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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-b Images Leak & a New Kit Lens
« on: March 19, 2013, 01:34:24 PM »
Where's the problem here - new small camera to extend the popularity of the EOS brand - ideal for parents to buy their kids, ideal for people with small hands, ideal as a starter camera to tie new buyers into the EOS system.

It will create more profit for Canon to keep the shareholders happy and reinvest in development - a win-win situation in my book.

Damn, I wish my parents would buy me an $800 camera... But if they did, I'd rather have a refurb 60d or t4i plus leftover cash to put towards another lens...

LR4, upped contrast and clarity, a bit of sharpening, and desaturated (for no particular reason, I just found it more pleasing that way.) I think that's all I did...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Need a treatise on image quality
« on: March 18, 2013, 07:56:16 AM »
Well, a crop sensor does only use the "center sweet spot". But those lenses are really good in the corners. Hence the flat MTFs. So you really have nothing to fear in the corners...

Also, while a reduced MP camera would have more light-gathering area per photodiode, the smaller sensor means less light-gathering area for the whole image. So 18mp of full frame sensor (think 1dx) will gather more light than an 18mp crop sensor (lots of these ::)) if you want low light performance and dynamic/exposure range (see jrista's thread on the difference), I think you'd be better off with any of the new FFs (1dx, 5d3, 6d, depending on your AF/sealing/other needs)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7d2 Video specification speculation
« on: March 15, 2013, 08:52:11 PM »
I don't see a pun in the title.

I think he meant alliteration.

Whatever the specs are, we can pretty much guarantee that specs will be totally nerfed compared to what the processors are capable of.

I hoping for a 7DC that give me RAW, but i doubts that's coming anytime in the near future.

Indeed. Thanks.

yeah... maybe that'll be good cause to start using ML.

also, 7DC?

EOS Bodies / 7d2 Video specification speculation
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:43:35 PM »
Pardon the pun in the title, it's Friday afternoon and I'm getting goofy.

Adding to my wish list of things that are unlikely to happen, along with AF-point-linked spot metering, I'm wondering what the chances are of seeing higher frame rate video in the 7d2. Obviously this is not based on anything more than line items on CR1 spec lists about "improved video", and there are lots of ways to improve video.

But, given that the 7d is geared towards sports shooters, might Canon include the ability to shoot 1080/60 (or better?) This would be a better spec than the 5d3 and 1dx, but the GoPro3 can do it, and that's a much smaller, cheaper little device. Plus, I want it to happen, and therefore I've convinced myself it's possible.

Street & City / Re: Pictures in DC
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:36:39 PM »
For anyone who's been to DC, did you find it was worth having a UWA lens?

Brian, yes the UWA can be helpful with some shots.  For example, wide panoramas and narrow interiors.  Below are a few shots to give you some ideas.

The interior of the Lincoln Memorial on full frame at 17mm x 3 (shift pano):

Washington Monument (HDR panorama) by scrappydoggy, on Flickr

Panorama of the Capital Building on full frame at 24mm x 5:

U.S. Capital by scrappydoggy, on Flickr

Panorama of Great Falls (on the Maryland side):

Great Falls by scrappydoggy, on Flickr

The World War II Memorial Fountain on full frame at 17mm:

National World War II Memorial by scrappydoggy, on Flickr

Every time I see that shot of great falls (I've definitely seen you post it before- either here or POTN?) I want to hop in my kayak... stop tempting me!

You do bring up another interesting point that I never think of, though, which is stitching a panorama... seems like a less expensive way to get a little more of a view...

Lenses / Re: TS-E 45mm & TS-E 90mm Finally Getting Replaced? [CR1]
« on: March 15, 2013, 10:26:13 AM »
I'm not sure if I'm going to put my $ into Canon gear anymore ???

Fingers crossed for a sigma art series TS...

Canon General / Re: Creative Canon Invite for March 22
« on: March 15, 2013, 07:27:47 AM »
if the only thing they announce is a powershot with a built-in projector... screw it, I'm going out and taking pictures with the gear I have  ::)

Street & City / Re: Pictures in DC
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:50:22 PM »
I did an early morning set, and it was well worth getting up. I showed up at the Lincoln Memorial about an hour before sunrise and walked around the mall a bit - Lincoln, Washington, etc. Got to the MLK monument just before sunrise. Very, very few people out (of course), which meant it was easy to setup a tripod to shoot.

FWIW - these are all from a Canon G11 with a little Tamrac Zipshot mini-tripod. I can't blow 'em up big, but they came out pretty well with such a small kit.

I don't think that a UWA lens would have helped with the monuments - you generally have plenty of room to stand back on the outside; and for inside stuff I just shot details (like the Lincoln shot here). And I like the angle for the Washington Monument shot with the capital building in the background instead of the usual straight-on with the reflecting pool.

Thanks very much for the shots, and insight! I'm certainly not opposed to early mornings- sounds like a great idea!

Lenses / Re: 5DIII+35mm or 50mm?
« on: March 14, 2013, 06:39:57 PM »
Note: Of these lenses, the 85 is the only one I have, and I've not borrowed the others. Just saying what I'd do if I was in your shoes...

If it was me, I'd sell the 35L, buy a sigma 35, and use the leftover money for an 85 f/1.8 for portraits. I'm just not thrilled by any 50 on the market right now, but the sigma 35 looks awesome, and I've had a blast with my 85 1.8, which is a great buy for the money.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Cherry Blossom festival
« on: March 14, 2013, 03:31:55 PM »
The forecast for peak blossoms is March 26-30, so I think you have a good chance of getting some good shots. My picture in this post was definitely after petals had been falling for a couple days. As far as lens choice goes, your 17-55 will be great. There may be a couple of creative shots you could try with a wider lens, but honestly none of mine were keepers. That being said, I'll tell you that some of the monuments are fun to shoot with a really wide lens...like standing in front of Abe or under the dome of the Jefferson Memorial.

Out of curiosity, I had a search for conferences with those dates. Fruit fly genetics? Who knew?! EDIT: I should say, "Who knew there was a conference for this?". I've long known the species genetics were studied.

If you are interested in meeting up, I'm happy to play photo guide over the weekend.

Thanks! I saw the forecast today- the fact that it's so close to the conference made me think I had a good enough chance of catching blossoms to ask the question. Glad to know my 17-55 will do well for this- I am starting to get better at maximizing what I can do with the gear I have, rather than thinking about what I could do with more.   ;) And yepp, fruit fly genetics conference! I've known about the conference since I've been in the field, but this will be my first year attending! Looking forward to that, as well as sneaking out to photograph cherry blossoms and the nat'l zoo...  ::) I will certainly send you a message when I have a better idea when I'll be able to sneak away and photograph, sounds like a great time!

thanks again!!

Street & City / Re: Pictures in DC
« on: March 14, 2013, 02:25:28 PM »
Posting a question here, too, that I've asked in another thread in the hopes of catching a broader audience. For anyone who's been to DC, did you find it was worth having a UWA lens? Or, if you didn't have one, did you wish for wider than you have? I'll be going in the beginning of April, hoping to catch the tail end of the cherry blossoms, and considering grabbing a 10-22 before I go. I have very varied interests, haven't done much landscape, and haven't been to DC in years so I'm not sure what the sweeping wide scenery is like. The widest lens I have now is a 17-55, and the only body I have is a 7d, hence my hesitation about 17mm not being wide enough.

Thanks all!  (and sorry for the cross-post, other thread if you want to follow it is here: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=5020.0 )

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Cherry Blossom festival
« on: March 14, 2013, 02:19:21 PM »
The blossoms were so early I almost missed them. I sold my Mk II after I preordered the Mk III. It very nearly didn't get here in time. I called and upgraded to overnight shipping and these pictures were some of the first I took.

There were actually a LOT of people walking amongst the trees, but the owner of this dog (not me) had it posing on the bench for pictures so the crowds were leaving plenty of space. I had been taking some wide shots with my 12-24 and by the time I switched lenses, the dog had jumped off the bench and looked like he was about to take a nap (yawning and stretching). I shot a burst and caught this great one.

Question since you've been there (and not wanting to start a new thread...), I'm going to DC April 3-7th this year for a conference. I know it's a little late for blossoms, but I've been thinking about lenses... the widest lens I have is 17mm (7d as a body), and I was wondering if you think it would be worth investing in a 10-22 before I go? I guess, if you hadn't had your 12-24, would you have felt like you missed it? I have no hesitations about the 10-22 as a high quality lens, just whether I need it in addition to my 17-55...

Thanks for your advice!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Foggy Night 5D3 and 50mm 1.8 II
« on: March 13, 2013, 07:00:07 PM »
I really enjoy this shot. The sunbeams, the shadows, all very interesting and cool. But I agree that it just doesn't look like night... I think part of it, for me, at least, is the white balance. Any chance of a cooler edit, or maybe a B+W? You're probably swamped with wedding stuff, but I think this is a great image, and worth some time to tweak in post, if you have time to spare...

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: March 13, 2013, 11:54:16 AM »
plus one... how can the 200mm f/2L IS be made better?

+1, only possible way is to lower its weight, but a 200/2 will never be light for a 200mm lens.

+2, but perhaps the return of the Legendary F/1.8?

Sharpness and IS of the f/2, at a wide open f/1.8? I'd pay MarkII supertele price for that... as soon as I was able to save that much.

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