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Lenses / Re: Making a perfectly sharp lens corner to corner idea
« on: December 31, 2013, 02:52:42 PM »
One other related thought I've had - what if they made Metabones Speed Boosters for the EF mount - i.e. Hasselblad, Leaf, etc. to EF.  If it works as well as the EF to m4/3, that would be pretty nuts.

Here's to that!!! Excellent point!!!

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Canon General / Re: Types of Photographers (Seinfeld Edition)
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:38:05 PM »
I am of Slavic descent (Russian in particular), so the Latvian one intrigued me...


AFAIK, I wouldn't really call Latvia Slavic per se at all and the Latvian language speakers were not really of Slavic descent. I know many in the U.S. seem to think of Latvia as some sort of Eastern European and Russian land, but that's basically a total misconception simply because the U.S.S.R. was occupying the country recently and the whole Eastern Block/Western Block thing. Latvia is Western/Northern European and more tied to Germany/Sweden/Norway, if anything, and really not so much Eastern European and it really had nothing to do with Russia whatsoever. The culture and vibe really was not Russian at all, but much more like Northern Europe or Germany. The alphabet is a modified western (modern Latin) one, not Cyrillic. The language retains more archaic forms than most other Indo-European ones still around.

I mean the U.S.S.R. took control of Latvia for a few decades post WWII since they wanted the nice sea port on the Baltic and all but that was basically the Russian connection, that the lands got taken over and occupied by force for a few decades (1940-1941 and 1945-1991), although the population is about 30% of Slavic decent currently now.

(and getting back to the Seinfeld episode, the whole big thing with the Latvian Orthodox church was 100% totally made up and somewhat ridiculous (granted most things on Seinfeld are ridiculous), yes the Slavic countries were almost all Orthodox or Catholic, but Latvia is not and it's mostly Lutheran and I hate to say it but basically not a single Latvian thing in the episode is even remotely Latvianish at all)

Latvians here substitute for generic Slav. Do not hate! :) Remember, from the Russian standpoint, all East Europe is Slavic!! (Or should be...)

Also, the 7D is a far more Russian style camera of use. Imagine, Hitler's troops, if cameras were guns (as the Youtube videos seem to show sometimes). They would be using 1DX's and even medium format SLR's. Stalin's men would have had to have slugged it with 7D's, a mixed hand full of Rebels, and sigma and Tamron lenses.

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Canon General / Re: Types of Photographers (Seinfeld Edition)
« on: December 27, 2013, 09:08:58 PM »
I am of Slavic descent (Russian in particular), so the Latvian one intrigued me...

1. I love my 7D's. Far too much (all of you have heard this too often!)

2. I LOVE the look of the 7D auto-white balance!!! I never take it off auto, and only occasionally tweak in post.

3. I did start an application for a CPS account, but stopped short, fearing Canon would find out I am not a full time paid shooter (We fear the KGB, and know it knows so much.)

4. I am infamous for writing on my hands, and also an important lecture on a small scrap of paper from the backing of a sticker.

5. I have no 70D, but wouldn't anyway because I hate video. I have a 5D mk II, because my wife loves the look of it's files. It does great permanently mated to my 24-105, and shoots only landscapes, because, it is useless for any other application.

6. I shoot an old Takumar on occasion, because I cannot find a battery for my Rebel G. I really SOOO tried to buy velvia once, but it was not in stock. Now, I would still get it, if I looked online, I believe they are making it again, but, unlike my artistic Latvian cousins, I am cheap.

7. Velvia really is the most seductive of the film stocks.

8. I am amazed and in awe of how well this fits me!!!


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EOS Bodies / Re: A 2014 Roadmap Part 1: The 7D Mark II is Coming [CR2]
« on: December 20, 2013, 11:08:36 AM »
This is good news – hints of ‘great news’ in the future. Another CR2… that I hope will become CR3… and then… reality- a 7DmkII.

My most desired camera item at the moment is a EF Canon 50mm f/1.4 – f/2 USM (IS).  As there was a CR2 about that recently, I’m hoping it will come out in 2014.   :)

And then… this – a replacement for my beloved 7D.  (Not that mine is broken, in fact I continue to remain impressed at how capable a camera it is). But a 7DmkII would be my next most desire camera gear to consider (when/if I need a replacement).

Improved IQ (less noise, bit more DR) at any ISO level would be my main request for improvements… mind you, I’m not a pixel peeper, and I’m happy with how my 7D does, it really is a great camera that I’ve loved since I bought it 4 years ago. I’ve taken thousands and thousands of photos with it, and it rarely disappoints.   8)

Other features to be:
- DPAF – perhaps even a noted improvement over the 70D’s revolutionary technology
- spot & partial metering tied to active AF point

Looking forward to what will appear in 2014.  In the meantime, I’ll be taking lots of photos with my 7D and existing lenses.  ;)

Price will be (puts a pinky to the corner of his mouth) one MILLION dollars. muh ha ha ha

This is a great one-line quote – that caused me a laugh this morning (here in Australia time)! Thanks, dstppy!!!  ;D

Best wishes and a great pre-Christmas weekend to all.

Paul

INDEED!!! Finally some good news!!!

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I like the name 7D. It's so cheerful and full of vigor.  ::) ::) ::)

I feel the same way. Names are deeply meaningful, and just changing them for stupid corporate reasons cheapens them.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 16, 2013, 01:32:37 PM »
There are news about this topic:

http://www.canonwatch.com/another-tidbit-eos-7d-mark-ii-rumor-aps-c-flagship-set-come/

It appears there will be a new high-end APS-C DSLR but its name will not be 7D Mark II  ::)


Oddly, I feel this is true. Remember the rumors about the 1dx? About there being no 1d4s? This has the same feel. I don't care too badly what the new name is, as long as they don't meddle with what the 7D is...


How about "1D Z" (or "1D Y") name and proper price range because it targets limited and very specific user base (that's not too crowded by 'mass market consumers who will be better off with FF')?  :)


I was thinking it might be a 1D something... 1D mk V? 1D Y or Z sound odd, butt so does X... 1DZ actually sounds like they might do it...

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What I do not understand is the Biggest Change Ever.

Autofocus was a HUGE change, requiring all new mounts.

Digital was a HUGE change.

Is it going to be mirrorless?

A can see one major use of the mirrorless: The computer could actively track the bird on the sensor when in flight, without mirror blackout.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 16, 2013, 10:46:50 AM »
There are news about this topic:

http://www.canonwatch.com/another-tidbit-eos-7d-mark-ii-rumor-aps-c-flagship-set-come/

It appears there will be a new high-end APS-C DSLR but its name will not be 7D Mark II  ::)


Oddly, I feel this is true. Remember the rumors about the 1dx? About there being no 1d4s? This has the same feel. I don't care too badly what the new name is, as long as they don't meddle with what the 7D is...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 15, 2013, 11:40:09 PM »
Preference for a well-specced 7D Mk. II with APS-C sensor is certainly not only an "individual preference" but definitely on the wishlist of quite a few people in this forum and many more outside of it.

No doubt.  But if Canon doesn't give them one, are they all going to buy a Pentax K3?   ::)

No, but thats's not the point. There are plenty of other places they will go too, so I am sure I am not delusional. I speak the same many people speak and feel. MANY do not want video!!! Most stills people I know have never even tried the video features beyond mere expirementation.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 15, 2013, 03:52:28 PM »
I have discussed many times on this forum the superior nature of APS-C.

APS-C is superior in that the sensor is cheaper to produce, meaning cheaper bodies, or additional features added in lieu of a better sensor.  The economic argument can be extended to cheaper/smaller/lighter wide and normal lenses.  If you think APS-C is superior in other ways, you're deluding yourself.

Canon, listen, or let the K3 eat your ever dwindling customer base...

...and this statement confirms that you're deluding yourself.  In a big way.

No, I'm not... If I were to buy new, I would go Pentax. They get crop. Canon is trying to force people towards FF, it seems...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 15, 2013, 01:03:26 PM »
1. There had better be a 7d MK II.

2. I hate video. Optimize my camera for still images.

Divergance is an extremely important concept Canon does not get. See this link...

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/an_appeal_for_divergence_and_simplicity.shtml

3. The 7d mk II MUST be APS-C. I have discussed many times on this forum the superior nature of APS-C.

Canon, listen, or let the K3 eat your ever dwindling customer base...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 11, 2013, 08:02:31 AM »
I would have swapped the 5d III for a 7D, but, to each his own...

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The 5D III is a model generation newer...

Also, on the 7D examples, you have focus issues in the first one of the great blue heron, and motion blur in the second, it appears....

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Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell reviews canon 50mm f/1.0
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:13:22 PM »
Ken is Boss!

I love reading his reviews. There's nothing like them! He clearly puts a lot of thought into them, and his pictures are superb!

Also, everytime someone posts Rockwell, the thread turns into a bloody flame war!!! I am trying to be positive here to prevent this.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 15, 2013, 04:32:56 PM »
Find a used 7D on ebay. They go for around 700 in good condition, las I looked...

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