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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Shipping This Week in United States
« on: February 23, 2015, 04:54:21 PM »

I see this lens as a prime money maker, not hobby lens. 


But this is a zoom lens. ;)   You knew that before you clicked the Pre-Order button, right?  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: February 23, 2015, 04:30:00 PM »

I'm wildly speculating, but it's all in the realm of reason and plausibility because Canon has the Tech to do this. Now whether they can cost effectively fabricate this right now is another question... Gonna be a fun year!!


Speculating on juicy stuff like this is the whole fun of this site, so carry on! :P

Agreed on the possibility/plausibility. It comes down to product positioning, internal road maps and manufacturing hurdles. I'm excited!

...I just don't know how much  of an overhaul it is to retool to get the signal flow they designed in their patent and get everything on ONE die. I'm sure it's expensive, but is it so expensive as to make it non-feasible.


My hunch is that there is a new process (hopefully on-die ADC of some kind), and it's taken Canon a bit longer than anticipated to bring it up to production-ready status, especially if DPAF is involved. For some reason, I get the feeling DPAF is proving more challenging to produce (yields). Still not sure if it's that or just product differentiation that has kept it from the M (a natural recipient) or even the newer Rebels.

The recent downward movement in price for the 1DX and 1DC sure seem to signal that successors will arrive (or be announced) this year (e.g. 1DXII and 5DC?). This would point to the process being ready, whatever the chip technology is. I hope it's something cool!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: February 23, 2015, 03:50:09 PM »

I'm wildly speculating, but it's all in the realm of reason and plausibility because Canon has the Tech to do this. Now whether they can cost effectively fabricate this right now is another question... Gonna be a fun year!!


Speculating on juicy stuff like this is the whole fun of this site, so carry on! :P

Agreed on the possibility/plausibility. It comes down to product positioning, internal road maps and manufacturing hurdles. I'm excited!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: February 23, 2015, 11:15:48 AM »
I think I'm in the camp of others on this thread suspecting the body (and specs) in question is a test bed for specific technology and not a prototype destined to become an actual product as-configured.

What stands out to me is the fact that as I read the rumor, I was thinking, "This sound like a 1DX," and then read this: "It was stressed that the above is NOT the EOS-1D X Mark II. There will be a quantum leap in fps, dynamic range and a bump in resolution for that camera."

Now that sound exciting! I might never own a 1 Series body, but a new breakthrough in that series is good news, nonetheless. I'm surprised these odd-ball 5DIV "specs" are even being talked about when a "quantum leap" in FPS and dynamic range is rumored to be in the pipeline.

Of course, if the source is the same, then it might be as bogus as this 5DIV spec list. :P

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3rd party monitor stands cost as much as monitors, so i guess i'm better off getting a new monitor.


You might consider looking on www.monoprice.com for monitor arms. They also have cables for dirt cheap, too. I've been pleased with them...

They are based in the US, i don't know if they ship to Italy, and, even if they do, there would also be a lot of crap involved from customs.  :-\


Ah...gotcha. That's a bummer.


Now, for the colorimeter: i really don't have a clue, and i need your help! :D


I've been quite pleased with the X-Rite i1 Display Pro. It's pretty easy to use, and I've been pleased with the results I get between my printer and the Dell IPS display I calibrate it with.

That reminds me...It's been a month or two since I calibrated last. Better go do that now... :P


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3rd party monitor stands cost as much as monitors, so i guess i'm better off getting a new monitor.


You might consider looking on www.monoprice.com for monitor arms. They also have cables for dirt cheap, too. I've been pleased with them...

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Lenses / Re: Which Lens to buy for Portraits
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:42:25 PM »

I have shot on many occasions at 2.8 and bigger in a studio with strobes for effect.  Here:

http://shields-photography.com/p1071533385/h3BCECE62#h270b96b0


Great shots, PureClassA -- thanks for sharing. No doubt, you couldn't get that confetti shot without the wide aperture. Good tip on the ND filter, too...

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Lenses / Re: Which Lens to buy for Portraits
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:28:15 AM »
Benique, if I've read correctly, here are the nuts and bolts of what you've described of your needs, followed by my opinions:

> You mostly shoot at F5.6 - 11.

This, to me, means spending big money on wide aperture lenses is a waste for the majority of your work. If you're stopping down to F8, or something, the advantage of an F1.2 or an F2.8 lens is lost. That's good news because it could save you a LOT of money.

> You shoot in somewhat limited space. Without exactly defining what that is, it's hard to know what the limits are going to be for focal length. Some have said a 70-200MM is wholly inappropriate, but then they recommend an 85. If your space isn't too tight for 85MM, then the 70-85 end of a 70-200MM will work, too. :P

> You currently shoot a crop body but have plans to upgrade to full frame in a year or so. This plan, to me, means don't let the crop factor affect your choice. You'll likely have the lens far longer than any body.

When I add this all up, I like MackGuyver's suggestion of the 70-200MM F4 IS more and more (I also happen to have and love that particular lens...for portraits...on a crop body). The zoom ring is so smooth and can turn with a single finger. It has excellent sharpness, great flexibility with the zoom, is much smaller and lighter than the F2.8 version and has a relatively friendly price (especially with rebate).

If it was me, I'd be choosing the 70-200MM F4 IS. If you can fit an 85MM, then you can use a 70-200. The move to full frame will only improve its usefulness in limited space.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 19, 2015, 12:48:45 PM »
I was wondering what Adobe could do (without eating too far into Photoshop features) that would make me want to upgrade from Lightroom 5.

> 32-bit HDR blending?
> Panorama stitching?
> GPU processing support?

I like it!!!

I already use LR/Enfuse for HDR and a separate third-party program for panoramas, but if I can do it all with native Lightroom features (effectively), I'll be thrilled.

For the HDR and Panos, I wonder if it will automatically group the RAW files that have been merged to reduce visual clutter.

I'm guessing it will just create a new merged file, but it would be interesting if it merged HDR/panos as a non-destructive effect on a virtual file from the RAW files. Once merged, you could still tweak the processing of the individual input RAW files and see the result updated in the merged virtual copy. That would be sweet.

Face recognition will be cool -- as long as it's not through Google and/or connected to any third parties (especially government) or even Adobe, for that matter. I'd like it to just operate locally, leaving privacy intact.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to this release with some excitement!

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Canon General / Re: Lost half of my Canon DSLR
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:13:00 AM »
Just pondering a little more on crappy situations like this...  I've concluded that I'd rather be dealing with some financial loss and heartburn over security than be the one stuck with the meth habit that drives me to steal.

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Canon General / Re: Lost half of my Canon DSLR
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:08:14 AM »
So sorry to hear the sad news, Dylan. I hope the insurance comes through for you. It sucks how we often don't know all the limits of our insurance coverage until we need to make a claim.

A few years ago while living in a condo, I had two cars, three car stereos, a tank of gas and a tool chest of plumbing tools (right from my utility room) all stolen within about an 11-month span. That feeling of walking out to my parking space to go to work and finding it empty was bad enough once, but twice -- it sucks...bad. The next day someone siphoned both gas tanks from the truck I was borrowing until I could get another car. Talk about feeling picked-on! I don't miss that condo...

When the first car was "recovered" a week later, it was unrecognizable and had been totally gutted. Somehow, they were too dumb to figure out how to get my snowboard out of the trunk, even though they ripped the deck lid off (all they had to do was bend the snowboard a little, and it would have been out). Glad I had comprehensive coverage for that one, and thankfully, the insurance came through with a generous offer, considering it had >200K miles on it.

The second car, I thought, "No problem...I'll just get the claim started," only to find that some validation flaw on the insurance company's web form had unchecked the comprehensive coverage when I added that car to my policy. Thankfully, the cops found that car with only damage to the ignition and steering column. Got very lucky there...

Anyway, it sucks that there are people out there who think they can just take what someone has worked very hard for. I just feel sad for them, though...some day it will catch up to them.

Good luck with insurance, security, finances and most importantly peace of mind.

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In Australia, the 5DS R has already been superseded.....http://www.canon.com.au/en-AU/Personal/Support-Help/Product-Help/Camera-Accessories/EOS-Digital-SLR-Cameras/EOS-5DSR

Kia ora, bro!  ;D

The big question: Superseded by what? And is it Canon?  :P :-X

In all seriousness, I wonder if it's a website hiccup because there are two versions of the 5DS (one being "superseded" by the other)...

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In Australia, the 5DS R has already been superseded.....http://www.canon.com.au/en-AU/Personal/Support-Help/Product-Help/Camera-Accessories/EOS-Digital-SLR-Cameras/EOS-5DSR

Kia ora, bro!  ;D

The big question: Superseded by what? And is it Canon?  :P :-X

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EOS-M / Re: Official: Canon EOS M3 and It's Not Coming To North America
« on: February 07, 2015, 07:39:25 PM »
As for you particularly, I have no beef.  No condescension. No apology on your behalf. You've made your point and made an honest, decent effort at clarification.  I'm more concerned that we as a people are so arrogant (myself included), not that you pointed it out (inadvertently).  Did I do the best job stating the case?  Probably not.  It's past.

Fair enough, and no harm done. :P It's refreshing to be able to patch stuff up without it devolving into what often happens elsewhere on these forums. Cheers...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Bingo! New Canon 5Ds has 50.6 MP new rumored specs
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:48:04 PM »
So Canon's business strategy is like Taco Bell? That's the best analogy I've heard yet ;D

Except Taco Bell's share price over the last 5 years is steadily trending up while Canon's is steadily trending down... maybe Canon needs to accept that the same old ingredients won't cut it in the Camera business.  ::)

True. I wonder how much of that is from KFC and Pizza Hut (the other chains owned by Yum Brands).

Maybe Canon should start selling fried chicken and pizza.  ;D

Then again, the 5DS R might be considered "extra crispy" with that AA cancellation filter. :P

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