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Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: Today at 02:38:26 AM »
What gear I take depends on where I'm travelling to and for how long. For a short trip I try to just take a one lens and body kit like the 24-105L with my 5D2. For longer plans I'll throw in a wide angle too.

The EOS M with 11-22 is giving me really kick ass results these days, so much so that I'm leaving the 17-40L at home most of the time. The little EF M 22mm F/2 takes care of any low light stuff. I'm even thinking about taking ONLY my EOS M next trip and see how things go. I've had it with carrying heavy gear all day long. The M is so refreshing in that respect! Great for walking about a lot and snapping quick shots.

Travel and photography are a frustrating combo for me. I want to enjoy my holiday but I also want great pics during the good light hours. My girlfriend has other plans though! It can be quite stressful! Better to just enjoy the moment I say than worry about gear and lighting.

If you want the best possible pictures - travel alone. All the time in the world to get the shot you want!


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I'm using an iPhone 5 right now. Previously I had a Samsung Galaxy S (the first one!) and the camera on it was OK, nothing great. The iPhone 5 camera was a huge improvement though over the Samsung and I've gotten some pretty decent looking snapshots from it. I use it as a quick snap camera for unimportant things and for office work related stuff. It's quick and easy.

Looking fwd to upgrading to the iPhone 6.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: HTC Introduces a Camera
« on: October 09, 2014, 03:53:43 AM »
I get where they were going with this but seriously it take less than 2 seconds to whip out my iPhone and snap a pic thanks to the quick swipe up camera shortcut (I freakin adore that function!).

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:30:11 PM »
I think from a marketing point of view it makes perfect sense (though not too sure about the countdown timer!) as they're trying to show the company's products as a whole and more importantly how their products are used by real people. The most sophisticated gear in world doesn't mean jack if I don't know how to take advantage if it. A camera on it's own is useless without a vision of what you want to achieve. In a sense that's what flickr and other photo sharing sites are for me (and most other photogs). But other professions don't really have a source of inspiration like that. Admit it, you'd never try HDR unless you saw an example of it now would you? Some bloke makes a YouTube video on why and how and bam everyone runs out to buy a DSLR. (OK maybe not quite like that!) but you get my point.

And YouTube comments? Nothing but trolls. I've seen downvotes for some heartbreaking vids with nasty comments to match. Do you think Canon stands a chance against those trolls? If Aliens came down to Earth and based their opinions on humanity solely on YouTube comments they would (rightfully) think we are all a bunch of wormholes!

Unfortunately, people get all caught up, thinking Santa is real and is about to bring them a brand new present, then they lose all perspective and start lashing out when it turns out Christmas isn't here yet.



No worries, and thank you for this quote, it gave me a chuckle!  ;D ;D ;D

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:11:50 PM »
I think from a marketing point of view it makes perfect sense (though not too sure about the countdown timer!) as they're trying to show the company's products as a whole and more importantly how their products are used by real people. The most sophisticated gear in world doesn't mean jack if I don't know how to take advantage if it. A camera on it's own is useless without a vision of what you want to achieve. In a sense that's what flickr and other photo sharing sites are for me (and most other photogs). But other professions don't really have a source of inspiration like that. Admit it, you'd never try HDR unless you saw an example of it now would you? Some bloke makes a YouTube video on why and how and bam everyone runs out to buy a DSLR. (OK maybe not quite like that!) but you get my point.

And YouTube comments? Nothing but trolls. I've seen downvotes for some heartbreaking vids with nasty comments to match. Do you think Canon stands a chance against those trolls? If Aliens came down to Earth and based their opinions on humanity solely on YouTube comments they would (rightfully) think we are all a bunch of wormholes!

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Back up a second. So even if you shoot RAW the histogram in camera is only displaying the color space you've chosen? So does that mean I should set my camera's color space to Adobe RGB just so I get a more accurate histogram?

When you shoot RAW, the camera generates a small JPG preview image that's embedded in the RAW file container.  That image is what you see during the on-camera review, and it's what's used to generate the histogram and highlight warning (blinkies).  All in-camera settings are applied (color space, ALO, picture style, HTP, etc.).

If you don't mind somewhat funky images for on-camera review, you can use UniWB to get a histogram that better approximates the RAW data.

Thanks, I had a brief flirt with video once and became familiar with picture style settings etc and ended on faithful with a low contrast setting. I've also had HTP and ALO off from day one. I think just knowing now that the histogram is for the JPEG preview is enough for me at this stage. I can work with that. Moving forward I think ML will be better.

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Back up a second. So even if you shoot RAW the histogram in camera is only displaying the color space you've chosen? So does that mean I should set my camera's color space to Adobe RGB just so I get a more accurate histogram?

Yes.

This is the kind of thing that enables people to play with the top 5-10% of a systems potential IQ, it is the kind of thing that allows us to up our game in the smallest steps that when put together end up making an intangible but noticeable difference to our output. It is the kind of thing camera testers never have the time to explore, and people who do "comparisons" never evaluate. It s the kind of thing that makes people say "you couldn't do that to mine" or "my XXX was a dud, because it's files never looked like that".

Every single RAW file I ever shot starts with an underscore.

I can't say it's ever been an issue for me to have an accurate histo. I usually just expose to the right but lately I was wondering about this kinda thing and it makes so much sense now after reading that link about RAW histograms. Damn, why don't Canon put that feature in their cameras by default?!! WHY?! I feel like I just had one of them lightbulb moments!

Finally, this topic is paying off! Woohoo!!

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Back up a second. So even if you shoot RAW the histogram in camera is only displaying the color space you've chosen? So does that mean I should set my camera's color space to Adobe RGB just so I get a more accurate histogram?

I have also noticed the default conversion in LR seems to clip earlier than some of the others like Faithful or Neutral. I feel like I should be tinkering with that in some way to maximize latitude. For most of my stuff the highlight slider takes care of my DR needs. It's hard to gauge just how far to ettr without ML. I had it on the M but it got buggy with the EF-M 11-22mm lens for some reason so now I'm just doing without. Maybe I should install it on the 5D2. Not sure I need all those features but this RAW histogram thing has got me re-interested.  ???
This is worth reading:
http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=12096.0

Thank you for this. When I started looking into ML I couldn't find a detailed explanation of all the features. Now I know what the numbers mean!

Bookmarkin this!

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Back up a second. So even if you shoot RAW the histogram in camera is only displaying the color space you've chosen? So does that mean I should set my camera's color space to Adobe RGB just so I get a more accurate histogram?

I have also noticed the default conversion in LR seems to clip earlier than some of the others like Faithful or Neutral. I feel like I should be tinkering with that in some way to maximize latitude. For most of my stuff the highlight slider takes care of my DR needs. It's hard to gauge just how far to ettr without ML. I had it on the M but it got buggy with the EF-M 11-22mm lens for some reason so now I'm just doing without. Maybe I should install it on the 5D2. Not sure I need all those features but this RAW histogram thing has got me re-interested.  ???

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 06, 2014, 08:01:32 PM »
Times up. Is that page meant to show something??

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 05, 2014, 09:10:50 PM »
Sounds like some kind of motivational seminar. It's probably related to an event where they'll have tutorials and workshops. I really doubt any hardware other than a white rebel or a new handbag.  :P

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Lenses / Re: What New Lens are You Most Excited About?
« on: October 01, 2014, 11:11:45 AM »
Excited about the Tamron wide angle zoom and the 12mm fisheye from Samyang though right now my finances are still recovering from paying a buttload of back taxes.  :-\

2015 is going be my big GAS release year!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 29, 2014, 08:35:46 PM »
Based on the difference between the D750 and 5DIII the high megapixel Canon offering would be about $700 or $800 more than what the (then old) D8xx would be.

It seems you have lost yourself in misreading this thread.

To make it simple: My guess a high MP 5DIV would be in the same price range as the 5DII and 5DIII at their respective launch.

Wow thank you for putting me right. I am soooo dumb sometimes.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 29, 2014, 12:03:08 PM »
The interesting question for me would be if Canon came up with a new camera line for high resolution should it be priced above or below the 5D line?

Since Nikon is undercutting Canon's current prices (in fact the new Nikon D750 looks very much like a strong 5DIII competitor on the specs and only costs 2.300$) Canon could hardly bring anything on the market with much less than 36 MP costing much more than 3.300$ without getting flak for being either under-performing or over-priced.

If Canon brings us a 8.000$ camera as their answer to Nikon's 3.300$ D810 I for one would "save" the money, buy a D750 and D810 and use the balance to sell my current Canon line-up for Nikon's equivalent. YMMV.
Are they?
It was not a general comment - if you care to read the original post (which you seem not to have done)

I specifically answered to how current Nikon models compare with the 5DIII and what this may indicate for the price of a possible high MP Canon 5DIV - where I pointed to the fact that the Nikon D750 which is very closely specked to match the 5DIII is far cheaper (also in Japan) while the D810 obviously has the MP the 5DIII does not. Leading to my conclusion that "Canon could hardly bring anything on the market with much less than 36 MP costing much more than 3.300$ without getting flak for being either under-performing or over-priced."

[Apart from that Amazon.jp is not a good place to get current info on Japanese camera and lens prices as their prices sometimes are far from the best.]

Well of course the D750 is cheaper than the 5DIII, it's about 18 months late to the game.  :P  if it were priced same as the 5DIII no one would buy it. Plus those who waited have already bought a perfectly good D800, D800E, D810 or even made do with a D610. So now this comes along and has to compete with all that so it's priced to match.

So you are judging the future price of a mythical camera on the difference between these two cameras?? And you jumped to the conclusion that it would be $8000?? That don't add up at all. Based on the difference between the D750 and 5DIII the high megapixel Canon offering would be about $700 or $800 more than what the (then old) D8xx would be. New vs old? Hmmm, Well that seems reasonable, don't you think?


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I really screwed up my knee, and weather is blowing in rather fiercely now. I can hardly walk, so hiking up to my landscape spots (Long Lake is a great one, but it's a decent hike up past Brainard Lake, which is a nice area...and I can't take any hikes like that now. :().

I'll see what I can do about getting some more demonstration shots.  Given the tone of this thread, I don't think it will matter much...same old stuff, same old retorts, same old nastiness. I simply set out to demonstrate the differences, as best as possible...which required an extreme situation. It doesn't matter if you always do a 5-stop push, even with a one or two stop push, the differences can be realized.

I'm pretty dismayed at some of the insults being thrown, not even at myself, it's just not necessary (Sporgon!) We can be civil about this issue.

Take it easy man, you don't need to prove anything. I appreciate that you've tried to demonstrate the differences in this thread. I understand that it's important to some and less to others. It's good to see for ourselves so thanks for sharing samples. Hope you get better soon!

Btw - I downloaded the sample from the a7r but I guess Lr 4 can't open the file, (doh! moment) so for me none of this is relevant! I don't even know what I'm missing out on!  :P (I'm sure it would be glorious!)

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