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Wedding Photography / Re: Wedding - Kat and James
« on: November 12, 2014, 05:16:21 PM »

Confetti and Cake by dancook1982, on Flickr

You are brave to use a manual focus lens for a wedding!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX1 First Shots
« on: November 12, 2014, 02:20:05 PM »
I used the Imaging Resource comparator to compare 5D III to NX1, and to my surprise NX1 was very, very close up to ISO 1600-3200, with the full frame clearly better by 6400. 

I would be absolutely thrilled if Samsung would place the new BSI sensor into a smaller body, NX4000 perhaps  :)


*IF* Sony can deliver that...and deliver a nice range of high-quality lenses to match...and deliver a full suite of accessories...

Sadly, there is exactly ONE FE mount Sony lens I would actually buy (FE 55 f/1.8 ) and exactly ZERO Sony speedlites and ZERO TTL wireless transceivers I would or even could buy.  What use is a great sensor?

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 01:45:26 PM »
So 7D II (1.6x) + 1.4x TC + 100-400 II= 896 mm.  Hmm hmm.

Will 2.0 x TC "work" in this situation, without autofocus in phase detect but perhaps intact AF in live view?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: YN 600EX-RT - my review
« on: November 07, 2014, 12:55:35 AM »
Yep!  I got one.  And it works fine.  It is just as good, so far, as the Canon brand.

Watch as I open the box and start playing around.  I only have a few samples in this video.  It is more of a first impressions video.  May have more to follow.



At the end of the video, it mentions how Yongnuo is "cooler" or more "blue" compared to Canon, which is consistent with my experience with previous Yongnuo flashes including 568EX.  Yeah, one can correct that in post, but it is one more thing to worry about and deal with  :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 03, 2014, 06:11:51 PM »
LensRentals Loves the 7D II AF  8)


"Do you use live view focus? The 7DII hits live view focus in a split second; nearly as fast as phase detection and waayyyy faster than the original. We put the 7D and 7D II side by side and autofocused from near to infinity in Live View. The 7D II had taken 8 shots before the 7D even locked on focus.
Don’t use live view? Well, the phase detection is a joy to use: completely accurate, the cool thumb button to let you jump points to anywhere you want in a split second, and the whole system is phenomenally customizable. Did I mention it’s accurate? I took a few hundred shots and it just nailed everything. Still life in bad light? Nailed it. Moving rapidly? Nailed it. Sunlight, halogen light, fluorescent light? Nailed it."


it´s so much more fun walking and traveling with the small A6000.
since i have the A6000 my canon DSLRs stay at home for most short trips.

Watched the video, and while many things are true, some things are just misleading for novices looking to purchase.

1.  Fails to mention his beloved A7S is only 12 MP vs. 36 MP of the Nikons.  12 MP FF files have their place but still far from best for everything.

2.  Misrepresents cross-compatibility by putting on a Nikon flash on the Sony and firing without mentioning there will be no iTTL metering, all manual adjustment only.  He makes it sound like you can put any flash from Nikon, Canon, and others and they will all work the same way as they do on native bodies. 

P.S.  Also forgets to mention that for those who want their flash to iTTL, Sony's current flagship flash HVL-F60M has a huge overheating/shutting-down problem that Sony refuses to even acknowledge as a problem but a "feature."  :o

3.  Completly glosses over the lack of native Sony lenses over CaNikon choices.  Some people like Autofocus. 

4.  In over-glorifying the Sony EVF, completes forgets to mention EVF lag, cartoonish colors, noise in low light, etc.  Yes I tried the Sony A7 EVF; it ain't no OVF. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:03:44 PM »
129mm length... that's a big lens!  Sigma 35mm Art is 94mm, for comparison.

For me to accept such a huge lens for 35 mm focal length, it would have to include IS.  Looks like I'm keeping my 35L 8)

EOS Bodies / Re: Modular DSLR Coming from Canon? [CR2]
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:01:21 PM »
Jeez, is THIS really what we Canon customers have been requesting from Canon?   :'(


Nice to capture one hobby with another

It's a curse, kind of like a money-sucking vampire permanently attached to your pocket  :'(

I had the Zeiss Distagon 35 f/2, which I sold.  Zeiss 35 f/1.4 has superior optics, but still, I use 35 mm for mostly environmental portraits and events, and MF is really not an option. 

Stax SR009 1 by drjlo1, on Flickr

Reviews / Re: Camera Store Trashes New G7X
« on: October 18, 2014, 07:48:27 PM »
Not much good to say...


"Canonitis"?  That was kind of funny. 

Personally, I am not interested in any 1" sensor cameras, but that camerastore video was shot with Sony A7S, and I must say those night movie scenes were CLEEAANN!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo YN600EX-RT now available for $186
« on: October 18, 2014, 03:06:07 PM »
I know it took Yongnuo a year to release so hopefully they realized they were rushing products to market like the YN-e3-Rt and that was hurting them and they really have made improvements.

I hope so.  I also hope the new YN600EX-RT improves on the true light output, which have tended to be over-optimistic on their specs, and on the slightly more blue tinge compared to Canon counterparts. 

Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which is known to have worse camera than Galaxy S4. 
Having played with cameras on iPhone 5, 6, 6+, Samsung Galaxy S4, Note3, even LG G3, I think all these cameras serve OK in daylight or great light.  They ALL fall down in low light. 

Below is sample from Nexus which had such horrid noise that I used NR program in Photoshop as experiment, and it still had bad noise on it.

IMG_20140820_195735 by drjlo1, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D MkII RAW sample images
« on: October 15, 2014, 08:20:05 PM »
Is it just me? But those samples don't look like anything overtly impressive that my ancient T2i couldn't take when shot RAW and converted myself  :-[

EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:33:02 PM »
Sigma Foveon sensors have high noise in low light/high ISO situations, so I hope Canon has effectively addressed that problem somehow.

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