IvanM

IvanM

Lives in South Africa Centurion, South Africa
Works as a Photographer
Joined on Sep 15, 2004
About me:

Professional photographer with a love of documentary and landscape photography

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On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R article (117 comments in total)
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IvanM: Who still uses Canon today? Can one still take a passable photo with a Canon? Are Canon's being dumped for Sony's by the Pros? How Bad is the DR really?

Here is a breakdown of the cameras and lenses used by the winners of the World Press Photo Awards: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=25150.15

I think the results says it all....

I think what the award s show is that very few actually care how one sensor stacks up against another...we buy the cameras we like, and if it gives us what we want, well then it does its job well....DR is mostly a problem with anonymous forum users....If you need and want more DR, well that's what you want , I on the other hand don't need more DR, more will be welcome, but it doesn't influence my buying decision, nor the quality of my photos...in fact most of the times I increase my contrast for deeper blacks....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 08:13 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R article (117 comments in total)
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IvanM: Who still uses Canon today? Can one still take a passable photo with a Canon? Are Canon's being dumped for Sony's by the Pros? How Bad is the DR really?

Here is a breakdown of the cameras and lenses used by the winners of the World Press Photo Awards: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=25150.15

I think the results says it all....

Of course you are right and I don't really care which camera wins what. For me its about the image. I believe all camera brands are cool and give fantastic image quality. But I cant have it all and so I like most of us i have to choose a brand (and stick with it...)

Its just an interesting fact that so many pros still use the tried and tested brands...Canon & Nikon. Why? Because of 'superior DR' because its Mirrorless, because its compact? judging by the results it looks like none of the above matter when Pros choose cameras...its about reliability, system, backup, working reliable in rain, mud, snow, dust, being dropped, day after day...the new god of image quality, called 'dr' somehow doesn't feature that much when pros decide to buy cameras...

We have so much choice today and its all good!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2015 at 08:36 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R article (117 comments in total)
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Old Baldy: As an ex Canon shooter, who learned what little I know about photography, on Canon products (20D, 50D, 5D, etc).....but who has switched to Sony NEX and now A7ii, I am surprised at how little excitement I feel about these new Canons.

It all just feels so....old school....to me, to see these huge, heavy, DSLR bodies with little real benefit for a stills/landscapes/street/travel photographer like me, and some quite significant disadvantages of all that size and mass.

I've no doubt these will be fine products. Just a little bit irrelevant for me, and, I suspect, for many others who have also switched to the smaller form factor of the mirrorless world.

Baldy, thanks for not taking offence to my comments. I see where you are coming from...I took a great deal of pleasure in the EosM with adapter, and used many of my EF lenses on it, even to do some professional work....of course it has many flaws and legacy lenses will be difficult to focus manually as it doesn't have focus peaking etc etc. I am waiting for the new M to be released before I will take the plunge, if at all...My take on Canon's product line is that first of all they have to sell and make money in the process. The other brands can afford to be more risky in their products because somewhere they have to establish a niche...Canon & Nikon are very powerful brands and it will be almost impossible to make heavy inroads in the short term. I think Canon/nikon will sit on the sidelines and see how the 'new' products are accepted by the market and only when there is a clear indication of success will they jump in. The relatively poor sales of the M in the USA illustrates my point.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2015 at 08:42 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R article (117 comments in total)
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Old Baldy: As an ex Canon shooter, who learned what little I know about photography, on Canon products (20D, 50D, 5D, etc).....but who has switched to Sony NEX and now A7ii, I am surprised at how little excitement I feel about these new Canons.

It all just feels so....old school....to me, to see these huge, heavy, DSLR bodies with little real benefit for a stills/landscapes/street/travel photographer like me, and some quite significant disadvantages of all that size and mass.

I've no doubt these will be fine products. Just a little bit irrelevant for me, and, I suspect, for many others who have also switched to the smaller form factor of the mirrorless world.

Baldy, with all due respect I think your initial comment says it all ' what little I know about photography' (Of course maybe you are just being modest, then please accept my apologies, if you think I was rude, which is not my intention)

Have a look here : http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=25150.15

Its a breakdown of the winners of the World Press Awards cameras & lenses....I think the results says it all....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 07:56 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off new EOS 5DS and 5DS R article (117 comments in total)

Who still uses Canon today? Can one still take a passable photo with a Canon? Are Canon's being dumped for Sony's by the Pros? How Bad is the DR really?

Here is a breakdown of the cameras and lenses used by the winners of the World Press Photo Awards: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=25150.15

I think the results says it all....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 19, 2015 at 07:52 UTC as 3rd comment | 5 replies
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor article (255 comments in total)
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AEndrs: 120MP with a dynamic range only Canon shooters can love!

(That's their future slogan)

I am a Canon user and just remind me again whats wrong with the DR? Nice slogan though...here is my website maybe you can point out where the DR is lacking, I appreciate any help....www.ivanmullerphotography.com

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 11:04 UTC
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Yannis1976: Where is the viewfinder????
How will you target at 600mm full tele?????????

the hotshoe has a cover, so it probably could take an EVF and I wouldn't be surprised if its the same one for the m3 gx1...so relax!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 07:58 UTC
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Dougbm_2: They are so afraid to 'contaminate' their DSLR range that they are unable to produce a decent mirrorless camera. With a quality EVF this would have outgunned both Panasonic and Sony in the high end bridge segment. As it is they land a product in no mans land again. Pity. I would have considered this as a good partner to my Canon 5D.

it would seem that it can fit a EVF in the hotshoe...maybe the same one as the gx1?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 07:55 UTC

I don't mind the shape, but this is quite a rough mock up....looks like its still very early days....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 17:44 UTC as 82nd comment

I looked at the roof shot at f2.8 and the corners and more are still very very soft...by f8 things look better but extreme corners still look somewhat soft. I looked at the largest samples.

Of course this could just be the notorious wide angle lens softness in the corners of the Alpha7 cameras when used with a lens adapter....

I suggest DPR rather use a FF DSLR to show us what this lens can do...I think the Alpha7's may be the wrong cameras to test wide angle lenses from third parties.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 17:38 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
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Kevin Fitzsimons: I'm a Canon professional user for 30 years and I've bought into the Fujifilm X system completely. Once Fuji (or someone) comes out with a professional flash system, I'm turning the tables on my Canons except for sports. At 62 years of age, I'm tired of carrying the full sized DSLR. I used to use Leica with my DSLR's and now I have the option of using the Fuji. The image quality is top notch - fine for print and web. They have a great system of lenses that rival Leica and the Fuji bodies are actually fun to use. Weather sealing could be better, but I can work around that.
Canon Professional Service is a huge advantage of theirs. Great service. I'll bet Fuji is not far off from offering pro support.

sounds like a good move...I am still on the right side of 60 so I can still lug the heavier stuff around for another 10years or so!

Really, I dont understand all this arguing which gear is better or not...almost all gear today is pretty amazing, especially when compared to film and film cameras. the nice thing is that we have all this choice now....and of course the best thing for camera developement is strong competition...at the moment I feel the ones benefiting most are the consumers. I have been contemplating a smaller system, but I have yet to find something that beats my 6D with a 40mm panckake as an all round, small high quality everyday carry around...and still staying within one system. let the good times roll! That Fuji 100t sounds pretty good also....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2015 at 07:17 UTC

mmm, I will make a judgement whether the new Eos M3 is any good only once I have had one in the hand...

Two things that have kept me from the competition is the interchangeability with the rest of the EF system via the adapter and the quality of the M lenses..which from what I have seen in lens reviews is better than all the rest in the corners...

So if the new M3 has much better AF and image quality doesn't lag behind too much well then I might still consider it.

Really wish they had used the 7d2 sensor though...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 13:35 UTC as 299th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2269 comments in total)
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chilipilot: again an "authentic" canon sensor...

...meaning a subpar dynamic range and high-iso performace.
not to mention the lack of dual-pixel autofocus for live-view and wifi-connectivity (for remote controlled shooting).

canon doesn´t get it. sad to say.

I really hope canon will use a sony sensor for the 5D mk IV (and wifi).

And yet many many world class photographers use these subpar cameras to make amazing images....we use what we wan to use and what works for us, not what someone else would like us to use....no matter how it compares or what the DXO score is. I don't think there is a camera today that in the hands of any fairly competent photographer cannot produce superb images under any and all conditions....methinks you (and others) protest tooo much....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 9, 2015 at 06:57 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2269 comments in total)
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lcf80: Not sure if it's right direction. I would rather want 24MP and D750-like dynamic range. But it should be pretty nice for people who do billboard-like prints.

you dont need even 20mp to print billboards, the viewing distance is do far you could probably use a iphone...but more megapixels are nice when you want to print say A0 0r A2...and want the absolute finest detail...even 20mp are on the edge when printing A2-A1 so I for one welcome more megapixels so that i can fully utilize my 44inch printer. Having used FF canons the last 5years I also find that DR concerns are a bit overrated, what we have now is very good, only when comparing does it perhaps lag behind but for real world commercial shooting 98% of my images are good enough as is..the other 2% just need a bit of PP to fix...what we have now in Canon Nikon Sony is very very good so much so that personally the sensor is not the deciding factor, rather the system, lenses, backup, ergonomics...there is something for each of us....I just dont agonize over DR or lack of it....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 09:30 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2269 comments in total)
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GodSpeaks: One issue is that diffraction limits will set in around f5.6. That, and what lenses can resolve properly on a 50MP sensor?

As someone who owns both 24MP and 36MP FF cameras, I can state that 36MP is already too much, for me.

One thing I did learn was that technique is VERY important at 36MP. I can only guess how very very important it will be at 50MP. This is a tripod, not hand held camera.

think about this: Back in the days I used a camera where the image was upside down in the viewfinder, I had to use a loupe plus a dark cloth over my head to be able to see the image on the groundglass. focus first and then stop the aperture down to chosen fstop, close lens and cock the shutter, insert darkslide, look at the subject over the cameraand then make an exposure!
The camera was a 4x5 viewcamera and nobody complained that ir was too slow or too big or that one had to use a tripod. The image quality was all that mattered!
Now we have 50mp (or 36) in a tiny tiny body by comparison...so what if I have to use a tripod to get max image quality, or that I have to lift the mirror, or use a cable release...or focus via live view, if you want max image quality you do what you have to do...
I think its just grand that I can actually get a 50mp camera in such a tiny body with so many features and that is so easy to use and that can give such amazing image quality!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 06:31 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2269 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: I'm a Nikon guy, but sample pics look good to me. If I was a Canon shooter who needs high megapixels, I'd be excited. Plus who cares if it doesn't shoot faster when shooting in crop modes, you guys have a 7Dm2 for that!

you have lost me....really all cameras are pretty good now and we are spoiled for choice, the fact that we can have a 50mp sensor (or 36mp) in a 35mm size body is just amazing...really anyone using any modern camera today and comes away complaining that he 'couldn't get the shot' because of the camera or DR or whatever 'fault' with the camera should go for a few photography lessons!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 06:21 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2269 comments in total)
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lightmatters: It's amazing how Canon haters come up with DR judgement just right after the announcement :-D

Me, I'm really impressed with these samples:

http://canon-premium.webcdn.stream.ne.jp/www09/canon-premium/eosd/samples/eos5dsr/downloads/01.jpg

http://canon-premium.webcdn.stream.ne.jp/www09/canon-premium/eosd/samples/eos5ds/downloads/01.jpg

http://canon-premium.webcdn.stream.ne.jp/www09/canon-premium/eosd/samples/eos5ds/downloads/03.jpg

I have never had anything to complain about image quality wise these last 5years, first 5d2 and now 6D ( which is just totally amazing), DR is more than adequate for most professional use...if DR & Noise is still the same as before but now I can have an extra 30million pixels at hand , well that just sounds grand...I think I will get myself an R!

Whilst the rest agonize about poor DR, noise & superior Nikon and Sony image quality and how boring Canon has become etc etc, I will be out making pictures!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 06:14 UTC
On Starstruck: Adam Woodworth's nighttime photography article (60 comments in total)

really good, more than just ok!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 15:41 UTC as 31st comment
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (379 comments in total)

no matter how one looks at the problem or how well or not Leica responds...it is rather a bit embarrassing from a PR point of view. Fortunately it has happened now when Leica's coffers are overflowing with cash...reminds me of the ad LV had to pull when they claimed all the bags were hand stitched and it turned out not to be true...the 'best' quality camera in the world turns out not to be....I wonder how it will affect used M9/ME sales or prices ...but I am sure they will survive this with hardly a blimp on their new camera sales ...which says a lot about the strength of this brand...and the loyalty of the people that can afford to buy Leica...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 09:20 UTC as 21st comment
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (379 comments in total)
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Jeff R: Film now seems so much simpler to deal with! Long live 35mm and 120 film!

only of course if you own or aspire to own a Leica..for the rest of us 'poor' dudes digital is actually pretty cool!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 15:28 UTC
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