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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Continue Using Canon Sensors in DSLRs
« on: November 03, 2014, 07:00:59 PM »
Sony's sensor division is one of the few divisions on the company that is actually turning a profit. I don't see Sony unloading that any time soon, as it, along side their insurance division, is their cash cow...

It is very common for companies that are having financial problems to sell off profitable divisions. If they need to raise cash, it's a lot easier if you sell something that is making money, rather than something that is losing money.

Not saying that will happen with Sony, but I would never presume that just because a division is profitable it is safe from acquisition.

Top end gear will be entirely an in-house affair for Canon until they start losing pros in large enough numbers *expressly for sensor reasons* (DR, resolution, etc.).

Most pros could not care less about the slight dynamic range differences between sensors.

...But the fact that the 5D3 is still sitting near its original asking price some 2.5 years later says that it's still a very desirable camera (or Canon is losing its shirt to make a point about protecting price).

Which shows that high end enthusiasts and pros aren't concerned about this small issue. Obviously Canon is not losing its shirt. The 5DIII continues to do very well because it remains equal to or better than it's competitors in overall quality, regardless of how it may score on one minor data point that comes into play rarely if ever.

But there must come a point where everything else that Canon does well -- that epic stable of glass, CPS, the ergonomics, reliability, access to massive third-party ecosystem of products, etc. -- could eventually be overpowered by a concern over Canon's sensors.

If the concern were significant that would be true. But, keep in mind we are talking about tiny, tiny differences that have little to no impact in 99.9% of cases. Plus, it isn't even an overall weakness. It is again, just one small data point in sensor attributes.

Most reviewers are declaring the 7DII the best APS-C camera made and noting that no one else has a camera that can compete against it. Overall, the new sensor is as good or better than other APS-C sensors.

I personally hope Canon does not expend too many resources on making tiny improvements to sensors. There are much bigger threats out there (light field cameras, for example, represent a much bigger threat because they are truly disruptive technology).

Post Processing / Re: Portrait-specific post processing software
« on: October 31, 2014, 10:49:52 PM »
I use a combination of Photoshop and OnOne Perfect Portrait. OnOne is good for some light reduction in blemishes and skin problems and does a good job of improving eyes and teeth.

But for teen and young adult skin I find the best system are the tried and true healing brushes in Photoshop. Make a second duplicate layer, and then go to work on that layer with the healing brush. If its too much, you can reduce the opacity a little, so it looks more natural and then duplicate and merge the duplicated layers in Photoshop.

Then use OnOne to soften the skin a bit and improve the eyes and mouth.

Lenses / Re: More EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Talk [CR2]
« on: October 28, 2014, 12:36:33 PM »
As many others have said, pricing will be the key to me. Especially, now that other options are available from Sigma and Tamron.

I expect it to be better than the current 100-400, which I own. But will it be triple-the-price better? I'm doubting it. At any rate, I'm in no hurry as I'm not getting much chance these days to use the current 100-400, so I'll wait and see how all the options compare and what the prices settle down to.

Wedding Photography / Re: Wedding - Kat and James
« on: October 28, 2014, 12:29:41 PM »
Nice pictures, but there is something seriously wrong with that car. The steering wheel looks to be on the wrong side.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Listed as Discontinued at Amazon UK
« on: October 27, 2014, 02:31:48 PM »
To be fair, 6D was announced, when 5D3 was already on the shelves and selling like hotcakes...

Interesting. There are to my knowledge are no Canon sales figures or statements to suggest that 5D3 sales were healthy. But since you seem to have such info both I and I am sure many others would be very interested if you can share on what you base the claim that the 5D3 was "selling like hotcakes".

The most commonly quoted source are the Amazon best selling DSLR rankings. For most of the past two years, the 5DIII and the 6D have consistently been the highest selling full frame DSLRs on the list. (Since the list is constantly updated, you can't really judge by picking a single data point, but instead, you need to follow it over time to judge the trends.) In fact, for much of the past few years, the 5DIII and the 6D were the only full frame cameras to crack the top 10.

With Nikon's recent releases, they have been doing quite well, but it does appear that they are dropping in position, most likely because pent-up demand is starting to be met. Only time will tell if the Nikons can hold their own against the Canons or if they will drop back to where they have been for most of the past two years -- which is quite far back on the listing.

As of a few minutes ago, the 6D was back to being the top selling full frame DSLR on the list, followed closely by the D750 (Numbers Seven and Eight, respectively). That's a change from when the D750 was first announced – it even held the number one spot briefly -- pent up demand. The 5DIII is, as of this writing, at #21. That's still quite impressive for a camera that has been out for quite some time, especially since it is more than five times the price of some of the cameras higher on the list.

Predictably, someone will say the Amazon list is not valid. But they will not be able to produce any comparable ranking. Amazon is the world's largest retailer and I know of no study that would show their customers and those customers' buying habits differ significantly from the general buying public.

EOS Bodies / Re: DPR Adds Studio Samples for EOS 7D Mark II
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:10:54 AM »
DPReview has added studio samples to their EOS 7D Mark II first impressions write-up. The samples are in both .jpg and RAW.

Is there a difference between this post and the thread that was started last week http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=23352.0? Or is Canon Rumors once again being scooped by his own readers.

There is little doubt as to my bias.  As I looked at different areas of the image, the difference between cameras changed, sometimes by a significant amount.  The area I finally picked was one that I thought allowed me to see contrast, color, and resolution.  I went a lot by the readability of the text in the edge of the pie chart.  Reducing the resolution of the higher mp cameras will make them look better, and looking for different characteristics will give different results.
In the end, there is no absolute formula, its a matter of personal preference, which is a form of bias.
Arguing about a preference is not going to change another persons view, and proclaiming that my view is the correct one will bring a lot of disagreement.
I'll still want to wait for more professional reviewers, but its obviously already a improvement over the previous Canon APS-C cameras at high ISO's.  At low ISO's and a proper exposure, they all look pretty similar to me.

Knowing you, I'm sure you did a much more thorough and conscientious examination than I did. But, I pretty much came to the same conclusion (emphasized above). It may be my bias, but I think it's an improvement over most other brands at high ISOs, not just Canon.

The 7DII seems to handle smooth gradients and constant tones WAY better than the 7D did.  That was a major issue I had with the 7D.

In any case, the 5DIII definitely shows more detail, and less chroma and luminescence noise at high ISO than the 7DII does.  But man, you really have to look for it.  I'm questioning if its worthwhile to pay twice as much for a refurbished 5DIII and 24-105, when I can "simply" buy a new 7DII and not have to deal with the transition to FF.  I tend to shoot slow moving targets more often but still, the 7DII is compelling.

Now you done it! How dare you suggest full frame might not be worth the investment!

Seriously, even though I switched from 7D I to 5DIII about a year ago, I'd have to say you really do need to think long and hard about whether or not it's worth the price of entry to full frame. I would say it depends in part on what lenses you already own because, as you correctly point out, it's not just the cost of the body, it's the cost of the lenses as well.

Clearly the gap is narrowing and while there always will be a gap, it is moving more and more toward the margins.

Now, expect to see an avalanche of posts from full framers telling you how APS-C can never compete with full frame. But, just remember, we have to justify our investment.

Third Party Manufacturers / DxO mark: here we go again!!!
« on: October 24, 2014, 12:34:52 PM »
From Nikon rumors:


Let the trashing begin.

I think the one that I find most amusing is that they rate the Nikon D810 higher in low-light ISO performance than the 6D. Yet, if you use the comparisons on DPReview even a blind squirrel can see how awful the D810 is at higher ISOs.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 24, 2014, 12:23:48 PM »
oh boy..you just had to ask...didn't you...LOL! It's complicated. It is a light painting set-up...

Get that baby on Kickstarter...Now!

As expected, biases are easier to believe than evidence.

That's one reason why I like these kinds of comparisons and sample images. I can judge for myself and use my own criteria.

At the same time, it's amusing to watch some people twist and turn as they try to rationalize their biases and even more entertaining when they couch it in pseudo-scientific lingo and pretend to be the ultimate authorities on sensor noise.

My own, undoubtedly biased opinion:

The differences between full frame and APS-C sensors used to be small. Now they are approaching tiny.

The differences between sensors of different brands but of roughly the same size used to be tiny, now they are approaching miniscule.

The major difference, at least at higher ISOs, seems to be the number of pixels, regardless of brand. The new Nikon D750 seems to be about equal to the 5DIII and 6D, while to my eyes, the D810 is absolutely horrible at higher ISOs.

I was disappointed in the Fuji X-Pro 1. (The only mirrorless camera I would ever consider) Given its lower resolution, I expected it to do better. But then it's sensor is getting a little long in the tooth by APS-C standards.

Given the tiny differences and the fact that Canon is clearly holding its own in the sensor quality realm, I think it is completely logical and admirable for Canon to place more emphasis on other areas such as improved autofocus.

If your goal in life is to lift shadows by five stops and shoot dark rooms that have the exposure set for an open window, then another brand might be your better option.

As for my own personal situation, as a 5DIII owner, I'm intrigued by the 7D, but a better investment of my resources would be in either the new Tamron or Sigma  600 zooms.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 23, 2014, 11:32:10 AM »
And do you feel sufficiently superiour now?

Why do you care what other people use?  If he is happy with the Ipad, great.

+1. He doesn't look like a clown to me. No red nose, no big shoes. Not so sure about the guy who had to rush back to his car and pull out a 1D to prove he's a real photographer.

Just my opinion, but it seems to me that Canon made a decision to "look the other way" regarding Magic Lantern.

I really don't see any downside to Canon. If Magic Lantern ever distributed something that harmed the camera, they would be within their rights to say the customer voided the warranty. (I'm guessing that somewhere in their warranty language there is a clause that would justify this.)

Canon gets a willing group of developers and beta testers for nothing. Their products gain usability that makes them more competitive. They don't sell firmware, so it represents a net gain, not a loss, in revenues.

The bigger threat, by far, comes from Yongnuo. Some of their clones are undoubtedly violating patents and their newer products are decently made and sell for a fraction of the cost of Canon products. I would think they represent most camera manufacturers worst nightmare – a Chinese company that offers low cost products that function identically to the name brand and are in the ballpark on quality.

Lighting / Re: Yongnuo killed my batteries - warranty case?
« on: October 22, 2014, 03:50:43 PM »
Well...all news to me. Questions:

Don't store fully charged batteries anywhere?; Or don't store fully charged batteries inside a device?

Store batteries that are less than fully charged?

Don't let batteries drain completely?

Okay, so if I store a battery that is partially discharged and don't use it for a few months, will it discharge and then become a completely drained battery?

I thought the advantage of NiMH batteries (like Eneloops) was that they held a charge indefinitely and did not develop a memory. Is this wrong? Partially wrong?

With six 600 EX RTs, plus battery packs I've got quite an investment in Eneloops, so this is a real concern to me.


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