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EOS Bodies / Re: AF Point Color on the 5D Mark III & 1D X Update [CR2]
« on: September 05, 2012, 06:44:14 AM »
If you ask Canon you got the answer, that they are working on it.

Question is: What are they working on? They already said the solution will not make everybody happy, and if there weren't major problems they'd implemented the af indicators in the production models already. So unless they'll release an updated 5d3s/1dxs af, they might be delaying and working on a least painful way to tell that it's either af indicators or precise metering, the latter is supposed to be the reason the dots are black.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X AF at f/8 with the Kenko 1.4TC
« on: September 05, 2012, 06:40:55 AM »
Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 L + Kenko 2x (effectively @ f/8-11) = Slow/difficult to lock focus

... a 1.4x tc is the absolute max for the 70-300L unless you mf, but imho the iq with the 1.4x Kenko is "just" ok so I wouldn't want to try a 2x.

Lenses / Re: A New EF 400 f/5.6L Before Photokina? [CR1]
« on: September 05, 2012, 06:37:59 AM »
Not sure how I feel about DO.

There seem to be two DO generations - the old green ring one Canon dumped due to mediocre sharpness and horrible bokeh, and the new one they just patented for lighter tele primes which is supposed a completely other DO tech.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Should I stay with Canon or moving to Nikon
« on: September 05, 2012, 06:36:03 AM »
Do you use magic latern? Is it worth installing on the 60D?

Argh - ml is the absolute killer, just install it. It even improves still image quality because the ml isos are *better* than the Canon isos due to different digic configurations!

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark II or a Real Video Camera?
« on: September 05, 2012, 06:32:13 AM »
Also, does 50fps mean 720p, or does it mean reduced bitrate? Or both?

It's done by iso ramping, in the current release you manually configure the iso value for both frames. And yes, you got the catch, double framerate means no 1080p due to the fps requirement - you can manually configure the fps with ml, but the digic4 cameras are not fast enough for 1080p/60 or /50. And for 720p a 5d3 is better because of less aliasing, ml is currently ported for that target.

Lighting / Re: Beginer.. Need Speedlite help
« on: September 05, 2012, 04:31:58 AM »
i too need some help- i have the 430EX II. love it but... am also a beginner. anyone have a good site for tutorials so i can take better advantage of this flash?

Check kelbytraining.com - though commercial it creates less confusion than watching tons of amateur youtube stuff :-o

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Should I stay with Canon or moving to Nikon
« on: September 05, 2012, 04:23:31 AM »
I hope Canon can produce sub $1500 full frame.
I donĀ“t think they slaughter their cash cows.

Not yet anyway, in 5-10 years the pressure from mirrorless and cheaper system cameras might get so high they'll trickle the ff downwards. But a 5d2 replacement will be more like $2000+ as the 5d3 is still $3000+

From the 600D you'd probably upgrade to Canon 7D. Fantastic model and vastly improved with the latest firmware. Look no further.

... unless you want to keep access to *the* killer feature that separates Canon from Nikon and the reason I am using Canon: The possibility to install firmware addons like Magic Lantern (unfortunately doesn't run on 7d).

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark II or a Real Video Camera?
« on: September 05, 2012, 04:08:10 AM »
Do you know any free software to merge HDR video?

It's on the ml site somewhere - you can use a avisynth, but the quality might be a little less than commercial plugins.

(although I'm not sure that the HDR ML gives you is quite the same process as merging stills, I suspect it's already done in camera probably by making the most of the sensors dynamic range, but I don't use ML so what do I know...)

Indeed :-) ... because video hdr in ml is *just* done as for stills: The framerate is doubled and every other picture is taken with a different exposure. In post both frames are merged using motion compensation, effectively nearly doubling the dynamic range. There are tutorial videos on vimeo, or watch this:

Magic Lantern HDR Video on Vimeo Small | Large

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Has Made its Way To Retailers
« on: September 05, 2012, 04:01:26 AM »
...also don't post photos of it next to a lens with 'Image Stabiliser' on it. Who knows what confusion or involutary reactions that might create.

:-) but we figured out that IS on a standard zoom is for sissies and Tokina-amateurs only!

But actually there is another distinction between the cheap kit-lens 24-105L and the real lens 24-70ii: The lens data is not written between the red ring and the lens hood, so Canon might really consider this as "the" lens as no small print with tech details is necessary? But I'm still waiting for the first reviews, please someone post some shots his doorknob in the meantime :-p

EOS Bodies / Re: The ultimate Photokina bet poll...
« on: September 04, 2012, 07:17:40 PM »
If this is a "bet," what do I win?

The honor of being correct, a hard to find occurrence on CR :-)

Okay, so where's the option for "nothing significant"?

Wupps, forgot that because I was sure they'll announce at least one body (imho the 70d). I added the option, invalidates the poll of course, but what the heck it's just for fun anyway.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark II or a Real Video Camera?
« on: September 04, 2012, 11:43:46 AM »
If you install Magic Lantern it will give you focus peaking and zebras that while not as good as a dedicated video camera, work surprisingly well in most situations.  Magic Lantern also gives you the option to record the internal mic to one channel, and an external mic to the other.

+1 ... Magic lantern has killer features esp. for video, don't forget about *hdr* video! The 5d3 improves on the aliasing problem, but other than that 5d2+ml should be a pro-level video solution if you are ok with mf and the handling of a camera w/o swivel screen that was basically designed for still shots.

EOS Bodies / Re: 3D X and 7D Mark II at Photokina?
« on: September 04, 2012, 11:38:35 AM »
Photo Rumors is reporting Canon will announce these two bodies at Photokina.  Any validity to that, Craig?  What have you heard? 

Omg, this really calls for a poll: Participate in http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=9145.0

EOS Bodies / The ultimate Photokina bet poll...
« on: September 04, 2012, 11:38:06 AM »
With Photokina within the month, what closely guarded dream cameras will Canon have in store for the dedicated fancrowd? Will they show Nikon at last how a real high mp camera should be like, or will they preempt the d600 with a 5d2 successor? Take your pick!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Has Made its Way To Retailers
« on: September 04, 2012, 10:54:32 AM »
You definitely missed something.  I said Mark I, not II.

Wupps, sorry, I misread this. Actually I just grabbed your post as a random example of people predicting the 24-70 II as "the lens", I just happened to quote the wrong one :-p

Most CRs members believe mrk II going to be "THE LENS" because of MTF chart, not because of the expensive price tag.

Neither you nor me can say what "most cr members" believe, but I have the definite impression that the high price tag contributes to the high expectations. Unless I read the first real reviews of the final product, I don't rely on any mtf charts (that were made before the lens was delayed and modified, mind you) to make it into every real world lens after qc.

Lenses / Re: A New EF 400 f/5.6L Before Photokina? [CR1]
« on: September 04, 2012, 08:43:00 AM »
5.6 is too slow for a prime....... like the 800-5.6?

Slow because you don't get the necessary shutter speeds? You will in good daylight. And using a 70-300mm on crop (=112-480mm 35mm) I can say that the depth of field with f5.6 is still pretty thin, so if I could with my crappy crop sensor I'd rather use f8 and higher iso often. So if the new 400mm has the new IS, fast af, is sharp, affordable and not that heavy it's a winner unless you plan on using a tc.

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