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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 23, 2014, 08:15:09 AM »
Crop vs. Full frame.

As a 6d owner - my first full frame- im very unimpressed at its low iso quality. There is no 3d-ish POP that i have seen in so many 5d2/5d3 images over the years - image quality that i could easily see was not reproducible on my crop cameras.

To these ultra pixel peeping eyes, the 6d is only slightly better at dynamic range than my t2i.  High Iso handling is generally FANTASTIC, which is why i figure the low iso takes an image quality hit. Low light photography is a whole other ball game compared to my crop bodies.

So while i enjoy my 6d, its nowhere close to the full frame experience i thought it would be. Still dreaming of a 5d3 and non-ancient AF.  :(

Really? From what I've seen, 5D2-3 and 6D images side by side look almost identical :).

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: October 17, 2014, 07:19:32 AM »

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. It's powerful to see these two shots, one as a kitten, one at progressed age. How old was he? 10 or 11 yrs?

He was ~9, I think. Spring 2005 - Winter 2013.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: October 17, 2014, 07:10:05 AM »
Hi ecka.
I have been trying to tell our adopted cat that best friends don't bite your fingers, I will have to make sure he doesn't see this!

Excellent shot.
Lots of other excellent shots too, waterdonkey and Dustin in particular.
Thanks for sharing.

Cheers, Graham.


IMG_4106 by ecka84, on Flickr

You can't fight their nature :)

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Canon General / Re: "11-24mm f/4" vs The Holy Grail
« on: October 16, 2014, 01:50:17 PM »
"11-24mm f/4" vs The Holy Grail

... and the winner is ... Samyang 14/2.8  :D
while Zeiss 15/2.8 takes 2nd place.

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Lenses / Re: Which prime lens for nature fotography?
« on: October 10, 2014, 08:37:18 AM »
I think there are no EF 500 f/5.6 or EF 600 f/5.6 lenses.
Your 400 DO was 1940g.
The new 500/4L'II is 3190g, which may be the one you actually need (the old one is 3870g).
The new 400/2.8L'II is 3850g (the old one is 5370g).
The new 300/2.8L'II is "only" 2400g, which may be the one to get for lower weight, while accepting all the compromises (short reach, worse IQ and AF with TCs).

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Wasn't the G1X the first?

the first what? Oddball-sensored (4:3), too large-bodied, too slow-lensed, too highly priced, tunnel-viewfindered, pseudo compact camera that hardly anyone bought?  :P


Had Canon stuck the regular APS-C 18 MP sensor into the G1X back in 01/2012 ... and sold that beast at exactly the same price as the then cheapest Rebel [T3/1100D] with kitlens ... who knows, it might just have been successful and Sony's RX-100 with the smaller 1" sensor might not have become such a huge success.  :-)

That's a matter of opinion ... don't you think? :)
All the m4/3 cameras are same "oddball-sensored" (4:3) and G1X sensor is even bigger. I'm not a fan of large sensors compact cameras (specially those without a decent EVF), but I think that 4:3 ratio is brilliant for portraits (in vertical position) and you can crop it if you don't like 4:3. Canon shouldn't have included that tunnel-viewfindered and they fixed that mistake in Mark II. Of course, there is big pile of stuff that should be improved. There is no perfect camera.
G1X is too big - RX100 lacks grip
G1X has bigger sensor - RX100 has faster optics
features vs price, looks vs. ergonomics, etc.

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"large sensor" means ... 1"
big zoom ... 10x or more
= RX10 / FZ1000 competitor. Just like the G7X is an RX100 (II, III) competitor.

Sony innovates. Canon follows ... years later.

Wasn't the G1X the first?

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PowerShot Pro1 update? :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: October 08, 2014, 03:23:26 PM »
There are those who admit the issue and discuss it, there are those who ask questions about it (to learn something), and there are those who don't care (and start threads like this one :) ). Not caring is not a solution and it's not even worth talking about (unlike sensors and DR).
I care deeply about the issue, but it would be nice to see a proper and polite discussion in the appropriate place and not see thread after thread descend into nastiness over the subject..... and that seems to be the overwhelming answer to the question....

Somehow those nasty threads escaped my attention :). I tend to simply ignore such "deja vu" threads. No new data there.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: October 08, 2014, 01:56:10 PM »
There are those who admit the issue and discuss it, there are those who ask questions about it (to learn something), and there are those who don't care (and start threads like this one :) ). Not caring is not a solution and it's not even worth talking about (unlike sensors and DR).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade Path Advice...
« on: October 06, 2014, 04:33:43 PM »
tl;dr
have a 40d, shoot predictable sports, already have nice glass
want a 6D for best image quality/$
7Dii is best sports shooter in my budget
which one to buy?

5Diii :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: October 03, 2014, 07:35:43 PM »

IMG_4106 by ecka84, on Flickr


Ouch! But very nice
Lovely! How did you shoot this? And this is play. Notice the claws are out but the pressure is only to hold. Not break skin. And they can do that in a microsecond! Notice the skin depression on the middle finger. It is play.

Well, my first cat Bambi did that to me once - held my finger in her mouth with sufficient pressure to hold and refused to let go so I went in with my mouth and held her paw with my teeth! She had this shocked look. Total disbelief. She let go of my finger. The look said "What! You did that to me? You are my dad - you cant do that!". That look was priceless. If only they could talk.

She has been gone a long time. This incident was probably 21 years back. She was my first cat. She taught me Cat. Before that I thought that I was a Dog person and so I needed to hate cats! Surprise - surprise! Things your "other" family members teach you...

This is an old picture I took with my Canon A510 P&S 9 years ago. Kittens name was Mars, and he's playing with my cousins hand :). I know they are cute and fluffy and playful, but I would keep my face away from those sharp little claws :). I think I always was (and still am) a cat person. I love cats, they are funny, unpredictable, fast, smart, caring, independent (self-sufficient) and proud animals. It's amazing how they are ready to stand against and (if necessary) fight much larger enemies, even bears :).
Mars is gone too. He was a free cat.

This is the last picture of him I took last year.

Old Warrior by ecka84, on Flickr

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: October 03, 2014, 10:37:25 AM »

IMG_4106 by ecka84, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 04:36:10 PM »
EOS Mebel? :D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Which Canon L Lens for 7D Mark II?
« on: September 30, 2014, 01:19:53 PM »
I think Sigma 18-35/1.8ART beats 17-55/2.8 easily.

The 18-35 seems like a very nice lens, but not as useful a range.  A general purpose zoom covers wide to short normal, 18-35 on APS-C is wide to normal.

24-70 II on FF will deliver much better IQ, at much higher cost.

You can't have all in one :). For me, 18-35/1.8 has more useful aperture range and more impressive image quality. Quality over quantity, but that's just me.

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