July 31, 2014, 11:34:59 AM

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« Last post by sdsr on Today at 11:32:44 AM »
When Zack implies that shooting APS-C is a good as Nikon full frame, that doesn't automatically apply to Canon APS-C sensors.  We're lagging behind.  But when you look at other modern sensors (such as Fuji) that are being put into camera systems in which quality lenses are being specifically designed for APS-C sensors (such as Fuji), you'd be surprised at the high image quality.  Modern APS-C sensors are excellent.  Rather than being defensive and negative, we should become proactive and demand Canon pick up their game.

A few observations:

1. Whether one is "as good as" another rather depends on what your criteria are - what you photograph, how you view images, how fussy you are about what one should probably refer to as small differences (though that's hardly objective either - differences that matter to me may not even be noticed by you and vice versa), etc.  I own several different cameras (too many; I should do some pruning...) - FF (Canon 5DIII & 6D, Sony A7r), APS-C (Canon SL1  & Sony a6000) and M43 (Olympus OMD-EM5), with lenses all over the map, from rather elderly manual Russian lenses to high-end current ones.  I'm often tempted to think that even viewing on a 30" monitor, if I don't pixel peep, and don't go out of my way to look for differences, there are many images I've taken with various combinations of equipment which, if I (or anyone else) looked at the images in succession, I would have a hard time matching up accurately with the images, and perhaps a harder time forming a preference.   

2. That said, if I do scrutinize, it's not hard to tell the superiority of FF images over APS-C and M43, and not just when comparing Sony/Nikon ff to Canon APS-C.  It may be that the a6000 makes better images than the SL1, but it's also true that the a7r makes better images than the a6000, just as the 5DIII and 6D make better images than the SL1.

3. I still don't get all the fuss over Fuji's x APS-C sensors.  Before Christmas I bought an XE1 and returned it a couple of weeks later, assuming that the unsharp results, especially in photos where the subject wasn't close, were the result of a defect in the camera or lens, but I don't think they were - I've looked at countless images online taken by fans of these cameras (not to mention the comparisons you can make at dpreview) and seen much the same lack of sharpness.  There may be less noise than on images taken with other APS-C bodies, but there's less detail.  Frankly, I prefer the images I get from my SL1, extra noise and all.  Again, the differences aren't so noticeable if you don't scrutinize closely, and if you care more about noise than detail it won't matter, but if you do....  (Even some Fuji fans acknowledge this - e.g. whatsisname at soundimageplus says they're his favorite cameras to use, but he much prefers the images from his a6000, not to mention a7& a7r.)

4. I've not seen the video yet....
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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« Last post by sama on Today at 11:29:18 AM »
my Elan 7 (bought in 2002) and  AE 1 program with some FD lenses..
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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« Last post by 3kramd5 on Today at 11:28:24 AM »
Battery grips.
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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« Last post by docsmith on Today at 11:27:12 AM »
Of gear that I intend to be part of my active kit....EF 40 mm f/2.8 pancake. 
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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Zeiss Distagon 15mm f2.8
« Last post by Click on Today at 11:26:23 AM »
Lovely shots Eldar. I especially like the Sunset at Torghatten.
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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Zeiss Distagon 15mm f2.8
« Last post by Eldar on Today at 11:23:51 AM »
More driftwood from Vega. This one looks like the Danish little mermaidĀ“s wooden cousin :)
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Reviews / Re: Pentax 645z Review
« Last post by AcutancePhotography on Today at 11:22:52 AM »
I've never hand-on mf body before. To me, this body looks  :-\

You don't buy it for how it looks, but buy it for how it makes other things look.   ;D
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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Last post by IslanderMV on Today at 11:22:31 AM »
Black Skimmer juvenile ALMOST able to fly. Taken from a Kayak

60D + 100-400mm at 400mm, ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/1250


Nice catch, that must be still water - or how do you keep the Kayak still?
This shot was on a reasonably calm day. I always shoot over a 1000th of a second to offset wave motion.
I only go out when the tide, lighting, wind and waves are reasonable. Luckily that combo comes up fairly often. I hang my legs outside the kayak for a little more stability, and if hugging the shore I will occasionally crawl out of the kayak and use it as a blind. Unfortunately the Skimmers are in a protected area and no landings are allowed.
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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« Last post by AcutancePhotography on Today at 11:20:58 AM »
Humm, I'm going to say, my Sekonic light meter.

I would agree.  I am glad I have it and occasionally it has been of use, but mostly it just sits there looking sad.
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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.2L Goes Missing at Canon Germany
« Last post by scyrene on Today at 11:20:04 AM »
I hope they bring back the f/1.0 - just sharper!

Me too!
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