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EOS Bodies / Re: Where is the EOS 5D Mark IV? [CR2]
« on: January 30, 2015, 06:50:01 PM »
They are saying all the words I want to hear.  That could be a worthy successor to the 5DIII.  Now, they just have to make it so. 

24-28 MP
Cleaner low ISO noise
Whatever benefit they can get out of higher ISO
8 fps
etc....

Evolutionary advancements in specs like these would seem likely, in which case I'd pass on the 5D4 and keep shooting happily with my 5D3 :) If I really need the tax writeoff I'd be more inclined to look into the 5Ds as a studio body to complement the 5D3.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: January 30, 2015, 02:32:41 PM »



But once again...utter silence about read noise and dynamic range. This is, clearly, a Low ISO part from Canon. If they had resolved their low ISO read noise issues...one would think they would be proclaiming it to the heavens. Why the silence? :\


Probably because Canon hasn't officially announced anything yet :) Other than a small percentage of forum dwellers, if Canon bragged about reduced read noise, who would even understand what they're talking about?

That said, I too find it a bit peculiar that everyone is so seduced by the megapixel count of this machine that the whole DR issue has flown under the radar thus far. I didn't think we'd ever see that day on Canon Rumors ;D

Hell, both dilbert and psolberg responded in the other thread, and the discussion still hasn't devolved into a DR pissing match :o
Because the camera(s) are yet to be released? Because nobody has seen any images from the camera(s)?

Since when has that stopped people from debating over DR?

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EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:54:10 PM »



But once again...utter silence about read noise and dynamic range. This is, clearly, a Low ISO part from Canon. If they had resolved their low ISO read noise issues...one would think they would be proclaiming it to the heavens. Why the silence? :\


Probably because Canon hasn't officially announced anything yet :) Other than a small percentage of forum dwellers, if Canon bragged about reduced read noise, who would even understand what they're talking about?

That said, I too find it a bit peculiar that everyone is so seduced by the megapixel count of this machine that the whole DR issue has flown under the radar thus far. I didn't think we'd ever see that day on Canon Rumors ;D

Hell, both dilbert and psolberg responded in the other thread, and the discussion still hasn't devolved into a DR pissing match :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: More About the EOS 5DS & EOS 5DS R
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:37:25 PM »
Given that THESE are the high MP bodies, how much better is the actual 5D4 going to be than the 5D3?  A small to modest boost in MP? same 61 AF? 7-8 FPS? maybe 4k?  It all depends on what you need. I suspect if you are very happy with a 5D3 now... a 5D4 won't add much to your plate.  Buy the 5DS and keep  the 5D3

Excellent point. I tend to buy bodies every other generation (I went from a 5DC to 5D3) and keep them for a very long time. My 5D3 is nearly three years old now, and I've said all along that I'm so happy with it that I'd most likely skip the 5D4 and wait for the 5D Mark 5. A modest bump in resolution, frame rate, or DR simply won't be enough to entice me to upgrade.

On the other hand, there are some (but not many) shooting scenarios where a 5Ds-type body would be beneficial to me. Segmenting the 5D line at least has me considering purchasing such a body to complement my 5D3, whereas I had no intention of buying another body until reading the recent rumors.

Honestly, a set of Profoto B1 lights are much higher on my priority list than a 50 megapixel camera :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Sony & Canon Sensor Partnership Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: January 28, 2015, 06:50:37 PM »
On a point and shoot? Sure, nobody is really going to care. But people that buy those high end Canon cameras are going to want Canon tech.

Not me. I want the best technology possible. I don't care who makes it.

Corvettes and Cadillacs share the same engines as much less expensive Chevy pickup trucks. Ultimately no one cares, because they make a ton of horsepower, get great mileage, are inexpensive to manufacture and maintain, and are extremely reliable. I'll gladly take a Corvette or a Cadillac over my Honda :) 

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Landscape / Re: Landscape paradise: Colorado vs. Pacific Northwest
« on: January 28, 2015, 01:34:37 PM »
Thanks to everyone for the input. Since this is a photography forum, does anyone have any images from either region they'd like to share :)?

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Landscape / Re: Landscape paradise: Colorado vs. Pacific Northwest
« on: January 27, 2015, 08:21:19 PM »
Thank you for the thoughtful responses. I'm planning a trip for Colorado this summer but also look forward to touring the Pacific Northwest in the future :)

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Photography Technique / Re: Which eye do you use?
« on: January 27, 2015, 07:27:31 PM »
I'm right-handed. I have  astigmatism on my right eye that hasn't entirely been correctied through contact lenses. so the vision out of my left eye is superior. However, shooting with my left eye feels so awkward that I always shoot with my right eye. Maybe all my camera lenses are out of focus just enough to compensate for my slightly compromised vision out of my right eye ;D

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Landscape / Landscape paradise: Colorado vs. Pacific Northwest
« on: January 09, 2015, 01:20:41 AM »
Simple question: What's the more scenic destination, Colorado or the Pacific Northwest? I need proof ;D

I ask for selfish reasons, as I'm debating on where to take take the family on vacation this spring or summer.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Most wanted new features for 5D Mark IV
« on: December 21, 2014, 06:11:28 PM »


and a built-in radio trigger for Speedlites?

Probably a model policy problem: More expensive metal camera bodies cannot have it due to transmission/range problems, and so cheaper plastic cameras like 6d/70d can't either...



Interesting info. Didn't know about the transmission problems. I thought Canon didn't include built-in transmitters because they're greedy and want to force people to buy a $300 transmitter. I'm sure that plays some factor in it, though :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Most wanted new features for 5D Mark IV
« on: December 21, 2014, 04:31:57 PM »
How about red AF points that you can actually see on dark objects in AI Servo, and a built-in radio trigger for Speedlites?

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: December 07, 2014, 02:49:53 PM »
Great images, Jock! I love the paddock and podium shots! Unfortunately, access to those areas is restricted at COTA until after the race. Looks like they do it right at Abu Dhabi. 

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: December 05, 2014, 06:18:34 PM »
I totally agree with you on the sound, I found them very quiet compared to last year’s V8's, I just done the whole Abu Dhabi event without any ear plugs at all, not something I could have done last year!!
Even though this year was a runaway year for Mercedes; the Abu Dhabi GP this year was the best I have ever attended, my Aunt and Uncle came over from the UK and as she's in a wheelchair we got gold class entrance to EVERYTHING so maybe that played a big part 8)  My programme has all but 5 signatures, Marussia (as they weren’t there), Sauber as I missed them due to being stuck in traffic during their session and Jenson Button.  My seat was directly opposite the podium too, so I managed to see all the celebrations.  I'll post some photo's soon of the event itself.

Yes, please share those images!

Glad you had a good time. Yas Marina looks like an incredible facility. I hope to see it in person today, but first I have to visit Spa, Suzuka, Silverstone, and Monza :)

Next years should be interesting. With Alonso going back to McLaren, and the Honda power units reportedly being the class of the field, maybe the drought will be over. I can't help but think that Seb and Ferrari will continue to struggle. If Renault manages to eek some more power out of their engines, I think they could definitely challenge Mercedes for the championship.

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Lighting / Re: Profoto B1 vs. Phottix Indra
« on: November 21, 2014, 09:52:09 AM »
Thanks for the feedback, fellas. Although I don't need to lug around modifiers that often, I know the options are limitless for the Profoto system. Great point.

Those RoveLight RL500s are an intriguing option. I think the rather basic transmitters would drive me insane, but then again they're less than 1/3 the price of the Profoto B1s. I read that article several times, and couldn't figure out if you have to jerry rig something up to get the HSS to work? Either way, gotta love all the competition out there these days ;D Nice to know that Profoto is working on a HSS firmware upgrade as well. That would be awesome.

I don't really want to spend the money on the Profotos, but after going through my books it's looking like I'm going to need a big tax write off to close out the year. I'd much rather upgrade my gear than send my money to Uncle Sam ;D



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Lighting / Profoto B1 vs. Phottix Indra
« on: November 20, 2014, 10:56:20 PM »
Does anyone here own a set of Profoto B1 lights? How do you like them? How well does the built-in diffuser work? How long does the battery last? I'm debating between the B1s and the Phottix Indras. The players:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1009783-REG/profoto_901094_b1_500_airttl_monolight.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1089949-REG/phottix_indra500_ttl_studio_light.html

I know there is a huge price difference between the two, but the convenience of having the battery packs, wireless triggers, and reflectors built into the heads on the Profoto lights is very appealing, especially for shoots that involve changing locations several times, which means setting up the lights several times. The Indras have a separate battery pack and reflectors, so that's more setup time and cords to trip over. One advantage of the Indras is that they have HSS, which the B1s do not, but I don't see that being too useful for my needs.

My primary objective is trimming down on the amount of gear I have to lug around in the field, as well as cutting down on the setup time. I'm currently using three White Lightning heads triggered by a Phottix Odin/Strato combo. Between the lights, cords, battery packs, reflectors, and triggers I need a big ass Pelican case to fit it all in. In contrast, two B1 lights will fit in a small backpack. I can see myself using the B1s in situations and locations where I would have never bothered with the White Lightnings due to their size and the hassle of setting then up, choosing instead to limp around with Speedlites. Not having to attach the battery packs,  power cords, reflectors, and triggers will save me 15 minutes in setup time and 15 minutes in pack-up time each and every time.

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