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Canon General / Re: How to be a bad photographer.
« on: October 09, 2013, 05:41:15 AM »
G.A.S. can be bad if you are poor. I don't mind wealthy amateurs buying lots of gear they don't need.

Well, being definitely on the rather poor side I do enjoy reading threads about "should I get 2x 5d3 or 1x 1dx?" because it puts my personal GAS back into perspective :-) Also neither the article or I said that GAS *makes* you bad, just that it often goes along with it to compensate for the lack of skill and/or experience.

I'm absolutely in favor of people buying €6000 1dx or €10000 1dxs so Canon can lower my 6D to €1500 (which is still very expensive for me)... that's why I voted against Magic Lantern hacking the 1dx into a 1dc, rich people should cross-fund r&d and profits when they buy the premium gear, I'll stay 1-2 levels below that.

Canon General / Re: Canon LP-E6 Product Advisory
« on: October 09, 2013, 05:37:38 AM »
The situation may also occur when attempts are made to charge non-genuine Canon Battery Packs in the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6. However, the procedure provided above does not apply to the use of non-genuine Canon products.

In essence, does this mean Canon tried to embed a non-genuine battery detection into the charger and screwed it up? Given the recent fw updates that break 3rd party battery compatibility Canon trying the same on the hardware side is a possibility, but man, that's really beyond what *I* would expect of them.

Lucke me I'm still using my 60D charger for my 6D, I haven't even unpacked the new one, an now I'm unlikely to do so :-)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D610 yes D600 minor upgrade!
« on: October 09, 2013, 05:33:08 AM »
The analogy of the 1DIII is an interesting choice, since Canon recalled them for the AF fix - a very direct way to deal with a known issue, rather than offering a 'upgrade' as a fix.

For once, I'm thankful to own Canon equipment, the d600 update is really embarrassing and proves they've got no problem with devaluating their customers' equipment in no time.

Nikon wants to get a foot in the marketplace and has to be innovative and release their newest developments asap. Canon on the other hand is so conservative with lenses and cameras that I am very calm about having bought a 17-40L and 6d1, I don't expect them to release the 6d2 next month with improved af, not unless they've milked every cent from the 6d1 production line.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon image data verification
« on: October 09, 2013, 05:24:45 AM »
It was overtaken, as jvirta says it was cracked, very embarrassingly

It was naive of Canon to think they could make that working, if there's a will there's a way - even if using asymmetric cryptography the private key has to be somewhere in the camera, so it will be found unless using extremely expensive high-security parts.

hmmm i always thought raw is original enough to prove authenticity.

No, if you can de-mosaic it you can re-mosaic it :-) ... But it doesn't matter, it's not difficult today to detect image modifications, a German computer magazine (c't/iX) had a series about it. The only way to fool the detection: Print the tampered original, and re-photograph it in a blurry/shaky way ... but as algorithms evolve also this probably won't work, just as they *might* some day come up with a affordable finger print detector that cannot be easily fooled :-)

Fake would be in a studio or a zoo and trying to pass it off as if it were in the wild.  Fake is not setting up shots through painstaking planning.

Interesting thread & point - we had a similar recent thread about what's allowed editing and what's not.

My option: No, it's not "fake", but it is still misleading to deceiving as it's well known a good part of the viewers don't know about the methods that are applied and is lead to believe you've just gotta go out and this is what you'll see. If they were straight, they'd include a quick "behind the scenes" or "how we got the animals into this synthetic setting".

My problem with this: It creates a surrogate reality about man & nature, and this is diametrical to what I think a "real" nature film about *wild*life should be. I see the result in the local zoo - people expect the animals to look into the camera when they want to, they've paid good money after all and they know what's to be expected from tv.

My favorite wildlife show were back in the good ol' times without equipment overkill. If it was about polar bears, the film just showed a wandering bear from miles away - but with a proper scientific explanation & backgrund about their behavior and you probably shouldn't get near them. Or if it was about shy small animals, you didn't get to see much of them, they *are* shy after all. Back then I felt much better educated and entertained than with perfect closeups.

Canon General / Re: How to be a bad photographer.
« on: October 09, 2013, 04:36:42 AM »

"GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrom) - a terrible pathology that affects a lot of amateur photographers" :->

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is ff metering more aggressive than crop?
« on: October 08, 2013, 11:11:06 AM »
Thanks for your work with Magic Lantern! This also brings to mind the silly limitations on the behavior of the Set button that I thought you tackled as well.

Yes, SET has the option to quickly set the af to the center, and it's easier to reach the points with the multicontroller. This feature is already merged into the ml 6d dev builds...

... unfortunately the "focus patterns" feature is one of the cases of broken Canon firmware, you can only select one af point at the time and not for example the three right ones (like 60d and all other 9pt) which would have been great since on the 6d they're not cross. On the other hand, crippling this could have been deliberate on Canon's part.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is ff metering more aggressive than crop?
« on: October 08, 2013, 10:14:09 AM » I'm developing for Magic Lantern...
That explains much, Grasshopper...    8)

Indeed it explains why I'm not using Nikon, because as I was raving mad over the limiting auto iso of Canon on my 6D I sat down and coded a working version (ec on m, no more iso 400 flash lock, unlimited min. shutter in av mode, selects only full iso stops for raw shooting) :-)

Any thoughts on whether this is possible via EOS Utility, or some third-party software?

This is what Magic Lantern has a scripting engine for - you can do or customize any shooting sequence with any settings you like.

Unfortunately the scripting backend has just changed and it's non-working in the nightly builds, but if you wait some it'll be there again. It lets you set a lot of things directly, for the rest it can simulate key strokes to change any menu setting you like.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is ff metering more aggressive than crop?
« on: October 08, 2013, 06:10:05 AM »
For example, the 9 point af covers most of a crop vf. On the FF, a 9 point sensor mostly fills the middle. I wonder if it's the same with the metering chip

I agree this could be the answer - the 6d is the only ff camera with the 9/11 pt system and the 63z metering, so the metering system is not a straight copy from the 5d3.

And I know for a fact that Canon did a botch job on the 6D firmware - it's not visible to the user, but as I'm developing for Magic Lantern there are a couple of firmware calls that just don't work correctly and are bugged ...

... thus it might be also that the metering system wasn't tested that much, I recon that's what you get a 1d for (if you happen to win the lottery :-)). Alas, Canon is unlikely do any real 6d fw updates that fixes it, they'll probably only do a feature update in 2014/2015 to boost sales a bit (like raw hdr).

Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 07, 2013, 06:25:16 PM »
I shoot with the EOS M and 5DmII and would love to know how to restrict the aperture range without fixing it to a particular value.

Magic Lantern -> ML Auto ISO feature

Canon General / Re: Irritating photography advice
« on: October 07, 2013, 05:02:28 PM »
You know, I can do everything with my camera that you can do with yours!"

You frequently meet this type visiting a zoo, older people explaining esp. that you really don't need fill-flash anything with your 18mp crop no matter what light it's in because they get perfect shots from their 4mp p&s... annoying.

My happy wife is happy because I can't upgrade from the 1DX, and therefore has put a stop to my whining ;)

Good thing she probably doesn't read CR and doesn't know a high-mp new 1dxs with an even higher price is just around the corner, of course requiring new lenses that are able to cope with the increased resolution :->

Also what about aspect ratios? Are we then supposed to be slaves to our cameras' sensor size?

My impression: Yes! The still world seems to be seen through 2:3, just like everything moves in 16:9 nowadays. I really like to re-frame my shots, but I seem to be one of the few people who does that looking around, and I'm always feeling mighty "noobish" doing it.

But talking of cropping: for 2:3->16:9 I usually take two shots, one with more space to one side, because cutting a center-weighted subject to the side of 16:9 ("wallpaper-style") looses a lot of resolution.

How about sticking your hands through the fence so you can get a closer shot. That would be good.

Surprisingly, there seem to be a lot of serious injuries by this very method - all in the cause of perfect p&s or mobile phone shots, of course :->

I take it you must be using a zoom of some sort.

I'm thinking of macro wildlife here, you can adjust the framing a lot by moving a few inches with the prime macro lens. But yes, for the rest I use a 70-300L zoom and often zoom around until getting the best framing, and if it's at the long or short end I move myself.

there's a Louis ck  joke... I found the secret to having the body you want..  you just have to want a really bad body. I  guess the same goes for bad photography.

:-)) that's a good one, I'll remember that :-)

It would be better for you to walk up and get the close up without cropping.

Zoo. Lion. Fences. Long, sharp teeth.

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