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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 30, 2014, 03:14:49 AM »
I am quite shocked as to how many people actually care that Aperture isn't going to be supported anymore. I don't use Aperture, I use Lightroom on the Mac and until a few minutes ago, I didn't know anyone who used Aperture. My understanding is that Aperture hasn't seen an update in quite a while so I guess my question is, why be all upset at Apple now? If you were using Aperture and liked it, keep using it till you can't anymore then migrate.
The people like me who were holding out on Aperture were waiting for "Aperture X", i.e. a complete overhaul of the application like Final Cut Pro and Logic received. Seems that we have to change to Lightroom after all.

How is Lightroom on the Mac anyhow? From some years back I remember Adobe software being really crappy Carbon-based legacy-ware, many bugs, slow, unintuitive. Is Adobe software from today state-of-the-art 64-bit Cocoa? With good usability?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX camera
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:33:09 AM »
How reliable is the new Canon 1DX camera ie repair frequency?
I can not imagine a bunch of anecdotal evidence on a forum to give a solid basis for statistical analysis.

EOS Bodies / Re: dual pixel tech going forward
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:31:35 AM »
The 'dual pixels' are all split vertically, so if they altered the microlenses and CFA to increase the actual resolution of the sensor, you'd end up with images having a 3:1 aspect ratio.
I think that's not the right way to look at this. It'd be more like having two color channels per pixel in the raw file rather than only one as input to the demosaic.

maybe that´s how canon manages to make a profit..... selling flawed gear to fanboys and making millions for repair.
that's capitalism, perhaps one day we as a humanity will have enough of all the lies and manipulations and greed and find something better

The fundamental difference between GM and Toyota, and Canon, is that faulty cars kill people, a clicking 24-70 is annoying.
You are right, but the connection is not so far fetched, either, since the motivation for such dishonesty will be very similar.

Software & Accessories / Re: need help choosing the right macbook.
« on: February 28, 2014, 03:18:49 AM »
I noticed that all but the top MBP Retina only have onboard graphic chips (Iris/Iris Pro) now instead of discrete graphics. Are they as good for graphic editing as the previous version with nVidia cards?
Don't know why Apple had to discontinue the non-retina MBP. Seems like a way to force newer technology even if people don't want it.

Its all about money:


But here's the strange thing, if you take the smaller of the two standard 15" Retina MacBook Pro configurations and add the CPU and SSD and RAM to match that of the larger one, you have two identically priced machines where one has a discrete graphics chip and the other doesn't!

EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 19, 2014, 07:38:31 AM »
Sorry, should have been more specific as in this is an actual quote from the governing IOC.

"The International Olympic Committee (IOC) enforces strict regulations that protect its corporate sponsors, meaning any brand not sponsoring the Olympics is not allowed to show its logo or otherwise affiliate itself with the lucrative event".
So the brand is not allowed to show its logo, which would mean that Canon or Nikon can't just show up waving flags, but I don't read that to imply that photographers happening to use Canon or Nikon (or whatever) need to cover their logo. What would be next, they need to cover their shoes if Adidas or Nike aren't sponsors?

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 19, 2014, 07:27:14 AM »
The 500D is a nice camera, but Canon's crop cameras do lag behind the FF cameras.  You are probably making the right decision to change cameras and a 5Dii is a smart option for many.  But some 1Ds and 1D models are in your price range and they have some positives, too.

But personally, it wasn't really until I got a FF camera that I realised how immaterial the whole APS-C vs FF debate is.  I'm now using a little APS-C Fuji for much of my photography.  It might be technically inferior to my Canon, but the difference isn't that big and it is better suited to what I do. 

So the only real suggestion I have is to sit back, evaluate your photographic goals, work out where your 500D is deficient and then decide which camera is best suited for your needs.
Even ignoring the image quality, I found just the AF-ON button, the custom-modes, shortest shutter speed, second wheel, top LCD, the view finder etc. a huge plus.

Of course you don't need to go full frame for all of these features, but an older 1-series body as you suggest would have them, too.

A good reminder to finally dig into the Servo customisation features of the 1DX; I quickly got comfortable with everything else the 1DX offers, but that's ... one heck of a large subject and coming from the 5D2 I still lack a lot of experience with advanced AF!

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 19, 2014, 07:19:45 AM »
My first and second DSLRs were also the 500D and 5D2, it was a great upgrade, build quality, handling, image quality ... everything except the AF (no, that's unfair, the 5D2's center point did really well in low light compared to the 500D) and frame rate. And yes, many lenses will behave better on full frame, although it depends on the lens and the criterion, for example vignetting is less of a problem with a crop sensor because you are not using the more-vignetted borders of the image circle.

The more I read, it seems that crop bodies have a singular advantage over full frame and that is the increase in focal length.

At the beginning it looks like an increase in focal length, but really you are just cutting away ("cropping") part of the image. The only advantage of crop sensors that is sometimes (!) relevant (except for price) is actually the higher pixel density.

EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 18, 2014, 08:52:08 AM »
i know it sounds a bit crazy but i watch the games mainly because i want to spot canon prototypes (not much a fan of commercial sport events, especially olympia).

are some other crazys here like me who are more interested in the photographer crowd then the sport events?  ;)

It's spelled "Sochi".  I've not watched the Olympics very much...I liked the opening ceremonies, the light show.

It's spelled "Сочи". I don't watch any of it, the same old, year after year, and I trust that I'd read about any new gear on this site :-)

Is there some alternate meaning to 'fast zoom lens' that I'm unfamiliar with? The ad reads as if fast is a bad thing :o
Not really, the guy is saying that the lens is not as fast as others may claim, and that he has faster lenses, and therefore is getting rid of the 70-200 II, for being too slow.

And this raises a question.  If you really feel that Canon tries "to get away with absolutely the least they can for the most money they can", why in the world would you stick with Canon???
I'm not really the target of this, because I'm mostly happy with Canon, but let me say that in capitalism every corporation has to get away with the least they can for the most money they can because otherwise they could be sued by their shareholders. Unlike the customers, which can't sue them for not implementing easily done features. However Nikon, Sony and Canon are all corporations, so for me there's no big difference. I'm sure Nikon users are waiting for some feature that Canon products have just like we Canon shooters would like for example the zoomed histogram that even the entry-level Nikons sport. Anyhow, back to shooting with my quite nice 1DX, I've mostly stopped caring about it having less MP or DR than a D800, and even though I would prefer more MP, DR and less AA, I'm really like my Canon glass, the 135L, the 50L, etc :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 06, 2013, 01:56:29 PM »
If money is no object, then get both.   ;D
Or get the 1DX for BiF etc. and keep the 5DII as backup and for light(er) weight hiking. For landscapes there shouldn't be much difference between the 5DII and 5DIII.

That's more or less what I did because the 1DX had a few features that I was really interested in; that said, I would also love to have the 5DIII's silent mode (the 1DX also has a "silent mode" but it isn't really silent).

EOS Bodies / New 1DX Firmware Version 2
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:43:13 AM »
Am I going crazy, or are they finally giving us a true Auto-ISO in M with exposure compensation?!?!?

That's a pleasant surprise!

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