MAC

Lives in United States midwest, United States
Joined on Sep 5, 2001
About me:

Canon 7d2, SL1, + lenses-- Sports, Events, and Creative shooting

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t.c. marino: for those of you that didn't get the memo..the 1DXMK2 and D5 cameras are action/sports oriented cameras that will serve their intented markets EXTREMELY WELL,,it is a fact these 2 flagship cameras will outperform every other camera in regards to action/sports photography.How many mirrorless cameras do you see on the sidelines at NFL,MLB,SOCCER/TENNIS?,,NONE..For studio shooters/portraits/landscapes/still photography canon and Nikon offer other types of equipment that do a better job(canon 5dsr and Nikon d810)

your memo is spot on

Link | Posted on May 5, 2016 at 01:52 UTC
On article Newly enthused: hands on with the Canon EOS 80D (689 comments in total)
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ttran88: Could this be Canon's first Gold Award camera on DPR in the past 3 years?

For video and the price, this Canon looks great. The new lens may be one I eventually buy when it is discounted. My 7d2 is still the better Sports, Action, and Wildlife camera. DPR doesn't know how to rate an artist's brush for what it is. They don't place high value on the difference between hit rates as well as 10 fps vs 7 fps. I have gorgeous 20x30's. 10 fps, joystick, af system, optical vf, price, lenses matter. 5 stop shadow pushing isn't something that makes the difference in most cases. A camera body doesn't take one photo one its own. Getting the shot with a great system is the difference. DPR doesn't rate the overall system, which is what really matters.

Link | Posted on Feb 19, 2016 at 11:33 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (328 comments in total)
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Henrik Herranen: The title for the last page is: "Which camera should I buy?"

Regardless of how good a camera is, how can you with clear conscience recommend putting money into a system that the manufacturer has abandoned, without even mentioning the fact? Yes, Samsung NX1, It's you I'm talking about!

Having zero consideration of a manufacturer's commitment to the camera system and lens selection they sell is doing a great disservice to Canon and Nikon, who have built camera systems and wonderful lenses for decades, and who will be there long after the little charlatans of the 2010's have disappeared.

agree, sink money into fleeting gear and it's gone in no time

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 13:15 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (328 comments in total)

"DPR's Gold" doesn't translate into what one should buy imo...it's about the system when buying a camera that will last more than a fleeting moment in time

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 13:12 UTC as 29th comment
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $1200-2000 (328 comments in total)
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sunjester: The camera you should buy at this price point is not the camera you have to put away when the going gets tough. It is the camera you pick up when the going gets tough.
It should be able to go out in the Arctic if it has to. It should be able to photograph your daughters high school soccer game, or your son's college football game. It should be able to do birds, wildlife, any event with action. It should be able to do a birthday party or any other aspect of life. Life is not always static.

It should have the choice of lenses to do anything you want. Be it macro of mushrooms or of deadly snakes. It should be able to do astrophotography or landscapes.

Dpreviews view of photography is too limited. Which seems to explain the fascination with specifications instead of a camera's overall usability. It makes for some really sad choices in each of the groups.

agree, your 7200, my 7d2 are great choices, they know fascination, but don't know real gold - it is the glass, and flash and support, not just a body alone...

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 13:02 UTC

Boom!

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 04:37 UTC as 58th comment
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MAC: The real news: Essentially every shot with a 5dsr + 24-70 f2.8 II when performed properly will be sharper and have more detail than d810 + nikon 24-70. DXO doesn't rate systems in their overall scores. Even with 5dsr, NR on high iso noise, detail and sharpness is preserved. The 2 DR obsession is a very narrow window of shots. Folks obsess over sharpness and detail -- where are they in this thread? Rarely are shots pushed 4+, yet shooters want to see blazing sharpness in their shots -- which the Canon glass and these new bodies give. Side by side real photos in real places will tell "the real story".

@JaP:
Tony shows studio detail advantage of 5dsr over d810 here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xrslc5zsPI
and landscape detail advantage here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq3ISUHsfsQ
Dan shows DR advantage of d810 here.
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/56091251

@Boissez:
Yeah would like to see primes with 4 stop IS - the 35 f2 IS and the 100 L. But no doubt Canon 24-70 f2.8 II will beat Nikon equivalent lens on their respective highest MPxl cameras. But I'd be wanting to use a tripod or 4 stop IS on the canon

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 23:02 UTC
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The Silver Nemesis: Memo to Canon 5Ds / 5DsR users (other than DPR staff): if there is anyone out there that has one of these cameras, please express your informed point of view. So, what you were able to do and you were satisfied and in which situations your photographic skills were handicaped by the camera?
All other pows are valid, but just bla bla - because real life experience correlation (e.g.: I used this during a wedding... / a landscape photo session... / etc) with test findings (DPR) is absent. IMHO you cannot judge a camera from a single perspective. Brian (TDP) and the French (Cd'I / RP) are offering good perspectives, but I feel this is not enough as well.
P. S.: I tend to take any opinion here with a grain of salt, due to ferocious "brand vs brand" battles I see. I don't know who's who, who earns money from any camera maker and who's not. So, if you can offer some unbiased real life experience please do it - I am pretty curious now about the DSLR world...

@kadardr -there is hope after all!

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 20:33 UTC
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King of Song: This thread really cracks me up... It's like the Spanish inquisition, and Canon is the witch. Do you guys all forget that in the not so distant past, we had negative and positive film (color print film and color slide film) the negative film had a much greater exposure latitude (DR) than positive film... Yet... virtually every pro and all of us (sans wedding photographers) overwhelmingly used the much less DR slide film (Velvia Kadachrome etc) Haha and we all got epic shots (National Goeographic) Now we have a sensor capable of greatly out resolving Velvia, with nearly triple the DR, and it's considered DOA?

I would just like to say, that I spend much more time in Lightroom camouflaging unwanted background shadow detail, than I do trying to reveal it. Most great photographs have a main subject, and try to minimalize background artifacts. Seldom do we want to reveal the texture in the mud, underneath the shadowed rock, and also show the spots on the lunar sun.

agree, and too much HDR stuff "looks tooney"

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 12:15 UTC

The real news: Essentially every shot with a 5dsr + 24-70 f2.8 II when performed properly will be sharper and have more detail than d810 + nikon 24-70. DXO doesn't rate systems in their overall scores. Even with 5dsr, NR on high iso noise, detail and sharpness is preserved. The 2 DR obsession is a very narrow window of shots. Folks obsess over sharpness and detail -- where are they in this thread? Rarely are shots pushed 4+, yet shooters want to see blazing sharpness in their shots -- which the Canon glass and these new bodies give. Side by side real photos in real places will tell "the real story".

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 12:11 UTC as 47th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon D7200 Review (642 comments in total)
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redhed17: “…Nikon shooters have been awaiting the arrival of a D400, or some kind of replacement for the D300S. We think that camera is the D7200. It offers the same continuous shooting performance as the D300S (but now at 24MP) while adding a significantly better AF system …. Build quality isn't quite in the same league but practically speaking it's very close.”
So at the 3rd time of asking Nikon has not matched the 6 year old D300S in fps without using a crop mode, is still not as fast as the D300S with the grip, and is still not a ‘Pro’ body. But Canon have raised the bar (for fps at least) by the 7DII, and yet DPReview consider the D7200 a good replacement for the D300S. :-/
Canon are more likely to get my money, as they have actually brought out a ‘Pro’/Enthusiast camera. Nikon seem to have ceded that sector, because the D7200 is on a par with the 70D, not the 7DII. And it is certainly not a proper successor to the D300S. Imho.
Keep following the Nikon party line though DPReview.

LOL -- it is a delayed response :).

years ago under Phil, I wrote Phil and asked he include DR test. after that he did. What Rishi fails to mention is that it is the weighting that DPR puts on DR and the sony sensor. DR is a landscape thing. When Canon launched a 10 fps camera for $1799 (and now $1499) with a pro 1dx AF system --ie, the 7d2, DPR gives it Silver because they have no sports shooters on the staff that appreciate 10 fps and a pro af system -- ie proper weighting ;)

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 01:24 UTC
On article Analysis: Sony a7R II and RX100 IV autofocus systems (752 comments in total)
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DigitalWalnut: Any plans for a low-light AF stress test between the big players? I'm curious to see how Nikon's latest system does against the massive spread of cross-type points on the 7DII.

"in the real-world, AF points sensitive to lower light are also better at dealing with lower contrast subjects in dim, yet brighter (than -3 EV) light."

Back at you - Please back up this claim. Michael couldn't get reliable test results for either the d750 or 5d3 below -2 EV. My 7d2 has 65 cross types that are reliable in good light and don't miss. You're telling me my 7d2 cross types aren't as good as nikon cross types in good light because Nikon cross types do better in low light. Geez -- I don't get then why I don't miss with my 7d2 cross types in good light. Good luck with backing up your claim in the real world of hit rates.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 01:14 UTC
On article Analysis: Sony a7R II and RX100 IV autofocus systems (752 comments in total)
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DigitalWalnut: Any plans for a low-light AF stress test between the big players? I'm curious to see how Nikon's latest system does against the massive spread of cross-type points on the 7DII.

You’re too funny Rishi – did you watch the end of the video? He says go with Canon because of the cross types.
N=15 cross types vs C=41 cross types spread out further
N Raw = 14 shots before slowdown; C=23 shots before slowdown
Side by side N=91% C=94%
Forward Action N=71% C=86%
Running away in backlight N=72% C=77%
Low light test: both cameras gave inconsistent results below -2 EV
At end of video, Michael says the focusing system alone is reason for pros to go with the Canon – he says pros know the importance of the cross-types
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsZtUZvoeO0

Did we just watch the same video? Show us a video shootout Rishi to prove your points "in the real world"

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 00:26 UTC
On article Analysis: Sony a7R II and RX100 IV autofocus systems (752 comments in total)
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DigitalWalnut: Any plans for a low-light AF stress test between the big players? I'm curious to see how Nikon's latest system does against the massive spread of cross-type points on the 7DII.

Michael the mentor shows greater hit rate of 5d3 than d750 in his shootouts of action in good light. This isn't misleading. It's canon's good light hit rate advantage for high action because of better spread and more cross types.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 21:42 UTC
On article Analysis: Sony a7R II and RX100 IV autofocus systems (752 comments in total)
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DigitalWalnut: Any plans for a low-light AF stress test between the big players? I'm curious to see how Nikon's latest system does against the massive spread of cross-type points on the 7DII.

but what is the low light measure where the d750 off center are better? The 65 7d2 cross types are good down to a point, and the center is good down to -3EV. What is that point where the other cross types fail as opposed to d750.

Then, one must look at cross type coverage. The d72 has better coverage. The 5d3 has better coverage of cross types for good light action shooting.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 16:53 UTC
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MAC: Colors and skin tones look off. Noise is 3 stops behind 6d. Expensive for what it is.

@ttran88: when sony makes a jean pocket camera that gets skin tones right, has a use-able iso 3200, and charges a reasonable price, then I might consider. Until then, SL1 and iphone

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 09:53 UTC
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MAC: Colors and skin tones look off. Noise is 3 stops behind 6d. Expensive for what it is.

@HowaboutRAW:

yes 6d good deal, and I have plenty of lenses, but I'm a 7d2 owner and $1499 on that one is a great deal!

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 09:48 UTC
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MAC: Colors and skin tones look off. Noise is 3 stops behind 6d. Expensive for what it is.

it's useable max is iso 1600 which compares to my SL1 iso 3200 - see below. My SL1 has good skin tone colors. I paid $363 for my SL1 when it first came out. The small $125 50 STM is wonderful and this small setup fits in my jacket pocket with no neck strap and my hand strap string. When I bought my SL1 I got a package deal from this site's gear shop with the great 55-250 stm for just $181. This second light lens fits in my second jacket pocket. Then I bought the great 10 - 18 stm for $299 which fits in my 3rd jacket pocket = $968 total, better colors, better IQ, better 16-400 range. Works with my odins. Backs up my 7d2. iphone for me

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison/fullscreen?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=sony_dscrx100m4&attr13_1=canon_eos100d&attr13_2=panasonic_dmclx100&attr13_3=canon_g7x&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=1600&attr16_1=3200&attr16_2=1600&attr16_3=1600&normalization=full&widget=1&x=0.42049899602059077&y=0.882336663137023

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 09:44 UTC
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MAC: Colors and skin tones look off. Noise is 3 stops behind 6d. Expensive for what it is.

@HowaboutRAW:

And one is $948, which I'd rather put those dollars into a reasonably priced 6d.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 02:15 UTC
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MAC: Colors and skin tones look off. Noise is 3 stops behind 6d. Expensive for what it is.

We've seen a 6d refurb for just $1099. sony is noted for scape shooting, but is expensive. When sony makes a decently priced pocket camera with good skin tones (not their forte) and better high iso, I'll buy one

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2015 at 02:08 UTC
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