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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 25, 2015, 04:18:47 PM »
Woo! I love piggies... Lovely shot, Sporgon! Was going to post one of my own piglet-pics but it's not here on my iPod, so here's what my Avatar on here looks like when it's rocking more than its usual 8 pixels...

Heya guuuuuiz!

I've been threatening to "seriously" look into Tilt/Shift photography for a while, for architecture, landscape and environment-oriented modelled shots, thus far I've only really made the "unserious" outsider-looking-in efforts of someone telling themselves it's all a bit expensive and unnecessary for now... But it's all a bit intriguing!

When I started out in digital photography I did a lot of playing with adapters and legacy glass and have somewhat of an understanding of freelensing and it's effects. I've got digital FF and APS-C gear, including the EOS M (and Pentax Q on its way) with short flange offerings, and also a 6x4.5mm Medium Format Bronica with just a single 50mm lens, though I'm not sure of its projection capabilities (ie. 6cm Square or larger?)
- I'm inclined to seek FF solutions for the usual reasons, likely with a short-flange a7s in my future!

I'm terrible for waffling on, I'll try and summarise what kinda' input I'd appreciate from you guys and gals;

- Are there online resources (articles, tutorials, videos) which you think are particularly, um, "good"? Informative? Useful?.. as with most things there's lots out there and I'd rather not spend too many hours studying the delusions and misguidance of enthusiastic, inexplicably high-google-ranking muppets, so suggestions of who/what to study and also avoid would be just lovely :)

- Examples! Yours, your favourites of others, individual pics, particular folk's entire careers or projects? What/whom do you feel really shows great understanding and/or creative application?!

- Unexpected or even obvious personal observations I might have missed thus far, regarding handling of different lenses (brands, focal lengths etc)?

- Peripheral/additional considerations? Essential or preferred filters, modifications, accessories? Use of plates, bellows, lighting, anything? Potential perks to grabbing an a7s/FF mirrorless in regards to the shorter flange/more portable kit, or is that not to be expected?

- Freelensing and Medium Format custom-mounting and positioning... is this good for playing with perspective, not just DoF? I thought I found some online bits, turned out just to be arty-'togs playing with DoF, not manipulating architecture etc... Any thoughts on the above Bronica MF lens and ideas for mounting it?!

I'll likely get a proper TS lens within a year or so but I'm happy to play and learn for now! Yeah, I should rent... assuming TS are popular enough to be stocked here in the UK?

Maybe I'm being lazy... or efficient! But I sincerely thank you in advance for your input and guidance towards finding the cream of the crop of both articles/tutorials and wonderful works :)

- Drew

Ps. My interest is mostly regarding perspective, not the arty DoF manipulation that's plaguing my search results ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Camera ownership on Flickr: 2013-2014
« on: January 13, 2015, 09:24:17 PM »
They do clarify that at the bottom of the post:

"Why do cameras appear twice in the top 10? Our tools for labeling cameras do not currently automatically group the same hardware with different regional names (e.g.Canon 600D/T3i). This is something that we are hoping to address soon."
Heh, well it's a year or three  since I last checked these stats out and that statement does sound kinda' familiar...
I guess all this hope that Yahoo invest in their products doesn't always get things done - but it's nice that they're open to trying!

It's occurred to me that in mugging type situations this idea could at least work as a verbal deterrent until it becomes a real thing...

"Dude, this gear belongs to a major media group, it's worth thousands and is GPS tracked - you're going to be found and in such deep sh*t in no time if you take it" could be a handy line to have prepared ;)

...and regarding what's directly above: when I just signed in the forum dropped me in a different thread than that which I was viewing before signing in. Perhaps explains what just happened there! Glitchy day at CRHQ?!

EOS Bodies / Re: Camera ownership on Flickr: 2013-2014
« on: January 13, 2015, 08:24:16 PM »

Good point. Newer models will only have a great participation on Flickr after 1 or 2 years.

Will anybody be using flickr in 1 or 2 years from now?  I dip in occasssionally nowadays if I'm researching potential locations, don't really post so much or contribute to forums nowadays tbh.

I think Flickr lost a lot (A LOT) of dSLR users when they saturated the environment with camera-phone shooters a little while back. It was around the time Instagramme or whatever refreshed its T&Cs and the world got in a pissy over them claiming too many commercial rights etc over people's uploaded photos - Yahoo overhauled Flickr in no time to accommodate the Social-media-socialites and the regulars were faced with a bit of a wtf?/cba situation. I used to really enjoy using Flickr when I was getting to grips with the 60D and legacy lenses... joining the "100 Strangers" project and Daily 50mm Challenge type groups was awesome fun and super productive! I'd actually recommend such challenges to a lot of Business/Professionals and rich twonks who've never really learnt to shoot properly before investing or setting up business...

Just thinking about it I'm actually feeling mildly inspired to find new/old groups to join in the fun again with!

Also, I think I strayed a little prior to the above events when I started approaching the old upload limit for free accounts - I believe that's gone now though! I might have a nose around and see how I feel about it's present-day user experience...

Also, also, also... yeah, they count the Rebels/XXXDs separately. I remember that coming up in the past and concluding Canon are actually way on top of all those Nikon sales ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: A New xxD DSLR Coming From Canon [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2015, 10:52:28 PM »
A 70D N, 75D or 750D.

I'm pretty sure Canon already sell the 70D(N) and 70D(W), depending on whether they're Wifi Enabled or Not!

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: CN-E 35-260mm f/2.8 Soft Focus Lens
« on: January 12, 2015, 08:56:00 PM »
Does anyone actually find them useful? If you wanted soft, you could do that in post, couldn't you?
First reaction to this was, oh err the sites been hacked  :o;D
Then realised this is a cine lens, I assume soft focus is a much more tedious affect to apply post or its used in cine for more than the traditional stills use?

...and if you're short on both time for editing and finances for new soft-focus glass just lick the front of the lens you've got to hand, sorted!

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:58:19 PM »
Thinking that for some, this conversation has gone .....*imagine above image here*.  Shot with Canon 5DX and 50mm f 0.6 used Toyota headlight.

...and 3C? People might expect it to be part of the Cinema line then! But... maybe it will also be an 8.8K video camera!  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: A New xxD DSLR Coming From Canon [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:25:09 PM »
Looks a lot like the 60D body too. My bet is that its the 70D sensor and auto-focus, but without some of the more pro features (frame-rate, AFMA, buffer, etc), just like the 60D had a while ago.

Wouldnt surprise me if they renamed it, since they've essentially left the Ti/xxxD line. They updated that thing yearly, yet the 700D hasnt been updated in almost 2 years (with a new sensor that came out in the meantime)

I'm not sure... Canon haven't even utilised their best 18mp sensor in that series of cameras yet - they put it in the EOS M2 and the 100D, which was announced on the same day as the 700D, but the 100D/SL1 got the more advanced sensor! They need to release a 750D with the Hybrid AF II sensor first ;)

A part of me suspects that the Hybrid AF II sensor may in fact be an early Dual Pixel AF sensor from before the hardware and firmware were up to  the task - Canon did mention that there were already DPAF sensors out there prior to the 70D launch and people speculated it could have been the 5D3, amongst others, but I think it could be the M2 and 100D sensor... and maybe we'll see it in DPAF action some time soon, helping to keep the 70D and 7D II ahead in the megapixel game! just a thought ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: A New xxD DSLR Coming From Canon [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2015, 07:16:14 PM »
I mean an LCD on the top of the camera near the shutter button.  I don't believe a Rebel has ever offered that.

- A
It's functionally the same thing, displaying settings on a low-power LCD without draining battery power firing up the big display, which is now touch-screen and even more draining!
Come to think of it, the old Rebel version even told you what your White Balance settings were, neither the 60D nor 70D do that. I'm sure most of us would call that an inconvenient downgrade!

Part of the convenience of the display being on top (re: 5D, 7D, XXD series etc) is that you have corresponding function buttons directly adjacent to the assigned features' displayed properties. Considering this camera's got those buttons (AF and Drive) on the back, a la Rebel/XXXD mapping, the convenience factor of it being located on the top plate seems diminished to me. There'll no doubt be an LCD backlight illumination button and the ISO button up there though, as is the norm with more recent Rebels! It'll no doubt be handy, just a little removed from ideal or "professional" ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: NEW CAMERA - EOS 80D?
« on: January 12, 2015, 05:12:10 PM »

"If they had made the 7D2 into the camera it should have been"

What do you mean by this?
I think it means words just kind of splurge out of him/her - but they're quite consistent in sticking to their guns so lets see how Tugela responds!

If the British slang translates, I think you could consider handing over your username to them ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: A New xxD DSLR Coming From Canon [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2015, 05:06:13 PM »
Take a look at that captured still of the right hand side of the back of the body.  That's a top LCD display.  That would imply that we're in XXD territory and it would not be a rebel. 

This presumes that Canon is consistent with that being an 'enthusiast and higher' feature.  They certainly could put such a feature on a Rebel, but I generally associate that as a step above the entry-ish levels of XXXXD and XXXD, so a 70D-lite or 80D seems plausible.

- A

Well it'd be the third Rebel to have one ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: A New xxD DSLR Coming From Canon [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2015, 04:53:32 PM »
Consider the SL1/100D, which broke current naming conventions, but brought a unique characteristic to market (smallest dSLR).  In some ways, that was an attempt to define/create a new market segment and Canon maybe up to something similar here.  Small body, but with an upscale feature set (e.g. top LCD)...sort of an xxD-Lite.
Quick, check out the leaked page before Canon UK notice and take it offline again ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: NEW CAMERA - EOS 80D?
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:18:33 PM »
The other possible answer can be found in the comments at PetaPixes site, somebody claiming they work for Canon wrote:
Kurt • 4 days ago
sorry guys im from canon germany and have to tell you that is just a prototype with NFC.
it´s basically a mockup not a real camera.
Yes of course  ::) ::) ::)
Canon will make a new body housing design in this finish just for a mockup. With this statement the source "Kurt" should be rated [CR0].
Maybe this specific camera body in the video was a mockup, but they made a new body design to use it and will only discard it if they design something better.

I am sure Canon has many alternative body layout prototypes laying around. Why is this so inconceivable? No, I don't need a tooling lecture...

It doesn't look hand crafted, polished and painted to me and to set up mechanical production of... oh, wait, you wanted reasoning but request we don't get into the... reasoning? Touché ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: A New xxD DSLR Coming From Canon [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2015, 01:13:51 PM »
Also, they've missed a few off the list over at Canon Watch. I'm going to enjoy asking Camera Store reps to explain why I might want to purchase one of the following and how they compare to the others;

EOS 1200D
EOS 100D
EOS 700D
EOS 750D

Are dealers going to be expected to stock this selection? I get that the 1200D is just selling off old parts (after actually reading the spec list last night for the first time)
...but it's hard to come up with a term for this situation that could be described as Politically Correct if Canon choose to add another dSLR to the line-up, as opposed to a sideways shift towards EVF/mirrorless and other alternative technologies.

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