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PowerShot / Re: Canon Announces the Facebook PowerShot N
« on: August 25, 2013, 08:52:49 PM »
The next generation of this will be the PowerShot N-SA that directly uploads your photos to the U.S. Government without Facebook playing the pesky middleman.

I think what gets lost a bit in the discussion of high ISOs is that in addition to more noise, the color quality can take a substantial hit. Before I replaced my 7D with a 5D3, I would only go to 3200 in emergencies, as much because of the damage it did to color rendition as for the luminance noise. With the 5D3, I get acceptable noise and color at 3200, as good as the 7D set to 800. I've switched to the 5D3 for my bird photography because I can get away with higher ISOs. Despite the lower pixel density, I'm able to get shots that look as sharp or even sharper than equivalent 7D shots because I can use less noise reduction. If Canon comes up with a 7D Mk II that is a stop better noise-wise than the original 7D and has ~24 Mp I would probably go back to crop land, at least for telephoto work.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x TC Information
« on: December 01, 2012, 07:18:02 PM »
Sure this lens will be a nice versatile telephoto but given that it maxes out at 560 f/5.6 the $11000 price tag is kind of crazy. I'm sure some will pay, but it is still nuts.

Either system will deliver great images.  Personally, I'd pick the D800 if my main use was landscapes/architecture.  For portrait/street, I'd pick Canon for the AF and better high ISO for low light.

I second this. Nikon is king for landscape right now because of the superior dynamic range and resolution. For street work and portraiture Canon is the winner due to high ISO performance, outstanding autofocus, and more natural color rendition.

Lenses / Re: 5D3 and TC's
« on: November 11, 2012, 12:36:20 PM »
If the effective aperture in combination with the teleconverter is 5.6 or less, then it will autofocus now with any camera. With the coming firmware it will autofocus if that number is 8 or less. A 1.4x teleconverter reduces it by one stop, a 2x teleconverter reduces it by two stops. The stops are:

2.8 -> 4 -> 5.6 -> 8 -> 11

As for the Kenko, my Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter does allow me to try to autofocus with any aperture, so my 400L 5.6 goes to 560mm f/8 and it does autofocus in well-lit conditions. I've had success with this with both my 7D and 5D3. Unfortunately I've never really felt that the loss in image quality on my 400L is worth the reach, i.e. it is no better than just cropping without the teleconverter. However, it looks great on my 70-200 f4 IS so I recommend that combination highly. I have no experience with the 200 2.8. I did briefly have a 70-200 2.8 IS II and that also looked good with the Kenko 1.4x.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III sensor cleaning noise (squeaks)
« on: October 28, 2012, 10:52:27 AM »
I can hear mine. I think of it like using Head and Shoulders shampoo and feeling the tingling. I know it's working.

Haha, great analogy. I always loved those commercials, seemed like wonderful nonsense to me. I guess if you poured acid on your head you would also "feel it working" so I'm not sure sensations on your scalp are somehow inherently a good thing.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 focus for birds in flight
« on: October 28, 2012, 10:49:31 AM »
i would not use silent mode for this.  it just slows down the shot.  i only use silent when i'm close to animals or at a quiet event.

I have to second this. I don't think I've ever seen a bird act differently once the shooting starts. If they hear it at all it probably just sounds like an insect chattering or something. Now if the shutter sounded like a rustling in the brush that would be a much more serious problem. Also, I'll bet birds in flight mostly hear wind over their ears and can't hear anything on the ground unless it is really loud.

I'm guessing that they wanted to announce this stuff to prevent video professionals and wildlife shooters from jumping ship over the next six months. Autofocus at f/8 is a big deal for people who spend big money on big lenses. If I was in the market for a big telephoto I would certainly think about getting a cheaper Nikon D600 or D800 and slap it on a shorter tele with extenders rather than having to get a bigger tele for the same reach or having to get a very expensive 1DX.

my god. just go out and shoot pictures. Jesus. Peeping pixels is like saying my one dollar bill has a better ratio of red and blue threads than yours. Christ, use the lens what it's meant for, making memories, not seeing who has a better pixel than you.

Why do people feel the need to hang out on gear forums and then chastise people for talking about gear?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thoughts on the New EOS-1D X Firmware 1.1.1
« on: October 18, 2012, 09:46:30 PM »
The fact that Canon hasn’t updated both cameras at the same time tells me there are indeed differences in the AF systems.

I think that's a little naive. I think it is actually much more likely, despite it being technically possible, that they would leave out f/8 autofocus on the 5D Mark III to differentiate it from the 1DX so they will get more 1DX sales. My only hope as a 5D Mark III owner is that the fact that the Nikon D800 has this feature will lead Canon to (reluctantly) add it. Competition is good!

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