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Why are people so ready to believe in conspiracies?

Look at the facts. The software only supports SOME FF cameras. It does not support Rebels, the 60D, or the 70D, or the 7D, or the 5DII.... those cameras representing the vast majority of Canon cameras sold. The software is ONLY downloadable from Hong Kong..... not U.S... not Europe.... Not Canada.. not Australia... only Hong Kong.

Canon is not going to make their software only usable on one percent of their cameras. What you are looking at is an early version of the software. When the real version is ready it will support everything and it will be available everywhere.

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I shoot at quite a lot of major international sporting events, though I am not in Brazil for the world cup, and if Canon did offer me the use of a 7D Mark II at such an event I would probably say no, as I would need my 1D X. In fact two 1D Xs will always be preferable to any 7D Mark II (whatever it may be) combination for the sports I shoot.

This is not the same as when they test a lens. If they offer me whatever lens(es) I want  - test or not - then I will (and do) gladly accept.

Having said, that I would gladly test a 7D Mark II (if such a thing exists) at events or games where I am not working (hence not important to me), such as at a local footie match on a Sunday. But definitely not something important like a major int. sporting event.

Well said.  I don't shoot international sporting events as the highest I do are NCAA D1 tournaments/finals/championships.  Having said that, I still wouldn't take a 7D2 there as I would, like you, always take my 1Dx's.

If its being used there, its probably by Canon employees, a pro shooting the event for his living is not going to use a prototype or pre-production 7D MK II.
 
That's the problem with rumors, many of them do not make a whole lot of sense.
Or if a pro is shooting the event for Canon, he is under contract to Canon.....

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: June 16, 2014, 06:03:40 PM »
Last week in Labrador, Canada

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Sorry, but when you start creating GIGS of data PER SECOND, even your RAID arrays are not going to suffice. I have I have an 8TB NAS on my own network, however with my shooting patterns, at 30fps, I would create 8TB worth of images in a mere 5643 seconds, which amounts to 94 minutes of shooting. Eight TERRABYTES of data in a mere hour and a half. That is just ludicrous. The cost of storage hasn't come down even remotely fast nor significantly enough to justify cameras with frame rates of 30fps or higher. These days, at 8fps/18mp or 6fps/22.3mp, I can fill four 16GB CF cards in a couple/few of hours on a burst-heavy day (i.e. lots of flight or other action.) That's 64Gb in an outing. That's already a lot of data, and even after culling the guaranteed bad frames (missfocuses, motion blurred, clipped highlights, etc.), that alone is still a fairly significant storage footprint.

Plus, this is all JUST the storage impact. I don't think people realize the overall impact of having ultra high frame rates like that. There is "cost" everywhere...it requires significantly more time to import all your data (even over USB 3.0), it takes significantly more time to organize it, it takes significantly more time to cull it, etc. There is a reasonable point where diminishing returns in frame rate become negative returns in your overall efficiency as a photographer. I believe 30fps is well over that point, and anything faster....well, then your just plain insane! :P
Lots of agreement from me on how fast you can fill hard drives.... I just burned through 270GB in a week. I was playing with time lapse on a GoPro and a 64GB card was insufficient for a day, and that was at the reduced image size...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 16, 2014, 08:32:00 AM »
Swallow tail bee-eater lands on his favorite perch with yet another meal in the early morning. Taken along the Auob river, Kgalagadi transfrontier park, South Africa. Highly recommended for raptors etc etc etc. We have spent a month each year there for 10 years now.www.africaraw.com
nice shot! great timing!

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it's most likely for small camera systems to produce good low light results using cheap, simple, fast lenses.  First use will probably be phone- cameras.  Getting the required amount of curvature in larger sensor systems is likely to be much more challenging as slight (focus) errors of a few microns could occur with temperature shifts and if you're looking to make a compact, large sensor camera with this then you're really gonna have to decrease the radius of that sensor's curvature.  So, more likely practical for 1/2.5 and smaller sensors.
Still, will be very interesting if they can effectively achieve this for larger sensor formats.
This is what I was thinking....

Also, a curved sensor would work better with wide angle lenses, sort of like why a flat sensor works best with long lenses.... and since phones and p/s cameras tend towards the wide end of the spectrum, this could make the lens designs simpler.

And yes, there will be distortion, but look at the distortion you already have in those lenses... take an ipad or iphone and move it around and see how the image redraws as you move it... my bet is that the curved sensor will result in less distortion than the current sensor/lens combinations have now.

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Late June.... To coincide with anything? hope so!
possibly to make it compatible with new features on a 7D2....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Ye Olde Film Photography
« on: June 15, 2014, 11:02:29 PM »
It's not just a philosophical question. We all like the facilities and make less effort. Today a bodybuilder have special food, supplements, exercise equipment, as well as anabolic steroids to achieve "fast and guaranteed" results. That's the danger of the digital ... The fast and guaranteed result can accommodate us because we have super sophisticated equipment to "fix" our failures.

Digital allows a huge amount of good pictures, and it is wonderful. But if we think proportionally, digital photography results in less than 1% of spectacular photos.

If Jimmi Hendrix learned to play guitar today, he'd be a genius with all the facilities of digital audio processors? We will never know the answer.


As "roadie" for my friend's musical group, I can say that it is a lot easier to carry an electronic piano than a grand piano :)

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Lenses / Re: World Cup started - no sign of 100-400L Mk2
« on: June 15, 2014, 09:18:34 PM »
Do you think that canon engineers are literally wizards that just need to invoke the correct incantations to allow the tiny daemons that live in the mirror box to focus at f/8?  You do understand that AF systems are hardware, right?  And that the limitations are physical?  Neuroanatomist wrote a pretty good breakdown of how AF systems actually work which I'm sure he'd be happy to link you to.

And are you assuming that newer Canon bodies will not have newer hardware that will allow focusing at f8 that is on par with the 5D3?
One of the lessons time should be teaching us is that AF has been steadily improving over time. Note the DPAF of the 70D which we can expect in a 7D2.... and it is a very safe bet that the regular AF of the 7D2 will be more than the 7D's 19 points, both in number and capability, so f8 AF is a very real possibility.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:53:27 PM »
So the best that I can determine from this and other threads is that the 7d2 will have:

Either an APS-C sensor, APS-H, or FF
The sensor will either be normal, DPAF, or a Foveron type
It will either come gripped or not.
It will have Digic5+, Digic6, or a new processor
It will either be single or dual
The cards will be an undetermined combination of cFast, SD, and compact flash
It will be 12MP, 18MP, 20MP, or 24MP
The frame rate will be 8, 9, 10, 12, 30, or 120FPS
It will not have video features, or it will
It will shoot 4K video, or not
It will have GPS, or not
It will have WiFi, or not
It will have a built in flash, or not
It will have an articulated screen, or not
It will have a touchscreen, or not
It will have a 1DX style top plate, or not

I will sleep better tonight knowing that the specs have been so well defined :) ..... or not....

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Lenses / Re: World Cup started - no sign of 100-400L Mk2
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:41:53 PM »
You are both wrong.  A new 100-400 with a built-in TC would be an excellent upgrade.  The present 100-400 works well with a TC and a newer model with a built-in one would work even better.  A built-in TC gives better results, is faster to implement, and does not require exposing inside the camera to as much dust.

Myself and many others would not mind paying the extra cost for such a feature.

Haha yes, Canon will design and manufacture a lens that will not function on 90% of their bodies.  They will do this because ~*reasons*~

This is why I keep coming back to this site: baseless, nonsensical, ludicrous speculation. Very entertaining!
90% ?
Just the rebels alone count for more than that.... more like 99+%


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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:37:13 PM »
So, for example, is you never use P mode - cause you're not a loser ;) - you can take it out of the rotation.
P mode can be used as a modified Av mode, in that you can still override the aperture setting and also compensate. Used this way it can be useful. So it's not as much for 'losers' as you might at first think.  ;)

Av or Tv or M.....there is no other requirement
but what if I want to take pictures of green boxes? :)

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Somebody had a bad experience with a camera club. :o

I thought everyone had a bad experience with a camera club.  :D :o :D

A camera club is a blunt instrument used to beat new members into submission and rid them of spontaneity and especially to beat any humour out of them

You sound like victims of domestic abuse.  Don't worry, darlings, they aren't all bad.  Just the ones attracted to you.  ;)

And if all it takes is the opinions and suggestions of other photographers to sap you of creativity, you never had it in the first place.

When in an abusive relationship, leave!

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:11:19 AM »
Hi dilbert.
Please could you show us a picture of yours to show us how it should be done, or if you don't have one perhaps a detailed explanation of the technique and processing needed to achieve no blown highlights. Whilst you at doing that the rest of us can take our pictures wih blown highlights and at least have something to show!

Cheers Graham.

I can't believe how many of these images have blown highlights.

This is one of the first ever sunset pictures that I took with a DSLR. Unfortunately it gets converted to sRGB for the web ...

Dull and lifeless.

The French will be so glad to hear you describe their capital city in that way.

This has nothing to do with where an image was taken, it's the depiction of it. That shot has no soul.

A photographer cannot capture what isn't there, so if there is no soul in that photograph then there is no soul in Paris.

By that logic, since there are no orange cars in the image, therefore there are no orange cars in Paris ::)

touche!

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The image says far more about the ability of the photographer than it does about Paris.

What, you mean I have no soul?!?! OMG, how will I live without having a soul! Let me find a bridge to jump off!
Chill out gentlemen......
You are all missing the most important aspect of the picture.... He took it from the middle of a busy street in Paris and did not get run over :)


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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 14, 2014, 11:49:38 PM »
Hi Dilbert.
Thank you, very nice, filters or HDR, other tricks methods?

Cheers Graham.

Hi dilbert.
Please could you show us a picture of yours to show us how it should be done, or if you don't have one perhaps a detailed explanation of the technique and processing needed to achieve no blown highlights. Whilst you at doing that the rest of us can take our pictures wih blown highlights and at least have something to show!

Cheers Graham.

I can't believe how many of these images have blown highlights.

This is one of the first ever sunset pictures that I took with a DSLR. Unfortunately it gets converted to sRGB for the web ...

No special tricks or methods. No filters.
I like the pastel colour of the sky...

When you consider that a sunset picture ranges from the sun (very bright) to items in the evening shade (very dark) you would probably need 25 stops (just guessing) of dynamic range to cover both. Personally, I like to expose for the brighter areas and leave the rest darker.... it sets a mood...

EDIT: just compared settings on two pictures.... make that 29 stops of difference!

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