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PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 18, 2014, 05:13:03 PM »
wow -   :) glad to start seeing so many replies and good input. However, I can't take too much time to reply (still at work) , but for sheer body size, the canon G series is already borderline too big - that coming from someone lugging around a 1Dsmk3 or 5Dmk2 with grip while hiking  ::)
I will log in later for more.
Thank you all for your time
Phil

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PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 18, 2014, 01:36:49 PM »
Add weather-sealing, which for me means being able to use the camera in pouring rain, to the list of criteria and I also am interested in the recommendations.

as a matter of fact, I am considering that too, as Olympus is coming up witha new model TG-850.
Not par with some compacts, but it's getting better
So the Olympus TG-850 is now up for consideration too, and not so much the Tg-2 iHS
Still not impressed with the Pental series...
Then there is:
Olympus  E-PL5 and E-P5

(I understand that some of the choices listed are not available yet, thus making it impossible to give a hands-on experience/feedback, but anything is better than nothing ... :(

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PowerShot / need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:27:27 PM »
Going nuts here with choosing a compact digital to replace current lumix lx3...and need some help with so many options available.

What I am looking for:
lens - prefer zoom at least 24mm to 100mm or so,  f/2 or less,  but 2.8 would do ( I like WA and UWA, but rather not to play with attachments). Compact with interchangeable or fixed lens is not much of an issue
movie format - not an item I care much, as seldom used
high iso with low noise - a plus, but would be happy with a solid 3200/6400
sensor- 12mb would be enough as long it as long it has good IQ
format - will shot mostly raw
viewfinder - can live with or without one, but swivel/tilt lcd would be just a plus
Manual focus - switch or one touch, meaning not too much fuss to get it
Macro - how close can one get without bumping into it? 2-3 inches? and easy UI, as not willing to go get the function deep into the UI menu
size - smaller than dslr
battery life - at least 300 shots (would be a camera to take out in camping trips, weekend trips - usb only charging is not doable for me)
flash - hot shoe a plus, but can have onboard
price range - don't mind to buy used or new as long as below 1K

What I have been looking at:
Sony: A6000; nexus nx-6 w/16-50mm
Panasonic: Lx7; GM1K w/12-32mm; ZS40
Fuji: XE2 w/16-50mm
Canon: G15; G16; G1x; G1Xmk2 - and even EOS M, but the upcoming M3? could be big factor due having already a good range of EF lenses

What I am thinking currently:
Canon as a preference due to familiar interface- really like the G series.
Sony has the big plus of having the metabones adapter, with renders EF lenses very useable, but bumps the cost quite a bit.
Panasonic has a familiar interface, but not that great iso/NR
Fuji is unknown to me

ultimately is my own decision, but I am really struggling with options, and finding one that hitsmost of what I need/want

Thanks for you input
Phil





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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M2
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:49:46 AM »
Thanks guys.
I have to rent it and see if indeed I like it or not.

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EOS-M / Re: Canon EOS M2
« on: February 14, 2014, 10:23:13 AM »
Has annyone had a chance to try it? I am looking to replace my lumix lx3, and a small body that would allow me to use my canon lenses, makes a lot of sense to me. I know I still need an adapter, but so do all other mirrorless.
What I am trying to figure is, would it be worth to get a the new M2 versus the M, or just wait till they release an US/rest of the world upgrade?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Best Sensor Cleaning Products
« on: February 06, 2014, 12:44:53 PM »
dust-aid I believe is the pioneer in this.
However, you need three methods for a clean and effective cleaning, and the wet cleaning is just for the "welded" dust.
Before anything else, DO a good search and review about products and methods on the web - plenty of videos around.
Then learn how to change lenses properly
If you decide to a DIY, be prepared to spend probably way over $300 when all is done.

First step - dust off and clean the lenses mount  - avoid blow air into lens rear opening if applies.
Second step - clean and dust off the mirror chamber - you might need to this several times, as blowing air will only make dust move to other spots

then, and after be sure that most visible dust is out, you can start the sensor cleaning.
a lot can be said about this, but google and u-tube will be your friends

I stumble upon a video showing all the steps I mention above, and I have no doubts is indeed  the best way.
It's a process of multi-steps, and requires to be ve very methodical and avoid cross contaminations.
In sum:

clean/dust-off mirror chamber
check sensor and locate main dust spots.
use dry method first (brush)
check sensor afterwards.
clean chamber again
check sensor again
use dry method cleaning if needed - if some spots remain, then:
use wet cleaning method
take a break
start again by actuating shutter a few times before starting, with the camera pointing down
check chamber again
then check sensor
try to remove any dust pushed to edges after the wet sawb with the brush(dry method)
if does not work, use dust-aid stick method
- repeat all the above (after a short break) till satisfied

notes -
don't rush; use a clean and as dust-free as possible work area.
Have all the tools prepared, and dusted off.
Don't cross contaminate brushes

(did I say in sum?)

This is just a sample description of the demonstration video I watched

It's expensive and risky, but it can be done

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Polarizing filter for Zeiss 15mm f2.8
« on: February 04, 2014, 06:14:41 PM »
What a relief ... I can choose from Heliopan´s at $458 and Zeiss´at $509 ...  ::)

I have the Marumi mentioned in the review and it's quite good - way less than the zeiss.
Did not had a chance to use it in landscape shots yet, but I suspect will be  no better than any other UWA lenses...
Got it for less than $200 - Marumi® super DHG P L D Super Multi-coated CPL)

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Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 29, 2014, 11:28:58 AM »
??? Zeiss 15mm 2.8 does have a distamce scale in it, or am I looking at the wrong thing?

The pictured Zeiss lens has both a distance scale and DoF markings.  In fact, many Canon prime lenses (even new ones like the 35/2 IS below) have both a distance scale and DoF markings.  Zoom lenses tend not to have DoF markings for the obvious reason that DoF changes with the focal length.

it makes sense - thanks for the clarification

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Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:06:20 AM »
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Most lenses are 'adequate optical tools' - while they no longer have aperture markings, the majority of enses (cheaper/consumer lenses notwithstanding) still have a distance scale.
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 ??? Zeiss 15mm 2.8 does have a distamce scale in it, or am I looking at the wrong thing?


in either case, macro lenses being overall so sharp, are not the ideal portrait lens, as they will reveal too many skin flaw. Sure there is always PP, but narrow DOF is part of their signature - that's why the ef 100mm f2 is prefered as a portrait lens

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Lenses / Re: Lens adapters EF-S to EF
« on: January 17, 2014, 02:40:20 PM »
here:
http://sorenjohansen.wordpress.com/2010/09/03/modifying-the-canon-10-22mm-lens/

yes, it can be done but you better off selling it and use the money to buy a FF lens

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Lenses / Re: Tilt shift for dummies
« on: January 15, 2014, 03:54:59 PM »
Dear Quasimodo
Welcome to the Club " T&S Club ", Please go to the Link below.
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=18845.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=807.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=453.0

Enjoy.
Surapon


I apologize in advance for my ignorance and probably silly question, but what's the purpose of that strip with circles attched to the lens?
Thanks



Dear Friend , NWPhil.
The Bull eye target  picture( From My BB-Gun Target Practice) , 1- I put at he back of Camera to show the Location of Sensor in the Camera, 3- of the Bull eye targets the Center is show of the Center Location of the Real Photo= at the Right Focus, The Left Bull eye target is show the Tilt of Lens toward the camera sensor( When I tilt the Lens to the Left position) = Make the Left side Details of Photos = Blur,   The Right Bull eye target that show on the photo = move toward the front of the camera, or far away from the sensor, compare with the center bull eye position= that make the right side of the picture are blur. That how to change the DOF in both side of the Photo, and leave the center is  only area is sharp.

Yes, I use this method to show to my Photography/ Camera club, to show them , how it work.
Here is a great Video that I adapt for my class

Using a Tilt Shift Lens: Ep 204: Digital Photography 1 on 1

Enjoy
Surapon


Dear Mr Surapon,
Thank you for taking the time to explain it so well - yes, it makes sense now

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Lenses / Re: Tilt shift for dummies
« on: January 14, 2014, 04:06:28 PM »
Dear Quasimodo
Welcome to the Club " T&S Club ", Please go to the Link below.
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=18845.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=807.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=453.0

Enjoy.
Surapon


I apologize in advance for my ignorance and probably silly question, but what's the purpose of that strip with circles attched to the lens?
Thanks


Not sure if I understand your question?


opps I aplogize
 got the wrong handle/quote link - the question was for Mr Surapon

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Lenses / Re: Tilt shift for dummies
« on: January 14, 2014, 03:04:41 PM »
Dear Quasimodo
Welcome to the Club " T&S Club ", Please go to the Link below.
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=18845.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=807.0
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=453.0

Enjoy.
Surapon


I apologize in advance for my ignorance and probably silly question, but what's the purpose of that strip with circles attched to the lens?
Thanks

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Lenses / Re: EF-S 10-22 stock levels drying up??
« on: January 09, 2014, 01:15:03 AM »
does it have to be new? plenty of used copies available for sale...

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