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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is there any reason to shoot sRGB????
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:45:46 PM »

Also if you use the Adobe setting, you lose the first letter of your filename. It's replaced by "_" (underscore). This may or may not matter to you.
I did not know that!

You learn something new every day! Thanks!

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:40:08 PM »
Now for a dose of reality...

Canon has sold over 100 million EOS cameras and something like 130 million lenses.

Of that number, it was estimated that 120 million lenses were sold in kits with 96 million bodies.... in other words, 4 percent of the bodies sold are bought as lone items, and only 10 million lenses are sold outside of kits.

The vast majority of the market is people buying low end cameras in one or two lens kits.

FF camera buyers are a niche market.
"After initial sale" lens buyers are a niche market.

We CR readers do not represent the typical consumer. We are a small "prestige" niche. To say that Canon should direct their efforts to meet our needs and to abandon the bulk of their market is, to say the least, ill advised. Watch what happens over the next few years.... crop cameras will go mirrorless and the form factor will shrink. The cameras like the SL1 will be the big ones, most will probably be EOS-M form factor, along with the tiny and cheaper lenses that go with them.

FF and the big lenses will survive. There is a profitable market for them... but it will always be a niche.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 07:25:37 PM »
Don, they still are making film........  maybe not the abundant variety as in the distant past, but still, there are good 4 x 5 films around, and if you want 8 x 10 or larger, you join a buyer's club organized by Badger (a LF equipment store) or an individual.

For some strange reason, I still have rolls of Kodachrome64 in the freezer..... but the darkroom and enlarger are long gone.... I am not going back to shooting film, for me, those days are gone :)

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 07:14:14 PM »
There certainly are plenty of mirrorless and software comments, and you are correct most threads start out ok and tend to get progressively worst.
It's hard for me to be objective about software as they mostly involve features I won't use, but I certainly understand why people want to untapped resources that are there. Fuji is very good at upgrading firmware on their cameras , but canon ensured f8 autofocus and that's a feature I wanted.
Now the mirrorless argument for me I don't get at the moment. The major sacrifices are af and ergonomics which are things I don't want to sacrifice. Now mirrorless will be the future but I haven't seen anything that makes me want to swap to a mirrorless as my primary camera. I have a fuji x100s which i like as my portable camera, but I wouldn't take it wildlife watching.
Now regarding criticism of Canon software and the mirrorless options to me they aren't even close to causing me to want to leave Canon, to others perhaps they are. Should those comments unnecessarily dominate many threads? I don't think so, and I find a lot of the out of place. But if they are constructive rather than complaints then good on them.

On the mirrorless option am I the only person who doesn't like smaller cameras in general?

You're not alone. I simply don't think it's feasible to use larger supertelephoto lenses with tiny bodies effectively - so even if the future is mirrorless, it needs to come in a roughly DSLR-shaped body.
+1
By the time the 7D3 comes out, I expect it to be mirrorless and about the same size. You can't go smaller and keep the ergonomics.... not just for the grip, but for the knobs, buttons, and switches too.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:58:30 PM »

Hey why don't you jsut sell all your current gear and go get a 1960s camera. People won prestigious awards and got images accepted back then too.


I just wish they would scale up the 7D2 sensor to use on a back for an 8X10 camera.  49640x62050 pixels.... 3.077gigapixels... 16GB raw files.... back to the good old days.... take a picture, put in a new card, take another picture, put in another card....  head back home, load it onto the computer and 3 hours later, see if it was any good..... I miss the good old days :)


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Hi,
       I currently shoot a 5diii. This year I started shooting my first paid shoots. I did 4 weddings, senior pictures and family portriats. I'll be doing the same over the next several years plus some sports, stock, wildlife and landscapes/fine art trying to make a career from photography. I enjoy doing weddings, portriats and really all types of photography. However my favorite is travel, wildlife and landscapes. So my question is I'm going to get a second body to shoot in case the 5diii fails or I want to use 2 bodies so I'm not switching lenses as much and I'm not sure if I should go with the 7dii or save for a second 5diii or possibly a high mp body hopefully released in the future. I love the 5diii it's just extremely spendy for a second one while I'm starting out and on a budget. I thought about the 6d but I really like having 2 card slots in case of a memory card failure and I prefer the layout of the 5diii more. I thought the 7dii would be nice for some extra reach but I'm not sure how it'd do shooting weddings and portriats compared to the 5diii. Also having a 24-70 on the ff and the 70-200 on the crop sensor might not be great for weddings in low light and loosing depth of field. So any advice and thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks you.

I have a 7D2 and love it. It is a great camera and I do not regret getting it for a second.

That said, If I were shooting weddings I would get a 5D3.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:04:30 PM »

As I've stated before, you seem to have trouble seeing any viewpoint other than your own.  There are nearly as many reasons people would choose the 6D over the 70D as there are people who make that choice.  I could produce a list of reasons, but they're not my reasons...


I can see great reasons to go either way... For cost, you can't beat crop.... for quality you can't beat FF.... For AF or weatherproofing you could go 1DX or 7D2, if it just has to work no matter what and with no surprises, go 1DX, for portability, EOS M..... and to duct-tape it to someone's head and push them out the door of the plane, GoPro.

If we all had the same resources and the same requirements, Canon would make 1 camera.... Nikon would make 1 camera, Sony would make 1 camera, ...... and they would all be similar.

Rather than argue about how relevant our personal preferences are, rejoice in the variety out there to meet everyone's needs as they see fit.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 04:52:16 PM »
Now (in 1987) the FD system is dropped and replaced with the incompatible EF system.

They did it before, so they can do it again.

But why did they do it?

EF stands for Electronic Focus. It was designed as a FF mount for FILM cameras that would allow electronic communication between the body and the lenses. They had two ways to go.... they could keep all the smarts in the body and use wires to control the motors and read the switches, or they could put some intelligence in the lens and use data communications to control the lens.

With data communications, they had a more flexible system.... they could add motors and switches and keep the interface the same... in other words, it was future-proofed.

The future hit. Digital cameras appeared. There were 1.6X crop, 1.3X crop, and FF. They all kept the same lens mount and there were ZERO changes needed to the EF standard. You can take one of those 1987 lenses and plop it onto your brand new 7D2, a 1DX, a c-500, a 1D-C, any rebel, or with an adaptor, onto an EOS-M. That is what happens with good design....

Would they ever change the design? Of course! It has already happened. To get into the low-cost market that represents the vast bulk of their sales, they created the EF-S mount.... electronically IDENTICAL to the EF mount and even using the same image circle so that you could use the existing EF lenses. Then they did the same thing again and created the EOS-M mount.... still electronically identical, but with shorter flange distances and a smaller mount circle so that they could produce tiny lenses for the mirrorless crop market, yet with an adaptor you can still use any of the EF or EF-S lenses on it.

Remember the direction things are moving in... Canon started with an EF lens mount and ONLY FF lenses.... then they added EF-S and smaller crop lenses.... then they added EOS-M and even smaller mirorrless lenses...

Yes, the pro's use FF, but it is crop that keeps the factory lights on and mirrorless that is the hope for the future. Never forget that we are the minority and in the grand scheme of things it is the low end cameras bought by soccer moms and proud fathers that are what truly matters....

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 04:26:32 PM »
Any company that tries to be 'all things' to 'all people' would soon be 'all broke' and 'all gone'.

From my viewpoint with a background in marketing, Canon is undoubtedly far better equipped to research and determine what the market wants than any individual posting on this forum.  They have global assets and access to market trends throughout the world.  Do any of us?  I hardly think so.

In recent years I have purchased Nikon and Fuji, in addition to my Canon gear thinking some of their products might serve me better.  I did not find that to be the case.  I take approximately 35,000 - 40,000 images per year in some very demanding environments.  My Canon gear delivers everything that I need.  Are they perfect.  Hell no.  But then neither am I and neither is anyone else out there.  On balance, I find them to be the best for my needs.

I didn't buy into a Canon camera or Canon lens.  I bought into the Canon system and the Canon product development philosophy.  I'm sure many photographers also bought into the same with Nikon.

All that to say that in my opinion either of those companies can satisfy the needs of 99% of the photographers that walk this earth.

Remember that often times a company that appears to be on the 'leading' edge, is actually on the 'bleeding' edge.

Just one man's opinion.   ;D
Well said!

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 04:23:26 PM »
So let's look at the 100L....

Suppose Canon also made an APS-C only and a FF only version of the lens.....

The first think that would happen is that sales of the FF version would drop, we would loose economies of scale, and the price would probably go up.

...

All the more reason for Canon to pick a form factor (preferably "full-frame") and do that exclusively.
except that for every FF camera they sell, they sell ten times that with crop cameras... If they picked one FF only, then say goodbye to FF....

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 01:50:39 PM »
However, for those of us who do not need *GASP* "full-frame", having to purchase "full-frame" lenses for our "crop-frame" cameras 'cause Canon neglected to cater to our needs, is bad economy: we pay for what we cannot even use.

Bad economy for you, you mean.  Canon cares about their economy, but about yours only insofar as you give them your money. 

Consider the reverse...if you as a crop user did buy a FF body, how would you like to have to buy a complete new set of lenses for it?  The economy of EF lenses mounting on crop bodies works both ways.

So let's look at the 100L....

Suppose Canon also made an APS-C only and a FF only version of the lens.....

The first think that would happen is that sales of the FF version would drop, we would loose economies of scale, and the price would probably go up.

The APS-C version of the lens would still be the same size and the end element would still be the same size. We could shave a bit off of the internal elements and the resulting lens would be a few percent lighter than the FF version, but once again, we would have lost some of the economies of scale and the resulting lens would cost more.

Realistically, you have to go shorter than 50mm to get any significant size savings on an APS-C lens. There are a few lenses (17-55F2.8 comes to mind) which are "L" quality, but with anything longer, it just isn't worth it.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:09:39 PM »

 As for the latter (the 7dII), it is a weather-sealed camera, but has no decent weather-sealed companion lens!?

I wish someone had told me this before I spent 4 hours on a hike in the rain with a 7D2 and the 100L lens attached...I just assumed that it was weather sealed.... the rubber ring on the lens mount tricked me! (SARCASM TAG) yet somehow it survived......


(Ignoring the sarcasm tag for a bit ...) The 100L is a "full-frame" lens, whereas the 7DII is a "crop-frame" camera. Yes, it works ... but so would a 1DX have worked. My point is that it is silly to buy a "crop-frame" camera and then use brilliant "full-frame" lenses on it ... 'cause you're wasting that part of the lens you paid through the nose for: the edges. Bad economy, but the shareholders love it!
but the lens works so well on the 5D2.....

It is a case of the same lens being great on both Crop and FF and not having to buy a separate lens for both. I like how Canon can use FF lenses on it's crop cameras......

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:15:23 AM »

 As for the latter (the 7dII), it is a weather-sealed camera, but has no decent weather-sealed companion lens!?

I wish someone had told me this before I spent 4 hours on a hike in the rain with a 7D2 and the 100L lens attached...I just assumed that it was weather sealed.... the rubber ring on the lens mount tricked me! (SARCASM TAG) yet somehow it survived......

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Uneven Battery Usage in 580EXII
« on: November 23, 2014, 06:58:59 PM »
The batteries are in series and get used equally, but there are some possibilities.
 
1.  A bad battery.  Remove the bad one.  This would be a 99% + probability
 
2.  Bad battery charger not fully charging batteries.
 
3.  Current leakage in the battery compartment or related bus bars of the flash that affects only one battery.  Look for any contaminants.
 
4.  Excessive heat in the flash right next to one cell that is causing a problem with it.
 
That's all that immediately comes to mind.

+1


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Technical Support / Re: DIY. How to shoot the bird from the car.
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:59:34 PM »
It also works with deer....

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