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Messages - Roger Jones

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4k Capture is not so much about 4k delivery currently. Its about producing higher quality 1080p by doing spatial and color oversampling Reselting in sharper images with higher color depth. We know from magic lantern that even the current generation sensors are capable of much higher quality than the stock firmware allows. The bottleneck in the currant models is the ancient CF card interface. I expect the next generation to adapt cfast that will allow higher bit rates, better codecs and larger files. Canon cinema is super35 format not full frame 35mm. People use those cameras for their image quality, long recording capability and pro sound inputs. A 4k dslr would not really compete with the c series products.

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4th of July, Drakes Bay, CA


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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: July 05, 2014, 01:37:41 PM »

Tomales Bay

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Lenses / Re: EF 16-35 F/4L IS corner samples & comparison
« on: June 22, 2014, 04:53:25 PM »
the corner samples on the 2.8 look wrong.  Seems to have motion blur like a lower shutter sped was used.  I don't think the 2.8 used is a representative example  of that lens. Mine is not *that* soft in the corners.  If I were buying now I'd probably get the new one but I don't think I'm going to side grade.

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Assuming he is okay with you selling the photos, I would expect to split the sale at least 50/50 as he did the majority of the work in terms of marketing to and securing the client, planning the shoot, etc. and was kind enough to let you work with him. 

On the other hand, if you want some quick cash, make the sale.  Just don't expect to shoot any more weddings or have any photographers help you out again.

This sounds right to me. I would not go behind the guys back to make a few bucks. Your reputation is worth more than the money you'd get from the sale. You should turn over your images to the contracted photographer and let him deal with the fulfillment. You could ask him for compensation if he sells your work to the client. Perhaps it will be less than what you might make from a direct sale but he preserves his relationship, assumes the responsibility for the deliveries and gets to sell his work as well as yours. I don't think you have to cow tow  if the client contacted you and if the photog says he can't compensate you chalk it up to experience and move on. If your goal is to be a professional in this field your reputation and your business relationships have greater value than whatever you can charge the bride. Think long term.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 16, 2014, 06:20:54 PM »
Calumet  for many years was  manufacturing company, cameras, dark room equipment, film processors. They innovated and they made sturdy stuff. I had a calumet 8x10 camera that was built like a tank. The transition to digital and the shift of manufacturing to China made their gear obsolete or no longer cost competitive. I stopped shopping there when they never seemed to have what I wanted in stock. Why pay a premium when you have to wait for delivery anyway? The landscape is changing and the companies that don't evolve with it will soon be extinct.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: March 12, 2014, 02:03:40 AM »
Stunning image Oscar, well done.

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Photography Technique / Re: Product photography with shiny objects
« on: February 13, 2014, 11:02:36 AM »
For highly polished objects, you don't light the object itself but the environment the object reflects.  A very large soft box very close to the object could work. A tent made of scrim material lit from the back would give you the most control.

Simple one light set up http://bit.ly/1opXQpx

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Technical Support / Re: Photography Documentaries
« on: February 02, 2014, 01:43:06 PM »
I loved Bill Cunningham New York. What a fascinating character, available on netflix.
http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Bill_Cunningham_New_York/70141814?trkid=13752289

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My eyes started hurting after reading the first couple of paragraphs, but doesn't the Optech sling strap have the same principle? Did they do it first or didn't BR have enough bank balance to sue them?

IANAL but my reading of the 729 patent is that the claim is for the sliding hardware that moves along the strap. The optech doesn't have the slide so it doesn't infringe. I don't think you can patent the concept of shoulder straps but who knows.

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For what it is worth, scuttlebutt is that Carryspeed was sued by BlackRapid, and the lawsuit was dragged out enough that Carryspeed gave up.  Not sure how they viewed the product as a knock off.

Black Rapid has a patent on the sliding camera strap.
http://1.usa.gov/1i9HldD

CarrySpeed LumaLoop and others have left the field or discontinued products as result of the patent grant. Carryspeed was sued by BR and seems to have gone out of business.

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Millionway International, Inc. ("Millionway") and Black Rapid are competitors in the camera strap market. ( Millionway Int'l, Inc. v. Black Rapid, Inc., 4:13-CV-01780, Dkt. 1). XP Photo sells Millionway's products. Dkt. 1 ¶ 17 (Original Complaint). On November 1, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("Patent Office") granted Black Rapid a utility patent on a camera transport system and method, known as the 729 Patent. Dkt. 1 ¶ 10. The Patent Office issued a reexamination certificate confirming the validity of the 729 Patent on March 5, 2013. Id. On March 6, 2013, Black Rapid filed suit against Millionway in the United States District Court for the Central District of California ("California Court") for infringement of the 729 Patent. Id. ¶ 12. Millionway did not answer, and Black Rapid filed a motion for default judgment on April 5, 2013. Dkt. 7, Ex. F.[1] The California Court entered default judgment against Millionway on June 10, 2013, and additionally permanently enjoined Millionway and its agents from infringing the 729 Patent. Dkt. 7, Ex. B (granting Black Rapid's motion for default judgment). Therefore, the California Court deemed Black Rapid's factual allegations in its original complaint as true, including a determination that Millionway's camera straps including the "Carry Speed" line of products, infringed the 729 Patent. Id.
http://tx.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.20131202_0001521.STX.htm/qx

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Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f4 L lens for sports photography?
« on: January 23, 2014, 12:43:36 PM »
I like the 300 f4. I use it a lot for events, stage and concert stuff often with the 1.4 extender. Its not the 2.8 but its not bad.

http://bit.ly/1dYnjlo
http://bit.ly/KOjioN
http://bit.ly/KOjioN

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Hasselbad-Sony collaboration
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:07:21 PM »
If you have to set the shutter speed 20 million times before each shot it may slow down your work flow.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: November 22, 2013, 02:50:11 PM »


A bit of fun at the Million Mask March

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