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EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:58:01 AM »
I see...so, a blurry shot with more DR has better image quality than a crisply focused shot with less DR.  Right.   ::)
See, with focus, there's this ring around the middle of the lens that lets you adjust the focus. I've yet to find the ring around a Canon DSLR that lets you adjust DR.

dilbert, there's an implicit assumption in your comment: you assume that everyone's shooting needs and style are comparable to yours.  Many people rely on AF which has generally been superior in the Canon line.  I've not used the D810, but most reports indicate that it's much improved.  This should tell you that even Nikon shooters wanted better AF with their Sony sensors.

For someone who shoots moving subjects and relies on AF, no amount of DR will make up for it.

For someone who shoots still life, landscape, architecture, etc, no amount of AF or DR will make up for lack of needed lenses.

Do the above statements reflect your personal experience with photography?
Or did you canvas other people?

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Question to you, dilbert: do you ever shoot moving subjects?  Do you MF everything?

Of my last 3 outings to take photos totalling 7 days of photography, MF comprised 100% of the shots I took and quite often I'm sitting there calculating the DoF that I want vs the aperture and zoom so that I know what distance to focus at.  Now if Canon still had the A-DEP feature on their camera then I'd be using that, but it is gone.

In my lifelong outings to take photos totaling 100s of days, MF comprised 1% of the shots I took and quite often I am busy taking SHARP pictures, catching the moment, enjoying the setting and not wasting time over tables. Having said that, yes I would prefer better low ISO DR in Canon cameras.

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:23:33 AM »
The link to hidden camera came on its own! I did not do that.

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 27, 2014, 11:47:13 PM »
Sean could you shoot her with a hidden camera when you make the gift? I would love to see how that goes.

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'Market saturation' 'little scope of sensor/AF improvements' are facts and may bear on the prediction.
I seem to agree with the prediction (DSLR or mirror less):
1. P/S dying because of cell phones
2. May casual DSLR photographers dumping their DSLR for cell phones
3. The growth in technology being so gradual that many people would not like to upgrade their DSLR/ML in a rush.
4. World economy is not that great and people are watching their spending carefully.
5. There are so many great cameras already and many new photographers may opt for buying used equipment.

A combination of these factors may reduce camera (not just DSLR) sales.

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Correction in subject line:  Half, not have.

Correction to your correction:  halve, not half nor have.

Thanks, Neuroanatomist.  Lost track of my nouns versus verbs.  Halve a happy Thanksgiving. ;)

Eye will.  You, two!   ;)

hahahahahahha. You alls.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: For 1dx owners
« on: November 27, 2014, 11:35:21 PM »
Hey Guys.
Knowing what you all know about the 1DX, and looking into your crystal balls, would you buy one now?  I have a 5D3, and have been waiting to see what would be next for the 1DX.  I am interested in the low light performance, the better focusing and iq.  I think the mps for both the 5D3 and 1DX are fine for me. 

It is just that I am seeing dramatic price drops and am wondering if it may  be time to pull the trigger.  I have the usual trepidation about buying and next month something new and far superior comes out ( though not that likely with Canon, as had been noted).

Thanks to all of you sage 1DX ers.

sek

Short answer: YES.
Long answer: YES YES YES YES. NOW NOW NOW. Do it.

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Lenses / Re: Bokeh: Good vs. Bad?
« on: November 27, 2014, 11:31:29 PM »
I have heard bokeh described as "creamy", "busy", "smooth", "harsh", and all sorts of other subjective names. But what, exactly, is good bokeh contrasted with bad bokeh? I would appreciate some real-world examples of both kinds, and just for fun, what lens gives you the best bokeh in most conditions?

Generally, IMHO, bokeh quality is over rated.

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 27, 2014, 11:29:02 PM »
Rusty, That's it!
I'm going refurbished 70D, and waiting on the lens.

Thanks!!!
This has been a pleasant and enlightening experience.


Sean

In my opinion this is the best decision. I think over time you will realize that she actually does not need any more lenses unless she wants to get into macro.

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EOS-M / Re: Using the 11-22 lens on a tripod to shoot video...
« on: November 27, 2014, 06:51:10 AM »
Off

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Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 06:24:38 AM »
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I now rarely make the dreadful errors you see in this picture I took 54 years ago...





It's a really great photo that tells a story of its period. The gross American car just peeking through on the left, the single-storey house behind a metal fence with a bored canine looking sideways, and the very clever touch of showing the photographer in a military helmet via the shadow.  That was 1960 - a real classic of which you should be proud.

ps, the composition is great - the massive, triangular shadow leading in to the scene, culminating in the helmeted head about 1/3rd up and 1/3rd in, then moving centre to the dog and swinging into the tailfins of the car about 1/3rd down.

Love the way you describe the photo! I makes me now love this picture…. Appreciate that.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 27, 2014, 06:18:51 AM »
Yes absolutely. Seen it happen in the past.

So what was it for you? One year people can't get enough of photographs about elephants and the next year you have to give them away with each photograph of meerkats, which people can't enough of.  ;)

Never sold a photo in my life….  :-\

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 27, 2014, 05:31:04 AM »
Shocking. Just simply shocking. Plus unbelievable.
Care to elaborate?

I'm not 100% satisfied, and rather than send the body in for fruitless repairs I'm just wondering if I have anything to worry about...

With current technology, for the 7DII to exhibit any form of AF problems is in my opinion totally unacceptable. This is a professional-grade camera and to expect any professional (where time equals money) to first calibrate the lens and camera combination is just plain wrong. What will happen if such a professional photographer rents (or borrows) a lens at the last moment, but must now spend an hour first to calibrate the combination? That is if he actually has his calibration tools with him!

Any professional-grade equipment must work 100% perfectly straight out of the box.

In my experience (just Canon) it works almost always right out of the box. But I see your point. Is this just how cameras are or there is a QC issue? Is this not same with other brands of cameras?

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 27, 2014, 05:26:05 AM »
[sarcasm]...[/sarcasm]

Well it rather depends what you're shooting. Sport, birds in flight - you need good AF, high shutter speed. For landscapes, most macro, a lot of portraiture and even street work, AF is much less important, and image quality (which the full frame will trump the crop in many circumstances) comes to the fore.

sarcasm = a taunt, a bitter or wounding remark, especially one ironically worded.

irony = expression of one's meaning by language of opposite or different tendency, especially mock adoption of another's view or tone.

The moral of the story (regarding typewriters) is that one year you are on top of the world, selling thousands upon thousands of units, and the next year you sell nothing, and the year after that you file for bankruptcy. Good sales today doesn't necessarily mean good sales tomorrow.

I think the analogy is flawed. Sure, wordprocessors (and then computers) replaces typewriters for most purposes. That doesn't mean your predictions about future camera technologies are proven. You're just saying what feels right to you, without providing evidence.

I made no predictions about future camera technology. I merely proved that "[g]ood sales today doesn't necessarily mean good sales tomorrow".

Yes absolutely. Seen it happen in the past.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 27, 2014, 05:04:36 AM »
The trend in high end mirrorless cameras is that they are getting larger not smaller. The NX1, which I've used, isn't any smaller or lighter than a DSLR. I'd expect the A9 when it arrives to be similar. Although the small chassis MLC's generate a lot of "gee how'd they do that" buzz, the "lens with a camera attached" ergo's are off-putting for a lot of serious shooters. You may not agree, but that's what many think.

edit ..  Interestingly, the only bundle that's available for the NX1 includes a battery grip. Doesn't sound to me like smaller and lighter is what they are going for.

Indeed!  The small factor is fine for a street photographer's tool, which is why most mirroress cameras went with rangefinder style designs.  Not an issue with a 25-50mm prime.  But, when you start slapping on large glass the small factor advantage erodes an actually becomes a detriment.  So, one of the commonly touted advantages of a MILC (small size and light weight) either becomes a detriment or you make your MILC the same size as a DSLR to improve large telephoto handling.  Although you still have the other principal MILC advantage of seeing the exposure changes you make reflected in the EVF, the disadvantages of lag (especially under low light), lower quality view and higher battery consumption.  MILC's are interesting cameras---but it's a huge mistake to assume they've rendered the classic DSLR obsolete. This is especially true for action/wildlife/sports shooting!!!

I think Canon does deserve some blame. Personally, I have grown to hate the stratification of their cameras, missing features and incremental updates.

I am not tied to a body. Bodies come and go. I don't care about if the camera is mirrorless or DSLR, I just want the best image quality, at a reasonable price. I would wait for Canon and the 5DIV but I think I will probably buy a A7S or A9 with an adapter when they arrive. If Canon releases a good product by the time I buy a new body, I will go back. Easy. For pro studio shoots, I don't see much an A7 series isn't great at.

Wow. Give me tips too.  :D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / For 1dx owners
« on: November 27, 2014, 02:29:52 AM »
What would you require in the next 1dx replacement body to make you upgrade? I can't think of much.
I will not upgrade if only:
1. It added 2 fps speed.
2. 4 mp.
3. Slightly larger spread of AF points.
4. 1/4 stop ISO improvement.
5. 4k (But that is because I actually use the 1dc)

I am so content with it that I would need something really special to want to upgrade. You?

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