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EOS Bodies / Re: Who said Canon sensors suck?!?
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:45:15 AM »
You're right, it does have 14.4 stops of DR, despite a 14-bit ADC.  It's also powered by an internal perpetual motion machine, floats in the air when released, and basically defies many other laws of physics and thermodynamics.
at the pixel level, the D800 DR at ISO 100 is 13.23EV.
the 14.4 is because of the normalizing in the DXO print mark.

Yes, I know. 

If a data analysis method includes a normalization step which forces data to fall outside of the range that's physically possible for the measurement, that data analysis method is flawed, and by extension, any conclusions based on that method are also flawed.  If a hospital reported to parents that their newborn infant had a population-normalized length of -4", you'd say WTF, a negative height is impossible, right? 

Same thing with a 14.4 DR from a 14-bit ADC.  WTF, that's impossible.  Change the method, becasue the method is flawed.  If the analysis method is flawed, the resulting conclusions (i.e. DxOMark's Scores) are also flawed.  Note that I think (and I've repeatedly stated) that their Measurements are valid and useful - it's the Scores, which are based on the flawed normalization step (and have other problems, like undisclosed 'black box' weighting of sub-components) that are meaningless.

IMHO, this is so true.  The mass majority doesn't fully understand the testing procedures but only look at the 'numbers' in order to position the worthiness of the product.  The real test is using your own combination of body and lens in your own environment with your own light and producing a final print that satisfies your own level of professional expectation.

EOS Bodies / Re: 46.1mp Canon DSLR Previewed at PhotoPlus 2012? [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 03:33:32 PM »
Looking at the marketing side and possibilities of this new approach by Canon, it obviously is in direct competition to Nikon's D800 and with the masses focused on qty of MP, Canon is making sure they are at least more than 10% larger than Nikon's sensor.   

My guess is the IQ will be much much better than the D800 and 5D3 with some of the trade offs inherited by this newer technology such as FPS and high ISO noise.

Should this new model 'fail' to get the market share, then Canon has dug a big hole for themselves. This HAS to work OR they have to have another trick in the bag.

As far as pricing, my 'guess' is around $4,200.

EOS Bodies / Re: 46.1mp Canon DSLR Previewed at PhotoPlus 2012? [CR1]
« on: September 24, 2012, 02:47:31 PM »
If one of the OP's is correct and this 46MP sensor is a Foveon sensor, this is similar from what I understand is in Sigma DP MERRILL point and shoot that has a few good reviews.  However if it was this simple and that great, wouldn't this already be a trend by now?

Last year I met a photographer who actually had done extensive research on this Foveon sensor and his advise to me then was to 'give them some time to perfect it'.  He was shooting a Canon  5D2 and had numerous Sigma and Canon lenses but advised me to stay clear of that technology for now.

Your thoughts?

Canon General / Re: How do you sell your gear?
« on: September 20, 2012, 02:22:28 PM »
I use CL exclusively.  You need to decide what you're willing to take.  Personally, I only buy for 70% or less of the current new item price.  I've had good luck selling at 75-80% of new.  Include good pics in your ad, product -type pics ('seamless' white background, a piece of paper works just crop tight).  Ask for a phone number in the reply.

I use the same method as Neuro above: CL all the way.  Ebay works if you're patient and don't mind shipping, paying Ebay fee and Paypal fees...and maybe getting less for your items.
Craigslist has its inherited security concerns with selling expensive items:
I use these guidelines for CL:
1. Never bring a buyer to your home. Meet at a local busy business like Starbucks, etc.
2. Never ship any item and expect to get paid.
3. Talk to the buyer on the phone before you meet.
4. Be honest about the condition of your item.
5. Be realistic about what your fair price is and what the market will bare.
6. Cash only or trade, never a check, cashiers check or money order.
7. Bring a friend if possible to witness the transaction.

Good luck.

Lighting / Re: Need Assistance on how to improve skin tones with strobes
« on: September 15, 2012, 12:23:38 PM »

Well done dirtcastle.   I like this one the best. 

Lighting / Re: Need Assistance on how to improve skin tones with strobes
« on: September 14, 2012, 06:34:24 PM »
Mix it up a bit.  This is just my interpretation. Sometimes colors just don't fit well.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon S110 Rumor...
« on: September 14, 2012, 06:11:04 PM »
As far as model numbers are concerned, I would think that the S105 would be the next generation of this model seeing how they progressed from S95, S100, SXXX..... 

I still have both of these models and just bought the Sony RX100 about a month ago from Digital Rev in China. Got to admit, the RX100 IQ is spectacular.  It's fast and has many more usuable features than my beloved S100.

Now what Canon?

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon S110 Rumor...
« on: September 14, 2012, 05:47:55 PM »
The original Canon S110 was offered in 2001 at 2.1 MP and had this extremely tiny LCD.  I later purchased the S200 and still have that little 'gem'.

Maybe we can post some images taken with the technology of 11 years ago and see how they differ.

Lenses / Re: Anyone heard when BH, Adorama or Amazon will ship 24-70 II?
« on: September 12, 2012, 01:21:27 PM »
Amazon typically runs a couple of months behind on new high end photo items.  Adorama and B&H are among the first.  Small local shops also seem to be pretty fast.  They only order one at a time, and Canon seems to want to support them.

And the fear in this is that Amazon is supposed to be adding sales tax on all orders as of this Sunday. In CA in my area that's 9.75% or about an extra $225.  Its been a nice ride in the past, but those days are coming to an end. At this point, it makes sense to buy from your local brick & mortar store and skip the shipping costs.

Lenses / Anyone heard when BH, Adorama or Amazon will ship 24-70 II?
« on: September 12, 2012, 11:02:13 AM »
After reading some of the stellar reports of this revamped lens and re-ordering this lens for the second time, when do we expect this baby to be born?

EOS Bodies / Re: New firmware to Canon 7D, v2.0.3
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:59:05 AM »
They seem to be updating the 7D firmware a lot compared to other bodies.  7D is great and I like to see it getting the love and attention it deserves.  It does make one wonder if this means any direct successor to 7D will be slower than normal in coming, or perhaps not coming at all??
Actually, I think this is a firmware update for things the previous firmware update broke more than anything.

Agreed. Thanks for the love Canon!  One problem I observed after that update was the loss of 8.5 fps during Ai Servo.  It would shoot maybe 3 or 4 frames and pause for a moment and then continue even using a 90mb/sec CF card.  Secondly, using a Canon battery grip has been known to create problems using Ai and 'H' frame per second.

Technical Support / Re: Phantom Ranch Trip
« on: September 07, 2012, 05:36:59 PM »
And again congrats on your reservations, these truly are once in a lifetime trips.

The only thing I wanted to comment on was the camera body and lenses.  Your 7D would work well for this compared to the extra weight of the 1DX and its extra batteries.  I would however consider a EF-S 10-22 lens to catch the massive size of the canyon looking towards the sky. 

As you will see when you get to the bottom of the canyon, the night time sky is like you've NEVER seen it before. The stars are so incredibly bright! 

The 10-22 is extremely light weight and could complement your 15-85 or if you have one a 70-200 f4 which is also a very portable lens.  Take filters too!

I've hiked and camped in the canyon many years ago, but we did it in JULY when the temps were 100+ every day.  As you've noted, most of portable gear was water.

HAVE FUN!  Please post your images after you return.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is there a way to confirm focus in Live View
« on: September 07, 2012, 05:24:27 PM »
In my DSLR, the rectangle covering the AF area turns from red to green when focus is achieved.
 I'm not sure about manual focus, but at 10X, your eye is easily as accurate as autofocus, and you can focus on the precise spot you want.

Wow, thats great news, thanks.  Is this a custom function?  Not sure I've ever seen this.  Assume you're also shooting a 5D3?

EOS Bodies / Re: Is there a way to confirm focus in Live View
« on: September 07, 2012, 02:32:00 PM »
It's a bit pricey, but what solved my problem was the Zaguto Z finder. I was so used to using the viewfinder that I could not focus with live view and this made it really easy to focus. I just leave the base plate attached to the camera and pop on the rest when needed.

Can you then attach a RRS L plate to the bottom of the base plate? :-\

EOS Bodies / Is there a way to confirm focus in Live View
« on: September 07, 2012, 01:11:14 PM »
First, let me say thanks for all the great knowledge and information I've learned through this forum.  I'd say I'm a bit addicted as it keeps me from my work.  ::)

My question:

Is there a way to get focus confirmation in LIVE VIEW x 10  like we see when using the view finder with our MF lenses?   Depending upon the amount of light I'm shooting landscapes in, sometimes its very difficult to see the LCD and know for sure I'm perfectly dialed in.

I've used external monitors on previous shoots but sometimes the whole set up is cumbersome and the monitor resolution was not as good as the LCD itself.

Thanks in advance.

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