Chris got on his soapbox again, this time about post processing and how evil it really is. Follow along on his personal blog as he talks about silk purses, sow’s ears and how analog photographers used to go about post processing their images in the darkroom.

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3879995561_a860b14873_o.jpgDo you analyze images before you take them? How about images other people took? If yes, what are the things you are looking for? Is it more about the formal aspects? Or do you listen to what an image makes you feel like, what stories it wants to share with you?

Follow along the story that unfolds in Chris’ mind while he looks at a picture.

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8689636.jpgOkay, it’s still a rumor, the magic press conference isn’t supposed to happen until Sep/1 but from what we’ve seen popping up here and there, the 7D seems to be a real possibility.

At the same time I see a lot of “What? No full frame??!” popping up on various sources. But if you detach yourself from the thought that this has to be a Canon 5D Mk II replacement (too early!) and if you take into account the current economy (Photographers looking at alternatives to the big bodies), and if take apart the alleged key specs of that camera, things start to become a bit more interesting.

Rumor 1: 18MP APS-C

Aaaah, lots of pixels (but not quite 21MP as the 5D MkII) and a 1.6 crop sensor. Makes sense to not pack 21 million pixels on a smaller sensor. I expect the pixel density to be similar to that of the 5D Mk II and they’ve got that covered pretty well. Why is the 1.6 crop sensor good? Because it serves a bunch of different crowds. A 1.6 crop will give you more performance in the telephoto range. A 300mm lens will behave as if it was 480mm long. Wildlife anyone? Or sports? And the big ISO range of up to 3200 (or even up to 6400 and 12800, even though I don’t expect that to be too usable) is going to allow those long (and not too bright) lenses to be used in more situations. Also imagine the wedding photographer who will have to switch back and forth between wide angle and telephoto a lot. Back in the day of film they simply had two bodies, one with a telephoto lens and one with a wide angle and all was good. If you already own a 5D or a 5D Mk II that you use more in the wide angle range, the 7D will make an ideal companion for it. It’s not too heavy to carry around (I expect the form factor to be similar to that of the 5D Mk II) and you can use it to squeeze quite a bit more focal length out of your long lenses.

Rumor 2: Dual DIGIC 4

Yess. Faster processing. If we can believe the rumors, this will allow for 8 frames per second. If you’re a sports shooter, this will make you happy. Especially as you won’t have to shell out as big as you would’ve had to pay for a 1D MkIII, which admittedly is even faster, but will most likely still be way more expensive too.

Rumor 3: 19 cross AF sensors

19 cross type sensors means more effective Servo AF, e.g. better tracking of moving targets. Sports photography anyone?

If any of those rumors are true, I believe Canon will have a very exciting camera in their portfolio that has a lot to offer to a lot of people. Let’s wait and see what Sep/1 will actually bring.

(Rumored specs and pic via canonrumors.com)

Update: typos fixed


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_mg_5739-edit_put_on_blogToday Chris tells us how he prepares for a wedding shoot on the weekend and how to get great colors. Also a shocking revelation: Leo Laporte and Dick DeBartolo poke fun at Chris behind his back. Should Chris have more of a German accent? Let us know in the comments!

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Catherine Hall is back to tell us some of the stories behind her award-winning pictures from Tasmania.

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