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Imagesbybarbara
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Posted Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:53AM
I have been thinking of adding the G15 to my gear to take along with me when a SLR is too much to carry.  Does anyone know if the quality from the camera would be good enough for istock standards?  I do have spare slr 5D, 5dII and 40D so I have other cameras I could use but just thought it would be nice to have something small to use as well.
OliverChilds
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Posted Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:01AM
In my experience the Canon G series cameras are fun to use and can deliver files good enough for stock with good lighting,  careful processing, and sometimes a little downsizing. I would suggest that you look at the G1X which with its larger sensor would probably be a better bet for stock shooting, the images I have seen from the G1X are very impressive. 

(Edited on 2012-10-31 06:03:19 by OliverChilds)
Imagesbybarbara
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Posted Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:55PM
Thanks for the advice, I may just stick with my extra slr, I am so critical about getting sharp images and I am afraid I won't be happy with a point and shoot.
Willowpix
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Posted Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:58PM
Hear you, but I agree with Oliver - that G1X is a pretty impressive point and shoot - a bit beyond the original P&S definition.
keithferrisphoto
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Posted Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:52PM
Buy a pancake lens for your 5DII or if you have the money, get an EOS M. I tried a G series a long time ago but I didn't like it. If you want a pocket camera the S100 shoots raw.
OliverChilds
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Posted Thu Nov 1, 2012 6:17AM
Posted By Imagesbybarbara:
Thanks for the advice, I may just stick with my extra slr, I am so critical about getting sharp images and I am afraid I won't be happy with a point and shoot.

 The issues that I experienced with my G9 were mostly down to the limitations of the small sensor, sharpness was never an issue, the lens performs very well in that regard. Using the depth of field to throw the background out of focus is problematic because the cameras use a very wide angle range compared to cameras with larger sensors.  Shutter lag was also an issue though that may well have improved with later models. I always shoot at ISO 80 and because the camera is so small and light shooting handheld at slow shutter speeds (1/15th - 1/8th) is not a problem.
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Posted Thu Nov 1, 2012 11:03AM
I bought G9 a few years back. It is pretty good camera but 12 Mp resolution is just on the edge of XL size and a higher ISO is too grainy so I ended up not using it much. I am still hauling my 5DII and backpack with lenses most of a time. I am about to grow out if it so I am looking for alternatives myself. Right now, I am looking at Sony rx100 and I like what I see.
eROMAZe
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Posted Thu Nov 1, 2012 11:46AM
Yes, entirely agree with slobo above, in recommending Sony RX100. Really small size, good stills, great videos !
esp_imaging
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Posted Thu Nov 1, 2012 11:47AM
I have a few shots here with a G11, downsized to large. I have even made the occasional download.
Imagesbybarbara
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Posted Fri Nov 2, 2012 11:32AM
Posted By slobo:
I bought G9 a few years back. It is pretty good camera but 12 Mp resolution is just on the edge of XL size and a higher ISO is too grainy so I ended up not using it much. I am still hauling my 5DII and backpack with lenses most of a time. I am about to grow out if it so I am looking for alternatives myself. Right now, I am looking at Sony rx100 and I like what I see.

How is the acceptance rate with the Sony? 
keithferrisphoto
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Posted Fri Nov 2, 2012 2:46PM
The 40mm pancake lens just dropped in price to $149. Put that on a little Rebel body and you have a serious point and shoot!
eROMAZe
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Posted Sat Nov 3, 2012 12:57AM
eROMAZe
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Posted Sat Nov 3, 2012 7:47PM
Received my Sony RX100 yesterday. Surely a miniature marvel. Stills good (RAWs available, though need to be processed in Sony software), videos cool & really vibrant (even the low light ones). Just noted that the digital zoom can be disabled for stills though not for videos ... wonder if this feature is being employed as a 'digital teleconverter' in video mode. User manual too sketchy ... nor any better one available online. Lots of details available at youtube and in a lengthy HTML document at Sony's web site. No software CD. Some loaded in the camera, and rest to be downloaded from the web site. Lumoinous Landscape also agrees on the IQ of RAW images and the videos !

(Edited on 2012-11-04 01:04:23 by eROMAZe)
Whiteway
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Posted Sun Nov 4, 2012 1:53AM
^ "Adobe has just released Camera RAW 7.2 for Photoshop, which includes the RX100; however, for earlier Photoshop versions you will have to workaround using the latest Adobe DNG converter 7.2, in batch mode."
eROMAZe
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Posted Sun Nov 4, 2012 3:37AM
Thanks Roger. I'm still on PS 5.5.

BTW, medium-light (not open sunlight) RAW shots with Sony RX100 aren't any inferior to those obtained with Canon50D or 7D ... and in so far as FPS value is concerned .... 11fps is definitely one of the fastest available today !
CribbVisuals
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Posted Sun Nov 4, 2012 9:07AM
Slightly off topic, but if you upgrade to PS CS6 you will find the quality of images you turn out will be great. Recently Adobe was offering CS6 at $299 as an upgrade to PS elements. On topic, the mirrorless Sony's are wonderful: Sony Alpha NEX-5R
eROMAZe
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Posted Sun Nov 4, 2012 10:22AM
Thanks CribbVisuals ! I've indeed been thinking of a CS6 upgrade (about $225 for me). Yes, Sony's NEX series has many takers ... but what I was looking for here was a truly pocketable camera for those GRAB moments ... and I couldn't find one better than RX100. For my routine stock work I do have 5DMII, 7D & 1DMII ... all of them too bulky to be carried around during the day-job hours !
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Posted Sun Nov 4, 2012 11:02PM

can you show us some samples from your RX100, eROMAZe?


 
eROMAZe
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Posted Mon Nov 5, 2012 5:24AM
@slobo >> I will sure be posting some decent light, low light stills & clips the coming weekend. And, perhaps a few comparision shots with 7D ... shot at the same settings, and the RAWs post-processed to same megapixel dimensions. Shooting an AVCHD at 50p (60p is US models), I can try posting an elementary slomo as well !

(Edited on 2012-11-05 05:27:33 by eROMAZe)
eROMAZe
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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2012 6:21AM
Posted By slobo:

can you show us some samples from your RX100, eROMAZe?


Sure. Here are just a few ... all RAW captures :


 
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