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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Convince me to shoot in RAW
« on: November 10, 2012, 01:23:51 AM »
Shoot in RAW. 

If you don't, no one will ever love you, and your doggy will die.

Convinced?

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
« on: November 08, 2012, 11:46:28 PM »
Thanks Brian, Michael and Jerome.

This was positioned at the edge and 2-3 stops underexposed. IQ is not the reason why I posted this.  ;D


Bomb's Away by alabang, on Flickr

The Philippine Duck (Anas luzonica) is a large dabbling duck of the genus Anas. Fewer than 10,000 remain.

It has a black crown, nape and eye stripe, with a cinnamon head and neck. Rest of body is greyish brown with a bright green speculum. Its legs are greyish brown, and its bill is blue grey.

It eats shrimp, fish, insects, and vegetation, and it frequents all types of wetlands.

Source: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Duck



Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa) by alabang, on Flickr

The Common Hill Myna (Gracula religiosa), sometimes spelled "mynah" and formerly simply known as "Hill Myna", is the myna bird most commonly seen in aviculture, where it is often simply referred to by the latter two names. It is a member of the starling family (Sturnidae), resident in hill regions of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The Sri Lanka Hill Myna, a former subspecies of G. religiosa, is generally accepted as a separate species G. ptilogenys nowadays. The Enggano Hill Myna (G. enganensis) and Nias Hill Myna (G. robusta) are also widely accepted as specifically distinct, and many authors favor treating the Southern Hill Myna (G. r. indica) from the Nilgiris and elsewhere in the Western Ghats of India as a separate species also.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Hill_Myna

$13,000 is a lot to catch a duck dropping a deuce. That said, well shot. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Rumors Surface [CR1]
« on: November 08, 2012, 07:16:23 PM »
I just don't think Canon has the capability of making a better low-noise-at-high-ISO crop sensor right now. 

After all, the original 7D shared a sensor with T2i, T3i and 60D.  And they just released the T4i with a brand new sensor which does not have any better noise handling (maybe slightly worse?). 

Hope I'm wrong though.  Better IQ at high ISO would win me over.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Announces New Lens Caps!
« on: November 06, 2012, 08:04:13 AM »
Canon, now with Tamron lens caps!

If we can borrow Tamron lens cap tech, then lets also borrow Fuji's non-bayer sensor tech and get rid of the anti-aliasing filter.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70d
« on: November 02, 2012, 06:41:36 PM »
I have not seen anything.

Hard to really say for sure there will actually be a 70D (nice solid crop frame not made of magnesium).  The 60D budget FF camera might mean the models get consolidated.  They might do a 70D and a 7D2.  They might do only one or the other.  They might do neither, though that would be hard to imagine.

What do you shoot now?

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Apple uses the same tactic.  Look around.  No matter where you buy - the Apple Store, Best Buy, Amazon...name the outlet...for any given Apple product, the price differences among any outlets you care to check will never be more than about $10 different in either direction.

Apple does it differently though - They dont give you any margin to move on.

When my work sold Apple, a $1599 laptop cost us about $1560 to buy in.

Canon uses 1/2 the successful Apple formula.  Apple 1.) has a clearly superior product, and 2.) charges more than all its competitors.  Canon has "step 2" down pat.  How long can that work without "step 1", though? 

An overnight 20% price increase is hard to stomach or defend, even by the ones who have drunk the most of Canon's Kool-Ade.  Dx0 Mark overall scores may not be perfect, but with the Nikons consistently scoring much higher in Dx0 AND basically every photo magazine out there, while also selling for 15% to 25% less (D3 and D4 price vs. 1D-X) (or D800 price vs. 5D3), all but the True Believers will see this as relevant information pointing towards Nikon as the better purchase.

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Hi,

We were given a pair of $400.00 Pittsburgh Steelers football tickets from a vendor, and we saw a heck of a game recently.  I read the rules of the stadium, and it says no video gear, and no "professional lenses", listing 6 inches as the maximum.  My EF 70-200 f/2.8L Mk.2 is about 8 inches long if you ignore the end cap and lens cap.  The pros on the sidelines all had massive lenses on monopods of course, over half of which were BIG WHITES!  (Woo, hoooo!)  (At Pirates games, it is usually about 100% big whites.)

I chickened out and didn't bring my camera for this reason.  The parking is like 1/2 mile from the stadium and the security check line is always a mile long, and I didn't want to risk a long walk back to the car.  (Nor did I want to leave a nice lens in the car.)  But with the seats we get, I am SURE that with the 1/4x TC, I could have gotten some really good shots.  A guy right in front of us got a Nikon lens in, (NOT large and white) by playing dumb and saying "I don't know how lenses work" when asked if it was a telephoto.  I thought I might say it is an insect and flower lens, and I am pressing into game service because it is my only weather-resistant lens".  If I don't draw a camera guy at the security booth, maybe I'd be OK?

Does anyone have experience getting long-ish white lenses into NFL stadiums, or Heinz field in particular?  I do believe I may be lucky enough to get more of these tickets.  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Rationalise my kit!
« on: October 28, 2012, 08:16:36 PM »
You do have quite a bit of redundancy in lens length there, so perhaps a garage sale is a good idea. 

And do we understand correctly you wish to buy a Nikon lens to bracket onto a Canon body, despite the MF and other drawbacks, and you are firmly set on doing so?

How much wider/shorter would  you want to go than a (Nikon) 14-24 on a FF camera?  Not a fisheye, right? 

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Maybe the smaller fabs and higher MP will hit a wall or at least fall out of fashion due to diminishing returns on cost, or IQ issues.

How do we kick off a consumer fad for "Highest acceptable ISO rating!!!"  Maybe "New & improved ISO performance"!!!  Have them emblazon that on the camera boxes and the cameras themselves, instead of "XX MP".

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Lenses / Re: Guesses on lenses for Photoplus
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:06:52 PM »
More mirrorless lenses.   >:(

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Easy, Caroline. Why the vulgarity? 

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The thread in here on "Canon on top again" got a little flamey, but the OP's premise was that there is such a rumor.  (That Canon will be the top-ranked pro sensor when the Dx0 Mark rating comes out).  That was largely ignored in the responses, though. 

Anyway, I never saw that rumor.  Was that a CR rumor?

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Sports / Re: Girls Soccer Game
« on: October 20, 2012, 01:19:18 AM »
You nailed the focus.  Good job. 
You were just on the wrong side of the field.  You should have the sun at your back,  and in the faces of your subjects, not the other way round.  Here the subjects are back-lit, which is about as bad as you can make it for you.

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Lenses / Re: DXO - lens reviews - 300mm f/2.8 IS II - that bad ???
« on: October 15, 2012, 09:06:55 AM »
Yeah, well they ALSO say that the 70-200 f/2.8 Mk II is worse than the Mk I !!! 

They are entirely alone in that view, as far as I can see from all the other sources I have ever seen.

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Site Information / Re: Missing Persons -- Brian??
« on: October 13, 2012, 01:25:21 PM »
Perhaps he went over to the dark side and picked up a D800.   ;)

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