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Canon General / Re: Patent: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: September 23, 2013, 10:23:04 PM »
I wish they'd split it into two lenses:

24-35 f/2L IS  and
50-85 f/2L IS

EOS-M / Re: EOS M2 Shows up in DPP Literature
« on: September 22, 2013, 02:34:04 PM »

You can't get 36x36mm in the image circle without cutting off the corners... but then you could go a larger format, live with faded corners on the full image, and crop to the format you desire

Precisely.  I've posted this before: for pro and prosumer cameras I'd like to make the crop in post, or have manual crop selection on the body.  It would be a choice, like aperture.

36x36 would probably increase the camera cost quite a bit over 36x24. Would it be worth it?

The novelty of it would probably mean the cost would go up by $1000 or more. Then people would say it's a waste because you still cant get a 36x36 image, and "why don't they make lenses to cover the sensor?" etc. So, I doubt you'll see 36x36 unless there's accompanying lenses. And even then, "why not go medium format?" would be the next question.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.1 Running SLOW!
« on: September 22, 2013, 02:10:35 PM »
Lightroom has always been fast for me.  However, there are some ways to speed it up.
1.  Put the catalog on a SSD, preferably the main drive.  You can put your images on a separate drive.  SSD's are now relatively cheap.
2.  Make sure you have enough memory installed, 8GB is often not enough to edit large files efficiently.  try to get 16GB or more installed.

I have 12 GB RAM
My catalog images are on several different drives, Maybe that slows things?
I may split the catalog

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.1 Running SLOW!
« on: September 22, 2013, 02:08:11 PM »
My LR 4.4 is soooo sloowwww on import, that the program has become useless to me
I have about 50,000 images

Any suggestions?

Can you determine if its lightroom, or a card issue?  Try copying image files to a folder on lightroom , and then importing them from that location.  If still slow, then lightroom or the computer needs work.   The lightroom catalog is a first target when there are issues, so rebuild it first. 
Secondly, I'd create a new catalog for test purposes and import images into it to see how that works.
Then, I'd start checking my computer hardware, test the memory, test the hard drive, since one of those could be a issue.  Be sure to install the latest video card drivers, they cause a huge amount of trouble.
Finally, reinstall Lightroom with a new catalog.  if that fixes things, then switch to the old catalog and verify its working.  Then remove the test catalogs.
It's not the card. Using Lexar 1000x with USB3 reader. It's very fast with just a windows explorer copy to the drive, but painfully slow using Lightroom import.

My PC is fast for everything else. Core i7 920, 12GB RAM, Video card drivers up to date, hard drives work great for everything else.

I'll split the catalog and see what happens.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.1 Running SLOW!
« on: September 22, 2013, 02:04:55 PM »
You need cores, ram, ssd and fast gpus.

And with the money left after these purchases, shoot with a Rebel 550d and a 50/1.8 :-> ... nothing against helping the economy, but for my money I'd first split large catalogs, allocate catalog & data on different disks, turn off sharpening/nr until exporting - lr5 also has smart previews to prevent working on the full resolution.
I will split the catalog .. I already do the other things you mention

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.1 Running SLOW!
« on: September 22, 2013, 02:01:04 PM »
You need better hardware.

I run the intel i7 3770k overclocked to 4.5ghz, win7 x64, 16gb ram , dual evga gtx670s. This config let's me run above apps with amazing speed. Upgrading to ssd provided another huge speed benefit as well. You need cores, ram, ssd and fast gpus.

I have an i7 920 processor, Windows 7 64bit, 12 GB RAM
Lightroom is the only thing that runs slowly now. It ran fine a year ago

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.1 Running SLOW!
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:58:43 AM »
My LR 4.4 is soooo sloowwww on import, that the program has become useless to me
I have about 50,000 images Any suggestions?

Get LR5 which is speed-optimized - and I just split up my 60k image catalog into 2x 30k, big improvement, watch out in task manager (Windows) for lr using virtual memory ("commit size") which slows down lr to a crawl.

Thanks!... what do youdo about the virtual memory? can you clear or delete it?

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.1 Running SLOW!
« on: September 19, 2013, 11:10:55 PM »
My LR 4.4 is soooo sloowwww on import, that the program has become useless to me
I have about 50,000 images

Any suggestions?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Full Frame or faster lens?
« on: September 18, 2013, 09:57:23 PM »
Go with the 5DIII and you will see immediate IQ improvements, and you will be hooked on FF. Great AF, and ergonomics and build like the 7D.
There will be Christmas sales soon.
I got my 5DIII on a sale at $2850 almost a year ago

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M Update Information [CR1]
« on: September 18, 2013, 07:35:18 PM »
I know that they would not show up here but when are we going to see a glimmer of a new line of sensors?  Hopefully in the 7DII.  Truth be told Canon is making some great cameras.  New features, great lenses, excellent stuff, but any Canon camera you buy has a sensor that is outclassed by the other manufacturers.  If I'm going to drop big dollars I want something that will not be obsolete as soon as I drive it out of the showroom.  I'm in the market for a mirrorless.  I have the money, ready to pull the trigger ,give me something good

Yeah, in all honesty if the next round 7D2/5D4 doesn't have better sensors (And if they end up making 5D4 video worse than ML hacked 5D3 RAW video) I will not buy either and I will hold off on more lenses and maybe even nab a nikon with one lens to start going a bit dual system. If the following round doesn't either, as much as I don't want to, I will switch over systems entirely.

You may switch, but it won't be an improvement. You'll just get a different system with different weaknesses; it's not all roses in the Nikon camp. For an awful lot of us, the 5D3 is the best all-round value for the money available today. I wish some things were better on the 5D3, but what camera offers better in that price range? Not the D800: moire and aliasing in video, slower fps, no magic lantern option, not as ergonomic (YMMV).

I'd like a C300 for video at $3000, but not happening today. It's available today, but just too expensive for me. When the C300 is $3000, the lust worthy options will be $15,000.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's to be expected from Canon in Q4 2013?
« on: September 18, 2013, 01:27:45 PM »

can you find me any still camera bodies out there that can beat canon 70d on live view focusing?  there are none as far as i know.  however, as far as for still image, you will not find much of different or gap between 60d, 7d and 70d (note:  canon 70d focusing with viewfinder is also pretty fast though... i had a chance to use it one time during photo summit.)

I was thinking about some Sony that have translucent mirrors. Are they faster than 70D? but again different technology though

Funny you should ask. DxO direct comparison 70D vs SLT A77 :

People on this forum may not like the fact that canon mix video with their stills cameras, branch out into higher end video cameras for the movie industry and now are moving into security devices. But such moves are intended to keep the company growing, or at least reduce the losses from other lines of business so they can still make lenses and cameras we are interested in.

Security devices is a low margin, ridiculously competitive market. There's no money for Canon there.

Movie making? Really?
High end is dominated by Panavision, Sony and RED.
ENG/Documentary is Sony, Panasonic
Low End/Event/Budget is Sony, any DSLR and Panasonic.

The Canon cinema cameras so far have been over priced under performers with "me too" features and firmware crippled bodies.  Too expensive for the causal/student/prosumer/low budget shooter and too low end in resolution, features and cross compatibility to compete at the high end.

Canon thinks too much like a DSLR camera maker to compete well in new markets. There systems are closed, filled with proprietary technology and standards, and the bodies and lenses are crippled by stripped down firmware.

Contrast that with Sony, RED or Panavision's high end gear. They give you access to all the features the hardware is capable of, make sure the gear is compatible with everybody's add-ons and go out of their way to make sure the post production path works with everyone's software almost from day one.  And Canon's have no clear upgrade paths to better sensors without replacing the entire body - unlike Red, Panavision,  and others.

In the mean time, Canon's flagship camera business, the DSLR is floundering. Way to tank your entire business.

The C300 has become one of the most respected and sought after documentary and indie cameras available. It's ergonomics and image quality are universally praised.

In the "low end", Canon also dominates with the 5DII, 5DIII, 1Dx, even the 60D and T3i-T5i have been wildly popular with indie filmmakers. In fact very few low budget DSLR indie film makers shoot on anything but Canon. The Canon XA10, and now XA20 series, and XF100 - XF305 series are also very popular for ENG and Docs.

You must be living in some parallel universe.

EOS-M / Re: 4 weeks in South East Asia with the EOS M as 2nd Body
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:40:23 PM »
Thanks for sharing your hands-on, real-world experience!
Some great insights and tips are coming from this.

I doubt Canon's leading edge video sensor will be restricted to 1080p.

You doubt it?  Even in the face of the clear fact that this particular sensor is in fact a "Full HD" (1920x1080) video sensor?

This sensor, as they state, is being developed to optimize low light video... as stated Canon "is looking to such future applications for the new sensor as astronomical and natural observation, support for medical research, and use in surveillance and security equipment."

Whatever new technologies they develop for reduced noise readout electronics could potentially be used in future higher resolution video and still sensors, but that's not what this sensor is about.

1080p only ... I missed that.
Low light use is good too, I hope to press on with other video specific improvements

"CMOS sensor features pixels measuring 19 microns square in size, which is more than 7.5-times the surface area of the pixels on the CMOS sensor incorporated in Canon’s top-of-the-line EOS-1D X.

Exactly! Come on, people - "optimized for Full HD Video" means that it's a 2-megapixel sensor! Do you really want to shoot stills with that on your next EOS camera?

4K is the leading edge of video, this requires almost 9 MP for 16:9, not 2-MP.
The specifically for video probably mean things like: ways to eliminate moire; possible global shutter, or at least minimized rolling shutter; possible RAW video, pixel binning for lower resolution modes; ultra high readout speeds for slow motion (240 fps or greater) etc.

I doubt Canon's leading edge video sensor will be restricted to 1080p.

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