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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:56:36 PM »
This really isn't a surprise. DxO and Nikon are inseparably joined at the hip.

Do you have any evidence of this?

All of this (everyone's comments) just sounds like more sour grapes from Canon fans because their cameras don't score as well and it is well recognised that Canon's sensors aren't as good.

Does anyone complain that the scores for Canon sensors are too high?
Or that DxO incorrectly says that Canon camera X has a better/worse sensor than Canon camera Y?

^--- This ---^

Isn't a surprise, either. :P  ;D Our resident Nikon foreverfanboyyayz!

BTW, Dilbert...are you ACTUALLY asking me if Nikon and DXO are "literally" joined at the hip?   ???  I mean, your asking for "evidence" of that...I've been racking my brain for a way to describe how organizations and companies have "hips", conjure up some kind of...evidence, for that...but I'm at a loss :P

I hear in a song once that hips don't lie.

Nah, that only applies if you're Shakira.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:16:25 PM »
As DXO has given a near perfect score to the D810, they may have painted themselves into a corner. Their proprietary scale doesn't give DXO much room to heap hyperbolic praise on the next Nikon release.

<lots of tech talk clipped>

I usually skip over these threads, as they seem to rapidly devolve to drivel... but this was a very interesting post to read. Things I never really think about in the pipeline of signal processing. Thanks for that! (and thanks for getting it on the first page ;-) )

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D the new 6Ti?
« on: July 23, 2014, 09:34:05 PM »
Wouldn't the trend suggest that the t6i will be the t5i, with a new name badge and a better kit lens? Maybe they'll up the AF system, but the biggest strength of that system is its customizability, and ability to select and use outer focus points with cross-type reliability. Most (yes, I'm generalizing, but that generalization is based on the target market for the rebel), most rebel users are less-advanced users, and using either full auto, or a program mode, which won't really take full advantage of the AF. FPS definitely won't exceed 70D, I guess no more than 6fps. And body/build will certainly stay rebel. The 7D was already recycled to make the 70D, and it's what, 5, pushing 6 years old? They've gotten plenty of mileage out of that R&D already....

Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 21, 2014, 03:11:37 PM »
EF-S prime in the range 20-24mm
EF-S 50-150 f2.8 IS
200mm f2.8 IS
100-300 f4 IS
A replacement to the 22-55mm would be nice, it is a very handy focal range. 20-50 f4 IS would be ideal and would make a killer holiday lens

Oh how I would love an EF-S 22mm 1.4. Or even 1.8. That would be awesome. I just can't justify the cost of the 24L, but if there were an EF-S version for $500 or $600 I'd be all over it.

Lenses / Re: New Canon 16-35 f4 IS not listed in CPS directory
« on: July 21, 2014, 03:08:34 PM »
The lens is on my amazon wish list.  Feel free to log in and purchase it for me :)
I'd be happy to do it, but I seem to have misplaced my credit card. Sorry.

If I find it, I'll take care of that for you. My finder's fee will just be that I'll buy one for myself as well ;-)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D2 Won't Turn On
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:24:32 AM »
There is a switch in the battery compartment that shuts the camera off, when you open the battery door. I know it's a long shot, but see if you can find that switch and activate and/or deactivate it with something. It might be jammed.

My wife dropped her PowerShot and had a similar issue. It would no longer power on, so she bought a new one. A few months later, when I had some time to play around, I got a tooth pick and used it to probe the battery door switch. It had somehow gotten jammed. The toothpick freed the switch and the camera sprung to life. It is still working today.

Like I say, it's a long shot, but it's worth a try. I could certainly see something similar happening based on the description of your issue.

My brother had a 7D with this problem. His was a huge dust bunny messing with the little switch, so the door wasn't actually open, but the camera thought it was. Agreed, it's a long shot, but its worth looking at...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - Weird black pictures problem
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:23:35 AM »
Although I've seen "black" pictures when a flash failed to fire, there's usually some detail when you push exposure a few stops in post, they're just dramatically underexposed. This is uniformly black, turning to gray when I push it. I'm wondering if it's an early sign of shutter failure- how many activations does this camera have? Do you ever get any that are partially black, but not completely?

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:46:26 PM »

Canon 5DIII and a 70-200 f2.8 LIS II with a 2x TC mkII

A wall-hanger for sure! I love how the sea sparkles even though it's completely blurred.

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:55:34 AM »
One from the other day that I was pretty happy with:

Abstract / Re: best missed shots
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:47:47 AM »
Love the idea. Luckily, I'm pretty lax about deleting photos... most of mine are "too tight a crop" rather than not anticipating a moving subject, but similar amusing results... (yes, the duckling was shot holding my camera down by the ground, no eye to the viewfinder, I'm not *that* bad  ::))

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Loss of viewfinder flash of red light
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:19:08 AM »
As stated, check your settings.  The VF illumination has an auto setting, the camera may not have thought it was dark enough.  Also, it doesn't work in AI Servo mode.
This was my first thought as well.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:32:59 PM »
One more I liked, mostly for mom making it into the frame with a watchful eye:
EF 28 1.8 USM @ f/2, 1/1600 sec, ISO 200

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:27:56 PM »
One from this morning:
EF 50 1.4 USM @ f/2, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200:

Photography Technique / Re: Thin dof posing/shooting advice
« on: April 30, 2014, 08:27:22 AM »
What about all the apertures in between? I'm wondering if you step your way down towards 2.8, if you'll either get more practiced with getting both subjects into your DoF, while having a bit more leeway (say, at 5.6), or if you'll find that a middle aperture gives you the subject isolation you're after, while still having enough DoF to get both subjects fully in focus. I often go to f/4 when I've got two subjects to get in frame, and feel like it works pretty well for me...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: April 28, 2014, 05:32:43 PM »
Not my best friend... I was puppy sitting for the weekend. Naturally took lots of pictures... :-)

Dixie by bseitz234, on Flickr

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