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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G17 Coming in May? [CR1]
« on: March 30, 2014, 07:58:45 PM »
At least part of this rumour must be BS, unless the camera is huge! The Sony RX10 is bridge/superzoom size and has a 1" sensor and a 24-200 (equivalent) f/2.8 lens; how big would a G17 be with a lens of the same focal length but  f/1.4-f/2? Sorry, but I'm calling shenanigans -everyone grab a broom!

I agree. The G-1x has a 1 inch sensor and a more modest lens and , while compact, is a lot bulkier than the G-16. A camera with these specs would be substantial.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 22, 2014, 06:04:32 PM »
These guys aren't in the wild but I had fun photographing them anyway.

I don't think that's as sad as the fact that lately the most anticipated lenses on a Canon rumor site aren't Canon lenses :P
Or even Canon Cameras.


As they have developed the camera and the system, I am noticing a trend - they are less concerned with IQ and more with speed.

I think they know that the vast majority of users never go to print and will view only on a monitor. As for the video, it probably still looks great on a 50" TV. Yes it is expensive but the tech in it is head and shoulders above a lot of other cameras even if its sensor is "only" 1 inch.

Photography Technique / Re: HDR (and DR) Question
« on: February 22, 2014, 04:37:31 PM »
Would I like an extra 2 stops of DR in my camera, in every shot?  Hell yes.

Do I sometimes shoot HDR with tripod and 3-7 Images? Hell Yes.

Do I sometimes cheat and use HDR processing on a singe RAW image? Yes, but don't tell anyone.

The fact that one can retrieve that much detail from the shadows while retaining highlight detail is a testament to the data that is already in the file. I use HDR a fair bit but lately I have found that reverting to my old darkroom days of dodging and burning coupled with aggressive treatment in LR allows me to get results that are very pleasing without the need for HDR.
In many cases I find that an HDR image yields only slight advantage for the hassle.
Probably the best but most tedious method is preprocessing several files and then layering in PS.

That is just my experience.

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Final Specifications
« on: February 11, 2014, 11:00:08 PM »
Well maybe Canon is repositioning the G1X brand to compete with the RX100 II. The new design and control logic seems to be leaning towards that direction. I don't mind losing the top dial if the functionality is transferred to the second lens barrel ring - this would make it faster especially if you're looking thru the EVF or the screen. But 12 or 13 megapixels is too small for me as I like to isolate and crop details. This should have been 18 megs at least. Better DR would be welcome. Better implementation of HDR and pano would also be welcome. NFC is definitely for sharing pics. Wi-Fi is cool too. That optional grip does not look cool. Lensmate has an opportunity here. Can't wait to see sample pics to compare. The G1X.2 might seem like a step back, but then maybe Canon has something else brewing that's meant to duke it with the retro-mods (X100S, OM-DE-M-what?, Nikon Df, etc.). More waiting...

I would think the lower res would help for high ISO and DR compared to the Sony and its very dense 20MP 1 inch sensor. I had a classic 5D with 13MP and it was brilliant at tight crops.
IMO the combination of largish sensor and fast moderate zoom makes this an ideal camera for when I need stealthy quality. My only question is its responsiveness. All the features in the world mean nothing to me if it is a slug at focusing and shot to shot times.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 06, 2014, 06:05:29 PM »
As this is a rumor only we may be getting well ahead of ourselves.

Sigma has a good record of late of delivering outstanding lenses in its Art line. As others have noted, if it is as good as we hope it should be able to command a high price.

The fact that Sigma is burdened with a history of budget pricers lenses is what is hurting it at the moment. They want to occupy the space that Zeiss now inhabits as they have seen that solid construction and superb optics are able to command a loyal base of eager buyers.

If the lens is good why don't we accord them the respect they have earned by paying a price that reflects the quality they have put into the product?

Landscape / Re: 2 ND. Snow in 2014 at my home
« on: February 05, 2014, 12:24:26 AM »
It was super cold here this morning. I had to put slippers on to get the paper.  :'(

Software & Accessories / Re: doubt on wacom tablet size
« on: January 30, 2014, 07:33:22 PM »
As others note, everyone is different.
I thought at first the larger the better. I had a non-Wacom tablet of 10x10. Total pain.
I switched to a 6x9 Wacom and could not be happier.

In truth, once you get used to them you have a hard time going back to a mouse for anything.

Lenses / Re: Canon 11-24/4 patent
« on: January 26, 2014, 07:55:50 PM »
I hope this one will go to production.

Agree but want it to rival the Nikon 14-24 for IQ

I'll settle on 'well justifies an upgrade from the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM II', which I think will have to be the same as 'rivals the Nikon 14-24mm's IQ'.

I own and love the 17TS-E. IMO Canon would not likely produce something that fell short of the Nikon. I hope they would use the IQ of the 17 as a guide for this lens.
I had the Sigma 12-24 and it was wonderful within its limitations. I would buy this in an instant if it promised good edge sharpness at f8.
I would expect a price of about $2500+ and it would not make me sad.

Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 21, 2014, 11:52:30 AM »
When I switched from film (Nikon) to digital (Canon) I thought  the ergonomics on all the digital cameras sucked. They just sucked in different ways.
I am still with Canon 11 years later and I still think the controls are annoying and slow. However my 17TS-E keeps me from any other camera manufacturer.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon ditch the AA Filter?
« on: January 10, 2014, 12:51:25 PM »
Canon will probably offer a high MP camera without an AA as that is what the market is clamoring for. However it has most likely noticed that the world has moved a lot since the 1Dx and a mirrorless, high MP body with performance exceeding that of the current cameras (with and without mirrors) will be necessary to get the attention of those conferring uber-camera status.

Lenses / Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 10, 2014, 11:49:00 AM »
Two of my favorite lenses are on the list; the 85 1.8 and the 70-200 2.8L . While the vII of the 70-200 has a bit better performance wide open neither lens is a slouch.

Whatever replaces them will never deliver IQ improvement that any client would notice. For me the real proof is that despite their vintage their resale value is still very high.

Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 04, 2014, 02:28:19 PM »
I think Rogers's definition of a plastic vs. a metal mount differs from how most people think about those terms.  For most of us, we're talking about the bayonet parts - the 'teeth' that lock into the mount on the camera. 


The EF-S 18-55 on the left has a 'plastic mount', the EF 17-40L on the right has a 'metal mount'.  Very few of us disassemble lenses, so we have no idea what's behind that mount surface.  Roger is talking about how the screws that that attach that visible surface piece to the lens are connected - do those screws go into metal screw-holes that are attached to the frame of the lens, or are the screw-holes plastic?

'Plastic' can be quite strong, so for a 'light' lens (most lenses under 100mm, with the exception of the 'magic cannonball' 85L), I agree with Roger that I wouldn't expect any issues, and 'professional' could apply.  However, for the bayonet 'teeth' of the mount, plastic wears down more easily than metal (vs. the screw-holes, which aren't subjected to routine 'wear'). That means a lens with a plastic mount (as I'd say is the common definition pictured above, not Rogers's use of the term), would be able to tolerate fewer mount/unmount cycles than a lens with metal bayonet teeth.  Since a professional lens would be expected to last years and most 'pros' own several lenses and change them frequently, it makes sense to associate a metal mount (as pictured above, regardless of how it's screwed in) with 'professional' build.
While I agree with you, I note that the article was provoked by the current furor over the Olympus lens that has a metal bayonet mounted on a plastic base like most lenses ( as Roger notes) and that THAT revelation of the use of plastic in a critical part is sparking the rage on the nets.

Weather proofing is another area where I have rolled my eyes for years. The most vulnerable part of the photographic assembly is the front element and other than using a Nikonos I see no protection of consequence offered by the claims of weather resistance.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buy a 5D Mark III or Wait for ??? in 2014
« on: January 02, 2014, 11:53:12 PM »
Kind of hoping for a new chip that competes with the Sony/Nikon overall quality. 

Do you feel that the final usable quality of Sony files is that much better? I have heard a lot all over the net but I have not seen anything in a print or on the web that has convinced me to switch despite the allure of the Sony A7R.

I see great images and poor images and I cannot tell what has been made with what.

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