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I see no Direct Print button.  I suppose we're supposed to be excited about the new "Indirect Print Button" functionality.

EOS Bodies / Re: What is the best pocket camera?
« on: July 20, 2011, 04:30:32 PM »
I find that my S90 allows me to easily access many of the functions or features that I adjust often.  I like that I can have a dedicated exposure lock button, and the programmable ring is excellent, as noted.  However, a feature I've recently become to really enjoy is the dedicated button that changes the ring function.  I like this since some days (or hours ... or minutes ...) I want quick access to changing white balance and the next, I'll want manual focus.

It's still a small camera, but as far as access to the features I use a lot, I find it quite enjoyable.  It doesn't quite get out of my way like an SLR, but it's not bad.

Contests / Re: Holga Giveaway
« on: July 19, 2011, 11:39:38 AM »
Oh, sure, this could be fun!

PowerShot Cameras / Re: PowerShot Info
« on: June 07, 2011, 02:12:49 PM »
There haven't been a single digicam with 1080p and CCD-sensor

That's because it's impossible.  CCD sensors simply aren't fast enough to handle 1080p.

I know it's "Canon Rumors" but someone should have caught that huge inconsistency before posting the rumor.

Then someone better call Sony and tell them their CineAlta and a few other camcorders aren't supposed to exist.

Canon General / Re: Patent - EF 35 f/1.4L II
« on: May 25, 2011, 02:40:08 PM »
Do those of you wanting more weather sealing really shoot in downpours?

Mostly just drizzle, but thinking about shooting in downpours makes me feel like more manly of a photographer than discussing CA's on the Internet ... ;)

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 23, 2011, 11:57:41 AM »
My landscapes are nothing to write home about, but here's one, anyway.

Lenses / Re: Lens cap solution?
« on: May 05, 2011, 11:53:44 AM »

So a $100 point and shoot can have an inbuilt lens cap, but an L lens that costs at least 10 times that amount can't?

Into where would it retract if it were the kind of iris- or shutter-like retractable lens cover as seen on those cameras?  The origami solution sounds interesting, but it sounds like an unnecessary point of potential mechanical failure and expense, compared to a plastic cap and a plastic hood.

I don't always use the same pocket, but I put my lens cap in a pants pocket.  The only time I've had issues is when I try to get smart and don't put it directly into a pants pocket.  Admittedly, I've planted a few caps, but for $7, I can buy a few extras.  YMMV.

Lenses / Re: Just bought a 50mm f/1.4 Ai-s Nikkor for my Canon 7D
« on: April 13, 2011, 04:03:15 PM »
Please report on your experience!  I have five AI and AI-S Nikkors with my FM2n that I've thought about using on my Canons.  However, it's hard to find useful, personal experience of people who have, IME.

Lenses / Re: Lens for 50D?
« on: April 11, 2011, 10:44:49 AM »
One thing I would add is primes are great, but you still need to consider your favorite focal length(s) when purchasing one.

The 50mm f/1.8 is certainly a nice lens, but on a 1.6x-crop body, I really don't like the field of view.  However, something in the range of 22-24mm is quite useful.  Of course, the next guy might love 50mm on the same body, but have no use for a 24mm prime.

If you already know the focal lengths you want, great, but I wouldn't want to see someone spend good money on lenses, only to figure out a certain focal length feels too tight or loose for their personal shooting style and preference.


Lenses / Re: UV filter for 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II?
« on: April 07, 2011, 02:31:03 PM »
Buy a good one, I 've tried 4 different types which works fine with my other lenses, but on the 70-200 II it seems to need something proper. I had "no" af with a cheapcheap filter, and adjusted MA to +14 to get anything remotely good. I had NO ideo a filter could do such a crazy difference, since everyone says, scratch your lens, it will never show up in real life shots anyway. Well, not with this new lens. It's just to good to use a low-end filter on it. I bought a 30 dollar filter from Kenko (Pro) and it works very well, MA is back to +2 now, and much sharper than before.

Well, I just sent back a $50 filter in hopes of buying one around $80 ... :D

Is there any good reason to buy the Hoya HD series over the S-HMC?

Lenses / UV filter for 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II?
« on: April 07, 2011, 09:54:37 AM »
Yes, I filter my lenses, and I'm looking for one for my 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II.  Do you guys have any recommendations or favorites when it comes to UV filters?  I've been looking at the B+W F-Pro filter.


Canon General / Re: APS-C 11mm f/2 Patent
« on: April 04, 2011, 11:30:22 PM »
Excellent!  I think I'd still rather have a 15mm EF-S f/2-ish, but this could work quite nicely.  If nothing else, it could be a nice replacement for my 10-22mm, which stays plastered at 10 most often.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D MK2 APS-H??
« on: March 29, 2011, 04:31:08 PM »
Well it is interesting if they move the 1D up to FF. The APS-H format seems to be a big seller for Canon. I find it hard to believe they would just trash it. Though, rebranding three established camera lines is a little strange too.

However, is the APS-H a big seller because photogs like that specific sensor size and crop factor or is it a big seller because it's what Canon has put in their pro journalism/sports bodies?

I can understand some of the allure of APS-H, but as someone who loves wide-angle perspective, it seems like the worst of both worlds.

Of course, YMMV.

Canon General / Re: Canon falling behind in sensor performance
« on: March 22, 2011, 03:03:31 PM »

Hmm...I don`t understand what you are thinking about here. We are talking about sensor performance. JPEG is derived from the raw file. It does not matter how powerful computer and clever noise reduction software you have access to, you can`t eliminate read noise. Only the sensor can do that. Canon set a threshold with DIGIC 4. "The best we could achieve so far", according to the developer team. If you read the article the team leaders admit that more complex algorithms is needed to combat sensor noise ( read noise ) but that will lead to another problem, more processing power.

Sony has developed and implemented complex algorithms into their latest Exmor sensor. That is why they have lower read noise, which leads to better dynamic range and cleaner shadows.

I`m quite sure Canon can do this too. After all they are a technological giant. The question is if and when.

DIGIC is the digital image processing system on board the camera, not the sensor itself.  The DIGIC processor takes the signal from the sensor, then processes it (imagine that), to output a file.

The idea of using RAW data is that you get the original, pixel-level data without additional processing.  Therefore, you theoretically are bypassing the DIGIC noise reduction, allowing you to use various PC-based noise mitigation solutions.

EOS Bodies / Re: T3i vs. 60D
« on: March 03, 2011, 11:28:39 AM »
For me, it's mostly a matter of ergonomics and usability between the two.

60D has a pentaprism finder with more coverage and better magnification.  This translates into a bigger, brighter viewfinder image.

I prefer to have a top LCD for my shooting style.

I like the control wheel on the back of the camera for changing settings and playback of photos.

I prefer the bigger grip (this is a primary reason why I won't buy a rebel - it's not comfortable for me to hold."

The specs are fun to sift through, sure, but to me, actually using the camera, and it's in-hand feel, are most important.

Of course, the reasons why I love the 60D may be the reasons you hate it.


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