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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 09:50:00 AM »
yes at this stage one of life's great mysteries seems to be Canon's future plans re product releases...nobody really knows whats wait and see :(

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 25, 2014, 02:52:50 AM »
whether DXO and the D810 is flawed or not...I sure wish Canon brought out something with those megapixel numbers....

Street & City / a Small town in the Karoo, called Vosburg...
« on: July 24, 2014, 11:47:21 AM »
In December last year I stayed over in the remote little Karoo town called Vosburg...

More of my photographs can be seen here:

All photos made with a Eos 6D and 40mm, 85mm and 24TS lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 03:57:03 AM »

Disclaimer:  I'm not trying poke fun at Ivan's original thread so much as build some excitement around a release.  Mondays need positive thoughts because they are, in fact, Mondays.

No sweat, this is all fun and games anyway. But it would be great if anyone senior at Canon actually read this stuff! Personally I am erring on the side of caution to avoid disappointment! :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 03:52:15 AM »
Bigger sensor
less shadow noise
3.2 inch touchscreen LCD or bigger
Heck while were at it electronic viewfinder...Canon has to get in the game at some stage!
2 axis spirit level
100% viewfinder
radio control for speedlights
MF aids like zebra stripes etc

EOS Bodies / Re: Which is better for high ISO, 6D or 5D Mk III?
« on: July 08, 2014, 03:19:09 AM »
I also (only) have the Eos6D and I have regularly shot images at iso 25000 and printed them large. What I have found is that different software gives diffirent results. At the moment I am experimenting with Nik, Topaz, DXO and LR. They all work well in reducing noise and some images work better with some software than  others. Personally I think that perhaps the difference between these cameras at the limit might just be too small to make a real difference and maybe software is a less expensive alternative...

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How disappointed will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 03:12:22 AM »
Even though I am not really in the market for a new 7Dmk2 I would be very disappointed if it doesn't have new and improved sensor technology because it would mean that there is a very good chance that there also will be nothing new on the horizon for FF either.

I desperately want a FF 36mp+ sensor body
plus an Eos M mk3 with an electronic viewfinder (build in or otherwise) and at least 70D comparable live view AF!

Is this just tooo much to ask for? Really?? :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How disappointed will you be if . . .?
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:33:21 PM »
It's probably not the camera for me, so I'd be more surprised than disappointed. IMO the long delay on the 7DII must relate to the sensor; everything else is in place.

So if the sensor doesn't offer some significant advance over the 70D s new tech of duel 'pixel' I'd be surprised. I still wonder if Canon would have the b***s to make it a high speed, low light king of around 16 mp. Leave the really high mp to the amateur lines and really kick out some FF challenging IQ from the crop sensor.

No I actually dont think they do have the b.lls for something like that. If anything the past has shown us that they are arch conservative...their one highlight might have been the leap from 12 to 22 mp with the 5D2..since then they have not ventured into any unfamiliar territory... which has not been a bad thing from their financial point of view but a bit of a let  down for camera enthusiasts...think Fuji X100s, Sony Rx100mk3, Olympus OMD, Nikon DF, Sony A7R...the list goes on and on. But if you look at their financials they do seem to still be profitable in the face of dwindling camera sales....

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How disappointed will you be if . . .?
« on: July 07, 2014, 10:43:51 AM »
But will the 'something new' translate into something with much better image quality?

EOS Bodies / Eos7D mk2, How disappointed will you be if . . .?
« on: July 07, 2014, 10:20:43 AM »
it has the same sensor as the Eos70D but with just more bells & whistles?

I have a sneaky feeling that maybe its going to be the same image quality as the 70D just more robust, full frame viewfinder, gazillion frames per second, wifi, gps and class leading video...So just how disappointed will you be if that is the case?

Lets face it the Sony sensors are pretty good, if not class leading, probably as good as it's going to get at the moment, so just why will Canon have such better sensor technology as Sony's? Nothing in the recent history of Canon sensor technology suggests otherwise...

If, and its a big if, they bring out a ID mkIV size sensor it will be great, but maybe its also an indication that they just could not squeeze out anymore image quality with their R&D at present....which begs the question then why they don't just buy Sony sensors? Would anybody mind a Sony sensors in  Eos bodies?

EOS-M / How crazy is this?
« on: June 12, 2014, 10:44:28 AM »
I have been using my M as a back up mostly, but lately have been exploring video, and I quite like what the M can do, of course always keeping the very good prices in mind as part of the equation!  I only have the 22mm and have been thinking of getting the standard zoom and an extra battery. My last attempt through Amazon was unsuccessful. So, over here the discounted price of the Eos M, with zoom and flash is the same price as the standard zoom I just bought the package, got a new battery and the IS zoom plus a spare body & crazy is that? Makes me think Canon must be losing quite a bit of money in their efforts to get rid of the Eos M stock.

Not too keen to get more of the existing M bodies but I have faith a new body with EVF will be released sometime in the future, maybe even before the megapixel dslr body - which means we could be in for a long, long, long wait...

Portrait / Re: Mobile studio portraits - am I doing this properly?
« on: June 02, 2014, 10:24:23 AM »
Actually I quite like the lighting, it just doesn't suit the pose and clothing that well imo...With this more 'edgy' lighting I would have gone for the same guy, in a black t shirt, straight on, with him standing, and lose the hand ...alternating with a white and black background...reminds me of alternative culture magazine portrait style.

Generally you have to watch the shoulders and also the shirt. I very very seldom shoot HS portraits in studio with the subject sitting on a chair/stool   I make them stand because its better for my back(!) and there is no funny lines on the shoulders etc etc

I have used Canons all of my photography life, I am quite happy with the results, have no major complaints...and I don't plan to switch.... because I have already invested a pretty penny

all I know is that I look with longing eyes at the the Sony A7R....( and sometimes the D80OE )

and dream up all sorts of ways of how I am going to fit my EF lenses on those  bodies...

Because somehow I have lost a bit of faith in Canons will and/or ability to make something similar...

The problem I have with jumping ship is that there is no perfect system out there and Canon may be 'down' in the megapixel race for now but what happens when they are ahead again at some later stage, do I jump ship again??

the fact is that my stuff does the job quite well at the moment as it is, and here I am talking about making a living from architecture, industrial, portrait, corporate and advertising photography. For the pro stuff I have never felt the need to jump ship. Its for my own personal photography where I am more critical and here I would love to have a denser sensor ( rhymes quite nicely...!)

I was quite keen on the A7r as a resolution solution (!) but have been put off reports of inferior sensor quality with third party wide angle lenses in the edges..but nothing is to say these problems wont be fixed in the future, perhaps even before we see this 'fabled' megapixel monster from our 'love to hate ' camera brand !

As business is not all that great at the moment I have no desire , (or money!), to buy anything 'better' in any case.

So for the moment if I want a bit higher resolution than my 6d can give I haul out my vintage 2006 Mamiya ZD!

Which makes me think that try as we might there isn't really just one camera solution out there and like the days of old when every photographer had  35mm, medium format and 4x5/8x10 camera systems, perhaps we should view the current camera offerings in the same light, a Sony compact for pocked duties, a CaNikonSony for everyday and the Pentax 645 for when that extra resolution jump is essential...of course those with deeper pockets list will have some more exotic brands on it!

And if Canon can do that, can it finally deliver a FF sensor that is also class leading? By class leading, I'm referring to noise control and DR

Canon already has a class-leading sensor, it's in the 6d: nearly zero (esp. vertical) banding (better than 1dx @iso100) means almost the full theoretical dr is actually usable. It has good dr @base iso (boosted +1/3ev by ML and =15ev with dual_iso) and superior dynamic range at high iso:

I have the 6d and its really a fantastic sensor! BUT I would love to also have a D800E type Canon, for those times I print huge and where the 6D just cannot resolve all the detail as I would like.

But why doesn't Canon just use the Sony 36mp sensor??? It is obviously better than anything Canon has...they use or used to use Sony sensors for their small compacts so why not for their full frame bodies? Will the shame of admitting that Sony is ahead in the technology race be just too much too bear? Personally I wouldn't care what sensor they used so long as its can compete with the D800 and Sony 7's...

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