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Lenses / How satisfied are you with the 100-400 II?
« on: Today at 10:50:29 PM »
Mine is on order and will arrive today. Unfortunately I'm out in the wild away from home and will be able to get my hands on it only on Christmas day. I must say I'm looking forward to shooting with it.

Your feelings about this lens?

PS: I voted for option 1

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A mix of all the options. I always carry my iPhone and at the same time I almost ALWAYS carry a camera with me. Smartphone is used for photos only if the photos needs to be shared with someone immediately or there are restrictions on carrying a camera in select few places.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 11, 2014, 12:19:36 AM »
Congrats JR

1dx will give you a much better handling with your big lenses: 85L II, 70-200, and of course future 200mm f2 IS  ;)

Keep in mind....it might take you sometime to get use to 18MP(larger pixel). Once you passed that state, I doubt you would pickup your 5D III.

Thanks Dylan - I watch out for the larger pixels. The big whites are on my shopping list too - the first one being the 300 II.


I'm tempted to order one too, but I'll wait for the Mk2. After that maybe 200/2 or 300/2.8. New kidneys grow back in few years, right, so I can keep selling them?

I considered waiting for the Mk2 as well but felt that photo opportunities can't wait. That said, if the Mk2 did come around sometime next year, I'd probably sell the 5D3 and get a Mk2.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 10, 2014, 11:27:37 PM »
Thanks for the replies guys. I've put the 1dx on order, should get it next week.

Cheers ... J.R.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 09, 2014, 08:12:53 AM »
So what! I'm planning to *dump* $6800 for the 1DX  :P

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 08, 2014, 11:06:23 PM »
I'm selling the (backup) 6D today, not because the camera is a dud (it isn't) but the user-interface is nowhere near what I would like.

I'm now looking at the 1DX while retaining the 5D3 as backup. Quick question here - does the fact that the 1DX is only 18mp bother you or limit you in any way? 

Cheers!
J.R.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: B&H Shipping Prices - International
« on: November 02, 2014, 12:19:10 AM »
You are correct in your observation. The shipping charges have indeed gone up. For India, the shipping has increased from a minimum of $ 63 to $ 84.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 09:05:35 AM »
Kinda stynks when a cell phone's gps works faster than one built in to a fancy new camera.

A cellphone would have assisted GPS where it would get information from the Network service provider to determine your position (that is the reason GPS on phones works even indoors). In the camera you don't have access to the cellphone network and it communicates exclusively with the satellites resulting in a bigger time window.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:51:35 AM »
Is anyone able to get this to work? I'm submitting the required information but the page simply reloads when I click "Submit".

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bracket the scene, let loose the tonemapping app of your choice and dial everything to 11!

My first entry is also my very first hdr shot, right after buying my shiny new 60d! Seemed like "instant art" to me back then :-p

Everyone has these art shots hidden in the hard drive somewhere. I'll check tomorrow and post the particularly ghastly ones.  ;D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: iPhone 6 gets an Exmor
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:15:57 PM »
Er... Does it shoot RAW?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:09:07 PM »

For your shooting maybe not, and that's great for you if that is the case, but for other people's shooting it may and the difference demonstrated absolutely is entirely realistic as to how it works out in the real world.
If you shoot scenes in the real world that have enough DR then it does matter and it's a perfectly realistic demonstration and it has nothing to do with no exposing properly.

Absolutely. Everyone's wants, needs and required results from their equipment are different. While I am fine with the gear I have, people to whom DR is crucial, like yourself, can stop-gap with the A7.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:59:22 PM »
Not really. I'm not missing the point at all. I'm simply saying that the sample images usually posted on forums don't lead to a valid comparison. See OP's first post in this thread. The real world images prove that the difference is not as great as some would have me believe.

I don't see any images in the first post in this thread.

Oops ... That would mean here http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=22999.0;topicseen

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:53:33 PM »
I know, it isn't about both sides or not. I KNOW both sides go at it. But it's an issue, DR is an issue with Canon cameras. It's THE issue with Canon cameras for many people. It's a topic of discussion. DIS-CUS-SION. We CAN be civil about this issue. It's a choice we have to make. It's a difficult choice to make, though, when the anti-DR crowd regularly insults the pro-DR crowd. It's usually the anti-DR crowd who throws the first insult, or gets mocking and derogatory, or what have you...that's where the discussion always takes a really bad turn. That's where it gets personal, dirty, mean...that's where it becomes a war rather than a discussion.


It's not really that simple. A great number of posters see this course of insults the other way round. You see what you want to see.

are you sure though? Do you see people saying that if you never shoot high DR scenes at low ISO and have no need for it that they are morons or incompetent at photography? If you see someone discussing framing and composition and capturing peak action or whatnot do you see people jump into those threads and call them morons because they are talking about the artistic side of things and say they must be a bunch of simple-minded fools not smart enough to discuss the only thing that matters, tech, and berate them for not concentrating on engineering discussions in photo critique threads? (you can, of course, focus more on the art on forums and be brilliant or talk a lot about tech and yet have a crazy extensive photo portfolio)

Just in the last two days alone there has been a lot of: LOL at these lens cap shooting dweebs, only dweebs like that who have never taken a real photo in their life care about silly shadows and dynamic range; only morons with no clue about how to take a photography or do post-processing have any need for Exmor-type sensors; just lazy people who can't bother to set an exposure care; why are you talking about engineering and tech [in a tech thread] you lab geeks, go outside and take a picture for the first time in your life, etc.

And it's been like for years and some people slowly got sick of it over time and perhaps started fighting back more (the ones who didn't just get fed up and quit posting).

Yeah going on about sensors or this or that maybe can be annoying, but the talk is limited to the equipment forums.

There have been enough mashed potatoes flying from everywhere on these boards. Nevertheless, I did say that both parties were at fault to which Jon replied that the "anti-DR" crowd was responsible, which made me make the comment that you quoted above. We can agree to disagree though.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:44:56 PM »
Let's just be civil, okay?

You expect much.

These DR arguments end up with both sides pissing in the wind.

With that attitude, these discussions will never be civil. I tried to start a thread dedicated to DR discussion, didn't push any kind of agenda, and the thread was still derailed...primarily by the anti-DR crowd. So long as no one tries to react differently to the DR discussion (which is not going to go away...it's the only real issue Canon cameras have, so OF COURSE people are going to bring the subject up), then nothing will ever BE different.

How can it be derailed by people posting examples of the latitude the Canon sensor is capable of ? Actually something has come out of these discussions; there has been less talk of greater DR and more talk of being able to pushing 0 data. That in itself is a step towards understanding what Exmor really offers over the current Canon sensors. You want to push 0 data then I think we are all in agreement that Canon is not your camera of choice.

Exactly. Every time a head to head comparison shot is made, the images are so hopelessly underexposed that it is bound to show Canon in poor light. Real world imaging narrows the differences considerably.

You are missing the point. People are talking about real world images that are not under exposed. If you have highlights that are bright and need to be saved then the rest of the image may get pushed very dark, but that is not underexposure. That is proper exposure.

Not really. I'm not missing the point at all. I'm simply saying that the sample images usually posted on forums don't lead to a valid comparison. See OP's first post in this thread. The real world images prove that the difference is not as great as some would have me believe.

I don't say that more DR is not welcome, only that the 2 stop difference comes into play only for my landscapes shooting. For landscapes where DR is usually crucial, I take my time and blend in bracketed exposures. It is easier with a Nikon (yes, I have used the d800 and am speaking from experience) but then, it doesn't bother me much.

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