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PowerShot / Re: New PowerShots for CP+, no DSLRs.
« on: January 29, 2013, 03:58:13 AM »
Canon is really stupid they should lunch the 7D mk2 before Nikon lunches the D400.

Quite the opposite: It's smart to have the competition show their cards first, then design a Canon version that is produced as cheap as possible, sold as expensive as possible while keeping some marketing joker (like the af sensitivity of the 6d).

Canon market research most probably has shown that old school dslr users are very slow to change brand, and because they're late in the tech race Canon won't be able to stop early adopters anyway ("I want high mp and dr now").

So after a Nikon announcement they have 2-3 month time to cook up something for themselves, which probably will be the 70d = 60d + wifi + gps + touchscreen + afma + fw gimmicks for a start....

The camera is so slow to design that the reaction happens in the next generation, a couple of years down the road. The only reaction after the other camp has shown their cards is to choose your price. Which you can also do if you released your camera a few months earlier.

From their previous record with firmware updates that add functionality or correct severe problems, even thinking that they could add AFMA in less than 3-6 months is optimistic (and again: you can do that with a firmware update).

I see no downside to being first to market: you set a high price and skim the upper part of the market while you're the only guy in town, then you bring the price down if you must when the competition arrives.

Canon General / Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« on: January 28, 2013, 03:51:46 AM »
Given that I shoot mostly video...

Because it had the best video. That's changed, though, so I sold my Canon and went to Sony 6 months ago.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6D not usable for shooting video?
« on: January 27, 2013, 05:14:30 AM »
For video, the 6D brings basically no advantage over a 5D2. And those can be found, used, for a lot less than you'd pay for a 6D. That would be my advice for anyone going for a full frame video DSLR and no budget for a 5D3 or D800.

ok, so in theory you could make one that allows you to use EF lenses on your EF-S camera without losing FoV

but definitely not with this design: this adapter is actually shorter than a dumb glass-less one

I would think* there must be pretty big downsides to having an actually longer adapter (which is what you need for that EF to EF-S thing) while mantaining infinite focus, plus there's a mirror so you can't end up close to the sensor... I'd pretty much rule it out

* that guess is based on the fact that they had no restritions regarding size, and they ended up with a shorter-than-usual adapter: this must be what gives you the best IQ

Norman Bates is the crazy guy from Psycho. This was my war game for online gaming back in the times of Quake 3 and Age of Empires 2 (hint: launch date, not this millennium). Then I took it as my forum name too.

Picture: a toy that my girlfriend gave me; she bought it because it looks pretty much like me  ::)

Lenses / Re: What nd filter density (combinations) do you use?
« on: January 25, 2013, 04:53:01 PM »
No, the ones I tested were $5 fotodiox ones, that's why I said cheap resin filters. I have not used hi-tech or lee.

Lenses / Re: What nd filter density (combinations) do you use?
« on: January 25, 2013, 11:18:46 AM »
I've got some tests with several ND filters (LCW Fader ND, Tiffen screw-ins, cheap resin filters) over here:

My conclusions:
* sharpness is not an issue, even on a D800, as long as you use decent filters (no fader, no cheap resin)
* color cast is an issue, but it's relatively easy to fix (at least with my filters)
* stacking filters is not as bad as people think

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: January 25, 2013, 11:10:32 AM »
Bokeh is not just balls of light, it's OOF background quality in general (including nice balls of light).

Anyway, let's add some motion images too!

NEX-5N with Leitz Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4 (or maybe it was the Elmarit-R 90mm f/2.8, I'm not sure)

Two very old cameras

I see no sharpness loss until over 12800 on my 5d3, must be lens choice and PEBCAK errors.

Maybe you are just special ;D

I'd bet on that  ;D

These are some crops I took from dpreview when the camera was released:
Keep in mind that I was interested in video, so these crops are not 100%, I first resampled the stills to 1920x1080 and then cropped the area of interest. So, if you're seeing softness there it's going to be huge on 100% crops.

Anyway, this is what I wanted to post...
This is very useful for anybody wondering about this kind of things:

Sorry, this will only work on short focal flange mounts, which basically means mirrorless. So, there might be an EF-to-EFM version, but never an EFS-to-EF version.

One more reason to support my belief that mirrorless is the future.

Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 22, 2013, 07:07:07 PM »
Leitz Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4 for Leica-R mount (1976)

Sharp and creamy. Awesome look.

Lenses / Re: Having fun with a couple of 100-years-old lenses
« on: January 21, 2013, 05:02:52 PM »
quick video about two of the cameras:

Indeed, film is different, it's as if you were comparing a 18 mpix APS-C sensor with a 50 mpix fullframe sensor.
My test is of that which is relevant to me: close to 20 mpix on both

Also, my test is of that which is relevant to me, which means it's basically useles for birding fans

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D5200 review
« on: January 21, 2013, 08:52:57 AM »
Very interesting, because the D5200 has a Toshiba sensor and not Sony like the D600/D800. So if there are at least two manufacturers that can build such good sensors, Canon will likely be able to come up with such sensors too in the future. I think they finally will, otherwise they would have already begun to buy third-party sensors like Nikon does.

At least three: the sensors in the D4 and the D3200 are not made by Sony either, they are Nikon designs manufactured by Renesas.

Bottom line: right now, EVERYBODY can make a good sensor. Canon seems not interested, as far as I can tell...

* D4: Nikon design manufactured by Renesas
* D800: Sony sensor, but Nikon had something to do in designing it (not sure how much)
* D600: Sony sensor
* D7000: Sony sensor
* D5200: Toshiba sensor
* D3200: Nikon design manufactured by Renesas

Landscape / Re: Need critique for future improvement
« on: January 21, 2013, 07:12:40 AM »

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