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It's funny, though.  I wrote a blog post addressing THIS VERY camera release and how it relates to gear freaks:

http://danielmedini.com/blurry-pictures-are-not-a-crime/

I wrote that on June 26, as if I could predict the tendency of nerds to "NEED" the newer, shinier, camera body.


Nice blog post, however, there's one problem with arguing that sharpness isn't everything: that is, when the photographer just wants to make mechanically accurate images.
I'm not a strict purist and I do have aesthetic preferences, but the point is that it's a different underlying motivation, to capture what is rather than trying to "tell a story" or convey emotion.


Of course there are exceptions, and I briefly allude to that by saying "Maybe the particular job requires knowing optical strengths and weaknesses of the aperture, right down to the last pixel."

I'm not really addressing photographers that want to make  "mechanically accurate images". That's a scientific pursuit, not an artistic one.

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It's funny, though.  I wrote a blog post addressing THIS VERY camera release and how it relates to gear freaks:

http://danielmedini.com/blurry-pictures-are-not-a-crime/

I wrote that on June 26, as if I could predict the tendency of nerds to "NEED" the newer, shinier, camera body.

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Let's see ONE.SINGLE shot taken with a d810, or any other camera for that matter, that could not have been achieved with a 5D III.

Just one.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: June 30, 2014, 09:36:42 PM »
In the end, I think we all agree to disagreements. We choose the lens that suits our shooting needs the most. But objectively, the new 16-35 4L IS is a sharper lens, has IS, and sells for lower price.


Objectively it also is unable to do f/2.8 at all, which is the whole point and quite significant, as well as the fact that at f/11 the sharpness is similar to the 16-35 f/2.8L II - the importance/usefulness of this should not be ignored when advising on which lens to pick :)


Yeah, and you've been sure to state this across 3 different threads now. We know, 4.0 is not the same as 2.8.
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?action=post;quote=410385;topic=21594.0;last_msg=410473
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=21530.msg410346#msg410346

Guess what, though? That 2.8 aperture isn't a 1.4! Good luck freezing action as well as a prime lens.

People have different needs. I'd argue that for most people, it doesn't matter. This lens has a million different purposes, and the difference between 2.8 and 4.0 is a deal breaker for very few of them.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 F/4L IS -- Reviews are trickling in...
« on: June 30, 2014, 09:10:00 PM »
It's pretty awful how littered that photographyblog is with ads. I understand 1 or 2 subtle ad placements for revenue, but that page looks like trash.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Step Up Ring 77-82 for 70-200 f2.8L II ?
« on: June 29, 2014, 09:12:59 PM »
CPL and UV's are the two kinds of filters I get in all sizes for my lenses to maintain hood-use.  I share ND filters across 77 > 82, though, and just flag with my hand when shooting into sunlight in that cases.

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Biggest complaint about the 5d III is that they limited the SD-card slot to Class 10 speeds. Amateur hour.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: May 20, 2014, 01:17:43 AM »
If there's especially bad vignetting at F/4  @ 24/35mm then what's it like at 16mm?  :-\

are you putting words in people's mouths?
PhotoEditor wrote:
"Cons
Vignetting at f/4 at 24mm and especially at 35mm"

Seems like you're just confused

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 16-35 f/4L IS Sample Images
« on: May 19, 2014, 09:24:44 PM »
If there's especially bad vignetting at F/4  @ 24/35mm then what's it like at 16mm?  :-\

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From my understanding they're trying to figure out exactly what Canon's processing is doing to RAW images in order to see exactly what their DR shift has done?

Much simpler than that: For reasons unknown, Canon is simply throwing away 1/3-1/2 stops of dynamic range, you can recover that by changing some setting in the camera. Plus the "trick" from Canon to compensate the light loss inherent to faster lenses is not beneficial if you shoot raw, so ML is working on a way to give you the "real" raw data.

Now, could this have to do with the way the highlights or shadows are rendered 'past the brink' so to speak - Canon wasn't yet comfortable with it at those extremes so they set a limiter of sorts?

Anyway, very excited about seeing this in action and some examples along with it. Thanks for all of the hard work, it's great news for us.

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Is anyone able to translate into lamens' terms what their latest findings indicate/what the hurdle currently is? From my understanding they're trying to figure out exactly what Canon's processing is doing to RAW images in order to see exactly what their DR shift has done?

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Always excited to hear about DR improvements. I went to their thread and it's far too highly technical for me to understand.  I will wait for real-world photo examples  and comparisons before going through with installing ML on all my cards. The difference would have to be far from negligible for me to bite.

Don't get me wrong, love and respect the creativity and development work being done on their end, just haven't loved the interface and inherent risk, as slim as it may be.


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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot N100 Official
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:41:59 AM »
How will this compare with the S series? Except that it includes two features no one has ever asked for / wanted

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Dual Capture uses a rear-facing secondary camera to capture your expression while shooting and then creates a picture-in-picture effect.

Story Highlights automatically selects and compiles images into an exciting highlight reel within the camera without the use of software

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EOS Bodies / Re: "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 29, 2013, 11:58:48 PM »
The ONLY thing I'd really want is a faster SD card slot.

This and the issue with the black dot auto-focus at night. The 1DX got a firmware update for it.. (although it was mostly a bandaid solution). Otherwise, it's just plain fantastic.

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Canon General / Re: Canon Canada Student CPS Program
« on: November 24, 2013, 11:13:32 AM »
Personally, I think the better choice for "starving students" is to buy used gear. I am currently a "starving student" and I see a much better value in pursuing the used market. The savings on a used camera/lens far outweigh the discounts listed on the CPS website.

The regular CPS-Platinum membership is a far better value.
100%

I have bought exclusively used and refurbished gear since the get go. Canadian prices new are outrageous.

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