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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« Last post by Zv on Today at 03:15:49 AM »
Just got the EOS M + 22mm. Like it and will keep it for the long term, so now need to think about accessories.

4. Bag: Neuro earlier had mentioned the Dashpoint 20. Any other suggestions?

Thanks, all, in advance.

The Dashpoint 20 is a good fit for the M+22.  I use a hard case for storage and travel with my M system now.  I use the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 20 to carry the M, 2 lenses, batteries, etc when I'm out and about.  I also have a 3" aluminum rod tube to carry my M, 2 lenses, and accessories when I'm hiking/backpacking.

+1 for the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover. I have the 100 so it's small enough to fit inside a larger backpack for flying and traveling etc. It just fits camera, 22/2 and 11-22.
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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon answer Sony's new cinema cameras
« Last post by CarlMillerPhoto on Today at 03:14:35 AM »
I think they'll "answer" Sony on a tech/feature level, but not on a price-point level. I think Canon is okay letting go of the budget/indie filmmaker. I don't know the revenue that market brings in for them, but perhaps it's irrelevant. Maybe it's purely a branding decision (i.e. Canon doesn't want to be associated with the low-end video market). Maybe they're okay letting every student filmmaker, wedding videographer, and individual that's getting started in video go to other brands. Perhaps the same person in charge of video strategy also heads Canon's mirrorless strategy  ::)
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EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« Last post by Nirmala on Today at 03:08:58 AM »
I went even further over board and bought a 1DX. It's complete overkill for my needs, I don't shoot professionally, and it's gets far less use than I would like. But would I change it. HELL NO. I'd rather have the functions and ability to get a shot and hopefully grow and learn than be stunted and wishing. Stick with the 5D it's an awesome camera. My 2c.
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I've never heard of the brand prior to this press release.

Rolls eyes !   Pretty well known in Europe at least - they own B+W too...

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schneider_Kreuznach

forgive me my grace. I live in Asia.

Hello,

Schneider is on the same level as Zeiss is - and I expect, that they will demonstrate this with the new lenses. The XENON is a very famous lens beginning some 50 years ago - and if you have a look on the segment they are active with tilt/shift lenses it will give you an idea what I expect as quality of their products ...

Joerg

thanks for sharing.
this is something wikipedia pages can't tell me. wanted to know where they stand vis-a-vis Zeiss  and you answered my question :)

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« Last post by jebrady03 on Today at 02:49:44 AM »
I didn't really like the 50/1.4 though (bought and sold it 3 times), so I am thinking on the FD 50mm lines.

Just out of curiosity, what didn't you like about the 50/1.4?  Is it anything that the on-sensor AF of the M would solve?
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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« Last post by Eldar on Today at 02:46:54 AM »
Opposite issue here, almost too much light, went at midday to beat the crowds.

1Dx 55 Otus @ f/2
Nice shot(s) Edward. I suppose the lighting you showed on the night shot was part of the show.

I was in Sidney during their light festival in 2012, where the entire city is illuminated in spectacular colors. I have attached the youtube videos from 2012 and 2014 of the Opera house show. For anyone with an interest in light, math and geometry, this is rather spectacular and if anyone is planning on going to Sidney, try to time it when this is on.

Using the Sidney Opera house as a canvas, with its everything but flat surface, but still creating a flat image illusion is quite something.
2012 Sidney light festival:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5ZvCv7yUKk
2014 Sidney light festival:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERTXQHwUiKk
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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« Last post by jrista on Today at 02:42:10 AM »
I'm sure there are multiple factors that go into it.

Location, for example. I live in Colorado...big landscape state. I think people also generally look to DSLRs to give them better landscape photos than their phones. Once mirrorless quality kicks up, I suspect most will go for the smaller, more portable and easier to use mirrorless options instead of DSLRs. We also have plenty of wildlife here, and two large migration seasons for birds. I see a LOT of average people at the local state parks photographing birds and wildlife with DSLRs and moderately long telephoto lenses.

I imagine things could be different in big cities. People always on the move, the inconvenience of draping a large, heavy camera over your neck in thick crowds, etc. I imagine smaller cameras are probably more desirable there. I don't know for sure...don't like cities much myself, I avoid them. I live in Colorado, and I've barely been to downtown Denver. When I go, it's in for work, out as soon as I can be. :P But it definitely seems like a very different environment, and I can't say I see many people walking around with big cameras.

Still, I see the ILC market as a whole as a big market that still has growth potential. I think economies are still contracting somewhat, and still trying to settle from the recessions. I think there have been BIG demographic shifts among large population groups who have shifted from high paying jobs to low paying jobs, no jobs, or retirement. That changes sales trends. Once that whole shakeout is done, and new generations start moving into the market, I think ILC sales will pick up. It's possible new generations would prefer different kinds of cameras as well...mirrorless over DSLR, highly connected (i.e. WiFi or even LTE web access for direct publishing of photos to online profiles like instagram), etc. New markets as well, with asian and indian markets growing considerably.
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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« Last post by eml58 on Today at 02:38:14 AM »
Excellent series Edward. Well done Sir!

Thanks Click, always a pleasure to spend time on the Beach here in Australia, Generally don't get the opportunity to combine the beach with the Otus/1Dx.
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EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon answer Sony's new cinema cameras
« Last post by jrista on Today at 02:33:59 AM »
Canon's XF Codec is already integrated into a lot of company's workflows. Very few channels broadcast 4k and it's very expensive to post in 4k.

That's why you acquire in 4K, post in 1080p, and keep the original 4K assets for future-proofing, much like many studios did with 16:9 content during the first part of the last decade, when most TV sets were still 4:3.  Then, when you need 4K versions of the content, you import the EDLs, pull in the 4K assets instead, and bring in people to update the SFX for 4K, if necessary.  By the time you actually need the 4K content, computers will be fast enough that much of the 4K post work won't be expensive anymore.  :)


There's a market for 4k in the consumer sphere (youtube distribution), not so much in the professional sphere, that's all 1080p except at the ultra high end. This isn't a consumer device, it's a professional one, and thus it's build on reliability and integrating into conservative workflows, not specs or features alone.

Workflows, though, not acquisition.  It's very shortsighted to do content acquisition in anything other than the highest quality format you can get your hands on.  Downsampling during ingestion should be relatively easy.  If it isn't, either hire a programmer or get better editing tools.  :)


Look at how Arri is destroying Red in broadcast tv and in film... It's not because Arri has the better format (the Alexa does have a better image)... it's because it has an easier to handle, "lower end" codec in a lower resolution.

I'd imagine a big part of it is also reputation and familiarity.  Red isn't even a decade old, whereas Arri has been doing cinema hardware for almost a hundred years.  Folks know the name, and they're used to their gear.



I can do 4K natively on my Samsung Note 3, but not all 4Ks are equal, and 4K is not necessarily better than 1080p. 

Fair enough.  I didn't mean to imply that the 4K quality on a cell phone would even remotely approach that of a DSLR (or even necessarily be as good as 1080p on a DSLR).  I just meant that if a cell phone has the CPU/GPU horsepower to produce 4K output, it's embarrassing for expensive DSLRs to not be able to handle it at all.

+1 Totally agree on every point.
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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« Last post by jrista on Today at 02:31:14 AM »
Well, what actually knocked some sense into me was when I summed up the total light gathering capacity of each sensor (based on sensorgen information), then factored in noise levels and DR. Once I saw those numbers, there pretty much wasn't any denying it. And actually, based on the numbers, the D810 is still phenomenal at high ISO...the A7s only really pulls away once you get into the ISO 51200 realm and beyond. Then I factored in your low ISO pushing technique to achieve more DR at "effective high ISO" when using lower ISO, and yeah. No contest. :)

There is good detail in the A7r, but to me, it does look visibly noisier than the A7s. Especially in the the objects in the background...much noisier. (And that's in the normalized comparison.)

Regarding the 50mp MF, I guess I was considering that a different class of camera...but, when you throw the 645z into the mix, I guess it really isn't. :P So sure, that one trounces the trouncer.

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