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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I love big gear
« on: January 23, 2013, 12:47:35 PM »

I will be traveling to Hong Kong & China this coming friday - guess what camera I'm bringing with me? 5D 3 + 40mm pancake + 16-35 II.

I still want P+S camera size with FF sensor - with some special lenses: 14, 35, 50mm etc...

Wuss.  ;)

I went on a similar trip (HKG + China for 2 weeks) and took a 60D, EF-S 17-55 f/2.8, EF-S 10-22, 70-200 IS USM II, 50 f/1.8 II, 580 EX II and accessories (Gorillapod, Videomic 2 among other things) in a Lowepro shoulder bag.

Thank goodness back massages are cheap in mainland China ...

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Lenses / Re: Question about variable aperture
« on: January 16, 2013, 10:08:41 AM »
The first part of this Tech Tips post from Chuck Westfall explains a little bit of the mechanics of a constant-aperture zoom lens. I found it an interesting read when it was first posted in 2009.

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Canon General / Re: More Canon Store Information
« on: January 15, 2013, 12:23:31 PM »
I just want them to open one in Hong Kong so next time I'm there I can hopefully buy a "Canon: Delighting You Always" shirt.

Big goals, ya know?

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Lighting / Re: Off camera flash
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:40:48 PM »

Ok, you got me on this one...

Why in the world would Walgreens care if your pics were 'professional' or not, and have you sign forms...?

Not doubting that your images looked great, but just baffled why Walgreens would have you sign something?

C

Walgreens doesn't want to take the risk of potentially reproducing copyrighted works. They make you sign a form saying you hold the copyright or that you have permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the work, therefore (supposedly) limiting their liability in case someone else alleges Walgreens reproduced their copyrighted work.

Walmart made me sign a similar form one time. Highlight of my life. ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Got this here itch
« on: January 07, 2013, 12:58:22 PM »
Okay, in that case, I'll play.

What's wrong with the 5D III for your needs? What will these mythical cameras possess that you don't see in Canon's current offerings?

With the 7D update, you'll be getting the tighter pixel pitch, with sharpness-robbing diffraction setting in earlier. Are you willing to put up with the smaller crop-sensor viewfinder, coming from a 1Ds III? Do you need razor-think DOF you're used to will full frame? And although you can add pixels in photomerge, will you still get the perspective you desire? Personally, I love the wide-angle perspective, not just the wider field of view.

If the 40MP-plus monster comes out, as someone noted, will you be willing to pay the price that it will command? I'm assuming you have decent glass, but depending on your needs and your propensity to pixel-peep, will you be happy with sensors that demand perfection from your glass if you're demanding perfection in your images (on the out-of-camera images at pixel level, at least). Also, you're already used to large files, but I would personally be nervous about 40MP+ images and their impact on my storage and processing infrastructure.

As always, I prefer to ask myself, "What does my current gear not offer that I want from an upgrade?" and then see if the new gear really offers what I want. Of course, that requires real cameras to investigate, not rumors.

$.02

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PowerShot / Re: Canon Announces The PowerShot N
« on: January 07, 2013, 11:36:21 AM »
LCD screen à la waist-level finder? Interesting ...

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Lenses / Re: New EF-S Lenses Are Coming [CR2]
« on: November 21, 2012, 12:59:52 PM »
What is the advantage of EF-S glass? 

I have heard that crop sensors have better focus in the middle of the lens on an EF mount.  Does this mean it can take full advantage of the entire lens in an EF-S type mount?

The original rationale was lighter and less expensive. When I first picked up the 10-22mm EF-S, I was surprised how light it was. I like that. Personally, I'm not willing to invest in full-frame bodies due to price, and I find that several of the EF-S offerings (such as the 10-22mm and 17-55mm) are great lenses.

As far as the second part of your question, I've never heard the term "better focus" used, but it is true you are using the center cut of the lens, meaning if the lens has soft corners or vignetting, these attributes will show up less on a crop sensor compared to a full-frame sensor.

As far as an update, I don't feel like my 10-22mm needs any better IQ. I find it to be better than my 24-105mm and in the realm of my 70-200 f/2.8L IS II. The 17-55 would benefit from better construction, however, but I, too, am worried about the price inching up. Conversely, a II version could mean cheaper I versions, so ... ;)

Like Thom Hogan on Nikon, I'm still wishing for a fast 28mm or 24mm equivalent prime EF-S. This is my favorite focal length, and f/2 or faster would open up some opportunities for me.

$.02


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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 30, 2012, 04:02:57 PM »
Once again, Canon delivers a lens that nobody asked for. Unless this thing is so sharp it gives me paper cuts just by looking at it, my 24-105 f/4L shall stay in my bag.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best PC product for HDR
« on: May 29, 2012, 11:12:47 AM »
www.hdrsoft.com

Download a free trial of Photomatix.

It is one of the most adjustable apps out there, and thus easy to overdo with. I have tried CS5/Nik, but they seem a bit too flat to me. Photomatic can do both flat and surreal versions well.

Photomatix would be my first choice. I, too, have used CS5 (without the Nik software, however), and I find it difficult to get exactly what I want. With Photomatix, it's easy to dial in the "Graduated ND filter on steroids" look that I like. Plus, as K said, you can do a lot more with it.

Personally, I really enjoy how quick it is to work with.

$.02

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I'm confused about Nikon...
« on: May 13, 2012, 10:30:48 AM »
SO d700 is a separate series from the d800? does that mean that will will see a d710 and d810? Cause if they just go and make a d900, then they run out of names again.

The D800 is the successor to the D700, so it's a continuation of the line.

However, there are rumors of a D600 now, to be a lower-end full-frame camera. So on it goes. :D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: I'm confused about Nikon...
« on: May 12, 2012, 09:26:59 AM »

If not confusing, then at least inefficient and kinda odd.

It was easier around 2004/2005 or so. There was the D100, which was the crop-sensor camera. 

Then there was the D1 series, which continued on the F1/F2/F3/F4/F5 series of their pro-level bodies. The pro-level digital bodies were sometimes given sensor or feature upgrades mid-lifecycle, so they were given an X or H suffix (1Dx, 2Dh, etc.)

Then, they introduced the D70. Which was better than the D100. But later, they upgraded the D100 and continued its line into the D200/D300/D300s.

The D70 line continued to the D80 and D90. What's the next logical number? That's a problem.

On the lower end of things, Nikon started a lower-end camera below the D70 to compete with the digital Rebels. They started with a D50, added a lower D40, upped that with a D40X and then a D60. Where to go next? That's a problem.

So they seemingly pulled back and went with a new naming scheme: The low-end was renamed the D3000. Successors were the D3100 and now the D3200.

Above that, they went to the D5000, and now the D5100 with a rumored D5200 along the way.

The D70/80/90 also went to a four-digit naming convention with the current D7000.

The D100/200/300 is now the (outdated) 300s, which some people will say could go full-frame, others argue it will stay DX, but who knows at this point.

Then the full-frame below-"pro" body was announced with the D700, and now the D800 series.

And there's still the pro series. They just do a +1 with every new generation, and of course, sometimes a suffix.

So no, not confusing at all ... ;) The naming madness is due to the fact that digital camera tech is ever-evloving, and cameras need to be updated a wee bit more often than their film counterparts did.

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Yes, I have considered it - my plan was to buy a used D700 once prices dropped a bit when everyone has their D800. I considered the idea because I have 5 AI and AI-S Nikkor lenses I use with my FM2n and I find them quite enjoyable to use. However, I enjoy the focal lengths without a crop factor. I never have considered switching, though - just adding a Nikon body.

At this point in time, however, I'm thinking a $100 lens adapter on my 60D is much more economically pleasing to my wife.

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Lenses / Re: Any word on the Canon prime's with IS?
« on: April 20, 2012, 10:03:32 AM »
How would landscape photographers benefit from IS? I would think this is the market which would be most likely to use a tripod, and least likely to use IS.

Landscape photogs may not benefit, but the video guys will probably like this, as will people who like to be "available light" portrait/street/event/etc. photos. I don't think Canon is interested in making a lens for a single contingent of photographers, so its no surprise the lens has different design choices to cater to different users.

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Just noticed in the specs that this camera doesn't shoot video... that's actually quite a shock, I've been using video mode on my 7D to shoot little videos of Jupiter etc so it's a shame that a dedicated astrophoto camera isn't capable of shooting video... for the price I would think video capability is a just a given nowadays? leaving it out and still charging that much? sure it's IR capable now but that modification isn't as costly as putting video in... hmm...

Canon's own specs disagree, as does the B&H preorder page. And then there's this line in the presser:

"Canon has also included an AC adapter kit with the EOS 60Da, allowing the camera to be powered through an AC wall outlet or a battery-powered inverter, ideal for long exposure image or video capture at home or in the field." (emphasis added)

So it appears it does record video.

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EOS Bodies / Re: is the 40D still a good one for 400$
« on: March 31, 2012, 09:53:04 AM »
I guess I'm going to go against what others have said, but oh, well.

I've shot with a 40D for the past 4+ years. I've also shot with a 60D alongside the 40D for the last year with the same lenses.

I prefer the 60D. I find the images have more dynamic range, and the expanded ISO capability helps me in what I do. I actually think I get sharper images from my 60D as long as I and the autofocus do our jobs. I've had AF issues with my 40D from the beginning, but it really is a nice, solid camera.

For $400, you're still getting a good rig. My 40D has made some great images over its lifetime and if you found a clean sample, I think it would do you well.

$.02

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