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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji Medium Format is coming
« Last post by unfocused on June 30, 2016, 11:46:57 PM »
...isn't the Medium Format market just shrinking because it's not competitive? As soon as they get competitive it'll be popular. That's exactly what this product sounds like.

The market is shrinking (or rather has already shrunk) because the advantages of medium format are outweighed by the disadvantages.

When photographers shot film and magazines required large transparencies to get good reproduction 35mm was insufficient. Today, even APS-C is better than what used to be available in medium format. Modern full frame sensors are more than adequate for publication and even billboard sized printing. And, of course, hardly any images even make it to print today, most live on the internet. The need for medium or large format has shrunk to just a tiny few specialty applications.

The disadvantages of medium format (large expensive lenses, lack of portability, etc. etc.) outweigh the advantages for all but the most niche of niche uses. So, there is only a tiny commercial market for medium format. Which means that any new player in the market must depend on enthusiasts, of which there are very few with the resources or desire to invest in medium format.

I suppose in a strict sense, you are correct that the market is shrinking because medium format is not competitive. But it's not the price that is the major factor in medium format not being competitive.
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Deals on Gear / Re: Craigslist Scam of the Day!
« Last post by retroreflection on June 30, 2016, 10:20:49 PM »
"Extra genuine" battery is a good clue.

The last thing you should worry about in a 1DX purchase (at crazy low pricing) is the battery. 

Not sure I understand.  Of course, it's a scam - but what's your issue with the statement about the battery?  Are you thinking 'extra genuine' as in 'extra primo good, Mr. Coleman sir' (for those wholve seen Trading Places)?  It appears to simply be that an extra (as in second/spare) battery is included, and in that case it's worth pointing out that it's an OEM battery as opposed to a 3rd party battery (which is quite relevant, especially in the context of reports that 3rd party batteries for the 1D X don't work in the 1D X II).  Personally, when I sold my three previous dSLRs (T1i, 7D, 5DII), I included the spare battery I had for each in the sale, and stated that they were Canon OEM batteries.

Well, first off I read extra as an intensifier of genuine, rather than "there is an extra battery".  My bad. Nonetheless, I feel than "genuine" is a superfluous intensifier of Canon.  It makes me think of the time that I asked to see the Ruger MkII but the salesman insisted that I see the Browning Buckmark.  "See that trigger, it's gold plated. You can sell that for more than the gun."  I walked right out of that store.  (BTW, both are excellent cost effective pistols, the Browning just happened to be priced more above the market.) When I see potential misdirection, I start to suspect. 
I might cautiously pursue further, but with heightened attention.
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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« Last post by StudentOfLight on June 30, 2016, 09:30:06 PM »
The Itchy and Scratchy Show
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Software & Accessories / Re: lens/camera-holder plate
« Last post by Valvebounce on June 30, 2016, 09:24:35 PM »
Hi xps.
Broken 1.4x III                €379.
Improved mount system   €392
Being given lines by your great grandson, Priceless.  ;D ;D
I hope you didn't cheat by doing it on a computer and copy / paste....... :o

Cheers, Graham.
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dirt inside viewfinder prism box.
« Last post by Mt Spokane Photography on June 30, 2016, 09:08:27 PM »
I believe I have some in my 6D.
Focusing screen replacement;
https://youtu.be/EiifCxqZPD4?t=4m

Possibly.  However, sometimes the dust particles work their way up into the prism housing, and replacing the focusing screen is ineffective. 

If the dust is 'sharp', i.e. in focus, it's probably on one side of the focusing screen or the other (or immediately behind the eyepiece).  It it's somewhat OOF, it's more likely up in the housing, meaning the prism housing has to be disassembled to clean it, which is not an easy – or cheap – process (IIRC, some people with dust up there while in warranty reported that Canon just replaced the prism assembly rather than cleaning it).

The dust gets above the prism.  Some think its above the focus screen or on it until cleaning or replacing the focus screen does not work. 

I have a copy of the canon service manual for the original 5D.  There are two small holes that can be accessed which are used to blow out dust from that area.  You have to do a lot of disassembly to get to them.  I don't know if those holes were kept in the design of later models.

A screen shot of the diagram is attached.  As you can see, there is not much left to disassemble.  The cleaning holes have blue circles around them.
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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EOS 80D
« Last post by 9VIII on June 30, 2016, 09:07:29 PM »
Awesome review!  I love reading all of Dustin's reviews.  They seem to be the most practical reviews I've seen.  I was thinking about half way through "Man, if only all of this could be in a 6D2!".

+1

With articulating screen, af at f8 and built-in flash (why not??), it would be a perfect addition to 7DII!

I find it a perfect addition to my 5D's.  Now if only we had a full frame with an articulating screen, sigh.
+1 (macro)

+1(Billion) It's about time Canon gave us top IQ combined with maximum flexibility.

Remote shooting sounds fantastic, but you can't always hold a camera and a phone at the same time, basically you're going to end up mounting the phone to the camera, at which point you're adding a ton of steps and complications to something that could be accomplished as fast as spinning a dial.
Flippy Screens Forever.
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I am tired of my 7D markII
« Last post by monsieur_elegante on June 30, 2016, 08:24:30 PM »
I am not saying that this is a bad camera, i do believe the ones that got good copies don´t complain, because the camera is a good camera. However, i am not getting that results from it! And yes, sometimes, and i mean reaally sometimes it gives me a great shot. The problem of the camera is the inconsistency of focus and just get 1 good shot in a 10 photos and sometimes not even one shot....it´s just unpredictable!

Let me put you another example:

In this situation, i was shooting in a sturdy tripod, in a confortable position, no fast movements, the reindeer was walking and eating but in a slow movement. I got enough light, i was shooting at 1/2000 F4 no teleconverter. The animal was close to me, the photos are without cropping. I was not interested in getting the whole body in focus so i choose F4 to give me only the head in focus.
I shot 10 frames. only the 3rd one was in focus and even that one is not good. So please tell me....in this scenario, is it my fault?? And is it my fault that it happens every, every, every time the same in lots of different situations?? And is it normal that when i shoot with other cameras nothing of this happens??? So sorry....1 year is enought.....i am not blaiming myself anymore!!

Examples:

1 . original image, third one taken in 10 photos. Just some correction in luminosity.



2 - Same image cropped




Now another one representative of the another 9 photos taken. They are like this.

3 - Original photo



4 - Cropped photo




if i don´t see the setting i would say that this is motion blur due to slow shutter speed. The problem is....that the shutter speed was 1/2000!!!

@Go Wild, this is exactly consistent with my experience with my 7DII.  9 out of 10 (roughly speaking) pictures would end up like #4 from your post.  On the rare occasion where it nails it, it looks great (sharp and great IQ)...but it's just too rare.

I blamed myself for the longest time too -- but after using it for over a year (and comparing it to my 6D), I'm certain there's something wrong with it.  Sent it to Canon twice, both times Canon said they found a misaligned AF sensor and made "electrical adjustments."  Right now I'm contemplating whether to send it in one last time, or to simply give up...
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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji Medium Format is coming
« Last post by 9VIII on June 30, 2016, 08:18:00 PM »
OK, I'll make a prediction and whip my arse in Sept if I'm wrong  ;)

Fuji won't move into DMF.

This is the same Fuji that has said they studied full frame and APS-C before launching their X-Pro line and determined that APS-C was the optimal size for mirrorless. Now they are going to leap into the shrinking medium format market?

Sony wasn't offering a 44mm sensor back then.
For a consumer level mirrorless body they're probably right about APS-C (the whole angle of incidence thing). Maybe it all balances out in the end, but the APS-C sensor will always be an order of magnitude cheaper.

If you're making a high end product, then the sensor costs aren't so much of a concern. Ok, really I'd bet it's mostly all marketing speak, but Fuji is a veteran in this segment so it was probably always on the books, they just needed to wait until it was technically feasible.

And isn't the Medium Format market just shrinking because it's not competetive? As soon as they get competetive it'll be popular. That's exactly what this product sounds like.
I don't really even consider this "Meduim Format" anyway, this is just 35mm+9mm, not even giving a full stop of extra light gathering, Canon can almost fit these sensors inside the EF mount as-is (and I think they should).
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Deals on Gear / Re: Craigslist Scam of the Day!
« Last post by Don Haines on June 30, 2016, 08:14:51 PM »
...and set the price as a cup of coffee :)

Nice touch...

Did you change your avatar? Is that a squirrel?
yes, but it doesn't look good when viewed so small, so I will change it again......
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I am tired of my 7D markII
« Last post by Don Haines on June 30, 2016, 08:10:21 PM »
I am not saying that this is a bad camera, i do believe the ones that got good copies don´t complain, because the camera is a good camera. However, i am not getting that results from it! And yes, sometimes, and i mean reaally sometimes it gives me a great shot. The problem of the camera is the inconsistency of focus and just get 1 good shot in a 10 photos and sometimes not even one shot....it´s just unpredictable!

What lens were you using?
What were your AF settings?
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