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Technical Support / Re: Help! My Camera Won't Focus After Cleaning It.
« on: January 11, 2014, 04:51:05 PM »
A note on the diopter wheel. It's easily turned accidentally in many situations.

Kinda nice that it's behind the eyecup on the 1D X.

Don't rub it in  ;)

Interesting that now the 5D series has been up graded to full professional status (mkiii) it still has the exposed diopter wheel whereas the 1D series have always had it covered and protected from accidental movement.

I'm often catching mine and moving it out of true.  :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 11, 2014, 03:33:53 PM »
Surely that picture has been filled, either by flash or some reflector ?

I don't see how it can be an example of DR

Technical Support / Re: Help! My Camera Won't Focus After Cleaning It.
« on: January 11, 2014, 02:03:38 PM »
A note on the diopter wheel. It's easily turned accidentally in many situations. It's worth remembering that the AF points in the viewfinder should be in sharp focus irrespective of where the lens is focused. If they're not sharp you're diopter wheel needs tweaking.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 10, 2014, 03:03:52 PM »
Love the Alne Estuary shot of the sailboats.

Thanks Tonywintn & Maxaperture. I can spend hours tinkering with black and White images  :)

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: January 10, 2014, 03:00:44 PM »
Here is a unique image that only has the color balance tweaked to enhance the winter mood.  I used the existing light in a parking lot that was highlight the falling and swirling snow.  I then lowered my shutter speed to drag a little (1/10th of a second) to allow movement in the falling snow.  It gives the finished product a very painterly, textured feeling.  I used the Canon 35mm f/2 IS lens (review coming soon!), handheld.

Natural Abstract by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Great effect. The combination of the 6D's high ISO performance and fast IS lenses open up a whole new area of photography ! I'm looking forward to the 50 f2/1.8 IS

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 10, 2014, 08:58:16 AM »
I wonder if the D800 sales might be pointing them in another direction...

I think the fact that Canon has not rushed a 36mp camera to market is further anecdotal evidence that the D800 series have not been an out and out winner for Nikon.

A high mp FF camera seems to fall into two very different camps. On the one hand you have a few serious photographers who really will be able to use that potential resolution in their work, and then on the other hand the casual user who gets most pleasure by drooling over the size of images at 100% on the computer screen. Pleasure may turn to disappointment when they find they have to use the finest glass, stop down a couple, mount on a rock solid tripod, crop out the edges of the frame etc, etc.

My guess is that when Canon do introduce their high mp offering it will be a very high end camera. Then when the consumer is educated enough to understand why a 18 mp 1Dx is five times more expensive than a 40mp 9D we might see a high mp 'budget' camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: Where are Canons innovation?
« on: January 09, 2014, 04:44:37 PM »
If the OP feels that Sony's innovations are inviting then he should move to Sony. After all this is why Sony are producing these cameras; they want people to buy them. Just don't mention lens innovations.

For myself, the most recent Canon innovation is the 6D sensor. Excellent dynamic range coupled with film-like tonal graduation and astonishing high ISO performance. Quite extraordinary.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon ditch the AA Filter?
« on: January 09, 2014, 04:13:33 PM »
My understanding from colleagues that have used both the D800 and 'e' version is that once you have applied suitable sharpening to the one with the AA filter there is no practical visible difference. I've also heard, albeit second hand, that users of the Pentax K5 and the K5II (if that's what's the one without the AA filter is called) have found the same thing.

D3300 without one sounds to me to be a marketing decision. It's already seduced Dilbert by the sounds of it.

If current sensors were genuinely better without one I think Canon would have offered an option by now.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon Answer the D4s? [CR2]
« on: January 09, 2014, 04:01:54 PM »
I thought that it was generally accepted that they already have - a couple years ago in fact: the 1Dx

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ISO 100 vs. 160
« on: January 08, 2014, 12:20:14 PM »
I've never really tested it seriously, but on the 5D mkii my feelings are that if I'm going to have to seriously lift shadows then ISO 160 appears to a have a very slight advantage in terms of lower noise. ISO 100 appears to give fractionally better saturation overall. I can't see any difference in noise between 100 and 160 in data like skies. However the difference is so low I  would always shoot at 160 when handheld to gain faster shutter speed.

ISOs that are lifted from native ones, on the mkii that's the likes of 125, 250 etc are fractionally more noisy.

Going back to the original 5D, ISO 50 ( or overexposing 100 by a full stop in raw, then bring down in post ) definitely gave the best IQ in terms of saturation and low noise.

I'll be interested to see what your conclusions are with the mkiii.

Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 08, 2014, 07:29:24 AM »

Eehhh ... That´s the thing about language, especially when it´s not your native tounge. There are always double meanings and room for interpretation ::)

Your written English is pretty much perfect. Now if I tried to post in Norwegian that would be highly amusing !

Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: January 08, 2014, 05:14:01 AM »
Zeiss is releasing two more Otus lenses, 85/1.4 in 2014, followed by a "wide angel"/1.4. Having seen the exceptional performance from the 55/1.4, these may be very difficult to resist ...  ::)

LOL ... we are really waiting for that ... made by Zeiss!  ;D ;D

I've known a few wide angels, but I prefer the thin ones. More likely to be made in Budapest than by Zeiss  ;)

Strange conversations going on here. If I was paid to shoot something as inauspicious as a kids soccer match and then give up the images I'd be quite happy. I wouldn't want them anyway.

However I would be careful to delete bad ( incompetent  ;D ) shots as I went along because I wouldn't want to give a third party unlimited access to those !

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 07, 2014, 04:14:26 PM »
A couple of shots from the Alne Estuary, Suffolk, South East England


Good for lens collectors, but I imagine many people in the field would rather take the 35mm and do some cropping. That's what I'd do, at least.

Shoot a subject against any background with the subject being the same size with both 35 and 50 and you'll see just how different it looks. A 35 and 50 are different beasts.

+1  ;)

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