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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: The Sigma SLR Strategy?
« on: February 15, 2014, 05:54:26 PM »
Maybe they think their improved lenses, and their mount-switching service could drive buyers to their camera offerings. So far I have not heard it is working. I think they have a lot of negatives to overcome with the Foveon.  You get a file that is 3x larger to store and work with, without achieving the resolution you'd get from tripling the megapixels in a normal way, and they bog the processor down so badly they get a slow FPS.  Hard to see the advantage so far.

It's hard not to think they might do better going with the more traditional sensor, perhaps even one purchased from Sony, ala Nikons strategy.

If they want to continue to be innovative in a little different, they should copy Fuji's non-Bayer sensor strategy instead.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best Flash
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:10:20 AM »
The Phottix Mitros+ flashes (the "plus" is important) has a well-respected Phottix Odin transmitter and receiver built into it.  It does a couple of things the Canon 600 can't do, including second curtain sync off-camera.  It is somewhat less money, though not as much less as before the Canons recently started appearing at cut rates.

The Canon RT system can do second curtain sync if you trigger it with a Yongnuo YN-E3-RT, but as ScottyP points out, not natively. Though I have yet to see a good example where off camera second curtain sync has been critical.

There is a huge amount of misinformation out there about all the various flash products, including the Canon RT system. Like Alex thinking the RT could not sync at 1/8000, or that you lose one stop of sync speed, or that you can't do remote second curtain sync, that the 600-EX-RT is not backwards compatible, etc etc.

Ok, but it is mot misinformation that it can't do 2nd curtain sync. You can't to it using a 600 in the shoe, and you can't use it using its Canon trigger.  The fact that Yongnuo recently put out a knockoff that lets it work does not really count, does it?  If anything, That would be saying Yongnuo can do it.   ;)

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best Flash
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:49:09 AM »
The Phottix Mitros+ flashes (the "plus" is important) has a well-respected Phottix Odin transmitter and receiver built into it.  It does a couple of things the Canon 600 can't do, including second curtain sync off-camera.  It is somewhat less money, though not as much less as before the Canons recently started appearing at cut rates.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art: Next week at CP+?
« on: February 10, 2014, 02:01:33 PM »
Sigma has updated the lens page. Two interesting points:

According to Sigma, this is "the best 50mm in the history of photography".

The weight is a whopping 815g!

Ha ha. Wow!  They really feel like they have something there. I am eager to see!

Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art: Next week at CP+?
« on: February 04, 2014, 08:54:11 PM »
Will we see this next week?  I had just broken down and bought the Sigma 35 Art 2 for Christmas, barely a month before this development announcement.  I had wanted to wait for a Sigma 50 Art, but I like the 35 so well I honestly can't say I regret it at all.  If this new 50 does live up to some of the hype I may still be tempted.

Would a 50 and a 35 be too redundant?  Would I be better off waiting for the Sigma 135mm they also are supposedly working on?

Photography Technique / Re: The Cheapo Camera bag to fool the bad guys.
« on: February 02, 2014, 01:06:59 PM »
I do something similar:  I bought a Nikon-branded camera bag.   ;)

I have the 6D, and I intend to buy the 7D2 for my 2nd camera when it comes out, barring any awful surprises, such as a $3,500 price, and/or a lack of meaningful improvement over the current 7D. 

I think the two would compliment each other very well.  The 6D is a no-nonsense low light killer that is not terribly sophisticated in the fast-moving sports department.  A new 7D would (presumably) be good at fast action and would give that extra reach of a crop, but probably won't work as well as the FF 6D in low light.

I figure why have 2 very similar tools in the bag?  Get a different tool for different jobs.  No one carries a golf bag with nothing but a dozen 5-irons in it.

The OP, however, seems to have minimal use or desire for a sports/action camera, so probably does not want to wait for, nor pay for, the 7D2.  I think a 70D would be a good choice for him.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Q2? [CR1]
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:24:58 AM »
I kind of think that handing the cameras out for testing at a high profile world-famous sporting event is more about the publicity and creating an image for the product than about testing the camera.  If you wanted to keep the camera secret, you Could do that almost anywhere; you wouldn't have people at such high profile events waving them around. I think they want them to be seen and they want rumors like this about them being there, and a rumor about them being at something big and important like the Olympics is much "cooler" than rumors about them being tested at some high school track practice.

I looked a LONG time for a backpack that holds 6 to 7 lenses and two bodies without looking awkward as heck. Most of the ones that hold that much are too wide, and too deep (they stick out freakishly). 

I got the Thule TPBP 101.  Don't confuse with the similar but smaller day pack TPDP 101.  It is tall rather than fat so it fits and looks and wears better.  Thule makes sporting goods and this pack looks good like a hiking pack.

It also has the security feature of a zipper that is up against your back like the LowePro 400 and 500, so it can't be unzipped by someone behind you.

Short video product description here. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AACti4a-DTQ&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DAACti4a-DTQ

Buy here. http://www.amazon.com/Thule-TPBP-101-Perspektiv-Backpack-Black/dp/B00F4714IG

Reviews / Re: Canon 6D Review: 1+ Year Hands-On [video review]
« on: January 19, 2014, 12:35:40 PM »
No.  Sorry. You cannot post something suggesting that anything about 6d is as good or better than anything about 5d. The guys who paid for a 5d will be apoplectic. Not saying it is right; it's just the way it works.

Good review though.   ;)

Reviews / Re: Canon 6D Review: 1+ Year Hands-On [video review]
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:41:29 AM »
Love mine. Works great in dim light.

I plan to get the 7d2 (if it emerges) for my sports/action body. The 6d will be my FF portraits and landscapes body. No need to try to get one body to do it all. Kind of like why an 18 - 300 lens would be a bad compromise at replacing all the primes and zooms between those two focal extremes.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Microadjustment Automated
« on: January 12, 2014, 06:49:50 PM »
Is this a computer translation from Japanese?  The text is kind of garbled. 


◦It is not done correctly the AF adjustment in your environment ??????
◾Let me be the difference adjusted value of the phase difference AF and contrast AF ??????

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Coming for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 11, 2014, 09:19:29 PM »
I'm very excited for this camera!  I think that 24mp and 10-12fps with a 61pt AF system isn't unreasonable given that it matches the specs for the prototypes that were previously mentioned.  It's possible that the 70D's sensor could be used, but we've already had one rebuttal rumour that indicated the 7D II (or whatever it get's called--for the sake of simplicity, I'll refer to it as 7D II for the rest of this post) will have a brand new sensor and will not share the 70D's.  That makes sense.  I expect the 70D's sensor will find its way into the 2014 Rebel lineup, and I think Canon will want to differentiate the 7D II from the rest of the APC lineup, especially given the much, much higher price.  Will it be worth it, when one can buy a full-frame 6D for much less?  Absolutely!  I've said it before, but it bears repeating, different camera's fit different types of photographer and photography.  If I was shooting a wedding or other low-light event, I'd prefer a 6D or 5D II full-frame camera to any APS-C camera.  But I'm not, and neither of those cameras would be stellar performers for the wildlife and action based photography that is my passion.  Granted, a 5D III, with its superb AF system and decent (6fps) burst-rate still makes a good choice for either type of photography (unlike the 6D and 5D II), but still a 7D II with 10-12 fps and the cropped frames tighter framing with a given lens makes a very compelling camera for wildlife and sports photography. 
I often read here the opinion that the 7D II won't be special because it would be too close to the 1DX, but I don't concur with that assessment at all.   No matter how good the chip is, the APS-C isn't going to match the low-light capability of the 1DX and pros are still going to prefer it (and whatever replaces it), although I will not be surprised if many of them don't grab a 7D II as a second body!  In the end though, they are competing in different market-places.   What's more, Canon isn't bringing this camera out in a vacuum--they need to make sure this camera is good enough to lead APS-C technology for the net 3-5 years, so it has to be more that merely "good."  Like the original 7D, it must be ground-breaking and class-leading if it's going to compete in the $2,000 + price range.  It should also be remembered that when the original 7D arrived in 2009, the top of the line action camera in the Canon lineup was the 1D III, with 10MP and 10fps.  Canon didn't worry that the 7D matched it with 19 cross-type AF points (although the 1D III has 45 AF points, only 19 of them are user-selectable and cross-type).  If they didn't worry about making the 7D too close to the current 1D III in 2009, I doubt they'll worry about the 7D II being too close to the 1DX in 2014!  This is especially true given the level of competition the new camera faces compared to what the 7D did 5 years ago.   Why will the 7D II be awesome?  Because it simply HAS to be!  Of course, there will still be nay-sayers, even if it has the specs I expect it will have.  I've seen posts where someone wrote "yawn" at these very specs, even as I was salivating over them!  And I've read repeatedly that many just don't "get it" when one can buy a full-frame camera for less, or because it will be big and "pro", rather than small and mirrorless.  I think they miss the essential point--those of us who want this camera, know what we want, and why we want it.  If it doesn't fit your style of photography, then of course you ought not to buy one--purchase the camera that fits your shooting style and subjects.  Photography would be far less interesting if there was just one style of camera and one kind of photography. Myself--I can't wait for this camera! 
On a side note, I'm more interested in specs and capabilities than I am in the name, but I DO think 7D Mark II has a GREAT ring to it!!!  ;D


Correct. It has to be. If they don't have a truly new and better sensor they need to wait until they do. An extra couple fps is not enough improvement to justify the upgrade.  Nor is improved AF alone, since the AF was already pretty good.

Improved high ISO performance is what would set it apart. Improved DR would also get noticed.  I hope we see some of that.

Lenses / Re: Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Review
« on: January 02, 2014, 12:02:57 PM »
$1000 for the lens, and about $700 for a crop body to screw onto it and you have quite the birding setup!  If is any good, that is. I've not had any experience with Tamron.

Canon General / NYT: Only Canon, Nikon and Sony will survive?
« on: January 01, 2014, 07:58:06 PM »
Interesting article from December 20.  Says smartphone selfie-shooters are not embracing the mirrorless bodies in the way it was hoped they would take to a somewhat smaller setup.  Perhaps they will eventually leave off trying to make a "kinda smaller" camera that is too small for most serious shooting, but still too big for selfie-phone man, and keep making cameras that are the proper size for 2-handed shooting. 

Also says the Big 3 will endure but the also-rans like Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, and even Fuji don't seem like good bets going forward.

Personally I hope Fuji at least makes it.  Original sensor tech and an elegant package. 


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