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EOS Bodies / Re: New mirror mechanisms - how is this a good thing?
« on: February 14, 2015, 01:05:00 AM »
Reduction of the mirror's vibration is a huge deal.  The difference using live view is very noticeable in most situations.  Mirror/shutter delay is also a big step for improving quality for landscape work.  The biggest advantage will some for wildlife photographers using long lenses where the slightest mirror induced vibration kills the fine detail in an animals coat or the feather detail in birds.  Even though the 5Ds/SR was designed for landscape and portrait photographers, I think the nature photographers will be the big winners.  We need a good side by side shootout video with a Nikon D800 to  see how effective the anti-vibration is.

how about an electronic mirror.  so you can turn on and off the reflective surface.  Not sure if it would be possible, ...

I'm pretty sure canon already has the patent for the technology

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Lenses / Re: New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 08, 2015, 03:52:58 PM »
A 1:1 TS macro would be interesting. The Schneider 1:4 isn't really a macro I suppose so it would be a world first http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/818360-REG/Schneider_06_1064382_PC_TS_Super_Angulon.html

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Official: Preorder the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L
« on: February 06, 2015, 02:00:37 AM »
Those really weren't nearly as sharp as I hoped and look at that moire on the last picture.

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The f-stop bags might fit the bill. Discreet and good protection

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 27, 2015, 01:46:01 AM »
I'd love the 11-24 but not for that price.  MAYBE if it was a 2.8, otherwise I'd just go the road most people do wanting a superwide shooting landscapes and pick up a Nikon 14-24 which you can buy new for $2k and used for about $1600.   Why would I pay $3k for an f4 lens?  Just doesn't make sense to me.

Because you get 11mm which is much wider than 14?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 15, 2015, 05:21:46 PM »
Those shops have never been about making money, they are a marketing expense. If sony felt they weren't getting enough marketing for their outlay the only reasonable thing is to close them down. They try to emulate apple but it doesn't work, partly because they don't have the sect like following apple do. Another big part is that their electronics simply isn't any better than the competition yet still costs the same or quite often more. When was the last time you heard about any true technological advances by sony? And no, the camera sensors don't count, they are evolutionary and nothing more.

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EOS Bodies / Re: NEW CAMERA - EOS 80D?
« on: January 08, 2015, 04:46:20 PM »
My guess  would be that it is a new rebel. It looks a bit cheap to be a 70D replacement which is very new anyway. It would make sense to move their current rebel line up a little so the 1200D doesn't cannibalise too much on sales which I can only assume it is at the moment given their similarities.

One can only hope it is a FF rebel. My first canon camera was a canon 300v 35mm film camera. If I could get something like that now it'd be amazing. It was so light and nimble yet had the full framey goodness that came with film. There wasn't a problem fitting a the big mirror in the body which isn't any bigger than a current crop rebel, smaller in fact.

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If you had professional gear obviously it would be easy. Now the problem is that I'm guessing even renting a single proper film camera and lens would be their entire gear budget for the year. That said, they could have done a lot better than they did with even modest amounts of money

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Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 04:58:00 PM »
1. Buy a flash and get it off the camera
2. Buy used gear at good prices and sell it on when you want to upgrade, preferably with a profit
3. Don't be afraid to crop

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8II or F4 for Zoo Shoot
« on: November 27, 2014, 05:12:23 AM »
It really depends on the zoo like others have said but for the ones I go to a 135mm wouldn't be ideal. London Zoo has a lot of glass and relatively small enclosures however the whipsnade zoo I would want a 150-600mm zoom for (think safari). Monkey world (of animal planet fame) you need longish fast lenses as everything is chain link. My go to zoo lens is the 70-200 2.8 IS but on a 1.3x crop body. I would personally rather have a zoom with IS even if it means loosing one stop of light compared to the prime.

Shooting through the fence requires the fence to be close to you and the animal farther away if you want to make it disappear.

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Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 26, 2014, 12:51:41 PM »

I never bought third party strobes for Canon. Price difference for Metz strobes vs. Canon speedlites was not good enough for me to take any compatibility risks with reverse engineered third party gear. ETTL II in itself is complicated and finicky enough to avoid any additional source of problems.

Actually, afaik metz (and nissin) don't reverse engineer but licence the ettl protocol from canon which would be a reason they are more expensive as well.

As for Chinese labour, it is now getting expensive to produce over there. I know of several smaller manufacturers in the outdoor industry that are thinking of moving their production back to Europe. It would cost virtually the same but cut lead time by months. In the coming years I expect a lot of production to start shifting to south America and the stable bits of Africa like SA.

Hello Hannes!

Please be a little bit more careful when inserting a quote.
Surely not on purpose, but you made a quote from AvTvM and by erasing the wrong lines made it a statement said by me, which is definetly wrong and in other cases can cause trouble for me and others.

Thank you very much, hannes, to be aware of this in the future.

Yours,
Maximilian

PS.: It'll be best to use the preview function to check, if it's okay.

Sorry about that, was doing the posting on a phone which is bloody difficult if you need to do anything more than just type a straight up response. I've fixed my post.

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Lighting / Re: R.I.P Metz Speedlites.
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:56:32 AM »
I never bought third party strobes for Canon. Price difference for Metz strobes vs. Canon speedlites was not good enough for me to take any compatibility risks with reverse engineered third party gear. ETTL II in itself is complicated and finicky enough to avoid any additional source of problems.

Actually, afaik metz (and nissin) don't reverse engineer but licence the ettl protocol from canon which would be a reason they are more expensive as well.

As for Chinese labour, it is now getting expensive to produce over there. I know of several smaller manufacturers in the outdoor industry that are thinking of moving their production back to Europe. It would cost virtually the same but cut lead time by months. In the coming years I expect a lot of production to start shifting to south America and the stable bits of Africa like SA.

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I'm surprised that no one has asked but did you not speak to them? They quite obviously were amateurs but they might listen to reason. Otherwise fill flash for every single shot works well to break the ice

It also annoys me he is stood there in a pair or jeans and a stupid hat.

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If they aren't being helpful ask to speak to the manager. If he or she is still being difficult you politely remind them of their duties regarding the consumer rights and that they will repair. If they still at this point are being difficult I'd get on their official twitter and facebook pages as well as sending a letter to the consumer rights advocates. Very rarely will they be difficult if you are spreading the word publicly that they aren't honouring warranties as required by law. If all this fails you take them to whatever equivalence you have to a small claims court. Obviously make sure you are documenting everything at every stage. Don't call people but email them so you have it in writing.

It is probably worth sending an email to CPS as well explaining the situation because few service centres would be difficult if CPS are putting weight on them.

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EOS Bodies / Re: AA Filter: Still Relevant, Marketing Ploy, or Obsolete?
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:08:00 PM »
A better solution in my opinion would be to drop the optical filter, and handle it in post. Any re-shuffling of light that the filter does should be as easily handled by reshuffling bits in a computer program.

Afaik it doesn't work this way, just as you cannot add real optical bokeh in postprocessing - moiré is very painful to remove in post, sometimes it's even near impossible w/o too much iq loss.

If anti-aliasing is so hard to do, then how do computer games have 16x AA filters running at video game frame rates?

16x AA in a computer game is what is generally known as supersampling. It blows the image up far more and then makes it smaller again.

In the dawn of AA (2003 or so) applying 2x AA would leave you with a 50% hit to frame rates, 4x AA 75% and so on. It is only in the newer drivers and architectures that they've been able to let it be a far smaller hit on frame rates. Also bear in mind a single high end graphics card have many thousand more times processing power than a camera has available to it. In fact they are as powerful as supercomputers were not all that long ago.

As for an AA filter in the camera, yes it is still valid. Especially with the ever better lenses we are getting. Sorting out a minor hit in sharpness is far easier than a horrible moire pattern. The only time I'd want a camera without AA filter was if I was shooting strictly landscapes and nothing else which would include cityscapes etc. Maybe when cameras have found their megapixel count north of 50mpix it may be less necessary but at the moment I wouldn't want to be without it. If there was an option for software solution it would be a different matter though.

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