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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: January 11, 2013, 09:36:29 PM »
Why I am not excited about 6D even though IQ seems to be quite good;

Times used Center Focus point in the last 2 year: 0x

In fact I just picked a used 1DsIII to be a back up to my 5DIII. A lot of what I shoot is in very low light environments with moving subjects. These shoots even give my 5DIII fits so I decided to sell my 5DII and 1DsII and get the 1DsIII. If the III's AF is at least as good as the II's I'll be very happy.

You don't need 6D.  It's 5D3.

Lenses / Re: Canon 100mm macro IS vs non-IS - any further input?
« on: January 11, 2013, 05:14:20 AM »
I've got a 100 USM non-L macro and I like it.  The one who sold it to me told me that he'll get the 100L instead.  After a few months, I've compared his new pics with his old pics and didn't notice anything different.  I guess it's just the brain behind the camera that's needed to make a difference.

EOS Bodies / Re: Which is better? 5D MKII or 6D?
« on: January 11, 2013, 12:43:00 AM »
I'd take the 6D any day.  The reduced weight, better IQ and better AF are just better than 5D2.  I for one hate lugging a 5D2 when I'm used to a TI1's weight for 4 hours straight.  6D is a little bit tolerable.

5Ds are pure heaven when you are used to 1D bodies :D

its all relative ;)

Yup.  And anything lighter is even better.  :D  Heck, if only RX1 offers a 24-70mm lens even a fixed one instead of a 35, I'll take it over 6D or 5D2 any day.  I'm not a masochist after all.

EOS Bodies / Re: Which is better? 5D MKII or 6D?
« on: January 10, 2013, 10:19:31 PM »
I'd take the 6D any day.  The reduced weight, better IQ and better AF are just better than 5D2.  I for one hate lugging a 5D2 when I'm used to a TI1's weight for 4 hours straight.  6D is a little bit tolerable.

PowerShot / Re: Down to the RX100 or G15...
« on: January 10, 2013, 03:09:50 AM »
Just curious, is the Fuji X10 already "old news"?  I thought that had a lot going for it.

not an old news... it's just an expensive news.  especially if you have a small camera already.  :D

Good to hear the problem's solved.
This is now getting off topic, but I'd like some advice/comments please. I've never actually used LiveView in any real way. So here's what I need to know:
I want to go out and photograph star trails, you know the kind, several hundred shots stacked to make to final image. Now if I set my camera for 30second exposures, continuous shooting and lock my cable release, it'll obviously keep taking shots until a) I tell it not to or b) the battery runs out.
The question: If i use LiveView to focus and avoid all those nasty tremors and slaps, will the screen stay on all the time and drain my battery? Can I tell it not to stay on?
I'm shooting a 7D.

No, at least in my TI1.  It's replaced by a counter/timer.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pocket Camera
« on: January 09, 2013, 10:07:17 PM »
Some pics from G11.  G15 is a little bit better than G11 but I really miss the swivel screen.  It's handy for landscapes and macros.  Hopefully they bring it back in G16.

Lenses / Re: Prime Lens for 6D
« on: January 09, 2013, 09:23:14 PM »
50mm + 28mm F1.8.  Perfect!  I've let my friend tried my 28mm on his new 6D.  It's sharp even on the edges and super fast AF.  It's IQ is a lot better when used with 6D.

I use mirror-lockup for long exposures on tripod.  It lessens the effect of the mirror slap.

Lenses / Re: Would you keep a lens that required +18 AFMA?
« on: January 09, 2013, 08:54:51 PM »
send it back.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Pocket Camera
« on: January 08, 2013, 10:50:10 PM »
Those are not necessarily pocket cameras but belt bag cameras. :)  However, I almost always bring my G11, also a belt bag camera (unless you want to wear very big McDonalds pants).  :D

If this is a new UWA, I'll be more excited.  I don't like investing in EF-S lenses.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Launches the Sigma USB DOCK
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:19:39 PM »
^ Do you really expect corporations to code their software to work with Linux, representing a whopping under 2% of computer users? ???

Anyways, if sigma would have had this accessory years ago it would have saved their brand an awful lot of hurt over bad AF!

Well, yes. They could easily have used a cross platform library for writing the application and then it would have worked everywhere. I am tired of companies offering software for Windows and Mac OS alone. It smacks of laziness.

Well no, says somebody who actually has written cross system software, it's quite difficult and expensive. Have you ever done this, or are you simply giving us your unfounded opinion? That smacks of laziness.

+1.  If you say do it in Java, that will still entail a lot of work.  I've done multi-platform programming and I'd say it's not easy.  Even when they say sure it will work, in reality, some codes just doesn't work.  I'm now doing some SAP web applications and a lot of patches are being done just to make one code work in another platform.  It's still easier to work with few platforms.  It's a lot cleaner that way.

PowerShot / Re: Canon Announces The PowerShot N
« on: January 07, 2013, 10:34:19 PM »

He slams the 5DIII as an upgrade - in what world is the 5DIII not a decent upgrade to the 5DII?  Yes, the 5DIII has DR capabilities (and IQ) equivalent to 5DII, but if it's crap, why are he and his friends still using it?  I contend that the thing about the 5DII that didn't need upgrading was the IQ - and Canon did a great job with AF, frame rate, dual slots, sealing, etc., i.e., everything else.
The 5DIII is an ok upgrade to the 5DII. In terms of what matters to me, the 5DIII basically is a 5DII, except with a vastly superior AF. They have similar sensors, MP, DR, etc. The 5DII had awesome image quality, when the 5DIII came out, no one was shocked or astounded by how good it was. Rather, we were told that in JPG, we might get 2 stops better ISO, maybe 1 stop better in RAW. I'm sure the 5DIII is better, but it is rather similar to the 5DII image quality wise and I'm not hearing many 5DII owners complaining about IQ compared to the III. In fact, for months after the 5DIII came out, when Nikon fans were showing reflections in eyeballs at full screen and giggling about how good the D800 was, Canon users were complaining about black borders at high ISO, smearing of details, and overly aggressive AA filtering. Now, the firmware is a little better, LR has better tools in place for editing, and now the 5DIII has settled in as a great camera(as the 5DII was.)
However, for me, the 5DIII is what the 5DII SHOULD HAVE been. If the 5DII had the AF of the 5DIII, then it would have KILLED the D700 in every way. Instead, the 5DII was awesome for video, while the D700 was more of a sports camera. If you want video and great skin tones, you went Canon, if you wanted AF you went Nikon(or 1D.) When the 5DII was current, all I wanted was better AF and I would have bought it. Me, and many other people think the 5DII should have had a better AF to begin with. Thus, prior to the 5DIII, all I really wanted was a 5DII with a better AF. However, given time, technology, etc. I thought that this upgrade would come in at a similar price point(every new Macbook pro with better features remains similarly priced to previous models.)
INSTEAD, the 5DIII came in at 1000 dollars more than the 5DII. The most obvious difference is the AF. So, in 4 years of waiting, Canon managed to release a somewhat similar camera to the 5DII, but with the AF the II should have had to begin with, and at a $1000 higher price.
So yes, for me the 5DIII was just an updated II with an inflated price tag. It looked like a great camera, but it should be for $3500!!!
I realize that you love Canon Neuro, but you need to understand that many people want to love Canon and were very disappointed in their products. I was a huge Canon fan for several years, but in the past 2 years got sick of their ridiculously inflated pricing on release(obv not a problem for some people here.)
Yes, the 5DIII was an upgrade, but it didn't come cheap, the price was also significantly higher.

I think we already know the price trend of Canon products.  Inflated pricing is only for early adopters.  Knowing is always half of the battle.  5D3 isn't overpriced as it is...

PowerShot / Re: Canon Announces The PowerShot N
« on: January 07, 2013, 09:15:49 PM »
I've had a fun time reading those disappointed comments.  It seems that they want Canon to announce products that are specifically for them.  They didn't realize that they're not the only customers Canon cater to.  Frankly, they need to grow up.  The world will not always conform to their wishes.

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