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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:32:50 AM »
Had a rather heavy trip in the mountains today, Very windy, wet, low clouds and slippery. The attached looks a bit boring, with just rocks and more rocks. But up in the right corner ...
16-35 f4L IS, 1/80s, f5.6, ISO800

This reminds me of hiking to the top of Ben Nevis while backpacking Scotland a couple decades ago...

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:29:27 AM »
I could see them matching the features and AF of the 70D to the 6D's replacement.  Maybe increasing the FPS a bit and adding a 19 pt auto focus and DPAF.    Give it an articulated screen and you would have a very nice successor.

This is my hope. If they make the 6DII essentially a full frame 70D, I will immediately sell my 70D and buy the 6DII.

When I chose the 70D, I would have saved up a few hundred dollars more and bought the 6D if it had DPAF and articulating touch screen. I just can't live without the articulating screen...

EOS Bodies / Re: More 7D mk ii samples
« on: October 09, 2014, 11:31:37 PM »
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

I'd love to see the RAW files to get an idea of what the noise is like to start with and then what I could get as a final result in Lightroom. For web-sized photos, the cat image at 6400 ISO is pretty awesome. Makes me want to get out my 70D to see what it would do in similar circumstances...

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 12:19:10 PM »
If Canon retired the EF-S mount, wouldn't that harm the upgrade path to EF lenses (particularly L series)? Would someone using an entry level body with EF-M mount really be as likely to buy an L lens if they have to buy an adapter, too?

I just don't see Canon dumping EF-S any time soon...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 70D Bundle at Adorama $799
« on: October 01, 2014, 04:37:44 PM »
I already have the 70D and PIXMA Pro-100, but I'm sorely tempted to do this.

Even with careful FoCal calibration, I've never been able to get consistent focus using the viewfinder on my 70D. Live View shots are nice and sharp, so I know it's not the lens. View finder shots just seem to vary based on distance to my subject, which is frustrating. High-speed burst is just pitiful with almost zero hit rate using AI-Servo (I understand the possibility of user error -- been troubleshooting this for quite some time). I hear glowing reports about focus and speed from other 70D owners on this forum (some after Canon repair/tuning), so I know it's possible.

If I do the deal (my rebate for the printer deal came in just a couple of weeks), then I could compare the two bodies (calibrated) side-by-side to help confirm that I might have a bad copy. If the new one works properly, then I warranty-repair the old one before selling it (full disclosure to the buyer, of course). After selling the printer and the old body, I still come out ahead a couple hundred bucks, plus a bag, more paper and a memory card.

Any reason I shouldn't do this?

Edited to add: Plus, this would mean I have a body to use while the old one is visiting Canon. :)

I agree. I was so ready to buy it and then i come to know that even though the 1DX AF system came in, the exposure system did not!

So focus point based spot exposure :(

Yeah, and that's pure marketeering on Canon's part.  Although there may have been technical reasons for the 5DIII not having AF point-linked spot metering, there's no reason the 7DII can't have it...other than Canon reserving that feature for the 1-series bodies.

I really wish Canon would just fire their entire executive board and product planners and marketing feature planners. They could be so much more. They used to be. They have so much tech.

I want the best tech as soon as possible, too, but I suspect the board is considering more than just arbitrarily holding back tech. There's a global economic sag and the point-and-shoot market (i.e. Canon's bread and butter) is all but vanishing. This is a time where companies often choose a conservative approach to ensure long-term viability. I'd rather technology be metered out in a more steady fashion and know the company will likely still be strong ten or twenty years from now. If you release everything you have now, what do you do that's "new" when your engineers are developing technology that isn't production-ready?

It's funny how rarely we hear people complain about Sandisk "crippling" their memory cards for speed and capacity. Knew a guy who worked for Sandisk. The stuff he could tell me about was drool-worthy, and the stuff that was non-disclosable was "light years" ahead of that. Still, Sandisk wisely meters out releases at a fairly predictable pace, maximizing return on development investment and keeping pace with (or just ahead of) the competition. It's just how technology markets work.

All that said, I have my wish list, too. :P

I'd like a 70D body with a 6D sensor for the 6D price...

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:38:37 AM »

What we really need is a camera that doesn't let you take a bad picture, something that automatically chooses the best focus and tells you what pictures are good.

Hmm...that actually would be a cool idea. Imagine if the camera had an algorithm similar to FoCal in which it evaluated the sharpness at the active AF point and applied a sharpness rating to the image meta.

Then you could filter in Lightroom for sharpness ratings above a certain threshold. That could save time when you have dozens of bursts to sort through, looking for the best shots.

Maybe the geniuses at Magic Lantern could implement something like that (or already have?). If not, I bet some other genius could create a Lightroom plugin that does the same thing to photos already taken (as long as they have the AF point data). Shoot, maybe FoCal could make the plugin!  :P

Anybody else think this would be a cool feature/plugin? Does it already exist, and I'm just missing out?

EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:19:48 PM »
Granger is a pretty solid Nikon shooter.  And yes, he got to rattle off 5 shots as fast as he could in whatever light available. I doubt he had time to play with AF system setup and lord knows what mode it was on.

You wonder why Canon does this? Why not give someone a reasonable chance to produce some images that show the cam in it's best light?

But that defeats the purpose. We want to see samples of images with the camera in crappy light.  ;)

* I admit I didn't read the couple of pages that have been written since the above-quoted comment, so if someone beat me to it, right on.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:00:42 PM »
I'm all about competition, so bring it on, Nikon -- whatever you can throw at the market.

One thing I'd love to see is a Canon full-frame body with the tilty/flippy LCD of my 70D. Maybe in a 6DII? Give it similar AF points to the 70D, and I'd go for it. I guess I'm saying I'd love my 70D with a full-frame sensor at a 6D price.  ;D

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:14:56 PM »
Another reason to crop: Sometimes something other than a "standard" aspect ratio is most compelling for the image.

I'm a big fan of the Golden Ratio, but sometimes an extreme crop (thinking very narrow and tall, or the opposite -- very wide and short) can suit an image nicely. With all the megapixels we have these days, you can do that and still print quite large. Add a custom mat and frame, and you have something interesting on the wall that stands out from all the other standard rectangles...

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:14:06 PM »
I thought it was that "real photographers" don't use AF or exposure metering.   ;D

Nor zoom lenses!  :P

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:37:14 PM »
Never understood the "I never crop" mentality myself.

For me, a photograph is about what's pleasing to my eye. Composition and framing are a big part of that, and while I'm always intentional in my composition when shooting, an artistic eye will often "see" a variety of pleasing alternatives after the fact.

"Create Virtual Copy" is my friend, and I often use it just to produce different images with differing crops...

Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:34:42 AM »
If you want to get the best out of your photographs, and you're willing to learn and use a good RAW processing program like Lightroom, then yes. Switching from out-of-camera JPEG to RAW will likely do more for your photography than any upgrade in camera or lens.

I admit that RAW intimidated me a bit at first. The file size devoured my disk space, and I was finding DPP a little challenging. After seeing so many really helpful YouTube videos on Lightroom, I finally bought it, and I haven't looked back. The file size is a cheap price to pay for the results one can achieve. I can't count the number of times I've been able to recover a hastily snapped photo from a family vacation and produce not only a good "memory" photo but a beautiful photograph. When I see the difference between the camera's JPEG and my processed RAW file, it's shocking.

Before I was confident in RAW processing, I decided to shoot RAW+JPEG so I had the option to process a RAW file or not. While I'd have no problem doing RAW-only these days, I find that RAW+JPEG works nicely for me. Here's the process I tend to follow:

1. Shoot in RAW+JPEG
2. Import into Lightroom
3. Cull images that are obviously useless
4. Flag the images that I may want to process
5. Delete the RAW copies of the rest
6. Process and export my flagged images

This leaves me with RAW files for the keepers and JPEGs for the "nice to remember the moment, but not a great photo" images. Because the camera produced those JPEGs, they don't add to my workflow.

PS: Culling is probably the hardest part of the process for me. You can't really re-create a photograph, and once it's deleted, it's gone forever (well, once it's overwritten, anyway).

That reminds me -- a relative of mine was lamenting that while trying to transfer photos from her memory card to her computer, she accidentally deleted them -- hundreds of great family photos. Thankfully, when you delete a file, you only delete the address to that file (giving the system permission to write new data to that space). Since she hadn't taken any photos since the incident, I was able to use a free program (in this case, Recuva, from Piriform Software) to recover every single photo. She was elated.

EOS Bodies / Re: The day of the anti-climatic announcement
« on: September 05, 2014, 03:01:57 PM »
I'm confused. I've read the whole thread so far expecting a debate warming.  :o

Author Topic: The day of the anti-climatic announcement  (Read 7518 times)

Post Processing / Re: Too much chroma?
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:02:20 PM »
Cool image. If it were mine, I'd probably paint some warmth over the foreground. It seems too cool compared to the blazing sky. Maybe add a little more contrast to the foreground, too.

I'd love to do a photo safari some day...

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