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EOS Bodies / Re: The Leica M9 Experience
« on: September 29, 2010, 01:49:42 PM »
Hi ,

Great article!!  Thanks.  Am really looking for a full sensor canon EVIL with m- mount adaptor.  For me this would be ideal.  No huge payment for a M-9 body that will be outmoded by an improved model in the relative hear future (relative to the length of time I'd be owning the Leica or Zeiss or Voitlander lenses).    I love the comments about simplicity and ease of transport of gear.

one person referred to the need to take off glasses while looking into the viewfinder of the M-9.  I am in that category.  My diopter is 2.5 right now.  Pardon my ignorance of the rangefinders but......   if I were to be wearing the correct diopter glasses (or glasses that are over magnified like a diopter 3.0 to be used only when using the camera), wouldn't this auto correct the focusing problem allowing me to focus accurately using the rangefinder???

thanks to anyone with experience along these lines.

I have been using a M4 for more than  40 years. I am a glasses wearer. I have never have any problem using the view finder or the range finder. It does not have the same amount of eye releive as the modern DSLR. you should try it out yourself.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: September 23, 2010, 02:02:38 PM »
I should have a more detail on the diffraction effect before some one jumps on me. In reality, the diffraction effect is always there (from the size of the lens aperture). For the lower Mp sensor, It just cannot resolve the diffraction effect. For high Mp, the effect will show up due to higher resolution. We can down size the High Mp picture to "eliminate" the effect.  But then, we will end up with a lower Mp picture

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces EOS 60D
« on: September 23, 2010, 01:49:51 PM »
Part of the reason (may be problem) of people thinking about switch Camera maker (or even switch new body within the same band) is that cameras are relatively cheap. In the '60s, a good camera cost almost as much as one month wage and people stick to their camera for 10, 20 years. Nowadays people always want the newest model. I stress the point want, not need. Let us be honest to ourselves, does the 40D really give us a better picture than the 20D? Or does the 7D really give us a better picture than the 50D?? I am talking about prints, not pixel peeping. Especially now that the resolution of the sensor demands the best prime lens. Even that we need to beware of the diffraction effect. Granted that each newer model give us more feature that we want, but how many of them do we really need ?? Nowadays, camera makers try to out done each other. It becomes an endless chase for us.

EOS Bodies / Re: Fujifilm FinePix X100
« on: September 20, 2010, 04:01:58 PM »
No offence.... but stick to Canon posts.... all the rumor sites are starting to take from each other and it is beginning to get pointless to click through 4-5 sites all reporting the same stuff.

You have a niché site... keep it that way.

Ease up... and it's niche, not niché...

No offense. Great post. But just wondering, if that is the philosophy of CR, next up is Nikon new releases?

I would think anything other than Canon will not be showing up here, this aint rumor equivalent of DpReview, is it?
CR is right about posting the Fujifilm FinePix X100. It is a very unusual camera.  It is a great fill-in article for lack of real Canon rumors. Also CR has the sense of just doing a brief mentioning rather than going into great deatil ,like the DPReview. So reader knows it is there, If you want more information (people like me) you can go to find it in another site.

EOS Bodies / Re: Fujifilm FinePix X100
« on: September 20, 2010, 01:02:19 PM »
Check out this site.It got a lot more detail.

It is a beauty and a photographer's camera.

They could put a Leica M mount on it on the next generation and give Leica M9 a run for the money.

EOS Bodies / Re: Fujifilm FinePix X100
« on: September 20, 2010, 12:29:11 PM »
Check out the interface (the cleave line) on the prism (beam cube).  It's backwards.  It's a "theorist beam splitter."  ;D

The drawing is right. It is not a light splitter. It is a "combiner" . Either the light from the bright frame or the LCD is combined with the light from the view finder window(scenery) and reach your eye.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: September 19, 2010, 08:08:06 PM »
I decided to take the $2,000 limit challenge. Here is what I came up with.

Canon T2i w/kit lens: $900
Canon 55-250mm EF-S zoom: $230
Vivitar DF383 Strobe: $130
Protective Filters/Cards/Camera Bag: $300

Personally, I would not recommend this lens for a one lens outfit. 1. 55mm for a  ASP-C camera becomes 88mm focal length. The owner will be using tele-zoom lens all the time.  What happen when group shots, scenery shot are required. 2. That is the kit lens that my friend is complaining about the noise in focusing that will over power the conversation. 2. Most of the people that use the DSLR for video  are mainly for family affair, parties etc.  It will require a wide angle lens of minimum of 35mm equivalent focal length.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: September 19, 2010, 06:29:58 PM »
Now, a word to my fellow forum readers. I hope you'll rise to the challenge and put together your own $2,000 package for this upgrader. If you can do a better job or have constructive recommendations that fit within the confines he or she has provided us, have at it. I'm not particularly interested in reading nitpicking comments from trolls, but if that's your thing, so be it.
May I add that the people that will rise to this challenge should have also used the DSLR for video (hopefully extensive and speak from their own experience.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 60D v. Nikon D7000
« on: September 19, 2010, 02:35:03 PM »
My budget is now around $1500-$2000, which I plan to spend on a good camera (with video shooting feature) plus only 1-2 lenses.

Right now I'm leaning toward the Nikon D7000 as its features look promising and will allow me to learn almost everything I need to know about photography.  As for the lenses, I'm thinking about 18-135 or 18-200 instead of the kit lens (I want some telephoto), and probably something for the portrait shots. (35 or 50mm/f1.8???). Within my tight little budget, I might be able to only get one lens at the moment.

A friendly advice from a second hand experience. I have a friend shooting video with the T2i with the kit lens. he told me that the noise from the focusing of the lens is loud and can overtake the conversation. So if you are aiming at video, you need lens with both USM and IS. For me the ideal lens from Canon for video on APS-C camera is 17-55mm f2.8 with both USM and IS. It will be about US$1100. Speaking of USM. Please make sure that you got the RING USM, not Micro USM.

EOS Bodies / Re: The 60D Needs AF Microadjustment
« on: September 17, 2010, 08:13:01 PM »
Neuroanatomist, Thanks again. So far you have given the most complete REAL experience and insight on microadjustment in this forum. Thanks

EOS Bodies / Re: The 60D Needs AF Microadjustment
« on: September 17, 2010, 01:49:58 PM »
Neuroanatomist, Thanks . Someone in this thread also claims that for zoom lens, when you adjust for one focal length and distance, the other focal length, even distance may get messed up. Have you seen that happened to you? Excuse me for asking too much question. After waiting for my 20D/40D replacement for awhile, I am ready for another body. So far I do not "see" focusing problem on my 40D. I do have a slight problem with the 20D.  I can either buy the 7D or the 60D. Therefore I try to get as much information as I can. Is there anything that you do not like the 7D??? Thanks again.

In this tread, a lot of people like to have micro adjustment in 60D. Some people says they don't need it. Some people actually says the micro adjustment will even mess up even more on the focusing issue. Can someone share their real life experience on using micro adjustment??? Thanks

EOS Bodies / Re: The Radical 1Ds Mark IV [CR1]
« on: September 13, 2010, 03:45:00 PM »

I don't think so.
It's better to increase pixel density and scale down afterwards. Remember, Bayer pattern sensor do deliver more details than a Foveon sensor with 1/4th pixel count.

Can you substantiate this????

EOS Bodies / Re: Tilt screen - Articulating screen
« on: September 13, 2010, 01:13:19 PM »
Tilt screen is a good tool to have. I do not understand why people are against it.  "It is not for professional". It it the most ridiculous argument that I have heard. In the old film days, ALL top end professional SLR (Exakta, Nikon F's, Canon A, etc)have interchangeable view finder. It can be switched from penta prism (eye level) or waist level (good for overhead or on the ground too). The waist level view finder in equal (not as versatile)to the tilt screen on the DSLR now.  Rollieflex build the whole company on using waist level view finder on all its cameras. Only the high end model have optional eye level view finder. Hasselblad also offer waist level view finder as standard (eye level optional). ALL the  above cameras are professional equipments.
As for shooting situation, when you are on assignment, you need to get the picture , regardless of the situation. So a good shooting positing is a luxury, not a requirement.
In fact, when you are doing a full body shot, the perfect shooting position is at waist level.  Without the waist level finder (tilt screen on DSLR), you will be on your knees and siting on your bottom all the time.
As for ruggedness, Tilt screen has been used on camcorder (even professional models) for a long time. canon has been using tilt screen on digital camera since G1 (more than 10 years ago),. No body has complain about not being rugged enough yet.

EOS Bodies / Re: 60D better sensor than the 7D?
« on: September 12, 2010, 06:38:28 PM »
Missed this up to now, a quote from this page:

The Canon rep we spoke with claims they've narrowed the space between the micro lenses on the 60D's image sensor to create "gapless microlenses" which absorb more light and help reduce noise. While we can't give a verdict on image quality since it was a pre-production camera we were testing, we can say the 60D fared a lot better than expected at ISO 1600-3200. (See some examples of images we shot on the next page.)

Something is fishy here. The 7D is already a gapless micro lens set up.

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