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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Where is the Canon 7D successor?
« on: October 09, 2013, 03:09:31 PM »
Pentax's latest toy, the K-3 has more fps, more AF points, more MP, better metering, better viewfinder, USB 3.0, new AA feature ...

And what has Canon given us recently? ...
Canon has plenty of incredible lenses which Pentax can NEVER match ... Canon's 7D with a 400mm, or 500mm or 600mm or 800mm lens will kick Pentax's a55 any day, even with their latest "toy".
maybe, once Canon picks themselves up and brushes off the dust from the $1300 kick that just landed on their rump. ;)
I'm not a super long-lens geek but the new Pentax 560/5.6 performs well enough optically and it's long enough to use as a weapon.

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cool shot
looks like a fun lens to play with.
more convenient than reverse mounted lens on bellows.

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Canon General / Re: Baffles the mind
« on: October 09, 2013, 02:54:50 PM »
How can someone love making images and completely dismiss motion pictures?

Hmmm.. I've never heard anyone want to print and hang a video on a wall.

Only time I shot video was for a raucous parade that I was then able to show to some housebound octogenarians later.  (used a 60D) 
OTOH, my buddy was shooting stills of the same event and I prefer looking at his stills, and the few that I took, than my video.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Where is the Canon 7D successor?
« on: October 09, 2013, 01:08:36 AM »
Pentax's latest toy, the K-3 has more fps, more AF points, more MP, better metering...

The K3 BETTER have better metering, or at least as good as the 7D's was.
I find the only thing to gripe about on my K52s is the metering; inconsistent, unpredictable, and often way under-exposed.
From what I've seen so far, it's new metering system will be about what Canon or Nikon have already been doing for a long time even on their P&S bodies.  The extra resolution of the K3's metering sensor may, however, make it close to what the D800 can do - and that's sweet.

If K3's AF is at least as good as the old 7D's it'll be good enough for me.
Time to sell the 100-400L and use that to fund a K3 while dredging up some other loot for a Sigma 150-500 to take its place.  Total outlay still cheaper than adding a new 7D2 (to an old lens) is likely to be.

But no rush to do that. I'll wait until the K3's tests and reviews are out, add my own noise tests and decide.
Maybe the 7D2 will arrive by then to wow us and cause a moment of reconsideration.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Brand New EOS 70D has a lot of specs on sensor
« on: September 30, 2013, 01:30:53 AM »
Get some good blowers, preferably a FILTERED one like the Zeeion by Visible Dust.

www.visibledust.com/products3.php?pid=444

did you try it?

it stinks and compared to my other blower it has a very weak airflow.
i send mine back after initial testing.

http://on.aol.com/video/zeeion-blower-fails-anti-static-testing-151472509

would like to have a filtered blower but i can not recommend the visibledust one.
especially not for the high price.

visibledust likes to talk tech mubo jumbo so people who like to have high-tech (aka photographers) will buy their stuff. it makes them feel better.  ;) 
but if it really works as expected is a different question.

and im always suprised that visibledust gets so much praise.
their products are build so cheap.

i love the idea of the arctic butterfly.. but now i have the third one (warranty).
the first two stopped working after some time. broken electromotor.
good idea but bad chinese manufacturing.
and the price is not even cheap. :(

Yes, I've used the Zeeion blower successfully many times.
It certainly is not like a Rocket blower blast, the fine filter adds restriction after all, but it was enough to remove particles the built-in cleaning system couldn't dislodge, and most importantly, it doesn't add new ones.
Zeeion requires more careful use to put the nozzle closer to the sensor for some stubborn particles.

I use the Giottos Rocket for everything BUT the sensor these days.  It's great for pre-cleaning around the mount, back of the lens and the mirrorbox while the shutter's closed, or lens filters.  Do this every time and you'll rarely have to blast the actual sensor from dust.

Zeeion is useful as it is, but if you can find a better FILTERED blower bulb, please let us know.

as for that video of the static test - try the Giottos Rocket in comparison.
AA filters are already anti-stat coated and incredibly slick.

.. Now where are those new swabs I got to get the oil spots off my D800?…  ???

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EOS Bodies / Re: Brand New EOS 70D has a lot of specs on sensor
« on: September 28, 2013, 11:06:15 PM »
that does have a fair bit of crud on it for a "new" camera
Either way, takes less time to clean it than to send it back and it's something you'll occasionally have to do anyway.
Get some good blowers, preferably a FILTERED one like the Zeeion by Visible Dust.

www.visibledust.com/products3.php?pid=444

The Giottos Rocket Blower that so many people like provides a strong stream of air and also is good at cleaning gear ...
BUT
I've had it leave more sticky waxy particles on my sensor that then require more serious cleaning methods to remove.  Likely some leftover mold-release material or something.

Lesson learned.
Use the Giottos on everything BUT the sensor unless i have no other choice.  It's great for cleaning around the lens mount and inside the mirror-box.  Keeping the mount and box clean will greatly reduce dust getting ON your sensor.

Use the Zeeion blower on the actual sensor.

other than that I prefer my own micron-filtered compressed air line and custom nozzle when I'm at home.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 10 Signs You're a Photo Geek
« on: September 19, 2013, 02:33:28 AM »
You might be a photo geek if you have painted your walls 18% grey.

Or added focus targets

Or see pattern noise when you close your eyes.  ;)
If I rub my eyes, REALLY HARD, I see some cool color patterns!  ;D
If I don't then the noise is pretty random and organic and confined to luminance channel only.
Since these sensors are always stuck on live-view I don't have the software to boost in real-time to check for possible underlying patterns.  It's OK tho, because in normal earthly lighting conditions they have exceptional dynamic range, resolution and the ability to identify the faintest of adjacent shade/tonal differences, probably exceeding 16 bit/color.  ;)

And with that I'm gonna go away and let that post-count sit for a little while.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Camera Dilemma
« on: September 18, 2013, 09:08:23 PM »
sharing accessories is nice, but so's a compact camera that will kick something like the 7D and 5D2 all the way from 100 iso to 6400 and back when it comes to IQ.

I've heard good things about the Fuji X100S and X-E1 and the Sony RX100 but wasn't aware their IQ was superior to the 5D2.  Are there any sites that do side-by-side image quality comparisons?

5d2 can make some good images but it's old tech and is a noisy beast compared to today's best
Have a look at DPR's recent review of the little X-M1 Fuji, still kickin' butt, even compared to my Pentax K52s

www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilm-x-m1/10

you can select a 5d2, and many others, from one of the other camera's drop-down menus



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Lenses / Re: 70-200 Halo issue?
« on: September 18, 2013, 08:58:58 PM »
I had an early model of this lens that I got rid of because I was underwhelmed with it but I do not remember having any such issues with shiny internal baffles.  I checked the pix I took for the ad when I sold it but don't have any looking into the snout to compare.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 10 Signs You're a Photo Geek
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:59:59 PM »
You might be a photo geek if you have painted your walls 18% grey.

Or added focus targets

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Camera Dilemma
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:54:33 PM »
You will not gain any significant IQ, all cameras with the same sensor size are pretty much the same at low ISO's.
 
You will, however, lose the ability to
  • Share lenses
  • Share batteries and chargers
  • Share Canon flash units
  • Share CF cards
For some, that's a pretty big hit.

sharing accessories is nice, but so's a compact camera that will kick something like the 7D and 5D2 all the way from 100 iso to 6400 and back when it comes to IQ.
7D's AF is a hard thing to part with tho, I've still not purchased a sub for it after selling mine.
(70D might cut it, after the price drops.)

But an X-E1 or even X-M1 is a seriously good little camera if you don't mind Fuji's stranger-than-Nikon interface.
And Fuji's glass is nothing to overlook either, limited as it is.

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Landscape / Re: Sunset Frustration
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:45:37 AM »
I admire those who wait and capture that right moment, but I never seem to make it.

I'm impatient, hate missing a few seconds of good light changing lenses, so I use the following solution.
Virtually every consumer-grade DSLR these days is more than adequate as an imaging machine.
Spend a few hundred on some decent used ones and use them as back-caps on all your favourite lenses.
When a moment arises, grab the lens, there's a camera on it, nail the shot.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon goes Medium Format?
« on: September 11, 2013, 01:35:56 AM »
I feel like I did MY part for Nikon over the last year+; 5 bodies, some flashes and a pile of glass.
If they bring out an MF digital I will consider it.
And I likely WILL wait to see how it'll compare to an MF Canon and maybe even Pentax will get around to updating the 645D in the next year or 2.
Affordable MF will be great if there's more to choose from.
But.. I'm pretty sure I don't NEED an MF system at this time, d800 was a huge leap in the right direction for some of my shooting.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Olympus OM-D E-M1 officially announced.
« on: September 10, 2013, 01:47:10 AM »
Not cheap, well featured.
OK, I'm waiting for DxOmark to test it. ;)
Some new glass looks promising too.
Likely will be a good successor to the 'M5

www.adorama.com/alc/0014299/blogarticle/Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-Hands-On

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none of the CR domain code is slow,
it's just google (adsense and G+), twitter, facebook, (gurble?!?) and a smattering of other domains that get (multi-?) referred to by whatever I haven't had the patience to track.

By the time some of these things get resolved the sun has moved perceptibly across the sky when I try to access from work - I've had loads take nearly 3 minutes or even time out.
At home I'm on a feed that's got great burst BW and Mb+/s sustained thru-put.  Page loads reasonably well but all the non-CR domains are still fairly slow to load.

Yup, maybe a new adblock plugin is needed, and custom block everything else.  Hmmm... maybe my ISP is traffic-shaping some of that junk.

edit:  anyone else on this part of the continent having load speed issues? (AB, BC, WA, ID, MT, AK)
edit 2: yup, with some updated ad, script, and track blocker plugins CR front page loads super fast.

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