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EOS Bodies / Re: Just Touching the Surface of Dual Pixel Technology? [CR1]
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:19:39 AM »
Interesting rumor of a new sensor developed by Hasselblad and Sony paralleling some of the ideas discussed here.

"Every single pixel can have a different shutter time! This means the sensor allows a dramatic increase of the dynamic range. What sources didn’t tell me is how exactly this works and if the sensor is going to be first used by Hasselblads new medium format camera or by a new generation of FF sensors. Anyhow, its great news to see that Hasselblad is working on some exciting new tech with Sony!"

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2013, 03:11:10 PM »
This was 2010:

This was 2011:

In 2013, Canon announced they have held the #1 market share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the entire 10-year period from 2003 to 2012.

According to quarterly reports to date this year, Canon sales of dSLRs are dropping.  But Nikon's sales of dSLRs are dropping much faster

Show me the slide…   ::) ::) ::)

Thanks for posting those. I'm surprised by the fact that Nikon had a decent increase from 2010 to 2011...perhaps due to key model releases? 

I'm also surprised that Nikon was as close to canon, at least in 2011. The way some people talked I thought the gap was significantly larger. But from the sounds of if, the final 2013 numbers may be further apart.

I'm wondering how much the installed user base plays into the numbers. Canon supposedly has a much larger user base; some percentage of these are less likely to switch due to investments in glass/gear, without significant motivations to switch.  Would also like to see actual numbers month by month compared to model releases.  Doesn't matter much I suppose, I don't think there's any way to get those specific numbers unless you're inside Canon or Nikon :)

Canon General / Re: Got paid $350 for doing what I LOVE - photography
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:51:38 PM »
Yes. ...received cash at the field.  He will use my photos to post on his site.

Congrats, that's a really cool surprise!  But that's a lot of cash for him to be walking around with! :o

Lenses / Re: More Mentions of 2014 Being the Year of the Lens [CR1]
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:44:59 PM »
You had me believing you, right up until "budget high quality lenses".  Or maybe your source just accidentally omitted the word 'big' as in big budget high quality lenses.  That sounds more like the Canon we know and love.  :P

Haha, I had a similar thought!  Although if a new UWA is stellar, I'll be willing to pay quite a bit, and I'm guessing a lot of others would too.

Anyone have thoughts on the 'new technology' rumor?  I know some of you guys follow Canon's patents, which might give a hint about what it could be.  Perhaps a newer version of IS (does it need an update though?) or new focusing mechanism/motor?


Not sure I want to get into this either but...for what it's worth...if a Canon shooter buys a D800(E), you can't use your Canon glass on it, which of course will normally mean a large investment in new glass.  However, there's a selection of existing adapters that fit on the A7 & A7r.  There are many videos of people already using Canon, Nikon, Leica, etc. mount lenses on the A7, so with the adapter, you can immediately use your Canon (or other) glass. 

I think that people are wrong to expect a fully functioning Canon lens on the Sony camera.  You can mount it, and perhaps it will autofocus, but will it focus accurately?  Will it track?  Which focus points work?  How accurate will the exposure be?  Can you control the aperture??
Sony will likely not recognize the code that a Canon lens sends to the body in order for the body to know all about the lens and make exposure and focus point selections, or control the aperture.  When you put your 85mm f/1.2 lens on the camera, can you set the aperture to f/1.2??  I'm skeptical.
I'd like to see some factual review of how well it works, or if its just a manual operation rather than just claims from someone who has not actually operated one.

I, for one, never said anything about 'fully' functioning' or expecting the same autofocus performance.  I'd expect it to be slower at the very least, and wouldn't be surprised if it had other issues as you mention.  Here's one of the videos I've seen of someone trying the autofocus with a pre-production version.  It's not really a full review, or an extensive test with every Canon lens or anything, but he shows the autofocus with one Canon lens at around 12 minutes.  Perhaps some lenses won't focus at all with it, I have no idea. 

Sony A7 & A7R Hands-On Field Test Small | Large

I "get" the RX1 and X100s, there is a need for small, portable cameras with great IQ.  The A7 and A7r I really don't get however.  If you just want 30+ MP and/or greater DR than Canon offers, buy a D800(E).  At least you will have a large selection of lenses available and know the manufacturer won't abandon you by moving on to a new lens mount or IBIS in a few months.

Not sure I want to get into this either but...for what it's worth...if a Canon shooter buys a D800(E), you can't use your Canon glass on it, which of course will normally mean a large investment in new glass.  However, there's a selection of existing adapters that fit on the A7 & A7r.  There are many videos of people already using Canon, Nikon, Leica, etc. mount lenses on the A7, so with the adapter, you can immediately use your Canon (or other) glass. 

Plus, so many people here have said there's not much difference in 36mp vs. 22mp of the D800 vs. 5DmkIII, largely because Canon's lenses, in general are better at resolving detail.  I'm curious to see what that Canon's superior glass can do with that sensor.  Of course, using an adapter could nullify any IQ benefit from better glass, time will tell.  EDIT - Also, in Australia I believe they're giving away one adapter of choice with these cameras, and there's speculation other places may follow.

However, I do agree with you about being concerned about Sony's history of dropping products and moving on to something else.  If this thing sells well though, Sony is more likely to continue to support it.

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 11, 2013, 08:38:39 PM »
Many thanks to Mr. Bean, Click, Krob78, and g2!  Really looking forward to going back next spring!  :)

Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: November 10, 2013, 04:56:13 PM »
Playing around with some Antelope Canyon shots from a couple of years ago...people typically accentuate the colors, thought I'd try something different.  Hopefully I didn't go overboard  ;D

Canon General / Re: My gears for 14 Hrs at Grand Canyon
« on: November 10, 2013, 04:29:25 PM »
Not sure what your other plans are, but you may be interested in Valley of Fire, about an hour NE of Vegas.  If your wife is too busy gambling, maybe you can get away to see that for a few hours.  ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumor: Nikon Digital FM2 - Retro look
« on: October 21, 2013, 01:01:10 PM »
Certainly does sound like a fun product that could possibly kick serious butt!
However, for those looking away from Sony's recent A7/r ...
What's the register distance for the A7?...  is it short enough to handle adapters and a variety of other makers lenses?  If so, makes a very versatile imaging back end compared to an F-mount.

Yes, it can handle adapters for Nikon, Leica, Canon etc.  There are already videos on youtube of people testing pre-production models with 3rd party lenses, such as the 17-40L, with working autofocus.  Also, Samyang has announced that they'll be releasing 5 lenses for the Sony FE mount (14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC, 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC, T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC, 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC, 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC). 

Also, given that Sigma has their lens mount swapping service, I wouldn't be surprised if they came up with their own FE mount.

For us landscape photographers the wait for a high megapixel body with state-of-the-art dynamic range to be used with lenses like the TS-E 24 II has been tough. But now it's possible at last, with a Sony!

That's exactly what I've been thinking, and the lighter body will help a bit on my long hikes.  Not too many people seem to be thinking about this camera this way, but I think that's because there don't seem to be too many people here who's primary interest is landscape.  I've rented the D800 and loved the sensor performance at low iso, but didn't like much of the rest of it...weight, size, UI, zooming in to manual focus was blurry, etc.  This basically eliminates a lot of the those issues.

I'll wait to see how it performs before buying one, and if I do I won't be selling all my Canon gear.  I've read the sensor was optimized for the shorter flange distance for native lenses, being mirrorless.  I'm wondering if that has any negative effect when you put an adapter and other glass on it.  I've also heard conflicting info about any kind of remote shutter capability, which is almost essential for how I shoot.

I'm also curious about the
Playmemories App" app capabilities, which I just read about.  It apepars to be a store for apps to download to the camera.  Could lead to interesting possibilities, such as on-board time lapse.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony FF NEX - competition is good. Canon?
« on: October 13, 2013, 10:52:20 AM »
So, latest rumors from that site:

- Official announcement due October 16th; potentially due out in December
- 2  models, A7 (24MP sensors, about $1700 US, $1998 w/kit 24-70) & A7r (36MP $2198 body only)
- New sensors; details not specific
- Interesting rumor that initial offering will include lens mounts for free (Canon, Nikon, Leica).  If true, I'd guess manual focus only.  Could be smart as there are few native lenses expected at launch.
- Focus peaking, eye AF, Wifi, 1/8000 shutter, weather sealed tiltable screen, no IBIS.

I gotta admit, if this thing performs well, I'll be tempted to try one out with my Canon lenses for landscape shots!

Canon General / Re: Havasupai Falls
« on: October 08, 2013, 07:19:26 PM »
If you are going to be photographing waterfalls, think about how you are going to get to an exposure of 1 to 3s to blur the water.  You probably will need a 3 stop ND filter or maybe 6 stops if working on broad daylight.
If carrying a tripod is not an option, the you can shoot 1/6s to 1/4s hand held with the 24-105mm at 24mm fairly reliably.  You may still need a ND filter to do that.
You may want to consider whether it is possible to carry something like a Gorillapod with, otherwise the approach I outlined above of using a wide angle lens with IS will help with photographing waterfalls.
Also think about taking a circular polariser.

I have to admit, I would probably make do with the 24-105 and 17-40.  If I could take only one lens it would be the 24-105.
I spent last week in the Grampians and between my wife and myself we had a 5DII, 5DIII, 24-70 II, 24-105, 70-200 IS II, 17-40, 15mm fisheye, 50mm f/1.4 and 100mm L macro.  The 24-70 and 24-105 saw most use.  After that the 100mm macro and then we took a couple of shots with the 17-40 and 70-200.  The fisheye and 50mm did not get used.  We used a 3 stop ND for waterfalls and circular PL quite a bit.  Our 10 stop ND did not see any use.

I agree with this; when I went, I only shot with the 17-40 & 24-105, but I do realize other people may want to use the 70-200 at times too. 

Regarding the hike itself, obviously don't forget to take food and water...and the fact that it'll add more weight.  I'd seriously consider the mules or the helicopter, depending on the day you go.  I had to argue with my friend for the helicopter.  The helicopter was well worth the $ IMO, not only in not having to hike, but since it's about a 5 minute flight that's hours more shooting, not hiking; also saved our legs for the rest of the trip.  Once we got there and saw people literally barely able to walk as they climbed out of the canyon coming back, she agreed with me lol. But that all depends on your fitness level of course.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D Auto-Exposures are ALL OVER the Place?!?
« on: September 30, 2013, 12:21:39 AM »
I recently spent 3 days shooting thousands of shots for a timelapse video with my 6D. I mainly shot in aperture mode,
And the exposures remained consistent when the lighting did. Only problem was pre-dawn shoots when the balloons were shooting their flames on and off, but that's normal, I should have shot all manual at those times.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: September 21, 2013, 11:58:51 PM »
Thanks rpt and Click. I am lucky and count my blessings. But things are expensive here (like many other places in the world) and to get anywhere else, it's a 5-6 hour plane ride. Honolulu is the most isolated city in the world. ;)

What?  It's a short drive to Kailua, or Waimalu...I suppose Haleiwa or Kahuku are far at around an hour or so, give or take... ;D

And oh yeah, nice shots, I'm totally jealous!

The key is how you define "city". They only count as "city" one which has a population of > 250,000 or 500,000 (I forget which).

Just found this on Wikipedia: The most remote city in the world with a population in excess of 500,000 is Honolulu, United States. The nearest city of comparable size or greater is San Francisco, 3,841 km (2,387 mi) away.
For pop.>1,000,000 it's Auckland followed closely by Perth.   8)

Haha, I was just giving you a hard time.  ;)  Seriously considered moving to Oahu a year or so ago, love the place.

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