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And we all know Samsung has a huge selection of state of the art pro optics to mount on their Uber Camera....right?

Oh.......they don't?

uhmmm... give them a year or so.
They can move pretty quick when motivated and they'll likely want to put something out to attach to this new body.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: Today at 09:34:20 PM »
Taking a hurried peak at a 7D2 RAW file, it seems like the gain vertical banding issue of the 7D may be entirely gone. Only took a very harried look though. It's hard to tell because the 7D2 has such a small black outer frame area in the RAW and I didn't have the program to check for the gain type in the mids and brights but it seems like it might be gone, none of the shots are close to lens cap shots, but there is a chance they got rid of all or nearly all of the offset banding at low ISO all together. So that is the very good and impressive news with possible both the 7D's weird vertical gain banding and the typical Canon offset dark shadow banding very low or gone, maybe.

The bad is that the random read noise still shows no improvements since 2007 whatsoever, as far as I can tell. It seems like it will be extremely close to the exact same DR as the 7D. The read noise might even be a touch higher than on the 7D. Not quite sure yet, didn't locate quite the proper 7D file or my old numbers. Without the banding, the effective usable DR should be higher though even though it seems like the engineering measured DR might be anywhere from a bit worse than the 7D to a trace better.

Holy cow, we're hoping!
at least we can deal with random-ish noise

This might be the first Canon crop body to break 70 on DxOmark score.

EDIT:  tho as a counterpoint, I've just been somewhat impressed with the tiny pixels in my Oly EM10 at iso 25600... score 72

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Having seen the massive lenses produced for mirrorless cameras, I am beginning to question the whole point of trying to keep cameras small. This is particularly true when it comes to mirrorless cameras with crop sensors.

Olympus 40-150 f/2.8, Sony 70-200 f/4 OSS (for FE mount), Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8, Samsung 50-150 f/2.8, Samsung 300 f/2.8 come to mind.

because if you want small lenses, they are available, and they're small.
Can't beat physics tho, bigger lenses do what only bigger lenses can do, with commensurate IQ results.

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Listen to that shutter!  Wow!

http://vimeo.com/106277134

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Considering the very enticing pre-order deal on the 7d2, at least here in Canada, or Chinada since out PM just sold the place out from under us, I might order it, play with it, and still be able to sell it without losing anything but time if I don't like it.

www.canonfeatures.ca/EOS-7D-MarkII/pre-order

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II is not exciting enough
« on: September 15, 2014, 03:25:25 PM »
7d2 is pretty much as expected, AF and metering is skookum but no mention of any improvement in low ISO performance or any new tech to alleviate FPN issues which, more so with dual processors, can risk generating striped deep shadows as many 7d bodies did.
I'm not compelled to buy one at the intro price only to get some AF abilities my Nikon's already have an equivalent to and I seriously doubt it would satisfy my landscape requirements for the few shots I'd throw its way if I had it.  I don't do enough BiF or fast action shots for this to be a worthwhile buy.

Nope, sorry Canon, 7d2 isn't exciting me unless I see NO FPN when I test it.
I'll have to shoot some dark frames with it to see how noisy the output is but, for now, any cash I have is more likely to go to a new 44" Epson or HP printer (their inks seem to stick better) to help cash flow in.

Panasonic & Olympus have some exciting goodies coming out though, even Samsung's new mirrorless catches my attention.  Canon didn't innovate this year.

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EOS Bodies / Re: FF Canons are falling behind.
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:22:20 AM »
The Df with no Canon competitor?  Why should Canon bother competing with a camera that isn't selling?   ::)

HEHE.  Canon's retro look is hidden behind every one of their AA filters.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:14:28 AM »
..Let's think for a second: who will buy the D610 if they can pay a few hundred more for a D750?
I am more envious of the 20/1.8. I wish Canon made something like that...

I agree, there's currently not a lot of price difference from 610 to 750
with the 750's intro price that low, the don't have much room to lower it w-o first lowering the MSRP of the 610... That could be a good thing for someone considering the latter.

As for the 20/1.8... I'm salivating just thinking about it.
I use an old AIS MF 20/2.8 and an AI 20/3.5 and they're both very good, the 3.5 being very compact and light.
it there's slightly better corner sharpness with lower CA in this new lens, it will be very welcome

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: And people say Canon is behind??
« on: September 12, 2014, 04:06:49 PM »

HAHA!  so a retailer messed up an important ad, that's gotta be a bit embarrassing
they did correct it quickly tho

www.adorama.com/alc/0014839/blogarticle/nikon-d750-full-frame-action-dslr-first-look

What about the real information on the D750 ?


$2300 intro price for the body
24MP
small light Carbon Fiber reinforced plastic body
Weather-sealing
wifi
D4s 51pt AF w 15x rated -3EV,
91k RGB meter sensor w 3d color matrix 3
6.5fps
3.2" RGBW tilt display
time lapse to 9999 frames
iso to 12800, exp to 51200
2x SD cards
pop-up flash w master
Dx (& other) crop modes,

1080 @60p to both SD or uncompressed to external recorder
stereo mic
headphone jack
zebra stripe
manual exp video changeable during shooting
flat mode for post grading


and the simple little SB-500 flash for only $250 w LED video light?

fast 20mm f/1.8G prime $800

These are all very appealing features/cost.

if they kit the 750 with the little 24-85mm they could likely list that around $2650, wicked kit!
happily, I still don't need one.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs DSLR Camera
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:54:59 AM »
I do not disagree.  In most types of challenging conditions I have more confidence in SLR AF for getting the shot too. In some others, the ML can actually do better.
A fast-paced and chaotic wedding is not the best place for a 'tog with slow gear.  Altho if you're old enough to have shot film and manual focus lenses, you might have to concede that today's ML can actually outperform most of those in most situations.  Last wedding I shot was a few years ago and slow enough of a pace that I didn't have to run very often and today's ML systems would have handled the whole day just fine.
So ML is not likely to be adopted en masse for wedding work just yet, not when SLRs are available and adequate and their users are more comfortable with them, but MLs are capable of delivering satisfactory results.  Some pro's are actually trying Fujis and other ML for weddings and doing OK with the change.
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They're also a lot lighter, so could be easier to carry around all day as a few extra batteries they need don't weight all that much either. :>
I also don't have any need for the absolute biggest and brightest lenses as that super shallow DoF is not always desireable.
But BIGGER is usually more impressive to a north american audience. ;)

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Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:03:17 AM »
I'd like to see Rodger Cicala run it thru his new test machine.  While I'm sure that the lens is absolutely a gem, there are always weak spots in a product due to tradeoffs involved in design and manufacturing.  Knowing what they are would be mostly out of my curiosity, since I won't buy one in any event.

Yes, altho this thing is PD sharp, I don't care for the swirly-circular bokeh in the background of some of those examples when it's wide open.  It does improve as it's stopped down.  This would not always be an issue but I don't like everything about how it renders OOF areas.
Give me the Samyang for $300 ! :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless vs DSLR Camera
« on: September 09, 2014, 01:03:34 AM »
granted we have different uses for our gear but I can not agree with many of your points, I've rebutted within the quote re my experience with Fuji, Olympus and Pentax.

Lack of lens Selection.  -  MFT system has a lot of great glass covering UWA to long zoom, Fuji X has the UWA to medium tele covered with long tele coming.  The real limitation is MFT ultimate resolution is lower.

Lack of a Mature Flash system. - I'm not familiar with the Oly yet, I think it has some pretty decent capabilities, but Fuji X system flash is definitely weak. Pentax ML work with existing Pentax kit which is decent, but not extensive

Lack of Ergonomics for Long Handheld use.  -  definitely not.  Every ML body I've got or used has a very comfy, if optional, grip available.  E-M1 feels custom made for me even w-o the grip so this is, if anything, subjective.

Laggy EVF in Low Light. - last year, probably.  newer systems, not really. Some gain-up very well in low light and maintain decent frame rates, like Fuji XT1 & XE2. I find they're quite easy to get used to using and compensating for any slight lag.

Slow AF  -  compared to what? Top line sports-oriented DSLRS?... then yes.  good current ML systems AF speed is comparable to consumer/prosumer SLR, i.e., fast enough for most things, most users, and the accuracy is often very high.

Crap Battery Life.  -  will give you that one, most ML bodies w EVF do have some energy management options you can set that improve battery life by turning displays off if you've not got your mug up to them.  But nowhere near the battery life of an efficient SLR - then again, ML's are still mostly handicapped by compact body forms and tiny batteries rather than the larger capacity batteries used in prosumer + SLRs.  This could easily change with design alteration with present tech.

Crap Sync Speed (A7R) - ya, some could be faster, so could some SLRs too. -

No PC sync port. - it's right there on my Fuji XT1, and a simple and cheap hot-shoe adapter for everything else.

Viva la MILC!  ;D

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Things are going well for MILC in Korea, with Sony and Samy taking top spots while Canon, Nikon and Oly are way down and losing ground.

www.businesskorea.co.kr/article/6197/digital-cameras-sony-samsung-dominating-digital-camera-market-while-canon-nikon

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The grass is greener on ALL sides of the fence, it all depends where the backlighting is.

From the Nikon side, I miss the simplicity of using Canon cameras with their intuitive interfaces.
They have a catalog of lenses that covers ALMOST anything I'd want.  I sure covet those TS-E lenses!
I have a lot of this stuff. (I HAD a lot more)

from the Canon side, I really wish the low ISO performance was better, I'm tired of dealing with so much pattern (& random) noise when i'm trying to maul a raw file.  But I sure like how quickly I can make good use of any body I pick up and shoot with.

from the Pentax side, WTH is with the metering! It's nowhere as predictable as CaNikon's.  But it does deliver the goods otherwise and this IBIS is better than I thought it would be.

From the Olympus side, who designed this menu system?!?  They really ought to look at how Canon does this.  But these lenses are amazing.  Wow I  can do a lot of funky stuff with this camera!  I sure like shooting with a decent EVF, the overlaid live histogram is fantastic.

From the Fuji side, Did the Olypus team design this user interface too?!?  Gheez this gear is pricey, doesn't work too well for action either, and I wish there were more native lens options. But holy cow, did you see the shots I pulled off with this thing?  Even the camera jpgs look gorgeous.  Low ISO, hi ISO, this thing creates the images I see in my mind.  Noise reduction?... what's that?  Wow, I sure like shooting with a good EVF, the overlaid live data is fantastic.

With that, I don't feel like I'm fenced into some tiny area, confined to one manufacturer's products.  I can (thankfully) afford to have a variety of tools available, each well suited to different types of shooting conditions or just my mood for the moment.  I complement each mfr's bodies with the lenses and accessories best suited to how I'm going to exploit each of their advantages:
- more fast glass for the Fuji and Olympus,
- nothing more from Pentax for now unless they release a FF,
- some 3rd party goodies for Nikon to expand options here to more areas.
- nothing for the Canon group either, will keep what I have that works well, maybe grab an updated 7d2 if it works really well, possibly a long prime or zoom if I can justify how little I'll use it.

When my Canon gear showed that its limitations were making some kinds of shooting difficult for me, I  spent little time working on work-arounds and, instead, researched better alternatives.

Dammit Canon!  Your FPN issues caused me to learn a lot more and spend a lot more $ than I had ever thought I would!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:24:53 AM »
The reality is that if any company made a camera system that was better than everyone else at everything, they would have the entire market...

I doubt it. There'd still be a pile of people claiming how their old brand X was still better than the superior brand Y in some unmeasureable metric, or it would cost to much to switch, or... something.

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