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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 06, 2013, 12:57:46 PM »
Wow, they're really milking the 18mp sensor huh ?

This rumor proves the contrary - Canon will release the 70d this year with the updated 18mp sensor (i.e. with af pixels for lv, better noise pattern, less banding) and throw everything they have at it like gps & wifi, improved af/fps (but below current 7d).

But even Canon seems to think that they cannot get away with a 7d2 w/o significant sensor improvement, and since they don't have this sensor atm (proof: 6d) they'll delay another year.

If its off noticeably, ask Canon to calibrate the lens on their reference 60D.

The af on the 60d isn't very precise, I am very often shooting animals and af'ing the eyes with thin depth of field (so servo af is of no use) but I have to take 2-3 shots to get it right, it's often just a little behind or in front. You get best results on 60d if af'ing from a way out of focus position and not near the intended focus, btw.

For determining real persistent front/backfocus you have to take the pain to take some shots of a tilted scale, focus with lv contrast & then with phase af and look for any difference in a particular direction.

i suppose it is the focus, i only used the centre point and recomposed, but so many the focus is off, i was in egypt so light wasnt a problem, and i was also trekking in uganda and the landscape shots just lack punch. the colours and contrast just seem a bit wrong. out of 1000 pictures and some extensive sharpening, there arnt that many im happy with!

In most cases, the problem is behind the camera and not in front of it.

id upload a few shots but frankly im embarresed. i feel a bit cheated out of money spent.  im gonna have to rent an expensive l lens and compare, but at the moment, im really disheartened.

There's no way around it to pinpoint the cause, upload some raw .cr2 files somewhere, give us the link. If the focus is slightly off after focus & recompose that may be the 6d/5d2 af problem, but in any other case it'd be a combination of the mediocre af, wrong technique and weak postprocessing.

But don't be embarrassed: Canon makes its main profit from making people believe they can just buy being an experienced and good photographer...

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS
« on: May 06, 2013, 12:32:55 PM »
Good review, but I still don't really understand the purpose/use for it in the lineup, especially given the cost vs. the 24-105/4L IS (which delivers similar IQ).

It's the 3 sentence logic often found in politics (see Yes, Minister):

1. We have to do something (24-105 is getting old, significantly better iq update would be too expensive, 24-70/2.8 is w/o IS and also too expensive for the general crowd)

2. This is something we can do (manufacture a lens with decent iq, Canon-only tech hybrid IS, macro mode, good profit for Canon and potential to lower the price after some time like the 6d)

3 = 1+2: This is what we must do.

Macro / Re: not only insects or flowers ...
« on: May 06, 2013, 12:22:15 PM »
and a combined  multipictures technique   

How many shots did you fuse, what original aperture?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: May 06, 2013, 11:44:17 AM »
and enable more features of the DiG!C processor

That's what Magic Lantern is for :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: May 06, 2013, 11:42:37 AM »
For me, and I'm feeling increasingly isolated, the M makes quite a lot of sense used in the way it was designed to be used, which was never as an SLR beater, in the same way that none of the other CSCs are SLR beaters.

It does make a lot of sense, and this concept and other mirrorless (i.e. smaller, faster fps) cameras will no doubt be the future in the upper p&s or lower rebel segment in the near future.

It's just that the general suspicion seems to be that Canon didn't put such a slow af into it because they thought it'd be sufficient, but simply they couldn't do any better at that time - maybe this will be proven by a eos-m mk2 with a digic6 and faster af.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Where is this new flash?
« on: May 06, 2013, 04:48:12 AM »
I wish Canon would just include the master functionality into the new 450EX (or 430EX III) and make the price close to the 600EX if they were afraid the lesser model would eat away at the larger flash sales.

Won't happen, because except for people who really need max portability the 580ex-style flashes have so many other advantages that the smaller, but overpriced model would stall. But maybe Canon cannot decide themselves what to do next and that's part of the reason the 430ex2 successor isn't here...

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: May 06, 2013, 04:45:38 AM »
However the AF was really very slow. In a fairly well lit store, it didn't appear much quicker than my 7D's "Live View" AF (which I consider impractically slow apart from tripod landscape work).

I'd really like some inside information why Canon thought they could get away with this. The speed of the 7d/60d-style live view af is a joke and really only for tripod work (though I like Magic Lantern focus peaking better), but if the eos m is not much better Canon seems to have skipped all field tests or they have beta testers who say "yes, great" to everything?

Or maybe the eos m is just a test model for mirrorless (just like Win8 for MS' new ui) and was scheduled to be replaced in no time anyway? In the latter case, that doesn't build trust in Canon as a premium brand.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: May 06, 2013, 04:38:48 AM »
The female salesperson told me that she felt the grip wasn't to her comfort- as her hand felt too cramped and 'naturally' felt she needed to hold it more steady with 2 hands.

That's what I figured, and for me personally the 60d or 6d (same camera size, better grip size) is the smallest I'd want to use as a main dslr - but then again, lots of people buy small cameras, obviously they use it in a completely different way than I do. Maybe they just take it out, shoot a couple of pictures and then put it away again in a bag or around their neck ("tourist style" :-)).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D and rear curtain flash :(
« on: May 05, 2013, 03:40:44 PM »
Can you elaborate on the constraints and compatibility with manual flashes? I read some info about it but it was unclear how and if the Yongnuo can do second curtain remote triggering. From what I was able to gather you need to have a Canon flash connected to the Yongnuo trigger in order to be able to do 2nd curtain settings. (Because they have to be set in the camera, else how can you do second curtain bulb mode)

Afaik the Yongnuo 580ex2 clone looks different, but emulates the Canon flash so that there should be no difference to a "real" Canon model. As for 2nd curtain sync this is really hard to figure out (I haven't bought the triggers yet), all I can do is quote a review I found:

Second Curtain Sync works with the off camera flashes, but not with the wireless menu function enabled. So you no longer have remote control of more than one group. But that is still much better than no second curtain sync at all off camera (like Canons RF system).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D and rear curtain flash :(
« on: May 05, 2013, 07:14:21 AM »
The only workaround I'm aware of is to use 3rd party RF triggers (PocketWizard, Phottix Odin).

The very good and extremely reasonably priced Yongnuo radio triggers also do remote 2nd curtain sync, though with some constraints imposed by the old Canon ettl2 protocol - but it does work, so that would/will be my personal choice (until Canon comes up with a ettl3 protocol with remote zoom and 2nd curtain sync...)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5dmk3 shoot burst w/10 second delay?
« on: May 03, 2013, 07:51:54 AM »
Looking for a solution to the following problem:  Have a photo contest where I need to be the shooter so using an assistant to press the shutter is not an option (unless I cheat ;^).  I have an action shot in mind where I want a 10-second delay, then the camera shoots 6 or more shots at its max burst rate (6fps).  I am the subject of the shot and I will be moving quickly.

Just use magic lantern, it has an intervalometer and scripting - with the latter you can program any shooting sequence you like with whatever settings you tell the camera.

Canon General / Re: new canon lens caps
« on: May 03, 2013, 07:48:55 AM »
yes yes the generics are just as good, but if your gonna spend $2000 on a lens whats another $13 for the original

Probably just what Canon figures, and you just made it to the front of the unofficial "Canon customer of the month" award :-p ... no, really, it's good someone's buying the stuff, and with a $2k lens it really doesn't matter - but the lens hood and cap prices feel a little strange for cheaper lenses.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: May 03, 2013, 07:23:01 AM »
Small doesn't have to mean trashy - and I hate my 50/1.8, it's loud, no af override, horrible build quality, very bad bokeh, not sharp at all (why use this on 18mp?). Now that there's the 40mm, I really see no reason for the 50/1.8 to exist at all other than night time shots w/o a tripod.
f/5.6 is damn sharp with the 50mm 1.8 II. stopped down its quite like the 85 1.2 L.  Build quality was never an issue for me. Not using it as a hammer for example. No af override sucks, true dat. Bokeh is okay i think, seen worse.

But if I have to shoot @f5.6 I don't need a f1.8 lens :-> ... and to make my former statement more precise: the main problem with build quality is that if the front barrel is extended the lens is very, very fragile, and the bokeh is bad because it doesn't blur contast lines due to too few and not rounded aperture blades.

But of course depending on how you use the lens and what you're shooting ymmv,  though imho the comparison to a 85/1.2 is beyond stretching the facts :-p

and totally awesome price/value ratio. no other lens can beat it by far.

No doubt, but given the decades of development in zooms I'd be hesitant to recommend the 50/1.8 as a primary lens for beginners. Plus a 1.8 lens is bound to require afma, which all Rebels and the 60d don't have.

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