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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D vs. 70D: Which has better image quality?
« on: February 06, 2014, 01:15:50 AM »
You’ve tested sevral 70Ds?
In a lab or in the field?
Can you show some of your test results? I like to see the “real world” difference between the 7d and 70d and if there is any copy variation between the 70ds.

This will have to suffice

www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=16713.0

otherwise it's $280/hr + incidentals for custom work.

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By the way, “noise metrics” do not only apply to iso’s below iso 1600. Above iso 1600 Canon is on par or preforming better.

yes, it's certainly comparable at the high end... FWIW, even compared to the MFT sensor in the -EM1.
comparison image for editorial purposes from DPreview.com

edit - oops, don't look at the Fuji results.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: February 06, 2014, 12:54:01 AM »
Big sale on Fuji lenses starting on Feb 9:

http://www.fujirumors.com/leaked-all-xf-lens-and-x-body-deals-paper-now-on-fujirumors/
Great to see.  First they generate a fair bit of buzz with their products and now they're making them much more appealing in price.
I've already nabbed some great deals on bundles even before xmas.
Will blow more $ in their direction before the deals end.  I'd like a bit more OEM glass.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: February 06, 2014, 12:48:27 AM »
I'm looking forward to playing with the Xt1's manual controls and seeing how they interact with the 2 standard electronic control wheels and what sort of customizing and functional crossovers may be available.
Many of Fuji's lenses have aperture rings that also sport an "A" so you can set it there and use one of the electronic control wheels to manage the aperture with your right hand without lowering the camera or doing any fancy hand contortions.
I'd like a toggling lock button for the ISO wheel; tho with the Fuji, you can pretty much leave ISO in auto and let it take care of it according to your auto-iso preference settings.
There are still some compromises, for sure, but this is looking like a very fun and flexible camera to use in a variety of scenarios.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: February 05, 2014, 01:58:20 AM »
Money did the talking for me this time, X-e1 with the kit zoom for only $800 is a bit easier for testing than the $1300 xe2 equivalent kit.  the difference will get spent on a 35mm f/1.4 lens and maybe an extra battery.

I tried both cameras with the same lenses at my local dealer in bright and dim light.  The xe2 was slightly quicker to AF in low light and it gained-up the EVF much better but they both seemed to quit working at about the same level of low light and low contrast - hard to tell when in a hurry but I think the xe1 will suffice for most of my slow-paced shooting.  Expanding the AF frame size helped in low light, FWIW.
From my reading it seems the AF pixels in the xe2 provide some AF speed advantage in good light?...  Won't matter to me, I have an X-T1 on the way for better performance, if it even offers much of an improvement over the xe2. It's seems to claim better frame rates while tracking a moving subject at least.
I have enough DSLRs that stand a better chance of catching things that move using their more sophisticated AF systems but I have nothing that's truly fast any more.  7D used to hold that position but I sold it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D vs. 70D: Which has better image quality?
« on: February 05, 2014, 01:47:10 AM »
I really enjoy my 70D but wonder if the 7D would have better IQ. When I look at DxO scores for these two, it's  pretty much a dead heat. Anyone out there have first-hand experience comparing the two? Thanks in advance.
DxOmark scores also don't clearly show the nature of the noise.
many 7Ds show patterned noise, especially in shadow tones
70Ds I've tested have much less pattern noise
random noise is OK, pattern noise is bad
no noise is even better but we're still waiting for Canon to catch up to everyone else on noise metrics.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: January 30, 2014, 02:56:19 PM »
My only choice now is between the X-T1 and the E-M10 ...  :-\

I hear ya, that's a nice little new MFT unit.  Looking fwd to trying one myself.

I'm ordering an XT1 but am a bit torn between whether or not I'll get an X-e1 or X-e2 also.
I like the built-in flash of the xe series and the available kitted 18-55mm would provide a little more native X glass for me at this time.
Great deals on the older xe1, if any are still around, but I prefer the hardware updates in the xe2.
Despite serious GAS, I do not want both xe bodies..  arghh.. decisions. Or arghhh... lack of funds.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Sony A7R With Canon Glass
« on: January 28, 2014, 10:56:11 PM »
if you want AF performance with that kind of IQ then there's still D800/e. tho I think the Sony has a slight IQ edge now.
or ABC for crop sensor bodies (anybody but canon)

But I've been considering that Sony as well, as it would do what I use the d800s for now and give me plenty more options for adapting all kinds of glass to it that the Nikon cannot take with its long register distance.
darn d800 depreciation...

Oh well, I'll cheer myself up and pre-order a Fuji X-T1 to play with.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:08:04 PM »
It's kinda funny as far as Canon & Nikon's digital imaging systems have evolved, people are excited to go back to the beginning and buy into a new APS-C system with an 18-55 kit lens.

It's a pretty decent kit lens.

Fuji Canada site has a deal listed; pre-order now with any of their suppliers and get a FREE VERTICAL BATTERY GRIP.

www.fujifilm.ca/products/digital_cameras/x/fujifilm_x_t1/preorder/index.html

jeez, if I didn't just get a $3k bill from my accountant AND my insurance renewal I'd be all over that!
if I only have to deposit 10-20% to place an order, I just might

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Lenses / Re: zooms vs primes for landscape
« on: January 26, 2014, 03:06:38 AM »
Plan 2. Add the 17-40mm f4L, 70-200mm f4L IS, and 100mm f2.8L IS. Sell the Sigma 70-200 f2.8. I don't want to buy the Canon 70-200 f2.8L (IS or non-IS) both because of the weight and the fact that for most landscape I don't need shallow DOF. Similar comments apply for the 16-36mm f2.8L. On hikes when I want to minimize weight, I would go with the 17-40, the 50, and the 70-200 f4L. I suppose that I could add macro ability by swapping the 50 1.8 for a 50 2.5 macro.

go with your option 2 and you'll spend and carry a LOT less than many of these guys are encouraging you to and have most everything well covered.
A light monopod with small ballhead can be helpful.
maybe add the excellent bang/buck 50mm f/1.4 USM instead of the 1.8 v2

The 17-40 can be very soft in corners at times, stopped down to f/8-11 and pick your focus and composition to fit the lens a little and you'll do fine.  Experiment with it to see where its weaknesses are so you'll know. It's otherwise not a bad lens and you can spend a lot more in this FL range for only slight improvements. (or Tokina 17-35 f/4)

14mm Samyang when you're ready for it.
consider 24-70mm Tamron too.

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web site's a (boring part of the) hobby and a tax write-off as long as it's there.
moved a pair of 24x36" set of canvas prints today to a commercial customer today, pays for my next Fuji. ;)
Hopefully they'll spring for a few more for their client meeting room so I can buy some X-glass too.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1
« on: January 21, 2014, 01:22:14 AM »
Well, there's plenty more unofficial images showing all sides of it now.

www.fujirumors.com/enjoy-more-x-t1-images-evf-specs-bigger-evf-than-e-m1/

I don't mind the look of it, just wondering how I'm gonna hold it.
It looks smaller than the Xe2.
I do like all the physical controls; menu diving will hardly be required.
looks like a flip-screen too, and PC port,
lock buttons for ISO and shutter speed dials
control rings for drive mode and metering below those
display mode button returns from xe1
looks like dual SD slots
and the tripod mount is still not on the lens axis, but may be using the optional grip.

I think it is very ugly , I much prefer the XE2.
I am not a fan of  fake SLR look of the OM-D , the A7R and this one although I have the A7R and the A7.
So unless it gets some sort of Organic sensor and tilt-able screen , I am keeping my A7R and XE2 and sell my A7.
I actually prefer the fit and feel of the OMD EM1 more than anything else lately.
I don't mind the xe2 but it's a little box-ish, even if it's still pretty easy to hold onto.
I've been looking at the Sony A7r but haven't considered it just yet.  I like the idea of it for sure...  basic imaging back. But for now, most of my glass fits Nikon and D800/e is good enough and I like the handling of it too.
I prefer an SLR type body with a deep grip so I can comfortably carry it without a strap always getting in the way.

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Third Party Manufacturers / FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: January 20, 2014, 04:20:38 AM »
Well, hardly a rumor any more.
January 28th official announcement.
Looks like they're plastering the deck with manual controls a-plenty.
I sure hope it fits and feels better in hand than Nikon's Df.
If so, it's looking like the next Fuji in my collection and likely to displace a few more DSLR bodies for regular use.
A little popup flash would be convenient but can't always have it all.
The one on the xa1 and xm1 works nice as you can tilt it back and use for bounce.

www.fujifilmholdings.com/ja/80th/

www.fujirumors.com/hot-first-real-image-of-the-x-t1-on-japanese-newspaper/

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Taken with a 500d and a M42 pentacon 50mm 1.8

that creates some very interesting bokeh in that shot, i like it

500d and a Canon 35-80 with the front element smashed with a hammer to make a macro.....
makes for a brutal but effective close-up kit, I just ran across this lens mod "recommendation" recently.

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Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: January 19, 2014, 12:17:10 AM »
Picked up a well used, travel-worn Pentax K100 Super the other day, with a pair of zoom lenses, all for the price of a few dozen beer. Cleaned it, tweaked it, nabbed a nice sunset with it near home this evening.
I think I'll be able to get my money's worth out of THIS investment.  ;D
2006 technology; 6MP CCD with sensor-shift shake-reduction and AA batteries.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: What am I doing wrong?
« on: January 19, 2014, 12:11:41 AM »
You could also look at gear-heads... VERY good for precise positioning, but much less convenient than a ball-head.

+ 1

405 or 410 Jr gearheads top my tripods and I reserve ballheads for lightweight gear or monopod.

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