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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: iPhone 6 gets an Exmor
« on: September 29, 2014, 07:29:24 PM »
Looks like even iPhone has moved to Exmor.
Actually, Sony’s Exmor-R back-illuminated sensor was first introduced in the rear-facing camera of the iPhone 4s. The iPhone 5 had the same sensor as the 4s. Then Apple moved to the Exmor-RS (stacked) with the iPhone 5s, the 6 and 6 plus having the same sensor as the 5s.

What's new in the 6 and 6 Plus is only the front facing camera, previously a 1.2 MP BSI OmniVision in both the 5 and 5s, now Sony Exmor-RS.

Well, the rear-facing camera of the 6 Plus has also optical image stabilization as a new feature, but the sensor is the same as the 5s and 6.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 27, 2014, 09:19:59 AM »
I don't see the option I want
I don't get this poll.
Ah, I voted for: "Probably. If the reviews confirm the hype and the price is right" and I'd add "But only after the price comes down". A lot.
Interesting that the leading vote at this point is NO to a high MP 5D4.
Since the question is "Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5D4" I'd have answered "Yes, when the price comes down, no matter how many fps because I'll use it for studio/macro/landscape only."

Regardless of my specific preferences, maybe this poll does not include enough options, nor the right ones. But this poll makes sense to me. Assuming a high MP 5D4 will cost approx as much as the 5D3/D810, I'd have preferred the following:

  • Hell, yes! I'd preorder as soon as possible.
  • Yes, if higher MP comes along with IQ equal to, or better than, the 5D3, plus the latest bells & whistles".
  • Probably, if the reviews are favourable.
  • Possibly, it depends on what the competition has to offer at the time in the DSLR compartment.
  • No, I'm not interested in a high MP camera, I'd rather care for monster framerate and high ISO IQ.
  • No, because I'm leaning towards a high MP mirrorless.
  • Absolutely no. I'm fed up with Canon.

Then I'd vote the second option.


By the way, my yesterday's reply to neuro in this thread was not intended to be posted here, I suppose since I had several tabs open on different threads i messed up things. Since in the end it was only meant as a fun post I didn't bother to cancel it. No attempt to hijack the thread, just said to myself oh, well... never mind.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:15:59 AM »
Ah, I voted for: "Probably. If the reviews confirm the hype and the price is right" and I'd add "But only after the price comes down". A lot.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 26, 2014, 11:12:37 AM »
No, but I'd likely buy a high MP 1-series body.
You don't know as yet, but I know you will buy the 7D2, despite what you already stated.

Because it has an amazing autofocus.

Because GPS is a feature that will be very useful in many situations.

Because you'll admit to yourself that price is not the only advantage of a crop body (well, you already admitted it when you recently modified your previous convinction by stating that it's the main advantage, not that you were wrong before, but because the 7D2 didn't exist yet): apart from the other advantages, you might find that, with good light, your 600L on its 20 MP sensor produces better images than 600L+1,4x extender on FF without losing 1 f/stop and with the plus of slightly more reach.

Because having 1Dx+600 and 7D2+70-300 handy (or the opposite on occasion) can be really useful.

Because it's a nice toy to play with.

Because it's cheap, it costs only a small fraction of the value of all your gear put together.

Because the Black Rapid Double Strap is cool.

But, most of all, because I need your hands-on advice to help me decide: 70D or 7D2?  :) :) :)

Preorder now!

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Canon General / Re: DRones vs. anti-DRones: how to resolve the controversy
« on: September 25, 2014, 01:15:37 PM »
how about a good old fashioned staring competition? no? rock, paper, oh never mind...
Glad you (and ActuancePhotography) catched the right mood, this was meant as a fun thread, just to ease the tension. Don't take it too seriously.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 12:53:03 PM »
Oh, boys, I'm switching to... macrumors.  :( (for a while... ;) )

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 25, 2014, 10:39:52 AM »
Lack of irony seems often to be accompanied by a lack of humor.

Seeing the pictures of the museum made me laugh out loud. When being asked for the reason of my laughing by somebody not familiar with photography, I didn't even know how to start to explain this whole story and why this was a hilarious post. "Well it's about ...em... so when you photograph, you ...em... so some people think that ... uuuuh..... I saw a cat falling down a table."

I think that one of the things we should do when posting is to put a "WARNING! Sarcasm" or a "Warning! Humour" tag on some of our posts. While it is obvious to the poster, many of the readers will not get it.
I'd even add a "message icon" indicating a "fun" or "sarcasm" thread. It happened to me I intended to start a fun thread a while ago and I did, but I put a question mark icon on it. I assumed it was clear enough by the content, but it wasn't. Well, maybe I should have posted this under "Site information" as a suggestion instead of here...

p.s. Surapon's back!!! :)

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Canon General / DRones vs. anti-DRones: how to resolve the controversy
« on: September 25, 2014, 10:15:14 AM »
Rejoyce! I've got the answer! I suggest all the contenders come to Italy and debate the DR contention this way...

English filmmaker Jonathan Glazer directed this ad for Canon Come and See.

See more about Calcio storico Fiorentino:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imI7dpzKIoE

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:11:43 PM »
and this is the point of this poll..... it is to try and make everyone realize that people are getting fed up with our collective behaviour and maybe.... just maybe.... we will try to do better.
Excellent!

I'm glad to finally see tones smoothed down and a more relaxed talk, you guys are so much knowledgeable and excellent photographers, your thousands of posts bear witness of this, to waste your time bickering. Stop DRubbing each other, DRop your weapons, all you need is a clarification, a handshake and a DRink. You've helped countless members improving their ability by giving skilful advice on gear and technique, myself in primis, thanks a lot for this, please go on this way!

And many thanks to Don, also, for having started this thread which might mean the end of the beginning of this forum's DRift towards a DReadful DRabbling!

Peace (is priceless)!

p.s. Now, should threads appear specifically dealing with sensors or DR related stuff, please contribute constructively or just ignore, as the majority voted in this poll.  :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:55:34 AM »
I've voted for discussing sensors and DR (and resolution, pixel density etc.) only in threads devoted to the topic. I think these are very interesting topics. But it's becoming annoying seeing these topics continuously debated in threads that have little to nothing to do with sensors.

On the other hand, should someone starts a thread to discuss about sensors and DR, I'd like all the forum members who are not interested in participating to avoid starting bullying the OP: just ignore if not interested, it's as simple as that, or express their opinion in a polite, respectful and relaxed tone.

<sarcasm> @Don: I'd modify #5, adding to those who fixate on DR the others who attack violently the "fixated". </sarcasm>

I like this poll, maybe it's a way to begin getting something fixed on Canon Rumors before it's too late, I don't want valuable members to cancel or corrupt their behavior or CR to become a place resembling other less respectable places! Just continue respecting each other as it has always been. That's why I like forums like CR or TDP (just to mention another excellent one).

More concerned about where surapon's gone  :-\
I was thinking the same, I like his enthusiasm, directness, spontaneity, civilty and good manner... did anyone bully him recently? I missed that....  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 22, 2014, 07:40:42 AM »
...better than any soap opera...
...which, after the 1000th episode, becomes queasy.

I normally stay out of this kind of debates which usually ends up leaving each quarreler even more deep-rooted in his own opinion. But it somehow hurts me seeing those who I, by now, consider teachers and friends, having read literally thousands of their posts for years (I know the opposite is obviously not true - considering me a friend I mean - since I post so rarely, although having been "here" since the very beginning of Canon Rumors back in 2008), endlessly bickering over the same argument thread after thread. What I fear is that someone of the contenders could feel offended in the long run and cancel his membership. Well, as I said, I'd be really sorry about  that, my dear teachers and friends (let me steal Surapon's adage for once :) ).

I love this forum, nobody at present is anything near to what Mikael or Canon F1 before him were, please let's not make anybody become looking like they were. Just stop arguing unpleasantly. Please!!!

We could have tons of stuff to talk about, yet I see no threads or discussion, other than transient mention, about what I think are really amazing features of the 7D2, i.e. its auto-ISO capability which even beats that of the 1DX. Or the most sophisticated intelligent viewfinder ever. Or the 150kpixel RGB + IR metering sensor which also beats that of the 1DX. Now these are the features I'd like to read about, being discussed in this forum, not sensor tech or DR. Of course I could start a thread myself on these features instead of waiting for someone else to do it, but there's a reason I write so few posts: I'm terribly slow in writing, plus I'm so busy reading all of yours that I've got too little time left :).

Now we have THIS sensor inside the 7D2, it's an amazing sensor, could it become better if we talk about it? Of course no. Could it have been better? Maybe yes, but it's no use complaining now. Will Canon sensors evolve in the future? Sure they will, we don't know when, maybe when the pixel density will necessarily increase due to pressing competition, and it will come at a cost. The 7D2 is cheap when accounting for the features it offers, I really expected a higher price point, so I'm pleasantly surprised, actually.

We still don't know for sure if and how the 7D2's sensor is somehow different than that of the 70D. Apparently, IQ is only very very slightly, almost unnoticeably, better (at least to my eyes, but I may be biased because I'd really like things to be this way) at top ISO. We need a real head to head 7D2 vs. 70D comparison to objectively see any difference, i.e. RAW files taken at the same time with identical lighting and all the other possible variables being absolutely equal, which are not yet available.

I have a few months before deciding whether to purchase the 70D or the 7D2 and I'd like all of you guys influence my decision with your debates in a positive, constructive way, as it has always been.

Peace!


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EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:49:23 AM »
Wow!!!! I'm using a small, uncalibrated monitor at work, yet I can see a difference (small) even compared to the 70D at high ISO. Is it just me or do you also notice an improvement?

I can definitely see an improvement over the original 7D, but I really can't see any improvement over the 70D.

EDIT: Well, I double checked the ISO 25600 and in some parts of the sample I can see the 7D II being better (say the bottle of wine vinegar), in some areas it is the same (say the bottle of pepper oil), and in some areas, the 70D giving a nicer look (shadow noise between the pepper oil and the colouring box).  I think I need to see how the samples will look like on dpreview to get a better idea.

The difference is actually very small, I think we have to wait for some downloadable raws to make a valid comparison.

I'll have hard times deciding whether to drop double the money for a 7D2 or go for the 70D and save something to invest in a longer lens which I have to purchase anyway. The new Siggy 120-600 is approx 2x the price of the Tamron, but then there's also the other unicorn from Canon that's probably about to be announced hopefully sooner than later at this point... The "Year of the Lens" must not pass without the 100-400 replacement being announced, nevertheless, as neuro pointed out, that one lens didn't benefit from the recent price drop, probably meaning it's still selling very well... How hard a decision for me!

Well, I think I'll manage to hold back GAS and wait a few months to take advantage from the price settlement, not a bad idea to capitalize my limited budget. Meanwhile, I'll have fun reading reviews, comparisons, comments etc.

Cheers!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:54:42 AM »
Wow!!!! I'm using a small, uncalibrated monitor at work, yet I can see a difference (small) even compared to the 70D at high ISO. Is it just me or do you also notice an improvement?

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:47:18 PM »
Possibly I'm wrong, but now I'm thinking that "lens electronic MF" has nothing to do with the C.Fn which disables electronic MF. Otherwise why mention it in a spec list which highlights the most relevant features?

I remember old rumors suggesting that the 7D2 would be geared for video, but the current opinion is that it's not, rather it's a perfect wildlife-sports camera for stills.

Well, if Canon implemented the possibility to manually control the lens' focus "on camera" without touching the focus ring, that would definitely be a nice video feature. And, as suggested by neuro, that 4-way function could be used for silently changing aperture etc. I would definitely say these features, if real, are perfect for video.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:08:51 PM »
The more I think about it, the more I feel talicoa is right, an electronic manual focus control is better on that lever than on the wheel, ergonomically.

And, neuro, yes I know it's a 1DX & 5D3 feature, and I remember your previous posts, but I was referring to the rumored specs which cite this function unlike the other cameras, so maybe no longer a C.Fn setting but a hard button function. I agree I shouldn't have defined it mysterious, though.

I have a question for the expert guys: is it possible that, with a dedicated hard control, all the EF lenses with AF could benefit of "on camera manual focus" in addition to those selected few lenses with STM and focus by wire?

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