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Focal is supposed to be coming out with the 7D2 upgrade very soon.

I tried manually doing AFMA and the lenses were close to 0 (+/-4) except for the tamron which is at +17 on the long end!!!!!

I really don't trust the manual AFMA and as soon as Focal has their update, I'll run the gear through it.

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: Today at 11:04:04 AM »
It is in Norwegian though. It only list 2014 releases. Best pro camera is Nikon D810 ("the amateur´s dream, the pro´s choice"). Link attached:

Well, that makes the 'recommendations' completely useless as far as high-end cameras.  But thanks for sharing.  ::)
No, it is not useless, because it is a reference for people thinking of buying into a camera system. And the advice they are getting does not include Canon. Whether you or I agree with their recommendations, is absolutely irrelevant. Ruling these lists in the past has been one of the main contributors to Canon´s previous success and now they´re gone.
I think that the point Neuroanatomist is trying to make is that Canon did not release any "pro" cameras in 2014, they couldn't be on a list limited to "2014 releases."  Had Canon released the 5DMkIV in 2014 and not made the list then it might be considered a bad sign.  Not reading Norwegian (heck, still working on my native English) I don't know what the categories were but did Canon release any camera's in 2014 in time to be evaluated for this article that fit into any of the categories?

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: Today at 07:35:31 AM »
All I want is a 5D Mark IV that is equal in features and price to the Nikon & Sony full frame bodies that will come out in 2015.

Is that too hard to ask? :)

So, you want Canon to make no improvements in some areas, and downgrade in others, so Nikon and Sony can catch up?   ???

hehehe ... if Canon ever manages a 5D IV with 36 MP sensor [and low ISO noise and all-over DR  8) matching Sony/Nikon], it would be OK for me, if Hi-ISO capability would make no progress over 5D III.  ;D
It will be a new and revolutionary 1920x1080 sensor in the 5D IV... everyone knows that still pictures are dead and Canon won't put in 4K video :)

Seriously though, I am sure the next camera will do some things better than the competition and some things worse. Whatever the mix is, lots of people will spend time and energy complaining that would have been better spent out taking pictures....

7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: Today at 07:17:19 AM »
Camera torture test.... Very dim light, half the frame white, the other half black, and shot at ISO 51,200. Very different from my old E-300 which only went to ISO 1600 and anything 800 and over was unusable... Digital cameras have come a long way....

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 27, 2014, 06:56:49 PM »
As has been pointed out by a few of us, until and unless mirrorless gets the form factor and battery life we're used to in DSLRs, we're not interested :P

Speak for yourself as you get older your old bones and limps are not going to be too fond of lugging heavy DSLR's around, whether it be on your neck, on your shoulders (Black Rapid) or in a backpack. But Advil and Aleve will be happy as two peas in a pod.  :o
Sure. I accept that as I get older I may want to stop carrying big gear. I accept that may be the end of my bird photography, too. Unless there's some revolutionary technology - my lens accounts for around 4/5 of the weight of my usual setup. Even if smaller bodies were ergonomic (which as I say, I doubt), it's only shaving a small amount off the total.

I realise this has all been said above. We seem to be going in circles. It boils down to, naturally, your needs and expectations shape your view of them as a company. I guess I'm lucky in that my favourite areas are their strongest.
I'm older.... I know better.... and I am still hauling around a cedar-canvas canoe and the pelican case from hell... I guess I missed out on the wisdom that comes with age :)

Landscape / Re: Miscellaneous
« on: November 27, 2014, 12:02:49 PM »
2. Inside Alexander Keith's brewery in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Nice picture... My bet here is that those who like it, like it a lot :)

NOTE: For those not from Nova Scotia, the advertising slogan for Keith's is "Those who like it, like it a lot"


Given the kind of madhouse progress being made in the sensor world right now, I totally believe it. Especially since Red already produced a 21 stop sensor some time back, which in practical use gives up to around 18 stops or so of real-world DR.

to get 21 stops, you would need 2^21 or 2,097,152 electrons in the well and A/D circuitry good enough to count each electron.... and that means more than that number of photons.... unless we are talking LARGE pixels, it seems a bit unlikely to me...

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 26, 2014, 10:34:53 AM »
The thing is that Canon is now failing to capture people "stepping up" into real cameras. Thus it may be that the wave of Canon owners has surged and is now a swell moving towards shore.

It may be, or not.  It's not like Canon is ignoring the MILC segment entirely.  Granted, the M was basically a flop outside of Asia (at least until the fire sale), but the MILC market as a whole is fairly weak outside of Asia, and that was even more true when the M launched. 

As for the EOS M in Asia, don't forget it was the #2 best seller in Japan, beating out models from established brands like Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji and only a few percentage points shy of Sony's top seller.  Canon's Dual Pixel AF is tailor-made for MILC applications. 

So before concluding that Canon has missed the wave, consider that on a global scale, the mirrorless wave is still quite small.  Inexperienced surfers may catch it, but it's not yet going to lift profits high enough.  Once that wave gets big enough, it may well be that the Big Kahuna will ride it to the top, perhaps knocking a few little surfers off their boards on the way up.
Looks to me like CaNikon are using the classic business gambit "let the upstarts and little guys go broke creating the market. Then, when the market matures, swoop in with better products at lower costs, crush the competitors and then buy whatever companies are left that have good internal tech". This happens in Silicon Valley every day. Of course this strategy can backfire with tragic consequences. The idea that Canon can build the 1Dx but can't build a quality mirror-less defies reason.
I tend to agree with this too.

To my way of thinking, mirrorless cameras have two huge flaws. One is that the AF system is terrible, and the other is that the EVFs are terrible.... or at least it was in the past....

DPAF seems like it was designed for the EOS-M. I do not believe in coincidences, but I do believe that research and development projects often take far longer than planned... I think that the EOS-M was designed to be sold with DPAF and now that it is out, I expect to see a new EOS-M variant which has it.... this will be the king of mirrorless AF unless there is a significant surprise from someone else.... this also gets rid of one of the two flaws holding mirrorless cameras back.

The other flaw is the EVFs.... and they are getting better, faster and higher resolution. Some of the latest ones are starting to rival the optical viewfinders... They may not be superior, but they are certainly good enough for the masses....

So let's say Canon comes out with an EOS-M with DPAF and an optional high quality EVF.... it will probably sell well... and there goes the "mirrorless will never be accepted" crowd.....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is there any reason to shoot sRGB????
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:45:46 PM »

Also if you use the Adobe setting, you lose the first letter of your filename. It's replaced by "_" (underscore). This may or may not matter to you.
I did not know that!

You learn something new every day! Thanks!

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:40:08 PM »
Now for a dose of reality...

Canon has sold over 100 million EOS cameras and something like 130 million lenses.

Of that number, it was estimated that 120 million lenses were sold in kits with 96 million bodies.... in other words, 4 percent of the bodies sold are bought as lone items, and only 10 million lenses are sold outside of kits.

The vast majority of the market is people buying low end cameras in one or two lens kits.

FF camera buyers are a niche market.
"After initial sale" lens buyers are a niche market.

We CR readers do not represent the typical consumer. We are a small "prestige" niche. To say that Canon should direct their efforts to meet our needs and to abandon the bulk of their market is, to say the least, ill advised. Watch what happens over the next few years.... crop cameras will go mirrorless and the form factor will shrink. The cameras like the SL1 will be the big ones, most will probably be EOS-M form factor, along with the tiny and cheaper lenses that go with them.

FF and the big lenses will survive. There is a profitable market for them... but it will always be a niche.

EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 07:25:37 PM »
Don, they still are making film........  maybe not the abundant variety as in the distant past, but still, there are good 4 x 5 films around, and if you want 8 x 10 or larger, you join a buyer's club organized by Badger (a LF equipment store) or an individual.

For some strange reason, I still have rolls of Kodachrome64 in the freezer..... but the darkroom and enlarger are long gone.... I am not going back to shooting film, for me, those days are gone :)

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 07:14:14 PM »
There certainly are plenty of mirrorless and software comments, and you are correct most threads start out ok and tend to get progressively worst.
It's hard for me to be objective about software as they mostly involve features I won't use, but I certainly understand why people want to untapped resources that are there. Fuji is very good at upgrading firmware on their cameras , but canon ensured f8 autofocus and that's a feature I wanted.
Now the mirrorless argument for me I don't get at the moment. The major sacrifices are af and ergonomics which are things I don't want to sacrifice. Now mirrorless will be the future but I haven't seen anything that makes me want to swap to a mirrorless as my primary camera. I have a fuji x100s which i like as my portable camera, but I wouldn't take it wildlife watching.
Now regarding criticism of Canon software and the mirrorless options to me they aren't even close to causing me to want to leave Canon, to others perhaps they are. Should those comments unnecessarily dominate many threads? I don't think so, and I find a lot of the out of place. But if they are constructive rather than complaints then good on them.

On the mirrorless option am I the only person who doesn't like smaller cameras in general?

You're not alone. I simply don't think it's feasible to use larger supertelephoto lenses with tiny bodies effectively - so even if the future is mirrorless, it needs to come in a roughly DSLR-shaped body.
By the time the 7D3 comes out, I expect it to be mirrorless and about the same size. You can't go smaller and keep the ergonomics.... not just for the grip, but for the knobs, buttons, and switches too.

EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:58:30 PM »

Hey why don't you jsut sell all your current gear and go get a 1960s camera. People won prestigious awards and got images accepted back then too.

I just wish they would scale up the 7D2 sensor to use on a back for an 8X10 camera.  49640x62050 pixels.... 3.077gigapixels... 16GB raw files.... back to the good old days.... take a picture, put in a new card, take another picture, put in another card....  head back home, load it onto the computer and 3 hours later, see if it was any good..... I miss the good old days :)

       I currently shoot a 5diii. This year I started shooting my first paid shoots. I did 4 weddings, senior pictures and family portriats. I'll be doing the same over the next several years plus some sports, stock, wildlife and landscapes/fine art trying to make a career from photography. I enjoy doing weddings, portriats and really all types of photography. However my favorite is travel, wildlife and landscapes. So my question is I'm going to get a second body to shoot in case the 5diii fails or I want to use 2 bodies so I'm not switching lenses as much and I'm not sure if I should go with the 7dii or save for a second 5diii or possibly a high mp body hopefully released in the future. I love the 5diii it's just extremely spendy for a second one while I'm starting out and on a budget. I thought about the 6d but I really like having 2 card slots in case of a memory card failure and I prefer the layout of the 5diii more. I thought the 7dii would be nice for some extra reach but I'm not sure how it'd do shooting weddings and portriats compared to the 5diii. Also having a 24-70 on the ff and the 70-200 on the crop sensor might not be great for weddings in low light and loosing depth of field. So any advice and thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks you.

I have a 7D2 and love it. It is a great camera and I do not regret getting it for a second.

That said, If I were shooting weddings I would get a 5D3.

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:04:30 PM »

As I've stated before, you seem to have trouble seeing any viewpoint other than your own.  There are nearly as many reasons people would choose the 6D over the 70D as there are people who make that choice.  I could produce a list of reasons, but they're not my reasons...

I can see great reasons to go either way... For cost, you can't beat crop.... for quality you can't beat FF.... For AF or weatherproofing you could go 1DX or 7D2, if it just has to work no matter what and with no surprises, go 1DX, for portability, EOS M..... and to duct-tape it to someone's head and push them out the door of the plane, GoPro.

If we all had the same resources and the same requirements, Canon would make 1 camera.... Nikon would make 1 camera, Sony would make 1 camera, ...... and they would all be similar.

Rather than argue about how relevant our personal preferences are, rejoice in the variety out there to meet everyone's needs as they see fit.

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