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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How Do You Clean your sensor? And how often?
« on: February 24, 2013, 06:15:59 PM »
Either before or after every major expedition I use a rocket blower on my sensor, the back element of all my lenses and the lens caps that cover the back of the lens. Sometimes I also clean the sensor/lens rear element whilst on a shoot.

Once a year or so I send my camera in for a proper clean.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 23, 2013, 07:42:17 AM »
The D700 split into two different cameras: the D800 and D600.

Yeah i guess, but I'm betting most d700 shooters would have preferred a d700s: 7fps, 24mp, solid build.
What they got was either: pretty much the same camera [d600] with lesser build quality but good amount of mp.
Or a complete beast [d800] whilst great for certain users, it's a step backward in fps and too large file size for others.

For sports, event, wedding or wildlife photographers already using a d700, I wouldn't consider either of these a great upgrade. Maybe the d600 for a 'slightly' faster shooting speed and more mp but then you lose the tank like build that the d700 was known for.

I think all three of those cameras are likely able to withstand rougher treatment than most people will deliver. Then again, I've seen some treat the D700 like it was made of porcelain with it wrapped up in a plastic bag whilst they were outside shooting. Go figure. Search on youtube for the comparison between Nikon and Canon where someone tries to burn them with a blowtorch.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Canon EOS 7D or Nikon D7100
« on: February 22, 2013, 08:02:30 AM »
I am planning to upgrade my Canon 40D to a more advanced camera. 40D isn't bad at all but it doesn't come with video shooting features at all. I can save up to around $1K or a little bit more in a few months' time.
A friend of mine from Asia said that she could buy me a new 7D (grey market) for US$880 and bring it to me when she visits me some time early summer.

So long as she buys it herself and brings you the box and you give her cash, sure... otherwise, you better hope it never needs to go in for warranty repair.

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Then it's the new Nikon D7100 coming with a lot of interesting features.
Which one should I pick ?

I know lens would be an important consideration. For the time being, I mainly borrow my dad's canon lens. If I switch to the other brand, I can use my brother's lenses.

Well. think of it this way.

If you go with the other brand then you'll get to compare using both brands for yourself. Then at some point in the future you can make an informed decision about which you like best.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 22, 2013, 07:58:13 AM »
I actually think Nikon made a mistake with this one, don't get me wrong the specs are really great and the price.... WOW! The camera is awesome but crop shooters at camp nikon are waiting for the d300s replacement. The d300s is similar to the 7D in specs [lower mp but more af points, 7fps, metal body]

Somehow I don't think that the D7100 is a replacement for the D300s. The D300s may not be on sale or in stock anywhere, but that's not necessarily an indication that the D7100 replaces it. After all, nearly every digital SLR is still in stock somewhere when its replacement arrives. I suspect that the D300s being next to impossible to find is more of an indication that the D400 has taken longer to arrive than they expected (or it could just be that they had reached the tail of the D300s sales and it was no longer worth them manufacturing more.)

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Now imagine the 7Dmkii specs were the same as the nikon d7100? how pissed would you all be? losing fps, build quality. It's kinda like all the d700 owners when the d800 came out, way too many mps and a big fps drop.
From our point of view, these cameras are great but to some nikon users expecting incremental upgrades, they are a step backwards in some ways [build and fps]
They seemed to more geared towards getting new customers than the existing users, which is probably their strategy. [and it could be working on me, may end up with a d800]

The D700 split into two different cameras: the D800 and D600.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Transition from Nikon to Canon
« on: February 22, 2013, 07:50:03 AM »
Hello everyone.

I am switching to canon, Mainly because I want to buy a  CANON full frame after 2 years and most of my friends use canon. But for the time before that I want to USE a mid range canon and enrich my lens collection.I have sold my Nikon d90 which I had used for 2 years.

Decisions that are made because of "peer group pressure" are universally bad decisions. The pressure isn't always overt but that you cite "most of my friends" obviously means that you feel like you need to conform.

Switching to Canon won't deliver you better pictures but it will mean you need to spend a whole lot of money that you wouldn't otherwise need to spend. Canon has nothing that will deliver better pictures than the recently released Nikon D7100.

To use the quote that police often use, "If all of your friends jumped off the cliff, would you want to jump off it too?"

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 21, 2013, 07:13:02 PM »
....Switching systems is a massive undertaking, both from a time and energy standpoint, and a financial resources one as well.  Fully switching brands must be a well thought out decision, and sometimes it simply isn't worth it - even when new product releases are inferior to the competition's.   

sure -- and the sales figures (that show the clear Canon advantage) may be in fact due to the high installed based.  the implication is that no one (with a lick of sense)  really compares body-to-body they compare system-to-system.  So Canon sells more bodies becasue their strategy is working.

I don't know that their current strategy is working but at a key point (lets say when the 20D/5D/5DII were introduced), they were able to capture a lot of photographers that were coming into digital photography or that were upgrading from point-and-shoot. Being on top of the market early let them establish a good installed base that will stick with the same vendor as time goes by because people can just buy a new body.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 21, 2013, 03:15:04 PM »
Note that dpreview is only surmising that the D7100 is a replacement for the D300s. Sure it is a remarkable coincidence that the latter has disappeared with the appearance of the D7100 but that doesn't necessarily make it a replacement.

One of the recent rumors that looked at the schedule for camera announcements this year puts the real D300s replacement (D400) at being announced within the next 6 months.

At this point, nobody knows if there will be a successor to the D300s or not because Nikon haven't said anything on the topic.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 21, 2013, 08:05:20 AM »
51 point AF, $1199 for the body, 100% view finder coverage, magnification 0.73, 24.1MP @6fps

This camera is going to wipe the floor with the 70D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2013 Predictions for Canon EOS Products
« on: February 20, 2013, 06:18:56 AM »
Anyone know what Canon camera is in this below linked picture?  Never seen one with the red piece by the hotshoe.   

http://500px.com/photo/26318243

Update:Even more suspicious is the Canon logo has been removed, this has a pop-up flash and looks to be in new condition.  Can't place the lens either the more I look at this - size wise looks like the 85mm 1.2 but the bulge appears different by the camera mount from the current 85,1.2???

Lens is the 50L. Camera looks like a 7D.  If it was a new body, it would have the locking mode dial. The 7D has a separate piece of plastic where that red piece is, would be one click with the PS magic wand and a color change.

That's what it looks like to me as well. As for the red panel, could also be paint or tape. Perhaps a test body?

I don't want to falsely accuse someone, but does anyone else think there is something weird going on with this picture? The monk's left hand isn't supporting the camera and doesn't appear to be anywhere near the camera actually. I can't imagine why anyone would Photoshop the camera in and maybe it's just my imagination, but something doesn't look right.

The camera has a battery grip attached to the bottom.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2013, 04:32:08 AM »
IF I Canon wants my money, it needs to be a 5D IV at the price of a Nikon D800, besting the Nikon's sensor in terms of DR.

+1

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Big Sur and San Fran 5D3 Long Exposure
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:28:19 AM »
Only the Pfeiffer Beach looks interesting here.

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Lenses / Re: FoV difference between Tamron 70-300VC and Canon 70-300L
« on: February 18, 2013, 07:54:50 PM »
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?

How do you like the lens otherwise? I loved my 70-300 IS non-l, but the IQ was just too bad...

The Tamron 70-300VC is much better than the 70-300 IS USM (non-L). Much better than the reviews suggest (I have two copies of the non-L) because I found that at 300mm, the non-L Canon was delivering results that were just way softer than what I wanted (said lens had been to Canon for "calibration").

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Lenses / Re: FoV difference between Tamron 70-300VC and Canon 70-300L
« on: February 18, 2013, 03:18:07 PM »
Remember that focal length is specified when the lens is focused at infinity...so your newspaper or brick wall had better be rather far away!

So what you're saying is that the FoV difference is simply a result of "focus breathing" which is something that I did consider as being a possible cause.

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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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