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EOS Bodies / Re: What do you hope-for MOST from Canon in 2014
« on: June 23, 2014, 09:21:12 AM »
a wifi interface where the tablet IS the screen/buttons/dials of the camera body.

Looking at the Northlight website and going back quite a few months there seems to be a lot of "throw mud at the wall and see if it sticks" going on.

I'm sure replacements are in the works. When will we see them is the in the meantime enjoy what you've got. :)
Don't forget that northlight said that the release of the 7D2 was only a month or so away....... And announced that a year and a half ago..... With a spec list that was inferior to the 70D and no mention of DPAF. I don't believe anything they claim.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX2 5D4 to be announced in January/ February 2015
« on: June 22, 2014, 08:33:15 PM »

And, Merlin is telling them what will be useful in 5 years as well as what the competition is planning. Or better yet, Tom Cruise is an agent of Canon (cue MI theme music), covertly breaking into both Sony & Nikon camps so that Canon can stay 2 steps ahead of the competition.
It is a very safe bet that Canon, Nikon, and Sony are spying on each other. Industrial espionage is a big thing.

Three kilometers down the road from where I work is the Nortel campus. After the company failed and a new buyer was found for the buildings, they started to renovate. The bugs found in the place are a who's who of telecom companies and governments.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 22, 2014, 08:26:10 PM »
I posted this in another 7D mk II thread but wanted to mention it here as well. I have decided that I would be willing to bet money (if I had any money) that this camera will have 30+ MP, and that, in Q1 of 2015, a camera will be released from Canon which will have 40-50 MP. Call me crazy.

It might go 23-24mp, anything higher in a APS-C would cause big technical issues trying to achieve a 10 fps speed.  The amount of data to process is too much.
Since it will have likely have dual pixel technology, you could claim that its 50mp, but the dual pixel output is combined before saving to a memory card.  There is a possibility that those dual pixels will do more than autofocus, like improving DR, but the specs will be in the low 20 mp range.
I'd argue with you about the amount of data to process being too much....

Look at the 60D... it has a DIGIC4 and saves to SD cards. We now have DIGIC6 which has 20 times the processing power.... When the 60D came out with it's SDHC cards the maximum transfer speed was 25Mbytes per second and now we have SDXC-UHS2 cards which support up to 2Tbytes of storage and up to 312Mbytes per second storage.. this improvement in technology is easily enough to double the frame rate plus double the pixel count of a 60D so handling a 36Mpixel sensor at 10 frames per second is not a hard task.

If this is true, and Canon feels that this "new technology" about to be debuted in the 7D2 is so good that the rest of the lineup must have it, it must be something big!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 22, 2014, 07:10:24 PM »
having a snack in the back yard....

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX2 5D4 to be announced in January/ February 2015
« on: June 22, 2014, 05:40:40 PM »
In any event, I doubt very much if a name for the next 1 series body is set, and any specifications are merely paper goals.

Are you serious?

These cameras are planned out 3 to 4 (or more) years in advance. At this stage they'll testing and validating the design(s) of the hardware and software so that later this year they can issue instructions for manufacturing lines to start "printing" the cameras for sale next year.
agreed... and it's a safe bet that the design teams are already over a year into the 7D3 and that the 5D5 and 1DX3 teams are already started... I can't see the project taking less than 5 years.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Sensor Tech in EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: June 21, 2014, 05:26:21 PM »
Who is more foolish, the fool, or the fool that keeps arguing with him?

Gentlemen, it is more than obvious that you are not ever going to agree. Give it a rest. Go take some pictures.... have a beer, watch a soccer game.. relax.. chill out.... hug your wife... play with a kitten...

There are far more important things to do than continue a battle where both sides loose.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 21, 2014, 12:35:40 AM »
Don, if you are referring to the 2nd photo, I believe that is a mandarin duck.  They, like the wood duck you shot, are very beautiful. A put a few side view shots to help.  I used to mix them up too!  The 1st duck is a mandarin; the 2nd, a wood duck.  Thanks for the kind word though.
I had never heard of a meandering duck. It is magnificent!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 20, 2014, 11:08:56 PM »
Hey, that worked!  Here a few of my bird portraits.  Any constructive critique is welcome!  Thanks for the time.
The wood duck is SUPERB!!!! way more colourful than the ones around here.....

The only "major sporting events" that I have been to have been bike races and triathlons. At the bike races I was officiating and at the triathlons I was one of the safety boats. I have never had to show ID of any kind, the security people didn't even notice me..... but then again, who tries to sneak into a transition area with a kayak, three pfd's, and a first aid kit :)

I have no doubt that someone who looks like they know what they are doing, has the appropriate equipment, and shows up at the right place and time, could be mistaken for a press photographer... and even escorted through the crowds by a well meaning volunteer.

EOS Bodies / Re: Reports of EOS 7D Reaching End of Life [CR2]
« on: June 20, 2014, 07:45:48 PM »
Agree with Neuro for the most part.  If you are a competent photog who pushes the limits of your gear, reducing the limits of the gear will lead to better shots, less missed shots, more salvageable shots in poor light, etc. 

But if you don't understand the basics, upgrading from a Rebel to a 5D3 won't do you much good.  "I don't understand the autofocus points so I get a lot of blurry shots, but wow, look at that color...:P

- A
I can honestly say that I really didn't understand the limits of AF until I started to get into BIF pictures.... gear does matter!

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L vs. Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS
« on: June 20, 2014, 05:18:02 PM »
I hike a lot and for reasons of size and weight decided on the F4 IS version. Short of putting it on an optical test bed, the IQ is indistinguishable from the F2.8IS and is considerably smaller and lighter.

You will find it to marginally worse than the F2.8 at the wide end and marginally better at the long end, but short of using it on calibrated targets or a test bench, I doubt you could detect any real difference.


Particularly if the post has a link to a site with Trojans, virus, questionable content, or blatant advertising.

Software & Accessories / Re: 1-Hour Photo iPhone App - Why?
« on: June 20, 2014, 04:27:05 PM »
Then there is the Kodachrome app...

After every 37 or 38 pictures (you could usually get 1 or 2 extras) the bunch is emailed to you 2 weeks later.

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