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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:54:49 PM »
Sorry, but there is a relatively large difference in detail between the two. That has nothing to do with dynamic range, simply the pixel size. The D800 resolves quite a lot more detail than the 5D III. That either translates into the ability to enlarge more with the same level of detail as smaller enlargements with the 5D III, or it translates into naturally crisper, sharper images when downsampling for smaller prints or online publication.

Maybe with the very best of Nikon's lenses.  But for even their very good lenses, there really is not much of a difference.  Which may explain the observations made by the photo club.

There are many comparisons, but, a quick one, the new Nikkor 58 mm f/1.4 on the D800 vs the old Canon 50 f/1.4 on the 5DIII result in 18 p-Mpix and 17 p-Mpix, respectively (using DXO data).  I doubt anyone would be able to discern a difference between those two systems.

But yes, put the very best of lenses on the D8xx and you have more resolving power.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:36:32 AM »
Agreed...stay the course. 

Unless you have a very specific need (10 fps, or the reach, for example), this has sellers remorse written all over it. 

You may only net a few hundred dollars in the transaction.  Not even close to worth it, IMO.

I know I'm in the minority, but I sure hope the 100-400 replacement is a push-pull zoom.


Guess there is 4 of us...at least.  I am hoping for a push-pull.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7d-II Pushed images...
« on: September 17, 2014, 04:12:10 PM »
This is one of those things were is the absence of something bad necessarily good?  I am glad to see that clean of images once pushed.  But as I do not know what went into the original JPGs I can not know of sure if this means the new sensor tech has less banding and more detail in the shadows, or if something went into how the images were taken/processed.

For pushed files, they look pretty good.  But that may or may not mean something.  We won't know until we have third party evaluations of RAW files following previous test protocols or we get enough empirical data from actual users.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II - Timing and when to buy
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:54:51 PM »
You can see the price history of the 7D below:


Waiting for the price to drop may just be lost opportunities for the savings for $100-$200.  If I was in the market for the 7DII, I would have already pre-ordered it.  I have several friends that have.

Lenses / Re: Choose your Weapon: Ultra Wide Zooms for Canon
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:47:41 AM »
My current UWA lens is the Samyang/Rokinon 14 f/2.8.  Great lens.  But, I am considering adding either the EF 16-35 f/4 IS or the TS-E 17 mm or just holding steady.... 

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:31:24 AM »
Just remember that the card itself is only half the story.  The other half is the camera.  For example, you can put as fast an SD card as you want into the 5DIII, but it isn't going to write faster than 20 MB/s.  Shooting JPEG on the 5DIII, you'll be limited to less than 50 MB/s.  The camera becomes the limitation in both these scenarios. 


Lenses / Re: Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:17:38 AM »
Matt Granger has proved to be nothing more than a tool.

Ah, come on, he is just filling in the "first with the news" niche.  This is the equivalent of a "breaking news" banner at the bottom tv screen.  Is the first you hear something ever very in depth?  No.  Will I buy this lens based on what he said?  No.

But it was interesting to watch. It was interesting to see some test shots, and I even found the ease at which he moved around with the lens interesting.

So, if he is a tool, he was one that served his role well.  Now lets get more in depth analysis from TDP etc and hopefully have a few early adopters pick this lens up and provide some first hand accounts of its performance.

I have to say, I am becoming more interested in this lens all the time.   

EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:08:49 AM »
Well, I think this thread is a perfect illustration as to why not everyone is going to be happy no matter what Canon decides to do with the 5DIV.

As for me, it is pretty much the standard:
  • 24-28 MP (used)
  • a few more stops DR (less shadow/dark noise)
  • cleaner low and high ISO
  • 8-9 fps
  • Better battery for faster AF
  • All cross type AF points, with better spread
  • Improved color and tone sensitivity
  • Dual CF card slots
  • Built in intervalometer

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:51:27 AM »
Also, video with Scott Kelby they do call it a "Brand New 20.2 MP sensor..."


Plus...digital level...in the view finder....love that.

Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:31:25 AM »
Looks like DO may have just arrived for real

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 07:05:56 AM »
IF RGB + IR does not refer to metering but the image sensor,
THEN this is the most interesting camera of the last 15 years.

I think I need one.
    Yes... very interesting if mean the imaging sensor... does it mean can took IR image without mod the camera?? If so... very interesting indeed....

   Have a nice day.

Count me as another that finds this to be a very interesting feature, if it is the image sensor.

Overall, this sounds like a potentially excellent camera.  But, we should wait and see if there is new technology especially sensor tech.  You can only tell so much by a spec list.

What?  No more?  I just made a fresh batch of popcorn....  ;) ;D

I can't say I see the low light/dark area sensors as being that disruptive to the "high end" dSLR market.  Simply put, what Canon is providing is already truly excellent for the vast majority of uses.  Will Canon lose specific niches, sure.  As an example, I shoot a little of everything.  The only time I see the issues being discuss is in my nightscapes.  Which is <1% of what I shoot.  I see the dSLR market at a point of diminishing returns.  For years there was rapid improvements from one generation to the next.  I expect that to slow now.

That said, I don't think Canon's problem is Sony/Nikon/etc.  Their problem is their top 2 dSLRs are approaching 3 yrs old that will need updating if for no other reason than people like new releases (think car models), Canon needs to update the 5D and 1D series in 2015 or 2016.  A good part of the market for the 5DIV is going to come from those that want to upgrade from the 5DIII.  I think a big part of that will be the improved sensor tech.  Granted, they'll need to frame it to sell to the masses (I can also see a few more MP, DPAF or better, and a few more FPS).  In other words, it is Canon's problem to make us want to buy more gear.  I expect them to figure something out.

BTW...lytro or some more advanced take...that could become a disruptive technology.

Lenses / Re: I'm terrified of my EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« on: September 04, 2014, 08:28:23 PM »
Just use it...soon the only thing you will fear is not having it on your camera.... ;) ;D

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