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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 01, 2014, 03:49:16 PM »
There's this weird trend in online photography discussion groups where mediocre photographers embrace some sort of artificial limitation regime like "no cropping" or "primes only" because of the belief that it's purer photography or something. 

Ouch, I missed the word in red above.  Your point is well made (and I welcome the discussion that follows your comment re: purists vs. pragmatists), but there's no need for that kind of tone or implication.   This is a respectful place.  People who don't have the same sensibilities as you are not sub-par human beings -- they are just people with different sensibilities.

Further, I think if you went to that person's website (www.mrsfotografie.nl), you'd see far from mediocre work on display.

- A
Panning the camera is a simple skill. All you have to do is move the camera for side to side.... Yet in the real world it is really hard to get right and takes lots and lots of practice to get right. My first impression of the Motorsport photos was that they are far more colorful than I thought, and my second impression was "this guy knows how to pan".

Personally, I am not into motor sports.... But having viewed those pictures I realize that it would be a great subject for photography, both from a technical and from an artistic viewpoint. Good job! You are looking at mediocre in the rear view mirror!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D II Specs Listed on KDrama Stars
« on: August 01, 2014, 02:46:22 PM »
I really hope I'm proved right and the 7DII doesnt have a pop up flash. I just hate that nasty little bit of cheap plastic on a quality camera.

I really hope you are wrong!!
That little flash can be rather nice when you need a little flash out of the blue! DOn't knock.
It's mostly those who want to show their camera off and appear to be such cool 'real pros' who knock stuff like that.
When I am hiking or camping, I tend to leave my real flash at home.... The little toy pop-up flash has come in very useful at times....

And yes, they are delicate, but leave it down and you are fine.

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Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« on: August 01, 2014, 02:40:27 PM »
You'll get great pictures from a 60D, as I'm sure you would get great pictures from a 5D3.  It's in the photographer to get the great pics.  The difference between a 60D and a5D3 isn't as vast as the difference in attitudes, abilities.  Some of the most boring work I've seen is by those with the very best of gear.
The 60D is a far more capable camera than one would first think. Besides superior weather sealing to everything but the 7D and 1DX, the much maligned 18Mpixel sensor works surprisingly well, far better than the internet rumourmonging would have you agree.

The picture is shot with a 60D at ISO12800. The only processing is in Lightroom by sliding the light balance slider left and the noise slider right... Everything else is "out of the camera"

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D II Specs Listed on KDrama Stars
« on: August 01, 2014, 01:02:19 PM »
Yes.... after 5 years of intensive R+D, Canon is going to come out a 7D2 that is inferior to the 7D....

It is just a feeble attempt to draw traffic to the site.

move along....
nothing to see here....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: August 01, 2014, 10:22:40 AM »
and proof that not all babies are cute....

We have a lot of wild turkeys where I live.

I agree with you regarding the babies.   Give it some time and the baby would look real cute on my dinner table :)
I only see them every week or so at home, but where I work there are hundreds of them.... and it is part of a military firing range.... and you are not allowed to shoot them!!!!!! They are so plentiful I could hunt them with a hockey stick!

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Reviews / Re: NIKON Releasing a Medium format DSLR 50MP
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:44:12 AM »
Yes at this years Photokina NIKON is reported as releasing a medium format camera with the same sensor as Hasselblad, Phase one , and Pentax, but mirror less and with a new type of shutter, will this put the damper on our new 7D

That depends on how good someone else is with Photoshop between now and Photikina.
+1

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographing Ghosts / UV Photography?
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:40:57 AM »
I just use the camera the way it is. I find that ghost photography works best after several glasses of 18 year old scotch.....

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Reviews / Re: NIKON Releasing a Medium format DSLR 50MP
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:31:08 AM »
Just what the sports/action/wildlife photographer has always wanted!

We demand a camera that is heavier and bulkier!
We demand to pay more!
We demand lower frame rates!
We demand less lens selection!
We demand long lenses to be both astronomically heavy and expensive!

Sports/action/wildlife photographers (the market for the 7D2) rejoice! Your salvation is here.

..... and for those who can not recognise sarcasm, this is it... This camera will have no effect on 7D2 sales as it is designed for a completely different market.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Yard Bird
« on: July 31, 2014, 11:57:31 PM »
and proof that not all babies are cute....

We have a lot of wild turkeys where I live.

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Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« on: July 31, 2014, 08:52:51 PM »
Inordinate amounts of tuna and catnip for princess Fluffy

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 31, 2014, 01:58:24 PM »
Canon made revolution  few years ago. Currently it is a stagnant company, which still focuses significant aattention to dying P&S market. Product cycle for semi-pro and pro products is very long and shows that Canon does not sufficiently invest in R&D as other companies. Canon started loosing in the following areas:

1) Mirrorless market - they loose to Fuji, Olympus, Sony;
2) Sensor technology - loosing to Sony;
3) Lenses - starting to loose to Sigma and Tamron as these 2 companies started producing high quality lenses, which match or in some cases exceed qulity of Canon lenses (e.g. Sigma 50 mm 1.4 Art, Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC) for affordable price.

Losing is a tough way to put it.  Being #1 means you have many mouths to feed -- not just enthusiasts and pros in a forum.  I'm truly curious to see what chunk of Canon's business folks like us in this forum (and like-minded shooters not in this forum) actually represent to them.

Also, advances in one small segment of the photography world does not make Fuji, Olympus, Sony, Sigma and Tamron the 'team to beat'.  It means that they have had success in one small segment of the photography world.  That's all.

And lest we forget, the company arguably most revered for its innovation and 'firsts in the industry' -- Sony -- can't seem to understand photographers well enough to produce a top-to-bottom well thought out camera that is free of non-trivial flaws.  They seem predisposed to come up with something cool and useful (that I might want!), shoot it out to the market half-cocked, and under-deliver.  What's worse is that they don't seem to learn from this, and they just shoot out another version in record time with similarly iffy results. 

So it's more than who is on a roll or has the best team or most innovative pipeline -- I want the company that most consistently satisfies its customers.  Bleeding edge innovation isn't my driver.  I want a camera/system that does exactly what I want it to do.  Canon may be slow, but they have never let me down with what they have delivered.

- A
When I jumped ship from Olympus to Canon, the choice was Canon or Nikon. Canon had the lenses that I liked and when it came to the user interface, there was no comparison...Canon let me do what I wanted easily, Nikon had me diving into menus... I went Canon

As things stand today, for my purposes everything about the Canons is superior to the Nikon and Sony offerings except for the sensors and I expect the gap to narrow drastically or even disappear soon.

Look at the clues...

Clue #1: Canon sensors are inferior to Nikon/Sony. Everyone knows that. You can bet that the people at Canon know that too.
Clue #2: Canon executives have hinted that something big or revolutionary is coming.
Clue #3: The 7D2 has been delayed for "production reasons".. We know it isn't just making another copy of the 70D sensor with a few more or less pixels.. it has to be something else.
Clue #4: The delay is NOT DPAF. It is here and in production in the 70D. Being a lower cost camera and stocked and sold in general consumer stores, it is a safe bet that 70D sales will exceed that of the 7D2 AND the entire FF lineup. A bit more for a 7D2 will not matter.
Clue #5: Canon has sensor fabrication facilities that work on much finer lithography than the APS-C and FF sensors of today. Pick up a Canon P/S camera for proof....
Clue #6: P/S sales are declining and this means extra capacity is opening up on those finer lithography production lines...
Clue #7: We know that by going to row or column A/D on the sensor that they could drastically drop noise and increase the DR of their sensors. You can bet that Canon knows this too.

My bet is that the delays in 7D2 production are due to moving the A/D onto sensors with finer lithography. This has to happen at some point and now is the logical time. I would expect a rapid refresh of the FF lineup after this.

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:48:24 AM »
Humm, I'm going to say, my Sekonic light meter.
YES!!!!!

that said, I used it last night :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:44:26 AM »
I use my Tamron at f/8 (stopped down 2/3 stop), and the results are very good.  At least as good as what I get with the 100-400, but subjectively better in many cases because of the additional pixels on-target.  I am not sure that a 100-400 with a 1.4 TC will beat it.  There would have to be some major improvements over the current 100-400 + TC performance for this to be a viable option.  As far as IS, Tamron's VC (vibration control) is excellent.  I do agree that Canon focusing will likely be faster and it that the Canon will be lighter.  But if I have to spend at least twice as much for  the lens, plus more for a decent TC, it just doesn't add up, for me.  I suspect that the same will be true for many birders on a budget.  There will be, however, great deals on used samples of the current 100-400 regardless.

I think even the current 100-400L with 1.4x is quite good optically, at least in the center.  I've used mine for moon shots with stacked 1.4x TCs and it's still very good optically even with the 18MP crop sensor behind it.

So, to me, the question is, are you willing to pay double for a lens that's smaller and lighter, has better handling, has better AF, and can get to the 100-150mm range versus the Tamron, if the optical quality is better over the 150-400 range and just as good over the 400+ range at f/8?  I think many - myself included - would be willing to do that.  In fact, this possibility is the very reason I have not bought the Tamron.  If the Tamron were as good at 600mm wide open as it is at 400mm wide open, that would be another story.  But it's not.
As a happy owner of the Tamron, let me say this:

I agree! Over the 150-400 range, the Tamron as a bit better than the 100-400 and obviously, from 400 to 600 there is no comparison. When I bought it I did not believe that an updated 100-400 would be coming out any time soon and so I bought and have enjoyed many many great pictures that I would not have got without it.

The current 100-400 is substandard for IQ in the Canon lens lineup. If the improvements in quality are anything like the quality we see in the 70-200's, then the new one will be a kick-ass lens with IQ and AF that blows the Tamron away in the 150-400 range and quite possibly will out-resolve the Tamron at 600mm WITHOUT a teleconverter.

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And if you stay through it gives you motion sickness for free...;-)

I should post the video of it on a stunt kite..... now that was a nausea inducing unwatchable video!  :)

They are a great toy and you can have lots of fun with them. I have a friend who tried mounting one on the head of a sled dog and ended up with a video of another dog eating the camera..... be creative... go out there and do stupid things :)

Don, this is the best description for the intended use ;-)
And you can dare to explore extremely unusual visual perspectives (have you recovered the eaten GoPro?)
I still have playing kids inshallow water in mind, from a shark's perspective ;-))
And yes, the stunt kite video would be cool - how did you mount it?
Thanks for sharing
Olaf

The eaten gopro was fine, but the case was not.... they are not husky-proof.

The stunt kite mount was done by using an adhesive mount onto a very thin plastic cutting board that has the rubbery non-slip backing. The board was deeply scored across the middle and folded in two and used to sandwich the leading edge of the kite. A bunch of rare earth magnets were duct taped to the back edges of the cutting board and that held it closed in place. I figure that since I managed to use both duct tape and magnets, that it had to be a good idea. surprisingly, it worked :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 31, 2014, 10:01:07 AM »
Green-crowned brilliant hummingbird, Costa Rica.  Multi flash set up.
This is the type of picture that one should see in an article showing the benefits of using multiple flashes. Well done!

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