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Why is everyone talking about "Rebels"? This is the SL1. A new form factor that could appeal to more than just the entry level consumer.

EOS Bodies / Re: AFMA – Easy or Not
« on: March 22, 2013, 05:27:31 PM »
My 2 cents.

I have found AFMA to be important for critically sharp auto focus. I cannot depend on the viewfinder to help much. Depending on your equipment, style, and output some people may not notice the difference. For me I do. For example, my 100L macro needs +8 and that is even after Canon calibrated it. My other large aperture lenses also need AFMA to get that sharp focus which is needed on say someones eye(s) in a portrait. I think in a lot of cases the result can be greatly improved with AFMA. If you manually focus/use zoomed live view, stop down, subject is far away, etc. it may not make a noticeable difference. The point being, if I know my equipment can do something and it is not doing it then why did I spend all that money? I want to produce results that the average person could not.

PS or other sharpening techniques can mask a slightly out of focus picture. But I would prefer not to oversharpen. It will soon look unnatural.

Getting the right AFMA value can be difficult. Using a crack or other sharp contrast item helps. I found that this is a good starting point to determine how bad/good the situation is. For complete confidence then FoCal is probably the best tool there is. It can confirm your initial findings and fine tune it further. Yes it takes money and time. But I found it worth that investment.

Anyways, to each their own so if you are happy then why sweat it? Unless your curiosity is piqued. In that case take your 7d and a lens. Triopd it with say a flat dollar bill on a wall with good light at 25 to 50 times the focal length of the lens. Let it autofocus. Then zoom in and take a look. Then use AFMA and +5 and -5 to see if it gets better or worse.  Let us know what you find.

Sure, happy to post today's picture here in Edmonton, Canada.  >:(

I don't know why this thread has evolved into a pissing match. It is obvious that Canon will not implement features into entry level cameras that could potentially affect sales of higher end cameras. From a profit maximization perspective I understand this and normally I don't have a problem with it. However, the SL1 body size is different enough that if more pro features were implemented then advanced users would be tempted to add it to their collection and increase Canon sales. I think Canon is missing out on these additional sales with respect to the SL1 form factor. I doubt advanced users would forgo a better body build, higher end camera and stick with just the SL1. I know I would want one to supplement my other bodies, not replace them.

I was thinking of maybe a baby DSLR for convenience. BUT, no AFMA no sale. Canon, you just lost a potential sale because you don't realize that the baby DSLR could be for newbies and advanced users who want portability.

OK I wanted to highlight the leopard in this one.

MaxPower, I get a decoding error on the latest RAW you made available.

Here another file for testing, if you still get an error I suppose your software don't support the EOS 6D.

Sorry my mistake. I was using an old computer with an outdated DPP. Thanks. Will look at your photo later

If you are going to stay with jpeg then you may want to add in camera sharpening to the picture style. From your last jpeg I think it was set to zero.

Quick run through DPP and changed sharpening to MAX from ZERO. Sorry I am not at my normal editing computer and I cant post the result but it looks similar to the last post. As I said before you need output sharpening. I think it still needs AFMA or manual live view focusing. Could be the 24-105mm is just not up to the task. RAW would be better than jpeg.

Needs better light and post processing. Maybe a little AFMA? Can you post the raw file and we can see what we can do with it?

Sorry if this sounds obvious, but are you applying decent output sharpening when you are finished editing the photo? The AA filter on Canon is strong and sharpening is required for enhancement of the details.

Animal Kingdom / Re: RAW of Meerkat nothing to fix ?
« on: March 19, 2013, 07:00:59 PM »
Thanks MaxPower for the opportunity to play. Your 100-400L seems to be a very good copy.


Animal Kingdom / Re: RAW of Meerkat nothing to fix ?
« on: March 19, 2013, 05:43:23 PM »
For this one I liked to crop to portrait.

IMHO the WB is off slightly and the natural color of the animal should be warmed up to be accurate. Not that I disagree with artistic license. I just prefer the animal to be rendered more realistically in this case. Also, I do like both the close up crop and the wider crop versions. I think it looks good both ways.

I find it interesting to see everyone's personal take on things and it is evident that tastes vary so enjoy the variety!

OK, my attempt

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