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Breakthrough at Magic Lantern, imho this elevates it to a must-have and makes Canon look really stupid: They at last figured out what the digic registers having to do with iso are, and by fine-tuning them your camera now gets an additional 1/2 stop and more of dynamic range, no strings attached. Just use +1/2 stop of ec (ML also has ec in m mode, just like the new 1dx fw) and you're done.

This means that for example on 5d3, iso 800 with ML has more dynamic range than iso 100 with Canon :-> ... and at high iso you're getting 7% more dr which is nothing to sneeze at, esp. since it builds upon Canon's advantage vs. Nikon: d800@6400 = ~8.3 & 5d3@6400 = ~9.4 ev making good ol' Canon the superior sensor for low light high contrast shooting, esp. the newer 6d.

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5D3 Canon ML
100 11.16 11.55
200 11.08 11.52
400 10.96 11.41
800 10.76 11.2
1600 10.32 10.78
3200 9.72 10.2
6400 8.78 9.35
12800 8.01 8.59

Read all about it here, test modules are about to be out, next coming to a nightly build near you! Here's the dev thread if you want to follow the development: http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=9867.msg96529#msg96529

Last not least, in combination with the dual_iso module ML now allows you to cover 15 stops of dynamic range in one shot w/o bracketing (by interlacing the shot with two iso values, meaning there's some loss of fine detail in the extreme highlights/shadows). If you feel exposure challenged, you can use the ettr module to automatically set the exposure so it covers exactly the dynamic range of the scene with optimum snr :-)

Great report.  I havent had a chance to try any of this.  Wonderiing what effect all of this has on drive mode frame rates?

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EOS-M / Re: My full gear in sling pack with EOS-M
« on: January 20, 2014, 05:26:10 PM »
This is a very nice bag for the M.  I like small bags.  I carry my 300mm F2.8L and my 5D3 in a bag that doesnt even look like it can hold that set up.  Everyone is amazed when I pull out the big rig from my Streetwalker Pro. 
 
This for the M looks  very similar.  Very low profile...doesnt look like you are a pro photographer with expensive gear to target and steal.  Small enough to just leave on your back all the time.
 
I do miss the fast focus though.  Live view focus is too slow for ANY kind of action.  However is pretty easy to just use manual and go with it.

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EOS-M / Re: GREAT AND CHEAP BATTERIES FOR EOS-M
« on: January 20, 2014, 05:20:54 PM »
These cheap batteries keep calling my name ... but I resist..waiting for more feedback from users here to report on accurate battery level display and total shot count.  Also would like to hear about how hot the battery gets when fully charged...and perhaps how hot it gets after a good shoot.

As mentioned previously there is a good reason usually why they are cheap.  I am willing to live with short battery life for such a price but not really interested if it takes the camera with it.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M with Canon EF 100 mm F/ 2.8 L IS MACRO
« on: January 20, 2014, 05:16:38 PM »
Same setup.  Actually very light weight rig with the 100L attached.  You can still hand hold it with the grip.  Not too front heavy.  Next time I will try with my extension tubes.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: January 19, 2014, 10:50:11 AM »
I can't say I'm too optimistic about the processing capabilities of the iPad. Let's remember that LR is meant for batch processing.
True ... but iPads/tablets, with each new version will only get more powerful and better ... eventually we should be able to have some powerful processing power from these portable devices. This is just the beginning.

I'd rather have an app to connect the iPad to a computer and use it as second screen. The one thing I like is the pixel density, useful for the determination of critical focus.

Check out air display 2. One of many out there.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: January 18, 2014, 09:38:01 PM »
Sorry to see LR take a cloud model.

Where does it say that???

99 is just the beginning.  Wait until you need that sharpening module only offered as an in-app add-on.

Oh, I get it now.  You're just making stuff up.

Do you pay much attention to the modern world of apps? In-app microtransactions for addons of one kind or another are all the rage. Zynga, for example, is famous for employing microtransactions in their games, to the great financial detriment of the players who become addicted to them. It's how some app developers have raked in hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars for apps that cost a mere few bucks or are even free...and it is certainly no longer limited to just games.

I wouldn't say he is just making stuff up. It's a real-world thing that is becoming far more common, and with Adobe's apparent unquenchable greed as of late, it isn't surprising to hear this brought up as a potential concern. At some point, I fully expect Adobe to figure out that they could make even more money off their already tapped customers by employing microtransactions...and they will probably find an effective way of restructuring their products to take full advantage of the concept. Whether that happens now, with Lightroom for iPad, or at some later date, is yet to be seen...I suspect a later date, but I do expect Adobe to jump on the bandwagon at some point.

Like I said,  he made it all up.  Even if this leak is real it says nothing about in app purchases or about LR adopting a cloud model.

So apparently you didnt even read the original CR post...and i quote

"It appears Adobe accidentally leaked Lightroom for iPad before the official announcement. It looks like the app will be a cloud subscription of $99 on an annual basis."

Nuff said.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: January 17, 2014, 11:10:52 PM »
Port Douglas Northern Queensland, 2 weeks ago.

Pretty well everything in the ocean up here wants to kill you, so it's difficult to enjoy the Ocean, Sunshin & Beautiful Beaches, but my eldest lad tried this, good fun, but once your back in the water you have to contend with Stingers, Jelly Fish, Portuguese Man o Wars, Sea Snakes, Sharks, idiots on jet skis, all looking to have a piece of you, but really lovely place though.

1Dx & 200f/2 + 1.4x, f/8 @ 1/1600th ISO200

No worse than cheetahs, lions, and tigers i would think. ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: January 17, 2014, 11:08:54 PM »
Sorry to see LR take a cloud model.

Where does it say that???

99 is just the beginning.  Wait until you need that sharpening module only offered as an in-app add-on.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:41:10 PM »
More like take LR nowhere.  After the current versions outlive their usefulness i will no longer use adobe products.  Sorry to see LR take a cloud model.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:13:44 AM »
Waiting for the 7DII feels like waiting on the 5DIII to come out. Most was disappointed by the little bump in performance and price hike. Comepared to the D800, but now its selling way better than the competition.

I guess I remember it a little differently. Prior to the announcement, there were any number of people on this forum who absolutely knew that the 5DIII would have inferior autofocus (the catchword at the time was "crippled.")

Then, when it came out, most of the wailing was over the price. Those who bought raved about the high ISO performance, autofocus and almost everything else. As the price has dropped, the sales have climbed and you are correct in that it now significantly outsells the D800.

That said, I would agree that waiting for the 7DII does seem a bit like Deja Vu and I certainly hope that we will be equally surprised at how good the camera is.

Personally I'm not so much concerned about how it performs relative to the 5diii.  It will be better than the 7d and that's what matters to me.  I rarely use the 7d anymore as the 5diii records way better images...even cropped.  If the leaked specs to date are any indication the upgrade is a no brainer.  Now...let's see how much canon can milk our bank accounts...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 16, 2014, 03:27:02 PM »
I am hoping the 7D2 is to the 7D, as the 5D3 was to the 5D2 and is compelling enough to make me want to upgrade. I am specifically looking and hoping for a sizable improvements in DN, High ISO Performance and the 5D3 AF system or similar.
I am so disappointed with the 7d by today's standards that any improvement will be worth the upgrade.  Just show me where to sign...

The problem Canon has with the 7DII is that it will certainly rob sales from the 1Dx. If 10 fps @ 18mp with 61 point AF is true then it really will be a 1.6x cropped 1Dx. I suspect that Canon will leave the IQ much the same as the 70D, it's got to hold back on something for this camera.
Naturally we all want a camera with less video compromises (the 7D has a really strong AA filter), far better noise handling threashold and a DR to match the current Sony Exmore CMOS sensors. But I seriously doubt that Canon will invest in sensor tech for this camera and I think they will brin in the new tech for the 1Dx replacement or it's high MP cousin.
I don't think  the 7D II rob sales from the DX. I've been saving for the 1 DX for many months now and on the verge of the getting one. I did have a fleeting thought maybe I wait for the 7D II I can then purchase that along with the 5D Mark III. I'm thinking maybe I can have the best of the both worlds but I held that 1DX again and felt the solid build. There's no doubt I'm getting the DX. The 1 DX and 7DII will cater to two different markets IMHO...
I agree.... there will be a few people who don't buy a 1DX because they like the 7D2 more.. but there will be a heck of a lot more that don't buy the 70D because they like the 7D2 better... net sales gain for Canon.. Plus, of those few who don't get the 1DX, how many end up spending the saved money on lenses?

Canon already does enough to rob sales from the 1dx on price alone.  How much better would it sell for half the price?

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EOS-M / Re: Power eating Pig for EOS-M ?
« on: January 15, 2014, 04:08:46 PM »
Curious if anyone has purchased the AC power adapter for the M.  Based on the pictures the power adapter connects to the battery adapter.  Shouldn't be too difficult to fabricate a belt mounted battery pack or something attached to a bracket.  What is the power output and mA rating on the power adapter?


Dear
Yes, It might work , Buy $ 65 Dollars AC  to DC adapter from B&H
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/883400-REG/Canon_6784b002_AC_Adapter_Kit_ACK_E12.html

And After that, But 12 V. Battery Pack and Buy the Transformer from 12 V DC.  to 110 V. AC---And Plug this Canon AC to DC adapter = Total 15 Pounds on our Belt.
---But The Best way  is to buy the Halcyon  LP-E12  2200 mAh. = $ 9 US Dollars Each = 6 of them and put them in our pocket = Better

http://www.amazon.com/Halcyon-Lithium-Replacement-Battery-Charger/dp/B00C32SPDW/ref=sr_1_7/192-4275402-5928723?ie=UTF8&qid=1389462791&sr=8-7&keywords=canon+battery+lp-e12


Enjoy.
Surapon

I was considering just the adapter for 40 bucks and the wire battery to a plug that goes into the adapter.  But yes maybe  better to just buy a lot of cheap batteries.

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I like the StreetWalker Pro.  It's long enough to carry a full body with the 70-200 and extender attached.  I often also just leave the hood on as well.  The 17-50 attached to a 2nd body will also fit as long as it's not gripped.

I recently used this backpack on a trip to cape cod.  gripped 5d3 on a 300 f2.8L IS (no hood) and 1.4 extender along with an ungripped 7D with my 24-70 2.8L.  Still room for a few other things as well.  However the overall width of the pack is pretty narrow compared to other models.  Which makes it nice to carry in tight quarters and stash under the seat on the airplane.

Another benefit of the StreetWalker pro is you can add optional sling straps to the backback should straps so when you are carrying the big rig around ready to shoot you can take the weight off your neck and distribute it across your shoulders.  I carry the above 300mm setup all day that way hiking.
I'd have recommended the Street Walker Hard Drive since the OP mentioned the laptop but he also said that he was a student and Think Tank products, while amazing, might have been outside of his budget.

Well I opt not carry my laptop in my backpack for a few reasons but mostly because I treat the two separately.  Never take my LT on travel, just lots of memory cards.  If need to get images back to the office I use my iPad mini or iPhone.  You get to a point where it's too much to drag everything with you.  I try to go with the minimum I need.  The Streetwalker Pro suits that for my needs.  Just an option to evaluate.  There is something to be said for leaving laptops at home.

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EOS-M / Re: Power eating Pig for EOS-M ?
« on: January 15, 2014, 08:13:42 AM »
Curious if anyone has purchased the AC power adapter for the M.  Based on the pictures the power adapter connects to the battery adapter.  Shouldn't be too difficult to fabricate a belt mounted battery pack or something attached to a bracket.  What is the power output and mA rating on the power adapter?


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I like the StreetWalker Pro.  It's long enough to carry a full body with the 70-200 and extender attached.  I often also just leave the hood on as well.  The 17-50 attached to a 2nd body will also fit as long as it's not gripped.

I recently used this backpack on a trip to cape cod.  gripped 5d3 on a 300 f2.8L IS (no hood) and 1.4 extender along with an ungripped 7D with my 24-70 2.8L.  Still room for a few other things as well.  However the overall width of the pack is pretty narrow compared to other models.  Which makes it nice to carry in tight quarters and stash under the seat on the airplane.

Another benefit of the StreetWalker pro is you can add optional sling straps to the backback should straps so when you are carrying the big rig around ready to shoot you can take the weight off your neck and distribute it across your shoulders.  I carry the above 300mm setup all day that way hiking.

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