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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: More body upgrade from 40d questions???
« on: August 08, 2013, 06:11:55 PM »
100-400 is a decent lens, certainly worked well on a 7D but a little less effective on my 40D.
60D works OK with it but falls between 40 and 7 in performance and accuracy from my experience with those combos.
I'd certainly consider the new 70-300L tho, it just wasn't around when i bought the 100-400mm.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6d focusing screen comparison please
« on: August 08, 2013, 06:08:33 PM »
I used the Eg-D in my 5d2.
I preferred having the lines in the viewfinder as a composition aid, they helped me get my horizons closer to horizontal or to better balance wide angle shots where vertical lines were tilting inwards and looked better if balanced. :)
I'd recommend it.
I pulled it out before I sold my 5d2 so I could use it in a 6D if I bought one.

i merely used live view instead of the Eg-S to really see what I was getting.  Tho that sometimes had me with a big black blanket to block out bright ambient light so I could better see the display.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: More body upgrade from 40d questions???
« on: August 07, 2013, 02:28:22 AM »
40d is a great older camera, I still use mine for various types of shooting.
60d is a wee bit better in that the extra resolution can come in handy for landscapes and I like the flip screen for close-up work sometimes.  It's also got better hi ISO performance than the 40d; you could use 3200 if you needed to.
7d gets you an improved AF system and faster frame rate but can have limitations in image quality compared to the previous two for landscape shots. (many 7d's have rather noisy shadow areas if you do any significant shadow push in post)

You've got some good glass already, and I agree with pj1974's lens recommendations and advice.

Canon's 10-22 is a good UWA crop zoom lens (I had one, liked it) and so is Sigma's 10-20mm variable aperture one (I have it and like it too) for less money.

I'd keep using your 40d and develop your skills while waiting to see how the new 70d performs and maybe even wait until next year to see how the 7d2 will perform.

So, this is essentially what I'm doing too; I sold my 7d and my 5d2 while they had good resale value and and kept my 40d and a 60d while I wait to see if the newest bodies will actually be significant and worthwhile upgrades.
I'd really like an improved version of the 7d with better image quality, reduced raw file noise and maybe even an AF system with more AF points like the 5d3.
The 6D with 24-105mm kit is tempting, and quite good, but I've moved to the competition to better meet my full frame requirements.

Canon General / Re: Canon Camera Sales Down in Q2, Imaging Revenue Up
« on: August 04, 2013, 01:32:40 PM »
What happens when your camera DOES stop functioning, and results are impossible?

backup bodies cover that

I wouldn't haul a D800 out for anything action related.

yes, it's a little slow on fps but so's a 5d2.  most of my subject matter only moves when the wind blows. :)
I kept a 7d for speed until I dumped it last year. Waiting to see what a 7d2 will be like, or even the 70d. 40d, 60d, and some old rebels still back some Canon glass for now but rarely get used.
For everything else, d800/5100 and k52s work just fine and I no longer have to deal with dreaded pattern noise.

I DO miss the 7d when trying for BIF shots, especially in low light.

But that's the thing, I select my gear for specific kinds of shooting.
If I wanted an all-round, general-purpose body I'd have to make compromises...
I don't like compromises.

File sizes are not an issue either. I capture a small jpg with each raw, use those for a quick catalog to review shots to select for post.
Most post software will also allow you to batch-process so if you have at least a reasonably capable computer, you can continue to edit while running a batch.

So, other than limited fps, but not significantly different from previous canon FF, I've not heard of any significant impediments to using a d800 in the real world.

Canon General / Re: Canon Camera Sales Down in Q2, Imaging Revenue Up
« on: August 03, 2013, 01:57:28 PM »
..Making a brand choice comes down to more than hardware offerings, hardware quality, etc.

While that's true I don't make a purchasing choice based primarily on how something is likely to fail and be repaired.
I need results more than some sense of long term security so I can afford to choose accordingly.

I've also had good experiences with Canon when it comes to service and support. (Tho they asked me to keep quiet when I found a significant bug in their DPP software)

I've also had good experience with Nikon service and support, altho they had to finally acknowledge that they could not fix the d5100's tilt issue. (module replacement only, no fine adjustment possible)

I'm still interested in what sort of real-world limitations the D800 may have that some people have hinted at but not substantiated. I haven't found any in my use of them.  There was only a learning curve of getting used to how they do some things differently.

Canon General / Re: Canon Camera Sales Down in Q2, Imaging Revenue Up
« on: August 03, 2013, 02:14:10 AM »
the D800 series had too many real life usability issues..

I'd love to know what these are, just so I might avoid running into them.
I don't have to rely on my d800/e to make a living, I like using them because they get me the shot I want with a more maleable raw file than anything else. So I'm very curious about what you find to be, "real life usability issues."  IMO, they're the least-compromised and most affordable high quality imaging machine available for my needs.

..moved away from Nikon because of its terrible QC and some hugely hurting design flaws in the D600 and D800 bodies.

I think all mfrs have had their share of QC issues, perhaps Nikon a bit more visibly so lately, but I've had nothing worse than one oil droplet show up on a d800's sensor and the d5100's do regularly vex me with misaligned mirrors that cause tilted shots compared to the viewfinder yet some people will say that's nitpicking.  I don't like the d600's merely because of how they (don't) fit my hand.
I've not had any AF or other issues in my early model d800s; they work so well they make me smile when I use them.

Canon General / Re: Canon Testing a 75+ Megapixel EOS-1 Body? [CR1]
« on: July 24, 2013, 03:28:11 PM »
There's no perfect system for everything, which is why I use 3 of the majors (I'm a PentNikCan shooter).  It's taken some time to learn them all and get used to their individual pros and cons but it's been enlightening, worthwhile, and enjoyable for me.

Where I have to give Canon top kudos is their user manuals.
At least all the english ones I've read.

They're much better written, IMO, than the Nikon and Pentax manuals I've read within the last few years.  (I haven't had a recent Panasonic or Sony to compare.)
If a new user takes the time to completely read a Canon manual, cover-to-cover, they'd learn a LOT, even if they aren't using a Canon camera.

For this reason, I can still recommend Canon to a new user, they'd likely find it a less frustrating and more intuitive introduction to DSLR shooting.  Someone with more experience would do well, possibly better, with one of the alternatives, depending on what their intent was for such gear.

This kind of thing can result in more sales. and, once in, likely repeat customers.
Mfrs should really give more thought to how well their manuals are written - that's if the buying demographic still READS paper manuals...  All too often I see questions on various forums that are well documented in the basic user manuals.

Canon General / Re: Canon Testing a 75+ Megapixel EOS-1 Body? [CR1]
« on: July 23, 2013, 04:00:32 AM »

Good sensors yes, and yet they consistently sell less than Canon...
sales ≠ superiority
Longevity maybe (beta vs vhs?)

If Nikon could actually build a decent body, with decent ergonomics and UI to put that sensor in, they could become a threat to Canon's market position.

Nothing wrong with Nikon bodies, ergonomics are different, not necessarily inferior. Canon isn't necessarily the superior one here either.  I really prefer my Pentax K52s and D800 ergo to MOST Canon's.  OTOH, I can't stand Nikon's D600 or D7x00 series ergo.

Have to agree about the UI tho, looks like someone who can't speak english or think clearly put together the darn menus in most of their cameras...  They're nowhere near as intuitive as other mfr's UI like Canon, Panasonic or Pentax.

  Although they'd need to work on their lenses too, the only shining point in that lineup is the 14-24/2.8, admittedly great, but beyond that they don't have anything notable.
Really?  the 14-24 is pretty good but has its flaws.
note the performance of the recent 70-200/4 VR, it's PDG!
Again, their lenses don't always perform the same as Canon's, neither do Pentax.  That makes them more different than anything.  I've found that all 3 major mfrs have very good lenses and some that are not so good.
It's not all about ultimate sharpness and lack of CA, those are very important, but so are appealing bokeh and little details like (micro-)contrast and handling.

I do not think your anti-Nikon arguments are solidly conclusive, they're more like your personal opinion.
Which you're entitled to express. ;)
Until about 2 years ago, I would have been inclined to strongly agree with your opinion.
What a difference a gear (change) or 2 makes.

And nikon lenses mount funny.  ;D

I'll give you that!  ???
2 CW systems and one CCW that I use, the Nikon way to mount lenses just feels backwards.
but it still holds the lens on.

EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrading from the Rebel XSi: Perpetual indecision
« on: July 20, 2013, 03:49:30 AM »
XSi's a good little camera, I still keep a couple of them around even after selling a 60D and my 7D (&5d2) that underwhelmed.

Nothing wrong with staying with a crop body for most shooting; e.g. the 60D performs quite a lot better than the XSi for high ISO and AF is tad better.
You may want to give strong consideration to the new 70D.  It'll have the old 7D's AF which was pretty decent and much better and more versatile than the XSi's.  You'll have a swivel screen and video, faster shooting and many more things which will be useful.

If the 70D isn't hampered by Canon's usual (fixed pattern) low-iso noise issues is may be your best option with most features-bang/buck.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 18-35mm 1.8
« on: July 18, 2013, 02:50:04 AM »
Needless to say, mines just been ordered :)

I'll have to see bokeh quality first, and the optical stabilization of the OEM lens can more than make the difference in handheld shooting at times.

5d3's feature set and hi iso seems just fine if I were to have one but I won't buy another Canon any-body until their base ISO is as least as clean and low noise as it is in a $400 Nikon d5100.  Flame away, I'm wearing my zirconia coat.

When I look for inspiration I often find it in the stunning images produced by the winners of dpreview challenges.

Rarely has a BIG name created as much of an impression as the passionate work of talented, and sometimes just lucky, amateurs.

Thanks for the lighting tips, Scott Kelby.

@Fleetie - thanks for doing the test.... I'll take a bow :)
(IMO) This is a swindle that's perpetrated to persuade people to continue buying fast glass.

Thanks guys, I've actually learned something. :)
Knew about the acceptance angle issues of pixels but didn't know a sensitivity tweak was happening w-o me knowing about it when using a very wide aperture setting.
It's not a shooting scenario I often use, typically at f/2.0 or smaller aperture.  But now I know about it if necessary.

I was handling the X20, sort of liked it... but not really - feel and ergonomics just weren't quite right for me.  And those menus will take some time to get used to as well.

X-E1 was more appealing and then rumor of an even lower cost body coming... so I waited.
Glad to see the X-M1 has arrived, tho bummer, it lacks a viewfinder.
Will have to handle both X-E1 and X-M1s again to see which I would prefer.
Since shooting with D800E and K-5 IIs I really like the no AA filter crispness and the Fuji's are looking to provide similarly good results and will likely have a bit less false-color problems than the AA-less-Bayer types.

yup, 2013's a very good year for camera tech geeks. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: July 01, 2013, 02:19:11 PM »
A more accurate statement would be that after nearly four years, competitors have finally started to catch up to Canon.

Perhaps more accurate still is that the competitors, especially Sony and their sensors as partnered with Nikon, Pentax and Fuji, have significantly OUTPACED Canon's development in the last 5 yrs.

Canon's DSLRs have provided very good performance, especially at higher ISO since they implemented their CMOS sensor WAY back.  However, since the intro of Nikon's D90 about 5 yrs ago, the competition has steadily improved low iso read performance (& hi iso to a perhaps lesser extent) to such a level that Canon now has an obvious handicap in the fixed pattern noise department.

Whether or not you find this an issue for your own work is not the point, it's just a fact.  I'd like a replacement for my 7d that I can also press into high DR landscape use with fewer limitations.

I'm eager to see if Canon has pulled at least the ears of a rabbit out of a hat with the 70D.

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