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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 01:41:55 PM »
Wow, they took video away and made it more expensive. I guess that takes away the useless assumption that video adds to the price =P

A friend and I were shooting a model's headshots side by side a couple of days ago at his home studio. He had his 5D Mark III with 70-200mm f/2.8L IS mark 1, and I was using a 6D with 70-200mm f/4L IS. I had zero trouble focusing, but there were a couple of times where the model had to wait for him because he couldn't land focus for some reason. We were both using center point in one shot mode. I am not, in any way, saying the 6D is a better camera. But in that particular situation my center point did great. In fact, I still haven't found a normal situation where I couldn't focus. Then again, I rarely use the outer points on 6D which I do feel are better on my 5D mark IIIs that I use at work. They really are two different bodies for different audiences, but the 6D can pull it's weight in almost every situation that the 5D mark III can and sometimes it actually does better.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 30, 2013, 07:04:57 AM »
Despite the logic of your statement I am still hearing in this forum as well as all over the fruited plain that the 7d2 is going to be "better" than a 1DX, or have the same IQ as a 5d3. 

This is the Internet, where you can find 'evidence' that humans are descended from extraterrestrials and 'proof' of the existence of unicorns that poop rainbows.  Just sayin'.

+1 Thanks to DXO the internet, the quality of information is at an all time low =P

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 30, 2013, 03:03:31 AM »
The argument of that article, "The main problem for the Japanese camera makers though, is their continued lack of focus on software. The world has moved from a place where hardware was the dominant factor to where software is now more important", doesn't convince me either, at least for Canon modus operandi.

Proof One: Magic Lantern.

Proof Two: Canon (and maybe the rest as well) don't offer firmware upgrades once a model is replaced. For example, I found that STM lenses, although they worked on my (ancient) 5D and 30D's, they did not work very well. Now just how much effort would it be for Canon to offer a firmware upgrade for discontinued cameras just to keep the lens info up to date?

How many of the users of a specific camera model bought Magic Lantern? If you have 10,000 5D MkIII sales did 10% buy it? That's the criterion. For firmware backwards support I would agree but they want to boost new model sales. Even Microsoft teminates support of Windows older than 2 versions, that's pretty much the same analogy.

Of all this I make it the weak link is entry-level dSLRs. Someone in that segment could turn to other solutions. For the sake of the argument let's say that level is discontinued impact is prosumer and higher dSLRs become more expensive. And I wouldn't want to see the MkIV at USD4,000...

Bought Magic Lantern? 

Magic Lantern is free to download and use.



Probably if ML put a small charge, more people would use it

That would just give Canon more reason and just cause to fight against ML

Software & Accessories / Re: I think I may want a Monopod
« on: October 24, 2013, 02:36:04 PM »
A good alternative is a flat tripod, extremely portable, and stable enough for most travel situations. I'm looking at a Benro C1190T myself, when I was at the store it just felt so light and seems like it will pack easily. Unfortunately I was making a more important purchase at the time and came up short, I'm definitely going to buy one when I return. I already have a monopod, and it even has legs. I don't like it because it isn't versatile or stable enough for me for trips, it's also too long to fit in my backpack where the flat tripod looks like it might.

Portrait / Re: 'Straight' Portrait of a Young Woman
« on: October 22, 2013, 10:29:02 AM »
Contrasty* <- I know, that's not a real word either, lol

Portrait / Re: 'Straight' Portrait of a Young Woman
« on: October 22, 2013, 10:27:39 AM »
It seems to only be overexposed by a little bit, obviously a flattering look for the skin. Most importantly, the details that show the shape of her head, hair, and indicate she has all of the basic features of a human face are all still there. I wouldn't cry over it, it's still a good image and I'm using both calibrated and uncalibrated screens to view it. As someone said previously the contrasts look via post processing does looks intentional.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II
« on: October 11, 2013, 09:53:25 PM »
How many patents is it now? ???

I thought (hoped) this lens was right around the corner, but then Canon files another patent. That kinda means that the lens is far away from production, doesn't it?

I hope it's not the same with the 14-24L, because I am hoping that lens is right around the corner too.

Also included in this patent are formulas for a 14mm f/2.8 and a 24 f/2.8.
I'm guessing the 24 f/2.8 has IS, and that we'll see that lens way ahead of the 35L II.

They just recently released a 24mm 2.8 IS...

Lenses / Re: Ok, so I took my T3i/24-105 combo to Mexico
« on: October 10, 2013, 03:12:07 PM »
You could have perhaps done a pan or tilt and stitch. A friend of mine does it handheld with a 50mm on full frame and the results were unexpectedly good.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 10, 2013, 03:02:10 PM »
I, for one, am a bit tired of my bodies being "video oriented". My 5DII, 7D and 60D have not shot a second of video. I guess I'll just have to hang on to them until the pendulum swings a bit in the other direction.

I hate people that own multiple bodies, complain about the next iteration of canons not having enough megapixels and complain about video capabilities. (Sounds like a spoiled brat). In my opinion, save your money and invest in a medium format camera!!!

It gives you all the MP you want.... which in turn has amazing IQ.... and guess what? No video!

Now now, no need to resort to name calling. The video nay sayers can cry foolishly all by themselves in their little corner. I mean, it's obvious that video changed the price of the bodies, and even the lenses. For example, It's definitely not the dramatic performance upgrade to the 5D3 that supposedly made it so unaffordable. And the bayer sensors they've been using this entire time even before video was added isn't holding development back at all, no, supposedly it's....dun dun dunnnn. Video. Thanks to video, we couldn't have 62 AF points instead of 61 on the 1D-X. Boo frikkity hoo. How can I press the shutter button now knowing my camera has features I don't use, oh no. This is worse than the print button. Save me.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2013, 09:06:19 AM »
Wow. lots of frustration about the video feature. Before you get to frustrated you should realize that DSLR became extremely more profitable when it increased its customer base. People everywhere are buying dslrs now that they can do both. People who also want a cheaper interchangeable lens system would gladly buy these over similar priced camcorder of far lesser quality.
Also if they get a new person to come on board the canon boat that is a whole new set of lenses, cameras and toys. If a current user buys one new camera its valuable and they love it but the margin difference is massive.
Be happy a bunch of video people decided to pump fountains of money into the R+D the help benefit your picture quality. Now feature wise it does seem that most features are coming out for video but look at the cameras that are out there 1dx and 5d3 are top of the line image producing machines.
We will soon have a megapixelmonster.
Both Photo and Video features have a huge dollar sign. I think it is silly to complain about something that will not disappear and according to historical pricing has not dramatically affected what either party is paying.
Long term this is awesome. More customers to canon=more canon product=more product compatible with canon=more customers to canon.
Its good for all of us. Don't get wadded up on the fact video features are part of the team now too.

+1 people whine way too much about video on a dslr and have very selfish reasons to do so. If you don't like it, simply don't use it.

Please share:
body name / lowest temperature / how long etc...

I hope we will all benefit from this info.
Thank you very much

Plural for gear is still gear, not gears. Gears mean something completely different.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announces waterproof, shockproof MILC
« on: September 19, 2013, 01:57:28 PM »
I like the idea, I just don't like the price.

Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: September 09, 2013, 09:33:27 PM »
The 85L doesn't do too bad when the subject (kid) is at a considerable distance and running left and right with a few erratic turns. Running (or even walking) towards me from infinity to MFD was the only issue for me.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
« on: September 09, 2013, 09:21:36 PM »
For what it costs, the size and weight, I think it is an excellent lens.

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