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All things considered, Canon is coming under a lot of pressure to advance their sensors.  This is great for US!

You wish.

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: Today at 02:49:06 AM »
Great shots from all.  I also just returned from a stint in BC and the Alberta rockies.  Finally made it into Wells Gray provincial park.  The Helmcken falls are over 450 feet high and about 75 feet wide, maybe the highest in North America.
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450' is *small* for North America.

Upper Yosemite Falls is a 1,430' drop.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosemite_Falls

http://www.worldwaterfalldatabase.com/continent-tallest-waterfalls/North-America/

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Post Processing / Re: Digital "Enlarger"
« on: Today at 12:58:11 AM »
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So I was wondering why (as far as I could check) no one has ever produced and marketed a Digital enlarger? I would jump at the chance to stick my CF or Sd card in a digital enlarger and print pictures the old fashioned way  :-*
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Just change the print density of your output from 300dpi to 240dpi to 150dpi.. etc.

Then there is "uprezing" in PS and similar with bicubic expansion, etc.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:48:14 PM »
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Where the D750 does clobber the 5D3 is on price. I don't know when the 5D4 is coming out, but if it's not before Christmas then I think Canon should drop the price on the 5D3 to hold users over until the 5D4. The 5D3 really is priced too high right now even though build quality / UI would go to the 5D3 over the D750.

Yup. The pricing of the D750 shows just how much price gouging Canon has been involved in with the 5D3.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: iPhone 6 gets an Exmor
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:11:31 PM »
Apple consider themselves to be a premium brand so it makes sense that they would use the best sensor tech available.

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Lenses / Re: Shootout: EF 16-35 f/4L IS vs EF 17-40 f/4L
« on: September 29, 2014, 06:05:31 AM »
I love it how he reviews the Canon lenses using the Sony A7R.

Sign of the times and leading the way!!

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Lenses / Re: 50mm f/1.4 Canon vs. Sigma
« on: September 29, 2014, 01:58:53 AM »
I, too, am waiting for Canon to refresh the 50 1.4 with IS like they did with the 28 and 35.   Although, its the optical quality improvements that I'm really waiting for.  Canon's latest introductions from the 70-200 Mark II (ok, a few years old now), to the 24-70 Mark II, the 40 2.8 pancake, and the 35 2.0 IS have been impressively sharp wide open.  Canon needs a 50 that's also sharp wide open and they don't have one. 

Since "The Year of The Lens" is passing quickly, my hope is dwindling.  So, for the first time, I've started to consider Sigma.  I'm looking forward to the evolution of this thread.
+1, I am also waiting for a sharp wide open Canon 50mm  and I want to indicate that I have owned all Canon 50's and I have not been happy with them. A new 50mm on par with the 35mm f2IS would be great or a renewed 50mm f1.2L.

A renewed 50/1.2L will be much more expensive than the current 50/1.2L and thus much more expensive than the Sigma 50/Art.

A renewed 50/1.4 may not even be "1.4" but rather "1.8" or "2.0" but with the addition of IS. Unless Canon wants to canabilize sales of the 50/1.2L, a newer 50mm from Canon won't have better IQ than the 50/1.2L and thus will not have better IQ than the Sigma.

Answer: if you're upset with the 50/1.4's IQ then get the Sigma because Canon won't come near it for a very long time.

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Read this page:

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/filming.htm

That should be pretty self explanatory. And if you have any questions after reading that, contact the NFS/NPS directly.

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What next - Canon belt buckles from D&G for your camera strap?

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: September 28, 2014, 01:40:27 AM »
Rundle Mountain as seen across Vermilion Lake, Banff NP, AB

For the mountain to be the subject of the picture it is awfully small bump.

Maybe just title this "Vermillion Lake"

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Talk of an October Announcement of a DSLR [CR1]
« on: September 28, 2014, 01:37:58 AM »
To all the people threatening to jump from Canon to Sony/Nikon...

When you bought your Canon camera, it was obviously because you needed/wanted its performance.  It was good enough.  Now suddenly it's not good enough?  Did it deteriorate in quality?  You bought a camera because its performance was what sought, and now its performance (which is the exact same as when you bought it) is not good enough?  Y'all make me laugh.  Hah.

So what you're saying is that all of the people that own a 7D don't need to update to a 7DII?
That if you own a 5DII you should never have updated to a 5DIII?
That's there no reason to upgrade from 60D to 70D?
and so on.

If you are going to argue against changing vendor because the camera bought was "good enough" at the time then that is also an argument against upgrading without changing vendor. Is that really your argument?

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Talk of an October Announcement of a DSLR [CR1]
« on: September 27, 2014, 01:50:07 PM »
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People match their needs with what they can get. Day by day. The day Canon launched the 5D the Nikon crowd demanded a FF camera. The day Canon launched the 5DII the Nikon crowd demanded a film-capable Nikon DSLR.
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You got something wrong here. Nikon's D90 (27-08-2008) was the first DSLR that did video, Canon's 5DII (17-09-2008) was the second.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Talk of an October Announcement of a DSLR [CR1]
« on: September 27, 2014, 01:46:09 PM »
As a 12 year Canon DSLR shooter and someone whose shooting style has changed over the last few years, I'm kind of tired of waiting for Canon. When I bought my 5D3 in the launch month, it was fantastic and I was very happy with it. It was a nice evolutionary step up from my 5D2. It also had a great focusing system that worked for the airshow stuff I like to do in the spring and fall. For some of the subjects I shoot today it's still a great choice.

However over the last almost 3 years, the subjects I shoot most often have changed and my shooting style has evolved. I'm doing a lot more natural landscape and architectural exterior stuff now and Canon has simply not kept up with those new requirements. As I look at my evolving needs for high dynamic range and detail, Canon does not make a camera body that fills those needs; they have ceded that market to competitors.

Last spring I was ready to dump all my Canon gear and switch over to a Nikon D610 & D800e and then I saw the option with the Sony a7R. It gave me the same sensor performance the Nikon D800e would offer but also allowed me to keep using my Canon glass investment which I'm extremely happy with. It's certainly rigged up a little with the Metabones adapter but it created a 'bridge' for me for one more year in hopes that Canon would finally start paying attention to that segment of the market and deliver something interesting. On my last 3 dedicated photography trips including one last weekend to Montana, the Canon never got a single click on the shutter- every shot was taken with the Sony with Canon glass on it.

However, I'm not happy with this Franken-Camera model and won't stay with it much longer. I love the image quality I get out of the Sony when it's dropped on a tripod, but it's just not a practical choice for much handheld. It's also way too slow at absolutely everything it does so it's going to have to go. If the subject is moving, it's terrible.

If by spring of next year, Canon has not delivered a viable competitive solution I'll be jumping platforms and have one hell of an epic eBay auction. They have just ceded that part of the market to competitors and have given no indications that they care about that space.

The key word above is 'delivered' not just talked about something they are thinking about. I won't be prepared to play a stalling game to drag it out even further. If they have not shipped something competitive with a D810 or similar on both features and price I'll likely jumping ship.

This will be me in the next 12 months, 100% guranteed.

I've been doing Canon for about twice as long, if not more and brand loyalty isn't paying off.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Talk of an October Announcement of a DSLR [CR1]
« on: September 26, 2014, 03:09:56 PM »
To all the people threatening to jump from Canon to Sony/Nikon...

When you bought your Canon camera, it was obviously because you needed/wanted its performance.  It was good enough.  Now suddenly it's not good enough?  Did it deteriorate in quality?  You bought a camera because its performance was what sought, and now its performance (which is the exact same as when you bought it) is not good enough?  Y'all make me laugh.  Hah.

I bought my Canon DSLR because it worked with the lenses I already had from using film and back in the film days, you didn't buy cameras based on sensor performance. At the time I switched over from film to digital, Canon was at the top of the DxO rankings for DSLRs in APS-C and FF.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Talk of an October Announcement of a DSLR [CR1]
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:01:02 PM »
So?

I've seen other websites mentioning that there are rumors going around about other Canon bodies (esp. mirrorless variants) and yet there's nothing here. Do I take this to mean that CR just doesn't publish them (because they're CR0) or that people just don't send CR all rumor info? And if it is the latter then that definitely opens things up to ppl not sending rumors to CR about a high MP Canon FF DSLR.

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