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. I am still a "prosumer" and have not to this date sold any prints for any money.

so what do you need 36 MP for? im puzzled!



EOS Bodies / Canon CPS Preorders :: Gold vs. Platinum
« on: February 06, 2012, 12:42:17 AM »
I saw in the 1DX Update that Platinum CPS members get priority ordering on the 1DX body.  But, my question is, do Gold members also get an opportunity once the platinum notifications have gone out?  Or are they just like any other member of the general public at that point?

United States / Re: Lens suggestion for a 1600 budget
« on: February 05, 2012, 12:01:53 AM »
Buy a used 70-200 f/2.8L IS (1st version)...


Take the left over $200 and get a battery grip.  :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D for studio work
« on: February 01, 2012, 01:49:49 PM »
But I do have both a 7D and a 40D, and IMHO (and yes I get flamed for this, but I'm not alone in my opinion) the 40D has superior IQ (specifically sharpness.)

I've run acorss this sort of statement several times.  I think there's a technical issue at the root of this - the 7D has a higher-resolution sensor and a stronger AA filter to go with it, and thus the resulting images require a bit more sharpening in post. 

I think this is why we may actually see a 7D - or some other crossover body - as the "high end dSLR" in February before a 5D.  The 7D has gotten panned across the board for IQ and AF issues.  There are still people who stick by the "you're-just-too-stupid-to-understand-the-powerful-7D" mantra, but dozens of reviews and tests show that "fuzziness" and lack of clarity in resultant images is a repeatable and very real issue on the 7D.

Furthermore, the fact that Canon continues to service my 7D for images quality issues, totally free of charge and well outside of my warranty window, says a heck of a lot about what they must know internally regarding the problems with this body.

Let's keep in mind, the 7D was really a first for this type of body from Canon.  Some bumps along the way were to be expected, and as first adopters many of us had to accept the issues that often come with a brand new model.  I expect a 7D mkII to be vastly improved... I'm sure Canon expects the same.

Lenses / Re: *HELP* Alternatives to Canon EF-S 10-22mm
« on: January 28, 2012, 10:15:41 AM »
Don't forget, the Tokina 11-16 mkii is coming this spring...


I'd wait for that if I were you. 

This is the most exciting CR news I've seen in ages.  I'm actually more excited about this  rumor than a 5D mkiii.  Why - you may ask?  I had terrible auto-focus issues with the Tokina 11-16 on my 7D, going so far as to get Tokina to admit it was a real issue.  Which they finally did, almost...  check my blog post on this issue:


If a true update is in the mix, I'll be looking to pick one up as soon as it drops.  Tokina's 11-16 ultra-wide is legendary, I just want all the AF points to work.  Granted, I typically use it in manual focus mode, but a lens should be compatibale with all of a body's focus options.

Just my %0.02.

EOS Bodies / Re: New 5D MK2 Owner
« on: January 07, 2012, 03:48:33 PM »
Shoot... Shoot... Then shoot some more...

+1... +1... +100...


EOS Bodies / Re: What do you want from the 5D mk III
« on: January 05, 2012, 12:18:14 AM »
I'd like it to be weather sealed.


EOS Bodies / Re: 7D sensor poll
« on: January 02, 2012, 09:13:50 PM »


The 7D will always remain a crossover body from the pro-sumer to the pro line.  Also, as neuroanatomist so eloquently stated, the crop factor of a 7D body gives your lenses extra reach.   This makes the 7D body dual purpose, and a great supplement to a full frame body like the 5D; it expands your creative possibilities.

That said, I'd like the 7D to stay APS-C crop.

So what is the upgrade path from the 7D then? Previously the 1.3 crop 1D4 which meant you didn't lose all the 'crop reach' which all the 7D fans seem to love. Is it the ff 1DX which means you lose all the 'crop reach'. Wont you be upset with nowhere to go from the noisy prosumer body?

I think it would remain the same... the upgrade path from the 7D would be the 5D or 1D.  I almost see the xxD line being eliminated.  The T3i and 60D are very close in price, with no huge difference in feature set.  The two lines are almost identical.  Also, Canon took a lot of crap for the changes they made from the 50D to the 60D bodies, such as going from magnesium-alloy to a plastic body and adding that tilt-swivel LCD.  Many saw the 60D as a downgrade from the 40D and 50D models, at least with respect to being "semi-pro" versus "enthusiast" type camera bodies.

That said, if the xxD line is eliminated, the T3i, T4i, etc. may become Canon's new baseline standard for the "enthusiast" market.  The plastic bodies, tilt-swivel LCDs, and marketing focus towards video will remain.  Then, the 7D, 6D (if it ever comes to fruition), etc. series will bridge the "semi-pro" gap to the 5D and 1D "pro" series.  The words in quotes are my own definitions for the sake of breaking down Canon's markets. 

And, for what it's worth, this is all based on assumption from my own personal "vibe" of the Canon's development progress, and tidbits I get from place like CanonRumors and other sources on the internet.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D sensor poll
« on: January 02, 2012, 01:25:45 PM »
I think it's a non-starter, the 7D line will remain APS-C.  They could release a new APS-H camera someday, but it won't be a 7-series.  APS-H means incompatible with EF-S lenses, which is why we won't see a 7D with APS-H.

Personally, I'm hoping for an APS-C body with 1-series build and AF.  If I'm limited by focal length (which, IMO, is the main reason to use any crop sensor, 1.3x or 1.6x), the 1.6x will put more pixels on target.  So, an APS-C sensor with IQ improvements would be better than APS-H.


The 7D will always remain a crossover body from the pro-sumer to the pro line.  Also, as neuroanatomist so eloquently stated, the crop factor of a 7D body gives your lenses extra reach.   This makes the 7D body dual purpose, and a great supplement to a full frame body like the 5D; it expands your creative possibilities.

That said, I'd like the 7D to stay APS-C crop.

EOS Bodies / Re: weird "grid lines" in 5DII pictures
« on: December 25, 2011, 03:49:42 PM »
To the OP, I had a similar pattern noise issue this past summer with my 7D, which was severe vertical striping.  See my post on it at DPReview, here (image included at link)...


The body had been back to Canon Irvine numerous times for this issue (in addition to repeated AF issues), with only "electrical adjustments" being listed as work done on my service reports, and Canon service reporting that the body was within normal performance specifications.  After this (intermittent) noise issue cropped up again in late September, I sent my 7D into the Irvine facility again with sample prints and a very sternly worded letter that the issue was not fixed, that I assumed a faulty sensor was at play, and that I demanded a complete repair or a full replacement body.

My repairs with Canon usually take less than 10 business days door to door.  Interestingly, this trip was exactly 3 weeks door to door - the longest turn around I've ever had with Irvine.   Maybe it was a seasonal issue, but I'm assuming more work was being done on my camera.  This was confirmed when my camera arrived and I read the service report.  It was EXTREMELY vague, but in a nutshell it said something along the lines of, "testing was done and it was determined that a faulty internal component was producing noise in images.  The internal component was replaced."

This was the first time in my 7D's seven visits to Canon that an actual part was replaced.  I'm assuming the sensor was swapped out, but I'll never really know.  If your noise issues persist, I'd suggest sending the body into Irvine with image samples, and a firm letter demanding concrete results.

Best of luck.

EOS Bodies / Re: Happy Holidays!
« on: December 25, 2011, 03:35:12 PM »
Merry Christmas from AK Photo in Denver! 


EOS Bodies / Re: Quick question about 5D mark II
« on: December 23, 2011, 02:40:54 PM »
I just got my new 5D mark II. When I take photos , it gives a totally different click sound than my T1i, do you think something wrong with the piece? should I be concerned?, however the pics I took are excellent

5D sounds different from my 7D.  Totally different camera, totally different parts.  APS-C vs. Full Frame, etc.

Ignore the sound... go shoot!   ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: Printing/sizing/online HELP!
« on: December 23, 2011, 02:21:52 PM »
Hello there!
I posted last week, the topic of printing. I decided to go over to Mpix.com and order a few prints.
When I uploaded the images I wanted printed, they offered some sizes and not others, so I chose a size I thought would be best.
I received them in the mail today, with an issue. The IQ was not even close to what it is on my computer, and more importantly the images were not scaled to fit. A large portion of almost every photo is chopped off the bottom, including a square photo which was blown up and cut in half. Did I miss something while ordering?

Any help would be appreciated. I'm new to printing, and would really like to avoid a $20 mishap again.


Check my reply to your other thread here... http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,2557.msg54712.html#msg54712

I touch on some items regarding image size, resolution, and sharpening that you might find useful.

Software & Accessories / Re: Exporting in Lightroom 3
« on: December 23, 2011, 02:15:22 PM »
Editing is fine, but for some reason my final pieces of work are not as sharp as they should be.


It looks like you've opened the can-of-worms that is digital printing.  First, don't be worried, with a few steps and due diligance, you'll be getting the quality results you want.

A few things to know when exporting from Lightroom for physical prints...

  • MOST IMPORTANT:  When working in the digital realm for editing/printing, it is imperative that you have a calibrated monitor and that you are working under optimal lighting conditions to view image details on an LCD screen!  Something like the Pantone HUEY Pro will give you decent calibration at a fair price.
  • Following up on the point above - be aware that most "cheap" LCD monitors packaged with computers these days are TN displays (Twisted Nematic - a type of LCD technology), that have limited color depth, contrast detail, and viewing angles.  Most graphics designers use IPS displays (In-Plane Switching) which give them access to more details of the image.  Of course, IPS displays cost a whole heck of a lot more than TN displays.  If you plan on committing to the digital realm, an upgrade to your monitor will help you see all the detail of your images, and give you more control over your editing process.
  • When exporting from Lightroom, it is imperative that you embed a "printer profile" for the printer that will be making your prints.  Contact Mpix, or search their Help pages, and see if they have a printer profile available.  If they do, install it in the directory that Lightroom looks for profiles, and apply it on export.  It is one of the options in the image drop-down pane (where you select JPG or TIFF, etc.).  If no profile is available from Mpix, you may need to embed your exports in an sRGB color space - but ask them first for what they recommend for B&W printing.
  • Keep your resolution high at export.  240dpi (dots per inch) is a pretty good baseline standard for printing 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10s.  Just make sure your math works out for your print size.  For example, if you are printing an 8x10 at 240dpi, but the dimension of your image on the longest side is only 2000pixels (say you've cropped it), your maximum print size is only 8.33 inches - so your printing company will actually have to enlarge your image to cover the size of print you ordered.  That can give you artifacts in the final print - which you want to avoid.  To calculate your available print dimensions, simply divide your image dimensions by your print resolution, or 2000pixels/240dpi in the example I provided. 
  • On the flip side to the note above, it's totally OK to have an oversized image for a smaller print.  Say, after divding your image dimensions by your print resolution of 240, you have a calculated document size of 16x24 ... that's just fine for making smaller prints, because detail is never lost in reduction, only when blowing-up to larger prints.  That 16x24, however, should be considered as your maximum possible print size for that resolution. 
  • Minimize sharpening inside Lightroom.  While sharpening can look good on screen, it can provide hideous results when printing to paper.  Keep this in mind, and try not to get too crazy with your sharpening sliders in the Details pane.
  • Do not do ANY sharpening in Lightroom's Export options panel.  If you've already added sharpening inside the Details pane in your processing work, added sharpening at export will only make that graininess worse.  **Disable all sharpening at the final export step!

I hope this helps!

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