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EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: April 26, 2013, 11:54:00 AM »
The problem is that the eos M looks like a plastic toy .
The Fuji looks good , even the nikon looks good
It's a meter of What Is transceiver.
Unfortunately, Canon's camera looks cheap plastic .
The canon design is ugly .
And last very Important detail - they must use - WI-FI & GPS - this is MUST !
Thanks every body

If the EOS-M had Wi-Fi and GPS running along with a lens with IS going, the battery may only get like 40 shots on a charge!  They may need to develop a battery grip for the body to drive all these extra features.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Just when I was about to buy an M...
« on: April 22, 2013, 11:33:50 AM »
And the Sigma DP series if you are looking for a different photographic experience and challenges.  All depends on the intended purpose of the body.

If these new lenses actually happen and are all as good as the 35, wonder what Sigma's roadmap is for their bodies?

Well Sigma only makes bodies around the Foveon sensor with their current flagship being the SD1 Merrill.  It is "only" an APS-C sized sensor and I think was originally sold for like $9000 though it is currently about $1800.  Unless Sigma has a huge secret they have kept under wraps about making a full 24 x 36 mm sensor, they do not make a single camera that can fully utilize DG series lenses.  They would be happy with all DC series if making lenses solely for their own line.

So it appears Sigma is still quite committed to being a third party lens line for the other major manufacturer bodies.

PowerShot / Re: SX50 outperforming 5DIII +100-400mm
« on: April 19, 2013, 04:14:28 PM »
Awesome guys....

This just tells me Canon has lots of tech to make crazy good sensors. Imagine if this tech was applied to full frame sensors.....

Then you would be dealing with 366.8 megapixel files!  SX50 has 12.1 MP on a sensor surface area of 28.5 mm2 while the 5D mark iii has 22.3 MP on a sensor surface of 864 mm2.


Some have been wondering why APS-C?  Well, Sigma does make cameras and they are all of the crop variety (1.5x) so the glass will natively work.  The 35 1.4 is the oddity; a quite beautiful oddity.

Lenses / Re: Speedy Manual Focusing?
« on: April 17, 2013, 12:57:15 PM »
I believe innately knowing this concept and how it applied to their cameras helped a lot especially when street shooting.


Lenses / Re: I have just lost confidence with Canon Rumors & B&H
« on: April 17, 2013, 12:54:13 PM »
I remember back in the day in San Francisco, there were these independent electronic stores along Market Street.  They were generally rip off stores designed to get tourists.  One of the stores had a large sign out that said...


The capitalized letters would be like 3 feet tall and the for was a tiny word easily mistaken for the word "of".  They wanted to make it look like they were liquidating their merchandise when that is their everyday strategy.

Another business type that does permanent going out of business sales seems to be the Persian Rug market.   Great deals...every day!

Lenses / Re: IS mandatory? 70-200 f/4 IS vs. f/2.8 Non-IS
« on: April 17, 2013, 12:48:14 PM »
Thanks Paul13walnut! I always wondered about that. I thought you had to shoot at 2.8 all the time.


From the mid sixties most SLR cameras have had full aperture TTL metering.

That is the iris stops down to shooting aperture at exposure, it remains open before exposure to keep the viewfinder bright for focusing.  Meter coupling, and these days electronic interfaces, tell the meter how much to compensate the reading for.

So if you have an f2.8 or faster lens, the af is performed at f2.8 or faster, even if you shoot at f8 all the time.

If you want to see what your sensor will see when the shutter is activated, use the DOF preview button on your camera.  For many Canons, it is on the lower side of the lens mount away from the shutter button.  On the 5D mark iii, it was moved to the shutter side of the mount.  Regardless, find it on your body and before you take the  picture, press and hold that DOF preview button.  It will stop down the aperture to your set value and you can see through the viewfinder or live view the actual light amount (and Depth of Field).

Lenses / Re: I have just lost confidence with Canon Rumors & B&H
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:57:05 AM »
So I'm guessing that the OP was a big fan of JCPenny's everyday low pricing as the business of sales and special deals for anyone including repeat customers and bulk orders is offensive to all humankind, eh Comrade?  ::)

Guess I'm just used to the pricing games as I'm used to online pricing for electronic and consumer goods ever since the idea of Black Friday was first invented by places like CompUSA.  Really people, it is a game.  Go play it and get your best price.


The 27" IPS panels typically have a 16:9 resolution of 2560 x 1440.  Basically a 1440p equivalent television.  Its known as QHD as it is basically the equivalent resolution of 720p monitors being arranged in a 2x2 array (all on one screen).  The 16:10 version of 2560 x 1600, known as WQXGA, equals 4K (4096000 pixels).

Here is an exhaustive list of all the resolutions out there.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_display_resolution

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Refurb 400mm f/5.6L $910
« on: April 11, 2013, 02:52:50 PM »
FYI, the lens is currently OOS at the Canon site.

SSDs are great for boot drives and program installs.  For data storage, it can still be expensive and you must be religious about backing up. (A good idea whether using standard HDD or SSD)

Saw someone bash SandForce.  The company does produce good products and now are in many of the lower priced drives.  There were issues when the SF-2281 chip was released.  Improper firmware was often the culprit.  Problems are less of a concern with recent implementations using the chip.

SandForce uses a compression and encryption routine when writing to the drives so compressible data works well with the drives.

Most issues with the SSD tech have been worked out and it is a good time for non-techies to add them to their computers.  Even if the bus in the computer cannot take full advantage of the speed of the drive, the drive will maximize the performance of the bus and the computer's abilities.  Remember, the storage system of a computer is by far the slowest element in the machine so improvements in this area are immediately apparent.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Refurb 400mm f/5.6L $910
« on: April 10, 2013, 07:37:52 PM »
This has been on the Canon site for at least a few days now.  Been hemming and hawing on the purchase as I am also considering the 300 f/4L is.  Not too sure how many Birds In Flight I'd take.

He is referring to the post about a 24 inch panel.  Nothing to do with the original topic on a 30 inch monitor.

Thanks Mt Spokane Photography.  Yes, the 24 inch is an off brand monitor but the panel is good.  I think that the panels are all tested with the best performing ones going to top tier brands (with the high prices).  Then the good enough get put into these off brand cases.  There are a bunch that get sold on eBay through Korea, but a good one that I have is this 27" panel for $399.


The stand sucks so I just repurposed a rotating stand from a 20" HP panel.  The attachment screws are VESA compliant.

When the screen is black, I get a fair amount of light bleed from the corners.  Do not notice this when actually viewing the desktop or using the panel in a normal manner.

It is hard to go wrong with these panels.  Dollar for dollar, they are a great value.

If someone just needs an IPS panel, here is a 24 inch refurbished unit for only $199.


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