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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 11, 2014, 09:52:20 AM »

Personally, I've taken about 55,000 photos at ISO 800 - 3200. I've taken about 15,000 at ISO 400, and less than 10,000 at ISO 100 and 200. Of the ISO 100 photos, I have needed more dynamic range than my 7D offers in about 2000 shots, however I am usually short by maybe one stop (and that is more because of the 7D pixel size...if I had a 5D III, I would have what I need for pretty much everything I've shot before.) In the cases where slight vertical banding noise did show up in the shadows (maybe a couple hundred at most)...I used Topaz DeNoise 5, and was not only able to remove the banding, but I also gained more dynamic range (that's what happens when you reduce noise anyway...you gain DR, but Topaz has a feature that attempts to further recover DR that was lost to shadow noise due to a loss of tonal fidelity, which gains me even more.)

I use GND filtration for my landscape photography, so dynamic range is actually something I have a lot of control over in the field. I would actually greatly appreciate more native sensor DR, as it would reduce my need to use GND filters. It would also help me avoid that unsightly GND artifact where mountaintops end up dark or even black when you need to use more than two to three stops of filtration. That is the single situation where I think having more dynamic range would actually be the most important factor for IQ...ONE situation. I also suspect that tonemapping 14 stops into 8-10 stops without ending up with quirky shifts in contrast and color fidelity would still be very challenging, and I highly doubt I would stop using GND filters even if I had a D800. I still doubt I would push shadows around more than 2-3 stops....but it would be 2-3 stops along with fewer GND filters, which still makes the job easier in the end.

I've been used GNDs for 20+ years, but that's because I have to. However I would not say that gives me control over DR. It allows me to compress it into a range which the sensor can capture. But if you didn't have to use a GND, wouldn't that be better?

Re low ISO - surely the point is that where possible, post processing should be kept to a minimum. It's not the fact that you can push, it's the fact that if you could avoid it, then you can spend more time doing the things you want to, and less effort after.

Third, the more you can see the picture as is, in the field then the less you have to visualise what post processing will do for you.

As a landscape photographer, I would like lower ISO (<100, ideally ISO 12 as I used to shoot in slides), and yes I would like the ability to have better DR and less noise in the picture full stop (but there are also a lot of times where you don't want greater DR and you will reduce it to focus the viewer where you want to)

When I do wildlife, urban or sports the same is true. But that does depend on the shots you are trying to take.

However, does the 1Ds III still take amazingly good photos? Sure does. As does every camera in the last 5-10 years. But is not the point that we still want better/improvements, and aside from the UX/Software features, where else can Canon improve (AF for movies, DR, tracking algorithms)? Like you, I'm not saying it's the end of the world for my photos if I don't have these features - you work with what you have, it's just that it would make it easier.

As for stats on ISO ranges - surely that changes with time? With the 10D I hated going to ISO 200, let alone 400. With a camera today, I'm not bothered about ISO 1600. So I'm not sure that's too helpful.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: The unbreakable is broken.
« on: December 31, 2013, 04:47:55 AM »
I would suggest the case was damaged before shipping, not during. Given what you say about the box it came in, and everyone's experience, it was like that when it was packed  :(

For me, death before your time is tragic no matter the age, the location or the "how"...

He was indeed talented and brave. OP - thank you for sharing the link

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What a waste of 1-serie camera
« on: December 23, 2013, 05:18:44 AM »
The bottom tape seems to be protecting the contacts!? The "Mark Xyz" is usually closer to the lens and it seems to be a 1dx anyway. Would you need to tape the covers to avoid them to open?.... Or worse ...holding together the camera from a previous "attack".
Yup, given the position it is to protect all the interfaces on the 1Dx. It is a 1Dx based on the dual buttons which were introduced with that body. I would guess the photog is being a little cautious given the unpredictable nature of british weather  ;)

Canon General / Re: procamerashop?
« on: November 06, 2013, 04:06:41 PM »
If it is CE/IR I wonder if they would/could come after people who have bought through them for duties retrospectively?
Nope. The "contract" was set when you paid for the goods. Unless they are illegal then if the vendor has not covered the costs, it is their issue not yours. Same if they did not add vat to their prices. They would have to pay IR and therefore effectively have charged you less.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 01, 2013, 05:04:07 PM »
Curious to see how Canon will balance this with their MF manufacturer acquisition later in 2014....

Wonder if the sensor tech for the new MP body is theirs or from the MF company  ::)

Canon General / Re: procamerashop?
« on: October 27, 2013, 06:51:57 AM »
I'm still in contact via email and they still claim to be honouring warranty which is good, but they can't trade. As was mentioned previously, would concur they're in dialogue with customs & excise / inland revenue, and right now they can't sell anything...

Lenses / Re: Does IQ vary with focus distance?
« on: October 13, 2013, 08:19:28 PM »
This may be not what you were asking, but atmospherics will always impact quality and therefore subject distance will affect IQ... You can correct some lens deficiencies, but you can't change the weather  ;)

Of course it depends on what you're shooting, but MTF show best quality in controlled conditions...

Lenses / Re: Advice on dream African photo safari
« on: October 13, 2013, 08:14:50 PM »
I think to start off you need to decide what sort of photography you want to take, and what sort of wildlife you want pictures of.

I've been lucky enough to visit Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania & Kenya, but it depends on what I want to shoot as to where I go...

A few snippets:

Tech: If you want birdlife, then you want longer reach than the 400mm even with 1.4x built in
Style: If you want water, then you're talking more Zambia or Botswana.
Composition: Do you want lush green or straw coloured surroundings?
Subjects: Do you want to see the great migration? do you want to see young being born?

if this is your only trip to Africa, then I would start with the shots that inspire you and the mammals & birds you really want to capture. Probably those two elements will help focus your itinerary, and then the tech (what to buy and take), comes after that....

Software & Accessories / Re: good shoulder bag?
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:35:20 PM »
If you don't mind it looking like a camera bag, then I use the Lowepro Nova 200 AW as it was half the price of the other Lowepro bags. I used it in India & Nepal with 2 pro bodies, a 70-300, 50mm and 85mm, 1/2L bottle of water, spare batteries etc all day without issue. On the flight there, it's closer to about 12Kg in weight, but it never suffers, but then I did not need to lug all that around all day. For trekking, I left the lowepro behind and just used a regular backpack with neoprene covers for the lens and bodies...

Canon General / Re: procamerashop?
« on: September 30, 2013, 06:23:53 PM »
I followed up again via email to understand the situation with respect to warranty. I received a prompt reply - essentially they are still honouring any warranty but they are unable to to provide pricing or ordering at this time.

So I think as was suggested, they are perhaps in negotiation over trading terms within the UK Inland Revenue & Customs, being based out of Hong Kong. I don't get why you would not post a landing page on the website - maybe they fear the truth is worse than no response...

Security devices is a low margin, ridiculously competitive market. There's no money for Canon there.
Yes I am sure they announced their intention to move into that market without any research at all. But I am sure they would welcome your acute business acumen.... no wait, you don't run a multi-billion dollar company do you?  ::)

Movie making? Really?
High end is dominated by Panavision, Sony and RED.
ENG/Documentary is Sony, Panasonic
Low End/Event/Budget is Sony, any DSLR and Panasonic.
Yep, everything from the 5D MK II to the C500 has been a flop. Clearly there are only 4 manufacturers and everyone else should just pack up their bags and go home....

The Canon cinema cameras so far have been over priced under performers with "me too" features and firmware crippled bodies.  Too expensive for the causal/student/prosumer/low budget shooter and too low end in resolution, features and cross compatibility to compete at the high end.

Canon thinks too much like a DSLR camera maker to compete well in new markets. There systems are closed, filled with proprietary technology and standards, and the bodies and lenses are crippled by stripped down firmware.

Contrast that with Sony, RED or Panavision's high end gear. They give you access to all the features the hardware is capable of, make sure the gear is compatible with everybody's add-ons and go out of their way to make sure the post production path works with everyone's software almost from day one.  And Canon's have no clear upgrade paths to better sensors without replacing the entire body - unlike Red, Panavision,  and others.

In the mean time, Canon's flagship camera business, the DSLR is floundering. Way to tank your entire business.

You're on this forum why exactly?

Canon, you are now 3 years behind Sony, and by proxy, Nikon, in introducing reasonably priced full frame, high MP sensors. You don't have anything on the market that even comes close - you just keep rehashing the same old 18-22 MP stuff.

Stop messing around and fix your sensor production issues.

Canon is behind in the two things distinguish digital camera systems: lenses and sensors. All the other bells and whistles are just firmware and marketing - including the much talked about "dual focus system". Every manufacturer will have it or some variant in short order.

Nikon's lenses were always top notch, and now thanks to widely available low dispersion glass formulas and inexpensive computer measuring and computer controlled grinding, Sony, Sigma and everyone else has caught up. And at lower price points.

Canon's super high priced L glass would be justifiable IF they had super sensors. They don't. So Canon just looks like they are abusing their customers when equal or better performing glass from their competitors sells for many hundreds or even a thousand less.

If standard chip manufacturing progress is any indication, within a year Sony will be ready introduce the next generation of its large, high MP sensors as well as reduce the price of the sensors on the market now.

So quit farting around Canon - release your high end sensor, even if it means taking a loss on the body to keep it affordable OR license Sony's tech.

Time is not you your side.

Having just announced they want to move into security devices, then showing a sensor capable of low light video is eminently sensible imho.

Secondly, expanding your lines of business when there is serious competition and reduction in your digital camera business means you are able to still invest in those lines - effectively supporting them with the newer revenue streams....

People on this forum may not like the fact that canon mix video with their stills cameras, branch out into higher end video cameras for the movie industry and now are moving into security devices. But such moves are intended to keep the company growing, or at least reduce the losses from other lines of business so they can still make lenses and cameras we are interested in.

I, for one, hope they are successful...

Canon General / Re: procamerashop?
« on: September 09, 2013, 04:26:01 PM »
Indeed but a customer on another web site has reported that all orders have been cancelled.
I've been thinking about using them but this has put doubt in my mind hence the original post
I emailed them last night and got a reply this morning to say they are having technical problems.

I've personally used them in the past for quite a lot of business without issue, and with direct bank transfers. I've spoken to them on the phone, but also done transactions via email. I always check the item is in the UK and will ship in the normal period stated, which to be fair it always has (bar one occasion)

If you're worried, then you perhaps could consider using your credit card if it covers you against bankruptcy, but I would certainly hold off until the website appears then speak to them on the phone. I would add, as I have in the past, that I have no affiliation with them at all....

Re Warranty - fair point, of course all the lenses are made in either China, Taiwan or Japan (mainly the latter I believe), so you are taking a risk, but I've not had any problem with L gear purchased from them in the past 2 years....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Canon Hi-pixel Medium format...?
« on: August 17, 2013, 05:13:55 AM »
Canons  own 2 fab lines is not enough, the cost of one stitched  MF sensor will be  very high and take resources from the old  sensors fab lines. Canon have a high internal cost regarding there own sensors and the sensor lines does not generate any money, other departments does

Hi ankorwatt, isn't this a bit like saying VW Audi (insert alternate brand here it makes no difference) engine plant makes no money, only the body line, it's not a car without an engine, it's not a camera without a sensor?
Not trying to be facetious just asking.

Cheers Graham.

well , the info I have is that that Canon is sluggish and has taken a decision that the sensor must be in the house.
Now Fujitsu are mounting together some of Canons  sensors  so the plates then leave the house anyway. Canon's sensor department is supported by other units, it would be better to put manufacturing at factories that have already invested in the right equipment, so do Aptina, Nikon, Omnivision and even Sony  with several others.
The downside of outsourcing is that you are beholden to the manufacturing tech std at that factory. And of course trying to keep NDAs enforced is far more difficult when it's not your company.

The upside is that you have more choice / competition and can leverage that to your advantage. Plus you should negate the potential loss of margin of outsource as they should be able to do it cheaper than you based on scale.

Net result I agree, if Canon cannot invest in new equipment as quick as their competitors as they're not achieving the scale, which in itself is a vicious circle, then the only solution appears to be outsource that aspect of manufacturing to specialists....

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