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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.

Canon General / Re: Makes the 1DX seem a bit slow ;)
« on: August 14, 2014, 09:27:50 PM »
That thing might actually catch me TRYING to please my wife... ;-) lol

EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: August 09, 2014, 03:13:01 PM »
All I want is a newly designed, kick-ass EF 50/1.4 II IS

How did I miss the EF 50/1.4 IS (aka, version I)?

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24 f/2.8L Coming [CR1]
« on: August 07, 2014, 04:35:10 PM »
11mm at f/2.8 and a subject distance of 4.7 feet = infinite depth of field from 2.38 feet onward, according to DOF Master.  So, one could handhold at shutter speeds greater than 1 second with f/2.8 after the sun sets and get everything in focus.  Sounds like a very specialized use...  ::)

Mark my words: the next Rebel will feature an 8-12 mp rear-facing camera for taking selfies while taking portraits of others.  "This is what I look like when I'm taking photos!"

There appears to be no cute shorthand or portmanteau for "photos one has taken of another person."  Othersies?  Someday we will have to have a word for it.

I overheard what was probably a 12 year old girl inform her mother that a selfie with others on it is a "groupie". I think her mother rolled her eyes but I'm not positive as I had my head in my hands...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: July 25, 2014, 11:30:22 AM »
Wow... You kids ever heard of "private messaging"? Maybe a phone call? Good gracious... Get your squabble out of the public eye. It's pathetic.

All others, carry on with the same ol' DxO bashing/defending and enjoy your day!

Lenses / Re: Year of the lens....a joke....?
« on: July 16, 2014, 01:00:04 PM »
Amazing to me that people take speculation on a rumors site as fact and then express anger toward Canon because the rumor was wrong.

The so-called "year of the lens" was always completely speculative. People shouldn't believe everything they read on the internet.

Welcome to the club of people who realize this. That brings the membership up to about 4 people. LOL

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR ? - thinking out loud ....
« on: July 13, 2014, 05:46:46 PM »
According to the Wall Street Journal DSLR sales fell in fiscal 2013 by 10%.  Pocket size point and shoot cameras by even more and DSLM (mirror-less) cameras by only about 3%.

All of this is in part due to smart phone cameras of course.
*emphasis mine

Other aspect of the article have already been shown to be false.  I wanted to address this.

1) Prove it.  And...
2) I think not.

Let's put our thinking caps on here... how many people think a smartphone is a substitute for a DSLR or capable MILC?

I'm not going to wait for the vote tally to come in, I'll answer the poll.  NO ONE.

This conclusion of yours is GARBAGE.

Where you got it mostly right is where you said "in part due" because there are multiple factors involved in the lack of sustainability in the DSLR market.  Saturation is possibly the main culprit.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Announcement September 5, 2014?
« on: July 07, 2014, 09:17:37 AM »
So... it seems pretty much everyone has accepted the rumors as fact that there will be a 7D replacement announced around Photokina, right?  Are there any rumors to suggest otherwise?

And a pony. No pony is a complete dealbreaker.

You're really aiming low with the pony.  My threshold is a unicorn.  But not your ordinary petting zoo unicorn.  No, I want a unicorn who farts rainbows (pot of gold at the end included - leprechaun too!) and poops glitter.  And not just regular old glitter.  This is the most beautiful glitter you've ever seen with 48 stops of dynamic range and it's incredibly sharp too!  It's sharpness is so otherworldly that the DxO charts turn black instead of intense green.  But there's a built in safety protocol with this glitter so that users don't get cut - it disappears when you touch it, like an exploding bubble.  And when it explodes all it leaves behind is visual euphoria, like when you saw boobies for the first time.

This unicorn dispenses hot fudge from it's horn.  Why hot fudge?  Because the tripod mount dispenses your favorite flavor of ice cream whenever you rotate the mode dial all the way around in a counter clockwise motion.  THAT'S WHY!

THEN... I'll buy it.


Canon General / Re: Should we tell them?
« on: June 27, 2014, 09:41:33 AM »
Hi jebrady.
I think when I offered advice, I started out with ,
"Hi I'm sorry to intrude, but I notice you seem to be battling with the camera for control of the flash? Would you like a little tip to give you the upper hand?"
It seemed to work, a little lighthearted humour seemed to work, of course the pop up flash is probably the easiest subject to tell they could use a tip!
I'm glad to see that some of you would offer unsolicited advice, I know if I was struggling and someone offered me advice I would gladly accept, I doubt I would ask for fear of them being unappreciative of the interruption!

Cheers Graham.

PERFECT!  Social etiquette goes a long way!  :-)

Canon General / Re: Should we tell them?
« on: June 26, 2014, 05:42:27 PM »
I have no problem helping complete strangers.  I see offering some unsolicited photography advice much the same as I see holding the door for someone, picking up something the dropped and bringing it to them, etc.  You're just being polite.  And I think as long as you do it in a nice way there shouldn't be any problems with practically anyone.  Saying something like: "hey, that's a nice camera.  I'm a bit of a tech geek, do you mind if I ask what model it is?  **they answer**  Oh cool!  I've heard a lot of good things about that model - what do you think of it?"  That right there will usually uncover frustration on their part.  Then I'd say something like "if you're interested, I might know a way to help".  If they say no then I'd respond with something like "yeah, like I said, I'm a tech geek so I don't like people touching my stuff either" then I'd smile and tell them to have a good day.  If they take offense well... that's a reflection on them, not me.  But more than likely, you're going to end up helping them.

If you're on APS-C and you're going to shoot at f/2.8, don't bother with either of these 50's.  Get the 60mm macro.  Similar performance but more versatile.  And substantially cheaper than the Sigma.

But, if you want to shoot at f/1.4, the Sigma is the obvious choice.  The Canon 50/1.4 does decently well at f/2 - if that's enough of a distinction to warrant the purchase over the 60 macro.

1.4 (even on crop) is really thin so IMO, this isn't a lens for everyone.

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