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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 09, 2014, 08:17:38 AM »
Same here it is a painful chore to go through his videos all the way to the end, in my opinion she does not help much in the over all feel. Its like watching pretentious and annoying cutsy home videos of people we don't know or care about.
There is something about this guy, that makes me unable to watch any of this videos through. I honestly don't know what it is, and it has nothing to do with his brand preferences (the first video of his I watched was entirely Canon related, and I still couldn't get through it)...I think it's the way he talks. I dunno...just can't watch him.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:32:01 PM »
There has to be a very good reason for that, i assume but I think who does not know what happened, and was following the tread should be informed. Thanks.

Seems someones posts are missing from this thread, the entertainment is over  :'(

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:51:13 AM »
Very well said!

Being so articulate (that I never could, due to my language barrier), open about identity and professional credits, it really makes me sad that you have to be so apologetic just for trying to issue honest and polite critique of someone, is like you trying to critique a sensitive boss or teacher.
How many times did you said how smart Neuro is?
All that only shows the state of the affairs here on this site.
I was warned so many times for trying to say something that is just not with the current of this site that I have lost count, and I have just eighty something posts so far (few were deleted).
I think that anybody able to think clearly will agree with me that so called blind brand loyalty is in the end rather proof of poor ability to experience and perceive the world.
Anyway maybe it is better to obsessed about sensors superiority, and trying to figure out how to discredit "enemies" like DXO, than to do other things, like obsessing about people in personal life or coworkers.
Thank you for voicing your opinions!

I'm a long time reader, first time poster, but I have to address Neuro here.

I had the Canon D60, the D400, the 5D Mk1, 2, and the 3 for about 2 months till I decided that it was a huge disappointment after waiting 3 years for the successor to the wonderful Mk2.

I went to the D800 and spent 12 grand switching, and I never looked back. Crop modes, clean shadows and highlights and DR were the main attractions.

Images from my D800 look like drum scans from MF/LF film, and that's the first time I'd seen a digital camera hit that goal.

Neuro is a god here, and he's an intelligent guy, of that there is no mistake, but when it comes to the reality between Canon and everyone else, he abandons his normally cogent posts and reverts to fan boy mode.

I loved my Canon gear, and up until 2012 it was the best gear I could buy for my business without going MF.

The D800 killed anything Canon had as far as pure IQ went with the D800.

Is that even up for debate now as I await my D810 to arrive? Only here it seems.

I've found in 2 years of D800 use that DXO scores for the sensors are pretty much on the money from what I've observed by taking tens of thousand of Canon and Nikon photos.

The Mk2 sensor, that is maybe half my folio (www.deanagar.com.au) is scored accurately. It was great for 2008, no question. I loved that camera.

The DXO score for the D800 I'd have to agree with, as i would with the Mk3 which I had for a depressing 2 months when it was released. Soft video and the same old read noise that Canon can’t get rid of.

Ergonomically it was the best camera I'd ever owned, but IQ is what I'm after and I can take the loss of a rate button and, camera setting memories and nice menus to get the elusive film level IQ of the D800.

It makes the Mk2 and Mk3 look very average, and sometimes downright poor. Read noise, lack of recoverable highlights and shadows, and poor 100ISO performance are lacking in the Canon sensors.

Is there anyone on the planet that doesn't accept that as fact, except many people on here?

The reality of the camera industry has changed and Canon isn't even 2nd best when it comes to sensors anymore.

The best sensors are Sony, the 2nd best are Nikon designed/Sony made sensors, and I'm not sure Canon even come third anymore.

I'm sad about that, it cost me a lot of money to jump ship, but I deal with reality, not what I want reality to be.

I wanted Canon to release a sensor that could match the D800, and 28 months after I got the D800, that still hasn't happened.

I will say, I'm not a high ISO shooter, so limitations of the D800 don't worry me, but then if I had to shoot 3200-12800 for my pro work, I'd get a D4s, so Canon still don't get a look in for a Canon fan like myself.

Neuro is a very smart guy, his knowledge is amazing, but he has a blind spot and it's the kind of a blind spot a 16 year old fan boy has.

Canon are a great company, and have advanced digital photography more than any other company in the scheme of things, but they have lost their way, and in 2014, that hasn't changed yet.

Focus on product delineation by hobbling their stills cams to sell more of their video cams, and insisting on releasing the same old sensors in new bodies over and over and over has taken a lot of industry respect away from them, that’s for sure.

The 70D focus system? Stunning. That’s the canon of old. Shame it was added to the same old sensors with read noise and low DR. I’d love that on My Gh4 and D810, that’s for sure.

My professional photographer friends are jealous of the D800 and they haven't made the leap to Sony or Nikon because they have faith that Canon will deliver something that has 14-15 stops of DR, and no read noise, but so far, they are frustrated, and I have two years of photos with both while they lament the lack of sensor development at Canon.

So back to the good guy Neuro and DXO.

I don't give a flying toss how DXO arrive at their scores, they seem to back up my personal experience with Canon and Nikon, and everyone else i know using Canon and Nikon, which amounts to a lot of pro, APPA winners.

On my FB buddy list are the Australian Fashion Photographer of the Year, the Australian Commercial Photographer of the Year, and the Australian Nature and Science Photographer of the Year, so I’m in decent company, although I’m still only an APPA winner and not a category winner.

Yet :-)

I see people here ask what shots couldn’t be taken on a Canon. Well, I took a few shots in New Zealand that were handheld on my honeymoon that are good examples. I won Loupe awards and other awards and they couldn't have been taken on a 5D Mk3 without going to HDR techniques.

They were single frames on a D800.

http://www.deanagar.com.au/tag/landscape-photography-brisbane-gold-coast-new-zealand/

With over 14 stops at 100 ISO (14.8 at 32ISO on the D810 it would appear) that is the same as a 3 shot 1 stop bracketed 5D Mk3 shot. That’s a big difference for landscape photographer to get something in one shot that would take a Canon 3 bracketed shots.

I’m not even a pro landscape photographer. I’m a people photographer, and occasional commercial photographer, but all the advantages of the D800 apply to any photography really.

What am i trying to say in this long rambling post :-)

Neuro, you’re a smart guy and I read your insights with enthusiasm, except when it comes to Nikon/Canon.

A bit of an open, or even neutral, mind would benefit your standing when it comes to those types of posts.

I’ve shot with both, for around 7 years professionally, and I wouldn’t touch a Canon if I had the choice of a D800.

I can’t give up clean shadows and over 14 stops at 100 ISO, even if my heart is really with Canon due to my history with them.

I want them to blow everyone out of the water and deliver a killer high MP, hi DR sensor and give me my well missed rate button back.

But life goes on, and Canon have a following that means they are still the number one as far as sales go due to their reputation from prior to 2012, and I guess that won’t change for 2-3 years yet, so they have time to get it right.

But lets not deny reality.

If they don’t catch up, a good brand name is not going to last forever.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 15, 2014, 08:02:37 PM »
Don't rush with your decisions and final verdict.
It took me some time to learn what I can get and how to use it to my satisfaction.
In my mind this is a poor man medium format camera for the moment, and I treat it like that.
Barely ever use Autofocus shooting super wide angle Canon lenses hyperfocus most of the time, which turns the SONY A7r in to fastest focusing camera in the industry ;-)
All the rewards come when I can push the envelope manipulating levels, lifting shadows, adjusting colors to my wildest desires without getting disgusting colorful vegetable soup like blotches and bandings in all colors (mainly red and purple) not only in the shadows :-)
I wont mention more obvious benefits like DR and resolution.
All boils down to what you need and what is useful for your type of photography.
Good Luck!

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Internet is buzzing with reviews, positive impressions about Sony, and all we got here is bitter, sarcastic ind smart ass comments without the end in sight.

Of course, what do you expect?

Lots of people here have spent thousands of dollars on what they consider to be A-grade photography equipment and don't take kindly to evidence that suggests that it isn't the best.

Okay, denial is really mature way to deal with facts, won't even bother looking for examples ;-)
If I was a true Canon fan like you guys are, I would be happy and appreciate what Sony is doing, because thanks to Sony people like me still hold on to the Canon Glass and that gives them extra time to catch up and don't lose customers, I can always get another Canon body when it will be worth my money to invest.
I hope you can agree at least with that.

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I am finding this forum more and more misleading in the worse fashion, lead by couple of devoted brainiacs with great ability to browse, process and serve confusing information.
It is so much like politics is scary!
Now even titles are intentionally skewed.
Internet is buzzing with reviews, positive impressions about Sony, and all we got here is bitter, sarcastic ind smart ass comments without the end in sight.
I own A7r and it is the best camera I ever own for my shooting style!

And yes I am here for the same reason many others are, waiting for a ray of hope from Canon, before I really will start selling my lenses, so please don't give me that just don't come and read Canon Rumors talk.

To counteract here just another terrible review of Sony (of course from another silly, unscientific, inapt source):
http://petapixel.com/2014/06/16/report-claims-sony-a7s-image-quality-comparable-medium-format/

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Love my Sony A7r, of course accepting all the differences of what we are used to, in my case particularly the wake up time of the view finder, and of course the clunky Metabones adapter! Hope Novoflex will come up with something adequate soon.
It is amazing that 36 mp sensor in that camera was not released with a companion of native super wide angle lens, and that is my only really serious problem I have with Sony so far.
On the side note, I am starting to don't believe the stats about the mirror less cameras market share, I have mirror less Sony, yesterday at Sanibel Island I meet a guy proudly caring his high end mirror less Olympus, and my friend just left for New York from short visit with his extremely elegant mirror less Fuji... Maybe coincidence, but if not, expect prices of DSLR really go up pretty soon if only pros with giant white lenses and wedding photographers will buy them, kind of like the cinema line, and seem like Canon really insist to alienate serious amateurs or semi pros...
People here are wishing things that are not good for them just because some weird love to a "brand". It is very interesting to watch how this will play out.

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Received my Sony7R yesterday, one word that comes to my mind is AWESOME!
If you are not addicted to Auto operation or don't use it for work, and I mean auto in broad meaning even when is called Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority, they are still Auto modes just with an added little angle.
For person that was using large formats and all kind of manual cameras the horrible difficulties of Sony, like menus or unacceptable position of an release button are just silly. Take a plunge and enjoy the only sensor right now that offers some abilities for people that like to push the envelope. I will post some images when available, still testing with Canon lenses.

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Lenses / Re: Finally!
« on: February 05, 2013, 11:23:02 PM »
Congratulations!

Great job advertising iPhone camera to!
I just got my iPhone5 and I think in some respects produces better jpegs than my first digital 8MP Rebel.

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Site Information / Re: Moderators: You are Too Sensitive
« on: February 02, 2013, 11:23:54 PM »
Could not agree more, the karma thingy was removed as well due to thin skin of some.
We all should just start wearing uniforms with Canon logo on it, and act properly.
I have pretty good idea who is so sensitive up there, but hey we all live pretty much in the "new" brave world already.
Anyway, I have been seriously warned already in the past so this may be my last post.
Cheers.

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: January 27, 2013, 05:12:38 PM »
I am really enjoying this gallery, in case of B&W I guess some HDR photographs minus wired grayish, decaying colors are quite palatable. 
My is not an HDR in the sense of using HDR stacking software, it is one shot adjustd in PS.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pentax FF DSLR for under 1499$ at release.
« on: December 04, 2012, 12:59:23 PM »
Would really hope so!
Beside Pentax, I can think of few other brand names that may have good chance to come back, if planned properly, especially because they often used others great optics.

If Sony was smart enough and kept name "Minolta" even if they have to somehow pay more (don't know the story behind) things may look bit different now for them.

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Landscape / Re: Help Me Get Better - Crashing Waves - Round 2
« on: November 27, 2012, 11:52:25 PM »
love the 10-22.  just to lighten up the mood, here is a wave that hasn't crashed yet lol.  taken with the 10-22 REAL close.  no underwater housing.  camera moving with the wave firing away at 6fps.  I got drenched but the camera didn't :D

Wow!
Just wonder why do you have so much magenta in the left upper corner, is that color fringe or famous red noise, which may be the case because the same thing you can see on the lower right in the dark parts of the water with no contrast.
In case if this was produced by the 10-22 lens, you probably have a bad copy.

well, now you have me doubting that this was in fact the 10-22;   the no contrast in the water could be flare, and this could have been the 17-55, although the color fringing at the top of the wave is characteristic 10-22. 

as for the magenta itself, I suspect that is an artifact of heavy pp;  probably pushed the red sat slider too far. the colors were pretty wacked in post, so that the wave didn't appear too green and poluted :D

 :)
Depth of field seems bit to shallow to, you know, I have taped the focusing ring on that lens and using as fixed focus most of the time!
It has enough depth for regular landscaping work even at f5.6, the only problem is when I have to, very rarely zoom in, it needs small correction to the focus.

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Landscape / Re: Help Me Get Better - Crashing Waves - Round 2
« on: November 27, 2012, 10:12:30 PM »
love the 10-22.  just to lighten up the mood, here is a wave that hasn't crashed yet lol.  taken with the 10-22 REAL close.  no underwater housing.  camera moving with the wave firing away at 6fps.  I got drenched but the camera didn't :D

Wow!
Just wonder why do you have so much magenta in the left upper corner, is that color fringe or famous red noise, which may be the case because the same thing you can see on the lower right in the dark parts of the water with no contrast.
In case if this was produced by the 10-22 lens, you probably have a bad copy.

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Canon General / Re: Photography websites. Where are you posting?
« on: November 27, 2012, 12:35:07 AM »
Have account for years with Smugmug, but after experimenting using someone else computer in the near by city, and seeing my stats not reflecting the true counters, I have posted big watermarks and waiting to see any of my photos printed somewhere without permission.... maybe, I will get lucky...
And for the FB users, my God get to your senses...

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