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Lenses / Re: Landscape Lens for Crop To Make Me Go Wow!
« on: November 26, 2014, 07:49:07 AM »
Hi I used the EF-S 10-22 with my first digital camera, the 20D. It was a fantastic lens so I wonder why canon didn't put a red ring on it. When I bought the 5D it was the only lens I missed even though I had the 16-35L 2.8I.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The 7D2 gets pooped on by DXO... to no one's surprise.
« on: November 06, 2014, 08:14:47 AM »
Not meaning to pick on you, but you've said a few things I wanted to reply to :)

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They do not test AF capability, or many of the other camera characteristics.


Sensor IQ is the only real baseline comparison aspect for all cameras.

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I don't care if they rated it as the best camera or the worst, their numerical rating system does not point a buyer toward what he needs to buy for his use.

I don't know about that. It told me what I needed to know (and what I already guessed at): don't pay $1800 for ancient crop tech.

For many of us wildlife shooters, AF is extremely important. I appreciate your chosen subjects tend to be larger (mammals or large birds), so it's probably less important to you - but to generalise from that to say sensor performance (at low ISO) is all that matters in comparisons is extraordinarily blinkered.

What about the shots where a grizzly bear is backlit at low ISO's? Or a soaring golden eagle?

Low ISO dynamic range is extremely useful for wildlife

Also, excusing away technological improvements based on usage guesstimates is really an argument against improvement in general.

Those are valid cases, but hardly representative. I try to avoid backlit situations - all equipment has limitations, and I'm well aware that this would challenge my sensor. But I find backlit/silhouetted wildlife shots mostly less aesthetically pleasing anyway. A personal view, but these are all personal views. As for a bird against the sky, so long as the sky is blue I don't find any problem. On a white sky, it's rarely worth shooting anyway - except for records. I'm not sure marginal/unusual cases are the way to decide whether a camera is good or not.


That's exactly what DxO does.  They give Canon *zero* credit in the way of points for the amazing anti-flicker feature or for great weather sealing,


Those are peripheral features, and usually overcome by even decent photogs. Bad sensor IQ is a bit tougher too get around.

Actually you can get around any limitation - as I say above, it might involve not shooting in certain conditions, but we all do that. And since when was Canon sensor IQ (even at low ISO) *bad*? It's not as good as some of the competition. Not as good does not mean bad.

I've always shot with canon, I love my lenses (specially my t-s 24) and my 5D mIII, but I sincerely hope they put a sony sensor on their 5D IV, since it will be a killer combo for travel photography.
After waiting for so long, I've given up on the idea they will catch up on sensor technology.
Is there anything wrong on wanting to have the best camera system (for my needs) and the best sensors (for my needs)?
I't seems that whenever someone mentions the sony sensors is, at best, heavily criticized.

You think that's what's happening on these forums? I try to remain neutral, but it seems mostly that the pro-Sony/anti-Canon/low ISO DR fanatics (call them what you will) are the ones who say their personal needs are all that counts - this camera is bad because it doesn't have the best low ISO DR, AF isn't important etc. And then anyone who says 'actually I'm content with what I've got, or interested by what has just been released' is a fanboy, or hates innovation or whatever. Everyone has different needs. Incidentally, is a crop sensor camera the best choice for travel anyway? I don't know what you're shooting, but I imagine landscapes/architecture is part of it - so you'd maybe want the widest FOV possible, and AF/fps isn't so important, so why choose the 7D2 at all?
I use a 5D mark III and I think that, overall, the new high megapixel Sony sensors. I shoot landscapes/architecture/portraiture/food/street photography/food...
You are proving my point. I'm neither pro sony nor anti-canon or low iso dr fanatic. Of course that my needs are all that counts for my photography. Thats why I only talk about what I would like to have and not judge anybody else's preferences.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 05, 2014, 08:58:47 PM »
I've always shot with canon, I love my lenses (specially my t-s 24) and my 5D mIII, but I sincerely hope they put a sony sensor on their 5D IV, since it will be a killer combo for travel photography.
After waiting for so long, I've given up on the idea they will catch up on sensor technology.
Is there anything wrong on wanting to have the best camera system (for my needs) and the best sensors (for my needs)?
I't seems that whenever someone mentions the sony sensors is, at best, heavily criticized.

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Software & Accessories / Storage and Backup solution advice.
« on: April 27, 2014, 03:43:30 PM »
Hello, I'm looking for a definitive Storage and Backup solution.
So far I've been looking on to Drobo 5D or N, LaCie 5big Thunderbolt™ 2, or LaCie 2big Thunderbolt™ 2.

Networking would be a plus but not a must. I'm open for other suggestions and also wonder if these systems can be considered backup since they are ready for single or double disks failures.

Thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Backpak
« on: April 27, 2014, 03:34:47 PM »
maybe I'm asking for too much but I'm looking for a real Backpack with two shoulder straps rather than a Sling.

Thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Backpak
« on: April 27, 2014, 03:31:11 PM »
looks very good, but it seems like Il have to take it off in order to access my gear. I'm looking for something similar but with something that would allow me to get a lens without having to place it in the ground. Maybe a side pocket or something of the short.

How do you get a lens with the backpack on?

Thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photo Backpak
« on: April 27, 2014, 03:10:53 PM »
looks very good, but it seems like Il have to take it off in order to access my gear. I'm looking for something similar but with something that would allow me to get a lens without having to place it in the ground. Maybe a side pocket or something of the short.

How do you get a lens with the backpack on?

Thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Photo Backpak
« on: April 26, 2014, 01:41:45 PM »
Hello, I'm looking for a good & lightweight photo backpack that would provide easy access to the camera and lenses with a good "hip strap". My hear would be a 5D mark III, 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8, 16-35 2.8, Gitzo 1227 MkII , filters, batteries and maybe space for light clothing, water, snacks... And another backpack with all of the above plus a 24 TS a 580EXII and a Mackbook air 11".
Thanks.

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Photography Technique / Re: Advice for trip to Western USA
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:39:49 AM »
Thank you everybody for your advice. I think I'll drop Yoshua tree and Sequoia and use that time on the rest.

I'm still looking for how to get to the most scenic areas on the parks.

Thanks again.

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Photography Technique / Advice for trip to Western USA
« on: April 03, 2014, 03:12:09 AM »
Hello,
I'll visit the US on may 1st. I'll land on S.F. and the 6th I'll have 20 days to visit National Parks. I was thinking on Yosemite, Sequoia, Yoshua tree, Grand Canyon, Arches, CanyonLands, Bryce,  Zion, Capitol Reef...
I believe that is too ambitious for my time frame so I'll like to know which will you visit for photography and vistas I should not miss.
I'll appreciate feedback as to where I could gather that info. I remember there was a magazine published by a photographer and printed on news paper that indicated how to get to the best spots and the best times for the positioning of the sun. Anybody knows about it?
I'm also thinking if it will be worthwhile buying the alpha 7R for my 24 TS or if my 5D mark III will suffice to extract the most detail from those incredible landscapes.
Finally I would like to know small towns or cities worth stopping on the way.
I'm open to route alternatives and suggestions.
Thank you very much.

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Don't take photos of people in public unless you get signed permission.  Many people are concerned about their photos showing up on the internet, and its a valid concern.   If there are children with them, you could end up in trouble.  In some countries, you will end up in jail by photographing people without permission.  Claiming that you were not actually photographing anyone, is not going to be believable, if a person sees a camera pointed their way or toward their children. As more and more so called street photographers take photos of people and children without their permission and post them on the internet, we will move closer and closer to totally restricting the use of cameras in public places.[\soapbox]

Totally untrue - except for the "in some countries" part.  I'm sure there are some countries that prohibit such activity.  Countries like North Korea and Iran for instance.  Here in the USA, if its seen from a public place, its ok to shoot.  There is no expectation of privacy, whatsoever, in public.  The only "caution" is what is, and what is not, public.  For instance, a public park, is public.  A theme park, is not public - its private, with paid admission.  I got ejected from the Palm Beach County Fair one year for taking pictures.  That is, the Fairgrounds is public, but the event is private, held by private company that rents the public Fairgrounds for their private event!  And so it said, on the back of my ticket stub, in fine print "... no commercial photography..." amid the rest of the clutter in about 2pt type.  The cops said because I was shooting with medium format equipment, I was considered a commercial photographer.  I didn't push the issue... left quietly, as I was pretty much done for the evening anyway.


My wife and I have been for two months in Iran and only once, near Persepolis, I was politely ask by the police not to point eastward as there was a military post. At Teheran, Qazbin, Isfahan, Kerman, Shiraz, Bam, Mashhad, Tabriz, Ardabil had absolutely no problems taking people photos. Furthermore, we got invited as guests of honor to a wedding in Mashad, to eat on many occasions, and two times the taxi driver refused to be paid. I encountered problems only in Quom but I still wonder if it was due to me being in a different mood or the people. Iran is, by far, the most welcoming country I have been in. (I'm european and only speak english and spanish).
I've travelled extensively and intensively for the last 18 years in Africa, Asia, Europe, North Central and South America and, in my personal experience, the places where you are more likely to get in trouble are: taking photos of the indigenous people of Central America and on many places on the US's midwest.
But this is only my experience.
I try to be polite, don´t feel guilty if I take photos without permission and always smile. When confronted, if needed, I apologize.

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Lighting / Re: Studio Photos with Eos Utility Software
« on: March 15, 2013, 01:45:38 PM »
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Is the studio strobe [supposed to be]synching with a wire or radio?
I assume you find it works without tethering.

Can't be intended...

Yes, I shoot wireless and it works fine as long it is not connected to the computer.

Thanks for your reply.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mark III and Eos Utility Software
« on: March 15, 2013, 01:33:31 PM »
Thanks for your reply.

I use it with my Elinchrome wireless EL skyport.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Own a 5D3 - need a backup...
« on: March 15, 2013, 01:27:56 PM »
I would recommend you the 5Dc. I`ve been using it for pro weddings and travel photography since it's release. It's a great camera though slow in extreme low light situations. I bought the 5D markIII on november, but with good light I still use the 5Dc.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D mark III and Eos Utility Software
« on: March 11, 2013, 03:33:08 PM »
Hello,
I 'm trying to shoot stills with a 5d mark III and the EOS Utility Software with Elinchrome Flashes, but for some reason they do not fire when the camera is connected to the software through my Mac Book Pro.
Any suggestions?

Thanks.

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