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Golly, that otta have been a checkbox thing instead of an only-one button thing

Pentax - cuz they feel good in my hands and work fantastic for some of my uses
Nikon - cuz they completely outperform the Canons they replace
Panasonic & Sony - because I have them too and they're good at what they do
Olympus and Fuji - on the purchase list

When printing or adapting for electronic display, it’s the shadow areas that get lifted, moreso than the highlites getting lowered, that compresses the DR of the image to fit the output medium.
Therefore, having clean shadow performance from the camera and sensor system can be quite important, especially when presenting on large prints or displays.  If you like to portray most of those darker shades as indistinguishable, which I see many do, and i often find distasteful, that’s your choice.
I prefer to have a system that gives me more options in post.
And I’ll define CLEAN once again:  the absence of fixed pattern noise is what’s more important than overall DR. Random noise, that looks like film-grain, does not create obvious distractions for the viewer.  Plaid-like patterns and strong vertical striping surely does.
If these points are important to you, choose your gear and-or limit your post-processing accordingly.
If not, don’t try to convince others, who may not share your viewpoint, that technical advantages like more DR and no FPN are irrelevant and it’s only the shooter’s skill that matters.  If that were true, why would anyone upgrade to better gear, especially the pro’s? We could all continue to compensate, and limit ourselves to fit the constraints of the gear we have, and we’d all be so happy with it.

Interesting discussion. One does wonder though what would happen if Canon came close to Nikon's DR in low ISO at the cost of losing a stop or two in High ISO.

Now who would want that camera?

I might.
I still prefer Canon's user interface and controls to Nikons, and only slightly over Pentax, but not enough to switch back until such an improved Canon camera is a reality.
And, for the sake of correctness, I'm not even asking for more DR, I'd like to see no FPN in new Canon sensors.  The 6D comes very close to being acceptable.  Hopefully a 7D2 will be similarly or more improved.  But, right now..
When it comes to low USO DR and lack of FPN, SoNikon cleans up on both of those metrics.

As for some of the other arguments, when it comes to difficult lighting situations, the camera with the superior sensor system is going to provide a lot more latitude and better IQ potential than the more limited one.  I don't care how good one's technique is, better tools allow that same person to expand their envelope of capabilities.
The same ones who are presently crowing how their technique is all it takes to make up for an inferior sensor system are likely going to be crowing even louder when/if they ever get their hands on a better performing camera.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DxOMark trashes the Leica M9 sensor
« on: March 12, 2013, 03:01:19 PM »
I've never even cared for DxO marks tbh, and dont get why anyone does, photographys an art, not a game of top trumps
You are certainly free to treat photography as an art-form only. Why are you then spending time on a forum about gear?

I see photography as a marriage between art and science. You can't have one without the other.


Even Ansel Adams spent tons of time in the old-fashioned  camera lab working on how to improve tech and get the most out of what he had.
Best way to know when you're pushing the limits of your gear is to know what and where those limitations are.

Lenses are good investments, tend to hold their value well and some of the older ones (nikon, pentax, CZ) are actually appreciating lately.

Don't worry about having too many, you could have, say, 119... and still not be too concerned..  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Keep or sell my 7D
« on: March 09, 2013, 12:59:21 AM »
Jpk, do you do any paid shooting?   If so, even if just a little, I'd keep it as a backup.  If not, I say sell and buy something else wi the $.

I agree.

I had 5d2 and 7d. Sold both in January.  Still managed over a grand for the mint 7D, took a small bath on the 5d2 but it's had its day (about the same day I bought it, IMO) and I didn't love either of those cameras for their shortcomings.  Altho i do miss the 7D for its AF system, I sold it in anticipation of an improved crop sensor cam from Canon, sometimes this year, that I can pair with my 100-400 for the little bit of bird and wildlife shooting I use it for.

if you don't need it or use it, sell it
but if it still serves a purpose, then it's your gamble when to sell and how much it'll continue to depreciate.
We can bet a 70D, IF it gets the 7D's AF system, will likely be hobbled in enough ways so that the 7D2 will look more of a step up and demand a significantly higher price point... Which also means the current 7D's resale won't necessarily drop much or suddenly.

In my case I was hoping for either a new Canon body with better sensor tech and 7D equivalent AF system or better, or an improved 80-400mm from Nikon.  Nikon just announced the lens but I've yet to see it outperform the old Canon 100-400 and the new Nikon's over $2500.  Would be cheaper for me to keep the Canon lens and buy another Canon body for this one combination.  Of course, there will be more things announced this year to further complicate my options.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: New Canon EOS-1D X starting for $5499 via eBay
« on: March 04, 2013, 01:39:45 AM »
There's one finishing on eBay in just over 30 hours, no bids yet, open box new with warranty from authorized Canadian dealer.

oddly worded description quote, but supposed to be a new body


lots of hits on the page but nobody has come up with a bid just yet.
I still don't want one of these.  ;D

I see DPreview just posted tests on the Fuji X-E1

holy cow!
That's a seriously lacking-in-chroma-noise sensor system and-or some terrific in-camera processing.

I was impressed by the hi-ISO performance from my Pentax K-01 but the Fuji manages to pull even farther ahead.
Oh, how I wish some of my (cough, cough, canon, cough, nikon, choke) SLR bodies performed like that.

I'm hoping the more affordable X20 will be similarly good, considering its pixel size.
This new crop of mirrorless is hewing a very clean path in some direction.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Good TripodHead
« on: February 27, 2013, 03:17:29 PM »
I have the Manfrotto (310 I think) Junior Geared Head.
It's great for accurate changing of levels or straightening the horizon.
It's downsize is it's bloody heavy and big.
I was caught by surprise when it arrived as I was expecting junior to be small.
Once you get over size and weight it's super.
It's steady as a rock.
I got of sick of ballheads and trying to get them properly level.
Maybe I should have gone for something more expensive like a Swiss Arca Ball Head or Really Right Stuff.

LOVE my manfrotto gear heads, they're almost all I use.
had some ball-heads, they blow.  Kept one midsize manfrotto ball head for use with my compact cams.
ballheads are ok if you're messing around and need to be fast

The 410 Junior is a nice match to the 055 tripod, very solid, nice big mounting plate.
I use the bigger 405 with heavier rigs and bigger 'pods.

A cheaper head a buddy likes is the one with 3 large levers to move the 3 sections and each one is also a twist lock.  it's quite precise too, not as small but if you're used to it it's pretty fast and solid.  it also has built-in spring counter-balance which can be turned on-off and is occasionally useful.

Abstract / Re: Fun with fire
« on: February 26, 2013, 10:12:43 PM »
nice image

... but why were you using EOS Utility to trigger that?
no standard remote cable release?..

I'd think the utility and computer might make for some inconsistent delays to estimate.

Canon General / Re: How well do you see color?
« on: February 26, 2013, 02:12:43 AM »
perfect score here too, not bad for a 50-something past his bedtime.  ;D
That was almost fun.
Should be another score for speed.
That was cherry-pie-easy on my 27" iMac's IPS panel using custom profile done without color tools like they're trying to sell.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How Do You Clean your sensor? And how often?
« on: February 24, 2013, 03:22:05 AM »
Rocket blower is a good product but not the best for cleaning sensors.
Some of them seem to have a bit of the mold-release wax left inside. It can spall off and get blasted at high speed against your sensor where it'll stick like gaucamole to flannel.  The more energetically you use this blower, the more likely you are to remove dust but end up with many more little waxy particles in their place.  The darn thing's caused me all kinds of grief over the years when I didn't have any other options on hand.  I try to only use it for cleaning external areas or anything BUT the sensor.

I've since purchased the Visible Dust Zeeion blower but have yet to put it to the test.  I like that it actually filters the air coming in and leaving the bulb and uses a one-way-valve to maintain the cleanest airflow possible to the nozzle.  Glad they built it cuz I was about to make something like it - but a lot less portable.

for wet-cleaning sensors on cameras I don't care much about, like the used Rebels I kick around for rough work, I dry clean with a blower and then have gotten away with using cotton swabs on the stickier particles followed by a wet cleaning.  I've even used non-streak window cleaner on one that looked like someone had sneezed on it, cleaned it up good but I don't recommend you use these cheapskate wet-cleaning methods on cameras you spend a lot of money on.  There are plenty of decent wet-clean products and systems out there.

To avoid cleaning in the first place, I buy a camera, put it on the back of a lens and leave it there, used consumer cameras are cheaper than lenses and often work well enough for most infrequent shoots to just leave them there.  ;D  They're optically functional dust-caps.

Oddly enough ..
I just replace it with one of those Nikon/Sony sensors ;)
.. My nikons don't show dust shadows as bad as my canons - maybe the AA filter is a little farther away from the sensor so casts a less contrasty shadow?..

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 22, 2013, 01:36:24 AM »
In fact, because of Canon's market share and installed base they could quite easily remain one step behind the industry state-of-the-art in sensor technology and STILL maintain their position -- until and unless that gap truly and actually results in better photos, not just better specs,  coming from the competition.

That's true, they're darn near a Juggernaut.
And all the gear these days is so good that no one bit of kit is going to stand out to such an extent that it makes the competition irrelevant.
It's only a few of us (vocal minority types) who prefer some of the technical advantages offered by the competition enough to add them to our inventory.  Some of Nikon's and Pentax's gear makes my life a little easier vs using Canon.  Altho it's unlikely we hold much sway with the likes of Canon; they're still making a (lot) of money doing things the way they've always done.
The competition had to improve substantially just to get noticed, IMO. I think they've accomplished this.  Maybe they even improved their market share slightly.
But that consumer base is an important segment and I still don't see how that fight's going to change any.
I've heard more than one consumer type photog tell me that they've heard recent Nikon cameras are technically better but it didn't matter enough to them to buy one, their first SLR was a Rebel.  And they liked it.  And if any of them upgrade, they're likely to stay with what they know.
I think it takes more than just cash to switch to or add another system.  It takes a degree of courage and determination.  There's more learning to do, more things to remember.  That sounds like work and we can predict what most people think of that.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Announced
« on: February 19, 2013, 03:21:03 PM »
now available for pre-order from B&H in Sony, Nikon, Canon mount.

read somewhere else it's an expected March delivery

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:25:57 PM »
If it had the sensor quality of at least a Nikon 3200 and some revolutionary new AF system that would drastically reduce my f/1.8 lowlight misses, I would consider it.

Canon's new APS-C flagship better have at least the sensor performance of their main competitor's cheapest, entry-level, base camera.
Oh, if only they could...  :(

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