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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 27, 2015, 12:14:01 PM »
Do any of you think that there is a change of a 6D style camera with the 70D focus system and maybe an articulated screen this year?

I hope! If Canon released a full frame version of the 70D as the 6DII, I'd be doing the happy dance... :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 27, 2015, 12:34:22 AM »
I'm excited by the CR3 of the upcoming announcement. This makes sense, given that 5DIII prices have been getting pretty low, both grey market and authorized bundles/rebates. The 6D bundles have been looking good, too.

I won't be in the market for any of these new bodies, but I'm hoping it pushes the prices of the current generation down even further...

I'm expecting a scaled-up 7DII sensor...gasp...and that wouldn't disappoint me. :-X

Can't wait to see what Canon does!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 05:57:03 PM »
Why wait until March and not CP+??  At this point, a month shouldn't make a difference.

A month means greater ROI on the existing model.

Or possibly this; (cut from Wikipedia)

"The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a professional full-frame digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera made by Canon. It has a 22.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor. Succeeding the EOS 5D Mark II, it was announced on 2 March 2012,[2] the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the first camera in the EOS line, the EOS 650. It was also Canon's 75th anniversary."

What better way to mark the 28th and 78th anniversary than by releasing another new body with a sensor that out specs the competition.

Yeah, anniversaries are nice and all...but shareholders prefer ¥.

These days, they might even prefer $. :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 05:35:40 PM »
If it is the same as the quality of the 7D mark II then I will pass on it.

For my purposes I need clean pictures...

I don't believe pixel density is the reason the 5DIII produces cleaner images at a stop higher ISO than the 7DII. It's about the fact that the full frame sensor gathers so much more light.

You are correct.

In fact, the 7DII's sensor is better than the 5DIII sensor.  It's just under 1 stop behind, but the size difference should make it 1 1/3 stops behind.  Scale that sensor up and it will automatically be 1 1/3 stops better.

That sounds suspiciously like a sensor to look forward to.  :-X

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Sports / Re: Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: January 24, 2015, 04:42:39 PM »
Sometimes I like to slow the shutter way down, and let the subject, or the background, blur.  It helps to show the action as it was happening.  It's also wicked hard to get just right and very challenging.  Have you tried this?  What are your experiences

And show off some of your Photos!

REX58204 2 by RexPhoto91, on Flickr

Different. I like it!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 04:37:19 PM »
Explanation please? What is a low pass filter in this context? What is it for and if it's necessary, why build a camera without one? Is it the same as an anti-aliasing filter (another term I don't understand...)

A low pass filter is often used as a anti-aliasing filter.  Its the simplest.
 
A low pass filter allows lower light frequencies to go thru, but blocks higher ones.  Kinda like a UV filter that blocks UV light.
 
The high frequencies cause Moir√© in the final image which is difficult to eliminate.  As pixel count increases, the need for a optical low pass filter is reduced.
 
A low pass filter can be done in the electronics or optically, but its typically done both optically and electronically.  We are talking elimination of the optical low pass filter, not the electronic one.
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-aliasing_filter
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyquist_frequency
 
Several years ago, Panasonic produced a video called Demystifying Digital Cinema Camera Specifications
 
It covers many common questions and is reasonably easy to understand.
 
There are seven parts, and its worth while to view them all.  It gives you a appreciation for the compromises that go into designing digital cameras, and explains why no one system is the best at everything.
 
The link is to part one, its easy to find all seven parts.
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqq8QKMmtYg

Thanks for the links!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 04:36:34 PM »
If it is the same as the quality of the 7D mark II then I will pass on it.

For my purposes I need clean pictures...

I don't believe pixel density is the reason the 5DIII produces cleaner images at a stop higher ISO than the 7DII. It's about the fact that the full frame sensor gathers so much more light. With the improvements in quantum efficiency others have mentioned, I would expect a full frame sensor scaled up from the 7DII to be quite clean (at least as good as what the 5DIII can do, and perhaps a bit better.

I'm not an expert on this, though, so I'll let Lee Jay, jrista, Don, Nancy, Neuro and others chime in if they feel so inclined...  :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 24, 2015, 04:31:24 PM »
It will be overpriced for sure...

Possibly, but the introductory prices of the 70D and 7DII, as well as some of the recent lens releases, might point to the possibility of a pleasant surprise for the price point. Add in the weak yen, and (at least in North America), we might see a very reasonable price.

That said, this will be a huge jump in resolution for Canon, so I won't be surprised at high intro price...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera Bag
« on: January 24, 2015, 04:15:33 PM »
Bags are like shoes and bike saddles, very hard to find the perfect one and it's usually a lifelong journey(Meanwhile you end up with a grundle of them)
Agreed. Same deal with holsters -- it's easy to end up with a box full over the years.

I'm lucky that (for now), I don't have a ton of gear, so the Crumpler bag I picked up recently fits everything just right:

> Body
> 17-55MM
> 24-70MM
> 70-200MM
> Speedlite
> Filters
> Spare Batteries/Chargers/cables
> Wipes and other miscellany
> Straps for travel tripod (though mine has its own nice enough case)

I don't know if Crumpler makes backpack/adventure-style bags, but I'm quite impressed with the design and construction of the bag I have. Props to the Aussies on a great bag for me.

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DARN!

Guess I'll hold onto that dot-matrix printer for a bit longer :)

Just think of the sweet Happy Birthday banners you can create on that beauty!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Bundles from Adorama
« on: January 24, 2015, 03:49:37 PM »
I hope all goes well for you. Congrats on the 6D purchase. Looking forward to hearing how you like it...

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One other benefit - they can also be used as a windscreen in a pinch.

Great idea!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Bundles from Adorama
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:55:22 AM »
I've purchased from Adorama a number of times and have always had a good experience. Shipping has been very fast, and products arrive nicely packed. That said, I haven't yet (knock on wood) had an issue that required customer support, so I can't offer any input on that from my own experience.

My last purchase from Adorama was an EF24-70MM F4L IS and an EF70-200MM F4L IS, each with $200 rebates. The purchase before that was the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 with free paper and $300 rebate. Total cost for the printer, after rebate (which arrived in about two weeks), was $34.

As with any company, large or small, there will be vocal people that had negative experiences at some point. There are also plenty of other people (often not as vocal) who routinely have fabulous experiences every day.

I wouldn't hesitate to make a major purchase from Adorama again.

A note on Canon rebates: You can "pre-submit" your rebate electronically. This does NOT replace sending in the necessary paper documentation and UPC cut-outs, but it's handy for tracking the status of your rebate.

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+1

I keep a pair of the 40" 5-in-1s handy, one to diffuse, the other to reflect, if necessary (though for me, it's portraits, not macro). Their light weight is a big plus.

If you're hand-holding your shots, you'll want something to mount the diffuser to a stand/tripod (or have a friend hold it). If you're tripod shooting, you can hold the diffuser yourself.  :D

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I'll keep saving for the real deal. :P

Make sure you read this article before you buy:

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/stuff2/?p=2533

Thanks for the link. It's always good to go into a purchase like that with eyes open to all the considerations. "Saving up", for me, means having enough money for the printer, ink, paper, frames, additional walls, et cetera.  :P

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