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EOS Bodies / Re: Wifi on 5D MK IV?
« on: October 08, 2014, 04:24:15 PM »
Probably not so good. For me, the only good it'd be is for me to get a photo or two off of it onto my phone to post somewhere while I'm out and about. Plus, it's a big battery drain when active. In addition, they'd need some kind of external antenna like they did for the 7d2 GPS receiver antenna (I'm guessing what that bulge thing is on the top next to the hotshoe is), which would be a lot more of a challenge in design & build, and might compromise the build a bit (not sure on this one).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 08, 2014, 04:21:44 PM »
and straight to a CR2, this does seem very plausible. I do hope one of those top end cameras is the high MP camera and they leave the 5 series at around 24 though, if that's even how you measure these things with a multilayer sensor ?

Yea, with a CR2 I'm a lot more hopeful that it'll actually happen. Still not there yet, but IMHO a lot better than a CR1, which means he's got some reason to trust the source.

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Videography Technique / About the Fisheye lens
« on: October 03, 2014, 06:55:45 PM »
So, Home Star Runner is back, and he's got some info about the proper use for the Fisheye lens. Don't know where else to post this really, but hope you all enjoy this.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: LensRentals.com Introduces Keeper
« on: October 02, 2014, 07:03:23 PM »
Meh.

If the numbers they used in the article are any indication why would I pay $3,015 for a used 5D3 when I could go to B&H and get it BRAND NEW for $3,199 PLUS the following goodies:

INCLUDES FREE ▪ SanDisk 32GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10) ▪ Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh) ▪ Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag ▪ Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod
Total Value $153.85

Even if I don't need the goodies I could re-sell them and make back most, if not all, of the difference.

They better offer better prices than the example or anyone with a brain will avoid the deal.  ;)

Well, you really want to use a UDMA7 CF card for the 5d3 to really get the most out of it, not an SD card (which you can't run at UHS-I speeds due to hardware). The 3rd party battery is nice. The gadget back, cool, that's nice, but cheap. And do you really need the monopod? Generally a tripod is much better except it specific cases. Plus, it's going to be fairly cheap. I'd rather invest more money into a good monopod with a quality head (or one I switch off onto my tripod).

Plus, that's probably only for the newest 5d3's. If you were to buy one that's, say, a year or so into it's life at LensRentals, it's likely a lot less.

Generally, I'd potentially use this for a lens, but that's me personally.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Video Tested By Gizmodo
« on: September 18, 2014, 06:14:23 PM »
My big question is, what were the recording settings? Was this the clean HDMI out to a quality recorder and then transcoded with a professional package? I assume (given I'm not a pro) that output at 4:2:2 via uncompressed HDMI will probably make a pretty big difference. Otherwise, probably not too big a surprise if they used the same codec to save out from 7d2 & 5d3. Canon probably didn't really change that around.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Chuck Westfall Talks Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:40:11 PM »
Something I keyed in on, they Dual-Pixel is 2nd gen, while 70D is 1st gen. So it sounds like they have done some additional sensor work for sure. Although it might be other hardware and/or software for 2nd gen.

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I like to own the software I purchase.  I think I'll pass on CC.  If lightroom ever goes CC, I'll just use something else.

+1

Well...in legal terms you own a perpetual license to use the software. Not the software itself. But I agree with the sentiment expressed.

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Actually Win 7 and Win 8 / 8.1 are built on a Vista engine....neither are new products.

Don't be deceived by Windows version numbers. Because they're not used in marketing materials, they are used in a more "technical" way. Usually they are bumped when there is some big changes in the underlying kernel. That's why Windows XP and 2003 were still version 5 like Windows 2000, although they were big improvements as well. There are also big improvements in 7 and 8.x over Vista, especially perfromance-wise.
But one reason Vista gets very little support nowadays is it is very little used, its market percentage is in the single digit range. Thereby developers prefer to target 7 and later, and take advantage of some new good features not available before. Even MS Office 2013 requires 7 or better, despite being Vista still supported, but I guess not for too long. Expect most new software drop Vista support soon, especially now XP has reached is end-of-life - what was written to run on XP would have run on Vista also. Especially for graphic intensive applications (but not only), 7 and later are far better than Vista.

Yea, Vista had a ton of underlying framework changes which were part of the reason why it was pretty Meh. But, it did set the groundwork for Win7, which is what they should have released, except they were on a deadline. Although I bet Win7 launch would have been pretty rough if Vista hadn't had all the hardware/software guys time to shift, at least in part, over to the new frameworks.

Win7 made fixes & improvements on the core services, as well as fixed the UI. Win8/8.1 has added additional core services functionality & tweaks over Win7, as well as a massive UI overhaul. So even so, Vista kernel + core services are quite a bit different than Win8/8.1 kernel + core services, even if the official 'NT version' is the same. They are definitely different products. Vista just set the stage for the newer versions. Kinda like how Win2000 set the stage for WinXP in a huge number of ways.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Spyder4Elite for $169 from Amazon
« on: May 27, 2014, 02:57:32 PM »
When I click through on the link, I get the full price :(  Anybody still seeing the good price?

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Give it a try, there is a free trial.  I found that it is very slow, so, while it does a good job, its not a tool for processing thousands of photos in a short time, but if you only do a handfiul at a time, its great.
 
It is improving on the speed with each now generation, but unless you have a very fast computer, be prepared to wait a while.

Thanks. Yea, I should just bite the bullet and try out the demo. I don't really have deadlines, so generally I can wait some extra time. I do have a 2nd gen Core i7 quad on my laptop, so I do have some CPU horsepower available.

Have you tried it on any film scans? I know that might not be it's strengths, but some of the non-optic correction feature?

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deals: Lexar Professional Memory Cards
« on: May 22, 2014, 07:05:26 PM »
This is just way too good a deal to pass up. 64GB 1066x CF for under $100?! Yes please!

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So, looks like OpticsPro 9.5 integrates pretty nicely with Lightroom. Does it's features (optics corrections, noise reduction tools, etc) make it well worth the price and generally superior to Lightroom?

http://www.mikepasini.com/corners/2014/05/21-dxo-opticspro-95/index.htm

Unfortunately it looks like for 5d3 support I'd need to go with the Elite, which at $200 is definitely a savings over the regular, but do I want to pay that much extra over the Standard...?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Flourine lens coat vs no coat
« on: May 20, 2014, 02:06:54 AM »
Nikon has a nifty video out showing the how awesome their flourine lens coat is. I'm going to guess that Canon, etc lens coat does something pretty much the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZsRx_OKTzo

I noticed that Nikon are trying to push that their fluorine coatings and Fluorite elements are "better" than what Canon has.

Better, worse, whatever. In practical terms, I imagine there's little to no difference. Probably only something someone like Roger @LensRentals would be able to measure, and even he would say it has little or no visible difference in the real world.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Flourine lens coat vs no coat
« on: May 19, 2014, 05:33:19 PM »
Nikon has a nifty video out showing the how awesome their flourine lens coat is. I'm going to guess that Canon, etc lens coat does something pretty much the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZsRx_OKTzo

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What unfocused said.

Plus, while I have a gripped 5d3 and love the grip, why are you needing a grip? Or is it because you want the dual batteries so you don't have to change in the middle of a field somewhere?

As for the 6D, it's a great camera from everything I've heard. The center AF point is very good, although the rest are meh.

As for memory card, from what I recall, 6D supports up to UHS-1. So pick a card that has UHS-1 support, and then pick you're preferred brand & speed.

Last bit, landscapes. You can do them without a tripod, depending on your style, but if you are going to end up being rather serious about them you should definitely consider a good quality tripod, which will run you $500-600 and up. But, if you just sorta have an interest, leave that for another time. Also get a cable release and learn about mirror lockup.

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