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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 14, 2014, 09:20:16 AM »
The fact is rising tide lifts all boats.
I am not concerned one bit about videography for myself, yet the fact that Canon seems to fall behind in prosumer or low end pro videography behind Panasonic and Sony is unfortunately going to affect revenues. If Canon decides not to bring what is now standard or expected to sub-10K cameras it will definitely affect their bottom line. 5DII used to be the definitive line in HDSLR filming, now GH4 and A7s are much better it seems. Even Black Magic was said to be better than the 5DIII.
Similarly, Nikon has brought lots of great new features in the D810. I am not concerned that my 5DIII doesn't have it, but I would like Canon to bring out a camera that does have all those features so they don't lose customers. A high-res high-DR sensor would certainly help.
I would like Canon to flourish because it will affect me indirectly and allow me to use the great equipment they bring out. I am concerned that Canon's business strategy (which often overrides market surveys for big companies) might be too conservative.

I agree 110%. Sony absolutely has plans to take marketshare from Canon and Nikon. The question is will Canon respond or keep nickel and diming us with incremental updates?

Sony has a lens problem. The other issue with AF and other rough edges would take maybe two or three new generations of cameras to work out. I think we will see Canon and Nikon users switching in big numbers.

Do people not remember the 5d mkii?  The mkiii is a revolution in auto focus and low light performance... nickel and dime in the rebel line... sure... but the 1dx is reportedly amazing and the mkiii is borderline great.  How soon we forget.

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:01:15 PM »
It's still the worst place for light to come from regardless if its the primary light source or fill.

If that were true, no one would use ring lights.  But they do.

when a ring light is used the light is coming from top, bottom, right and left of the lens position creating a unique look entirely different than the look from a pop up flash. you cant be serious with that post...

Architects same as the Great Chef , who can use the Chicken's S___ to make a great Chicken Salads"---Yes, Some time Useless Pop-up flash can be the Life saving Photos for the photographers like us,  if we know how to use them.
Enjoy
Surapon

PS, All Photos are no Post processing , except reduce the size to fit below 1 MB.

with all due deference to your ingenuity surapon, the quality of light from your fill flash is still poor. you can season chicken S___ as much as you like....its still chicken S___ that you are eating.

regardless of how you spin it, quality of light has a great deal with the direction it is coming from. directly over the lens is about the least desirable position for light to come from. size, intensity and ability to shape your light source also contribute to quality of light and pop up flash fails to achieve any merit in any of these criteria.

photography quite literally translates to "writing with light". understanding quality of light and how to manipulate it is paramount for professional photography. a pop up flash is so far on the other side of desirable that its hard to put into words. put it this way...once one is introduced to lighting, lesson #1 is get the light off the camera.

sry, i just can't fathom anyone that is remotely serious about lighting defending a pop up flash on a professional level body.

Are we talking about gizzards?  Gizzards are gross.  My grandparents used to claim that they were the same thing as nuggets... damn liars.

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:05:42 PM »
Pop up flash is quite low on my priority list.  Give me integrated rf triggering with second curtain and I'm a happy camper.  Want a built in flash alternative, get a 90ex for the instances where you need a flash.  Fifty bucks... done.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Searching for a lightroom 5 deal...
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:00:27 PM »
I believe what happened is that a good long while ago I told the computer to check for bad sectors on the hard drive... but it could only doo that after a restart.  So I forgot about the check... a few hours las and I assume the hard drive is fried.... but after a few more hours, the check is finally done and it is as it was... but there are some bad sectors... o

I was able to retrieve my light room code and I was able to put it on my laptop as a backup... but all in all I can see why film has a certain draw...

I'd replace the HDD before it finally goes kaput, and might as well upgrade to SSD.  Personally I'm done with HDD except for storage.  Solid state drives are really affordable now, just picked up a 500gb drive for just over $200.

That is excellent advice, but I'm truly very cheap... I suppose a small ssd to host the basics would be reasonable...

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Searching for a lightroom 5 deal...
« on: August 13, 2014, 02:11:53 PM »
I believe what happened is that a good long while ago I told the computer to check for bad sectors on the hard drive... but it could only doo that after a restart.  So I forgot about the check... a few hours las and I assume the hard drive is fried.... but after a few more hours, the check is finally done and it is as it was... but there are some bad sectors...

I was able to retrieve my light room code and I was able to put it on my laptop as a backup... but all in all I can see why film has a certain draw...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Anyone own both Canon and Nikon
« on: August 12, 2014, 08:10:46 PM »
I thought about buying a mirror less Nikon for around a hundred bucks... but then I didn't think I would ever use it so I didn't bother.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 12, 2014, 01:59:53 PM »
let's not just blame the body... often people will pair the rebel with a 75-300 or 55-250 which is a f5.6 at the tele ems, so they are readily getting a quarter of the light in a poorly lit gym...

Heck...I settle getting 1/500 if a second on some gyms with an aperture of f2.8 and am iso of 3200... provided I'm reflecting correctly. 

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Any guessing about the pricing? Considering sigma's latest primes

It appears sigma didn't want to eclipse the $1000 mark with their primes... so I'd guess 949.

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I need to say this, with Peace & Love:

Please, Sigma, I need your 85 1.4 Art.  The 24 prime is useless to me.  Peace & Love, Peace & Love!  The 85 needs to be your next lens.

If you send us a 24, it will be tossed.  I'm saying this with Peace & Love.

I've flirted with the 85L mkii so many times...  but it is like a case of star crossed lovers... it is just not meant to be.  I think the 85L could be sharper, but the bokeh is undeniably magic. 

With the 50mm range... I'd be ok with swapping sides and go with sigma... but with the 85... you need to bring something special to the table.

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:43:49 AM »
Jay should know better considering he is renowned as a car guy.

Disclaimer - perhaps some beers were consumed before writing this post!
Always a recipe for some amusing posts!  I had nothing but a bike for a while, too, and my finances have gone from scraping up change under the couch for dinner to living pretty comfortably...right now things are good, but my multi-year consulting gig is coming to an end this month, so gear purchases are on hold for a while...

Nice ... enjoy! (And remember that the name "Porsche" has two syllables.) For my money, Jeeps (specifically Wranglers) are the best go-anywhere vehicles ever made.

Where did the one syllable use of Porsche come from?  We don't see people saying Ja-eeps, Fa-ord, etc.
I've definitely enjoyed my car for the last 8 years / 40,000 miles - other than when I've had to pay for the service bill :)  And yes, I have a T-shirt that shows the correct pronunciation...and I have no idea why people mispronounce it.  It's a person's name!  The worst instance I've seen was watching a show where Jay Leno got to drive the then-new Carrera GT at Talladega in front of Porsche's executives.  He told that that it was a "great Porsh" and I cringed and hoped that they wouldn't consider him an ambassador for all Americans!

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:18:58 AM »
LOL and not the most suitable car for outdoor photography with it's 4 inch ground clearance :o.  I keep saying I'm going to buy an old beat up Jeep or something as a third car so I can get to the places I'd really like to shoot that don't have paved roads.

Nice ... enjoy! (And remember that the name "Porsche" has two syllables.) For my money, Jeeps (specifically Wranglers) are the best go-anywhere vehicles ever made.

Where did the one syllable use of Porsche come from?  We don't see people saying Ja-eeps, Fa-ord, etc.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D or wait for update...
« on: August 09, 2014, 07:33:02 PM »
I just finished watching all five Seasons of The Wire... and Freamon spend 13 years... and four months... in theft...

Basically anytime something was stolen that was valued at above $50, he would fill out a card.  When someone would come to the pawn something, the pawn store would call and check to see if there is a card with the description... if yes... cops... if no... here's some cash.

I'm not sure if that really happens... but I wouldn't look @ a pawn store for it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Any rumors on a new fullframe body for Canon?
« on: August 09, 2014, 07:29:17 PM »
I know no one wants to buy something only to have it become obsolete a week later... or spend the same amount as the updated model which is more feature rich.

Having said that... the 6D doesn't stop taking quality photos.

But to answer your question, the only full frame making a blip on the map is the big sensor... 3D maybe... who knows... but the 6D isn't likely to get replaced... I would guess the 6D has a longer lifespan than the 5D mkiii...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D or wait for update...
« on: August 09, 2014, 07:16:48 PM »
Here's the formula I use everytime I make a purchase.

((purchase price)-(price eventually sold @))/years used.

If you buy a 7D now... you know the image quality, the low light performance, the fps, the good... the bad... If you buy a 7D now around $800 new or $700 used (in great condition), you are probably looking at a sale price of $500 in 4 years...

Plugging in the numbers (700-500)/4=$50 per year.  That's a steal of a price.

If you wait for the 7D mkii... you are looking a price (maybe between the 6D and the 5D... let's say $2200 because if you are an early adopter of the mkii, you will pay the early adopter premium).

After 4 years, the sales price will be around $1100.

So 2200-1100/4=$275 per year... for a camera with comparable image quality to the 70D...

I'd lean to the 7D... but maybe the mkii will be revolutionary... I suppose the possibility is to buy a used one... sell it if the mkii is crazy amazing... and only lose a $100 in the process... give or take.

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Lenses / Re: 100mm 2.8 vs 85mm 1.8
« on: August 08, 2014, 06:21:01 PM »
I should qualify that... shallower depth of field depending upon your subject and how close you get to them... obviously at 1.8 v 2.8 and the same framing... 1.8 will be shallower.

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