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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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Canon General / Re: How Soon We Forget!
« on: September 30, 2014, 12:37:13 PM »
Well, after playing with some A7S 12mp RAW files, I've concluded that it's lacking resolution, just a bit. For today's highres displays (like 4K) 16mp would have been much better :).

I'm about to jump on a7s wagon because of low, 12MP  ;)

Good for you ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Which Canon L Lens for 7D Mark II?
« on: September 30, 2014, 04:05:50 AM »
... for event photography 6D + 24-105L wins, essentially :). ...

I say go FF (6D or 5D3) with the best lens you can afford ;).

+1.44, which is essential the FF equivalent to +0.9  ;)

For shooting crop events with crop bodies, such as the 7D or 7D2, the 17-55 2.8 is tough to beat (unless you go with primes).  But, there's no question that a FF body with the 24-105L edges it out with better low light performance, longer reach, and slightly smaller DOF.  This is exactly why I upgraded from a 7D/17-55 to the 5D3/24-105L.  The OP will essentially enjoy his new 5D3/24-70 2.8II.  :)

Yes, that's the essence of the APS-C conspiracy :).
I think Sigma 18-35/1.8ART beats 17-55/2.8 easily.

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Canon General / Re: How Soon We Forget!
« on: September 30, 2014, 03:41:06 AM »
Well, after playing with some A7S 12mp RAW files, I've concluded that it's lacking resolution, just a bit. For today's highres displays (like 4K) 16mp would have been much better :).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Which Canon L Lens for 7D Mark II?
« on: September 29, 2014, 01:18:30 PM »
If you don't intend to upgrade to full frame within the foreseeable future then I'd recommend getting the Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS or the Sigma 18-35 f1.8 as your workhorse lens for weddings and events.  From my experience, Canon lenses tend to have a better resale value in the long run so if you do plan to transition to full frame you'll likely get more from the resale value compared to the Sigma.

The Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS v2 is a fantastic lens, but it's very heavy and I rarely use it on my 60D because of the crop factor when I shoot indoor events or weddings.  Instead, I use it on my 5Dmk3.  However, if you're shooting sports then the crop factor could be a benefit for the added reach.

+0.9 :)

IMHO, Sigma 18-35/1.8ART is the best choice for crop at the moment. Without any BUT's or alternatives :)

One of biggest problems with the 7D is that there are no good L zoom lenses for general purpose shooting. There is nothing equivalent to a 24-105L or 24-70L with high build quality and weather sealing.

Technically true.  There isn't an L-glass equivalent to a 24-105L or 24-70L for crop bodies.  But, the 17-55 f2.8 is essentially L-glass without the weather sealing.  True, the build quality of the 24-70 and the 24-105 feels better, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the 17-55 f2.8.  Put a good clear filter and you'll "seal" it from dust.

Well, essentially, 24-105L costs as much as 17-55/2.8, but on FF it is better in every way + 7D2 costs near as much as 6D (which, IMHO, is much better than APS-C), so, for event photography 6D + 24-105L wins, essentially :). EF 24-70/2.8L'II is much more expensive than Sigma 18-35/1.8ART and its range is pretty awkward on APS-C, but on FF it is wider, longer and better (IQ, build, L) than Sigma 18-35/1.8ART on crop, so it may be worth it.

I say go FF (6D or 5D3) with the best lens you can afford ;).

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More pixels on the bird. That is what I get with crop camera. Pixel density. If I were shooting stuffed birds I would use full frame and the 180 mm macro lens. In real life, it is hard to get enough pixels on the bird.

Hmm, at these prices it is cheaper to buy the bird :)).

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Thanks privatebydesign - I was actually effectively eliminating reach by pairing the 7DII with a 1.4x (rather than a 2x on the 5DIII) though this would still give me 70mm more on the 7D. In this instance is it possible IQ may be comparable between 5DIII+300II+2xIII vs 7DII+300II+1.4xIII?

That's an interesting question. There was a similar debate ("FF vs crop", maybe 4 or 5 years ago, can't remember the source right now) in which some people demonstrated 5D2+1.4x+tele.lens being as good or better than 7D+tele.lens.

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