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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5d Mk3 exposure pulsating
« on: November 21, 2014, 10:52:32 PM »
Usually, the aperture changing when you are right on the verge of one aperture or the other.  DSLR video is best done in manual mode so that you do not get aperture changes causing what looks like flickering.

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Lenses / Re: Deal on Sigma 50 1.4 Art gone already?
« on: November 21, 2014, 12:28:33 PM »
You can order it from Canada and save more due to the exchange rate.  There are typically lots of 1 day or even 4 hour deals this time of the year, you have to know what you want, have a price search setup, and jump when the price drops.
 
 

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If you've not seen it and are interested, the founder of the company published his doctoral thesis on the technology... It's an interesting read if you want to digest some of the technical explanation of the technology. 

There's pictures that explain it pretty well for the rest of us.

https://www.lytro.com/downloads/resources/renng-thesis.pdf
He tried to sell the idea to all the camera companies, but none of them were interested, not even Sony ;)
 
Then, he sold the idea to some financial backers  and kicked out his first model, which flopped at several levels.  Then, he went back to the well and found more financing and turned out the current model which has had better acceptance, but has not really managed to generate a lot of interest.
 
Its a big question as to any further financing, if this product does not sell, its likely dead.  Innovation is a good thing, but so far, the wild claims are not backed up by facts.  The variable focus range is very limited.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Adorama's unadvertised deal on 7D2
« on: November 20, 2014, 05:21:47 PM »

 
Do you have a closer estimate of shipping for the 100-400mm L than just December?  First or last part?  I'm sure everyone has been hounding you, so here is another who has one on pre-order with Adorama.

I'm sure I read that the release date is December 15th - but we don't yet have any ETA

Thanks, it should arrive in time for Christmas.  I won't complain if it doesn't, but at least I have a good idea.

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The stm seems to have good IQ for a low cost consumer lens, but STM motors are focus by wire, which makes them slower.  AF speed depends very much on light levels, content of the image, and even colors.  The 40mm lens had a firmware update to fix some issues.
 
I'd say that the reason you are seeing fast autofocus is that you have a tamron lens which is not going to be super fast autofocus.
 
The small aperture of the new 24-105 makes it pretty weak for low light event work.  Its a good walk-around outdoor lens.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Adorama's unadvertised deal on 7D2
« on: November 20, 2014, 03:24:59 PM »
That's interesting that buyers were also able to get free overnight shipping and extended warrantee thrown in at that price when they asked.
 
Sales indeed seem to be slow.  I don't think there is a issue with the Camera, just that money is tight, and many are holding off on buying.

The warranty was only supposed to be available to customers who attended the big Canon event in NYC last week. I gather there was some confusion with some sales reps regarding eligibility for the deal

Do you have a closer estimate of shipping for the 100-400mm L than just December?  First or last part?  I'm sure everyone has been hounding you, so here is another who has one on pre-order with Adorama.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Adorama's unadvertised deal on 7D2
« on: November 20, 2014, 03:22:37 PM »
That's interesting that buyers were also able to get free overnight shipping and extended warrantee thrown in at that price when they asked.
 
Sales indeed seem to be slow.  I don't think there is a issue with the Camera, just that money is tight, and many are holding off on buying.

The warranty was only supposed to be available to customers who attended the big Canon event in NYC last week. I gather there was some confusion with some sales reps regarding eligibility for the deal

That seems to have been the case.
 
I see we have a special for CR members on the Sigma 50mm art lens, thanks for the support!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sending my 7D2 back due to high ISO noise
« on: November 20, 2014, 03:19:11 PM »
but again I found myself learning the painful lesson of cropped sensors.

This is why I'm telling myself not to fall into the 7D2 trap as I did previously with the 7D. If you are really discerning, and used to full frame quality, there's no 'budget' option to get good quality 'reach' I'm affraid.

 
I also passed on it, its a fine camera but after going to FF, I don't think I would go back, not at least until they come out as refurbs.  Maybe a 1D MK IV which does retain good detail at high ISO's.
 
 
The 7D Mark II is fine at low to medium ISO levels, but it is a crop after all, and for a really clean image, ISO 1100 or lower is best.
 
Its truly difficult to judge any small image  uploaded to CR, or to Flickr where the images are modified during the upload process.  I've seen some decent photos taken by professionals, but I also note the smeared look from over processing from owners attempts to take high ISO images and use too much NR.
 
Its actually better to use a extreme light touch on NR.  The noise won't be visible at web sizes, but the detail will not look like melted wax.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 or 100-400 conundrum.....
« on: November 20, 2014, 02:03:05 PM »
My existing 100-400 is actually shorter than my 70-200mm but is a little larger in diameter.  There is no practical difference in size.
 
However, if I only had one to choose from, the 70-200 f/2.8 MK II would be a easy first choice.  I use the 100-400L a lot less, and could use my TC's if I wanted.  Of course, I can use a TC on the 100-400L as well.
 
Get the 70-200, and, if you find yourself needing longer focal lengths, then consider a long telephoto.  400mm is not all that long on FF, even 600mm seems short for wildlife.  In fact, my 600mm + 1.4 & 2X TC's stacked was not long enough for eagles that I could not get close to.

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Just curious, I have seen that several 7D Mark II owners have stated that they also own the 5D Mark III.
Has anyone done any "higher" ISO, starting at say 1600?
If so , can you post the results?
I am at the point of making a purchase, to upgrade my 7D, and love the APS-C reach for shooting Airshows etc.

I know the argument that Full Frame is "Always Better", but really curious to compare the 5D M III with the new 7D MII as reasonably higher ISO's.
Thanks

You can make small images look good with almost anything at high ISO's, its when you need to print large or see fine detail that the difference hits. 
 
The 7D MK II when looking at RAW images, is very usable up to ISO 1600, and above that point, significant detail is lost, but even so, ISO 3200 can be used with NR, even ISO 6400 with significant NR.  Beyond that point, I'd stick to small prints 8 X 10 max.  Its going to be fine for web photos clear up thru ISO 16000.
 
The 5D MK III is about a stop better depending on color, lighting, and subject matter. 
 
 
The charts below will look different to different viewers because we look for different things.  Look not only at noise in the gray areas, but colors, contrast, and most importantly, the fine detail.
 
There are many carefully done tests now online.
 
http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM
 
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-powershot-g7-x/11
 
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EOS-7D-Mark-II.aspx

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It sounds like a great deal for someone who is a collector. 

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Lenses / Re: fast f-numbers
« on: November 19, 2014, 08:47:34 PM »
T numbers are more accurate, but stills photographers are creatures of habit.

F numbers are accurate for depth of field, T numbers for exposure.
 
Few photographers continue to use manual exposures, the ones that do have learned to adjust exposures to their liking.  I've used manual exposure most of my life, decent auto exposure cameras are relatively new, and there are lots of gotchas that can mess up things. 
 
As we convert to mirrorless, and exposure is taken from the sensor, that should improve things a little.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM - Loud noise from IS
« on: November 19, 2014, 08:39:15 PM »
IIt sounds sort of like the noise your computer hard drive makes with the motor that controls the read/write head - except, it's louder than your average HDD.

If you want "frightening IS noise", try the 100L - its plastic body makes this hdd-like sound resonate a lot. For me, it only occurs when pointing the lens up- or downwards at some time, but when I heard it for the first time I was sure the lens was broken.

The only IS noise I hear is from my 300mm f/4L  It clunks so loudly that I can feel it.  That doesn't mean that others are quite, my hearing is poor at best.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 5.7 Now Available
« on: November 19, 2014, 07:37:04 PM »
For me, it's not showing up as an update from the Adobe Creative Cloud app.   Maybe it's going to be standalone only.   Ducking under my desk now......

The Adobe CC app needs to be rebooted.  Close it and restart your computer, then restart CC.  Lightroom 5.7 will appear as a Install, not as a update.  I installed it last night.  I figured out how to get it to show by trial and error.

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Software & Accessories / Re: No LR 5.7 version for CC (yet)
« on: November 19, 2014, 07:31:47 PM »
I installed it last night.  Close CC, reboot your computer and restart.  Then click install rather than update.

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