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Camera Body Gallery / This sensor is holy
« on: July 13, 2013, 09:13:28 AM »
In a shot that the camera got to choose the metering, I noticed a pattern in the noise on the bottom edge: a cross. I can only presume to mean that this camera or sensor has been blessed!

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Lenses / dpreview reviews the Tamron 24-70/2.8 Di VC
« on: May 22, 2013, 07:58:22 AM »
http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/tamron-24-70mm-2p8-vc-usd

Review used 5D Mark II

"Overall, we're extremely impressed with the Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 VC. It demonstrates that it's entirely possible to add an effective image stabilization system to a lens of this type without a significant drop in quality elsewhere. The optics are excellent, the autofocus fast, silent and accurate, and the build quality very good indeed.

Overall the Tamron comes so close to the much more expensive non-stabilized Canon and Nikon lenses, both optically and operationally, that it's difficult to see why most enthusiast photographers might choose to buy them instead. That's not to say that there aren't any differences - the Tamron's not quite so quick at focusing, and chances are it's not as well weathersealed - but quite simply it offers much better value for your money."


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Or do Canon just ignore it?

But for some reason, I can't see how they can... once professionals see the difference in the output, they're going to be going back to Canon for a "tell me why I can't do this with what you sell me for $12,000", Canon is going to need to come up with an answer.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Why do we buy Canon? What idiots are we?
« on: April 27, 2013, 01:11:52 AM »
Every time Canon comes out with a new DLSR that isn't a top-end camera, it is always a question of "what have Canon cut out of it to make it different to the more expensive thing." It is as if they are protecting some sort of imagined status of those with the most expensive models by allowing them to have a "something" that the purchasers of the cheaper cameras do not.

Then you look at other companies, for example, Nikon, and what do you see? The design for their autofocus system from their top model (D4) camera ends up being in the consumer edition cameras (D7100.) Not only that, you find interesting innovation that benefits photography such as different auto-ISO ranges to coincide with focal length and so on, vs the latest consumer bling that Canon delivers.

Does purchasing a Canon camera somehow require you to have a lobotomy and become an imbecile? Or is that the prerequisite for actually buying Canon these days?

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Australia / Anyone buy from graysonline?
« on: April 01, 2013, 05:44:13 AM »
Graysonline Canon pages:
http://www.graysonline.com/search.aspx?q=canon&r=8173.4294965937%2c199999.200109&page=3

Does anyone buy from these guys?

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Lenses / FoV difference between Tamron 70-300VC and Canon 70-300L
« on: February 18, 2013, 09:33:12 AM »
I was wondering if there is anyone else out there that has shot with both of these lenses and noticed the rather substantial field of view (FoV) difference between the two lenses.

If the Tamron is 300mm at 300mm then it feels like the Canon is maybe 290 or 280. A brick wall or newspaper test makes this very readily apparent.

Has anyone else noticed this?

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Canon General / Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 16, 2013, 06:23:02 AM »
One of the camera stores local to the Australian Open is offering store members the chance to buy a ticket (less than $100) and shoot from court-side with Canon folks there to help if required.

Now that's something that buying from Internet-only store fronts won't get you!

Do other stores offer similar opportunities?

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Animal Kingdom / I'll take your cat and raise you a kangaroo...
« on: January 13, 2013, 03:40:59 AM »
I'll take your cat and raise you a kangaroo...

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Sports / It's just not cricket
« on: January 11, 2013, 09:26:05 AM »
Apologies for the focus but there simply wasn't time to wait for correct focus while this was going on...

... if you don't follow cricket, this photo is meaningless to you.

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Abstract / What is this?
« on: January 11, 2013, 08:33:05 AM »
Camera quiz.. What is this and what camera is it from?

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PowerShot / Canon SX50 Review - Best Superzoom yet.
« on: January 07, 2013, 10:30:21 AM »
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/canon_sx_50_review.shtml
...
"But what about image quality, Isn't something with a small sensor and a crazy zoom range too much of an IQ compromise?"
"No, it's no longer as big a compromise as it used to be".
...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Is it hard not to buy 3rd party lenses now?
« on: December 22, 2012, 09:44:58 AM »
In the last 12 to 24 months we've seen an array of new lenses from Tamron and Sigma that seem to be laying down the gauntlet to Canon/Nikon in the area of providing good IQ that perhaps started with the 50/1.4 from Sigma. Why the Sigma 50/1.4? Because it tests better than both the Canon and Nikon equivalents albeit, it is more expensive however when Canon replaces the 50/1.4 with a 50/1.4 IS, the Sigma will be cheaper.

But if we look elsewhere, what do we see?
Sigma's new 35/1.4 delivers better IQ than either Canon or Nikon for substantially less.
Tamron's 24-70/2.8 bests Canon's version 1 and is almost comparable to version 2 at almost half the price.
And so on.

Maybe 5 years ago when there was no alternative to the IQ of Canon's lenses it made sense to have a full kit of Canon lenses but today surely you'd have to ask yourself why you were willing to pay a premium for a different name.

Is the smart shooter now only buying maybe one or two Canon lenses and at least the same if not more 3rd party?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon patent for digital back for 35mm SLR
« on: December 17, 2012, 11:43:41 PM »
Ok, if Nikon do this and it will fit into a Canon SLR, I'm going to find myself a 1V or EOS-33 and wait..

http://nikonrumors.com/2012/12/17/nikon-patents-a-digital-back-for-35mm-film-slr-cameras.aspx/

... or maybe I'll just go out and get a F6.

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