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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: Today at 07:19:59 PM »

However, in every other respect, the 5D III is still the superior camera, with a better AF system, higher frame rate, quieter shutter and mirror slap, etc. It is also accompanied by a better ecosystem, including all the various kinds of lenses, some very unique lenses (i.e. MP-E 65mm 1-5x Zoom Macro, 17mm TS-E, 200-400 w/ integrated TC, etc.), and a whole host of top of the line accessories, including the phenomenal RT flash system.


I can swear I read somewhere that the D810 silent shutter mode is actually a couple dB better than the 5D3 version.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: Today at 07:09:21 PM »
The Nikon D810 is better than the Canon 5DIII in every respect. 

That's the second time you've made that ridiculous claim.  Let's start with some really, really simple questions.

  • How is the D810's 5 frames per second better than the 5DIII's 6 frames per second?
  • How are the D810's 15 cross-type AF points better than the 5DIII's 41 cross-type AF points?
  • How are the D810's zero f/2.8-sensitive AF points better than the 5DIII's five f/2.8-sensitive AF points?

I look forward to your explanations...you can back up your claim, right??

I was going to post something similar but I'll just add that if you need AF tracking in portrait orientation then the 5D3 is significantly superior as no Nikon camera has any cross-type points away from the center of the frame.  I haven't had a chance to test a D810, but I know this is still true for the D4s so it's probably true for the D810 as well.  That said, the new D4s/D810 AF is a pretty noticeable improvement and has definitely narrowed the gap as long as you can keep the subject in the center of the frame.

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: Today at 11:08:08 AM »
Who the heck would want a FF lens that only goes to f/5.6 at 105mm? 
Not me, but people that want a light, cheap lens for landscape, travel, & studio use where shallow DOF is never used.  6D shooters would likely be the target for this lens.

Your logic makes about as much sense as saying who would want a crop sensor, or would want a camera any less tough than the 1D X.

There's this little thing called market segmentation.  It's how big companies make money.  Reference Canon's profits on the Rebel line vs. the 1D line.

Well, I am a 6d shooter, and I can assure you that I would never have invested the money to go full frame if I had any intention whatsoever of shooting a FF equivalent of the Rebel's cheapo kit lens.
I don't mean any disrespect to you or any other 6D shooter, but there are probably 4 6D owners looking for a reasonably-priced zoom for every 1 owner like you.  Or at least that's what Canon is banking on if they release this lens.

Or maybe Canon is planning on creating a FF version of the rebel.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:28:47 PM »

Do you see a detail difference between these two?  They were shot with the same aperture diameter.


What did you shoot the second image with... and what settings?

First image is with a 20D @ 280mm, f/6.3, 1/200s, ISO400
Second image is with a T2i @ 560mm, f/11, 1/20s, ISO200

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II & Photokina
« on: August 28, 2014, 08:36:06 AM »
The good news is that if it is a totally new sensor, it may be much better than the 70d and it will have better high ISO noise at 20.2 than 24 mp. Im all for a smaller sensor in aps-c. Truthfully, I wish it was closer to 12 or 16. We'd have a killer crop camera!
I'd be happier with a 16 megapixel sensor without dual pixel AF. Do not get me wrong. For the intended use of 7D Mark II (mini 1DX) the most important thing is a big improvement in noise above ISO 1600.

I don't know, I think dual pixel is really attractive if Canon implements that patent where dual pixel works in conjuction with the regular AF system.  The most interesting thing about dual pixel AF (DPAF) is that it's precision scales with the maximum aperture of the lens whereas the regular phase detect system only offers a fixed precision based on the type of AF point used, though for a given aperture size traditional AF is supposedly more precise.  This combined with the new feedback loop from the newer Canon lenses along with the ITR metering system from the 1DX propagating down to lesser bodies and I think AF is going be insanely good for the next generation of Canon bodies.

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Post Processing / Re: Noise, shadows, etc.
« on: August 27, 2014, 04:03:03 PM »

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 27, 2014, 02:28:04 PM »

The point is irrelevant anyway as Canon beat everyone else to the 4K DSLR market by ~2 years with the 1DC.

Not to the consumer market. Sony was there first with camcorders, and Panasonic with mirrorless. Both of those companies will start doing trickle down to their lower products in 2015, while Canon have not even put their toes in the water yet.

That's fine but the original claim was that Canon wasn't being innovative any longer and was only following other company's leads.  That's clearly untrue as Canon beat everyone else to market by ~2 years.  Sony and Panasonic's main claim to 4K innovation is little more than a price cut, although that's not completely fair in the A7S' case due to the excellent high ISO performance.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:58:46 PM »
Yeah Canon may eventually add 4k. That just shows Canon is no longer an innovator, just a  follower.

Yeah, maybe Canon should follow Sony's innovative lossy compression that eliminates data from RAW files, or follow Panasonic's innovative inability to make a successful dSLR and give up like they did.  'Cuz, you know, DPAF and the ability to accurately autofocus track a moving subject during video, that's certainly not innovative.   ::)


Didn't you know?

in·no·va·tion
noun \ˌi-nə-ˈvā-shən\

: being first to market with features I want.

The point is irrelevant anyway as Canon beat everyone else to the 4K DSLR market by ~2 years with the 1DC.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 26, 2014, 09:50:16 PM »
Yeah Canon may eventually add 4k. That just shows Canon is no longer an innovator, just a  follower.

Errr, Canon released a 4K DSLR 2 years before anyone else.  How is that considered being a follower?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 26, 2014, 07:38:06 AM »
...I started seeing this fundamentally mocking behavior.

Yep, it's just popping up all over the place!

Dur...oops... Infinity!

WOW...   :o  Well, clueless is as clueless does, I guess... You've definitely "clearly" proven your point...whatever your point actually is.

Heh, touche. Although, I tried the reasonable approach first, over and over, and he's been asking for it for days. He makes it very, very hard not to sometimes.

Did you see my post here?  The loss of resolution is really minimal.  The D810 will obviously give you better results, but not hugely better.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 25, 2014, 11:08:18 PM »
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Technically speaking, the lowest level in every sensor is black, or ZERO. By EVERY definition of dynamic range, the range from zero to any number is INFINITY.

0-16384 (14 bit ADC) is infinity?  ???

Do you need an education in basic mathematics?

What happens when you divide any number by zero? What happens when you take the logarithm of zero or infinity?

Mathematical formula for DR:

Code: [Select]
20*log(FWC/RNrms)
FWC divided by noise. Hmm, let's see:

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20*log(16384/0)
Dur...oops... Infinity!

Introducing real math? How rude, he thought he had a zinger.  But seriously, try DualISO if you haven't already.

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Post Processing / Re: Post processing, coma removal
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:54:17 AM »
It wouldn't!

The choices are:  Peripheral Illumination, Chromatic Aberation  (R & B), Color blur, Distortion.

The other corrections are all controlled by the DLO slider, you can't adjust them individually like the ones you listed.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 24, 2014, 08:09:21 PM »
Just to be clear, I have no intention of "switching" brands. If I do anything, it will be adding another brand to my kit. There are still problems with that. I despise the fact that Sony chose a lossy "raw" format...it doesn't even qualify to be called RAW since it's lossy. I'd have an A7r already if not for that. I also have never lied about my opinion of Nikon ergonomics. So, it's not an ideal situation. However...for my landscape photography...which, how often have you seen me share landscapes? Rarely. :P I have never cared for the editing latitude of my Canon files at low ISO. Even with good NR, you still have to pick some balance between shadow detail and shadow noise. I'm quite good with Topaz DeNoise 5, it is a very effective program. But even that still eats detail for breakfast if you really push the NR far enough that Canon shadows look like Exmor shadows.

I think I'm in the exact same boat as you where the dynamic range limitation is something I rarely come across because of what I shoot but when it does I find it really annoying.  Originally I was considering picking up a D800E+14-24 for the little bit of landscape shooting that I do, the main reason I was pushing that off was because I've never been terribly fond of Nikon's ergonomics (although they're still miles better than any of the mirrorless cameras I've tried).  When MagicLantern released DualISO, switching to Nikon pretty much went out the window.  I did pickup an A7 to try out the Exmor sensors, but honestly that camera feels like a chore to use plus the high ISO performance is surprisingly poor and I'll probably get rid of it sometime soon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 24, 2014, 07:47:36 PM »
Let me compare the 70D to the A6000.

I know I specifically mentioned the A5100 when talking about the sensor, but I was speaking generally of Sony's crop cameras compared to Canon's in terms of overall camera capability so I'll use the a6000 as my example.

The a6000 is much cheaper at $800 (actually $648 now on Amazon).

Ok, that's true.


The a6000 is full metal compared to 70D being plastic.

I haven't seen any information on the internals so have no idea on whether or not this is true.

The a6000 shoots up to 11fps compared to the 7fps on the 70D

Good luck actually tracking anything that's not moving in an easily predictable way.

The a6000 has a 179 focus points compared to 19 on the 70D

And exactly zero of those are cross-type whereas the 70D has 19 cross-type points through the VF and ~20 million line-type on the sensor.

The a6000 shoots 60p video at full hd (note: also with better quality)

This is true.

The a6000 has 100% viewfinder coverage compared to 98% on the 70D

The A6000 viewfinder has better coverage but it's tiny as hell and overall pretty awful.

On top of that, it has a superior sensor with more dynamic range, color sensitivity, and tonal range.

These are also true.

Another thing you can't overlook is that the A6000 has the typical godawful ergonomics and controls that all Sony mirrorless bodies share.

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Canon General / Re: CPN Interviews the Men Behind the EOS-1 Series SLRs
« on: August 21, 2014, 05:22:19 PM »
I believe the last bit is the most interesting for me:

"I believe that the trend towards compact, lightweight equipment is a certainty among categories encompassed by advanced amateurs, and even professional equipment, [so] the entire [EOS] system will move toward a more lightweight form.

The technical challenges are: lighter, stronger materials; glass materials with a high refractive index and high permeability; improvement in low power consumption design and compact, high-capacity battery; electronic parts with a higher degree of integration.”

Ugh, I hope this isn't too true.  The 5D series are the smallest cameras that are actually comfortable to hold, I'd be highly disappointed if they started making them smaller.  By far, the worst feature of the current mirrorless cameras is that they're all incredibly uncomfortable to hold since they're so tiny.

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