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Lenses / Re: Nikon 14-24 Novoflex adapter
« on: March 17, 2013, 04:58:50 PM »
I'm using the 14-24, but on a D800, not with the adapter.
Great lens, low distortion, CA is manageable.
FWIW, I usually have it smacked over to the 14mm end all the time.

BUT, worth considering as an alternative, is the Samyang 14mm prime.  It does have a lot more distortion than the nikon zoom, but if you're shooting landscape you can usually work around that by keeping any straight lines running near the centerlines of the image.  It's sharper and less CA than the nikon zoom in the corners too. and 1/3 the price, or less.
I'm going to be evaluating whether or not I keep the zoom or just use a 14mm and 20mm prime instead.
Tough choice, that zoom sure is nice to use, even w-o any easy ND filter options.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 17, 2013, 03:54:41 AM »
(OP) If you are not making large prints, like posters, you aren't gaining anything with the D800..
I have seen/made gallery prints taken with everything from 5D, D700 to 5DmkII and D800, and unless you are talking about the finest detail that can't quite be reproduced by upscaling a 21/24mp image for poster prints you aren't going to be able to tell any significant difference in the output other than the difference created through post-processing.
If you just want to have that marginal detail whether you print big or not, like just in case you have/want to print big, then pick up something with higher mp...
I mean at the upper end of landscape photography, MF bodies, its not like everyone who shoots MF no longer owns or uses a DSLR. No capable mechanic only owns/uses one wrench...

Also remember that it is the accurate capture and reproduction of light and color that resolves detail, not mp.. but mp do give you a digitally larger image file.

(Note to Nikon trolls - your teenage Penthouse forum fantasy tales are boring.)

it's the post work, in some cases, that benefits from the reduced pattern noise afflicting some Canon bodies
..and it's more like missionaries ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Frustrated with Canon
« on: March 17, 2013, 03:44:36 AM »
Ya, this can be a tough crowd, especially if you're new here and the first posts you make can be construed to criticize Canon.

If you can justify using other equipment that works better for you, no need to look for supporting opinions, just use it.

If you have a 1ds3 to work with, unless you wore it out, what exactly was the benefit of the D800e for you?

FWIW, I added Nikon's D800/e and Pentax to my kit, dropped the disappointing Canon bodies.
If Canon doesn't bring out seriously better midrange bodies this year, I'll probably start dumping some of their glass too.  At least it's held it's value or even appreciated above what I paid for it from the pressure of their rather high pricing lately.
Seriously hoping a 7D2 or even 70D (and everything else they make) will have a sensor with greatly reduced pattern noise.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 16, 2013, 06:07:22 PM »
DO IT, no regrets! :)
I LUV my D800/E!

Sold off most of my under-performing Canon gear while still worth something and shoot mainly Nikon and Pentax now.
Still keeping a good pile of Canon glass and older bodies for now, hoping a 7D2 will be worth the wait and still considering a 6D when the price drops more.
Also, with a decent adapter, all those Nikon lenses can be mounted on a Canon and used manually, not a problem when shooting landscape or still life.

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.

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