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Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 03, 2014, 09:43:18 AM »
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Any Sony MILC user is welcome to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with me and try to compete when I shoot BIFs or MotoGP motorbikes with my 7D Mk II: I'll tear you apart.
+1
and the torture test is to track a chickadee in flight through the branches of a tree....

provided, you put the 7D II into live view mode ... I would be game to try it  ... using a Samsung NX-1 or a Sony A6000.   ;D 8)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: December 03, 2014, 09:40:19 AM »
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/samsung-nx1-expert-review-26178

positive, but unfortunately they don't have much of a clue how to properly test a camera.   :P

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 03, 2014, 08:43:28 AM »
as far as DP-AF is concerned ... so far Canon has not been able to turn that feature into any really tangible benefiot for users. To the best of ma knowledge, both 70 as well as 7D II  are still rather on the slow end of the bunch when it comes to autofocussing in Live View. Nowhere near where a Sony A6000 or Fuji XT-1 are.

I am asking myself, whether there is real value in DP-AF technology and Canon just not able and/or willing to unleash t, or whether its basically a "dud innovation".

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 02, 2014, 10:37:41 AM »
game changing, game changing, game changing, blah blah..
What is really game changing, sony A7 or a7s. Or new 5-axis sensor stabilization in A7 II. Btw it cost as much as 7d2.
Nobody can look at an image created with a sony sensor, without looking at the metadata, and say, wow look at that picture, it sure must have been taken with a sony or nikon camera. Yet we are lead to believe that you can't take a usable image, let alone a good one, unless you are using a sony or nikon camera.

That's not "what people are saying". All that people are saying, 0.2 stops better Hi ISO or 14% of this or that or a few more AF fields ... are NOT game changing.

An compact camera with a fantastic full-frame sensor in a box half the size and weight of any previously used boxes ... with 80% more resolution and better low ISO DR and image quality than those older, larger boxes ... with image capturing capability and user interface on par or better than those older, fatter boxes ... without any moving parts inside, more robust, more durable, immune to misalignments of components ... with zero vibrations, zero noise ... with stabilizer working with all lenses ... with a viewfinder that shows the image exactly as it will be captured, working even in extremely low light levels ... that's a game changer to me. Looking forward to the Sony A9.  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony to capture all the non-Canon sensor sales
« on: December 02, 2014, 02:57:00 AM »
Declining market demand for big fat mirrorslappers and pressure on profits will accelerate the industry's move to solid state, fully-electronic cameras, without any mechanics or moving mirrors on them.simply because it is so much cheaper to manufacture, quality control and service mechanics-free products. Any dumb robot can put together an advanced mirrorless cam at very low cost. To produce DSLRs, to adjust and align their components, a lot of diligent, skilled, high dectetiority (=female) human labor is needed. Even at Thai labor costs, this is more costly than automated robot gactory mass production of solid state cameras.

So guess, whete the market is headed. :)

Luckily, manufacturers have to make these mirrorless cams good enough for us potential buyers to really buy them. That's the good thing about it.;)

Just love to see CaNikon suffering. They really really deserve it. I doubt, they'll both go bust. But i would not be willing to place any bets on nikon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony to capture all the non-Canon sensor sales
« on: December 01, 2014, 05:16:20 PM »
Sensors are and will be a commodity. Solid state mirrorless cameras will halve current dslr prices and deliver superior imaging capability. No need to panic. We are the buyers. Them ... Are just suppliers. If We dont buy, we will take pictures with our current cams. They go bust. :-)

So you think that Canon, Nikon, etc, etc going "bust" is a GOOD THING ??? If that happens "buyers" will have no-one to buy from :(

No problem, then we will capture images using sony or samsung cameras. Suppöiers dont matter all that much. We, the customers matter. Suppliers dont make what we want ... They'll go bust! :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony to capture all the non-Canon sensor sales
« on: December 01, 2014, 04:09:51 PM »
Sensors are and will be a commodity. Solid state mirrorless cameras will halve current dslr prices and deliver superior imaging capability. No need to panic. We are the buyers. Them ... Are just suppliers. If We dont buy, we will take pictures with our current cams. They go bust. :-)

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 01, 2014, 03:59:00 PM »
"Game changing" ... so utterly ridiculous!
14% ... another minor mirrorslapper iteration ... canon ground hog day.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:59:49 AM »
Zero vibration. Zero!
Zero noise. Zero. No blimp needed.
Zero viewfinder blackout.
But to get those advantages, you also get:
  • Zero ability to manually focus without pushing extra buttons to zoom in.
  • Significant visual lag.
  • Poor usability at night.
  • Significantly reduced battery life.

"At night" or anywhere in really low light, I consider a (good) EVF an advantage. EVF visual lag has also gotten much better in the newer implementations. Samsung NX-1 is down to 5 ms, if I recall specs correctly. For most situations I can accept that.

Battery charge is an issue at current. But mainly, because makeras are putting unnecessarily small and whimpy batteries into mirrorless cams. If they made the handgrip just a tiny bit larger, a regular DSLR-type battery like LP-E6/N with 12-14 Wh would fit and allow for 500+ shots under almost any usage scenario. Personally, I'd be willing to live with that, but of course more would be better.

Also agree with your remarks re. speed of current storage media not good enough to support insanely high fps. But Moore's law applies ... so, maybe soon.  :)

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Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:48:47 AM »
For a 5D III (or similar size camera) plus attached 70-200 II plus 24-70/2.8 ... I can fully recommend the Think Tank Retrospective 20. I've used it with gripped 7D, 70-200/2.8 II plus 17-55/2.8 [plus 10-22 and 600EX].   

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/retrospective-20-black-shoulder-bag.aspx

Currently I only have an EOS-M, so the Retrospective 20 is not in active use.  My favorite camwera/lens combos are EOS-M with either 22/2.0 or 18-55. Fits nicely into a small LowePro Dashpoint 30 bag, which I carry in hand, on belt or on my leftside backpack shoulder strap.

Full EOS M kit including table tripod fits into a "smallish" Hama shoulder bag. Even nicer, but quite a bit more expensive would be a Thinktank Mirrorless Mover 20.  :)

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For my personal taste, the images on the left are better in color, contrast and has more organic grains.

+1

although I don't really care for either of the 2 pics. On my moniitor, both look underexposed by at least 2/3 of a stop. Colors ... too reddish on the left [skin tones], too yellowish on the right.

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Reviews / Re: www.photozone.de reviewed EF-S 24/2.8 STM
« on: November 29, 2014, 07:14:23 AM »
my statement regarding 24/2.8 being EF-S rather than EF was meant not so much as a complaint, but rather as "an observation". Maybe my wording was too strong.

After reading the posts here ... I take the point, that for some/many people the 24 pancake may have value as really small, light, tiny, chap and optically decent "general use lens" to take along when you're out birding or to an airshow or to motorsport events etc. with an APS-C DSLR plus long tele lens as your main rig.

While it may serve very well for that purpose, I still believe, the lens has only very limited appeal beyond that scenario. After all it is only "only" f/2.8 - and many serious Canon APS-C shooters already got a 17-55/2.8 and many of those who wish(ed) for EF-S primes are mainly interested in getting primes that are at least 1 stop faster than zooms coverng the same focal length. A still very compact, optically decent and sensibly priced EF-S 24mm/1.8 would have been more interesting.

I am still convinced an EF 24/2.8 could be built quite a bit shorter and smaller than the EF 24/2.8 IS. Using the right lens design and 2014 glass [ED], algorithms, and computing power I think it could be a bit smaller yet optically much better than e.g. the age-old, full frame Pentax FA 20mm (!) /2.8 -> http://www.pentaxforums.com/reviews/pentax-fa-20mm-f28/review.html?src=lrdb#specs

Anyways, it is a "theoretical" discussion. Personally, I am not interested in any 24mm f/2.8 lens, as I already have a faster, extremely compact, optically excellent, very "price-worthy" WA prime for APS-C. Made by Canon, called EF-M 22/2.0  8) 
All I want now, is a better camera body to put it on. However, that's a different topic and probably considered "complaining" and "whining" around here. :P ;D

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 28, 2014, 10:07:51 AM »
see also Thom Hogan's choices ... of course he is certainly no friend of Canon ... but he also only recommends 1 Nikon and 3 Sony cameras.  ;)   http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/what-you-should-buy.html

"Best Compact":                  Sony RX-100 III
"Best all around camera":     Sony RX-10
"Best all-around Mirrorless":  Sony A6000
"Best all-around DSLR":        Nikon D810

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Reviews / Re: www.photozone.de reviewed EF-S 24/2.8 STM
« on: November 28, 2014, 10:03:07 AM »
it's been said many times already..it would hit the mirror of a FF camera. i have both the 40 and the 24 mm pancakes (got the 24 yesterday but didn't manage to go out and test it). i will post a photo with both side by side with the rear element all the way retracted, hopefully we can stop this debate...

I am fully aware, that as an EF lens it would need to be designed differently from EF-S ... without rear lement protruding into mirror box. But it would still have been way more useful as an EF lens. Even if it were slightly larger.

You may be fully aware that the lens would need to be designed differently, but it seems you're not aware of the consequences.  It would not be 'slightly larger' as an EF lens, it would be significantly larger.  The rear protrusion and smaller image circle (a 27mm lens is 'normal' on APS-C) mean a standard design.  As an EF lens, it would need to be a retrofocal design, more complex, more elements = much bigger.

Thanks, I am aware of this. I still expect a design quite a bit more compact than (even the not very large) EF 24/2.8 IS could be done.

Any way, the EF-S 24 has a limited market. Basically it really only makes sense on SL1/100D, if one wants really compact size ... and lowest possible price - for an optically very decent lens. 

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 28, 2014, 08:02:19 AM »
the new dpreview group comparisons look similar. Not one Canon camera on top in any group, from what I#ve seen on the quick. 

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