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Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 09:16:58 AM »
Great thread!

1. '60, '70, never enough money to buy film: shoot instead of always asking myself whether the subject was worth the shot.

2. '80, '90: buy film and shoot instead of buying into photo books and magazines.

3. 2000 - today: shoot instead of idling in front of a browser's window.

I know, I know, I'm still on Canon Rumors... well, you know, there's a proverb, not famous but very true, which states: "the roads towards hell are paved with good intentions".

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5DIV: 36 MP US $ 3799 TBA in March 2015
« on: November 23, 2014, 06:45:57 AM »
Very credible and consistent spec list. Definitely not just poorly thought out click bait:

Storage

Two CF slots.

Weight

30.0 oz. (850g) with battery and SD card.

I also noticed this. Furthermore,

Power top

Rated for 1,250 shots.

How? With the battery grip and 2 batteries it is possible, but with a single battery... hardly believable, imho.

I think this is BS. Despite several rumors claiming the 5D4 is coming in 2015, honestly I don't even think the 5D4 is going to be available before 2016. But I hope I'm wrong.

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Post Processing / Re: POLL: What picture styles do you use?
« on: November 16, 2014, 02:26:00 PM »
just browse the archives and you'll see
Great link, thanks! ... ...
Hmmm... You manage to get to that text (the .org one)? I only manage to get a 403 & a 500 error. :( That daemon doesn't like me!
Probably you're using Firefox (it's my browser of choice, too). Try opening the link in a different browser.
Indeedy I am. It worked thanks to Marsu's PDF - and it saves me from firing up any other browser.
Sorry for not remembering to indicate that the site does not work with Firefox, my fault. Since I use Internet Explorer by default for viewing digitaljournalist.org, as well as very few other sites which are not visualized properly in Firefox, I forgot to insert a warning in my post  :-[.

And thanks to Marsu42 for his explanation! I always solve this kind of problem "the lazy way" by using a different browser, I should try to dig deeper into this kind of oddities instead.

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Post Processing / Re: POLL: What picture styles do you use?
« on: November 16, 2014, 01:54:07 PM »
just browse the archives and you'll see
Great link, thanks! ... ...
Hmmm... You manage to get to that text (the .org one)? I only manage to get a 403 & a 500 error. :( That daemon doesn't like me!

Probably you're using Firefox (it's my browser of choice, too). Try opening the link in a different browser.

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Lenses / Re: If only Canon made this lens
« on: November 16, 2014, 10:26:16 AM »
The announcement, or development announcement, of a Canon 500mm f/5.6 L IS within a year or so is the only event which would prevent me from buying a third-party 150-600 zoom for my 7D2.

I've just started saving for the Sigma, the new Canon 100-400 is not an option because I love the compactness and great IQ of my 70-300 L so I wouldn't renounce to it and only 100mm advantage at the long end is not enough to justify the cost of something that would leave me hungry for more reach anyway.

+1 for the 500 f/5.6!

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Post Processing / Re: POLL: What picture styles do you use?
« on: November 16, 2014, 09:25:38 AM »
I don't know why he uses neutral, but for me it indeed seems like a good postprocessing basis. Btw "faithful" looks very similar, but a bit warmer - but I don't use it as I don't quite understand what it does vs neutral (anyone?).

Chuck Wesfall explained the difference on a monthly column, "Tech Tips", he wrote for The Digital Journalist, which I loved to read. Too bad Canon pulled their sponsorship back in 2010 and, unfortunately, CW no longer wrote his tips on TDJ since then. It was a great resource and still is, just browse the archives and you'll see.

http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0910/tech-tips.html

There's also an old thread on POTN you may find useful:

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=893089

Cheers!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Amazing Custom Settings
« on: November 13, 2014, 08:49:16 PM »
Thanks for starting this thread! As I said elsewhere, I was thinking of starting a similar thread on the 7D2 customization, but I didn't because I thought I should have had something worthwhile to suggest in the first place. I'm still playing with the settings and I'll try your suggestion which seems a great idea.

For now, I can say I'm following another great tip suggested a long time ago by neuroanatomist (I hope I remember well), i.e. to set C3 to best catch fast moving subjects such as birds in flight: you can move the dial clockwise until it stops without the need to check visually, so you're ready to shoot in a heartbeat anything that would otherwise be a missed opportunity.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 09, 2014, 08:11:40 AM »
having had the camera for a week now, I really really really don't like DPR. Lightroom is a far superior product and I hope they have an update soon.

Open in DPP->Convert to TIFF->Open in LR

I personally hate LR/ACR (I'm definitely in the minority there, I realize) and this is what I do for pretty much all my photos so that I can work on them in Photoshop.  DPP handles noise much better than Adobe.  You can set DPP defaults to all zero so that there are no adjustments carried over to the TIFF if you want, as well.

I can't say I hate LR+ACR, but I use DPP and it has always worked fine to me. Basically it does all that is needed. Plus, it's free. I guess it's a matter of getting used to the graphics, layout, menus... I'm at ease with the DPP's interface. It's the same old story, once you're accustomed to something you always feel uncomfortable to change to anything else. That said, I believe that if the majority prefers Adobe, DxO or other paid software, then there must be a substantial reason.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 09:03:20 AM »
....When I finally get my camera I will have to pay about 30% more than the US price...

Dale Photographic in Leeds have them in stock; £1,599.00.

Wow, at £1,599.00...that converts to roughly $2,875 CAD...over 50% more than the current Canadian list of $1899! ...

We are not lucky at all as concerns the cost of tech products in Europe, and not only tech stuff, unfortunately. Everything costs 30% to over 50% more than US and Canada. I paid €1,629 for mine in Italy and I'm very happy because the 7D2 is currently listed at €1,799. ...

It depends how you look at pricing. In the USA the minimum wage for many states is $7.25, and though many states have higher minimums things like overtime, healthcare etc are not paid as they are in the EU, the UK minimum wage is £6.25 for over 21's and that is $10, or nearly 40% more.

True. And food also, just to mention a prime good. But energy... is insanely expensive here.

Back to first impressions, my 50mm f/1.4 has become a fantastic portrait lens! With the 5D2, its autofocus was unreliable even after AFMA (+13), but with the 7D2 it works like a charm, and I haven't AFMAdjusted it yet. Too much of a difference to think it's only the DOF advantage of crop.

I still haven't AFMAd any of my lenses 'cos I've been too busy playing with the settings. I'm going to look into AFMAing as the next step, it will be interesting to compare each lens' result to the 5D2's adjustments. Logic would suggest consistent results, i.e. back- or front-focusing lenses should behave similarly relatively to each other, but I suspect things are not as simple as they appear and the AF module accounts for more than speed, accuracy and precision in this respect. We'll see in the next days.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 07:01:52 AM »
The OP of this thread is apparently a UK resident and received his new camera on 29th October(?).

I'm also in Britain, and as far as I can tell none of the major resellers have stock yet. Is this another example of Rip-Off Britain? When I finally get my camera I will have to pay about 30% more than the US price, and in the USA they get their kit weeks before we do!

I could, apparently, order from DigitalRev in Hong Kong, who have them in stock, and I'd receive my camera in about five days and pay £200 less than buying from a reputable UK dealer who buys through the Canon UK distribution channel. Does anyone have a view on whether it's worth sticking with Canon UK distribution, or saving money and getting my camera quicker by ordering from DigitalRev?

Dale Photographic in Leeds have them in stock; £1,599.00

(They also keep getting in surprisingly large amounts of used D600 and D610s)  :)

Wow, at £1,599.00...that converts to roughly $2,875 CAD...over 50% more than the current Canadian list of $1899! For warranty purposes, it's usually best to buy in your home country,but with that big a price difference it might be worth taking a chance and shop around. $1899 CAD is approximately £1,056....or nearly £550 difference. Even with shipping/duty you stand to save. Maybe a large US or Can retailer might be worth checking out.

We are not lucky at all as concerns the cost of tech products in Europe, and not only tech stuff, unfortunately. Everything costs 30% to over 50% more than US and Canada. I paid €1,629 for mine in Italy and I'm very happy because the 7D2 is currently listed at €1,799. Btw, the battery grip is practically nowhere to be found here at present.

I had resolved not to be an early adopter and wait for the price to settle a bit also because I was still undecided between the 7D2 and 70D, but after reading some first impressions reviews and the comments of the owners I couldn't resist and I'm happy I didn't wait. The 7D2 is really a mini-1DX.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 07, 2014, 07:06:42 AM »
Here is a photo with the 24 f2.8 IS on the 7D2. As you can see very little distortion on a crop body. Hand held at f5.6, 1/60th at ISO400. Framed it up with the in-viewfinder level and shot. It was raining buckets here all day so light was pretty soft. DR right on the edge though with the glass in the background. This should make an excellent "normal" lens.

GraFax, thanks a lot! After the supertele zoom and the battery grip, the 24 f2.8 IS will be my next purchase for sure. Excellent option on FF, also.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 06, 2014, 01:28:48 PM »
On Monday, October 3, I pulled the trigger. In the evening I was playing with my new toy.

My first thought, coming from a 5D2, was "oh Lord, now THIS is an autofocus!"

My second one was "how will I ever be able to remember all the available functions and settings?"

The third one was about priorities: what next? Battery grip, 24 f/2.8 IS as a walkaround lens for crop or Sigma 150-600? (I decided, I'm saving for the Siggy).

The fourth one crossed my mind just for a moment: "mmmh... selling organs is now legal in both Australia and Singapore... I wonder how much is a 54 years old kidney in decent conditions valued... (ok, I admit this one's not true  ;D )

The fourth one (this one is true) was "I want to start a thread on CR: what are your settings on your 7D2 and why?" But I didn't. I think first I have to decide which are mine. I'm continuously changing them, from what is displayed in the viewfinder to custom functions, to autofocus, to metering, to which settings to save under C1, C2, C3, to... to... too many. But boys, oh I'm having so much fun! Btw, I won't feel offended if someone starts such a thread in my place, rather I'd be glad.

I'm so happy I decided for the 7D2 instead of the 70D!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 15, 2014, 06:53:21 AM »
So, if the 6D moves upwards in specs and price, it is going to be positioned approximately where the 5D3 is now. Since the 7D2 will surely eat part of the current 5D3 market, and if the future 5D4 possibly goes Hi-MP, then there will be room for a new entry level FF... I mean, something equivalent to the Rebel line, but FF. What do you guys think, is it realistic a possible lineup with 4 FF and 4 APS-C dSLRs for all demands and all wallets?

edit: actually, there are 5 APS-C dSLRs currently available, I forgot the 100D.

I think that there is space for two more FF models below 6D or its successor. One would be simple FF - equivalent to 700D and the other would be small and simple FF - equivalent to 100D.  Please note that previously the price and size of FF models was gated by the price of the sensor and the bulk of the electronics.  With the cheap FF sensors and densely integrated electronics, we can have small DSLR cameras, but with FF sensor.  It is only a matter of time before FF DSLRs bodies will be sold at $500 street price.  Note that Canon would need to develop cheap kit zoom - 28-55 and cheap tele zoom 55-300 for these cameras.

Well, if we consider the near future and IF the rumor of the 6D2 moving upwards in specs is true, then one more... maybe, but hardly two, even in the long term. At this point, a FF mirrorless is more likely to happen than a cheap pentamirror FF. As you said, a cheap <1k$ FF would make sense along with cheap kit lenses, so why Canon shoud invest there when they know there's demand for a FF mirrorless? Just my thought, though.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 10:03:14 AM »
So, if the 6D moves upwards in specs and price, it is going to be positioned approximately where the 5D3 is now. Since the 7D2 will surely eat part of the current 5D3 market, and if the future 5D4 possibly goes Hi-MP, then there will be room for a new entry level FF... I mean, something equivalent to the Rebel line, but FF. What do you guys think, is it realistic a possible lineup with 4 FF and 4 APS-C dSLRs for all demands and all wallets?

edit: actually, there are 5 APS-C dSLRs currently available, I forgot the 100D.

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Canon General / Re: Site trolling
« on: October 02, 2014, 08:48:00 AM »
I find the level of perceived trolling very low in comparison to other Internet photog forums, and the user interaction very nice and considerate in comparison to other tech forums.
This is the correct picture. It's up to all of us to keep things going this way. The simple fact that we have acknowledged a negative trend in recent times and are discussing about it is encouraging. Fortunately, it appears we are a mature and responsible community, thanks also to the excellent work of the mods.

The one problem that it's a rumor site without rumors as Canon isn't doing much revolutionary, so speculation always revolves around the same points.
Another fair comment, although I think DPAF for one (and all that can possibly stem from it in the future) is revolutionary. Moreover, as far as leaks are concerned, even Apple look like a cullender compared to Canon. Life is so much easier on nikonrumors, fujirumors etc.

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