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EOS Bodies / Not a Canon vs. Nikon Thread
« on: February 24, 2012, 10:32:56 AM »
Okay, this is just an opportunity for people to express their own pet theories, not to bash one brand or another.

But, I got thinking: why is it that the two top of the line cameras announced by Canon and Nikon recently are basically clones of each other, while apparently the two second-tier (or whatever you want to call them) bodies are so divergent?

Both companies decided to put lower MP sensors in their flagships, than in the less expensive full frame models. Other features are similar if not the same. The pricing seems to be very close. etc. etc. I am guessing it's because their market research for the flagship target audience gave them each pretty much identical pictures of what the customers wanted/needed.

But then, the next level of full frame bodies (if the rumors are correct) are quite different, both in resolution and possibly in cost. Why would the market research be so different at that level and so consistent at the top end?

What's your theory?

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next 5D on February 27/28, 2012 [CR3]
« on: February 24, 2012, 10:22:00 AM »
absolutely NO mention is made about the sensor' size in the specs.
Could very well be the 7D II.
Anyone think the same?

I hope not. I can't wait for a 7d mkii but don't want it at that price range or to have a drop in frame rate. I worry for the future of the 7d if comments around here are to be believed about merging it with the 5 series.

The only thing you should worry about is your own sanity if you start believing comments on this forum. :)

The 7D has not only been a very good seller for Canon, but customer satisfaction is extremely high. Most of the talk about merging lines, eliminating the 7D etc. etc. comes from people with an agenda. There will be a 7DII, it will be APS-C and it will be fantastic. The only thing I wonder about is if there will be a 7DX as well with an integrated grip, fully-sealed body, etc. etc. to give the former 1D owners a 1.6 crop factor to replace the old APS-H format.

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I would be very surprised if Canon did not release optional transmitters and receivers for the 580 EX and for the current DSLRs. Of course, I would expect them to be more expensive than any third party triggers, but I just can't seem them passing up the opportunity.

From Canon's perspective they would look at this from the opposite position: Why would we kill the sales of our new 590 and 5DIII by letting our customers use their old gear?

As evidenced by Magic Lantern, there is a lot that the old cameras can do that Canon does not bother to enable. Remember that they're in the business of selling new cameras, not making old cameras do new things.

Sorry to be throwing water on this, but it just doesn't seem likely that Canon would do something that far outside it's own interests.

It's not outside their interests. Just the opposite.

First, there is nothing in the latest spec list for the 5DIII that says it will have a radio trigger. The 1Dx doesn't have a built in radio trigger in it either as far as I know. So, to fire the new 590 remotely will require a radio trigger for the camera anyway.  That's a given. (Yeah, Yeah, I know someone will say that you can use the new speedlite as a trigger. But Canon already offers an infrared trigger to give people an option, so as not to waste a speedlite in that way. They'll do the same with a radio triggered strobe.)

Canon knows that professionals and enthusiasts don't buy just one speedlite. Canon already makes sure that their newest models are backward compatible because they don't want to alienate customers that might be invested already with a half-dozen or more speedlites. I'm sure they'd rather sell receivers for the 580EX series than let a competitor have the business.

It's a no-brainer. Canon will offer receivers and triggers if they offer a radio-controlled speedlite.

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I would be very surprised if Canon did not release optional transmitters and receivers for the 580 EX and for the current DSLRs. Of course, I would expect them to be more expensive than any third party triggers, but I just can't seem them passing up the opportunity.

If the regulatory issues can be resolved, perhaps we'll see a built-in trigger on the next 7D (something to differentiate it from lesser models perhaps?)

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EOS Bodies / Re: From NL: NDAs expiring on the 2nd of March
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:36:08 PM »
Um, what is a NDA? ???

Non-disclosure agreement. Agreement that you will honor any media embargo and not go blabbing things around.

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Software & Accessories / Re: post processing for screen.
« on: February 21, 2012, 08:58:45 PM »
Maybe I'm missing what the OP is referring to...but...

When you say "output for print" do you mean photographic prints or do you mean photo books?

If your final destination (so to speak) is a printed book, even one of the short-run custom press books, you need to convert your files to CMYK and adjust accordingly. After having a very bad experience with one publisher, I posted a similar question a few months back. I got some very good advice from some color professionals. I was also directed to the "Blurb" help site on color management, which was really excellent. I followed their advice, had a small test book printed to see the results, was pleased and then went ahead with my proof copies.

Some printers don't require you to convert to CMYK, but be forewarned that they are going to be printed in CMYK anyway, so you are really just taking a shot in the dark if you don't do the conversion yourself.

But, while you need CMYK for printing, you would never want to use it for web displays.

As far as monitors and web colors go, as others have said, unless you want to go around the world and personally adjust the monitor of everyone who looks at your images, there isn't a whole lot you can do. I have the nasty habit every time I go into an electronics store of going to their computer displays and punching in my website address to see how my site displays on their browsers and monitors.

Usually I find that the images display okay, although there can be quite a bit of color variation. I just look for images that are really out of whack and then do some soul searching about whether or not I need to delete the image from my site. Usually, a bigger and more annoying issue is when the browser doesn't display the site properly.

I'll tell you that most images look really, really good on iPads. But, because Apple doesn't play nice with Flash, they will only display in HTML. So, you need to make sure you have a program that defaults to HTML when Flash isn't available (SimpleViewer is one).

If I were in this for paying jobs, I would invest in a nice tablet and build my promotional materials around that tablet, so I could take it with me to show clients the images, rather than risk having them look at them on their monitors with their 1995 version of Internet Explorer.

As I said, I have no idea if this is where you were going, but it's my 2-cents worth.

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Lenses / Re: How to get / test a good copy of a L lens?
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:14:47 PM »
Well, I still don't get it. I guess it's just a difference in perspective. Not saying your wrong. It's your money and if this is really important to you, then by all means, go for it. You might as well get your money's worth out of something, before it all gets spent propping up the rest of Europe.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5d Mark iii price?
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:49:38 PM »
Interesting post on that "other brand" rumors site. They have a price list that shows the new Nikon D800 cost to dealers at $2,699.96 U.S. and the MSRP at $2,999.95. 

I would expect the 5DIII to sell for essentially the same price as the D800. If Canon offers similar pricing margins for their dealers, I wouldn't expect to see much of a discount.

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Lenses / Re: How to get / test a good copy of a L lens?
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:20:51 PM »
Maybe I'm missing something, but is all this agonizing really necessary?

If you buy a Canon lens with an in-country warranty and it turns out to have a problem, just send it back to Canon for repair/adjustment under warranty.

Are we talking about buying a lens and then not knowing if it is sharp or not? If you can't tell, then what's the issue? Are you interested in taking pictures or just owning a lens that meets some idealized standard for sharpness? I'm just not getting the point of this.

If your pictures are sharp, they are sharp. If they aren't, and after a few months of shooting you are convinced there is a problem with the lens, then send it in for repair. As long as you aren't buying grey market or used, what's the problem?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 18-45 f/3.5-5.6 Kit Lens for APS-C Mirrorless Patent
« on: February 20, 2012, 03:14:26 PM »
Excuse me for coming off ignorant, but what is with all the hype over mirror-less cameras.  I'm serious, what am I missing?  I get the part of less mechanical, maybe higher shutter speeds (maybe not), but what about the loss of a "real" viewfinder?   

Yes, I know mirror-less have been around on and off for years, but I don't understand what market they're aimed at.  Is this to compete with the P&S market, DSLR, market or its own?  It seems to me they targeted towards the hip, got-to-have-the-lastest, the in-thing, trendy market.

Please, someone enlighten me. ???

See Leica M9...
not a good example imho. Leica M9 is rangefinder, not mirror-less. And also not affordable for most of the people. I don't understand the hype either, maybe it has to do with less bulky design and still interchangeable lenses. But most mirrorless systems do not have fast enough lenses for my use. Maybe the new Fuji X-Pro 1 will resolve that matter, but it's really expensive again...

I fully agree. Most consumers don't even buy an extra lens for their DSLRs, what makes anything think people will be buying extra lenses for these mirror-less boxes? And, who wants to invest in a completely new set of lenses anyway?

The frustrating thing is this shouldn't be that tough. The Fuji X-10 is about 80% of the way there, and the Canon G1-X is also about 80% there. But, they both seem to have bungled the remaining 20%. Having more interchangeable lenses to invest in isn't a plus in my book. Give me a good viewfinder, decent resolution and a quality 2.8-ish lens that zooms from 28ish-100ish and I'll be there.

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EOS Bodies / Re: So.......
« on: February 19, 2012, 10:55:08 AM »
Maybe we aren't hearing much about the T4i because there isn't one on the horizon?

I'm  trying to think what is missing from the current model that would likely be added. How has Canon lost the "edge" against the competition? I admit I don't study camera models that closely, but in looking at the T3i, I'm trying to figure out what they should add to it.

Just because the Rebels have been on a certain cycle in the past doesn't mean Canon has to stick to that same cycle in the future. Remember, the technology is maturing. We're not likely to see the big leaps over the coming years that we've seen in the past.

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Lenses / Re: 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 vs 17-40mm f/4L for a crop camera
« on: February 19, 2012, 10:47:43 AM »
This really shouldn't be that difficult of a decision. Buy the 15-85mm.

The quality of the glass is excellent. The zoom range covers all the most-used focal lengths from 24mm to 135mm. It's affordable and has very good IS. It's a substantial lens with good, solid build-quality that can withstand lots of banging around.

Would I prefer a 15-85mm f4 constant aperture? Yes, but they don't make that one – yet.

Zoom creep on mine is horrible. But I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would be "afraid" of zoom creep. It's at worst an inconvenience. If you are shooting something straight up or straight down, just hold on to the zoom ring when shooting. Not that difficult. In normal use, you are going to be looking through the viewfinder to frame the subject before shooting so it really doesn't matter if the lens has zoomed itself in, just zoom it back out. Again, not that difficult.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Due for a letdown?
« on: February 18, 2012, 03:59:43 PM »
I am sure some people will be in for a letdown because I've read some pretty outlandish expectations on this forum.

Based on the specs that are being rumored, I expect we'll see a 22mp camera with a very nice autofocus system priced at around $3,000. Some modest improvements in high ISO noise but not at the level of the 1Dx. As a bonus, it may have some modest weathersealing, similar to the current 7D and maybe a new accessory battery grip with an extra control wheel.

I don't think reasonable people will be disappointed with that. But, for those who want a baby 1Dx for the price of a 7D, they will likely be all over this forum the day the camera is announced, complaining how Canon doesn't care about them and they are going to go buy a Nikon.

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Lenses / Re: Grand Canyon Lens suggestions
« on: February 17, 2012, 02:17:23 PM »
I don't usually post pictures, but I can't resist this one.

Notice everyone shooting into the sun and then notice the absolutely beautiful light striking the canyon walls behind them. That's what I meant when I said you don't necessarily want to just look in the direction of the light. And, BTW, the view toward the sunrise was quite ordinary, almost bland.


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Lenses / Re: Grand Canyon Lens suggestions
« on: February 17, 2012, 12:40:35 PM »
I have been following the CR Forums for some time.  This post finally prompted me to register.  First, FSU_Dan, wishing you a safe and speedy return from Afghanistan!  Second, I hope you do not mind piggybacking on your post. 

I am also planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, etc. in May.  I will be shooting with a 7D and have an EF-S 15-85 and EF 70-300L.  My only real expertise (a stretch) is motorsports (thus the 7D).  I am wondering if I will be happy with the 15-85, or if I need wider (say the ef-s 10-22) or faster (a prime)?  I would appreciate feedback from landscape and canyon shooters regarding lenses for the 7D on this trip.

Also, I have a good quality circular polarizer.  While I hope to be able to shoot  early and late, I do not plan to put the camera away mid-day.  Will a neutral density filter be a must?

The 15-85mm will be fine for the Grand Canyon. I took along the Tokina 11-16, but I don't know if I even used it. I think I took more shots at the 85mm end than I did at the 15mm end. (Crop shots of the rising and setting sun playing against canyon walls and rocks that jut up from the bottom of the canyon).

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