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Canon General / Re: DxOMark vs. Reality
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:31:52 AM »

If money was not an object, would you buy a D4 or a D600?    According to Dx0marks you are an idiot if you buy the D4 because the D600 is vastly a better scoring camera...

Well I can definitely say that I wouldn't buy a D4 - or a 1DX. They're just too big and bulky!

But I think you're mistaking DxO for rating cameras when what they do is rate sensors.

It's up to each individual how important the sensor rating is to their decision making about purchasing a digital camera.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:13:37 AM »
Even after all of the outrage, so far as I know Instagram have not presented a new, fixed, TOS. So why they released a press release to "talk" to people, they appear to have not fixed the actual problem.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best panorama photo stitching software.
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:11:24 AM »
I downloaded PTgui and hugin. Both are quite complex. hugin delivers visibly inferior results to PTgui and Microsoft's ICE from a "lock and load" perspective. hugin's interface is crazy.

Given that I have never seen Microsoft's ICE deliver the wrong output, I can't see any reason for me to use PTgui, especially since ICE is free and PTgui is not.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best panorama photo stitching software.
« on: December 19, 2012, 07:33:49 AM »
Another vote for Microsoft's "Image Composite Editor" (ICE).

It is a free download from Microsoft's website and in my experience, has produced better results than Photoshop and other tools that I've tried.


http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ice/

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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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Canon General / Re: DxOMark vs. Reality
« on: December 17, 2012, 01:44:01 AM »
I prefer to look at trends rather than specific points in time, i.e I'm more interested in knowing if Canon/Nikon's DSLR share is growing/shrinking than what specific percentage it is.

That's fine, as long as you realize that one quarter does not equal a trend...  FWIW, Canon has gained market share at Nikon's expense for the past 5 years or so.

Well it is hard to see Canon maintaining its sales numbers without continued fire sales of (for example) the 5D3 at a discount of over $500 of the MSRP. Or one might say that such fire sales are evidence that vendors are struggling to sell 5D3 stock at MSRP and that Canon sales numbers will suffer if they don't happen.

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Canon General / Re: DxOMark vs. Reality
« on: December 16, 2012, 07:06:00 PM »
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Consider - there's an election, at the end of which (hanging chads notwithstanding), there's a winning candidate and a losing candidate. 'Winner' is based on a count of votes.  You voted for the candidate you thought was 'the best'...but that candidate may not have won.  You're entitled to your opinion, and if you picked the losing candidate, that doesn't invalidate your opinion. But at the end of the counting, you need to understand that the candidate you liked best lost, and your opinion is in the minority.

Note that in elections, the outcome of who wins can be more complex where a person can win without having a overall majority of people vote in their favour.  Elections are just another analogy that fails as you could just as easily argue that it is not always the best person or the person with the best policies that wins but rather the person that sells themselves and their policies the best, meaning that a good percentage of people had the wool pulled over their eyes (i.e the winner should not have won.)

But really, lets not drag politics into discussion about cameras.

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But there was an election, with a winner and a loser...and Canon has sold more cameras than Nikon.

I prefer to look at trends rather than specific points in time, i.e I'm more interested in knowing if Canon/Nikon's DSLR share is growing/shrinking than what specific percentage it is.

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Canon General / DxO Mark explained
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:40:54 AM »
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/dxomark_sensor_for_benchmarking_cameras2.shtml

... includes specific discussion relating to Canon's "flatlining" in sensor performance and that the 5D3 bests the D800 above ISO 3200.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS Resolution Test
« on: December 14, 2012, 10:37:55 PM »
...The new Canon 35/2 IS is attractive to me because of its smaller size & weight and IS...

Ditto!

The original 35/f2 without IS is even smaller and lighter and still has almost equal IQ :D

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS Resolution Test
« on: December 14, 2012, 10:43:25 AM »
I'd be curious to see how they all perform at, say, f/8.0

I  would never thought buying a f.1ish prime and shoot at f.4, 8 or 11?  Never hurt to ask ;D

No lens is sharpest wide open and typically all lenses produce their best IQ somewhere between f/5.6 and f/8.0

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS Resolution Test
« on: December 14, 2012, 08:07:13 AM »
I'd be curious to see how they all perform at, say, f/8.0

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Lenses / Re: EF 800 f/5.6L IS II & Other Big Lenses
« on: December 06, 2012, 06:43:47 PM »
Those 1.4x knobs and bulges are going to create challenges for compact storage of multiple lenses into bags.

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Does this mean that Amazon is flouting the MAP rule or that Amazon is not an authorised re-seller of Canon cameras? Or are Amazon being creative, e.g.:

Price: To see product details, add this item to your cart. You can always remove it later. Why don't we show the price? This item qualifies for 2% back in Rewards, and Free Super Saver Shipping. Details Special Offers Available

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« on: November 28, 2012, 06:40:42 PM »
What is the price of this lens?

The review seems to say $2099 but the canonrumors blurb mentions $1499.

The price at B&H is $1499

Ah, from the review:

"This lens has an MSRP of $2099.00 in Canada. Street price will obviously be below that number, but we’ll have to wait and see where the photo dealers price it."

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