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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 12:13:18 AM »
I haven't left Canon because it's my skill holding me back, not my gear.

Lenses / Re: Do you keep all your boxes?
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:06:10 PM »
I throw everything away less the warranty card, and sell off the lens pouches that come with it (even the big, nice ones that come with L tele zooms like the 70-200 2,8.

I think I'm the only one who does?   ???

I sold my 16-35 II two years ago w/o box on ebay, and it didn't sell for noticeably lower than boxed used lenses at the time of sale. 

Less boxes means more room for lenses, cameras, etc  ;D

Reviews / Re: Canon EOS 7D MK II Field Review of THE APS-C DSLR KING .
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:51:12 PM »
+1 I will also wait for independent reviews. People like Bryan Carnathan and Ken Rockwell may have already pre-ordered their new 7D2.

Ken Rockwell?  Why wait for his review!  He's had his 7DII review completed since the camera was announced along with a side by side image quality comparison against 7DI, 5DIII, and the 1Dx

KR is the Chuck Norris of photography! :D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:24:57 PM »
Save 2 cameras for events and sports.

If you're backpacking great distances, bring as little as you possibly can get away with - 1 body with an UWA zoom, CF tripod, and lots and lots of batteries.  If you have a small backup that can share with your kit, bring that too if you can afford the weight. 

Use that extra space for more dry socks and underwear, seriously  ;D

Lenses / Re: What do you use your wide angle lens for?
« on: September 18, 2014, 08:52:18 PM »
UWA for groups of people can be tricky, and that's not what I used to use my 16-35 for.  Often times, folks at the edges of the frame can come out distorted, making them look wider than they should.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 18, 2014, 08:44:02 PM »
No I've only tried on paper and wood based surfaces.

I think you'll find once you start using the grip, the bulge alone is sufficient

No, in open fields it's solid - like you said +/- a few meters

But if I'm next to any multi-tier houses, in a downtown urban area, or underneath a canopy of trees, the readings are crazy.

I suppose elevation isn't a huge deal since I can always find my way back to a stop using long/lat, but I'm just OCD like that  8)

Right, I've been checking for that in the preview occasionally.

It's just nuts though!  I have 3 pictures I took in my backyard, across 30sec, and 1 has a reading of 6m above sea level, the other is -18m, and the last is 1350m


The GP-E1 is pretty nice, but I find that elevation readings can be totally bonkers in anything but the best conditions (outdoors with no trees or buildings).  When I contacted Canon, they informed me the "3D" satellite icon must be present for elevation readings, but this icon is hidden beneath many menus and button presses and can't easily be checked every time you want to take pictures.

So even when the GPS indicator is solid and not blinking, one can't be sure if elevation readings will be captured. 

I'd actually much rather prefer no readings to incorrect ones.

Lenses / Re: Which Tilt/Shift lens to choose?
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:33:31 PM »
I really like the 24 since it turns into a versatile, super close focussing 38mm on my crop factor M

truth be told, checking for planes of focus is soooo much better with a touch screen.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:15:53 PM »
Do any of y'all shoot the 85 L in a studio setting with a solid color background.  Other than the blurring of the nose and face, it seems like it would be a waste.

I can't think of any significant advantage other than that.  I almost always use my 70-200 or 100 for studio portraits since the tripod collar makes for quick vertical/horizontal orientation changes.  Using a tripod allows me to pull my face away from the viewfinder to connect with my subject as I shoot, and closely monitor expressions at moment of capture.

The 85 is just too amazing on backgrounds and dof to shoot past f/2 :)

1Dx, 1/250, f1.8, ISO100

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:54:46 PM »
ah yes, true.  I have the same rubber paint.

Not sure how well it adheres to metal though...

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Grip with integrated Arca Swiss plate review
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:17:10 PM »
How do you reach the shutter button?

With your finger?  ;)

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:13:21 PM »
BL, if you read this post- can you please post a photo of how you grip it? My hands are quite small and I am worried I won't reach the shutter button after wrapping my hands around the grip...  :-\

I have small hands too.  But this grip works great for me!

Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:10:40 PM »
What i would do for a 21mm or 20mmm pancake for FF...

Come on Canon!

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