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EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 08, 2014, 07:10:01 PM »
Completely off-track here but I've a question for Fujifilm users. Doesn't Adobe still struggle with Fujifilm RAW files? I know there are improvements, but they are still not entirely artifact free. So, how does one cope with that?

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Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 08, 2014, 07:04:31 PM »
I generally like the 7D2 specs. But I find the 7D body weight off-putting. Too bad, Canon could not squeeze these specs into a 70D body.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:59:15 PM »
Finally, a noteworthy rumor.  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: October 08, 2014, 05:15:16 AM »
I am keen on a 46 MP EOS 5D Mk IV (or better still EOS 6D Mk 2). Reason is simple: I get to crop down to 18 MP APS-C size. So I effectively get 46 MP FF and 18 MP APS-C cameras in 1 package. Sounds good.  ;D

But I may change my mind if this really happens. ;D

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Lenses / Re: Is FoCal worth ~$150?
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:06:07 PM »
I now use Dot Tune under Magic Lantern. Automates the entire process and takes statistical average based on multiple tries. Far more accurate than what I can do manually. Most importantly, it's free.

I also have FoCal but the package now sits in my storage cabinet untouched since I started using Dot Tune.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 03, 2014, 10:04:18 AM »
At the end of the day, people will migrate to native short flange-distance lenses for mirrorless cameras, of course. But those little adapters will tide us over for as long as we want or for as long as we may have to wait for the right native lens to come along.

+1

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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:50:02 AM »
To me, after using XE2 for over a year, they are GREAT.

From http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilm-x-e2/3:

"One significant improvement Fujifilm claims compared to the X-E1 relates to the refresh rate in low light. Where the X-E1's finder dropped to 20 fps at 2EV, the X-E2 can now maintain 50 fps, which gives a noticeably more fluid and natural-looking live view feed. The consequent trade-off, though, is a visibly noisy viewfinder image in low light, especially when shooting with a zoom lens (as opposed to a fast prime)."

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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 11:49:37 PM »
Many of us on this forum have been asking Canon to catch up with Sony, but we want Canon to catch up with their sensors, and NOT the horrible evf!

Unfortunately, the EVF end is inevitable. See here:
http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/sensors-are-a-moving-target.html

"... it’s inevitable that DSLRs eventually become mirrorless... DSLRs are too complex to continue to drop in inflation-adjusted pricing and stay in that under-US$1000 pocket. So we’ll see separate parts (meter, focus sensor) move into the ever-improving image sensor, and the things they previously needed to support them disappear. Exactly the way Sony has done it in the A7 series...

Mirrorless approaches will drive out problematic complexity and cost; they remove components (meter, focus system) and put them on the sensor itself at no other tangible cost than R&D."

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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 10:23:25 PM »
Woody
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 can use their iPhone app. For wireless remote with live view and touch screen focus. The Canon 6d uses Canon similar app. and I have to say Olympus app is better.
I have the grip for both cameras and flash for both cameras so Olympus doesn't really have that much of a gap than Canon.

Thanks for the info.

But as many users have pointed out, there is still a preference for non-wifi remote as one does not need to worry about phone battery. Also, is there a wired remote to allow star trails photography?

In addition, doesn't the use of grip negate the size/weight advantage of the E-M10? This however is not a concern for me as I am used to carrying spare batteries. :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 05:29:13 PM »
Call me negative, but I think it is too late for Canon. Everyone who wants those things in a primary camera has already bought a Panasonic, FUJIFILM, Olympus or Sony camera and lenses.

What Canon brings to the table for me:
i) customer service (may vary according to where one lives) is great where I am
ii) backward compatibility with wide range of EF and EF-S lenses, e.g., neither Panasonic, Fujifilm, Olympus or Sony has a > 150 mm (FF equivalent) 1:1 macro lens; I can adapt an EF 100 mm macro lens on EF-M camera without significant loss in AF capability...
iii) compatibility with ACR/Lightroom: Adobe has problems with Fujifilm RAW files
iv) accessories, e.g., Panasonic, Fujifilm, Olympus and Sony all have gaps with respect to wired and wireless remotes

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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.

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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. 

Baloney.

+1

EVF are hopelessly bad. Still laggy. Yiiiiikes.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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