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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 26, 2015, 11:15:07 PM »
Sony just announced today the next generation of big MP and yes it is a 50mb version.  Now this is interesting are we going to see a sony sensor in a canon?  More than half of my community of friends has switch to sony lately and I have been waiting this version for 18 months now!

Where have they announced this? All I've seen is rumours of an announcement.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:07:01 PM »
Can't wait. My bank account isn't going to be happy though. Been waiting for a high mp camera to replace my 5d2. I'm gonna wait to see if the a7r II is worth it though. Hoping that Canon knocks this one out of the park.

EOS Bodies / Re: Global Shutter Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: January 22, 2015, 05:40:48 PM »
It has certainly been great watching innovations happen like hss and hypersync so that we can push our equipment further, a global shutter that increases sync speed and possibly reduces noise would be most welcome. I thought this rumour has been around for a while though. Certainly 1/200 and sometimes not even that fast has felt slow compared to nikon.

Maybe so, but it takes a lot of training to manipulate film, and most of it is 'acceptable darkroom processing' such as contrast, dodge, burn etc.  while anyone with a PC, a program, and fingers can manipulate digital data, and often do, then claim it a 'great photo' ...   

My artistic side agrees, 'great art' [well, sometimes :) ], but my journalist side says 'not truth' ... and we fight amongst ourselves in my brain a lot.  Personally, I'd never manipulate a photo and sell it as 'news media', but I play with my images a lot, both on the PC and in the darkroom, just for the fun of it, the pure joy of the art part.   :) :) :)

Just because images are easier to manipulate now digitally doesn't mean they shouldn't be. There is no degree of difficulty a photographer must endure to earn the right to edit a photo. The truth is photography for me is art and expression. Sometimes I want to express myself through the way I saw a scene in my mind, or the feeling I get from the scene. Photography is art, not religion. There is not only one path to truth.

The thing I find is that people make up all these rules that they say the masters would use years and years ago and forget that these masters were often making their own path, not following the crowd at the time. It's time we as photographers stopped quoting Ansel Adams. I have much respect for him but he had his own path and we have ours. There are no boundaries in Art, only the ones we impose on ourselves.

I know that you aren't against the art part as you stated but don't peg all photography into the same category. And yes, I agree with you that photojournalism shouldn't involve heavy edits and should try to maintain purity. There are other scenes that should remain less retouched as well. I believe that we shouldn't tell others that they can't use photoshop because you can't in your photography. We are all unique and have our own path.

I hope it doesn't sound like I'm having a go at you either because I'm not. Hopefully a smiley face will convince you of that :)

I suppose that's the whole issue I have with this photographers list. Tell people that "this is the way I do it" and "this is the way I have found works best." Don't make a list acting like there is only one way to work.

I am getting a little tired of the mantra, that the camera doesn't matter. Of course it does.

A camera is a tool, and all tools aren't equal. Some tools are better suited for certain tasks and circumstances. It also very good to know your tools and how to get the most of it, where camera/sensor tests can sometimes be helpful.

I agree. A tool certainly can't make an artistic decision for you, but it can certainly make your life easier and help to produce a better final result. If they didn't we'd all be either using our phones or cameras made out of lego.

Johan summed it up. I've owned both versions of the lens and the new one isn't that big of an upgrade. What does make a difference though is the IS. It makes framing a photo so much easier. If you are just using it on a tripod though I wouldn't say it's worth the money to upgrade. Just my 2 cents.

16-34 f4 IS for me. Since I seem to use that lens 95% of the time when taking landscapes anyway it seems like an obvious choice. YMMV.

Landscape / Re: Seashore, Beaches and Harbours
« on: January 03, 2015, 06:25:59 AM »
Not sure if this applies or not

EOS Bodies / Re: Using full frame lens on crop body cameras ?
« on: December 14, 2014, 06:20:42 PM »
I really don't get the hatred towards Tony Northrup. He makes good videos in my opinion and tries to be as unbiased as possible. He publicly admits when he's wrong. He's also quite level headed and the constant victim of internet trolls. He's just a camera geek doing what he loves doing. The funny thing is I never see people having a go at Kelby or Polin who just talk crap for 99% of their videos. Yes, I don't trust Dxomark either and think that their data doesn't represent reality, but can we stop bashing Northrup for a moment.

Well done to Gary Fong and everyone that helped. It has got to be a fear that many wedding photographers have that something like this will happen. Would have like to have seen the images though.

Wedding Photography / Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« on: November 10, 2014, 05:05:43 PM »
Well done. From experience I know that can be a hair pulling moment. You've captured it really well.

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 06, 2014, 04:50:25 AM »

Top of the line AF
2 stops extra dynamic range
30-40 megapixels
Dual CF
Tilt screen
Focus peaking
Large buffer
Improved ISO

One can dream...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 05, 2014, 10:17:30 PM »
and for empirical evidence from my kitchen....

First strip is with anti-flicker on.... I took ten shots and they were all the same.

Second strip is with anti-flicker off... I took ten shots and they were all over the place

all shots manual and same iso, aperture, and shutter speed... no processing other than to shrink the size down.

Looks like the tech really works well. Thanks for sharing!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 05, 2014, 08:00:46 PM »
Sure, go look at video forums and listen to the talk.  You keep on reading that talk.  That's just like reading this forum.  There's lots of talk by people who like to talk — a massive distortion field.  But then go look at people actually working and creating video.  Time after time, I see them using Canon gear, often *new* Canon gear.  They come to weddings and events with more Canon gear than I do.  I've yet to see one using a Sony, at least not since the 5D2 came out.  Sure not everyone has switched yet.  In my world, no one has switched.  Actually, they are praising Canon features and video quality and lenses, etc.  They keep pouring their money into the 70D, 5D3, etc.  While you're bashing Canon online for "crippling" video quality, they're relying on Canon's video quality every week for the work they live on and choosing Canon over competitors.

That's the problem right there. The people who complain the most aren't (usually) the ones out in the field producing excellent content. People like yourself who are producing great content seem to be content. So many of these so called experts seem to take the worst photos.

Canon General / Re: How Soon We Forget!
« on: October 10, 2014, 12:21:55 AM »
I haven't forgotten.  The cameras are simply tools and the better the tool, the easier it is for me to get my job done.  For those who think it's all about the person behind the camera, well, that's partly true.  The thing is, you'd likely rather use a 5D3 to do the job as opposed to a 10D (or at least I sure do for what I shoot).  Yes, you can get the shot but it will likely look nicer and will be immensely easier to get it with some tools rather than others.  So no, when I'm in places and circumstances wherein it is now easier for me to get my shot (and it looks better too), I don't at the time think "wow, this is much less work and a little more fun" but there have been times afterwards that I have.

Great response!

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