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.... but the reality is that there is very little of the picture where this extended range would have made a difference and in the end, you probably could not notice the difference.

Here's an example of this from today, the sky was clipped, but after some brushing around in LR it doesn't matter since it was all grey anyway (well, bluish grey).  I call the shot "Thinking of DR discussions" :->

He may have been saying "goodbye Jon". It appears that jrista has left the building...


Nope, not gone. Just extracting myself entirely from the debate...all debates. I honestly don't know what I'm debating for, it's done nothing for me, the response from this community has clearly indicated they don't want me involved. So, I'm not. I've got better things to do. (BTW, the only way to stop getting notified in the new replies list of your activity in threads is to delete yourself entirely from those threads (in case anyone was curious)...therefor, this post will be deleted at the end of the day.)

I hope you reconsider removing yourself from all debates/discussions. You are one of the more knowledgeable and helpful participants on this forum and have much to offer. Just give the sensor argument a rest...at least until the 5DlV is released :)

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.... but the reality is that there is very little of the picture where this extended range would have made a difference and in the end, you probably could not notice the difference.

Here's an example of this from today, the sky was clipped, but after some brushing around in LR it doesn't matter since it was all grey anyway (well, bluish grey).  I call the shot "Thinking of DR discussions" :->

He may have been saying "goodbye Jon". It appears that jrista has left the building...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $2899
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:58:34 PM »
That is a great price but looking at resellerratings.com I would think twice about that seller.

Do you believe everything you read online? Big Value has a 99.2% feedback rating after over 74,000 sales on ebay. You don't get marks like that by screwing your customers ::)

You have to understand that with ebay ratings you might as well start at 99% as being zero, and then rate the seller on that last percentage point. So, this reseller is actually about a 2/10 rating... for ebay (of course I overstate but not by much). I wouldn't touch anyone with less than 99.7% feedback rating. But go for it if you want. Perhaps you'll be one of the almost 6,000 pissed off buyers from a seller with such a rating, however perhaps you'll be lucky.

It is certainly your right to limit yourself from purchasing from a seller with less than 99.7% feedback. However, if you bothered to read some of that feedback, you would quickly see that a good percentage of the negatives are from folks who are intellectually challenged, scammers or simply had unrealistic expectations. By the way, you may want to revisit your math ;)

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EOS-M / Re: Eos M and yn 603 triggers question
« on: October 07, 2014, 05:11:44 PM »
I've been meaning to "side-grade" from my 600d to an eos m for quite some time now and I just wanted to ask if my 603s(which have served me well in the rare occasions I do portrait work) will be compatible with an eos m.

Is there anybody here who can help me out with this?

A Canon hot shoe is a Canon hot shoe. They'll work fine, though I preferred the the flexibility of the 622s before I switched to the RT system.

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 07, 2014, 05:03:23 PM »
Sony DOES have an excellent track record of bringing top-of-the-line technologies to market in a timely fashion, at a good price, without bugs or glitches, so at least you've got that going for you.  ::) They've become mainstream in every technology they ever were ahead at . . . they're the number one name in TVs, Portable Music Players, Laptops, and, oh yeah, cameras.
Sony also has a history of putting out a lot of proprietary crap in their products that they won't license in the vain hope that people will be trapped into buying Sony branded consumables forever and ever, which led to the doom of Betamax, the Super Audio CD and pretty much anything that needed a Memory Stick, among others.

OK pal. Now you've crossed the line. Say what you want about BetaMax, Memory Sticks and I'll even give you MiniDiscs, but don't you dare badmouth MY SACDs (at least not until those recordings are available on blu-ray pure audio) >:(

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $2899
« on: October 06, 2014, 04:49:28 PM »
That is a great price but looking at resellerratings.com I would think twice about that seller.

Do you believe everything you read online? Big Value has a 99.2% feedback rating after over 74,000 sales on ebay. You don't get marks like that by screwing your customers ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade Path Advice...
« on: October 06, 2014, 04:30:05 PM »
Definitely the 6D. If you will be satisfied with an incremental improvement in AF and IQ, the 70D for $800 http://www.adorama.com/ICA70DZ.html?emailprice=t&sub=bund-27906826&utm_term=Other&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=Other&utm_source=rflaid62259 would probably be a more suitable choice than the 7Dll, since the IQ will be about the same and you don't appear to need the extras that the 7Dll offers. You already have excellent glass for full frame so if you're not "reach limited", I would go for the greatest improvement in the quality of your photos in various lighting conditions.

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 05, 2014, 06:46:38 PM »
Probably a new designer camera bag.

Don't be disrespectful. It's a pair of Heather shoe(s) to go with the Linda bag...      too soon?...      is this thing on?

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:03:11 AM »
This is a more expensive option, but I already had the RRS BEOSM plate.  They discontinued the L component before I could order it, but I recently found the BG1X-L L component for the BG1X plate would mate to the BEOSM plate and not interfere with the M ports or strap mount.  See photos below.

One unexpected benefit - the L bracket makes it easier to hold the camera in my left hand while operating controls and touch screen with my right.  I am right handed and use the touch screen a fair amount so I found the lack of grip on the left problematic.  A grip on the right really doesn't work as well for me with touch screen cameras.  Now if only I could find an ARCA comfort grip/strap that would slide on the L bracket I think this might be an ideal solution.

A very elegant solution! Hope it fits the M3 when it becomes available...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 05:29:09 PM »
Mirrorless & no moving parts would make it difficult to wear out.  Image quality goes up when mirror bounce is removed. +++  I use live view for critical work- big difference.  If it will take all my big glass, I'd be very tempted to give it a try.  Also, the lack of moving parts would open the door to a higher frame rate. +++++++
It would be nice to be able to shoot video without holding the damn thing 2 feet out in front of you- especially with a "big white" attached.  Should be interesting.

exactly. I am looking forweard to SSCs .. solid stae cameras. 100% mechanics-free. Fully electronic, Global Shutter. No noise. No slapping. No flapping. No cocking. No springing. No vibration. YES!

Last element to get rid of will be mechanical apertures - replace with electro-translucent LCD or similar. Always perfectly circular at any f-stop. Smaller unit. And no miore mechanical focus gears and focus rings. Everything by wire. Makes .. smaller lenses. And better wheathersealed ones, too. Pancakes galore. Plus tiny f/4 zooms all the way to 135 mm. All of them dirt cheap like EF-M lenses. And optically more than "good enough". For me. And most enthusiasts. All the others may just go and buy Leica and Zeiss Otusses.   8)

And they all lived happily ever after, never worrying about shutter count/failure. Now if they could only make the lenses just as rugged...

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 30, 2014, 06:10:03 PM »

Is anyone aware of an L bracket that's size-appropriate for this little fellow? Henjar Photo sells an L bracket for the Fuji 690 that is a little large but would work, but it's $105 ;D
I picked up this universal L-Bracket and although it is Arca-Swiss compatible it does not work with my RRS quick release clamp. If you use a screw type Arca clamp then you should be fine. It will rotate on the camera body over time as it is not machined specifically for the M however it is less than $10.

I only use arca screw clamps just to avoid such incompatibility issues between plate manufacturers. I would also appreciate the link.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200 f2.8L IS II pricing and feedback
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:29:01 PM »
PS: I picked up a Canon refurbished for $1699.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200 f2.8L IS II pricing and feedback
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:17:05 PM »
I would expect the price to be the same as last year. It is, and has been, the king of the hill, so barring any sudden serious competition from Sigma (or Tamron) I wouldn't expect a reduction. As an aside, I also have the f/4 IS and I use that lens as much or more than the 2.8 if I don't need high shutter speeds or creamy bokah. It is just soooo much nicer to walk around with  ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 29, 2014, 05:07:58 PM »
I still don't understand why there is controversy....

For some people, the current crop of Canons have enough DR.... and they are happy. For others, they do not and many of them are frustrated with waiting.

Anyone else remember when digital cameras shot 16 color jpgs? Then we went up to 8 bit colour depth... then we went to 24 bit color depth (RGB at 8 bit D/A)... then we went 10 bit A/D... then 12 bit... and we have been stuck for an awful long time at 14 bit... 16 bit will come someday soon for low pixel count sensors, but right now, with the full well charge of the current sensors 14 bits is enough to count every electron in the well. Extra bits will not help until there is a bigger well to count. That goes for EVERYONE! Canon, Nikon, Sony, whoever....
Yes, if we bumped up quantum efficiency a bit we could make minor improvements.... but realistically everyone is in the same ballpark and there are not a lot of differences when you have lots of light.

The real problem is noise. If your least significant bit is toggling on and off with noise, then you have 14-1, or 13 bits, of accuracy. If you have more noise and the least significant 3 bits are toggling with noise, you have 14-3, or 11 bits of accuracy...... and that is the difference between Canon and Sony sensors. Sony sensors read with less noise and because of that the signals have more range. If Canon improved their noise levels (and it is rumoured that this has happened on the 7D2) then the gap would lessen.

The reason why some people are so interested in seeing Canon shift to a newer fabrication run is two-fold. With higher resolution lithography, there is less wasted space and the efficiency of the sensor goes up (more electrons to count).... problem is, the number could only be boosted by a quarter so it will be an incremental improvement, not something revolutionary. The other advantage of the newer fabrication process is a redesign that moves the A/D onto the sensor and reduces noise that way... and it is possible that Canon could gain almost 2 stops if they did that...

So what does this mean in the real world?

For bright areas of the picture, very little.

For dark areas, quite a lot.

Let's say that you have a dark area of a picture where the lower 4 bits should be 1000. If you have 1 bit of noise on the signal those values are going to range from 0111 to 1001... not a lot of difference. If you have 3 bits of noise on the signal it will range from 0000 to 1111, a far more substantial difference and when you push your dark areas, you see the noise. Interestingly enough, for that area, the AVERAGE value will still be 1000. With advanced noise reduction software you can reduce that noise to a more acceptable range, but this adds in another processing step for the photographer and even at that, it will never be as clean as an image without the noise.

In essence, those who are clamoring for a better sensor would like to eliminate this processing step and want better quality images out of the camera..... but show me a single photographer out there, Canon, Nikon, Sony, or whatever shooters, who would be upset with their manufacturer if they were given cleaner images?

And that is what the debate is all about.... cleaner images. We all want the same thing so why are we attacking each other over this. Let's get along and try to be respectful.

Very well said. As a few have said around here, we vote with our wallets. No need to be offended or offensive. I am not going to buy a 7Dll because I have the original 7D and it is good enough for my needs. I picked up a 6D because I didn't feel the 5Dlll was worth the increase in price for my needs. If the 5DlV comes out with what I consider to be too high a price, I may bitch a little, but in the end I'll probably just get a Sony body (assuming they work out all the kinks). Simple.

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EOS Bodies / Re: mirrorless ?
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:53:28 PM »
I know for myself I want both a small easy to carry mirrorless such as the M with an APS-C sensor and a FF version with all the benefits of a truly pro grade system. I don't really care about the size of the FF camera. I had the shutter on my 5Dll take a dump after leaving it in the trunk of my car for too long (I know, my own fault). Just another reason to loose the shutter along with the mirror.

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