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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Same card shared by two cameras
« on: July 01, 2014, 06:47:06 AM »
You are fine to share cards, IF you reformat the card each time.  Besides the naming/numbering format, you are just better off having a dedicated card in each camera.  That does not mean that card X is only used in the 70d and card y in the EOS M, but rather, you should build up a supply of cards and everytime you will go to shoot with the camera, have a freshly formatted card FOR that camera.

When I shoot races, or things like that where I am using multiple camera and expect to have to change cards, I decide before hand what my swap cards are for each camera, and before everything, I will format the cards in each of the respective cameras

This will also save you from having the agony of starting to shoot, realizing the card you just swapped is loaded with pics from a previous shoot and now you have to do sorting.

So in short... If you mean to have a batch of cards and use them between both cameras, formatting each time, no problem.

If you mean just having one card and shooting some in one, pulling start shooting in the other, pulling and back to shooting in the first?  I think that should work, though the risk of an issue probably discourages it.

On topic ... Ed Mika makes the best FD to EOS adapters. I have one for my FD 500/4.5L that is ingenious. They are a tad pricey, though and (I believe) customized for certain lenses. Don't bother with junk from Bower - it has an optical element that acts like a mini-teleconverter to maintain infinity focus.

If you have any FD long glass 300mm or longer than a Mika adapter is a good and cheap solution, otherwise, why bother

Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: June 18, 2014, 11:37:43 AM »
I will try to kick off a new thread and see if it goes anywhere. This was taken last weekend during the summer Saturday night opening at Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. There is a wall where lots of wild bark scorpions live and visitors and docents are usually there with black lights to find them (since scorpions fluoresce under black light).

Canon 5D3, Sigma 85 1.4 lens, 1/80 second at f3.2, iso 3200, tripod.

Did you get to pet the scorpion?   I hear they are very friendly and like to have their back's scratched








EOS Bodies / Re: Reports of EOS 7D Reaching End of Life [CR2]
« on: June 04, 2014, 01:08:25 PM »
Buckwheat is dead.

Any news on Elvis, Janis Joplin, JFK, Lincoln, or Jesus?

Rumoring EOL for the 7D is akin to any of these... It has been in the ground for a while

EOS Bodies / Re: Reports of EOS 7D Reaching End of Life [CR2]
« on: June 04, 2014, 01:05:28 PM »
In other news... Buckwheat has been shot. 

Repeat... Buckwheat has been shot

As for a chip swap.. Good luck with that.  Even though a card may be the same, often their are tweaks in a generation, so two identical 32GB 1000x may have different internals.

Learned this the hard way.  Not with flash cards, but with flash drives... speaking of which, I back my USB drives regularly to my PC and even if functioning, after about 18 months, I toss and replace.

They run like a tank, even with daily use... until they fail.

Amazon will likely get the patent

After all the courts originally approved for Bio-tech companies to patent genes.

Yes.  Genes...

Those DNA strands

Created by nature...

and in YOUR BODY...

The patent was finally overturned after several years, but in short a biotech company had patented a gene so that they would have exclusivity for a test for the early detection of breast cancer and were forcing people to pay for their over priced tests.  While the court got it right... eventually, what is sad is the patent should have been rejected in the outright from the beginning.

Sony developed the 36MP sensor that graces the D800/D800E, Nikon rebadged it, but it was a sony designed sensor.

Sony have recently dropped that sensor into one of their own cameras, the A7R, which seems to have done well, not on CR of course, but they have brought the Camera to Market, it's doing well even though Sony hamstrung the thing with poor support regards available lenses etc.

Sony designed the 50MP CMOS Sensor now in the phase One IQ250, and Haselblad 50MP systems, I imagine it's no stretch of anyones imagination to think Sony will do with the 50MP sensor what they have done with the 36MP sensor, i.e., drop it into a Sony DSLR.

I believe that will be a wonderful thing to do, the Camera may or may not be successful, but it should prompt both Nikon & Canon to lift their game.

Canon have to a large degree taken the "safe" path with their Camera systems since the introduction of the 5DMK II, yes the 1Dx is a wonderful camera and system but it's not exactly cutting edge sensor science by a long shot, it's incremental adjustments to a tried & true system.

Sony at least are pushing the envelope, that's got to be good for us, the consumers.

Reminds me of BetaMax - Superior quality, no movie titles... easily predicted death

Sony MF, no lenses?  History Repeats

Clearly a half-hour program won't show the full story but I was quite saddened to see Watson do very little other than say, "yes, this is a good spot, the light will change in a moment". Meanwhile the assistants set everything up for him.

And why is this bad?

For one, these three people, while mainly being gophers for all intent and purposes, are getting invaluable experience whether they know it or not seeing how Watson visions things and how he thinks. 

Perhaps he is more a DP than actual photographer, but it is far more to compose, frame, and recast the light to snap the picture.  More of the upper end of photographers I have gotten to know do more outsourcing of a lot of their retouching, clean up etc. 

How do you become that famous?  Take great pictures, and get a few lucky breaks... Having a wealthy patron or two doesn't hurt.

In the fashion world, if Anna Wintour say, "Get me Albert on the line" i.e. your are known by your first name, as well in her lexicon of artists, you pretty much are there. 

Business of Photography/Videography / Calumet OUT of BUSINESS
« on: March 13, 2014, 02:56:56 PM »
Sort of Sad, and think this is the right forum for this, but looks like Calumet has closed all their locations and is not out of business.   I Believe this is in US only, and Europe will remain.

This is Chapter 7 Liquidation

Reviews / Re: Why the DxO bashing?
« on: March 11, 2014, 09:47:46 AM »
My complaint has always been, the numbers, while calculated, are irrelevant, and I have never seen ANYONE provide any reasonable proof of meaning.

As a test:

Which would you rather own and which will provide a better picture:

Nikon D3s or a Nikon D3300

According to DXO Marks these cameras score the same. 

Is the D3s a better camera?
Will it produce better images?

If you chose the D3s, and since DXO gives them the same score, you have some 'splainin to do

Canon General / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the D4S
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:08:16 PM »
I seem to be in the minority of people who still get excited by increasing maximum ISO speeds. But can someone explain, why/how is it possible that the difference between maximum base ISO (25600) and extended is 4 stops, whereas in Canon cameras (the 1DX/5D3 at least) it is just 2? Does it make a practical difference? Is it just another means of notating it? In my experience (300D->50D->5D3) the highest usable ISO is 1 stop below maximum base ISO (depending on what you're using it for). So extra extended settings would be irrelevant. Is Nikon different?

They could extend it 100 stops if they want.  Big question is... how useable / how noisy is it?

Just because the camera says it can do 409600 ISO does not mean you would be happy with it.  Until we see  what it looks like at these high ISO, only then can we judge what is useable. 

From what I have seen out of the 1Dx, some of the high ISO images are actually quite good. 

Would be interesting to see if the Nikon can capture anything close to this at 25600

Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 24, 2014, 08:05:45 AM »
Does the creator of the videos obsess much...

can one say "Restraining order"

Then again, would make a great drinking game... Every time the creator says "Gursky" you have to do a shot.

Canon General / Re: Canon Says No to Retro Design for Them
« on: February 20, 2014, 09:18:00 PM »
DP recently ran an interview with Nikon exects.
They were amazed at the Df's popularity, but
also mentioned the decline of sales both for
p&s as well as DSLR's.

That made me think that people might
be attracted to retro designs like the Df
because it looks like a safe investment.
Possibly it reminds people of those great
cameras of the 70's and 80's they still
value so highly?

Personally, I think Canon is making the
right choice.  For one thing, Canon changed
its lens mount and everyone would laugh
if their retro design did not offer compatibility
with those earlier lenses and I agree.

I would chock it up to the posers... i.e. the people that bought the DF are casual users who bought it to look cool.

They will grow tired of it.

They will go back to their iPhones and Instagram as their main photo outlets...

They will not INVEST in lenses...

In the end, probably far more will be turned off to the Nikon brand, because they will remember the $3K paperweight.

I like Canon's model better, though I would like a high MP and some fresh lenses

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