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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Possibly ok after dropped?
« on: December 17, 2014, 03:39:51 PM »
So at a wedding this evening a very drunk man stumbled into me as I was putting my camera away into my bag in the trunk. I was backed into the parking space and when he walked into me the 1DX dropped from my hand and fell right on the parking curb edge. Everything seems to work fine, obviously its not weather sealed anymore but other than cosmetics do you guys think it will be alright until i have a week or two off of weddings to send it in? I also have insurance though PPA but I am not sure if they will cover it since its so far just cosmetic damage. Thanks in advance!


That was done dropping from hand onto a curb????????? are you sure?????? I think the insurance company might have some questions?

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Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 01:56:15 AM »
1) simplify the image. Crop out with composition anything that doesn't add to the image.
2) shoot raw. Keep your options open.
3) develop your own style. Shoot the images you want to shoot.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 02:12:16 AM »
I browse this website quite often since 2012. I have never seen so many negative comments about Canon these days in comparison with before.
Does Canon really not satisfying its customers lately or is it that there are new members in the forum who like to put down Canon in comparison with other companies?


There definitely seem to be a few posters who for some reason concentrate on denigrating Canon. Generally they seem to post long justification for their opinion. Anyone who reads what they write would be given the impression that Canon camera can't take a decent image. And everyone with the slightest judgement can see that simply isn't the case.


I don't know if they really believe the stuff they post, or if they are just trolls.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ISO TESTING, BY STUPID METHODS
« on: November 23, 2014, 02:05:00 AM »
Nice to see some honest tests.


so many we see on here are clearly done to make Canon look bad. These images show what can be expected in the nighttime shots.


It would be nice to see some of the "bird" photo's taken with a less extreme lens.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is IQ better with smaller files?
« on: November 18, 2014, 03:40:34 AM »
Is there any truth to that statement?  If this is crazy talk just say so.

The statement is absolutely true. You can easily verify this even if you unfortunately have set your 20mp camera to 20mp "large" and a lot of noise and other ugly artifacts show up. Print the file to a3+ size. Pin it to a wall. Step away 10 meters. See? The noise just disappeared, i.e. the iq is much higher now :->



Ok, jokes aside: It's always better to get as much raw data off the sensor to work with in postprocessing (esp. in case better algorithms appear in the future). If you throw away data right in the camera you're losing the opportunity to make *your* tradeoff choice between export resolution, detail/sharpening and noise reduction.

i know what you mean and you're right. For you.

but if you're not a technical sort (or a self proclaimed know it all with little real technical skills)(and I definitely don't mean Marsu42) then it may be that the option of using the in camera jpg to produce a smaller usable file is what will work for you.

but if that is all you keep, there is no way back, you cannot go back and reproduced the information from the raw file. I used to keep jpg now I wish I had the raw files to reprocess.

Each to their own, photography is not a one size fits all type hobby.

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Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 09, 2014, 05:44:10 PM »

Minor comment: From the large view of your (excellent) image, it looks like your sensor needs cleaning. There's a circular spot along the left edge, slightly higher than the midpoint between the right elevator and your (c) signature. Darn blue sky!




 ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::) ::)
Just when you think you won't be surprised by comments on here. Someone will reach a new standard.

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I have two monitors on my desktop. One where I am reading posts from CR, the other, an Eizo, where I edit my images. Right now I have a portrait of a 76 year old great man, shot with the 1DX and Zeiss Otus 85mm f1.4 and I am looking at the image at 200%. This is one that I did not have to crop a single percent. And I was wondering what it would look like with a 50MP/14 stop DR sensor. I know that I argue for a new Canon body, with more resolution and more DR. But looking at this portrait, I wonder if I´m just caught up in a constant chase for more and more and more ...

What I do know is that I am nowhere near pushing the limits of these lenses.


I'm not looking for more MP or more DR, only because I don't think I have a use for the extra pixels, and I don't find problems with exposure that DR will help with.


So I'm generally on the other side of the fence from you. BUT I have no objection to the idea of more MP's or more DR. Its just I don't have use for them so I'm not fussed.


I do worry that some, even many, people get carried away with the "need" for more MP or the "lack" of DR.


Its great to see your post and a considered opinion.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dii vs Nikon D750 Dynamic Range Test
« on: November 01, 2014, 12:50:43 PM »
Excuse my ignorance ( please  :) ).

But why are the Canon pictures so much darker with "real" black while the Nikon is just a washed out grey colour?


Because he's deliberately messing up the shots taken with the Canon? No surely not! After all he's already said he favors Canon and I'm sure he wouldn't tell porkies just to get traffic onto his website.


I'm convinced this is a fair and reasonable test. No, you're not convinced? Well as good as he can do then. Still not convinced? How about maybe he knows what he's doing and maybe his main interest is not a fair and reasonable test?


Now the most important question for me. How do I stop the website from telling me this thread exists?

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 01, 2014, 12:34:15 PM »
I've been looking over the shots from the speedway. There are so many that I like! The old 1Dx was great for getting focus in poor light.


So here's one more from that night, last on this thread I promise.  ;D



No quarter given by Tom W W, on Flickr




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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: November 01, 2014, 12:24:30 PM »



I took the 1Dx to the speedway last night.


I don't often shoot sport in low light but the 1Dx held my hand and helped me.


Speedway by Tom W W, on Flickr

Nailed it!! One of those awesome moments, when it all comes together.

Terrific shot, Skulker!


Thanks expatinasia, Yes I thought it was all coming together, a nice change from it all going wrong!
Thanks also Dylan and Quasimodo. Glad to hear you like it.

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Not for me.


I don't think I want more MP's. MegaPixies don't constrain my photographic endeavors very much. I seldom want to crop so much that I cant output at the size I need for prints or digital files. To the contrary I normally reduce the size of the image.


Would bigger files give me more quality in the crops I use? Well maybe at the extreme of my cropping. If I was to find that a problem I might look at the 7D2, for more pixies on a pin head. (this reminds me of the dark ages debates about how many angels can fit on a pinhead.)


Bigger numbers don't impress me much. (to para phrase Shania Twain)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 31, 2014, 07:30:11 PM »
85L @ f1.6. ISO 3200. 1/1000

good image, color and lots of interesting bits.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: October 26, 2014, 03:38:51 PM »
one of my favorite lenses.

55mm f/4, iso 2500, 1/50
You CANNOT do this!  >:( I don't care about the 2500 ISO! I just drooled a ton! You owe me!

 :)

Lovely picture.
Thanks!
Bouchon in Napa, one of the best breakfasts I ever had, along with several glasses of the house red. Every time I look at this picture I want to go back.


 ;D  Well done that man!  ;D

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 25, 2014, 04:42:18 PM »
thanks Viggo, DomiinoDude and Click.


The lighting was flood lights and although it looks good in some shots in others it was very dark.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 25, 2014, 12:59:37 PM »



I took the 1Dx to the speedway last night.


I don't often shoot sport in low light but the 1Dx held my hand and helped me.


Speedway by Tom W W, on Flickr


That's an awesome photo Tom. Love it!


Thanks Candyman,  that was quick as well

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