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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: Today at 10:52:29 AM »
Twenty-seven pages and still going. When the original post could have been answered in one word: "No."
see reply #232 :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II & Photokina
« on: Today at 10:46:27 AM »
A full-frame sensor at point nine microns would be a GIGAPIXEL sensor. Assuming were at least at 16-bit ADC by the time such a sensor arrives, we would need in-camera data throughput of over 2.3GB/s just to process one frame per second, and data throughput of approximately 13GB/s to process six frames per second.

That kind of technology is beyond extreme. Relatively few things process data at such incredible speeds...high end, high power GPUs are one of the few that come to mind, along with the level three and lower data caches on a CPU. Those devices require considerable amounts of power to operate.
I'm smiling right now because I am waiting for a test to finish.....
I have a 60Ghz spectrum analyzer in front of me that takes 64 bit readings.... 480GB/s... but no way is it portable or affordable :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:41:26 PM »
So why no EVF on the 7D2 ???

Because EVF still sucks for action and sports.

If you watch the Super Bowl, World Cup, etc on Television, tell me how bad it was ??? 'cuz they use cameras with EVFs.

Realize that the EVFs used in high end cinematography equipment are VASTLY superior to the kinds of EVFs currently found in ML cameras. VASTLY superior. Also vastly more expensive. Just one of the EVFs used in a RED Dragon camera costs more than most of the DSLRs we buy today.
the monitor (7 or 8 inches) on top of those cameras goes for about $10,000......

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:36:50 PM »
So why no EVF on the 7D2 ???

Because EVF still sucks for action and sports.

If you watch the Super Bowl, World Cup, etc on Television, tell me how bad it was ??? 'cuz they use cameras with EVFs.

Oh, here I thought TV camera operators were just shooting video, I didn't know they had to carefully time a shutter release based on the action they were viewing.  Thanks for the insight!

Yet somehow, they manage to track fast moving action.......

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:16:36 PM »
Sandpiper I believe, although what kind I don't know, bird I.D sights list too many similar species for me to make a reliable pick, I would love to positively identify it so I can post it on my woefully under populated web site, any ideas?
When asking for an ID, if you let us know where in the world the picture was taken, you will get more and better answers....

I can't tell from the picture... were the legs yellow, orange, or dark?

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:47:00 PM »
No 100-400 replacement! This is the first time in a long long time that the rumour has been no replacement. Four years of saying it will come and now "no it won't".

First 100-400 rumour that I believe and I will be the first to laugh if it is wrong again :)

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Portrait / Re: We, The Photographers......Self Portaits..a Who's Who on CR
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:29:10 PM »
Alright, I'll play...
nice picture!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:12:20 PM »
An interesting result....

Despite the negativity about various rumoured features, it comes close to an even split between those planning to purchase and those who wont. This might indicate a well selling model.... but of course everything depends on what the real camera is, and unfortunately we will probably have to wait for an official announcement for that.

I find it a bit disturbing that only 7% might buy one after they test it, 31.5% will only buy one if reviewed positively.  While reviews are useful for gathering information, I think making a purchasing decision primarily on a review for something like a camera (or lens) is a bad idea.   Reviewers rarely capture and communicate all of the positives and negatives of a device effectively, and only you can see if feels right for you.
Agreed. Ergonomics is a big thing... One of the reasons why I went Canon instead of Nikon was because I hated the Nikon user interface....

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Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:09:00 PM »
I'm pretty lucky where I live.... walk out the back yard and I am on the Ottawa river... walk out the front yard and I am the woods.....

The first panorama is the woods during spring flood, the second is a panorama shot in the winter.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 01, 2014, 05:40:33 PM »
Canon 17-40 lens @17mm on other kind of camera.
WOW WOW WOW!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 01, 2014, 04:25:14 PM »
Great shots.  8)  I love your first picture. Well done Vern.

Likewise, great shots... I particularly like #3...

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Portrait / Re: We, The Photographers......Self Portaits..a Who's Who on CR
« on: September 01, 2014, 04:15:59 PM »
A selfie done with the help of a kite....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: September 01, 2014, 12:43:51 PM »
An interesting result....

Despite the negativity about various rumoured features, it comes close to an even split between those planning to purchase and those who wont. This might indicate a well selling model.... but of course everything depends on what the real camera is, and unfortunately we will probably have to wait for an official announcement for that.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:07:16 AM »
Well the thing is he didn't know the direction of Canon developments.

How would that even had been possible to know?

After all, it is for sure at some point "even" Canon extends DR - and that is not because of "whiners" but because it is part of sensor IQ. Would be utterly absurd to think Canon itself don't know this - they optimize the way they think it is most profitable for shareholders and they haven't been wrong this far.

You're correct.  Thus far, Canon has chosen not to substantially increased low ISO DR.  Their market share has seemingly not suffered for it.  Nikon did choose to increase DR, and their market share has not increased.  What does that say about the importance of DR to the majority of buyers?

As for jrista spending $25K on his kit not knowing the direction of Canon's developments, consider that he spent half of that total amount less than a year ago, buying a 600 II.  After 4-5 years of Canon not increasing low ISO DR, it would be somewhat foolish to assume they would do the opposite the next year...and Jon isn't foolish.  In fact, since the 5DIII had been out for a long time, the assumption was easily testable in the case of that camera before committing to a purchase.
Plus, many of stick to a system in the long run, knowing full well that technology runs in cycles. For the last several years Canon has put a lot more effort into AF than IQ... now they have industry leading AF and industry trailing IQ..... where do you think the research effort will now be directed? It is logical to expect that at some time soon we will see a Canon with better IQ. I think that's why there is so much interest in the 7D2... many hope that this will be the point where new tech emerges...

Who knows... maybe five years down the road we will be bragging about Canon's IQ and lamenting the poor AF... nobody knows what the future will bring, but there is one sure bet... no camera or manufacturer will ever produce a model that is the best at everything.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:54:15 AM »
Because EVF still sucks for action and sports.

Have you tried an X-T1, A77II or a6000?  Modern EVF's are completely capable of keeping up with action, no problem.

I don't think any of them are as good for action. And believe me, I want to see EVFs take over because they are far better for judging exposure and white balance and they're better for MF lenses (unless you have a custom focusing screen). But I just don't think they're there yet, and I imagine at least the next generation of sports cams (7D2; 1DX mkII) will need OVFs.
I tend to agree with you. Some of the EVF's that I have seen on mirrorless cameras are getting close, but as you say, they're not there yet.... I wonder what's under development? It can't be too long before they hit the market at a reasonable cost.

I know it's not going to happen, but wouldn't the pundits be shocked if the 7D2 was the 7DM :) A mirrorless high end Canon with EF mount and an EVF! If you think the debates now get rancorous, imagine the hornets nest that would stir up....

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