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EOS Bodies / Re: tips on getting started shooting in raw?
« on: January 02, 2012, 03:28:13 PM »
If you spend that much time editing your photos, then you may as well shoot RAW.  Assuming that you are shooting your jpegs quite neutral with the aim of maximising your options in post, shooting RAW will add only one more short step to your current work flow.  The benefits are an increase in the amount of information available in your camera's files, which gives you more options for post-processing; this is especially true with exposure and white balance latitude. 

The disadvantage (from what your needs appear to be) is that the cameras buffer will fill up far quicker shooting RAW images.  If this is a big problem then you might want to shoot high speed action in jpeg, or invest in a 7D...

As to which RAW converter to use, this is probably a matter of personal preference rather than a clear winner.  I'm sure that the likes of Neuroanatomist will be able to expand upon this further...!

In the meantime, try starting here:

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 3D & 5D Mark III Mentions
« on: January 02, 2012, 03:14:40 PM »
I still find it remarkable that people have come to expect deliberately hobbled autofocus systems from Canon's below-1D-series lines.  Once upon a time Canon pioneered AF technology; now we seem to be accepting the message that if you want cutting-edge AF and don't want a 1D, you should have bought a Nikon.  Don't oblige the little men in Canon's marketing department by passively accepting inferiority; Nikon manage to put their best AF systems into their mid-range cameras and so could Canon.  The only thing that's stopping them from doing this is the fact that they believe that people like us will buy their marketing cr*p!

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 3D & 5D Mark III Mentions
« on: January 02, 2012, 09:06:18 AM »
Just a thought, Canon has added letters to differentiate models eg: 1D(X) and 1D(S) perhaps they will do something similar with a "3D" to save confusion, call it a 3Ds for example?

Nintendo would be overjoyed!  ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: ANOTHER tripod topic!
« on: January 02, 2012, 08:44:21 AM »
Having used it for six months, so far I can add my recommendation for the Manfrotto 055CXPRO series (I have the 4 section for compactness -get the 3 section if you value set-up speed and stability higher).  I tried out the tripod against a Gitzo GT1542 series tripod at Mifsuds in Brixham (from whom I bought mine); I would recommend trying a tripod in a high quality camera shop such as this before buying, nothing beats handling it for yourself. 

FWIW the Gitzo was better in every respect except for price (basically, is it worth the 75% price premium for you?): I prefer the leg locks (but others don't); it is slightly better built; I like the fact that you can remove the extending centre column (but others may prefer the Manfrotto system e.g. for macro shooting).   

Whilst high wind stability is an issue for all the lighter carbon fibre tripods, they do damp wind induced oscillations better and are lighter.  I would highly recommend a carbon tripod if your budget allows, if not then I'd probably go for a slightly heavier duty aluminium model, such as the Manfrotto 055XB or 055XDB. 

If you want an even lighter and more compact tripod, I did try the 190CXPRO series as well and on the basis of my in-shop handling only, would second Neuroanatomist's recommendation.  They are considerably smaller than the 055s, very well built and much taller than my Slik PRO340DX -don't overlook this last specification. 

If you're looking for a tripod to mount super-teles, then you're looking for the Gitzo 35XX series upwards.  I can't pass any judgement here, but would recommend that you read Arthur Morris' site for assistance (http://www.birdsasart.com/).  You might also try http://www.bythom.com/support.htm if you can cope with a Nikon based site (not that this matters for tripods!).

The exception to my Manfrotto recommendation is the RC2 plate that I have mounted on the 498 head I bought for the tripod: again I agree with Neuroanoatomist, it is poor! Even the Slik quick release plate is superior! Personally, I'm not sure if a ballhead is right for my (landscape) needs; I find it difficult to use a hotshoe level without altering my composition.  Perhaps I need a pan and tilt, or maybe a better ballhead.  I cannot give an overwhelming recommendation for the Manfrotto ballheads, but at least they are relatively cheap!

Sorry this is a bit long, but I hope it helps...

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 3D & 5D Mark III Mentions
« on: January 01, 2012, 04:31:33 PM »
Notice also that there's mention of the mystical "EOS 3D" (in Keith Cooper's own words "expected since 2004"!).  Craig's sources completely disagree with Keith's in regard of the high/low megapixel sensor.  Perhaps this time there are more than one 'enthusiast' full frame prototypes out there (for sake of argument, I'll call them the 5D Mk. II and the 3D).  This could explain the mixed messages that we keep hearing over the specifications of these cameras.  All I hope is that Canon can produce something that is truely competitive with the D800; Nikon don't look like they're going to hold back on the build, performance, video features or the megapixels...

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II for Photokina? [CR1]
« on: December 30, 2011, 05:34:52 AM »
I don't think it is the EF-S lens issue that would decide whether a 7D Mk. II would be APS-C; it is more likely to be the position that Canon wishes to market the 1D X in.  If Canon were to fit the 7D Mk. II with an upgraded APS-H sensor, they would risk 1D Mk.IV users who wanted the extra reach moving to the 7D Mk. II instead of the 1D X, costing them thousands in lost margins. 

I think that it would pay Canon to place the 7D Mk. II at the top of the crop line with all the goodies (and I do mean all: AF & metering systems and 10+ fps burst rate) from the 1D X except the full frame sensor.  I think that this could be done now that the 1D line has moved away from APS-H and created a clearer marketing distinction.  If Canon were smart enough to implement the 1D series control system (button layout etc) like Nikon do with the D300 - D3, it would also make the 7D Mk. II an attractive second (or third) body for 1D X users when more reach is required. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II for Photokina? [CR1]
« on: December 29, 2011, 06:41:43 PM »
I can't see APS-H returning in the 7D line, I think that for all intents and purposes it is now dead. 

I could see Canon upping a lot of the specifications of the 7D Mk. II to turn it into a mini-1D X, now that the 1D series has gone full frame.  I could also see that staying at 18MP would work within this marketing scheme; the only problem would be selling this sensor in lower end cameras, now that the other manufacturers are starting to push megapixels.

P.S. In case you didn't get the message from many of the review sites, more megapixels are good now that it isn't Canon leading the way.  Indeed, once Nikon adopt the 24MP Sony APS-C sensor, DP Review will declare that they don't know how they managed to live with so few previously (hell they even gave the A77 one whole percent more than the D7000  -that's quite something!). 

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sooner Than Later [CR2]
« on: December 27, 2011, 06:10:37 PM »
We can all thank Nikon for this

I'll thank Nikon if the 5D Mk. III finally gets a better AF system!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sooner Than Later [CR2]
« on: December 27, 2011, 12:14:31 PM »
About the same time that a lot of Nikon commentators are predicting the D800 to be launched (assuming a 6th January D4 launch).  I bet the launch price is well North of £2500/$3000US. 

Lenses / Re: 400mm f/2.8 IS and 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« on: December 26, 2011, 05:40:41 PM »
Strictly from a resale standpoint, if you guys had an extra $5k laying around and had time to sit on them, would you do it?

Sounds like a deal - especially for the 400mm f2.8 which is really a low price for a mint condition lens - However you should consider the usability of this extremely heavy lens if you are not a Pro Sports or Fashion (Portraits with strong bokeh) shooter. For wildlife (esp birds the 400mm is mostly too short without extenders) 500mm or 600mm f4.0 are the better choice here ...     

He's simply trying to make a profit on the 400mm F/2.8L IS, so I'm sure he doesn't give a hoot how good a match it is for his 5D, how good it is as a birding lens, or how heavy it is (except for shipping charges).  I'd be very careful about this bargain, read Tron's advice carefully - $5500 seems more than a bit on the cheap side... If it looks to good to be true...

PowerShot Cameras / Re: More Super G Series Talk
« on: December 26, 2011, 01:09:24 PM »
If Canon put a fixed lens on it and called it a Mirrorless Camera, it would fit in with many of the others.  Personally, I prefer the zoom lens.

And that's the only problem; if you use a large sensor, you are stuck with either a fast prime, a slow zoom, or a massive lens (compared to the size of the camera).  For example, the Fuji X100 is great if you want a 35mm (equivalent) prime, if not it is worthless.  The whole point of interchangeable lenses on most 'mirrorless' (a poor name, if you ask me!) cameras, is that you can choose which of the lens options you wish to own, or to carry for a day's shooting. 

I don't own one of these cameras yet, partly because I have been waiting to see what Canon would bring to the party.  I like the idea of them because they are light enough to take with you when you're not planning a shoot, but want to have a camera with you in case the opportunity arises.  I'd rather have a 'coat pocket' size camera with DSLR image quality than a 'shirt pocket' size camera where I would always wish that I'd have had my DSLR with me. 

I also think that these cameras would be great for street photography -shooting from waist level with a tilting screen, where a large DSLR camera with an eye level viewfinder makes you stand out. 

In summary, a "Super G" would be great if it had an APS-C sensor with a 24-105mm (equivalent) f/2-2.8 zoom and was no bigger than the current G12, but the laws of physics are probably against this; so interchangeable lenses are the next best thing.   

I had to laugh when I saw this advertised on Amazon:


It's not so much that this obvious marketing gimmick exists, it's the bit below where Amazon reveals "What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?"  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Happy Holidays!
« on: December 24, 2011, 08:13:48 PM »
Merry Christmas - hope you all get what you want, even if you have to buy it yourselves!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d mkiii insanity
« on: December 24, 2011, 04:19:37 PM »
Or the EOS 3D that's rumoured to be coming out this year too!  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: weird "grid lines" in 5DII pictures
« on: December 24, 2011, 06:03:00 AM »
Sorry, I've never noticed this effect before... My guess is that it's either some sort of jpeg artifact (try processing a raw file), or a diffraction pattern (what f-stop was this picture taken at?).  I know that old box brownie images often showned this "fishnet" look (caused by diffraction), but you could see it in the actual print; you crop looks like you're zoomed in to well over 100%.  Can you see this effect at lower magnifications? If not, then I wouldn't worry about it. 

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