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The Canon Rebel T5/1200D has the same environmental specs. So does the Nikon D4.

The 1200D is NOT advertised as a "professional" camera, whereas the 1DX is. [sarcasm]No comment on the Nikon.[/sarcasm]

The PowerShot D30 works in up to 90% humidity.  It's waterproof to 82 ft, but 91% humidity is a problem? 

Well, apparently liquid water thus only has a humidity of 90%.  ;)

When Canon tests/fixes a focus adjustment problem, they calibrate lenses against a 'standard' body, and bodies against a 'standard' lens.  If your 40/2.8 was in spec, perhaps your body is out of spec. Usually, they ask you to send in the body in such a case. Did they?

My cameras focus just fine with my +15 year old lenses. Here in South Africa, Canon outsources their "repairs" to another company. This company quoted me in excess of R3000 (postage was extra) just to check things out ... the 40mm sells new for R2500, even with our rotten exchange rate! The reason for this high price was because my cameras are not supported anymore and hence the suggestion to upgrade.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:00:36 AM »
Ordered my X-T1 some weeks ago, but FUJIFILM South Africa doesn't have any stock left ... all sold out!  :'( So I'm using this time to sell ALL my Canon gear for maximum profit.  ;D

On a tangent ... I don't own a 1DX and probably never will, so I never looked at the specifications. This thread actually made me do just that by pointing out that the operating temperature of this "professional-grade" camera is (only) zero to forty degrees Celsius with less that 85% humidity. In my (not so) humble opinion, that's pretty pathetic for the "top-of-the-range", "professional-grade" camera from a company with the (perceived) reputation of Canon!

On topic ... I sold my EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens because it backfocused. This was apparently within specifications and I was told to upgrade my cameras to AFMA-enabled models to solve the problem.

Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: March 27, 2014, 05:53:43 AM »
There WAS a demand for EF-S primes, and L lenses would have been especially nice.

Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: March 26, 2014, 03:37:43 AM »
Anything new on this lens, or is it just another empty rumour creating false hope? (Canon, can you spell Kodak?)

Does Canon's (or anyone else's) camera subdivision play any role in determining its "computer" rankings, the category in question here?   Do cameras, as a category, fit into this particular ranking at all?  If the answer to these questions is "no"....

The type of reasoning is called the curate's egg ...

At least try to be honest ...

  • Current rank in computers = 6; previous rank (in 2013) = 4; this means a DROP of 2;
  • Industry rank for innovation = 4; previous rank (in 2013) = 3; a DROP of 1;
  • Long-term investment = 8; previous rank (in 2013) = 3; a DROP of 5;
  • Quality of products/services = 3; previous rank (in 2013) = 4; an INCREASE of 1;
  • Global competitiveness = 9; previous rank (in 2013) = 5; a DROP of 4

So, although the quality of the products became better since last year, overall the company is going backwards.

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 24, 2014, 12:14:36 PM »
That reminds me…I forgot to add 'turn off autofocus and don't look at the camera's meter' - learn to focus manually and use a light meter!   

You know what, neuroanatomist, you can put me down, make fun of what I write and twist it around all you like, but it doesn't bother me ... because I know why you are doing it. [INSERT DERANGED LAUGH HERE]

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 24, 2014, 11:56:54 AM »
Any other handicaps you'd like to dump on students of the art?

No, that about covers it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 24, 2014, 11:42:58 AM »
Be careful though, or Sella will start to question your comprehension of simple concepts as well…

Too late!

Although maybe we just don't understand the "challenge" – but if that's the case, it's only because it was not explained adequately or intelligently.

Ah, yes, the old "putting down" post. You should try adding humour, like I did here ...

I understand perfectly, I just don't agree that it's a worthwhile endeavor.

No, you don't. But I understand perfectly ...  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 24, 2014, 11:34:58 AM »
Sella, your 'challenge' is plainly short-sighted. In keeping with the spirit of it, perhaps it would be more reasonable to still take RAWs, but processing them to the 'camera default'.  Still pointless, but at least you don't deny yourself the possibility of going back to the picture later en re-edit it to your heart's content.

Look, I am not saying that a professional photographer doing a paying gig should photograph the whole thing in JPEG. If you think that that is what I am saying, then you're simply not thinking. Also, this is not about RAW vs JPEG, so stop waving that flag each time somebody mentions JPEG's out of the camera.

The OP is a student of photography (and this goes for anybody else learning photography), so he is basically mucking about with his camera and lenses. I sincerely doubt whether he is doing any paying gigs (i.e. weddings) and I sincerely doubt whether he will ever have any reason to re-process this "student" output.

Besides, it's only for three months ... and then it's back to RAW!

The guys that think that everything must be done in camera and everything else is not really a photo must surely stick to a disposable Kodak camera where you press the button, we do the rest.

Garbage in, garbage out. Sure, you can do wonders with RAW in post-processing to save your butt when you screw up. But the more the photograph is "optimized" and technically correct, then the more can be achieved with RAW. This means getting it right right there in the camera when the shutter button is pressed.

If you are taking the time looking for an interesting subject, framing, composing, choosing precisely when to press the button, etc, why would you let your camera's CPU take control at a critical part in the process and decide what curves to apply, what levels of saturation, intensity of NR, shadow/highlight clipping, etc?

Again, if you understand the limitations and bugs of the camera in your hand, then so much the more will you be able to produce RAW files that can be optimally post-processed. (As an aside, a lot of the post-processed images on the Internet look pretty much the same to me - seems like a lot of people have simply traded the Canon recipe for the Adobe recipe.)

But ultimately, what do I care whether or not someone becomes a great photographer or not. Go with the flow, follow the wave ... say "Baaaah!"

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 24, 2014, 11:08:34 AM »
I understand perfectly, I just don't agree that it's a worthwhile endeavor.

No, you don't. But I understand perfectly ...  ;D

If consumers can be persuaded to buy and play Angry Birds, I bet they can be persuaded to buy and use P&S cameras.   :D

I have a better idea ... DOOM II Deathmatch over WiFi on all Canon DSLR cameras! It'll be great for those boring press events.

Digicams need to offer something of sufficient added value that consumers (I use that word intentionally) will be willing to spend the money, and also willing to carry the camera.

Consumers ... ah, there's the rub.

In my view, digital P&S cameras were a natural progression from film P&S cameras, with both having "consumers" (aka the general public at large) as target market. From this, cameras in 'phones and tablets are the further progression. This effectively means that consumer-orientated digital P&S cameras are a dead market. It's gone and finished.

The future of digital P&S cameras lie in niche markets. Manufacturers must make camera for those enthusiasts (not consumers) who want an actual camera for the simple fact that it can do something that their iPhone can't do. For example, sub-f/2 (fixed-lens) primes, BiF-trackable AF, complete and utter enviromental-sealing, and a nice design.

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 24, 2014, 09:10:52 AM »
As Neuro said there is no real benefit to the photographer by limiting the file type.

Only problem being that neuroanatomist does not understand the purpose of my "challenge".

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