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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 alone...so I just bought the package, got a new battery and the IS zoom plus a spare body & flash....how 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: http://sensorgen.info/CanonEOS_6D.html

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...

EOS Bodies / Re: Debating on selling my 5D II and 35L/135L for a...
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:57:50 AM »
Don't underestimate just how much smaller and lighter a 6D with compact lenses is compared with your 5DII combo. The new 24-70 IS + the 6D makes a highly versatile and compact package. Put lenses such as the excellent 40 pancake on and you are as light and nimble as a 'mirrorless'.

Given your sentiments you're making hard work of it with a 5D + grip + 135L.

If you think your images are AMAZING now just wait till you've tried the 6D - especially in the dark  ;)

Yes, I can confirm this! That 24-70 IS also seems like a good lens. I had a grip for my 5d2, and although it has its uses, I actually ended up hardly ever using it for my type of photography.

EOS Bodies / Re: Debating on selling my 5D II and 35L/135L for a...
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:55:27 AM »
Those are huge and heavy lenses!

I recently swopped my 5d2 for a 6D. The 6D is not perfect but the price image quality combination is unbeatable! The 6d's body size is a touch smaller than my old 5D2, but with a 40mm pancake it really becomes a 'take everywhere all the time' type of camera. So much so that I keep on putting off my 'dream' of owing a Fuji X100s, because I am afraid that I might just not use it as much as I would like to. The 6d's high iso capabilities becomes quite addictive and once you get used to its 'uber' image quality it becomes difficult to sacrifice a bit of size and heft for the inevitable inferior image quality of a smaller body. ( The Sony 7's excepted of course) My other everyday lens is the 85f1.8 which makes a nice combination with the pancake and 6d body, and I am sure the whole bang shoot weights quite a bit less than your setup, not to mention less bulky too, and my two lenses turn in absolutely superb image quality....My backup camera is a Eos M plus 22mm which I still use occasionally, but there is just no comparison image quality wise to the 'bigger' 6D.

Have a look at my blog for reviews of the 6D etc..

Street & City / Re: Street 'portraits'
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:18:52 AM »
Thanks Jeff! i will post some more images of my journey on my blog soon....

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 29, 2014, 06:54:49 AM »

As you point out, the only people who have to wait are brand loyalists.  Obviously some people have to be, but those who don't might as well do what some of us have done and supplement our Canon bodies with an A7r.  I love mine, both with its superb native primes and my Canon EF lenses (plus a few old manual focus lenses) - so much so that I'm not sure which is my second camera....

Thanks for your impressions! the A7R , with its few drawbacks, like shuttershock, slower ef- AF still seems ideal if you want a hefty resolution increase over the 20-22mp Canon sensors. Its available now, we now what the drawbacks are, and its considerably cheaper than a 5d3 and only slightly more than a 6d. Whats not to like?

It seems ideal paired with Canon mf lenses like the 24ts, which I have, and which I many times wished that it was attached to a more dense sensor. The Canons work fien except when you want to print large. I have a HP Z2100 44 inch printer and its very easy to see when sensors fall apart on paper...

I'm not necessarily a brand loyalist but the economic reality is that I have invested in Canon and to change to a completely incompatible brand now isn't feasible for me. I have looked closely at the A7r for that reason but there seem to be three big question marks - light leak, AF performance and IQ when using an EF adaptor. You clearly love your A7r but what is your experience with these issues if you don't mind me asking?

I don't mind at all. 

1. It's not a "completely incompatible" system; they overlap.  Whether they overlap enough for your purposes I can't say, of course.  I would also say that for many people a complete switch to Sony wouldn't be sensible or desirable, and that I have no intention of doing so.  For me it's a marvelous adjunct which, in some situations, would be my go-to camera - at least until Canon comes up with a close substitute (high resolution, mirrorless, no loss of EF performance, etc. - preferably with IBIS...).   

2. The light leak applies under very limited circumstances, apparently (very long exposures in near-total darkness but with a bright light hitting part of the lens mount), and doesn't only apply to Sony cameras.  Check out Roger Cicala's blog post on the subject at lensrentals.  I never shoot in such conditions, so it's simply not an issue for me (or, I suspect, for 99.9% of people 99.9% of the time).  The shutter-shock problem is far more real (see below).

3.  AF performance with EF lenses is unquestionably inferior in terms of speed - it's not *that* slow, but if you're used to the near-instantaneous focusing you get with the best Canon lens/body combinations it will seem slow (rather comical too - it ambles towards the subject, pauses, goes a bit beyond and then comes back); and it's slow compared to native FE lenses, of course.  But it's probably not inferior in terms of accuracy; in some respects it's superior: one benefit of a mirrorless body is that with on-sensor focusing there's no need to worry about back/front focusing.  If you plan to use it to photograph things that don't move, it's not an issue.  But don't even consider it if you want to photograph sports, children running around, herons-catching-fish, etc. and rely on AF to do so.

4.  As for IQ, I've used these EF lenses: 24-105L, 28mm 2.8 IS, 40mm, 85mm 1.8, 100 L (no AF with this, but the other electronic connections work) and 70-200 f4 IS.  I haven't performed anything resembling a scientific comparison of these lenses on the A7R vs 5DIII or 6D, but I feel confident in saying that not only is the image quality not inferior on the Sony body it's probably superior (I was shocked by the superb image quality I was able to get from the 85mm 1.8 when I first attached it). 

At the time I decided to buy an A7R I had used one exclusively with Canon lenses - it was because the results were so good that I wanted one, and it was not until I had owned it for a while that I bought the two native FE primes; they're superb too, especially the remarkable 55mm 1.8. 

Having said all that, there may well be Canon lenses that don't work as well on the two Sony A7s - I have no first hand knowledge one way or another - but based on what I've read the main problems are with wide angle Leica lenses due to a design that simply doesn't apply to Canon lenses.  I would also add that if you want to use old Canon MF lenses, it's far easier to manually focus on a mirrorless camera (thanks to magnification and focus peaking) than it is on any dslr, especially if you use wide apertures; and Sony's focus peaking and magnification work at least as well as anyone else's.

5.  One flaw you didn't mention is the much-discussed shutter-shock.  This is real, and, in my experience, shows up if your shutter speed is 1/100-1/125, regardless of the lens (apparently it's worse if you use a tripod, but I don't and thus can't comment).  It doesn't seem to be a problem at other speeds, including slower speeds (though you may encounter the usual too-slow-shutter problems if you're not using a lens with IS; IS has no effect on shutter-shock, of course); I've taken plenty of sharp photos at 1/60 (a speed these cameras seem inordinately fond of if you let them decide the shutter speed).  If you avoid 1/100-1/125 you'll be fine.

I hope some of this helps.  Far more competent/savvy/knowledgeable people than I have written about all of this, though, so don't rely  too much on what I've written!
That's very helpful, many thanks for taking the time.

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