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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 11, 2014, 09:40:47 PM »
Reminds me of a Canadian Prime Minister...
(Hey, if you can't fling feces you are not ready for politics)

lol  ;D

JC?  ;)
:)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 11, 2014, 09:37:56 PM »
If the next xD has CFast 2.0 then it probably will.
And this the heart of the problem.... dumping files to storage.

Even a GoPro can shoot 4K video ( but it's only 15 frames per second)...It compresses the files quite heavily to be able to write to storage fast enough.... so much compression that the merits of 4K resolution are lost. If Canon does go 4K, they will need CFast cards to keep up with the data stream... and that's good for us stills shooters because that would mean shooting at 12 or more frames per second and never filling the buffer.
This is true - Canon has proved that it can handle in-body 4K processing with the 1DC, so the card write speed is the weak link.  However, whether Canon decides to utilise the available power with a 7D/5D remains to be seen - MagicLantern proved that the 5D3 can handle 2.5K RAW, so Canon's definitely holding back some capabilities.
There are also heating problems.... It is very possible that the horsepower of the 5D3 is throttled back to keep critical components from overheating....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: February 11, 2014, 08:42:18 PM »
He reminds me of someone I know... :-) - Feedback appreciated.
Reminds me of a Canadian Prime Minister...
(Hey, if you can't fling feces you are not ready for politics)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 11, 2014, 08:39:09 PM »
If the next xD has CFast 2.0 then it probably will.
And this the heart of the problem.... dumping files to storage.

Even a GoPro can shoot 4K video ( but it's only 15 frames per second)...It compresses the files quite heavily to be able to write to storage fast enough.... so much compression that the merits of 4K resolution are lost. If Canon does go 4K, they will need CFast cards to keep up with the data stream... and that's good for us stills shooters because that would mean shooting at 12 or more frames per second and never filling the buffer.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 11, 2014, 08:22:36 PM »
Can I walk into Target and buy the LOTR box set as 4K movies?  Can I buy them on Amazon? (Don't try to sell me on '4K Mastered for optimal up scaling and a near-4K experience.)   No, I didn't think so.  That's why 4K is niche, not mainstream.
No, But I can walk into BestBuy and pick up "GhostBusters".... To be fair, they list a grand total of 10 4K titles, hardly mainstream...

They also list 14 4K TV's with prices from $3200 to $40,000... once again, hardly mainstream when you compare it to 2K televisions that start at $140.....

I definitely agree with Neuro about it being a niche market, but give it a few years and things should be different.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the next xD cameras do 4k?
« on: February 11, 2014, 10:19:28 AM »
Didn't we go through the same thing with 2K video?

Nobody needs to shoot 2K video...
Screens aren't big enough to show it...
The file sizes will be too big....
There is no place for video in DSLRs...

Yet here we are......

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PowerShot / Re: More Product Confirmations for CP+
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:20:16 PM »
24-2000 f/3.7-8.0

A 24-2000 f/3.7-8.0

How can you NOT get excited about THAT?!  lol
 ::) ::) ::) ;D

The SX-50 with 24-1200 is easily hand-holdable.... and with the digital zoom on is 24-4800 and hand-holdable... So I can easily see 24-2000. Throw in dual-pixel AF and it would be awesome!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:09:50 PM »
Everyone seems obsessed with a bigger sensor, but forgets about bigger lenses and bigger price tag. 35mm does so well because it hits the sweet spot for ergonomics...

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Lenses / Re: question about 600mm lenses
« on: February 10, 2014, 09:51:35 AM »
A 600mm f/5.6 prime has to have good IQ. It doesn't necessarily need to be as good as the 600/4, but it has to be better than the alternatives. For such a large objective element, that is no easy task...
We are definitely in agreement...

For a 600 F5.6 prime to sell, it has to be better than the alternatives.....

At twice the price, it has to be significantly better than the Tamron... But I doubt they can hit that combination of quality and price...  As mentioned above, nobody thought they could hit the quality/price on the 150-600 and they proved us wrong...I am more than willing to be proved wrong again, but I'll believe it when I see it.

Shot this with the Tamron today at 600mm. Pixel peeping on an obsolete crop body :) To significantly beat this at a reasonable price will certainly be a challenge.

Thanks for sharing Don Haines :)

How is the AF speed @ 600mm?
The autofocus speed seems a bit slow, but to be fair about it, I am using a 60D and every EF lens I own focuses faster on my friends 5D2 than my 60D...

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PowerShot / Re: More Product Confirmations for CP+
« on: February 10, 2014, 09:28:39 AM »
well.. i guess some people think canon should release a new lens every day or week 2014.

and if canon would have announced all lenses in the first 6 weeks of this year they would spend the remaining 10 month complaining that there are no more announcements.

well canon canĀ“t do it right...

really im so sick of reading these brainless and childish complains.... get out... get a job... take photos.  :P
I got a new lens a month ago, and I'm still learning how to use it properly....I can't imagine a lens per week... Who would buy that many lenses... and more importantly, how would you carry them? :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: February 10, 2014, 09:19:20 AM »
Not the best framing, but I liked it anyway :-)
I like it!

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Lenses / Re: question about 600mm lenses
« on: February 09, 2014, 09:45:36 PM »
A 600mm f/5.6 prime has to have good IQ. It doesn't necessarily need to be as good as the 600/4, but it has to be better than the alternatives. For such a large objective element, that is no easy task...
We are definitely in agreement...

For a 600 F5.6 prime to sell, it has to be better than the alternatives.....

At twice the price, it has to be significantly better than the Tamron... But I doubt they can hit that combination of quality and price...  As mentioned above, nobody thought they could hit the quality/price on the 150-600 and they proved us wrong...I am more than willing to be proved wrong again, but I'll believe it when I see it.

Shot this with the Tamron today at 600mm. Pixel peeping on an obsolete crop body :) To significantly beat this at a reasonable price will certainly be a challenge.

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Technical Support / Re: EOS 70D Mode Dial problem...
« on: February 09, 2014, 09:22:06 PM »
I checked and found conflicting info. Some sources say there is an internal battery, some say that there is not.

On the 60D there is a second battery inside the main battery compartment.... you remove the main battery and there is tab you lift out to get at the secondary battery.... it might be the same for the 70D....


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Lenses / Re: question about 600mm lenses
« on: February 09, 2014, 08:18:35 PM »
Yes, there are many forum members that are well outside the norm, which is why it's not useful to extrapolate the priorities of forums to those of the general EOS owner or overall EF market.  Claiming that I'd like a 600 f/5.6 prime or a mirrorless camera with specific attributes and claiming that they'd sell like hotcakes if they made one to satisfy my feature list is not realistic.  Would I look into a 600 f/5.6 for 2k?  Absolutely!  Would I buy one?  Yes, if it proves to have no compatibility issues, is handholdable and has better IQ than the 100-400.

Exactly.  Meanwhile, the reaction of the majority of dSLR users would be, "$2K for just one lens?!? That's crazy...I spent half that, and I got a camera and two lenses!!"
I was shooting at a birthday party last night and pulled out the 600EX. That prompted the following conversation...
Party-goer: Is that an old camera?
Me: It's out of date, I'm going to replace it soon....
Party-goer: The new cameras all have flashes. The good ones pop up and are real good.
Me: Good to know, I'll have to check that out.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D vs. 70D: Which has better image quality?
« on: February 09, 2014, 07:30:49 PM »
And you have hit the nail on the head.... You can take any current DSLR...Nikon, Sony, Canon, whatever.... And take wonderful pictures... The differences are minimal to the average user.


This gets brought up in these discussions regularly, but it's not really saying anything at all, is it?

Every camera  technological debate thread can end with "all cameras take nice pictures".   

But a site such as this operates within a tech-context, and tech thrives on incremental improvement. So saying "the difference is minimal" over an over in every thread along with other platitudes dilutes the discussion.
Yes, but every now and then we should remind ourselves that we are dealing with incremental improvements, not life-and-death or earthshattering revelations.....

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