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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  :(.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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EOS Bodies / Re: to all the Megapixel and DR whiners....
« on: November 02, 2013, 01:41:02 PM »
like in the dark ages, they still don´t realize the universe is not rotating around them.

All here know that the twin centers of the universe are the headquarters of Sony and Nikon, one the pinnacle of highlight, the other the nadir of shadow, between them defining the greatest and most puissant Dynamic Range ever imaginable. 

Take your Copernican heresy elsewhere.    :P

Errm, I believe Lichtgestalt referred to posters believing that the universe rotates around them. Nevertheless  ;D ;D ;D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I hate to say you told me so, but...
« on: November 02, 2013, 01:00:12 PM »
I know canon have tried to design a system that doesn't alienate existing EF users, wheras Olympus have pretty much had a clean sheet, I just hope the M2 tears more than a few pages from the OM-D's book.

Canon is missing IBIS. Not only in the M series...

On the other hand, I am not a big fan of the 4:3 format. I was, when I owned 1600x1200 screens but not anymore. 

You are currently running a Macbook Pro with Retina display, don't you?

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EOS Bodies / Re: to all the Megapixel and DR whiners....
« on: November 02, 2013, 12:57:21 PM »
the "community" in internet forums is not very happy with the 6D AF.
so why did canon not make them happy?
after all.... canon should have seen that coming after they read/heard complains about the 5D MK2 AF. not?

Canon will make them happy, eventually. Guess what the 6D2 will improve on! will it be incremental, 11 cross points or get the 7D AF treatment who knows.

yeah and some people will think "look that´s what i have achieved with my constant whining on internet forums".

like in the dark ages, they still don´t realize the universe is not rotating around them.

I don't know why no one else has brought this one up, but here it is:
Canon actually sends questionnaires to get feedback regarding their camera products, at least for the 1D series.

We therefore cannot assume that Canon does not care regarding consumer feedback. Therefore whining on a forum or elsewhere may indeed be productive. I wouldn't want to underestimate the impact of what is essentially a user forum. Indeed there is only one such forum anyway. There are not dozens of competing forums, which is what has led all of us here.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I hate to say you told me so, but...
« on: November 02, 2013, 12:37:44 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 agreee 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.

Now I think you are going overboard with your arguments. Canon may not be willing to invest more, but this is no basis for any kind of assumption that they cannot do this.

Remember that you are comparing the R&D efforts of companies struggling for survival and compare this with a corporation at the very top of their business, reaping in substantial profits. R&D budgets will be set according to what kind of money there is to spend.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I hate to say you told me so, but...
« on: November 02, 2013, 12:23:41 PM »
I know canon have tried to design a system that doesn't alienate existing EF users, ...

No, wrong. Canon was neither able nor willing to build a good, fast-responding mirrorless cam. They just try to stuff their dumb old DLSRs down our throats at ever higher prices.

NOT A SINGLE "EF user" would be offenden with an EOS-M that has the sensor and all other innards of an EOS 70D and the hybrid-AF speed of an Olympus OMD1. Or even a FF-EOS mirrorless, the size of a Sony A7/R with a gret 36 MP sensor at 2.500 USD. Actually, if Canon made and sold those and included an EF-adapter for free with each of these MILCs ... they would have a future in this business.

They way they go about it up to now ... likely not.

One of the root causes here is that Canon is making so much money with products other than cameras and lenses that their focus is now mostly elsewhere.

As long as they somehow manage to hang on to their market leader status Canon will not go all-out on being innovative. They will only react once they lose market shares in areas giving them high margins, so Olympus won't force a reaction just by providing better product features. Olympus must outsell Canon enough to make them hurt. Otherwise Canon will just allow less profitable niche markets to go down the drain, while they make more money elsewhere. This is just good business sense, but will not exactly stir the rumor mill.

In my humble opinion the story of the EOS-M just illustrates Canon's cautious approach. They do know their strengths and thus provided the EOS-M with an EF-adapter, but otherwise Canon to me appear to regard the mirrorless market as a relatively bad business for them. Putting the 70D AF into a DSLR first may have happened purely based on product release cycles, but what if this is not the case and putting this kind of AF into a DSLR just for increased live view AF performance generates more profits than putting the same technology into an EOS-M2? We cannot fully ignore such possibilities, although from my own experience with such issues I agree with Don, dependencies on planned release dates and time taken for development projects are quite likely.

Multiple posters have claimed on this forum that Canon may fear mirrorless sales eating into their DSLR sales, but I don't expect there is much behind that with the kind of hype going on inflating the mirrorless market up to fully unrealistic proportions. Canon is sure to have real numbers to base their market research on. I expect this will serve Canon well in the long run.

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Lenses / Re: Help. 50mm 1.2 ?
« on: October 29, 2013, 04:54:22 PM »
My 50mm f1.2 is one of my most beloved primes. It is great for both shallow depth of field and low light shots. Depending a bit on circumstances color rendering on this lens can be especially nice.

But there is a dependency regarding autofocus capability:
You will need a camera body with really good autofocus such as a 5D Mark III or a 1D-series body to make best use of this lens. Even if you shoot with something like a 7D you will have to work for good f1.2 shots with this lens. AFMA doesn't eliminate this difference.

May I ask the OP what camera body do you use?

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Lenses / Re: Beach kit
« on: October 29, 2013, 04:21:36 PM »
On a beach you won't face any issues regarding lack of ambient light until evening. For this a crop body like the 450D or 7D will do nicely.

Using a wide angle is a great idea (especially at empty beaches), but in case you want to shoot some water sports activities you may also want to use a long focal length. Your 70-200 with or without teleconverter will do nicely in this regard, while your 5D Mark III will do nicely for those wide angle shots and for high ISO shots in the evening.

Being me I would leave nothing in the hotel room, even if I happen to be in one of those countries, where theft is normally a non-issue. With your gear I would use this setup:

450D + 70-200mm + teleconverter
5D Mark III + 24mm

Avoid swapping lenses, keep your gear out of the sand and you should be fine.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High Megapixel DLSR a niche market?
« on: October 29, 2013, 04:04:20 PM »
I don't quite understand why I continually allow myself to read these threads

i ask myself why i frequent these gear focused websites at all.
most discussions circle around the same lame topics or "what shall i do" questions.

still i come back....  :D

And yet some have the nerve to claim that "its not the equipment, its the photographer!"  LoL  How many threads are on this forum that address technique as compared to the number of threads about gear?  :)

Curiously I do really like reading about photographic techniques. I believe that this is the area, where we can learn most from others. What's to learn about owning a 1D-X? You either have the money or you don't.

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