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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 10:38:13 AM »
If there's any shred of truth to this rumor, I have to assume it's M related. There might be a nugget of truth in there. Kind of like how the "high MP APSC" rumors turned out to be DPAF.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 70D Bundle at Adorama $799
« on: October 01, 2014, 07:11:30 PM »
You'd be lucky to sell the printer for much of anything. I've seen people trying for WEEKS to sell them for $150 with no luck. Check eBay, the sales price is more like $40-50 last I checked. At that price, you'd be better off saving the ink and print head and trashing the printer.

You could always follow through with your idea but my guess is you're calibrating in one light source and shooting in another. Light temperature makes a difference in the focusing, unfortunately. I've worked around this by taking a few test shots whenever I arrive somewhere and calibrating on the fly.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 06:21:20 AM »
Value. I've managed to be patient and buy almost all of my gear at excellent prices. The only stuff I paid near retail for are lenses I bought back in '08 when I didn't know any better. I could likely sell everything I own at no loss (in total) to be honest.
Familiarity. I like the ergonomics, UI, and functionality of the entire system. It all makes sense. I can pick up any EOS camera and know immediately how to do 95% of what I want to do without ever having seen it before. This comes from owning 5 EOS cameras over the years.
Quality. All of the gear I have is of a very high quality for the price I paid (or even the MSRP).
Service. My few experiences with Canon's service have been stellar.
Parity. Switching systems wouldn't gain me more than the trouble and cost of switching.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 20, 2014, 02:49:44 AM »
I didn't really like the 50/1.4 though (bought and sold it 3 times), so I am thinking on the FD 50mm lines.

Just out of curiosity, what didn't you like about the 50/1.4?  Is it anything that the on-sensor AF of the M would solve?

EOS Bodies / Re: Time wasted... re: 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:38:45 AM »
No time wasted, the rough specs have been out for 6 months, only those hoping for something that defies the laws of physics will be disappointed.

I think that's a bit of exaggeration.  I just looked back through the 7D Mark II rumors and that's not the case.  KNOWN specs have NOT been out for 6 months.  In fact, just 2 months ago specs were still all over the place.  Is it 20mp?  24?  30?  "High MP"?  Wifi?  GPS?  Touch screen?  New sensor tech that's going to be included on all DSLR's going forward?  etc...

Spaghetti on the wall...

EOS Bodies / Time wasted... re: 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:07:37 AM »
Now that the 7D Mark II has been announced and we know all the specs and pricing, do any of you look back on the countless threads and posts that you read and/or wrote as time wasted?

What could YOU have done with the cumulative minutes, hours, days, or even WEEKS you spent over the last few years reading/writing about what the 7D Mark II was supposed to be, what you thought it should or shouldn't be, what a "serious photographer" (absolute DUMBEST term ever) would require of it, what would cause Canon, Inc to implode immediately if it were, what would cause you to sell all of your gear, swear off photography, and move to Namibia if it were?

Yes, I am fully aware of the irony of this post - no need to point it out.  The purpose of this post is to help us all to remember that whatever we say, whatever we think, whatever we want, shout about, get enraged over, etc., doesn't actually matter.  Companies are going to do what they're going to do without our input and ESPECIALLY without our knowledge.  Let's be honest, if our input mattered, we wouldn't be on this forum - we'd be hanging out with Canon R&D.  So, don't take things so seriously.  Just lighten up and enjoy PHOTOGRAPHY and leave the speculation and bickering to those with nothing better to do.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 14, 2014, 01:40:13 PM »
I bought and sold an EOS M + 22 + 18-55 + adapter.  Then when the second fire sale (at $250) came around, I snagged the M + 22 again and added the adapter as well.  When I had it previously, about the only lens I mounted on it was the 40mm.  However, this time around I have additional lenses and find 2 that work really well with it.  I use the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM and the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM both work wonderfully on it.  The EF 85mm f/1.8 also works well but due to the longer focal length I find it slightly more difficult to compose images and locate my subjects - it's not terrible, but it's not great either.

For me, the 22 + 35 IS + 50 is a GREAT, LIGHTWEIGHT, small(ish) walkaround combo.  Personally, I find zoom lenses on the M to be cumbersome and I don't really like them.  Both the native 18-55 and adapted zooms.  Adapted zooms are worse.  Probably a personal preference.  And note I haven't tried the 11-22 or the 55-200.

Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:07:52 AM »
First thought... "meh"
If it were 1.8 or 2, maybe. But 2.8? The kit lens is 3.5 at 23mm and has IS.
Again... "meh"
I'll stick with my M + 22/2

Lenses / Re: The New EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:43:40 AM »
It appears as though STM technology will remain separate from Canon's L line, at least for now.

I think they should pair a 24-105 f/4 IS STM with a FF version of the 70D.  But hey, what do I know?  :-)

Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 10, 2014, 10:06:51 AM »
Why are we giving credence to DXO? They always rank Canon as second rate, so why give them more ammo against our gear and our company!

That's probably not the best philosophy. You can take issue with their methods, comparisons, etc, but don't disparage solely because they rank "your brand" lower than others.

It's kind of like saying "you can't break up with me because I'm breaking up with you" or "you can't fire me because I quit".

EOS Bodies / 7D replacement: What is a "fine-detail" sensor
« on: August 23, 2014, 06:41:39 AM »
Turns out, we already know!
Look at the very first sentence under Introduction...

The EOS 70D (W/N) is a high-performance, digital single-lens reflex camera featuring a fine-detail CMOS sensor with approx. 20.2 effective megapixels...

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 06:08:58 PM »
Read about half the thread and don't have time to read more...

Perhaps... dual digic 6 is to accommodate a higher resolution (aka: fine detail) sensor?

Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 04:12:18 PM »
2 possibilities that come to mind...

1) if you don't already have one, buy a printer and print your images.  Buying a printer really opened my eyes to a LOT of things and also made me appreciate photography more, and feel more connected to it.

2) teach!  For me, I learn just as much by teaching someone as I do by reading about it myself.  If you have any family friends who have a camera that they keep in green box mode but they're interested in getting pictures more like yours, teach them!  Or, join a photography club and connect with someone looking for a mentor.

Just a couple of things that sometimes work for me to get me excited about something.

I think what the OP is saying is that if the DOF is thick enough to get the eyes and ears in focus with the tip of the nose out of focus, why not AFMA your camera and/or lens so that it front focuses a little and gets the nose and eyes in focus  and the ears slightly out of focus instead.

Could be wrong in my interpretation though.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon mirrorless: Status?
« on: August 18, 2014, 09:57:51 AM »
All of the pieces of the puzzle are there.  Besides the existing tech and lenses, there's:

Additional lens patents - obviously they won't all show up but Canon is still working on things...

DPAF from the 70D

EVF-DC1 - the EVF from the G1X II

Hinged touchscreen from the G1X II

I think it would be a HUGE mistake not to put those pieces of the puzzle together for consumers to purchase.  The EOS M form factor, the 20mp DPAF sensor, an optional (or perhaps integrated) EVF, a hinged touchscreen (I think an articulated TS like on the 70D would be a mistake and would increase the size too much), a fantastic converter for using EF/EF-S lenses, and the now 4 native Canon M lenses covering from 11-200mm (17-320 in FF) with stabilized high quality glass plus a fast wide-ish/normal prime.  IMO, all they need are a few primes (30 or 35 and 50) and it's a complete system for the VAST, VAST, VAST majority of users.

Now, I think the biggest question is whether the focusing speed of the system is related more to the lenses, or the sensor.  My 35mm f/2 IS USM focuses pretty quickly on the EOS M, it's definitely faster than the native 22/2.  To me, that means the limitation in that equation (M + 22) is NOT the camera, it's the lens' focusing motor.  DPAF won't cure that.

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