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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Announcing The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
« Last post by ritholtz on Today at 02:11:01 AM »
It's fine if you'd rather us not do our job, but that's not going to stop us from doing it, nor does it make what we say 'passive aggressive biased garbage'.

Sure, you're unbiased.   ::)


Quote from: rishi on DPR
The metering sensor on the 1D X II has experienced a significant increase in resolution. With 360,000 RGB+IR pixels, it's the highest resolution metering sensor we've ever seen. This should lead to accurate metering...

Quote from: rishi on DPR
[The D5's] all-new AF system is coupled with a new 180K pixel RGB metering system and Advanced Scene Recognition System, helping to achieve optimally balanced exposures and accurate white balance in even the most challenging light.

This is one of the silliest exchanges I've seen on this forum and that says a lot.

If there is supposed to be some grand point you are trying to illustrate by juxtaposing these two quotes, it's a massive fail. Why don't we all take off the tinfoil hats, grow up and just accept that people may have different opinions and different perspectives without assuming some ulterior motive and parsing every word that a reviewer might write. I like Canon as much as the next person (probably more), but that doesn't mean I assume that anyone who is mildly critical is on the take.

Personally, I find DPR's reviews quite helpful and wish they'd hurry up and do a complete review of the 1DX II. I learn a lot more from criticism than I do from effusive compliments.

That those two quotes were used to 'prove' some sort of grand conspiracy about how DPR has been bought off by everyone but Canon shows how much your own bias can shape the 'lens' through which you see everything. When we dared suggest the a7 II was an under-performer with respect to low light image quality, we received numerous complaints about our apparent inability to evaluate Sony products with any sort of objectivity, finding any excuse we could to put down Sony. One such user even trying to get me fired for my anti-Sony ramblings.

Bias can be a powerful thing. Especially when it stops requiring any reason before casting aspersions - why would we have any brand bias to begin with?

If you're going to suggest financial motivations, would your own bias and justification system stop you from questioning how somehow the biggest, arguably most profitable camera company has somehow forgotten to buy off one of the biggest review sites? But I'm sure a conspiracy theory could be concocted for that as well. Here I'll help: 'they're so big they don't need you so they don't care to buy you off.'

Justifications on top of justifications. Unnecessarily overcomplicated explanations that overfit the data.

Of course, none of these claims of simply anti-Canon bias explain why some years back, Nikon owners harassed us to no end as to why we were so pro-Canon back before Nikon joined the CMOS bandwagon. Or the recent allegations in the Nikon forums for my Canon fanboyism b/c I dared suggest that Nikon VR with certain lenses interacts parasitically with mirror shock while having a personal portfolio shot 95% with Canon cameras.

It's human nature, of course, to nitpick the pieces of evidence, no matter how small, that fit your theory, ignoring all evidence to the contrary. One might hope, though, that at least more compelling evidence than what neuroanatomist has presented might be available.
Fair enough Rishi. Looking at your D5 release articles and later 1DX2 article with reference to D5, you portrayed D5 as revolutionary kind of camera and 1DX2  as a evalutionary kind. Why do you think D5 is some kind of revolution and 1DX2 is a evalution.


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I'd like to buy one... but at au$9k in Oz I have a hard time justifying it for what I do.

Where did you find an Aus price? :)

Teds and a couple of other sites are advertising it...although Teds may be a bit optimistic that it will be here in March.

https://www.teds.com.au/canon-eos-1dx-mkii-body

Also Camera House have it for 8999, I Pre Ordered mine from DigiDirect, they have a better price than Camera House, basically I'm paying USD$200 over the B'H price, so works for me (I bought 2 Bodies so I did get a good price).

The interest for me is the 61 AF points @ f/8, allows me to use any focus point when using the Mk III Converters, so for Wildlife this on it's own is worth the upgrade.

Essentially on the Video side your getting the 1Dc with some upgrades.

The C Fast Card, again, worth the upgrade, 16fps & 173 RAW images to fill the Buffer ?? for fast action Cheetah chases, worth the upgrade.

We will wait & see regards any improvement in DR, if there is an improvement that will be a Bonus.

The GPS is also great, saves a tongue, WiFi would be nice, but with the Magnesium Framework, like the Nikon D5, hard ask, so not a big issue for me.

2 x 1Dx Bodies going cheap   ;)

Yeah im thinking of waiting for a 10% off sale from DigiDirect hehe :) Did Digi give you a price yet and did they mention anything about the special with a 64gb CF card and reader or that just in the US ?
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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« Last post by Erik X on Today at 01:58:22 AM »
Lake freeze in moonlight..
Midnight, -10C. Spent one hour experimenting, it was a bit chilly
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Starting this topic because on occasion you actually "catch" something from others... Techniques, ideas, and knowledge, thought I'd start with my thoughts and let others share. I'm curious what others have learned about their M3 and lenses, even third party and how to make the most of it...

Favorite lens:

EF-M 22mm F/2 STM

How to use: Indoor lighting without a flash, close up portraits.
Also of note, it has better AF response in low light than the other EF-M lenses, in experience, it can respond to roughly -1 2/3 EV / -2EV

Flash photography thoughts:

Don't forget you can bounce the built-in!

270EX flash pairs best if you go for more kick; it's lighter and can still bounce.

Do:

Pickup an EF-M 22MM F/2 STM in addition to the stock lens; also pickup a EF-M 11-22MM wide angle as a 2nd/third lens.

Use DPP 4.x for editing; found the lens corrections and workflow to be superior to Lightroom, personal opinion.

Review the Canon CPN videos on how to use DPP 4

Use a SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB 95mb/sec UHS-I SD card for best results; other UHS-I cards are slower, and UHS-II cards are slower on UHS-I interfaces (EOS M3). The 64GB version is a hair faster than SanDisk's other Extreme Pro SD UHS-I cards btw, but only by a hair, that's probably irrelevant other than trivia purposes.

For best continuous RAW performance, shoot using RAW only, not RAW+JPG, and no image review, for best results of continuous RAW burst. JPG only will continue until card is full of course. When combined with the card above, expect 5 frames prior to buffering at ~2FPS.

Use single point AF with older EF lenses on the adapter to resolve issues with AF; example the EF50mm 1.8 II, EF50mm 1.4 USM both fail on multi-point AF with adapter, but on single point improve. Also single point AF seems to give better low light AF performance in general.

EF-S 60mm F/2.8 USM Macro is a great Macro option
EF 35mm F/2 IS USM is a FAST AF response on the M3 adapted and, converts to roughly 58mm which is nifty fifty turf. Also the IS is phenomenal as is the bokeh. It's also decent in size and weight.
EF50mm F1.8 STM is FAST AF (fills the nifty fifty slot) and is a surprising a good lens for video, except the lack of IS which you generally want for video.

Pick up an EVF, especially if it's a bundle, makes the camera more "fun" in addition to useful in bright lit conditions plus framing benefits.

Keep an eye on your shutter speed indoors on P and Auto and use Av/Tv/M as needed;  P and Auto tend to gravitate towards higher shutters, IE Powershot firmware which result in higher ISOs indoors (or even outdoors) I've found F/2 on my 22mm indoors with 1/40 and being cautious with camera shake produces excellent results, even upwards of 12800 ISO as you're pulling in more light thus the type of noise you pick up is better, if that makes any sense. You can shoot lower than 1/40 (on the 22mm) if you shoot continuous you'll usually get a keeper somewhere in the stack, usually at 1/20 or up.

Use EF-M optics' closer minimum focusing lengths for macro-like opportunities... I use my EF-M 11-22mm ALOT for food photography, back it out to 11mm and get CLOSE.

Set both your shutter dial and rear dials up in the setup for Av and Tv respectively in M mode.

Set AF+MF and enable focus peaking, and don't be afraid to use MF with focus peaking if you have the EVF.

Consider the EF-M 55-200 IS STM lens with the EOS M3 for a lightweight telephoto tag-along.

Throw just the M3+22mm in a bag when running out the door if you're not sure what you're shooting (small, light and all-around useful)

Don't:

Use a flash (unless absolutely needed); the flash sync on the EOS M series is horrible/slow. Use on static non-moving objects only. External flashes suffer the same fate in my experiences (if anyone has any thoughts of a better flash solution on the M3, I'm all ears).

Use for sports/action. M3 may be lightyears ahead of the original EOS M in AF performance, but it's not a DSLR or Nikon 1 series (or the newly released A6300, which I'm no Sony fan, but it's AF is impressive on the books)

Thoughts

Any recommended setups for C (custom)?

Also recommendations for that Mn button next to the shutter? Best use I could come up with was LCD toggle to quickly save battery life.

Third party lenses; not a big fan, but curious of any recommended lenses and use cases since Canon's EF-M native lineup is a wee lacking at the moment. Also any thoughts about the EF-M 15-45? The charts show it isn't as sharp as my EF-M 18-55 IS STM, plus it doesn't reach as far so I've held out.
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Announcing The Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
« Last post by rishi_sanyal on Today at 01:35:39 AM »
It's fine if you'd rather us not do our job, but that's not going to stop us from doing it, nor does it make what we say 'passive aggressive biased garbage'.

Sure, you're unbiased.   ::)


Quote from: rishi on DPR
The metering sensor on the 1D X II has experienced a significant increase in resolution. With 360,000 RGB+IR pixels, it's the highest resolution metering sensor we've ever seen. This should lead to accurate metering...

Quote from: rishi on DPR
[The D5's] all-new AF system is coupled with a new 180K pixel RGB metering system and Advanced Scene Recognition System, helping to achieve optimally balanced exposures and accurate white balance in even the most challenging light.

This is one of the silliest exchanges I've seen on this forum and that says a lot.

If there is supposed to be some grand point you are trying to illustrate by juxtaposing these two quotes, it's a massive fail. Why don't we all take off the tinfoil hats, grow up and just accept that people may have different opinions and different perspectives without assuming some ulterior motive and parsing every word that a reviewer might write. I like Canon as much as the next person (probably more), but that doesn't mean I assume that anyone who is mildly critical is on the take.

Personally, I find DPR's reviews quite helpful and wish they'd hurry up and do a complete review of the 1DX II. I learn a lot more from criticism than I do from effusive compliments.

That those two quotes were used to 'prove' some sort of grand conspiracy about how DPR has been bought off by everyone but Canon shows how much your own bias can shape the 'lens' through which you see everything. When we dared suggest the a7 II was an under-performer with respect to low light image quality, we received numerous complaints about our apparent inability to evaluate Sony products with any sort of objectivity, finding any excuse we could to put down Sony. One such user even trying to get me fired for my anti-Sony ramblings.

Bias can be a powerful thing. Especially when it stops requiring any reason before casting aspersions - why would we have any brand bias to begin with?

If you're going to suggest financial motivations, would your own bias and justification system stop you from questioning how somehow the biggest, arguably most profitable camera company has somehow forgotten to buy off one of the biggest review sites? But I'm sure a conspiracy theory could be concocted for that as well. Here I'll help: 'they're so big they don't need you so they don't care to buy you off.'

Justifications on top of justifications. Unnecessarily overcomplicated explanations that overfit the data.

Of course, none of these claims of simply anti-Canon bias explain why some years back, Nikon owners harassed us to no end as to why we were so pro-Canon back before Nikon joined the CMOS bandwagon. Or the recent allegations in the Nikon forums for my Canon fanboyism b/c I dared suggest that Nikon VR with certain lenses interacts parasitically with mirror shock while having a personal portfolio shot 95% with Canon cameras.

It's human nature, of course, to nitpick the pieces of evidence, no matter how small, that fit your theory, ignoring all evidence to the contrary. One might hope, though, that at least more compelling evidence than what neuroanatomist has presented might be available.
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Landscape / Re: Flowers and other Flora
« Last post by dpc on Today at 01:28:12 AM »
And again...
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Landscape / Re: Flowers and other Flora
« Last post by dpc on Today at 01:27:02 AM »
Two treatments of the same copse.
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Preorder: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
« Last post by Jack Douglas on Today at 01:09:57 AM »
Hmm, my text didn't get in there??  Well, anyway my advice to myself is to keep my mouth shut!  I'm not easily insulted. ;)

Expectations were too high for this camera but now that the dust has settled it seems to me that Canon did a lot and it's a very solid upgrade.  I get the feeling that they simply can't compete as well as they'd like to in the sensor realm but I'm not disappointed in that area.  I'm thrilled with the duel pixel AF for video.

Jack
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Preorder: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
« Last post by Jack Douglas on Today at 01:01:17 AM »
Since I never studied psychology probably when I should have I now get to do it on CR! ;)  Even a bad example can be a good example.  Everyone contributes something but lets refrain from the nasty stuff.

Jack

The best advice for me would be to keep my mouth shut! ;)

Jack, you should think about going into politics.

What were you saying about insults? :D :P 8)

Honestly I meant no insult.  I work with some very political personalities.  They look at things a lot differently than I do.  Fortunately, they listen to me and digest/spin things in a way to make progress.
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Lenses / Re: Portraitlens for headshots.
« Last post by Pookie on Today at 12:48:31 AM »
Then again there is always the superb 85L... in natural light
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