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Yesterday I did a quick comparison (video mode/indoors) between a Canon 60D and a Nikon D7100.

Converning lv focusing and zooming: This is where Canon blows away Nikon simply due to having Magic Lantern with all it's features, the main reason I got a 60d and not a Nikon d7000. If you don't know ml and go for video you should really have a look at ml (www.magiclantern.fm - it has more lv zooming options & even sharpens/constrasts the zoomed image for better manual focus).

As for awb, yes, I think it works good on Canon and I seldom see any magenta/green tint, can't tell about Nikon.

Are you just using it at the widest setting?  I hate the idea that a lens is "meant" for a certain purpose, but some certainly lean a direction.
Well just for perspective. My worry is that if I got close then my subjects will be distorted. I wonder if I should have went for more reach.

It's great you're posting here because you tend to get the most expensive gear (which is absolutely legit, btw) and then wonder what to do with it, makes me feel better with having cheap gear but learning how to use it :-)

I got a wide angle lens *because* I want shots to be distorted and getting a "close up" effect, otherwise I just do a step back - I  was shooting with a zoom starting at 45mm for the last years and seldom missed wider angles. Yes, uwa might be essential for some indoors people group shots but for architectural shots you can also do panorama stitching.

Please do see this, uwa is not for "taking it all in": http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/how-to-use-ultra-wide-lenses.htm

Lenses / Re: Speedy Manual Focusing?
« on: April 17, 2013, 01:25:29 PM »
I believe innately knowing this concept and how it applied to their cameras helped a lot especially when street shooting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperfocal_distance
As it happens, Magic Lantern calculates the hyperfocal distance for you :-) so this helped me a lot.

Lenses / Re: Speedy Manual Focusing?
« on: April 17, 2013, 12:26:14 PM »
How do focus screens work on newer body? Are they like the old split prism from the film-era? Any recommendation on which is the best for the 6D? Thanks a lot!

I'd also be interested in some experiences with these, there only seems to be one option left (no katzeyeoptics for ff, brightscreen seems to be out of business). As far as I understand it they screw up spot/partial metering, at least with fast lenses?


Lenses / Re: Speedy Manual Focusing?
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:20:51 AM »
If you are manual focusing a DSLR you have to use live view. The viewfinder is just not good enough.... it gets you close, but not spot on. You really need live view and then to zoom in on your target to properly check focus.

Or, much better, use Magic Lantern with focus peaking, esp. good with switching the display to b&w. You exactly see where the focus pane is w/o needing to zoom in (well, except if you're shooting f1.2 or macro with very thin dof). And with ml you also see what's under/overexposed (zebras) and even where the midrange tonal values are (false color).

Nowadays I mostly use live-view mf for macro shots, it's faster more precise than constantly af'ing and still missing, with the 60d's swivel screen it's a great tripod setup. I do miss the vf split screen from the ol' days though, it's a pity there's no option to switch this on/off quickly but it needs a vf screen replacement.

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 17, 2013, 04:09:10 AM »
Regarding differentiation. I am not sure Canon can keep the 70D at 9-points, all cross-type (as 650D/700D). (Well of course they CAN, they are Canon...)

Probably they'll add 2 more af points just like 5d2->6d for all you nay-sayers to be happy :-p ? Personally and having looked at Canon's product policy during the last years, I cannot imagine they'll just chuck in the good 7d af system into a xxd system yet - even if they love re-using af arrays.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 5 Public Beta Available
« on: April 16, 2013, 12:52:22 PM »
It's slow going due to general buggy-ness

My experience when trying it is quite the opposite: LR5 feels like turbo-charged, as if the build a wait loop into LR4 to make people wish for an upgrade :-> ... this and some new features like the heal/clone brush are enough to upgrade, let's hope the RC phase doesn't take the better of a year's time.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 12:40:26 PM »
I´d like to know why Canon is announcing the cams so late....

Canon has been burnt by the 1dx & 24-70ii delays, now they'll release it if it's really ready for production.

Shutter lifecycle is irrelevant. Almost nobody ever wears out a shutter on any DSLR, let alone a consumer model,

Not so: Shooting brackets (3+ shutter cycles per shot), focus stacking (10-20+ cycles) and using live view with quick af (one cycle very af action) I'm now on 125k cycles on my 60d after about two years.

Dual memory card slots are irrelevant to all but a very small minority of shooters, too...essentially, the only ones who care are those who need a redundant backup, and they're all shooting with two bodies anyway.

That doesn't make sense: Another body doesn't protect you from card failure, i.e. coming home and the data isn't readable but the camera thought it was written just fine. For many, no dual cards disqualifies a 70d or 6d as a backup body for a "pro" first camera 7d2/5d3 - probably what Canon intends.

If they want to pull some Rebel/Kiss/xxxD users upmarket they really need to up the AF.

Canon might decide last minute based on market research what existing af system to chuck in - 60d or 7d. But I'm not very hopeful, there are plenty of other tech specs above the rebels and the whole usability, Canon might think that'd be enough or they'd risk 6d upselling.

Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability
« on: April 16, 2013, 12:31:57 PM »
So over 8 lbs? Yikes. :o

Holy cow, not that I'd be in the market for a 10k lens, but I'm wondering what users Canon has in mind - at this weight, most photo-journalistic or quick action shots seem to be impossible?

But probably it's really a small pro sports (and maybe wildlife?) market, and those few people are fine to shell out that money for top notch iq & reach flexibility.

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".

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