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Software & Accessories / Re: DxO OpticsPro 10 released
« on: November 05, 2014, 06:33:16 PM »

Few months back, I almost buy v9 for high ISO purpose. Thanks to Neuro. He suggested to wait for v10 - faster PP in prime + others...

I just bought v10 ELITE package. Can't wait to use it in up coming halloween photos(12000-25000ISO)

This is my 1st time playing with DxO. Here is 25000ISO taken with 1dx. Export took quite a bit of time, good 2-3mins per photo. Might take me some times to get use to new software.

Little bit of Tone + texture

If I have a lot of pics I go through them all adjusting settings as required then batch process them all over night or when I'm at work so the processing time isn't really an issue for me (I'm not making money from this). The first computer I used DXO 9 on was taking about 12-15 mins a photo!!

Quality of work = quantity of time. Compared to LR5, DxO Prime NR clearly a winner.

Do look forward for faster PP & exporting in near future version.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is the 7D MK II Really Selling Well?
« on: November 05, 2014, 01:02:28 AM »
I happened to check CPW today, and noticed that both body only 7D's as well as Kits are commonly on stock.
 
Sure, the big stores sell out, but only a few days after the cameras have started shipping, there appears to be no problem getting one from a Authorized Dealer without paying a inflated price.
 
Some have bought them on speculation, and are going to find there is no profit in selling them, unless, of course, they manage to convince someone that they are not available.
 
There is nothing wrong with the camera, but money is tight, and the camera is, imho, over priced.  I expect that they will be a bit harder to find after Black Friday, but gray market camera will be flooding ebay by then.
 
Camera Canada sells them for $1698 USD right now, and two US Authorized dealers have them on stock.
 
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/05537/Canon-EOS-7D-Mark-II-price.html
 
Everyone has kits, and, again, you can save over $100 from Camera Canada
 
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/product/05571/Canon-EOS-7D-Mark-II-with-18-135mm-Kit-price.html

My local camera store filled their pre-orders(just over 30 bodies). They still have 6 bodies remain when I was there this afternoon.

I got to hold one, but they didn't allow me pressing the shutter :-[

It feels solid.

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Pricewatch Deals / Sigma 35mm & 50mm Art are on CPW-Street Price, $90 off
« on: November 05, 2014, 12:45:35 AM »

Look like they have Sigma Art line under street price.
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 04, 2014, 06:35:34 PM »
About weather sealing and build detalis


http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2014/11/cracking-open-the-7d-ii

This is why I don't buy used stuff from them  :P

That makes no sense, they probably take more time, with more care and attention, than the person who put it together originally.

Their core business is not based on camera sales, it is based on camera reliability, every lens they sell comes with a bench test result and it is adjusted to be as good as it can be, something no production EF lens gets.

I guess you didn't see my  :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P

As always, I enjoy reading their reviews and tear down articles.

Do you REALLY think lensrental has:
1. test procedures for 7D II, similiar test in Canon production floors or Canon service centers
2. Trained by Canon to repair 7D II
3. All hardware torque specs
4. All ESD protection while removing sensitive parts
5. New gasket for unit that they opened
6. etc.............




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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1dc = Free beer
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:21:24 AM »
great story sanj

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:18:22 AM »
About weather sealing and build detalis


http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2014/11/cracking-open-the-7d-ii

This is why I don't buy used stuff from them  :P



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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:16:45 AM »
first impression - This thing is SOLID!

Congrats  :)

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7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: November 03, 2014, 01:50:46 PM »

Last one for tonite
This was with the venerable 70-200/2.8 IS II
f2.8 1/640

ISO 10,000 !!!!

Probably not printing this, but for a high school website, or sharing with a parents' phone, unbelievably usable....

Indeed

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Lenses / Re: Selling 200-400
« on: November 03, 2014, 01:47:15 PM »
Will the Sigma 150-600 sports not be good enough for once a year Africa trips for the kind of photos on website?

Now I am nervous and feel like stopping the sale. :(

I know the feeling of selling a high quality L lens ???

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=23186.0

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Continue Using Canon Sensors in DSLRs
« on: November 03, 2014, 01:24:16 PM »
The notion that more DR is only for low ISO is now an old and archaic notion. The A7s changed the game again, as it brings more than two stops additional DR at very high ISO (1DX=6.6 sops, A7s=8.8 stops @ ISO 51200). The A7s has 8.8 stops of DR at ISO 51200! That is on top of having 12.9 stops of DR at ISO 100 (vs. the 1D X 11.2 stops).


Granted, the 1D X is a superior camera for it's intended use cases, which are primarily fast action shooting. However, I'd happily take a 1D XI that had 13 stops of DR at ISO 100, and even more happily take a 1D XI that had ~9 stops of DR at ISO 51200! That would be amazing. Not for shadow pushing, no...an additional two stops of DR at ultra high ISO makes it that much more usable, and printable at large sizes.


More dynamic range is more dynamic range. It allows for shadow pushing when you have more DR than a computer screen can render, but that is not it's only benefit. More DR means less noise, throughout the entire signal. More DR at high ISO is just as valuable, and arguably even more valuable, than more DR at low ISO because it means less noise globally. I would say that ISO 3200 is pretty usable on my 5D III pretty much all the time...however two more stops of DR would mean ISO 12800 becomes the new ISO 3200. I'd pay...a lot, to have that kind of high ISO performance in the 5D IV. It means cleaner, crisper photos with better color and sharper detail, with more flexibility to use motion-freezing shutter speeds in increasingly difficult lighting (such as the dim post-sunset light where ungulates and many other wildlife, hawks, etc. are often most active.)

I'm no expert in DR stuff. I did get a chance to play with A7s(rental) last Friday-Halloween. I was shooting with A7s + FE 55mm f1.8 and 1DX + 85L II. I set both cameras to @ f1.8 shutter speed around 200ish. Shooting condition was in school parking lot. At higher ISO, 25000ish, the a7s does have the upper hand. I'm not sure it has to do with Sony sensor or lower MP, compared to 1DX. All raw files were converted through DxO Prime same setting.

To me, most Pros would use flash(s) in shooting condition I was in.

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I agree with OP. It's too close....

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: November 02, 2014, 11:28:15 PM »
I'm not 100% sure I agree with not selling A for B. I continuously go upward in quality... so I presume that has something to do with it. 

Sold 75-300mm             Bought 55-250mm
Sold Canon XS               Bought Canon 60D
Sold Canon 50mm f/1.8  Bought Canon 50mm f/1.4 (though this might be the most questionable upgrade)
Sold 60D                       Bought 5D mkiii

And there are a ton more examples... but the onl time I regretted selling something was when I sold my 100L IS macro.  I missed it so much that I bought it again... but I sold my original for my than I paid... and then I purchased the new 100L for less than I sold the original for. 

The only lens I have lost money on was the 24-105mm which I bought... sold... bought another... sold that... bought another... sold that... bought another... the last three time making money on the lens... but I'm still underwater as a whole on the lens... which is annoying.

LOL..........sounds like a business JD  ;D

I've never make any profits from buying & selling camera gear  :-\  Since most of my lenses and bodies were purchased new, any sales would put me in negative end. I rather keep them all  ;)

Off topic: I was shooting with A7s(rental) last Friday-halloween. The high ISO looking really good, even compared to my 1DX. I'm not sure it has to do with Sony sensor or lower MP. 25000ISO looks really clean. I ran both 1DX & A7s raw files though DxO Prime - the a7s has upper hand.

I still have the Sony FE 55mm. Just waiting for price to drop.


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Lenses / Re: Canon 400 f/2.8L IS mk1 v mk2
« on: November 02, 2014, 09:25:24 PM »
If budget is not an issue, go for mrk II. I played with mrk 1 for 2days. The heavy weight took the fun away. I'm asian, 5'7" 165lbs. I have no problem shooting with mrk II handheld for couple shots. Mrk II is sharp at wide open, AF is fast, there is nothing to complaint.

MRK II works extremely well with 1.4x TC III(IQ still at 95% plus). With 2x TC III, IQ drops quite a bit. Here are some photos taken with 400mm f2.8 IS II + 2x TC III: http://dylannguyen.smugmug.com/Sports/Surfing#!/


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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 02, 2014, 12:46:16 PM »
Another vote for X II with one full stop improvement in high ISO ::)

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: November 02, 2014, 10:49:39 AM »
While we are having this conversation... I'd like to take it right off the rails.

I have a 70-200mm f/2.8L mkii and a canon 1.4 TC mkii.  So that gives me 98-280mm @ f/4... So I have an opportunity to buy a 300mm f/4L is for $700... but my question is do I need that for $700?  I'm thinking no... Sure I will have 420mm @ 5.6 with the tc... but I'm not sure I need that...

Thoughts?

You mentioned you like to buy & sell lenses. For $700, I think you should buy it and resell for small profit.

Otherwise, the 70-200mm f2.8 IS II + 1.4x  III is very good combo.

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