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Abstract / Re: Frost on the window
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:39:51 PM »
Here is my favorite shot of frost on the window that I took long time ago:

Lighting / Re: Setting up a speed light studio for remote locations
« on: February 21, 2015, 11:55:13 PM »
I use the YN-622C(x5) with YN-568II(x2) and YN-600EX-RT. The 622C can act as a receiver or a transmitter. So the one on the camera has a pass-through if you want to have a flash on camera.
Full ETTL and HSS, also can be controlled through the camera menu. When using the camera menu you can control the individual power of upto 3 groups. If you need more then 3 groups then get the YN-622-TX.

Your second option is to get only the YN-600EX-RT and the YN-E3-RT to control them and YN-E3-RX (when that is available) for older flashes that you have. I started before the YN-600EX-RT existed so I already had the YN-622C, but now any additional speedligths will be the YN-600EX-RT.

I'm very happy with the Yougnuo equipment, never any problems.

EOS-M / Re: Hands-on with the Canon EOS M3
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:33:28 AM »
Glad to have these insights.  Still on the fence between adopting the M3 or abandoning the M system to get a xxxD second body.  If Canon would release a down-scaled 17-55mm f/2.8 for M, or a couple more small, fast primes, that might make the biggest difference.  Or a compact macro.  Much as I like the 22mm, the 18-55 is just too slow; the 11-22 is too pricey; and the 55-200 is physically too long and way too slow (and just about useless unless AF really is worlds faster on M3).

With a tiny body that lacks a truly substantial grip, the handling of any zoom lens (other than maybe a theoretical power zoom) is going to be dicey because the torque applied to the zoom ring can be enough to destabilize your grip on the camera body--particularly when holding the camera out from your body to compose on an LCD.  A stiff ring like on the Tamron 24-70mm VC makes it useless in combination with the M.  Primes just handle better.

I think I may be convincing myself to bag it and just go with a Rebel T6s (760D).

I got myself this grip:

It make handling the M so much better.

Canon General / Re: Canon to Buy Video Surveillance Leader Axis for $2.8b
« on: February 12, 2015, 03:43:31 PM »
Another way to think about this:

If Canon can make larger profits with Axis, it will give Canon more money to invest back into their other business areas.

Buy a more profitable line in order to fund a less profitable line is a common business practice.

Since Canon has a finite supply of money: Another way to think about this:

Canon just spend $2.8b on Axis so they don't have the money to spend on a modern fab line for an improved sensor.

Canon just spend $2.8b on Axis so they don't have the money to spend on R&D for the less profitable products: DSLR

Canon just spend $2.8b on Axis, they think the growth is in security and not in DSLR, so move the technical staff to this area away from a dying field of DSLR.

Too bad Canon has changed again the battery. I own the 550d and have a bunch of LP-E8 but it seems the 750/760d have LP-E17.

Not only are the batteries different, but the new ones have lower capacity.

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: Price of 5Ds
« on: February 08, 2015, 02:47:37 PM »
The Nikon D810 is about $3300 now so maybe $3799 MSRP at the most.  I think the take rate will be a lot lower if it is more than 4K and 7.5, no way.
And the Estimation Oscar
(with absolutely zero authority whatsoever  ;D )
in this poll  goes to (drum roll please)
"TPhillips63" writing "maybe $3799 MSRP at the most" and
"cycleraw" with "One more vote for $3,799."

After B and H comes out with price of $3,699 and $3,899.

Three cheers !

Not only that, but over 50% of voters selected the correct price bracket (3,501 to 4,000). The wisdom of the crowd  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Images for EOS Rebel 750D & EOS 760D Appear
« on: February 07, 2015, 03:08:17 PM »
They shrunk the battery, the old one was 1120mAh (LP-E8) and the new one is 1040mAh (LP-E17)

EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 07, 2015, 09:38:32 AM »

I don't agree with kphoto99. Purchases of Zeiss manual focus lenses are a drop in the ocean compared with AF, even the most expensive L ones.

I respectively disagree with you. I think that the people who once get the taste of Zeiss lenses continue to buy those lenses.
At the high end of lenses quantity sold matter, here Canon makes very large margins per lens to pay for the R&D costs, unlike in the high volume lines where few lost sales don't matter.

It is never a good idea to look how much money you sunk into your hobby. If you are a professional (defined as somebody who makes money from photography) then it does not matter.

Just enjoy it.

EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 07, 2015, 12:13:24 AM »
Tremendous resolution! No improvements in DR, no improvements on noise, no support for high precision manual focus, due to fixed focusing screen (they put it on the 6D and 7DII, but not on their flagships :o), exposure metering is not following AF, no illuminated AF confirmation ... There are some more, but these were on top of my wish list. I got one out of six. ::)

Not including support of changeable focus screens is easily explained as a business decision.
If manual focus was easy on 5Ds then the likely hood of people buying MF Zeiss lenses is much larger instead of them buying AF lenses from Canon.
Most people who buy 6D and 7DII will not spend the money on MF Zeiss lenses so it is safe to allow them to change focusing screens.

Remember Canon's first priority is to maximize profits, if you look at Canon's decisions through this lens then most decisions make sense.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M3 Body Only?
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:21:51 PM »
Has not surfaced yet.

Comparing prices for body only options just released ($/£/€)

5DS R 3899/3199/4249
5DS   3699/2999/3999
T6s    849/ 649/ 859
T6i    749/ 599/ 799
M3 kit ---/ 599/ 769 

Seems like an M3 kit might have been around $729 and body only a hundred or so less, say $599.  That's in the ballpark I expected ($499 to $599) for the initial pricing.

In Canada the body only prices are:
T6s C$930 ~US$744
T6i C$850 ~US$680

I wonder why the difference is not C$100, and it is cheaper on a straight exchange rate conversion then US prices?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Preorder Canon's Latest Products
« on: February 06, 2015, 09:11:27 AM »
Wonder why T6s is not offered with the 18-55 STM lens kit.

EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 06, 2015, 08:30:46 AM »
Chuck Westfall has insisted that the 5DS sensor is designed and manufactured in-house, but what is interesting is the fact that it doesn’t feature Dual-pixel AF (and neither do the 750D, 760D nor EOS-M3).

I understood that DPAF is part of the core design of the sensor, you can’t just remove it from or add it to the front of existing sensors. Thus, assuming that these new sensors don’t simply have DPAF disabled (why would you do that -especially if you are going to add HCAF, like on the 750/760D?), they are of a fundamentally different design to the 7D MkII.

Maybe Canon has decided that DPAF is a dead end.

EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 06, 2015, 12:33:24 AM »
What a disappointment. So maybe the 750D and 760D won't be available to North America as well, as there is no mention of the T6i to date. LOL

Okay then I might just look at the a6000 for my compact mirrorless needs. I just don't like the 16-50 PZ lens...

Or just get the first M for cheap.
T6i and T6s are available both in US and Canada.

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