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EOS Bodies / Re: review the 5D3 reviews
« on: August 20, 2012, 12:44:08 PM »
good point -- had they downplayed the in-camera raw conversion, assuming that RAW shooters won't care, it would not have been a complete review.  They did make it clear what folks need to be aware of.

on the topic of the 5D3 itself, it will be interesting to see if Canon addresses the jpg conversion and video IQ

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EOS Bodies / review the 5D3 reviews
« on: August 20, 2012, 11:56:51 AM »
sorry if this has already been hashed -- feel free to point to those threads.  Whats your vote for the most objective and useful 5D3 review, and which reviews do you find less useful than others? 

For example, in reading the dpreview piece, I came away wondering why the in-camera jpg conversion was given so much attention as a negative, or "con".  Generally I wouldn't expect users of a $3500 camera body to depend that much on in-camera jpg conversion, but maybe its just me --  it doesn't seem all that critical to me:  Interesting and important to know, to be sure, but just not critical. 

 I used to shoot raw+jpg, using the jpgs as proofs and to help me identify the keepers  but then I discovered the CR2 conversion plug-in for Windows Photo Viewer and now I don't depend on my camera to produce jpgs at all. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specs? [CR1]
« on: August 20, 2012, 11:05:50 AM »
Maybe it's the Sony 24MP APS-C sensor  ;D

Or it's rumored by Sony:
1. Start making people dream about 24MP APS-C from Canon
2. Wait for Canon making people dissapointed
3. Advertising: "Come to daddy..."

 ;D

thats hilarious, and maybe even true, lol!   after all, this is a CR1 rumor and no more credible than those before it. I suspect the purpose is to keep the flame alive. 

That said,  the content in this one for the first time mentions noise with an oblique reference to the shortcomings of the 7D in that regard.  Its as if someone is reading the forums and putting stuff out there known to generate lots of activity :D

Anyway unless Canon really strikes with a new and disruptive "C" sensor technology  there's seriously no way these rumored specs will come to life without going to an H sensor, which of course re-hashes all the same chatter again on that topic, for example how horrible it would be to force 7D upgraders to sell their S lenses to 70D owners, how the integer "7" and the letter "C" can never be separated, etc..  Alternatively, if they do have such a disruptive crop sensor, capable of pushing the pixel density limit while at the same time reducing noise, then they already have, "in hand",  successor technology to the 5D3 and 1DX, requiring only the migration to the FF production. 




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Macro / Re: Canon 100mm USM MACRO (not L / IS)
« on: August 13, 2012, 03:22:48 PM »
love the 100mm macro.  sure I've missed some shots due to no-IS but generally if I'm doing macro I'm using a tripod


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D in October? [CR1]
« on: August 13, 2012, 03:10:00 PM »
Sorry to break it to you, guys, but the 6D rumor is just wishful thinking  :P.

Canon has both the high and low ends covered with new models: new 1DX, new 5DIII, new Rebel, new EOS-M system.
Together with a discounted 5DII, a discounted 7D, and a discounted 60D, they are all set for the holiday shopping season this year.

The 70D will be the next camera from Canon - likely in Jan/Feb next year.
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"set for the high and low ends" -- agreed, except that there is no pro crop body (time will tell if this is deliberate or not).  That aside, canon is still quite weak in two areas it seems to me. 

1.  The 60D may be discounted but it takes only a slighly clever customer to figure out how old it is.

2. In the advanced crop body space there is nothing, save the 7D which is (slightly) older than the discontinued 1D4.  The 7D firmware udpate may be an attempt to squeeze one more drop out of this platform but imho all this does is make existing 7D owners happier  and does little to make it attractive for holiday shoppers who know how old it is. 

I want to know what Canon expects 1DX and 5D3 owners to puchase as a second body. right now there are no attractive options -- for new purchases I mean.  If they don't want to loose holiday revenue they will have to either deliver or  entice people to wait until after christmas to buy.  and it better be something more attractive than a T4i in a 7D body.

It will be interesting to see if and when Canon makes a move in these areas.

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Lenses / Re: How do you pack your lens hoods when traveling?
« on: August 10, 2012, 04:56:18 PM »
when I load for easiest access,   The 17-55 has the hood on correctly and with lens cap off,  either separately or attached to the camera.  When I load for transit, the hood is reversed and lens cap is on. 

70-200 is bagged with hood reversed with lens cap on (cause there isn't room to install the hood normally) either separately or attached to camera.

 the 10-22 hood is too big to be stored on the lens, and rides in a separate compartment

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D in October? [CR1]
« on: August 10, 2012, 12:53:21 AM »
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We make the mistake of looking for a one-camera solution to our needs. Canon wants to sell us all at least two bodies.

Now that's hitting the nail on the head.  Got my 7D, waiting to see which way to go for FF.

nice.  what attracts me to the 5D3 is the fps and AF system, as the FF solution.  But if your FF needs do not include action, then 6D. 

I'm one of those who sees value in the high-speed burst, no matter what body you are using - so a 4fps FF isn't attractive to me.

what is the 2nd body Canon wants to sell to 1DX and 5D3 owners?    A high performance crop body comes to mind, but it would have to produce convincingly better IQ in distance-constrained situations compared to just cropping the FF image in post to achieve equivalent FOV, a scenario where the 7D just barely edges out the 5D3.

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Lenses / Re: Lens Filters etc.
« on: August 09, 2012, 07:06:36 PM »
couple of thoughts on filters


1.  I'm currently in the "naked" camp.  I used to put the best B&W UV filters on my lenses, especially on those non-Ls that are not sealed.  Then I realized that in 30 years not one mishap was avoided with that practice.  Recently I did an experiment showing an increase in flare due to the addition of the filter (on my 17-55, which is flare-prone to begin with).  So  took the UV off and shoot "naked" now whenever possible.  now the only filter on my 17-55 is a slim B&W circular polarizer, of course only when needed.  my lenses all have hoods -- even my 10-22.  that provides the protection I personally need. 

I've got a couple of primo B&W UV filters 72mm that I don't use anymore and would be willing to sell :-)

2.  yes, you can make minor PP corrections to darken the sky, with all the hazards thereunto appertaining, but what you cannot do in post is remove reflections from water or other reflecting surfaces like airplanes, windows etc.  here the polarizer is just fantastic - remember that reflected light is polarized light.   So you're at the beach for example -- you can remove that reflection coming off of the water and get nice "depth".   

here's a couple of examples.  in the first, my objective was to capture the boy's reflection, so polarizer is off.  in the second, polarizer is on because I wanted to capture the depth of color in the incoming surf.  the dark sky was a bonus but not my primary objective.  Even the color of the underlying sand is evident, something that would be impossible without the polarizer.   FYI that one is at 17mm (1.6x) just a few inches from the incoming wave.  I had to act fast :-)

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Here are some of mine. the first is an 10mm  UWA shot, using a hand rail for support.  8/10ths of a sec, Canon 10-22mm at f/4.5 (no IS),

The second is handheld 1/6th second at 50mm with the 17-55 IS at f/2.8,

The third is handheld 1/15th second with the 17-55 at f/2.8 and 55mm (equivalent to 88mm in a FF).  IS is your friend

all 40D at ISO 1600.  no time to set up anything or influence any lighting -- just grabbed the shot while the guide was giving her speech

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some nice work there, to be sure.  most of us don't have time to attach lights to baloons or even take multiple exposures to stitch together, which of course requires a tripod and a certain absense of other people kicking it  ;D .  on most any guided tour, unless it is specifically for photography in which case there may be special rules or exceptions, you have to be quick, anticipate a shot by looking ahead,  take many of them, use wide and UWA, IS whenever possible, high ISOs, capture the lighting that is present at the time, and expect few keepers.  monopod is going with me next time, even if it just stays clipped to my belt, but based on my last experience I could have used it very effectively. I took my flash in, but only for that one shot, anticipated near the end of the tour when I wanted to show family members near the exit. 

the only other thing I haven't seen mentioned is that multiple burst is your freind, not for stopping the actions of others, but for stopping yours lol :D

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lol yea.  I went through a number of cpu cycles before arriving at the 3551.  I didn't want to regret my purchase ever.  and I do mean ever :D    There were things I just was not willing to compromize, such as setup speed, durabiilty, weight, and LENGTH.  so many 'pods are too short for tall dudes to use correctly and in all anticipated scenarios.  for example, shooting up at birds.  and resting the leg behind yours to obtain additional stability, not just straight vertical in front of you. The gizto is just the way to go!

The RRS required firing some some neurons to.  for $100 the kirk version of the manfroto is ok, but I sent mine back without even opening the package.  too wimpy.  the RRS was like wow finally someone knows what a stable head means.  and the "02" version allows you to switch the orientation of the head itself.  anyway sorry for the thread drift - I just like my gitzo :D

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I wish I had brought a mono into wind cave.  gitzo 3551 for example, on a belt clip, can be set up in seconds, and it can be protected by you making it less susceptable to someone kicking it.  I'm not a fan of ballheads on a mono, but find great happiness with the RRS MH-02 on the gitzo.  personal preference of course.

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I recently encountered similar experiences in one of the ND caves (Wind). Fortunately in my case, low-level incandescent lighting was provided along the way because I was on a guided tour; I brought my flash in but never used it -- it just wouldn't have captured what I saw,  and since I was on a tour I didn't have time to set up anything usefully creative anyway.  I had to shoot quick, look for opportunities to rest the camera on something like a handrail, utilize wide apertures, IS, and got few keepers. 

I had a lowepro sling so I could change lenses without taking the backpack off, and utilized the IS WA most of the time (17-55). I got my 70-200 f/2.8 out just because I wanted to, and got a couple of surprisingly acceptable close-in shots of some features by resting the camera against a handrail.  next time I'll bring a monopod.  In my case, a tripod wouldn't have been practical;  no time or space for set-up.

if you are not on a guided tour, and you really do have the time and space to bring in lighting and tripod, all the better!  its just that a single, straight-on flash won't capture what you really see.  without installed "tourist lighting" already in place, and with the time to be creative with a tripod, I think I would be tempted to experiment with "painting" light manually with shutter open -- assuming you have the time of course, and freedom to move about the cave.  For example: open shutter, paint light, then move to another location -- paint more light, lather rinse repeat, then close shutter.  remote shutter release would be useful.    Another alternative, if you really have the time and freedom to be creative, is to place some flash slaves strategically around various places.

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Lenses / Re: Keep 70-200 f4 IS or go for f2.8 IS II?
« on: July 23, 2012, 07:41:50 PM »
I find the weight of the f/2.8 II to be an advantage, but that could be just me.  Nice work neuroanatomist I happen to appreciate and greatly respect blurred waterfalls :D especially handheld ones -- this takes more than a casual attention to technique, IS notwithstanding.  I do suspect when you factor in the advantage of a FF and the shorter focal length, your conditions are similar to 1/15th at 200mm on a 1.6x crop body.


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Lenses / Re: Keep 70-200 f4 IS or go for f2.8 IS II?
« on: July 23, 2012, 07:14:59 PM »
with 1.4x attached, the f/2.8 II is sharper. whether or not that difference is noticable or important is up to you

with 1.4x attached, the f/2.8 will likey focus faster, although I haven't heard any complaints about the f/4 AF at f/5.6 with TC.  I get amazing fast AF on mine, but again whether or not any difference is noticable or important, is up to you. 

without TC, the f/2.8 II should have an AF advantage, but I've never heard of the f/4 coming up short of anyone's expectations and since I've never shot with the f/4 I can't confirm it. 

I CAN confirm IS on the f/2.8 II is simply outstanding.  1/15th second handheld at 200mm is not unreasonable.  seriously. 

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