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Landscape / Re: Landscape paradise: Colorado vs. Pacific Northwest
« on: February 23, 2015, 08:56:02 PM »


Haha, oh man, it probably has, but it’s no less controversial!

Just to get my bias out of the way: I lived in Portland for 5 years.

There is a lot of Seattle vs Portland nonsense in the NW.  As far as which one to make your base of operations?  That really depends on what you want to shoot most and what your travel style is.

Personally, I’d probably try to wing it and just get places to stay as I shot.  I’m not much of a planner though, and I’m very much a seat-of-your-pants style traveler.

It’s definitely much easier to find cheap places to stay in Portland, that is for sure.

People from Portland will exaggerate how much better the weather is there, but really, it’s pretty much a wash.  In the summer (July-Sep is what is often considered the summer in the NW) they both have incredible weather.  70’s and sunny just about every day.  As you move further away from this window, you chance of overcast skies and drizzle increases.  Seattle is slightly colder and slightly more drizzly, but not enough to really notice.  If it’s overcast in one city, it’s very likely overcast in the other!

Depending on where in it you go, the Columbia River Gorge is 20min-1hr from Portland.  Mt Hood is about 1hr 20 min from Portland.  My old climbing club has a lodge on Mt Hood that is VERY cheap (about $22/night), you can stay right on the mountain for next to nothing.  You’ll be sleeping in a bunk with other people though, it’s very much like a hostel.  Hood River is a very fun/party town in the Gorge that’s about 30-40 min from Mt Hood as well. If you like breweries, there are a lot of great ones there.  (most well-known would be Full Sail, best ones to check out in town would be Double Mountain and Pfriem)

There is some incredible stuff in Washington though: Mt Rainier, North Cascades National Park, Palouse Falls, the Palouse wheat fields, Olympic National Park (only temperate rainforest in lower 48), Washington Coast (much better than Oregon coast, don’t tell anyone I told you that!).  I also think Seattle is probably one of the most gorgeous cities I’ve ever been to in the states.

In my opinion, Washington’s scenery is even more incredible than Oregon’s, but you have to work much harder to see it.  Long drives and in some cases, long hikes.

If you had a limited amount of time, Portland would be a better call.  If you had over a week, I might start considering Washington. 

If you plan on constantly running-and-gunning, you could probably see a ton of both in a week.

Clear as mud?

Thank you for your insightful response :) Since I won't have the luxury of spending several weeks on vacation, I'm thinking it might be best to start out in Portland, then drive up to Seattle to check out one or two of Washington's stunning landscapes. Then I'll go back to Seattle some other time to check out what I missed :)

My jaw hit the floor after Googling some of the popular destinations you suggested. Makes me want to check out British Columbia, too.

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Its interesting to see which brands of cameras and lenses were used.  Although Most were Canon as I would expect, 1 Iphone was in there.

No Sony lenses or Cameras, the owners were too busy measuring DR ;)

Cameras:




Lenses:



Canon has lost TONS of market share due to shadow noise and banding. The fact, inconveniently, don't seem to support this claim :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: After a 50MP camera what is the next breakthrough?
« on: February 13, 2015, 07:00:31 PM »
http://youtu.be/tnwf2RShNV0

"Hitler rants about D3x"? In Germany: "This video is not available. Sorry about that."

Wow, it's interesting that an innocuous video like that is banned. It's all in good fun, so I don't see the harm.

BTW, you speak (or type) better English than most Americans ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: After a 50MP camera what is the next breakthrough?
« on: February 13, 2015, 05:22:12 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJBq0z2Vmu4

 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :'( :'( ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :'( :'( :) :) :'( >:( >:( >:( ;D ;D ;D ;D :'( :'( >:( >:( :( :( :'( :-\ :-\ ;D ;D ;D ;D

 ;D Great stuff. Reminds me of this video:

http://youtu.be/tnwf2RShNV0

My oh my how much things have changed in the last six years :o Gotta love competition :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DS/R 50mp jpegs now on Flickr
« on: February 13, 2015, 04:54:06 PM »
It's not wise to pass final judgement considering there are jpegs and no one knows how they were processed. That said, the gradients on the lipstick images and the landscape look quite notchy. The portrait and the library image look much better.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 13, 2015, 04:45:47 PM »
I'm glad to see wedding talk. I recall almost universal agreement as to why 36MP was worse of weddings in every respect because it was huge, not necessary, and didn't go to ISO 500K. I predicted the tunes would change as soon as canon went higher. I'm not saying you changed your view and I'm not applying this to you, but I'm amazed as to how suddenly 50MP is just right for weddings because they are canon MP :p. Many Photographers are so brand dishonest with their statements that it is sad to see how they flip 180 just on a logo. I was all along on board that 36 was never too much, and I'm still on board that 50 isn't too much either.

Your memory is a bit selective. Before it became en vogue to bash Canon's DR performance, tons of people were complaining that 22 megapixels wasn't enough right after the 5D3 was announced. Sure, the only reason why some fanboys made such statements is because they were envious of the D800's 36 megapixels, but there were also plenty of Canon shooters claiming they needed at least 40 megapixels to update their flickr pages. As a proud Nikon shooter, I'm sure you noticed some people in the Nikon camp converting from the "low-light, high ISO" religion to the "slow FPS, high megapixel" religion during the D700 - D800 model update :)

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However IF it is indeed the case that the 5Ds offers no DR improvements, and that its video image quality is a step back from the 5DIII, I think clearly this camera wasn't ready but was rushed out to try to beat whatever it was Sony is working on. It feels that management came and saw the D800 announcement 2 years ago, and tasked the team to ship more MP ASAP, everything else be damned. So they did (it seems).

No disagreement here. Unless the 5Ds offers some improvement in IQ other than resolution, it's definitely seems like it was rushed to market. It won't be long until Sony releases its 50 megapixel sensors, at which point it won't be surprising at all if Nikon puts it an all-around superior body.

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Canon General / Re: Canon to Buy Video Surveillance Leader Axis for $2.8b
« on: February 12, 2015, 01:00:29 PM »
I'm not a business person, so I'm going to give an emotional reaction rather than a monetary one(cue Neuro's condescending comments.)
I think this is lame. I like photography, not video surveillance. In fact, I hate the direction the world is headed, more and more surveillance, spying, drones, the patriot act, lack of privacy, etc.
A company like Axis is the exact kind of company that I would never invest my money in, no matter how much money was to be made. I don't  buy stock in oil companies, private security firms, drone manufacturers, or things like this.
I'm sure many disagree with me, but for me this a huge reason to think that Canon is not about photography, or any sort of positive creativity, but rather just about making money in any way possible. I know this is fairly obvious in retrospect, but for me, if given the choice, I'd prefer to support a different camera manufacturer, who wasn't investing billions of dollars diminishing my privacy.
While I may buy Canon products in the future, this is not the sort of thing that will encourage me stay loyal to their brand.

I despise the government spying on its citizens, but security cameras should be the least of anyone's worries. Even without drones or security cameras, the NSA can track your every last movement every second of the day. We sure make it easy for them by carrying around mobile devices with cameras and microphones on them already. Considering the the NSA has already hacked tech titans like Google and Apple in the past, who's to say that they couldn't hack into the operating system of your favorite mobile device, and use your own property to spy on you?

This used to be the talk of crazy conspiracy theorists, but the leaked Snowden documents confirmed people's worst suspicions. Ever heard of PRISM? The NSA successfully hacked into all the data collected by Google, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook, etc. without those companies even knowing about it. The NSA has so much freakin' data that it built a new data storage facility in the Utah desert that can store billions of gigabytes of data.   

Even if you go dark by throwing all your computers and mobile devices in the trash, DARPA has figured out a way to insert electrodes into the head of a moth, and tap into its nervous system to fly it remotely. Stick a camera on its head, and you've got yourself a rather clandestine spy tool :o

So yeah, security cameras are the least sophisticated and devious tools in the government's bag of spy tools :o


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EOS Bodies / Re: Skipping the 5D-s. What do you want in 5D4?
« on: February 11, 2015, 06:42:14 PM »

Possible add-ons

- Built-on RT transmitter
- Bring back different Focusing Screens. EG-s especially.
- Glowing buttons like the D4.

A built-in radio transmitter is long overdue. Canon would have to incorporate just about everything on your first list of "wants" for me to consider upgrading from my 5D3. I still love shooting with it, and it still feels new :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: First DSLR with 3G/4G?
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:10:41 AM »
Can this not be done via Wi-Fi with a mobile hotspot capable cellphone?

Integration would be very nice. I rigged up a DIY version of a Cam Ranger for my 5D3, but carrying around the extra stuff is a pain.

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EOS Bodies / Re: After a 50MP camera what is the next breakthrough?
« on: February 10, 2015, 09:03:15 AM »
Affordable medium format :) A man can dream, can't he ;D?

If the Pentax 645Z proves successful sales wise, I think the line between a digital MF and 35mm DSLRs will continue to blur.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DR from 5Ds will be 2 stop better then 7D mk II
« on: February 09, 2015, 06:57:23 PM »
Really? This tactic is used by BMW. The last 2 models (e90, f30) of the 335 when they went to Turbo understated the Max HP by 30+. Listed at 300 but Dyno at 330+ on average. Why? Because the existing M3 which was 10-15k more expensive had a listed and Dynoed HP of 333. They did exactly the same with the current model.

I always love a good car analogy ;D The Taco Bell analogy from a few days ago was a good one too, but I digress :) At any rate, car manufacturers have many different reasons for underrating their advertised horsepower figures, none of which would apply to a camera manufacturer.

1) The Society of Automotive Engineers is a third-party entity that certifies the horsepower output of each new car engine through its own independent lab testing. Since the marketing material for new car models are often produced well in advance of this certification, manufacturers will intentionally underrate their published horsepower figures. If the SAE's official hp rating turns out to be lower than a manufacturer's claims, you have yourself a PR disaster :)

2) Unlike with camera sensors, any new car buyer has the ability to dyno test their cars at a third-party facility with a very high degree of accuracy. If there's a gross disparity between real-world hp and a manufacturer's advertised hp, the manufacturer could very well get sued. This is exactly what happened to Ford when the 1999 Mustang Cobra didn't produce anywhere near its advertised horsepower.

3) Generally, the production update cycle for new car models is much longer than with a camera body. Manufacturers will sometimes underrate horsepower figures early in the production cycle, then advertise their true (higher) hp figures later during the production cycle. This gives consumers the impressive that the current model hasn't entirely stagnated. For instance, the engine in the 1997-2004 Corvette always produced 350 horsepower. However, GM rated the early models at 345 hp, and the later models at 350 hp. 

Did anyone actually read all that ;D? If you did, I don't see how any of these strategies would apply to Canon sandbagging the true DR potential of the 5Ds, but then again we'll have to wait for raw files to draw any conclusions.

The 1DX is the only model where the "protection" theory would apply (since the 5D3 is cheaper), but it's targeted at such a different demographic that I don't see how boasting about the 5Ds' improved DR (if it is improved) would cut into 1DX sales. Whatever the 5D4's specs turn out to be, I don't see many people cross-shopping it with the 5Ds due to the latter model's limitations at high ISO and slower FPS.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DR from 5Ds will be 2 stop better then 7D mk II
« on: February 09, 2015, 01:00:40 PM »
Technically speaking, what (if anything) can be done to improve low ISO DR at the expense of high ISO DR? In other words, could Canon theoretically take it's existing sensor tech and fab process, and instead of improving overall sensor design, elect instead of deliberately compromise high ISO performance to improve low ISO DR? 

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 07, 2015, 11:05:14 PM »

However if you listen to this at 1:40 http://www.fotosidan.se/cldoc/video-interview-canon-eos-5ds-and.htm that point is actually expanded on by Mike Burnhill from Canon CPS in the UK with " equivalent to the 5D MkIII in traditional measuring terms, but there's a much lower noise floor, so therefore more ability to pull out detail in the shadows and highlights"

Nice catch. That certainly alludes to a potential improvement in DR.

I also like that Burnhill goes on to say that while the 5Ds may offer medium format resolution, it isn't an alternative for medium format in overall IQ. You can always count on the Brits to keep it real ;D

IMHO, comparing the two platforms is a dubious proposition at best. There's a time and place for both, and one complements (not replaces) the other.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R Image & Video Samples
« on: February 07, 2015, 01:46:44 PM »

Here are a few images from the last few days:

Stunning! Thanks for sharing. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Who is going to buy the new 5Ds's?
« on: February 07, 2015, 02:43:18 AM »
Eldar, that puts things in perspective as to what you were hoping for and received.  Also, I know you're considering MF and don't know if you saw this article, but the DR examples sure make me want to get the Pentax!
https://fstoppers.com/originals/pentax-645z-medium-format-digital-camera-review-41145

Here's an outstanding review on the 645Z authored by CR member wockawocka:

http://chrisgilesphotography.com/blog/pentax-645z-review-pt1-the-journey/

He's such a nice guy that if you send he a few pounds to help pay for his web hosting fees, he'll send you 100 raw files to play around with :) After spending a few hours doing just that, I'm now considering selling one of my cars to fund a new Pentax ;D

IMHO, the 645Z is the new gold standard in IQ. Pair it up with a 5D3 or a 1DX, and you have yourself a deadly combination of speed/versatility and ultimate static IQ :) Most reviews rave about the DR of the 645Z, and it is stunning, but the standout feature for me is its ability to render fine tonal gradations, particularly in the shadows and highlights. The tonality is so smooth you can't really call them gradients at all.   

For severely backlit sunset shots, I often stack two ND grad filters (six stops total), underexpose the foreground by one stop, and fill the subject ( a car :) ) in with two 1,000ws monolights. After playing around with 100-plus raw files from the 645Z, I figure I can pull this same shot off with no grad filters and a couple of speedlights. Obviously, less time setting up when the good light is rapidly fading  = less frustration = more shots fired = more keepers. 

I tried my best to traumatize the 645Z's files in post, particularly wockawocka's sunset shots, but was only able to get a wee bit of artifacting only visible when pixel peeping. This thing's a beast, and I hope to own one someday :)

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