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Canon General / Re: Review: Canon EOS 17-40 f/4L by DxO Mark
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:25:18 AM »
DXO is such a reliable site...    ;D

http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Compare/Side-by-side/Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-2.8-21mm-ZF2-Nikon-on-Nikon-D3X-versus-Carl-Zeiss-Distagon-T-21mm-f-2.8-ZE-Canon-on-Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-II___334_485_326_483


Sad that you believe this makes some kind of statement. For those interested in the facts:

http://www.dxomark.com/en/Reviews/DxOMark-Score

Having shot with two 5D2s for a couple of years until I replaced one of them with a D3x which I still own, I'd say the overall score differential is about right.

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Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 21, 2014, 09:54:25 AM »
It looks to me like you just started the hating.

Boy, there's some SERIOUS hate and bickering in this thread.

Kelby isn't my favorite trainer/expert/talking-head by any stretch, but I believe that his reasons were sound.

The skin tones, review speed, ergonomics are CRITICAL when you're doing sports photography... you don't have time to 'shop or browse your photos, they are delivered as-is out of the camera ASAP.  He got hooked in from there, it's simple. 

Of course, Canon was wooing him, and he's well compensated/sponsored, as a lot of top evangelists/trainers/mouthpieces are, so that's a factor... is anyone really surprised.

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Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 21, 2014, 09:52:59 AM »
Did I hear Kelby correctly in the video when he was complaining about the D4 having to press the dial each time to scroll through each shot? I just tried my D800E and a single press/hold will scroll through all images automatically? Of course, if I want to stop and gaze at a particular image, I have to release my press. Same with a wheel, right? In fact, a press/hold seems easier than having to turn a wheel with the thumb as far as it can go, then repositioning the thumb on the wheel for the next batch.
No it is not same with a wheel ... image playback with the Canon wheel is much much faster than scrolling through the Nikon button system on any of the Nikon cameras ... there is a noticeable lag between two photos even when you hold down the button on a Nikon camera ... with the Canon wheel you can go crazy fast using your index finger or thumb to turn the whee real fast, it is lightning quick. Try it with your D800E and then the Canon 5D MK III to see the difference.

First of all, I have both brands so I know how fast/slow everything is unless a D4/1D X are different from a D800E/5D3.
I know, you already mentioned that you shoot with both the systems ... I too shoot with both the systems and a Sony, it does not mean we know everything.

Yes, I agree that a spin on the wheel is lightning quick, but how can one look for the correct exposure/composition, as Kelby claims he is doing, by spinning a wheel "lightning quick"?
Good eye sight ;)

That would be Real good eyesight.

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Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 21, 2014, 08:58:00 AM »
Did I hear Kelby correctly in the video when he was complaining about the D4 having to press the dial each time to scroll through each shot? I just tried my D800E and a single press/hold will scroll through all images automatically? Of course, if I want to stop and gaze at a particular image, I have to release my press. Same with a wheel, right? In fact, a press/hold seems easier than having to turn a wheel with the thumb as far as it can go, then repositioning the thumb on the wheel for the next batch.
No it is not same with a wheel ... image playback with the Canon wheel is much much faster than scrolling through the Nikon button system on any of the Nikon cameras ... there is a noticeable lag between two photos even when you hold down the button on a Nikon camera ... with the Canon wheel you can go crazy fast using your index finger or thumb to turn the whee real fast, it is lightning quick. Try it with your D800E and then the Canon 5D MK III to see the difference.

First of all, I have both brands so I know how fast/slow everything is unless a D4/1D X are different from a D800E/5D3. Yes, I agree that a spin on the wheel is lightning quick, but how can one look for the correct exposure/composition, as Kelby claims he is doing, by spinning a wheel "lightning quick"?

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Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 21, 2014, 08:51:47 AM »
Why does this "switching" by whoever to Canon gear matter at all?

Fanbois. It will matter to them. And you gotta think that NAPP has more than a few Nikon Fanbois who could get mad enough to put a dent in membership, especially after the lame, intelligence-insulting reasoning Kelby invoked. I would have respected "because I wanna" more than the things he claimed in the video.

Basically, he's spinning BS for the benefit of his Nikon subscribers to NAPP which I think is dishonest if not explicitly it is self-deceiving .

I shoot both brands and I am a member of NAPP and I think beyond this video, Kelby has generally been a positive force in my photography but I gotta call a spade a spade on this one.  :)


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Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 21, 2014, 08:36:52 AM »
Did I hear Kelby correctly in the video when he was complaining about the D4 having to press the dial each time to scroll through each shot? I just tried my D800E and a single press/hold will scroll through all images automatically? Of course, if I want to stop and gaze at a particular image, I have to release my press. Same with a wheel, right? In fact, a press/hold seems easier than having to turn a wheel with the thumb as far as it can go, then repositioning the thumb on the wheel for the next batch. 

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Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 21, 2014, 07:19:47 AM »
Kelby mentioned skin tones. Curious that the leader of Photoshop training can't fix skin tone quickly and easily in the software (though he can turn your skin polka-dotted in PS if he wants to). I would've have figured he had an action written specifically for that. Plenty of Nikon devotees claim skin tone is a simple matter in the software Kelby is supposed to be an uber-trainer for.  :)
All he said was that he liked the skin tones of Canon cameras, nowhere in that video did he say that he cannot fix skin tones quickly and easily or that Nikon skin tones are bad or anything like that. So, I don't know where you got your "can't fix skin tone quickly and easily" comment ... reading way too much in between the lines where there isn't any, perhaps. ::)

It's humor dude. Get over it.

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Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 21, 2014, 06:39:22 AM »
Was Kelby speaking at 14 wps to match his new 1D X 14 fps? By comparison, it felt like Sammons was speaking at 3 wpm.

Kelby mentioned skin tones. Curious that the leader of Photoshop training can't fix skin tone quickly and easily in the software (though he can turn your skin polka-dotted in PS if he wants to). I would've have figured he had an action written specifically for that. Plenty of Nikon devotees claim skin tone is a simple matter in the software Kelby is supposed to be an uber-trainer for. Maybe Kelby should spend some time on the DPR Nikon forum. :)

I shoot both brands (camera and lenses) usually using both at the same location and neither reproduces color 100% accurately.

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Site Information / Re: ad choices embedded in the forums
« on: January 17, 2014, 09:55:17 AM »
If you are talking about the Ad Choice adverts, you can click  the link at the upper right of the advert, and that will take you to screen where you can turn them off.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 07:32:50 AM »
Sorry Canon, you waited too long to bring it out if the mysterious 3rd camera is a high resolution cam. I bought a D800E instead that fulfills my needs in that arena quite joyously. Besides, I am not real confident you've been able to address the DR issue in low ISO ranges. And even if I were still in the market for such a camera, it would be a boondoggle of epic proportions to put it inside a 1D body, if the rumors are correct, just so that you can fleece the flock.

I am still in the market for some decent high quality EF lenses (L or otherwise), but the 3rd party folks, Zeiss and Sigma in particular, are upping their games so I'm not going to buy into any incremental upgrades. The 16-35 III will have to be a wider version of the 24-70 II. I don't give a cr@p what it costs, just get it done.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 10, 2014, 04:55:39 PM »
Canon hasn't answered the D800/E yet.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Grab a Pancake! $129 at B&H Photo
« on: December 19, 2013, 12:08:18 PM »
A lens I'll never sell, no matter how little I use it. It doubles as a body cap that's ready to go. Awesome for travel or pocketing a camera. Sharper and better contrast and color than I expected. Win Win.Now if you shoot 1.6 crop it's a funny FL that only you can decide works for you or not.

Now see, how can anyone resist this logic? I like lenses that can pull double duty.  :D

$129 is a price I can live with for such a lens. I didn't want to get caught with my pants down like I did with the EOS M so I bought as soon as I saw the post.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 $369 at Amazon
« on: December 19, 2013, 10:13:26 AM »
I need a super small (and light) FF body (in a native Canon mount that is).

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Canon General / Re: History: The Original Canon EOS 5D Camera
« on: December 07, 2013, 07:04:49 AM »
I still preferred the colors out of my 5Dc than my MK3s. I skipped the mk2 series because it wasn't worth upgrading for me.
I never understand comments like this. It is digital, why not profile your camera to get whatever "look" you want from it?
There's more to colours than simply three numbers. E.g., the colour separation (amount of "cross-talk" between colours) might be different between different detectors (I'm not saying it is for 5D and 5D2, just that it could be). The Bayer detector has three filters: R, G, & B. By making the filters broader in wavelength, you gain some sensitivity, but you also run the risk of having the filters overlap in wavelength and counting the same light twice, e.g. for both R and G, and that will decrease the colour fidelity in your image compared to filters where there is less overlap.

So, not all detectors necessarily reproduce colours the same way, and it is no possible to correct in software (because it would be an ill-posed inverse process).

I'm throwing a flag on this statement. First off, anybody willing to accept the overall IQ of the 5D over later versions should have no problem adjusting color in ACR or other top-end editors. Secondly, since your statement is non-specific, it has no vlaue in a 5D vs "anything else" conversation.

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Canon General / Not sure the 5D needed a retrospective
« on: December 07, 2013, 06:55:03 AM »
After all, it's overall IQ was not outstanding and even for it's time. a primative camera operationally. Bear in mind the hyperbole-master Ken Rockwell had a hand in this article.

What is of great value in this article are statements by Tyler Stableford, one of Canon's "Explorers of Light."

"The 5D brought amazing image quality in a package so much smaller and light - and less expensive. The 5D was easier to pack into the mountains or hip bag on a ski day."

Canon should listen to their celebrity shooter here. The idea of bringing the next hi-rez camera in a 1 Series body with its traditional size/weight and pricing is a bad idea. Studio shooters will compromise on size/weight, many have by using the 5D series in this role. But few will want to carry a brick into the backcountry and fewer will pay a 1 Series price tag.

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