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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 06:05:35 PM »
Hello.
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This is a joke or what?
Canon is not two generations behind Nikon and i will explain why.

Lets start with the main advantage for Canon.
- Lenses
Canon have mostly better and more lens in their EF line than Nikon in their FX line.
Just compare some of them:
16-35/4 IS, 24-70/4 IS, 24-105/4 IS, 70-200 4L,70-200 4L IS, 70-200 2.8L, 70-200 2.8 L IS II
35/2 IS, 35 1.4 ,35/2
50 1.4 USM, 85 1.8 USM, 100 2.0 USM
135/2 USM
100 2.8 USM, 100 2.8 L USM IS

i don`t want to speak of IS mk1 and IS mk2 super telephoto lenses. :)))

Seems here Nikon is still have a lot more work to do to compete with this much of them better, cheaper lenses and all this you can find eazy second hand for good price!

Lets speak for other features and history of lenses.
Canon have their own USM designs of many lens way way before Nikon.
Some of them even are not available for Nikon like 100/2 USM and 135/2 USM.

Canon unveiled STM lenses for video and smoother af. Where is the Nikon here??? They just unveiled their AF-s versions of many lenses before 2-3 years. And much of them are much worse than than canon optics.
Just compare old 24-105/4 L with Nikon 24-120/4 AF-s ...fatal error.

Enough for lenses.

Lets check the cameras.

I will skip the entry levels DSLR`s
We all know that 7d is already better camera than old but good d300s. ( i was owned both)
60d was more balanced than d5100 and 7d was better camera than d7000.
Yes Nikon have now d7100 with 6fps and 6 RAW buffer... one big joke on the field.
Do let finish with the crop sensor cameras because 7d ii is coming. (and 7d is still better from d7100)
I have 70d now because my 7d was dropped in the water.

lets check the FF cameras.
For the entry d610 is somehow better overall than 6d. But in practice ( i have 6d) they are not much different.
But here may be point for Nikon for better value. But they messed up a lot with dust/oil sports with d600.

The major improvement in Nikon is d800/E, d810 cameras. Here canon can not compete like value and performance.

Nikon now will announce d750. Like a answer for 3 years old 5d3.

And the end i will say that d4s was introduced because 1dx was better than d4.

Let`s speak about technology.
Nikon have better Sony sensors than Canon for sure. But better for me usually means better for 100-800 iso and DR department. Nothing really more but still very important for some photographers.

Canon have unique Dual Pixel AF in live view. I own 70d and this working great!
With the STM lens combination is really a unique advantage for may types of photography.
I can use mu 70d almost like mirrorless camera for slow moving subjects, when i`m shooting stock and so one.

Nikon are behind with video capabilities and wi-fi interpretations. Their model usually get the wi-fi one generation behind Canon.

So...with one word. Nikon have d800/d810 but Canon just make everything other usually better and much earlier.

So the main disadvantage for Canon is sensor tech. But still there are not big difference when we are on the field.

Just what I predicted.  Canon is better because they have better lenses and the Nikon D600 had spots on the sensor.  I predicted this fanboy answer this morning.  Nikon has excellent lenses. Sigma & Zeiss have better lenses that either one.  The Nikon D810 is better than the Canon 5DIII in every respect.  The sensor is 2 generations better.  Canon is rolling out their newest offering...at 20MPX a full 4 MPX less that what Nikon offered last year and has inferior low light performance if it is the 70D sensor.  Lets look at each companys best sensor offering and the Nikon D810 is years ahead of Canon.  But keep telling yourself the lenses are better when any subjective lens test site says otherwise.  BTW, I own a 5DIII and am thrilled with it.  It's just not as good as the Nikon D10

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Software & Accessories / Re: Kirk BH-1 or RRS BH-55 Ballhead?
« on: August 29, 2014, 09:19:52 AM »
I did lot of shopping and settled on the the Kirk.  Hard to compare unless you have owned both.  I have never heard a bad work about Kirk or RRS and many pros us them.  I think you are safe either way.  the Kirk will do the job and might be cheaper.  Either one will last forever.  One thought when you buy the head.  You might want to consider purchasing a camera plate that is specifically made for your camera.  I have a 5DIII and I found the custom Kirk plate a better fir than the generic.  The one that comes with the head is just fine, the reason I bought the custom plate is the generic plate used the tripod mounting point on my camera and does not offer a place to screw in my Black Rapid strap.  The custom plates have the extra hole.  If you are using a neck or wrist strap this is not a consideration.  If you are using a strap that uses the tripod lug please consider getting the custom plate.  It should cost about $50 and is well worth it.  BTW you will LOVE having a great ball head.  That and a great tripod is something you will have for life.  never skimp here

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 08:25:57 AM »
Put another way, it took Nikon two generations to come up with a camera that approaches the 5DIII in overall utility...and I bet the 5DIII outsells the D810 just as it did the D800/E.

Same thing one step up – it took Nikon until the D4s to approach the 1D X.
Errrrrrr I don't think we are talking sales figures here but camera technology.  Precisely where does the D810 not exceed a Canon 5DIII? Nikon D810 exceeds the 5DIII in any reasonable comparison.  In quality of the sensor it absolutely trounces the Canon.  lets not distract the conversation with lens line or spots on the D600 sensor and stick to the comparison between the 5DIII and the D810 bodies.  The 5DIII "approaches" the D810 in some respects...but exceeds it in none.  BTW I own and love the 5DIII but it is outclassed by the newer D810.  Yes, Canon is 2 generations behind, at least on sensors and it doesn't look like that is going to change anytime soon

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 27, 2014, 02:12:48 PM »
I will not buy another Canon DSLR, lens, strap, lens cap NOTHING!!!! until Canon show that they have a plan to complete with Sony on high end sensors.  If they have ceded the high end to Sony/Nikon well that is where I will look

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do Sensors Make the Camera?
« on: August 26, 2014, 07:11:04 PM »
Sensors do not make the camera but all other things being close to equal it is a deciding factor.  If I had nothing invested in any line it would be hard to find a good reason to buy a Canon 5DIII over a Nikon 810.  Every thing else is close, auto focus, build, lens line, accessories, price, historical reliability, 3rd party support .  Bit of an edge to Canon on service and support, big edge to Nikon on sensor.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 24, 2014, 03:15:40 PM »
I think the concern is not so much the 7DII, but that Canon does not seem to have any new sensor technology on the horizon.  Canon 1DX and 5DII, III owners are concerned that the high resolution sensor market has been conceded to Sony.  The concern goes beyond the camera body.  I have not bought a new lens in a year and I will not buy another lens for my 5DIII until I know that my investment in lenses will be worthwhile one in the long run.  I would have already bought one or two new lenses but I will just live with what I have until I am sure Canon wants to keep my business.  I hate to say it but I don't really care about their larger market share and servicing another market.  I care about me. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 05:29:06 PM »
5 years for a 2 megapixel bump?????? >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Thanks for nothing Canon

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EOS Bodies / Re: Plan B
« on: August 14, 2014, 11:54:51 AM »
I want to see what Canon is going to do with their sensors.  If there is no path forward I will probably begin to move slowly in a different direction. I will continue to shoot with my 5DIII, lenses and flash but I will not invest any more in Canon gear.  Early next yer I will buy my first mirroless camera and begin to grow into that universe.  I do a lot of photowalks, street shooting and walk around stuff so getting lighter is something to look forward to.  The Sony A7R is nice, but the I'm really torn between the next offerings from Fuji or maybe the Olympus OMD-E1.  I generally shoot between 24 and 20mm full frame so it will be really nice to buy some excellet , fast prime lenses that don't have a comma in the price tag

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Doing Market Research on Medium Format?
« on: August 06, 2014, 10:09:55 AM »
IT'S THE SENSORS STUPID!!!!! THE PEOPLE WANT A SENSOR LIKE NIKON HAS IN THE 810!  GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT AND THEY WILL NOT ASK ABOUT MEDIUM FORMAT!  IT'S THE SENSOR STUPID!  YOU ARE YEARS BEHIND!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:27:25 AM »
The single most interesting thing is going to be the sensor in the new camera.  I want to know if Canon is going to compete with Sony or keep putting lipstick on  their current sensor technology.  This will help me decide where my  future camera dollars are going to be spent. 

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Check out Beach Camera in NJ.  Got my 5DIII from them.  no complaints

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel EOS on the Way as Mentioned by Canon
« on: July 23, 2014, 04:33:42 PM »
no news here: "we look forward to the advent of high-resolution model of the EOS".  We are all looking forward to that.  This poor guy works for Canon and he is looking forward to the same thing we are.  I'm looking forward to Christmas too.  The only difference is I know Christmas is coming.....this year.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:51:07 PM »
Flip.  For the simple reason I can SEE when the legs are locked.  With a twist lock it looks the same whether the legs are locked or not.  Who wants to wait until the camera tips over before figuring out one of the legs was not fully locked

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII CF vs SD slot performance?
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:54:36 AM »
actively using an SD card will significantly slow down the 5DIII when the buffer is full.  If you don't shoot very fast, no problem. If you do, consider using just a CF card.  It's not just sports.  I was shooting dancers recently and had the camera writing to both cards and I missed shots because of the SD card.  What I do now is keep the SD card in, but set the camera to only write to it once the CF card is full.  You have a great camera there.  Treat yourself to the fastest CD card available. Depends on what you shoot but an ultra fast 16GB cards will easily cover a whole day of shooting. Buy 2 and keep one as a spare.  you can always buy bigger cards but I prefer many smaller ones (not that 16 GB is small) to one really big one.  Buy a 32 GB SD card (they are cheap) and put it in and set the camera to switch to the 2nd card only when the first card is full

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 600-ex-rt upgrade?
« on: June 26, 2014, 09:02:27 AM »
hard to imagine what significant improvements would make this systems even a tiny bit obsolete.  I've never had a misfire, great recycle times, 40 full power flashes before you get a heat warning and a high guide number.  I think they are on sale or rebate now.  Stock up!

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