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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: October 09, 2014, 12:24:47 AM »
Lewis is back! I somehow missed the breaking news until now.

Initial reports indicate that Honda is putting together a power unit that could very well be the class of the field. That said, McLaren already has the Mercedes power unit, which is currently the class of the field, yet is still struggling mightily. Hopefully the team can get the rest of the chassis sorted out.

I'm still shocked at the logic - or lack thereof - behind Ferrari showing Alonso the door in favor of Vettel. Now that there's a vacant seat at Mercedes, I can't imagine him signing with any other team, unless he did indeed sign a contract with Honda directly. If McLaren returns to form, Hamilton and Alonso battling it out once again is going to be epic!

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: October 09, 2014, 12:18:23 AM »
Yes, our thoughts and prayers go out to Bianchi and his family. They didn't show the impact on TV here in the states, and I'm glad they didn't. I'm sure it was horrific, and I have no interest in seeing it. Let's hope he can make some type of recovery!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 09, 2014, 12:10:06 AM »
I'd say that most FF cameras could benefit from a 16-bit ADC. Even Canon cameras, which still have high read noise, can benefit. You won't see an editing latitude increase on a Canon camera (not with current read noise levels anyway), however overall, you should still see improved tonal grading. Convert 65, 80, 150 thousand electrons into 16k digital units, and your needlessly limiting your tonal range. Convert 65, 80, 150 thousand electrons into 65k digital units, and you greatly expand your tonal range...that should mean smoother gradients, softer shadow falloff (until you hit the read noise floor), etc.

Very interesting info. Other than higher bit ADC, what other methods can be used to improve tonal range?

I'm often shooting product images of engine or suspension parts that are some slightly different shade of gray, white, or black. Since I have 100 percent of the control over lighting, in these scenarios I'm far more interested in improvements in tonal range than dynamic range, although dynamic range is still a nice convenience.

Similar products shots I've seen captured with medium format gear absolutely kicks the $hit out of anything captured on 35mm sensors in terms of super fine tonal gradations. It makes me envious, but I don't shoot nearly enough product gigs like this to warrant investing in medium format.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 08, 2014, 07:23:12 PM »


And the effective res is a bit lower per processing power and storage space required and they have relatively modest low ISO DR.



So what's the point, then? It sounds like there are lots of drawbacks with the only potential advantage being "truer colors."

Does modest low ISO DR mean worse than current Canon sensors, similar to current Canon sensors, or similar to Canon sensors with the potential for a big DR increase given innovative tech/manufacturing?

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I'd say for every 2 out of three drones, the photos they actually produce are garbage. Now I'm speaking about the drones that come here to complain so fiercely that when we actually scrutinize the photos the produce, they fall flat on their face.

Careful. I get flamed every time I make a similar observation. According to some of the most vocal DR "advocates," most people seeking more DR do indeed produce stunning images.......it's just that they keep those images top secret, and no one is allowed to see them.
I think you mistake that I want to be correct on that statement. I really hope that I'm wrong and a Droner can prove me wrong. IE: dilbert.

I'd love to be proven wrong. dilbert has vowed to post images that makes Canon shooters envious once he switches to SoNikon. For his sake, hopefully that new camera will come in a bundle that includes a functioning ballhead and cable release.

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: October 08, 2014, 05:56:30 PM »
It would be truly dumbfounding if Alonso, arguably the best driver in the field, is forced to take a year sabbatical due to the McLaren/Honda political mess. Only in F1 ;D!

Of course, if that happened Alonso would only have himself to blame since he cost McLaren $100 million. I know Ron Dennis has a big ego, but I don't think anyone could blame him for holding a grudge. 

As for the Scuderia, I sometimes wonder why I'm still a Ferrari fan. Since 2006 they have:

1) Ousted Schumacher for Raikkonen
2) Ousted Raikkonen for Alonso
3) Brought Raikkonen back after buying out his contract for him to leave the first time
4) Ousted Alonso for Vettel
5) Fired its Technical Director
6) Fired its President
7) Brought back Rory Byrne

That's a lot of big-name drivers going in and out the door with only one championship to show for it. I propose bringing Ross Brawn back to Maranello ;D

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I'd say for every 2 out of three drones, the photos they actually produce are garbage. Now I'm speaking about the drones that come here to complain so fiercely that when we actually scrutinize the photos the produce, they fall flat on their face.

Careful. I get flamed every time I make a similar observation. According to some of the most vocal DR "advocates," most people seeking more DR do indeed produce stunning images.......it's just that they keep those images top secret, and no one is allowed to see them.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Multilayer Sensors are Coming From Canon [CR2]
« on: October 08, 2014, 05:24:55 PM »
Other than more accurate color, what are the fundamental benefits of a multi-layer sensor?

IMHO, as great as the 1DX may be, Canon could definitely benefit from a true studio/landscape-oriented 1Ds3 successor. The whole "merging of the 1D and 1Ds" line is pure marketing non-sense. Nikon dropped a full-frame sensor into their sports body, so Canon had to follow suit. It's as simple as that. The 1DX is essentially a full-frame replacement for the 1D4.

I know lots of pros still shooting with 1Ds3 bodies. Maybe a real studio/landscape camera will give them reason to finally upgrade.

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Yes and no. For most static images, my current 5D3 would have offered only marginal improvement over my old 20D in overall IQ. That said, for fast action shots, the 5D3's faster frame rate, awesome AF system, and my current IS lenses definitely improve the hit rate over my old gear.

By far, diversifying my lighting equipment has had the greatest impact in the quality of my images. However, if I had the same lighting gear 10 years ago that I have today, it wouldn't have done me a damn bit of good since I would have had no clue how to use it. In that regard, the gear wouldn't have made a difference at all :)

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Brilliant shots as always, Tom!

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:38:55 PM »
Let's talk more F1. With the unofficial signing of Vettel, the Scuderia continues to disappoint me! WTF? Alonso has two years left on his contract, and is the best driver not named Hamilton. Vettel, on the other hand, has been outperformed by his far less experienced teammate all season.

I understand the move from Vettel's perspective. He's still only 27, he's already won four championships, the Renault engine package is $hit, Newey is taking a less active role in future car development, his younger teammate is making him look bad, and the allure of driving for Ferrari is undeniable.

From Ferrari's perspective, I do not see the appeal of dumping Alonso in favor of Vettel. All Vettel has on Alonso is youth at the expense of far less talent. The Ferrari chassis/engine package is absolute $hit. Kimi can barely make it into Q3 qualifying with the car, and he's by no means a slow driver!

The real winner in all this is McLaren. Fernando better hope McLaren gets its act together, or he could be the most talented driver to only win two championships in his career.   

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I'd like Canon to fix that, and until they do...I don't be buying another Canon DSLR. I have cameras that serve my needs for action...I'll be giving my money to whoever can best serve my needs for landscapes. If Canon fixes their sensor issues before I spend, great! If not, too bad for Canon. I personally think anyone who wants more DR should do the same. Make Canon's bottom line shrink. Money is the the only power we have, we "DRoners" should wield that power to be heard by the only entity that matters (which does not involve one single soul on these forums). I guess that's outlandish

Best advice I've read yet. Why others who find Canon sensors lacking in DR can't reach the same conclusion is beyond me.

I applaud you for trying out an Exmor-equipped camera so you can experience firsthand how it can impact what you shoot. If additional DR were at the top of my priority list, I'd do the exact same thing, and wouldn't hesitate to give another company my money if the pros outweighed the cons.  Money talks, not whiny message board posts (BTW, I'm referencing other posters not you) :)

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Galileo already did that long ago in Italy.

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity states that there is no real gravity as a force but it is the apparent effect of the warping of space-time by matter.

Yeah, but the real question is how does that all relate to Quantum Mechanics ;D?

Figure that one out and the Nobel prize is all yours 8)

No way, dude. I'm still trying to figure out how to manage photons :)

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I wanna see more wine :)

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Galileo already did that long ago in Italy.

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity states that there is no real gravity as a force but it is the apparent effect of the warping of space-time by matter.

Yeah, but the real question is how does that all relate to Quantum Mechanics ;D?

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