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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 27, 2014, 12:27:42 AM »
Despite all of the negativity, I've yet to be convinced that the "vibe" of their scores is noticeably wrong.  Even in the example above, sure, the Canon lens would seem to be the better lens and might deserve a better ranking than the Nikon lens.  But I think that's largely irrelevant.  All I would want to find out is their view on the Canon lens - and they think it is pretty good.  If I was in the market to buy one, their good testing results would be a positive factor in that decision.

Putting all petty Canon vs Nikon squabbling aside, can anyone actually point to a Canon camera sensor or lens that we all consider is excellent, but which DxO trashes?  I struggle to find one.

Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« on: July 27, 2014, 12:10:54 AM »
Bad things do happen, so its good that you're giving this serious thought.  My approach is to take a small external Hard Drive, and back up to that regularly from a laptop.  I keep the Hard Drive in my hire car, wife's purse, nappy change bag etc so that we're less likely to lose both the laptop and hard drive at the same time. 

Lenses / Re: Ditching the Primes - Advice/Opinions Needed
« on: July 25, 2014, 03:55:37 AM »
If you're ok with their price, size, weight and max aperture, then go for it - They're great lenses.  I don't recall ever seeing a serious complaint about either lens.  Personally, I prefer a smaller 40mm + 135mm combo instead with a 4yo, 3yo and 2 month old.   

I'd find it a little annoying, but if it was an optional feature, then great.

A "find my phone" via GPS/Wi-Fi feature that can be remotely triggered even with the camera turned off would also be pretty cool.  You could go and bust some bad girls.

Lenses / Re: Camera setup for dental clinic
« on: July 16, 2014, 08:28:21 AM »
They used the older 100mm macros, original or USM.  They are fine for his purpose, but slow to focus at short distances.

I've got the original 100mm macro (ie non USM).  It is a good sharp lens.  But focusing at close distances is very, very painful - it likes to leisurely hunt and hunt and hunt.   I typically keep mine on manual focus.  But if you can pick a good one up cheap and don't need snappy focusing speed, you won't be disappointed with the image quality.

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR ? - thinking out loud ....
« on: July 15, 2014, 05:17:21 AM »
In the longer term (at least, for Nikon ;)), the answer to increasing camera sales is 300cm 8k tvs.  With 33.2mp resolution, I'd suspect you'll start seeing some IQ differences between phones and cameras and there'll be another surge in camera purchases.

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR ? - thinking out loud ....
« on: July 12, 2014, 06:33:00 AM »
I'm hoping Canon drops the Eos-M and pulls out of the mirrorless market entirely.  That way, they can focus their R&D activities on improving and enhancing their DSLRs, camera features, sensors and lenses.

Why?  We, as camera users, all benefit.  We have the likes of Sony, Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic all developing interesting cameras with new features hoping to entice us over to their side.  In the medium to long term, to keep its dominant share of serious camera users, Canon will need to fight back with their new camera improvements - whether that be better connectivity, improved sensors, better AF, better build quality, more affordable sports and wildlife lenses etc etc, it is all good. 

Canon General / Re: Seeing Rebels....
« on: July 08, 2014, 07:34:11 AM »
There was a photo recently on this site of photographers at the world cup wearing Sony vests, yet virtually everyone was shooting Canon.  It wasn't the high percentage of Canon users that surprised me.  It was that they were all using the standard Canon strap.

Canon General / Re: Seeing Rebels....
« on: July 07, 2014, 07:11:00 PM »
I'm in Australia and at sporting events, its almost all Canon.  This is especially noticeable at rally car races, where virtually everyone is carrying a Canon DSLR.   But otherwise, I think Australia is rapidly become mirrorless central.  In particular, I'm noticing a lot more Sony Nex and Olympus cameras.

EOS Bodies / Re: Comes the next Canon's with a New X-Trans Sensor?
« on: June 26, 2014, 11:06:29 PM »
As I mentioned LR & PS above, I might clarify my opinion.  RAW files in LR & PS are fine.  Certainly as good as a Canon RAW file.  However, there are a few programs that seem to be able to get even more detail out of Fuji files.  If you do a search, you'll find a number of comparison pages.  But as with Canon, most people use Adobe programs without complaint.  So its not that they are bad.  It's just that some other programs seem to process some x-trans sensors images better.  Personally, I use LR & PS and Nik.

(Although in most blind tests, most people can't tell the difference and think it is all much of a muchness).

(In the early days, LR & PS sometimes generated some "smearing" (for want of a better word) in some images , but in recent updates, that problem has been largely reduced/gone).

As above, most of my photos are shot with a Fuji camera.  I also doubt if I'll be making a significant Canon purchase in the foreseeable future.  But all the Fuji forums are so dull.  99% of the posts are from people saying "I just sold all my Canon (or Nikon) gear and have never been happier".  So apart from having a number of camera bodies and lenses and a foot in both camps, CanonRumors is so much more interesting.

EOS Bodies / Re: Comes the next Canon's with a New X-Trans Sensor?
« on: June 26, 2014, 08:03:00 PM »
I hope you're being sarcastic....and not actually worried about DXO and how they may or may not rate the new sensor.  You're 'nervous'....really??? 

Yes, given the general antipathy towards the DxO Mark around here, I thought most people would pick up on the sarcasm. 

Personally, I shoot Fuji and love the IQ.  I'd have no problems if Canon moved in that direction.  But their images are different to Canon.  They come out less vibrant.  This is fine for many things (especially portraits), but something that dedicated Canon landscape photographers might not appreciate.  Some interesting comments above about Fuji RAW files.  I've never noticed anything wrong with them and have always been impressed with the detail they contain.  There are some known issues with RAW converters (such as in LightRoom and PhotoShop).  But I'd assume that given Canon's market dominance, if they were to start using an X-Trans sensor, the software makers would dedicate the necessary resources to support the sensor properly.

EOS Bodies / Re: Comes the next Canon's with a New X-Trans Sensor?
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:36:40 AM »
But DxO have never tested an x-trans sensor.  I'm nervous...what if they give them a worse rating than the current Canon ones?  To play it safe, they should use the Nikon D4s sensor.  At least we know it has good DR (at least until the D810 is tested).

I'm considering getting one of these; I assume you mean the Mitakon Canon FD - Sony E-mount Lens Turbo? Is it any good? I have a bunch of consumer level FL and FD(n) primes that I may use with it, and I'm thinking of picking up a Sigma 21-35 zoom.

That's what I meant.  I've never tried one myself, but I use a few old Minolta lenses on a Fuji X-E1 and often think about picking one up.  (For those curious, there is also the original Metabones Speed Booster, too).

I'm surprised that Canon haven't released anything similar for the EOS-M for both FD and EF lenses. 

With a Sony NEX camera, you can use a lens turbo to give you the same look that you'd get with a film/FF camera.  The Sony's also have good focus peaking options to make manual focusing easier.

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR vs Mirrorless :: Evolution of cameras
« on: June 23, 2014, 11:22:22 AM »
If I can travel with Fauji XT-1 and some XF lenses such as 35mm1.4, 56mm 1.2, UWA 10-24 F4 OIS, 14mm 2.8  etc then why on earth should I invest in DSLR or these new lenses being released by canon, sigma etc while I get a huge advantage on other things while only sacrificing a very little in quality or any other feature?

High ISO.  The Fuji system uses crop sensors exclusively, AFAIK, whereas most of Canon's lenses are designed to accommodate full-frame sensors in their higher end cameras.  For indoor shooting, that extra bit of surface area makes a huge difference.

As far as most image quality attributes go, images produced with Fuji cameras are essentially indistinguishable from Canon 16mp FF sensors.  The only significant difference is the extra degree of background blur that is  possible with the FF sensor.  But this is where is gets really interesting.  The Fuji lenses are very nice.  They are also fairly sharp wide open.  I'll throw it out there - does anyone really use the Canon 50/1.4 and 85/1.8 wide open when they are seeking sharp images?  I suspect not many.  But you can use the Fuji lenses wide and get very nice results.  The Fuji lenses also produce nicer bokeh.  Given that you might be more likely to use the Fuji lenses at wider apertures than comparable Canon lenses, even the background blur argument probably results in a tie. 

The key benefit of the Canon system is that there is such a wide variety of cameras, lenses and accessories available.  There are also a lot of specialised equipment such as tilt/shift lenses, fish eye zooms, big white lenses etc that many manufacturers don't have.  Compared to Fuji, the Canon flash systems is noticeably more advanced.  Most camera/lens combinations will focus faster.  And if you are into sports and wildlife, shooting with Fuji is an exercise in frustration.  For many reasons, Canon is the sensible choice.

Still, I bought into the Fuji system, and while acknowledging its many weaknesses, for everyday photography, I think it is awesome.

I read the comments above about mirrorless wildlife shooters with a smile on my face.  I'm sure those people exist.  But I suspect most people buying mirrorless cameras are more experienced photographers who are realistic about their expectations.  As long as you don't believe any of the hype about "world's fastest AF", but understand that AF speed is fine for things that aren't moving fast, you can't go wrong.

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