neo_nights: I really liked that ginger girl :)
Same. It's a good job I don't do test shots for DPR, they'd all be of her.
Sad Joe: I plan to attend next months Open day at Calumet - the Canon staff will of course be there - anything you Canon fans would like me to tell them face to face about the c**p 6D and how we all wish our lenses would fit the Nikon D600 instead ?
I don't think anyone was disputing which would sell more - Canon have by far the largest market share. The 6D will be good for landscapes, I just suspect that the Nikon offerings will be better.
fanderso3: to Alberto," Also can't use the lenses for the market of the aps-c cameras......another betrayal from Canon."that's not betrayel...NONE of the full frame cameras can use the aps-c (EF-S) lenses, but all aps-c cameras can use the EF-S as well as the EF lenses.
I've been pretty critical of this camera when compared to the excellent looking Nikons, but I'm really not that bothered about their ability to fit crop lenses which only illuminate a small part of the sensor. If you're buying a full frame camera then you should be buying some decent glass for it, otherwise you'll be wasting your money. Granted, I'd rather have the option to fit my EF-S lenses than not, but I'd know that pictures taken with them could've been so much better. Also I knew that they wouldn't fit FF when I bought them, so no complaints over that particular issue.
Dan Tong: There is no question that with just about any of the new cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Fuji, Sigma etc. it is much easier to take really good photos than at any other time in the past. In fact, this true even with the kit lenses.
However, under some difficult conditions whether, poor lighting, fast moving subjects, tough environments (extreme cold or heat, moisture, extreme vibration, the capabilities of the camera (as a tool), may become extremely important. So too does the weight of the camera and lenses when you must carry everything that you need on your back, on foot away from any other mode of transportation.
You're dead right, though I'm amazed that this should even need saying. Basically you're either in the market for a c£2k camera or you're not. If you feel that specs such as class leading DR, 40ish AF points, 2 cards etc would only get in the way of your art, then presumably you'll buy something considerably cheaper.
I'd actually like all of those things, not because I plan to forget about proper exposure and composition, but because when I've taken a photo with all my best efforts (perhaps constrained by conditions at the time), I'd like it to look the best that it possibly could.
Surely nobody is in the category where they don't wish to have the best spec that their c£2k can buy, but do wish to spend the full amount anyway. That'd be crazy. Some people are forced in to this position through lens investment (and good lenses they are too btw), but let's tell it like it is: This camera is a disappointment, whether you'll end up buying it or not.
cgarrard: This whole Lunar thing is turning into one big Hassel for them.
It'd help if it wasn't so Blad looking...
JimSab: Tell me why everyone is complaining, and justify to me how one could get a better A2 print with the Nikon as opposed to the Canon (I haven't even printed past A3+ actually).
I only expect to hear crickets, because if you're a good photographer, you will get good images out of any camera you use. If you're not, then do a course and learn. Your camera is useless if you think its million bells and whistles will help you get better pictures.
If a Pro is complaining, then maybe you aren't earning enough money to get a 5DmkIII and should improve your business to afford it.
I'm starting to think it's almost a good thing what Canon has done with its "lack" of focus points, because if it's true and one can get accurate focus in moonlight, that's solved many many problems in itself.
I wish everyone would stop complaining, go outside and take some fantastic photographs your camera (no matter what it is) is capable of.
Unless someone specifically states that they think switching brands will make them a better photographer, you shouldn't pretend that this is what their argument equates to. It's just beating a straw man. The criticism that Canon are receiving is due to them putting out a poorer camera than the competition at the given price level. This is a justified complaint and here is the correct forum for it.
I did a very similar route myself one summer. I love Iceland, and I very much enjoyed this article.
Suave: Frankly, I don't see why people are so upset. It's lot more than 7D, but not that much more expensive, and it's a lot less than 5D3, but quite a bit cheaper. It's properly positioned camera for people who do not think that switching brands will make them a better photographer and better person.
I do understand that those who have some decent Canon glass can't just switch brands (my best lenses are EF-S so I'm not one of them). However I don't think that it is enough that this model may (and I stress the word "may") beat cameras that they released 3 and 4 years ago (7d and 5dii respectively) when the competition is so far ahead.
Customers also need to consider whether it is worth further investing in a system if that investment itself will force them in to paying more for poorer technology. Canon shouldn't leverage the fact that existing customers have their lenses in order to overcharge and underdeliver.
Lanski: "how often do you really need to record files to two different cards, for example?"
Probably just once, when my first card breaks or I lose it.
That was exactly my point - you'll realise you needed 2 cards when your first one breaks. It might not seem important now, but it could seem very important one day.
VivaLasVegas: Holy smokes.......6D body is mostly magnesium alloy, unlike D600, which is mostly plastic. D4 has no built-in flash, same as 6D.....D600 has built-in flash just like rebel 650, get it? No popups for maximum weather protection, popups are prone to leaks. Don't count no D600's superficial dental floss sealing.
That's great! Holy smokes!
"how often do you really need to record files to two different cards, for example?"
Normally when I'm looking to buy something I tend to compare it to the competition, not previous models from the same manufacturer.
dibilio57: This is a beautiful image. However, I wonder whether it came from a single image or two? Both the foregroung and the moon are very sharp, so I'm inclined to think the image came from to shots.
Thanks both, and congratulations on hosting a great challenge James.
As for my image, I assure you it is just a single shot. I don't know if I can prove this, but since I've been asked (politely) I'll have a go:
The image has been sharpened, particularly by using the bicubic sharper algorithm whilst downsizing, but if you zoom in you should be able to see that the foreground is clearly not as sharp as the moon. If I'd focussed on it I'd be pretty disappointed. I actually messed up my focus point as I wanted to focus slightly closer, but I think the lovely moon makes up for it.
Secondly, I have an image from a few minutes earlier entered in another challenge (see my gallery). With the clouds it looks like it'd be hard to make from 2 images, but the moon and the mountain are both fairly sharp there. Basically, the mountain was far enough away to stay fairly sharp.
All the best,
Jaysun: I've always been curious about these shots and how they're taken. I really should google it :)
I imagine you have to have gear that rotates the camera on a pod with the rotation of the earth, so as to avoid unwanted star trails.
Not for this one! If my camera had moved it would've messed up the foreground. I kept the shutter open for 1 minute and pushed the sensitivity to ISO3200. The stars did move a bit but you only really notice if you zoom right in. As the picture was intended to be viewed as a whole I didn't really mind too much. Basically, you need a large sensor camera (DSLR/similar - otherwise the noise will kill the picture), a tripod and preferably a remote shutter release.
Pictures of individual stars/planets etc would need such a device however.
Hope this helps.
Nice photo - like the shafts of light. Whoever gave you that 0.5 should be ashamed.
Strong field, strong photo. Well done.