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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help with my "itch" for a FF
« on: February 23, 2012, 09:45:14 PM »
FF is awesome. Drink the Koolaid. FF is awesome.

But...the 5DII doesn't seem to fit well with some of your subjects.  The 5DIII specs are still a rumor. So, I'd wait a bit...

On the realistic side, you'd need to figure in the cost of an UWA lens for FF (16-35, 17-40, or TS-E 17mm, the last being excellent for indoor real estate).

definately agree, with your subjects and shootign I would wait for the 5D3 the mk2 will disappoint you and I highly recomend the 16-35 f2.8L II

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Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:58:02 PM »
- I think people smite if they disagree with what you say

I disagree.    ;D

yeah wel i disagree wth your disagreement! ner ner ner ner :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 16 bit color anyone?
« on: February 23, 2012, 08:50:41 PM »

This is a good example of why I have been grumpy at Canon lately.  With the increased focus on framerate and video features, they are moving away from making stuff like this feasible.  I would MUCH rather have a 16 bit camera then something designed for speed (AF,framerate,video,etc).

I agree. canon has been busying converting its customers into videographers...like it or not. I support a split. Put competitive video but focus on stills. go chase RED away from me.

+1 for each of you, I agree.  There needs to be a body that remains in the camera still photo business.
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Canon have proved they can make high res sensors, and have stated they can respond quickly to the D800 if needed although a little cryptic. I guess there must be a high res or two prototype banging around.
While I would be suprised if a high res camera that isnt the 1D would have 16 bit while the 1D does not who knows what they will do. Since ultra high res has no video benefit this high MP camera would be the perfect platform to forget about video and concentrate on stills the good ol 3D rumour :P a high MP high dynamic range body with 1D build, no integrated battery grip low FPS super high quality low iso it will tick all the studio and landscape photographers boxes.
A camera that is totally stills oriented would be refreshing and a high MP beast targeted at studio and landscape might just be the vehicle to deliver it. If they do i I just hope it doesnt have the integrated grip.

but what if canon made it and priced it at $5000? 1D build quality 2 or 3 fps 50MP super DR at iso 100 max iso 3200? then we would be flooded by crys of "how can canon do this to me its too expensive!" never mind that is half the price of a pentax 645D and can use all the canon glass you already have.

just some things to consider...

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Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: February 23, 2012, 07:59:35 PM »
Well i've had a run of smites the last couple of days

cant work out why really

- maybe people dont like my attempts at jokes
- everytime i say i dont like photomatix i get smites like clockwork :D people are REAL sensetive about this for some reason. Same if you mention "overprocessing"
- I think people smite if they disagree with what you say. Basically if you state a defined opinion of anything someone will smite you for it. dont let the risk of smites stop you putting forward a clear civil logical opinion.

hopefully fear of smites deters people from being rude and offensive and derogatory

Generally I try to be as helpfull as possible because I have found people on here have helped me alot its a great resource don't let getting a few smites get you down.


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EOS Bodies / Re: The next 5D - 100% VF Feature - What is this good for?
« on: February 23, 2012, 07:46:54 PM »
Its pretty hard to explain all I can say is go to a camera shop that sells 1D series cameras and look throught the view finder and you will understand. its a massive difference. even over the 5D2 the 1D VF is soooo much better.

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3) the controls on the back of the transmitter are awesome it makes on the fly ettl controls super quick


What kind of controls are on the back?

I am rather tied in to PW at the moment (1 mini and 4 flex)- but doesn't mean I wont add some odins for small scale shooting with two or 3 flash


this video shows it quite well
Phottix Odin Wireless Flash Trigger with ETTL Support Small | Large


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has the unified magic lantern come out for the 5d2 yet? i tried the previous versions and they were so bad i just gave up on the whole thing, I only wanted the still functions. it was just too much of a hassle and too unstable I found :(

I have a build from Feb 7th and well... absolutely stunning. It's like having a new camera although some fixes yet neccessery. Great support for HDR, timelapse, bulb exposures etc.

good to know! when they release it fully I'll donate but I was so disappointed with the last one I tried I couldn't see myself using it. Having seent he screenshots of the new one though it does look promising and much cleaner.

how is the stability and reliability? any issues?

It's much more stable now and much less crashes occur, though it sometimes happens.  Reliability is also on good level - if something is implemented and you successed to configure it properly, then it will work properly.

There are some really funny features working now for photo mode like:
1. Triggering shot with:
a) sound (you can clap for instance) to shoot - configure sound level
b) motion detect - configure contrast change
c) waving with hand behind the camera (they use lcd ambient light sensor which is just below lcd) - configure change of light
2. Intervalometer  (shoot every ... from 1 second to 488minutes) with bulb ramping (adjusting levels of exposures to prevent overexposure ie when it becomes to light in the morning after having started shooting in night)
3. Trap focus - shooting when object comes to focus
4. Constantly appearing box with close-up of an area in liveview mode making it easier to focus
5. Ability to focus using joystick instead of ring on a lens (it's not so accurate as focusing manually but there could occur circumstances it would be useful for shooting) This is nice feature for video anyway.
6. Comparing images in ghost mode - useful for landsapes panning
7. Information on screen showing actual focal, zoom range, DOF (ner, far, hyperfocal)
8. Of course HDR and focus bracketing (for macro)

Of course there are also features for video and audio but assume you're more interested in these for stills.

I'm really impressed with these features, although they can't of course fight against sensor and digic limitations. It shows rather what potential is there not fully utilized by Canon's firmware.

BTW: In my opinion battery lasts shorter when using Magic Lantern.

Cool thanks for the info! amazing how much potential there is there that doesnt get used out of the box isn't it

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Landscape / Re: Post your best HDR Photographs
« on: February 23, 2012, 06:55:27 PM »
I'm not really a fan of HDR, mainly because there are so many poor examples and because I think it is used too much and has almost become cliched. There are some nice ones here though, that don't look too unnatural. This was the last shot I did with HDR, which was actually a combination of grads and HDR.


Fire and Water by Kernuak, on Flickr

And an earlier one that immediately made me imagine pteradactyls flying about. It was a sort of landmark image for me too, as it was one of the first images where I felt I'd mastered the lighting and used it for effect on the rocks and water.


Jurassic Evening by Kernuak, on Flickr

those are some really nice shots! I'd be interested to hear some more details about how you processed that first one I like it alot (+1 for you!)

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Lenses / Re: Help choosing a new medium tele prime
« on: February 23, 2012, 06:45:22 PM »
disclaimer: mine was front focusing so i sent it back had it recalibrated and its now all good, only requuires a small micro adjust on my cameras now

OP has a 40D, no AFMA (but no guarantee that a Canon 85/1.8 would be a perfect match, either).

yeah but what I discovered talking to the camera tech is that they can just keep tweeking the programing of the lenses internal AF software to make it match so you could send the body in with the lens for sigma to calibrate. Inconvenient yep but for the money its a stunning lens. I think my lens was away for about a week and a half the store sent it back twice because when they tested it they weren't happy.

One thing i will say is if you buy a sigma lens get it from a store that has good service  because its a bit of  lottery with regard to QC of the gear. Would I make the same purchase decision again? absolutely! if the f1.2L had better focus speed and didnt have that fly by wire manual focus i may have gone for it even though its like strapping a grapefruit to the front of your camera. It certainly looks impressive :D and at f1.2 it is extremely impressive definately sharper than the sigma is at 1.4. I tend to keep the sigma at f2 unless i really want to get super shallow DOF also at 1.4 the sigma has some colour fringing but lightroom takes this out automatically so its not really an issue but there is a noticable increase in sharpness with the extra stop down to f2

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Wow if this new flash were to be compatible with both the odin and pw systems.  I kind of doubt it, but i guess its time to wait and see!

Why do anything with the Odin.  While some people may like them, the install basis is tiny.  PW to Odins out there are what 100 - 1?  200 - 1?  (i.e. for every Odin out there, there are 100 to 200 PWs, as well as Strobe, Light Meters, and other equipment with PW BUILT IN.

And for the folks that further don't see the advantage of this... All of the sudden it allows CANON to sell SPEEDLIGHTS to NIKON users.

It also allows CANON to sell Speedlights to PENTAX or who ever else has an EXTERNAL SHOE and can fit the PW.  Let PW do the ETTL work and branch out into SONY etc all... Long and short which does Canon make more money, selling a SPEEDLIGHT that can be used with almost any camera, and with many systems, is ETTL, or only sell to Canon Users and try to convince an imbeded base do sell out their own gear. 

Will Canon do it?  Doubt it.  But they would double their sales of the 590 EX if they did.  Guaranteed.  And frankly I would rather sell twice as many speedlights than half as many triggers

Just out of curiousity, would you recommend PW over Odin.  I only ask because I seriously haven't heard one bad thing about odin, but, have heard many complaints with PW's....

I chose the odins because

1) never heard bad reports
2) much cheaper
3) the controls on the back of the transmitter are awesome it makes on the fly ettl controls super quick

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Lenses / Re: Help choosing a new medium tele prime
« on: February 23, 2012, 06:25:30 PM »
I suspected the canon 85mm 1.4 didn't exist, but it just keeps appearing in threads around... Must be typos  :)

Is the Sigma 85mm worth the money compared to the slightly slower canon?? Here in Denmark, the Sigma is 2X the price of the Canon...

Yeah I'm a big fan of the sigma 1.4. It's my first and only sigma lens and ones of my favourite most used lenses
I highly recommend it
disclaimer: mine was front focusing so i sent it back had it recalibrated and its now all good, only requuires a small micro adjust on my cameras now :)
its AF is about 3 times faster than the canon f1.2L and it is 2.5 times cheaper

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1. When the AF point is used for metering then the extra points are useful for correct exposure .

2. The 5DII noise dramaticaly increases after iso 3200. So a clean iso 6400 would seem to be at least a one stop improvement. Until tested we cant really tell - though  the 1d4 was acceptable with care to 12800, so I would hope it matches that.

3. Why wouldn;t the AF keep up?


makes sense.  I thought the metering for exposure and the AF sensors were totally different.  My 7d has 19 AF sensors and  63-zone dual-layer metering.  But it would make sense to have the AF sensors report distance too the camera because that would help with exposure. 

I was only mentioning the stuff in "2" to say that if they did not improve the MP count I am hoping they dramatically improved the 22 mp sensor's capabilites over the older 21mp sensor.


It is an option for series 1 bodies to link the AF point to metering - so what you focus on is what is metered. I suspect that most 5D2 users AF on the centre point which is the metering point and why the 5D2 has the reputation for good metering  8) 8) 8)

Series 1 bodies also have the capability of individually selecting up to 8 af points for metering - very usefull for weddings, groups  and landscapes. If the 5DIII AF is based on the 1DX AF then hopefully these features will come too.

I would see 1 stop improvement as very significant to be good at iso 12800 would be excellent

Yep I only use spot metering, i meter for the part of the scene i want as the control point set my exposure manually then focus and shoot (with the 5d focus recompose then shoot) this is another reason i like back button focus as it seperates the focus and metering actions

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has the unified magic lantern come out for the 5d2 yet? i tried the previous versions and they were so bad i just gave up on the whole thing, I only wanted the still functions. it was just too much of a hassle and too unstable I found :(

I have a build from Feb 7th and well... absolutely stunning. It's like having a new camera although some fixes yet neccessery. Great support for HDR, timelapse, bulb exposures etc.

good to know! when they release it fully I'll donate but I was so disappointed with the last one I tried I couldn't see myself using it. Having seent he screenshots of the new one though it does look promising and much cleaner.

how is the stability and reliability? any issues?

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Yes it will fill my FF desires but my money-maker is the crop. Still waiting for that one. If they could they just drop a 22MP APS-H in this one, I'd buy two and take them both home to meet mommy.
I'd be right behind you in the que for that bad boy

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EOS Bodies / Re: WHAT DO YOU THINK THE NEW 5D ISO RANGE WILL BE?????
« on: February 23, 2012, 06:08:44 PM »
more importantly what will the USEABLE iso range be...

i hope 12800 usaeable maybe 25k native with 50k and 100k extensions?

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