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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Did you peak and what did you do about it?
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:22:46 PM »
until then, I'll keep working on getting better!

I'm amazed by the confidence of the CR users, probably when sitting in front of a screen, typing posts on CR you feel like an invincible photog :-). As all people keep getting better (yes, I voted this too, but barely) I really have to check up on the posters: If people never peak, this means it'll be a tough fight for "photog of the year" in the future :-p

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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Did you peak and what did you do about it?
« on: September 16, 2014, 02:37:43 PM »
How would one measure whether their skills have peaked?

You can't measure it, just feel it for yourself - or ask other people when showing them current shots and the ones from the last months or years. If you or they cannot determine any progress considering technical or artistic skill, you've peaked. And in this context technical improvement doesn't mean 1d4->1dx or 5d2->5d3, even on CR :->

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 16, 2014, 02:05:46 PM »
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Consequently, i can't think of one occasion where GPS would have been of any use to me at all.

I admit I find the built-in gps unexpectedly useful because it doesn't add bulk, uses little battery, is always there and you don't need to have a dedicated tracker and add the gps data in postprocessing. Sorting in LR with but map is very nice if all your shots are tagged.

However, I admit I don't quite understand Canon here: 6d with wifi+gps, 70d only with wifi, 7d only with gps?! Sounds like a typical Canon "crippling" product policy to gear up for the 5d4 which will of course feature both. On the other hand it really *could* because of the metal body, you never know with Canon...

You think an EyeFi card is going to perform better than the 6Ds internal WiFi?

EyeFi is a hack in comparison to the built-in wifi, even though Canon's implementation is mediocre at best: You need to set up a virtual access point to connect to the camera from a laptop. But you can remote-control the camera which might be very nice for wildlife shots (read: 7d2).

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Photography Technique / POLL: Did you peak and what did you do about it?
« on: September 16, 2014, 01:59:20 PM »
I'm wondering about how the skill progression of other people is/was and if they feel they've "peaked" at some point and your photography results didn't get better. Did you ever feel you keep shooting and doing the same things over and over again, but lacked the imagination or skill to move on? Did you even feel that you were better in the past, for whatever reasons?

If so, I'd be interested what you do/did to be able to move forward. Keep experimenting? Read internet tutorials or books? Participate in dynamic range discussions on CR :-> ?

I hope some people vote and share their thoughts. For me, learning to shoot "good" pictures was easy with some trial & error, "very good" is possible but requires a lot of concentration & time, but "really excellent" might need something I haven't acquired. Yet :-)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:00:59 AM »
Does anyone know if their has been any request to the admins regarding setting up a section specifically for all things Magic Lantern? As it is now one has to search for ML and/or Magic Lantern and get posts that are spread out rather thin over both time and subjects. What do you think?

There already is a "real "ML forum, so the question is why should be different here in the CR ML section. For one, the ml devs wouldn't be around so you'd get less competent answers. On the other hand, it would be less technical, over-modereated or geeky, the reason why I have lost interest posting over there. But if the result it's that any ML discussion should be moved into the ML forum because ML covers so many aspects of photography. So my vote is simply keep opening ML threads in the general photography forum.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 14, 2014, 05:55:42 PM »
Ooh, I didn't know ML had a RAW histogram. I think that, along with the DR expansion options, is pretty much the clincher for me. I just downloaded it, am going to give it a try today.

Hah, another CR heavyweight converted :-> ... note that ML can only display the dynamic range or ettr hint in live view and not in photo mode, the latter just has the histogram. But dual_iso is a blessing, apart from all the postprocessing hassle it's the "exmor for canon" and I use it more and more often.

Edit: make sure you enable the raw histogram and zebras for photo review mode (if you manage to find the option as a ML newbie :-p), the latter is raw version of the Canon highlight blinkies but also work for deep shadows.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 Plugin for focus points?
« on: September 14, 2014, 05:53:49 PM »
I'm pretty bummed about the lack of proper plugin support in LR.

In that case, don't read all the post of Rob Cole commenting on Adobe's lack of good plugin sdk :-). But from what I've just read, Adobe seems to have gotten a grip and Lightroom 6 seems to concentrate not on features, but on performance, stability and - knock on wood - a timely released and stable sdk for plugin authors.

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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: September 14, 2014, 05:50:37 PM »
and I either have time to just upload the 6D jpegs, or have DxO9 do it's thing on "automatic fix" then upload to SmugMug. So, which is better- auto program 6D in camera or DxO9 auto?

I wouldn't know about DxO auto processing (I'm using LR), but I'm very confident Canon's in-camera image postprocessing is very completent by now if you've found the picture style settings you like.

With daylight shooting the advantage of raw comes down to the greater dynamic range. If you want less clipped highlights, it's worth using it - the amount recovered from raw files is a bit smaller than on crop cameras though. Your example shot wouldn't profit from it as it's a medium dr shot as even the whites in the bokeh are proplery exposed already. If there would be bright sky or hard shadows, that's another story.

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Lighting / Re: Yonguo YN560-TX Transmitter Released
« on: September 14, 2014, 05:43:33 PM »
and power and the lack of AF assist seems silly.

Depends on the type of af assist - the one on their rt controller clone is so dumb and cheap it's 99% useles. It doesn't adjust for different object distances (so most of the time it's either too hight or too low) and it only works if one of the laser points just happen to be under an af point by pure chance. However, as far as I read their other flashes & controllers might have another af assist beam type.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 Plugin for focus points?
« on: September 14, 2014, 05:39:18 PM »
So, just to be sure I understand...to see the focus points, you have to open another window? There is no way to just show the points as an overlay on top of the image in it's standard viewport?

Nope, that's not how LR plugins can interface with the main program (PS neither). It simply reads the maker notes from the file with exiftool and then overlays the preview in a new window with the appropriate af pt. information.

Btw for displaying the af pt. information in the exif panel and being able to sort files according to it use the ExifMeta plugin: http://www.robcole.com/Rob/ProductsAndServices/ExifMetaLrPlugin/

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 14, 2014, 05:36:11 PM »
Canon's priority is DR at the top of the histogram (where it performs very well), and that suits me just fine.
You completely misunderstand dynamic range.
Is this what they call "field day" in English :-> ?
Hmm, I'm honestly not sure what you mean...  ???

What I was trying to express is there is at last someone who is open to information as he might be mistaken about the benefits higher dr has - and proof, that the opposition to exmor and so on is based on wrong facts. Everybody else has to taken some position by now so further convincing might be useless.

As always, I'll also manage to sneak Magic Lantern into this post: Working with their raw histogram makes the whole thing much easier to understand as there are no highlights magically hidden anymore like in the Canon histogram which is made for jpeg files. It your camera plainly says what dr the scene and your sensor has, you have a better understanding when shadow noise or banding becomes a problem.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 14, 2014, 02:00:02 PM »
Canon's priority is DR at the top of the histogram (where it performs very well), and that suits me just fine.
You completely misunderstand dynamic range.

Is this what they call "field day" in English :-> ?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 Plugin for focus points?
« on: September 14, 2014, 01:22:01 PM »
Hi, I published a plugin for this recently, maybe you'll find it of interest.
http://www.lightroomfocuspointsplugin.com

Great, thanks, this is a really nice plugin! Now I can enjoy the autofocus system of my 6d even more :-p

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 14, 2014, 09:32:05 AM »
Thanks.  When you get to my age, and see the sand running out of the clock quicker and quicker, it is necessary to prioritize the remaining things you want to get completed.  I'd like to spend time learning the programming of ML, but that's low on my priorities.

Yes, I figured as much :-) but still wanted to give you the gist of it, after all other people might be considering the same things.

As for simply *using* ML (the raw histogram and focus peaking are "worth it" alone, never mind dual_iso and all more advanced features) it's a piece of cake and done in one hour even w/o previous knowledge. Usability is also easy, it's just another menu. And if you've got ideas for improvement, writing a feature request in the ML forum also is exactly like writing a post on CR.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Digic 7 Development
« on: September 14, 2014, 08:15:08 AM »
You don't suppose that DIGIC is just a fancy name that Canon uses "DIGIC" as a brand-specific term for its own combination of CPU/GPU package, do you?

Indeed it is, looking at how Magic Lantern works on DIGIC4->DIGIC5->DIGIC6 not much has changes in the way the (same!) ARM core or DryOS works. The core is just there to control other functions like the separate audio chip or af/vf parts, the latter hasn't been reverse-engineered by ML yet.

The real imaging work is done in Canon's own "gpu" part which keeps evolving, so I doubt a overclocked multi-core x64 arm core would improve anything in terms of iq or speed. The digic version numbers also don't mean anything in the way how much has really changed, it's just a fancy marketing label.

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