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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.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus Initial Impressions
« on: November 18, 2013, 04:07:12 PM »
He won't say whether it is worth $4000 to me, but I will.


Canon General / Re: Patent: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: September 20, 2013, 11:47:22 PM »
If Tamron can do it - why in the hell can't Canon?

Just sayin!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L $1299 at Adorama
« on: August 17, 2013, 01:32:10 AM »
Not back focus, but I took my chances with a Sigma 50 1.4 for 1/4 the price and I have certainly not regretted it :)

I ordered at 12:05 AM.  technically the 10th.  I still got the deal, but when I went back to the page the price went back to $600.

close call

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS $699
« on: June 29, 2013, 10:00:12 AM »
Anyone have any clue how much shipping to Canada would cost or what carrier they use?

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: May 07, 2013, 03:51:22 PM »

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 13, 2012, 07:54:37 PM »
As a point of reference, the Nikon 14-24 2.8, which is regarded by many as the sharpest wide-zoom in the world, is $2000.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« on: November 28, 2012, 09:36:15 PM »

Thanks for sharing the article CR.

Just to clear up a few questions:

"Legendary image quality" -  Probably a bit strong  ;) but refers to the previous lens it replaces (at the price it sold for). Certainly not a reference to every lens Tamron has ever made, or a comparison to a 600L. If you haven't used the older 70-200mm, it was definitely sharp and contrasty but had a few drawbacks, namely focus speed. Simply put, it was slow.

Yes, the weather sucked. Toronto in November, what can you do? We plan to upgrade the review with some more shots as we get them, but wanted to give people a taste as soon as we could.

Who in Canada shoots the best lens reviews? We'll get the 70-200 in their hands.

Nice to see you guys coming into the discussion. 

Thanks for the time spent on the review - I never decide based on one review alone anyway, but it's certainly a start.

As a fellow Torontonian, I concur about the weather.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Di VC USD Hands-On
« on: November 28, 2012, 06:24:01 PM »
As they write in the disclaimer of the article:

PHOTONews Canada is owned by Amplis Foto Inc. Amplis Foto Inc. is the distributor of Tamron lenses for Canada. The words are our own based on the lens we were provided by Tamron Japan.

Not to say there's an obvious bias, but I would check out a few more reviews before dishing out $1500

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