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Software & Accessories / Smugmug, Flickr, 500px etc
« on: January 10, 2014, 11:47:23 AM »
Dear CR friends,
Which of the hosting websites do you prefer, and why is it better for you?
Thank you!

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 10, 2014, 11:12:17 AM »
(...) If you are unable to take decent to phenomenal shots with today's Canon offerings, which is by far one of the best and innovative systems on the planet, you should consider a different hobby/job.

Could not agree more.
I own a 60D and some humble lenses (17-55/2.8, 50/1.4), and even though I would like to have better high-ISO IQ, more DR, faster FPS, AFMA etc, etc, etc, I am pretty sure that after all those years my entry-level camera still longs for a better photographer behind its viewfinder.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:22:40 PM »
I thought that it was generally accepted that they already have - a couple years ago in fact: the 1Dx
+1  Haha!!  So true! 

Another thing.. WHEN the 7D mark ii is announced, that is going to be the camera of the year.  Seriously, how long we've been waiting..  That's what I really want to see and I don't think I'll be disappointed.   ;)

Waiting anxiously for the 7D2!

Canon General / Re: What is the problem with Canon
« on: January 09, 2014, 02:11:18 PM »
Why has Canon not come out with their 50-100MP camera?

Because they can't make a business case for it.

The engineers tell management that the "new" camera will cost X
The marketing department tells management that the "new" camera will sell for Y
The sales department tells management that Canon can expect to sell Z number of units

The managment subtracts X from Y and multiplies the answer by Z.

The management then compares this number with a whole bunch of numbers that Engineering, Marketing, and Sales have no idea about and makes a business decision.

That's why Canon is not releasing their new mega mega pixel camera.  The numbers are not just right yet.

This why Engineering, Marketing, and Sales departments don't make these types of corporate decisions.

Great way to put it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.0.3 Released
« on: January 09, 2014, 04:36:59 AM »
Great! Now all I need is 7000 dollars.

Alan, thanks for posting these results!

Btw (hint, hint :-) ... unless shooting jpeg only use full iso stops, iso 320 is really iso 400 underexposed, iso 640 is iso 800 underexposed, you gain nothing by this but only lose dynamic range.

Do you have data to support that assertion?  You didn't respond previously

Btw (hint, hint), Bill Claff's data suggest that you're wrong, and that using ISO 160-320-640 gives less noise (as AlanF indicates) and also more DR than the 1/3-stop higher full stop increments of ISO 200-400-800.

As I stated in the other thread, it seems that from a noise as well as a DR standpoint, you're better off using multiples of ISO 160 than ISO 100 (unless you're using a 1D X, which has smooth noise and DR curves, unlike the jagged ones of other recent Canon sensors).

Very helpful and supported!

Neuro, this item definitely deserves some research - I'll try to shoot some high DR test shots this weekend at the various ISOs (on my 5DIII) and then run them through a battery of tests with the tools I have.

Waiting anxiously on the results!

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 07, 2014, 01:55:05 PM »
"Re: Black & White

« Reply #231 on: January 06, 2014, 12:28:44 PM »
Quote from: Tonywintn on January 01, 2014, 08:36:31 AM

My brother's Harley

Great bike!
Why did you opt for HDR?

I like how the HDR highlights the chrome and also all of the detail it shows in the tires.  I also like how it made the shadows look.

Thanks for answering!

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 06, 2014, 01:14:16 PM »
My son playing with his little stones.
Critique is always welcome!

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 06, 2014, 12:47:09 PM »

Black & White / Re: The ping-pong champion
« on: January 06, 2014, 12:46:03 PM »
The ping-pong champion in NYC East Village is a street photography project.
 It is collection of interesting faces, clothes, looks and styles.
 It is about the way people present themselves to the world.
 Each approach is DISTINCTIVE,
 each message is unique,
 each person is ONE of a kind.

Well done!

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 06, 2014, 12:43:44 PM »
A couple of shots from a festival in december. Both of them shot with 5D III and canon 50mm 1.4 (the only lens I had with me)

Love the silhouette

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 06, 2014, 12:28:44 PM »
My brother's Harley

Great bike!
Why did you opt for HDR?

Lenses / Re: Baby on the way - lens help
« on: January 06, 2014, 12:20:00 PM »
...make sure you do a shoot int he first few days of the baby. At that time you can pose them in anyway and they will sleep through it and not move.

After about 2 weeks they start to stretch out, so don't miss that 'newborn curl'.

EOS 1D X, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM @ 47mm, 1/250 s, f/6.3, ISO 400

Lovely photo, neuro!
How did you make the BG so perfectly black?

PowerShot / Re: Canon S110 vs S120
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:50:14 AM »
I have the S120 and I like it, BUT... You should not expect it to focus like a DSLR, nor expect its battery to last longer than 200 shots or so. Other than that, it is a good pocket camera. I would say my only big disappointment with the S120 is the really crappy battery life.

Canon General / Re: Are Metal Mounts Better Than Plastic?
« on: January 04, 2014, 09:56:11 PM »
I think Rogers's definition of a plastic vs. a metal mount differs from how most people think about those terms.  For most of us, we're talking about the bayonet parts - the 'teeth' that lock into the mount on the camera. 


The EF-S 18-55 on the left has a 'plastic mount', the EF 17-40L on the right has a 'metal mount'.  Very few of us disassemble lenses, so we have no idea what's behind that mount surface.  Roger is talking about how the screws that that attach that visible surface piece to the lens are connected - do those screws go into metal screw-holes that are attached to the frame of the lens, or are the screw-holes plastic?

'Plastic' can be quite strong, so for a 'light' lens (most lenses under 100mm, with the exception of the 'magic cannonball' 85L), I agree with Roger that I wouldn't expect any issues, and 'professional' could apply.  However, for the bayonet 'teeth' of the mount, plastic wears down more easily than metal (vs. the screw-holes, which aren't subjected to routine 'wear'). That means a lens with a plastic mount (as I'd say is the common definition pictured above, not Rogers's use of the term), would be able to tolerate fewer mount/unmount cycles than a lens with metal bayonet teeth.  Since a professional lens would be expected to last years and most 'pros' own several lenses and change them frequently, it makes sense to associate a metal mount (as pictured above, regardless of how it's screwed in) with 'professional' build.

I understand that, and even make the same (in my case unfounded) assumption about the plastic teeth wearing down more quickly, but would not Roger have noticed it so far if it did happen to be true?

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