put an unloaded firearm along with it.  Declare the firearm when you check it in (or else go directly to jail).

When you do this, you will watch as they inspect the contents, if necessary, and then they will require you to lock it with a non-TSA-approved lock (the kind that can't be opened by their master key) before they load it for transport.  After that, it will not be opened until it reaches your final destination, and it will get additional tracking at every step along the way—that is, they make darn sure it does not get lost.

Interesting idea.  Of course, then I need to travel (in a rental car) with a firearm.  Some states are not very friendly towards that idea.

Internationally I know that hunters travel with guns.  Never looked into it.

Canon General / Re: Another Canon Medium Format Mention
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:56:05 PM »
I don't think we are the intended market.    Or perhaps all this is a red herring and nothing is really planned in MF.  Just noise to confused the competition and rumor mongers :)

Canon General / Re: Another Canon Medium Format Mention
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:02:47 PM »

if this is a development announcement, I hope it does not take as long as the 200-400 did to come to market.  Otherwise we won't see a product until 2020 :)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 11:59:15 AM »
wifi is little use for field work (sports and wildlife).  Wifi is only useful in the studio where a base station can be available.

As far as 1D build, I would like to see a mini-1Dx but don't think this will that camera. 

More importantly I would like to see Canon significantly increase their DR.

Hope not to see a Foveon-type sensor with poor dynamic range

Lighting / Re: Cold shoe recommendation for 600EX-RT
« on: August 08, 2014, 04:47:11 PM »
I purchased a used Canon Off-Camera Shoe Adapter and that works great.  I got for around $10 from B&H.

You can also get used off-shoe cords ($12.95 at B&H) can cut off the cord and keep the shoe

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 08, 2014, 04:39:10 PM »
I feel Nikon has positioned D800/E/10 and the D4/s in two distinct categories, with both sharing many of the great pro features and also having distinct areas of strength. On the other hand, 5DIII shared only a few of the 1D X's pro features, and apart from the higher megapixel count there isn't much that's essentially better in a 5DIII.
Is that an unfair assessment?

5D M3 lacks the DR of the Sony sensor.  If can addressed that single issue, I would be very happy with the replacement.  Of course more FPS, better ISO performance and great MP would be nice but not essential (IMHO) as improved DR.

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 08, 2014, 03:16:06 PM »
If i had to start over today, i'd go with d810 over the older 5d3.  But i don't want to go through the hassel of selling all my lenses so i'll wait to see how Canon responds.  Competition is great for all us consumers and Canon could use a hard kick in the butt like this to start stepping up.

I agree.  I will wait to see if Canon introduces anything with great dynamic range.  Hopefully we will see the future of Canon sensor in Sept.

Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: August 08, 2014, 12:36:22 AM »
Time to start referring to her as an ex-wife.
who is in jail

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