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Lighting / Re: POLL: What flash modes do you use?
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:40:49 AM »
Canon spent millions perfecting the system, I paid for the convenience. Why use manual if I can use ETTL and not waste time?

The fact that the flash has different modes would indicate that there is not one mode that works for every photographer for every photograph under every condition.

If you are happy with ETTL then ETTL is the best mode for you.  Others may prefer the other modes.  Still others use multiple modes depending on the circumstances.

Such is the photography world.  :)

Yes, of course. I didn't intend to criticize other choices. My intended point (obviously not well-made) is that we pay for top-of-the-line products that have been thoroughly engineered and tested to perform certain functions and then sometimes, not always and not directed at anyone on this thread, people get on forums and seem to think it's a point of pride NOT to use the technology they've paid for.

I was simply trying to make the point that ETTL is pretty darn good on Canon flashes and there is no reason anyone should be embarrassed or made to feel less of a photographer is they choose to use it. To me, it's sort of like "P" is for professional. Use whatever mode you want and don't let anyone intimidate you, because in the end, it's the photograph that counts.

Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:42:59 AM »
I'm betting that they are simply launching a new marketing campaign. I could easily see a bunch of ads built around the concept that Canon helps people "see the impossible."

Maybe next time you all will listen.

Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:37:38 AM »
... Maybe it's just me but I'm completely immune to the "I use this *Smile* and you should to....." campaigns.

If it makes you feel better, keep telling yourself that.

Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:32:59 AM »
With all respect...

Always a giveaway that no respect will follow

They see everybody complaining about missing DR, high MP or Mirrorless...

Yes everyone....no wait...actually about six people who keep repeating the same complaints over and over again.

Lighting / Re: POLL: What flash modes do you use?
« on: October 06, 2014, 10:04:03 PM »
ETTL. It's superb on the 600 RT (as it was on the 580EXII).

I put the camera on manual, pick the f-stop and shutter speed I want, set the A:B C ratios and let the flash do the rest. It's almost always right on. If it isn't, I simply adjust the flash exposure compensation and dial it up or down a bit. I've thought about using the D & E groups, but honestly I can usually find the right mix with just A:B C.

Canon spent millions perfecting the system, I paid for the convenience. Why use manual if I can use ETTL and not waste time?

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: October 06, 2014, 08:06:07 PM »
Ican't speak to D800 because I have never used one, but my take on the great 5dM3 is this . . . when you make something that takes that IQ and feels so good in your hand . . . why would you want to change it.

+1. I won't.

Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 06, 2014, 08:01:12 PM »

Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 06, 2014, 02:58:57 PM »
I'm betting that they are simply launching a new marketing campaign. I could easily see a bunch of ads built around the concept that Canon helps people "see the impossible."...

is a new ad campaign, as is explained in this article in italian:


I guessed right. So, what's my prize?

Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 06, 2014, 01:49:38 PM »

YOUR OTHER CLUE! The Guy who Runs CR...has always told you Canon Fan Boys...when it is a camera coming...This time he has NOT! So it is NOT a Camera!   Everyone....Relax...Everyone is getting their Panties all Bunched up for a 3D Copier!    :-\

A 3D printer is plausible, but I don't think so. I'm certain it's not a new camera or camera accessory. No leaks to CR guy or others. No ads, promos or teasers in photo-oriented publications or websites. No similar promotions anywhere else in the world.

I'm betting that they are simply launching a new marketing campaign. I could easily see a bunch of ads built around the concept that Canon helps people "see the impossible."  They could talk about their medical imaging, their "fireflies" video, the new 7DII autofocus, security cameras, etc. etc. and wrap them all under the "see the impossible" marketing campaign.

Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 06, 2014, 01:27:26 PM »
You're all wrong, this is something genuinely exciting.

It's a filter for Canon Rumours that detects DRones and sensor fanatics ... It will be months before they realize that no-one is actually paying any attention to them.

It's already been months since most people paid any attention to them.

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: October 06, 2014, 11:24:47 AM »
As it gets closer and closer to release date, this camera seems to just get better and better. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this picked as the "Camera of the Year."

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Brief Hands on with the 7Dii
« on: October 05, 2014, 11:46:01 AM »
I suspect that 2-3 stops is a little optimistic, or that he was speaking about JPG and not RAW.  Did he clarify whether he was talking about JPG or RAW?

I have been looking at RAW files from Imaging Resource and to me it looks like the 7D2 is easily 1 stop better, and when I looked at 7D ISO 800 compared to 7D2 ISO 3200, it looked to me as though the 7D was slightly better.  But they were really really close, which is very promising.

Based on what I have seen... which is pretty limited at this point... the 7D2 appears to be almost 2 stops improvement.  However, as I have said before I believe that the noise is much easier to clean up in post being Luminance vs Color. Color noise requires more NR and also robs more detail in my opinion. 

I have one on pre-order and so far I'm encouraged I made the right decision.  Looks to be one hell of a camera!

Unfortunately he just said noise performance and gave those numbers.

Also said that distribution begins first week in November.

Actually, this is something I've been contemplating. I'm pretty much a RAW-only person, but lately I've been asking myself a couple of questions: why do we always insist on evaluating the camera's performance based solely on RAW? I mean, realistically, isn't it the results that count? If we can shoot in JPEG and produce significantly better results because the programmers at Canon (or Nikon or Sony or Fuji or whatever) are better than us at converting that data to JPEG, why should we discount the camera?

That's a strength, not a weakness. Maybe we should embrace it, instead of discounting it.

I'm fully aware of the advantages of RAW and in situations where I need those advantages I would always shoot RAW, but lately I'm wondering if I shouldn't take a second look at JPEG with the newest cameras. Yeah, I've gotten used to processing files in Adobe Camera Raw and I would have to adjust my workflow, but I'm certainty capable of doing that. After all, isn't it the final product that is important, and what difference does it make how we get there?

So, if the out-of-camera JPEG has significantly less noise and looks better than what I can produce with a RAW converter, why should I cut off my nose to spite my face?

DR / low noise is not what the overall market demands now.

This may be the most succinct and accurate explanation yet.

I hate to mess it up with any additional comment, but what the heck...

I wish people would just recognize the fact that the most bitter debates on this forum have been reduced to trivial matters – dynamic range, mirror or no mirror and more megapixels or no more megapixels seem to dominate.

If these are the biggest things we have to worry about in terms of the quality of technology today, I would say we are pretty darn lucky. Just once, I wish the naysayers would admit that none of these differences are significant or likely to have the least bit of impact on the success or failure of any camera manufacturer.

...E.g., how would you feel if your brand-new Acura SUV had a stereo with a cassette player that was not replaceable, and could not connect to your iToys?...

Your "exaggerated" example is quite a good one.  Much like the current situation between sensors, what some people perceive as major liabilities can be quite easily addressed in many cases.  In this specific case of your example, there is a $5 solution:

Your "solution" occurred to me when I was writing the previous post, and I even started by using "8-Track" rather than cassette for this very reason.  Have you ever used one of those "$5 dollar solutions?"  At least when I used one it was clunky and imperfect: not only is managing the wire a hassle (depending on the layout of your dashboard) but there's background noise at low ISO volume.   ;D

Sort of hate to jump into this, but actually, I think this is, for once, not a bad analogy.

I went for years driving a truck where the CD player was broken. Once you put a CD in there, it was pretty much there forever no matter how often you pushed the eject button. Once in a while, when the stars were aligned, you could eject it and then, of course, you dare not put another CD in.

But, the point is this: Did it stop me from driving wherever I wanted? Did I get to my destination late? Did I get more tickets? Did it, in fact, have the least bit of impact on the ability of me and my truck to get the job done and get to the destination we were headed for? No. Not in the least.

So, that's the way I look at the Dynamic Range debate. Would it be nice to have a little extra range? Sure. But like the sound system in any vehicle, it doesn't prevent your from getting to where you are going.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: An introduction and a dilemma
« on: October 04, 2014, 11:25:22 AM »
First of all, let me say I really admire your self-awareness. I have known far too many people suffering from mental illnesses who simply refuse or are unable to recognize their limitations and the results have sometimes been tragic.

Keeping on the path that you are on is the most important thing in that regard.

Now, as far as cameras go. My personal suggestion would be to buy a 6D. For just under $1,450 you can get a new US Warranty 6D through Canon Price Watch's street price program. I own a 5DIII and love it, but with limited funds I can't honestly recommend spending an additional $1,250 for the 5DIII. Unless – and this is a big "unless" – you know you will absolutely never be satisfied with the 6D and always regret not buying the 5DIII. I'm not talking small regret here, but big-time every-time-you-pick-up-the-camera regret. I'm talking irrational, gut-feeling response. ONLY if that is the case, should you consider the 5DIII.

At the current price for the 6D, you can keep the 7D for awhile and have it available in situations where you need the ultra wide angle or the extra reach. After 3-6 months with the 6D you may decide you don't. With the announcement of the 7DII the resale value of the 7D has already dropped, so holding it for a few more months probably won't make a lot of difference.

Photography equipment is expensive and the costs never end. Depending on what direction you may go in the future, you will want to invest in lenses, strobes, light modifiers, tripods, etc. etc. Plus, the travel idea is a good one, so holding back a little money for those things might be a good idea. If you really need an ultra-wide angle, there is nothing wrong with the old reliable 17-40 f4. It's still a good lens and reasonably priced, but as long as you have the 10-22 and the 7D, you can get by for quite a while using that.

I'm also undergoing a transition so very attuned to the need to conserve resources. Just one guy's recommendations.

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