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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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Leads in Sensor Tech
« on: September 07, 2013, 08:37:19 PM »
On tiny camera systems, with little in the way of a lens in front of the sensor, UV might be an issue.

What issue?  The sensors have a CFA, which does a pretty good job of filtering out UV, and an ok job of filtering IR (ok but not great, which is why there's an IR cut filter over the sensor).

YUP.  Non issue.

It's been happening a while but seems to be getting even worse lately, opening the front page of this site can take a very long time.
from what I can tell, it often seems the holdup is google-analytics related code and waiting for social media sites to return data for their links (with counters?)
Seems at its worst during the day when all those over-used social media sites are very busy.

Once into the CR forum section, stuff loads pretty quickly, even with graphics.

I doubt any of this is going away... I'll either be skipping the front page or looking for a browser plugin to block all that 3rd party code from trying to load.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Leads in Sensor Tech
« on: September 07, 2013, 08:19:18 PM »
In cell phone sensors they are getting to the point that removal of the UV filter likely makes sense as well because of pixel pitch. 

How would removal of the UV filter based on small pixel pitch make sense?  UV wavelengths are shorter than visible light.  Perhaps you meant the IR cut filter?

On tiny camera systems, with little in the way of a lens in front of the sensor, UV might be an issue.
But since glass already attenuates a great deal of UV, specifically filtering for it may become unnecessary.

Add to that large, multi-element lenses and their intrinsic coatings bandpass, there's likely very little UVA reaching a sensor, much less shorter wavelengths.

You are still gathering that heat. It will either be directly in the sensor itself, or a fraction of a millimeter above it. One way or another, the ambient temperature of the sensor is going to increase, so why put in an unnecessary filter?
IR certainly an issue for now, but not likely for causing much in the way of heat gain unless aiming at some well lit scenes without a shutter in the way.  The electronics and remainder of the system packaging is likely to radiate more heat to the sensor than what comes thru a small aperture.

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: September 07, 2013, 08:11:06 PM »
I can't wait for Nikon to go out of business. Their sensors are worse in every way that matters, their bodies are low quality and the controls make no sense and their pathetic excuses for lenses  perform worse than coke bottles.

I have to try hard not to laugh out loud every time I see a moron who spent thousands on a "pro" Nikon body. Pathetic. The 70D wipes the floor with everything Nikon can put out at any price level.

Well, I think we can boil this down to a single word:


That troll is a lovely single-shot HDR exposure capturing him in action and clearly showing us his dingy candle-lit domain while retaining excellent fidelity in the outdoor scene visible beyond his entrance.  No obvious banding or read noise problems so must be an image created with Exmor-based tools.

Lighting / Re: Thinking of buying a Light Meter
« on: September 06, 2013, 02:47:24 PM »
99% of hobby photographers, even very serious very capable hobby photographers have no real need for a light meter.
I've got a pair of higher end older Sekonics.  They're wonderful.
They spend most of their life in a drawer, with the battery removed - cuz it seems to run down if I leave it installed.
Occasionally use them for setting up complex strobe lighting or as a comparison tool when I need to check my camera metering.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Leads in Sensor Tech
« on: September 05, 2013, 11:54:29 PM »
Beyond that I have yet to see an example pair where the AA version couldn't be sharpened to look the same as the non-AA version. Perhaps someone could post such an example, I admit I haven't extensively tested this. But the couple times sample pairs were available a quick USM brought them even.

you need to try it and pixel-peep but the difference is there.
you can sharpen the AA version to be about like the non-AA version
But you can also sharpen the non-AA version to get wow-factor... at least in the center region with a good lens.
edit:  I rarely use USM for sharpening fine detail, it messes up edges with too much contrast/halo compared with other sharpening methods.

I love my d800e for that reason, the textural detail it can deliver is very impressive.

I also prefer my K-5 IIs for the same reason, AA-less 16MP crop body that delivers amazingly crisp detail.  I can see the difference when I go back and shoot blurred sensors; the pixel-level detail is not the same.
I haven't had a chance to shoot with the higher res D7100 yet.

Moire's not often been a problem, but false-color fine highlite details have been so I rarely use these cameras for shots with energetic moving water and other fine specular reflections.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 70D features vs 60D
« on: September 05, 2013, 01:15:31 AM »
70D has a bit better sensor performance than the 60D, it's pattern noise is negligible compared to both 60D

Are there any reviews on this yet? Of course the 70d is the better camera as it should be, but the 60d pattern noise was already lower than 7d and probably even 5d2 - and the one "lens cap" shot from 70d still showed the pattern, so I wonder if there's really any noticeable improvement.

don't know if there's any big site review yet, there's evaluation of it and I put up the samples in another thread here days ago.
started in the rumors section, unfortunately  OOPS/

70D's not perfect, but it's the best crop sensor from Canon since the 40D from what I can tell.  It's way less bandy than my 60D at lower ISOs.  It did seem to throw up a lot of extra noise with the main display ON tho.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 70D features vs 60D
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:15:37 PM »
besides everything else, 70D has a bit better sensor performance than the 60D, it's pattern noise is negligible compared to both 60D and 5d2.  5d2 IQ is only marginally better, if any, and, having shot with a (really bad example of a) 5d2, i'd opt for the 70D for better IQ and a ton of extra and even useful features.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I jumped ship...
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:05:02 PM »
I got a Fuji X-E1 on Friday and played with it over the weekend. I am really impressed. This is going to be my new travel camera for sure!

one of those, or possibly the non-optical VF cheaper model, is on my wish list yet too.

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