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Photography Technique / Re: What is your keeper rate?
« on: February 23, 2015, 10:39:31 AM »
My keeper rate increased drastically after I found my AFMA was set to -8 for all lenses. I was begining to think my 24-70 was a piece of poo, as it turns out it's the user who is infact the piece of poo-  :-[

Canon General / Re: How Soon We Forget!
« on: September 30, 2014, 10:09:45 AM »
I'm pretty sure I paid about $1000 for my first digital camera. A whopping 2mp (CCD) Kodac DC280. Took some pretty good pictures with it too, as long as my subject was no faster than a limping snail.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you say Nikon
« on: September 11, 2014, 10:42:41 AM »
Those damn Yanks have broken our language.  :P

There is no winning this argument just like how to pronounce the element with the atomic number 13 in my own household. The missus with her Phd in material science tries to pull rank and say it's Aluminum and I try to correct her saying it's Aluminium because what the hell does a Yank know. And yes I sleep quite comfortably on the sofa, thanks.

Actually it's either a Canon or it's the one with the sh#@y lenses (i.e. Sony, Nikon, Samsung etc etc).  ;)

You think it might just be an economies of scale issue. Maybe the 7DII will have a sensor built on a new smaller say 50nm production line and to get the most out of the new line Canon needs to produce all it's new sensors on that line and retire the old 500nm line(s). This would make economic sense no? The "new revolutionary" sensor in the 7DII I think will point out where ALL EOS cameras are going.

Canon used the 7D as a development mule for camera ergonomics and User Interface updates, which is why the camera's handling is still so fresh. Nearly all of it's design changes went into the 5DIII and 1DX. So much so many people called the 5DIII a full frame 7D than a 5DII replacement (which is what the 6D eventually became). The AF redesign paved the way for the 61 point array and control and apart from the sensor, there is still a lot to like about the 7D. So it makes sense for Canon to use the 7DII as a development tool to updaqte the sensor technology and design. As long as the 7DII breaks even in the market place then the develeopment and lessons learnt from this model are effectively free to Canon, who can then incorporate it's features into the next gen of camera 5D4, 6DII, 1DXII ect. If the sensor is fantastic, then it's hype will generate a natural desire for full frame variants...and the next gen camera models will pretty much sell themselves with little marketing. In my view, that's the wise application of innovation which leads to market dominance.
If I rememebr the 40D introduced Live view to Canon, which was later incorporated into the 1DsIII and 5DII models. For landscape work, it was a game changer...somehitng which Nikon have never fully engaged with.

I think you are missing my point. I was just throwing it out there that new 1D & 5D next year could be because Canon  have retooled their sensor production lines and will no longer be able to produce the current sensors. We will have a very good idea if this is the case when the 7DII is released.

You think it might just be an economies of scale issue. Maybe the 7DII will have a sensor built on a new smaller say 50nm production line and to get the most out of the new line Canon needs to produce all it's new sensors on that line and retire the old 500nm line(s). This would make economic sense no? The "new revolutionary" sensor in the 7DII I think will point out where ALL EOS cameras are going.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: June 18, 2014, 10:08:41 AM »

I spoke to someone who said that their brother's mother's cousin's ex-boyfriend's lover said that it would come in pink.

Pink?  What's the point of that?  At least white would lean towards arctic camouflage  ;)

Pink would provide camouflage among the herd of unicorns where the 7DII is found.

Now you are just being silly. The 7DII is a myth, whereas the unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

Lighting / Re: Small container for holding spigots/studs?
« on: June 17, 2014, 06:30:12 AM »
Drug store tablet container?

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: March 08, 2014, 06:07:34 PM »
Canon 5DmkIII Single RAW and HDR with HDR Efex Pro 2.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Q2? [CR1]
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:16:48 AM »
Why would a pro want to use a test camera at something like the Olympics and/or the world cup. Surely they wouldn't be allowed to use/sell the images made with the test units due to the NDA's they would have signed. Canon or Nikon would have to compensate the photographers enough to cover the potential lost revenues from not being able to sell any pictures. In which case the photogs would just use the test units as teathered cameras and shoot as normal with their own kit so who really cares how reliable the test unit is. No?

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Microadjustment Automated
« on: January 14, 2014, 05:59:48 AM »
Would the next "logical" step be using CDAF on one of the focus points and then PDAF takes over in AI-Servo (or video) mode to enable focus anywhere on the sensor (with a STM lens no doubt)? A combo AF system for AI-servo mode sounds like it could be very useful to a lot of people. No?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.0.3 Released
« on: January 09, 2014, 07:22:49 AM »
Still no clean HDMI. That's it!! I am selling this overpriced camera! Nikon D4s next! ARROGANT Canon!

And please consider this Canon:  Not all who own the 1DX are sports idiots or ornithologists, some just want the best possible low light performance for their creative work!

I work and shoot in the dark (video and stills). And the 1DX has one stop ISO advantage over the 5D Mark III, and has way less color banding when lifting shadows than the 5D Mark III. But after Canon gave the 5D Mark III clean HDMI the advantage is less than before on video.It is certainly possible to give the 1DX clean HDMI, since the 1DC hast it. But Canon finds it more convenient to force me into selling my house to buy the 1DC, than to give the 1DX the same features as the Nikon D4 !!!

Why did you put "idiots" behind sports?
Probably left out a comma. I don't shoot birds or sports or idiots either.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:59:34 AM »

Why is it that someone is a troll the minute that one person does not have the same thought as the next. I think you're a troll cause you don't agree with me (yeah.... it sounds as stupid as it sounds to me too).

So lightroom has the ability to correct your mistakes, but don't you want to correct your mistake before making the mistake?

Now, we all make mistakes.... but, rhetorically... How about setting the white balance and even if it is good for one shot, but not good for another shot, then using lightroom? Come on... go outside your comfort zone.

I think what the other guys are saying is just use AWB and shoot in RAW and then there is no "mistake" you are just waiting until PP to actual make your choice of WB. Auto WB just means you'll make your choice later and at trigger time you can worry about things that can't be changed later. No trolling.

Technical Support / Re: Not Windows
« on: July 30, 2013, 05:23:55 AM »
My wife creates 3d renderings from thousands of TIFF files which as you can imagine take quite some time on a MBP. So I was looking at getting an older refurb Mac Pro. After seeing the prices I ditched that idea and built a "Hackentosh". I'll probably get crucified for this but wow! For around $1000 (excluding box & screen) she now does her renderings in a couple minutes instead of overnight on a Quad Core box with 16GB RAM. And I haven't installed the SSD or an additional 16GB RAM yet. Bang for your buck you can't beat a Hackentosh.  ;D

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: June 16, 2013, 04:46:56 PM »
Thanks guys. Weird thing is on my screen the second picture only half loads. I'm just hoping it's showing completely for all of you.  :-[

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: June 16, 2013, 11:36:39 AM »
Same picture with 2 different PP. Which one do you prefer?

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