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Lenses / Re: Bokeh: Good vs. Bad?
« on: November 27, 2014, 11:46:36 PM »
If you have a chance, try to rent 85L II, 200L f2 IS and 400L f2.8 IS II  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: For 1dx owners
« on: November 27, 2014, 09:16:23 PM »
For me, a MUST have improvement is 1stop better in high ISO with 18 -20MP. Additional AF cross points and other features are just bonus.

Anything higher than 30MP, I'm out. I don't care about 4k, GPS, WiFi, video etc....I do hope Canon would release a high MP body for landscape and studio shooters. They can call it 3D, 5D4 or whatever, anything except 1DX II.

I agree with most, current 1DX is so DAM good A-Z.

Photography Technique / DIY: Monitor Hood
« on: November 26, 2014, 11:41:30 PM »
I've been looking around for a decent monitor hood for my 27" monitor, nothing really catching my eyes.

I decided to make one for myself. I spent around $26 at Office Depot for a set of three, 30"X40", foam poster. With little tape, tape measure, pen and a box cutter, I came up with this.... ;D

When compared it to Mr. surapon's DIY projects, my display hood is no where near creative as his. However, I now can PP my photos without worry much about the light changing in my office - day/night the light will always stay the same. For $26, my DIY monitor hood covers both of my laptop and 27" monitor. Best of all, it can be removed from the desk at anytime.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 & 600mm f4 ii for BIF?
« on: November 26, 2014, 09:13:47 PM »
I'd prefer the 1D X (and not just because I have one).  An f/4 lens isn't fast, add a 1.4 or 2x TC and it's even slower.  BIF means you need a fast shutter.  Mad dogs and Englishmen may go out in the midday sun, but it's not the best light for photography.  Putting all that together, BIF often means high ISO, and I'll take FF over APS-C for that any day. 

Some may argue about the 'reach advantage' of a crop sensor, but if you're at 600mm or longer, and need to crop deeply due to subject distance, you'll be running into IQ loss from atmospheric effects in most shooting conditions, so there's no real benefit to a smaller sensor.

This man knows photography well.

Here is 25600ISO with 1DX, taken just before the sun set.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 & 600mm f4 ii for BIF?
« on: November 26, 2014, 08:40:42 PM »

If money wasn't a big issue would you rather have the 1Dx or the 7D2 for BIF?

1DX of course. Faster, better AF than 7D II, better ISO for early or late afternoon shots, better grip, more power...

Just like Neuro said, cropping shouldn't be an issue. 600mm + 1.4x TC III, I think you be fine ;)

This photo was taken with 1DX and 400mm f2.8 IS II + 2x TC III. Heavy crop:

Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 25, 2014, 08:55:03 AM »
So yeah, back to Dylan!  Hey man, you're not off the hook!  We want to see how you did!   :D

Work load is getting heavier. I'm still working the photos. Here is another one...

Go for another 5D III. Making money is the priority #1. Having a second 5D III is extremely helpful in any events.

Here is 5D III current price on CPW-street price. Nothing better than buying brand new Canon products through Canon authourized dealer(with Canon 1yr standard warranty) at Ebay or below ebay price:

I used CPW=street price twice. I would use it again in heart beat.

Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:29:12 AM »
I was contacted this weekend to do a simple wedding ceremony, and I said no because I don't do weddings. .. so I told the lady I would ask my local contacts and no one wants to do it for $200 for two-ish hours.  So now I feel bad so I might say, sure, I'll do it despite my better judgement.

You'll be fine JD, make sure to bring 2nd body + flashes. I was able to shoot the wedding with just 24-70 & 70-200.

I agree with Eldar "When you´ve done it once, you´ll do it again! The stress is a bit addictive"

EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 08:47:11 AM »
I guess my 5D III & 1DX will stay in the bag for another year plus

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: November 22, 2014, 08:35:29 PM »
Here is one for folks who might like to put together long reach combo's with the 7D2. I shot for an hour or so this morning at Conowingo Dam handheld with the 7D2, 400 5.6L and 1.4x ii tele yielding an effective focal length of approximately 900mm. Sadly, the results were not very good. The 7D2 seems to focus fine at f8. It even tracked reasonably well. You can't use the Zone AF modes but you can use assisted center point and it had no trouble holding focus.

I think the problem probably is the 400 5.6L. I think the 7D2's resolution is about all it can take. It's an old design and I suppose modern ultra-high res sensors may have caught up to the pocket rocket. The 1.4x just puts it over the edge. 900mm is a lot to ask from such a small object lens. Even at 1/3200s the photos are mushy at 100%. I generally like 1/4x-focal-length for BIF's so maybe 1/3600 or 1/4000 would be better.  But, stop down to f11 to help sharpness and now you are maxing the ISO.

So, maybe on a tripod for something that moves slower than Bald Eagles you may be able to get something decent but I wouldn't count on it. YMMV. A new body always seems to trigger another Lens upgrade cycle.

Anyway, here is one that is just about as good as I could do. It's not cropped at all. Cropping these was a non-starter. It works fine as a small image but even at page size it's pretty mushy. I think these would likely  have been better shot without the 1.4x and cropped but I'm not sure. That is always tough to call.

I suppose if I was just trying to capture a rare animal or some unusual behavior it would be fine as a photo record if that is what you are into. - Brian

Great series GraFax

Thank you for sharing

« on: November 19, 2014, 09:38:29 AM »

Per Canon price watch, street price is 9849.99.

If you pay with a credit card that gives you 1% back, your final it the door price would be 9851.5... I've never bought the street price... do you have to pay cash/check.  Would you get a discount for paying cash?

I used CPW-street price twice. An authourized dealer(very-well-known dealer) contacted me through phone. We completed the transaction within few mins. I used my American Express.

$10K is quite a bit of cash to carry around JD... :o

I've decided to eliminate several lenses that I seldom use. 
I'm offering my Canon EF 135mm F/2L in Surpurb condition.  It is complete with original box and everything that came with it. 
I'm asking $775, I'll ship it to any US location for actual shipping cost. 
If you are interested, send a private e-mail with any questions.

Good price Mt Spokane Photography

Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:00:41 AM »
Thanks guys.

Let's me run through the couple about sharing their photos. If they ok, I'll post a link. It might take some time for me to go through these photos.

@ RustyTheGeek: I was the only one with DSLR. Others were using cell phones. They didn't running around at all.

@ RustyTheGeek: "Question:  How many friends/relatives came up to you and commented on how good the pictures will probably look due to you using all that expensive photography equipment?   (Implying of course that with all that badass gear, there's no way the pictures won't come out spectacular.)" ==> I don't shoot flash often, I do have bad shots too.... ;D

Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 16, 2014, 12:43:47 PM »
Kick it in the ass!!

Take your time, relax and try to enjoy the shoot.

Put the 24-70 and 70-200 on each camera and relax.  Don't forget to set each camera to Silent Shutter mode.

Share some pics with us later and tell us your war story!!

Thanks guys. I made it....  ;D
I prefer NOT to do this for living.

Canon General / First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 15, 2014, 03:36:50 PM »
The clock is ticking down....2hrs away. I'm excited and nervous at the same time, since this is my 1st time shooting a wedding.

I have been asked by a co-worker to photograph his wedding. I'll be the primary photographer and more likely the only one there.

Gear I packed:
1. 5D III + 1DX + dual BR strap
2. 16-35 f4 IS, 24-70 f2.8 II, 85L II, and of course 70-200 f2.8 IS II
3. 600EX-RT(x3) + ST-E3-RT, 20plus spare AA batteries
4. Umbrella + stand

 Wish me luck guys

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