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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 28, 2014, 11:32:21 AM »
a somewhat different pose... Common Merganser yawning.

Canons Reputation is ok for all that People who do their Job in Sport-, Journalism- and Wildlife-Photography. That stuff smells like sweat and blood, Mosquitos and Cocaine, Gunpowder and elephant dung.

Obviously the Canon-Guys are now working on their Image in the World of Chanel No 5.   :)

Greetings Andy

Gunpowder and elephant dung?

Talk about a job where you just stand around all day and "shoot the Sh*t" :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 28, 2014, 10:48:38 AM »
Common Mergansers and a loon... shot while out on a solo canoe trip this weekend... If you are quiet you can go upwind and drift downwind to get close enough for pictures..

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 28, 2014, 10:44:49 AM »
Common Mergansers taking off. Shot from a canoe in Algonquin park.... I sat with them for about 30 minutes until another canoe came along and scared them off....

At the same time, I don't think anyone deserves to be called a "Canon fanboy" for discussing the practicality of this shadow latitude difference, especially in light of some of the hyperbole seen on this forum.

Personally, I don't understand how someone can be accused of being a "Canon Fanboy" for pointing out that another company does something better. Could someone please explain the logic to me?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 28, 2014, 09:53:35 AM »
One advantage that the 7D II can offer that I don't think the 5D III or 1D X could ever really compete with is the ability to get long equivalent focal length at a faster max aperture...allowing the use of more than just the central cluster of AF points at the much slower f/8. The 7D II could achieve an effective 1344mm focal length (FoV equivalent) at f/5.6. At best, FF cameras can achieve 1200mm f/8. The added AF power the 7D II can offer at a very long effective focal length is intriguing.

That's true if your output requires more than the 7-8.6 MP you'd get by shooting the FF at 840mm f/5.6 and cropping to the APS-C FoV.  Granted, the 20 MP APS-C allows deeper cropping, but in most cases the IQ will suffer from atmospheric impact at distances which would require such deep cropping.

birds are often very small so the distance even at 800mm and more are not always all that great and atmospherics don't always play much of a part in things

Yes, to demonstrate the point, this (rare and exotic) bird was less than 50 feet away, and this was taken at 1,900mm on 1.6-crop.

You might need an equipment upgrade for pictures of rare and exotic birds.... Might I suggest black oil sunflower seeds :) The trick is to focus on the sunflower seed and wait for a bird to materialize around it..

Seriously though, I shoot birds from dozens of centimeters to hundreds of meters. Usually (although obliviously not always) getting close is a big problem and more pixels on the target is usually a good thing.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 28, 2014, 09:40:00 AM »
If you take a closer look at my "personal text" ("The dark side...") on the left hand side or read through my first post here, where I tell my photographical journey, you'll know that I already had left Canon (in film days) and came back. Why?

Because Canon offers the (IMHO) best overall package in the market:
  • really good bodies (maybe lacking some IQ today)
  • best lenses
  • best support and service
  • decent pp freeware (DPP, etc.)
  • stable and reliable market approach (no mount gambling like Sony, no financial troubles like others)

If I was to start today, I'd seriously consider Oly and the OM-D E-M1. But the great lens setup is still to come there...

Now I'm already settled ;)
I really like the OM-D E-M1 and the menu system. I think Olympus is far more innovative than Nikon or Sony and like their menu system... If I were to go for a smaller form factor, this would be it.... but I REALLY!!!!! like the glass with Canon... the 100L macro and the 70-200 beat anything Oly has...  Then again, there are adaptors :) , such quandaries to ponder!

We are truly blessed in that we have such a wealth of great cameras to choose between.... and the reality is, no matter which one you pick, you made a great choice....

Technical Support / Re: Circular Polarising Filter
« on: September 28, 2014, 09:29:08 AM »
You need to track down this lady and ask her to hold the camera :)

Seriously though, I was in a plane they were filming from... it was a Twin Otter that had a special door which had a pair of "ports" in it that could be remove for filming.... VERY COOL!!!!!

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 28, 2014, 09:18:38 AM »
too rich for me.....

Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: September 27, 2014, 09:04:12 PM »
I have to throw in a canoeing picture..... Algonquin Park, Canada.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 06:42:26 PM »
I have it. It works. I'm happy.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: 4K, 5K, 6K and Up Video
« on: September 25, 2014, 10:55:58 PM »
i will buy a 30" UHD 4k monitor as soon as a reasonable product comes along.
Next product I will buy will be an 8k monitor .. as soon as a reasonable porduct comes along.
After that? A 16k monitor.
And if I happen to live lng enough, after that a 32k monitor.

Power of 2. Definitely stay away from uneven numbers in all things digital.
5k ... most stupid thing on earth. Dell should have tried to first get a relly good 4k monitor made.

Not to be THAT GUY... but eventually there are diminishing returns.  There are 120 hz tv's out there... and there will eventually be 240hz (if there aren't already), but does it make a difference?  to some sure... but I can't imagine there are super human people who can detect the difference.

There are 2K 240hz screens out there..... actually, they are kinda common now :) $2800 will get you a 240hz 4K tv......

On other news, the latest GoPro will shoot 4K video at 30hz and 2K video at 120hz....

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:00:31 AM »
Canon is using an obsolete fabrication run to make it's DSLR sensors....

These lines have a finite lifespan and it will need to be replaced at some point.

They have a newer and finer fabrication run that is operating at under-capacity.... They have done prototypes (most notable is the 120Mp APS-H sensor) on this run...

2 fabrication runs cost more to operate than 1 run.

It is more than obvious that Canon will switch technology on it's sensors at some point in the future. It is beyond the point where this should have happened.... many of us thought the 7D2 would have been the point where it happened.... but it will happen at some point.... it is probably necessary for higher resolution sensors.

No executive is going to come out in public and say "our flagship manufacturing process is a piece of crap.... but in two years we will have a new one, so until then don't buy our product". We know changes are coming, we are just frustrated that it is taking so long!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:43:05 AM »
Lack of irony seems often to be accompanied by a lack of humor.

Seeing the pictures of the museum made me laugh out loud. When being asked for the reason of my laughing by somebody not familiar with photography, I didn't even know how to start to explain this whole story and why this was a hilarious post. "Well it's about ...em... so when you photograph, you ...em... so some people think that ... uuuuh..... I saw a cat falling down a table."

I think that one of the things we should do when posting is to put a "WARNING! Sarcasm" or a "Warning! Humour" tag on some of our posts. While it is obvious to the poster, many of the readers will not get it. For example, how many people got the fact that the Canon picture and the Exmor picture in Neuro's museum post were the same picture? The "I raised the shadows by 10 stops" comment should have been a clue, but honestly, how many of us clued in?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:32:09 AM »
DR is important, but to me – and based on the sales figures, to most people – it's neither the only nor the single most important criterion by which a camera system is judged.

The fact is that we don't know what is the single most important criteria by which customers choose a camera.

It could be that people do buy based on whether the name is "Canon" or "Nikon" and that alone - nothing more.

But one thing I can guarantee you, when someone walks into a store to buy a camera, the numbers that are present on the ticket are the price and megapixels - not DR.

So when DR is on the price ticket and regularly feature as a headline specification that is obvious to see, easy to sort against in online shops, etc, then it would be reasonable to expect that some customers might start basing purchasing decisions on DR. Until that point in time the only people that will purchase based on DR are the serious amateurs and professionals (which are not a majority of camera buyers.)

I read somewhere, sorry but I can't remember where the article was, an article about consumer buying habits with DSLRs. The article said that for low end buyers (the vast majority) the most important factor was price, with the number of megapixels second. For high end buyers the major factor was superior features to the current camera and the secondary consideration was brand loyalty, mostly influenced by their collection of lenses and accessories. The reason superior features ranked number one was because if a new camera was not significantly better than their existing camera, there was no reason to purchase... regardless of the brand or legacy equipment. Makes sense to me.... who would spend good money to downgrade?

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