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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon price match the 1DX to the D4?
« on: January 07, 2012, 10:32:02 AM »
I don't think that people should make too much of the "ISO 12800 maximum without expansion" on the D4 versus the "ISO 51200 without expansion" on the 1D X; I think this is just a difference between the two companies' nomenculture.  The term 'native ISO' is misleadingly used by many people; each sensor only has one native ISO (its base ISO); in Canon's case this is ISO 100 and in Nikon's ISO 200.  Every other ISO is achieved by either on-chip amplification, or by under/over-exposure with post capture software signal amplification.  I had always thought that the switch over point was where the ISO expansion (boost) settings kicked in, but recent forum posts by others have led me to believe that I was wrong in this assumption.  It seems that where this transition occurs is somewhat of an opaque subject that is not revealed by the manufacturers.  Thus, one canot tell from the quoted ISO range specifications what one can expect in terms of signal to noise ratio for each sensor.  It seems that each company has its own standards for what it considers acceptable signal to noise for its cameras "normal" ISO range.  The only way to determine the sensors' signal to noise performance will be to test the actual sensor post-release (i.e. we'll have to wait for DXO Marks analysis).  Of course, some are suggesting that the camera manufacturers are starting to 'cook' their RAW files by subjecting them to a certain amount of post-capture noise reduction during the initial on-chip stages of image read out.

Something here also bothers me. If the native ISO of the D4 is 1 stop above the 1DX then naturally the stop per stop comparisons are a lot closer that the number suggest.

It's difficult to compare ISO 100 to ISO 200 but a lot easier to compare at the top end where the most noise it.

TBH, I don't care, I use the 1Ds3 for everything and the 1DX is 4 stops higher in ISO. We're getting spoilt with these cameras.

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Lenses / Re: 24mm 1.4L ii vs 35mm 1.4L vs 50mm 1.2L
« on: January 06, 2012, 06:43:09 PM »
So I was a little discouraged about just buying the 35mm three weeks ago and hearing that the new 35mm ii will be this up and coming CES. 

It's a rumor.

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Karma Karma Karma Chameleon it comes and goes, from where who know oh oh ohs

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D4 Outed Officially
« on: January 05, 2012, 06:53:56 AM »
Both the D4 and 1Dx are cameras that over and above deliver what 98% of all photographers need.

What's exciting is that perhaps, you will never need to buy another body again other than to replace a worn out one.
Even more exciting is the prospect that with so little missing from these two cameras the only way forward is a radical change to the way light is captured. You cannot beat the laws of physics, just work with them.

BTW, High ISO is great for scenes with low contrast. If you are shooting a wedding reception with a light above the bride and groom and the rest in the dark you can't just bump the ISO to fix it as it'll serve to blow them out.

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Landscape / Re: Pano - Rochester, UK
« on: December 22, 2011, 05:27:03 PM »
Ah the Medway Towns....

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Software & Accessories / Re: PC or MAC
« on: December 21, 2011, 07:39:16 AM »
Macbooks are awesome on the move.

Main workhorse is a PC though.

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If you can look people in the eyes and call yourself a 'photographer' without feeling deceptive or a fraud...you're a photographer.

As art is subjective only you will know when you reach that point.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Why not 16bit?
« on: December 14, 2011, 03:14:04 PM »
I read somewhere that even those cameras with 16bit a/d actually only DXO'd in at around 13-14bits - 1Ds3 territory.

Whilst it's nice to have the best images possible nearly 99.9999% of all photographic images viewed are A4 and smaller (think magazines and ipads).

The human eye can't discern the level detail on an image that size.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Should i go for the 1DX or the 5D Mk III?
« on: December 13, 2011, 06:25:13 PM »
If it's for weddings you want the one that writes to two cards at the same time.

I doubt the 5D3 will have that ability.

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Lenses / Re: Is Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens too wide for FF?
« on: December 13, 2011, 02:07:31 PM »
I rarely use mine. When I have the 16-35 and 24-70 it never gets used.

That and the 17mm TS-E will be the next to go.

Whilst it's a fast piece of glass the 1Dx will negate the benefits.

On a crop though it's a fab 35mm equivelant.

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United States / Re: Is 1D Mark IV boring or almost perfect?
« on: December 12, 2011, 03:58:17 PM »
It's a great camera but I can't seem to break away from the 1Ds3

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Lenses / Re: EF 35 f/1.4L II & EF 24-70 f/2.8L II on January 3, 2012? [CR2]
« on: December 10, 2011, 02:21:24 PM »
The 35L doesn't have much scope for improvement?

I can't see the benefit of IS in a 24-70 as it'll only add weight to a commonly used lens that doesn't require it.
I think for shooting people I never usually go slower than 1/60 otherwise folks blur.

With that in mind should I need to go slower I use a prime.

Edit, if anything a fast prime with IS would be really interesting for low light photography without a tripod.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Earthshatteringly Disappointed With 7D
« on: December 09, 2011, 06:50:38 PM »
Experience of noise in camera bodies I've owned:

40D - Great starter camera, well controlled noise levels for it's ISO range
50D - Very poor high ISO noise compared to the 40D
7D - Unacceptable low ISO noise but decent high iso
5D1 - Beautiful IQ, noise present in High ISO, like a 40D almost
5D2 - Very clean images up to ISO3200
1Ds3 - Cleanest images I've ever seen at ISO 100. Noise clearly present from 1600, but grain like film.
1D4 - Pretty much the same as the 5D2 up to ISO 6400 where it's better.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Earthshatteringly Disappointed With 7D
« on: December 09, 2011, 02:52:49 AM »
It's commonly known that there is low ISO noise, and lots of it.

Great features, crap sensor.

If IQ is paramount buy a used 5D mk1, but unless you get a 1D series you can't have both I'm afraid.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can Nikon remain in business with 12MP FF?
« on: December 06, 2011, 06:14:14 PM »
Like this:



(D700 & 85mm f/1.4 wide-open)

I was the backup that day on a friend's D300, but got to use the D700 for about a minute.  Sweet setup.

Note to self:  make sure the bride doesn't take her earrings off before a shoot...


Fantastic shot, but with 12mpx, you are hoping that your shot is spot on (like this) so that you do not have to crop much.


Not heard of genuine fractals then?

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