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Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: December 16, 2014, 04:09:22 PM »
(And just a nit: Windows is also an OS. What I think you meant to write is "I have now switched my desktop to Mac OS. As a user of long standing of both systems, I've always been amused that a company as market-savvy as Apple has never come up with a better name for their operating system than "OS.")

An even bigger nit is the whole "PC" standing for IBM PC clone and then standing for anything running MS-DOS or Windows. Atari 8bit is a PC. Amiga is a PC. IBM PC is a PC. MAC is a PC. Pretty everything that is not a giant mainframe, supercomputer or specialized workstation or gaming only box is a PC.

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: 24-70 2.8 v1 or v2
« on: December 16, 2014, 01:58:25 PM »
Hi, I am on the fence about which to get for an admittedly silly reason: filter size. The majority of all my lenses and filters are 77mm. The issue with the filter size is two fold: 1) I hate to buy filters over again in 82mm 2) when traveling bringing filters in another size is an annoyance.

So the question is for those that have owned both lenses, is the v2 thaat much better (IQ and AF) than the v1? Thanks in advance for your help.

OTOH, swapping filters from lens to lens is a major annoyance and quite slow. So each time you say swap from 16-35 f/4 IS to 24-70 II and back you have to waste a lot longer time which gets to be a drag.

Monetarily it's very nasty, but it's way, way more convenient in my opinion to drag a few extra filters along than to constantly swap filters back and forth every lens change.

And the 24-70 II is so much better! It even has better AF (at least paired with a recent body like the 5D3 or 1DX that can make use of ultra-precision AF motor breaking slippage data). Apparently the Mark I is prone to internal stud breakage which makes it go soft at one end too. The Mark II appears to be better built internally.

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Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: December 16, 2014, 01:55:29 PM »
and at least Adobe has offered their package at a reasonable price (finally !).

not if you do video work too

Once upon a time you used to be able to even do something like upgrade InDesign once every three gens and Premiere Pro package (including PS) once every three gens and then add in a stand alone PS upgrade along the way if needed. Or forget the InDesign and just upgrade PP every once in a while and PS extra as needed.

And with the rental model, you can pay them for years, thousands of dollars and then if you quit you have nothing, nada, to show for all that money spent. You don't get to keep anything even if you did it for years and spent thousands.


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Software & Accessories / Re: i folded and bought CC :(
« on: December 16, 2014, 01:50:09 PM »
after trying the LR app on my new iphone 6+ its just soo awesome i folded and bought Adobe CC for the $9.99/month deal since LR 6 is bound to be along soon too...

yep i'm a turncoat :(

boo!  >:( :'(

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: December 16, 2014, 01:36:05 PM »
If Canon did this, DXO would implode from having no one left to pick on.

- A

They might have to start testing cameras rather than sensors.

Why? They are not a general review site, but focus on imaging and sensors.

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Software & Accessories / Re: An Easy Magic Lantern How-To from CNET
« on: December 14, 2014, 04:57:37 PM »
I mean just look at the games they played with AutoISO. Utterly trivial code.
Trivial, yes, but it is a feature.

Auto-ISO is still stupid or semi-broken on Canon:
  • Flash locked to 400
  • No way to set min. aperture in Tv
  • Crippled values for min. shutter in Av
  • No EC in M except for 1dx (dunno about new 7d2)
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AFAIK it has EC in M on the 1DX and 7D2 as well as no crippled min shutter value. But it only took them 15 years!  ::) And again, if those who don't code, only knew how utterly, utterly, utterly trivial the basic coding for AutoISO is. I mean the 5D3 crippled min shutter in Av is just absurd. There is zero technical reason for it and, if anything, it added an extra 15 seconds of coding to implement (and probably wasted 8 hours in product management and marketing meetings).

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Software & Accessories / Re: An Easy Magic Lantern How-To from CNET
« on: December 12, 2014, 06:10:40 PM »
Some of the video features in ML is so basic that I won't believe it would add very much to the price.

Canon properly don't put peaking and zebras in a dslr body, so it won't hurt the CXX line.

I doubt it is even that.  The more I study Canon, the more I conclude that the problem is structural, rather than deliberate.  Judging from what I see on the outside, I suspect that each hardware product team has a group of software engineers that work on that product, probably in isolation.  Each product line probably has a separate code base that doesn't share much except the basic OS.

The result is that their software engineering folks only have sufficient resources to handle bring-up and basic maintenance engineering, without being able to actually evolve their software in interesting ways.  Features are designed minimally, in the most basic way possible, because that's all they have time to do.  And so on.

I'd love to see Canon build a camera software research group here in the Silicon Valley.  I'd apply for a job there in a heartbeat, and I'm sure hundreds of other people would as well—I know most of my coworkers over the years have had strong opinions about cameras and camera UI.  Canon's silicon engineering team has a presence in San Jose already, so they could probably share those facilities.

That team could work on building a modern, shared platform for all of their cameras, using a plug-in architecture that would allow the hardware bring-up teams to do their thing somewhat independently of updates to the OS and UI as a whole.  If designed correctly, such a model could even allow folks to update the hardware-specific bits for bug fixes separately from the UI software.  That way, the pro folks wouldn't whine about UI changes after an upgrade, but folks who want new functionality could still get it.

Food for thought, just in case anybody from Canon actually reads this thread.

I think you are wrong. I think it's clearly deliberate decisions. You can even see where they have even coded some more advanced things and then locked out the written code or removed it and if you listen in detail to all the things their guys say at trade shows and so on....

I mean just look at the games they played with AutoISO. Utterly trivial code. It's 1/100000000000000000000000th the complexity and time of tons of stuff in the firmware but they took FIFTEEN YEARS to dribble it out (and even now only for 7D2 and 1DX in reasonably complete form). And yet the basic code for it is so simple that you teach a newbie programmer (one who had never programmed before) how to code the basics of it (maybe not the modal synching into the knobs and dials, but the main code) in their first week and it would like one page of code.

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Software & Accessories / Re: An Easy Magic Lantern How-To from CNET
« on: December 12, 2014, 06:05:55 PM »
We are fortunate that ML development has been free and donation based to date.  If canon were to include certain features, the cost of the camera would likely be higher than most people could afford.  It would be nice to have some of these built in but the development and regression testing costs would make it cost prohibitive.

Utterly absurd (at least for everything other than the RAW video hack).



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Software & Accessories / Re: An Easy Magic Lantern How-To from CNET
« on: December 12, 2014, 06:04:51 PM »
I am surprised that Canon hasn't taken these features to heart and started including them in current and future camera firmware.  It seems to reason that officially supporting many of the options would be a nice boost to a features comparison between cameras.

Canon marketing declared all those features 'ultra high-end' and doesn't deem the regular Canon DLSR user worthy of such 'beyond advanced' features like focusing peaking, zoomed focus boxes, zoomed video modes, zebra (or even true 1080p while we are at it). That is why. Canon has been taken over by marketing MBA droid types.


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I stopped reading at "Andrew from EOSHD.com" That guy is notorious as a Canon Video hater. I don't know why he hasn't just renamed his site GH4K.com and moved on.

There are not so many fanboys in the video world. People tend to just be very matter of fact about things. It's not like the other video blogs and talk are much different. Maybe some don't get k about it so much, but they are clearly not talking about or using Canon DSLR for video as much as they had been a couple years ago. And some very, very names in the industry got on Canon a long while back and begged them to not let it slip by. Oh well.

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"The professional high margin segment is probably where the best chance of growth lies. I think selling more cameras and lenses to Hollywood along with support services is a much better strategy to grow revenue, and more importantly income, than it would be to offer a $2000 4K mirrorless camera for enthusiasts."

I tend to doubt that. I think it's fiercer and they have more to do to compete at that level and the volumes are low.
I think they blew it. We'll see.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D mkIV
« on: December 11, 2014, 05:16:09 PM »
Take the 5D3, put 7D2's 65-pt all cross focus system, 150k meter (this one is optional), 36MP Exmor sensor and you can shut up and take my money!


yes although add in 4k video (and not 4k that is really 1080p and waxy) and real 1080p 10bit 4:4:4.

But at a minimum what you say so at least it will be a total stills beast! even if one has to sadly go for Sony for video (instead of $$ on more Canon lenses).

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Wow what a hideous person. I'm really glad that Fong helped the poor photographer out against that creep.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: The 1200mm Sharpness Test
« on: December 07, 2014, 02:37:33 AM »
For the noisy background try this: Apply noise reduction at 100% in LR (with brush). The blurry background should become much more smoother. Try to do this also with two layers (2 brushes at 100%).


Sure, I've done that in the past. It's a lot of work, though, and I think a couple proper-order applications of NR and sharpening should do the trick without having to paint. I'm just lazy right now. I haven't had much sleep, haven't been getting any tonight, and I'm just futzing around...I don't really want to do any real work. :P

NIK/Google Sharpener lets you apply sharpening only to certain color ranges so you could click, click, click and mask out much of the background almost instantly.

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