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Great pics!

I really love the Canon 18-200mm. But if the Sigma is superior AND $399? Sounds like a bargain to me...

Interesting development. I bet it hasn't sold well and they need to clear inventories for a new model...

EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 12:27:10 PM »
Has there ever been a 7DII release-date related rumour at the CR2 level? (but as they say, sooner or later, it'll eventually be true lol)

I'm not sure if there has been, but note that this one is not.  It's a CR2 rumor of a new dSLR, and "the assumption is" (presumably CRguy's assumption) that it will be the 7DII.  Personally, I agree with the sentiments above that it will be a new Rebel/xxxD body (assuming one is announced at all).

If you go by the fact that the 7D is old, outdated, and the 70D gives you a better (arguably) camera for a lower price and is killing 7D sales, then the 7D2 would have to be the next update.... but you can't forget that the Rebels are the vast bulk of Canon DSLR sales and that an updated ( even very minor) Rebel will have far more impact on the bottom line than the 7D2 will have...

Despite my almost delusional desire for a 7D2, to me it makes sense that the next camera will be a new Rebel.... after all, the T5i is a year old and overdue for a replacement.....

Unfortunately, I agree. It's a Rebel... New Rebels are released every year around this time...

Yup, didn't fool me for a second. Gotta try better guys...   ;)

PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G17 Coming in May? [CR1]
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:11:16 PM »
Nice. Wish the lens was faster though.

I've heard $800 will be the price.

You really can't compare this lens to the Zeiss. The Sigma will be good for 90% - 95% of those who need/want a 50mm for their DSLR. The Zeiss is for those pros that needs the best DSLR AND video lens. Videographers are drooling over the Zeiss. They won't be for the Sigma.

I tried the Sigma 24-70mm and was very impressed. If the 50mm is equal or better than their 24-70mm, they certainly got a winner.

Photography Technique / Re: What could I do better?
« on: March 17, 2014, 06:09:40 AM »
You know when you ask 100 photographers for an opinion, you'll get 100 different ones. Right?  ;)

I thought the first one was fine. I like the bars because it personalizes the image more because you KNOW it's in your backyard rather than some arbitrary image you took somewhere else. I think it's also more 'candid' looking too with the bars. But it depends on what you are going for. A personalized image or an image of deer.

Yes, focus looks to be on the bushes rather than the animals. Lightroom can help you fix that a bit. I've only used LR4 and above so can't tell you about LR3. I saw a special for snagging LR5 for about $70. Totally worth it. But to get it right the first time? AF isn't always going to nail it. You'll have to figure out which AF point selection will work for you. And that will change depending on what you're photographing.

I like the coloring you did in the second picture. Very tasteful. Often people go overboard with that.

The general rule is that to minimize blur for hand-holding a camera, your shutter speed needs to be 2x focal length. So if you are using a 100mm lens, you should be shooting at 1/200 sec at least for digital. In the film days, it used to be focal length = shutter speed. Even shooting at 300mm, 1/1000 should be plenty.

There are definitely wild life photographers that use tripods. Maybe not on the back of a jeep. But if they are watching animals from a distance: definitely. You see it all the time from those types of photographers. They'll be camouflaged out in the bush for hours waiting for that particular animal to come walking by or come out of their shelter. You bet your ass they'll have their camera on a tripod.

All the professional photographers of any age I admire have several assistants setting things up for them. In fashion that is. Definitely. I definitely see them as useful and necessary for bigger projects. And in the upper echelons of fashion photography, you're doing lots more project management and direction. There are so many things going on.

However I never see sports photographers with assistants. I can't see where/how they would? Carrying their gear to the playing field?

EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 07:55:03 PM »
I heard that they will be selling most of their assets to BHPhotoVideo and Adorama. Don't get your hopes up to high about getting a deal....

One word: Impressed.

From this initial testing, this can be a real competitor to the Zeiss Otus. If I had to replace my Zeiss 50mm with something else, I would consider the Zeiss 50mm f2, then the Sigma or Zeiss Otus. But if the Sigma is that good???

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 & Sigma 24-105 f/4 OS in Stock
« on: February 27, 2014, 11:25:31 PM »
That 24-105 looks awfully tasty...   :P

EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 11:20:58 PM »
You totally nailed it. A $1000 mod to give you another stop or two of dynamic range and more sharpness? And you'd probably get another FPS or two to boot. Really, that's a bargain. You're talking medium format now and entry point to that starts at $15k. So $4k for something that's really close or maybe even better and certainly faster?

You KNOW the big MP camera Canon is coming out with is going to cost around $7k - $8k at least. Me? I'd be happy with a Canon 5D MKIII with MF dynamic range. Or do that with the 1DX would be pretty much the perfect camera for me at that point. Just build in WiFi.  Really...   ;)

More Dynamic Range IS at the top of my list.

So you bet I'm interested.

I'll be thrilled to buy a new 5Dm3 to get another stop.

If its 2 stops or more – I’ll be ecstatic !

The dismaying part is this means the 5Dm3 sensor already snags a significantly wider Dynamic Range but for some political/marketing/strategy reason Canon decided not to let us use it.

Reminds of how Intervalometer function could be added in a manner of hours (of development time) if Canon wanted to. Its just that Canon wants to sell you a separate device.

Now if they would only get rid of the pattern noise in shadows – I’d be a very content fellow.

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 27, 2014, 12:36:11 PM »
The new Sigma 24-105 is supposed to be the new 'standard'. After playing with the Sigma 24-70, i eagerly look forward to playing with that too. Big and heavy though. But much easier than multiple lenses. Take the Sigma 24-70 if the 24-105 is not available.

I was never impressed with the Canon 24-105L. It's too soft and washed out. I take either Sigma over the Canon in a heartbeat.

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:36:17 PM »
The best review of the Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4! And he really nails what you can do and watch out for when using a 50mm. This guy knows what he's talking about.

I've been drooling over this lens since it's development announcement from Zeiss and have talked about it on my own blog about a year ago. When you watch the Zeiss video of the prototype, it just blows your mind how good this lens is. Sharpness. Color resolution. AMAZING. Little surprised with the amount of vignetting. But nothing even the simplest photo editing software can't fix with ease.

I use my Zeiss 50mm f1.4 for about 95% of my work and have used it for about 2 years. The sharpness, bokeh and contrasty nature of the lens is something I really love about Zeiss lenses. You either love it or hate it. At f4, it's sharpness is fantastic. Construction is second to none.

While I think the Zeiss Otus 55mm lens will improve any image on any modern DSLR, I don't think you'll fully utilize it's potential until you use it with a high MP camera like the D800. I've seen pics with the Otus and D800 and it's getting VERY close to MF quality. I'd like to see a comparison between the D800/Otus and MF camera system. That would be very interesting.

I've said on this forum on multiple occasions that to move up the image quality ladder, MF would be the next step. The DR on such cameras can't be touched by DSLRs. Though a friend tells me that he prefers his Nikon D800 much more than his PhaseOne IQ180. And there is a $30,000 difference between the two. So that's saying lots. I'm hoping that when Canon gets around to releasing a big MP camera and with the Otus lens, it will get me extremely close if not as good as MF quality. And it could do that for significantly less money :-) Even if costs were not an issue, MF cameras have issues. Mostly, they are slow. The D800 looks like a race horse next to them.

I heard that the next Otus lens Zeiss will be releasing will be the 85mm version. And for pro work, this is what I'd probably get if I had a camera that could fully utilize it. It really is the standard in the fashion/portrait biz.

I think we've been living in a golden age of photography for the last two years and this will continue for another 3 or 4 before things settle down again. It's an exciting time to be a photographer!

Canon General / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the D4S
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:26:59 PM »
It was a major let-down from the rumored specs. They upgraded the image processor for an extra ISO stop. Sounds like a firmware upgrade could've done that....

1DX is still King.... And won't be replaced until 2015 at the earliest....

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