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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 01, 2014, 10:46:18 AM »
D750 really is what D600/D610 should have been from the very start.
And 5D III is only what the 5D II should have been from the very start.

Both D750 and 5DIII are just iterations of mid-level FF sensored mirrorslappers with finally a halfway decent AF system built in. Plus current day comms (WiFI, GPS) in case of the Nikon D750. 

Severly marketing crippled DSLRs like 6D and D610 should and will soon be available at € 999,- ... more than adeqaute for "digital ff rebels", nothing more. 

Yes. If i occasionally look at some of my older images taken since 2000 it almost makes me cry. Family memories in noisy, discomoured, DR-less 2MP images ... Shot on a Sony camcorder or on various 1/1.7 or 1/2.3 dwarf sensored powershots ... Later on with 350d, 450d, 40d. Technically really crappy and lozs and lots of mussed moments due to massive shutter lag and lots of unsharp omages due to poor AF-capabilities.
Almost as bad as in my analog/film days.

Good gear is as essential to good images as is creativity, skill and light(ing).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Which Canon L Lens for 7D Mark II?
« on: September 30, 2014, 11:54:17 AM »
I feel an envy of friends users of Nikon is 17-55mm F2.8 DX made ​​bulletproof. The optical quality is not great, but the mechanical strength makes me ashamed of Canon 17-55mm. I do not question the name "L", just give me the build quality similar to Nikon, and I will be happy.

interesting. I see it exactly the other way round. Nikon' huge and heavy 17-55 DX lens, with very mediocre optical performance, lack of IS and yet priced 50% more than Canon's 17-55 was one of the main reasons why I did not switch to Nikon from my 40D when the D300 came out (2009).

EF-S 17-55 has served me extremely well for about 8 years until now. No mechanical or sealing issues whatsoever, except a few dust specks inside. And I've been literally all sorts of places with it ... from social events to sports meetings, from shooting de-icing operations for an airport on a bitter cold day in February to some URBEXING safaris in incredibly hot, incredibly dusty abandoned places in the midst of summer. 17-55 went skiing with me in winter and mountaineering in summer ... no problem ever. Both, 7D plus 17-55 held up nicely. And the lens is still in very good shape. An exceptional item in terms of performance and value. AF fully up to snuff and IS as well. It has helped me a lot to capture brilliant, sharp images.

I also think the TO would be better served by a hi-ISO capable FF body with a 24-70 II on it. Except for the lack of IS it is the 17-55 of FF. ;-)

Software & Accessories / Re: Messenger Bag for my 5D3+24-70+70-200
« on: September 30, 2014, 02:23:20 AM »
Think Tank Retrospective 20 will fit your gear nicely and is a great bag all around. In pinestone color instead of black it does not scream "i am a camera bag". Somewhat more rhan 100 bucks though, but well worth it.

Lenses / Re: Would you buy a hypothetical 85mm f/1.4L portrait lens if...
« on: September 29, 2014, 02:22:37 AM »
I would. If the 85/1.4 has IS, is optically at least as good as the upcoming sigma art (however good that one may be) and does not cost more than the sigma.

I would be even more interested in a new EF 100/1.8 IS ... Non L. Optically very good, attractively low price, meaning well below 500. ;-)

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 27, 2014, 11:43:00 AM »
I hope, she didn't buy back then. Now 2x D750 will serve her just fine.

Last year, a friend who's a pro wedding/event photographer was looking to update her pair of D700 bodies.  It was recommended that she get the D600 over the D800, with an acknowledgement that neither was really a good replacement for the D700. The source of that recommendation?  Nikon Professional Services.

EOS Bodies / Canon UK innovates: new camera bag. Hi-resolution, low DR.
« on: September 27, 2014, 11:32:47 AM »

The Linda camera bag, complete with EOS 100D White will be available from Harrods and Selfridges on from early November 2014 for £1,200.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 03:19:00 AM »
Because no one offers a fully capable (!) ff-sensored milc system ... yet. :-)

As far as available mirrorslappers are concerned, total system difference between canon and nikon is not large enough  to make me switch. Yet. :-)

For me and my use, up to now Canon's deficits in desired/competitive sensor capabilities are just about balanced out by my preference for their user interface/ergonomics, choice of lenses and RT flash system.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 26, 2014, 07:48:41 AM »
From Canon is said, that the next M... Camera will be much better, around 24MP and faster at AF. Some say, the AF system of the 70D will be built in. Price much higher than the exisitng M2.

the last sentence is the one I believe at face value. :-)

EOS M3 with EVF and slightly iterated 70D sensor and articulated touch screen is the bare minimum Canon needs to do. And if they believe I will pay anything more for it than what a 70D costs, they are plain wrong.  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 26, 2014, 07:45:06 AM »
Add choice to the poll for "only if mirrorless". Plus Canon can make mirrored and mirrorless versions.

[X] ... Yes! :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:05:47 PM »
It would be so much more ideal to just have Canon deliver the goods...a kick-ass sensor paired with their wonderful ergonomics and all the lenses I already own.

+1 ... exactly!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 04:32:21 PM »
yes it is interesting. Once I got the image on my screen, THAT is what I work with, no matter what I or others may have originally seen on scene when capturing the image.

Thin DOF .. only to some extent for me. I will move from APS-C to FF soon, to get thin enough DOF from f/28 zooms. To me, f/2.8 on FF provides enough power to control DOF. Shooting even wider open makes things unnessarily more difficult to me - AF hit rate suffers and I am forced to pay inordinate amounts of attention to exactly place the focal plane on the forefront of the eyeball rather than on the eyelashes or too far back etc. ... it seriously distracts me from capturing the right moment, the right image overall. I don't want to be a "photo mechanic", no dial twister, no knob turner, no "camera operator", but rather an observer, a seer and a capturer.

And thin DOF requires fixed focal lenses. Potentially even very expensive ones, that I rarely ever use. Don't really like those 1-trick ponies. 3 f/2.8 zooms on FF is all I need. Holy trinity and be done with. Actually for 16-35 the f/4 would do for me.

btw. I don't use PS. Hate the guts of the UI of that program. Lightroom only and whatever is possible with it. v5 is pretty good already.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: 4K, 5K, 6K and Up Video
« on: September 25, 2014, 04:15:17 PM »
i will buy a 30" UHD 4k monitor as soon as a reasonable product comes along.
Next product I will buy will be an 8k monitor .. as soon as a reasonable porduct comes along.
After that? A 16k monitor.
And if I happen to live lng enough, after that a 32k monitor.

Power of 2. Definitely stay away from uneven numbers in all things digital.
5k ... most stupid thing on earth. Dell should have tried to first get a relly good 4k monitor made.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 04:10:23 PM »
interesting. I postprocess my images to make them look the way I want them to look. :-)
Which is not necessarily the way I saw a scene. Or imagined it. Or what the scene would have looked like to some other people.  :-)

Thought for you guys: how much of this 'problem' with Canon being so far behind is due to the rising prevalance of Photoshop and significant amounts of post processing? 

I have never been huge on all the PS work that a lot of folks do to their work.  To me I like pictures that look like what you saw when you took them.  But, that's me. 

Still, because one can do so many kinds of things in PS, it seems like at some point we have started to measure cameras against how far they allow you to take PS.   PS has become where the image is created, and not the camera.  The cart is before the horse, no?

Just food for thought.


I post-process every image, and that's because I like the final result to look like it looked to me.  The out-of-camera JPEG or default raw conversion rarely looks like that.

That's exactly what I was about to say. Postprocessing is usually essential (to my eye) to get an image that resembles what I saw.

I think you guys are probably in the minority. I read "I want it to look like what I saw" quite often, but then the people writing it load up their flickr streams with razor-thin DOF and desaturated images, water blurred to a fog and polarized skies. Things I have personally never seen in real life.

Lenses / Re: HERE COMES THE BRAND NEW EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:11:03 PM »
while a TC without any moving elements is probably a lot easier to copy than regular lenses with focussing elements [MF, AF or possibly even IS). Yongnuo might be able to offer a TC at only 1/3 of the cost of the original item, whereas this might not be possible for a regular lens.

BUT it am also really wondering, why Yongnuo chose the 2x TC, rather than the 1.4x.

Anyway, really interested to see what  price and quality will be like. I'll definitely NOT pre-order.  ;D

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