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PowerShot / Re: The manual for the G1 X mark II is published
« on: March 24, 2014, 03:03:23 PM »
No 14-bit RAW or AdobeRGB; boo-hiss!
from Canon's website:
(...)Shooting and Recording Modes Including 14-bit RAW + JPEG
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II offers a host of shooting and recording modes ranging from fully automatic to fully manual, plus Full HD movies and full-resolution high speed continuous shooting. The camera recognizes 58 shooting situations, automatically optimizing settings for achieving the highest quality shots on the go. Alternatively, you can exert complete creative control over the look and feel of your images. 14-bit signal processing, just as in EOS-series cameras, gives images notably rich detail and smooth gradation, and RAW images are available in a choice of 3:2 or 4:3 aspect ratios. Compared with 12-bit processing, 14-bit offers a 4x increase in RAW data for a visible impact, giving images rich detail in both highlights and shadows as well as smoother, more natural tonal gradation for outstanding image quality.(...)

Canon General / Re: Lens advice for macro?
« on: March 20, 2014, 04:11:56 PM »
do some research on reverse rings  - the 50mm will give you some magnification, but I believe it can get better with one of the ef-s zooms.
Search on macro forums, or do a related search i.e. "reverse ring canon ef-s 17-85mm macro" or something like that.
The " macro" setting in any non-macro dedicated lens is just a sales guimick - at best you get a decent close up shot

PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:38:28 PM »
On the surface, those requirements read like the spec sheet of the G1X mk II. Are you sure that's not number one on your list, and this is just a last ditch attempt to see if anyone can talk you out of it?  ;)

I'd say go for it!

you were right.....after all.
Maybe it does not make sense buying it in pre-order, aka not waiting for price drop, but life is too short, and the clock is ticking...down.
So, yes, I pre-order the G1X mk2 at B&H.
Nothing else did made sense and come or close to what want/need within minimum compromises

Lenses / Re: What to do with an old 17-85 f4-5.6 IS USM?
« on: March 10, 2014, 03:46:17 PM »
(+1 Neuro)
- give it to local school's camera club/class
- get a donation refund thru some local charity
- dismantle, and find out what's inside
- use it as shooting target
- mount a reverse ring, and play with it
- sell it for >$100; buy some gadget you need/want with it/add up to new lens fund

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Headed on safari, need some advice
« on: March 06, 2014, 12:52:05 AM »
I would say option 2 as you have, but you are forgetting an UWA/WA and star/nights shots
Cheapest option for both - rokinon 14mm
next best option - Canon 16-35mm mk2 (not so great on start shots)
Do keep your lenses on at all times while on the road - no swaps.
The rx100 will handle most shots during daytime, that will require WA
If you don't care for star shots, you are set

 ps: do bring a tripod, extra cards and batteries - recharging might not be so easy, depending where you going to and staying overnight. If you willing to bring a laptop, will help backing up and sorting shots.
ps2: don't overlook landscapes, bugs, flowers and people as opportunities to taking shots and keep memories.

Lenses / Re: Good lens for hiking
« on: February 28, 2014, 09:54:17 AM »
I think i would just take the 24-105....

I'd like too but with the 6D it weights 1.4kg (approx. 3lb), which is the same as my backpacking tent for 2 person.
When you hike nearly 40km by day, it is not a good choice. And the lens is pretty bulky too.
40km a day while backpacking is quite a lot, even for AT or/and PCT thru hikers.
In any case, considering your budget I would go for a higher end P&S, like the sony RX100mk2, the Canon G1X, Lumix get the point, and still would have money left for extra batteries, memory cards, and depending on camera, a solar charger too

Canon General / Re: $4 Million Photograph
« on: February 25, 2014, 02:17:17 AM »
all this reminds me of that story...
about that millionaire guy, with his best-seller book "how to become a millionaire" - guess how he did it!

spoiler hint: selling a book

PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:19:00 AM »
the AW1 look to be a nice camera...but widest zoom setting is 30mm equivalent
ITOH the P7800 was also some nice specs, but I have to say that Nikon's website sucks...sorry - slow image reloading and painfull navigation

The G15 looks very good still, but the TG850 makes a lot of sense ....however I keep going back to the latest  higher end models.
The reality is, I am going to have to compromise somewhere....

I have no interest in legacy glass, as other than a ef300mm 2.8L is, I am pretty much set
A single lens has to do it: from wide angle (24mm minimum) to mid range 70-100mm
The Sony alpha 7s are beautifull and loaded, but too close to a dslr, and a bit of an expensive rig to let me be worry-free while hiking/camping
the current ef adapters either bump the price too much, or don't allow AF
- not ready for a compact with prime unless is 24mm and/or have a easy panorama mode (sweep style)

PowerShot / Re: need help deciding:To canon or not to canon
« on: February 18, 2014, 09:26:01 PM »
On the surface, those requirements read like the spec sheet of the G1X mk II. Are you sure that's not number one on your list, and this is just a last ditch attempt to see if anyone can talk you out of it?  ;)

I'd say go for it!

LOL - well, I am not a gear slut per say, as aside the lumix, I only had a brief romance with Pentax 30 years ago or so (ME-super II). The LX3 did fit the bill when I lost a canon S9?? series a few years ago. It's unusable at 800 iso and higher, not to talk about color rendition. The size was right, with plenty of control, good close-up/macro abilities, and got it cheap enough to not be afraid of carrying it up and down mountains.

What I don't like on the G1-X mk2? - in part the lack of viewfinder and for sure the very short battery life.

It's not that the G15, G16 or G1-x are out of question, but the possibility of using my current lenses it's a big draw, IF indeed the AF can work. In that case so far, Sony is ahead. $400 for the metabones  places it above what I want to spend for a casual camera (my wife has the S120, but would not be enough for me).

Then comes the Rx100II - did not like the UI that much aside offering only 28mm wide.

Has to be with a zoom for sure, and no less than 24mm.
I guess I will keep a look  on same of the new upcoming models, but still wishing in big part that an EOS M mk3 would show up mid-summer.

So, nah, Canon G1Xmk2 still not quite there, because there is so much competition on that price and capabilities range right now, but they are just released or about to - aka no real feedback/reviews available yet

meanwhile I have a dedicated IE favorites folder with 20 links or so ....

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

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 ... :(

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

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.

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?

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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