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Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:17:41 PM »
If you are using Firefox you can use AdBlock plug-in to avoid ads altogether.

If you must, at least don't use AdBlock Plus or plugins from the same company for other browsers. Their "acceptable ads" whitelist is simply a way to ransom sites into paying them to be included, and the author has enough leverage because it's the most popular plugin.

I know this is argued as a service to the community to invite sites to create less obstrusive ads and the payment is a mere service fee, but when you read up on how much money is collected this behavior is imho simply extortion and as criminal as it gets w/o directly breaking a law.

Interesting comment about AdBlock Plus.  I don't use it, and I never see a ad on CR using AdFender, but I do see unwanted videos on some news sites

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Lenses / Re: 24-70mm II front element damage from mist
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:11:16 PM »
John, is the lens in warranty?  How old is it?  That is a big factor in getting it repaired.  I'd politely ask to appeal the case to a manager, based on the number of reported incidents like this.  Canon seems to be tightening up on their warranty service and are not as easy going as when profits were high. I assume that they have the lens and perhaps found evidence of water damage??

I'd be very unhappy if it happened to me on such a expensive lens.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most exciting thing at Photokina?
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:00:48 PM »


The Canon 15/2.8 is really good, and listed at just over $700 on ths Canon USA website. It will be interesting to find out how the Samyang compares in price and quality. It is the least used lens in my bag, but it's irreplaceable when I want to take photos in really confined spaces.


The Canon 15mm f/2.8 fisheye was discontinued in June of 2011, over three years ago.  I doubt if any new ones are available.  Canon may list it, but they no longer make them or sell them.

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G7 X First Test
« on: September 18, 2014, 12:52:50 PM »
Canon is really pushing the camera, with the shift away from P&S to higher models, they need to get it right.

We'll have to wait and see what production models are like, I am always leery of prototype images.

http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/technical/the_powershot_g7_x_story.do

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Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 18, 2014, 12:19:58 PM »
Audio/video ads are being posted by Google that are activated simply by moving unintentionally the cursor over them without clicking. This activation happens when scrolling and the cursor slides over the ad. They are horribly noisy. Admin please get rid of them.

I will talk to Google about it, I'm not sure if I can opt out of those. Thanks for your patience.

There seems to be complaints around the internet.  Facebook autorun videos started it when smartphone users discovered they were eating their minutes. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d-II Pushed images...
« on: September 18, 2014, 12:10:55 AM »
A push test isn't going to tell you anything unless the original images were DR limited to start with. Not everything is DR limited, and it's quite possible to fit a lot of scenes within 8-10 stops of DR. For a push test to have any meaning, you need to be exposing scenes with 11-14 stops of DR. THEN you'll really see how far the sensor can go. Oh...you gotta push RAW as well...pushing a JPEG is basically pointless.

+1.
 
Pushing jpeg images is worthless and tells us nothing, except the expertise level of the person doing the pushing.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most exciting thing at Photokina?
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:45:32 PM »
DPR says the G7 X has generated the most excitement, at least for a P&S.  For Canon DSLR users, certainly the 7D MK II is at the top of the list.
 
I have to admit that for those who can handle a small body, the G7 X is going to be interesting, and a big step up from the GXX series.
 
I've pre-ordered a SX60 HS, I had the SX50 HS and returned it after trouble framing subjects.  Supposedly, the new model has a feature to help with framing.  I'll give it a try.  The image quality of the SX50 HS was very good as long as light was bright.  I expect the same of the SX60 HS

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EOS Bodies / Re: LP-E6N in 5DMK III
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:38:22 PM »
We need someone who has used the new battery for 1D X (LP-E4N) in a 1DsIII, 1DIII or 1DIV and can tell if it had a longer life compared to the LP-E4.

There is a earlier post about the new battery, the LP-E4N has a higher capacity as well as circuitry changes.  The LP-E6N will work in all cameras that used the LP-E6, the LP-E6 will no longer be made now that a safer battery is available.

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I'd also recommend having it adjusted.  Its likely that some minor adjustments to the internal elements will put it in top condition. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Capture One Pro 8 - Announced
« on: September 17, 2014, 07:39:34 PM »
I've tried the Capture One trials many times over the years.  I do not like the side car files it creates, it gets very difficult for me to manage photos. 
 
No one piece of software is perfect, and Capture one is liked by many users - but not all.
 
Try it, learn to use it, and compare.  If you are doing 1000 photos a week, see how rapidly you can process photos with the different popular photo editing programs.  Some work very well, but cannot handle large volumes well.  If you do a few each week, your choice may be entirely different from mine.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:56:40 PM »
Its interesting that Fred Miranda posted that he trusts the OP more than the Rumor sites.  The poster is a long time FM member.

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EOS Bodies / Re: AE-1 Styled DSLR from Canon?
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:37:15 PM »
I think Nikon tried a retro camera, it fell flat.

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Lenses / Re: Lens 'resolving power' vs sensors.
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:35:55 PM »
Hello experts.
I keep hearing that current Canon lenses are not 'good enough' for newer/better sensors. I would really appreciate a lesson on how this works.
Thx...

Who did you hear it from, and how did they take their measurements of the lens MTF?  Most of the online lens testers, including DXO test a lens on a camera, and in every case I've seen, the camera sensor has been the limiting factor.
 
Roger Cicala at Lens Rentals has the capability to test a lens by itself (No camera attached), and has posted  a couple of actual lens MTF values for some conditions.  A lens like the 24-70 f/2.8 L MK II or the 70-200mm f/2.8 MK II is supurb.  Easily capable of handling high MP sensors.  The Canon lenses may be slightly better than the Nikon equivalent, but they are both fantastic lenses.
 
Here is some more reading on the subject.  Jrista throws out a lot of terms that you might not understand, this will help understand what they mean, as well as the other factors that are involved in grading a lens.
 
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/lens-quality-mtf-resolution.htm

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PowerShot / Re: Is G17 still coming?
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:06:42 PM »
The G7 is likely the replacement.  Same size but its going to have much better  and low light performance with its big sensor.
 
I'd think that few would buy a G17 rather than the G7 X
 
http://www.dpreview.com/articles/8036481925/video-preview-of-the-canon-powershot-g7-x

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:59:45 PM »
Yup...enough with the fear mongering. 

I've been shooting CF cards for 15 years and not once have I bent pins or messed up the mechanical interface in any way.  I've had exactly one card go bad in all that time (of hundreds I've owned), and that was when one fell out of my card wallet and got run over by a fire truck.
+1 Seriously.  Unless you jam the card in the wrong way or something, it doesn't happen.  I've been using CF cards for 15+ years as well with no issues.  I've never had a card failure, either and they are tough as hell and have been through many wash cycles :D in my pants.  I've only had 1 SD card failure, but find the size a bad thing in terms of them being easier to lose. 

If the CF cards are faster in the 7DII, I'd go for them as you're going to need all the speed you can get with that camera!

I sold my D30 many years back to a lady whose camera had died and was in for repair.  I included a small CF card.  A couple days later, she put in her old card that she had been using in the failed camera, and it killed the 6 month old 30D.  I gave her a copy of my receipt from the local dealer, and they sent it in to Canon for her at no charge.  The card was retired >:(   I think it was one of the Hitachi Micro Drive cards, and shorted the power out coming from the camera.
 
The CF card is definitely due for a replacement.   Not by SD cards, I hope.

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