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Reviews / dpreview: Heavy Hitters: 2014 High-end Full-Frame Camera Roundup
« on: December 11, 2014, 05:24:46 AM »

We recommend: Nikon D750

All things considered, even though we're not quite done testing it, the D750 may be the best DSLR we've ever used.

Third Party Manufacturers / Reviewing Olympus 40-150/2.8
« on: December 09, 2014, 07:40:35 AM »

Yup, I know, it isn't a Canon review or a lens that will fit on Canon but the review is worth reading as both the reviewer and site owner are willing to experiment with new equipment, even if it means not getting the shot, e.g. from the review:

Last year Michael used the Olympus E-M1 in Antarctica and missed some crucial images because he was using 4/3 lenses that did not use the Dual Phase-Contrast auto focus.  By the time the lens focused, the shot was gone.  This was most noticeable when shooting a whale breaching against a dark ocean background.  I am convinced with the 40-150mm and 12-40mm Olympus Pro Lenses that this kind of shot won’t be missed this year when I take this gear to Antarctica.

... it is reviews like this where you find people talking about the bleeding edge of photography - included what blood was drawn!

But you've got to wonder, what would a EF 80-300/2.8 look like?
and how big would it be, etc?

Third Party Manufacturers / Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 08:29:44 AM »
People here talk about not knowing anyone that buys Nikon and how Nikon is always making a loss and how Nikon cameras don't rate as well as Canon on Amazon, etc ...

Co-worker is planning their holiday and wanted the best camera to take on holiday and went with a D810 plus lenses.

My input into the buying decision? Didn't know that she was shopping until she mentioned what she'd bought.

Do they shoot sports? No
Do they shoot birds? No
What photographs will he take? Typical tourist pics.

When asked why she wanted the Nikon D810 her answer was simple: "I just want the best IQ."

No, I'm not making it up.

(Reposted because someone decided to be pedantic, so I've corrected for their pedantry.)

Reviews / dpreview's 2014 roundup reviews
« on: December 04, 2014, 08:40:07 AM »
dpreview often does a 'roundup' set of reviews for holiday season buying advice ...

Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2014)

- no Canon camera in the running.

Enthusiast DSLR camera roundup (2014)
- two Canon cameras but neither of them are (currently) a "finalist"

Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014)
- no Canon camera in the running.

High-end pocketable compacts roundup (2014)
- Canon G7X is a runner up.

Reviews / Lens cap review: (Exploding) Hama 77mm lens caps
« on: November 30, 2014, 08:37:22 AM »
During recent photography outings, I've had Canon lens caps knocked off or just plain fallen off my camera whilst over my shoulder. At the time there wasn't a store that stocked Canon parts close by so I went 3rd party.

At first the lens caps were good - good fit, integrated thread point with elastic to go around the lens (I always remove these because a hanging lens cap that swings whilst attached to a lens just destabilises the lens.) Then there was the bad - the Hama lens caps interfere with some of the Canon lens hoods.

Then there was the really bad.

What's the really bad?

When Hama lens caps fall off, they shatter. The lens cap on the right is what happened the first time one fell off my lens and landed on pavement. The lens cap on the left is the second that fell onto stone work and whilst it didn't disintegrate like the first, plastic in the red marked areas broke off.

Height of both falls: roughly 4' (camera over shoulder, etc.)

What concerns me is that these lens caps share the same design as Canon's newer lens caps and that it may be the extra bits of plastic that are meant to flex that don't flex so well and explode.

Review summary: don't buy Hama lens caps unless you absolutely have no other choice and replace them ASAP once that is possible.

From a sonyalpharumors post is this image:

Third Party Manufacturers / Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:59:16 AM »

If this camera had come from Canon or Nikon (or any of the established players) we'd all be changing our underwear, we'd be so excited. So, read-up on the specs wherever you find them online, but let's dive in and see what all these amazing features mean in the real world, and how well they perform.

This high IQ may well be attributable to the fact that this sensor is the industry's first APS-C sized chip with back side illumination.

Lenses / 24-105 IS STM: Better IQ than 24-105L?
« on: November 12, 2014, 08:57:32 AM »
Whilst there are no reviews of the 24-105 IS STM out yet, TDP has make it possible to easily compare the MTF graphs:

My take on the two lenses thus far is that the STM lens appears to have much better IQ ("on paper"). The selling off of the 24-105L during the year for cheap prices kind of backs this up as vendors (and Canon?) have been dumping stock of a lens that may well have been surpassed by a cheaper model Sure, the new lens isn't constant f/4 across the entire zoom range and isn't "L" quality but aside from really cheap lenses ("Hello 50/1.8!"), Canon generally doesn't make low quality lenses any more.

It'll be interesting to see what people think when real reviews start rolling in, that's for sure!

This rumor:
caught my eye for a couple of reasons:
* better IQ than the current A7 series sensor (!)
* completely new cameras designed to compete with the 5D3 - including AF capability

*IF* Sony can deliver that, then where is Canon going to be left standing considering that its sensor is seriously lagging? Especially in performance below ISO 800. Sony have also licked shadow noise and suffer no banding.

Site Information / Advertising choice brilliant
« on: November 07, 2014, 11:55:57 PM »
How is the choice to decide which ad to display made?

Video & Movie / Who is shooting in 4k?
« on: October 24, 2014, 06:48:10 PM »
Movie trailers on various websites are now often available in 4K video resolution for people to download or watch online.

Yes, that is completely different from being able to access complete 4k movies but it is a start and shows that movie houses are now shooting and developing in 4k.

Portrait / Can we identify this man?
« on: September 21, 2014, 12:08:50 PM »
From the "photos of photographers" thread, the attached photo popped up.

This man is committing a crime against the blonde in front of him.

Does anyone know if this man has been identified?

If not, does anyone know when it was taken?
Which car show it was taken at?

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