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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II
« on: May 16, 2013, 01:13:14 PM »
Canon would surprise a whole lot of people if they announced a non-18Mp aps-c sized sensor..

 It's so very sad how true this is.

You forgot "and hilarious"  ;D

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Lighting / Re: Lighting question
« on: May 04, 2013, 01:34:57 PM »
Ok, so I could see using gels/filters to make the light on the subjects match (or at least approximate) the proper color temperature of a setting sun.  And off axis lighting definitely makes sense.  Can you folks toss up a couple of pics of it being done right?  Because thus far, everything I've seen looks unnatural (ie, color temp is off, wrong lighting angle, light too strong and the subject is overexposed compared to the scenery, etc.).

Thanks!!!!

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Lighting / Lighting question
« on: May 04, 2013, 10:58:44 AM »
Does flash with the sun behind the subject look unnatural to anyone else?  For instance, when I see a picture of a bride and groom on the beach and the sun is setting behind them over the water, but the photographer has used flash to illuminate their faces - it just looks really awkward to me.  Am I the only one?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 60D on the way out?
« on: May 04, 2013, 04:59:01 AM »
the 60D is really unuseful today; more or less the same features of XXXD line

You know, it's true.  I bought a 60D over 2 years ago and it's just sitting around collecting dust now that it's become "unuseful".  It used to take great pictures and fulfill ALL of my needs but now, it's pretty much just a piece of crap - barely useful as a paperweight.  It's weird too - my needs haven't changed, but somehow the camera has.  Odd...

I think I'll just throw it away.   I wouldn't want to burden someone else with such a "unuseful" piece of junk.  DAMN YOU CANON!

/s

On a serious note - you'd think photographers (who are MOSTLY a reasonably intelligent group of folks) would understand that NO camera is designed to be EVERYTHING to EVERY PERSON.  But somehow this goes over the head of most...

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Lenses / Re: Lens sharpness and distance from subject
« on: April 27, 2013, 08:44:59 PM »
Look into Canon's new DLO tool in DPP. It will help to correct some lens problems associated with distance and aberrations. In fact, you can even adjust the distance info to fine tune the corrections. It's not info like you were requesting, but it could be at least a partial solution if you're experiencing a problem.

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Software & Accessories / Re: When and how to use DLO in DPP
« on: April 27, 2013, 07:03:26 PM »
I'd only use it on a image that I planned to print large, larger than 20 X 30.  It would be best I think for landscapes or images with lots of fine detail.  I wouldn't bother for portraits.
 
Remember, your CR2 files grow to very large size, 3X their normal size, so its not something to use on the 800 images you shot last night.
 
I tried it a year ago when it first came out, and haven't used it since.  I do not take the type of images where I need it.

Good info!  Thanks so much!

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Software & Accessories / Re: When and how to use DLO in DPP
« on: April 27, 2013, 11:17:20 AM »
It is going to depend on each individual image and the way a user perceives it.  I do not believe there is any magical number that works for all.

You're killin' my dreams buddy ;)

So, are there images you shouldn't bother using this tool on?  How do you know when going through this step isn't going to result in an appreciable difference?

Should I basically just use it like sharpening?  View at 100%, start at 0, go up until I see problems, then back it down?  Then recheck at normal viewing size?

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Software & Accessories / Re: When and how to use DLO in DPP
« on: April 27, 2013, 10:58:53 AM »
Well, it is a new feature to DPP so I suppose it makes sense that many may not be familiar with it.  Here's Canon's site on it... http://web.canon.jp/imaging/dlo/index.html

Unfortunately, in the "using the Digital Lens Optimizer" tab it doesn't explain why/when/how much you should use.  It's obviously a "to taste" type of thing, but I feel like I could use more info - and I just can't find it.  There's DEFINITELY a point where sliding the slider too far to the right damages your pictures.  So I want to know, are there pictures you shouldn't use it at all on?  Etc.

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Software & Accessories / Re: When and how to use DLO in DPP
« on: April 27, 2013, 10:00:17 AM »
nothing huh?   :'(

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Software & Accessories / When and how to use DLO in DPP
« on: April 26, 2013, 12:39:26 PM »
I asked this on another forum and I'm not sure why - it's a general photography forum.  I figure I'm more likely to get responses from a CANON forum about CANON software!  lol  duh...  Anyway...

I've been using DPP as a processor and RAW converter for several years now and decided to start tinkering with the DLO functionality.  My problem is, I don't know WHEN to use it or HOW to use it (properly).

When - if a picture looks really nice and I'm happy with it, can it be even better by applying DLO corrections?  In other words, is this something I should do for every image or just certain images?  And what "certain images" would qualify?

How - when I open up the DLO tool, I have a slider that goes from 1-100.  It's much like sharpening and NR in that it can DEFINITELY be overdone - but because I don't know WHEN it should be done, I'm having a hard time discerning how I should do it - in other words, what's an appropriate amount (1-100) and does that amount change with circumstances?

I've looked in DPP's help topics and there was nothing there to help with my questions above.  I've tried to do a search online and on these forums and I'm either searching inefficiently or the info isn't readily available (I'm guessing the former) so I was hoping that someone with experience using DLO well could chime in with some recommendations and/or some links.

Thanks!

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Canon General / Re: the rebate program... what a sham!
« on: April 24, 2013, 05:15:57 PM »
I can't believe I'm commenting on a dead horse thread - but I've got my verbal bat ready so here it goes...

Check Canon's website.  The MSRP for equipment rarely changes.  THAT is what Canon has said is the price of the equipment.  Online retailers offer lower prices to encourage buyers to buy from them and they're able to achieve this through volume and I'm sure, pricing breaks from Canon.  So, their DAILY PRICE is already discounted much of the time (not always though - especially with new stuff).
Canon has said that retailers may offer a rebate off of the MSRP - NOT off of any price they want (errr... internet complainers want).  Canon puts some advertising muscle into these rebates so if the retailers want to be able to cash in on that muscle, they need to adhere to the program.
So, get used to it.  It's not changing.

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Lenses / Re: My review of the 40mm STM
« on: April 21, 2013, 09:29:41 AM »
Thanks!

Is was a relay race and her team did not.  However, she won her leg of the 3-legged race!

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Lenses / My review of the 40mm STM
« on: April 21, 2013, 02:10:19 AM »
For $150, just buy it.

/review

I just received mine Friday, unboxed it, screwed it on to my 60D and rushed out the door to pick up my baby girl and then head over to my wife's work outing.  The sun had already set behind the trees at the park (but not set on the horizon) when I snagged this pic (this is literally a snap shot and that's it - didn't have time or space to maneuver for anything more significant as I was SURROUNDED by people behind me and my wife was 2 seconds from handing me my little girl to take part in a 3-legged relay race)

**I just realized upon previewing this post that CR downsizes pics.  So, just copy the url and paste for 1200 pixel wide versions of these pics**



That was shot at f/2.8, 1/200, ISO100 from a few feet away.  PP'ing was all done in DPP and consists of DLO correction as well as other lens aberration corrections, sharpening @ 4 and RGB sharpening @ 125.

What's pretty amazing (to me anyway - perhaps y'all disagree) is the 100% crop



Color me impressed!

I managed to pick mine up for $142 (thanks to a heads-up on this site) from Adorama right as the rebates went into effect.  I haven't spent $142 more efficiently since I took my first picture.

Any thoughts?

Also, I've just used DLO for the first time today.  Anyone have any recommendations for a standard setting for the slider bar?  I think this one was at 65.  Thanks!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 20, 2013, 03:10:52 AM »
And why didn't they bring the 70D already, since it is overdue after 2 1/2 years, when Canon has all the stuff they need (including sensor) ready. It looks to me (and I hope so), that they are delaying the 70D so they can introduce it with the new sensor.

Who said it was overdue and/or that they're delaying the 70D?  Internet expectations?  Or Canon?  Perhaps Canon believes they're ahead of schedule.  Because other than some not-so-vague comments from Canon employees who were put on the spot, I don't recall reading/hearing anything about the 70D or the 7D2 especially in regards to an impending announcement or due date.

So again, are these YOUR expectations from reading a RUMORS site, or are these missed deadlines that Canon has self-imposed?  Obviously a rhetorical question...

If you would have takeen yourself more time to read, then you would have probably realized, that I wrote "It looks to me", so it was not even a rethorical question you wrote, it was just not a very intelligent question, because it just showed, that you did not read what I wrote.

When choosing to question someone's intelligence, you should really proofread your own post for misspellings, proper grammar, and proper punctuation to insure you look as intelligent as possible.

Additionally, don't try to hide behind "it looks to me" - you know my comment applied perfectly to you (and many, MANY others on this forum so I'm not just singling you out - I just happened to quote your post) with or without the inclusion of that minimally applicable qualifier.

Finally, you should avoid insults and stick to facts.  However I see from your acceptance of rumors as quasi-facts that this may be difficult for you.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 19, 2013, 10:17:07 AM »
And why didn't they bring the 70D already, since it is overdue after 2 1/2 years, when Canon has all the stuff they need (including sensor) ready. It looks to me (and I hope so), that they are delaying the 70D so they can introduce it with the new sensor.

Who said it was overdue and/or that they're delaying the 70D?  Internet expectations?  Or Canon?  Perhaps Canon believes they're ahead of schedule.  Because other than some not-so-vague comments from Canon employees who were put on the spot, I don't recall reading/hearing anything about the 70D or the 7D2 especially in regards to an impending announcement or due date.

So again, are these YOUR expectations from reading a RUMORS site, or are these missed deadlines that Canon has self-imposed?  Obviously a rhetorical question...

Talk on this website has REALLY gone from "rumors" to "if _____ doesn't fit my personal expectations then it's ______ (fill in the blank with negative thoughts)."

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