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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware officially announced
« on: June 28, 2012, 12:27:52 PM »
This is exciting news. It seems like I am in the minority here as I have no complaints and already love shooting with my 7D! More features for free? Ok, I'll take it :)

Also, why do people feel the need to upgrade camera bodies so frequently? I plan on shooting with my 7D & 5DII till they die. Digital cameras are finally good, the upgrades are pretty incremental now.

I'll spend my cash on glass!

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EOS Bodies / Re: LightRoom...HELP!
« on: June 24, 2012, 11:55:00 AM »
+1 for Lynda.com

A great resource with tons of content. Even a handy app so you can watch tuts on the can! Haha.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Day July 24, 2012? [CR2]
« on: June 23, 2012, 12:55:01 AM »
Isn't the mirrorless "ILC" category basically an evolution of the Point-and-shoot category? Why are so many people throwing around the "full frame" term in the same sentence, and making statements like, "FF or bust for me!", or,
"Another disappointment from Canon"....

Why will anyone be shocked or complain when it is not FF? Maybe there will be a "higher end" version too, but isn't one of those Ashton Kutcher mini fashion cameras also a "high-end" model???

Y'all new to relaxo.

And while I'm on a rant, why do people consider 35mm "full-frame" to be a "Pro" size? My EOS Rebel G is plastic all the way with 3 focusing points and a FULL FRAME image area!

FF is just another size, it ain't the holy grail.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is the Canon 7D firmware V2 update still coming?
« on: June 21, 2012, 10:06:42 PM »
But it hasn't been officially announced though, right? I thought it was just a leak. So, in that case, there wouldn't be a delay. Unless I am totally wrong and missed Cannon promising us something they don't owe us. I'll take it any time though :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: June 21, 2012, 10:04:22 PM »
I believe the MAJORITY of focus related complaints are user error.

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Lenses / Re: Where is the Lens EF40mm F2.8 STM made in?
« on: June 18, 2012, 08:09:19 AM »
I trust the quality that MADE IN JAPAN and MADE IN GERMANY. The Japanese are so proud with the mark MADE IN JAPAN. I have been seeing too much “Made in China”, "Assembled in China”. The China means low quality, low price, counterfeit and low low low, although I am Chinese. Malaysia is a country that no better than China in manufacture, even worse in Philippines. So I seldom buy the food from the above two countries in China although they are marked with “IMPORTED”.

This is absurd. Canon is a Japanese company. So why does that mean the location of one of their factories would be under different standards? You are saying if Canon has a factory in China, it would be cheap "knockoffs"? It doesn't work that way.

China has a bad reputation for manufacturing because they DO make a lot of cheap junk, but that has nothing to do with Canon. It's only low quality if the company wants it that way.

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Lenses / Re: Where is the Lens EF40mm F2.8 STM made in?
« on: June 17, 2012, 10:24:01 PM »
Shouldn't the lens meet Canon's standard of quality no matter where the factory is? Why does it have to matter?

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Lenses / Re: 40mm/2.8 looks better than both 50/1.8 and 50/1.4
« on: June 17, 2012, 10:20:50 PM »
Oh I was hoping to see actual photos :(

I don't like images of charts.

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It's called using a DSLR people.  No, DR will not be infinite and superb, on any DSLR camera.

There is nothing magical about a medium format or other sytems with higher then common DR.  There is no mechanical reason why a DSLR can not have a high DR sensor, it is just a matter of economics.  There are machine vision sensors that meet or exceed human DR, and in another 5-10 years the common DLSR (or mirrorless, depending on how the market goes) this will be likely be available to regular photographers.

Once the DR technology is perfected, and high ISO noise is completely eliminated, and all cameras are 60 mega pixies... What excuse will all the spec-sheet-pixel-peepin-chart-reading-camera-testers complain about as the reason their photos aren't good enough? I'm so excited for these future point-and-shoots!

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PowerShot / Re: D20 Dead in the water?
« on: June 15, 2012, 10:05:23 AM »
Recently picked up the D20 for a vacation. I was seriously impressed. It's a great simple camera that is perfect for it's intended purpose. Yes a few quirks, but nothing that is a deal breaker for this type of camera.
I saw your photos in another thread, and they are fantastic. Amazon finally shipped my TG-1 today so Friday I should be able to test it out a bit. Your pictures definitely convinced me that if I'm the least bit not pleased with the Olympus, it will go right back in exchange for the Canon.

Thanks!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is the 5DIII the New 50D?
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:31:19 PM »
I think Canon knows exactly what they are doing in Regards to the 5D3's high price point.

At this price level, they aren't really competing with Nikon. The real competition between those brands is with point & shoots and entry level DSLRs.

What they are succeeding in doing is keeping the 5D2 relevant. A $3,000 5D3 would have seriously killed 5D2 sales at a < 1K difference. Wasn't the D700 discontinued?

When the 5D2 is discontinued and sold through, the 5D3 has the potential to come down a bit.

Then Canon can slot in another DSLR below the 5D3.

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I have been in a dire need of an upgrade to my OLD 17" MacBook Pro Intel core 2 duo. The last model before the shiny black screen unibody version. I know, that was over 5 YEARS AGO! But it is still working flawlessly.

It was nice to be able to change the battery on my own on that version....

Any way, after the announcement I ran out and just picked up the latest/ last 17" model. I live in NYC, and I don't have the space for a "desktop". To me, the 17" is a perfect portable desktop.

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Macro / Re: Macro shots.
« on: June 12, 2012, 11:28:04 AM »
A trick to curves adjustments (if using PS) without affecting the colors is to set the curves layer blend mode to "luminosity".

If using LR or another editing program, you may have to adjust vibrance or saturation to compensate.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm f1.8 mkI
« on: June 11, 2012, 01:49:15 PM »
Love this lens on my 5Dii:

Ben Swing by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 Pancake
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:54:50 AM »
The fact that it is EF and not EF-s means that more things are coming.

Perhaps the FF mirrorless that everyone fantasizes over?

For the life of me, I still don't understand why the EOS-1c has a mirror when it is part of the "Cinema" series. What good is that mirror and prism?

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