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Landscape / Re: Post your best weather pictures
« on: February 10, 2012, 11:54:14 AM »

Thanks, Nice.

I'll have to dig through my weather shots and post something. Maybe I'll go after my meteorologist friend to post some of his too. He does some pretty amazing shots -- and can explain exactly what's happening!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D on it's way out?
« on: February 10, 2012, 11:37:11 AM »

So, no, it doesn't mean a 7DII is coming soon.  Or, if you prefer, yes, it means that a 7DII is coming soon, just as surely as the upcoming storm we're expecting in the Northeast US was caused by a butterfly flapping it's wings in China.

Yes, bring the chaos, big brain!!

Given what I see in "the marketplace" at this point, I believe Canon is organizing their EOS line into two streams, both equally important (and probably equally profitable).

1. A well-defined 1.6 crop sensor line.

2. A somewhat less well-defined full-frame line.

The 1.6 line ranges from DSLR entry level (e.g. T3i) with some good trickle-down high end features to a high end (e.g. 7D) for serious enthusiasts and even some pros who need speed, reach, etc. I believe the IQ quality in this line exceeds what 99.99% of its users need.

The full frame line is defined by something like the new 1Dx that Canon keeps talking about at the top and lowering through some range of models to a 5D version that could be considered the full-frame entry level camera. This is where they try to provide the most desireable tools for the videography crowd, the landscapers who don't want to haul big MF and bigger LF stuff into the wilds, and both professionals and amateurs who can afford (and want) the best available for a wide variety of applications.

While it's fun to speculate about what technology and models may be in the future, I don't give much credence to anything that falls outside those parameters, at least for now. The 1.3 crop, for example, is out of the picture for now. That doesn't mean Canon can't come back with it if needed for some new strategy.

Personally, I plan to live in the 1.6 high end and the full-frame low end. I expect both lines to be reasonably well defined sometime this year. So I'll upgrade my trusty T2i (two years old now and going strong) to a 7D type camera. And I'll get a 5D type for the full frame. More than that I don't need.

Meanwhile I'll continue taking pictures and having great fun doing it.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6L IS [CR10]
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:37:41 PM »

Great!

Sure to get me an extra $50 when I sell it!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Need Help with Lightroom - Cuba Gallery
« on: February 09, 2012, 11:04:48 AM »

I see things that make me suspect it wasn't all done in LR.

Can't offer any more than that.

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Oh, this can only mean one thing...

1Dx MkII  ;D


FINALLY!

I feel like I've been waiting for years. Things are starting to come together now. I was talking to a guy in a bar the other night and he said the 1Dx MkII was mentioned on a Thai Web site he was reading.

Any speculation on announcement date?

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EOS Bodies / Re: When will Canon Meet The Market Demand?
« on: February 08, 2012, 11:42:31 AM »
I have been a long time Canon consumer and advocate however, they seem to be falling short with when it comes to releasing both the 5D MK3 and the 1DS MK 4. With the release of the Nikon D300 yesterday with a huge technical advancement and an affordable price I may be switching very soon.


How soon?

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The marketing satans LOVE these ping-pong people.

They sell everything at the drop of a press release to have the newest and best. If the competition ups the ante two months later, they hop to the other side of the net.

Dance to the tune, my friend, dance to the tune.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The next 5D: A new story from Dpreview
« on: February 06, 2012, 10:06:28 AM »
"Story from DPReview" is untrue, wrong, inaccurate and misleading.

A "story" would carry the DP Review imprimatur -- meaning the publication would have vetted it and would stand behind its accuracy and credibility. This is not a "story" in DP Review.

What's being "reported" here as a "story" is nothing more than a posting on a DP Review Forum. It's no more than "some guy said," what would be called hearsay in a courtroom.

Had this post been correctly labeled as "Someone in the DPReview Forum said..." I would not even have opened it.

Well, it is Monday morning!





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I'm not sure where attitudes like this come from. Canon doesn't 'hate' anybody or group of photographers, nor do they 'like' any. What they like is making money, and their product development plans are guided by what they believe will garner them the most profit.

I'm with big brain on this. Canon is a corporate entity devoid of any human emotion. Perhaps if you anthropomorphize the corporation it makes it easier to make your point -- but I don't see much validity in your point.

What you really seem to be saying is that you don't understand Canon's corporate strategy, given what you see in their products. All I can say to that is, welcome to the club!


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Conspirancy theories aside, this sounds like the thinking of a marketing department to me.


First time I ever heard "thinking" and "marketing department" in the same sentence.  In my experience, marketers take their orders directly from Satan -- no thinking necessary.

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Site Information / Re: How about a Weather section?
« on: February 05, 2012, 05:21:09 PM »

I second this.

The forecasting/reporting site Weatherunderground has 1.4 million images now. Many are good.

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Landscape / Re: Post your best HDR Photographs
« on: February 05, 2012, 03:17:21 PM »
Quote from: briansquibb
Leeds Castle, UK

I like that, Brian. Nice work!!

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EOS Bodies / Re: A guy used 1DX yesterday in Germany!!
« on: February 04, 2012, 10:09:55 PM »

No offense to those seriously yearning for a 1dx, but this is providing me with endless laughter.

Just the title of this post elevates this whole mythical camera to the level of the abominable snowman.

I hope the people in the world of photography, especially the business end, aren't seeing Canon as a laughingstock over all this.

With nothing invested myself, I will say I'm enjoying the whole comical show very much.

I predict the next sighting will be somewhere in the Azores.


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Canon General / Re: Truth in photography
« on: February 02, 2012, 08:49:01 PM »



Like good and evil, like light and dark, truth and non-truth coexist. Without one, there is no other.

This is just as true in photography as it is in Literature and journalism and philosophy and physics.

All photographs have truths, all have lies. How we interpret what we see determines where we draw the line.

All reality is simply what we percieve it to be. The purest image of what I see as reality is the light reflected off an object going directly into my eyes and interpreted by the brain. Even what our eyes see is not what the brain reports, even at the most fundamental level -- the eye sees everything upside down. I guess you'd call that the first RAW image. It's fundamentally unreadable without conversion.

For me, the truth of a photograph is the frozen moment. None of us sees everything that happens before our eyes in any given second (or portion of one). The photograph stops everything in that moment so my mind has a chance to catch up. I can look at a photograph for 10 full seconds if I like -- I can look at it for 10 minutes if I like. I can explore everything that was happening at that instant within range of the photograph's report.

The lie of the photograph is perhaps what happened the second before or the second after or what's hidden in the out of focus area or shadows. The lie can be what's not inside the frame. A picture of a man swinging a baseball bat may have outside the frame a baseball or another person. Who or what will take the hit?

Having worked in journalism, the first thing that occurs to me in this discussion is what you don't see. A photographer may make 500 images of a certain event. A photo editor determines what you, the reader, will see. So, perhaps 99% of the photo reporting is not seen. Does that make it a lie?

Like it or not, print publications alter images. They always have, and the Internet simply compounds the practice. I can't tell you how many times I bent over a light table looking at a color reversal image through a 10x loupe to make sure what was being published was what we wanted published.

Reality is only what we perceive it to be (and it's almost certainly not even that). Photography has a place in helping us determine our reality, but it has its limitations, as do all our discernment tools.

For me, I enjoy creating images and I enjoy viewing images. I give them the place I think they deserve on the truth/non-truth continuum -- and then I go on to the next image.

Maybe the next picture will be the one with real truth in it! The search goes on.

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Canon General / Re: Is it just me, or....
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:44:13 PM »
You didn't really think the photo contest/lens giveaway was just for fun, did you?

Traffic is the heartbeat of this site. Fortunately, knowledgeable, intelligent and pleasant social intercourse are the spirit.

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