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Single hard drive and max 8GB memory is not my dream. Nice display, but all in ones still feel to me like immobile laptops.

That's the minimum config.  You can upgrade to 32Gb memory and a 1Tb SSD drive.  Also has two thunderbolt ports and 4 USB 3 ports.  You would typically add a thunderbolt RAID for your photo storage, leaving the internal for the OS and applications. 

This would be similar to what you would do with  a maxed out MacPro that contains 12 cores, 64Gb, a 1Tb internal drive, 6 thunderbolt ports and 4 USB 3 ports that can handle 3 4K displays or 6 thunderbolt displays.

Ah, I read "up to 8GB."

Regardless, one internal drive with a built in display kills it for me. YMMV

The speed of Thunderbolt allows an external drive to perform to the full potential of its internals, whether spinning disk or solid state. Given a fast enough connection, there is no performance downside to the drive being external.

The upside is upgrading of storage without any disassembly, the downside is more clutter if you have several drives.

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Photography Technique / Re: Noise in 5D III - Concern or my fault?
« on: October 14, 2014, 01:13:20 PM »
Have you checked that long exposure noise reduction is switched on (separate to high ISO noise reduction)?

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Such excellent comments. Each one of them. I did not vote as am confused. I like some of my older (film) photos although they are technically not so good.

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I would say that the good shots taken on film with fixed low ISO are a greater achievement. I was always pushing the balance between shutter speed and depth of field, but composition seemed to come more naturally. I think it is the necessary slowness of a manual camera. I can do the same with the 6D, but it requires self discipline.

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Currently an iPhone 6, before that the 4S.

The 6 camera is much better, despite boasting the same 8MP. I only feel the need for my  Canon 6D in poor light, for zoom, or for selective focus. Both iPhones have excelled at the single shot HDR which gives boosted dynamic range without the unrealistic look from Canon's in camera 3 shot HDR.

It has its limitations like all phone cameras, but within them the results are impressive. On occasions where more depth of field is required, I reach for it in preference to the heavy DSLR around my neck.

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Canon General / Re: Those D'oh moments!
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:35:02 PM »
Here's another wrong setting one - f/11 for landscape - switch lens, still at f/11 for wildlife.

Whatdoyaknow, of course you're not the only one. Without repeating myself too much, I've also solved this problem with Magic Lantern: I programed my auto_iso module to remember the lens settings, so it automatically selects a deepter dof or slower shutter if I screw on my landscape 17-40L than my wildlife 70-300L. I just grew tired of changing the same settings again and again, and the dslr is a computer after all.

I wish that cameras remembered the last used aperture for each lens. That was a standard feature when the aperture was set by the ring on the lens, and a minor annoyance to me with any modern camera.

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Canon General / Re: Financial Times - "Digital cameras: out of focus"
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:18:01 PM »
Nikon doesn't have the same cost as Canon does either (just buys from Sony.)

Would that not make the sensors Nikon uses more expensive as not only are the costs of Sony R/D passed to Nikon so are the Sony profits for the sensors.  These are passed on to the Nikon customer along with Nikon's profit.

One of the advantages of inhouse production is cost savings

That depends on volume. Sony are able to soften the burden of development by taking profit from Nikon, Pentax etc.

Canon bear the immense burden of sensor development single handed.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: iPhone 6 gets an Exmor
« on: September 30, 2014, 01:30:54 AM »
Er... Does it shoot RAW?
I think I remember RAW being available to app developers, from the coverage just after launch. I may be wrong as I can't find said report at the moment.

What Apple have done is to allow manual shutter and ISO setting control. This is not included in Apple's camera app but is in a small but growing number of third party camera apps on the App Store. Meanwhile, here is a test shot taken in my lunch break. HDR was not used.

Edit: I have just found that although the image was rotated in Photo app, it was not when uploaded.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 28, 2014, 05:57:23 PM »
Firstly, the 24/2.8 IS. There is no equivalent for any other mount.
Secondly, the 70-300L
Also the ability to swap either of these onto film bodies with very simple compatibility issues (if it's after 1987, it just works.

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Lenses / Re: Which L prime will be the first Canon upgrade?
« on: September 26, 2014, 01:27:46 AM »
50L isn't about sharpness, it's about creamy bokeh and it's the king of the 50's in that regard.

That's a good point. A lens that fast is for the bokeh, and is unlikely to match the sharpness of slower 50s. That's what the 50L should be all about.

On the other hand, if Canon released something the match the ZE 2/50 Makro, but with USM, IS and ideally weather sealing, it would quickly become my walk around lens. I will dream on...

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United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Hello...Anyone else from the UK?
« on: September 22, 2014, 03:49:38 AM »
Yes, East London here

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Lenses / Re: Full frame bargains
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:20:36 AM »
Canon 50mm F2.5 macro.  I'm still looking for one...

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-50mm-f-2.5-Compact-Macro-Lens-Review.aspx

Still available new - I have one that lives on my 6D. Not incredibly cheap second hand, but even new it is cheaper than the 50/1.4

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Lenses / Full frame bargains
« on: September 19, 2014, 02:15:04 AM »
http://petapixel.com/2014/09/18/old-inexpensive-and-tack-sharp-canons-best-lenses-you-dont-know-about/

Does anyone have further suggestions?  Or experience of the lenses in the article?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most exciting thing at Photokina?
« on: September 18, 2014, 12:44:39 PM »
The 7DII is clearly exciting, but for some reason the Samyang 12mm fisheye has me most excited.  I'd really like a fisheye, but spending $1200-1500 on the 8-15 f/4 seems ridiculous for a lens that will hardly see any use.  If it's reasonably priced and good quality, it will fill one of the few gaps left in my gear bag.

The Canon 15/2.8 is really good, and listed at just over $700 on ths Canon USA website. It will be interesting to find out how the Samyang compares in price and quality. It is the least used lens in my bag, but it's irreplaceable when I want to take photos in really confined spaces.

12mm seems like an odd focal length for a full frame fisheye, somewhere between the 8mm of a full circular image within the frame, and 15mm giving 180 degrees of view on the diagonal. I can't understand that decision.

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Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 18, 2014, 08:03:08 AM »
I'd like to see updated version of the non-L primes (50mm/85mm) done like the 24mm/28mm/35mm.  I'd also like a fixed aperture 70-300mm zoom - f/4 would do nicely.  Lastly, an update to the prime fisheye would be a great addition.

I think all of those would be great sellers if the prices weren't too terribly high.  I'd buy all four.

...and 20mm too, or maybe a fraction wider. I'm still keeping an old Vivitar 19-35 for those occasions wgere the 24 IS just isnt wide enough.

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GfK gave a market update on camera buying in Europe ahead of Photokina essentially it stated what we already knew about compact cameras and the declines which continue. It did however say that cameras above Euro 2,000 were still selling well and that CILC / CSC cameras were bucking the trend down with the Sony A7 series, Olympus OM-D range doing well.

I have to say the Olympus OM-D E-M10 which is the cheapest camera in the range gives really good images and compared to full-frame is much easier on the shoulders & back out hiking. Its not up to the Canon 6d in IQ terms but has superior metering at half the cost. Lens wise Olympus have now made pro grade lenses with the latest being a 40-150mm f2.8 which are smaller partially because the image stabilization is in the camera not the lens.

So given all that Canon need to stick with the EOS-M particularly for Far East & European markets that have adopted these cameras way more than North America.

Well said! It only seems to be North America that has ignored the M. There is another 95% of the planet, measured by population.

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