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Lenses / Re: Landscape prime
« on: February 23, 2013, 03:32:22 PM »
I know you said no TS, but the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II is one of the best landscape lenses available if 24mm is wide enough for your style.  It's very sharp, it gives you the ability to get a very deep DoF without stopping down so far that you start to lose sharpness to diffraction, and it takes front filters.

Lenses / Re: Best lens for baby portraits?
« on: February 23, 2013, 01:35:36 PM »
What camera (sensor size affects that framing you get with a given lens).  If you've got an APS-C body, consider buying the 85mm f/'ll probably want to take portraits pretty often, so buying is likely better than renting.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon finally Admits D600 Dust Problem
« on: February 23, 2013, 01:20:29 PM »
Feel free to try and prove me wrong, I'll just dig my heels in and refuse to bow to logic  ;D

Really?!?  I find that hard to one ever does that around here.   :P

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon finally Admits D600 Dust Problem
« on: February 23, 2013, 10:12:16 AM »
Nikon announces that the D600 has been officially renamed the Dusty60Oily.   ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mk 3 2 quick questions
« on: February 23, 2013, 08:45:19 AM »
With 61 AF points, do you really need re-comp?

Yes, if the subject is outside the AF point spread...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mk 3 2 quick questions
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:25:45 AM »
If you mean flash red, it does that when focus is achieved and the light levels are low (there's a setting that controls that - AF point illumination can be off, on, or auto - yours is set to auto).

Yes, if you want to focus-recompose, you half-press the shutter with the selected AF point on the subject, then recompose, then shoot.  It's a bad idea from the center point with fast primes shot wide open, because it results in backfocus.  You may still need to even with the 5DIII, if you want the subject outside of the AF point spread, but start with a point at the edge, not the center.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 2x and 1.4x mk3 extenders
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:06:59 AM »
The OP had the 1.4x closest to the camera.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: February 22, 2013, 11:27:41 PM »
Yes, though not always. And the new modular style RRS L-Plate is, to me, well worth the money. It might cost a bit more but in the context of the camera is not that much, however I buy L-Plates and regular body plates for my most used bodies and the new design covers both so actually saves me money.

+1, love the RRS modular L-plate for the 1D X, especially since the Allen key stores in the plate.

Lighting / Re: 600EX RT vs AlienBees
« on: February 21, 2013, 07:48:04 PM »
Ok, then what the hell am I supposed to do with this ball peen hammer?!?   :P

Lighting / Re: 600EX RT vs AlienBees
« on: February 21, 2013, 06:27:02 PM »
You mention shooting in bright sun. If you want to add fill light, the Speedlites are fine.  If you want to shoot portraits and overpower the sun to fully control the light, monolights are the way to go.  Outdoor portraits usually benefit from wide aperture lenses, but when you add flash into that mix, HSS doesn't have enough power except for fill, so to use fast apertures you have to use ND filters to knock the shutter speed down to Xsync, and again, not enough power from a Speedlite.  Of course, you can gang 3-4 Speedlites inside each modifier - that would give enough power.  But it's not really a cost-effective solution.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 21, 2013, 05:32:02 PM »
Neuro, you had me up until that "ship is sailing along fine..." stuff.

Not trying to single you out, because I know you know better and I know you aren't guilty of the sin I'm about to attack. But, I can never figure out why otherwise intelligent people think a multinational, multi-billion dollar, profitable company is stupid.

Far from it.  My point is that Canon's current strategy is working.  They are doing their R&D, developing new cameras with improved features, releasing them into the market, and those cameras are selling like gangbusters.  I don't understand why otherwise intelligent people are clamoring for Canon to do something different, and be more like their competitor that isn't doing as well as they are in the market.

My point was not "the ship is sailing along fine," so Canon should be complacent.  They clearly have a strategy (ship), and are executing on that strategy (sailing), and are successful at it (sailing fine).

Also, do note that I did suggest that behavior might be short sighted.  I'm well aware of the parallels to Microsoft, another conservative company.   Just because it happened once, doesn't mean it will happen again; by the same token, just because it happened to another company doesn't mean Canon will learn from that lesson.  Usually, changes like this don't happen overnight.  Obviously, Microsoft did not respond to those changes appropriately for their business.  It remains to be seen how Canon will respond to a declining marketshare, but of course, first that marketshare has to actually decline. 

We heard all of these arguments about the D800, and the 5D Mark III is apparently outselling it by a wide margin.  Now the D7100 is the best thing since sliced bread, and while is does seem like a well-spec'd camera, I suggest we wait and see how well it sells, compared to a camera Canon may or may not release, before we declare victory for Nikon and claim Canon 'had their ass handed to them'. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 21, 2013, 12:34:16 PM »
Hopefully Canon is very scared - and taking Nikon's recent R&D push seriously.  They need to respond immediately...

Respond to what?  Sorry, but no, they really don't.  To those who say, "Nikon is handing Canon their asses," or "Canon should be scared," understand that at the most fundamental level, camera sales are what matter.  The finance and marketing divisons within a major corporation, especially a conservative one like Canon, are the voices that determine the ultimate output from the R&D side of the organization, in part because they control the input (i.e. funding) into that R&D. 

As long as Canon continues to sell more cameras and lenses than Nikon, the finance and marketing folks will continue to say that the ship is sailing along fine, it ain't broke and there's nothing to fix.  Is that short-sighted?  Possibly.  But as I've pointed out before, DxOMark has some pretty convincing data showing that from a sensor IQ standpoint, Nikon/Sony have been spanking Canon for several years now.  Has that pushed Canon to 'wake up'?  No - despite their 'crap' sensors, Canon has gone right on gaining market share at Nikon's expense. 

What Canon has done, consistently and successfully, is sell entry level (Rebel/xxxD) cameras to more people than Nikon.  We can debate up the wazoo about which $1200, $3000, or $6500 camera is "better" (whatever the hell that means, if it's even relevant since many of the people debating this aren't buying these cameras anyway).  But both Canon and Nikon sell far more entry level cameras than everything higher up in the lineup combined.  The fact that Canon is winning at the base of the pyramid means that more people are buying into their system, and that translates right on up the lines.  A bigger base means a taller, more massive pyramid.  While I'm sure there are exceptions, very few first-time dSLR buyers buy a $1200, $3000, or $6500 camera.  But they may spend that much on their second dSLR, or their third...and if their first one was a Canon (which by the numbers, it is for a majority of the market), odds are their subsequent (more expensive) dSLRs will also be Canon. 

Lenses / Re: Tilt Shift Lenses - Looking for Advice
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:35:35 AM »
Why do people use shift lenses to capture stitched panoramas?

I'm not at all sure that most people buy TS lenses for the primary purpose of capturing stitched panorama.  While a TS lens can be used in a limited way for pano shots, it seems more of an opportunistic and incidental use.  As stated above getting a real multi-row pano setup offers much more flexibility for creating panoramic images. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 21, 2013, 09:58:46 AM » doesn't mean that my opinions are irrational.
Price IS an issue for me, and based on ALL factors regarding cameras, i haven't been too thrilled with Canon's releases.

Your opinion was quite rational, as was your decision to switch to Nikon.  Personally, if my main purpose was to shoot landscapes, I'd be shooting with a D800, 14-24/2.8G and a PC-E 24mm.  Put that in a fanboy pipe and smoke it.   :P

The problem is when someone (and you're not the only one who does this) takes a statement like, "I think the recent Nikon dSLR releases are much better than the recent Canon dSLR releases," and somehow translates that into, "Most people think Nikon is dominating Canon."  First off, your opinion is not everyone's opinion, or even most people's opinion.  My opinion is not everyone's opinion, either, for that matter.  That's why I often bring up sales figures - it's an aggregate way of assessing everyone's 'opinion' based on their buying choices.  Sure, there are lots of factors that go into those buying decisions - features, cost, compatibility with current equipment, what their friends use, etc.  But it's an objective measure, unlike all of the hot air (or electrons, as the case may be) that we read on internet forums.

Another problem is the evaluation of the camera in isolation, or worse, basing an evaluation on sensor performance alone.  You state ALL factors regarding cameras, but both a camera and a lens are needed to take pictures.  Sometimes, a flash is needed, too.  It's the 'camera system' that takes pictures, not just a camera or a sensor alone.  So, it's important to view it in that light - consider your overall needs and budget for a system, and buy accordingly.  If one brand offers the best body in the world, but lesser lens choices, that's something to be aware of...

Finally, most of this really doesn't matter.  Sure, there are a few examples of images that can only be taken with Canon vs. Nikon gear (MP-E 65mm and 17mm tilt-shift shots, ultrawide shots with an image-stabilized lens, etc.).  But for the most part, it's much less about the gear itself than about the person using it to make images.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 21, 2013, 09:09:32 AM »
How come it's pentamirror,it says pentaprism on Nikon official website

Thanks, that makes more sense (and is why I questioned the person who posted that it was a pentamirror).

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