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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Canon WFT-E8A Specifications
« Last post by Isurus on February 05, 2016, 06:59:02 PM »
Opinions are certainly welcome.  As you say, it's a forum.  If contrary opinions bother you, perhaps this isn't the right place for you.

Contrary opinions don't bother me.  Delivery of them, at times, leave something to be desired though.

At some point I just have to come to terms with the fact that neither Canon nor Nikon seem to have a desire to use their top pro bodies to test revolutionary or innovative ideas (as I would define them).  They take a more conservative approach, probably in part to meet the reliability demands of pros.  I hope at some a competitor enters to shake things up a bit, like Sony has with other body types (well, to an extent).

That being said, I still think a wireless dongle is lame as hell.  To each their own.
EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you think of the 1Dx Mark II?
« Last post by Jack Douglas on February 05, 2016, 06:31:08 PM »
I actually paused before writing "female" voice cause I know there are a few women on here, but ultimately I failed.  Really, Canon should just release two gendered cameras.

Lenses / Re: Portraitlens for headshots.
« Last post by Mr Bean on February 05, 2016, 06:23:21 PM »
That's awesome !!! Great shot. I love when people claim you can't do something with a lens and then you see great images like that. I'm partial though as I do use the 15mm for portraits too.

Portrait with a 15mm. Sure, not always flattering, but it can work :)

Personally, I like the 50mm 1.4 for portraits or the 100mm macro.

15mm Siggy fish and a 5D3 from my stranger hunting...

Thanks Pookie. The short focal lengths can give enough sharpness and detail for the subject, yet retain a nice background blur, which is what your shot shows. Love it :)
1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« Last post by Jack Douglas on February 05, 2016, 06:23:05 PM »
Hey Eldar, I have no doubt you're going to be happy with the 1DX II.  Hope you get it early so you can fill all of us in.  I'll be all ears.

Jack, like you said on an other thread, I am quite sure the 1DXII will be better than the 1DX :)

The only problem now is the long wait. I live in a small country in the periphery of most others, so you never know when we get it here. However, on Tuesday next week I will attend a Canon arrangement in Oslo, where I will get a chance to try it out. Really looking forward to it.

Well so am I so keep us posted.  You might even influence me to bite the bullet sooner.

Jack, stop fooling yourself ... you made the decision a long time ago, you just have not allowed it to come out in the open yet ;) Go to the nearest mirror, take a deep breath, look yourself in the eye and say out loud; There´s no escape, I may as well push the button ... And you will live happily ever after :)

Great except after I press the button my wife pulls the trigger.  There would have been no issue but the $Can has nose-dived with the price of oil and ouch.  Two years ago we were close to par.  My wife is right in the midst of a costly flooring and counter top reno - overdue and much deserved, so ......

I will have it sooner than later, max one year.  It's nice to have your encouragement. ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: "weather sealed" != "impervious to salt water"
« Last post by neuroanatomist on February 05, 2016, 06:22:03 PM »
I never knew the 70-200mm doesn’t have a rubber seal as I thought it was standard on all L lenses.

Because, you know, I never bothered to actually look at the lens.   ::)

What a moron.
Lenses / Re: Which TC for 500mm lens?
« Last post by candc on February 05, 2016, 06:05:47 PM »
It was some mentioning from salesmen who think that the new Sigma TC performs better than the original Canon.

Perhaps the new Sigma TC does perform better than the Canon TC...in terms of retailer price markup.  ;)

i haven't seen any in depth comparisons between the canon and new sigma tc's online. i have both sigmas and both canon tciii's. from what i can tell the 1.4x versions are about the same but i think the sigma 2001 is a bit better than the 2xiii.

Does 'better' apply to AF also?

something that i picked up on from another thread is that the canon extenders firmware slows down af on all canon bodies except the 1dx. my experience with the sigma and canon tc's is non 1dx bodies so that may account for the faster af with the new sigma tc's. the canon tcs would be 1.4x and 2x faster on a 1dx apparently.
EOS Bodies - For Stills / "weather sealed" != "impervious to salt water"
« Last post by chromophore on February 05, 2016, 05:56:42 PM »
Just read this on PetaPixel:


I don't understand how anyone can be so incredibly stupid.  This misconception has been hashed out many times before:  "weather-sealed" does not mean that you can let ocean waves hit your camera.  Salt water is not rain and it is not weather.

And then, the other mistake is to think that all L lenses are "weather-sealed."  Anyone who has owned an 85/1.2L knows that's not true.

To make it even worse, going back and rinsing the body and lens when salt ingress has already occurred, in the misguided belief that (1) tap water doesn't have any dissolved minerals itself; and (2) you can get enough water into the components to rinse away the corrosion?

Finally, sticking the whole thing in bags of rice?  WHY do photographers spread around these stupid hacks?  A large canister of silica gel put in an airtight, evacuated container with the camera, taking it out and heating it to 325 F to recharge it every 24 hours, will absorb more moisture more quickly than rice.

The repeated implications that his 1D2 survived just fine, therefore the 7D must have inferior sealing, is also galling.  The 7D isn't a pro body and it's not expected to have the kind of sealing that a 1-series body needs, but that doesn't mean that it's not "weather-sealed."  It just means that Canon sees fit to provide in their flagship bodies a level of sealing that goes above and beyond that needed to guard against damage from typical adverse weather, given the cost and the target market (pro shooters).

Part of the thing that irritates me as a photographer is how personal anecdotes and bad advice get passed around as if they were gospel truth.  This guy got exactly what he deserved for his ignorance and misinformation.
HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« Last post by jd7 on February 05, 2016, 05:52:01 PM »
I have never done HDR. Recently I took some bracketed RAW images in Arches NP. The intent was to try my hand at HDR. My exposures are -2,0 and +2 EV. I am also pretty inexperienced in editing, do some minor corrections, warming etc. Could you advice regarding workflow? I have CS5. I would get Photomatix if you feel that is good. I am somewhat familiar with the steps but some questions:
- My RAW images are about 25mb each, do I merge and then edit the resulting image or edit first and then merge?
- If I edit first and then merge do I convert the edited images to jpg?
- If I merge 3 RAW images does the file size become roughly 75mb?
- I have seen some of your work here and think I prefer the natural look rather than the grungy look.
- I primarily do landscapes on a 5D MK III. Are three exposures optimum or should I do more in the future?
- Is -2,0,+2 correct separation?
Something to start with. Thanks in advance.

If you are looking for info about HDR and exposure blending, you might be interested to have a read of this website:

I found it helpful.
EOS Bodies / Re: Likeliness of on-chip A/D converters in the next 5D & 6D bodies?
« Last post by rrcphoto on February 05, 2016, 05:50:54 PM »
Didn't canon say on chip adc cost more?

Non-recurring costs of setting up a new fab are very high.

not really.

Relative to recurring costs? Because that was the essence. Once the infrastructure investment is made, be it building a new fab, building new tooling, or whatever, using it is relatively cheap in this case, no?

a) they didn't build a new fab .. they would have announced that, and it would have been in their reports.

b) they had a 180nm sensor line already with copper BEOL.

c) the equipment used by modern full frame sensors is 20+ years old, the cost is negligible.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Surprise With New Mirrorless Camera
« Last post by rrcphoto on February 05, 2016, 05:49:00 PM »
While Canon is still mucking about with half-assed M's, Sony claims their A6000 to be "the best selling interchangeable lens camera - $600 and above ... in the industry" ... "MILCs and DSLRs". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDGnl5SHBzc&feature=youtu.be&t=616 ... around minute 6 ... and there are also some quite interesting market data charts around minute 3.

Yes, I do take that statement with a grain of salt - made at a Sony marketing event by a Sony exec [Neal Manowitz, VP Digital Imaging, Consumer Sales and Marketing, North America]. And unfortunately they did NOT provide the number of units sold to date to back up their claim, and none of the folks in attendance had the wits or guts to ask for it [they should have invited me  :D].

I wonder if he meant in the USA?

I could see it, it has sold quite well, and canon and nikon replace  their lower tiered items more frequently.

globally? I doubt it.
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