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Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 11, 2014, 02:41:12 PM »
I like my GAS - it pushes creativity too; especially when it comes to old MF lenses that I adapt to my NEX body. In fact that part of my GAS is quite easy to afford.... and thankfully it keeps me from buying more L lenses.

I quite agree.  I'm lucky enough not to be a professional photographer and thus to the extent I have "needs" and "essentials" they're merely want-driven and thus arguably not really needs at all.  As you say, old MF lenses provide a cheap, engaging adventure, often with superb results too.

If I hadn't started using mirrorless cameras 18 months ago, it would have been rather easy:

6D or 5DIII w 16-35mm f4 + 70-300L + 100mm L + a fast 50mm (Sigma Art, I guess).

That said, if stayed with dslrs and really had to cut back, I could do quite well with merely:

SL1 + Canon 10-18 + the latest Sigma 18-250 macro - a surprisingly good combination that together costs less than just about any L lens by itself

But the more I use mirrorless bodies the more dslrs feel obsolete to me (I was using my 5DIII outside for the first time in ages yesterday and, aside from being far less useful, it felt like so much pointless ballast).  But I'll keep one, if only so I can easily use my 70-300L.

Otherwise, until Canon comes up with a decent mirrorless camera I would pick:

Sony A7r w Sony/Zeiss 55 1.8 (much of the time I could probably stop right there) + a wide zoom (the impending Sony perhaps, or the Canon 16-35 f4, so I can use the lens on the 6D/5DIII) + Canon 100L + a few favorite cheap vintage fast primes (which oddly seem far less obsolete to me than dslrs)

or even, if I wanted to minimize weight/bulk

Olympus OM-D w a few Olympus & MF fast primes + Panasonic 100-300

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D800E 30% sharper than D800
« on: July 10, 2014, 05:24:38 PM »

Consider that across the Internet, criticism of DxO typically only comes from people that own Canon products. That piece of data speaks volumes about how DxO results are absorbed, don't you think?

I'm not sure what "typically only" means (do you mean "usually" or "most of the criticism I've seen" or "most of the criticism I've noticed"?) but I often see criticism of DxO on forums (esp. m43), including at DxO itself.  Perhaps that "piece of data" speaks volumes too.

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I think we have a winner. This should be considered as the "BEST" reply on CR in 2014.....LOL ;D

Yes, no contest. 

I wonder if Jglaser writes similar things when he changes brands of laundry detergent.

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Lenses / Re: Video Review: Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: July 08, 2014, 11:41:48 AM »
In what ways do you think it's not as good as the 10-22, aside from the obvious differences in focal length and max. aperture?  (I'm impressed by the 10-18 but have never used the 10-22.)

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Canon General / Re: Seeing Rebels....
« on: July 08, 2014, 09:11:40 AM »
My office is on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, and I spend a fair amount of time in NY, so I see loads of tourists and yes, among dslr users Canons seem to dominate, with Nikon a close second.   Entry level bodies + kit lens dominate, but I'm sometimes surprised by the number of higher-end bodies w L lenses attached (I've even seen one or two tourists with two 1Dxs + big white zooms dangling from their necks - hard to imagine enjoying that experience, esp. in a steamy mid-Atlantic summer).  I tend to keep a look-out for other brands, but I doubt many will be surprised if I say that I don't often see M43, Fuji X and Sony A7/A7r; finding a fellow A7r or OM-D user is so rare I'm almost tempted to overcome my anglo reserve and go and talk to them....  (If you want to get funny/inquisitive looks, try using a mirrorless body of some sort with an old manual lens attached, as I often do.)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: July 08, 2014, 08:57:04 AM »
Like others, I tried a Nikon D800e and was driven nuts by the ergonomics/menu system.  Of course, one can get used to that, but I might be inclined to suggest a rather different solution if you don't need AF: get a Sony A7r instead.  Aside from costing much less than the D810, it can be used with all your Canon lenses as well as the Nikon 14-24 (does anyone suggest that the Nikon 24-70 is as good as, let alone better than, the Canon 24-70II?).   Some who have used both the Sony A7r and the D800e report that the Sony has even better image quality, though of course there's no way of knowing yet how it compares with the D810.  Either way, I think those who warn about how difficult it is to obtain very high image quality with these 36mp sensors overstate their case - you can get great results hand-held, and while the very best lenses may be necessary for ultimate performance, you can get impressive results with other lenses too (I recently took a series of photos with an old Pentax Super-Takumar 50mm 1.4 lens on my A7r - very pleasing results).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Which is better for high ISO, 6D or 5D Mk III?
« on: July 08, 2014, 08:33:44 AM »
I have both.  I haven't ever done any side-by-side comparisons, but my impression is that the 6D is probably slightly better overall, but probably not noticeably so unless you're specifically looking for/at noise, and that the 6D is noticeably better (esp. less banding) if you try to lighten shadows.  So I wouldn't recommend that you add a 5DIII for high ISO purposes.  It's possible, of course, that the 5DIII will provide better AF performance, thereby resulting in better image quality for *that* reason, but - perhaps because I don't photograph the sorts of things where this would matter - I've not noticed that, at least with still objects, aside from the obvious advantage of having more focus points to choose from.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 07, 2014, 08:57:29 PM »
If it were mirrorless w EVF & IBIS, both at least as good as Olympus OMDs', and had image quality that's significantly better than an SL1's, I might be interested (not excited, though, barring some technological revolution that makes it as good as FF for image quality).  Chances of any such combination showing up strike as being as close to zero as makes no difference, however, so for APS-C purposes I'll stick with my SL1 & Sony a6000 for a while longer.  I'm afraid my reaction to dslr announcements is "oh, not again"....

(If I only shot APS-C, regularly photographed herons-catching-fish, and didn't have FF my response might be a bit different, I suppose.)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs Sony A7s vs GH4
« on: July 02, 2014, 04:15:59 PM »

- The Metabones Adapter, (not the speed booster) AF pretty much did not work, at all. I might have a bad copy. I hear it is slower, but is still supposed to work, but I had no such success with it.


AF on that adapter only works with a rather small number of lenses.  A list is posted on their website (though I've found that one or two work that aren't on that list including 28mm IS and, weirdly, the new 10-18mm EF-S); maybe the lenses you used aren't included? 

(But even if the AF doesn't work, you should still get EXIF data and in-camera aperture control, which for me is the main use of that adapter because Sony's mirrorless bodies - like most these days - make MF relatively easy.) 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 27, 2014, 12:08:25 PM »

It's a cost factor, it's a weight factor, it's a mobility factor... These together display the impressive usefulness of APS-C... Hence, why the mirrorless crowd is cheering on their cameras, and saying things like "I'm so glad I ditched my full frame cameras". I've read that in several blogs. Full frame is too heavy. Larger cameras have their place, but it's a dwindling niche, if the camera companies will release full pro quality crop cameras. They have been holding out, because they want to push everyone to upgrade to full frame when they are done with their rebels, it seems.


So, better for everything... except image quality.  For smallish, lightish and cheap, APS-C can certainly do a great job if you're not after the ultimate in dslr image quality (during the past year I bought a SL1 for c. $450, the Canon 10-18 for $300 and the Sigma 18-250mm macro for $260; together they don't weigh much and, for the price, the image quality is very impressive - in many circumstances it could be all anyone needs).

But you're not going to gain much, if anything, if you choose the "pro" route, unless manufacturers change their notions of what "pro" lenses can be for APS-C, or unless you consider APS-C lenses to be pro quality already (for many purposes they probably are).  Professional quality long zooms and telephoto lenses are all designed for FF, and attaching them to a smaller body doesn't make much difference in weight.  At present, if you really want smaller, lighter lenses, M43 is the best solution, though even at their best they may not qualify as "pro" quality (though there are pros that use M43).

On the other hand, FF needn't be big and heavy or even that expensive: depending on what you shoot, Sony A7/A7r/A7s and a few primes (the native ones are light), may be enough.  Plus, the A7 costs barely more, if at all, than its top-tier mirrorless m43 and APS-C mirrorless rivals and, I expect, less than the 7DII will cost.

So, who knows?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 26, 2014, 11:02:07 PM »
I think we ALL know deep down that it is NOT going to be either FF or APS-H.

Right.  Plus, no matter what features it has, at least 50% of posts reacting to its release will complain that it doesn't have some feature that can be found on an entry-level Nikon but which hardly anyone cares about and makes no discernible difference to 99% of photos taken with it....

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 26, 2014, 06:08:58 PM »

Summary: Canon owns you as a consumer for photographic equipment.

But don't worry, this is the same boat that a lot of Canon owners are on... and Canon like that boat having as many people as possible on board.

Well, of course they do - it would be rather odd if they didn't.  But just which boat anyone's on rather depends on what you want/need.  For instance, switching brands isn't the expense that many assume (you'll lose on bodies, but not much, if at all, on lenses), while that pest Sony has come up with camera bodies that work as excellent digital backs for any number of lenses, including Canon's.  Many won't be interested in any of this for various reasons (switching brands may mean having to forgo a highly-prized lens, an A7r probably wouldn't be anyone's choice for herons-catching-fish, many unsurprisingly are perfectly happy with how their Canon bodies perform anyway, and so on), but there's more than one boat, even for owners of Canon lenses. 

This new Nikon doesn't look very interesting to me. Had it been mirrorless with IBIS and built in such a way that Canon lenses could be attached, maybe.  But for now my Sony & Canon bodies will do just fine....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Comes the next Canon's with a New X-Trans Sensor?
« on: June 26, 2014, 05:32:13 PM »
But DxO have never tested an x-trans sensor.  I'm nervous...what if they give them a worse rating than the current Canon ones?  To play it safe, they should use the Nikon D4s sensor.  At least we know it has good DR (at least until the D810 is tested).

I hope you're being sarcastic....and not actually worried about DXO and how they may or may not rate the new sensor.  You're 'nervous'....really???

It does matter to this extent - because DxO doesn't "do"X-trans sensors, its software can't be used to edit X-trans raw files; and as far as I can tell, getting good results from other software isn't easy.  Of course, this is irrelevant if you're happy with the out-of-camera jpegs, but I'm not....

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Lenses / Re: Why do fast primes not have IS?
« on: June 25, 2014, 11:19:52 AM »
I think people want absolutely IS, but don't know why..

Cameras have good higher and higher ISO..
Very good lens have a lot of light...

-> you can have enough light for fast speeds (> 1/100 or 150)... So why do we bother for IS....
I was useful when camera couldn't go (good) over ISO400..  but know, IS is more and more useless.

I see utility only for long lenses.

While it's true that high ISO performance is good on newer cameras, it's still the case that image quality is better with lower ISOs (esp. if you want or need to crop, and esp. with smaller sensors); so IS/IBIS can be useful even with short, fast primes.  Unless there's clear evidence that putting IS in a very fast lens reduces its image quality, I really don't understand why people object to the idea.   

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Reviews / Re: DxO reviews Sony A7s: king of low light photography?
« on: June 24, 2014, 05:20:05 PM »
The high ISO comparison between 5DIII, A7r & A7s at dpreview may be of interest if you haven't seen it yet:

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/4613822764/high-iso-compared-sony-a7s-vs-a7r-vs-canon-eos-5d-iii/2


Interesting, thanks for the link.

IMHO, which is rarely considered humble, I don't get it. All this noise and chatter over one stop better high iso, very high usable iso.


Exactly!

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