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Canon General / Re: RTFM. Do you?
« on: December 11, 2014, 06:58:59 PM »
Too many manuals are reference manuals, not user manuals.

Reference manuals assume you know the basic and why you would want to ... User manuals tell you they why and limited about of the how.  You need both - users to start and reference to answer detailed questions.

For example, a dictionary is a great reference manual (you can find the definition of any word there) but it fails to teach writing

Which is why there is a large market for 'aftermarket' how-to manuals.  Most manufacturers manuals are not nearly as helpful as one would like.

As for dictionaries - how many remember asking our parents how to spell a word and being told to look it up in the dictionary?  Need I explain further for the younger crowd who don't remember life before auto-correct?

EOS Bodies / Re: Petapixel: Canon Full Frame Mirrorless
« on: December 03, 2014, 07:04:53 PM »
And if others recall earlier rumors about a possible Mirrorless Rebel. I picture the Rebel ergonomics, look and feel to stay the same, aka take out mirrorbox, etc and go to a EVF and maintain the current EF-S/EF mount. This seems like a strategy a conservative company like Canon would go for.

I'm torn here. 

To simply pull the mirror assembly out of the body is a nice science project for Canon, but it won't reduce the size.  For all the great comments we've seen on this thread about EVFs with more useful information / focus peaking, more reliability without a mirror mechanism, etc. the basic draw of mirrorless is to make it smaller, so a good chunk of folks who did like the EOS-M's small form factor would find such a body a step in the wrong direction.

So my gut is telling me that Canon will stay conservative (for now) and do the following things with the next EOS-M:

  • A more modern sensor, DPAF, etc. = 90% likelihood (fair amount of speculation that it will be the 70D sensor itself)
  • Improve AF speed = 100% likelihood (one would assume the prior bullet point would greatly assist this)
  • Offer some form of an EVF -- either a modular one (Canon loves it's grip and wireless transmitter upcharges...) or possibly a split into a non-EVF body and a better body with an integral EVF = 75% likelihood
  • More native EF-M lenses (for smallest possible size) = No idea.  (They've been so slow on pushing out EF-M glass.)

Canon really has to do the first three things or I think it will remain DOA to enthusiasts or pros looking for a second body.  Some folks love their EOS-M bodies, but I will not touch one without a viewfinder.

- A

I must respectfully disagree with you that the primary objective to getting rid of the mirror is to make the camera smaller.  It is my contention that the reason the EOS-M was a failure was that it lacked a viewfinder, undoubtedly because they were aiming for minimum size.

Size drove the design, right into the ground.

The only way to use the camera is to "chimp", so what is otherwise a superb piece of equipment is reduced to a P+S for a great deal more money.  I bought mine during the great blowout sale, and enjoy it, but I understand the limitations.

Take DSLR, remove the mirror and prism, and put on a rangefinder (optical or EVF), and you've got a much better form factor for taking pictures, with all of the additional benefits mentioned above.

As for pros looking for a second unit, which is more likely to sell, something that can use all the same lenses, or something that needs a different series or an adapter?

I'd be interested in a nice FF rangefinder (EF) with removable viewfinder in the size of a classic full size to I have something to hold on to.

I'd "pull out the plastic" for a FF model using EF lenses in the form factor of the Rollei SL3000 (for those of you not familiar, think 35mm Hasselblad 500) using an EVF on the top.  That could be a game changer for Canon.

EOS-M / Re: Adapters + legacy lenses on the EOS M: any advice?
« on: November 21, 2014, 10:50:03 PM »
The first lens I tried was a Canon 50/1.2 FD, since I had it (so $20 for an adapter was all it cost me).  Very nice, and since I also had an FD bellows, it has been a useful macro.  I won't be buying a 'modern' macro lens, as this setup is quite adequate for my needs.

Then I started experimenting with really old view camera lenses (various Ektars and even older stuff).  Quite a lot of fun, and the images tend to be unique.  The 'period' look had/has as much to do with the lens as it does the film.  In monochromatic mode, the pictures look like they could have been shot in the 50's.

I'm not sure I would recommend spending significant money for such things, but if you like experimenting (and yard sale-ing/antiquing), you can acquire a wide selection of interesting lenses cheaply (next weekend, the one after Thanksgiving here in the US, is a perfect antique store weekend).  The various adapters are inexpensive as well.

Nope, leave it on all day (when in use) only switch off to change lens or card


Everyone does realize that there is a switch built in to the card and battery doors that automatically switches the camera off when the door is opened, correct?  Hence, no need to manually switch it off to change a card.

Not so sure about the lens change.  It might be prudent to power off for that but I've never had a problem.

The 5D3 manual specifically states on pg 33 to power off the camera before opening the door.  I am inclined to stick with the manufacturers instructions.

I couldn't find anything about changing lenses with the power on (or off), but prudence suggests powering off is a good idea before breaking or making electrical connections.  As you twist the lens, you can bet that the contacts short across each other.

Personally, I alway switch the camera off if there is a lull in the action, because inevitably if I don't, I end up bumping the shutter and getting the ground etc...

Reviews / Re: Canon EOS 7D MK II Field Review of THE APS-C DSLR KING .
« on: October 13, 2014, 05:01:36 PM »


...EOS 7D Mark II is like a small EOS-1D X and it’s got all the performance with half the size, and all of the quality with none of the compromise...

So the 7D2 is as good as a 1Dx, without any of the compromises (?) inherent to the 1Dx?  Interesting.

I would have thought being king of the APS-C is sort of like being king of, I don't know, Cleveland or someting.  One would rather be a prince of New York any day.

I'll stick with FF, thank you.

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 05, 2014, 11:07:25 PM »
All future Canon cameras will come "Life Pixel" prepared so they see UV and IR as well as visible light?

With a dial selection to choose which light band you record?

Post Processing / Re: Digital "Enlarger"
« on: October 01, 2014, 07:46:52 AM »
An enlarger is a projector for film, right?  So why not take a digital projector (of the sort used in offices to project Powerpoint slides), set it up aimed at the wall, set the photo file to 'inverse' (or is the setting actually called negative?) and you then can adjust the distance until you have the right size image you want.  Focus properly, tape the paper holder to the wall, put in your print paper, and you've rigged up a digital enlarger.

Proceed normally from there.

Decades ago I would turn my enlarger head 90 degrees and tape the paper to the wall so I could get massive amounts of enlargement.  Same deal here.

Would that satisfy the urge to go analog from digital (cheaply)?

Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:00:45 PM »
I would like an EF 20-150/f2.8 L IS USM

EOS-M / Re: The firesale begins... EOS M in UK £199
« on: July 30, 2014, 09:47:41 PM »
I'm hoping for another round of sales here in the US.

I was going to LifePixel mine, but I like it too I need another (cheap) for conversion.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 11:22:17 PM »
I'd like the 7D2 to fill the place of the 1D4....essentially I'd like a 1 series APC weather sealed, wildlife monster.

I would spend 3000-3200 on that in a heart beat and I'm sure many other wildlife / sports guys would also.  For other stuff I'll hold onto my 5D3.

Yes but that would kill sales on the long lens and idx. Canon do need to bring this out, but as a 3D and simlar price to the 1D x

It would only kill the sales of long lens and the 1dx if they make the sensor much better.  A long lens and a FF frame still beat a APS-C.

as an aside, I doubt very much if Canon will bring out any camera with a 3D marking that isn't, well, a 3-D camera.  Too high a likelihood of consumer confusion and complaints.

Perhaps the 4D or 8D, but not the 3.

Photography Technique / Re: Tour de France crops
« on: July 08, 2014, 09:37:48 PM »
Yesterday afternoon a stage of the Tour de France started from Cambridge

Someone please explain why the "Tour de France" started in England?

It would appear that France invaded England; undoubtedly much to their surprise, they apparently won.

We'll know for certain when they move the Eiffel Tower to London.

I'd vote for photo 3 - I think the view of the side of the cathedral like building is necessary to make the image look 'correct'.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 08:50:58 PM »
The only thing that would interest me would be a much higher video frame rate.

Give me full HD at 1200 frames per second for less than $2K and I'm there.

Lighting / Re: Small container for holding spigots/studs?
« on: June 14, 2014, 10:46:02 PM »
If you are in the US, check out "The Container Store".

They have a web site, and you can probably find what you want there, but if you can actually visit one of their locations, there is much pleasure to be had just wandering around one of their stores - the variety of containers to be had is simply astounding.

I concur that the OP missed what the client wanted, and would also recommend he simply provide what he that meets the client's requirements.

However, I would not hesitate to track down the runner in that photo (and any similar ones he has) and see if they're interested in their photos.  After all, that is a nice photo of that runner...


EOS Bodies / Re: More Sensor Technology Talk [CR1]
« on: April 30, 2014, 10:28:11 PM »
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<p>We’re told by a few other people that Canon is working on a “foveon like” sensor for their next generation of full frame cameras. The goal is to have the new sensor tech in their next “prosumer” camera, so perhaps that means a new large megapixel camera with a smaller body than an EOS-1, or the EOS 5D Mark IV in 2015.</p>

<p>More to come…</p>
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Uh-oh.  Foveon like 5D4?  My bank account trembles.

Assuming, of course, that we get excellent high ISO, fast readout (effectively frames per second), and even better autofocus.

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