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EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How much $$$ will the high-mp eos cost?
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:40:10 AM »
I completely agree with you on this one.

For Canon it now makes sense to trump the D800 with a bigger MP animal. Not competing with the D800, but competing with MFDB appears to me might be a core point to Canon's strategy in this case, so that they can dismiss the D800 as insignificant.

This might not be pleasing to a lot of consumers, but I expect this will be appealing to Canon as a vendor, enabling them to claim that the D800 failed to be a true alternative to MFDB, while Canon's offering at least put up a challenge, whatever that may mean in practical considerations and market performance. If they are succesful in this area they may even release a lower-specced variant in D800s niche market, similar to how they now release the 6D against the D600.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.2 update
« on: October 04, 2012, 05:30:29 AM »
I believe you are quite correct, that CPU speed is an important factor. I am running LR 4 on a Sony laptop with a standard 750 GB harddisk and 4 i7 CPUs and 8 GBs of RAM and it is blazingly fast, although I have in excess of 10000 pictures in my catalogue. I don't know, if it helps much in this case, but I also organize my pictures in folders on the operating system by year and by date plus location. In general using folders increases file access performance on the operating system level, provided we are talking about thousands of files.

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Landscape / Re: River Thames at Cookham
« on: October 04, 2012, 05:11:13 AM »
Especially the shots with the nice bridge would benefit from less depth of field, so that the eye is guided toward the bridge and out-of-focus areas provide a nice dreamy background.

Of course with the 24-105 f4 is the best you can do in this regard, but you can still manipulate things by using either manual focus or using a lower focus point, so that the grass up front is more in focus and the houses and stuff in the background are more out-of-focus.

Of course this recommendation will only work out, if you have a chance to visit the place again. Apart from that I second NightBreath's suggestion.

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Mmmh, I am using LR since LR 3 and I am using it primarily, because of workflow efficiency. Another must have for me is the crop tool from LR. Perhaps I am just used to LR, so I have nothing much to complain about. My primary comparison is with Canon's DPP, which I also use sometimes. I particularly like the spot removal tool in DPP.

I am not a big fan of post-processing I have to admit. I rather concern myself with what goes into LR, trying to avoid having to fix things afterwards, but when I have to post-process shots, I prefer to do it in LR.

Nevertheless I would like to learn what is easier in other software. Perhaps somebody can shed some light on this.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.2 update
« on: October 03, 2012, 09:39:35 AM »
This fixes two minor nuisances I have actually experienced (the gray image placeholder appearing for a short while and the clarity - luminance noise issue). Not that this bothered me too much, but nevertheless I do appreciate things getting better.

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Canon General / Re: Europe trip, 1-2 months
« on: October 03, 2012, 09:09:06 AM »
You can throw in Latvia and Lithuania with the same recommendation. These places have a special old European charme, which is perhaps surprisingly to be found preserved here rather than at other places.

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Australia / Re: Insurance
« on: October 03, 2012, 08:56:39 AM »
Over here in Europe the situation is not too different from Australia. My gear is all covered through my home insurance (from Axa), but I had to raise the insured sum, so that it will also cover my gear, which I might bring along, when I am travelling. I have some 15k$ of equipment insured against theft, accidents or damages, when I am out of my house and beyond 100k$, when I am at home.

The same insurance company also offers to insure photographic gear as a specific insurance for photo equipment, but that seems to work only in case you rent something or use something for a specific trip (safari or such), because it only insures listed equipment and only at time value, so if you leave this insurance running for some years, your old equipment will not be replaced with new equipment, while your insurance rate will stay up, but in case of claims they will calculate how much value your equipment has lost, so it is not better than a normal insurance and in addition, if you buy new equipment, your insurance rate will go up, if you add it to the list of equipment or it will not be insured.

Please be careful with those options. For me the combination with home insurance works fine, although I must admit that my yearly rates are similar to purchasing a small L lens per year.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-M Begins Shipping
« on: October 03, 2012, 08:25:38 AM »
Sounds promising with the 600mm. Please provide some initial quick review of results with the EOS-M.

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Lenses / Re: DPReview and DxOMark to partner for lens testing
« on: October 02, 2012, 01:35:20 PM »
I completely agree on that statement.

After what I felt might be described as a phase of vendor-neutral test results (see their 70-200mm zoom tests as their greatest example) at DPReview their reputation is now likely do go down the drain, if they adopt DxO's mysterious ratings.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-M Begins Shipping
« on: October 02, 2012, 01:17:16 PM »
Probably the EOS-M is only about style.  8)

Imagine a bird photographer removing her/his 1D camera back from a 600 f4 lens. Instead of a rear lens cap now you can connect an EOS-M with EF-adapter. Isn't that cool?  :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: 46.1mp Canon DSLR Previewed at PhotoPlus 2012? [CR1]
« on: October 01, 2012, 08:16:48 AM »
On one hand you are correct that the revenues do not correspond to this being a hobby activity, but once you look at any Canon website, the statement is readily confirmed (although using slightly different terms) as Canon does distinguish between their offerings for companies (multi-functional devices and such) and their offerings for private or home office usage.

Yes there is a niche called professional photography, but this is really just a niche. Most of the photographic equipment revenue appears to come from what they call consumer or home office usage, which may include people getting started in the business.

That is a distinct area from doing business with large corporate customers with hundreds or thousands of employees, so within Canon you will find a multitude of of employees taking care of corporate customers, but only a few will actually have something to do with photography.

You don't see this with Nikon. All their other businesses seem to have eroded over time, so that for them only photography appears to be left.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D - should i wait or not?
« on: October 01, 2012, 07:23:44 AM »
In case you upgrade from a XXD or XXXD Canon you will absolutely love the 7D. You will find its limitations only, when you compare it to full-frame cameras like a 5D or 1D (or the upcoming 6D). If these are out of reach financially, then at least in my opinion there is still no better choice compared to the 7D.

Nevertheless you may also take a look at the 60D. I still prefer the 7D, though, because of the more robust construction and weather sealing.

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Canon General / Re: Europe trip, 1-2 months
« on: October 01, 2012, 05:50:55 AM »
Some general regional language tips as far as I can tell:
English is usually spoken by many locals in Northern and Central Europe, less so in Italy and France or Russia. Especially in Russia you better speak Russian or get an interpreter.

For whatever reason Italians often speak French as a preferred second language, less often English. If you know some Spanish or Portuguese or French, you should be able to make do, if perhaps only in a special way: Speaking to others without any problems despite not understanding each other's languages. If anyone, then Italians are perfectly capable of that.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that personal findings may differ wildly from the statements provided here. This is just my personal view and I had to resort to some generalization, which is always problematic.

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I admit this is just nitpicking, but I would like the following changes:
1. move protect/voice button in place of the info button,
2. move erase button in place of the protect/voice button and
3. move info button instead of the erase button

Apart from that I would also benefit from autofocus for f8.

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Lenses / Re: Wide angle/standard zoom
« on: September 28, 2012, 04:39:37 PM »
With the new 24-70 Mark II zoom being out, you might consider purchasing your gear in such a way that adding this zoom later on will make sense. Variants with either 17-40mm zoom and 50 f1.2 prime (I've got this combination) or the 16-35 zoom and 50 f1.2 prime both make sense in this regard, because there is little overlap in how you would use the 50 (wide open) and how you might later use the 24-70 (for anything f2.8 and above).

If you go for either the old or new 24-70 zoom you might want to add the 14mm prime. As long as you have 14mm and 24mm focal lengths covered there is not so much need for a lens with a focal length in between, so you might do with this combination as well.

It really depends on where a zoom is more important for you, for wide angle or for standard focal lengths.

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