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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R Image & Video Samples
« on: February 06, 2015, 01:55:04 PM »

I have both the Pentax 645Z and the D800E and the Pentax is just superb. The only time I have used my D800E since I got the Z was for a magazine article where the magazine insisted I shoot with the Nikon. I had the 5D3 before the nikon and lived the high ISO performance and the truly silent silent shutter (Nikons implementation of this is poor way to much sound on the quiet shutter). I gave the camera to my brother in law to borrow.

The Z performs really well at all ISOs low as well as ridiculously high. Dynamic range is more than 14 stops and I tend to ETTL rather than ETTR as you can push so much detail from the shadows it's ridiculous.

With the new canon I know people are asking for shots at wide apertures but since they are pitching this at landscape shooters like me so f/11 is far more typical for my style of shooting than f/4 or f/5.6 would ever be. So tests should be on this basis of apertures f/8 to f/16. With nikon I frequently shoot at f/11-16 and the Pentax I'm normally in f/11-16 with some forays into f/22. I don't do pixel peeping so am not nitty picky about theoretical diffraction.

The only thing that would get me back to Canon with this would be if they sort out the low ISO noise and banding and get to 14 stops of DR. I don't want to be forced to do HDR because the camera can't shoot scenes I want to. I am in the market for a possible replacement for the Nikon but may see what Sony offers by way of A7R2

Thanks for the feedback. Your impressions echo the sentiments of others who have used or owned both the D800 and the 645Z. How do you like the Pentax glass?

I can comment on the Pentax HD DA 645 28-45mm F4.5 ED AW SR Lens (shooting only lanscapes)
1. Expensive
2. Big (some may say massive) and heavy but balances well with the body
3. Optical stabilization works very well
Paired with the 645Z it takes some very amazing sharp shots.  (when I get my computer back up and running I'll post some examples).


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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:23:49 PM »
So no confidence in Canon ..  what's keeping you around?

I dunno if you realize - but photography doesn't equal lingering for new gear, it's about making do with what you have since there will always be limitations. I know this is irritating to a fanboi, but as a Canon shooter of 3 decades I feel free not to get overwhelmed by rumors, even if it's a nice pastime while my LR is plenty busy trying to cope with my 20mp files :-)

Edit:  Don't bother with a response...

*snigger* hey, see, there's always something new 'round here - I don't remember reading a trollish poster asking not to reply :-). Good night to you, might your dreams be in high definition.

Troll ... Nope but you should look in the mirror.. Wasn't happy with Canon and made my decision to move on and went to a camera that meets my needs very nicely (Pentac 645Z).  Happy as I could ever be... suggest the same for you cuz its gonna take more than pigs flying to meet your needs....  good night and good luck.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: January 30, 2015, 09:05:58 PM »
I'd rather use 36MP Exmor for that stuff than just 14MP more and worse DR.
Not holding my breath, but if the rumor that it's a Canon sensor from a new process is true, we could be pleasantly surprised on the dynamic range front...

Canon increasing dr *and* res significantly at the same time? "Oink oink flap flap" :-)



So no confidence in Canon ..  what's keeping you around? 

Edit:  Don't bother with a response...good night and good luck finding that magical camera that does everything you need or think you need.

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Portrait / Re: The New Guy
« on: January 28, 2015, 10:18:22 PM »
Congratulations and quite the beautiful child

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 28, 2015, 09:48:41 PM »
Don Haines selfie appears to be the grim reaper  :o

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 13, 2014, 08:39:14 PM »
60D; EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM ; 1/800 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 100 some LR and Nik and Exposure 5


Very Very nice

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mmmmmm. sausages, Hofbrauhaus Munich

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: October 01, 2014, 09:41:56 PM »
when I saw this, I instantly knew, that I had to take a pic in b&w.

Love it...I can stop staring ...

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: October 01, 2014, 09:26:30 PM »
I call this one "Midnight Morning"  ::)
Grand Canyon, USA

Very nice.  North Rim I believe....

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 01, 2014, 09:02:47 PM »
I used to say that technology is killing XX .... in this case photography.  I am wrong about that, technology is taking photography in another direction, IMHO the wrong direction.  When technology levels the playing field for all afforadably, when all I have to do is turn that dial to the green P, not worry about the photo because post processing will take care of any issues, photography is dead.   Composition, lighting, position, weather are just reduced to chance moments that anyone carrying an IPhone has an equal probability of capturing that moment....Probably a higher probability ...

The younger generation are not looking for technology advances in a DLSR camera, what they do expect is that the technology advances are crammed into their IPhone 6. 

A camera is slowly becoming nothing more than a vehicle to take a selfie and quickly post it online for every to "LIKE".

There is photography and there is art. Someone taking selfies isn't producing art...it's just a "picture", a memory, something they share with their friends. The stuff Ross Harvy produces? That's art. It may be his job, but it's also his art.

There is a difference between photographic art and pictures people share with their friends. That's why I've said on multiple occasions I really don't care about the Rebels or point and shoot cameras. The market I care about is the higher end market. The xxDs and the DXXXs, the 5Ds and 7Ds and D4s and D800s and A7rs and all of that? Those are the tools artists use to create art.

You act like better technology is the end of photography, just because everyone can snap a selfie. Seriously? Do you think all the artists out there who's art is photography are suddenly going to be incapable of creating art because a few million more people are able to take selfies now? Is the quality of their art doing to diminish because a billion smartphones have cameras now? I mean, honestly?

There are snapshots, and there is art. Just like there were polaroids on fridges and 4x5 or 8x10 contact prints in galleries during the film age. For artists, better technology removes limitations and allows for better art. It blows my mind that people are against technological improvement because they don't want more people to be able to take photographs. Or, and this is far more important...discover that they may have potential as a photographer, a real photographer, and become a world-renown artist. Technology improves accessibility...that's a GOOD thing!! I find it incredibly selfish and egotistical that some people would halt technological progress to stunt the ability of more "non-photographers" to take good photographs. Wow.

I'm out guys. These discussions are just...low. I have no interest anymore.

So I took neutral ground on your position with sensors/cameras.  I did make comment on the pitfalls of technology.  Yes I was so bold as to say that photography as "art" is in jeopardy.  The interest of our younger generation in using photography as a vehicle for art is eroding quickly and being replaced with junk (I use selfies as the example).  Your opinion differs, thats fine.   No personal attack there yet you call me a fool.   Thank you.  Thank you for exposing your true colors. 


You cannot deny that technology kills... unless you are the fool. 





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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 01, 2014, 06:23:37 PM »
Until I can look through a Nikon viewfinder and change ISO settings with my right index while also adjusting any other setting I need, I'm sticking with Canon.

Haven't you heard?  With a Nikon camera, you don't need to change ISO – just set ISO 100 and you're done.  In post you can push it to ISO 3200, with a SoNikon sensor that's easy-peasy and the IQ is still better than Canon.  Or so I've read somewhere or other...   ::)

You make fun of it...but it's possible. Because there is practically no read noise, digitally lifting ISO 100 to ISO 1600 or 3200 is effectively the same thing as actually using those ISOs (with the added benefit of having massively more dynamic range).

Jon, I hope you are wrong.  Serious, whats left when you have eliminated the science and have dug deeply into the art of photography....Composition?! Not really a concern on these massive megapixel cameras....

As Ron Popeil stated - Set It and Forget It -

Sorry, not sure I understand... You hope I'm wrong about what?  ???

Composition is obviously important. Getting good focus is obviously important. Getting the right frame is obviously important. I'm not saying they are not, no one who appreciates more DR is.

But here is my stance on the issue. When you nail all of those other factors. And, it's more than possible to nail every one with any pro- or semipro-grade DSLR from Canon or Nikon (and some even from Sony, and probably Pentax as well). We already have cameras with phenomenal AF systems, with very high frame rates (although the best frame rates do tend to cost), and composition is a simple matter of preference...reframe to taste. When you get all that right, what's left? Sensor IQ.

I already have awesome AF. I already have a great frame rate (7D) and a good frame rate (5D III, the 1D X is out of my acceptable range of cost). I already know how to get good composition. When it comes to landscapes, a lot  of it is simply a waiting game...waiting for the right light, the right weather, and being at the right place in time to get the shot. When all that comes together...the only thing I don't have, is the best sensor IQ money can buy.

It's not a complicated equation.  8)

I used to say that technology is killing XX .... in this case photography.  I am wrong about that, technology is taking photography in another direction, IMHO the wrong direction.  When technology levels the playing field for all afforadably, when all I have to do is turn that dial to the green P, not worry about the photo because post processing will take care of any issues, photography is dead.   Composition, lighting, position, weather are just reduced to chance moments that anyone carrying an IPhone has an equal probability of capturing that moment....Probably a higher probability ...

The younger generation are not looking for technology advances in a DLSR camera, what they do expect is that the technology advances are crammed into their IPhone 6. 

A camera is slowly becoming nothing more than a vehicle to take a selfie and quickly post it online for every to "LIKE".

 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 01, 2014, 02:31:08 PM »
Until I can look through a Nikon viewfinder and change ISO settings with my right index while also adjusting any other setting I need, I'm sticking with Canon.

Haven't you heard?  With a Nikon camera, you don't need to change ISO – just set ISO 100 and you're done.  In post you can push it to ISO 3200, with a SoNikon sensor that's easy-peasy and the IQ is still better than Canon.  Or so I've read somewhere or other...   ::)

You make fun of it...but it's possible. Because there is practically no read noise, digitally lifting ISO 100 to ISO 1600 or 3200 is effectively the same thing as actually using those ISOs (with the added benefit of having massively more dynamic range).

Jon, I hope you are wrong.  Serious, whats left when you have eliminated the science and have dug deeply into the art of photography....Composition?! Not really a concern on these massive megapixel cameras....

As Ron Popeil stated - Set It and Forget It -

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:14:23 PM »
Until I can look through a Nikon viewfinder and change ISO settings with my right index while also adjusting any other setting I need, I'm sticking with Canon.

Haven't you heard?  With a Nikon camera, you don't need to change ISO – just set ISO 100 and you're done.  In post you can push it to ISO 3200, with a SoNikon sensor that's easy-peasy and the IQ is still better than Canon.  Or so I've read somewhere or other...   ::)

Thats just messing with a hornets nest... LOL

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Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:58:28 PM »
Would you consider this a D'oh moment. (or DUMB moment)

Years ago my niece was writing a report on the Hearst Castle.  Trying to get enough points for Uncle of the Year award I decided that I should take the niece to the Hearst Castle just to let her see it first hand.  We had a wonderful time and took many shots for her report.  So for no D'oh.  We ended the day by visiting the pier down at the San Simeon bay/harbor.  A beautiful sail boat was passing and my niece wanted to get a picture so without thought I handed her my "first" 5D classic (w/24-105 w/grip w/batteries). She steadied the camera on the wooden hand rail and started snapping a few photos.  Camera still perched she was examining her results and got a tad bit too excited and....yep, splash.

All I could do was laugh ....


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Canon General / Re: DRones vs. anti-DRones: how to resolve the controversy
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:37:11 PM »
Change the subject.. Maybe we can argue pro life versus pro choice.  I'm sure it would be easier to resolve and that would leave everyone time to go use their deficient equipment... 

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