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I want to know what this lovely community thinks about this matter!
I know I will be a bit disappointed, but don't get me wrong: I won't judge the camera just from its sensor. It can be a great DSLR no matter what sensor it will have..

EOS Bodies / Will the 70d have a new sensor?
« on: February 28, 2013, 03:42:30 PM »
I believe that it will have the same 18mp sensor (hope Canon will prove me wrong!). In fact I think that Canon will introduce the new sensor in 7d ii..

Of course a camera is a lot more things than the sensor and Canon cameras are great overall, but it 'd be nice to see a new aps-c sensor!

Third Party Manufacturers / Leica Summicron-R 50mm f/2
« on: January 07, 2013, 01:48:02 PM »
I got this lens a month ago at a bargain price, but still haven't found the time to use it properly.
Today I took about 20 photos (portraits and some car shots). Compared to the Zeiss Planar 50 1.4, I find the image quality of this Leica more pleasing for portraits (softer contrast and better bokeh).
Unfortunately the human model I shot doesn't want his images on the Net, so I can only show you the car photo :D
I'll try to update this topic with some more interesting photos in the future!

Canon 400d, ISO 100, f/2, 1/500.

If you have this lens, please post your thoughts about it! Photos would be great too!


Lenses / To IS or not?
« on: September 27, 2012, 02:34:35 AM »
I 'll be shooting some tennis games (and by some I mean a lot) this weekend with the 100-400. I'll be using speeds in the 1/1000 - 1/4000 range. Is there any reason I should leave IS on? Even mode 2 won't be useful in this situation, so why not turn it off and save some battery life too?
Your thoughts?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / How much for a USED 550d (or 600d)?
« on: September 06, 2012, 04:11:26 PM »
How much would you give for a used 550d (or 600d) in good condition (fully operational, possibly with some cosmetic wear)?
I'm worried that my 400d will need a repair soon. You see I have passed 100.000 actuations and I get some random error 99 messages.
I believe that it's better to buy a new camera, rather than give 100-150 euros to repair my XTi.

I wish I could afford a 650d (love the touchscreen and burst rate) but it costs way too much for me now (750€ in Greece).
So I've gotta settle with something cheaper unless my XTi can make it till Easter 2013...

Animal Kingdom / duck shot with 100-400 + canon 1.4x II (5d2)
« on: April 21, 2012, 05:47:25 PM »
AF was very slow but the iq surprised me!!!

Macro / 9:1 macro
« on: March 31, 2012, 07:14:54 AM »

I used an old Kodak lens (inverted) for this macro. Of course focus stacking was essential to keep everything sharp.

EOS Bodies / 5D mkIII untouched files for testing purposes (RAW)
« on: March 11, 2012, 08:19:01 AM »
All files are RAW and were taken with a 5D mkIII (preproduction model).

For dynamic range purposes (LetTheRightLensIn and Tijn, do you hear me? :D) :

ISO 100, 1/8000 lens cap on.
ISO 100, 3sec lens cap off.
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ISO 160, 1/8000 lens cap on.
ISO 160, 3sec lens cap off.
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And now the portraits.
Handheld 24-105 @73mm f/5.6, IS on.

ISO 400
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At iso 3200 and 12800 you 'll notice a yellow line. It may be due to a weird sync effect from shutter speed/lights, but I'm not sure about it.

Dad shot with 5d mkIII+70-200 II
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For comparison reasons I took a couple of shots with my dad's 5D mkII+24-70.

70mm, f/4.5

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I see a yellow stripe here too. Maybe it was some weird sync of lights and it was showing up when I was using high shutter speeds?

If you found that interesting, there are 3 more videos here

Software & Accessories / Hoya filters
« on: December 11, 2011, 01:27:39 PM »
What is the difference between the Pro1 series and HD series? Which is the "best"?
I want to buy a UV and a polarizing filter and don't know which to choose.. Lens is EF-S 17-55.

PS I have a Hoya HD on my 17-40.

Software & Accessories / Let's talk about RAW software
« on: December 05, 2011, 12:34:15 PM »
I use DxO and find its results satisfying but can't tell if it's the best. What do you think?

Animal Kingdom / Birds!
« on: December 04, 2011, 03:14:44 PM »

Canon 400d with Carl Zeiss 200mm.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / APS-C Image Quality (7d vs nex7)
« on: November 17, 2011, 03:29:10 AM »
I took a sample image from Imaging Resource's review of Sony Nex 7 and compared it with the same sample shot from  Canon 7D review (which btw has same iq with 60d,600d and 550d as expected). The difference in IQ is VAST! Please take a look at the two 100% crop comparisons I made (both shots taken with the same Sigma lens).

7d vs Nex 7 1
7d vs Nex 7 2

How can we justify such a big difference? Is it the new Sony sensor? Is it the crappy jpeg output of Canon?
If the test is legitimate, then Sony has by far the best aps-c sensor out there. It delivers unbelievable quality even when reviewing the images at 100% (pixel peepers rejoice!).

PS Remember that this comparison is only about image quality. We all know the differences between a high end dslr and a mirrorless camera.

Portrait / Concerts
« on: May 27, 2011, 12:20:00 PM »
Here you can post your concert shots!!

I start with Marty Friedman and his band.
Shot about 200 photos, kept 20. Lens 24-70 2.8. Both shots taken with aperture wide open.

Sports / Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: March 25, 2011, 10:39:21 AM »
Some shots I took last year with my REBEL XTI..



Burnin' rubber

Flying cone by Akis Kev, on Flickr


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