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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripods - CF or Aluminum...?
« on: December 06, 2014, 10:01:56 AM »
And in below freezing weather, it isn't the CF or aluminium legs that you have to worry about. Where do you people get your ideas from? Other web forums? Other threads here?

Try getting out there to shoot in the teens and walking through freezing cold and see what fails and how. Then you'll come back and realize what sort of posts you're making (like virgins talking about how good sex is, really.)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripods - CF or Aluminum...?
« on: December 06, 2014, 09:49:22 AM »
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I finally opted for the aluminum tripod for one simple reason:
 - Aluminum bends (up to a point)
 - CF breaks...

As I also go rock/ice climbing with my gear, my pack tends to "crash" (more often than I'd like) into things.. Like a huge slab of rock...
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Yah, I've had times when I've slipped on a rock somewhere and the tripod has ended up crashing into rocks with me on top of it and I was glad I didn't have a CF tripod.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripods - CF or Aluminum...?
« on: December 06, 2014, 09:43:53 AM »
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In terms of my usage, I do a fair amount of landscape photography currently (both wet and dry conditions) as well as other nature but I also do some portraiture and sports.  The monopod option that detaches from both would be utilized from time to time but again - they both offer this ability.  Both come with a basic ball head and both extend to about the same height.  I'm tall so it really doesn't matter - both are going to be a bit short but I'll deal with that.
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How far do you walk with your tripod?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripods - CF or Aluminum...?
« on: December 06, 2014, 09:41:01 AM »
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Using this logic, I could use the argument that Bamboo is stronger than steel and therefore we should build all of our buildings out of it.  Having real world experience with a product sometimes outweighs the math used.  (ever see that you can mathematically prove that a helicopter cannot fly, yet I see them all the time). 
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You are aware, aren't you, that in some places in Asia, bamboo is still used in preference to steel for scaffolding around buildings.

What I'd like to see is someone make a collapsing tripod using bamboo! Might need a bit of reinforcing and/or sealing but .... hmm! Maybe the legs would be too thick to make sense?

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If Canon recommend it, why don't they sell it bundled?

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Reviews / dpreview's 2014 roundup reviews
« on: December 04, 2014, 08:40:07 AM »
dpreview often does a 'roundup' set of reviews for holiday season buying advice ...

Mid-range Mirrorless camera roundup (2014)
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/7802516432/mid-range-mirrorless-camera-roundup/10

- no Canon camera in the running.

Enthusiast DSLR camera roundup (2014)
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4227562267/enthusiast-dslr-roundup/7
- two Canon cameras but neither of them are (currently) a "finalist"

Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014)
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/0657309050/enthusiast-mirrorless-camera-roundup-2014/7
- no Canon camera in the running.

High-end pocketable compacts roundup (2014)
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9935181366/high-end-pocketable-compacts-2014-roundup/8
- Canon G7X is a runner up.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 04, 2014, 08:31:53 AM »
Interesting that dpreview see the 7DII and 70D as having the same performance (only IQ difference being the JPEG engine):

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canon-eos-7d-mark-ii/10

"The greatest sensor difference compared to previous models is seen in high ISO abilities. The 7D Mark II is able to go all the way up to ISO 51200, two stops higher than the 7D and one stop higher than the 70D. Take the ISO down to the highest even playing field, 12,800, and the 7D Mark II shows less noise than the original 7D in Raw. However, it doesn't show any improvement over the 70D, and consistently comes up a little short of one of the best APS-C low light cameras out there: the Nikon D7100. Admirably the 7D Mark II performs better than the Sony a6000, which goes to show that despite the 40 million photodiodes required of the Dual-Pixel technology, noise performance is well controlled. We'd venture to guess that this is due to a smart implementation of pixel-binning and other optimizations."

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EOS Bodies / Re: Petapixel: Canon Full Frame Mirrorless
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:46:39 PM »
The comments on the front page story focus on the wrong part of camera sales.

Whilst the EOS M, A7 series and similar cameras look ridiculous when used with big white lenses, big white lenses do not even make the majority of DSLR + lens combinations. The majority of DSLR + lens combinations are those sold in kits and those kit buys mostly don't upgrade.

Thus the DSLR market could be seen as being very open to replacing a large amount of its user base with something smaller and similarly small lenses that replace the 15-85 EF-S style lens. Maybe throw in a EOS-M version of the 55-250 and you're done. The people that buy those camera plus lens combinations want convenience and light weight travel companions.

May be the price increase from 5D II to 5D III is an indication that DSLRs are going to marginalize even further and lower numbers of units shipped will push prices up?

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Right now, Samsung is eating everyone's lunch in the TV market.
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Given their hold on the phone market, it makes you wonder about if Samsung applies itself properly to the digital camera market (especially the ILC/DSLR segment), what will the company achieve?

Will Samsung start to eat everyone's lunch there?

After their debut of the NX-1, maybe it is Samsung that Canon and Nikon need to be afraid of and not Sony.

Absolutely!
 
The question is ... Why bother?  Its a declining market, a share of a ever smaller pie does not justify spending billions to develop new products and lenses.
 
Maybe their market forecast is different from Sony's ;)

Why did Sony buy Minolta? Anyway...

Maybe Samsung has a vision of people having a "Samsung Household."

Consider that Samsung also provide more of the other appliances you see in a house - fridge, dishwasher - why wouldn't they also want to offer a serious digital camera?

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Perhaps you've never worked in a large company? 

Try predicting what a fickle consumer will buy.  Do this 18 months AHEAD of where the customer will be.  That's about how long it'll take you to design, prototype, test, and put into manufacturing any new toy or gadget or camera or lens.
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Lead times for DSLRs is about 3 years. Lenses is longer.

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Street & City / Re: Why is poverty so photogenic?
« on: December 02, 2014, 08:23:38 AM »
Why is poverty so photogenic?

Because the people it impacts are living in a place that can be seen: who they are can be seen, what they do can be seen, what they wear can be seen, etc.

Compare that to a society where everyone drives a car, etc - you don't see the people and photographing cars traveling isn't a whole lot of fun (unless it is at a racecourse, etc.

People that live in poverty interact with the immediate world around them far more than does someone who drives through it in a car. And not only that, the interaction is publicly visible.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony to capture all the non-Canon sensor sales
« on: December 02, 2014, 12:12:01 AM »
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Look at the product cycle times..... 4 to 5 years for a camera body.... even the yearly rebel update is a thing of the past.

The 7D2 was a big update. It offered up a "huge" increase in performance... going from a max ISO of 12,800 to a max ISO of 51,200 in just five years..... a 4 times increase...

The four years before that took us from ISO1600 to 12,800.... an 8 times increase.

Things are slowing down... cycles are getting longer.... improvements are getting smaller...

There are likely a couple of factors coming in to play here:
1) consumers aren't buying digital cameras like they used to so it makes less sense to put in the R&D
2) it doesn't always make sense to release a new camera if key pieces of technology will be "outdated" soon, so there is strategic planning that may make yearly releases unwise too

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Right now, Samsung is eating everyone's lunch in the TV market.
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Given their hold on the phone market, it makes you wonder about if Samsung applies itself properly to the digital camera market (especially the ILC/DSLR segment), what will the company achieve?

Will Samsung start to eat everyone's lunch there?

After their debut of the NX-1, maybe it is Samsung that Canon and Nikon need to be afraid of and not Sony.

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If you've got a decent body

... make sure you eat healthily and exercise regularly to keep it decent.

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