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Wedding Photography / Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« on: November 10, 2014, 05:05:43 PM »
Well done. From experience I know that can be a hair pulling moment. You've captured it really well.

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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 06, 2014, 04:50:25 AM »
5dmk4

Top of the line AF
2 stops extra dynamic range
30-40 megapixels
Wifi
Dual CF
Tilt screen
Focus peaking
Large buffer
Improved ISO

One can dream...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 05, 2014, 10:17:30 PM »
and for empirical evidence from my kitchen....

First strip is with anti-flicker on.... I took ten shots and they were all the same.

Second strip is with anti-flicker off... I took ten shots and they were all over the place

all shots manual and same iso, aperture, and shutter speed... no processing other than to shrink the size down.

Looks like the tech really works well. Thanks for sharing!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 05, 2014, 08:00:46 PM »
Sure, go look at video forums and listen to the talk.  You keep on reading that talk.  That's just like reading this forum.  There's lots of talk by people who like to talk — a massive distortion field.  But then go look at people actually working and creating video.  Time after time, I see them using Canon gear, often *new* Canon gear.  They come to weddings and events with more Canon gear than I do.  I've yet to see one using a Sony, at least not since the 5D2 came out.  Sure not everyone has switched yet.  In my world, no one has switched.  Actually, they are praising Canon features and video quality and lenses, etc.  They keep pouring their money into the 70D, 5D3, etc.  While you're bashing Canon online for "crippling" video quality, they're relying on Canon's video quality every week for the work they live on and choosing Canon over competitors.

That's the problem right there. The people who complain the most aren't (usually) the ones out in the field producing excellent content. People like yourself who are producing great content seem to be content. So many of these so called experts seem to take the worst photos.

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Canon General / Re: How Soon We Forget!
« on: October 10, 2014, 12:21:55 AM »
I haven't forgotten.  The cameras are simply tools and the better the tool, the easier it is for me to get my job done.  For those who think it's all about the person behind the camera, well, that's partly true.  The thing is, you'd likely rather use a 5D3 to do the job as opposed to a 10D (or at least I sure do for what I shoot).  Yes, you can get the shot but it will likely look nicer and will be immensely easier to get it with some tools rather than others.  So no, when I'm in places and circumstances wherein it is now easier for me to get my shot (and it looks better too), I don't at the time think "wow, this is much less work and a little more fun" but there have been times afterwards that I have.
+1

Great response!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Hello Windows 10
« on: October 04, 2014, 06:38:52 PM »
I really don't get the hate for windows 8. Once you understand how to use it it's way faster and better than previous windows systems. Windows 10 looks crap so far to me though. That combined metro/start menu looks horrid. Did a 2 year old design it for them? So far they haven't announced one feature that was interesting. If they decide to go with a subscription model then I'm gone. It's completely different for software worth many thousands of dollars to go that route. It made adobe products accessible to me and I've loved creative cloud so far. I won't touch office 365 either. I can't believe how many people don't realise how bad of a deal they are getting with that software.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: October 02, 2014, 01:18:18 AM »
There's simply not enough reason to switch to a different company. Lens choice is great with canon and the equipment hasn't let me down so far. Sure there are certain other features that other camera manufacturers have that beat canon but canon's entire ecosystem is great and more than good enough for me to be able to capture great images consistently. The grass is not greener on the other side but it would cost me more.

Great discussion though. Having said that I'm not opposed to switching systems. I just don't see the need at this stage.

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If I knew half what I knew now when I started I would have smacked myself upside the head. A few hours of study would have been far more useful.

This. I did vote for a slight improvement though because I started out with a 17-85 4-5.6 and before that I occasionally used my friends 350d with kit lens and I can tell you that my keeper rate went right up as soon as I got the 24-105 f4. There was certain low light scenarios that I just couldn't make work with the equipment that I had then.

To be brutally honest though most of my problems stemmed from a lack of understanding. I really didn't understand what was good light and what was poor. The lcd would tell me of course but it was all guess work. I had an understand of the basics but people don't grasp how much you have to understand to be able to get great shots in any situation. There really is a lot to learn.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:57:16 AM »
Looks good. Can't wait to see some sample images.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Do you need a really high ISO?
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:43:06 PM »
One thing about high iso (from my understanding) is that it affects live view. The higher you go the more useful liveview will be at night or with dark nd filters. That may or may not matter to you but it's a nice bonus. But it doesn't matter so much for me in the traditional sense. I rarely need over 3200.

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Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« on: August 22, 2014, 09:31:46 AM »
Actually it's quite slow on a 5dmk3 body also. Super lens on a 1dx body, which focuses (drives the 85/1.2 II Ultra Sonic Motor) much faster because of the 11.1v battery compared to 5d's 7.2volt battery. I did some really simple focussing on some stuff when i received my 1dx and in my test setup (switching between targets at near and far distant) it was like 1.3 seconds on 1dx compared to 2 seconds on 5dmk3.
Great lens anyway!

Nice to know! Never realised that was the case as I thought it had more to do with the autofocus system itself.

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Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« on: August 22, 2014, 03:36:02 AM »
This is the key also having it on a 1d body makes a big difference. As for lens changes during an event just don't do it
Typically I'll leave my 85 on one body and have either the 16-35 or 35 1.4 on another  body depends on what is needed but generally I find indoor or night event 2 ff bodies with an 85 on one and 35 1.4 on the other a killer combo

I can second this statement. Putting the lens on a 1d3 really helped for me. When it's on my 5d2 it is infuriating how painfully slow this lens is. I'm sure it'd be great on a 5d3 though. I also second the part about having 2 bodies just in case. A black rapid double works really well in this case. YMMV.

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 16, 2014, 10:22:19 AM »
Fortunately it is the same opinion as many others - including Canon  ;)

I'm putting money on the 7DII not having one.

That's one thing I'm not so sure on. It could go either way. It'll sure be interesting though to see what specs are actually correct and let's face it, it's a lot of fun to guess :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 16, 2014, 09:35:03 AM »
Another user here that is firmly in the camp of don't put a pop-up flash on my camera. Even for fill there are better alternatives.

There is no alternative if you don't have one with you.
Why the heck does the darn little flash hurt you guys so much? It won't break if you don;t use it. The fact you are worried about breaking almost hints that they you think you might find a use for it at times. And how does it break more easily than an external flash? If it breaks and you didn't want it anyway, who cares?
And NO it doesn't make you look like a cool, real pro to have no pop-up.

I don't know why you're having a go at me over expressing my opinion. I really don't care about a popup flash breaking as I'd never ever use it. It's something I don't ever want to have popup in the middle of a shoot or to ever worry about and as far as I'm concerned that space could be used for something more beneficial that I would actually need. I understand it's use on entry level bodies but once I discovered off camera lighting (including reflectors) or even bounce flash I really couldn't see a reason why something so harsh and direct  should ever be included in a pro body.

P.S. This is just my opinion and I have no problems with people finding a valid use for the popup flash. If you think it is absolutely critical to your work then I'll respect your point of view on the matter.

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 10:08:08 PM »
Another user here that is firmly in the camp of don't put a pop-up flash on my camera. Even for fill there are better alternatives.

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