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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 12, 2014, 02:05:39 AM »

Thanks. I honestly have no vendetta against Canon. I think most of the Canonites here have lumped me in with "the rest" because I'm not raving about everything Canon anymore. I want what I want, but that doesn't mean I'm going to diss Canon for everything they do. They still make great cameras...however they are falling very, very far behind on that one critical front: raw sensor IQ.

Play with a few Exmor raw images, compare them to pretty much any Canon raw image, and you'll start to see the differences. At first, you don't think it's significant...then you really start pushing exposure around, or you do just a little NR and see a huge improvement even deep into the shadows. Or you even just compare the midtones...and realize how much more color fidelity the Exmor image has without any adjustments at all (this is the wax-works that LTLRI refers to...Canon images, when you get right down into them, have a slightly grayish appearance...it's a lack of color fidelity that images from say a D800 simply don't have...the D800 colors are very rich. My suspicion is that Canon's weakened CFA is bleeding color channels...greens are mixing into reds and blues and vice versa, resulting in more washed out, less pure...and therefor grayish and "waxy"...color.)

I really wish Canon would fix the problem...and if/when they do, I'll be the first in line to pre-order and buy their new high mp, high DR camera when it hits the street. I just...kinda, don't think they will...not for a good long while. :\

There is really an difference in IQ. It is a pity that Canon does not respond on this

Report @ Dpreview:

Nikon seems to recycle the D610 sensor....

"The D750 features a 24MP CMOS sensor with an AA filter, and although Nikon (as usual) claims that this sensor is 'newly developed' it is probably based on the same sensor that we've seen in the D610 (and Sony A7)...."

cited from: http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikon-d750/3

"The D750 inherits a version of the 51-point Multi-CAM 3500FX AF system that we've seen used in the D800/E and D810 but its 'II' version is actually more sensitive - rated down to -3EV. We haven't been able to really get a feel for how much difference this makes in normal use but in theory, the D750 should offer superior AF reliability in poor light compared to the D810 and D4S, which is quite something (and which might prompt more than a few D800 owners to 'upgrade' to the D750). "
cited from: http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikon-d750/3

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:25:03 AM »
These specs looks pretty nice to me...especially at $1800.

In good lighting conditions, this camera should perform on par with a 1dx.

I hope you are right @1800$...

Cameraegg rumored 2199....

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:21:03 AM »
There are some questions that will be answered in a few days(Price, sync time,...).

I expect DPreview to bring out an pre-test with some test shots a few days after announcing.
And then let us wait how good test magazines and YOU will tell us how good it is - and if it is worth buying.
The AF system & AF @ F8 is pleasing, but who knows how consistent the whole body works and how improved the Sensor is.

The specs alone are only in some point exiting. But let us see how it performs in pratical use.

I personally expected an new sensor. And I will see if Canon meets the coming products from Sony and so on  in 2015. The rumors expect faster (AF&fps) bodies and new lenses... And what do i expect? An really good and evolved 5DIV

EOS Bodies / Re: New 7d2 Embargo Date?
« on: September 09, 2014, 01:24:46 PM »
A friend of mine works as an senior salesman for an very big German photographic&electronic business chain. He is invited for an exclusive CPS meeting the day before Photokina opens.......

Most of the year in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. In autumn in Dürnstein, Wachau. (Ösiland)  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Rundown of Canon at Photokina
« on: September 09, 2014, 03:43:34 AM »
Wonder how much the 400 f4. I'm hoping for a price within reach (3-4k).

The old 400 DO IS is about 6800€ in Europe. Let us rumor: 7500-8000€ for the successor

EOS Bodies / Re: A Rundown of Canon at Photokina
« on: September 09, 2014, 03:33:19 AM »
Does anybody know, when professional stores get some information about the coming Canon products at Photokina? Is there an event before September 16?

Lenses / Re: Canon MP-E 65 f/2.8
« on: August 30, 2014, 04:07:22 PM »
As I see that many of you work with this lens, some questions please:
I own this lens for more than 13 years, and used it in the past very often. BUT: Changing from the 1V&3 to digital cameras, my - specially for this lens used - Novoflex flash system (Duo flash system mounted on the uniset folder and manually adjusted driven by an microadjustment-slider) does not work with newer digital cameras anymore.
So I worked with the MR-EX14 in lower magnifications and added an 550EX and an Nissin DI866 MKII on the sides. But my problem is, that both side flashes are very strong and sometimes I can´t reduce the light to that strength I would like to. Adding an bouncer is sometimes not reducing the light enough or making the light to soft.
My question:
- Is the MT-24 system worth buying, or should I buy 2 small flashes to mount on the Uniset to highlight the object when I rise the magnification? (I did not know that you can put the small flasheads off the ring and mount them on an other holding system). And which flashes?


Lenses / Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« on: August 29, 2014, 05:52:03 PM »
100mm Macro 2.8 USM bought in the 90ies...

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 02:02:21 PM »
Put another way, it took Nikon two generations to come up with a camera that approaches the 5DIII in overall utility...and I bet the 5DIII outsells the D810 just as it did the D800/E.

Same thing one step up – it took Nikon until the D4s to approach the 1D X.

That said I really hope that we will see the next generation sensors or similiar. Although I have to admit that the Dual AF is quite a tech already.

....In my family, you can find the D810, D800 (both my husband), 5DIII (my son), 6D &7 D (myself), and A7r (my daughter).
Quite the family you know ;-)

.....Nikon or Canon are very similar to a religion.  You believe it or you don't.  ....

My religion is called Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 APO-Distagon

Mine my new Apo SonnarT ZE 135mm 2.0 :-))))

Edit: But if this lens will make my shots better, I don´t know :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 01:56:45 PM »
Well, I'm sure it's time for you all to tear me a new arse as you are duty bound to do, but before you do, how many have used all these lenses and cameras for paying work?

Let me be the first.

Actually, not really. First, I give extra points to anyone who actually has to earn a living in photography who participates on this forum. I'm not sure why they bother, but I appreciate that.

As for me, I never have and never will criticize Nikon. It is a great system and I frankly don't see a lot of point in dwelling on the small differences. Some people prefer Nikon, some people prefer Canon. Everyone has their reasons and that's fine with me.

Sony is also fine, but I do believe that people take a bigger risk investing in Sony lenses. I am willing to bet thousands of dollars that Canon will be around for the rest of my life. (In fact, that is what I have done by buying a lot of their lenses). I'd be willing to take that same bet with Nikon. But, I'm old enough to have seen most of the other camera manufacturers come and go to not feel comfortable investing in Sony lenses. That's just me.

I like Canon. That's why I buy Canon. I don't understand people who would buy equipment they don't like. Yet this forum (not you, whomever you are) is filled with people who have bought Canon equipment (or so they claim) and seem so caught up in having the newest technology that they are incapable of enjoying what they have out of fear that the next release by some competitor might be marginally superior in some way.

I think anyone with half a brain and a bit of honesty must admit that for 99% of photographers under 99% of shooting conditions, the cheapest Nikon or Canon DSLR will product results indistinguishable from the flagship full frame model of either manufacturer. Perhaps you are in the 1% and shoot in the 1% of conditions where that is not true. Congratulations to you.

I won't speak for Neuro. But, I think a lot of the people on this forum grow frustrated with commentary that dwells on insignificant differences. In the past several days we've had pages and pages of commentary about how terrible Canon is because you can't shoot straight into a setting sun and have leaves that are in shadow come out properly exposed. Well...boo...hoo.

This particular topic was clearly started with the sole intent of generating anger and frustration from forum participants. And, unfortunately the original poster has gotten exactly what he wanted.

The ongoing commentary on this forum has become particularly ridiculous of late and for me that was underscored because I happened to attend a Scott Kelby seminar earlier in the week. I am sure there will be those who rush to criticize Kelby, but the fact is, the guy is a damn good photographer.

A sizable portion of his commentary was spent on making the point time and time again that equipment is the least important part of photography. He not only says that, but demonstrates it time and time again. He showed incredible images shot with lenses that no one on this forum would dare admit to using out of fear of being massacred because "that lens is a piece of crap."

So, from my perspective, if you find Nikon better for your purposes, that is great. I honestly don't care.


It is not always the technique that helps to shoot an good picture. The lesser your knowledge is, the more you need the technology to help you. If you are experienced, you can go to its limits. In other situations the technology allows to shoot things that you will not be able to do without the cams features.

My wishes for the future of CR forum will be:
- A collumn, where YOU experienced photographers can tell us how you shot an good picture. Not only the Camera settings, but all of the things you needed to get this shot and where you placed it.... And your intention why
- A column where we all can post favourite menue-presets for each camera and situation. THAT would be an great help for newbies. Or good lens/Cam combinatiuons. Or good presets you use when you shoot in an special situation.

p.s.: Many of us are a unsatisfied, because we want to see an marvellous camera (an goldenegglayingwollmilksaw) for an moderate price. And an fast upgrade time like the rebels have.
But: This brand is not like the computertechnology or telephone brand , where each 2 years the performance doubles.

This is very helpful.  I'm still using the 17-40 but hope to migrate to the 16-35 f/4 shortly.  I've been in the process of trying to figure out the Lee holder/CPL/UWA conundrum.  Next step:  order the 105 ring and the B&W CPL.  Thanks.
Before you pull the trigger on the 105 CPL, you should consider the wonderpana system:

I haven't used it, but it's basically a Lee-style system with much larger filters so that the vignetting problem is a non-issue for UWA focal lengths.  If you want to stack stuff and have a CPL at 16mm, this is the system you should look into.

That said, I love my Lee setup.  It's well built and has industry standard sizing so I am not married to first party 4x6 filters or CPLs.  And it's flexible and powerful.  I can double my ND grads on harsh sunlight, stack an ND grad with a 10 stop ND, and now with a front ring the CPL is an independent consideration if I need to manage the sky (only for longer FL) or reflections (at any FL).  The only time I need to juggle/think is between 16-20mm, and that's fine by me.

- A

The wonderpana system works well, but it is much more expensive than the more common Lee system. A friend of mine uses this system (Nikon 14mm). He told me that the filters are from great quality.

Instead of adapting for and purchasing a 105mm CPL, just get a 4x4 CPL from Lee or other mfgs...


I was not satisfied by the darkness of this filter. And I had the problem of  a "grey shaping" - the light was reflecting inside the filter when used in bright sunlight. This "grey shaping" did not appear by using an screw-in filter.

I prefer to use an srew-in polarisation filter. The glass filter from Lee are to dark. (High transmission polarisation filter). Heliopan is producing one of the "brightest" polarisation filter (high transmission), followed by the Käsemann multicoated (this filter is just a little bit darker - but more expensive).

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