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Canon General / Re: Canon still preferred choice by professionals
« on: March 19, 2012, 11:47:07 AM »
IMHO, pros are much more heavily invested into lenses, accessories, etc than someone stepping up from point-and-shoot into a $500 DSLR, so even if Nikon releases a superior product, it has to be substantially better than the Canon alternative for people to seriously consider switching systems.

True, but the students of today are the pros of tommorow.   One of the reasons Canon has done so well over the last decade is they have such a strong 'entry level=>pro' upgrade path, so when people are just getting started out Canon has a good lineup for them to explore and as their careers progress they have better options.

Nikon, if it wants to expand its market, is not going to go after established photographers with their brand loyalty/investment,.. or at minimal they would be foolish to.. no, what they would have to do is go after the newbies and students.

I wouldn't dispute that. The entry level of DSLRs segment is where brand loyalty is built. The  beginning of my career just happened to coincide with the dawn of the digital age, when Nikon was a joke and Canon offered a far better product. That's the reason why I invested in the Canon system and continue to shoot Canon to this day. That said, Nikon has made tremendous strides since then and it would be a much more difficult decision today for up-and-coming photographers to choose brands.

The advantage Canon has due to dominating the pro market is that those pros will usually recommend Canon gear to other people. It also gives Canon an image of perceived superiority regardless of the quality of the product. People might think "hey, if all those pros shoot Canon, it must be better."

Some people think that this has led to complacency at Canon. Maybe there is some truth to this, but IMHO Canon still puts out a great product. Internet dweebs are really hung up on bodies, but when I see Canon releasing radio flashes and developing a ton of new lenses, it shows me their commitment to offering the best overall system on the market.

With all the stink about the 5DIII and D800, you'd think that every last stop of DR and noise is what separates a great image from a terrible image. Now that these camera have started hitting the streets, what do we have? People posting a bunch of snapshots with $3,000-$3,500 bodies that could have easily been captured with point-and-shoots.

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: March 18, 2012, 10:00:06 PM »
Thanks! What kind of car is that?

Canon General / Re: Canon still preferred choice by professionals
« on: March 18, 2012, 09:59:25 PM »
Yes, I wonder if it is that Nikon are getting a better share of the new entrants?

I think that's a safe assumption. The pros I run across primarily shoot Canon, but among the typical consumers at the same events, the mix between Canon and Nikon is pretty even. IMHO, that's why Nikon's underwhelming products in the early-to-mid '00s hurt them so badly. IMHO, pros are much more heavily invested into lenses, accessories, etc than someone stepping up from point-and-shoot into a $500 DSLR, so even if Nikon releases a superior product, it has to be substantially better than the Canon alternative for people to seriously consider switching systems. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII Fastest SD Card
« on: March 18, 2012, 09:46:18 PM »
Any of you tech heads know of the lack of UHS-1 compatibility is a hardware limitation, or something that can possibly be attained with a firmware update?

Canon General / Re: Canon still preferred choice by professionals
« on: March 18, 2012, 06:06:17 PM »
That's pretty typical at any gathering of photographers. Whenever I'm covering an event, Canon shooters outnumber Nikon shooters by about a 4 to 1 margin, sometimes more. Check out the sidelines of any major sporting event, and you'll notice far more white barrel lenses than black lenses. Nikon was so terrible at the dawn of the digital revolution, that they lost of ton  of marketshare. However, that seems to be changing as of 3-4 years ago, and I'm starting to see more Nikon gear at events. At any rate, I still see far more Canon shooters than Nikon.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 18, 2012, 06:01:46 PM »
I just got an email from B&H that said they have no idea when the 5DIII (body only) is going to ship.

I guess this conclude= Light is everything, if you had your shots in a studio, they would be harder to separate. On the other hand, if you printed them rather large I say the difference will be more apparent. But on the third hand  ::) who prints THAT large, I mean, larger than 100% cut at 22mp.

I concur. It's all about the lighting. I don't mean to bash megapixels. I'll take as many of them as I can get. If you make HUGE prints or need to crop like a mofo, by all means get a mega resolution camera. It just so happens that if you don't make huge prints, a lower mp body combined with good lighting can go a long way. 

OK, let's step things up a notch. Here are some product images I recently took with a 5DC, 1D2, a couple of small softboxes, and a pair of 550EXs. They're mixed in with some more GM media photos shot in medium format. Interestingly, despite having just 8 megapixels, my 1D2 didn't suddenly self-destruct out of embarrassment in light of the higher resolution bodies on the market ;D It still took exceptional images. 






I did recognize the items in 2 and 5 so that made it easier to guess.

How dare you be so well informed  :)

Images 2, 5, and 7 are from the Phase One. They are stunningly good images and beautifully lit, although I still find it odd that GM used such insanely expensive gear. I suppose that's the luxury you have when you're a multi-billion dollar corporation backed by taxpayer dollars :o The largest images like these are ever run in print are 4.5x3, and usually more like 3x2. As such, they are scaled to 10x8 at 300 dpi on GM's media site, so they're essentially throwing all the pixels away.

I think that much of the differences between the G7 and Phase One images are due to superior lighting techniques used in the MF images. I'd venture to say if the corporate hot shot photog shot used my G7 and I used the Phase One, the GM images might still look better. 

Almost forgot to mention that the Phase One images are press images that the "mystery corporation" offers for download to editorial outlets. As such, they have been sized accordingly by the corporation, not me, for easy download. The point is that I've been downloading these files for years, oblivious to the fact that they were shot with Phase One backs, which is definitely overkill for editorial use. I just happened to check the exif data one day, and was shocked to see that the images were taken in medium format.

With all the stink about megapixels lately, I thought I'd put together a quaint little test. Some of these are product shots I took for editorial clients with my 10 megapixel G7 point-and-shoot. The rest aren't my shots, but they're of similar engine parts taken with a 39 megapixels medium format Phase One P45. I read a post today where someone said they'd be happy with the 5DIII if it had at least 25 megapixels instead of 22, so apparently every last MP counts, but does it really?

And please don't cheat by looking at the exif data. I tried to erase it the best I can, but there might be some giveaways to the camera's identities nonetheless. At any rate, I've numbered each image 1-7, so try to guess which images was taken with the G7, and which one was taken by the Phase One

If you look closely enough, you can spot a difference between the G7 and Phase One images. However, I'd argue that a lot of that has to do with differences in technique. My point-and-shoot shots were taken using nothing more than natural light and some white poster board whereas the Phase One images were taken in a studio with fancier equipment. I don't know how fancy, because they aren't my shots and I wasn't there, but considering that they were commission by a rather large mega-budget corporation, it's safe to say they had the means to spend a lot more money than my editorial clients. I'll reveal who the unidentified corporation is later, but don't want to yet as it might give a clue as to which shots came from which camera.








Before anyone cries foul, is there any way I can upload the high-res files somewhere for download, if anyone cares to pixel peep? I can upload them onto my website's lightbox, but I have to invite people via e-mail.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d markiii officially wont use SDHC UHS-1?
« on: March 16, 2012, 06:25:12 PM »
So perhaps the card is a bit like putting a supercharger in your grandmother's car. I just compared the 5 d mark 3 to grandmother's old buick! ;D I bet that's a first.

Did someone say supercharger  ;D?

The funny thing is this car is owned by a 70 year-old grandpa.

I very excited about the AF, FPS, and ISO improvements to the 5DIII, which I will put to good use on very single shoot. The dual card slots and improved weather sealing are huge bonuses as well. The 5DIII does everything the 1DsIII did, and then some, for half the price, so I don't know why so many people are upset. Last I checked, the 5DII and 1DsIII were the gold standards for overall IQ, at least in the 35mm world. Now Canon releases a camera in the 5DIII that's better in every way, and all of a sudden is a pile of junk. Go figure.

I can't comment on the 1Dx, as I was never seriously considering buying one. I wonder how many people complaining about the 1Dx or 5DIII were actually going to buy one if they met their desired specs?

Here's one of Will and Kate I took last summer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day

Very cool. Thank goodness William has better taste in women than his dad :o

and yes we too have the Queen on our Money.

How did the Queen talk the Canadians into that one :)? I demand Naomi Watts or Sienna Miller (preferably both) in exchange for this service, and nothing less!

I have a seperate bag for flash gear

Me too. I just don't like having lots of gear, but I suppose that makes me a freak. I've tried my best to keep the amount of equipment I have to minimum, but this s**t keeps piling up, I tell ya :)

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