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I haven't read the linked article, but in my opinion the decline in DSLR sales has to definitely do with the amazing quality they ALL can achieve. I shoot on a 5D mkII and a 7D, and can still pull great results from them. I choose to invest my money in other areas. I'll upgrade a body when needed.

I'm sure there are plenty of people still happy shooting with their t2i and 18-55 kit lens. Why would they upgrade?

I think this is a good thing as these devices can last so long.

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Canon General / Re: What Canon stuff did you get for Christmas
« on: December 26, 2014, 11:32:26 AM »
Just photos and memories using my existing Canon gear ;)

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Portrait / Re: Low Key Portraits- share your low key photos here
« on: December 18, 2014, 04:02:14 PM »
Twins?
 
Great photos, I'm guessing you are both pleased.

Thanks! Nope, just one boy :)

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Portrait / Low Key Portraits- share your low key photos here
« on: December 18, 2014, 03:02:34 PM »
I love the simplicity of one light / low-key portrait photography. Here are few shots I took of my wife last weekend.  One light, no backdrop (my walls are grey). I think the style works nicely with maternity shots as it brings focus to the belly, and helps the self conscious wife feel good to be "covered" in shadows.

All images were shot on a 5D mkII + 85mm 1.2II or 50mm 1.8II, and a Bowens Gemini Monolight (not sure of model) shot through a Bowens Luminair Octobank 120.

85mm | f/5.6 | 1/160sec | 100iso
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

85mm | f/5.6 | 1/160sec | 100iso
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

And then some shots of her goofing off...

50mm | f/4.5 | 1/160sec | 100iso
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

50mm | f/4.5 | 1/160sec | 100iso
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

50mm | f/4.5 | 1/160sec | 100iso
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I'm getting impatient for the new 5D 4.
« on: December 17, 2014, 03:05:57 PM »
Wait, there is a MASSIVE difference in image quality between the 5DII and 5DII?! Since when??

Yes the 5DIII has improvements across all features (mostly the focusing system), but I don't know if image quality is really one that is massively changed. Used right, the 5DII has fantastic image quality.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:53:00 PM »
When does diffraction kick in on a 50mp 35mm sensor?! How would this be good for landscapes or studio shots where you stop down? Wouldn't scaling up a lower mp shot probably look the same?

Diffraction is always present.  So I don't know what "kicks in" means.

These would be about 4 micron pixels.  Here's a chart for how diffraction affects MTF.



I meant "kick-in" like when does diffraction softening become so much that we hit the point of diminishing returns? There has to be a point where just cramming more pixels on a sensor is not going to help right?

I would love a higher res 35mm digital camera from Canon as I shoot small products (like makeup), and need to blow them up to poster sizes, so I'm all for it.

I'm not a tech guy, so I'm truly asking.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 08:43:44 AM »
When does diffraction kick in on a 50mp 35mm sensor?! How would this be good for landscapes or studio shots where you stop down? Wouldn't scaling up a lower mp shot probably look the same?

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:06:38 AM »
Some maternity shots of my wife goofing around...
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

And dancing...
Lex 38 weeks by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: December 10, 2014, 04:14:53 PM »
I love throwing my 40mm 2.8 in a pocket when I go out with just a 70-200 mounted to a FF body. That way IF I need something wider I'm not stuck.

I can totally see this lens filling the same hole with my 7D and 70-200.

They take up no space, cost very little and have great optics.

There is a place for that.

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Does anyone remember any time in the past there was a discount on a lens even before it started shipping?

It's not a specific discount for this lens. I believe it just falls in with the "Spend more save more" promo. So you save 100 on purchases over 1k.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 08:33:40 AM »
I think Canon satisfies photographers. I think the majority of complaints come from consumers that are way more interested in the latest and greatest gear and technology, and like the science of the technology that goes into making cameras and lenses.

But go over to Nikon Rumors and you will see endless complaints about Nikon not listening to their forum experts and how all every Nikon shooter ever wanted was a "true" D700 replacement and a D300 replacement... Basically people will just complain over what they dont have.

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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 21, 2014, 02:10:16 PM »
I want a Rebel with a ff sensor that is totally plastic, with a plastic mount (like the Rebel G). Kitted with a new 50mm f/1.8 STM with a plastic mount. 3 AF points. Mad small & cheap yo.

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Lenses / Re: Is the new 100-400L II going to be a push/pull after all?
« on: November 10, 2014, 08:29:18 PM »
Can't it be both? I saw that the new Sigma incorporates them both.

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EOS Bodies / Re: do you hope for sony sensors in the 5D MK 4?
« on: November 06, 2014, 04:10:39 PM »
Hey guys,

Will I get kicked out of the CR club if I admit that I actually am still satisfied with the images I can create with my 7D and 5DmkII?

Am I doing something wrong?

Just a heads up, but there are a LOT of threads on CR these days about Sensors, Sony and DRzzzzzzzzzz...

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS - Discontinued?
« on: November 01, 2014, 11:48:19 AM »
It was to expensive at launch.  I still think that it will become the successor to the 24-105L.  The 28-135 STM is the replacement for old 28-135 USM.  When stock of the 24-105L parts or contracts to build parts run low I expect it to be discontented.  The 24-75 f/4 L IS will then be sold as an optional kit lens. 

Quite often stores decide what they will carry just because it is discontinued at a store does not mean they will no longer be sold elsewhere in Canada.  They may have decided to no longer carry them because they cannot sell enough. 

Lets face it the 24-75 f/2.8 IS II has a lager audience than the 24-75 f/4 IS.  Many buyers of the 24-75 II are upgraders from either the mark I or the 24-105L.  If I owned ether of the lens I would not be looking at the 24-75 f/4 IS.  The 24-105 f4 is still cheaper in may markets and has a better range. 

I expect that a full frame upgrade will include on sensor phase detection and video features similar to the 70D.  The 28-135 STM will likely be a kit lens.  Who knows this camera could be the 5D IV, 6D II, or some full frame rebel for all I know.   I halfway expect a Full frame rebel before the 6D II.

There are so many things wrong with this post. You should proofread before posting.

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