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Photography Technique / Re: Circular Polarizer - YES or NOT
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:05:13 PM »
Hi!

I would like to ask if you are using CPL filter or not and in which cases? If yes, do you use it only for eliminating the reflections or also for getting more saturated colours?  And also, do you use it with wide angle lens or not (because it causes uneven skies)?

Thank you

I use it in all three situations. And it is worth using it. If you want to get an warmer colourtone, you can use  filters (Lee, Hitech...) to do this too. But the CPL is worth using it. But a screw-in CPL is quite cheaper then an Filtersystem with different filters.

One tip: It should be multicoated, and take one that has an high transmission of light. They are more expensive, but the CPL does not swallow so much light. Try to get an "slim" version (Cave: vignetting on wide angle lenses)


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I am looking for an light & compact flashgun, that can be used external and on the camara-shoe.
I found the Godox Witstro AS360 and the similar looking Walimex Pro Light Shooter 360.

I like the ability to use additional lightformers. And these lightformers seem to be not expensive.

Does anybody own one of these products? Which one to prefer?
Can I use them wireless too without the 200€ expensive wireless adapter?
They're the same flash...rebranded. Godox is a company that is happy to supply their products to resellers who want to rebrand them. The Godox AD-360 sells as the Cheetah 360 in the US, the T-One W-Series 360 in Australia. There may well be more rebranded versions that I'm unaware of. They're gutsy and well made. Be aware they are fully manual, no TTL though a TTL update is rumored. Godox sells very inexpensive radio triggers. Check their website.

-pw

Thanks a lot!
Got different information from the seller: ETTL & radio trigger costs 199$ (~150€)... So I will wait, until TTL or ETTL will be be on board. It would be indeed an very interesting flashgun! The only problem is, that my knowledge to work manually is quite not existing....

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:43:58 AM »

Looks cleaned up & simplified

+: The button on the mode wheel

I hope they did not change the top menue (as the items are changed (e.g. Iso & flash +/-)

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:41:15 AM »
Just small incremental upgrades.  Not much to show for all the years of development if you ask me.  I'll skip the mark II, thank you.

I'm really torn.  One group that I talk to is saying that the 70D was only a marginal upgrade over the T2i (that I currently use).  They're also saying the 7Dii is going to probably only be a marginal upgrade as well.  I bought the T2i years ago when I was first learning how to shoot.    But there's a lot of people on this forum saying the image quality would be massively improved over the T2i if I switched to the ii.   


I'm photographing mainly wildlife, about 85% of what I photograph is birds, smallish ones.  In actuality I'm only using the center focus point probably 90% of the time as well, since I'm good at getting in the range of my 400mm, and it's close enough that the center point covers most of the bird.   

May skip the ii, and maybe go to a 5diii or 6d or something, since I'm not hurting for reach in the least.

Maybe you spend a little bit of time and wait until Spring/Summer 2015. There are unspecific rumors that the MkIV Version od the 5D will apear.

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I am looking for an light & compact flashgun, that can be used external and on the camara-shoe.
I found the Godox Witstro AS360 and the similar looking Walimex Pro Light Shooter 360.

I like the ability to use additional lightformers. And these lightformers seem to be not expensive.

Does anybody own one of these products? Which one to prefer?
Can I use them wireless too without the 200€ expensive wireless adapter?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 13, 2014, 05:38:15 AM »
What do you think of the design of the Cam?

Looks cleaned up & simplified

+: The button on the mode wheel

I hope they did not change the top menue (as the items are changed (e.g. Iso & flash +/-)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 13, 2014, 05:27:04 AM »
More pictures leaked:

http://thenewcamera.com/tag/canon-7d-mark-ii/

Text cited from this site:
More Images of the upcoming 7D Mark II camera leaked, the design is similar as its predecessor, canon 7D Mark II will feature a newly developed Dual Pixel AF  CMOS sensor of 20.2MP and A new 65-point AF. All points cross type for more details click her

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Probably will not know until Monday or Tuesday.  Those specs don't seem to get leaked.

I wonder, why the primary specs have been leaked. And from whom. Are they really true?
There are still some surprises possible. (Personally I do not expect surprises)

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Is this relevant for focusing speed? (E.g. Supertele+Extender @ f/8)

If no, then it's pretty irrelevant for the target audience because the sensor is too small for low light action shots.

Mr. Neuroanatomist says not (as I he answered on one  postings regarding to the F8 topic)

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Yesterday there was an interesting film report on German television on the coming Photokina.
There will be a lot of releases, a lot of new products...
Interesting was an statement on the future of photography and filming from an japanese  fotographical association: mirorrless gets better (AF, IQ). More development and research on ML Cams and opimized lenses. Product renewal frequency will be 1-1.5 years.
DSLR: cheap and middle priced cameras will loose market to Handycams and ML cams. trend to high quality cams is stable, but costs of development and research will visibly increase the price of those products in the next years. Product renewal frequency will sink.

And: Joint ventures will increase. And the specialisation of development and research on specific items. (like Sony: sensor, pentax or some other brands on AF systems.... Only Canon will not join other companies. Nikon will buy sony sensors and maybe some other parts for ML cams.

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The sum of minor improvements creates a nice package

So the D750 which uses a recycled sensor and has some improvements is a nice package, but the 7DII which (probably) uses a recycled sensor and has some improvements...no reason to buy that.  Whatever.   ::)

Maybe the reason for this behavior is, that the exprected pressure that the 7DII has to be a stellar succesor to the 7D is very very high. And now some of us are dissatisfied, because of not meeting their needs and expectations.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 12, 2014, 05:10:09 PM »
Come on guys, we´re on page 40 now. Let´s have an ambition to keep it going past 50 before the end of the day. Still lots of unused off-topic arguments and insults to throw in :)
I looked at Mr. Sporgons HP and found some incredible good looking pictures. 3 pages have been written in meantime. If there are other good HPs, please tell me! Then I will look in this topic again and we will be @ page 50.
Now we know how fanatism is created  ???

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 12, 2014, 04:09:04 PM »
There's a reason Canon doesn't use Sony sensors.  It's bad for having a competitive edge, like Apple oursourcing their LCD parts to Samsung, which resulted in Samsung turning around and becoming their largest competitor using the same tech.  Canon's a little behind on their R&D, or they're with-holding it for some reason we're not completely aware of, and I think frustrations from people on both sides - those who are tired of this, and those who are tired of the vocalness of the first group - are what's causing the animosity.  Some statements from both sides, name-calling or those threatening to jump ship and saying controversial statements that Canon is basically going to die / isn't competitive anymore are what feeds the fire.


I totally understand why Canon doesn't outsource sensor production to Sony.  I meant more "Sony equivalent".  I honestly do not care at all about the argument or taking sides on it because, as I said, Canon is doing what I want it to do for what I shoot, for the most part.  I'm just getting super exasperated with a couple people here straight up denying reality.  Its like watching an evolution or climate change debate.

You are definitively right with purchased sensors!
It is not like in computer business, where you earn enough money to build a new chip factory after some month.
On the other hand, I can understand, that some of CR´s are dissatisfied as other manufacturers do produce Cameras that are superior in specific facts and Canon does not meet this. And Canon is willed to maximise their profits, maybe to finance other developments. Why build a new factory, when we still can sell the current sensor?  Or maybe it is true, that Digic 6 is not able to hande 24MP plus (heared at an Nikon workshop)?

Wait for the real announcement and see what not menioned features are insid this body.
And wait for the first real reviews on the product. THEN we can discuss, if this product meets our needs - or not.
 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 12, 2014, 03:21:25 PM »
1800$ confirmed?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:08:47 AM »
This is the kind of camera that makes people change systems.

Maybe a little will change but not many.
some D700 and D300 users will feel this is not real replacement to them, 1/4000 top shutter speed and flash sync only 1/200, No AF-on button, body style.
This is more like D620, upgrade from D600/D610 to D750.

+1
This camera will kill the sales of the newly announced D610, which killed the newly announced D600 few months earlier. It's a good competitor to the 6D though, and I hope Canon's 6D Mark II will have a real focusing system, not that desperate 1 cross type point one.

True, but let we wait the real world testing on real camera. I think Canon purposely give 6D the simple feature to not compete with their own advance model like 5D3 and 70D.

Yes, typical Canon... you can get a feature-packed 7DII and (presumably) IQ quality not far off from a 2010 Rebel, and live with it for the next 5 years. Or you can get a 6D with great IQ but with autofocus from a 2010 Rebel. If you want both IQ and features, you need to fork out another $1000-$1500 to move up to the 5DIII.

At least on paper, this seems to be a fantastic all-around camera, at a good price.

+1 from me. The financial analysts at Conon know how to do their work!

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