NetMage

NetMage

Lives in United States Danville, AK, United States
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Joined on Jan 22, 2006

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tkbslc: Very disappointed that 60D is not supported. 70D and 7Dmk2 have not been out that long and the 60D is still a current product. Part of the reason I've stayed with Canon is that I really love the output quality of DPP. Very frustrating for Canon to ignore people that bought fairly high level APS-C cameras not very long ago.

I assume they will continue to add older camera models as time permits.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2014 at 15:27 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (204 comments in total)
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Usee: Sorry, but within the comparison tool it wipes away the pattern in the green area around the Nike logo on the shirt of the left player - even at the "Large" setting...

OK, it reduces the file size noticably, but I would have liked a comparison with JPEG 2000 and also different jpeg compressions...

...I see only examples of "noise reduction" with a heavy loss on detail.

They should at least improve the comparison tool, or maybe also, the format...
...b.t.w. which is the reason why JPEG 2000 isn't used that much?

'And what means "Kakadu"?' was the question Google can answer easily.

Unfortunately I don't think there is a way to tell what artifacts are introduced by Kakadu versus other JPEG2000 encoders, but given comparisons stating differences are much less significant for JPEG2000 I would guess all encoders would show similar artifacts:

https://www.google.com/search?num=20&es_sm=122&q=comparison+jpeg2000+encoder&spell=1&sa=X&ei=8sWQVLuAH6i1sQSv6ILYAw&ved=0CBwQvwUoAA&biw=1707&bih=980

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 23:56 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (204 comments in total)
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Usee: Sorry, but within the comparison tool it wipes away the pattern in the green area around the Nike logo on the shirt of the left player - even at the "Large" setting...

OK, it reduces the file size noticably, but I would have liked a comparison with JPEG 2000 and also different jpeg compressions...

...I see only examples of "noise reduction" with a heavy loss on detail.

They should at least improve the comparison tool, or maybe also, the format...
...b.t.w. which is the reason why JPEG 2000 isn't used that much?

Google is your friend:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakadu_%28software%29

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 15:04 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1127 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: Seems to me this camera is all about the pro level tank-like build quality, fast AF and the 10fps.

Very useful for a pro sports photographer with the crop sensor giving more reach but outside that market it is pretty disappointing. Not many amateurs need the tank-like build and even my "old" A77 is faster at 12fps.

If you are a typical amateur who shoots a variety of subjects it doesn't seem compelling at all due to the sensor limitations, especially given the price.

Canon cameras always handle really well with well thought out ergonomics but this and tank like build are not enough anymore.

Modern Ferrari's have finally surpassed the Acura NSX, but the general point is still there - some want a two seat sports car, and some want a four passenger sedan, and some a pickup truck.

This 7D II is a much more limited camera than the original 7D or even the 70D, but is unsurpassed today for those that need its capabilities.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 23:52 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1127 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: The Auto ISO logic and customizability of this camera sounds perfect. I wish Panasonic would finally switch to doing it this way. Their current logic in the LX100 is really good for an Auto mode. However, they don’t offer any customization of the Auto mode like Canon does.

Auto ISO is a very underutilized option. That is probably because it has been so bad in the past. The current crop of cameras offer good Auto ISO logic and even if you chose to use different settings than Auto ISO starting with Auto ISO gives you a good estimate of what settings are optimal.

I think the Auto ISO is nice, but it still doesn't quite match the scene mode exposure programming where you can have the emphasis move from fast shutter to small aperture, etc. depending on the image you are taking. When Canon has programmable EV tables or functions that emphasize fast/slow shutter or large/small aperture or high/low ISO as desired, they will have the next generation PASM modes.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 23:49 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1127 comments in total)
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Marvol: If Dual Pixel AF is so great, why does Canon still need to bother with a mirror box?

Essentially it's like building a steam locomotive that ALSO has a diesel engine. From a simple perspective of efficiency and design unity, something is not quite right.

DPAF is nice to keep the dinosaur that is a DSLR alive for a bit longer, but it does not increase its final verdict vis-a-vis the faster improving (and cheaper to make) mirrorless cameras.

Why haven't electric cars taken over the market instead of hybrids? Why put in electric propulsion, gas propulsion, a transmission/mixing system and complicated computers to control the whole thing?

DPAF has its advantages and disadvantages. PDAF has many advantages still over on-sensor AF, and having both allows a system that can have all the advantages and work out the improvements to make a unified system some day.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 23:18 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1127 comments in total)
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jennyrae: this makes the 70D of great value. sorry, but Canon did not hit homerun with 7D MK2. just too many crucial weaknesses of the camera that the AF system could not make up for. the poor AF tracking, screen blackout, no touchscreen function and no AF functionality during continuous shooting in live view mode, very much is contradictory and counterproductive to it's supposed greatest AF asset.
it's like saying this car can run at 200mph but can only top at 100mph due to 100mph road speed limitation.

this aside from no zebras and no focus peaking which are equally undermining the camera.

in agreement that this camera has a problem with it's value. putting a strong engine on a skeleton car does not make it a car. with today's camera offerings a lot of functionality that has become a necessity, the 7D MK2 is like a dinosaur trying to survive. I wonder how expensive it is just to include those features that are available on $600-$700 cameras.

Seems like the D750 could have done with a larger buffer if it wanted to be competitive for sports/action as well.

Nikon has historically had a problem with buffer size/performance, and it seems like they are just getting a handle on it but aren't quite up to Canon's design or size.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 22:55 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1127 comments in total)
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Singh: mmmmmm! Silver award!!

The original 7d was class leading when it was first released and I see the MkII also as class leading. I've now moved over to the 6D FF but if I was in the market for a new APS-C camera I would not hesitate to buy the 7D MkII.

The 7D II definitely has moved from an all-around pro APS-C to a sports/action dedicated APS-C. I think Canon still has room to come out with a better than 70D APS-C that is more of an all around camera, but it will need to have real parity with Nikon/Sony sensors and DPAF.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 22:42 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1127 comments in total)
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Jonathan F/2: I don't get what people are complaining about. There's still a huge market for APS-C DSLR shooters. A D7200 with the D750 body would be a killer DX camera if Nikon chose to release it.

@mosc Really? The 7D II is just a waterproofed 70D?

What about pro AF, better high ISO, 10 fps, 100% VF? There might be a few more things...

Also, the 70D @ $1000 for APS-C would be the cheapest new APS-C I ever bought, but I bought a 7D refurbished instead.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 22:39 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1127 comments in total)
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aekn: These Canon reviews with real world comparisons are great validation for those with "aging" technology like that of the Nikon D7000.

I guess investing in a new D7000 for $525 right now isn't such a bad move, from an image quality standpoint.

@BarnET looks like that burst is 10 frames or less versus the 30 of the 7D II though.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 22:37 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1127 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I can’t help but think that the T6i will be a smaller version of this camera with a few critical features intentionally disabled in firmware and Wifi added in for half the price or less.

I would say like the 70D. The 7D II is unusual in that it has a sensor change from the 70D, and I don't think I know which way Canon will go now - normally they keep the same sensor tech (mostly) across their line-up.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 22:33 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1127 comments in total)
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mosc: Ok, I get that this thing is weather proofed, has modern high ISO performance, as good a shutter as you're going to get, and an AF system that's best in class for tracking motion. All that said, it's an $1,800 APS-C camera! Who has that kind of budget and can't afford a FF camera that for not much more money can match most of the 7Dm2's features with about double the sensor area? The Sony A99 is only 10% more money.

I get the "It's pro" stuff, I just don't get who is pro AND APS-C. If you're pro, don't you have enough glass where a few hundred dollars difference in body doesn't mean that much? If so, what are you doing using expensive glass with a smaller sensor? I don't get it.

Then again, if I'm a canon EF glass aficionado already and I really don't want a non-weatherproofed body or one that doesn't naively take EF glass, what choice do I have? I think that's all that this needed. A tougher 70D indeed but seems like needless expense if that was the only goal.

@mosc
So which Canon FF body matches the 7D II at similar money? As far as I am aware, the 1Dx is a lot more than the 7D II...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 22:32 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1127 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: If I had a bunch of Canon glass I wouldn’t even consider buying any other Canon camera but this one.

There. I kept it totally positive.

Does the A7r get AF, aperture control and EXIF communication with Canon EF/EF-S lenses? Otherwise, not relevant.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 22:28 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review preview (1127 comments in total)
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jtan163: If I recall the screams of "you can't compare the D750 with the 5d3, the 5d3 is from last generation".

I'm curious why this test wasnt performed against the 7100 which is still a generation or so older?

Bit surprised about the lack of wifi. You'd think sport shooters would want that.

Still a bloke I go out shooting with bought a 7D2 and he loves it and the pics seem to scrub up fine.

If you are shooting the studio, the 7D II isn't for you. Get a FF camera or the 70D.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 22:27 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (91 comments in total)
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electrophoto: Why is it that all the samples I've seen look oddly "artificial" for a lack of a better description.
Aside from being mostly small samples.

Sure from a purely technological point of view this is interesting stuff - but I get the feeling that the actual implementation of the entire Hardware / Software is not by any means a mature product yet.
Time will tell - but currently I look at the entire Lytro thing as an interesting, but inherently useless, technology preview.

Also I've seen / handled the Illum recently out of pure curiosity - and it is not something I would feel happy to integrate in my current photographic workflow.
Odd handling / ergonomics.
To me a product that tries VERY HARD to be "totally different" but with this looses both great ergonomics and handling.

Actually it is exactly like that.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 15:00 UTC
On Lytro software update introduces Focus Spread feature article (91 comments in total)

These are the kind of features I expected to see. Imagine being able to output video where focus moves smoothly from subject to subject - a lot of work now, but it could be automated.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 23:27 UTC as 27th comment | 5 replies
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (374 comments in total)
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Poweruser: Obviously that´s what you get when you buy "made in USA" rather than Japan, like everyone else. Lesson learned in Wetzlar I guess.

Perhaps if you read the article you would realize the sensor has nothing to do with the issue?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 23:22 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (374 comments in total)
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Diego Sevilla: I just bought an M9. I sent it to leica to be adjusted and returned me the bill with an €800 payment because of this. The original owner has been kindly enough to allow me to return him the camera as-is, but this is not serious. The camera has a little bit more than 3 years so... oops, you have to pay.

I hope, for him, and for all M9/M-E owners, that this gets fixed at no cost. Still, they will be waiting for a new sensor FOR MONTHS. Now that it was a normal random procedure of sending the cameras to leica, when you noticed something, it has a waiting line of three months... Imagine when this goes widespread and more and more people want their sensors checked or changed... What a nightmare.

For me, the M9 is finished. I bought it, I'm passionate about photography and was saving for one, with great efforts. But now, I see that an A7/r/s is a FAR better option. Who can live with the uneasiness of buying a €3000+ piece of equipment that can broke any day?

Leica (now?) says you don't have to pay regardless of age.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 23:13 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (374 comments in total)
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Mescalamba: Its just delamination. Glue used had some unforseen characteristics. And it showed after a long time (I heard about this only about year ago, those cameras are out for much longer).

While its bad, Leica knows it and replaces for free so, no reason to fuss..

I also remember Nikon D600 "spot-less" sensor and Nikon D800 very accurate AF sensors (particulary those on left). And lets not forget some pixel which are sometimes bit hot white in D810. Oh and dont we have some cameras which leak a bit of light now and then today?

Most of these took manufacturers pretty long to admit and it took way shorter time then years to show. So who is without guilt, can throw.. you know. None of those "big names" is.

@goblin Fujifilm released a firmware update to minimize orbs, than a sensor replacement program to fix them permanently.

How do you think owners would feel if Leica said wait until we have a permanent fix to use your camera? They are concerned with current owner issues now, and that is exactly how it should be.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 23:12 UTC
On Leica M9 users report sensor corrosion issue article (374 comments in total)
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marrc: That's why I am going back to film

@HowaboutRAW When I shot color negative film, ISO 800 was about the lowest I used.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2014 at 23:10 UTC
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