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Photography Technique / Re: What can old-school photogs do better (or not)?
« on: December 12, 2014, 04:02:16 PM »
9.  For black and white, unless you have a dedicated sensor design... it needs to be film.

Why ? When bayer sensors are black and white anyway, only using colour interpolation from the prime colour filters.

You haven't been taken in by the Leica marketing machine have you ?  ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Apo Planar T*
« on: December 12, 2014, 03:55:28 PM »
Excellent review Dustin. The only downside (for my bank account) is I now know which 85mm to add to my lens collection ;)

Manual focus doesn't bother me as I spent the first 30 years of photography with manual lenses (FD series). And the focus confirmation in the current series of cameras makes it much easier.

Your point about focus confirmation is true.  Live View also helps when you have a chance to be a little more deliberate.  I've not used any of the better screens for manual focusing, but other have reported that those help, too.  My experience is that my keeper rate with manual focus lenses is actually very high; I just take more time at acquisition.

Do you mean you are using the standard 'Brite Screen' in the 6D with the 85 Otus ? If so I'm  surprised you're able to get focus at f1.4 with this lens because of that screen showing a dof of about f3.2, unless you are referring to live view, but it doesn't sound as if you are.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Co-worker dumps $5k on Nikon
« on: December 08, 2014, 03:31:44 PM »
People here talk about not knowing anyone that buys Nikon and how Nikon is always making a loss and how Nikon cameras don't rate as well as Canon on Amazon, etc ...

Co-worker is planning their holiday and wanted the best camera to take on holiday and went with a D810 plus lenses.

My input into the buying decision? Didn't know that she was shopping until she mentioned what she'd bought.

Do they shoot sports? No
Do they shoot birds? No
What photographs will he take? Typical tourist pics.

When asked why she wanted the Nikon D810 her answer was simple: "I just want the best IQ."

No, I'm not making it up.

(Reposted because someone decided to be pedantic, so I've corrected for their pedantry.)

Doesn't the fact that this woman spoke to dilbert at all tell us something about her taste ?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tony wanted to switch to Nikon but Couldn't
« on: December 05, 2014, 05:13:01 PM »
Guess Tony will just have to be content with posting his images on Facebook then.

Wedding Photography / Re: Wedding - Kat and James
« on: December 05, 2014, 09:43:41 AM »
I want better low light AF, better ISO handling, more DR, I want manual focusing assists via an EVF.

If I buy another 5dM3, I feel like I'm taking a step in the wrong direction.

Well if you are being contracted to shoot a wedding you do need another body in the very unlikely event of failure; the likelihood of failure is so low almost any body that took your lenses would do.

I think that if you wait you may get what you want; I suspect Canon is looking at an interchangeable viewfinder body, that could well be the 5DIV. After all, Canon are in the business of selling cameras, they must come up with a product that makes prospective purchasers buy, whether it is really required or not. A body that can either fit a normal high quality pentaprism and use the mirror, or lock the mirror up and fit a really good EVF in place of the prism would be interesting. I could see this coming on the 5 series first as this is a general purpose body, whereas the 1D series is more for those that still really benefit from an OVF anyway. And the 5 series was the video dslr. This would also put the DPAF to good use; I always thought Canon would do more with this given the complication compared with a few DP scattered about the sensor.

Then skinflints like me might think "maybe I should move this 5DII on now and get a 5DIV  ;)

Wedding Photography / Re: Wedding - Kat and James
« on: December 05, 2014, 07:21:43 AM »
Thanks guys

James and Kat by dancook1982, on Flickr

Wow, that's brilliant work for your first wedding.  I look back at the photos from my first wedding and am quite embarrassed now!  ;D

Not quite 'first' wedding - first one I agreed to do, in preparation for this wedding, this year, I second shot for two photographers and shot another friends wedding on my own.

This opportunity has given me the push I needed to get me started :)

Ah, I thought the quality of this image looked special; an EF 200/2 no less. Whether the camera body attached to this lens was boring or not, who cares ?

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by DigitalRev
« on: December 04, 2014, 12:30:45 PM »
I guess it's just a better camera for using rather than talking out.

Lenses / Re: The Long and Short of it. 2 Photos from the same Place
« on: December 04, 2014, 03:56:41 AM »
But dgstwood, you could have zoomed with your feet in your example !  ;)

I suppose in reality all lenses are compromises of one sort or another. If we could get an f1.8 zoom that went from 24 to 400, weighted 8 oz and cost $400, had the same IQ and size of a 35/2 IS the we would all be using that lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is this coming in 2015?
« on: December 02, 2014, 01:08:12 PM »
A whole new series of lenses for a FF EOS M ? How many thousands of people out there would want a FF 'M' as opposed to an APS-c ?

Seems unlikely to me, though those who keep referring to a 'flappy mirror' and who must have had some mirror do them grevious harm as a kid will probably be very excited about the rumour.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D II owners, did you need to AFMA your camera?
« on: December 01, 2014, 06:13:58 AM »
So I got the 18-135 done. It was -1 and 1. The 100-400L was 1 and 1. And the same for the 100-400L with the 1.4x.

Still need to do the other lenses.

In other words your camera / lens combinations were spot on !

Just read this review on http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/reviews/dslrs/canon-eos-7d-mark-ii-review , and to my surprise, the measured dynamic range value of 7D Mk2 at 100 ISO is...12.7!!! Opening up other reviews on the site, looking only at DR values, i found out that, at 100 ISO

I very much doubt these measurements, for the simple reason that crop and ff are on par even with the same resolution. Unless Canon has revolutionized their sensor tech - and they'd praised that leap more than the 7d2 sensor - common sense has it that larger pixel should have an advantage here.

I'd still trust the dxo scores, and they say the 7d2 has very good dr, but doesn't reach ff: http://sensorgen.info/CanonEOS-7D-Mark-II.html

to be honest, who the fcuk cares anymore. definitely not people, who shot sports, for which 7D2 is intended for.

... unless it's daylight sports in high contrast. I don't want to initiate another flame war, just sayin' ...

Shoot that scene on an Exmor and set the jpeg contrast too high and you'll get the same result. A 10D would cope with that.

Photography Technique / Re: Travel photography: Estonia 2014 - Part 2
« on: November 28, 2014, 05:07:29 PM »
Some really beautiful pictures here, thanks for sharing.

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 28, 2014, 05:00:51 PM »
And, since we were into our small country, check out this and start planning for your next vacation ;)

Wow, what a place ! Thanks for posting the link.

Reviews / Re: www.photozone.de reviewed EF-S 24/2.8 STM
« on: November 28, 2014, 03:55:26 PM »
Haven't people been whinging out Canon not making dedicated prime lenses for APS-c ? Now one has been produced they are claiming it should have been FF ?  ::)
I am one of those who lived whining by the lack of primes EF-S. ;)

One detail prevented me from popping champagne joy... ??? The F2.8 aperture at 24mm, could already be covered by a zoom. :-\

Maybe I'll buy an EF-S 24mm, but I'd be singing praises for Canon, had it been an EF-S with maximum aperture F2, F1.8 or even the size, weight and price were doubled. ::)

My understanding of the pancake design is that they are pretty much an unmodified planar, and therefore (relatively) slow. But on the subject of 2.8 being accessible with a zoom, I do find that what makes even a relatively large dslr like the 5D 'big' and 'heavy' is the unsatisfactory balance that larger zoom lenses give the body when carrying around. So for me these 2.8 prime lenses do have a use. Maybe not this new 24/2.8 because I shoot FF. Pitty it wasn't in an EF  mount  ;)

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