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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Act Of Valor shot exclusively on 7D & 5DII
« on: February 27, 2012, 03:38:25 PM »
The link says wide release on president's day.  This was a indie film picked up for a mere 13 million.

Perhaps the lower budget was partially due to the Navy "lending" hardware to the film for promotional purposes.

I'd imagine the rental, insurance, & operation of all the military hardware in the movie (planes, guns, vehicles, etc) to a normal Hollywood production would come pretty close to 13 mil by itsself.

Apparently the acting budget wasn't too high either, judging from the reviews...

EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 27, 2012, 09:24:30 AM »
In the 3rd photo, is that a scratch on the viewfinder bulge next to the mode dial, or evidence of image manipulation?

PowerShot / Re: Quick & Dirty Review: Canon PowerShot G1 X
« on: February 26, 2012, 08:17:07 PM »
Nice article.  Your objectivity is appreciated.

If you want to try it with a small (well, small-ish) flash, check out the 270EX II. I recently moved up to it from a 220EX that I used as my travel flash, & the ability to do bounce with such a small flash is really nice.

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:39:54 PM »
At least double! After all it's a faster f/2.0 not a slow f/2.8  :(

The current micromotor 35mm is f/2.0...

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: February 24, 2012, 07:37:57 PM »
If it's less than 600€ I'd snap one up immediately.  It certainly has fewer & less complex elements than the other two designs.

Also bear in mind that Sony has a stabilized E-mount 50mm f/1.8 going for $400 now...

Lenses / Re: New Lenses Coming [CR3]
« on: February 23, 2012, 04:35:08 PM »
The folks questioning the necessity of pancake lenses on DSLRs have clearly never used the Voigt 20mm Color Skopar or any of the fantastic options available for Pentax bodies.  The Zeiss Tessar has tempted me in the past as well...

Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« on: February 22, 2012, 02:03:00 PM »
Just curious, but does anyone know how the 135 f/2 does with the 1.4x III compared to the 70-200 f/2.8 II?

Well, I had a 70-200 f/4L (non-IS) & sold it because it was redundant next to my 135L + 1.4x II (I'd never carry both the zoom AND the 135/tc, and the zoom usually lost the draw).  The 135/tc package is extremely portable, esp. if you're in an environment where you can carry the TC in your pocket & only use it when you need it (i.e. someplace not very dusty).  Basically the TC induces a very slight loss of contrast that can be easily compensated for in post.  Well worth the investment.  I'd love another reasonably priced fast prime that works with the TC.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Book Shows Up at Amazon France
« on: February 13, 2012, 12:21:14 PM »
Also listed at FNAC with the same release date...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DOF FF vs Crop...
« on: February 13, 2012, 10:45:32 AM »
This tutorial should clear up the subject for you.  Don't think of it as "smaller DOF at the same focal length", but more like "subject size given the desired depth of field".

On a crop-frame camera, if you want a very shallow depth of field then the lens that will provide that DoF on a FF camera will require you to be further away from your subject in order for the subject to be framed identically.  And of course as you move further away from your subject (to compensate for the smaller sensor only "seeing" the center of the image rendered by the lens) the depth of field increases as you increase the focus distance...

EOS Bodies / Re: How does Canon respond to the D800?
« on: February 11, 2012, 06:51:13 AM »
That blog is a total mess. It's also funny how he has gone from like 100% raving against Canon to 100% raving against Nikon. Very bizarre.

That's why ol' Fake Chuck is so near & dear to our hearts :-).  Takes a lot of guts to be that crazy in such a public manner.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D on it's way out?
« on: February 11, 2012, 06:27:01 AM »
Or, if you prefer, yes, it means that a 7DII is coming soon, just as surely as the upcoming storm we're expecting in the Northeast US was caused by a butterfly flapping it's wings in China.

That butterfly had better not tweet about its accomplishments if it doesn't want to get itsself on a terror watchlist...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D on it's way out?
« on: February 11, 2012, 06:16:12 AM »
In my opinion, if Canon produces 3 new bodies in 2012 (1DX, 5DX and 5D mark III), we won't see any 7D mark II this year  ;)

Don't forget that we're supposed to be seeing a Ciné DSLR this year too; the new product pipeline is certainly pretty loaded...

Lenses / Re: 36+ Mp EOS dSLR (rumored): How do existing EF lenses cope?
« on: February 09, 2012, 08:40:32 PM »
How many of us can play our favourite DOS game on a Windows 7 computer? (sorry, pre 1995 computer era for the children reading in  ;) )

I use Vogons to run a bunch of old-school games like Ultima VI on my MacBook Pro (albeit in a tiny window, though there are some interpolation techniques that help make it not look horrible in full-screen HD :-).  See also the remake of WC Privateer on top of the Vega Strike engine. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone else want a cropped sensor?
« on: February 09, 2012, 08:26:46 PM »
Personally I'd be extremely happy with 10-12 1DX pixels in an APS-C camera with a viewfinder a little better than the 7D (if that's possible, I know it's already 100%/1.0x).

I think the yearning for FF is mostly based on:

  • very low noise floor at high ISO
  • great viewfinder image
  • very shallow DoF at moderate focal lengths

If the first two could be made very close to the 5D in a crop camera, then I think the DoF available at APS-C focal lengths is an acceptable compromise for a whole lot of people.  Digic 5+ will certainly help things out in the noise department...

EOS Bodies / Re: CP+ 2012
« on: February 09, 2012, 06:03:06 PM »
Yeah, the 1DX is a perfect wedding camera - covers all the bases, not jst a few.

Yeah, especially that it's big enough that you can defend yourself from bridezilla with it if things get out of hand :-)

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