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EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 24, 2011, 12:10:13 AM »
pancakeman... To be honest, I dont use Lightroom (or aperture for that matter) so I cant speak for their sharpening/raw processing methods.  i have used adobe raw in photoshop 4,5 and 5.5 which should be the same method?  It has always given me great results.  DPP is kinda cumbersome but it does save the different levels of all the camera settings in there so if you have it on a setting of 3 for instance, and you want it at 6, or visa versa, you can always go back in and change it without degrading your image. 

This question has been brought up several times on this forum over the least few years... This is such a delicate issue that I dont want to overwhelm you or give you wrong information, however as you know, with the 7D, it is going to point out every single issue with your lenses on a pixel level.  That being said, you appear to have some great lenses to put on them so i would first try some rough testing... Try at different lengths and micro adjust ALL your lenses (and test at shallow dof at telephoto...)  make sure the focus is spot on. 

If you have done that, make sure you are shooting at appropriate shutter speeds...  Since this sensor is sooo demanding of the lenses, try shooting a few shots of 2-3-4x the focal length of the lens... if not anything else but to rule out camera shake.  If that doesn't solve things, double check what you are focusing on... Since this is going to be sooo demanding on the lens, just the slightest bit off (and sometimes viewing in the viewfinder you may not be able to see if it's a hair off) Try single point or spot single point AF 1 shot AF... see if you cant nail focus.  My 7d gives me erratic results at zone AF so I usually just shoot the + (single point with 4 surrounding points) or the single or spot single... those are my best performers.  The + shines for me on al servo and motion photography.  If still no prevail and if the camera is under warranty, send it in to be checked... make sure it is to factory specs... If this doesn't help, let me know. 

EOS Bodies / Re: canon dslr announcement news
« on: August 23, 2011, 06:03:42 PM »
i know ken rockwell is a penis that shoots jpeg but with the dates of previous releases and announcements he has a point.

Haha... interesting description of the nikon apologist... I do HOPE we hear more from canon this week...

EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 23, 2011, 06:02:13 PM »

P.S. Tried a 7D and it had most of the above but I found the images were softer than on my (wife's) 40D so I decided to wait.

Gotta turn the sharpness up on the presents. It does have a softness issue but it can be extremely sharp.
if you shoot raw then image settings for sharpness etc in camera has no effect.when you shoot in raw you have just that the raw image data untouched by the camera you have to process the image yourself sharpness contrast etc.
I shoot in RAW and it was my understanding that sharpness has no effect on RAW.  Maybe I'm wrong on that??

Well, honestly I don't know. I shoot RAW as well and the 7D is very sharp too me and I have the sharpness turned up. I know the contrast and saturation settings don't make a difference in the RAW file. Maybe sharpness doesn't either. White balance seems to matter though. I've got some time tonight, maybe I'll run a little experiment.

For what it's worth, on the 7D when you shoot raw, it uses the preset sharpness/saturation/etc settings you set in camera however when you get the raw, you can (in DPP) raise the sharpness or soften it, as well as all the other in camera presets... At times it can be unforgiving sharp however if you are taking zero'd out raw files and compare the same image taken on the 40D, with it's default settings, it could be seen as softer.  You shoot raw to get the best quality and have full control of all settings in post... so if you are shooting raw and not taking advantage of this, then you're not getting the most out of raw. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Getting a little bit Fed Up...
« on: August 22, 2011, 05:03:37 PM »
If a pro waits and looses ground - he is not a pro anymore.


spoken by a non pro?  =) 

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Tonights Announcements [CR2]
« on: August 22, 2011, 05:02:43 PM »
Wow, kind of shocked the new P&S are still using digic iv.
More than shocked. Is Digic V still not ready yet then?

Somehow I dont think they would want their new processer debuted on a P & S.  I'm sure they would rather tout a new processor on a new camera, anyone hear of the 5d mark 3 or 1ds mark iv/v???? 

Landscape / Re: Old sensor - broken pixels or noise?
« on: August 16, 2011, 12:06:52 PM »
One tsunami later and I am still waiting...

Well I guess I'm in the same boat waiting for the 5d to rear it's ugly head so I can nab one when it gets released... It seems I might as well be looking for big foot or the loch ness monster because they may be easier to spot now a days ahaha

Landscape / Re: Old sensor - broken pixels or noise?
« on: August 16, 2011, 10:37:05 AM »
Yeah, Lightroom is cheaper than a new 5Dmk3 will be, but I want a new camera!  So let's use the "my old 300D has hot pixels that ruin my shots" as an excuse and say nothing to the missus about all this post processing stuff.


I wish my missus was as dumb as that...

aw hell, i shoot professionally and I rarely get away with the "this camera will pay for itself and then some within weeks" with my wife... I might as well drop kick my camera to convince her I need a new one haha. 

Canon General / Re: Scans
« on: August 11, 2011, 01:11:40 PM »
I sounted out what I want done, there are 451 slides.  Scancafe can do that for $330 (4000 dpi, JPG+TIFF, dust/scratch removal)

For my time, I'd rather spend $300 than 100 hours!  And as long as they come back as TIFF, they can essentially be treated as RAW and manipulated in ACR.

I have never used scancafe and cannot speak for them but for that many slides it seems like that's kinda a low price or will have a ridiculous turnaround time... either way i'd err on the "if it sounds too good to be true..."  but it it works out well and doesn't look shabby, more power to you.   

EOS Bodies / Re: Coming Tech & More [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2011, 10:32:07 AM »
Interesting... but I was already holding my breath on some of the other rumors... I dont know if i have any more ability to hold any more for this one.   :o

Canon General / Re: Scans
« on: August 11, 2011, 10:06:41 AM »
I would second the idea of scanning your own transparencies... I use the epson 4490... It allows you to can up to medium format (if you shot medium format) and even has the ICE technology to remove scratches/dust on your slides.  I paid a "local" company where I live to drum scan some large format slides i shot but the overall quality wasn't as good and clean as the espon pumps out.  (just dont bump or cause a lot of vibrations during scanning to have the cleanest scan possible, but it could save you hundreds/thousands compared to outsourcing and you can make sure it's exactly how YOU want it.  If you want to scan it to blow up to 20x30 natively, you can without worrying another company will screw it up. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Where to buy the to be announced body(s)?
« on: August 10, 2011, 03:34:09 PM »
I used to shop BH all the time until I started shopping Adorama.  Dont ask my why but adorama just comes to mind quicker than BH so when I do pricing, they tend to go in my browser first.  I've had great service with both companies however be aware of their holiday schedules, especially any time september or after.  Both take frequent holidays and especially around christmas has a cut-off in which if you need equipment quickly and miss that cut off, they wont ship until they get back from their holiday which can really get you in a bind.  I missed that cut off 2 years ago and needed gear quick... had to pay out the nose at a local store so I had what I needed for a paying photo shoot. 

Lenses / Re: Which 50mm Macro lens is a better buy?
« on: August 08, 2011, 08:05:32 PM »
TDP is a great resource.  If you are using the 100mm L I think you will be slightly disappointed with the 50mm overall.  The build is similar to the 50 1.4... small manual focus ring... lots of play in the ring... AF is kinda slow and noisy... Optically, compared to standard regular primes and zooms, it is very very good.  Compared to many of the L optics, it isn't as good.  Ziess is very nice but you pay the premium.  With the 5d, the 60mm ef-s is out, but perhaps if you have other primes are happy with you can try extension tubes... Also if you feel adventurous you can try sigmas offering or others but be aware of sample variations. 

Lenses / Re: Which 50mm Macro lens is a better buy?
« on: August 08, 2011, 05:46:38 PM »
I had the 50mm 2.5 macro... it's a great lens depending what your expectations are (and noisy if you are used to USM)... I dont think it's as sharp (overall) as my 50 1.4, but the 1.4 is not a macro per se.  The 60mm ef-s macro gets good reviews from what I see.  The zeiss i'm sure is a superior lens optics wise but so is the price point and manual focus for that matter of fact. 

Canon General / Re: 580EXII SpeedFlash
« on: August 08, 2011, 11:23:03 AM »
I've heard about the technical on how these puppies collect battery power by building up power within it's wiring so it has plenty of power to release within the flash.  It used to be common practice (whether you use high power strobes to on/off camera flashes) to "dump" the power by firing the flash right before you turn it off/disconnect power and I still do that to this day.  On the old flashes you could audibly hear the power within the flash by giving off a slight hum but you dont get that anymore with the modern flashes.  I would still recommend dumping power by pressing the test/flash button to fire the strobe then turn it off immediately.  If this doesn't help your battery situation, take the batteries out after usage or send it to canon to look at.  Has your flash always done this or just recently?  Perhaps after a long time of power build-up the flash got some damage within the circuit controller that is suppose to tell the flash to stop drawing power?  This is assuming the flash is completely "off" when you shut it down rather than in hibernation/sleep mode due to inactivity? 

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR Video. Sony is about to kick Canon's you know what
« on: August 03, 2011, 02:09:19 PM »
Competition is GOOD!  I believe its the main reason for progress in most endeavors.

I can imagine that Sony was smarting after the 5D MK II came out, and saw a need to do one step better.  Sony has lots of video knowhow, and I am happy to see them put it to use.

We should welcome it, because it will make the competition fish or cut bait!

Couldn't have said it better  :D

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