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Any reason you wouldn't just dump the cr2 once you had the converted DNG?
Because alex keeps improving cr2hdr all the time, next up is floating point dng because it allows more resolution from dual_iso output ... but to profit from that, you have to have the original cr2s available.

Awesome, that's really interesting.  So can these cr2hd files that it puts out still be read by LR/ACR?  Feel fee to point me to documentation or a FAQ or something.

I've been keeping a lazy eye on how things are coming along for the 6D (e.g. tragic lantern), wondering when it'll be stable enough for me to take the plunge...

It is, but dual_iso also has more noise (since it's interlaced with higher iso) and still unsolved wb issues in the acr workflow, plus it needs double the storage - once for the original cr2 to profit from cr2hdr advancements, and once again for the converted dng.

Any reason you wouldn't just dump the cr2 once you had the converted DNG?

PowerShot / Re: What to Expect From Canon For CP+ Next Week
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:20:31 PM »
If the G1X replacement specs are true, I'll crack open a bottle of Champagne.

That would mean that they finally get that this class of camera must have a lens no slower than f/4 at the long end in order to be competitive.  Fuji & Sony get this, and have highly desirable class-leading products in this segment.  Hopefully we're looking at something around f/2.8 in the "standard" focal range, which would be just fine for indoor stuff with an image stabilizer & a good sensor.

Come to think of it, it's Friday; maybe I'll crack open a bottle of Champagne anyway :-).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:41:07 AM »
This is pretty awesome; I hope some Canon marketing folks see Fred's article.

These photos look like they came out of a Phase One or something.

Good to see that the latest Canon glass can really handle the demands of the hi rez sensor (& the Samyang and FD glass did pretty well too!)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:38:07 AM »
Oh how I wish Sony could arrange to release this in a fully functional EF mount. I don't want no stinking adapter...

The Metabones used by Fred is about as close as you're gonna get, which is pretty close...

Why doesn't Canon implement this natively in their firmware? There must be some technical reason Canon decided NOT to do this?

I would go with a few different reasons:

  • The same reason that the vast majority of x86 CPUs (and modern tubocharged automobiles :-) can be overclocked at least a little bit (& some like crazy):  The factory firmware engineers have to be 100% certain that the firmware works 100% of the time with 100% of the sensors & circuit boards that come off the production line, so they have to be conservative & not tweak every last little bit of performance out of the system.
  • I would hazard a guess that collectively, the ML team has spent far more time working on 5DII firmware than Canon has, & they've spent a lot of that time trying to add absolutely as many features & tweak as much performance as they can out of it, whereas the factory firmware engineers have other priorities such as stability, cross-platform compatibility, etc.  It's similar to the difference between a nice production sports car and a track car.
  • I'm not so sure that Canon's firmware engineers are videographers using their firmware to shoot movies as part of their living, but the ML folks clearly live & breathe this stuff...

Personally, I hate it when the specs of a camera are improved. I think we should go back to 320x200 resolution in 256 colours...

Personally, I felt that the real breakthrough was when we got 15 bit color (usually in 640x480 but video cards of the day could also do 800x600, as could my craptastic slamsung 14" CRT; in fact it could do 1024x768 but only at 60hz interlaced and the video card was only 8 bit at that rez so there wasn't really much point; it was painfully crappy to look at).  That was the first time an image on a computer monitor looked "real" (although I must say that for images that could have their own private 8-bit palette map they looked mighty fine for the day).  A cheap-ass 15-bit RAMDAC and a WHOLE MEGABYTE of video RAM was your ticket to "true color".

Amazing that I still remember this crap.  Dear God M$ still has a KB on this. Now get off my lawn <grin>.

The impossibility of the boot flag reset (= warranty loss) ist the only thing that stops me and thousands other people from trying the ML RAW. So far I could not find any way to do it.

A Canon rep was quoted on the record as saying something to the effect of:

There's no way to "void" your warranty on a Canon camera.  There is only the question of "covered" repairs and "uncovered" repairs.  If the camera is still within the warranty period, the specific repair request you're submitting will be evaluated by the repair center as "covered" or "uncovered" based on whether the issue is determined to have been caused by a problem covered by our warranty policy.

Google it a bit & I'm sure you'll find it.

Basically it means that if you change the boot flag in all likelyhood the only warranty repair that wouldn't be covered would be if the camera was determined to be damaged by you monkeying with the firmware.

...which is a much better policy than e.g. certain Android phone makers that say "sure we'll give you the knob so you can unlock the bootloader, but don't expect us to repair your phone if the camera module dies".

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 16, 2014, 05:40:31 AM »
The biggest deal about pixel density is the depthness of cropping.

And pushing existing lenses beyond their capabilities...

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 12, 2014, 06:13:41 AM »
realistically, the only real advantage of the 7D over the 60D were the auto-focus system and a faster burst rate.

I'd add:

  • better viewfinder (both in coverage and the intelligent LCD overlay)
  • better handling
  • tougher (build, seals, etc)

To me, the 7D feels like a "pro" camera & the 60D is more "prosumer".

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel SL1/Kiss X7 in White
« on: November 14, 2013, 03:52:55 PM »
That's the nicest looking Canon body I've seen in a long time, & that white 40mm is giving me serious lens envy.

The proportions are all off on the Nikon DF.  The <A HREF="https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=nikon+FM-3a">FM-3a looked great</A>.  The DF looks like the basterd child of an F4 and a Zenit.

Site Information / Re: new look for CR
« on: October 22, 2013, 05:39:27 AM »
Oof, I like the new logo but the page graphics & layout with black & red blocks are pretty strident.

If you wanted to make it look like some kinda supa sekret undaground rumor conspiracy site, you succeeded :-).

:) :D ;D  ??? :( >:(

In my 25 years of use of computer communications, that's the first time I've seen a complete message effectively conveyed exclusively with smileys.

Well done sir.

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle lens for my 6D
« on: July 24, 2013, 07:11:12 PM »
yep, 17-40L.  Make sure you adjust your AFMA with it, and if it's still not up to your expectations, exchange it for another one.

Another option if you're doing a lot of hiking & want the smallest/lightest FF WA you can get your hands on, then go for the Voigtländer 20mm Color Skopar.  It's not crazy wide like the 17-40L but I find 20mm is still appreciably wider  than the 24mm wide end of the zooms, and of course its really tiny.

My current traveling kit consists of a 6D with the Voigt 20mm, Canon 40mm pancake, and a Canon 85 f/1.8 or 135 f/2L + TC depending on the situation.  All three lenses stacked together are pretty much the size of a 70-200 f/4L or so.

Nothing is going to obsolete my nice bright optical viewfinder & focusing screen for a long, long time.

Which is why I've taken a serious look at the Fuji X-Pro more than once...

If they can get their hybrid system up to the point where the optical experience is close to that of a 7D I might consider it in the future.

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