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Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: September 30, 2013, 04:50:07 AM »
The fact that you're actually discussing this almost a decade since facebook was developed...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: September 30, 2013, 04:43:43 AM »
It appears that you guys are "of an age"?

"I have zero interest in FB, none, and I advise my Family to have the same perspective."

I believe you have to sign up as a real person before you sign up as a business. Facebook is a very helpful tool indeed. If you recall, when the first telephones came out, everyone said "why bother using a telephone, what use is it? I have zero interest in a telephone, none, and I advise my Family to have the same perspective". Look how that worked out.

A printer I knew refused to take up the use of Email as he "Had zero interest in Email, none, and advised his family to have the same perspective"

Remember when the TV came out? Who'd have thought that a box in the corner of the room would have so much impact on the world?

Now that internet has come out... someone developed a tool for mass communication so you can show off your pictures to a mass audience and deal with them directly. I wonder what happened to that printer that refused to deal with clients via Email? Possibly the same as the commercial photographers that refused to take up digital when everyone started to sell online...

Maybe I'll get to the age where 665,000,000 users on a social media network everyday are wrong and not worth getting in touch with for business purposes? Until then, it is prudent business advise to get involved.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon goes Medium Format?
« on: September 18, 2013, 06:15:28 AM »
http://p45plus.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54f92ffec88330120a871a1bd970b-popup

Something like this might be a real winner especially with the short back plane - could make smaller lenses. The larger the format, the less need there is for a mirror. Even a fixed lens model might find some takers - this could be made even smaller without the removeable back and in lens shutter. All this despite the sarcastic, unhelpful "comment" from LewisShermer.

It wasn't sarcasm, it was a proper double facepalm moment. one for each of you.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon goes Medium Format?
« on: September 17, 2013, 07:49:49 PM »
I hope they make the new MF cameras mirrorless. If they were you would have no size increase from current SLR cameras, and using on-sensor focusing would get rid of faulty AF issues, and it would mean wide angle lenses wouldn't need to be retrofocusing.
It would be cool to see if they started with both SLR and mirrorless cameras and an equal set of lenses for both, then the market could decide which system is better.

+1, a MF mirrorless might actually make alot of sense, even more so than an APS-C one. Picture an interchangeable lens Hassleblad SWC with large, (re)moveable LCD. Could be a great landscape/architecture camera.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon goes Medium Format?
« on: September 17, 2013, 07:20:00 AM »


How much more attractive is MF than the normal DSLR design?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon goes Medium Format?
« on: September 12, 2013, 01:10:51 PM »
The photography world is not going to abandon FF for MF. Yes, bigger sensor makes for better quality images, but the size of everything grows to the point where it becomes unwieldy for many uses. Studio work... Yes. Weddings.... Yes. Architecture and landscape, yes. But for wildlife photography, sports, and anything else requiring long lenses, forget it.

MF is probably a viable market...  FF will remain a viable market... But APSC?  Right now, APSC offers two advantages, price and reach. As ability to make larger sensors at a reasonable price improves, the cost advantage disappears. As pixel counts grow, FF. sensors could put the same number of pixels on target as a crop camera, and destroy the reach advantage. I thing they will be around for several more years, but ten years down the road Many FF shooters will be MF, rebels will be FF,  and there will still be high end FF cameras.

I hope they make the new MF cameras mirrorless. If they were you would have no size increase from current SLR cameras, and using on-sensor focusing would get rid of faulty AF issues, and it would mean wide angle lenses wouldn't need to be retrofocusing.
It would be cool to see if they started with both SLR and mirrorless cameras and an equal set of lenses for both, then the market could decide which system is better.

Do I have to point out that the whole point of a DSLR is the mirror?? You don't deserve MF if you haven't got a clue what it's for. The whole point it's for a professional market. Not a mirrorless market & not a rebel market...

"oh no, Canon/Nikon are abandoning me and I've invested all my money.." $500 in a rebel and $150 in a lens isn't investment, it's a plaything.
"ohhh, i don't want a big camera like a 5D because of my weak weedy arms..." the 5D is quite a small camera if you've ever used a Cambo 5x4 on a job. more so if you've shot 10x8.

some folk seem to not understand which side of the fence they fall. FF (as was 35mm) is a compromise on MF (Mamiya/hasselblad) but because of the ridiculous price of the hasselblad system it renders the 1Dx as what is perceived as the top end of the market. It's no where near. Sure I love my 5Diii and the IQ it gives me but imagine that tech (or the 1Dx) in medium format with more amazing glass? and if it comes in at half the price of a hasselblad it'd be brilliant news for the industry. not for the hasselblad users though. Hasselbladrumours.com will be up in arms

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon goes Medium Format?
« on: September 11, 2013, 06:38:09 PM »
If DSLR's started at the prosumer level of the XXD and £1500 / $1999 then it'd sort the men from the boys so to speak. because they cost more they'd have better technology in them, less complaints about something like a 500D not being as good as a 5Diii and therefore the company has deliberately crippled them.

for cannon the entry level may be a APS-H 7Dii and the 70D would be the last in the APS-C cameras.

do away with the manufacture of EF-s Lenses

You'd have the XD range of full frame sensors from £2500 / $3000 (6D / 5D / 1Dx ranges)

Then on top of that would be the high end medium format camera with a fitting much like the EF-s where (lets call the new range of super lenses S-EF) they're not forward only backward compatible. you can use the S-EF on an EF mount but not the EF on an S-EF mount. It'd probably take a couple of years but Jaguar didn't do it in one day. Jaguar are now one of the largest manufacturing successes during the economic downturn.

All this would also bring a much needed affluence back into the pro-photographic world.

you either then have your smartphone or a high-end DSLR leaving a much bigger gap for people to aspire to. you'll still have all your old XXXXD XXXD XXD knocking around for years and they'll do as great a job as they've always done. but the 1Dx won't be the be all and end all of this side of the market.

I'm sure Mr. Nikon and Mr. Canon have had this discussion on their weekly meet up to discuss what their plans for the future are. Do you think they flip a coin to see who can have the better sensor / higher frame rate for the coming generation of cameras or they just take it in turns?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon goes Medium Format?
« on: September 11, 2013, 11:27:44 AM »
Jaguar Landrover basically survived by cutting out the bottom end of the market totally and only catering for the Luxury market. It's the way forward.

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This is just a question that I've asked myself and always wondered if there's a technical/marketing reason behind having a crop sensor in the 1D range?

I've never used one but I have used the 1Ds mk3 extensively for the last 4 years. This is a full frame camera but I am lead to believe that the 1D mk3 is a crop sensor? the 1Dx is a full frame but the 1D mk4 is crop and a 1Ds mk4 was never produced.

from what I've read recently the crop is 1.3 whereas the XXD XXXD and XXXXD are 1.6 and many share the same sensor.

does the 1D range accept EF-s lenses? Is there an obvious IQ difference between say a 1Ds mk3 and a 1D mk3?

I use the 1Ds mk3 in the studio I run at a watch design company to shoot mainly adverts/catalogue shots but for my personal work (weddings/fashion/arty stuff) I use a 5D mk3 which I progressed from a 7D/60D.

the 5D mk3 raw files are a lot nicer to work with than the 1Ds mk3 and an obvious step up from the 7D/60D which share the same chip (yet I got more pleasing imagery from the 60D)

My original question of "how come the 1D range is a crop sensor?" then begs the additional question of if you're spending £4000+ on a body, wouldn't you want a full frame and why would you compromise on the IQ of a crop sensor? Where do the 1D mk3 / 1D mk4 files fall within the range of sensor IQ and Digic logic??

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Medium Format Talk
« on: September 04, 2013, 06:11:36 AM »
Canon always need to move forward and get people to spend ever larger amounts of money with them, so after FF, where else is there to go except to MF?

So, you're saying there is a huge block of Canon users who have upgraded their way to 1DX and want more camera?

Yep.

MF isn't about wondering the streets taking snaps of pigeons or taking photo's of your kids pricking about in the garden, it's a serious camera for serious people. It's a commercial camera for commercial projects, product, architecture & fashion. Imagine cropping an image and it still being big enough to print on a billboard or the side of a building. That's it's practical use. The photographers who do this aren't going out to do weddings at £100 a pop.

Don't get disgruntled because this camera isn't aimed at you. It's great that they're having a go at this market and I can't wait to own one :)

I guarantee there will be a segment of the market using these to put funny captions on pictures of cats.

I know that's why I want one, getting action shots indoors is a real struggle (thus, I've never posted any funny cat pictures).
And the Bokeh! crowd will go bonkers.

I am the Bokeh! crowd... why have everything in focus when you can have almost nothing in focus??

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Lenses / Re: prime focal length choices
« on: August 28, 2013, 07:53:16 PM »
I have a 28mm 1.8 which was amazing on a 7D/60D but I never use it on my 5Diii now :(

35mm 50mm & a 100mm 2.8 macro which both doubles as a portrait and macro lens, that does me just great for weddings, gigs & product. I also use the 24-105 when I'm feeling lazy. nothing too long for me, I don't like to be too far from the action :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Medium Format Talk
« on: August 28, 2013, 04:33:28 AM »
Canon always need to move forward and get people to spend ever larger amounts of money with them, so after FF, where else is there to go except to MF?

So, you're saying there is a huge block of Canon users who have upgraded their way to 1DX and want more camera?

Yep.

MF isn't about wondering the streets taking snaps of pigeons or taking photo's of your kids pricking about in the garden, it's a serious camera for serious people. It's a commercial camera for commercial projects, product, architecture & fashion. Imagine cropping an image and it still being big enough to print on a billboard or the side of a building. That's it's practical use. The photographers who do this aren't going out to do weddings at £100 a pop.

Don't get disgruntled because this camera isn't aimed at you. It's great that they're having a go at this market and I can't wait to own one :)

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Lenses / Re: Best setup for falling stars
« on: August 13, 2013, 11:34:24 AM »
I tried this for the first time last night in my garden. I was pointing the wrong way for the milky way (as that'd be pointing towards my flat) and failed to catch any significant asteroids (as I was only out there for 10 mins just playing about)

I'm pretty sure that if I recreated these settings in the proper settings and persevered for a good amount of time these would serve me well:

canon 5Diii, 24-105L @ 24mm, f8, 1600iso, 30 sec, around 2900k for white balance (or shoot auto in raw and sort it out after)

I did do a bit of noise reduction in post.

you might want to pop the odd flash off at f8 if there are any points of interest within the frame when shooting...

it's not a great shot as it was just messing about, but the theory is sound...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon is going to add mid format
« on: August 12, 2013, 12:40:55 PM »
I was discussing this a few months ago on this forum and was basically shot down...

It would be great to have a medium format canon series. Yes it would probably just be for professionals and no you don't need the extra pixels for weddings/sports/birds in flight. I know I need them for larger billboards in airports or down the sides of buildings. A price point around the £8,000 to £12,000 mark would be great as it'll be lower than the hasselblads. an all in 1 system would be great rather than the phase 1/mamiya separates system. I want a massive mirror with a huge loud flop and I want to have the old school look down view finder.

Yes they'd make/design new lenses. But that's what a company does, builds stuff and we buy it if it fits out needs. MF is the new FF and I welcome it's possible return to affordableness.

I think it would take a monumental effort to start from scratch.... Not saying they couldn't, but it would be hard. That's why I see some kind of deal with Hasselbad as a likely sign.

Look at micro four thirds....  Several second tier companies got together, cooperated, and they are now the dominant player in mirror less cameras.... The lenses can go anywhere....  Why not the same for FF?

Think about it.... Canon makes a deal with Hasselbad to share the mount.... Canon makes a medium format body and starts selling it. MF sales jump, Hasselbad bodies might take a drop in sales, but the lens sales would skyrocket.... Both companies make out like bandits....

P.S.... If you carried around a 4X5 camera and a stack of film holders, medium format is tiny.

Yeah, that's why I find it hard to comprehend people complaining about the size and weight of a 5D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon is going to add mid format
« on: August 12, 2013, 09:38:41 AM »
I was discussing this a few months ago on this forum and was basically shot down...

It would be great to have a medium format canon series. Yes it would probably just be for professionals and no you don't need the extra pixels for weddings/sports/birds in flight. I know I need them for larger billboards in airports or down the sides of buildings. A price point around the £8,000 to £12,000 mark would be great as it'll be lower than the hasselblads. an all in 1 system would be great rather than the phase 1/mamiya separates system. I want a massive mirror with a huge loud flop and I want to have the old school look down view finder.

Yes they'd make/design new lenses. But that's what a company does, builds stuff and we buy it if it fits out needs. MF is the new FF and I welcome it's possible return to affordableness.

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