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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MK3 vs. D800 - fredmiranda
« on: April 28, 2012, 11:57:03 AM »
From that review, it is this page:


That is most interesting. Why?

Because about half way down, they take the same shot from the D800/5D3 and 100% crop of the shadows.

The image from the Canon sensor is as noisy as all hell (splotchy? banded?) whereas the Nikon one is noise free. That tells me that Canon still haven't fixed the noise issues that were integral with the 5D2.

That's now got me working out whether I can fit a D800E plus lenses into my budget because it just miles ahead of anything that Canon is doing or can demonstrate. The only thing that will dissuade me from expanding my camera and lens portfolio is if the 1DX is clean with similar treatment as that would mean that Canon does have the technology required and that they just haven't applied it to the 5D3's sensor.

That photo, of the lack of shadow noise from the D800 is all that I need to see to know how good the D800 sensor is. I don't need to look at any DxO charts or anything else. Time to add a D800E, shutter release and pair of lenses to my kit and forget about my Canon stuff because the D800 simply is that much better.

EOS Bodies / EF-S lenses?
« on: April 28, 2012, 10:37:33 AM »
If Canon continues to push FF further down into its product range, what does that mean for EF-S lenses?
Do they become the bridging lens format used by APS-C cameras until FF was affordable?
Or do they get supported by some sort of small NEX-like mirrorless camera?

So the digital camera market is eating itself alive?

If APS-C is going to become the mirror-less format of choice for prosumers and in a few years, FF picks up where APS-C used to be (~$1500), then life will be interesting.

In the pursuit of more megapixels, he who has the larger sensor wins. So for the consumer that always wants more megapixels, the FF camera should always be able to win (all else being equal) so if you don't have a FF sensor camera, then you can't compete above a certain price point. Catch is, not too many people printing FF CMOS sensors so ....

This may push some out of the market, to fold, or reduce product lines.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50 1.4 worth the upgrade?
« on: April 26, 2012, 09:42:28 AM »
The 50/1.8 was just too fragile for me.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: BG-E11 Delayed
« on: April 26, 2012, 09:39:54 AM »
News at 11, another Canon product is delayed.

Maybe Canon should change their product announcements into product rumor announcements and give them a CR# for their guesstimate as to how many months before consumers get them.

A review of this lens:

The graphs look pretty normal - peak in lens resolution at somewhere around f/5.6 to f/8.0. For a landscape shot, at f/8 or f/11, it's going to be pretty damn good.

Interestingly, even though the center peaks at 8.0, it is also at around this point when the entire image is of similar resolution - exactly what you want and need for a good landscape shot.

To read the graph in a different manner, if you're shooting portrait at 2.8, looking for nice bokeh with your subject centered then the drop off in resolution towards the edge is not going to harm the picture at all.

Cant wait to see how till this will compete against canons 24-70L II. My tamron 28-75 comes pretty close to my 24-70L

Here's a special site just for the 24-70 Tamoron. And as pointed out by others, all shots at 5,6 or narrower, not very comforting.


All the shots are at 5,6 because otherwise parts of the shots would be out of focus.

The photographs were taken by a professional photographer who is showing what the lens can do. There's more to any lens than what it can shoot at maximum aperture.

If any of those photos had of been taken at 2.8 then critical parts of the subject matter would have been out of focus. Seems to me that people criticising the lack of 2.8 pics are arm chair internet experts rather than photographers.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D600
« on: April 26, 2012, 05:37:04 AM »
Nikon's pushing hard.  Gotta love competition!  Now if they could only deliver their products :)  I look around quite a bit on NR and there are quite a few people upset about not receiving d800s yet.
By the way, I think the only reason to why there are so many 5D3's in stock is because most 5D2 owners has decided to keep their camera.

In stock? Where? My order with B&H is back-ordered, and they are still trying to fill orders from March from what I hear...

Canon can't ship all 5D3s to B&H.

Maybe you should try finding a store that has them rather than relying on B&H.


Hi guys,
This is my first time doing landscape. As a newbie, I will take any feedbacks that you may have - I will take it as "LESSON & LEARN"



Next time, use a lens other than the 16-35. Try the 24-70 Mk II. Should help you discover what your subjects are.

Canon General / Re: Prices of canon gear in Japan & China vs Canada
« on: April 23, 2012, 04:18:56 AM »
I'm taking a trip to china and japan and am thinking of picking up some new gear, one lens and a flash for my 5dmkIII and I'm considering waiting until I'm over there does anyone know if the price will be any different?


Unless you know the price of what you want to buy in the USA, do not buy anything in China that does not have a price sticker on it because you'll get ripped off - unless you know how to go shopping in China.

More importantly, retail outlets in China will not sell electronic goods for less than you can buy them for in the USA. This may seem strange because lots of stuff is made there but if they did then they would be open to grey market imports via all and sundry. Chances are you will get a better deal out of B&H than you will from any store in China.

The most likely result of you going shopping in China is that you'll be spotted a mile off as a tourist and given a 100% markup as standard.

Since DR and sensor ratings seem to be the most important factors for the internet crowd, what if the 1Dx shows a marked improvement in DR over the 1DIV and 1DsIII? Will people still be going poo-poo on Canon and telling them to "try harder?" I wouldn't expect Sony Exmor performance, but what if the 1Dx can match the D4 in DR?

Riddle me this.

What if the 1DX not only matches the D4's DR but is better than the D4?

And what if the 1DX exceeds the D4 performance in other areas, such as noise, etc?

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: New Diffractive Optic Patents
« on: April 22, 2012, 04:55:18 AM »
What is the original URL for these patents?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Puchasing 5D III off of Craiglist
« on: April 22, 2012, 12:01:47 AM »
I'd have no issue, just meet him in a safe place like your bank and check out the camera.  I would not meet him at a place of his choosing.

If he doesn't want to meet there, pass it up.  Norman Camera had them earlier today, so check them out.


and/or, take a friend with you.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: New Diffractive Optic Patents
« on: April 21, 2012, 02:30:19 PM »
Pancake W/A DO primes, anyone?

The 14mm lens in the patent above is 133mm long, or just over 5 inches.

For the zoom lens, is there a copy paste error because there's something weird, e.g."


135.50 – - 290.90mm 72.50 focal length
Fno 4.66 -. 4.97 – 5.87
9.07 – - 4.25deg 16.62 a half angle of view.
171.47 – - 204.08mm 144.08 full-length lens

Why are there three groups of numbers?

Site Information / Front page broken?
« on: April 21, 2012, 02:18:46 PM »
I'm getting redirected to a "download.gz"?

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