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EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: March 02, 2015, 05:47:28 PM »
Birders and sports guys should be using the 7DII or the 1Dx not a 5D... Why would you spend $4K on a camera only to crop the images down and get less quality than you'd have on a better suited camera that costs half as much...

If you properly equip yourself with appropriate lenses for your subject at your proximity, you'll need not crop and will get better images due to having a substantially larger sensor.

I'm particularly confused by why you suggest a 5D is inappropriate for birding due to a necessity of cropping, but that a 1Dx is appropriate even though it has the same sensor size.

Was lumping sports and birding together.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: March 01, 2015, 10:04:41 PM »
5DIV wants:
24-30 megapixels
2 stops better DR
1 stop better low noise performance
1 CF 1 SD card (I hated the SD at first, but it allows me to sort better)
Illuminated AF points (selectable)

This is all I want. The 5DIII is already an awesome camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:56:58 PM »
I'm a tad bit late to the game but this spec list makes zero sense to me.

Unless the DR is 3 stops better than the 5DIII and the low light noise is 2 - 2.5 stops better going down in megapixels is a very very bad idea.

Someone above wondered why the 5D should be set against the Nikon D810 and perhaps the upcoming D900 - well because at $4,000 that's what you can get from Nikon and frankly Nikon has better DR and noise performance in the D810 than the 5Ds will have... The 5Ds is an ad-on to your Canon kit so you will stay with Canon, it is not a competitor to the Nikon for agnostic purchasers.

The 5DIV has to best Nikon in the price range and target market or Canon is actually going to loose real market share. 18MP only makes sense if it is going to have D4s kind of DR and noise performance.

12 frames per second is clearly wrong. Birders and sports guys should be using the 7DII or the 1Dx not a 5D... Why would you spend $4K on a camera only to crop the images down and get less quality than you'd have on a better suited camera that costs half as much... and if you are serious about your sports and bird photos enough to spend $4K on your body, why would you not choose the body that actually get the camera that is right for the job and get the 1Dx?

As for a new card? I don't think that is wise... but who knows. Nikon hasn't had success with their new card and the 7DII isn't using a new card so I think this rumour is also wrong. I don't think we'll see a new card until we see a body that needs one. ie the 1Dx replacement... IF it needs something faster than a CF card which it probably won't.

All in all I think CR2 was over the top for this set of specs.

The only part that seems to be CR2 worthy is 4K. The 5DIV will have 4K. I am 99.99% sure.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Where is the EOS 5D Mark IV? [CR2]
« on: January 30, 2015, 03:44:38 PM »
Better dynamic range, better low light noise performance, and focus points that I can see against a dark scene and I will simply say "Take my money please!"

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EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:15:13 AM »
Here are some much larger jpegs to check out: http://www.cameraegg.org/canon-eos-7d-mark-ii-sample-images-movies/

That is impressive for an APS-C sensor! Unless the AF system is a fail this camera will be my second body next year.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:32:10 AM »
The ISO performance looks impressive for an APS-C.

BUT WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE FOCUS? Out of 5 frames two are completely out of focus and one is focused on the wrong eye. Was he drunk or is the focus really not very good?

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Rundown of Canon at Photokina
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:00:16 PM »
Here's hoping these are not the actual specs for the 7DII I was hoping to put this body in my bag as a second camera.

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Lenses / Re: Lens setup for wedding photography
« on: August 09, 2014, 10:27:48 AM »
Not the official photographer?
Then just the 50, be everywhere while staying out of the way.

+1

This is exactly the best advice. The couple is paying a photographer (who may well be brining a team) please don't make their job harder.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 85 1.8 to replace 50 1.4?
« on: August 09, 2014, 10:25:59 AM »
The 85 1.8 is leaps and bounds above the 50 1.4 in terms of image quality and sharpness.  Once you make the switch you will never regret it. The 85 is sharp at 1.8 and is very sharp at 2.0. It also has very good contrast and the bokeh is very nice.

I use mine at weddings and portrait shoots all the time.

After a long debate about price I finally sold my 24-105 and got the 24-70Mk II and now I can't even imagine going back to the 24-105. I think you'll have a similar experience with the 85.

So far there are only two issues with the 85 (after the most part of a year with it). 1. chromatic aberration needs to be fixed on most images 2. it makes me want the super expensive 85 1.2L even though I would say it is 80% as good as that lens.
 

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: January 24, 2014, 04:38:13 PM »
Here's a very good review of both the 85s showing where each is stronger than the other. Not surprisingly the 1.2 is demonstrate-ably better in very key areas. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWCpAVslmCg

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: January 11, 2014, 06:30:37 PM »
Kevl you know what? That was rude of me. I'm sorry. Let's get back to how the lens works shall we? You're clearly a fan of the 85 1.8, show us some of it's strengths and any possible weaknesses you've encountered after owning it for so long. Admittedly I've only had it off and on over the years, so never had a chance to put it through every available usage scenario.

"for so long"?

I've only had it for less than a month. I have no doubt that it will not last as long as the 1.2 will.

The lower build quality and the chromatic aberration are the only weaknesses that I am aware of. The build quality would be an issue if it were double the price but it truly isn't at the current price point. The chromatic issues come out instantly in Lightroom so they are almost meaningless to me as well. Would I prefer them not to be present? Of course.

Is the 1.2 probably a better lens? If it was not then it would be very oddly priced...

BTW I have many loves and passions in my life, thanks for asking. 

My new 85mm 1.8 is something that I am truly beginning to love. I used it for a number of the less important images at my first wedding of 2014 last Saturday and I have to say I wish I would have used it for many of the most important ones because it performed brilliantly. The focus is quick and accurate and it is much more sharp than is needed. I used it at 2.8 because that is where my confidence level is with it right now. I have used for a couple of couple's photo sessions at 2.8 and I'm getting a 95%+ hit rate with it. I'll be using it at 1.8 next week with some couples but in my home testing I've seen no issues at all at 1.8. I just didn't want to come home with a bunch of missed shots from the wedding. :)

If there are weaknesses other than that then the review might have brought them up... it doesn't have a red ring and it doesn't have the "magic" of the 1.2. I'm sure that's true on both counts... however, the lens is brilliant! The 1.2 isn't something I would even consider now that I have the 1.8 and I was in a toss up between which to get. I needed a good 85 and now I have one.   

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: January 06, 2014, 10:27:59 AM »


I was hoping your "LOL's" were because those cons were mostly jokes (sarcasm) but I see it was lost on you. No problem, you're right in your observations and I certainly *don't* think the 85 1.2 is worth the extra money (I haven't bought one) but I do compare the two because focal length is an obvious comparison tool. I did mention I compare it more in line with the 50 1.4, 40 2.8 and other "like-class" lenses.



I don't know what your copy of the 50 1.4 is but my 85 1.8 makes my 50 look like it is constantly out of focus. They have similar chromatic issues though. 

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: January 06, 2014, 10:26:03 AM »
clartephoto, more great shots, thanks for sharing.  It's nice to have you on CR.

The guy in the review can say that his images with the 1.2 are more magical... OK.. thanks. I wonder how one would quantify that. Could it be that when one drops $2,200 on a lens that they feel obligated to feel it is full of magic?
Have you used the 1.2?  If not, how can you say he's right or wrong?

No I have not used the 1.2. He is the one reviewing, how can he prove himself correct? What does "magical" mean? It is a meaningless statement and therefore completely unhelpful as a "review." It would make a lovely Tweet though...

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The 1.2 lets in more light for sure, I'm not convinced it is sharper, and if focuses slower.

I don't mean to be rude but this is one of the least helpful reviews I've ever seen on a reputable camera website.
LOL back at you - the old "I don't mean to be rude" preceding the rude statement.  Saying that doesn't make it any less rude.

I'm sorry you were offended, perhaps it was rude of someone to call this article a review...

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon 85mm f/1.8
« on: January 01, 2014, 04:43:03 PM »
I have to LOL at this review.

I just purchased this lens for $319 at B&H. I shoot with a 5D3, 70-200 2.8L, 24-105L, and a 50 1.4. My verdict on this lens? It is brilliant.

I don't expect it to match a lens that costs nearly SEVEN TIMES AS MUCH. The fact that there is so much debate on this subject tells me I'm not just drinking the koolaid the lens it truly brilliant.

The guy in the review can say that his images with the 1.2 are more magical... OK.. thanks. I wonder how one would quantify that. Could it be that when one drops $2,200 on a lens that they feel obligated to feel it is full of magic?

The 1.2 lets in more light for sure, I'm not convinced it is sharper, and if focuses slower.

As the reviewer put it the only cons to the 1.8 are no hood included and it doesn't have a red ring on it. I've got two red rings, one is brilliant the other is OK (guess which? lol). I'm not sure I have thought about the ring on either of them in more than a passing way ever.

I don't mean to be rude but this is one of the least helpful reviews I've ever seen on a reputable camera website.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 10, 2013, 04:06:38 PM »


It is about time 40 megapixels became the new normal for DSLR's..... Progress marches on....

I don't know any pros who want a 40MP camera as their primary body. It may be nice for specific jobs but it will simply cost me money in harddrive space, and backup costs, for my Wedding and Portrait business model. The largest prints I normally sell are 24x36. My 5D3 eats up enough space as it is. A friend of mine shoots sports professionally with a 1D MkIIn with 8.2MP and he has no issues.

If I need to make large prints I enlarge the image in Photoshop, and this just got even better with Photoshop CC. For most businesses we don't need, or even want, a large MP camera.

I'd like to have it for play time, but I'm a long way away from ever paying the price of a pro body to get large MP to play with.

Anyway, I'd LIKE to have 40MP for cropping freedom... I just wouldn't want to have to pay for the harddrive space.

Hard drives..... Time marches on there too....

First hard drive I bought for work was $10,000 for a 10 megabyte drive.... Last week I bought 24 4terrabyte drives at $250 each.... That's 100 terabytes for $6000..... Quite a drop in price per byte.... This is 7 orders of magnitude... That's like buying a mansion in 1980 for $1,000,000.00 and in 2013 buying a better mansion for $0.06


LOL this is going to be rude... and your point is?

If you're spending that much on harddrives for your photography business and you want a large megapixel camera you're dealing with the wrong company here. You should visit http://www.hasselbladusa.com/


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