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Lighting / Re: Canon 600EX-RT and Sekonic L-478DR LiteMaster Pro
« on: October 29, 2014, 11:04:30 AM »
The question I guess is how many people will use a light meter with 600-EX-RTs.

For the Sekonics, it should not be a big deal, pop out the PW RT module and pop in a Canon, the issue becomes not sure Canon will release one, or if their is a big enough demand for Sekonic to do one. 

Getting a sense that the OP is campaigning.

Have no fear, Sony will fumble any success with cameras as they have with most other aspects of the conglomerate these past 15 years.  TV's.  Entertainment industry.  MP3 players.  Smartphones.  Camcorders.  Computers.

The company is breaking up, spinning off, and in very serious trouble:


As wonderful as their sensors might be, and even Sony branded bodies, what's the support infrastructure?  Are they going to turn around a serious repair within a week?

Wait.  Heard Sony is relaunching the Walkman.

A few thoughts.

1)  The guy is a jackweed - Seems he gets mugged / robbed a lot, and I think I understand why

2)  Half the features he talks about are available for Canon and Nikon - Plop in an Eye-Fi card and I can do remote shooting and change the settings from my phone or tablet with an App. 

3)  Remote tethered shooting can be great (getting camera in hard to reach places for interesting shots) but Wi-Fi gets overloaded quickly.  Here is a test.  Do a 3 second burst at 11 FPS with moving subjects from a tablet and wait to see how long it takes to get images transfered or get responsiveness back to your camera. 

4)  I actually PREFER the Eye-Fi route - why?  Because TECHNOLOGY changes. Wi-Fi standards change over time and if you bake it into the camera, you are stuck.  The next version of wi-fi is not something you will be able to change with a firmware update

5)  Construction. Construction.  Construction.  The Sony is NOT weather sealed.  Most of the heavier more rugged pro-DSLRs have some for of magnesium alloy body.  I do notice a difference in range and strength of connection between my 5D MK III and my back up video t5i body. 

6)  I do like the Electric Viewfinder and can see some of the benefits. 

7)  I like "big"  I find the size of the Canon's to be great as well as the layout of the controls to be superb where it is easy for me to adjust while still looking through the viewfinder.  I find with smaller camera, the layout is more "awkward" at least for me to change several settings very quickly.

All and all I am glad some of these cameras are out there.  Nice to have options, a decent travel backup, and have a feeling these will start pushing the bar on both Canon and Nikon.  Survival instinct is a good thing. 

8)  I am not a big fan of Wi-Fi built in.  I have used it, and in so many cases, I notice it gets bogged down.  Might be nice if instead of building it in, Canon and Nikon give the ability to add modules for it, main reason being standards change... for example, MU-MIMO will only really start coming into being next year.  The new 802.ac standard is just really hitting the market in stride and while 802.ac is nice, 802.ax looks to be monster with 10+ GBps transfer - so to my point, as these new standards come out, new antennas and hardware are needed, I would rather pop in an  Eye-Fi Mobi Xtreme (Made the Xtreme up) into my Canon 5D MK IV and take advantage of 802.ax than be sitting there waiting on 802.n. 

Expandability is nice. 

If you are a good looking female photographer, there is a good way to get all the guys (and a lot of the gals) attention that does not take too much effort (or imagination) 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 23, 2014, 02:28:40 PM »

LOL - Love part of this - "I was shooting running horses and maybe 3 out of 300 images were out of focus"

Now can't wait to see the Tony Northrup review...

"to test the sports AF capabilities, we will shoot my GF walking towards me... The 7D MK II only performed so so getting 6 out of 10 images in focus" 


That AF test still bothers the hell out of me.  I have no trouble believing that the D810 can track better than the 5D3 in that scenario as Nikon seems to have gone all out with the AF on the D810 and now D750, but that the 5D3 was only hitting 60% makes no sense.

Too me it comes down to one of two things - Incompetence or dishonesty.

He either did not know how to use the camera or he was dishonest.  40% OOF is really bad especially for the type of shooting he was doing. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ISO 160 vs. 100
« on: October 23, 2014, 02:19:02 PM »
Any thoughts/insights?

You have a 1D X, so I wouldn't worry about it.  The 1D X uses a different analog amplifier setup, note the 'jagged' plot of noise vs. ISO for the 7D and 5DIII (with troughs at 160 multiples), vs. the 'smooth' (and overall lower) plot for the 1D X.

Is the 1Dx native 200 ISO?  From the charts it looks like 200 is slightly better

2)  Her major gripe - no Audio tagging of images.  How many cameras do this?  1Dx, D3?  A nice feature but seriously

There are two very good reasons why there is no audio tagging.... (1) It isn't a phone, and (2) at 10FPS you can't keep up to the camera.

LOL.  Not disagreeing.  I think it is an "interesting featured" I know the 1Dx and some of the flagship Nikons can do this, but seriously, is there another sub $2K DSLR with similar features that includes this?

I am actually surprised she didn't complain it didn't come in a lot of pretty colors. 

And yes.  I do have to laugh...  I like shooting with my 1Dx better.

Gee... Might as well say, I really enjoy driving an Audi A8 compared to the Toyota Corolla....

I know... SHOCKER. 

In the end... I know it is hard to believe... the $1700 Crop 7D MK II is not as good as the $6800 FF 1Dx

I wonder how the Canon T4i compares to the 5D MK III...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ISO 160 vs. 100
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:46:42 AM »
Not sure I have it right:

Also have seen this.


In the tests like I posted, the noise seems to be called pattern read noise so more an artifact that appears when doing this kind of lens cap on test.

I think when all is said and done, if you shoot 100, 200, etc you get the most information in your image.
If you shoot 160, 320, etc, you are shooting at 200, 400, etc, but then stopped down 20% and this appears to "clean" some of the pattern noise.

The test I haven't seen and what might be interesting to try is looking at long exposures at night and sensor noise from the sensor heating up.  i.e. shooting 640 for 3 seconds versus for 400 for 5 seconds 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ISO 160 vs. 100
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:33:48 AM »
You can seer here:


Or here:


I did similar tests and found the same at the lower end. 

My understanding that the 1/3rd stops are pushed and the 1/3rd stops pulled.  the ISO 160, 320, 640 seem to be slightly underexposed, but a lot less noise.  This may mean you do trade some DR.

For the video example, I would have liked to see them have done 2/3rd jumps i.e. 100, 160, 200, 320, 400, 640.

No question from what I have seen and what the video shows 125 is more noisy than 160, 250 more noisy than 320, and 500 more noisy than 640.

Whether you see 160 as less noise?  that remains to be seen, but to my eyes (and some of the charts posted in another thread, 160 looks a little less noisy than 100 

LOL - Love part of this - "I was shooting running horses and maybe 3 out of 300 images were out of focus"

Now can't wait to see the Tony Northrup review...

"to test the sports AF capabilities, we will shoot my GF walking towards me... The 7D MK II only performed so so getting 6 out of 10 images in focus" 


I do have to say looking at some of the humming bird images, not sure how much noise reduction was done but for 1600 - 6400??? Images look strong for a crop sensor camera

Yet another thing that makes me scratch my head on how some people get / keep jobs.

First and Foremost - Again my biggest gripe with reviews - Understanding the target audience - who is the camera designed / aimed for and does it meet those needs.

To me at least, the 7D MK II is aimed at sports photographers and wildlife - this means a little reach (crop) decent ISO (It is APS-C), Sick Autofocus

1)  Her first gripe is the AF Mode lever on the back - WHAT??? I used Expanded AF Area a lot as well, but am constantly switching zones and modes when shooting sports.  It is about control and sometimes I want the focus on a subject in a specific area and am creatively using DOF to the picture.   I cannot understand how a sports photographer does not want more control, especially in a sport like football where a player may break in front of you and take away the focus you want.

To me at least, this lever is a GOD SEND and in a place that will not bother me.  If Anything, I think the placement is genius.

2)  Her major gripe - no Audio tagging of images.  How many cameras do this?  1Dx, D3?  A nice feature but seriously

3)  Love the Duplicity - Crop sensor a plus for reach - crop sensor a negative for image feel.  Who is the target audience?  Seriously.  People by crop sensors (at least my opinion) for a price break, both in the sensors appear cheaper and they gain more reaches with their lenses.  Comparing the 7D to the 1Dx again... I would take the 1Dx in a heartbeat.

4)  Lack of analysis on the AF.  Then again, not surprised given she only shoots in one mode and does not switch.  The 7D MK II seems to be up their with the 1Dx in terms of AF features and capabilities.  The fact that limited tracking analysis was done as well as little digging into the modes immediately shows her naivety.

And seriously.  If you time some of the holiday sales right, you could wind up with a Sigma 150-600 and a 7D MK II for the price a little more than a 5D MKIII

That is in essence a 240-960 with Crazy AF performance.

One thing I would be interested in is if Sigma will be upgrading their TeleConverters as well.  A 1.4X or 2X with this combo will likely be MF only, but that is then a 480 - 1920mm

To try and compare the 7D MK II to a 1Dx is folly. 

Then again, if you want to bring dollars into the equation and spend $7500 of lenses and bodies, which will give you more? 

Don't forget this also has a built in 1.5x converter, in essence a 75 - 1500mm lens.

That is quite a bit of ZOOOOOOOOMMMMM

I sort of thought this was a given.

150K is a general guideline.  Can be frustrating if it fails early, but no idea how camera has been treated or cared for.  Shock and drops, even if the camera is protected in a padded case/bag can play havoc on the insides. 

Send it in to CPS and send a note with it.  Maybe you will have to pay for it, maybe you won't.  Also depends what Canon finds, like if their is some metal debris that has been kicking around then they may change you.  Depends on what is considered wear, or what is abuse. 

My car may have a 100K mile warranty, but if I never change the oil and drive it until it is dry, something tells me I am paying for the new engine. 

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