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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM by DxO Mark
« on: January 29, 2014, 12:56:39 PM »
...on my 5DII body (no MA capability) it is pretty sharp?  I like the coverage, but I hope a version "II" is in the works!
Steve, the 5DII does have AFMA.

I'm truly hoping a version II is in the works, too, better still soon to be announced. This will bring about a dilemma for me, what to do with my 70-300 L: sell it and go for the new 100-400, or keep it (love it, btw) and wait for the also rumored 400 f/5.6 IS? If a non-DO 400 f/4 had existed it would have been my choice since the f/2.8 is well out of my reach. I guess I'll decide based on which of the two is available first (damn L-disease!), unless they're both announced simultaneously... :P

Guess it's a way to pass the time as we wait for all of our dream lenses to come to fruition.
Or having data handy when it's time to compare the new version to the old one. Yes, I'm basically optimistic and can't wait to read the comparison... on TDP, DPR, CR, etc. etc.  DxO? who cares...

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Lighting / Re: Shaping the Lite
« on: December 12, 2013, 12:10:24 PM »
Thanks a lot, neuro!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Holidays 2013: Where the Heck is Canon?
« on: October 17, 2013, 08:48:18 AM »
    * Panasonic is about to announce the world's smallest ILC 4/3 camera

Meanwhile, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 has been released. It seems it's a really nice little baby.

BTW, I voted for Canon to stick to DSLRs and stay the course. I'm waiting for the 7DII in 2014.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2013, 02:08:07 PM »
Reach? Assuming we all care about IQ, it's a consolidated opinion by now that a cropped image taken with the 5DII looks better than one taken with the 7D. Better still, it's more than an opinion, it's a fact.

It's not only not a fact, it's a fact that that fact is flat out wrong.

Well... you're right. First because I wrote 5DII instead of 5DIII, which is the cam I was actually talking about, second because I missed to specify "at high ISOs", which is often the situation you're into when shooting fast action sports, birds or wildlife in general. I remember several threads, and some comparison sample pictures also, which appeared here on CR (and massively in some other forums) concerning this matter: not considering the loss of resolution, simply IQ-wise, hi-ISO FF crops looked better than uncropped APS-Cs to my eye. But, please, don't ask for links, I'm too lazy to look for old CR threads now, let alone other websites... I just want to mention what I always say, that a 8 MP clean image is better than a 18 MP noisy one. You can always apply NR, but then you lose detail, anyway.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2013, 12:59:20 PM »
And let me say, just implementing the dual pixel CMOS AF, regardless of any other video feature which might be added to the 7DII, would suffice for considering it "more video oriented" than the current 7D.

You probably will change your mind because dual pixel (only usable in lv) af goes along with a touch screen, which might mean less weight will be put into the vf and phase af ...

... and since you're supposed to use the comfort of the touch screen, they could very well change the ergonomics like reducing the wheel size or less old-school buttons.

Good points! You're perfectly right, nevertheless I don't see Canon dropping the dual pixel AF tech in any of their future cams, provided they are video capable, which means probably all of them. If your statement refers to the fact that I, like many others, don't care much about video, I'm with you on this one generally speaking, except that in the specific case of the 7DII I don't see both the situations you fear will occur. In particular,

...might mean less weight will be put into the vf and phase af ...
not necessarily, and certainly not in a classy 7DII as it is rumored to be. Since both the 70D viewfinder and phase AF have been improved with respect to the 60D, I can't imagine this not happening in the 7D --> 7DII transition also.

...they could very well change the ergonomics like reducing the wheel size or less old-school buttons.
I'm a little more concerned on this one because it's exactly what happened along the 50D-->60D-->70D pathway. It must be noticed, however, that the ergonomics change, and particularly the wheel size reduction, came together with a reduction of the overall body size; I'm not expecting a smaller 7DII, I'd rather expect it to grow in size and weight (maybe 100% wf and integrated grip), so I hope no change for the worse in the ergonomics.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2013, 10:36:22 AM »
Add me to the list of people sick of paying all that extra cash for a function I don't want.

How much extra cash do you think you're paying?

Exactly. Nearly nothing.

And let me say, just implementing the dual pixel CMOS AF, regardless of any other video feature which might be added to the 7DII, would suffice for considering it "more video oriented" than the current 7D. Anyway, Magic Lantern docet, there's plenty of functions Canon could introduce in the next bodies, if only they felt doing so does not impair their Cinema EOS cameras' sales.

Talking about sensor and pixel density, I'm still hoping for a (relatively) low MP count 7DII, in the range of 14 - 16. Let me explain. Today, the reasons for choosing an APS-C body are: price, compactness and reach. According to rumors, the 7DII is not going to be a cheap cam, it may even be a "baby 1DX" with integrated grip; if so, price and compactness are ruled out. Pricewise, a better choice could be either the 6D or the 5DIII. Reach? Assuming we all care about IQ, it's a consolidated opinion by now that a cropped image taken with the 5DII looks better than one taken with the 7D. Better still, it's more than an opinion, it's a fact. So, IQ-wise, I'm not going to spend as much money as the 5DIII costs on a hi-MP 7DII if I could not take advantage of the only advantage I'd care about: reach.

I'm hoping Canon to bring on a lo-MP, monster-framerate, good hi-ISO IQ, as-much-as-they-want-video-oriented (I don't care, but I know I'm not spending any extra cash on it), pro-grade weather sealed 7DII.

Cheers!

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Canon 44.7MP DSLR at the End of August? [CR1]
« on: July 25, 2013, 04:57:24 PM »
I don’t see this being true.

Neither do I.

I lol at DRones who forget that 21MP still makes Jumbo sized prints.

LOL! Ramon, I'm really appreciating your humor, lately!

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Lenses / Re: Lens recomendation for infant passport photo
« on: July 21, 2013, 02:24:15 PM »
Dear Darson
Please don't take your baby on a plane.
Yours, the rest of the plane.

Dear Harry,
are you planning to hijack one soon? Should I prefer an ocean-going liner?
Thanks!  ;D ;D ;D
Yours,
Pierlux

OK, seriously... either the 100 or the 70-200 @ f/5.6 - 8.

Darson, congrats to you and best wishes to your baby!!! :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Canon EOS 8D Rumors [CR0]
« on: July 17, 2013, 12:07:00 PM »

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:09:10 PM »
We’re told two possible sensors are in play for the EOS 7D Mark II, the 20.2mp sensor in the 70D and a 24.1mp sensor that has yet to see the light of day.

But I wouldn't be surprised if the 7D2 will have a 16-18 MP sensor. To be honest, I would even prefer a 16 MP 7D2 over a higher res one if this means better high ISO IQ, not to mention speed. After all, the 1Dx and the Nikon D4 are 18 and 16 MP, respectively, and none of their owners complain about this despite being both FF cameras, since both are geared for speed and highest IQ and those are the reasons for purchasing them, apart from build quality. According to rumors, the 7D2 is going to be an APS-C-sized pro body: would you guys complain for the lower res if it had 16 MP along with 2 or more stops better high ISO noise over the current 7D? I wouldn't. 16 MP is already plenty of detail for an APS-C sensor. The ability to crop? I think a 50% cropped 8 MP clean image is always better than an equally cropped 12 MP noisy one. I know I'm going to be criticized for what I'm saying, but hey, that's what I think...

We’re also told that 2 new “pro” bodies will arrive in 2014, and that doesn’t include the EOS 7D Mark II, which will be a pro specced APS-C camera.

Isn't a pro specced APS-C camera a pro body after all? Why couldn't the 7D2 be one of the two 2014 pro bodies? Weren't the 1D series cams pro bodies, though not FF?

and let the "i expect 10fps and 61 point AF blahblah" spam begin.

I expect at least 14 fps and 45 point AF, 61 are maybe too much for APS-C.   ;D ;D ;D

Cheers!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is This the EOS 3D?
« on: June 17, 2013, 02:03:07 PM »
I think he's simply about to commit suicide, but undecided whether to jump down the abyss or strangle himself with all those straps...  :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Big Megapixel Discussion
« on: June 15, 2013, 02:50:27 PM »
I'm not sure what you are basing that on. This could very well be the 1D Xs.

Speculation. It's fun. Sure, it could be called 1D Xs. But again, I don't think so, especially if it's going to be a non-integrated grip body, which is my preferred option. In the other case, why not? But unlikely. Remember Canon introduced the "X" to represent the merging (crossing) of the 1D and 1Ds lines, and now what? Splitting in two the 1 series again and keeping the X, though both FF?


I have always understood that what they meant with "merging of the 1D and 1Ds" meant the actual merging of 1D IV and 1Ds III cameras not the actual 1D and 1Ds "lines" meaning that they forever excluded the possibility of a high speed 1D and a big megapixel 1D. Watch the official announcements again after you read this post, they didn't say exactly what you thought.

Another take that i think could be possible is that they meant that the 1D and 1Ds lines merge in to a 1DX which does not exclude a 1DXs line.

Big companies sometimes say things that is useful for marketing but customers take them too seriously.

From Canon: “The EOS-1D X represents the re-invention of the EOS-1Ds and EOS-1D series" ... (Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.).

Series, lines... the meaning is clear. Of course, 1D IV and 1Ds III cameras were representative of both series at that time, can you imagine Canon stating that they were merging the 1D, 1DII, 1DIIn, 1DIII, 1DIV and 1Ds, 1DsII and 1DsIII cameras? Don't look too much inside words, the meaning is clear. And marketing paths for the next 5-6 years, maybe longer, were already set by Canon at that time, so it's not a matter of Canon saying "things useful for marketing but customers take them too seriously".

Anyway, I used the words "possibility", "maybe", "could", "unlikely". You'll never hear from me statements of certainty about things not already established. I'm speculating, but I'm trying to use common sense when doing so.

Apart from this, there are other reasons for not going for an integrated grip body for hi-MP cam. Some of them have already been reported by others in this thread. Another one, never really being considered, is that both Canon and Nikon have their (relatively) low-res, high-speed cams embodied by big integrated grip bodies. Those cams are primarily (but of course not exclusively) intended for high speed- high ISO- low light-oriented photography. As Neuro once said, even his P&S takes beautiful photos when plenty of light is available. When we look at stunning high resolution images, or at images taken to test a body and/or a lens, these are taken on sturdy tripods, with mirror lockup and low ISOs. What would be the point of shooting handheld, low light, a 12 fps burst with a 36-45 MP camera (assuming such a camera could exist) if doing so you'll not gain better resolution over a 10-12 MP one due to noise, camera shake and vibration introduced by mirror and shutter? Sure, a photographer sporting a BIG cam looks cool, more macho, sweating manliness from every pore, but if he's using handheld a 45 MP camera @ 12 fps and 12800 ISO (again assuming such a camera existed!) he's also a fool (or the Manufacturer that makes such a camera).

So, let me say again that I think the next Canon bigMP cam is more likely to be a non-integrated grip body. And I really hope so. How can you be so sure to say that it will be in a 1D body?

Cheers!

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Site Information / Re: CR wobbly
« on: June 15, 2013, 09:23:53 AM »
On a side note, I've just modified the above post by myself shortly after posting it, but I don't see the usual "Last edit: June ... ... by Pierlux" at the bottom. Could it be because I've edited it particularly fast?

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Site Information / Re: CR wobbly
« on: June 15, 2013, 09:08:49 AM »
...this might be due to a faulty banner ad being called.

Completely OT, but a faulty banner ad on CR killed one of my laptop speakers approx. 3 years ago. Incredible, but true. The first time it happened the noise was so loud I didn't even realize it was my laptop producing it and looked around to see what was going on. The noise lasted less than a couple of seconds. It happened again when I refreshed CR homepage and the right speaker died. I was using Windows 7/Firefox and the volume was set very low, as usual when I'm at work and... ehmm... not "dealing with working stuff"... Investigating the phenomenon with my Department's system administrator, we concluded it was an ad banner causing it as soon as it was visualized, cannot remember now which one was. Always had Adblock Plus installed since then.

On topic again, the problem has been occurring to me since June 13, on Win XP/7/8 and Firefox 21.0. But I have Adblock Plus running as always and banners are being blocked, at least I don't see them, don't know about their code being executed anyways...

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Big Megapixel Discussion
« on: June 11, 2013, 08:11:20 PM »
At last, proper rumours return!!!  ;)

Agreed!  :D

Let's see what the 70 D sensor is going to be like, they are delaying it so long with respect to Nikon's D 7100 that hopefully it may mean a new tech sensor will be introduced with Canon's next camera which, according to rumors, should be just around the corner... that's why I'm waiting for it so eagerly. But I've no idea what this tech could be about, just shrinking the fab process from 500 nm to 250 or 180 or less is not enough to obtain considerably better DR, further innovation is mandatory. Could it be the use of something else instead of pure silicon for the CMOS (apart from Cu in back-end-of-line), like Intel did with its 45 nm process employing hafnium in their hi-k metal gate for a completely different purpose?

Well, I admit I'm ignorant in this respect, but I'm throwing this idea in with the hope that someone well-informed may contribute with some hint; as I said earlier, speculating is the most fun to me on Canon Rumors and learning from those technically skilled members here is the best part of it. I suspect that composite materials and composite nanostructures may represent the future of imaging sensors.

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