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PowerShot / Re: Which Canon Point and shoot??
« on: May 23, 2012, 09:29:38 AM »
I'd go with a Canon S95. Bought one for my wife for X-Mas and she loves it. She doesn't know much about photography, but she did notice that the S95 can actually take indoor photos of our daughter that weren't blurry! Her camera phone and older Point-and-shoot couldn't do that.

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... and how "basic" the 5Dii was. Of course the 5Dii's sensor is beautiful and beats the 7D's.

I totally don't understand how anyone can say the 5DIII was a "small" upgrade! It has upgraded basically EVERYTHING.

for sure thats why i've got a bright screen for my 5dmk2 and it's getting used with my manual focus lenses now
its a pretty sweet combo
the mk3 is just so much better handling than the mk ii

That's exactly why I bought a 5Dii too! First thing I did was buy the better focusing screen and slapped my manual lenses on it. Great combo. Beautiful images.

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PowerShot / Re: Can't wait for D20
« on: May 23, 2012, 01:00:59 AM »
The D20 is my new summer toy. Just broke it in on a trip to Turks & Caicos. It passes in my book.

Bring it in the pool:

Pool View by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Or the ocean:

Violet Sky by Philip DiResta, on Flickr


Blue by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Macro is decent:

Lizard by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

It even handles shooting into the sun.

Sunset Pier by Philip DiResta, on Flickr


Pier Walk by Philip DiResta, on Flickr


Sunset Girls by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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PowerShot / Re: D20 Dead in the water?
« on: May 23, 2012, 12:48:34 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.

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The DOF programmable button has been around for a long time (on 7D).

I've been shooting on the 7D for years, and just recently picked up a 5Dii... I quickly realized what an incredibly AMAZING camera the 7D was/ is, and how "basic" the 5Dii was. Of course the 5Dii's sensor is beautiful and beats the 7D's.

I totally don't understand how anyone can say the 5DIII was a "small" upgrade! It has upgraded basically EVERYTHING.

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I'd suggest reading a photography as an art form book first- Like Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure".

It's a great read and the information is timeless. The foundation explained in the book will help you understand how to see & think about light and exposure in a more organic way.

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Wait, don't you just turn the dial to the green box and point and shoot?

My only problem is that sometimes I forget to take the lens cap off and then my photos aren't exposed properly. The back of my lens cap photos are also pretty "soft" and focus seems off. I think I got a lemon.

I'm switching to Nikon. They don't have any problems ever!

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How about a camera under water photographing a land creature? Shot with the new D20!


Pool View by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies / Re: Rebel T4i
« on: May 22, 2012, 03:06:37 PM »
Or they will push big instant rebates/ sales for the T3i to clear inventory for father's day/ summer sales.

Hey! What fathers get cameras on father's day?! I don't get that...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Announce 2 Cameras in June [CR2]
« on: May 22, 2012, 03:03:06 PM »
If they are going to start a new system without a mirror, they should do something really awesome and throw a square APS-C sensor into it! It would give Canon a huge point of difference in the market.

You can crop to landscape or portrait from one orientation, & a circular fish-eye lens would be absolutely radical.

Is this possible technical forum people?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Film cameras, help!
« on: May 22, 2012, 11:06:32 AM »
You can Get a Mamiya 645 kit with an 80mm f2.8 lens (50mm equiv in 35mm format) for under 500USD.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Point & Shoot?...
« on: May 22, 2012, 11:01:46 AM »
The Lumix LX5 is also a nice point & shoot. F2.0, 24mm on the wide end, RAW, full manual controls... Leica lens.

Not too shabby.

I also just picked up the new PowerShot D20 tough/ waterproof camera for a recent vacation, surprisingly good results in all conditions. Granted no manual controls, but you can beat the hell out of it :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: joe mcnally talks about the D4
« on: May 22, 2012, 09:42:21 AM »
What impresses me most about him and his work is more of his understanding of light, how to manipulate it & how to quickly adjust on the fly. His books and workshops aren't a "how-to" cookbook on how to get a type of shot, they are more about the philosophy of capturing the light.

The interesting thing is that he uses ETTL (or whatever the Nikon version is), and allows the camera to do a LOT of the guess work. Never saw him or heard him talk much about a light meter. He then "nudges" the camera in the right direction. He makes a strong case for taking full advantage of the latest technology and gear. I see all too many people with huge egos and pride to ever dare admit they use any type of "auto" function on their fancy cameras. Why pay for that all when you shoot RAW on manual mode with manual focus?

He did a tour with David Hobby a few years back that was really great as they have different philosophies and approaches to lighting.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 21, 2012, 04:08:58 PM »
1 stop of dynamic range improvements isn't exciting to marketing. Doesn't mean much to the majority of consumers either.

They'll need to push buzz worthy features like: Built-in HDR (there is their sensor DR fix), and cutting edge video features like 1080p 60fps super slomo effects. Doesn't the Nex-7 have this? Then other "features" to make you think you NEED to upgrade.

Otherwise, why update an already great camera?

1080 at 60p... that would be nice for many out there for sure.

If the 1dx or 5d3 doesn't have it, i wouldn't hold your breath on that one...

I don't know about that. The 5DII didn't have 60fps @ 720p, or duel digic 4, or the fps of the 7D, or the focusing system....

It's an aps-c camera. Isn't it easier to render that speed on a smaller sensor? I'm not saying this as a "wish-list" type of thing, (I rarely shoot video) I just think Canon knows how to market.

They won't compete in DR and pixel peeping sensor nonsense, they will compete with their new market position:

The leader in HD-SLR modern day still/ motion image capturing devices. All the hottest directors and blockbuster films are using them! You can too!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D & EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 21, 2012, 01:36:43 PM »
1 stop of dynamic range improvements isn't exciting to marketing. Doesn't mean much to the majority of consumers either.

They'll need to push buzz worthy features like: Built-in HDR (there is their sensor DR fix), and cutting edge video features like 1080p 60fps super slomo effects. Doesn't the Nex-7 have this? Then other "features" to make you think you NEED to upgrade.

Otherwise, why update an already great camera?

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