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Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:31:55 PM »
I really am not concerned with how a camera looks, but the A7 just makes the 6D look like 1990's aesthetic.

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You can find these folks in Yellowstone standing within ten feet of bison with their 18-55's and iPads.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do Sensors Make the Camera?
« on: August 25, 2014, 07:57:10 PM »
When you include the ecosystem in the comparisons, you're weakening the camera body itself.

This is a camera comparison.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Do Sensors Make the Camera?
« on: August 25, 2014, 07:45:51 PM »
The problem with this is that the "entire package" in  DSLR's are all extremely similar.

A couple FPS here and there, a few extra or lopped off focus point here and there. None of these things differentiate a camera body.

The sensor does.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do Sensors Make the Camera?
« on: August 25, 2014, 07:06:23 PM »
1. Has anyone seen an actual tech report on the 6D sensor? What makes it different from the 5DIII? 
2. We know Canon makes it own sensors. The 6D and other Canons have already had Electronic First Curtain Shutter. The pictures produced by Canon sensors have long made Canons the choice of some of the highest paid commercial photographers in the world such as Gilled Bensimon, Patrick Demarchelier, Annie Leibovitz, Mario Testino; please note I wrote "commercial" and their success is measured by how much money they make and how many spreads they get in the most prestigeous publications. Sports photogs chose Canon at the last World Cup. More award winning pix were done with Canon at the last 3 Windland-Smith nature photography awards I saw personally at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Yet Nikon's are better because DxO says so? I don't get it.
3. The smears on the Hassleblad Lunar is that it is a dressed-up Sony. So why isn't a Nikon D810 smeared for being a dressed-up Sony?


In an era of homogenized features spread across multiple camera  brands, the differentiating factor is the sensor.

There's no way around it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 25, 2014, 02:10:58 AM »
The -3LV focus capability of course is a marketing stunt by canon to give people the feeling they don't have the all out inferior product

I'm having a hard time figuring which one is the inferior product. This noise monkey at long ISO, or the 6D?

http://petapixel.com/2012/12/13/canon-6d-and-5dmk3-noise-comparison-for-high-iso-long-exposures/


I'm a bit puzzled at the blowback against superior sensors by some on this forum (regardless of brand).



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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 24, 2014, 09:55:29 PM »
If I was in the market, I wouldn't buy into this watered down sales-speak.
It sounds like you're selling Tupperware.

Yeah. I mean...long lenses?  Who needs 'em?  200mm is plenty, just get closer.  Good flashes and high Xsync speeds?  Useless.  Servo tracking for moving subjects?  Phth – real men use manual focus, and the a6000 has peaking so that's even better!

You don't have to convince me.  I stay with Canon because I believe the lens system is superior in quality and variety (as well as out-of-camera color).

However, I'm not sure that talking about an "ecosystem" is going to lure new shooters over. It sounds more like the camera isn't good enough to stand alone, so priority is placed on peripheral aspects.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 24, 2014, 09:33:46 PM »
The 70D has a vastly superior lens selection.  Telephoto lenses >200mm, including primes.  Fast tele primes.  Long macro lenses.  Etc.
The 70D has a 1-stop faster max shutter speed
The 70D has a 2/3-stop faster X-sync
The 70D has over double the shots per battery charge
If your 70D breaks, Canon will fix it with fast turnaround
The 70D has a robust ecosystem of flashes, accessories, etc., an ecosystem that Canon has a track record of developing vs. Sony's track record of abandonment

If I was in the market, I wouldn't buy into this watered down sales-speak.

It sounds like you're selling Tupperware.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 24, 2014, 07:43:12 PM »
Hmm...after reading 28 pages of this, I'm pretty sure that "do you really need it?" is not an adequate justification for not improving out-of-camera IQ.


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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D replacement: What is a "fine-detail" sensor
« on: August 24, 2014, 03:48:04 PM »
Compared to the 7D, I would absolutely classify the 70D as a  "fine detail "sensor.  Whatever or however Canon wants to brand it, the difference is there.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 24, 2014, 03:46:07 PM »
6D is a great landscape and general use camera. Many people don't need a sports/wildlife camera, or would prefer to have a specialist sports/wildlife camera (7D or 1D4) with higher frame rate than the 5D3. T

I always reach for the 6D over my crop cameras when shooting wildlife. There's an overall tonality and smoothness to the images at all ISO's that really makes fur, fin, and feather "pop".

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:41:02 PM »
Montana


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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:32:37 PM »
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If viewing angles are an issue then IPS primary advantage over TN screens is that it has better viewing angles... And that's pretty much it.

That's it?  I would describe the color and contrasting completely changing when you move your head an inch a bit more than "that's it". Id say it's ruining your entire picture.

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A High-end laptop TN screens are good enough for image processing’s as well as mostly people always uses optimal viewing angle.

I would politely disagree. You never see the proper color and contrast on a TN panel. The color and contrast is always shifting, unless you're a robot who never moves his head.

IMHO, laptop sales are sagging because people look at an iPad and love it. Then they look at a TN laptop and get grossed out.  Why should people who only post to social media have a better LCD screen than a content creator on a laptop? It makes no sense.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:26:20 PM »
I went out looking at laptops last week, I looked at 50 or more.  None impressed mt as suitable for a primary photo editing tool.  Displays were mostly horrible, and all seemed to have one drawback or another.

Amen. It's so hard to find the right combination of power, size and display quality -- oh, and price. :)



I really hate to post this again, but let me save you the time:

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Acer-Aspire-V5-573G-54208G50aii-Notebook.99264.0.html

The best IPS screen on a non-Mac, period. Great black levels and contrast, with no major color casts or jaggies like the other non-mac screens.

I'm running Lightroom 5 on the i5 with 12gigs of ram with no issue at all.  The screen is *unbeatable* for a laptop. I'd even call it glorious. And the laptop ships with MS Signature, which means no bloatware.

IMHO, I wouldn't worry about the CPU as much as I would the display as long as you have an i5 or higher.

I have a 240gb M-Sata as the O.S. drive, and a 1TB platter drive as the data drive.


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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Third-pary Grip. Safe?
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:23:00 PM »
I only use third party grips, and in poor weather.

The only problem I've had is the paint wearing off on one grip. It made the camera look older/more roughed up than it was.

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