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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 09:44:24 AM »
I like the idea of a hybrid Rebel/EOS-M with an EF-M mount and a more substantial grip for a decent sized battery.

Didn't Canon just release the 7D2 camera, EF-S 24 f/2.8 STM pancake and EF-S 10-18 STM lenses recently? Canon is not likely to abandon their EF-S mount any time soon.

On the other hand, I won't be surprised if Nikon abandons their DX line altogether. They will rather produce a FX D750 camera than a DX D300s update.

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 09:34:35 AM »
I hope that they don't bring that to higher models.... Isn't EVF that type of VF in the Point and shoots? If so, that is awful.

The latest EVFs would be much better than the existing pentamirror viewfinder in the lower end Rebels. 



EVF are hopelessly bad. Still laggy. Yiiiiikes.

I'll take the tiny Rebel pentamirror any day over the EVFs available today.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: October 01, 2014, 04:01:35 AM »
1) Low ISO
Yes, I also hope to have wider DR at base ISO. But the truth is I have never lifted shadows beyond 1 stop. So far, I have not encountered any serious problem.

2) High ISO
DXOMark may say one thing, but the output of ACR/Lightroom may show something different. ACR/Lightroom directly affect my final output, not DXOMark. So far, I don't see any high ISO advantage with EXMOR sensors.

3) Lenses
They fit my needs perfectly. I cannot say the same for most other brands especially when taken as whole, e.g.,
- Canon 16-35 f/4 has awesome optical quality without the drawbacks of bulbous front elements (missing front threads)
- 100 f/2.8 IS macro when mounted on APS-C gives me 160 mm reach (cannot say the same with current macro offerings from 4-3 family and Fujifilm)
- 70-200 f/4 IS is optically great and lightweight (compare against Sony/Nikon equivalents and all the recent f2.8 offerings from Olympus/Fujifilm/Samsung)
- all EF-S and EF-M STM lenses are optically superb and lightweight

4) Colors
Love Canon skin tones

5) Totally compatible with Lightroom/ACR, no artifacts from RAW
I am looking at you, Fujifilm

6) Dual pixel AF

7) Great range of accessories, e.g., wired and wireless remote without having to sacrifice hot-shoe

8) Generally great ergonomics, e.g., buttons, touchscreen, holdability

9) Customer service (may vary according to where one lives) is great where I am

While the competition may have specific advantages over them, when the Canon package is taken as a whole, it simply offers the best bang for buck for me;D

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II: More High ISO Samples
« on: September 27, 2014, 10:21:15 PM »
The initial reception to this camera based on specs was pretty tepid, which I didn’t understand.

Dynamic range...  :P

thats great for the type of photography he shoots...but let me see him try to shoot a full wedding with that rig or a heavily scheduled fashion shoot or sports....

mirrorless is a neat technological development but i don't see it ever replacing entirely the convenience of looking through an OVF and being able to see and react quickly to your subject matter.

call me old school....

Aye! I'm playing with the A7r right now, and even though it has some cool features, even a relatively advanced EVF like this is no replacement for an OVF. You can feel the lag...it's not obviously apparent, this is a fast EVF, but it is still there. Movement also has a blurred appearance as you pan around, which is frustrating. The worst thing is the moire...MASSIVE moire an aliasing in the EVF, especially around things like blinds in windows or the deckboards of my deck. It's really bad.

The other thing about an EVF is you have that limit on detail. I can readily see the pixels in the A7r EVF. I can also tell that there is a limit on resolution. It's always been claimed by EVF advocates that the ground glass in an OVF limits resolving power. That may be true, however it doesn't limit it anywhere even remotely close to how limited EVFs are. The difference is massive. I can very clearly tell when my subjects are focused in the 5D III (much better than in the 7D even). I really have a tough time telling what's focused with the A7r EVF...because of that resolution limit.

Another vote from me for OVF. EVF has awful lag and appearance... Apparently, it doesn't bother many. EVF is OK for casual photography.

I am going to wait for EOS-M3. Just need it to come with DPAF, articulate screen, EVF and wired remote.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:09:10 PM »
Canon's G7x sensor is from the original RX100 or the RX100 mk II, not the same as in the RX100 mk III

Do you have a link to prove this?

Also, according to DXOMark, the RX100 Mk 1, 2 and 3 sensors are nearly identical in performance with Mk 1 only being very slightly behind for low light ISO.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 24, 2014, 10:02:08 PM »
On the plus, if they get totally burned, it does show they try to correct quickly. So maybe if the 5D4 with old sensor burns them they'll be back quickly with a 5D5 even if they have to go to Sony for help.

I doubt the 7D2 is going to sell well, especially when compared to its predecessor. If the Amazon best seller chart is any indication, the 7D2 sales is going to be a flop. That happened to the G1X and G1X MkII (especially when compared to the RX100 Mk 1/2/3).

Hopefully, this is their wake-up call.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:24:27 PM »
I am mostly excited about the EOS-M3. Hope it comes with DPAF, EVF (even if optional) and connection for wired remote. That's all I need. Throw in the 22 f/2 and that will be my compact camera set-up. :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 12:34:12 PM »
The squirrel's fur also looks like a water color painting, and the delicate whiskers are eaten by noise/noise removal.

No, they don't. They are fine.

EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 22, 2014, 10:13:52 AM »
Oh, and here's yet another wedding image I was processing from my 5D3 that I decided to throw out b/c by the time I corrected the 3EV vignetting of my 24/1.4 and then added 1.5 stops (b/c I underexposed by 1.5 EV to save the sky/clouds above my subjects), I had this wonder junk overlaid over my image

Maybe you should learn to convert and process your files properly.

I always thought wedding photographers make use of reflectors to avoid such classic lighting problems? That was what my wedding photographer did to get a beautifully exposed shot with the sunburst and blue sky behind us. Oh, he was using the Canon 5D classic.

Oh, here is another example: http://www.mattgranger.com/light. Matt has mostly Nikon gear.  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Looking Into a New Mount System
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:30:26 AM »
I look at the size and weight of the Sony FE 70-200 f/4 OSS lens designed for their mirrorless A7 family, and I shudder. What's the point of going mirrorless if the telephoto lenses don't shrink in size and weight?

I think I will like to stick to OVF. Thank you very much.

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 22, 2014, 02:00:22 AM »
I have personally compared the EOS-M and the sony a6000 side by side since and overall i still prefer the EOS-M about the only aspect I saw the a6000 better the EOS-M was iso 100 shadow recovery, high iso was a wash, AF was not much different the a6000 seems to lock nice and quick but most shots were out of focus and i find with the right lens the EOS-M performs pretty well in servo mode. certainly better than the a6000 did anyway as far as sharp keepers go.

Thanks for this highly important info.

I find it highly disturbing the A6000 AF is this poor. I actually have similar encounter with the OMD EM-5 but dare not bring it up 'cos folks will think I am crazy. ;D I attributed it to the slow EVF response when the subject moved.

Good to know the grass isn't necessarily greener on the other side.  ;D

I am still waiting for EOS-M3 with DPAF and EVF. Guess M3 with 22 f/2 lens will be better than the best compact camera (incl. G7X, LX100 and RX100M3) out there.

EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 21, 2014, 02:10:35 AM »
Does this mean Canon might be using a Sony sensor in this new rumored camera?


EOS Bodies / Re: Just for Jrista: 2014 Market Data
« on: September 20, 2014, 11:53:16 PM »
But I bet they will slowly, quietly continue to improve their products to reduce and eliminate FPN and they will not publicly state anything about that, or DR, in order to keep that shameful little fact from becoming a mainstream topic to the general camera buying consumer.  Ignorance and non-disclosure is good for profits and marketshare.  They'll just sweep that under the carpet and move on to the next era of products.  Speaking of which, looks like they might be thinking a bit more seriously about mirrorless...


Actually, the D7000 was also not released with a lot of fanfare wrt its sensor DR even though it was the first mainstream camera to achieve greater than 13 stops of DR at base ISO according to DXOMark measurements.

As for EOS-M, the writing is already on the wall:
a) http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/interchangeable-lens-market.html

"It appears they’ve raised their 2015 interchangeable lens camera sales forecast (i.e. are not predicting another decline for next year, but rather significant unit volume growth). Given what I know of the market the only thing I could see driving the kind of growth they seem to now be predicting is another new interchangeable lens camera of significance."

b) http://www.cnet.com/news/canon-reveals-details-for-future-telephoto-lens-line/

"The newest range of Canon lenses is the EF-M series for the company's new "mirrorless" cameras, a line that's more compact than traditional SLRs. Canon only has a handful of EF-M lenses, but during a press conference here, the company committed to adding more."

c) https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fdc.watch.impress.co.jp%2Fdocs%2Fnews%2Finterview%2F20140918_667456.html&edit-text=&act=url

"Yes. EF-M also EF also with respect to compactness, in the format of each, I will continue to efforts to the fullest."

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