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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 08:31:39 AM »
EOS 1 style top plate = no pop up flash ?  :)  :D

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Lenses / Re: 6D+70-300 DO *vs* 70D+55-250 STM
« on: August 15, 2014, 05:31:37 AM »
The 70-300DO has two advantages: firstly it is very compact, and secondly it sells for less than half it's new price used. Agree with those that say it responds to unsharp mask. It's weak at the 70mm mark and that is where the 70-300 non L is actually very good - unlike the rest of that lens's range where the performance is quite dire.

Can't imagine anyone buying a DO new when it is the same price as the 70-300L.

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Lenses / Re: Image quality with or without filters
« on: August 15, 2014, 04:58:44 AM »
Agree with those that say a good quality one has no adverse effect apart from flare, but as I shoot into the light a lot I don't use them, unless I'm in a really aggressive environment. The multi coatings of these lenses are really tough.

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:45:07 AM »
These sort of reviews always follow the same pattern. The Canon is underexposed so the data is a little dense. Then they lift heavy shadow low lights to mid tone. Voila ! Job done.

Working in the wrong AF mode.  ??? or more probably  ::) Or from their point of view  :-[

It's all about not working with the 5DIII.


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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 14, 2014, 02:30:17 AM »
Has Canon ever released a larger-sensor-than-APS-C dSLR with a popup flash?  The pipe dreams of a few nostalgic APS-H lovers notwithstanding, the 7DII will be APS-C.  Has Canon ever released an APS-C dSLR without a popup flash?

There's always a first time. Bring on the 7DII  ;)

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Street & City / Re: Brugge - Belgium
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:39:12 PM »
click, febs, gert & domino, thanks for your comments on this one. Much appreciated.
@FEBS, I know what you mean regarding the commercialisation, but I do think it is important that we don't ever forget just what happened here, and how dreadful it was, to ensure it doesn't happen again.

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 02:53:05 PM »
Count me firmly in the camp of pop up flash hater.

+1, check me into that camp. I have no objections to them being fitted to an appropriate body, but IMO this just doesn't include any expensive, well built camera that has a solid integrity. If you want to have casual, direct fill in flash or even general flash, OK, but why on earth bother wasting your money on expensive and sophisticated cameras for what you are doing ?

Pop up flashes are weak both physically and in output. They can't HSS which can be very important for fill, especially with fast lenses. They can't bounce.

I think Canon's attitude is 'if you're spending all this money on a body, and want FF instead of APS when the difference is only seen by the connoisseur what do you want pop up flash for anyway ?'

Nikon. Now Nikon are just trying to ensure absolutely nothing is left off the camera where people might pass it by.

There will be those who say 'I want an expensive camera but a cheap trigger / crap fill' but it looks like they are in the minority as far as Canon is concerned.

Really hope the 7DII doesn't have PUF.

Just seen the comment by the OP; trouble is it is far too weak to be much practical use, certainly a mile from 'pro'.

Don's tissue does work well but doesn't overcome the most pressing limitations.

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Canon General / Re: Another Canon Medium Format Mention
« on: August 13, 2014, 06:49:07 AM »
Maybe it's something a little different, like a Square Format sensor which could utilise many current EF lenses' image circle? 36 x 36mm may be a little much but perhaps something greater than the 24mm width/height. Even if the lenses projected a solid circular outline right up to the 3:2 sensor's corners rather than fading, there'd still be room to extend the lesser of the two dimensions as the other's reduced to, say, 4:3 or 1:1?... maybe that's what's going on with this new 7D2 sensor tech - a taller APS-C width sensor to shoot Square Format images at around 23 x 23mm?!

Oooooh...

I'm done. Carry on ;)

You just failed your 'Ordinary' level maths  ;)

I really must have 'cause I've no idea where you're saying I've messed up, ha! Really, before everyone else notices, where'd I screw up and how many times? :p

EDIT: Wait... is it because this thread's about >35mm Film size? Heh, alright, how's 24 x 24.1mm for that 7D2? It's greater than a 35mm frame in one dimension then, at least ;)

No, it's because you can fit a rectangle inside a circle of a given diameter that has a longer side closer to the circle diameter than a square can be. Because circles are round and squares are, well, square  ;)

Dude, that was taken into consideration, repeatedly, hence the notes on reducing the wider dimension as the shorter one's increased to achieve the mentioned aspect ratios and the statement about 36 x 36mm being a little much but something from 24mm upwards being a possibility - I really thought I'd missed something but now I'm just wondering if "you just failed your Ordinary Level Reading Skills" - which is a much bitchier thing to say on these forums than I care to but... you started it ;)

Don't take it personally, I was only joking. Don't try a career in photography if you're this thin skinned - you'll end up a nervous wreck.

You say "36x36 being a little too much." Wrong. It would be far too much as far as practical use is concerned. Draw a 36x24 rectangle, then use a compass to draw a circle around it. Then try lifting the 24mm sides to form a 36x36 square and you will see just how large the image circle would have to be to accommodate this format.

You say make it a 4:3 ratio by shortening the long side and increasing the short, and this was made in the context of your post referring to larger sensors, yet that would give precisely the same size sensor in terms of area.

With regard to making the APS-c size square to increase sensor size, this could be accommodated using the EF FF lenses but you would still end up with a sensor that is smaller ( in area ) than the APS-h, so again that would be pointless unless you happen to like square pictures which few people do.

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Street & City / Brugge - Belgium
« on: August 12, 2014, 03:03:10 PM »
Been over to Belgium to photograph the first world war cemeteries in conjunction with the 100th year anniversary of it's beginning. Quite, quite unbelievable, the loss of life defies belief.

Here's a shot of Brugge or Bruges in West Flanders, an area that saw some of the heaviest casualties in WW1.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DXO uh-oh?
« on: August 12, 2014, 02:27:16 PM »
One of the nicest FW upgrades Canon did to the 1Ds MkIII enabled the joystick to adjust AF point without pressing any other button first, I really like that feature.

I thought all the joystick cameras could always be set up this way  :-[

Certainly the 5D could so I'm sure the 5DIII can surely.

By the way the 6D can't. Someone forgot to fit a joystick to mine :(

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Canon General / Re: Another Canon Medium Format Mention
« on: August 12, 2014, 02:21:47 PM »
As I understand it, the higher sync speed allows you to shoot, with flash, at MUCH faster apertures in brighter ambient light than you are normally able to with slower sync speeds. If you read the article I linked, it becomes pretty clear why people want a high flash sync and how they use it.

What about HSS ? Since flashes have had this I've never missed a leaf shutter. Nowadays you can even have your slave flashes HSS, so unless you're needing more fill in light than a number of powerful Speedlites can supply I really don't get this whole "I want a leaf shutter" thing.

Or being predominantly a landscape / crumbled old buildings sort of photographer am I missing something ?

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Personally, I would be first in line for a 28/1.4.

+1

It seems strange to me how the 28mm focal length has been replaced by the 24. Back in the 'old days' a 24 was around twice as expensive as the equivalent 28, now they are much the same. I wonder if this is why there is a perception that the 24 is the 'must have' focal length.

I find 28 to be the more versatile focal length of the two; quite wide fov, but not too extreme.

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Canon General / Re: Another Canon Medium Format Mention
« on: August 12, 2014, 02:21:20 AM »
Maybe it's something a little different, like a Square Format sensor which could utilise many current EF lenses' image circle? 36 x 36mm may be a little much but perhaps something greater than the 24mm width/height. Even if the lenses projected a solid circular outline right up to the 3:2 sensor's corners rather than fading, there'd still be room to extend the lesser of the two dimensions as the other's reduced to, say, 4:3 or 1:1?... maybe that's what's going on with this new 7D2 sensor tech - a taller APS-C width sensor to shoot Square Format images at around 23 x 23mm?!

Oooooh...

I'm done. Carry on ;)

You just failed your 'Ordinary' level maths  ;)

I really must have 'cause I've no idea where you're saying I've messed up, ha! Really, before everyone else notices, where'd I screw up and how many times? :p

EDIT: Wait... is it because this thread's about >35mm Film size? Heh, alright, how's 24 x 24.1mm for that 7D2? It's greater than a 35mm frame in one dimension then, at least ;)

No, it's because you can fit a rectangle inside a circle of a given diameter that has a longer side closer to the circle diameter than a square can be. Because circles are round and squares are, well, square  ;)

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Canon General / Re: Another Canon Medium Format Mention
« on: August 11, 2014, 04:27:01 PM »
Maybe it's something a little different, like a Square Format sensor which could utilise many current EF lenses' image circle? 36 x 36mm may be a little much but perhaps something greater than the 24mm width/height. Even if the lenses projected a solid circular outline right up to the 3:2 sensor's corners rather than fading, there'd still be room to extend the lesser of the two dimensions as the other's reduced to, say, 4:3 or 1:1?... maybe that's what's going on with this new 7D2 sensor tech - a taller APS-C width sensor to shoot Square Format images at around 23 x 23mm?!

Oooooh...

I'm done. Carry on ;)

You just failed your 'Ordinary' level maths  ;)

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Canon General / Re: Another Canon Medium Format Mention
« on: August 11, 2014, 12:47:50 PM »
Just don't believe it. If they are looking at MF now they're about twenty five years too late.

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