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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next From Canon, NAB and Beyond
« on: February 06, 2015, 05:50:17 PM »
You know...the SL1 is not a bad substitute for the EOS M series.... what the latest rumors about an SL1 upgrade to an SL2 ? ???

Yes. I'd love to see a SL1 with the 70D sensor and better autofocus.

EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 06, 2015, 05:43:51 PM »
Why?? This camera was not a speed or video demon so why the heck not go to Sony for the sensor on it? You didn't even give it DPAF, so what possible reason for the Canon sensor?

The best reason of all – profit.  Of course, I mean best from their perspective...but you don't really think Canon cares about your perspective, do you?   ::)

Actually, Canon cares very much about their customers' perspective in the aggregate. But, like any well-run business, they aren't that concerned about individual perspectives which are notoriously unreliable and idiosyncratic.

I appreciate that they are willing to develop a high end camera for what is clearly a niche market. Said it before, and will say it again: if you own a 5DIII (me), 6D or a 1DX, and it meets your needs, this is not the camera you are looking for.

Listen to what Canon is saying about this camera: this is for people who want or need high resolution.

And please, lets get real. Everything comes at a price. Some of the people on this site are only embarrassing themselves with all this slavish devotion to Sony sensor technology.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next From Canon, NAB and Beyond
« on: February 06, 2015, 05:13:13 PM »
How about Canon produce a camera with IQ comparable to that of Sony/Nikon?

Or is that too much to ask?

Okay, you can go back down to the basement now and finish your World of Warcraft game. Mom will call you when supper is ready.

It's a commercial people. It's meant to entertain and spark interest. It does that just fine.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R Preview
« on: February 06, 2015, 09:58:39 AM »
I cannot see why I should swap my 5DIII for this...

Of course not. It was never intended to be a replacement for the 5DIII. It's a niche market camera for those who need (or just want) high resolution.

EOS Bodies / U.S. Pricing Announced for New Canons
« on: February 05, 2015, 11:05:16 PM »
Sorry if someone has already posted this.

EOS 5DS for $3699.

EOS 5DS R for $3899

EF 11-24mm f/4L USM for $2999

EOS Rebel T6i for $749

EOS Rebel T6s for $849

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X $4199 via ebay
« on: February 05, 2015, 11:01:17 PM »
well there a lot cheaper and better cameras out there
If you want a trusty 18 Mp at a high price OK

Yeah, like the Nikon D4s. Oh wait...it's 16 Mp and costs $6,500.

I doubt if there will be very many 5DIII users who switch. These are niche cameras and unless you consistently shoot in that niche, they are not designed or intended for you.

I need a versatile, general purpose camera that I can use under a broad range of less than ideal conditions and be confident that I will have the shots I need. For that purpose, nothing beats the 5D III. The 5D IV will need to be quite a camera to convince me to upgrade.

EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 03, 2015, 05:42:49 PM »
CF card is a pro feature you say.

You have to admire these marketing people - how do they manage to make cf appear "pro" and a swivel screen or pop-up flash "amateur"?  With these markers, they don't even need to legitimize why a certain product costs xyz €/$ because every customer immediately sees how "pro" it is, i.e. how much worth it has to have.

The crazy thing is, they don't even have to do anything. The customers themselves arbitrarily decide that certain features are not "pro." Look at the negative comments that get generated anytime someone suggests that a $3,000 camera ought to be at least as functional and connected as a cell phone – ability to navigate menus by touch screen, connectivity to the internet, basic photo editing functions – all things that would make life easier and offer more options for professionals, but whenever someone suggests that on this site, you get comment after comment from users who refuse to evolve.

EOS Bodies / Re: Where is the EOS 5D Mark IV? [CR2]
« on: January 30, 2015, 03:09:53 PM »
I certainly hope it has a touch screen and wi-fi. It's long past time for these features to be integrated into upper end cameras. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 27, 2015, 11:45:01 AM »
People are going to argue black and blue that I'm wrong for doing this, but I'm not going to buy a new DSLR from Canon (or Sony!) - regardless of how good the sample images are - until it's been tested and evaluated by DxO.


Because scores aside, their methodology is fixed and the same for every model.

Thus I can look at their sensor measurements for noise and DR and get an independent view on where Canon are at with their new cameras relative to other cameras.

And to not put a finer point on it, I don't trust Canon to deliver significant IQ improvement just because it is a new FF sensor on a new camera.

This makes perfect sense if the criteria you seek in a camera is exactly the criteria DxO measures and you assign exactly the same relative weight to that criteria that DxO does.

This is true with any test. Tests can objectively measure specific criteria, but the determination of which criteria to measure and how to assign meaning to that measure varies wildly, always requires subjective judgement and does not necessarily reflect an individual's needs.

That you have found a testing lab that measures exactly what you consider to be the most important factors is great for you. Many others don't feel that way. Rather, many feel that the criteria DxO uses to select what measurements it takes do not reflect their needs, desires or even experience.

I am getting a little tired of the mantra, that the camera doesn't matter. Of course it does.

A camera is a tool, and all tools aren't equal. Some tools are better suited for certain tasks and circumstances. It also very good to know your tools and how to get the most of it, where camera/sensor tests can sometimes be helpful.

I agree. A tool certainly can't make an artistic decision for you, but it can certainly make your life easier and help to produce a better final result. If they didn't we'd all be either using our phones or cameras made out of lego.

Without going into a lot of detail, I recently made a career change that requires that I do some photography for clients. It's made me very appreciative of my 5DIII as a tool. I am frequently taking pictures in situations where the light is poor and the need to be unobtrusive is extremely important.

My clients don't care about art. They want usable pictures. This is a case where the tool makes all the difference in the world. The silent shutter feature and the high ISO performance of the 5DIII are totally dependent on the tool.

His second point (software plugins/Photoshop) completely contradicts his other comments.

Sure, everything I do with Silver Efex I can do without it, but it's faster and simpler. And, most everything I do in Photoshop I could do in Lightroom, but I prefer the Photoshop interface and I know the tools much better in Photoshop.

If it's the results that matter and not the camera you use, then why should it matter what software you use? Isn't it the results that matter there too?

The entire column could have been summed up in a few sentences: It's the vision and the execution that matter. If you don't have that vision and don't know how to execute it, all the technology in the world won't make you a great photographer. If you have the vision and know how to execute it, you can create great images with almost any tools.

Camera straps are like camera bags – people have strong opinions about them, what you prefer can be highly personalized and I have yet to find the perfect solution for either.

I tried a Black Rapid for awhile and it wasn't for me. I found the dangling camera thing just too precarious for my taste, too prone to being whacked up against things and I didn't see any real advantage in terms of speed and usability. I know others swear by them, but I ended up holding the camera in my hand 90% of the time and constantly checking the tripod attachment point to make sure it wasn't coming loose. It made me wonder why I was even using the strap if that was the case.

I got a "free" Canon-branded Op/Tech USA strap with my Canon Professional Services membership and started using that for a couple of years. Comfortable and I like the quick release snaps which seem very secure (I've never had a problem with them). One reason I like the system is that it makes it much easier to loop the neck strap through a small backpack, so the backpack, rather than your neck, is carrying the weight of the camera on a hike.

Still, I found that for me, most of the time I just pull the camera out of the back, and carry it in my hand, so I started looking for a good wrist strap.

I'm now using the Op/Tech USA wrist strap http://www.adorama.com/OTEZG.html. It's large enough to accommodate the 5D with battery grip installed and best of all, it can attach directly to the strap mounting pin/bar on the battery grip, rather than to the tripod socket. I had too many close calls with the Black Rapid to trust the tripod socket as a strap attachment, so this seems more secure and easier to handle for me.

Another advantage of the Op/Tech design is that I can attach a small loop attachment to the strap mounting bar on the left side of the camera body and then using some of the Op/Tech adapters, quickly switch from wrist strap to neck strap if I want.

As I said, it's all about personal preferences, but this is what I currently am using.

*Sigh I guess it's all about perception nowadays eh.  The internet is such a cruel world as they say.

And you are doing your part to make it more cruel.

I don't intend to hurt their business, I'm just here to share a story that's common in the community and which I hope to prevent such instances like this.

And how does your posting accomplish that?

Anyways lets focus on the video!

Yes. Lets.

While the video is about 25 minutes too long, I agree with Private -- I'd rather watch that than look at the pictures (Partly because I get so tired of wedding photographers posing the wedding party in fake "gangsta" poses that are supposed to appear funny, but really just make the subjects look obnoxious).

I've been experimenting with video lately, and I'd have to say, the production quality on this one was quite good. (If it were edited down to about five minutes, it would be excellent). So, focusing on the video, I'd have to say I was pretty impressed.

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