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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 01:30:46 PM »
Well if you want a real world comparison, as part of our digital imaging company we've just been working with company who has had its products shot by a guy using a D4s, and I can assure you that the files from the humble 6D are substantially better. No doubt some on here will question why a D8xx wasn't being used, but that's the reality of - well, reality.

Funny how we never hear of the D600/ 610 isn't it.
The 600 was an excellent camera. My husband took a lot of shots with it, but then the stain problem appeared and he switched to the D800 as an special offer from our local camera store as Nikon did not know what to do in the frist few weeks.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 01:25:18 PM »
ee the next generation sensors or similiar. Although I have to admit that the Dual AF is quite a tech already.

....In my family, you can find the D810, D800 (both my husband), 5DIII (my son), 6D &7 D (myself), and A7r (my daughter).
Quite the family you know ;-)

Please explain, my English is not very good.
My husband is an Nikon fetishist, my daughter´s boyfriend works for Sony.... And MY father bought Canon. I took my first shot with an F-1, back in 1973 at an age of 9. My father gave me all his lenses and cameras, so I stayed with Canon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 12:53:57 PM »
Hey, Guys!

Come on, please!
Please do not bash each other! There is no need of to do this.
Objective arguments are better than bashing each other for his opinion.

There are many different opinions, many "truth". Read 5 photomagazines and you read 5 different test results.
(Example: In a lot of German magazines the D800/D810 is superior in IQ than the 5D3). If someone writes an personal message to me, I can copy the test results.)

But please be tolerant to other opinions. Fanatism has many different faces. There is to much - fatal - intolerance in the world.

Thank you

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 29, 2014, 04:25:57 AM »
Yes Sir, the D810 is has an better image quality and dynamic range than the 5DIII. But, as you can read in many postings on this forum, an optical system is more than just the picture sensor. The whole system has to work perfectly together to help you to get an - technically seen - good picture.

In my family, you can find the D810, D800 (both my husband), 5DIII (my son), 6D &7 D (myself), and A7r (my daughter).
And each camera has its benefits. My daughter needs a light camera with an good image quality (like my husband does - but he owns several Nikon lenses). My son and I prefer to shoot birds, planes and animals, so we stayed with Canon).
The 5DIII is an all-in-one package. The image quality is not as good as the Sony´s and Nikon´s, but its autofocus system is superior. The D810 has an superior image quality, bit the autofocus system lacks of speed, if you shoot moving objects.

I think, each camera has its own field of application. Sometime you can not directly compare them betweeen.

I it true, that Canon should get better in resolution and dynamic range, but Nikon should hurry up to get an fast autofocus system. (This is my opinion).

By the way: My husband, who stayed at the soccer WM told me, that there were several modified cameras "in the field". With bulky housings, others with an odd combination of cameras and lenses or leneses that were not printed with their specifications). So you can be sure Canon is working on succesors of the 1Dx and 5DIII.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 18, 2014, 10:15:02 AM »
Information from Japanese Canon fan girls, who are working @Canon:

Information about the successor of the 7D and the 5DIII are under total NDA. And total means total. There is just an small circle of engeneers and managers who know all of these Cameras. Others are just working on fragments of this Cameras to avoid leaks. If anyone says, he knows details on these products, he is not telling the truth.
In earlier times print jobs for tranportation and manuals were given to the printeries weeks before announcement. This time, there ist still just printing time reservated. No files have been sent to them (status from 08/12).

Canon is still thinking that they do not have to produce the best and most innovative products in the low and mid price segments. Sales figures show that the market analysts are right. Canon is still the best power seller on the market. And the analysts know that in future time, the market wil not grow and other brands are coming in. Sony will be very active, maybe an 5DIII and 1DX mirrorless competitor is coming in the near future.
The slow reaction on the D7100 and the still "no reaction" on the excellent D800/810 is well calculated. No need to hurry, Canon products are still sold well. There are not many persons switching to Nikon, because the majority of Canonians will not be able to spend a lot of money on new expensive lenses. The average Canon customer will be satisfied by new Canon products, even if other brands will produce superior products.

And the rumored prices of the 7D successor are just rumors. Some Canon fans in Japan think that there will be an hefty price increase on Canon products on coming products. Analysts say, that customers are willed to pay the increase. The increasing number of tests and scores, where Canon products are often just a few points /percents better than e.g. third party lenses, will prompt the average (and scores fixed) Canon fan to buy this "bettert product".
If you can see that in their pictures? I do not know.

This sounds like a Canon user's worst conspiracy theory nightmare---and I doubt it's true.  Why have such an ironclad NDA if the product isn't pushing boundaries? In addition, if Canon was just planning to "keep pushing inferior product because the cattle will keep buying it," why develop new technologies like DPAF, that have no real equivalent in other companies?  If it was true, the 70D would have had a conventional sensor--probably based on the existing 18MP sensors that have been the buttered bread of the Rebel line for the last 5 years!  Like most myths, this takes a certain element of truth--Canon has milked the same sensor tech with moderate improvements for the Rebel line for 5 years--and extends it past the breaking point.  I don't think the 7D2 will be a conservative design--it's true we don't know for sure what it will be yet, but I think it unlikely it will be a "warmed over" 70D.  And if it is, it will not succeed, especially if it's priced north of $2,000. 

Another salient point, the camera must be a LONG way out from delivery if they haven't already started printing brochures, manuals and boxes!  That material doesn't just spring into being in the many thousands of copies needed overnight!

My (extinct Canadian) two cents worth anyway! 

Note, I'm not trashing you Daniela--I just don't think the source of this rumour is reliable.  ;)

Well, as I wrote some postings before, Japanese Canon Fangirls do not know it either. But many of them think that this content could be true.
On the other hand, maybe, they just raise the pressure on Canon. The Japanese are not thinking like we do. Japan is another world, everybody who has worked there will has realized that there is still much fear to "looses your face" and in many companies it is an question of honor to meet the feud glove.

Canon is doing a lot of research, more than other companies. But there is an strict plan, which fundamental improvement or invention is put into which class of camera or lens. And most of them are for the upper segment. In my opinion further research and development on the 70Ds AF system will be built in > 5DIV Cameras, when it will work perfectly. My 70D produces - in my personal feeling - as many unsharp pictures as my old 7D. But when it will be improved, this AF will be a great feature.

@ printing job: It is a question of work preparation. If the cardboards are punched and prefabricated, the job could be done in a few weeks.
I think Canon will first deliver the Cams to professional Canon dealers, like done with the 70D. So, the mass of the Cams will be delivered a bit later

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 18, 2014, 05:57:56 AM »
"Information about the successor of the 7D and the 5DIII are under total NDA."

Is there also a NDA on a 5DIII successor????

First news!!! The fan girl don't want to speak, but speak too much!

Everybody knows, that Caonon is working on successors of the 5DIII and 1DX.
But treat this not as an near announcement!! They just wrote, that Canon is doing the further product development under an strict NDA.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 18, 2014, 04:42:58 AM »
Information from Japanese Canon fan girls, who are working @Canon:

Information about the successor of the 7D and the 5DIII are under total NDA. And total means total. There is just an small circle of engeneers and managers who know all of these Cameras. Others are just working on fragments of this Cameras to avoid leaks. If anyone says, he knows details on these products, he is not telling the truth.
In earlier times print jobs for tranportation and manuals were given to the printeries weeks before announcement. This time, there ist still just printing time reservated. No files have been sent to them (status from 08/12).

Canon is still thinking that they do not have to produce the best and most innovative products in the low and mid price segments. Sales figures show that the market analysts are right. Canon is still the best power seller on the market. And the analysts know that in future time, the market wil not grow and other brands are coming in. Sony will be very active, maybe an 5DIII and 1DX mirrorless competitor is coming in the near future.
The slow reaction on the D7100 and the still "no reaction" on the excellent D800/810 is well calculated. No need to hurry, Canon products are still sold well. There are not many persons switching to Nikon, because the majority of Canonians will not be able to spend a lot of money on new expensive lenses. The average Canon customer will be satisfied by new Canon products, even if other brands will produce superior products.

And the rumored prices of the 7D successor are just rumors. Some Canon fans in Japan think that there will be an hefty price increase on Canon products on coming products. Analysts say, that customers are willed to pay the increase. The increasing number of tests and scores, where Canon products are often just a few points /percents better than e.g. third party lenses, will prompt the average (and scores fixed) Canon fan to buy this "bettert product".
If you can see that in their pictures? I do not know.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 03:12:14 AM »
Actual Rumors in Japanese chat forums (got infos from an japanese girlfriend:

- 400.000 Yen (>2900€) (variying 300.000-450.000 Y, most rumors on 400.000)
- designed for sports photography. >10 pps, AF speed on miirrorless camera niveau, fast and accurate AF on moving objects (tracking a lot better than actual 7D)
- operationnal design and ergonomy focused on professional use
- IQ better than 7D, more ISO-range, lesser noise. But IQ/DR is not the main optimization goal ( MK4 5D will be designed as an semiprofessional goldenegglayingwoolmilksaw for an non-professional user)


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 27, 2014, 06:14:11 AM »
Hey Guys, calm down please!

Everybody has his own photographical taste! Please do not be narrow-minded and fundamentalistic, there are many different opinions in this forum, and this ist good so! There is no reason to attack someone.

Back to the topic:
My husband told me via skype that he met two Japanese managers in his Brasilian hotel yesterday, who proudly photographed with the D810. They wore expensive shirts saying D810... Good advertisement for Nikon.
Maybe Mr. Dilbert is rihgt, cheaper and easier production, and earning as much money from one product as possible. Nikon learns from Canon.

But he Japanese told my husband that there are many things made better. Summed up, the D810 is quite an worthy evolution. My husband will buy one too  ::) (As he owns the D800)

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Lighting / Re: Midsized Flashlights to work unleashed
« on: June 25, 2014, 03:26:57 PM »
Thanks for your replies!
Maybe the best thing would be to start with the 430 Speedlight and train to use the speedlights in M mode. Then, when trained, Iwill buy some third party speedlights to use them for better lighting.

In my future plans I will buy some accessory for the speedlights (mobile softboxes) to use them outside too. We do not have an empty room in our house to use it for an studio flash system (my three children would kill me).

Another question please:

The only speedlights I used in the last years were the internal of my 7D and the Canon ring-flashlight for my 100mm Macro. I do normally available light fotography (amateur quality). So I tried to use my 550EX speedlight yesterday - after a couple of years for the first time again.
But I am not satisfied with the brightness of the shots. They are much to dark.
No changes have been made on the speedlights or Cams settings. Both (6D and 7D) have these problems.
But: If I move the switch from the "wireless" controller from off to "master", the exposure is clearly better (brighter).
And if I raise the head of the speedlight to flash indirectly, the exposure is correct.
Is this just my user ignorance, or might there be an hardware problem?

Daniela

Oh, and my husband told me to study English, not to learn how to become an better photographer.... machismo  ::)

Your English is fine, I understand it well.
 
The Camera settings can affect flash exposure a lot.  Don't use Av, for example until you understand what its doing, or you may get unexpected results.
When you set the on camera switch to Master, the camera is measuring the light and sending the proper setting to the off camera flash. (It should be set to "slave".
 
Its not uncommon to have to adjust flash compensation to brighten or darken exposures.  It depends a lot on the lighting.  Indirect off the ceiling bounce light usually looks better than direct light, and the camera often computes a different exposure for it.  I see that as well.
 
We have some pretty good experts on flash photography here, but the website http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/  contains reliable information from a accomplished expert.

MUCH THANKS!
I will read in the evening.

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Lighting / Re: Midsized Flashlights to work unleashed
« on: June 25, 2014, 02:37:03 AM »
Thanks for your replies!
Maybe the best thing would be to start with the 430 Speedlight and train to use the speedlights in M mode. Then, when trained, Iwill buy some third party speedlights to use them for better lighting.

In my future plans I will buy some accessory for the speedlights (mobile softboxes) to use them outside too. We do not have an empty room in our house to use it for an studio flash system (my three children would kill me).

Another question please:

The only speedlights I used in the last years were the internal of my 7D and the Canon ring-flashlight for my 100mm Macro. I do normally available light fotography (amateur quality). So I tried to use my 550EX speedlight yesterday - after a couple of years for the first time again.
But I am not satisfied with the brightness of the shots. They are much to dark.
No changes have been made on the speedlights or Cams settings. Both (6D and 7D) have these problems.
But: If I move the switch from the "wireless" controller from off to "master", the exposure is clearly better (brighter).
And if I raise the head of the speedlight to flash indirectly, the exposure is correct.
Is this just my user ignorance, or might there be an hardware problem?

Daniela

Oh, and my husband told me to study English, not to learn how to become an better photographer.... machismo  ::) 

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Lighting / Re: Midsized Flashlights to work unleashed
« on: June 24, 2014, 08:17:45 AM »
I think you are running in to a bit of a language barrier here, I'm guessing you are looking for speedlights (flashguns) for off camera use.

If you are shooting a fairly dark environment with umbrellas, you want full automation and you have a flash that can act as a master the canon 430 is a good good choice. For everything else there are better options out there.

In the cheap end of the hobbyist market the excellent Yongnuo YN560III flashes reside. They are manual only and have a built in receiver so you don't have to rely on the optical triggering the canons would use. You can get a trigger called rf603 that will let you trigger your EX550 with the yongnuo flashes. This set up will be fully manual and you will have to adjust the power on the flash as it stands at the moment but there is a new commander unit coming out in a couple of months that will let you change power remotely. You can get four or five of these for the same money as one canon flash.

At the other end of the spectrum you have the canon 600ex rt which will do full automation with radio triggering and lots of other goodies. If you have the money for it these are probably the speedlights most people will want.

Sorry for my poor english! :-[ :-[

A product in the middle - between the 600ex rt and the Yongnuo - is the product I am looking for. The Nissin i40 is very compact, so i thought it would be a speedlight that can be easily used as an accent-light.

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Lighting / Midsized Flashlights to work unleashed
« on: June 24, 2014, 05:24:55 AM »
Hi Guys!

As my husband stays in Brazil for 10 weeks, I have plenty of time to join photographic courses.
One course is to learn to work with unleashed flashes for portraits, where it is preferred to bring your own flashes along (to learn how to perform best with your own EQ).

For this, I´d like to buy 2 smaller flashes (430EXII or an third party model) to work with my 550EX.
I found an Nissin i40 and the Metz mecablitz 48 AF-1 Digital as an third party flash.

Would one of these be an good choice too, or stay at Canon 430EXII? Or do You know another good flash for me? I will use them with diffusors or other flash units header. My Cams are an 7D and my new 6D.

G
Daniela

p.s.: My husband wrote, he sees an enormous amount of expensive equipment each day in Brazil. Some have taped their bodies, some are using neopren covers. So there is much speculation about new cameras and lenses. He personally thinks, he saw an D800 successor. Some photographers use faked straps (my husband bought an "7D Mark 2" for me ;-), for himself an "D810"). For 40BRL your Cam changes into an eyecatcher, if someone sees your neckstrap ;-))) He noticed some "1DX Mark II" an "5D MarkIV" who have been surrounded by photographers mwho tried to get an shot of these "new" cams and were disappointed as this was just fake.



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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark-II as an action oriented DSLR
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:26:12 AM »
22MP, 8-10fps, equal DR like the 70D, Dual pixel AF, Dual card slots, better iso performance like the 5D3.

Price: 2500-3000 €

My Japanese girlfriends rumor that the price will be quite high (about 3000-3500€), like the 5D Mark III at startup. I do not hope that this will happen, but Canon is known to drain your money for "pro" equipment

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Software & Accessories / Pol-Filter for 24mm lens
« on: June 11, 2014, 04:37:58 PM »
Hi Everybody!

As I could not wait until the new 16-35mm 4.0 Canon appears on the market (trip to Greece next wekk), I will first fetch the Canon 2.8 IS 24mm lens.
As my old polarization filter has some scratches, I need a new one.

I looked up, B&W and Hoya are the favourites.  Maybe in an slim version.

As the B+W Pol Cir Käsemann XS-Pro Digital MRC nano 58mm is nearly as expensive an the Hoya Pro1, I would prefer the German product.
Does the lens hood still hold on the Filter?
Any other suggestions of Pol filters?

 8)
Daniela
(just taking some shots of lightnings that impact near our house)

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