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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: September 02, 2013, 10:58:36 PM »
I know everybody has invested in lenses and accessories, so jumping ship is not practical, but here is what that 3 stop of extra DR can mean (5D3 on top, D800 on the bottom):


All this really proves that even two of the best cameras currently made are each capable of producing suboptimal images when used incorrectly.

It isn't that the 5D III was used incorrectly. Fred Miranda was the one who did that review, and he is a respectable authority on such matters. The original sample images were shot to keep the whites from blowing in a high DR scene...and this, quite plain and simply, is indeed the result when you lift the shadows to compensate. There isn't any question that Canon has issues with their low ISO DR. It has been blotchy and banded for well over five years now, and it is Canon's weakest point.

Given DXO's review of the 70D, it's clear they have not put any effort into improving sensor IQ. Canon's focus is clearly different, and the weight of their focus has clearly shifted heavily towards video. I was hoping to see a better DR improvement for the 70D, and these results are rather disheartening. I'm a stills photographer, and I use my DSLR for still photographs. Quite frankly, I would really like to see Canon invest some of their huge cash flow into improving their products for their primary intended purpose, and not some secondary "sometimes convenient" purpose like video.

The Magic Lantern crew proved that Canon's sensors are capable of capturing the full 14 stops of dynamic range allowed by a 14-bit ADC...I think its high time Canon stopped their focus in video and returned their focus to EVERY aspect of IQ, including factors based on the sensor. I've argued in the past that there are other factors that affect IQ, such as AF system, but Canon has already perfected those technologies. Fred Miranda's comparison of the 5DIII and D800 is an excellent demonstration of why Canon should finally shift their focus back towards improving still photography IQ. I don't even think the problem is in the sensor, either...I think its in the ADC...and Canon pretty much whips up a new version of that every major release cycle anyway...so there shouldn't be any reason they couldn't invest some serious R&D into solving their low ISO IQ problem.

No more clever arguments from me about why Canon's products are good. They are, but that isn't the point any longer. I truly hope to see something significant on the sensor/ADC IQ front with the 7D II...otherwise, the 5D III will probably be my last Canon DSLR purchase until they stop focusing on secondary video functionality and refocus on the primary purpose of a DSLR: photography.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: September 02, 2013, 09:24:44 AM »
Exposing to the right is a lot easier than it seems. I don't look at the scale the camera uses as over or under exposure. Specifically when you look at the tic mark scale. It is only a guide based on the metering system and how you have it set up to.

So I personally like the definition that wicki gives. You just want to shoot at the max before you clip the highlights that are important to you. For me it is the bird. I could care less about the rest of the picture. So easy for me. Just evaluate the the color of the bird the background brightness and set an exposure for the bird. Using the tic marks as a guide only.

Whether the metering device says you are under exposed or over exposed makes no difference at all. You are over exposed if you clip the highlights that are important to you. Or you can look at the highlight clipping on the back of the screen if that helps. But that takes valuable time.

I can tell you now it works wonders with the 7D and IV. Can't comment on the other cameras.
It does kinda "tic" me off, pun intended. That Nikon does not have to worry about it near as much as I do....

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II news
« on: September 02, 2013, 08:22:46 AM »
Yawn! The 7DII is having almost as long a gestation as the very welcome 24-70 f/2.8II. This rumor sounds insubstantial. I believe Canon wants to make a splash with the 7DII, positioning it well above the 70D, with a price to suit. As the owner of an aging 1D4 with a LOT of miles on the clock, I'll put my money on a well specced 7D2.

I miss APS-H so a high performance APS-C will have to suffice. I like the reach provided by a crop sensor.

-PW

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: September 01, 2013, 11:01:01 PM »
I fight with DR daily but, It seems most do not expose to the right? A couple of pages back I saw a mention of it. 
 
Actually I can shoot pretty close to the Nikon D4 with this technique. The only thing that bugs me is. Shooting beside a D4. It is less work for them.
Same with ISO, I would muchhhhh rather take my ISO higher and shoot to the right than to expose to a neutral setting. I can get close to the D4, but they do not worry about it  that much.

 There is an advantage to Nikon. But not as much as you think.
I don't change to Nikon because....... ( glass )  And to my surprise, my Nikon friends are envious of the Canon glass. To the point of switching to Canon? And I am not a Canon fanboy at all.

www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: August 29, 2013, 11:23:53 PM »
I fight with DR daily shooting in the jungle here. Older I want a crop camera with better spec's. I don't want to carry around a 600-800 mm lens just so I can use a FF. Physically not possible for me at this point. With  the 1D IV it puts me on a more equal playing field,  with the FF users and the 600-800 mm lenses. Not equal but close. The IDX is just the most accurate camera I have ever seen for colors and AF. So I will surely go with the 1DX at some point.

It is clear that Canon is investing in other areas. As I see it. I also have the Sigma 500mm f4.5 lens, and it is a verrrry good lens. Not a Canon II replacement, but I will definitely buy the next Crop semi pro body from Pentax to use with it. Sigma is sharp, very pleasant to use and just all around a good lens. Canon 500 II is the clear winner. Now!

If Pentax EVER puts out a good semi-pro body I will run some tests and real world use. Without being brand loyal at all. I personally am looking forward to Sigma producing a good super telephoto line with interchangeable mount. For me I will be all over that.
As a birder I don't shoot BIF much and AF accuracy is the most important thing for me at this point. So AFS is my most used AF mode. And the other camera manufacturers that use the most recent sensors will be good enough for me.
So the 70D is dead in the water for me. Others will love it for the video no doubt. But sensor technology and AF is my main concern at this point.

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Haven't listened to that song in years. Don't know about the AF but the song rocks...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Prices in Thailand
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:55:12 AM »
The only reason I have not gone to HK is because of the possibility of a bad product and having to send it back for warranty. I live in Thailand most of the time and the Canon warranty center here is very nice and handy for me if I have a problem.
I know a guy that does business in China and buys all his gear there. But I am not quite at that stage of trust yet.
G

Just checked out AVcamera on the web. Good price on the 5D III for sure... 2675 dollars
1dx 6000 dollars, If you get a VAT refund with that price it is very good. with VAT refund it would be about 5640 That is a good price IMO. 

Fotofile on there web page is advertising the 1DX at 5931.25! After VAT refund 5575.38 Even with out any haggling. That is with the current exchange rate of 32 baht to the dollar.  http://www.fotofile.net/product.php?id=17124
Fotofile says you will get a 7% VAT refund but I have never got that at the airport. So I calculated 6% just to cover myself here. You may get the full 7%? But I do not!

With all you guys talking HK. What is the price of the 5D III and 1DX there?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Prices in Thailand
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:33:04 AM »
Sure fotofile!
Went to word camera but they were much higher.
I have never heard of AVcameras! Where is it? I will go check it out.
I bought a 300 II and Mark IV from World camera. Siam square , getway second floor. And the 500 II at fotofile.
Do you know Joy from Fotofile, Central Phra ram 3 shopping mall.
He quit and is a bird guide now. He took care of most all big glass sales.

Looks to me like the 1dX and 5D III is a very good price. Even retail here? Compared to allot of places.
I would really like the 1dx that is why i originally went to Canon. Very nice fellow there helped me. But he did not have the 1dx for me to try. I was a little disappointed. I played with the 5D III quite a-bit. And we got to talking about lenses. Those guys will steer you in the right direction. As far as the best price is concerned. He is the one that told me about fotofile and the price.

I am in Chiang Mai now. Went to a few shops at Airport mall and the 5D III is the same at the big shops, 26-2700, full warrenty and VAT refund. For tourists. That is why I buy my gear here. The price is pretty good and I buy before I make a hop back home to America. Then I get the VAT refund.
G

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EOS Bodies / Re: Prices in Thailand
« on: August 20, 2013, 06:17:48 AM »
Yea, that is where I buy most of  my gear also. A great friendly gear head shop.
Picked up a new ID mark IV at World camera though. Best price around at the time.

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EOS Bodies / Prices in Thailand
« on: August 20, 2013, 05:43:57 AM »
Just for the heck of it. I went to the Canon store today. They have stores here just for looking at the equipment.
I picked up a catalog then went to the larger retailers and asked for the prices of the cameras.
This is with full warranty and VAT refund for the foreigner.

Canon 1Dx catalog - 195,000 Baht. $6093.75   price after VAT refund  $5728.13

1Dx at big photo shops. No cut rate shops. Only the biggest and most trusted.
1Dx - 185,000 Baht. 5781.25  price after VAT refund $5434.38

5D III big shop with warranty. about 26-2700 dollars. Vat refund would be about $2538 that is without haggeling at all.

I thought interesting, Just thought I would share.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma lenses
« on: August 19, 2013, 10:42:18 PM »
Yea, the reason I ask is I have a couple of Sigma lenses. Optically ok. But had a boat load of trouble with one of them. So kinda afraid to spend allot of money on lenses of this kind. And optically they are behind Canon. Just wait until they appear until I decide to try or not I guess.

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Lenses / Sigma lenses
« on: August 19, 2013, 07:57:44 AM »
I was wondering if Sigma re-designed there super telephoto lenses with the sports label. And they were almost as good optically as Canon. Would you buy them?
With the new sports lens and the option to have the mount changed to any brand you want, at any time! That would let me buy one lens and try different manufacturers body's with no problems. With a small fee for mount change.
I am thinking this is what is about to happen with Sigmas large super telephotos in the next year.
Any thoughts?
 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx
« on: August 03, 2013, 09:59:33 PM »
There is only one camera i drool over and that is the 1Dx. If you have the funds go for it. I doubt you would ever regret it. If I didn't have my update plan set in stone I would buy one tomorrow....

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 03, 2013, 09:45:33 PM »
Pretty much what I expected really. Not wanting, but expecting. Keep saving my pennies until they have something I like.  ;) 

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 30, 2013, 07:30:29 AM »
Sigma is trying to put the smack down on Nikon , Canon. Interesting times ahead. Even if just a CR1 rumor.

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