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Canon General / Re: 19 ways to become a hated photographer
« on: March 13, 2014, 11:17:59 AM »
19 20 21 ways to become a hated photographer

19 20 ways to become a hated photographer

20.  Come to a Canon forum and post hundreds of posts about how Canon sensors are terrible.

21. Sell a landscape picture without any landscape.... for $4,000,000.00

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 13, 2014, 11:12:29 AM »
For me, it's all about pixel density. I have 20/10 vision..I can CLEARLY see the pixels. It's utterly horrid..

I'm at 20/15 w-o correction, and I can see the pixels in my EVF too if I want to concentrate on that. 

I have 20/2000 vision.... I can't find my camera without my glasses.....

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 13, 2014, 08:20:57 AM »
Cedar behind my house, early February snow, 70-300L at 70mm.

Nice!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 13, 2014, 08:18:11 AM »
Oooh ... Nessie's been sighted again? Great!
... and ... it will be photographed with a 7D2  ;D
I tried photographing Nessie in 2010 with my 7D but due to low light conditions & limited ISO capability I couldn't capture it ... but the better specd 7D MK II should be able to capture it ;D

That'll be one for Guinness! To photograph Nessie with Nessie! You'll have finally solved the chicken and the egg problem. ;-P

 ;D ;D ;D ... so are you saying the 7D MK II ain't gonna happen?

LOL...no, not quite. It was a play on words and context, but I'm guessing not many people would actually get it.
The 7D2 and Nessie are nothing alike..... there are millions of people that believe Nessie is real :)

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Landscape / Re: give us a wave
« on: March 12, 2014, 10:11:44 PM »
As a Canadian from the Maritimes, I feel obligated to show a picture of Peggy's Cove :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 12, 2014, 04:01:05 PM »
For me, it's all about pixel density. I have 20/10 vision..I can CLEARLY see the pixels. It's utterly horrid..

I'm at 20/15 w-o correction, and I can see the pixels in my EVF too if I want to concentrate on that.  But it doesn't bother me since I don't expect it to look exactly like an OVF. There's enough information density to be useful for what it is, a composition tool with a rich amount of camera data added.  I don't need to color-proof with it, don't care if it has other limitations you've described, as long as it's fast, responsive, works well in low light and provides the information I need to perform the function it's supposed to.
It does that just fine, and it's even better than an OVF when it comes to low light.  I don't mind a little noise in my low light EVF image when it allows me to see more detail than I could looking thru an OVF.
So, if today's EVFs don't appeal to you, tomorrow's might.
One of the other benefits is I get from an EVF is a much better idea of how a stopped down image will look because I'm seeing it without the effect of a focus screen in an OVF that interferes with how the image actually looks for in-focus to OOF transition areas.

Either way, good EVFs won't prevent you from using them for what they are there for, to compose the shot.  Even the very low rez EVF in my old Panasonic FZ-20 was useful and still truckloads better than trying to compose using the rear display in sunlight.
I have an EVF on my SX-50. It is low res and you can see the pixels.... there is considerable lag. Then look at the EVF on the Olympus u4/3 cameras... It is a world better! /not as good as optical, but getting close. We are very close to hitting the resolution where it is beyond what the eye can see... anyone want to bet that the prototypes in the labs are past that level yet?

This is like the film/digital debate. When digital first came out, the quality was garbage. Over time, the positions reversed themselves. Digital now is far superior to film of the 1990's, but that comparison is meaningless because in that period the quality of lenses has taken a huge jump forward and so have AF systems... in other words, film images shot today WITH THE EXACT SAME FILM are better than film images shot in the 1990's.

The point being, componentry does not exist in a vaccumn... it is affected by all the other facets of the camera.
EVF's are getting better, but many of the improvements are the result of system changes. For example, what kind of dynamic range can you show on an EVF? Improvements in sensor dynamic range have a big impact here...If you have an EVF that can show 10 stops of dynamic range, it will look a lot better maping a 14 stop sensor onto it than it would maping a 6 stop sensor...

Lag time has gone from annoying to you have to look hard to notice it.... how far away is unnoticeable?

EVF's are coming. Is the time now? None of us know. We will not know until it gets released. In the meantime we speculate and discuss.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 12, 2014, 12:59:08 AM »
I also hope it gets full 5Dmk3 AF
I'd be disappointed if it did.... I'm hoping to see the emergence of a new AF system that will set the standard for years to come...

If the improvements were incremental changes, it would have been out by now. The delays could mean something completely different.

You mean set a standard higher than the 61pt AF system? I think that one will be hard to beat. I've never seen an AF system lock on so fast, consistently, and easily as Canon'a 61pt AF system. What exactly would you improve in it? It certainly isn't broken, and certainly isn't something to be disappointed about if it found it's way into the 7D II.

When it comes to DPAF, that is an entirely different kind of AF for an entirely different purpose. As someone who uses PDAF for the very vast majority of his photography, I don't see DPAF taking over any time soon. While it is certainly cool technology, it's really just the beginning of the leg up that mirrorless needs to BEGIN to compete with what PDAF units currently offer. I think its going to be a few iterations, especially the one where it becomes QPAF, before we see sensor-based AF reaching the level of consistency, speed, and performance of PDAF.

And even then...it would require an EVF to function entirely properly...and EVFs have just as long a way to come before they can really be viable replacements for OVFs...

If the 7D II gets the 61pt AF system, I'd personally be ecstatic!

A 62pt AF system would be vastly superior.
To my mind, the biggest advantage Canon has is the AF system in it's higher end models.... the 5D3 system is certainly nothing to be sneezed at... but think about how it could be improved... Think about recognizing a bird and tracking it through trees! I have a p/s that can recognize and differentiate between a cat and a dog.... surely a DSLR with two higher end processors can do better? The 7D2 might be the camera that takes AF to the next level... and what about linking exposure to focus points? What about using the split pixels to vastly improve DR?

There are a lot of things that could happen and I eagerly await to see which ones they give us.... It should be an interesting release... certainly more than a mode dial that goes all the way around. :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 12, 2014, 12:08:42 AM »
Hmmm.... very interesting thing I came across.  I was comparing specs of cameras and look what I found....

http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-EOS-7D-MII-vs-Canon_EOS_Digital_Rebel_XSi


Not bad.... even DXO scores for an imaginary body that has not been released.....

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:50:14 PM »
I also hope it gets full 5Dmk3 AF
I'd be disappointed if it did.... I'm hoping to see the emergence of a new AF system that will set the standard for years to come...

If the improvements were incremental changes, it would have been out by now. The delays could mean something completely different.

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 11, 2014, 08:45:24 PM »
Wow Don, that's worse than here in Edmonton.  Great shot.  We're having a spring week, sunny and over +6C. 

My wife is convinced she saw a Pileated WP (big and lots more red than Hairy) on my feeder stump this afternoon.  Of course I was out with the compact tractor making a road in the snow, to my shed! >:(

Jack
I get pileateds  year round at my place.... But I had to shovel around the feeders again today to keep the squirrels off... The snow in my yard is three feet deep.....

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 11, 2014, 05:55:46 PM »
I can't wait for spring to come.... Last year, the ice opened up on March 10.... this is this year on March 11... and on the 12th we are supposed to get another snowstorm......

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:28:56 PM »
I find the "hybrid viewfinder" to be very intriguing.... put dual-pixel AF and hybrid viewfinder together and what do you get? Do you end up with 20 million more AF points than the 1DX? Do you get to recognize objects and track them? Is AFMA toast?

The 70D is the tip of the iceberg..... it barely scratches the capabilities of Dual Pixel... there are interesting times ahead!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:15:31 PM »
The camera will have dual memory card slots, CF and SD. Retaining CF is a big deal and will make a lot of people happy.

How likely is this to actually happen?  The 1D and 5D lines are the only ones to have dual card slots.  Even the 6D uses just SD cards, which I can't stand due to how slow and flimsy they are.

I've got a 7D and 50D, and will probably replace the 50D with a 7D2 when it arrives.  I'm also getting tight on CF card space, and would like to buy a new 32GB CF card before a trip in a few weeks... but not if it'll be obsolete with the new 7D2.  I was really hoping we'd have a more concrete announcement by now.

Given than the 6D now uses SD cards, how likely is it that the 7D2 will use CF cards?  Will they abandon the 7D1 users and cater to those upgrading from consumer bodies by using SD cards?  I'm sure speed is also a consideration, since that will be a big selling point of the 7D2 over the 70D or 6D.

The choice between using CF or SD cards will be determined not only by how much this rumored camera will be positioned for professional users, but the maturity of SD cards as determined by Canon. If this camera will indeed get CF and SD card slots, this will make it comparable to 5D Mark III, which I don't expect it will be. So in my opinion this CR1 rumor is not likely to become a reality, because as you stated the 6D uses just SD cards, so the 7D will likely share that trait, if it is considered as being somewhat restricted in comparison to a 5D Mark III. This logic may not be found appealing by many, but Canon may nevertheless use such kind of a distinction in card support.
Why can't the 7D2 be a pro-level APS-C camera?
The 7D was pro-level... Why not the 7D2?

and please don't say "because it's not FF", Pro-level is a whole lot more than sensor....

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 11, 2014, 02:13:33 PM »
I have been thinking about this lately and am going to make a controversial prediction:

I believe the 7DII will have the highest resolution of any Canon DSLR and I think it is entirely possible that future APS-C bodies may actually end up with more resolution than high-end full frame DSLRs.

Reasoning: The strength of the APS-C format (in addition to cost) is the perceived extra "reach" of the 1.6 crop factor. Crop sensors will never match the high ISO performance or dynamic range of a full frame sensor. But, what Canon demonstrated with the 70D is that they could increase the resolution of the sensor without sacrificing ISO performance or dynamic range.

The higher resolution 70D sensor performs at least as well as the 7D sensor in these areas. And, some argue it actually performs slightly better.

I am fully aware of the argument that a full frame sensor can be cropped to the same framing as an APS-C sensor without losing much perceived resolution.

But, that argument breaks down in cases where the photographer is distance limited and must crop the crop, so to speak. I'll leave the math to those who are more adept than I am, but just point out that a 24mp APS-C sensor can have half of its pixels cropped out and still produce a 12mp image.

Focusing on higher resolution at the top end of the APS-C line allows manufacturers to better differentiate the two formats for enthusiasts and professionals. Both formats function just fine for general purposes, but if you want to shoot under the most challenging lighting situations, full frame is the better bet. If you are a portrait or studio photographer shooting under controlled conditions, the larger format is better.

But, if you are a nature photographer or a sports photographer and you need to reach as deeply into the scene as possible without getting eaten by a bear, drowned chasing waterfowl or crushed by a 250 lb player, and need to do it at 8-12 fps, then you need a high-resolution, high performance crop frame camera that has sufficient headroom for you to crop even further when necessary.

I've long said Canon and Nikon don't want to convert everyone to full frame, they want instead to sell everyone two bodies. One way to do that is to play to the strengths of each format and differentiate them at the high end.

We all know that the worldwide camera market is struggling. Nikon and Canon need to find ways to increase their sales. It's far easier to get an existing customer to buy more than it is to find a new customer. Differentiating the two DSLR formats offers the hope of greatly expanding sales using the existing base of customers.

Makes sense to me....

Give me a 25-30 megapixel crop camera for more pixels on target and give me a 16-20 megapixel FF camera for 3 stops better ISO performance... I would rather have two good tools than one mediocre general purpose tool.

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Lenses / Re: just hit the purchase button
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:50:37 AM »
To my mind, you can't have a FF Canon without a 28-70.... It seems like the perfect lens, closely followed by a 70-200..

28-70? Looks like a CR1 to me Don ;)
OOPS! I meant 24-70 :)

You know what they say.... If you haven'st screwed up, persevere...

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