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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 3.4 Update
« on: April 29, 2011, 04:30:44 PM »
Capture One is also updated to 6.2 today.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Question about RAW
« on: April 29, 2011, 04:25:00 PM »
I'll see if I can post some shots over the weekend. The biggest two things I noticed are the color renditions and sharpening/NR.

Colors are absolutely amazing. I'll post a pic of one of my guitars that has 24K gold plated hardware that I never could get to look right until Capture One. Also, skin and hair tones same thing.

Second is the sharpening and NR. DPP will "out sharpen/NR" it at first glance, but when looking at details in the bokeh, DPP is not doing well at all in comparison. Meanwhile Capture One nails it and the bokeh still looks great when sharpen/NR and DPP never gets there even with as similar as possible settings. Also, DPP loses more detail at similar NR levels. I'll post crops of the afforementioned guitar that show it.

I would also encourage you to download their 30 day demo and try for yourself! They have two versions (pro, light) and either can be installed using the single download. Plus the demo can be activated without uninstalling/reinstalling.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Random Roadmap: Lenses & Bodies [CR1]
« on: April 27, 2011, 01:38:18 PM »
I have $ allocated if they release a 24-70 II IS!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware 1.2.5 Posted Again
« on: April 27, 2011, 01:33:59 PM »
#1 is the 'body adjustment' and #2 is the 'lens adjustment', but your suggestion would require the ability to set the C.Fn to 1+2, and you can only make one selection.

I could have sworn I did it on my 50d...I'll double check it tonight.

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Lenses / Re: L-fever...
« on: April 27, 2011, 12:56:31 PM »
Regarding 100 macro vs 100 L macro, I've seen a number of reports that autofocus of the non-L when using as a short tele is not very good. That plus the IS made the L worth the extra bucks for me. It does stink however that 3rd party macro flashes apparently don't readily fit the L...still investigating options for that...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware 1.2.5 Posted Again
« on: April 27, 2011, 12:20:42 PM »
That does seem high but on the otherhand if it works why sweat it? Obviously Canon felt the range needed to be +-20 to cover "reasonably expected cases" and that is why they made the range the way they did. But I can understand wanting it to take less and sending it in to get it closer.

Anyway, very good news and glad you have a camera that can do this adjustment!

Also, consider the fact that you can adjust both the "body" and "individual lens". So in your case maybe do the "body" +7 then your kit lens would be -7 the other two would be +9 and +7.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Question about RAW
« on: April 26, 2011, 11:06:16 PM »
I posted this in the software section but will also follow up here since I started this thread.

I bought the PhaseONE Capture One Pro 6 RAW processor software and tried it out tonight. It renders in a totally different league than in-cam or DPP. The difference is literally bigger than getting a new L over a kit lens to my eyes, no kidding.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Digital Photo Professional 3.10.1 Updater
« on: April 26, 2011, 10:55:06 PM »
I'm giving the PhaseONE Capture One Pro 6 product a whirl. Just bought a copy after seeing some very good reports on it, will post findings in a couple of weeks...

http://www.phaseone.com/en/Software/Capture-One-Pro-6/About/Pro-Overview.aspx

I went ahead and d/l'd the demo while I'm waiting for my boxed copy since it can be activated without reinstallation.

WOW.

The difference between what I get out of Capture One Pro 6.1.1 and DPP is more than a new L over a kit lens.

No kidding.

Color, sharpening, NR is all in a completely different league. I had no idea 50d files could render like this.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware 1.2.5 Posted Again
« on: April 26, 2011, 05:46:33 PM »
I've calibrated 14 lenses on my 7D

–1   EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

On my 5DII, I've calibrated 8 lenses and all of them have needed some adjustment:

+5   EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM


LOL, pretty much a smoking gun in my book for body tolerances...seems like if any lens would have tight tolerances for "right" (whatever that is), this would be the one.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware 1.2.5 Posted Again
« on: April 26, 2011, 05:22:54 PM »
I would agree that maybe micro adjust "all lens" or "body" (can't recall what the menu says). It looks like a bad front focus and probably the 10% good shots are when it "misses"?

Is that a proper "fix" though?  Manual says to avoid MF adjustments unless absolutely necessary.  Seems odd that a new body would be incompatible with so many lenses... no?

I found it extremely easy to do with a makeshift similar to a Lens Align Pro (basically a ruler and a small target). Helped a bunch and is totally non-invasive in that its just a setting on a menu that you can undo at any time. I'd sure try it out since it's free and only takes a few minutes...might save you sending all your stuff in to Canon, though I'm sure they'd fix you up. My new 50d seems to be off 5 or 6 clicks since my new 100mm L macro on this body needed +6 and a new Sigma needed +5...so I'm thinking its the body not the lenses...but very simple to fix no matter what is to blame (and who knows what it will be for the next lens?).

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware 1.2.5 Posted Again
« on: April 26, 2011, 02:17:10 PM »
I would agree that maybe micro adjust "all lens" or "body" (can't recall what the menu says). It looks like a bad front focus and probably the 10% good shots are when it "misses"?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Digital Photo Professional 3.10.1 Updater
« on: April 26, 2011, 01:58:31 PM »
I'm giving the PhaseONE Capture One Pro 6 product a whirl. Just bought a copy after seeing some very good reports on it, will post findings in a couple of weeks...

http://www.phaseone.com/en/Software/Capture-One-Pro-6/About/Pro-Overview.aspx

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Lenses / Re: Lens filter: step-down adapter ring, or not?
« on: April 21, 2011, 05:09:15 PM »
Shelling out for a really good filter the correct size is worth it to me just so I can leave it on and not risk cross threading the lens itself. I don't know how others feel about stacking a CP onto a UV but if they're good (like B+W MRC) seems like a non issue as long as no vingette. I'd rather cross thread two filters (even good ones) than ruin the threads on an expensive lens...and the less times I have to thread it on the less chance I screw it up.

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Lenses / Re: Update for Canon 50mms anytime soon till next year?
« on: April 21, 2011, 01:25:18 PM »
FWIW - I just got a new copy of the Sigma last night from B&H (after they ran out of stock and then got more, so I'm guessing this one is very recent production) and did some testing. Apparently they've made some changes to address the focus shift. I shot some test charts like you see elsewhere on the net for this lens and it still has a little bit of shift, but nothing like you see at sites that tested the early ones.

Adding to my previous comments, the focus charts for the 85mm f/1.4 Sigma at photozone.de look virtually identical in terms of focus shift across apeture to what I shot with my very recent copy 50mm F1/4 Sigma.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Question about RAW
« on: April 21, 2011, 12:21:43 PM »
Hope that makes sense.

Yes, there are differences in processing between in-camera and DPP...it's doing a better job of the JPG conversion.

That makes sense and I'll probably continue to shoot only RAW and just mess with the color temp and balance in-cam and leave the rest to DPP, That seemed to be working great and LOL now I know why. Thanks again for your input.

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