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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D as a Compliment to 5DMkiii
« on: March 29, 2013, 12:57:40 PM »
If you have a 5D Mark III, there wouldn't really be any reason to buy or have a 6D, unless you shot with a backup camera and didn't want to spend the resources to buy another 5D Mark III. 

+1

This was the reason I bought the 6D as a backup body to the 5d3. Similar IQ for less price but compromising on some of the excellent features of the 5d3.

The interface is quite different between the 5d3 and the 6d and it takes some time to get used to shooting with both cameras at an event.

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Here is a natural light P&S image, it has all sliders set to zero, there is no sharpening applied, the 100% crop corresponds to a 700% or so crop on a FF camera.


Just curious ... How did you come up with 700 percent?
I was using the crop factor to reinforce the idea of sensor area that has been reproduced. I am probably out a bit as I guestimated and didn't take the time to do the maths (DOH!), but my point was a 100% crop from a 14 MP 7.6 x 5.7 sensor is a much greater magnification than a 100% crop from a 20mp 24 x 36 sensor, and you shouldn't expect as much.

Seeing as how my image has zero sharpening and the lens is not anything to write home about I think the detail and sharpness in the very narrow plane of focus is pretty remarkable.

I'm probably out a bit too ... It's 11:30 pm here.

BTW, I understood that 100% crop on any system will be the same. The image remains the same and it's only cropped by the size of the sensor.

Sorry if this is off topic.

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I'd say ... Sell the 400D. The lenses, you can wait a bit and see if you need them on the 7D.

BTW, there is no such thing as a loss selling gear you never use. You can always use the proceeds to get stuff you really need.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:50:49 PM »

Yeah, right - incredible iq from this sensor (in comparison to a mobile phone?), crisp/detailed images with a kit lens and shooting in low-light on crop (with tripod?) ... the Canon marketing guys are about to be hit by lightning.

Unlikely ... or else they would already have been struck by lightning for royally screwing up the AF on the 6D.

Huh?

All the field reports I've heard of the 6D suggests that it actually has quite remarkable autofocus performance, including that it focusses better in very dim light than any other camera ever made.

Sure, it doesn't have as many points. And, yes -- of course! -- it doesn't perform as well as Canon's top-of-the-line cameras like the 1Dx and 5DIII. But it would seem to have the best autofocus of any midrange camera ever made.

If that's a royal screwup, I sure wish I could screw up that royally more often....

b&

1 x type AF points looks like a royal screw up when the crop bodies are coming up with more x type Af Points. But then, maybe I am spoilt with the 5d3.

Point is, the 6D shouldn't have been crippled to such a great extent. What was preventing Canon from putting in a 7D sort of AF system is anyone's guess. It has been done on purpose and I don't see how anyone can defend that.

The low light AF is indeed a nice feature but then ... Could have been waaaay better!

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Here is a natural light P&S image, it has all sliders set to zero, there is no sharpening applied, the 100% crop corresponds to a 700% or so crop on a FF camera.


Just curious ... How did you come up with 700 percent?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:36:14 PM »

Yeah, right - incredible iq from this sensor (in comparison to a mobile phone?), crisp/detailed images with a kit lens and shooting in low-light on crop (with tripod?) ... the Canon marketing guys are about to be hit by lightning.

Unlikely ... or else they would already have been struck by lightning for royally screwing up the AF on the 6D.

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I've been waiting for one and they seem to get shipments monthly at BHphoto. It's always too late by the time I get to the site. :/
We appreciate the frustration and wish Lee would send more and send them more frequently.

--
Henry Posner
B&H Photo-Video

Thanks Henry ... When do you expect them to be available next?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which wireless radio control for the 5D3?
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:29:42 PM »
I've ordered stuff a couple of times from BH Photo ... Shipped by UPS. The customs duty is steep, 28.50 per cent that is levied on the cost+shipping charges. The importation is taken care of by UPS and they collect the customs duty from you on delivery of the package and charge INR 500.

I've had packages delivered within 5 days of ordering so I can say that the service is pretty fast for shipments to India.

Cheers ... J.R.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-b Images Leak & a New Kit Lens
« on: March 21, 2013, 12:26:02 PM »
Free lunch! Free FREE LUNCH!!!
ROFL ... hahaha!!!
I don't understand this comment.

What the metabones adapter does is quite sensible. The image projected by a FF SLR lens covers (for example) 4x the area of a u4/3 sensor.  The adapter functions like a reverse-teleconverter, so that the entire FF image is reduced to cover the area of the smaller sensor. By all accounts (e.g. lens rentals) this works extremely well, even with the additional optic elements.

There is no "free-lunch". You are simply using all the light that the lens gathers, rather than throwing it - and the field of view - away.

While I agree in principle, the AF performance using these adapters leaves a lot to be desired. After using one on my friends camera (which was sloooooooow), I couldn't care less what IQ it delivered ... But then maybe I'm spoilt with the AF of the 5d3.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 21, 2013, 12:21:40 PM »
The expectations here at CR was sky high with the anticipation of a 70D and all we get is a Rebel. While the disappointment is obvious, was anyone in their sane minds expecting a technological breakthrough in a Rebel?

I don't think this camera is aimed at existing DSLR users and the CR community here. This may end up entirely as a replacement for one of the lower Rebels on which Canon may just pull the plug.

BTW, Canon must have a logic for delaying the substantial upgrades to its lineup but right now it's just getting impossible to fathom.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Which wireless radio control for the 5D3?
« on: March 21, 2013, 11:52:42 AM »
Thanks for the replies people. I've ordered the Giga Pro. Will consider getting the Camranger once they start shipping to India.

Cheers ... J.R.
If you shop with Adorama, (http://www.adorama.com/CMRCC.html ... I bought it from them and had it shipped to the Middle East ... although I work/live in the Middle East, I am from India) , they are shipping it to India for $60 (if you choose UPS Worldwide Express) and it is delivered to you within 3 to 5 days max ... see the attached screen shot:

Thanks Rienz  ... I had only checked at BH Photo and as it was not available with them. I got the giga-t pro but this looks very impressive.

I'll order this on my next batch of purchases ... I try clubbing my purchases together ... Can't justify the shipping and handling of $ 60 -65 for a single purchase which after the Imposition of customs duty ends up at almost $85-90, so I only order when I have an order of approx a $750 or over.

Thanks for the help!

Cheers ... J.R.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 100D Detailed Specs Appear
« on: March 21, 2013, 11:21:19 AM »

You seriously need to do some home work on lens prices before you make such comments.
Since we are discussing in a APS-C DSLR thread lets discuss the best lenses made for APS-C DSLRs:
Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 L IS = $1019
Nikon 17-55 f/2.8 ED-IF-AF-S DX (without Image Stabilization/VR) = $1399
What? more than $380 for a lens that does not even have image stabilization? but no problem, let us continue to sing glorious songs about Nikon/Sony sensors bcoz there is magical DR and 6 additonal MP in them, so they are going to elevate our images to the magical proportions of a unicorn's behind from Narnia :o

Then lets go on to the popular zoom range lenses for wild life photography:
Canon EF 100-400 L IS = $1459
Nikon 80-400 ED VR = $2697 (even the old, which most Nikon users used to bad mouth, was selling for $1698)
Over $1200 difference for the newer version of the Nikon 80-400 lens ... but hey we like to live in the world of ignorance, therefore, we will only crib about how Canon lenses are "not comparable to competing products in the same price range" bcoz the new 24-70 f/2.8 L II is $300 more than the older Nikon lens :o

Look. the simple truth is: no matter which system you choose (Canon or Nikon) you will end up spending pretty much the same amount of money on equivalent gear ... I've used (and continue to use) both Canon & Nikon gear, so I am speaking from my personal experience.

Sigma 17-50/2.8 OS HSM: 594$
Tamron 17-50/2.8 VC: 649$
I've used both those lenses (Sigma: bought and sold in 2010, Tamron: bought and sold in 2011)  and they are NOWHERE near the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS, be it IQ, built quality or the AF performance. Also those 2 lenses have had numerous quality control issues including but not limited to front focus, back focus, noisy stabilization & noisy AF issues. Spending $600 - $700 on those lenses is not worth it, when one can get a gem of a lens by spending another $300 more to get the EF 17-55 f/2.8 L IS
With Canon nowadays almost no lens below 1 grand is worth attention or stands clearly above the offer of other manufacturers.
First you were questioning Canon lenses "below $1500", when I gave you proof you quickly turn around and drop your figure to below $1000 ... no problem lets go through those lenses ... but let me agree with you on Nikkor 18-300 VR, I recently purchased this lens and it is a decent performer (not as good as 18-200 VR but decent nevertheless), yes Canon does not have an equivalent of 18-300 VR in price or size.

Here are some great lenses from Canon under $1000, both zooms and primes:
1. Canon EF-S 15-85mm lens = $649
2. Canon EF-S 10-20mm lens = $719
3. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L = $699
4. Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L = $674
5. Canon EF 100 f/2.8 L IS = $899
6. Canon EF 100 f/2.8 = $449
7. Canon EF 24mm IS = $649
8. Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS = $579
9. Canon EF 24mm f/1.8 = $449
10. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 = $339
11. Canon EF 50mm Macro = $269
12. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 = $94
13. Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro = $399
14. Canon 85mm f/1.8 = $359
15. Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 = 149
16. Canon EF 70-300 = $499
17. Canon EF 135mm f/2 L = $949
Now here are a couple of bonus lenses for you: Canon EF 24-105 f/4 L IS & Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS normally sell for under $1049 but there are dozens of online stores and regular stores who are selling it for $949 (i.e. below "1 grand"). By the way I have not listed several other decent lenses that are under "1 grand" and also those that can be purchased during sale or refurbished for under "1 grand" e.g. Canon EF 400 f/5.6 L or the 70-200 f/4 L IS.
If someone tells me that they cannot make great images with any one of those above lenses, then they first need to check all the millions of FANTASTIC images made with those lenses on flickr and many other sites, then they need to sign up for a course on some basic understanding of photography.

+1 and excellent points ... But IMHO you are wasting your time and barking up the wrong tree. This debate almost always ends up with hand waving and chest beating in a viscous circle usually something like this-

Comment: I have 4 canon bodies and they have poor IQ?
Q. Huh? Why do you say that?
A. Nikon has 14 stops of DR.
Q. So do you need those stops?
A. Well yes. I need to recover shadow detail from my shots I underexposed by 3 stops.
Q. If you shot correctly how would canon limit you?
A. But Nikon has more DR than Canon.
Q. But has Canon limited your shots in any way?
A. Always
Q. Can you post some pics where this has happened?
A. But Nikon has more DR than Canon
Q. But do you have any pics where you've been limited by Canon? If yes, post some shots.
A. Look at DXO, FM
Q. Don't you get it? Can you post any pictures where you have been limited by Canon?
A. But Nikon has more DR than Canon. Oh look at DXO, FM, the Internet is full of stuff ... Please google it yourself.
Q. You still don't get it. Can you post any pictures where YOUR shots have been limited by Canon?
A. But Nikon has more DR than Canon. Oh look at DXO, FM
Q. I give up
A. But Nikon has more DR than Canon. Oh look at DXO, FM. And you have the gall to accuse me of trolling
Q. You haven't posted any shots where you have been limited in your creativity by Canon ... How do you say Canon's IQ is bad?
A.  But Nikon has more DR than Canon. Oh look at DXO, FM
Q. But how do you claim Canon's IQ is bad?
A. It is, Nikon has more DR than Canon.
Q. Then why don't you go ahead and shoot Nikon?
A. Silence
Q. Ohk, maybe that's the end of that.
A. How can you call me a troll? You have nothing in your response ... Canon is bad, Nikon has more DR than Canon, look at DXO, FM and other internet sites, and oh yes, I think Canon is expensive!
Q. I give up

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Hi Guys,

I'm having a frustrating experience with the Lee Big Stopper. I've been waiting for what seems like an eternity.

Anyone faced with a similar situation? How long is the waiting on average?

The only other option available is the Hitech 10 stop ND - but I've decided against it because it is reported to have color cast issues.

I got mine from eBay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lee-Big-Stopper-4-x4-10-Stop-Neutral-Density-ND-Glass-Filter-Brand-New-/160988217665?pt=Camera_Filters&hash=item257ba54141

The seller doesn't ship to India ... BTW $ 235? It's only $ 140 at BHPhoto.

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I suggest waiting for the Big Stopper rather than going for the Hitech option. I also suggest looking around all the other retailers in your particular continent... I reside in Europe, most retailers all over were back-ordered, but you can usually find one who has 10 stop ND from Lee available from stock. Got one within 3 days from Ireland.

Thanks! Pity Lee doesn't have any dealers / resellers in India. I guess I have to put my trust in BHPhoto and wait.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 20, 2013, 12:33:41 PM »
I think that next time when someone starts a new thread how inadequate Canon is for his needs, he should also post an image where he will point what exactly he finds inadequate. Otherwise, how can one be convinced that 22 megapixels isn't enough for someone's but 36 megapixels is? So, I'd suggest do the following:
1. Start a new thread and post an image you took with your Canon gear.
2. Indicate what exactly you don't like in it. Is it the lack of your photographic skills which doesn't let you get great images, or it's a camera/lens inability to produce what you'd like to see?
3. Answer your own question, does a possible negligible difference in IQ justify investing into a new system?

A while ago, I myself was considering buying a Sony FF DSLR in addition to my Canon, just because of the Zeiss 135 1.8. But every time I had these thoughts, I was always thinking that Canon's 135 2.0, 85 1.2ii, 70-200 2.8, 50 1.2, Zeiss 100 2.0 makro and my favorite 200 2.0 are at least as good as 135 1.8.

Guys, I really think we should stop this thread. As I've said before, it's a personal decision to invest his own money into something or not, same as with cars, computers, smartphones, girls :) Some of us can see the logic in it, some cannot. If having an additional system makes you happy, go for it and enjoy your photographs! Although sometimes we're getting upset with Canon, I'm sure we'll be proud of its new products soon (but probably not this week) :)

I've seen other posters (esp. RLPhoto and PBD) who've been asking for much of the same - example of a shot where the Canon system screwed up as compared to Nikon ... the result ... none, nada.

Yes DR is important and I'd take 14 stops any day ... but to say it greatly limits shooting is just plain wrong.

None, nada?

There are several comparisons showing the benefits of great DR.
You can start to look at this video Nikon DX vs Canon APS-C: Dynamic Range (Part 2/3)
then you maybe understand

Highlights exposing so no clipping occurs=high contrast scene
Then you have a lot of examples at Dpreview, Luminous Landscape etc etc etc and even here by Mikael Risedal

If you have trouble to understand the benefits of great DR and no visible banding/pattern noise , look at the video again.

No one would  say no to a good lens compared to a inferior one, likewise with a sensor
But you can offcourse always argue that you can  not se any difference in a small picture.

Yawn!

If you choose to not read what I wrote, read again.

BTW, if sensor performance is all you really care about ... Go Nikon!

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