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EOS Bodies / Any way 5d3 goes UP when 5d4 announced?
« on: February 27, 2015, 07:33:06 AM »
Looking at the great prices on 5d3 right now ($1950.00) and tempted but not knowing what the 5d4 specs will be I hate to pull the trigger. 

I have seen claims that old lenses occasionally go up when a Mk 2 comes out, though I have not actually seen it happen myself.  Any chance of that with a body?

Do you think these grey market deals will continue after 5d3? 

Do you think they will continue selling 5d3 for a while alongside 5d4 (and 5ds and 5dr) or will they discontinue it almost immediately?

Software & Accessories / What monitor????
« on: January 16, 2015, 11:07:53 PM »
I am finding it hard to get my head around which monitor to buy.  I cannot spend more than $800, and if i can get away with it I would like to keep it to more like $500.

I guess I need an IPS monitor. (Right?) 
I do not want a huge one; a 24 is fine, probably perfect.  A 27 would be the very largest I would want. 
A refresh rate that is not so slow I can't use it for the occasional computer game would be nice.
I have a pretty new NVidia video card (GTX 770), but I think it will NOT do 10 bit color per channel; only the Quad Pro cards do.  (right?)

I really want one that can be properly calibrated.  I have a Spider Cal but I am not any expert at using it.

I found one that seems good but some people say some units emit a "squealing" sound that is bad.

Any recommendations?  Thanks.

Would like to get the Canon version but not until I see what the Sig Art version will look like/price like, and almost certainly it will get vibration control.  Would hate to see something insanely good from Sig right AFTER I dug deep for the Canon.  I love my 35 Art.

Hurry up, Sigma, %*#€!%#!!!


Only 3 lenses?  And I guess you will definitely want the Sigma dock for updates?

Lenses / Roger Cicala: Canon v. Nikon lenses on optical bench (no camera)
« on: September 06, 2014, 09:30:40 PM »

Roger at Lens Rentals is comparing 24-70's and 70-200's from Canon and Nikon.  Interesting because it removes the huge variable of the different camera bodies you usually have. 

I found this Nikon Rumors thread kind of interesting to snoop on.

Personally, if I had to pick one aspect about bad image quality at high ISO to address through sensor tech, I think it would be the low detail problem rather than the grain/noise problem.  It is not a slam-dunk choice, but I think the available software does a halfway decent job in smoothing out the noise artifacts, but not much good at all at supplying detail which was not captured by the camera if you intend to crop much.

In other words, it seems like a high MP sensor would solve more problems with its increased detail than it would cause with its tiny noisy pixels.

  Is this completely wrong? 

Third Party Manufacturers / What's next, per Sigma Rumors site
« on: May 17, 2014, 10:17:44 AM »
This is an interesting site to check in on every once in a while.

Supposedly a 24mm and a supertelephoto coming next?

Animal Kingdom / Designing a bird shooting station?
« on: May 04, 2014, 09:12:18 PM »

I am not enough into bird work to justify investing in a 500 or 600mm lens, but I like feeding them, and thereby luring them in close for easy shooting with my 70-200 lens.  My past setup was to hang feeders on the old awning frame over my deck, but the mess it made had become such that I am stopping that.

Now I want to set a post for bird feeder(s)s in the ground outside my picture window, mask off everything but a little hole to shoot thru, and let the mess happen in the grass. How does this sound:

A 4 x 4 post in the ground.  A cross arm of some kind from which to hang the feeder.  A thing like a flag holder or two mounted below so I can cut branches and have them stick out away from the feeder, so I can get shots of birds on a branch, not birds on a feeder. 

Has anyone done something similar?  I welcome input.


EOS Bodies / EF lenses could work on a mirrorless body, right?
« on: March 16, 2014, 03:29:13 PM »
I don't have this wrong, do I?  If they made a mirrorless body that wasn't super thin, but rather the same basic thickness as a DSLR, then there would be no problem?  The adaptor that lets the M camera use EF lenses is really just a spacer to get the lens farther from the sensor, right?

If so, given the huge line of EF lenses that the DSLR makers all have, couldn't they go mirrorless without needing to create all new M lenses, and making EF lenses obsolete?  I don't think most serious amateurs would really want cameras to get small.  A lot of folks say they like the bigger cameras because they are the right size for handling. .

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