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EOS Bodies / Re: Apple Watch....
« on: September 13, 2014, 04:14:32 AM »
Did you folks see the new Apple Watch? http://www.apple.com/watch/

So riddle me this....  How is it that Apple can fit WiFi AND Bluetooth 4.0 on a circuit the size of a postage stamp and we can't get this built into our newer DSLRs?   ;)

AFAIK, it has no Wi-Fi, just Bluetooth.  But yeah, it is kind of sad how little Canon is doing in that space.

Thanks for the correction. I read the spec incorrectly "It uses the WiFi and GPS on your iPhone...."

WiFi would be so useful. How about a wireless hard drive in pack while shooting on location and downloading images while shooting? Auto backup. If I'm doing a shoot somewhere, I would definitely do that. Or if you're shooting in a studio that has WiFi access, have the images upload directly to your computer at home or to the Cloud. So many applications for WiFi in a camera.

GPS would be nice not only for landscape and wildlife photographers. But how about those of us who scout for locations to shoot? How about tourists who want to remember where exactly a photo was taken on a trip?

These items take up extra juice. But considering there are battery powered WiFi hubs and hard drives, it can't be that much. Simply take an extra camera battery if you think you'll need it. But really, I can shoot about 6 hours almost constantly with one battery...


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 13, 2014, 03:54:21 AM »
I am very impressed with the Nikon D750. Yes, I believe this is a camera that could trigger a person to switch platforms. The thought ran through my mind for sure.

Positives: FF, Built-In WiFi, Dual SD card slots, Good AF, 24+ MP Sensor, 6.3fps
Negatives: 1/4000 shutter speed limit, Weather Sealing?
Neutral: Articulating Screen, Built-In Flash, ISO

This camera is going to be directly compared with the 5D MKIII as I think they are targeted for the same segment: Great all-around camera. The 7D MKII is a sports-shooter camera and APS-C. No comparison.

The 1/4000 shutter speed limit doesn't bother me. I checked my Lightroom database and found that shooting above 1/4000 represent .3% of all my images. Weather-sealing isn't a huge issue either. I simply don't expose my camera to elements that warrant it.

I did a couple of shoots lately which reminded me of how useful an articulating screen can be. Getting on the ground and using Live View without it is difficult. Using an articulating screen would be an enormous help and is enough for me instead of using a tablet and WiFi.

There are so many ways I can use this camera. I love my Canon 50D for it's speed and weight. I love the 5D MKII for it's FF sensor and color IQ. But they both have bad AF which is useful for events and sports photography I do. The fps equals my 50D which I find sufficient for sports. The sensor should be more than adequate for my fashion and portrait work.  I love similar card dual memory slots. And at big events where there might be WiFi..  Uploading images in real-time and having someone edit and posting images in real-time?

All for under $2300.

The 5D MKIII wasn't enough for me. It's too expensive for what I get over the 5D MKII: AF & ISO No dual CF or SD slots and WiFi was a deal-breaker.

I think most of us would agree that the 5D MKIV is right around the corner. I'm going to wait to see what that looks like. If the MKIV has the features listed, I'm good and will go with that. I love the ergonomics and UI of Canon cameras. Not to mention the lenses and accessories available.

The only reason I really want a 1DX is that it can do everything I want to do. Unfortunately, even that doesn't have built-in WiFi and it's a $400 attachment. And that attachment looks like it may get in the way when shooting in portrait mode.

The Nikon gives me 85% of what I want from the 1DX. Buying a battery grip is a $400 option which then gets me up to 95%. I can certainly live without the crazy ISO and speed of the 1DX. At 40% of the price of the 1DX especially.

With the Nikon D750, it would certainly motivate me to eventually get a Nikon D810. Which is a superior fashion/portrait camera to anything Canon has right now. If the ergonomics are decent, I could live with the lesser UI from Nikon.

I'm going to try not buying any new Canon specific gear until I see the new cameras from Canon. Hopefully that should happen by early 2015.

I can only hope the buffer can handle a decent amount of photos in RAW. I LOVE my wife's D7100 but the buffer is terrible. You only get 7-8 shots max in RAW...

I think Nikon has a winner with this new body though.

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Buffer issues huh?  Well, I shoot sports/action in JPG, so that might help if the buffer is limited. If it could get up to 12 shots before slowing down, I'd be totally fine with that. I hope the camera doesn't completely stop when the buffer is full. That's just awful!!   :o

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 12, 2014, 10:01:28 PM »
I am very impressed with the Nikon D750. Yes, I believe this is a camera that could trigger a person to switch platforms. The thought ran through my mind for sure.

Positives: FF, Built-In WiFi, Dual SD card slots, Good AF, 24+ MP Sensor, 6.3fps
Negatives: 1/4000 shutter speed limit, Weather Sealing?
Neutral: Articulating Screen, Built-In Flash, ISO

This camera is going to be directly compared with the 5D MKIII as I think they are targeted for the same segment: Great all-around camera. The 7D MKII is a sports-shooter camera and APS-C. No comparison.

The 1/4000 shutter speed limit doesn't bother me. I checked my Lightroom database and found that shooting above 1/4000 represent .3% of all my images. Weather-sealing isn't a huge issue either. I simply don't expose my camera to elements that warrant it.

I did a couple of shoots lately which reminded me of how useful an articulating screen can be. Getting on the ground and using Live View without it is difficult. Using an articulating screen would be an enormous help and is enough for me instead of using a tablet and WiFi.

There are so many ways I can use this camera. I love my Canon 50D for it's speed and weight. I love the 5D MKII for it's FF sensor and color IQ. But they both have bad AF which is useful for events and sports photography I do. The fps equals my 50D which I find sufficient for sports. The sensor should be more than adequate for my fashion and portrait work.  I love similar card dual memory slots. And at big events where there might be WiFi..  Uploading images in real-time and having someone edit and posting images in real-time?

All for under $2300.

The 5D MKIII wasn't enough for me. It's too expensive for what I get over the 5D MKII: AF & ISO No dual CF or SD slots and WiFi was a deal-breaker.

I think most of us would agree that the 5D MKIV is right around the corner. I'm going to wait to see what that looks like. If the MKIV has the features listed, I'm good and will go with that. I love the ergonomics and UI of Canon cameras. Not to mention the lenses and accessories available.

The only reason I really want a 1DX is that it can do everything I want to do. Unfortunately, even that doesn't have built-in WiFi and it's a $400 attachment. And that attachment looks like it may get in the way when shooting in portrait mode.

The Nikon gives me 85% of what I want from the 1DX. Buying a battery grip is a $400 option which then gets me up to 95%. I can certainly live without the crazy ISO and speed of the 1DX. At 40% of the price of the 1DX especially.

With the Nikon D750, it would certainly motivate me to eventually get a Nikon D810. Which is a superior fashion/portrait camera to anything Canon has right now. If the ergonomics are decent, I could live with the lesser UI from Nikon.

I'm going to try not buying any new Canon specific gear until I see the new cameras from Canon. Hopefully that should happen by early 2015.

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Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:29:10 AM »

I'd only get one if I were a full-time professional and using a Nikon D810.
While I admire the quality of the lens I can scarcely imagine a full time pro wanting to buy one. Manual focus for what is a portrait lens seems to be a recipe for frustration.
The other reason a pro would not buy it is because $4500 is a lot of working capital tied up in a tool that no client will appreciate.

Yeah it does seem like a poor business decision. I guess you could make that money back if you're one of the top pros earning thousands per job. For the average working person it's like 2 months salary for almost no gain in extra clients or work. Don't forget you have to insure that bad boy too!

I have a feeling Sigma are going to bring out an updated Art version of theirs soon at a quarter of the price and 99% of the IQ. The current one gets the job done as it is for most folk looking for an affordable 85.

Yes, you have to GRADUATE to this level of lens. If two month's salary is $4500, then you haven't reached that level. I don't even know serious, semi-professional photographers who earn that little. That's where I'm coming from.

In that context, I'll say again that this lens is for the full-time professional, wealthy amateur or those maniacal enthusiast types who rather take the bus than buy a car to afford this lens. Especially love that last category of folks. :D  I know full-time pros that need to budget for that super-lens. Because they are reaching that level in their business when they need the performance, functionality or durability that lens will give them.

And at that level, $4500 is simply another business expense. Laptops, computers, advertising, marketing, health insurance and other expenses are all going to cost as much if not more than that lens. Hell, most professionals I know who use a cell phone for business have a monthly bill at least $100/month. If you stop your service after 4 years, you got a worthless piece of plastic. But you still have a lens. And since I insure my gear, I can estimate that insuring this lens will cost about $5 - $7/month. That's a cheap lunch.

And for portraits, AF is a convenience. Even if you're shooting at f1.4, AF isn't going to nail focus much if any faster than manually. And at that aperture, your AF is going to hunt for focus every time you press the shutter. MF isn't. I'm cool if someone likes AF. No problem. But I've been MF for my fashion and portrait work, forever. I don't miss it. "Recipe for Frustration"? If you have really bad eye sight and don't have glasses. Yes, I guess it is.

Lastly, even if I were at that level to afford this lens, even if I shot with a Nikon D810, I don't know if I would get this lens. Detail is AMAZING...  And if you do lots of close-ups, it might be worthwhile. But as I mentioned numerous times on canonrumors.com, my Canon setup is sufficient until I can graduate to Medium Format. Because 'the look' of MF is more important than pure sharpness. Unless Canon comes out with a sensor that can give me that same look, possibly with that 5-layer sensor that they patented recently, that's my plan.

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Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:48:00 PM »
I saw a great video on the practical differences between the Zeiss Otus 85mm and the Nikkor 85mm. This Nikkor is one of the best lenses and I was impressed by how much better the Zeiss performed over it. Coupled with the D810, the detail, contrast and CA performance was very impressive.

I'd only get one if I were a full-time professional and using a Nikon D810.

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EOS Bodies / Apple Watch....
« on: September 10, 2014, 01:29:47 AM »
Did you folks see the new Apple Watch? http://www.apple.com/watch/

So riddle me this....  How is it that Apple can fit WiFi AND Bluetooth 4.0 on a circuit the size of a postage stamp and we can't get this built into our newer DSLRs?   ;)

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: September 10, 2014, 01:23:48 AM »
The ONLY way you can compare these cameras is on price. That's the biggest lowest common denominator between them. Different tools for different work.  Action and Low Light: 5D MKIII. Detail: Nikon. But it's not always so clear. Which would you use to get lots of detail of a bird in flight? At that point, it becomes a preference...

I think Tony Northrup and his wife Chelsea are great. He is one of the few highly-marketed photographers I pay any attention to anymore. Several reasons:

  • Great Gear Reviews. He doesn't pull punches when reviewing gear. But I also think he's fair.
  • Myth Buster. See his video on FF vs APS-C and what it means for focal length and aperture? I've never seen anyone do a video that shows you what the differences is between the two sensor sizes. This is just one example. Why has it been so difficult for anyone else to show the same thing?

I have great respect for Tony and Chelsea. I don't think they are full-time photographers. I believe he has something to do with computer certification programs. He mentioned something briefly about that. I know Chelsea gives private music lessons.  And they still make the time to get enough content in for an hour long, quality youtube video every week. Try doing that yourself and see how much time that takes....

And that's another thing about them. They don't oversell themselves or make themselves look like a bigger deal than what they are. They aren't above doing portraits of employees at their local auto dealership. They tell you they don't make that much money on some of their products. They don't follow the common motto: fake it until you make it. They just work hard. Like what these http://ricardogomezphotography.com/successful-photographers-on-making-it-part-ii/ fine photographers have said it takes...  Sorry. It's a link to my blog. But it's just easier to find the video because I posted it prominently. Twice  ;D  This video has gotten me through some difficult times. The interviewees are simply honest. Love it.

And no. I don't know Tony or Chelsea or have ever corresponded with them. Just good peeps working hard to realize their dreams. With integrity. And Chelsea just cracks me up   ;D

BTW, Tony and Chelsea aren't switching to Nikon after all. Tony released a video...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jva08HY6uLE Thanks for the video Tony.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 08, 2014, 11:21:59 PM »
Zeiss is all I use for my fashion and portrait photography. Ever since my first outing with a rental, I fell in love with them. They are definitely not for everyone and may not be the best in any one category. But overall and how happy I am with my images, there is nothing else than Zeiss for fashion and portrait.

I simply hope that the new model Canon cameras take advantage of these new lenses from Zeiss. On a 5DMKIII, you'll get a 30% increase in sharpness over the older lenses. But is it worth a 400% price difference? Not with these cameras. Sharpness isn't everything.

Give me a 20MP Medium Format camera and I'd be very happy. You can't touch the detail and color resolution with FF. Of course, that would include an amazing Leaf shutter lenses which would give me a 1600/sec sync speed. No HSS! But all this comes at a cost. 2x at least the most expensive Canon system including an Otus lens. And the Pentax system is completely inadequate on so many levels.

If a new Canon body matched with this Otus would give me 90% of that MF look, a sync speed of 1/500 or better and close to a 1DX price, that would be tough to turn down. As a Canon user, there is absolutely no need to upgrade my cameras or lenses until this happens.

I agree with this 100%. I still haven't really upgraded from the 1DsIII, other than a secondary 5d3 for low ISO work. I've been waiting since pre-1Dx days...great for the wallet, though.

Totally. That's the way I look at it. If you have a scene with good and plentiful light, will you be able to tell the image difference between a 35mm digital camera made in 2007 and another from 2014? I seriously doubt it. In fact, I know a full time, successful sports photographer who still uses his two 2005 Canon 1D MKII Ns! That camera has a great AF system even by today's standards and his type of work doesn't need great ISO.  He's replaced the shutters a few times. But they keep on ticking. No problems. His work is always published and he makes posters from his work. All on a 2005 digital camera.

I'd like to get at least 1 1DX because that's a camera you can use for a good 10 years. It's a great investment and built to last. I shoot much more than just fashion and portraits and it can easily handle all that other work. If I didn't, I'd be happy with my current gear and go MF when it's time to make the jump.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 08, 2014, 02:41:50 PM »
Zeiss is all I use for my fashion and portrait photography. Ever since my first outing with a rental, I fell in love with them. They are definitely not for everyone and may not be the best in any one category. But overall and how happy I am with my images, there is nothing else than Zeiss for fashion and portrait.

I simply hope that the new model Canon cameras take advantage of these new lenses from Zeiss. On a 5DMKIII, you'll get a 30% increase in sharpness over the older lenses. But is it worth a 400% price difference? Not with these cameras. Sharpness isn't everything.

Give me a 20MP Medium Format camera and I'd be very happy. You can't touch the detail and color resolution with FF. Of course, that would include an amazing Leaf shutter lenses which would give me a 1600/sec sync speed. No HSS! But all this comes at a cost. 2x at least the most expensive Canon system including an Otus lens. And the Pentax system is completely inadequate on so many levels.

If a new Canon body matched with this Otus would give me 90% of that MF look, a sync speed of 1/500 or better and close to a 1DX price, that would be tough to turn down. As a Canon user, there is absolutely no need to upgrade my cameras or lenses until this happens.

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Canon MUST have something on the horizon for Zeiss to be releasing the Otus lenses. But until then, the current Zeiss 85mm f1.4 is more than sufficient. And beautiful.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: August 31, 2014, 09:58:47 PM »
Makes sense if this is a permanent reduction. Reducing something by 10% for the long-term would be a big hit.

I agree... Saying your gear has lost XX% in value only comes into play if you sell your gear often or it stays on the shelf. For those of us in which photography is a passion or business, a lens only gains in value.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $249
« on: August 31, 2014, 09:40:24 PM »
Good deal?

I've always liked this camera. Especially after the firmware upgrade. Always wanted to buy one.

But the lack of quality lenses for it stops me every time. I would only consider the 18-55mm. But that lens is only f3.5. MINIMUM would have to be f2.8. Adding an adapter for a better lens takes away it's size and cost attractiveness. At that point, buy an SL1 instead. Unless Canon comes out with an M2 in the United States, the 'M' is a dead-end product.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II & Photokina
« on: August 28, 2014, 05:40:35 PM »
24MP at 10fps could be a reality with dual DIGIC 6 processors. And I can see them doing it for sports and wildlife photographers who regularly crop their images. I got a feeling it's going to set the standard for APS-C cameras if most of the rumors specs are true. I think Canon has to make it great to replace the still amazing 7D...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 23, 2014, 06:21:05 AM »
This camera screams "Mini 1DX". And if I was a sports shooter, I'd be very excited about it.

It's fast. Possibly only second to the 1DX in AF. Dual Digic 6. Excellent build quality.

I agree with the keeping shutter speeds above 10fps for premium cameras. That's a total marketing reason. As is the lack of built-in WiFi. The only reason for an SD slot is a WiFi card. And if you can fit an add-on WiFi card into the camera, it's about half the space and less to build it in. Again, it's a marketing reason. If you had dual CF, WiFi and 10fps+, it would seriously eat into 1DX sales....

If I were an aspiring sports photographer, I'd be very excited by this camera. And for sports photography, the absolute latest and greatest sensor shouldn't be highest on your list. Speed, AF THEN super colors. I've done plenty of action photography on my lowly 50D and as long as you have good glass and you have decent light, colors are fantastic.

For wildlife photography, I think the 'Fine Detail' bit was for you folks. The sensor might be tweaked a little to get a bit more detail in your images.

If this camera is in the $2000 - $2500, I think it's going to sell extremely well for years to come.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 09:50:19 PM »
No touch-screen? It's sort of nice. But it's really a gee-whiz feature. For people who like using point and shoots. I can change settings much faster and easier without it. And in sports, that's much more critical.

An articulating screen..  Now THAT could be useful in many ways. Even for a pro. But it introduces a major weak point in the construction..  Not worth it for the .01% of the time I would use it.

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