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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 25 or 24 f p/s?
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:51:54 PM »
I use 30 fps (29.97), 1/60 sec shutter speed. It is smoother than 24p

Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f4 IS USM time for a refresh?
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:22:52 PM »
My most frequent use of the 24-105 now is for video with an adapter on the EOS-M. It is remarkably good for this purpose.

I have magic lantern on the EOS-M, which has 3x video crop mode. This lens becomes 38-168 mm FF equiv in normal video mode, and about 115-500 mm in video crop mode. The results are far superior to any consumer camcorder, and at a lower price. Not to mention the humble 22mm f/2 becomes a 35mm / 115mm lens.

All of that for around $1000 ... you could literally make a feature film ... just add some audio equipment and support gear.

Site Information / Re: Smartphone Blunders
« on: August 20, 2014, 05:11:40 PM »
and I missed it,   damn   :(

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 No Longer in Production
« on: August 18, 2014, 12:31:46 AM »
There has been a lot of innovation since the 5D3 was released, so Canon might release a 5DIV earlier. I love my 5D3, but I love new capabilities too, so I'm looking forward to even better high ISO, Dual pixel AF, 4K video in camera, video goodies like focus peaking and false color, and I'd welcome a swivel touch screen (I could keep it closed to protect it, and yet it would be invaluable for video and weird angles).
Let the tech wars continue, and bring on the 5D4!

Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:35:45 PM »
No touch-screen? It's sort of nice. But it's really a gee-whiz feature. For people who like using point and shoots. I can change settings much faster and easier without it. And in sports, that's much more critical.

An articulating screen..  Now THAT could be useful in many ways. Even for a pro. But it introduces a major weak point in the construction..  Not worth it for the .01% of the time I would use it.

I think the swivel screen issue is about weather-proofing. It probably happens, but I have yet to see or hear of a broken Canon DSLR swivel screen. There are other advantages to the swivel: you can leave it closed so that the screen is protected. Personally I'd like to see a pro-level body with a swivel screen. If it breaks I'll get it fixed.

Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 01:30:56 PM »
"Serious" videographers should not clamor for freaking video-optimized crap in stills cameras, especially not in DSLRS with a mirror in the lightpath. They should go buy a panasonic GH4 if they are poor or a Sony A7S if they want "full frame/shallow DOF" or a canon C-something if they want a video-optimized camera or if they really dont mind the mirror and want FF plus 4k, then a canon EOS 1D-C ... if they are not so poor. An APS-C DSLR is by its very nature the least suitable video-recording device. So stay away from it.

I hope the 7D successor comes without any video-recording capabilities whatsoever. A lean and mean STILLS machine.

Oh puhlease ... that battle is so dead. Video is here to stay in DSLR's, and most of us are happy to have both. As has been said a bajillion times: if you don't like video, don't use it.

Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:24:00 AM »
I don't want to hear anything else until it includes 4K internal video recording, less moire and a headphone jack. Among other things.

As far as I'm concerned (and I'm going to sound like a jerk to some people by saying this) photo featues don't need anymore improvement. We've had awesome stills cameras for the last five years and if you can't take a good picture with one of those than you suck as a photographer. It is video functionality that Canon is seriously lacking behind on compared to its competitors.

The original 7D was the first of the Canon cames to features it's now standard video functionality that made its way into every other Canon camera. I expect the 7DmkII to usher in the new standard for Canon video functionality.

The 5DII was the first Canon DSLR to feature video, and it was THE camera that kick-started the DSLR video craze.

Do I sell my Canon 24L II to buy this new Sigma, which will probably be sharper but not have weather sealing? I think not.

Do I but the Sigma 14-24mm OS which takes 82mm filters, although all my other lenses take 77mm filters, and also lose 13° of angle of view compared to the Canon 16-35mm f/4? I think not.

I'm sure these lenses will be good for others, but I will skip them for now.

Do I make a decision before the lenses are even released? I think not.

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:03:31 AM »
My 5D3 still rocks. Images are great, AF hit rate is high, video is great, all my Canon lenses are rock solid top-notch. Spend many $1000 and lots of time switching to Nikon? You've got to be kidding! It would be quicker and cheaper to buy a 1Dx and blow away the D810 in every way but resolution (but I don't need that either), or wait a few months and blow away the D810 with a shiny new 5DIV.  Most professionals will tell you that switching brands is a fools game. Of course there may be exceptions from time to time on specific needs, but not in general all-round use.

I think Canon will blow away the competition soon, and the leapfrog game will continue. They will answer Sony's A7 line, they will further refine dual pixel AF, they will continue to expand the impressive lens lineup.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Dual Pixel Phase Detect AF While in AI Servo
« on: August 12, 2014, 12:15:00 PM »
will dual pixel improve DR?  or only AF?  It would be nice if it would

I have no idea, but you can bet Canon is not sitting on their asses. They can see the danger of Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm.  It's been a game of leapfrog for a long time, and Canon will leap ahead soon. That's just my guess.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Dual Pixel Phase Detect AF While in AI Servo
« on: August 12, 2014, 12:08:54 PM »
I'm expecting something like this.  Canon wants to improve the tracking ability of the dual pixel technology to make it suitable for professional level autofocus.  I expect some solution to be in all future CanonDSLR's.

And maybe take one more step toward pro-level mirrorless.

That would be nice, but after getting bit with mirrorless technology 3 times, Canon is pretty shy.  The Fiasco with the "M" cost them a bundle.  Its nothing to do with the camera, just that the  buyers that it targeted wanted nothing to do with it.  They dumped them for a big loss.

It had everything to do with the camera. The EOS-M was woefully far behind the competition.  The EOS-M is a good value at $300, but Canon has to do a lot better to compete with Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic GH4 etc.

Canon can do it, and I think they will. The next EOS-M will be a killer because it has to be in order to compete. They have dual pixel AF, which is revolutionary and incredibly beneficial to a mirrorless cam. It's only a matter of time before Canon takes the lead on mirrorless I think.

EOS-M / Re: Next official EF-M Lens
« on: August 09, 2014, 04:50:17 PM »
I'd love a small macro lens with reasonably long working distance. Would the M's design allow for an equivalent to the 100L macro or 180L in a much smaller package? I've found the M a really good macro camera, with both the 100 and the MP-E - most of the time I'm using Live View for macro work anyway (especially with the MP-E) so the lack of a viewfinder isn't a problem.

But these lenses are rather bulky on the small body.

The 100 f/2.8L IS Macro works very well on the EOS-M.  I hold the lens by the barrel, and use touch shutter. With IS on, you can get pretty good macro shots. Also good on a tripod. Give it a try!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24 f/2.8L Coming [CR1]
« on: August 08, 2014, 02:48:41 PM »
Am I the only thinking: "there is no way this can possibly be true!"?

Seriously, 11mm rectilinear on full-frame, has that even been done before in a prime?  And we're talking about a zoom?  At f/2.8?

Have seen how BIG the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 is?

I actually think $2800 would be a steal for something so absurdly wide and fast.

I agree with most on here in that I do not see the point of f/2.8 on something this wide.  I guess you could argue astro-landscape photography but, at 11mm, even f/4 would be very manageable on modern full-frame image sensors.

I hope I'm completely wrong, but this lens just seems physically impossible to make.

I think 12-24 f/4 would be a great compromise to keep weight and cost down.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24 f/2.8L Coming [CR1]
« on: August 08, 2014, 10:35:00 AM »

This is going to be a long wait    :-\

EOS Bodies / Re: 5Diii vs Sony A7s vs GH4
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:32:11 PM »
I think the A7s is great for video since that is almost always manual focus, but stills really needs good AF performance, which in this case means native lenses. Unfortunately there aren't many yet.

Sony is something to watch, and Canon has to respond to these innovations, and I think they will soon. The dual pixel technology is extremely promising, they just need to pull out all the stops on their sensor development.

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