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Nah. All it would've meant is my blur, poorly composed pics would've been taken with gear I was not ready for.

2.5 years later, I'm still learning how to translate compositional rules into my landscapes and I still can't use a flash properly.

Nope, better kit wouldn't of made any difference.

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Canon General / Re: How Soon We Forget!
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:34:00 AM »
I think there's photographers and there's people who talk photography.

For photographers, it's important to take pictures, for the others, it's all about chat-chat-chat!

Like you? Come on! I visit this forum and take pictures. It is possible to be a photographer and also read up on technology/techniques.

Slow down and read what I said. For photographers it's important to take pics. We all read up on technique and so on and that's definitely not what I said.

I was relating to the OPs opening statement of "With all the chatter today about needing more MP or DR..." I do make the assumption that some are way more interested in chatting than shooting.

Understood. :) Peace!

Thanks sanj, very much appreciated :) Peace  ;D

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Canon General / Re: How Soon We Forget!
« on: September 30, 2014, 06:40:19 AM »
I think there's photographers and there's people who talk photography.

For photographers, it's important to take pictures, for the others, it's all about chat-chat-chat!

Like you? Come on! I visit this forum and take pictures. It is possible to be a photographer and also read up on technology/techniques.

Slow down and read what I said. For photographers it's important to take pics. We all read up on technique and so on and that's definitely not what I said.

I was relating to the OPs opening statement of "With all the chatter today about needing more MP or DR..." I do make the assumption that some are way more interested in chatting than shooting.

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Canon General / Re: How Soon We Forget!
« on: September 30, 2014, 01:19:58 AM »
I think there's photographers and there's people who talk photography.

For photographers, it's important to take pictures, for the others, it's all about chat-chat-chat!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF Guidebook Available for Download
« on: September 28, 2014, 05:12:43 PM »
But there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to what lenses fall in which group. For instance, why is the brand new EF-S 10-18 4.5-5.6 way down in Group E when other 4.5-5.6 lenses are up in B ? Or why is the 35-105 4.5-5.6 all the way down in Group G?

I'm guessing here but as they've stated the AF point availability is determined by the largest f number, perhaps lenses with variable f numbers are rated against the smaller f stop value?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF Guidebook Available for Download
« on: September 28, 2014, 02:05:04 PM »
I find the list of what lenses will do what with the AF is very confusing. For instance, why is the EF 35-105mm f4.5-56 USM down in Group G, where only the 5 centre points will work? What can we expect with third party lenses like the Tamron 150-600 or the recently announced Sigmas?

Not all lenses can use all 65 AF points. Lenses with f stops equal to or bigger than f/2.8 can but the next group can only use 45 of 65.

I doubt Canon will provide numbers for third parties. Sigma and Tamron can so their own homework.

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You are right of course. But, this is a 25 000 iso shot not 2500 iso. Actually it should be 25600 iso, its the 'max' setting of the Eos6d before turning on the even higher so settings, which I haven't even looked at nor used!

Meh, I mis-read that because shooting with iso 25k is outside my imagination :-p ... but in that case, I can contribute another smarta** comment: The max. analog iso of the 6d is 3200 (5d3: 6400), so if you shoot raw you can simply use this and underexpose - otherwise you're again just reducing the dynamic range.

Thanks for the education here Marsu42, I didn't know this.

Explain further for me, as I've only ever used a 500D. What does ISO 50 bring to the table and as per your comments, is it analogue? Tell me more about the penalties of using "non analogue" ISO please?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 06:30:29 AM »
I bought into Canon 3.5 years ago but I could've just as easily bought in Nikon. Yet I'm super happy with my Canon system and here's why.

I LOVE the 400 f/5.6.I picked mine up for the equivalent of $700 and it's pure magic. I can't see anything similar in performance at a similar price point in other systems.

I LOVE macro. I have the 100L, MR-14EX ringflash, 67mm of extension tubes and sometime next year, I'll pick up the incredible MP-E65. What other brand can offer me that kind of system for what is my favourite genre?

I'm EXCITED by their lenses released over the last 3 years or so. EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L mkii. EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS mkii. EF 200-400mm f/4.0 L. EF16-35mm f/4.0 L IS.

I'm BLOWN away by the 17mm TS-E, 24mm TS-E and once again, the MP-E65. Saying these lense are unique is one thing but their quality is absolutely undeniable.

The 600RT-EX offers the most advanced 1st party flash system out there.

Is the 1DX not the pound-for-pound best DSLR in the world??? Debatable I know but a compelling arguement, no?

So the cameras...for taking actual photographs, fantastic! Yes, hit me with the DR argument and I won't argue back but once Canon does match or exceed the Sony sensors, there will be very, very little to complain about.

Canon is my camera brand and for me, I'm 100% invested in it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:49:47 AM »
Well, it would depend on a few things.

Firstly, does a high mega pixel camera mean geared towards only landscape shots or will it have a competent AF system that will make me feel easy about shootings events on it?

I don't want a lumbering beast that only does 3-5 fps and would take too long to write images to a card.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:56:26 AM »
But to outright state that they don't know what measurements could possibly be indicating their sensors are lacking in the dynamic range department, or to outright state that their sensors are the best in the world...that's insane.

Their sensors aren't objectively lacking anything unless you have particular needs such as the forum member who needs to boost shadows by 4 or 5 or more stops.  For most photographers in most situations, Canon sensors are superb.

I could write pages demonstrating what is "lacking" in the Nikon or Sony systems, but that would be silly because it would just show that Nikon or Sony aren't meeting my particular photographic needs.  My comments would be pretty useless to all of the Nikon and Sony photographers whose needs are being met by those systems.

Comments like this fail to acknowledge the simple fact that, while we are all individuals, no one is isolated in their needs. I want more DR, you want something else. Well, many other people want more DR, as a collective group. Other groups want better AF, or more refined Auto ISO, or both WiFi and GPS. Just because one guy wants WiFi in a Canon DSLR doesn't mean no one else does.

I know for a fact that I am not alone on needing more DR. I'm renting cameras, from other brands, to figure out which one will meet my needs and expectations, so I'm not waiting for Canon to deliver. However, that does not change the fact that I WANT Canon to deliver (and, ideally, before I actually make a decision on another camera...but I don't have high expectations for that, especially not now, after this interview). I have a bunch of Canon lenses. I'd rather stick with the Canon system, especially because I think most of their lenses are excellent (some are rather lacking...I would really love a fast replacement for my 16-35/2.8 II that has much better corner IQ). I have Canon flashes, Canon battery grips, tons of Canon batteries and other accessories. I have a ton of Canon adapters for my Lee filter system. It's a PITA to totally switch brands...so, I want Canon to deliver. I'm not the only one, just as you are not the only one who wants them to deliver all the things you want.

However, I AM one of a group of people here who are regularly treated like idiots and fools writing useless words because we want more DR in a Canon camera. Why is it that DR specifically is singled out as something no one should be complaining about with regards to Canon cameras? Why are all the other things more acceptable things to complain about, like the lack of WiFi in the 7D II, or the lack in most of their models of an AF-linked meter for full 3D tracking like Nikon has, or any number of other things. It's perfectly fine and dandy to whine and complain about those things...but DR? Whew...watch yourself if to even mention DR...

+1

jrista, I agree fullheartedly with you.

My take on this subject, sits outside the technical knowledge that many of you possess. Yet it comes from a Canon loyalist who can no longer ignore the CATCH-A-WAKE-UP SMACK! That is being dished out by so many.

I read a review, the sensor is met with a lukewarm reception. Same thing with video reviews and on forums. Hell, one of my mentors who has invested big money into Canon even went as far as saying that he is thinking about buying either a Sony with adaptor or the Nikon with the 12-24 because he is a landscape junky.

Can I fault anything else on the Canon system?[/b] No I can't. Aside from the odd kink here and there, I simply cannot look pass the otherwise superb system.

Some of the very best lenses money can buy. A superb flash system. And all things considered, fantastic cameras too.

We have all sailed on this Canon ship for a while, yet now we're seeing many who sailed this journey with us, either jumping ship or not very impressed with what Canon is doing sensor wise.

There's contentions from many that the gap isn't that big. I disagree. It is a noticeable weakness that one's eye identifies in mere moments.

jrista, I'm very impressed with your photography and knowledge. It's nice to sound you out as a Canonista.

I am beginning to be very, very nervous that Canon will announce the 5Div with a re-hash of it's sensor technology. Canon must make a statement with the 5Div that will soundly put them back on a level playing ground for the very least.

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Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors Site & iOS 8 Issues
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:51:33 PM »
iOS 8 has a ton of bugs. I have been using it for most of the summer through my Developer Account. There were actually very few betas for this release...makes me wonder if they wanted to just get it out in time for the new phones.

Either way, Wifi is slow or doesn't connect, apps crash like crazy, and battery performance is a mess. Location Services keeps running in the background for system services too, which is strange.

iOS 8.0.1 which was released today is a mess too. The over-the-air update through the phone or iPad system preferences caused the devices to drop cellular reception and Touch ID capabilities.

Is there any way of re loading the previous iOS ?

Yes, there's three ways of fixing the issue:

1) I believe Apple is still pushing iOS 8.0.0 through iTunes. So, if you've updated to the newest version through Over The Air, then you can connect to your phone and have it restored to the old version.

2) You can manually download the 8.0.1 IPSW file from another source online. Check www.MacRumors.com in the iPhone forums for download links.

3) Similar to step 2. Find an iOS 7 IPSW file and restore through iTunes using the Option + Restore method.

Many thanks for info.

Magic Lantern? ::)

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Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors Site & iOS 8 Issues
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:00:37 PM »
Or, how about a Canon Rumors app, that'll have the forums fully integrated?

Largest English rumour site for Canon in the world...yup, an app sounds long overdue.

It's on its way with a new site design, more content, and an updated forum.

Very cool, can't wait

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Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors Site & iOS 8 Issues
« on: September 24, 2014, 04:42:48 PM »
Or, how about a Canon Rumors app, that'll have the forums fully integrated?

Largest English rumour site for Canon in the world...yup, an app sounds long overdue.

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All my DSLR experience has been with a 500D and I got no idea what AF point-linked spot metering is and how it benefits the photographer.

It helps you get a better exposure when tracking a target that is different than the ambient light level - think tracking black bird in bright sky. If the camera spot-meters in the center, you can either guess an exposure compensation (like most of us) or you're forced to use the center af point.

Is it something a software upgrade could enable or are there hardware prerequisites too?

Afaik the metering system/grid has to work with and align to the af points, that's why the 5d3 won't get it even with a 2.0 fw upgrade in 2016. You big guys with 1d cameras feel free to correct me though, I wouldn't know about a good af system anyway with my 6d :-p

Thanks Marsu!

I was tempted to start a thread asking for definitions and practical uses of these new features that are new to bodies other than the 1DX and 5Diii but was wary of a 500th 7Dii post  :o

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At least they fixed their previous mistake in saying the 7DII has AF point-linked spot metering.

All my DSLR experience has been with a 500D and I got no idea what AF point-linked spot metering is and how it benefits the photographer.

Is it something a software upgrade could enable or are there hardware prerequisites too?

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