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Third Party Manufacturers / Xiaomi launches cheap action camera
« on: March 02, 2015, 08:23:45 AM »

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has launched a cheap action camera that costs only 399 yuan (£41).

The Yi Action Camera shoots video in 1080 high-definition, has a 16 megapixel camera and a wide-angle lens.

The device can also be used to make time-lapse films and is waterproof to depths of 40m.

More cat pictures coming your way soon... Still, the price is good!  More details at the link. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What is that dot on the 5D3?
« on: March 01, 2015, 05:12:10 PM »
Remote control sensor.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fujifilm like the EOS 7D mark II
« on: February 28, 2015, 07:33:10 PM »
I'm impressed with his candor, but also with the Fuji products.  If wouldn't surprise me if
ten years from now the big camera vendors are Canon, Fuji and Samsung.

 It would surprise very much when there are brands like Nikon and Sony
Fuji is a small manufacturer, why would they suddenly become larger than  Nikon, Sony?

Fuji is also a survivor. While Kodak went belly up, Fuji successfully navigated the transition from film (once their primary product) to digital.

Will they displace Nikon or Canon? I doubt it. But, I did read once that Fuji is the company that Canon was most concerned about, so maybe the admiration is mutual. Personally, I'm not convinced Sony is in the photography business for the long haul. Maybe as a supplier, but not sure I would invest in their system for fear it could disappear.

This lacks all credibility, Fuji are buying sensors from Sony and Toshiba, Sony has 60% of the world  sensor market
Not really.  If you were buying into a camera system, and had an eye to still be using that system in 5+ years, would you buy Sony?  I certainly wouldn't.  How many different mounts have Sony produced over the last few years?  And have they managed to provide a comprehensive lens lineup for any of those mounts?  And will they still be making any of them in 5 years?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Fujifilm like the EOS 7D mark II
« on: February 28, 2015, 08:01:44 AM »
A couple of excerpts from an interview with Fujifilm's Senior Manager for Sales & Marketing over at DPReview.

Digital SLRs. Mid-range and high-end DSLRs like Canon’s EOS 7D Mark II, for example. Canon did a good job with that camera. And as we move into the telephoto lens area for wildlife photography and so on, those customers definitely need a better autofocus system. Just introducing a telephoto zoom is not a solution. Focus accuracy and speed has to be there. 

One of the most interesting cameras in the past six months or so was the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Historically Canon keeps its high-speed cameras at the top-end, in their professional cameras, but with the 7D II they’ve moved those features down into APS-C. So they see an opportunity in that format. The focusing system is really good.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 25, 2015, 03:00:58 PM »
I too am in the camp where I'd like to see the 135mm prime get some love first.

I agree that they'd probably make an amazing 135 (I'm a huge ART-Line fan), but I'm pretty sure they can't compete with Canon's Price Point of about $1k for their VERY good 135 f2.  If they come out with a lens faster than f2 or with OS, I'd be interested.  However, I doubt there's really any money in it for them with Canon's stellar lens.

I'm pretty sure they could really cut into Canon's market share with a good new 85 ART since Canon's equivalent (and amazing) lens is $2K+.  I'd been waiting for Sigma's 85, but couldn't wait any longer and pulled the trigger on the Canon.  I'll be selling it if Sigma's 85 is as good as their other ART lenses.

I think you've gotta follow the money here, and Sigma's gonna make more with an 85 coming first (imho).

Sigma Art lenses are sold in multiple mounts, not just Canon.
Which is a fair point, but there are more Canon EF mount cameras sold than any other mount - which may be one reason why Sigma have possibly stopped producing their 24-105 Art...

EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: February 22, 2015, 03:22:44 PM »
ISO 100-204,800

Who can tell me why one should use an ISO of 204,800???
These specs does not seem very logic compared what you can get now.

In 2004, I heard the same thing about ISO 3200.
In 2011, I heard the same thing about ISO 12,800.
In 2013, I head the same thing about ISO 25,600.

I've been in plenty of extreme low-light conditions where I could see easily but I couldn't take pictures, even with an f/1.4 prime at ISO 12,800.

I did a little test one time to see what ISO it would take to get a picture about like I could see with my eyes after a full dark adaptation, at the same equivalent shutter speed (about 1/10th).  My eyes can do black and white at an f-stop of about f/3.5 and an ISO of about 2 million when compared with a digital camera.
The higher (usable) ISO the better for widefield astrophotography.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New camera body or new lens?
« on: February 22, 2015, 02:46:38 PM »
For portrait, get the 85mm lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: February 22, 2015, 12:50:30 PM »
I wonder if there is more than one 5DIV to come - this 5DX and a higher MP, slower frame rate version (5DIV)?  Canon does seem to be making the most of the 5D line - witness the two high MP bodies, the 7D2 which appears to be a 5D body...

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS & Others
« on: February 20, 2015, 09:59:20 AM »
The 28 and 50 are big lenses - the 50 is about the size of Sigma's Art and the 28 isn't much smaller.

6-70 zoom! But that's for a tiny sensor (35-420 full frame equivalent, if I've worked that out right).

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 19, 2015, 12:20:28 PM »
subscription software is the future, we all will have to accept it or use antiquated software, it not going to go away
Or find open source alternatives... :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Don't understand why
« on: February 12, 2015, 07:19:06 AM »
After reading that interview were it was stated that they had difficulty in squeezing everything
into the new 5Ds...what possible rationale was it not made into a larger 1Ds series?      ;)
Because people would've been complaining if it was a $7000 camera?

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art announced..
« on: February 11, 2015, 02:02:12 PM »
As I mentioned above, I accept very bright "square stars" in the far corners of full frame. For my purposes, a good overall image, not scientific accuracy, "square stars" (small amount of coma, no wings) do not detract. I am not printing larger than 13 x 19 at the moment. Of course, I could stop down to f/2 and often do, if I think that I am going to blow the brightest stars off the right end of the histogram. f/2 has brightest round stars in far corners of FF. Speaking of which, Canon really ought to provide an option for RAW histograms.!
Are you aware that you can get RAW histograms with Magic Lantern?

Glad to hear that the problems have been resolved.

Enjoy your photography. :)

Lenses / Re: New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 09, 2015, 10:25:46 AM »
A built in stepping motor/system to allow auto stacking of images.
Just for you! :)

Thank you for posting this Iintoni. Maybe I'll have to put magic lantern on my Canon T1i.
Just to clarify, it works on other cameras with ML support, and there are other software solutions available. :)

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