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Lenses / Re: APS-C 60mm or 100mm macro lens?
« on: March 01, 2015, 12:15:37 AM »
look at ground glass

You're right, this is an alternative, I nearly forgot about it. I use it to shoot macros of frog eyes as the dof is so tiny the af will never work. Imho it really depends on the vf size, for example I find it easier with my 6d than 60d. And for anything with less magnification, arguably af works better the larger the distance gets.

Another drawback of the fixed focus approach that you have to move the camera back and forth, this can be a problem if you're lying in the ground or standing waist-high in water and would rather keep a stable position :-).

Canon General / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy
« on: March 01, 2015, 12:06:20 AM »
Didn't he use NIKON by the way....?!  :o

Logic dictates to use the camera system with the most features for a given price and the highest dynamic range (proudly being the first one to bring this up) :->

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: March 01, 2015, 12:04:06 AM »
The recently announced 750D & 760D have 19 AF points 11

A crop rebel is hardly a competition for a ff camera ...

in the 6D is indefensible as is 100,000 shutter count when the 5DS and 5DS R have moved to 200,000.

... and this number has a lot of marketing to it, you only know how durable the shutter really is after years of usage by lots of people or getting inside knowledge from Canon r&d.

Double card slots is not a selling point for me, but then I am not earning my living through photography.

It's like an insurance, you only value it if you've lose one or several day's worth of great pictures, so imho it has its place in an "non-pro" camera, too, as the sd slot doesn't take a lot of space. But of course Canon did it to make the 6d more awkward to use for actual professionals having to explain to their customers why all shots went south.

I just ran into this problem with a two month old 6D and two different 32 GB Lexar cards (600 and 200 MB/s). I CANNOT repeat the following using an 80 MB/s Sandisk card.

Just a quick fyi all: The problem with my sd card obviously originated from a defective *reader*, the card works fine. It's quite easy to forget this possibility, esp. as it's awkward to diagnose if you've only got one reader like a built-in slot in a laptop available.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 28, 2015, 11:55:54 PM »
i have a 5d3 all it does it lets you keep the bracketed shots as raw and it saves a jpg of your HDR or am i missing something.

It does?! Sorry, in this case I have to stand corrected. I tried the 5d3 several times including the hdr function in shops, but obviously I go this wrong. In theory, it's quite possible to merge several raw files into another raw file, Magic Lantern does it for their dual_iso feature.

On my 6d, I never use in-camera hdr as it's crippled to force-delete the source files (raw or jpeg).

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 28, 2015, 02:01:58 AM »
fast moving?

You youngsters :-) ... and I wan't only talking of the slide speed, but the average hipness of the media folk people in the video.

doesn't dng have a good compression?

Sure, I'm all in favor of dng and even the lossy flavor. It's just that dng is often confused with raw files - so I just wanted to make sure this slide doesn't mean LR6 can assemble raw files into another raw dng like the 5d3 in-camera hdr feature can.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 28, 2015, 12:04:57 AM »
Looks like it makes a .DNG

I couldn't spot it, way too fast moving and too stylish people for me :-) but do note that "dng" doesn't necessarily mean "raw dng", but there's also the demosaiced flavor which is essentially a tiff.

Canon General / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:00:33 PM »
Leonard Nimoy passed away today.

Oh my, all I need to know about life I learned from Star Trek! I feel kind of old now that my childhood idols start passing away. But it's no surprise, in his recent short appearance on the new Star Trek movies he already looked very much past his prime. Thanks for letting us know.

Btw: Let's not forget Nimoy redeemed the Star Trek universe from Shatner as a singer!

Lenses / Re: APS-C 60mm or 100mm macro lens?
« on: February 27, 2015, 01:48:39 PM »
Given that IS is useless at 1:1

... agreed (though others don't) ...

and that AF is also useless at close focus.

... but I definitely agree here. Sure enough the keeper rate is very low with a very thin dof, but for example with shooting butterfly macros (i.e. really near or at 1:1) doing ~5 quick attempts to nail the focus it usually works.

I have no idea how I'd do that with manual focus because if you're in the real outdoors lying on the ground with a live animal, it's about speed. Esp. with the very small viewfinder of a crop camera, mf would be really tricky.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: February 26, 2015, 10:01:53 PM »
If a 5D Mark IV doesn't happen, then the 6D2 is going to be a 2nd generation 5D3.


The Canon 6D MKII as a minimum will need to have more AF points at least 19 and likely more all cross type, it will need class leading low light capabilities as the original did, the shutter life should move to 150,000

... no way!  Canon will make sure there is a healthy difference between 5d and 6d and that the cheap model is *not* "good enough" for semi-pro shooting (i.e. shutter life) or tracking. Just putting 4k into the 5d4 won't manage that, they still have to down-cripple the 6d a lot either via hardware (af points) or firmware. Of course if the 5d4 has a serious sensor upgrade, they could be a bit more lenient with the 6d2.

For every customer that buys a €2000 6d2 instead of a €3500 5d4 Canon looses a lot of money (esp. if the 6d is cheap to produce with legacy parts). The 6d isn't there to because Canon intends to have a nice ff system option for the masses, but simply because they have to make sure people don't jump ship to the Nikon d6x0.

Personally, I don't see a 6d2 at all for some time as long as they make money from the 6d1 - question is how cheap to produce the 6d1 is and how long they can live with dropping prices.

Technical Support / Re: My Canon 60D does not power up with a battery in it
« on: February 25, 2015, 02:55:59 PM »
I do not know where to go with this and the camera is only 4-5 years old.

The age doesn't mean anything, but the intensity of usage and circumstances. And yes, these electronics break suddenly, it's not like there's an early warning like a slowly failing shutter mechanism.

Did the camera get wet (it's the #1 cause of havoc)? Otherwise make sure the battery door closes properly, as you probably know *inserting* the battery does nothing, it's closing the door that enables the camera to power up.

You are limited to the 8-bit codec Canon uses but it isn't bad if you get the exposure right.

In that case, do hope Magic Lantern at last makes it to the 70d so you can shoot 14bit raw with full dynamic range :-) ... I don't know how fast the sd card speed of the 70d is though. But the good people owning a 70d are frantic for an ML release as the 70d with its swivel screeen & dpaf seems to be a nice video setup in that price range.

Sounds like a nightmare to me to sort out all those captures  afterwards.

I'm sure someone smart will figure out an algorithm to do it for you, at least for the bulk. Magic Lantern already has some of it, actually such an algorithm is built into Canon's digic chips right now (yes!) - for their burst silent shooting, they let the digic compute a "in-focus" quality scale and automatically select the best ones. And if you only need one shot where the ball hits the soccer player's head, well, that's even easier to select.

But I sympathize with your reluctance to imagine possibilities of new tech, that's makes the CR people what it are :->

I rarely spray and pray. And even then 5-6 fps are plenty for my usage.

Maybe so, but obviously the high-fps 1d cameras meet a demand. My 120fps example might be over the top as the raw data rates would be ridiculously high, but let's say 15fps 4k raw shooting - I'm positive it'll sell like hotcakes.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 25, 2015, 01:52:30 PM »
And you have to draw a line in the sand somewhere.

Sure, and for me the differentiation between LR and PS is that the latter is designed for photo compositing and layering to support a full-fledged dtp app like Indesign or do posters on its own complete with typography.

I find that an extended heal by canvas extension is absolutely in the scope of LR, and as argued being to forced to throw away image data just because you rotate the image can be improved for sure.

But I don't see criticizing it as being a lousy program for doing something it was never designed to do.

Did I ever do that? I think LR is one ever the best programs ever, I have no idea what I'd do without the speed, bulk editing and cataloging. The latest healing features in LR5 make it even better as I often have to replace small parts like a leaf of grass that caught too much flash light, and that was a pain with LR4's circular-only healing. Ends Adobe commercial :-)

I don't feel the need for more pixels, but wouldn't want less; and I use my video camera for capturing video so I don't need 4k video.

As far as I understand it, the attractiveness of 4k for still shooters is grabbing hi-res frames off the sensor w/o the need to move the mirror. How about 120fps 8mp raw shooting to capture the moment?

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