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PowerShot / Re: Canon to Leave the Entry Level Point & Shoot Market?
« on: February 25, 2014, 03:25:51 AM »
Interesting take by Thom Hogan on this news


Canon more so than any of the other compact camera makers seems to be taking more of a “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach towards smartphones at the moment. Whether that’s enough to keep the rest of their compact line alive remains to be seen.

What Canon’s new compact lineup looks like is this: waterproof cameras, cameras with huge focal length ranges, the N series I just described, and the very high end G1x and G## cameras.

Canon isn’t the first to make a withdrawal at the low end. Fujifilm, Olympus, and Panasonic have already made similar comments, and Casio recently has done the same. Pentax executives have been quoted as saying the company is just concentrating on waterproof and high-end compact cameras, which brings us back to Nikon, the lone hold-out in the model reduction campaign. As it is during the last decade Nikon has gone from being #5 in compacts to #1 in terms of unit volume and are the winners of a what may end up a Pyrrhic victory.

Last one out should close the door. But you have to get out first ;~).

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 24, 2014, 10:53:44 PM »
Crested Serpent Eagle

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:27:59 PM »
With my trusty 100-400L

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:53:42 AM »
Rufous Shrike

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:44:54 AM »
Rose Ringed Parakeet

Photography Technique / Re: HDR (and DR) Question
« on: February 22, 2014, 01:12:42 PM »
everything  I shoot would benefit from the expanded range of HDR. I see it all the time.

However, I'm not willing to haul around and set up a tripod everywhere I walk.

Being an old school type shooter,  I don't run into a no - tripod situation too often. My question though was whether the 2 stops would have been enough?

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 22, 2014, 12:54:36 PM »
I don't know how many people out there are waiting for this Camera. It's a very very long wait now. It is still really surprising still not to have a CR3 news on this.

I've really wanted a 7D2 to be released by canon ... Tired of waiting I got a 5d3 in October 2012. Now I'm not sure what the 7d2 will offer which will make me get one after having been spoilt by the 5d3.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 22, 2014, 12:34:59 PM »
I kinda' like this one . . .

Not at all surprising that you like this one Don! BTW, I like it too  :)

Photography Technique / HDR (and DR) Question
« on: February 22, 2014, 12:22:55 PM »
While there have been various DR discussions on this forum where posters have been beating their chests on the issue of DR, I've wondered whether the difference in X stops makes a difference in real world shooting.

Personally, I simply look at a scene and decide whether I need an HDR shot or not. I don't go into measuring the stops of DR that I need to push/pull to determine before I decide on bracketing my shots and get an HDR. Now-a-days, I am using the 32 bit float on PS CC (Thanks privatebydesign) to shoot high DR shots and feel that a loss of a couple of stops of DR on my Canon cameras be damned ... TBF, only as long as I am not shooting handheld. 

What is your personal experience? Do you know where a more DR camera would have helped you or do you go simply by instinct in bracketing your shots?


Thanks for the replies ... This confirms what I felt initially that it cannot be done without a specific accessory.

PW accessories seem to be capable for the job, and I might add a couple of NERO Triggers to the mix but there doesn't seem to be a DIY method.  :(

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 22, 2014, 12:11:40 PM »
A sunbird with my trusty 100-400 which is way much sharper on my 5D3 than my 6D and 600D.

Very nice, the autofocus did a great job of ignoring the leaves just in front of the bird.

PS - Location ?

Thanks, the location is India ... foothills of the Himalayas.

The 5D3 AF is indeed a thing to rave about. So very often I take it for granted but when shooting with a different camera, I realise just how good it is.  :)

Lenses / Re: Lenses sharper on FF
« on: February 22, 2014, 12:09:11 PM »
For a given output size, the image from the smaller APS-C sensor must be enlarged more and thus appears softer.  A higher pixel density gives APS-C higher spatial resolution, but in practice the images from a FF sensor do look sharper.

Thanks, but I am have been making the comparison on screen viewing pixels at 100% (not sure if I can call that output). Something seems to be different in sharpness on the APS-C and FF, I'm not able to figure out exactly what.

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 11:53:44 AM »
When I had all I really needed I started buying stuff for my daughter.  Just go with the flow and buy for less than you can sell it for.  That way people are paying you to hold onto the gear.

Did you know ... Good, sensible practical advice counts for nothing when it comes to GAS?  ;D ;D ;D

Lenses / Lenses sharper on FF
« on: February 22, 2014, 11:49:14 AM »
Hi CR folks,

I've found that my lenses are sharper on FF as compared to APS-C cameras ... This is particularly true for the 100-400L and the 50 f/1.4. Is it because the FF is more forgiving and the higher pixel density of the APS-C highlights the problems of the lenses more? Just curious ...

Cheers and a happy weekend ... J.R.

Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 11:22:11 AM »
Also I agree about collecting enough lenses to mask the purchases. My wife would not know at this point which lens I added except maybe the 300-600mm super tele's. I want one of those but not going to be able to get away with a $6k lens.
He he he  ;D :D  ;D :D ... +1

I know...  I've purchased lenses which I've smuggled home with the box collapsed and the styrofoam in the front pocket of my laptop bag. Not sure i'll be able to manage with the 200-400 I have on order.

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