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PowerShot / Re: P&S - Faster lens or bigger sensor?
« on: February 27, 2013, 08:16:34 PM »
I went for the bright lens option in the form of the G15. This camera will be perfect for plenty of photographers. But it didn't really work for me and was moved along after just a couple of months. I should have gone for a bigger sensor. The G15 was neither here nor there. Not as compact and pocketable as an S100/S110 and failing to deliver on the IQ my fussy standards require. Compared to what I was used to (5D3 & 1D4), the limited dynamic range and shutter lag were the deal breakers. This won't apply to everyone. The G15 is a very cool little camera.

This is a roundabout way of saying that sensor size and lens brightness are not the only things to consider when choosing a compact. Being pocket or purse size means it will get more use. Demonstrably fast AF and minimal lag need to be considered if catching that magic moment is important to you.

RX100 anyone? Leica M9 for the cashed up?

-PW
Leica M9, hmmm... (Even though I'd be a happy camper with any one of those little toys of yours, namely 5D3 and 1D4...) :)
And yes, being pocket-size will be really important for my wife, hence the Canon S100/S110 (blue corner, bigger sensor) vs Olympus XZ-10 (red corner, faster lens) contest!

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PowerShot / Re: P&S - Faster lens or bigger sensor?
« on: February 27, 2013, 08:02:07 PM »
Yeah, you might want to check that claim first. I won't repeat my earlier post, but I claim that larger sensors make the biggest difference in low light.
Yes, a bigger sensor is sure better; the thing is, I couldn't come to a conclusion about sensor size being more or less important than the max aperture of the lens. Anyhow, it looks like its unanimous, so I'm going with the larger sensor.
Thanks!

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PowerShot / Re: P&S - Faster lens or bigger sensor?
« on: February 27, 2013, 07:18:18 PM »
The bigger sensor will perform better in favourable lighting (e.g. when you don't have to crank up the ISO). In less than ideal lighting, it's a wash (though again the difference in maximum aperture may be smaller at the wide end in which case the camera with the larger sensor may still do better)
If the bigger sensor wins in good lighting and it's a wash in low-light, well, that makes the decision a quite easy one.
Thanks!

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PowerShot / Re: P&S - Faster lens or bigger sensor?
« on: February 27, 2013, 07:14:55 PM »
Personally, I'd get the S100 over the S110 - the improvements were marginal, IMO (unlike the S100 vs. the S95).

If I were to replace my S100 today, it would be with a Sony RX100 - same form factor with an even bigger sensor.
As I understand IQ is the same, the S100 will most likely be my choice between these two.
The Sony is sure a great camera, but a definite overkill in my wife's hands, who's a frame-and-then-press-the-little-round-button kind of photographer.
Many thanks :)

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PowerShot / Re: P&S - Faster lens or bigger sensor?
« on: February 27, 2013, 05:15:23 PM »
Bigger sensor would be the better choice, IMO.
That's great news, because the S110 is a tad cheaper (and the S100 is a lot cheaper!).
Thanks! :)

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PowerShot / P&S - Faster lens or bigger sensor?
« on: February 27, 2013, 04:59:25 PM »
Dear CR gurus,
Technical question: for P&S cameras, is it better to have a larger sensor or a faster lens?
Background: I want to buy a decent P&S for my wife, but I've seen that truly pocketable cameras have either faster lenses or bigger sensors, but not both at the same time; e.g., the Canon S110 has a somewhat larger sensor than most P&S and is really small, but the max aperture of its lens is only f/5.9 at the telephoto end. On the other hand, a soon-to-be-released Olympus ZX-10 has a faster lens (f/1.8-2.7), but a smaller sensor.
(I'll get myself a Fuji X20 or an Olympus ZX-2 for carrying around later on, but she prefers something even smaller and cheaper.)
Any thoughts on larger sensor vs faster lens?
Thanks in advance!
Daniel

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Software & Accessories / Re: DNGs on external HD only?
« on: February 25, 2013, 07:22:06 PM »
Dear CR fellas,
Does anyone know if it's possible to have the original files (DNGs) on an external HD only and still have labeling/keywording and all that stuff working? The idea is to have the desktop with selected JPEGs only.
Thanks in advance!

yes this is how i do it
i have a 2.5" working drive with all my LR stuff and then back that up to another desktop HD and a LACIE 5Big RAID Server

Thanks, wickidwombat! :)

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Software & Accessories / DNGs on external HD only?
« on: February 25, 2013, 03:13:44 PM »
Dear CR fellas,
Does anyone know if it's possible to have the original files (DNGs) on an external HD only and still have labeling/keywording and all that stuff working? The idea is to have the desktop with selected JPEGs only.
Thanks in advance!

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EOS-M / Re: The Next EOS M? [CR1]
« on: February 25, 2013, 02:05:19 PM »
(...)
1. I want to skip purchase of another DSLR
2. I want to skip purhcasing any further APS-C cameras
3. I want to move right on to a compact, hi-performance FF mirrorless ILC with
* excellent sensor
* fast contrast+in-sensor-plane Phase-AF
* hi-end EVF
* full ergonomic controls [i.e. 2 wheels! ] 
* at max. 1/3 of the cost of a Leica M system - so basically at the price of Sony RX-1 
(...)

My wishlist is very similar, with the difference that I don't care about sensor size as long as image quality is good. Both the Olympus OM-D EM-5 and the Fuji X-Pro1/X-E1 look nice to me, and rumor has it that newer models will be available by the end of the year, when I'll think it through.

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Lenses / Re: Best lens for baby portraits?
« on: February 25, 2013, 11:27:56 AM »
Lots of good advice here, but I understand the OP wants to rent, not buy, a lens; hence my recommendation for the 50mm f/1.2L.
I'd only buy a fast prime after getting a good all-around zoom (for the 60D, the 17-55mm f/2.8, for instance), although many people would disagree and vote for a prime lens-only kit.
Tell us what you decided for and show us some pics!
Daniel

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Lenses / Re: Best lens for baby portraits?
« on: February 25, 2013, 09:53:27 AM »
On a crop body I would buy the 50mm f/1.4 (I did) and rent the 50mm f/1.2L. I would also consider the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4, which I might even buy later on, even though I just love my 17-55mm f/2.8.
Congratulations, and happy shooting!
Daniel

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Lenses / Re: 650D lenses
« on: February 23, 2013, 10:43:42 AM »
Start saving your pennies for either the efs 17-55 2.8 IS or the efs 15-85. Buy lenses (preferably used) for your current camera and don't concern yourself with a future "what if".
+1
I've struggled for some time to decide which lens to buy. I bought a 60D with the 18-135 lens which, despite its versatility, is neither sharp nor fast. About a year ago I bought a 50/1.4 for portraits and low-light, but I've found it to be not wide enough for casual shooting. About two weeks ago, after considering going FF, I've decided to follow such advice and get the 17-55/2.8. It's a wonderful lens, that stays on my camera 95% of the time now; only very rarely I need shallower DoF than it can give. (When I first started it was always about razor-thin DoF, but nowadays I prefer both eyes in focus...)
I guess the most important thing is to decide what your needs are. If you need the best low-light capabilities ever, then you should go FF. In my case, I wanted to go FF (it happens eventually after spending too much time here...) but had no need for it, and couldn't justify the expense; I sticked to what I had, for it's more than enough for a little landscape shooting now and then, and for taking pics of family. By the end of the year my kid will be walking around the house, and only then I'll buy another camera for having better AF (70D or 7D mark 2, will see).
The grass will always be greener... Be happy with what you need/can afford.
Make a decision based on your needs and buy good glass, and take good pics now. Don't spend two years using inferior glass because you might go FF some day, like I did.
Happy shooting! :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Too early to sell 60D?
« on: February 21, 2013, 05:12:55 PM »
(...) I am sick of the ISO performance of the 60D (...)
Have you tried Topaz DeNoise 5? It makes ISO 1600 very good, and ISO 3200 good even for relatively large prints.

As for selling it now or not, well, I'm keeping mine and will probably buy a 7D mark 2 as soon as the price drops a little, and only then I'll consider selling my 60D.

Check these out:









It seems that there is some pattern of price drop after a few years (earlier for Rebel cameras?) followed by a  period of relative stability.



Maybe the drop has already happened for the 60D. Not sure. I'm keeping mine (and Topaz DeNoise...). :)

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Here are some pics from RX1. 35mm. Shooting distance was around 3'- 4' from camera to subject(s).
http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/fPRlYszx/1/5948895

Great pics!
I'll try shooting only at 35 mm equiv with my 60D and see how it works for me.
Thanks!

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