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Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: December 10, 2014, 11:06:58 AM »
Warm it up, clone out all of the lions, and you'll have a nice snap of an African sunset.  subject isolation is difficult given the shooting angle.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is IQ better with smaller files?
« on: November 18, 2014, 08:39:36 PM »
Ken Rockwell says:  "Try shooting your 5D Mark III at its M (11MP) or S (5MP) settings. If you look at your images at 100%, you'll see that the lower resolution shots are sharper pixel-by-pixel! When I'm photographing family and friends, I shoot at SMALL JPG. Even SMALL is good enough for great 20x30" prints."

So based on that and other posts if I was going to shoot JPG only it's better to shoot smaller if I want better IQ?  And if I'm going to shoot RAW it's best to process the file in its full size, with NR or whatever, then output from that file as medium sizeish JPG?

Did I get that right?

I guess I'm just wondering then why some cameras have a medium JPG icon with a jagged edge, but a larger JPG with a smoother edge. Non verbal imply of lower output quality at lower size.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Is IQ better with smaller files?
« on: November 17, 2014, 09:25:13 PM »
I read a comment or a post recently which inferred that a 7D II file shot as a jpg at one of the smaller sizes was inherently cleaner than a larger file at similar settings (ISO etc).

Is there any truth to that statement?  If this is crazy talk just say so.

  I bring this up because I own a 7D and if someone can tell me that a Medium Jpg is 10x cleaner than a Large or Raw ... I'm locking those settings in today.  Moreover, is that the case with all cameras?  Is this phenomenon a jpg exclusive or is it the same with Raw?  I mean, I have printed like 40 files of size 8x10 and nothing bigger. So if I can get cleaner images that will print at that size amazing ... Awesome.. 

Why isn't this 'feature' advertised?

EOS Bodies / AA Filter: Still Relevant, Marketing Ploy, or Obsolete?
« on: October 12, 2014, 11:58:10 AM »
Is it a foregone conclusion that any high MP bodies will drop the AA filter?  It seems like every time a body is launched this topic of AA filters comes up and frankly I'm a bit lost as to what problem they solve and if technology obsoleted the need.

For instance is there an impact on DR just because of the AA filter?  If this is more of an artistic choice, then why doesn't someone make the filter removable, or something you could layer onto a lens? Maybe that's impossible.  Just seems like whenever these high MP bodies drop there will be this discussion.

Don't get caught up in the sensor stuff.  Determine what you shoot "most often" ... Buy the camera that does that job the best for the money you have. 


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 06:41:31 PM »
Other than 'new bigger sensors' is there anything else that Canon can do to create better images with higher IQ and less noise straight out of the camera?

Seems like whether we collectively agree that Canon will or should make new big sensors, evolution will inevitably kick in and lead them down this path.

People I see at Best Buy, talk to, or read about buy a camera on the premise that it has the capability of taking the best picture,...within a defined budget of course.  The capability of the photographer will always be there to add or subtract but you certainly don't sell a lot of camera bodies telling people they should learn how to use what they have.

EOS Bodies / Re: Rumor Starter: The Canon 5DX
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:58:06 PM »
Spec list from 2012:

5D X

45MP (With a pixel size similar to the power shot G1X)
61 points AF (Similar to the 1DX but simpler)
3.4 fps, 100-6400 (50-12800)
1 Digic 5+ Digic 4

EOS Bodies / Rumor Starter: The Canon 5DX
« on: September 23, 2014, 10:47:26 PM »
Is there a Canon 5DX in our future whose Specs marry some of the Cinema EOS line with the Stills performance of the  5D series?

Is there a Spec list that would make sense for a 5DX?

Canon went with the X to sandwich the 1Ds and IV ... The G series got X'd ... A 5DX could be a special breed of camera indeed if it were released.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Strangest Tripod Substitute ?....
« on: September 04, 2014, 08:33:45 PM »
Last time I was out ... I totally forgot my tripod and had to use.... 'stuff' as a substitute.

  • Trash Cans
  • Big Rocks
  • Books

And so I got to thinking ..... I wonder what the strangest tripod substitute is?

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 28, 2014, 07:58:43 AM »
Does anyone have a chart, or maybe know of an old post, that compares the launch specs of the original 7D against what was available at that time?

I know it's a moment in time, but just curious to see if a 'mark II' is as relevant in 2014 as the original was in 2009.  I was hunting for a table which would show the major players at that time (other Canon cameras as well) but coming up dry.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 25, 2014, 09:45:45 PM »
Fighting the urge to post ... But here is an honest take.

When I read that there were 7D Mark II specs rumored and nearly confirmed I was ecstatic.  When I saw 20.2 I was disappointed.  If it was 32MP I would have been super mega excited. If it was 26MP I would have been enticed.

Somehow, even though I know the numbers don't matter ..... that was my gut reaction.

After thinking about it for awhile, it's not that the photographer in me wanted a new 7D ... As a consumer I wanted to see something amazing and revolutionary.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 16, 2014, 10:02:40 PM »
After watching this I think I'm ok with paying 2499$ for a 70-200.


Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 16, 2014, 10:56:13 AM »
Amazing Portrait lens. My clients have never looked skinnier.  Corners were a little soft.

LOL!!!!!  Sooooooo big.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 11:23:48 PM »
I really hope Canon has kept the lid on a groundbreaking DSLR 'something' and it comes out in 2014.

With all of the buzz around the D810 and the Sony's and Fuji's lately I would love to see Canon instantly shoot to the top of the sensor charts.  Personally I'd like to see the bulk of their bodies get a refresh in the next year and maybe weed out one or two along the way.

Can they pack a medium format sensor in a DSLR body that would use current FF lenses for say 6k USD?  Maybe that's crazy talk :) Or maybe 5D mark IV surprise?  Exciting times.

Question ... Do all Canon cameras have an AA filter and/or an OLPF?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSRL Camera for travel
« on: July 08, 2014, 07:47:26 AM »
I vote a 5D or 7D and a 24-105. Put a black rapid strap on it and go. Keep it to 1 Lens. Then just bring a cheap 20$ sling and throw a speed light in there, a cloth, and a Joby. The sling will also double as the family 'stuff' sack and keep you from holding onto souvenir bags. WDW has so many places to sit a Tripod it's ridiculous, so you won't lack for railings or trash cans to stabilize.  With one lens I found this approach just as rewarding as going with a P&S.  Long exposures were sharp, the range made shots easy to compose, never felt that 'I wish I had brought my ....' Feeling.

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