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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:57:35 AM »

IMG_4106 by ecka84, on Flickr

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?

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

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Variable Diffusion Focusing Screen
« on: October 15, 2014, 03:25:55 PM »
Totally cool!

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 15, 2014, 03:21:34 PM »
5D3_6134 by volksron, on Flickr

I love the clarity of this shot, Mr. VR6 :)

PowerShot / Re: Get G15 refurbished or G16 new?
« on: October 15, 2014, 03:19:04 PM »
Ok topic closed, I just ordered the G16.

I think you will be happy with it.  Conga rats on your new camera!

Thank you, I'm happy with my purchase, and it satisfies one of the rules of nature: If 'n' equals the number of camera's (or lenses) you own, the ideal number is 'n+1'.  ;D

PowerShot / Re: Get G15 refurbished or G16 new?
« on: October 15, 2014, 03:05:37 PM »
The G16 is the end of a line.  Canon is now coming out with larger sensors and upscale P&S bodies, the G7X, the G1X, and a large sensor superzoom that is not officially yet announced.
I have no way of knowing if the G16 will become a classic, or if it will lose its value, but it is still a very nice camera, and costs less than a G7X.
Canon has slowly evolved the G line over the past years, so jumping to large sensors is a reflection of changing user demand.  I think they should have moved to large sensor P&S cameras several years ago.  It was apparently marketing that held things back.  Now, they are forced to try larger sensor bodies.  The 1 inch sensor may become the standard for P&S cameras, and the 1.5 inch sensor for high end P&S.

You're right - I too think the G16 may be the end of the species. It is a vastly evolved species, but likely a dead end. Or actually it is not - the G12 was. Canon does seem to be trying to re-invent the professional compact camera, and it has, with limited success - for some time.

To summarize, the G1X was a bit of a 'freak of nature', based on the G12 but with a bigger sensor. Nicely 'modern' but sticking to the 'old', known formula. Strangely the G15 and 16 still came out after that. Why?

Was Canon not entirely confident the G1X could take the lead?

So the G15 and 16 were based on the old formula but yes they were made more compact to fit below the G1X. They mostly achieved that by sacrificing the vari-angle screen (and by sticking to the old 'tiny' sensors). After all if you wanted that in a largish 'compact', and a bigger sensor, the G1X catered for that. Right?

Concurrently, the 'S' line became the pro-line of real compacts and - not so surprising in retrospect - that now has spliced off into the G7X as was the case with the G12 to G1X mutation. But in going to a bigger sensor, the truly defining aspect of the compact camera is lost - that tiny little sensor with seemingly endless DOF. And now the G1X II has lost the OVF too... what's going on?

Whatever the future of compact camera evolution (or revolution), I've finally decided to go for the old 'proven' Canon compact. Canon has built a name for itself in this segment for a reason, and the G-series was the best.

Considering all of this though, I never thought I'd actually want to own a G series camera - they always seemed oddly big to me in comparison to the tiny sensor, and what's the point of that? There's a reason I jumped at the S90 when it was announced!  Eventually though, the convenience of a well evolved compact camera with room for all the required controls and optical viewfinder (hence the size) got my attention.

I have owned the S90 for a long time, but despite that great little camera's abilities, it was clearly an unfinished product. I ended up tweaking it with Richard Franiec's Custom S90 Grip, Lensmate S90 Control Dial Solution, and a paper spacer on the battery to make sure it made good contact with the pins in the body (so that the camera would not falsely report the battery as being empty). Even with these tweaks, the S90 never lived up to its potential due to a lack of operability, and to be honest the A590 IS that I owned previously was a lot more satisfactory in use as a *real* camera, despite its low build quality and so-so image quality.

So now after having held out so long I've finally decided to get Canon's 1D equivalent of the compact camera's. The ultimately evolved 'compact' - tiny sensored 'pro' camera. As a replacement for my S90. It may be a classic but I know it will surely loose its (monetary) value. Nevertheless I see possibilities and that's what counts. It's the second body that will always fit in my bag. It has the potential to match my DSLR's in ease of operation and post processing workflow. It's not for low light and not for shallow DOF, but it's a well evolved little all-rounder. Let's see what it leads to.

Canon is good in evolution, not revolution. And at the end of the evolution, Canon has won me over.

No matter. I will have lots of fun with this smallest of *real* camera's. And like every camera/lens/accessory in my kit, it has the potential to inspire, and further my development as a photographer. It's another tool in my 'shed' and I will put it to good use. I hope.

PowerShot / Re: Get G15 refurbished or G16 new?
« on: October 14, 2014, 04:44:22 PM »
It is always easy to spend other people's money.....

Only you know your budget and only you can determine if the price difference is "worth" it.

If I am spending your money, I would go with the G16.  ;D

Haha that's easy, but I have to pay for it ;) Honestly, is the G16 worth it? It does seem to be a little bit more refined, and has that dedicated iso button. Hmmm....

Ok topic closed, I just ordered the G16. After reading a bunch of reviews, the improved speed of AF, less shutter lag etc won me over. I really like a responsive and good all-round (professional) camera, which is why I decided I'd like a G-series compact in the first place - and in the long run the extra expense is probably worth it.

PowerShot / Re: Get G15 refurbished or G16 new?
« on: October 14, 2014, 01:35:07 PM »
It is always easy to spend other people's money.....

Only you know your budget and only you can determine if the price difference is "worth" it.

If I am spending your money, I would go with the G16.  ;D

Haha that's easy, but I have to pay for it ;) Honestly, is the G16 worth it? It does seem to be a little bit more refined, and has that dedicated iso button. Hmmm....

PowerShot / Get G15 refurbished or G16 new?
« on: October 14, 2014, 07:59:42 AM »
I'm thinking about getting a G15 or G16 but can't decide if it's worth getting the G16 over the G15 considering the minor differences (I couldn't care less about wifi, but added speed/performance is always nice).

The G15 I can get locally at €299,- (refurbished), the G16 (new) is €429,-  (€399,- refurb).

The intention is to shoot RAW in 3:2, and then develop in DPP or LR. The Canon raws would fit nicely in my post-processing workflow if I use it next to one of my DSLR's.

Any recommendations?

Vista was garbage.

Get 7Pro x64, you'll never regret it.

Rant over  ;D


This is probably the first HDR I shot with a DSLR (40D). The high fps made it possible to have people in the frame, but the result is pretty horrible. WFIW I don't do HDR anymore.

Canon General / Re: More Canon Lens Mentions [CR2]
« on: October 11, 2014, 12:52:00 PM »

But for economic's sake my Samyang 14mm will probably remain my ultra-wide solution for the foreseeable future.

To: "mrsfotografie" & "tayassu"
You've inspired me to share my image of Black Beach in San Diego.  I like this image so much that I printed it and have it hanging in my house.  It constantly amazes me that I took it with a Canon SD600, even now that I have much more advanced equipment.

That is a very nice shot and it shows the great color reproduction and tonal qualities that Canon Powershots can be capable of. Thanks for sharing :)

As my 7D is in the "hospital" at the Moment, I got my very first camera out of retirement: the PowerShot A520... worse ISO Performance at ISO400 than my 7D @ISO12800, but who cares? Love this thing, has got ISO50 and an OVF!! :D
#vintageselfie ;)

I had a Canon PowerShot A590 IS that I loved. Unfortunately it had a lens centering defect that was apparent in the middle of the zoom range. No matter, here's a panorama of Porto de Luanda I made from the top floor of Hotel Presidente, Luanda, Angola. The A590 IS was perfect for this business trip because I didn't dare take my DSLR over there... The a590 IS was very practical and it was the smallest and cheapest *real* camera that I have owned. In fact I may at some point try to find a good copy for nostalgia sake (and it's still a really great little camera with great controls and fantastic color reproduction).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Gets First Test
« on: October 08, 2014, 01:54:17 AM »
One of the best things that I saw in this video was the microcontrast on that page of text.  If you have watched his video on the Zeiss Otus 85, you will find that this text compares very nicely to the what the Otus did in similar situations, where he contrasted it with the 85L II.  That microcontrast could mean some serious pop in shots taken for, say, wedding photography (that, to me, is one of the potentially most exciting applications for this lens).

Really?  I actively avoid rectilinear ultrawides for people photography because of the egg-head phenomenon you get at the edges of the frame.  That's why I like the fisheye for that - keeps people's heads round.  In fact, when I have shot rectilinear, I've often added a massive amount of barrel distortion in post just for this reason.

In that sense I've found the native 'moustache' distortion of the Samyang 14mm to be very beneficial when there are people at the edge of the frame. Doing a lens correction on that one quite significantly stretches the edges (and makes it less 'wide' too). Natively it's relatively forgiving for people at the edges of the frame so for stuff that doesn't necessarily have to be too rectilinear I leave the lens correction off.

Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 08, 2014, 01:48:23 AM »
Is it possible to unsubscribe from threads on these forums, so they don't show up in your new replies list?

I would like that option too.

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