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EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 08, 2014, 05:41:30 PM »
I suppose that "multi layer" doesn't necessarily mean Foveon, but I'd really like to see a "mainstream" Foveon sensor in a Canon dSLR body.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 07:29:51 AM »

I am still more than satisfied with the images I capture using Canon equipment, and that includes using a new to me 1D.

I can't think of any compelling reasons to switch.

As compelling as the Sony A7 series seems to be, I am not impressed with the longevity of Sony consumer products. I may rent one next year and an adapter, but I do not see buying one.

I rented a Nikon lens with a defocus control and found it to be very interesting, but not a reason to switch because I can use it on my Canon :)

There are lots of other lenses that I can stick on my Canon with an adapter. Much cheaper than buying a new body.

Much harder to stick a TS-E or MP-E 65 on something else.

I remember taking lots of film pictures with a once new EOS 620 and marvelling at 3x5 and then 4x6 prints. Enlargements, even 8x10, never seemed to be very good (I never did the darkroom thing).

I can print way bigger than that now, from home, on almost any consumer grade inkjet printer.

I would need to improve my technical skills and creative views quite a bit to exceed the capabilities of the gear I have now.

I am kind of tired of the forum background noise that is demanding better stuff from Canon. While their needs may be genuine, their photographic styles or needs sure appear to be small (if not tiny) market segments.

The best way to get Canon to change is to stop buying their stuff.

Edit: Part of me would like to see a significant increase in megapixel count, but I know it will not be cheap and those megapixels will have added computer/storage costs.

My guess is that Mt. Spokane either has 20K to spend on a deluxe full frame birding rig (1DX, 500 or 600mm f/4 L IS II, 1.4x and 2x TC III), or that he doesn't do focal length limited work.

There are numerous discussions about the fallacy of "1.6x" in real world use.

Yes, there is a narrow window of opportunity where the "1.6x" will give you more detail than "cropping into" a 5DIII image. Very good lighting, low ISO, well focused, possible tripod use, high shutter speeds define this narrow window.

For most people, in everyday use, there is no "reach" advantage obtained from a 1.6 crop camera. Actual pixel size also changes this "reach" factor. 

"CR Geek" Neuro put up some images where "1.6x" FOV cropped 5DIII images lost nothing to native 7D images back when the 5DIII was new. I recall similar discussions about the "pixel less" 1DX vs 5DIII.

There are other similar discussions out on the WWW.

I owned a 7D and it was a great camera in good lighting. Once I picked up a 5DII, I never used it again and then sold the 7D.

Yes, there are features that Canon puts in one body and not the other. I liked the 7D spot focus feature. A 5DII does not have the AF system of a 7D.

But I do think that "focal length limited" is not what it used to be.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:26:55 AM »

This means hiking for great distances at times, so I am wondering if a second body (extra weight) is a must for someone investing his tie and energy in getting to a location in the middle of nowhere to shoot some nice pictures?

What is "great distances"?

For some, that is a 20 minute walk.

For others, that is a two day excursion.

I have carted two bodies on 4 hour outings (water and restrooms available- so I'm not carting that stuff), and it does get to be a bit much, but having 2 cameras means not switching lenses so much. Any more than that, and I would need to get a backpack of sorts.

An alternative is to cart one body and lens and shoot with what you have.

EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 08:13:25 AM »

- viewfinder that doesn't require your nose to be chopped off

That one is available now, as a 1DX :)

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:14:46 AM »
Backlit rose petals.

Photography Technique / Re: Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 06, 2014, 12:38:35 PM »

I am looking for videos to show how a leveling base works, what does it exactly do? I am guessing to level the tripod without having to making minor changes to the legs....

Yes, the leveling base allows you to level the part where the ballhead or whatever attaches to without fiddling with the legs.

Significantly speeds up setup.

Photography Technique / Re: Ballhead or Gimbal?
« on: September 06, 2014, 06:56:05 AM »
Custom Brackets makes a gimbal:

I have two $150 Benro ball heads that were a complete waste of money, pure junk.  They have been sitting in their original boxes for 7 years, used once.  I have two Benro CF tripods that are 7 years old now, and cost $450 each. The quality was reasonable, but not what I'd call $450 worth.   Parts are not nor were ever available as it turns out.  I could never recommend them.

I'd agree on the Benro ballhead- at least the one that came as part of the C2970T tripod kit.

However, it was better than nothing.

If one has the ballhead already, the C2970 can be had on that really big auction site for $375, including shipping from China... $465.00 from the same vendor with the B2 head. So, I suppose for $90.00, the B2 head has some value.

I have found the design of the C2970 to be very useful for macro pictures, despite the general poor opinion of telescoping/adjustable center columns.

From what I have seen, the Gitzo GT2531EX is the closest functional match to the Benro C2970. The Gitzo and the Sirui 40 is approaching 2x the cost of the Benro kit and adding a Euro/USA ballhead easily approaches a $1k investment. I have read the occasional tale of poor repair service for Gitzo products.

I am not aware of other usable tripods with a positionable center column. If RRS made one, I would have considered it.

Some of the lateral arm accessories can get pretty pricey too.

I did try a cheaper CF adjustable tripod and promptly sent it back. It was a Vanguard Alta Pro, pretty much only suitable for a point and shoot or small DSLR and small lens.

There seems to be a gulf in the middle for photographic accessories. Lots of cheap knockoffs and then there is the upper end.

I would like to have an Arca Swiss Cube... but that's a ways off yet. :)   

Abstract / Re: Textures...
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:24:09 AM »
Coming Changes...

A good ball head alone goes for at least $300 - and up.

I'll say that I got one of these and it works quite nicely:

I do not have personal experience to compare it to the USA or European $300 and up ballhead products, but the Sirui has done all I have asked of it.

That ballhead is attached to a Benro C2970T tripod, which I am also happy with for my uses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMk II or the 1DMk IV
« on: August 30, 2014, 07:36:25 PM »
I'd definitely go with the 7D2.

It trounces  the 1DIV in all of the reviews I've read.


Canon General / Re: Lens Cleaning Techniques/Opinions
« on: August 23, 2014, 10:11:04 PM »
I've always used the rinse cycle on the dishwasher. Jet Dry helps.

Technical Support / Re: 5D mk2 wont turn on and off
« on: August 17, 2014, 10:16:49 AM »
It was working perfectly. New os was installed.

New OS=new firmware?

Was it working perfectly before or after the "new os" was installed?

Not knowing, I'd guess a firmware problem.

I suspect you will have to send it in for repair. If you are in the USA, becoming a member of CPS if you have the points will take out some of the bill sting.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 17, 2014, 08:32:33 AM »
If I could somehow afford it, I would totally buy this. So much potential! :D

Me too

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