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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3/X and Other Random News
« on: January 25, 2012, 06:03:35 PM »
I really do hope this new body gets announced on February 7th!
 ???

Where is this date coming from?  Seen it several times but can't figure it out, is that the anniversary or whatever?

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Lenses / Re: What lenses should I get for my 7d? (16 year old)
« on: January 25, 2012, 02:55:34 PM »
Back to the actual question at hand, my advice would be to spend less time collecting lenses and more time taking pictures and developing your skill. But since I wouldn't listen to that advice, go with a wider angle for your 7D.  ;)

I would have thought a $300 lens was to the point - and why not a 85? He has a 7d not a landscape special, so faster and closer for sports (which the OP asked for) would be an ideal lens. ??? ??? ???

Closer than the 24-105mm L (or the 55-250mm) that he already has? My reasoning was based on the focal lengths that his current lenses cover. I used my 85mm L on my 60D and I didn't like 135mm equivalent length for portraits - and 135mm does not seem very long for sports. He has 2 lenses that cover normal/short tele range and 24mm is not wide on a crop sensor.  I think he should fill some missing numbers and try a wider lens, like the 10-22mm which his "friend" has for $450 or he can find on ebay well within his price range.

B419mac did say he mainly shoots portraits, and the 85mm f/1.8 is no slouch of a lens, but why not upgrade to the 50mm f/1.4 on a 7D? Or if he really wants to get into sports, which is ideal on a 7D, then why not get the 70-200mm L IS that his friend will sell him?

It all comes down to what you want to shoot. Wide-angle just opens up such a new world, I recommend it. Who's to say he can't use the 10-22mm to capture some massive crowd/arena shots at a sports event? I'd even use a fisheye (R.I.P. 15mm f/2.8)!

It doesn't matter what he needs or wants, as cheap as his friend is supposedly selling those lenses it would be foolish not to buy all of them....if not for use, for resale, at which point he would have a much larger budget to get what he actually needs.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III (or other) Followup
« on: January 25, 2012, 01:16:02 PM »
Of course EVERYTHING that Canon is releasing is going to have better dynamic range and lower noise at high ISO, that's just a given and it's a waste of bandwidth to even mention inevitable upgrades such as these.

EVERYTHING?  So...the T3i/600D has better DR and less ISO noise than the T2i/550D...or the 7D or 60D?  Oh wait, they use the same sensor, so those parameters are essentially unchanged.  If Canon uses the 5DII sensor in the 5DIII, then what?  Oh, they can claim lower noise in the marketing effort, attributed to Digic5 and applicable to JPG only.

This thread is about the 5DIII, that's what I was talking about.  The 5DII is almost 4 years old, it would be foolish of Canon not to improve the high ISO performance and dynamic range.  It just seems like those changes are inevitable.  There have been a flood of people on CR in the last week because of these posts, it's annoying going through pages and pages of nonsense.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III (or other) Followup
« on: January 25, 2012, 09:48:08 AM »
ATTENTION:  I'm tired of reading through pages and pages of wish lists,  "oh if it has better dynamic range and better high ISO performance I'm getting it."  That's pretty much the stupidest and most obvious thing you could hope for in this camera (or any upcoming camera).  Of course EVERYTHING that Canon is releasing is going to have better dynamic range and lower noise at high ISO, that's just a given and it's a waste of bandwidth to even mention inevitable upgrades such as these.

Like Canon is going to forget to improve the dynamic range and iso performance if you don't mention it here on the boards, they are a multi-billion dollar company people where is the trust?  Some of you guys act like Canon is just a group of retards that don't know what they are doing, they don't need your advice. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lightfield Cameras - The Next Big Thing?
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:07:11 PM »
Yeah this was posted like a year ago, you can adjust focus on some sample pictures here: https://www.lytro.com/living-pictures/2327

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But please remember that if canon keep on releasing lenses at the rate we want, it will be a lens every year

well some lenses are old and need a replacement.
you know how old some of the canon lenses are?

with todays technology there could be a huge jump in IQ.
just look at the 70-200mm f2.8 IS II or the new 300mm f2.8 IS II lenses.

looking at canons past, a new version every 3-5 years would come as a suprise.

im in fact suprised that there is a rumor about a 70-200mm f4 IS II.
the current model was released in november 2006.

the EF 17-40mm is nearly 10 years old.

the EF 50mm f1.4 is 20 years old i think.

the EF 35mm f1.4 is from 1998.

the EF 300mm f4 IS is from 1997

the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L is from 2002.

the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS is from 1998

and these are lenses i sell a lot more often then 500mm or 600mm lenses.

so to be honest... i think we all have waited long enough.... donĀ“t you think?

Indeed! Let us grab the torches and pitch forks! On a serious note, though, before the Earthquake, Canon was in the process of overhauling its line up, starting with the big whites. Hopefully, they will continue, now that things have settled...

That comment doesn't even make sense.

Makes sense to me....  What part of it don't you get?

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Lenses / Re: What lenses should I get for my 7d? (16 year old)
« on: January 24, 2012, 03:19:10 PM »

I would suggest that APS-C owners do care about the IQ of their images and sometimes the only way is through the L route

Well, that was certainly the case for me. I am very demanding as far as image quality goes (if I was going to spend the money on a DSLR, I wanted significantly better quality than my point-and-shoot and I wasn't really getting it with the stock lens). I was never really part of the "L or nothing crowd" but funny thing- 2 years later, only one of my lenses is not L (that's the 17-55 2.8 ) Although I did have the 85 1.8 for a short while before trading it in.

I often have the 85 1.8 on my camera - it is an excellent lens. I also use a lot of L lens too - but I dont consider them bling either.

From last night - 1D4 + 85 1.8 - 1/320, iso 400, f/4.5, two flash off camera+pw

I agree, and you can find them for $300 used all the time.  Aside from the bokeh, my 85L II isn't significantly sharper than the 1.8.  I think the 85L is a better lens for sure, but +$1700 better is certainly up for debate. 

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United States / Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
« on: January 24, 2012, 03:17:34 PM »
hmmm.....
I have:
Canon EF 15mm EF f/2.8 Fisheye
Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZE
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Canon 85mm f/1.2L
Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro

Want:
a new 135mm f/2L w/IS
35mm f/1.4
24mm f/1.4
14mm f/2.8L II
a new 135mm f/2L w/IS would be sweet

Dream:..any of the super new light tele lenses...400mm 2.8L IS etc....

My sharpest lens I think is the 100mm Macro..amazing.
Also...when it comes to sharp...I have a 70-200mm 2.8L IS II..now..gotta say (never thought I would)..that bad boy is like shooting with a prime...A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. lens...not good for bokeh..but damn is it sharp.

It is all great fun..with or without!!!!!!!!

I thought that the 70-200 f/2.8 was beautiful, it seemed like you didn't even have to stop down too much to get very shallow DOF, even at f/8 it looked pretty damn blurry.  Then again I guess compared to the macro it may not be as blurry.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The 5D Mark III Megapixel Count? [CR2]
« on: January 24, 2012, 03:14:37 PM »
With the risc for beeing called a gearhead or whatever, I will soon change to Nikon despite I have 580EX, 70-200 1:2,8L WFT and a 40D (I know it will cost a lot).
I have sold my 20D two years ago to buy a new Canon semi-pro camera which must be able to use autofocus while taking video. Sony, Panasonic and Nikon can do it . . . .   Come ON Canon, get a hold of your self.

If Canon want to keep being the leading manufactor of cameras in the world, Canon should make a camera with the following specs (will be between 1Dx and 7D (5D mrk II):

Vari-angle monitor 3" OLED or LCD 1.1 mil. pixels display (good in the sun)(protects the oled glas)
Perhaps FF 18MP from 1Dx
ISO 100-51200
The necessary numbers of DIGIC 5+
Video 1080p mode with 60fps
Build-in Stereo mic
Head phone out
Autofocus at Video and Live View
Facedetection during both Video and still
Interchangeable Focusing Screen, Rule of Thirds known as the Golden Mean or Golden Ratio.
Continuous shooting 8fps
Magnisium alloy body
Water resistant (Weathersealing)
19 AF points with 9 cross over
Both CF and SD slots
Build-in WiFi per-to-per directly to laptop
GPS

No matter the cost, I would buy IT !!! (better than change to Nikon, that would also cost).

Great to see some reasonable people here, I swear if I saw one more post with crazy specs and "all for $2500" at the bottom I was gonna scream.  It's like people expect Canon to make them an awesome camera and want it for a ridiculously low price just so it fits their own personal price range.

 I'd like a Ferrari for $20k, but it's not, so I'd look for cars in my price range...not demand that they sell it to me for that.  Just because something isn't in your price range doesn't mean it's a ripoff, it doesn't mean the company is trying to scam you, it just means that you really like something you can't afford and you should look for the next best thing.

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:33:48 AM »
Anyone know what those 4 little lights are under the screen to the left?  It's like a cluster of 3 small dots and then a slightly larger oval shaped one...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D X Speculation
« on: January 24, 2012, 10:30:48 AM »
To summarize the last 25 pages of rumor on this body:


(akiskev's image, nicely done)


Anyone else see those 4 little lights under the screen on the left?  Wonder what those are for...

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Lenses / Re: What lenses should I get for my 7d? (16 year old)
« on: January 23, 2012, 10:30:15 PM »

I would suggest that APS-C owners do care about the IQ of their images and sometimes the only way is through the L route

Well, that was certainly the case for me. I am very demanding as far as image quality goes (if I was going to spend the money on a DSLR, I wanted significantly better quality than my point-and-shoot and I wasn't really getting it with the stock lens). I was never really part of the "L or nothing crowd" but funny thing- 2 years later, only one of my lenses is not L (that's the 17-55 2.8 ) Although I did have the 85 1.8 for a short while before trading it in.

17-55 is an L in disguise, aside from the somewhat poor weather sealing I think it's an excellent lens, wonderful IQ.

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 10:25:35 PM »
It could very well be a EOS Movie prototype.  I'm sure they are out there. 

As to pricing of the 5D MK III, Nikon Rumors has a price estimate of $3K for the D800, which is where the D700 started.  I doubt that a 5D MK III will be far off this price.

Nothing about the pictures looks like a video shoot, no tripods, no stabilization, guy is always looking through the viewfinder, etc.  I think stills when I think of a safari. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Sighting?
« on: January 23, 2012, 06:03:01 PM »
Oh dear god, no.  Not that stupid mode dial unlock button.  To me, that's one of the most useless additions that Canon can put on a semi-pro body.  I can see the reason for putting it on the 60D, but come on.  Anyone using a 7D or higher should have some idea of what they're doing and in all my years of photography I've never heard of anyone accidentally switching the mode dial unintentionally.  If the new 5D is in fact coming standard with the unlock button, I hope that one can "downgrade" and remove it.  Even for a fee, I'd do it.


I'm also really digging the new grip.

I have, running 3 cameras shooting video and kept accidentally turning the dial while turning the camera on.  I mean when you flip the switch its pretty easy to accidentally nudge the dial at the same time, it happen several times.  I kept thinking someone was switching it to aperture priority and was getting very frustrated.  It happens, maybe not to you, but it does.  You don't have to use the lock if you don't want to.

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Lenses / Re: What is Lens IQ?
« on: January 23, 2012, 11:08:29 AM »
Image quality (IQ) is what you make of it.   :P

Seriously, it's the quality of an image delivered by the lens, and that's affected by several parameters.  Many people equate IQ with sharpness, but it's important to recognize that sharpness is only one characteristic of IQ, and sharpness itself has multiple meanings.  Other characteristics include contrast and color rendition.  There are various distortions and aberrations that affect IQ - geometric distortion, spherical aberration, chromatic aberrations (lateral and axial), vignetting, flare, etc.   

The recording medium also affects IQ - a lens does not function in isolation (although there are ways to test lenses in isolation, those are practically meaningless, since as a lens user, you need a camera to use the lens with).  Higher MP sensors result in an increase in perceived sharpness, but also sometimes magnify the effects of aberrations. 

Post-processing is another factor, involving yet more tradeoffs.  Many of those aberrations listed above can be corrected by software (especially geometric distortion, lateral CA, and vignetting).  However, some of those corrections result in a loss of sharpness in the corrected areas. 

So...I guess what it boils down to is that a lens with great IQ takes pretty pictures.  :P

I'd recommend not getting too hung up on lens sharpness - there are a lot of things you can do to increase the IQ of your images that don't depend directly on the lens.  For example, if you're shooting static subjects, using a tripod helps enormously.  Using a lens hood can increase contrast and color saturation in your images compared to the same lens without a hood.  Etc.

Or, if you prefer, go buy yourself an ISO 12233-type chart that costs more than some L-series lenses, and go nuts...  Heck, it works for me!   ;D

Those charts cost that much?

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