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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:27:01 PM »
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.
Brian

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Risky business for Canon.  I mean....this will certainly 'out' the craptasticness of their sensors.  As soon as the post production crews go to stretch the shadows and fail to get a good representation of the Cosmic Microwave Background, they'll wish they had chosen a different sensor....

 ::)

-Brian (obviously j/k)

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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 15, 2014, 01:56:14 PM »
This kind of makes me want to get an SL-1.  I feel like I could carry it in a cargo pocket on my pants....DSLR point and shoot style.

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:59:05 AM »
I am shocked and pleasantly surprised at the feature set and price point of this camera.  Wow!

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do Sensors Make the Camera?
« on: August 25, 2014, 04:22:22 PM »
If you have ever seen a picture that pleased someone that was taken with a camera other than <insert the name of the camera that the internet has decided has the best sensor here>, then the sensor doesn't make that big of a deal, right?  Isn't it that simple?

The internet is not always helpful.  I find myself in its thrall often.  I sit here and think 'i need to get the newest x because my current gear is obsolete now'....but when I go out with my obsolete stuff I still somehow get memorable images that myself and others find pleasing.  This is despite the fact that my 5d3 doesn't have enough MPX, DR, FPS, GPS, WIFI...etc.  At least...according to the internet it doesn't. 

The real problem I fear is when this techno speak prevents some new person, perhaps the next Ansel Adams, from starting because they can't afford the 1Dx.  Though the internet says that's a good thing because even the 1Dx is terrible and behind the times. Sigh....


-Brian

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 7D mkII?
« on: August 15, 2014, 04:00:22 PM »
If you start to see big rebates on the 100-400 jump on it.  The new one will likely be much more expensive and once announced will tend to stabilize or even inflate the price of the current one.  This has happened before.  Good for those looking to upgrade as it protects your gear value, but bad for cheapskate opportunists like me.  :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 7D mkII?
« on: August 14, 2014, 01:08:03 PM »
I think the 7dII will have the potential to be closer in price to the 5DIII.  Consider that as well.  Though if you wait until it is released the 6 might have come down in price.  Also....used 7 d's will get cheaper and may make a great pairing with the 6d.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Sensor Technology Talk [CR1]
« on: May 01, 2014, 08:51:09 AM »
I don't need tons of megapixels, but if I can't take a picture in complete darkness and recover 24 stops of DR in post this will be a total fail.  Its 2014 Canon! 

 ::)

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Landscape / Re: Astrophotography - which camera?
« on: April 11, 2014, 12:06:53 PM »
ISS is tricky.  It moves VERY fast sometimes and can be a bit difficult to pick up when it is first visible.  I have used the 'ambush' technique, where I wait for it to pass in the camera's view and take shots in full FPS mode. 

I have also become fond of taking a star trail type shot of it.  Where I set up a 10,20 or 30s exposure (depending on the transit time) and use a wider lens to capture it streaking across the frame.

-Brian

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It's becoming harder to convince my friends that buying only Canon gear is the right thing to do.

Sigma have put out some amazing lenses in the last two years and Canon's only memorable release is the Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8 L II.

I guess "memorable" is subjective, but over the past couple of years Canon has released, in addition to the lens you mentioned, the 24-70 f4, 24IS, 28IS, 35IS, 40mm pancake, and 200-400L, all of which are first rate regardless of whether one may actually want any of them.

Don't forget the 17 and 24mm Ts-e lenses, which are optically great and very highly regarded.  And the 70-200 F2.8 II was also a major upgrade over the previous version.

However, these are all (except the 40mm pancake) high end glass.  What Sigma is bringing is good stuff at more moderate prices.  Take advantage now...if they really catch on their pricing will catch up to Canon's.

-Brian

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Opens New Midwest Service Center
« on: April 01, 2014, 02:36:46 PM »
This is good news.  I'm just on the Indiana side, and that's 70miles from here.  So, about 5 days in traffic.  ;)  I need to send my 5d in for a clean and check soon too.  I could priority mail that bad boy and it would be overnight shipping!

Brian

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Well, whatever it is it will be a disappointment.  If for no other reason than expectations are so high and so varied.  I mean, this thing is going to cost $5k, even though it should only cost $2.5k, so it had better have so much DR that it doesn't even have  to have any shutter speed settings.  Just take a frame and get the exposure set in post, right?  Total fail if it can't deliver.  I'm being reasonable though, as I am already admitting that they either are too greedy or aren't smart enough to figure out an good way to select DOF in post, so they will need to include an aperture setting in the lens/body system.  We'll have to wait at least two more generations for them to get that right and release a worthwhile system....sheesh this world is a tough one.

;)  In this very thread there are folks who desire a mirrorless/compact system, a full sized MF sensor, and the ability to use 35mm lenses (which probably don't have a large enough image circle nor enough outer edge correction if they did).  So this thing is doomed to a flame war like all the rest of the camera releases.

Sigh,
Brian

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye for Canon $199
« on: March 19, 2014, 08:09:10 AM »
Damn...didn't catch that it was a permanent hood.  I guess I'll let you know what it looks like on a full frame.  Hopefully it is manageable. 

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 17, 2014, 04:05:06 PM »
I think you may see an interesting shift in what retail stores are out there.  For instance, the most successful local camera shop I can think of has 3 locations in two cities.  They are small, their prices are list (so if the 5d3 is MSRP at $3499, that is what you pay vs. online where you might find a deal).  They have a very healthy print business, and offer tons of classes.  Their retail shop is mostly accessories, though they do have a good selection of cameras and lenses.  But when you walk in, they sell you on the little things they have to go with that stuff.  The bags, the straps, the light modifiers.  Their staff, which is mostly local photographers who work there part time, know how to use that stuff and can really do a good job of explaining it.  You might be able to find some of it online cheaper but it is right there and some guy showed you how to use it.  Worked on me more than once.  I learned about the Phottix Strato II triggers there.  I bought them there at the same price they were online (limited distribution online).  They did a pretty brisk business in used gear as well.

I miss that store.  I haven't found a local one in my new location that matches it yet. 

They didn't have to keep up on a national scale - only locally.  And they knew their crowd pretty well because of it.  Stores like them on one hand, and the super giants who can afford to have everything for everyone online may be the only camera shops left after a while.

-Brian







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EOS Bodies / Re: Astrophotography with Canon60da
« on: February 05, 2014, 03:56:49 PM »
I agree with what Nancy has to say.  I will add the following.

For through the telescope photography, you will benefit from the Baader filter mod (HII bandpass).  However, how much depends on what you image.  Some things you don't notice the difference at all, and some things won't show up at all unless you have the filter.  It is handy.

However, IMO your 1DX is way too big and heavy for that.  Weight is a key issue with stability of your telescope's mount, tracking accurracy, mounting hardware, etc.  If I were to buy a camera today that I was going to use for through the scope astrophotography, I would get an SL1 or T3 and have it modded.  I use a modded XS right now. Since noise is handled by imaging multiple frames and stacking in software, the sensor performance can be offset by additional exposure time.  Yes, a better sensor is better, but you can get by without the latest and greatest. 

For camera alone shots, either tracking or just looking up through a normal camera lens, you can get tons of great shots without the mod.  Just go have fun for a while. 

-Brian



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