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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Upgrading...Canon 60D to...GH3
« on: April 16, 2013, 04:29:48 AM »
I think the most basic difference to me is that the 5D Mark II is better in low light and the GH2 has better image quality when properly lit, which is most of the time...

I seldom do video, but when switching away from 60d or 5d2 I'm wondering if people know and use Magic Lantern and all the video features it provides (hdr video, gradual expo, fps override, ...). But if it comes to raw sensor power in very low light the crop sensor doesn't cut it, that's a known fact.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 04:18:19 AM »
* - improved sensitivity that allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions.

The above "improved sensitivity" to be read as:

* - Most probably improved ISO-NOISE-reducing-algorythm which again would be trade of for DR. I shoot in dark and these specs are important to me.

Thanks for the information, I didn't know they already published it! But now I really know the digic6 isn't for me - it would delay Magic Lantern, I don't do video and the noise reduction of course only concerns jpeg files and I don't do these either :-p ... the good "film-like" nr advancement 5d2->5d3 was already done by digic5.

I don't get people's complaints about resolution.

I'm ok with 18mp, but more resolution would be nice for macro and esp. would provide more leverage for cropping different aspect ratios or cuts w/o taking multiple shots and do perspective correction in post w/o a hardware tilt/shift lens.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 5 Public Beta Available
« on: April 16, 2013, 03:52:06 AM »
You can use these resources to see everything that’s new in Lightroom 5 Beta.

Waaaa, they still didn't include focus peaking like in Capture One :-( and you still need multiple virtual copies for different crops (16:9, 4:3, 2:3).

Btw Smart Previews are the "DNG Proxies" from the DNG 1.4 spec, just that marketing has found a better term - and it'll be very useful for editing high-mp pictures in the future.

My favorite new features are: radial filter & new healing brush (in acr!), but I'm still a little underwhelmed, I hope at least the AutoTone now works at least as good/mediocre as in LR3's PV2010.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 03:38:56 AM »
Unless they did a body redesign, I assume the built-in flash is gone too?

... but in the 6d, the gps/wifi antennas are where the flash could go, so they are probably mutually exclusive

Things are even worser: the rumors are that the 7DM2 would be with the 2 of the DIGIC 5s.

But you have no idea what has changed from 5 to 6, do you? Most likely it will be changes for some very specialized functions like better video af, the basic design of Canon cpus and the operating system have been the same for the last decade. The digic certainly doesn't fix the sensor.

Just because it's 18 doesn't mean it is the same sensor... This would seem like a worthy successor to the 60D

... on the other hand, if Canon would redesign the sensor except adding phase af pixels they'd surely up the mp count just for marketing purposes. My guess is also on 9 af points :->

Still, if it's got a better noise pattern, a little more dr like on the 6d and no banding this is a very decent camera and re-adds what was cut from the current 60d, probably just what Canon intended to do all along.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« on: April 15, 2013, 04:40:46 PM »
Don't worry about those animals - if the 'scopes are made by Nikon, they will all be out of calibration and aim to the left.
We should keep politics out of the forum - some will prefer they aim to the right.

I generally agree, though the question is where politics begins. For example is talking about lens/camera production, manufacturing standards and worker welfare political (Canon produces in Japan, but is expensive for this reason)? Or is only party politics political?

Anyway, I'm glad CR didn't delete the whole thread right away (and I'd like it to stay it this way, even if it's locked for getting too far off topic): I wanted to know how a general photog crowd would respond to the campaign, and as expected even people who are ok with general hunting but are critical towards trophy hunting and want to preserve endangered species aren't getting the intended message.

Still, I feel if the campaign would be better it'd be not impossible to nudge manufacturer's arms advertisements more in the direction of "remember species preservation", just like alcohol campaigns are conveying "drink responsible" - no matter what the manufacturers think or say behind closed doors.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« on: April 14, 2013, 07:48:24 AM »
so what they make scopes....

As always, animal rights activists seem to live on another planet and completely fail to connect to the rest of the world, but certainly the us american public. After all arms manufacturers don't kill, and gun's don't either, it's the people that use them, so if people abuse automatic weapons or scopes it's certainly only the fault of a small minority? But well, here's probably not the place to discuss that in depth.

Anyway, the issue of some with Nikon is that they the lack of differentiation between shooting for re-balancing the wildlife after human impact or general sports hunting of non-endangered species and trophy hunting that is a factor in severely diminishing some animal species in africa (but they sponsor trophy safaris), for example see http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/the-wrong-kind-of-photo-shoot-nikon-in-the-line-of-fire-over-rifle-sights-for-big-game-hunting-8556123.html

But for some reason or another Nikon doesn't seem to be entirely unaffected by the pressure - they recently re-designed their arms website to exclude shots of happy hunters standing in 19s century pose above capital prey and renamed it from "Nikon Hunting" to "Nikon Sport Optics".

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: April 13, 2013, 01:10:32 AM »
That could be said about a lot of the photos posted on here to show how great such and such a model is.

Absolutely, that's why I personally never post pictures in a tech thread, it doesn't man anything most of the time except if the full picture series without postprocessing is given for "keeper" evaluation and maybe 6d and 5d3 are used in parallel or after another for the same scene.

You can post "negative" problem pictures to show what went wrong or where you think a camera fails, but except for high speed action scenes or very bad shooting conditions (af lock, dr, iso noise) any recent dslr is able to produce decent pictures - just not with the same reliability or usability.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: April 12, 2013, 07:00:13 AM »
Center Point only, continuous shutter mode, one shot AF mode(because the Tamron lens does not function well in the AI modes)

Well, in that case the shot could have been taken with just about any dslr or p&s, esp. since the light was good and the aperture small :-p

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Firmware Update
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:40:08 AM »
Consider me a little underwhelmed. 

You will keep being underwhelmed, and this is actually one reason to get the 5d3 just as Canon intends to: Like the 60d, I don't expect anything to be added to the 6d firmware because that's a "silent feature" of the more expensive models like 7d/5d3.

*Maybe* they'll do some semi-bug fixes for things like gps timeouts and such, but hell will freeze over before of the "hard"  features f8, 1/200 x-sync, 1/8k shutter will be changed. And if only because Canon will never admit that this is just a marketing software limitation.

I was hoping for f/8 AF and a fix for the always on nature of the GPS and it's resulting battery drain.  I would like to see options for shut down (say auto shut off 10 minutes after the camera has been turned off).  At minimum, on/off with the camera being powered on/off.

There already is a feature request to do gps off on power down with magic lantern, it's possible to do, feel free to +1 this request in the thread which will make it more likely to happen than when just one single user seems to want it: http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=5015.0

This is probably a long shot, but I would love to see an update down the road that increased max shutter speed from 1/4000 to 1/8000.  It is rumored that this is just a software limiter and not a physical limitation to the shutter itself.  Oh well, all of this gives ML something to play with.

It is just a software limitation, at least 1/8k works in some circumstances (like live view) but most of the thime Canon code keeps resetting it - the ml people are still working on it: http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=3904.msg30746#msg30746

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: April 10, 2013, 04:39:04 AM »
I don't know what the fuss is over. I was nailing keeper after keeper today with my supposedly horrible 6D and my completely unusable Tamron 70-200.

Which af points were you using?

All modern af system are usable, the differences should show a) when the tracked object is to the top/side (no af points on 6d), b) when the contrast/light is low (only up to 0.5lv and no outer cross on 6d), c) on difficult movement patterns (i.e. not simply something like a wave moving constantly in one direction).

However I expect the 6d to do just fine for me once I got it, I recently got frustrated by my 60d again because the af fields are just too far apart so it's center point only for tracking - which works, but at least on 6d the points are closer together so multipoint should be more usable.

so will there be a 5dmkiii update or will there be a class action law suite, because allot of people got this camera after hearing about the update, they could of got the D800 with full HD out

I'm sure there is some fine print in the announcement preventing this, or they have the option of releasing a fw with exactly the two announced features that are already accessible by 3rd party gear/software: clean hdmi out (already implemented by Magic Lantern) and f8 af (like with a Kenko tc).

Usually Canon only does a bigger update towards the mid-term to end of life to give it a refresh, for the 5d3 that probably will/would be sometime in the start 2014 and then the 5d4 would be released at the end of 2014...

Canon seems to have a inbred mentality, its like they only want their own products to compete with each other and have on connection with the world any more

Well, at last you were disproved once by the 6d release, Canon would never have released that w/o Nikon's d600 - but unfortunately for the rest of the lineup (lenses, flashes) you are correct.

Third Party Manufacturers / "I am boycotting Nikon" campaign
« on: April 05, 2013, 01:32:36 PM »
For once, I'm really happy to be a Canon shooter - no matter what the dynamic range is :-)

Animal rights activists have targeted (doh) Nikon for a campaign because the evil empire is not only selling cameras for shooting (doh) baby pets but also rifle scopes so you're able to take not only the picture back home, but also the real thing... plus they sponsor trophy hunting in Africa for watermarked shots.

If this is over the top or a legit criticism of business practice is up to you to decide and I certainly don't want a political discussion or even a flame war, but I'm posting this as information because no Canonista should be ignorant about public relation events that for once hurt the main competitor:



EDIT: Added Nikon print commercial

Like the previous poster (the one who wasn't yelling in large typeface about jumping ship to Nikon), I hope they haven't forgotten about the 5DIII firmware update.

The reason for the delay probably is that implementing the blinking red af servo dots proves to be rather complicated (they barely managed on the 1dx) and they might try to include a fix for the af assist light bug - so it might take a while, my guess is "April" means re-announcement on April 30 and download availability a month later :->

But in conjunction with the other thread about the 35mm cine lens it is a pitty Canon seems to lack will or r&d resources for the old-school dslr market where people are stuck to their brand and seldom switch, no matter how large typefaces they use.

This is a clear indication that Canon is increasingly focusing on newer emerging platforms as the established dSLR market gets saturated and sees healthy competition.

+1 - to me it seems they are trying to milk the old-school dslr suckers until kingdom come (or sales really stall, not just reviews & forum opinions) while the dev focus is on cinema & mirrorless, leaving less r&d resources for the old market. Canon cannot ignore the lens challenge from Sigma like their new 35mm? Or can they?

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