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EOS Bodies / Re: Can someone debunk this Peter Lik picture... PLEASE!!!
« on: January 30, 2012, 04:45:43 PM »
Well it is a breathtaking image, but one thing does occur to me immediately:

The full moon is very bright; basically you need to use "sunny f/16" for it, i.e. an exposure roughly equivalent to setting f/16 and then using exposure time = 1/ISO, i.e. 1/100 for ISO100.

With such a low exposure, I really don't think you'd ever see stars in the sky the way that you see them there.

So it seems to me that some tricks have been played with exposure here, so that both moon and stars are visible and visually-pleasing as they are in the image.

EDIT: I just checked one of mine of the crescent Moon and a castle lit at night. The Moon was showing Earthshine. I wanted to get the Earthshine on the moon, so I had to give it lots of ISO and exposure, so that the sunlit part of the Moon is way, WAY overexposed. Yet I still can't see stars here, or at least not bright like in the image you cited.

Here's a crop from that photo I took - the site wouldn't let me upload the whole picture, even when I reduced its file size below the stated 4MB limit.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* New High-End DSLR Later in February [CR3]
« on: January 29, 2012, 04:21:16 PM »
They're still making 5D2 and selling at around $2400.  If this "new high end" is announced at $2500, it will instantly kill the sales of 5D2 that they still have to clear the stock of.

If they are still making 5DII and expect to continue selling it after this new end camera is announced, it would suggest the following:

More expensive than the 5DII - If it would be at a similar price, it would instantly kill sales of the 5D as you matter whether it is named 5D3 or not.

Not named 5DII or 5DX Canon will reveal a 5D3 at some point - but they will not be selling it alongside the 5DII - in fact, just announcing a 5D3 will kill sales of the 5DII, simply because it will create the impression that the 5DII is "obsolete".

So, again, IF they are still making 5DII and plan to do so for a while, it would actually make sense to have a February announcement of a $4000 "3D" (or whatever - just not a 5D3), and then a $3000 5D3 late in the year.

I'm expecting £2500 to 2700 for the 5D3. And I really don't think even Canon would dare make the market wait until "late in the year" for that camera.

They may still keep the 5D2 available when the 5D3 is out, but it'll be far cheaper; about half the price of the 5D3. Right now, the 5D2 is about £1500 - close to half the price I'm expecting its successor to hit the shelves at.

I suppose also, how low can they go with the price of the 5D2 and still make a worthwhile profit from it? I really don't know. But I won't buy one.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III - February 7, 2012 [CR2]
« on: January 28, 2012, 09:01:27 AM »
Edit: I guess for a 3:2 aspect ratio, that makes ROUGHLY 5746 x 3828 pixels.

i guess it's more 5760 * 3840, because it will be 3 times the 1920*1080 size, with the 3:2 aspect ratio.

Well spotted! Good call.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III - February 7, 2012 [CR2]
« on: January 28, 2012, 07:52:54 AM »
I am still surprised by this 22MP figure. I really thought they'd use the 18MP sensor from the 1DX, or a variant of it.

Oh well, at least they're not going MP-insane; I'm in the ISO camp rather than the MP camp.

I'm cool with this. I can't afford one right yet, but I expect to be able to by the time the 5D3 is available to the public. Well, I could afford one right now but don't wanna raid my savings for it! That would be silly.

Yeah, I'll happily take a 5D3 with those specs.

Edit: I guess for a 3:2 aspect ratio, that makes ROUGHLY 5746 x 3828 pixels.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Pixma Pro-1 Review Sneak Peak
« on: January 27, 2012, 05:37:40 PM »
A few points:

The printer looks lovely. But I've given up having colour (or any) printers because I print so seldom that the jets dry up and get blocked and then cannot be unblocked at all. On these pricey Canon printers, is there the same problem? If not, how do they manage to avoid it?

Yeah, let us know how much money per full-colour A3+ photo print.

I currently pay £1.20 inc. VAT for 18"x12". It's gonna work out way more than that, I would imagine.

Does it print right to the borders of A3+ paper?

A3+ is not even photo aspect ratio (3:2); it's about 1.46:1.0 . So you end up with a border along one edge, right? (I had to look up the paper size on Wikipedia!)

Enjoy your printer!

Edit: Why is this thread in "Software & Accessories" when there is now a section called "Speedlites, Printers, Accessories"?

Edit 2: Figured it out: The "Speedlites, Printers, Accessories" is in the "Rumours" supersection. A printer review has nothing to do with rumours. Got it. But I still think the word "Printers" should appear in the name of one of the "Gear Talk" sections.

I've always believed that shooting stills was just a fad that would soon pass
For values of "soon" much greater than the 100+ years the practice has been going on so far... ?

No, you must have been joking when you said that. Sorry for taking it seriously; I don't know what I was thinking!

EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Date? [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2012, 03:26:06 AM »
Yes, I reckon a good bit of discussion took place on exactly how much of the camera should be shown in the leaked shots; how much of the top LCD screen, which buttons should be visible and how clearly, and so on.

I bet real effort went into getting those photos "just so".

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:40:18 PM »
This is thrilling stuff!

Noticed the record-breaking board activity? I copied this just a minute ago from the board's front page:

Most Online Today: 835. Most Online Ever: 835 (2012-01-23, 21:16:53)

Without wishing to be inflammatory, I hope Neuro is right that the 25.2MP figure is a red herring; I'd like to see the 1DX sensor in the 5D3, for optimal low-light performance.

Lenses / Re: Is my 70-200 2.8 mk.II back focussing?
« on: January 15, 2012, 08:06:04 PM »
Nice picture. But yes, it really does look like significant back-focus to me. I assume you were wide-open?

I took my 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II out today.

I'm still at that early stage where I'm like "I'm gonna take nearly all my pics wide open, cos I'd didn't pay £2k for a lens to then stop it down!"!

I'll grow out of it... Eventually!  :-)

I suppose: Send body and lens off for calibration and wait; or Buy a 5D2 body with AFMA. Or return lens and lucky-dip again.

EDIT:  Or, where possible, aim slightly in front; in this case, the tip of her nose, I guess. But that's an unsatisfactory solution, in many situations.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L II [CR2]
« on: January 15, 2012, 06:23:48 PM »
More information has trickled in about the “thorn in my side”, aka the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS II.
It’s still reported that there is no IS in any of the prototypes.

Yet you've imbued it with IS !! :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: Replacement? (Equivalent)
« on: January 08, 2012, 11:13:29 AM »
Neuro, Elflord:

Thanks for that.

"the predicted number holds pretty well for sensors of the same approximate technology" <-- That's what I was getting at.

EOS Bodies / Re: Replacement? (Equivalent)
« on: January 07, 2012, 11:42:27 PM »
Would the first combination result in more light, thus requiring a lower iso?
Not quite - a FF sensor would need the same ISO for a given scene, assuming the same aperture and shutter speed. But, the same ISO on FF would have a noise level equivalent to 1.3 stops lower ISO on APS-C

Neuro, can you explain the above to a humble mortal like me? The exact figure of "1.3"? My naive thinking suggests to me that noise would partly be a function of technology as well as the limits that physics imposes. For example, a full-frame 5D classic would exhibit significantly more noise than would a 5D2 under identical conditions; yet your post reads as though the numbers are a physical absolute, derived just from the dimensions of the sensor. Where does the "1.3" come from, and is that a physics-related number, or just something to do with the characteristics of the 5D2?

I guess I'm embarrassed because I have a physics background, yet I am unable to satisfy myself that I understand this!

EOS Bodies / Re: Shutter Life - non-serious post :-)
« on: January 07, 2012, 04:56:50 AM »
Reminds me of the Veyron's fuel capacity; About 10 to 15 minutes with the pedal to the metal!

Not sure about its tyre life at that rate; anyone know?!

EOS Bodies / Re: Do you REALLY need a new camera?
« on: January 05, 2012, 07:46:07 PM »
On the plus side, you can keep the pizza warm on the smokin' tyres when the Veyron has been screaming along at its top speed (most recent version, IIRC) at 267 MPH !

Back to the subject : I'm fine to keep using my 7D for a few months yet, while I build up my rainy-day fund to where I want it to be, and then after a bit longer I'll have about enough for the 5D3, if the same ever appears, which I think by that time it will have.

Until then I'll keep using my 7D as first camera; I feel I should have it as such for at least 2 years, which period will expire on 30th April 2012. So it's all fine, for me. I'll wait a bit. I tend to shoot long anyway, so the crop of the 7D doesn't hurt a bit.

If the 5D3 is high-MP and poor-ISO-noise, I'll save for longer and have to get the oversized (for ME) 1DX. I'll do it if I have to.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1D X High ISO shot preview
« on: December 31, 2011, 07:48:59 PM »
Only a few hours ago I compiled a Facebook album of 7D photos I have just taken back in my hometown, 22-40 years after growing up there and last being at the places I just photographed.

But for some of those places, I also still have digital images of FILM PRINTS I took myself in late 1987 (24 years ago) when I was a teenager, of the SAME places from the SAME angles, for the SAME views. The winter of '87-'88 was a year of record-breaking snowfall in our location, hence the photos taken. (I used an Olympus OM30 to take them, and I have no idea what film.)

So I put the old film images next to the corresponding present-day views in my FB album. I think it adds an interesting touch; I was a teenager then; I'm (early) middle-aged now.

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