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Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: August 11, 2013, 12:35:20 PM »
Living in western new york it is not easy to find places free of light pollution.  I've checked the light pollution maps and yup, pretty much the whole north east is a big blob of light except for a few areas along lake Ontario, lake erie, and the upstate region between albany and plattburg.  That said, I've had some luck both inside the city and south and north.

EOS Bodies / Re: The last Canon crop sensor - ever
« on: August 10, 2013, 07:41:13 AM »
I would eliminate all crop sensors and put all R&D funds into a high-end 1.6x extender.

?????They already make high end extenders.  This also assumes that the sole force driving the crop market is the extra reach.  While yes, many do choose crop sensors because what they shoot requires reach, and its a bit cheaper to get a long range setup using the 1.6, this segment of the market is only a small portion - those who buy 7d's and replace them with, 7d's.  But by and large, the bulk of the crop sensor market is full of the, I just want a nice camera, you know, better than a P&S crowd.  While the cost of a FF sesnor and the guts surrounding it is going down, it's still way cheaper to use the 1.6 crop.  To the vast majority of the dslr market, they won't even know whjat FF means, and crop...what, you mean this camera finds me corn and grain (crop sensor, it senses crops! LOL), they just want a decent camera for $700, and they want bells and whistles that most higher end users don't care for, need, want, or desire in anyway (like the flip out LCD screen, and built in instagram filters, all that stuff they find in their phones!).

So yeah, FF is getting cheaper to make, but, crop is still more cost effective for this segment.  Which i don't mind at all!

EOS Bodies / Re: The last Canon crop sensor - ever
« on: August 10, 2013, 07:31:18 AM »
Meanwhile, despite falling sales outside parts of Asia, Panasonic and Olympus continue to release sophisticated m43 cameras, with their even smaller sensors, which cost more than entry-level dslrs!

At least they are smaller, and most of them  are not dSLRs. The "enthusiast" crop dSLRs are not so much smaller than the FF dSLRs, and the 7D is actually heavier than the 6D and the same weight as the 5D3. You have a smaller sensor in the same package. The only possible advantage is faster fps due to the smaller mirror but the best way to increase that is to remove the mirror, as Sony does (which creates other problems).

(note: this will probably cover the other problems) Thing with that is if your talking speed...i need 10 fps lets say, then your shooting fast moving subjects, sports, race cars...etc etc - nature - birds in flight, a cheetah running...etc.  OVF can handle that, EVF, not quite there yet.  So the speed benefit you may be able to get by dropping the mirror is rendered less useful because EVF tech isn't at the point where it can keep up with motion in the real world.  I have no doubt that EVF tech will catch up, but there are other non-desirable points about EVF.  The few I have looked through, it just feels icky, like its trying to give you the feel of what your actually seeing, but there is a non realness to it that just feels, well, icky. 

So, for me at least in terms of EVF, it's not just the tracking of motion, the look and feel has to change.  I am not taking pictures on HALO or Farcry, I am living in the real world and do not want what i see through the VF to look like a video game!  Plus, what i shoot isn't fast moving.  I rarely push my mk3 to full speed.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: August 06, 2013, 07:35:01 PM »
here's a few newer ones

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: August 06, 2013, 07:31:56 PM »
Have a chance to buy a 4 month old 6D with less than 3K clicks, with receipt for $1,550.00

Is that a good deal?

I say go for it! 

Here's a few more

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: August 01, 2013, 11:32:33 AM »
here's a few more.

EOS Bodies / Re: An Update on the 75+mp Camera in the Wild
« on: July 28, 2013, 06:53:32 PM »

Funny story about the more MPs - I was out shooting yesterday with a couple of Nikon shooters.  One was looking to upgrade her main wedding camera, and she said she called NPS and the recommended getting the D600 and not the D800 for shooting weddings.  When even Nikon recommends not getting the D800....  The other Nikon shooter recommended picking up a used D700 instead of the D800.

Adding to this --- though some are now coming to like the d800 for weddings, most often I hear nikon users recommend and praise the d3s.  the d700 is recommended as the if you don't have the budget for the d3s.  I think the whole nik vs canon debate can really be summed up  as - the grass is always greener. 

I had a second shooter with me recently, he had a d3s and a d4...it was interesting working with those files, but in the real world, not very much different than what came out of my mk3 and my 6d

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My dead 5D Mark III Story
« on: July 28, 2013, 04:51:50 PM »
Something else to think about is that we do not buy cameras at the end of the production line.

Between the factory and our sweaty palms all kinds of things can happen in transit, storage, selling, repackaging, etc. That makes for one vast unknown.

Reading through this thread and was actually considering this as a potential solution. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Wrecked my 6D today, what a POS
« on: July 28, 2013, 04:21:54 PM »
I hope you get things working again...  but.

The 7D was rated as weatherproof (whatever that actually means).
The 6D is not.

Maybe you shouldn't have cut corners yourself.
Not suggesting you should have had to pay an extra grand for a 5D3 with weather sealing, but $60 on a kata jacket or even $5 on a throwaway rain cover...

My over-riding feeling is empathy, sympathy even, but you can't really blame canon.  You made a bad call, but the punishment seems undue.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK yikes.  While I want to say, you take your risks with your gear when shooting in conditions like that, and when you do it you best make damn sure that the benefits outweigh the risks.  But in reality, I take the other course way too often, forget the weather and go for it!!!  a bunch of times so far this summer - hiing the trails at watkins glen, storm moved in, nothing we could do about it other than hike back.  I will say my thinktank bag is why that ended up not going horribly south for me.  2nd one I got real lucky - shooting the tragically hip, this deep dark black cloud ominously moving in.  The skies were intense and the images were great...but wow - you know how it goes - you get your 3 songs in the press area and thats that...so I do the 3 songs, talk to the other phtographers for a moment, and start waling to the car.  Half way there i felt a sprinkle.  And 10 steps away from my car it unloaded on us, freaking torrential downpour.  If the Hip had come on 5 minutes later --- yikes.  As it was, --- for the Tragically Hip, ---- ALL their gear was destroyed by the storm!!!!!

Thats the 2 most memorable.  I take the weather for granted because of my mk3, but often forget that the 6d isn't quite as rugged....  I gotta watch that!!!!

On another note --- 2 years ago, event shooting in clubs --- had a full beer spilled on my 7d - on the backside.  I dried it off with a rag and it was fine to shoot with for the rest of the night.  I no longer own it, but, sold it to a buddy who took it to africa - it survived that and did admirably.  When he got back, he had 1 month left on the B&H extended warranty (3 year plan, so that camera is doing quite awesome).  He sent it in, the replaced the shutter, cleaned the sensor real good and replaced some other gaskets and stuff.  That camera could last him another 3 years unless he wants to upgrade. 

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: July 23, 2013, 01:00:37 PM »
Chuck Alaimo and captainkanji...really nice work guys! :)

Chuck, what lens and settings did you use to smooth out the water?

Yes Chuck, captain, great pictures.

serendipity, I checked the EXIF. f/18 and 406.

Yeah the EXIF tells most o the story!  lens was the old 24-70 v1 - and I was using a 10 stop ND filter (just got it so i've been testing the extremes!)

I'm gonna take a different track on this topic.   And here you go.  I will upgrade - and why - well because it looks as though the 5d series release cycle will match my own cycle for body replacement. So unless they take the 5d in a totally different direction I will most likely be looking to replace my mk3 right around when the mk4 is released.

With that said, I really think all of you are jumping the gun on this topic.  It's just way too soon to say yes or no.  Little things like, who knows what Canon R&D is up too.  Will it be digic 6 or digic 7 by then?  The processor alone with no other improvements may be worth the upgrade.  With that said though, it would more than likely have more improvements than that. 

Another funny thing here --- I did see many say - I won't get it unless it's sensor is as good as the d800 - isn't that setting the bar low?  Won't nikon have a d900 by then?  And, if canon is going big MP, won't there be a body there for those that want/need more than 22MP's.   So should we even be comparing the 2? 

anyway you hack it though, I thin this topic is way premature.  Let's see what the 7d2 has in store for us, and the big MP body.  And even after that, watch what pops into the rebels and XXD series bodies.  then we can revisit this next year, but even then may be too soon.   


My overall impression is that the 6D is not selling all that well (unless discounted).
And despite having better specs, Nikon's D600 is not faring better either.

So, we'll see what happens to the so called 'entry level' FF category in 2015.
Canon might decide that it's better for them to sell a higher-spec'd 6DII for $2500 - rather than the 'entry level' 6D.

Yeah, both nikon and Canon I think are having a hard time with the price point on these.  I think the market has spoken in saying realistically these bodies should be at max $1800.  I am guessing both will be on a 2 year cycle (because their both entry level).  Nice side is it will give them a chance to give digic 6 a test run before they roll out the 6+ for the 5d/1d series bodies.

Part of me wonders about a faster upgrade cycle though, just because the target market is a market that likes new things...   Also,  I am betting both want to go on at least a 2 year cycle, but have a plan to make it a 1 year cycle if the other feels pressured to release a new one quick.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: July 19, 2013, 04:16:16 PM »
a 6d sunset  :)

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: July 18, 2013, 12:52:05 PM »
Hey Chuck, I love the creamy water shot, something I'd like to try.  Do you think that that long of an exposure is necessary - have you played with less dense filters?

Today the waxwings were all over the pond.  Now I know, they're feasting on dragon flies and I observed them pursuing and catching them in flight.  The 6D with 600mm can't keep up to them or maybe it's just me!??

A friendly nuthatch dropped by so he/she is my shot for today.


I've tried using the .6 ones, and CPL's, and the cokin .9's.  I've wanted to push it to extremes though, so that's why I went all out on the 10 stop.  And with the idea of pushing it to the extreme I was at f20.  I could have dialed that back a bit, but - I wanted to test it out at the extreme end (I could have been nuttier even, 70-200 goes to f32 so I could have gone way longer...lol

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: July 17, 2013, 07:09:40 PM »
here's a new one.  Picked up a 10 stop ND, been having fun with it!

just about a 6 minute exposuire

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