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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« Last post by Valvebounce on Today at 11:26:51 AM »
Hi Click.
Thank you for your feedback, the second one although it is a sunset is a pretty lame sunset, it was more about the cloud pattern. I'm pleased you like the first one, it has taken a while to get a good coloured sky. I almost missed this one but my partner was driving home, saw it and told me to meet her outside and she would drive me down the sea front for some pictures. Got to love supportive partners.

Cheers, Graham.

Hi Graham,

Very nice shots. I really like the first one. Beautiful sky.

Well done.
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Landscape / Re: Post your Panoramics!
« Last post by Valvebounce on Today at 11:18:38 AM »
Hi Don.
Lovely shot, well done with the alignment hand held. Did you get caught by the rain from that cloud?

Cheers, Graham.

Here's an example of what to do when you don't have a wide enough lens... This pano is from a dozen images (two rows portrait orientation) shot hand held at 17mm on a 60D. It covers about 150 degrees horizontal and 90 degrees vertical.

Stitched together, it shows the large rain cloud rolling in towards me. Even if I had a 10mm lens with me, I could not have captured it in one shot.
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Industry News / Re: Canon back to the drawingboard or is there still hope?
« Last post by TAF on Today at 11:16:30 AM »
canon isn't going to do anything. Their entire business relies on a legacy lens system designed for the times where mirrors were essential. But today they have basically no lenses for the modern full frame miror-less future and even if they started today, they are already playing catchup, a position they don't know how to play.

Yeah, mirrorless killed the dSLR right on schedule, last year.  Somehow we all missed it – what silly, unobservant people we are.  Today, it seems Canon really has missed the boat since unit sales of mirrorless cameras are growing dramatically...arent they?

2009:  mirrorless is gonna finish off DSLR's!
2010-2014:  each year was surely the year!
2015:  this is the year man, I can feel it!


Mirrorless might start making a dent if the designers weren't fixated on making miniature cameras with lousy ergonomics (I have an M, thank you very much).

The 50th percentile human has hands of a certain size.  A 6D is a really excellent fit for those hands.  Take out the mirror and see what happens.

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I suggest you get an external EVF like the Zacuto Z finder or something. Seems like a lot of money for a toy with low resolution.
Thanks for the suggestion.
I like to shoot low down in the pit lane to get unusual  angles of the cars as they wiz past at a steady speed (usually 60KPH) and thought that being able to see the screen via a pair of specs like these may be the answer I’ve been looking for.
The tilt screen on my 70D is great, but mostly I can’t see it as the sun in Dubai is 100% full on all the time, I hoped that this might be an option as there would be a cable of around 1 meter connecting the camera and specs (allowing me to keep the camera low while still being able to see), I sit stationary on the pit wall steps to take these shots anyway,  i.e. no need to worry about not being able to see the real world with the specs on as I’ll be sitting still.

They are low resolution, for video.  The first line on their specification makes me wonder.

"Virtual Size : 98inch TFT-LCD virtual Display (2m away)"

So you need to hold them 2 meters away from your eyes to meet the specification?  What other misleading things are they saying?
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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« Last post by Click on Today at 11:13:41 AM »
Hi Graham,

Very nice shots. I really like the first one. Beautiful sky.

Well done.
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Canon General / Re: Theory on why Canon will kill DSLRs...
« Last post by neuroanatomist on Today at 11:08:32 AM »
Quote from: dilbert
If you don't own a lens on Canon's 5Ds/R "recommended list" and want to buy the 5Ds/R, isn't Canon telling you to do that now?

Er, no. Not at all. They're being up front with what will work best, similar to but less restrictive than the lenses required for certain AF functionality. However, not being on the list doesn't make a lens incompatible, it merely makes it un-ideal.

Ahhh but in dilbertland, lenses omitted from the list are incompatible with the 5Ds/R.  Not that I'm suggesting you try and keep up with what passes for fact in that fanciful place. 
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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« Last post by Valvebounce on Today at 11:07:11 AM »
Hi Folks.
A couple of my recent sunsets, looking from East Cowes towards Cowes Isle of Wight and the Solent, the building in silhouette on the tip of the headland on the left is the Royal Yacht Squadron, a very important place for yachtsmen.

Cheers, Graham.

IMG_4902_DxO by Graham Stretch, on Flickr

IMG_4907 Fingerprints on the sky._DxO by Graham Stretch, on Flickr
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Canon XC10 is Now Shipping
« Last post by Bernard on Today at 10:57:15 AM »
The people who use the XC10 are not going to be grading anything. (...)
Something like the RX10MII is a far better choice for that sort of application than the XC10.

I don't fully understand this defeatist logic: "my videos will never amount to much, therefore I may as well just use some cheap point-and-shoot."

We should all be doing some amount of grading, if only to match colour, exposure and contrast between shots. There's a world of difference between the amount of bandwidth you can store on a C-Fast card and the amount you can store on a point-and-shoot that's been tuned to work with any cheap SD card.

Look at what BlackMagic is doing: they give you a list of 2 or 3 top-end (expensive) SD cards and bluntly tell you that their cameras won't work with anything else. And that's just for their HD cameras, they don't consider any SD card good enough for 4K.

If you think your work is not worthy of grading, then I can't argue with that. What I can argue with is the fact that you extend that judgment to all film makers, as if somehow we should all accept the same huge quality compromises that come with recording 4K at ultra-low bit rates.

I know that the XC-10 is entry-level, and that means compromises. Canon, with their long video history, has decided to go for higher bandwidth and better usability, at the expense of headline features like lens speed and maximum ISO. I respect their choice, and I think that many film makers will benefit from it.
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Canon General / Re: Theory on why Canon will kill DSLRs...
« Last post by 3kramd5 on Today at 10:26:03 AM »
Quote from: dilbert
(2) I think this is the cheapest path for Canon to mirrorless but it doesn't give Canon a weapon in the small full frame camera market.

Maybe not "small," but it gives them a powerful weapon nonetheless: "good ergo, works with existing lenses, and oh we made up the space with batteries so the EVF lasts for ages."

Quote from: dilbert
If you don't own a lens on Canon's 5Ds/R "recommended list" and want to buy the 5Ds/R, isn't Canon telling you to do that now?

Er, no. Not at all. They're being up front with what will work best, similar to but less restrictive than the lenses required for certain AF functionality. However, not being on the list doesn't make a lens incompatible, it merely makes it un-ideal. Your premise was that canon will make something unique that is unadaptable, thus no canon lens anyone on the planet owns would be compatible.

Quote from: dilbert
The threat that mirrorless places is that it isn't necessary to replace your lenses in order to change body.

That's the threat of some mirrorless, like Sony. However, recall your theory: "Thus for Canon and Nikon to maintain brand lock-in around body and lens, they will need to have a design that doesn't allow for an adapter to be between the lens and camera."

The bold bit doesn't play with the "you don't need to replace lenses" bit. If they build an unadaptable ILC camera (if that's even possible), by definition it is necessary to replace lenses in order to use it.

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
« Last post by fragilesi on Today at 09:46:54 AM »
fragilesi, good plan renting the 100-400 4.5-5.6L II.  I bet you won't be disappointed or maybe you will because my guess is you'll be selling the 70-300.

Maybe  :)  I can't imagine not wanting it but the ease of use of the 70-300 is just wonderful.  I primarily try to shoot sport and BIF, only handhold and am often trying to follow some pretty fast-moving action from unpredictable directions.  I sometimes go out for hours at a time. 

So while I'd definitely love the extra 100mm I think I'd miss the 70mm end a little and some of the sheer joy of being able to try to react quickly with a light rig might be lost . . . 

Oh it's so stressful this hobby  ;D

Exactly.  It's challenging because the two lenses definitely overlap, but they both have their strengths.  They are also too expensive to justify owning both for most shooters.

That's it in a nutshell.  First instinct is that you shouldn't really want both with such overlap but I suspect I'll come to that conclusion which will delay getting the 100-400 II sadly.  Then again, the 70-300 is just so good I guess I shouldn't complain too much!
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