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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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It has no 4k, no RAW 1080p, no wifi and no sd uhs-ii.

Never mind 4k, but still using the ancient sd standard is really embarrassing. Basically that means that deny accepting that Magic Lantern raw video has found a important place in the Canon world and generates a lot of good publicity and sales for Canon. But raw video is useless unless the interface is fast enough. Let's at least hope it supports *full* uhs-speed and not something like 20mb/s on the 6d :-o

Btw welcome to the forum :-)

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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 14, 2014, 01:58:03 AM »
The most often reason is the image getting automatically cropped in LR when rotating it slightly to adjust the horizon.

This is one of the very few issues I have with LR (and why I have to use PS sometimes): If you rotate in LR, the image gets automatically cropped and there's no way to extend the canvas at the edges. With the content aware heal brush, it's no problem to fill some edge areas and keep more original pixels - but LR doesn't allow for that :-(. Maybe in LR6? LR7?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 13, 2014, 03:48:42 PM »
Could we use an SD wifi card to get round the lack of wifi?

Here's the answer :-> ... http://lmgtfy.com/?q=eye-fi+compatibility

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 13, 2014, 02:01:47 PM »
What's the benefit of using CF and SD in the same camera?

* users can keep their legacy sd cards when upgrading from a xxxd/xxd camera
* sd cards are very handy as many mobiles/laptops have built-in readers != cf
* less space used in the camera body than 2xcf

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Concert Photo Copyright
« on: September 13, 2014, 01:39:40 PM »
We(the prod. company and I) are getting ready to post the photos online but we are concerned the band may say they own those rights. While this sounds crazy there are many cases of this happening in the past.

Yet another +1 for contacting a lawyer on this concerning the law in this specific country, state and circumstance. In your case, it might be that you own the rights to the pictures as your creative work, but you cannot use them w/o the band's approval.

People often confuse right to privacy (there really isn't one in public places), copyright (which protects the author of a creative work), and appropriation (which is the use of someone's name, image or reputation to endorse a product).

At least (here) in Germany, this is definitely wrong: Privacy protection even in public places is there ("sphere model" bedroom > private > public). If a person is prominently displayed and not "part of the scene" plus not a "public person", you cannot use the picture w/o this person's approval.

When and for what this is necessary is decided on a judge-to-judge basis outside the non-anglosaxon law, but to be on the safe side you have to have *written* approval with proof that it was filled in by the person in question, and the use of the shots has to be specified (no "free for all" possible).



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Even so, the ability to focus -3EV will surely add to the ease the camera will focus at -2EV as well.

Are you sure? Afaik nobody did an actual "real life" 5d3 (-2lv) vs. 6d (-3lv) comparison @-2lv, so the theory that extreme low light capability is beneficial even at higher light levels is conjecture. Will it be faster? Or more precise?

I'm with dylan here, my guess is that dual cross-points on a -2lv rated camera will be "better" than a non-cross on a -3lv rated camera like the 6d. But again, I'd really like to see this tested because any "rating" is just a number and the 5d3 doesn't stop af'ing at -2.00000001lv.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:04:17 AM »
I wasn't aware that ML allows you to add functions, is this something anyone can do, or do you have to go into the software and then compile your own version?

That's open source for you. There are two options: a) add your own module, but you need to program in C and spend some time getting to know how ML and Canon DryOS works; b) add some joe-sixpack easy script with the ML api. The latter is currently wip, look at the ML site for the status.

In each case it's not done between coffee breaks I'm afraid to say. But it's worth it because at least I am by now really able to customize control my camera (mainly buttons and exposure with auto_iso). ML is the real reason I stayed with Canon when I had the opportunity to switch back when I didn't have that many equipment.

If you cannot do it yourself: 1. Try ML for all the functions it has out of the box; 2. if you miss something add a feature request to their forum. Customizing the af with the joystick certainly sounds like a suggestion other 7d/5dx owners might pick up.

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