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Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:37:35 AM »
Probably the next rant will be about full-frame high MP cell phones with lens adapters replacing anything in their path.  :o

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony to revolutionize our lives!
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:29:07 AM »
What I fear most is that in some societies (most likely in South East Asia were people like to blend in) such new technologies might actually be accepted as the latest craze. What if those wigs sell like crazy?  :o :o :o

EOS Bodies / Re: How can I choose between 1DX and 5D MARK III?
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:15:25 PM »
rent maybe first…I think if you're using a film camera now…that's the best image..(digital is for speed…work
:o :o :o

For a digital image you can add film grain in post processing, so that you will have comparable results. How then would film give you the best image??? Just try shooting film at ISO 800 or why not 1600 or 3200. You can get the same or better result using a fairly old digital camera. At ISO 50 or ISO 100 you can get results comparable to a digital camera, but that's under ideal conditions.

Do you develop your own film to make the most out of it? Post-processing a digital image is available for everyone on their home computers. You even get several tries to make it good. It's not only the speed, which has gone up. Image quality has gone places, too.

Back to the original question here's my advice in simplified form:
In case you need the silent shutter feature of the 5D Mark III, then this should be what you purchase.
If you need speed and/or optimized useability then you should go for the 1D-X.

I use both. 5D Mark III can serve as an excellent backup body for 1D-X.

Canon General / Re: TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
« on: November 25, 2013, 10:52:33 AM »
Now that's a good idea.

Here's Sanj's list adapted to what I would expect:
1. DSLRs will continue to be used by professionals and amateurs alike.
2. Mirrorless will follow point and shoot cameras into the abyss of consumer cameras being replaced by camera phones.
3. Point and shoot would be dead.
4. Canon cameras will have 2 stops better ISO.
5. There will be lenses with 6 stop IS.
6. Nikon will continue to suffer economically until they are reduced to be merely a niche vendor catering to a select clientele of retro-camera fans (Nikon Df for anyone?).
7. Sony will replace Nikon as the DSLR vendor competing with Canon.
8. Canon will likely deliver something in the range of 80-120 MP sensors, making medium format obsolete for commercial purposes.
9. DR will be around 16 stops.
10. 1D form factor will stay.

What makes me nervous is the notion of voice controls for cameras. Makes me think of a bunch of sports photographers having to make silly "click", "click" noises to shoot their cameras. :o

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2013, 11:24:34 AM »
On this matter I am highly optimistic that the upcoming high MP Canon 1Dsomething will be exactly what I want: A more modern form of 1Ds Mark III.

I don't want a 5D-style body nor do I care for lowering price and functionality. I simply want the best Canon can come up with. It is very interesting to read that supposedly this new camera is intended to outdo Nikon's upcoming D4x.

This will promise a very nice, highly optimized, feature rich product, where Canon will hopefully go all-out with what their technology can currently deliver. This will be nice to see and even nicer to use. 8)

Lenses / Re: DxO Mark
« on: November 20, 2013, 04:05:14 AM »
Excuse me, but what I don't understand is why there is so much discussion regarding DxO Mark?

It should have become obvious based on forum members actually collecting DxO Mark results (many thanks to Neuro) that this is not an independent research institute, but a company with all its influences, which do not serve to make them publish what may be qualified as results coming from proper scientific procedures, but rather those results the company wants to publish. There is a marked difference here.

It should also be clear that marketing statements ("image science"?) are sometimes contrary to actual fact. So please excuse DxO for publishing what managers think they should publish, because as a company they have any right to do so. On the other hand there is no reason to complain about this or that score being somewhat different from other tests or actual real life experience.

Technical Support / Re: 7D technical error - no video & half black stills
« on: November 19, 2013, 10:36:07 AM »
Your best option is to bring your camera to either CPS or your local camera service and get your camera repaired.

EOS Bodies / Re: New high resolution camera
« on: November 19, 2013, 07:28:24 AM »
Have you shot with a 7D-II?

There's no need whatsoever to actually shoot with a 7D Mark II to realize that if such a camera is released it will be using a crop sensor. This alone cements a striking image quality difference, which is exactly what will keep professional shooters from using it when it counts most. Privatebydesign phrased this quite nicely.

Forget assumptions that with diminished sensor size you can easily outdo a larger sensor. Higher MP density doesn't bring about better image quality, if the sensor is much smaller such as with the difference between 7D and 1D-X. Both have 18 MPs, but there are striking differences in the per-pixel image quality. Once you need to crop an image, you are much better off with a full-frame sensor.

In addition I don't remember sports to be held exclusively at bright sunlight. With not-so-well-lit environments and a need to keep shutter speeds fast, how can you expect to get good results with a crop sensor? Given the small pixel size it will suffer in low light.

EOS Bodies / Re: New high resolution camera
« on: November 11, 2013, 09:16:03 AM »
If we get lucky, there may be a product announcement coming somewhere in 2014 and an actual camera becoming available perhaps no earlier than 2015, but I advise to be quite cautious instead of getting your hopes up on this.

If the rumor regarding lots of new L lenses becoming available turns out to be actually true, Canon is likely to delay release of a new high MP professional camera until those new lenses have become available. Photographers will then be able to stock up on new high quality lenses before purchasing their new high MP cameras. This likely dependency may possibly delay availability of that high MP camera to 2016  :(.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Teaser Appears in Korea
« on: November 10, 2013, 05:40:09 AM »
Congratulations to the people at Canon Marketing for bringing us that teaser photo!  ;D

It is really astonishing how promptly at least some people post-processed that image for closer analysis.

Even if all this buzz is merely to introduce a different color entry level DSLR, at least Canon's marketing campaign is a hit.

EOS Bodies / Re: Need to upgrade my eos- 1dsmark3 but to what???
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:06:56 AM »
In case you shoot mostly in a studio environment a 5D Mark III will probably do nicely.

On the other hand I expect you may prefer the 1D-series ergonomics sufficiently to be happier with a 1D-X.

I use both, but for me the 5D Mark III is always my backup camera. Same as Eldar I cannot tell you any terrible things.

Software & Accessories / Re: Workflow, what do you do?
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:31:34 AM »
This is what I do:
1) I shoot in RAW+JPEG almost all the time, so having both is my usual starting point.
2) Since I dislike removing my CF cards from my cameras when there is no need I always transfer data using an USB cable.
3) Transfer to my Macbook Pro is always performed using EOS Utility. It is set to pop up automatically once I connect a camera, so I only have to click a button.
4) First check of images is performed in DPP. I sort out useless JPEG copies and any images I initially dislike.
5) I add the shooting location to each image folder as a minimum information.
6) At that point I copy the directories onto a portable hard disk. From there the JPEGs get copied onto a windows laptop I use for preview purposes.
7) From the Macbook Pro I delete all JPEGs.
8 ) What remains gets uploaded into Adobe Lightroom and gets processed (crop, color, contrast, noise reduction, etc.).
9) I export images as JPEGs and provide them on memory stick(s).

For backup I simply copy what's on my portable hard disk onto two other hard disks stored at different locations. Using only hard disks or SSDs helps avoid data loss such as is entirely possible with DVDs, although the risk of data loss is still fairly low using DVDs, except if you store them in the sun or on a heated surface.

I don't apply any ratings nor do I use favorite image folders outside of Adobe Lightroom. What I like about my workflow is the ability to view out-of-camera JPEGs on a Windows PC in comparison to what I get out of Lightroom. Sometimes this makes me rethink the way I processed an image.

The difference is in how you can use the camera. Just imagine standing with the camera somewhat in front of you for using live view. If you want to do shallow depth of field photography you better put the camera on a tripod or use some other form of support. Using a good dedicated focusing screen you can hold the camera up to your eye and focus, holding the camera steady without requiring extra support.

Although I have been using manual focus for more than two decades, so I guess I am pretty much used to it, I would still prefer using a 5D Mark III to using a 6D with a dedicated focusing screen. The difference is being able to quickly select a focusing point and then to use it effectively to focus the lens without further ado on the 5d Mark III. This is not only much more convenient, but will also allow you to avoid errors.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1 Announcement Q2 2014? [CR1]
« on: November 02, 2013, 02:42:24 PM »
I love the idea of the 1Dx's price dropping :) It's about time!
+1  :) I'm all for that too!!! We'll see I guess....

This topic really makes me wonder. :o Has any of the previous 1D-series cameras been dropped in price?

I don't remember the 1Ds-Mark III price dropping. I expect Canon to drop prices for just about anything, but not for 1-series bodies. Perhaps someone in the market for 1D-series cameras a bit longer than me may enlighten us.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I hate to say you told me so, but...
« on: November 02, 2013, 02:01:36 PM »
I know canon have tried to design a system that doesn't alienate existing EF users, ...

I think canon may have been better ripping it up and starting from scratch, it does seem a bit mental that the 70D got the tech the M should have had.

I don't know what bit I got wrong though, might you elucidate?

I totally agree with you, that the 70D should have been served up as a mirrorless cam.

Wrong? Your statement "I know Canon have tried to design a system that does not alienate EF users" ... is plain wrong. Canon does not care whom they alienate or not. Truth is: Canon was and still IS simply NOT ABLE  to deliver a better MILC than the sub-par EOS-M.

* Canon has no clue.
* Canon  is NOT ABLE  to bring an APS-C sensor matching the Nikon D7100 - 2 years later!
* Canon is NOT ABLE to bring a FF sensor matching the D800. 2 years later.
* Canon is NOT ABLE to produce a mirrorless FF system camera like the Sony A7/R.
* Canon is NOT ABLE to produce PD_AF that performs as good as an Oly OMD1 or a Panasonix GX7.

All Canon is able to do ... is to charge outrageous prices for their last century DSLR technology and "video-optimize" it. Canon has become a real bunch of losers.

Nope, no clearer.

What bit did I get wrong again?  My argument is that the M was hamstrung by backwards compatability.  Systems that were not had a clean sheet to design without compromises.

You seem to disagree that canon made the M backwards compatable (they did) as a selling point (no doubt) and that instead they should have started from scratch (you say they would do that if they wanted anyway, but ahem, they didn't appear to want to, so we can only surmise what they wanted)

So I'll ask again, because at the moment you are making as much logical sense as a chocolate teapot... how am I wrong?

Oh and you are back to video.  Yawn.

Did you actually try a chocolate teapot? I wonder what that might taste like. I am not much of a tea drinker, more somewhat of a Swiss chocolate eater, so please forgive me for asking.

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