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EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 15, 2013, 04:04:24 AM »
I think you are right.  The 7D name is a extremely valuable property.  Canon has sold a ton of them, and won't let it die.

On the other hand with every other manufacturer being in the "small sensor" market, Canon maybe wants to reserve the one-digit names for full frame cameras and thus has to invent an altogether naming scheme for the 7d successor? This would at least square with the "no 7d2" rumor and the bit of an eye wink about it.

The 6D can work quite well for wildlife in motion.  I've used mine extensively for this, besides landscape and still wildlife, so what I say is definitely the opposite of "guesswork."

Yes, *can* ... but most likely it won't. It's great you're happy with your 6d and are promoting it, I'm rather happy with mine esp. having saved €1200 vs. 5d3.

However the only situation when the 6d is appropriate for wildlife is in bright high-contrast (non-cross points) bright light (+0.5ev outer points) when all the 6d's af points cover the subject... the only situation I can imagine is an elephant running towards you. In all other cases, 6d & wildlife is a hit and miss game, you will of course get *some* good shots and can proudly post them as "6d wildlife", but you'll lose a lot because the af doesn't lock on.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 15, 2013, 03:47:40 AM »
If all you shoot is your family and it's still portraiture, the 6D will be SUPERIOR to the 5D3 for most scenarios.  Not all, but most.

Oh my, I won't get into an argument with you, but this is sooooo unreasonable - with a faster lens like f2.8 which you'll often use for portraiture, the 6d's center point is non-cross, meaning you carefully have to focus on an appropriate contrast part or you'll get af (micro)-misses. The bit of 6d less noise (if any) certainly doesn't compensate for that.

Ah, this sounds bad, I got this camera new just a month ago from BH, only charged the battery twice. :-(

Well, things break, you know (this is the reason why pros always have backup gear). Be happy that it happened inside the warranty...

The camera will just turn itself off in the middle of shooting, showing empty battery int the shoulder window. The solution is simple, open the battery door, then close it again, no need even to pull the battery.

Sounds like your camera is broken, get it serviced. Opening & re-shutting the battery door reboots the camera, that's why it starts working again after a crash.

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D performance against video cameras
« on: December 14, 2013, 01:58:57 PM »
but why a 70d if its not a FF

A ff has the thinner depth of field unless you compensate with aperture which might not be what you want for video as it's more difficult to focus. Also the 70d has a swivel screen, and when doing video (or tripod/macro photography) for hours and hours you'll really get to like this feature. Problem is - 70d doesn't run Magic Lantern (yet), and even if it does the sd card slot will be too slow for hd raw video.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Not Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:50:21 AM »
but... but... M.ST sure has the prototype already?

No doubt Canon has/had plans for a 7d2, but maybe they think that the price point for an aps-c with a 1dx-type af system won't find enough buyers, esp. if the sensor again isn't a big step up from the 70d.

They'll probably wait some more until they have a real new sensor design and have the 1dx2 & 5d4 on the market - the Nikon d7100 is a very competent camera with a very good af system, and that's what Canon has to beat by a good margin to justify a much higher price.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6D video for sports
« on: December 14, 2013, 10:28:19 AM »
Also, since the 6D doesn't have the AA filter there is tons of moire. Honestly, it makes a lot of footage look like crap  :-\

Unfortunately, you're wrong - the 6d does have an aa filter that also makes still shots softer, the moire is the result that downscaling to hd resolution cannot use "pixel binning" like on the 22mp 5d3 but needs to interpolate some of the 20mp lines - and the 6d is very bad at doing this.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D- An amateur's review
« on: December 14, 2013, 10:25:52 AM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 10D, 100D or 700D?
« on: December 14, 2013, 02:27:37 AM »
... my wife is fully involved in the decision, that doesn't help much as she doesn't really know herself what she wants.
From a feature standpoint, perhaps.  But ergonomics is a big factor - if you haven't already, maybe learn from Goldilocks...take her to a camera shop to handle several options. That might help narrow down the choices...

Big +1 ... ergonomics and the "feel" of the camera and menus is a major factor, if you're cross with your camera you even if the "specs" are terrific you will have less fun and in turn produce worse results. For me, the xxd (60d, 70d, ...) is the smallest model I'd consider "usable" due to top lcd and back dial, but if you're a touchscreen person a newer Rebel might also work out.

My teacher told me that, Go to buy 2.5 X Right angle Finder---The Cheap and Great/ Made in China one, Do not buy High cost From Canon $ 280 US Dollars----The 2.5 X Right angle help our eyes to get the sharpest photos in Manual Focus------The High cost like Canon is not help to get the sharper details any way.

Thanks for the budget vf link, I might purchase one after all since my new 6d doesn't have a swivel screen like the 60d.

Hint: If the camera is on tripod, it's far easiest to manual focus with Magic Lantern and its "Focus Peaking" feature which shows you *exactly* what area is in focus by marking it with blinking dots. I know Magic Lantern is a bit of a hassle to install for newbies, but I don't know how I could do w/o Focus Peaking for macro, the other precise options (vf lupe, live view zoom) are much more of a hassle or less precise.

Plus Magic Lantern has "Focus Stacking" which is the only way to get a deeper depth of field without loss of sharpness due to diffraction and still retaining a nice bokeh.

Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern and the automated Dottune
« on: December 14, 2013, 02:13:55 AM »
If I use Magic Lantern to determine an amount of fine adjustment, will it move it to the cameras internal
memory area, or do I need to modify that value manually.

The dot_tune module is available on all cameras that support afma, afaik including the 5d3 nightly. You manual af somewhere (preferably on a test chart), then simply start it, wait some, done - it automatically saves the new value to your camera, so you only need to use it once. I recently used it on my lenses, it works fine and produces consistent results... and it's free.

I'd be curious to know when/what was the last addition that Canon made that wouldn't be supported by DNG.

Very unlikely there are any, just like the tiff-based cr2 dng allows you do add just about any data you want, they even support lossy mode (much better than hi-res jpeg) and floating point.

The reason why neither Canon nor DxO want cr2 near them if they can help it is simply that Adobe controls the format, it being "open" doesn't change this fact. You realize this if you read why DxO does use dng for cameras that use it natively, but doesn't for Canon (after converting in ACR) - their arguments change from post to post and are outright ridiculous, they simply don't want to give the real reason.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 13, 2013, 05:26:03 PM »
I pointed this out in the Canon Australia facebook page as soon as the firmware for the Canon 5DIII disabled reporting of third party batteries - their response? To delete my post!

:-> usually if pressured, the first reactions of manufacturers is to attack back, the next step is to cave in if pressure continues to mount (though I don't think Canon will take this measure back).

Reminds me of Microsoft with the new xbox, and how not to do it: They wanted to force users to be connected to the Internet even when playing offline games and tried preventing them from selling used games. When customers complained, M$ argued "#dealwithit", and after the resulting outcry they took both measures back because the ps4 doesn't have it. Alas, with dslrs you are much more stuck to one system so it's not easy to exert working pressure other than to ask politely :-\

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 13, 2013, 02:22:22 PM »
If Canon were protecting their 'monopoly' wouldn't they change the tech slightly each year to make it harder to copy?

That's exactly what they do as newer cameras are able to tell original Canon and Canon copies apart while older cameras keep recognizing all as valid.

If Canon were gouging it's customers, wouldn't it make the batteries different so every time you upgrade, they get more cash?

No, because you can only milk your customers for so much, and you have to have at least a somehow recognizable reason for doing so.

Take mobile phone manufacturers: They kept changing their power adapters so much that the EU intervened and make them implement a standard so prevent electronics garbage. Then they all had an own way of sticking a headphone to a mobile phone until customers were fed up about it and started buying phones that have a standard jack.

Canon might be a big manufacturer, but they don't have a monopoly so customers do have a choice ... and accessory continuity like old battery models in new models is an incentive to stick with the brand. Last not least, changing hardware production like batteries for each model is expensive for Canon, that's why they keep recycling parts like the af arrays and so on.

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