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EOS Bodies / Re: No EOS-1D X Replacement in 2014 [CR2]
« on: September 29, 2014, 09:23:50 AM »
Crap, my lens cap photography is greatly suffering!  >:(

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Talk of an October Announcement of a DSLR [CR1]
« on: September 26, 2014, 03:47:48 PM »
oh HECK no.

This is supposed to be year of the lens.

If they release a second body, well, I'm moving to Nikon.

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Besides, what will DxO say? You know it's gonna stink! Booo canon  ::)

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Canon General / Re: DRones vs. anti-DRones: how to resolve the controversy
« on: September 25, 2014, 02:16:06 PM »
Anti-Canon = everything Canon does is bad.
Canon fanboy = everything Canon does is good.
Neutral = Canon is best at many things but not everything.

Ok, so that makes me Neutral.   :)
Speaking of "Fair and Balanced", where *IS* dilbert today?  He missed the first page of the high MP sensor thread . . .

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:24:56 PM »
We'll have to wait and see what happens with DxO testing and elsewhere to see if there is any banding evident but it is a pity that Canon didn't put the same effort into improving IQ between the 5D2 and 5D3.

I'm curious if you owned either.  I noticed marked improvement, but that was in my own, personal, real-world photography . . .

The 5Dmk2 was my workhorse before replacing it with a couple 5Dmk3s.  There is at least a 1-stop improvement in overall image quality in noise levels at high ISOs plus much more color detail.  With the 5Dmk2 I couldn't rely on ISOs over 3200 for 8x10 prints, but with the 5Dmk3 I can easily push it to 6400 (though I rarely do).

Exactly. I just don't see the complaining or the doom and gloom . . . every quirk I didn't like about my mk2 was answered with the mk3, but on every new camera thread, we get people talking about Canon's failures that I'm just not seeing.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:42:32 AM »
We'll have to wait and see what happens with DxO testing and elsewhere to see if there is any banding evident but it is a pity that Canon didn't put the same effort into improving IQ between the 5D2 and 5D3.

I'm curious if you owned either.  I noticed marked improvement, but that was in my own, personal, real-world photography . . .

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Here I thought these people were all on slashdot decrying how apple is doomed DOOMED . . .

Good to see Canon is doomed too . . .  ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:02:54 PM »
Wait, where's the option for "I have an arbitrary bias and will threaten to move to Nikon, but, in reality I'm either not currently with Canon or would never buy/shoot in this price/spec range"?

Or was that "Laughable.  On aggregate, these specs are a day late and a dollar short compared to what Canon's competitors are offering."

 ;D

I voted 'what I was expecting' but I wanted to get a read of the most incendiary alpha-fanboys and DXO believers vs. the most dyed-in-the-wool Canon believers.

- A

You know, people complained about the 60D . . . then complained that the 5D mk 2 took too much time to replace, but honestly, though they didn't have 'it all', they were good cameras. 

Now we've got a 70D (which is a true successor to a 50D, even from the complainers), the 7Dmk2, 5Dmk3, and 1Dx . . . the only tradeoffs are price.  Big Fat Hairy Deal. I got my 5Dmk3 for around $2600 with an aftermarket warranty  . . .

Assuming Nikon's stuff is about as good as Canons (or better if you believe some), we've got the best choice of cameras with the fewest drawbacks ever . . . I think people just like to complain.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:53:49 PM »
Wait, where's the option for "I have an arbitrary bias and will threaten to move to Nikon, but, in reality I'm either not currently with Canon or would never buy/shoot in this price/spec range"?

Or was that "Laughable.  On aggregate, these specs are a day late and a dollar short compared to what Canon's competitors are offering."

 ;D

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Lenses / Re: Another standard zoom advice topic
« on: August 29, 2014, 04:14:28 PM »
The Macro function is a gimic as you have to be so close to the subject your most likely to scare it away

I haven't managed to scare away a flower, coin, or textile yet...if they run from you, it's likely they're scared of you and not the lens!   ;)

I have to do my garden shots with a 400mm  :'(   Dahlias and Daffodils quake in my presence.

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I'm holding out for the 85mm f/1.0 L, myself.  More light, not less.  IMO, the notion that sensor improvements negate the value of fast lenses is just silly.  Sensor improvements make fast lenses more capable.  :)

Yes.  I want to be able use my aperture as much for creative decisions as just technical(exposure).  It's baffled me for years hearing the excuse thrown around from manufactures and other photographers alike that we no longer need fast glass because cameras are now capable of ISO speeds in the realm of science fiction when all you had was film or even just 5-10 years ago with digital.  Hell, because we have cameras that can shoot in the 100K+ and 200k+ ISO realms, should manufactures just start making all lenses starting at f/8?  8)

I agree as well.  I always use aperture to control DoF and shutter speed to control hand-shake/stopping/slowing motion. 

If nothing else, better sensors allow us to choose a wider DoF in darker situations . . .


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Lenses / Re: Another standard zoom advice topic
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:03:18 AM »
The 24-105 for the price is a no brainer IMO.

I agree. It's just such a good lens for the price. 

I'm a total freak for Primes, but this is one zoom I have/am keeping. 

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 04:30:20 PM »
I'm gonna stab a guess and say it's going to be $2799 MSRP

Followed by 8-10 threads of "7Dmk2 or 5Dmk3, help me decide!" :D


Fllowed by 8-10 threads "why is the 7D mk2 so expensive?"  ;D


If it doesn't street for close to $2000, I think it's a wounded duck for Canon sales.  If Canon does try to pop early adopters over $2500, I dont think it lasts very long. They need to have this puppy moving by Black Friday. $1999 street prices.

The 5Dmk3 was PROOF they can do exactly that, providing the camera is THAT GOOD.

Don't get me wrong, I think $2800 is too high, I just won't be surprised to see it.  Took me 2 years to pick up my 5dMk3, but that's because it was only worth $2500 to me.

If the 7Dmk2 is a lightning fast, crop version of the 5dMK3 as we're speculating, they can set any price below the cost of a new 5dmk3 and people will pay it up front.

If you can hold out 1-2 years (which, if price matters, it's not that hard), then we can snag it for a more reasonable price.

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 02:07:20 PM »
What about photography with the lens cap on?  Seriously, gear matters, I'm looking at you 5Dmk3

For all the buzz about it, there must have been a HUGE demand for that kind of shots.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 02:03:23 PM »
I'm gonna stab a guess and say it's going to be $2799 MSRP

Followed by 8-10 threads of "7Dmk2 or 5Dmk3, help me decide!"

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Software & Accessories / Re: Any NAS Experts? quick question
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:30:15 AM »
+1

I have just bought a Lacie 5 disk RAID connected over Thunderbolt, will report back as I migrate photos onto it. That gives 5 times the speed of a single external HD, in the realms of SSD speed. USB3 would be next best, but would be close to the maximum bandwidth that USB3 is capable of.

The downside of RAID set ups is that a 2 disk system is twice as likely to fail, and my 5 disk system is 5 times as likely to fail. The future is large capacity SSD drives, but it will take a number of years for the prices to come down far enough for a large and fast growing photo library.

The suggestion of mirroring the drives is a good one, and gives immediate backup in case of HD failure, but does bring the speed back down to that of a sigle HD drive. That may not be important, I have just upgraded my system for the first time in 7 years, and have futureproofed the set up as far as possible.

When my existing backup becomes full I will add a 2 disk RAID, probably as a NAS over ethernet - the speed limitation of Gigabit ethernet will not be relevant to backup storage. Hopefully prices will have drifted further downwards by then.
I've not worked with USB3 yet, but, in my experience, USB's throughput wasn't the slowdown, it's how it works with the computer's BUS.

Optimized connections like Thunderbolt and FireWire have a lot better consistent throughput/access.

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I was noticing slowdowns on LightRoom before I switched the drive to a FW800/SSD (then ran out of space) a FW800 enclosure with a hybrid drive (SSD and disk built in one) haven't been much slower.

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Personally, I only ever trusted RAID for mirroring. I have a RAID1 setup in a NAS in the basement that I haven't bothered to keep up to date.  Easier to just wait for the drive I'm using locally to fail, then swear a whole bunch  ;D

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