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Canon General / Re: Canon 7D noise observations
« on: March 21, 2011, 02:56:45 PM »
It could be a loose shim on the image sensor's trans-nebulizer - probably caused by the higher than normal gravity we have recently experienced from the "super moon". It should settle back into place in a few days. ;)

Is that a single exposure?

EOS Bodies / Re: Should I wait?
« on: March 21, 2011, 02:46:57 PM »
That looks great.

I've never tried video, but I think shooting stills at a bowling ally is much more technically challenging than even the worst lit wedding.  The difference in light levels between on the lane, and off the lane (or even just on the approach/skirt) is HUGE.  If you could use a flash it would be easy, but without, it's nearly impossible to keep the background from being severely (or at least distractingly) overexposed, and have the bowler properly exposed.

Canon General / Re: Canon 7D noise observations
« on: March 21, 2011, 02:28:57 PM »
It's probably an artifact of the demosaicing process that converts the raw output of the bayer type sensor to RGB pixels as we know them.


In fill mode the camera will meter primarily on available light, and use the flash for fill.  (still put FEC to -1)

With my 5DII and a Speedlite, my decision is not whether to apply a negative FEC, but how much negative FEC to apply...usually anywhere from 2/3 to 1.5 stops.

I use -1 as my starting point, and that's where it stays 90% of the time.  The only time I've really had to change it is if I'm bouncing off a colored wall, and it's metering funny; or if I need to overpower a mixed light source.

I also noticed they were a bit harsh.  I was going to PM you about it, but since someone else brought it up...

Assuming you don't want to go full manual on your flash:

Put the light sphere on the 430 (if you have the newer version that fits both 580&430), set your FEC (flash exposure compensation) to -1.

Or, don't set the head to 90deg, go up one click and the flash/camera will switch from direct to fill mode, but still be fully automatic (as in TTL vs. M).  In direct mode the camera assumes the flash is primary light, and will often look quite harsh even with a diffuser.  In fill mode the camera will meter primarily on available light, and use the flash for fill.  (still put FEC to -1)

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
« on: March 19, 2011, 11:24:21 PM »
I kinda like the green slime photo.

Granted, I wouldn't want every photo like that, but that one looks cool.

EOS Bodies / Re: 60d low light test
« on: March 18, 2011, 03:30:37 PM »
Was it Auto WB, or Auto Exposure that kept "jumping"?

Canon General / Re: what should i do?
« on: March 17, 2011, 04:18:04 PM »

well this is my gripe about canon, there isn't a cam that has more features than the d7000 in their mid range line, so far all we have from canon is a 60d and now the 600d, so i feel the closet thing would be the 7d.

im wandering if many canon owners who have budget-mid slrs actually decided to switch to nikon d7000 due its many features.

The d7000 is right between the 60d and 7d in performance, and price.

If you already shoot Canon, why wouldn't you just spend the extra $250 over the d7000 and get higher resolution, higher FPS in jpeg, much higher FPS in raw, better video, better AF, full magnesium body.  The only advantage of the d7000 is dual memory slots, but they're only SD not CF (or ideally one of each).

On the other side of the coin though, if you already shoot Nikon, the d7000 is close enough to the 7d it would be silly to switch unless there are other considerations.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon Patents 42x Zoom Lens!
« on: March 16, 2011, 02:28:32 PM »
Another fine example of "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk II advice
« on: March 15, 2011, 11:51:56 AM »
strange a scam site is using https? thought that was meant to be secure version of http?

https only means it's ssl encrypted between you and them.  Unless it's an EV (extended validation, costs about $2000) certificate there is no guarantee of the identity of the website, it's owners, etc.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk II advice
« on: March 15, 2011, 11:47:19 AM »
It's a scam.  the site has only existed since 2011-03-04

[bvukich@bvlaptop ~]$ whois laylandelectronic.com
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>>> Last update of whois database: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:43:30 UTC <<<

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk II advice
« on: March 15, 2011, 10:38:53 AM »
1300 Euros is almost certainly below cost.  It has to be a scam.

Canon General / Re: Canon Updates Manufacturing Status
« on: March 13, 2011, 08:57:30 PM »
the only upside of this natural disaster will actually be long-term economic recovery for Japan, not the other way around ... but that's pretty much the only silver lining.

prayers and well-wishes for all the people affected by this horrible event in Japan

There is no upside.  Destruction is always a net loss; this time measured in tens of thousands of lives, and trillions of yen.


EOS Bodies / Re: MPEG2 Based Codec for 5D Mark III?
« on: March 10, 2011, 12:33:42 AM »
Why couldnt we format CF cards in something thats not FAT32......

The camera needs to support format, and most only support FAT12/16/32.

SDXC brings with it the potential to use exFAT, a proprietary, licensed, patent encumbered file system, but that addresses the limitations of FAT32, though adding some of it's own.  If they (SD Card Association) were smart, and not as easily swayed by Microsoft, they would have used something like ext2.  Ext2 has none of the limitations of FAT32 or exFAT, and any manufacturer could use it freely.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Replacement Soon?
« on: March 09, 2011, 11:45:41 PM »
Do you honestly think they will  let the 5D go almost 5 years without a refresh?

Five years would be Sept. 2013.

Oops, for some reason I had it in my head that it was released Aug 2007 (But that was the 1Ds3).  :-[

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