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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 01, 2015, 12:31:27 AM »
Just imagine how much improved that DR number's gonna be on DxOmark when they scale down to 8MP! ;)
snark aside, I hope you Canonites get a better IQ body, finally.  You've all been so patient and hopeful.

EOS Bodies / Re: POLL: How many mp do you want anyway?
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:36:32 PM »
If many here want 36 megapixel, why D800, D810, A7r are not big sales successes? ::) :-X

I imagine the d800/d810 *are* a big success, so much that people wishing for more resolution and dynamic range have dumped Canon for good and thus don't show up over here anymore. Those who could wait for 3+ years for more resolution are either die-hard Canon fanbois or don't really "need" it.

+1  I've had my d800s since they first shipped, thoroughly pleased with them.  And I will happily continue shooting with them for years to come, they provide perfectly suitable performance for my large format output.  But I didn't originally get them to get more MP, I got them to get better pixels.  I was grossly disappointed with noisy raw files since I got a 7D and 5D2.

I think there is an optimal number of megapixels.  I think that is between 25 and 30.

It is not the number of megapixels, but the quality of each pixel.  :)

Once I started printing images larger, it wasn't so much the lack of pixels, it was the noisy raw files that were limiting.

I can mangle my ABC camera's raw files much more than I could when I shot Canon, that gives me a lot more artistic latitude without having to be a photoshop pro.

I shoot a D800 and was very skeptical about "needing" 36mp at first, but I think it's a lot like cars - if you drive a Civic you probably can't, or don't want to, imagine needing 400hp, but after you drive a faster car for a few years, you find it hard to imagine getting around without that extra "emergency" horsepower.  Likewise, those 36mp that seemed excessive to me at first, have saved more than a few shots for me with the ability to crop heavily yet retain a printable image.  That and the detail in landscapes I've printed as large 30" x 40" is absolutely amazing.  I would never go back to a lower mp primary camera.

I will say that file size is an issue even at 36mp, even with lossless compressed.  Hard drives may be cheap, but if you're shooting at these mp, plan on buying a few of them.  And multi-image Photoshop composites?  Get used to .PSB files. 

I think 36mp is enough, but would not turn down 50mp, and I'm sure it's coming to Nikon as well as to Canon, but I'm not sure I would see much improvement at my largest print size, or crop requirements.  It would have to come with other performance improvements, notably FPS, DR and high ISO IQ before I would upgrade.

Yup, I'm very happy having more MP than I ever had with Canon gear.  AND, they are BETTER quality pixels than I had with Canon within the ISO ranges I need to work, and that's up to 3200 w no problem with the best  and biggest improvements at base and low ISO where I do most of my shooting.

if canon puts out a new body, with more MP, and hopefully better raw file noise characteristics than they've had since they came out with Digic 4 and newer, then maybe some die-hard canon fans will discover what they've missed out on for the past few years.   But that's only if you're pixel peeping, AKA, printing large.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Sony & Canon Sensor Partnership Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: January 28, 2015, 08:39:02 PM »
Canon make steppers, part of the machinery needed to make sensors, Sony don't.

That's a big, true, irony.

Macro / Sam Droege Bee catalog, stacked macros.
« on: January 26, 2015, 09:39:24 PM »
Heard this on CBC, Sam Droege puts a 5D2 and an MPE 65 macro to good use, stacking dozens to a hundred images to get the final result using a beer cooler for managing the light...

a link to the CBC audio should be good for a few months:
it's in part 2

it's a Flickr blog, but their breakdown makes it look like Samsung's taking up a quickly growing market share at the expense of Canon, then Nikon. Pentax too, if you could even count them in to start with.

Samsung cell phones have become much more popular, and that's what you're seeing in that graphic.  I doubt their NX cameras would even be a blip on that chart.

You're prob'ly correct. Without raw numbers the whole picture is a bit obscurred by the normalizing to percentages.
The mobile graphic certainly shows what looks like a matching growth pattern for Samsung so the only thing that blog's really telling us is there's a lot more Samsung device users posting to Flickr.

EDIT:  On the MILC side, looks like Fuji and Sony are growing relative to Pan-Oly MFT gear.
And, there's still a significant number shooting with ancient Nikon D-90 in 2014!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dii vs Samsung NX-1 Epic Shootout
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:47:38 PM »
so this was NOT with v1.20 firmware on the Samsung?..

it's a Flickr blog, but their breakdown makes it look like Samsung's taking up a quickly growing market share at the expense of Canon, then Nikon. Pentax too, if you could even count them in to start with.

The first graphic is rather telling:

Canon General / Re: Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path
« on: January 11, 2015, 04:23:31 AM »
I can agree to that argument.  FF is not necessarily an upgrade endpoint from crop. It's just a similar tool with different compromises and often semi-compatible with the other equipment.
It often feels like mfrs' marketing strategies imply FF as an upgrade from crop.

Canon General / Re: New Gear Resolutions for 2015
« on: January 09, 2015, 08:08:06 PM »
Watch and wait. My mind is already in the early stages of a full shift to Fujifilm. Fermentation continues. We'll see if Canon can do anything realistic in the mirrorless world this year.

I've already made a partial shift to Fuji (& Olympus) from..., everything else, and pleased with the results. (tempered by realistic expectations)

I don't need any new gear this year.  None.
but I would LIKE to pick up more native Fuji glass; 10-24mm, 50-140mm, and maybe whatever their anticipated "long" zoom will be, hopefully it'll replace my aging but crisp 100-400L.  Another XT1 body would be nice but will also wait for an XT2... (or discounted XT1) as I suspect they'll be able to cram 20-24MP into it and still have good performance that compares with more MP from a bayer patterned sensor.

Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: January 05, 2015, 01:53:08 AM »
I may have to alter my preference.
Despite the icky buttons, I really enjoy shooting with my Fuji XT1 and even my older XE1 rangefinder-esque bodies.
Mirrorless is becoming my go-to more often when I don't need 36MP of AA-less Bayer.

I'm not really surprised that they do.
I like shooting with my XT1 and the images OOC can be ready-to-go in many instances.  When not, the raw files are very malleable and the stabilized lenses are very good indeed.
With the grip carrying an extra battery I can also do quite a bit of shooting in a day.

This review is for the mirrorless skeptics, the EVF skeptics, and the SLR die-hards.
As Kevin Raber states, it's all about the end result.  And, spoiler-alert, he's quite pleased with it.
I have to concur, I often find myself just grabbing a tiny bag with 3 Fuji bodies with lenses and I'm good to go on pretty much any of my subjects.  The full-frames and even my crop DSLRs are left on the shelf more and more.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Plastic/Resin Mount for DSLRs
« on: January 03, 2015, 12:11:18 AM »
considering that market segment rarely buys anything beyond the kit lens that came with the body, wear and durability aren't likely to be big factors either.  FWIW, most of my metal EF-mounts have a fair bit of slop in them so plastic's not likely to be any worse.

I don't/won't use a smartphone so it's not an option.  Social-media doesn't figure in my life.

The lowest end camera I'll carry is my old G11; it lives in a corner of my daily backpack.
If I want something a little more capable it's either my Oly EM10 or one of my Fuji X bodies, all capable of serious work if needed, under most kinds of light conditions.
I only take out the DSLRs now when I'm after some product shots and want a FF raw file to work with, even tho the crop sensor Fuji's/DSLRs and even the MFT is often good enough for large print work too.

I don't think there's much more anyone can put IN to a DSLR to make them more appealing.
But there's a few things that could be removed.
Like the mirror.. ;)

Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: December 25, 2014, 02:16:47 AM »
D800e + 70-200 f/4 VR = wicked detail

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