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EOS Bodies / Re: New 1DX firmware info by Fred Miranda site member
« on: January 28, 2015, 05:20:26 PM »
Note: Once the EOS 5D Mark III camera is updated to Version 1.3.3, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.7 through 1.2.3).

IIRC they said the same thing about 1.2.3 but there's no issue with reverting back if you have the older firmware.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 28, 2015, 04:40:59 PM »
Do you believe it was announced before the C500 or 1Dc?

I've never understood this tendency of people to criticize Canon for not being innovative for video when they were the first to market with 4K in a DSLR by either by almost two years going by the GH4 or almost 3 years and counting if you're strict about the DSLR part.  Bringing the camera to a lower price point is almost purely a business decision, not a question of innovation.

Software & Accessories / Re: Photostitch ain't perfect, or is it me?
« on: January 28, 2015, 02:31:48 AM »
I have had issues with photo stitch not lining up properly.  I found a freebie from Microsoft called ICE which does a better job.

This is the correct answer.  ICE isn't perfect but it's amazingly good for the vast majority of scenarios and requires essentially zero work from the end user.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Canon EOS-7D Mark II AF Grid Void
« on: January 27, 2015, 10:29:14 PM »
Isn't this really more of a cosmetic issue since the actual AF points cover a larger area than the boxes show?

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:59:44 AM »
The M3 could be interesting for me, depends on the specs.   Possibly the 11-24/4 at some point, too.
I agree about the M3, especially if it's like this one:
It would be a great match for my imported 11-22, but I wonder if it will even be sold in the US:

The 11-24 f/4 is on my purchase list for the year.
I need a decent camera that is easy to take in the kayak.... the M3, particularly like in the link and with an 18-200 M zoom would be hard to pass up....

I would have thought weather sealing would be a huge requirement for kayaking.  It seems like an E-M1 or E-M5 would be the obvious choice for that role.

Hi everyone.

I've been asked a few times by forum members that when I review the Pentax 645z if I could post it in the forum.

Here it is: http://chrisgilesphotography.com/blog/pentax-645z-review-pt1-the-journey/

There's a fair bit there to go through and I cover the dynamic range, ergonomics, flash system and if you're in the mood 5.4gb of Pentax raw files for you to play with.

Love Canon, Love the Pentax.

Great review, I have to admit I'm a bit jealous ;D.  Do you have any example of the two stop high ISO difference between the 645Z and the 1DX?  The DPReview samples seem to show them within a stop but I assume you must be seeing something to convince you otherwise.

EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 03:15:45 PM »
For my purposes I need clean pictures and the quality I want I get up to ISO 1600 on 5D mark III. The 7D mark II comes upto ISO 800 at that quality. I need ISO 1600 regularly at the dances I shoot for the spot lighted sequences. I am going to rent the 7d mark II this year to test it myself before making a decision.

If you compared images taken at ISO 1600 with a FF'd version of the 7D2 sensor and a 5D3 with both downsampled to the same resolution, the FF'd 7D2 sensor would almost certainly be cleaner due to the significantly higher QE.

EOS Bodies / Re: Global Shutter Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: January 22, 2015, 01:42:55 PM »
This is a step in the right direction for Canon and I'm hoping a firmware update 'might' bring this to the table.

Fujifilm just released their new line of mirrorless cameras that have ELECTRONIC AND MECHANICAL shutters. You can either use one or the other depending on shutter speed needed. Their shutter speed limit is 1/32,000 of a second.  Fuji also just provided firmware updates for two of their previous models to incorporate this new electronic shutter feature. Now, how great is that?

My point is, it can be done and is being done now with some manufacturers. The electronic shutter is totally silent. :)

The electronic shutter on the X-T1 is neat but it causes pretty severe rolling shutter effects even with relatively minor motion.  Global shutter is a completely different animal.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens Review
« on: January 19, 2015, 12:20:34 PM »
I really don't understand the whole concept of 400/4 DO II and why anyone would actualy buy it. It's probably my fault.
But let's go back for a second in time when the first generation of 400/4 DO was introduced.

400/4 DO IS - 1940g
300/2.8L IS - 2550g
400/2.8L IS - 5370g

The whole point of the 400/4 DO and the DO technology itself was beeing LIGHT! Much lighter than other lenses. Canon has sacrificed image quality to make a LIGHT lens. It was a welcomed innovation by many. You could choose to have an L lens with superb image quality or a very light (also smaller), "mobile" DO lens. Whichever you needed.
600g difference between 400/4 and 300/2.8 (which is a 420/4 with 1.4X) was significant.

And now...

400/4 DO IS II - 2100g
300/2.8L IS II - 2350g
400/2.8L IS II - 3850g

300/2.8 has improved. A LOT. It's lighter, (all II gen lenses got lighter) it's even better optically than before and also has a shorter minimum focusing distance (2m from previous 2.5m). THAT is improvement.
Meanwhile 400/4 DO got heavier. The previous 600g difference is now only 250g. Minimum focusing distance is 3.3m. Yes, it got better, much better optically. But we already had superb lenses. What we don't have is light lenses. The primary goal of DO should be to reduce weight and size. Image quality only comes second, no matter how strange that could sound to you. The first generation wasn't sold for it's image quality either.
Or maybe is it cheap? It's not.

In my opinion, the 400 DO beeing 2100g is a big FAIL. It does not stand up to the 300/2.8 (+1.4X) at all.

The increase in weight compared to the older lens is coming from the built in tripod collar whereas the older lens weight is with the collar removed.  In addition, the 400 DO IS II compared to the 300 IS II + 1.4x III is:
  • ~500g lighter
  • Faster focusing
  • Sharper wide open

Lenses / Re: Samyang 135mm f/2.0 Announced?
« on: January 12, 2015, 02:26:15 PM »
Looks like $550 USD at B&H...

Hmm, that'll have to come down to more like $400 to succeed. The 135L is at a street price of $7-800 used, and the refurb is right around $800. Cant see many (non-video) people saving $2-300 and losing one of the best AF lenses Canon has.
Also means the cine version would be like $700ish on release. Which is pricy as well.

I couldn't see paying $550 for an manual focus, non-Zeiss, lens - why not pay a few hundred more for a lens with excellent AF and L build quality the Canon 135L?

The image quality looks excellent from this first review

EOS Bodies / Re: NEW CAMERA - EOS 80D?
« on: January 08, 2015, 04:35:03 PM »
Obviously it's the new FF rebel. ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Expect Higher End Products at CP+ in February
« on: January 05, 2015, 07:59:58 PM »
CES is about consumer entertainment....I have come to the conclusion that Canon have no interest in either the consumer or entertainment at all. Their attitude the last few years is baffling. They are the Nero of the imaging world I think.

Nero as in the CD burning software or Nero as in the historical figure?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Firmware Coming for EOS 5D Mark III
« on: January 03, 2015, 09:16:43 PM »
if auto-iso on M would be possible soon on the 5D3. That would be great. It seems possible as it is only software (firmware).

Do you mean exposure compensation with auto ISO in M mode?  Regular auto ISO has always worked in M mode for the 5D3.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Firmware Coming for EOS 5D Mark III
« on: January 03, 2015, 05:21:58 PM »
I think an important point isn't highlighted enough: You cannot downgrade, afaik that's never been so before(?) and it's "feature" itself enough worth releasing a new fw.

You can definitely downgrade from the current firmware to the older firmware on the 5D3.  I did it quite a few times for magic lantern before they updated to support the current firmware.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Firmware Coming for EOS 5D Mark III
« on: January 03, 2015, 01:30:53 PM »
I would expect a 5D3 firmware upgrade to bring exposure compensation in manual mode with Auto ISO just like on the 7D2 and 1DX. Anyway, that's what I'm hoping for ;-)

I very much want to believe this but I'm guessing it will be something far less exciting.

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