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Lenses / Re: Is my 24-105mm f/4 L unreasonably soft?
« on: March 17, 2013, 03:08:45 PM »

Its hard to beat the 24-105mmL for the price.  You can beat it with a prime, but not a zoom in that price range.

Tamron 28-75 is sharper and costs less. And if you go to APS-C then tamron 17-50 2.8 too, probably sigma 16-50 IS too, etc. The new tamron 24-70 VC is also sharper (granted you can find so many kitted or dumped 24-105 that the 24-105 is effectively in a lower price bracket than that one though).

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 100D Coming? [CR1]
« on: March 16, 2013, 08:20:09 PM »
It was also mentioned that the price of the EOS 100D was “a bit expensive”.

Compaired to what? and EOS M or a Powershot or a 1DX  :o  ;D

Naaa, pinch of salt must be a slow weekend at rumour towers  ::)

Don't worry it's less than the 1DX. (but more than the 5D3 and that is where the "a bit expensive" comes in, still miniaturization and all has always cost, so how much can you really complain, in a few years they'll get it down to xxD or maybe even Rebel prices)

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Canon General / Re: Creative Canon Invite for March 22
« on: March 15, 2013, 06:55:30 PM »
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Holy photons, Batman!!!!

They're introducing a Bat Camera!!!!!

Just what we need.... comments from the Joker.... But can you solve the riddle of when the new sensor comes out?

No clue because the cat is still biting her tongue, purrrrhaps someday it will arrive though.

Pow!  WHAMP!!! zing! BAM!!!

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Canon General / Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 13, 2013, 06:11:13 PM »
Just a random question I was thinking about: which eye do you raise the viewfinder to when you're shooting?

I instinctively raise the camera to my left eye and always have. However, I was debating if it'd be worth learning to use my right.

That is, with my right eye still on the viewfinder, in theory I could use my left to look past the camera and survey the scene-- then quickly switch to using my right when I needed to aim, compose, and shoot.

Obviously it's not too important in the grand scheme of things, but I was just curious where you guys stood.
Usually right eye, it feels more natural plus the camera bodies were designed to fit that better anyway. Also you can sometimes keep the left eye open and get a clear view to peep. Occasionally when you need to peep with a second eye and it needs to be to the other side I will left eye shoot though.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next Rebel? [CR1]
« on: March 13, 2013, 02:37:33 PM »
Other than the inferior UI that sounds just like a 60D clone.
Leaves room for 70D to be a 7D clone and 7D2 to be really good.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DxOMark trashes the Leica M9 sensor
« on: March 12, 2013, 02:52:15 PM »
I've never even cared for DxO marks tbh, and dont get why anyone does, photographys an art, not a game of top trumps
You are certainly free to treat photography as an art-form only. Why are you then spending time on a forum about gear?

I see photography as a marriage between art and science. You can't have one without the other.

-h

Even Ansel Adams spent tons of time in the old-fashioned  camera lab working on how to improve tech and get the most out of what he had.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark 2 or 5D Mark 3??
« on: March 11, 2013, 03:49:12 AM »
The other option is the 6D, nobody seems to have mentioned it. I know it's video features aren't quite a good as the 5D3, but the IQ should be about the same (aside for possibly worse moire issues). If the video features of the 6D are adequate for your needs, then it may be worth looking at over the 5D3. It seems to me, many of the advantages the 5D3 offers over the 6D are more for photography rather than video (increased AF points, for instance). So you may be paying extra for features that are of little value to you.

6D has really been getting knocked for moire though

Since it has moire I wonder if it doesn't line skip too? Does it also give you a solid 1.5 stops better SNR than the 5D2 video like the 5D3 or not? I'd think not but then I saw a few vague hints that it does improve SNR over the 5D2 as well.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark 2 or 5D Mark 3??
« on: March 11, 2013, 03:46:34 AM »
You guys do bring a really valid point.. Best but has them priced over 3500 and after tax were looking close to 4k. I could most def get a MK2 and another L lens w/ that. Is the ISO difference really that much between the mk2 and mo3?

Best But(t) huh.  ;D  Maybe you have been shooting too many music videos  ;). (OK, probably the QWERTY keyboard and it's t being dangerously close to y hah.)

Anyway don't get the 5D3 from Best Butt try one of the online cam shops (stick to reputable ones of course).

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark 2 or 5D Mark 3??
« on: March 11, 2013, 03:43:29 AM »
So i've been shooting non-stop music video/commercial work on my canon t3i for the last year/half. I really feel like i've come close to using this camera to its full capacity & I'm getting ready to add a full frame camera to my bag..

Now I understand, obviously the Canon Mark 3 is the better camera but my main question would be..
Is the Canon Mark 3 worth the extra $1500 at this point in time for me? Right now the Mark 2 is going for around $2200 on Amazon (body only) which looks like a steal to me.. Is spending $3500 + for the newer model worth it at this point?

What would you do?

1. You don't need to pay $3500+ for the 5D3 these days! Heck, I got mine like a month after they came out and paid like $3200 for it and you can do a lot better than even that now.

2. If the moire/aliasing has ever bugged you then the 5D3 would fix that right up. (at least for music videos and planned productions you can do things to try to minimize it so maybe it's not quite the hideous problem it can be for others, perhaps; for me it makes a big difference though)

The 5D3 has nearly 2 stops better SNR for video since it uses the whole sensor to collect light for video instead of thin strips of it as on the 5D2. If you are shooting at ISO100 now it might not matter too much. If you are doing ISO800+ shooting it might matter a good deal.

It's not really any crisper though. And the DR didn't seem to take any much of a leap at lower ISO despite the two stops better middle gray SNR, for some reason.

(for stills the SNR is only a bit more than 1/2 stop better but for video it's like 2 stops better; although for very high iso and scenes with lots of near black it can seem more than 1/2-2/3rd of a stop better since it has less high iso banding in shadows for stills and even though the main noise looks only a bit better the fact that all the super dark part of the scene aren't junked up can sometimes let you get 1-2 stops out of the stills performance even though the SNR is only a little bit better)

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I am using a 60D and shot a video at 30fps, but only had the frame rate set to 1/30 instead of 1/60 like I normally do. Is there a compressor setting or anything I can do to help correct this footage and make it useable for a normal video project? Help!

No, once something is more blurry looking each frame it's more blurry. You can't snap a still of someone running past you at 1/30th and then hope to make it seem like a 1/8000th shot later on. (I mean using some complex software you can try to deblur things a bit if the motion blur was mostly uniformish but it's no magic even in that case and for your video it would need to do such complex analysis).

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Portrait / Re: Bikini girl in my studio with my first scenic bacground
« on: March 09, 2013, 01:29:50 PM »
I like it, nicley lit, lovely model in a nice pose.

The one thing i will say about the background is the horzion has a strong curve, which makes it look less realistic.

The extreme curve in the background does feel a bit weird. I might push it just a touch more towards natural colors too, just a touch.

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Lenses / Re: DPReview: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Review
« on: March 08, 2013, 12:23:14 AM »
[...]
Of slightly more concern are the ~30% of shots taken between 70-105mm, but I suspect the better IQ will make that a worthwhile trade.
[...]
What is the percentage for the range of, let's say 80-105? I doubt you will 10mm much at that focal length, assuming that cropping from a 70mm FOV to 80mm FOV will not degrade IQ much

80-105mm is ~25%, and as expected there's a spike at the end of the zoom range.  Also worth noting is that I shoot quite a lot at the wide end (30% of my shots are at 24mm), and there in particular the 24-70 II is significantly better than the 24-105 from an IQ standpoint.

I think I'm talking myself into selling the 24-105L.  Did I mention that last night, I shot a few pics of the lens for a CL listing?   ;)

Doesn;t your 70-200 do 80-105mm miles better than the 24-105 anyway?

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Lenses / Re: DPReview: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Review
« on: March 08, 2013, 12:19:47 AM »
More high praise for the 24-70 II, with the usual caveat of price.

Question for people who've bought the 24-70 II and had/have the 24-105mm f/4L IS 'kit lens'.  Did you keep the 24-105L, and if so, now that you have the 24-70/2.8 II, do you use the 24-105L any more?

Hells no I didn't keep it. To be honest I actually got rid of it before I even got the 24-70 II.
24-105L never did it for me, I wanted to love it but blah.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 02:18:17 PM »
Just a crazy thought, but could Canon produce a camera without battery grip that uses the LP-E6 battery at 7.2V, and have an optional battery grip which uses the LP-E4N battery at 11.1V?  That way the people that desire a smaller camera, with a battery interchangable with their 5D3 and 7D are happy, as well as the people that want a faster-focusing camera with the battery grip, higher shots/charge, and interchangability with 1D X.  How big would an add-on battery grip need to be in order to accomodate the larger battery?  Much larger than a BG-E7 (7D) or BG-E11 (5D Mark III)?

That was my point. I'm pretty sure Nikon even allows that with the same grip, you can either stuff it with regular little ones or a pro large battery. I never understood why Canon didn't allow that. That said it is not something I've looked into much.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 02:13:28 PM »
When you guys say $3500, it equates to R40 000 (South African rands). Can you guys imagine paying $40k for a camera?

Makes no sense.  It's not $40K, it's R40K.  How about paying 192K for a camera?  That's how many rupees equate to $3500.  How about 34 million rupiah for a camera, if you were paying in Indonesia?  It's all relative.   

exactly (that said, the effective pain of the price probably is less in the US than in RSA but it is certainly not an order of magnitude)

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