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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5d Mk3 exposure pulsating
« on: November 21, 2014, 10:03:34 AM »
What was your shutter speed set at and what part of the world are you in?

Also, what was Auto Lighting Optimizer set to? I'd try turning it off if it wasn't.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Cinema EOS Camera Will Be..... [CR2]
« on: October 09, 2014, 09:04:41 PM »
I think they could get away with a $7-8k price range *if* they give higher framerates (60p should be a given, but ideally 120fps), 4k and/or unleash their badass sensor they teased forever ago. I honestly don't really care about 4k, 2k would be useful for recomposing to 1080, so I'd much rather have the high fps and high ISO capabilities with a great shutter.

I just want a better codec than AVCHD. Better framerate selection, like you mentioned would be nice. 4K is borderline useless to me - I'd just rather them not cripple a decent sensor with a consumer codec with poor chroma subsamling. Pixel count ain't everything. :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:18:04 AM »
While I shoot photos, too, wi-fi has become an integral part of my workflow. For my style of shooting, getting a shot to the right person at the right time can be just as, or in some cases, even more important than getting a great-looking image. Wi-fi allows me to send images to my phone so I can transmit from there.

Canon's downfall at the moment in this area is their app. The wi-fi is only as functional as the app, and Canon's is in sore need of an update. I need to be able to specify size and quality of the transferred image, easily rate and sort photos (I can do this on the current app, but sometimes when I'm trying to rate, I end up with buttons written in what appears to be Chinese), and I'd like an iPad-native app. I'd also like to be able to change and load camera settings like GoPro's connect and control function.

While the wi-fi is usable at the moment, it's far from great due to the app.

GPS would be OK, but for my style of shooting, location information is more of a "oh, that's cool" feature, but it doesn't make my life easier like wi-fi does.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 and EF 24 - 105 F4 L IS USM
« on: September 20, 2014, 12:50:37 PM »
I have had a 24-105 f/4L for five or so years now, using it exclusively on APS-C bodies. Currently, I shoot with a 70D.

Of my regular-use lenses, the 24-105 is one of the least impressive. It is a reasonable all-around lens, but the sharpness and overall look trails other lenses I use regularly, such as Canon's 10-22, 70-200 f/2.8L IS II and the times when my Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 throws a sharp image. The 24-105 produces consistent results, has good build quality and is quite reliable. However, the images just don't "pop" in the way some of my other lenses do.

For my money, the 17-55 f/2.8 is a great all-around lens. I've rented two and used a third copy that a coworker has, and for IQ, speed, AF and all-around usefulness, it is my first choice on crop-sensor cameras. I will hopefully purchase one in the coming year. For me, it's main downfall is the build quality. I often shoot outdoors in dirty/dusty conditions, and the 17-55 (and reports of internal dust building with lens age) doesn't inspire confidence. However, I will use it mostly as an indoor lens and outdoors in non-dusty conditions.

YMMV.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 27, 2014, 11:10:12 AM »
Most likely. not. I shoot a 60D personally and a 70D for work.

I'm in the vast, vast minority here of people who want Wi-Fi on a camera. For professional work, it is an invaluable tool for what we do. If the 70D doesn't have Wi-Fi, as rumored, it's not as useful to me. Even for personal work, the IQ will have to be crazy good to get me to upgrade from the 60D.

For once, I'm quite happy with my APS-C cameras and lens selection, so I'm not in a hurry to get something else. That is, however, unless Canon comes out with a body containing innovations that I just can't resist. With their increasingly incremental upgrades, I don't see that happening. YMMV.

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So much for the cloud allowing Adobe to integrate new features continuously without being bound to certain release dates of updates.

Oh, sure they can do that, but it's a little more difficult to get people to pay attention to you that way.

Especially when most of your attention-getting communication is something like, "Hey, uh, we had someone hack our servers and your account may have been compromised. If you could change your password, that would probably be a good idea," or, "We would like to apologize that our servers are down ..."

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Yeah, that's cute.

Now how about an update for EOS remote that is iPad-native. And less buggy.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Cinema EOS C200 & C400 at NAB? [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2014, 12:17:07 PM »
The biggest problem I have with this is the 200 cited as "a new entry-level 4K camera." The c100 was quite neutered in a number of ways compared to the 300, and I can't imagine Canon taking that big of a step on the lowest end of the line.

I'm really hoping for an upgraded C100, but with the recent dual-pixel AF firmware update, the timing would be odd to me to hard announce a new camera a couple months after that.

Of course, maybe the problem here is that I'm actually thinking about what Canon will do, which generally seems to yield less-than-realistic results.

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I recently discovered the Cocoon Grid-It system. I recently assembled a connector kit for audio and used it along with a Think Tank Cable Management 20 and a 15' mini to mini cable. I'm giddier about this than I should be.




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Okay, I found one more from the same event at ISO 6400. This is a 1:1 crop (no resize). 1/200, f/2.8 this time.

No PS adjustments on this one - straight from the out-of-camera jpeg.

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Attached is a downsized image (1800 px x 1200 px) image and a 1:1 segment of a 70D photo at ISO 4000.

EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II, f/2.8, 1/320, Shot Program Mode at -1 EC, out-of-camera jpeg at camera defaults. Edited in Photoshop with slight shadow/highlight and curve adjustment to correct exposure. Both saved out of Photoshop at image quality 8.

For me, this is "real world" because it is typical of what I am sometimes required to do to process an image.

And it may be worst-case-scenario since it's -1 exposure comp with adjustment back upwards in PS. (Before you judge, let's just say it was a ... hectic ... press conference experience for me).

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Their GoPro equivalent?

More like Flip equivalent, methinks. However, it arrives a couple years after people quit caring about Flip cameras.

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PowerShot / Re: Canon France Denies Large Sensor Compacts
« on: June 28, 2013, 12:43:47 PM »

Canon is not overly happy with us at the moment, especially one specific country (not France). However, nothing we do here is about being malicious or to hurt anyone. As such, we apologize to anyone that may have been affected in a negative way by yesterdays posts.

Tell them to get in line behind my wife, who was not overly amused when I told her that I found what my next camera was going to be (referring to the 70D). I'm much more worried about her than a large, multinational company to whom I voluntarily give money.

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Lenses / Re: Do you wish your 70-200L were black?
« on: May 22, 2013, 11:42:23 PM »

Actually, Nikon's new 800/5.6 does use fluorite elements - two of them.  This, despite previous Nikon marketing blurbs that fluorite was used long ago, but they made ED glass so they could avoid using temperature-sensitive, fragile lens elements (e.g., this link).

I wonder how the fluorite will do in a black barrel?  If it has thermal issues, Nikon will be blasted. If not, it supports the idea that Canon's white paint is purely a marketing ploy (already supported by the white lenses with no fluorite, like the 300/4L IS).  Either way, I see egg on the face of one or maybe both...

I was under the impression that the white telephotos were white to keep a lens' autofocus system from overheating, not the fluorite elements - going back to the early days of AF where Nikon was using focus motors in their bodies.

At any rate, I don't mind the white 70-200. In some situations where I shoot, it adds an air of legitimacy to the fact that I'm standing around with a camera taking photos. I walked around a large city in China and never hesitated to pull it out. Of course the fact that I'm white was probably a bigger deal most of the time.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« on: April 13, 2013, 10:07:14 AM »
I will never, ever buy a Nikon scope!

I'll stick with my Leupolds.

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