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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A Summary of Sigma Lens Rumors
« on: July 09, 2014, 04:41:48 PM »
  I am personally really excited about the 300-600mm lens. Will have to wait and see what it is. And a few reviews. Having two of Sigmas telephoto lenses, and  using them with the FANTASTIC Pentax K-3. I am in heaven. I love it so much I sent all the gear into C.R.I.S. to get calibrated together.  Might pick up a GH4 to go with the Sigma lenses for video..
  I am just about to buy the 18-35 1.8.. In Pentax mount... If AF is ok.. I will be in heaven... 

  Man I am hoping Canon really knocks my socks off with the 7D II..

 
 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV To Feature 4K Video?
« on: July 05, 2014, 12:23:27 PM »
Well we can only judge on what we can buy  :)

As for the patents, Canon have been very aggressive patent registerers for a very long time, which is comical when you examine their early history, but that aside, patents do not products make, we have had rumours of hundreds of them over the years here and few see the light of day, we all know Canon are innovative and do a lot of R&D but most of the time companies patent to cock block anybody else.

They have struggled to make DO lenses work from the word go, they seem to be convinced there is something there and won't let it die but we are not there yet, the 70-300 DO is the biggest piece of $1,400 crap ever, I'd love to know sales figures for the 400 DO.

I still don't see how DPAF helps SLR stills shooters.

As for AF and metering, well they introduced the 45 point AF back in 2000, so it isn't like they didn't have time to put a bit more thought into it, though it isn't "radically" different is it? Dedicated processor and all but the same contrast detect chip behind a sub mirror arrangement since in body AF started. Nikon have had colour sensitive metering for years, and not just in the one top of the line body.

As for the 7D MkII having potential, I must, respectfully, disagree, even if it bests the D7100 in sensor metrics by a half stop or so, so what? That makes it slightly worse on overall image IQ than the 6D.

Don't get me wrong, I am not picking a fight and I am not out to bash Canon, I just see the last few years developments with my eyes wide open, stills are not the driving force they were even five years ago when the 7D made such an impact. In my opinion stills are not seen to be the future by Canon.

If the products haven't landed on a shelf yet then all the R&D in the world is no use to me.

The other truth is that stills are a very mature market, the quality and capability we have now vastly out strip most users needs, the 5D MkIII is probably the most complete stills shooters camera ever and Canon clearly don't believe in much higher MP, DR, blah blah sensor specs at this point. I believe we are on a technology plateau with no signs of the next BIG thing.

For me personally, put the 5D MkIII sensor in the 1Dx MkII, get me those TS-E lenses and I don't care, I'll be retired before my customers or I need more than that.

Very true, patent's don't make a product. My point was only that there is an R&D budget for still photography at Canon, and money is clearly being spent there. Patents do need to actually make their way into a product on a shelf to be meaningful, though...your dead-on there.

I really wonder why Canon doesn't bring more of their innovations into being...almost smacks of Nokia a few years ago...they had a MASSIVE patent library, but it was just IP...they didn't wield it and make competitive products with that technology...and look where they are now... Guess that's the most concerning thing about Canon. They have some amazing technology...but they aren't using it...so it isn't making money.

I still don't see how DPAF helps SLR stills shooters.

I can see it being very useful for focusing landscape shots, which I've always focused manually in live view. DPAF could automate that process.


The other truth is that stills are a very mature market, the quality and capability we have now vastly out strip most users needs, the 5D MkIII is probably the most complete stills shooters camera ever and Canon clearly don't believe in much higher MP, DR, blah blah sensor specs at this point. I believe we are on a technology plateau with no signs of the next BIG thing.

I don't know if I agree with that. DR is obviously a VERY important thing to photographers these days. It is single-handedly the most controversial and common subject when it comes to Canon vs. the others. Even if it isn't as important as many individuals and certain organizations seem to insist, it's clearly a sticking point, and clearly a perception issue between Canon and their customers. I have a hard time believing Canon doesn't know that...not after the last two years and all the debates and conversations and reviews and videos that cover the topic of how much better Nikon/Sony DR is than Canon's.

For Canon to ignore that, and release ANOTHER product without an improvement in that area....well, I think we could actually see some REAL brand migration over the next few years if the 7D II (and worse, the 5D IV/1D X II) hit the streets without a DR improvement. It may not actually matter in most cases, but it matters perceptually...and I think the companies reputation would actually finally be hurt by them not showing any real interest in their sensor IQ. I've seen Canon respond directly to the loudest demands from their customer base in the past. The 1D X and 5D III are exemplary examples of that, in multiple ways. Canon can't ignore the demand for better DR. It would be reputation damaging...

(My words above certainly don't mean Canon is actually going to do anything about it...I guess there is a very good chance they won't...but I do indeed believe it would be damaging to their reputation in the long run if they ignored the single most important demand of their customers after so many years of having that demand levied.)

  As a birder, and having shot with the latest Sony APS-C sensor. I am waiting for the next crop sensor camera from Canon.
  I am just blow away with the new sensors. It really is amazing.
  With the way I shoot. Shooting with the new sensors has given me so much exposure leeway, and increased ISO performance. It has increased my keeper rate dramatically. 
 
  I really have my fingers crossed and hope Canon will deliver. If not? I personally will start seriously looking for alternatives.  But, I don't want to. Come on Canon....

 

 
 

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  Kinda funny.  I spend most of my time in Thailand. I know a guide there that is in tight with Canon. He takes the Canon reps with the new cameras around with him.
  Abut a year ago I saw him with the Canon group. I snuck up on them while they were shooting birds in an open field. LOL,,, you have never seen so many guys trying to hide and running back to the van.... One came over and tried to talk to me. Trying to divert my attention. I personally don't care one way or another. A funny story you guys might like to hear.

 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 27, 2014, 10:42:25 AM »
I don't get why internet experts think that the 7D mk II needs to be FF. It is preposterous, as FF and crop are two totally different tools, and crop is a better tool for nearly everything.

The 7D mk II will be a APS-C camera, the FF 7D 2, if you will is called the 1DX.

I agree that any 7D Mark II will be APS-C but to say that crop is better for nearly everything is wrong.  It's not better for low-light and it's only good for reach and putting pixels on subject, when you are reach limited.

I hear a lot about how a FF/crop combo is the best for sports such as a 5D3/7D combo.  While I agree it's convenient and useful, and ignoring price obviously, it would still be better to have a pair of 1Dx's with sufficient reach lenses.  The 1Dx with the longer lens to make up for the 7D's crop factor will produce better IQ, at ALL ISO's.  This is exactly why I ditched both of my 7D and 1D4 cameras in favor of a longer lens and another 1Dx.  Again though, photography was helping fund a lot of that and had I been on my own, NO WAY I could have afforded that.  So I agree with jrista and neuro regarding the cost factor regarding crop cameras.  It really was the price difference between a 7D and 1D4 back in 2010 (even though technically the 1D4 is a "crop" camera).   

With that being said, I really hope the 7D replacement is revolutionary and I think it will sell well and make a lot of people happy.  I may consider it as a "3rd" camera if the specs are right and I have the funding.

  IMO this is exactly what Canon wants people to do. And it has succeeded. With out a good crop sensor camera the upgrade path is pretty well guaranteed with people that can afford it.

Same with Nikon.

The Nikon 810 FF is getting there. That camera just about does away with the crop sensor argument. I think the next 810 replacement will be the nail in the coffin for crop sensor cameras for Nikon users.

My problem is I have Canon gear. And I don't have a really good crop camera (except the aging IV). And I will not upgrade to the 600mm prime. Weight is my enemy. So what do I do?  It is a real problem for me. The only thing holding me in the Canon camp now is the excellent 500mm glass.. Amazing build quality and sharpness.

If Nikon updates the 500mm lens. And Canon does not have a good answer to my particular problem and I expect thousands of others? I have a feeling many people will start to switch? I am just hoping Canon does not let this happen.

For birding 500mm is as big as I can go at my age.

I still have the mark IV and it is a great camera. But in a couple of years I will be ready for a new body. And I will look around at my options then and decide my best path.

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Landscape / Re: jrista et al, Why Astrophotography?
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:02:10 PM »
  Boy am I feeling old.. Astrophotography was the first thing that interested me.  I bought an OM-1, had a 12.5" reflector made, and bought a Bill Schaefer mount. Used to cook my film myself.

  I am so behind times, it is amazing how technology has taken over. I got into computers when analog to digital was coming into play. Writing software for machines.

  I still have all my old equipment. Is there a way to computerize the old Schaefer mount. It has an old drive corrector that works. But, it is ancient.
 
  Been thinking about having the mirror re-coated on the reflector, and playing around with it some.

  Gary

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 21, 2014, 10:20:50 AM »
An APS-C sensor, around 24 MP, with improved high ISO performance and (I´m almost afraid to say it) improved DR would make an interesting start. If it came in a house with as close to pro body sealing as possible, improved fps and, most importantly to me, an AF system like we have in the 5DIII/1DX, it would make a Very interesting camera. The ultimate bonus would be if it (on top of the above) also could AF at f/8.0 (AF at 1920mm!!)

+1

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:19:35 PM »
GaryKnrd, What lens are you using with the K3, and are you using it for birding? The major downside for supertelephoto users in Pentax line-up is the IBIS. The other downside is the minimal supertelephoto lens choice for K mount. I have had this fantasy of kayaking to approach and photograph birds, and the Pentax weatherproofing would provide a lot of peace of mind against splashes, etc. (probably not against sustained dunk, though). Sensor is very good as well. Oddball feature of "internal equatorial mount" is of interest to astrophotographers - it makes sense that if you can shift the sensor for image stabilization, you also ought to be able to design it to shift to match star motion relative to Earth. The weatherproof and relatively light and compact Pentax line seems like a good choice for the outdoor photographer.

Don't get  me wrong, I love my 60D and 400mm f/5.6L. I am pretty invested in the Canon system, have a 6D as well, a few EF-S lenses, a few EF L lenses, the Samyang 14mm, and am covering the gaps with existing vintage film lenses (my Dad's AIS Nikkors and my own M42 screw mount lenses from the 1970s) on adapters. Some of the old multicoatings give a slightly different look, as do the older double Gauss Planar designs.

  I use Canon gear most of the time. Great gear. I use the Sigma 500mm F/4.5 prime and the Sigma 300mm F/2.8 prime with Pentax. Up until the K-3 hit the Pentax gear was in storage. Horrible experience.  Shooting with the new K-3 has turned that around for me. That new Pentax K-3 is a birding machine!!! What I find so nice is the layout also. What really blew me away is the IBIS on Pentax. With the 300mm lens it is just as good as the IS in the Canon 300mm F/2.8 II. Just amazing. Until Canon hits with the new 7DII I may store my Canon gear for a while. It is that good so far.
  Really have to wait and see if it can hold up to heavy use. My Pentax K-5 fell apart on me. Very poor build.

  If interested you can go to my flickr site and see the latest photos with the K-3.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos.

Cheers Gary

hmmm just had a look through your flickr images and without wishing to start a row ,your pics with the 1D4 have bite and guts ,the pentax ones lack that considerably .it may well be the lack of decent glass for the pentax ,but if it was my money i would stick with canon .thats just my view ,sorry .
   i did the same for a couple of years kidded myself that nikon was better ,it wasn't and i can see that now looking back .

  I am just killing time. The Sigma glass was cheap compared to the Canon glass. I kinda like it though. For me it is fun to change around and shoot with different brands. What really has me excited is the high grade crop sensors.. I love the crop sensors for birding... The Pentax K-3 is a much better sensor than the 7D no comparison. I like it better than the IV?
  Can't wait for the 7D II to hit.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 10:40:16 AM »
GaryKnrd, What lens are you using with the K3, and are you using it for birding? The major downside for supertelephoto users in Pentax line-up is the IBIS. The other downside is the minimal supertelephoto lens choice for K mount. I have had this fantasy of kayaking to approach and photograph birds, and the Pentax weatherproofing would provide a lot of peace of mind against splashes, etc. (probably not against sustained dunk, though). Sensor is very good as well. Oddball feature of "internal equatorial mount" is of interest to astrophotographers - it makes sense that if you can shift the sensor for image stabilization, you also ought to be able to design it to shift to match star motion relative to Earth. The weatherproof and relatively light and compact Pentax line seems like a good choice for the outdoor photographer.

Don't get  me wrong, I love my 60D and 400mm f/5.6L. I am pretty invested in the Canon system, have a 6D as well, a few EF-S lenses, a few EF L lenses, the Samyang 14mm, and am covering the gaps with existing vintage film lenses (my Dad's AIS Nikkors and my own M42 screw mount lenses from the 1970s) on adapters. Some of the old multicoatings give a slightly different look, as do the older double Gauss Planar designs.

  I use Canon gear most of the time. Great gear. I use the Sigma 500mm F/4.5 prime and the Sigma 300mm F/2.8 prime with Pentax. Up until the K-3 hit the Pentax gear was in storage. Horrible experience.  Shooting with the new K-3 has turned that around for me. That new Pentax K-3 is a birding machine!!! What I find so nice is the layout also. What really blew me away is the IBIS on Pentax. With the 300mm lens it is just as good as the IS in the Canon 300mm F/2.8 II. Just amazing. Until Canon hits with the new 7DII I may store my Canon gear for a while. It is that good so far.
  Really have to wait and see if it can hold up to heavy use. My Pentax K-5 fell apart on me. Very poor build.

  If interested you can go to my flickr site and see the latest photos with the K-3.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos.

Cheers Gary

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 09:48:49 AM »
  I just broke in my new Pentax K-3. I was VERY impressed. Now with the new 7D II on the horizon?  Wow, can't wait to get my hands on that camera. Improvements in sensor technology is amazing.

  For birding these crop sensors rock!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: June 01, 2014, 10:05:59 PM »
You know I have been curious for a long time. And I am fixing to start experimenting.
I just ordered the Pentax K-3 to see if it is going to satisfy my needs. For birding.
I have the 7D and I really like the crop factor.  I put the brakes on at about ISO 800, with the 7D.
The K-3 is going to give me about the same ISO as the Canon Mark IV. around 1200-1300 ISO, with a 1.5 crop.

Not sure yet if it is going to work out, We will see? But the new Sony sensors are much better than they were a few years ago. And the cheap crop sensor cameras are everywhere now. And getting pretty good reviews.

So I will be shooting with the Sigma 500mm prime and Sigma 300mm F/2.8 prime with the Pentax K-3 with in body IS? I'm looking forward to seeing just how far I can push it, and how it stacks up against the 7D and mark IV, and the new Canon tele lenses? 

After dealing with Pentax in the past. My hopes are not too high. But I have to test it.

I am a die hard crop guy.. :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: June 01, 2014, 08:51:25 AM »
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As camera phones improve these high end APS-C systems will eventually disappear.

???

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX camera
« on: May 12, 2014, 08:40:10 PM »
I'm not a big Arthur Morris fan. But i do watch the sales and blogs on his site. He bought two when they came out and sold both because of the mirror problem. Both stopped AF. I think he bought two more for a new trip he had planned.
They are probably fixed by now. I think I read both had 22-25K on the body's when they failed.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 27, 2014, 07:20:55 AM »
  I just came in from a two month trip. In the jungle of Thailand, Hala-bala. I only have the 1D mark IV and the 7D. I love the 1D series camera. But, after some frustrating long shots with the ID-IV + 1.4 T.C. I finally put the 7D and 1.4 on my 500 mm lens. Honestly, I loved the results. So much so when in that situation I always put the 7D on the lens. Long shots AF was fine. Depth of field was pretty deep and I never missed a shot. With the mark IV I was not happy at all. The 7D saved the day.

  Also shot some close shots with the 7D and mark IV. I much preferred the ID camera.

This is with the 7D + 1.4, after a frustrating time with the mark IV.


  I have many many shots with the 7D and Mark IV. More with the IV for sure. It is a piece of heaven for me. But  the 7D is still in my bag.  I personally could care less about the tests and the technical details. I can say,  for me it made a big difference.

www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos
www.birdsthatfart.com

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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 07:31:54 AM »
Who wants to bet that come may 1st, we'll get a CR2 about new cameras in June?

I'm off to shoot the sunrise with my 5 year old camera body, then blow my canon budget on a road bike. Have fun!

Lol, same here. Have fun.

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If under the 20K range I want one. I started saving 5 Yeats ago for this lens. I tried the 800L and did not like it. Nikon looks sweet also. Wait and see now.

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