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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 17, 2013, 09:49:29 AM »
D800e? Sure why not. add a 14-24 and your set for landscapes at ridiculous print sizes.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Frustrated with Canon
« on: March 17, 2013, 09:38:52 AM »
Am I alone in feeling that Canon has, perhaps, lost its way at the top end of the market, albeit temporarily ?  The new top end models simply don't provide what I want. The EOS1DX is clearly a sports camera body, not a studio camera, and I resent Canon for trying to pretend that it is.

I've been with Canon now for years, having used their EOS film bodies before digital . Time spent with Nikon !DXs confirmed my view that Canon had far superior ergonomics, and five years ago, the Canon EOS1DS Mk III was a game changer. However, since then Canon seems to have lost touch with its professional customers. As a result, last year, I bought a Nikon ( D800E) which I currently run along side my Canon equipment. It is a fine camera. Nikon seems to have priced this camera very competitively indeed, and I gather that it is making large inroads into what should have been the preserve of the 5D3 market.

Now we're told that Canon have no intention of producing a higher MP camera until next year, and given Canon's habit of announcing cameras long before they actually become available, the reality could be some time after that.  By which time the Nikon D4X will be out.   

How frustrating. I want to stay with Canon, but they sure are making it difficult.

The only reason I'm still shooting canon is the prime lens selection is better and AF. That's about it.

Oh and Flash is better on canon now.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Own a 5D3 - need a backup...
« on: March 15, 2013, 06:22:13 PM »
I realized I posted originally with $700 as my limit, but after losing two 5Dc opportunities on eBay - the good ones slipped away and I don't want a beat up and overly used camera, I saw that 5D2 refurbs were back in stock at Canon and pulled the trigger.  Crazy, I know.  But at least now I don't have to keep changing lenses on the 5D3 when I want to take a picture and the IQ will be practically the same.

Just wish Canon Direct didn't charge sales tax...

These don't look too bad. Buy at your own discretion.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-EOS-5D-12-8-Megapixel-Camera-Body-Great-Camera-11701-/190811715422?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item2c6d43b75e

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-EOS-5D-12-8-MP-Digital-SLR-Body-w-BG-E4-Grip-/230944590575?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item35c55ecaef

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Canon-EOS-5D-12-8-MP-Digital-SLR-Camera-Body-Only-with-Extras-/390557381347?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item5aef08b2e3

The third one looks the best to me.


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Lenses / Re: TS-E 45mm & TS-E 90mm Finally Getting Replaced? [CR1]
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:27:32 PM »
I'm not sure if I'm going to put my $ into Canon gear anymore ???

Me neither, I am slowly switching to Nikon because of the superior image quality. (I am shooting low-iso only)
But, with almost twenty canon lenses that is a big step for mankind, and some of the Canon lenses are better than the Nikon alternetives....

It'd be a shame if canon surprises us with a sensor better than sony/nikons. If you do plan on switching, let us know whats for sale. ;D

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Lenses / Re: 5DIII+35mm or 50mm?
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:13:13 PM »
The 50mm is a better portrait length than the 35mm IMO. I always get a kick out of a comment who believes that a 35mm makes a better "portrait" lens when any 35mm would have tremendous perspective distortions if you get too close.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Own a 5D3 - need a backup...
« on: March 15, 2013, 02:07:27 PM »
Get a 5Dc and Put a EG-S focusing screen in it. It will allow you to focus fast primes better. Also, the 5Dc is still has better IQ than any APS-C camera canon currently makes, and for cheap.

5Dc all the way.

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Canon General / Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 14, 2013, 04:12:49 PM »
To the OP, make this a poll. I'd like to see the stats on this.

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I stated that technique will improve DR more than any sensor will.

What techniques are you referring to to improve DR? Genuinely curious, not being pointlessly argumentative.

Are you talking about post processing like your Before/After? Making brights darker and darks lighter compresses DR and improves the image, yes. There are other ways to limit the DR requirement. You can choose to shoot when the scene doesn't greatly exceed camera capabilities. You can choose to limit the scene DR as viewed through the lens with filters, or by artificially lighting the shadows.

If you don't have those options, and if the scene you photographed clips white and black, what do you do?

Those are a few methods. I knew you'd get it sooner or later.

You stated technique will improve DR; those are a few methods which reduce it.

I understand working within capabilities. The best camera in the world is the one you have with you and all that. But is not this forum fundamentally about future technology, not working around the limitations of current technology?

Should I expect [CR2] about canon's next great camera which will audibly instruct you to take 60 a second exposure whilst waving your hand in front of the lens like you're burning in the darkroom?

However you want to put it. If you plan to wait around for future tech improvements to go out and shoot, you'll be waiting quite a while.

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I stated that technique will improve DR more than any sensor will.

What techniques are you referring to to improve DR? Genuinely curious, not being pointlessly argumentative.

Are you talking about post processing like your Before/After? Making brights darker and darks lighter compresses DR and improves the image, yes. There are other ways to limit the DR requirement. You can choose to shoot when the scene doesn't greatly exceed camera capabilities. You can choose to limit the scene DR as viewed through the lens with filters, or by artificially lighting the shadows.

If you don't have those options, and if the scene you photographed clips white and black, what do you do?

Those are a few methods. I knew you'd get it sooner or later.

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I don't believe your understanding what I'm stating. It's not about DR, its about being at the right place at the right time.

Being at the right place at the right time is all well and good for pro landscape photographers (or even hobbyists with ample time). But that's not most people. It's not so good for people who photograph things which don't coincide with the solar cycle, or for people who can't get out of the house before dawn or return after dusk.

Suppose someone gets home from his once-in-a-lifetime trip to... Banff for example. He downloads his pictures and is instantly disappointed at the block of white at the upper 1/3 of all his landscape frames, or at the big shadow between the trees where he knows a bear was playing with her cubs.

Technological advancements are welcome. They aren't the end-all-be-all, certainly, but they're welcome nonetheless (and not just for the lay user).

I never said tech advancements aren't welcome. I stated that technique will improve DR more than any sensor will. Understanding this you can determine how much DR is needed.

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I know, but it's still overrated. I did this on a supposed "outdated" sensor tech from a camera everyone loves to bash for DR. Heck, with alittle more time I could do this same shot on a d30.  :P

... provided the scene doesn't exceed the capabilities of the D30.

No, provided that I understand how to get as many stops of DR I need.

If you're stacking exposures, sure. But in the case where that's impractical (e.g. motion), you're stuck with the capabilities of your equipment, which is limited on one end by the camera.

If sufficiently equipped, you can compress the dynamic range of the scene using filters (ND over bright areas, for example). But one can't always carry an entire supply room around, and at some point it comes down to the equipment you have with you.

If it indeed doesn't matter, would you willingly exchange your camera for one with, say, 3 stops of capability, all else being equal?

For me, quasi-modern cameras (e.g. my 5D2) generally have enough. But if for whatever reason I wanted to expose someone's face indoors with the lights out facing away from an open window, and simultaneously expose someone's face standing outside that window under direct sunlight, I couldn't do it without significantly altering the lighting conditions (flexibility I may have in a studio, but not in the field).

More common may be "overpower the sun" portraiture. If you don't have a powerful flash, the DR of a camera is vastly insufficient. Expand that to a wider set of subjects than a single portrait.

Having more headroom in the camera is a good thing.

I don't believe your understanding what I'm stating. It's not about DR, its about being at the right place at the right time.

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Canon General / Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 13, 2013, 01:05:50 PM »
Right eye.

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I know, but it's still overrated. I did this on a supposed "outdated" sensor tech from a camera everyone loves to bash for DR. Heck, with alittle more time I could do this same shot on a d30.  :P

... provided the scene doesn't exceed the capabilities of the D30.

No, provided that I understand how to get as many stops of DR I need.

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DR is over-rated.

Why would you say that? It's thanks to what is still GOOD DR that you were able to recover that sky! :P It's not the best of the best right now, but one of my points all along is that Canon sensors don't have "bad" DR either. 

Having good dynamic range, or I guess Exposure Range as Ctein would call it, is what allowed you to do what you did with that photo.

I know, but it's still overrated. I did this on a supposed "outdated" sensor tech from a camera everyone loves to bash for DR. Heck, with alittle more time I could do this same shot on a d30.  :P

The quest for DR has been around and argued for decades. I just believe it's an issue of technique rather than technology.


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With a 10$ adapter, its canon capable.  :P

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