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PowerShot / SX-60 coming at Photokina!
« on: September 12, 2014, 11:35:53 AM »
The latest rumour is that the SX-60 is coming to photokina.

The SX-50 works surprisingly well.... but what changes will come on the SX-60? A larger zoom range is a given... I have heard rumours of 60X and 100X... but does anyone know what the specs are supposed to be?

DPAF would be a killer addition, but I doubt we will see it. Wifi? Megapixels? anything?????

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Software & Accessories / Portable HD with SD reader
« on: September 04, 2014, 05:14:39 PM »
Thought this might interest a few people....

a 2TB hard drive that runs off batteries with an integrated SD card reader....

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1330

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EOS Bodies / Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:24:52 AM »
With all the hype on the forum about the 7D2, the question is asked.... "Are you going to get one"?

Who is serious about the camera and who is just kicking tires or wondering about Canon's possible plans for the future?

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Site Information / Nikon adds on CR
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:26:53 PM »
I have started to see adds for Nikon on my CR feed!

Inconceivable!
Oh the humanity!

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Abstract / This image may have been photoshopped
« on: May 15, 2014, 11:09:23 PM »
While we wait for the next rumour of the 7D2, 5D4, speedlight700, or the 400F5.6II.... let's have some fun. Post some images that may have been photoshopped... I'll lead off with Godzilla's kitty....

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EOS Bodies / 70D manufacturing delays
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:30:05 PM »
Copied this from PetaPixel...
Released back in September of 2009, the Canon 7D is long overdue for a much-anticipated refresh. The problem is, up until just recently various sources have published conflicting reports that seem to get us no closer to knowing what this camera will actually look like.

However, yesterday, Northlight Images reported some interesting news that seems to make sense and go along with some of the more plausible rumors about the impending camera.

The Northlight Images report claims that the Canon 7D Mark II will feature a higher end version of the dual pixel sensor Canon used in the 70D. A slightly less powerful version of the tech is also rumored to appear in the 700D (Rebel T5i) and 100D (Rebel SL1) replacements.

However, it seems some manufacturing issues with the dual pixel design of the 70D sensor has delayed production of the 7D Mark II and other successors, forcing Canon to push back release dates until late summer or possibly even early fall.

canon7d_mini

Beyond the new sensor technology in the camera, the below specs are just some of what has been rumored to make an appearance in the 7D successor, although there are a few conflicting reports:
•20MP APS-C Sensor
•ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
•1/8000 – 30s, Bulb, X=1/250
•150,000 shutter life
•Silent shutter mode, similar to 5DMIII
•19-point phase autofocus
•8fps
•15 Raw / 126 JPEG Buffer
•3.0″ 1040k LCD, touch screen
•Optional WiFi
•Magnesium Alloy body
•Battery capacity 850 shots
•148.2 x 110.7 x 73.5 mm
•Weight 910g

Ultimately, much of this is up in the air still, with nothing considered confirmed until Canon decides to make an announcement itself, but the rumored specs seem to be fairly logical considering what Canon has put out in the past

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Landscape / Springtime in Canada
« on: March 20, 2014, 12:08:48 PM »
Hey fellow Canadians! Grab your snowshoes and put on your parkas and let's go out and show the world what the first day of spring 2014 is like in Canada... When you post, be sure to say what part of the country you took the pictures in.

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Landscape / Algonquin Park, Canada
« on: January 25, 2014, 01:27:12 PM »
I spend a lot of time here in the spring, summer, and fall. This is canoeing and camping paradise... What's your favourite photos of the park?

Otterslide Creek
Cedar Lake
Grand Lake
Barron River panorama

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EOS Bodies / 6D clearance sale
« on: January 03, 2014, 03:40:45 PM »
The Henry's camera chain in Canada is having a clearance sale and the 6D is listed......

Strangely enough, neither the 60D or the 7D are listed as clearance items...

Gentlemen, start the rumour-mongering :)

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Lenses / Best Teleconverter
« on: December 30, 2013, 05:17:01 PM »
A friend asked me which one is the best teleconverter and if there is much difference between them. I had to admit that I didn't have a clue... Is there a comparison anywhere of the more popular ones? Canon III, Canon II, Kenco, Sigma, Tamron ?????

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Lenses / teleconverters and resolving power
« on: December 19, 2013, 10:48:45 PM »
What does a teleconverter do for you if you wish to resolve fine details on a distant object?

The point that I am trying to make is that unless you have a really sharp lens, you are better without teleconverters.

My past experience is that using a crop body,  if you have an ultra-sharp lens (like the series 2 big whites) a teleconverter will improve your resolving power, if you have a sharp lens (quality of 70-200F4) it is neutral, and if you have a soft lens it will hurt you.

The test is to capture photos of a small bird from 25 feet away. Since I can not get a bird to pose for me as I change lenses, I substituted a bird sized stuffed animal. All shots were cropped to the same portion of the bird's head and all images resampled to 500 pixels wide. unfortunately, I do not have a "big white" at home so that part of the test is left out... so the sharp lens used is a 70-200F4 and the soft lens is a Sigma 120-400F5.6. To make things interesting, a SX50 was thrown in as well.

The first pair of pictures is the SX50 at 50X zoom and then at 200X zoom (digital zoom enabled).
The second trio of pictures is of the 70-200 at 200mm, with a 1.4X teleconverter, and then with a 2X teleconverter. The third trio of pictures is of the 120-400 at 400mm, with a 1.4X teleconverter, and then with a 2X teleconverter.

In the first set, we find the image with digital zoom turned on is better than without. This came as a surprise to me as I had always assumed that digital zoom was an evil to be avoided......

In the second set, we see that the addition of the 1.4X teleconverter makes the image slightly better and that the 2X teleconverter makes things worse.

In the third set the teleconverters just degrade the images.

Something particularly important here is that a sharp 200mm lens provides more detail of that distant object than the soft 400mm lens.... but the most shocking conclusion is that a p/s camera (the SX50) can out-resolve both.

The last picture is the SX50 at 200X on the left and the 70-200 at 200mm on the right....

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Canon General / Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 09, 2013, 11:55:50 AM »
What have you seen for idiotic accessories or for items that were just not thought out....

I saw a car window mount tripod head..... You roll down the window, slip it over the edge of the glass, and mount your camera or spotting scope to it. This one was marketed as XXXXXX window mount, real tree camouflage. Why would you need camouflage? With a couple of square inches of camouflage the critters will not be able to see you? That somehow they will miss the car, the big white lens, and the person behind it, but it is the tiny mount that matters?

Sort of like camouflage flashlights :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / file names
« on: November 02, 2013, 06:38:44 PM »
Is there a way to change the file naming structure on Canon cameras?

All images are IMG_xxxx If you shoot more than 9999 pictures you get duplicate file names.

When I shot with Olympus cameras you could change the naming sequence, for instance in 2009 I would use 09Hxxxxx as the naming structure, then in 2010 would change it to 10Hxxxxx.

Is there a way to do the equivalent with Canon?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / LP-6 total battery failure
« on: October 27, 2013, 10:24:47 PM »
I spent the day kayaking.... temperature started around freezing and warmed up to about 5C later in the day... my 60D with me. The camera was working fine and showing full charge on the battery and then it went dead... absolutely nothing! and for once I had not brought a spare battery.. I paddled for about another 5 hours and saw a half dozen or more Great Blue Herons, one from about 10 feet away (I think they were mocking my brick camera) and eventually went home.

When I got home I tried a second battery and the camera came to life. I put the dead battery into the charger and nothing happened... no blinking, no lights, nothing.... tried another battery in the charger and the charger worked properly... this battery instantly went from indicating a full charge to absolutely nothing.... my voltmeter across the power pins shows no voltage whatsoever.....

Has anyone heard of this happening before? It is a real Canon battery, about 2 years old.

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Lighting / LUMAHAWK LMX-LD98A
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:12:56 AM »
Hi,

As I get more into video, I have come to the realization that for shooting indoors I really need lighting. I am thinking of getting one of those LED lights that mounts to the camera hotshoe.

Has anyone tried the LUMAHAWK LMX-LD98A 98 LED Dimmable pannel or one of it's bigger bretheren?

Thanks.

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