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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Setting up 600ex speedlite system
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:56:53 AM »
I have a pretty good training set on both the 600EX RT, as well as the ST-E3.
http://www.canontrainingvideo.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=48 (this comes with a download)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/888466-REG/Michael_the_Maven_mtm_600_Canon_600EX_RT_Speedlite_Crash.html This is the DVD only.

MM

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100 Epic Shootout
« on: September 12, 2013, 06:28:05 AM »
Question:  Does the live view give quick focusing on the "first focus"?  I know Canon said that the smooth focus changes were there intentionally, but does it snap to the first selection between shots well?

Question- It kind of depends on a few things. I am learning that it helps to have your subject fill the frame, when it gets small is when it gets erratic, it isn't so much distance, its how large the subject is in the frame. The amount of contrast also seems to play a role, a hard edge seems to focus quicker than say a grey wall.


I am hesitant to use many RAW images for analysis in these comparisons for a few assumptions (which also may be incorrect):

1. Everyone has a different way to process RAW, and in many cases, some people will be more or less effective & creative in processing RAW files than others. The variation you can get between someone who really knows what they are doing in RAW vs someone who doesn't is pretty wide.
2. Even converting the RAW files into JPEGs to display in the video often changes how they look comparatively. 
3. I'm more interested in what the processors are doing in camera, as the typical user (example: soccer mom) wont even use RAW files.


That all makes sense to me, and the "soccer mom" model may well be as good a target audience as any (assuming such a buyer seeks out reviews such as yours in the first place!); it underlines the point that comparing image quality is difficult given the almost infinite number of variables a user can play with.  But maybe next time, if you have the time, you could toss in a couple of minimally processed (e.g. nothing more than LR's default import settings) RAW files along with the rest.

If you want to see if Rockwell's "fix" for the green bias works on the D7100, here's his recipe for the D600 (I've no idea how well it works there, either):

MENU > SHOOTING > White Balance > AUTO > right click to AUTO Normal > right click to the rainbow chart > click one down to M1 > OK.

Set M1, and the green goes away and the LCD looks fine. My biggest whines about this is that we ought not have to tweak it to get neutral color, and when we do tweak it, exactly like the other 2012 FX Nikons, the jump between M0 and M1 isn't fine enough to let me dial-out the green exactly how I'd like it dialed out.

Good info worth sharing. Thank you!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100 Epic Shootout
« on: September 09, 2013, 08:34:08 PM »
All good questions. I will try to answer them the best I can:

- The lenses used were both 24-70 2.8 from their respective companies, in the case of the Canon it was the L II
- I used AWB (Ill explain why in a second)
- I used the Standard, default picture style on both cameras
- Could the green tint be fixed by shifting the WB, styles, or other settings? Probably, the one problem there is being able to say "this is how you do it in every case" as many users may be having different experiences depending on their lighting, lens, subject matter etc. So I try to stick more with "this is what I am seeing"

I believe the green cast is part of the camera's processing for 2 reasons:

1. Im not seeing it through the lens when the picture is taken.
2. The intensity of the green shade seems to be amplified with greater ISO. If you look carefully at the ISO color charts, you can visibly see this amplification happening each step up, both in the green swatch as well as the black border. It is also demonstrated with the ISO of the model at 400.

The suggestion on the RAW files is also appreciated and I know where you are coming from. I think the next time I do a buffer test it will be with JPEG only and RAW only.

I am hesitant to use many RAW images for analysis in these comparisons for a few assumptions (which also may be incorrect):

1. Everyone has a different way to process RAW, and in many cases, some people will be more or less effective & creative in processing RAW files than others. The variation you can get between someone who really knows what they are doing in RAW vs someone who doesn't is pretty wide.
2. Even converting the RAW files into JPEGs to display in the video often changes how they look comparatively. 
3. I'm more interested in what the processors are doing in camera, as the typical user (example: soccer mom) wont even use RAW files.

Part of my shooting philosophy is that the more changes you have to make to a camera right out of the box, for example, changing WB for every lighting condition, changing & tweaking picture styles, converting RAW files a certain way is all useful and relevant, but the vast majority of users of these cameras do not want to have to change anything.

They want to open the box, shoot and get results and that is what I try to stick as close to as possible, what the "real world experience" with the camera will be, not so much how someone with an advanced knowledge will be able to "tweak it". I personally do not like changing WB and if I have a camera that requires it, I see this as a disadvantage, so I tend to shoot with AWB on both cameras to see how they differ. If that makes sense.

Im absolutely open to any ideas you guys have in terms of testing, and have implemented many. I really do want to make these tests as high quality as possible, so I certain appreciate your comments & feedback.

M




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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100 Epic Shootout
« on: September 09, 2013, 06:32:47 AM »
Wow thank you so much for your support, everyone. I really appreciate it. Cameras and photography are all I do for a living full time.

When I was first getting started, my training videos were being pirated so frequently that I barely survived, I was selling a couple a month while the files were being distributed everywhere. It was only because of a handful of few honest supporters that also gave me referrals that I was able to survive, so I truly appreciate everyone's support where ever it comes from, so thank you very much!!

The first "epic" video I did on the Canon 6D vs the Nikon D600 took about 6-7 weeks, simply because I had never done anything like it and had to figure out what the best ways were to do things. This last one only took about 10 days, but it was non-stop during those 10 days.

Ive also gotten some important feedback from CR users, so it has been a very much win-win.

I think Rienz you must be very happy with your D7100 and I especially appreciate your support, even if the video may not help you due to your experience- it means a lot to me. The D7100 especially surprised me with its Moire performance and overall image quality. All that said, the 70D is so much FUN to use- just a great shooting experience.

If you guys have any suggestions for future testing I am all ears. I would like to do these videos when I can and make them the very best, reliable I can.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100 Epic Shootout
« on: September 08, 2013, 10:16:01 PM »
Thank you Orbits!

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EOS Bodies / Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100 Epic Shootout
« on: September 08, 2013, 04:03:55 PM »
As promised on my one of my other threads about the 70D (yes the one that got ugly) here are my findings about both cameras. I appreciate all of your inputs and any suggestions for future improvements are welcome, enjoy!

Small | Large


The 70D's moire & low light focusing are it's weak points. Wish it had a head phone jack, but other than that....holy wow, the 70D is a GREAT camera. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D vs D7100 ISO Comparison at 100%
« on: August 31, 2013, 01:01:28 AM »
@Marsu42...no, not joking.

This is the only forum I have posted on, so I wouldn't call that "carpet bombing"as you say. I've found some sincere people on here have great recommendations, feedback, suggestions for future tests, etc.

The results speak for themselves, if you disagree, show us your data.

If you can't do that, well.... then you can't authoritatively say anything can you?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D - DEAD SENSOR PIXELS! Im not happy :(
« on: August 30, 2013, 05:24:29 PM »
In addition to my dead row of pixels, I also saw a few random dead ones as well. It will be interesting to see if others have the same issue.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D - DEAD SENSOR PIXELS! Im not happy :(
« on: August 30, 2013, 04:16:29 PM »
Im returning the camera, luckily I was able to pick up the other one I bought for my Dad. The testing moves forward.

Hey...anything specific you guys want to see?

M

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EOS Bodies / 70D vs D7100 ISO Comparison at 100%
« on: August 30, 2013, 04:15:31 PM »
Ill be posting a bunch of tests between these 2 cameras. Im learning a lot of really interesting things, and so far it has been an absolute slugfest. The Nikon has been surprising me in positive ways, and then the 70D comes back and crushes the D7100 in others. Ill have a full write up available soon.

Check this out. No commentary on my part, decide for yourselves. Quick and dirty test with description of what I did here:

http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=2894&canon-70d-vs-nikon-d7100-iso-noise-chart


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D - DEAD SENSOR PIXELS! Im not happy :(
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:03:21 AM »
Remapping didn't work. Thanks for the suggestion though! -MM

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D - DEAD SENSOR PIXELS! Im not happy :(
« on: August 30, 2013, 07:54:26 AM »
Ill try that. Thanks for the tip!

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EOS Bodies / Canon 70D - DEAD SENSOR PIXELS! Im not happy :(
« on: August 30, 2013, 07:22:45 AM »
So I got my Canon 70D yesterday, started my initial tests, learning many interesting things about it. Go through my ISO tests, upload images....every single image has this horizontal line on it. Camera is brand spanking new. Hopefully it is just a bad copy. I bought one for my Dad too, so looks like we will be swapping out tomorrow as I can't really do my tests with this camera.

Image is ISO 12800 & is promising, but I certainly hope no one else is seeing this:

http://www.michaelthemaven.com/?postID=2893&canon-70d-issue-dead-sensor-pixels

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Before you go and spend thousands or even hundreds of dollars on advanced workshops or subscriptions, you might want to check out some of my Crash Courses for beginning & intermediate photographers. Have videos for the 5Diii, Speedlites and several advanced courses.

I guarantee it will be the best $38 investment you make in your photography education. If not, Ill refund your money!

http://www.michaelthemaven.com/products/

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Canon General / Re: your scariest photography moment?
« on: March 12, 2013, 01:49:31 PM »
An 11 year old running and kicking my 5Dii with 24 1.4 Lens on it, which I had set on top of my camera bag. Lens busted.

M

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