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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D Images Surface Early
« on: July 02, 2013, 03:01:28 PM »
19 AF points and a D-pad. To whomever said it would need a joystick, sorry...told ya!   :P

Joystick will be in 7D II with 1D X or 5D III 61points AF system - 10fps ;D
Now, that was the worst thing to say. Everyone will wait for that camera and will not buy 70D at all  ;D  ;D  ;D

Not "everyone" has over $2000 to spend on cameras. And it most likely won't have the tilt screen which is a deal breaker.
Not "everyone" needs or wants a tilt screen :-)

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Software & Accessories / Re: About to start with Focal
« on: July 02, 2013, 02:13:31 PM »
Here is what I found in my shots:
  • AFMA values are written into the EXIF data, and DPP does display them in the info window, even if AF-On was not pressed.
  • Selected AF points are written into the image, but DPP does not display them if they were not active. Apple Aperture does highlight the selected AF points in thin red lines. If any of them were active, they are displayed in bold red lines. My assumption was based on my previous experience with a Rebel, where only the selected point could be the active.
  • The garbled AF points Neuro showed us have nothing to do with Apple engineers' creativity - cropping or resizing just messes up the relationship between the unaltered positioning values for the AF point, and the actual - altered - dimensions of the image (screenshot attached)

I think I'm slightly off-topic with points 2 and 3 ...

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Software & Accessories / Re: About to start with Focal
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:28:45 PM »
lol yes those slim AF points are cool, a special feature of the 1DX?
I never bothered to check against EXIF Data before yesterday. I wonder how the Apple engineers are guessing where the AF points are if there is no data at all.

Gotta love those crazy Apple engineers.  Heck, sometimes Aperture even completely redesigns the 1D X's AF array.
Very creative, I have never seen that. Does it happen with pictures after you process them in DXO and then import into Aperture, or with the RAW files directly imported

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Software & Accessories / Re: About to start with Focal
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:14:04 PM »
I can assure you that I didn't put the AF point over open blue sky and the focus... 
Why not, I do it all the time?  ::)

The second looks pretty good, like I have the bird nicely centered in the frame and the AF array is on the bird (although not on the head where it should be.  But then look at the full image before cropping. 

Sorry, but Aperture is just making that sh!t up as it goes along...   ::)
lol yes those slim AF points are cool, a special feature of the 1DX?
I never bothered to check against EXIF Data before yesterday. I wonder how the Apple engineers are guessing where the AF points are if there is no data at all.

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Software & Accessories / Re: About to start with Focal
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:07:11 PM »
I did my first run through with FoCal last night.  Lately my 70-200 2.8L has been horribly mushy when shooting at 200mm zoom length.  I typically shoot portraits and when I do a full body shot at full zoom, it looks like vaseline has been smeared on the lens.

So I set up FoCal and ran the test.  My first test was done at about 7 meters distance (my wife was mopping the floor so I couldn't move back any further :)) and got a whopping +19 adjustment for the 200mm end.  Yikes!  But the test report showing the various shots at FoCal took at 0, -20, -10, +10, +20 and then the final +19 clearly showed the +0 target way out of focus and the +19 target clearly in focus.

Once the floor dried, I moved back to just shy of 10 meters so was close the recommended focal length X 50 distance.  This time I got a +16 adjustment.

I didn't bother checking the short end as images I take at that end are always razor sharp.

My question is, what happens now?  Does the AFMA adjustment only apply when I am fully zoomed out to 200mm or will the applied adjustment incrementally move back towards zero on a pro-rata basis as I zoom out from 200 back to 70mm?  Or does it just magically flip from the adjusted value back over to zero at some point on the zoom scale?
The camera will interpolate between the two. You might want to test some focal lengths in between to see if those AFMA values would fall on the interpolated line between your values for wide and tele. If they are way off, and your lens requires AFMA only at the very long end and not in between, I'd consider having the lens checked and adjusted

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Software & Accessories / Re: About to start with Focal
« on: July 02, 2013, 11:30:51 AM »
I sort of think it makes sense.  If you're not pressing AF-ON, the camera isn't actively focusing when the shot is taken - therefore, the details of the focus lock aren't recorded.  If you use the shutter half-press to AF, you're always focusing when you fully press the shutter.  With shutter button-linked AF, if you focus-recompose, the selected AF point is recorded, but it's not over the subject.  With back button AF, the selected AF point isn't shown at all - to me, that's better than having it not on the subject.  (Even better would be if it used the gyros for the dual-axis level to compensate for the movement by adjusting for the backfocus that it causes and is evident with a fast prime - but I'm not holding my breath for that one, even though Hasselblad does it.)
I thought it still recorded AF points. I was looking at a picture yesterday where I'm sure I recomposed, and I could see the AF points in Aperture.
Maybe it is time depended in a way that it records the AF points if not too much time has passed after you let go of the AF-On button - maybe as long as the metering information is still displayed in the VF?
I will test tonight

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: July 01, 2013, 10:55:57 PM »
Can you tell me with a straight face that you expect Canon to release a Rebel body with a truly new sensor every year?  Just to please you?  ::)
That would be great for consumers (well, at least short term), but bad for investors/share holders. Management probably wouldn't last long with the profits going down.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Early EOS 70D Images Surface
« on: July 01, 2013, 08:04:15 PM »
It'll probably have the 7D's AF processor.  The Digic chip doesn't do the AF, it's a separate, dedicated chip.
Will be interesting to see what the AF of the 7D II will be like (I'm not up to date with the current rumors). Something between this and 5D3?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: July 01, 2013, 07:16:48 PM »
I hope this does not turn into another "it's the photographer not the gear" discussion  :o
You probably just jinxed us! :P
You might be right.  ;D We'll see how long it goes this time ...

BTW, personally I'm a "It's the whole package" kind of guy...its the gear, its the photographer, its the lighting...its everything put together. You can't really have any one without all the others. Doh...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Markins plate for 7D
« on: July 01, 2013, 07:13:20 PM »
Instead of swapping plates around and risking that it does not fit, I would rather use a second plate, even if it is an inexpensive generic one. Is there a reason why you don't want to use a second plate?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: June 30, 2013, 09:10:13 PM »
I hope this does not turn into another "it's the photographer not the gear" discussion  :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: June 30, 2013, 05:56:18 PM »
This goofball suckered me in with his first video. I'm not going to boost his You Tube marketing efforts by watching more of his silly rants.
Yeah that's what I thought too after seeing another of his videos, all he wants is get views on his channel by posting controversial videos.
This guy seems to have so many problems with cameras, he'd probably have a wonderful live if he just gave up on photography altogether.

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Software & Accessories / Re: How good is Reikan FoCal?
« on: June 29, 2013, 04:15:44 PM »
Bummer that is still not working. The Fully Automatic Mode for the 5D3 worked as advertised for me.
Since it already failed on two of your computers, and you got errors like "failed to transfer..." could there be something wrong with the camera or cable? Latest Firmware? Can you try a different cable?
You probably checked all the settings against the manual several times, maybe it is a hardware problem ...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Quick release plates: RRS v's Manfrotto
« on: June 28, 2013, 02:56:19 PM »
I have spent the last 35 minutes or so on their website ...  ;D trying to resist the urge to start with something small like a body plate or L-Plate

The L-plate for your camera is one of the new modular designs that converts from body plate to L-plate.

That's not true any more  ::) . Well, it still is but won't be much longer. I'll need this which is not modular

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Software & Accessories / Re: Quick release plates: RRS v's Manfrotto
« on: June 28, 2013, 02:35:18 PM »
I agree with Bryan/TDP - this removes my biggest issue with recommending Manfrotto gear.  Personally, though, I'm sticking with RRS...
Yeah, and I'm sure you got a lot of people hooked up with RRS already. Good for the economy, bad for wallets. I have spent the last 35 minutes or so on their website ...  ;D trying to resist the urge to start with something small like a body plate or L-Plate

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