« on: December 31, 2010, 05:31:37 PM »
I like my 100-400. It works well for small birds around the house.
Even with a 1.4X extender:
Even with a 1.4X extender:
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Enjoyed the review as this lens is definately on my mind for a future purchase. One (well two) questions i do have to are regarding the photos posted with the review. In todays modern post processing era, how much post processing has been done to the photos to juice them up ? and are the originals available if there has been post processing ?
Thanks, keep up the great work.
These are good places to start looking:
On other threads in this forum, it has been suggested that 4K video will become popular for consumer camcorders. And when are the 4K televisions being introduced? 4k is a production standard for making movies to be shown on movie screens that are 60 feet wide, but at lot of people I know are watching their movies at home upconverted from standard DVDs distributed at 720x480.
When no video is needed, get the 500D.
Or if 720p @ 30fps (not 29.97) for short segments is your bag - granted it's not great in any but the best light, but it gets the job done. The whole bumping up the framerate to 60Hz (59.94 but who's counting right) and apparently not leaving in a 30fps option baffles me, especially when clip length is so limited.
stark, I'm not sure that's correct. as kandrews noted, 2K, 3K, and 4K are actually resolution sizes, which would relate to the number of lines on a screen.
raw video is a whole separate issue, and I don't know that we'll be able to sneak that out of existing cams purely with a firmware hack.
I hear so many people griping about AF in the 5d mkii... can anyone elaborate on that? is it the tracking that is bad? what about single shot AF?
I've had a 350d and now a 40d and I've never been dissapointed really. Even in near pitch black, the AF is fine to me. If I'm doing night landscapes it will often fail to AF -- but then again, those really are times to use manual focus anyway.
also: people who talk about nikons AF being better --- yes, they tend to have way more AF points. But for those of us who use only the center point 90% of the time... does that matter?
Also, note to those saying nikon has leapfrogged canon right now: just keep in mind, it all depends what you are talking about. For video and megapixels, canon is clearly ahead.
Not to mention, as nikon ups its megapixel count (which it will), its gonna start losing that edge in noise performance.
RAW video is a nerds wet dream. 104Mb/s+ from a DSLR body ? Right.
I have the feeling (Ie. don't have facts to back it up), that dSLR use for videography is still very very niche... it is catching on.. but im not convinced its a big chunk of sales as of yet
Canon is not going to publish figures, they don't always know what you will use a camera for. However, one only need look at the huge market for ADD-ons for video use of DSLR's to realize that a whole new market segment has been created.
DSLR's are being used more and more for filming commercials for TV, but the 5D MK II use for movies is limited by the compression artifacts which are expensive and difficult to remove thru post processing. That is why videographers wish for RAW.
check out cinema5d.com to see the huge following that has sprung up virtually overnight.
Better yet, google DSLR video, you might be suprised at some pretty high end TV shows that use DSLR's for all or a portion of their episodes, the list of users is almost endless.
There is a reason why Canon has added video features to its cameras after initial release when they generally do not add features at all. The interest shown by the video community apparently convinced them that money was to be made, and not in small amonts either.
The D300s colors are closer to the reality, the Canon is a little bit reddish.
Try using Custom White Balance and never rely on the camera's built in presets for AWB (especially indoor light). Use a WhiBal card (or similar) to achieve accurate color which any decent camera should offer the option of Custom WB. You should be shooting in RAW also vs. JPG which pre-bake's the settings and much more difficult to manipulate. In RAW you will have full control over your entire image. You can convert to JPG after proper tweaking in DPP if you like. JPG's are included in each RAW image by the way.
Using live view you will be able to use the lens (with flash) hand held and live view flips the mirror up for you.
If they replace the 1D IV next year I'm selling all my Canon junk, buying Nikon and turning into the most disgusting Nikon fanboi - anti-Canon-troll the interwebs has ever seen.
Why? Do you think that the 1D MK IV will stop working or making money for you? Cameras get upgraded all the time.
No, but you do understand that this gear represent a certain investment and you don't invested in S___ like this without having some clear idea of depreciation and factoring in the loss in ones accountancy. That is what I'm concerned about, not the camera magically not making me money anymore. Canon has been very steady in update frequency since the 1D.
About the FF debate, meh, don't care, as long as the speed is the same and the pickles stay around where they are now, larger files means more time.