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EOS Bodies - For Stills / dpreview: 70D Dual Pixel PDAF review
« on: October 10, 2013, 11:48:17 PM »

Overall, our testing makes it appear the 70D's Dual Pixel AF gives most of the speed advantage of conventional phase detection AF and most of the accuracy benefits of contrast detection, but doesn't quite manage to offer all of both.


Sadly Dual Pixel AF is only really used for single image AF or movie shooting (see the movie page to see how it does). If you need continuous autofocus with tracking, you have to use the 70D's conventional AF system.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Where is the Canon 7D successor?
« on: October 08, 2013, 07:46:12 PM »
Pentax's latest toy, the K-3 has more fps, more AF points, more MP, better metering, better viewfinder, USB 3.0, new AA feature ...

And what has Canon given us recently? ...

Not even any rumors that would compete or beat that except for 2 more fps...

Lenses / EOS Cinema lenses for photography?
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:29:28 PM »
Has anyone used the EOS Cinema lens series for standard photography?
Good? Bad?

Site Information / Redirect from fails
« on: September 05, 2013, 06:59:08 PM »
with a 404

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!

Lenses / dpreview reviews the Tamron 24-70/2.8 Di VC
« on: May 22, 2013, 07:58:22 AM »

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."

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.

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?

Australia / Anyone buy from graysonline?
« on: April 01, 2013, 05:44:13 AM »
Graysonline Canon pages:

Does anyone buy from these guys?

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?

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?

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...

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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