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It may be cool for your posterity too.

My grandfather was big into photography using slide film (any family get together it was assumed he'd be pulling out the projector for the latest trips).  After he died the slides got put into storage or distributed out among the family members.  A few years back I decided to go through the effort of scanning them all.

I came across a photo of the golden gate bridge he had taken in the 60s looking south with a hill on the right side and a large "bush" on that hill.

I realized I had taken nearly that same shot almost 40 years later and checked it out and that bush was still there... except it was obviously a TREE and had grown several feet in that time!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D II or 6D
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:02:01 PM »
Coming from a cropped camera background (rebel xti, t2i and t4i) the 6D is going to take better portraits, period.

It will take FANTASTIC low light shots as well as video.

Where the 6D will fail is anything where you don't have the time to line up the shot.  The AF is good for static subjects but the 7D (and most likely the 7D II's) AF will outperform it everytime.

That doesn't mean the 7DII's shots will be bad, because they won't be.  They'll be phenomenal as well (just not as good as the 6D in most cases because this is a cropped sensor).

There's also other issues - A cropped camera and its lenses will be cheaper then an FF for the bang.  A 7D plus the 17-55F2.8 is an unbeatable combination and I think I still prefer the 17-55F2.8 to my 6D's 24-70F2.8 because it has IS and was $1000 cheaper!

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Lenses / Re: The New EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: September 11, 2014, 04:05:14 PM »
This could also be a decent transition lens from cropped to FF.  You could do video with AF on a cropped body right now then upgrade to FF with a 6D II next year?

(I checked and, no, the 6D can't do video AF with STM)

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Lenses / Re: The New EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:45:39 AM »
I forget... does the 6D support AF while videoing using STM?

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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:09:16 PM »
One more point - I shoot RAW+JPG.  I'll tend to shoot several hundred pictures per trip and friends/family members almost always want copies immediately so I take all the JPGs and put them on a CD for them. (You can set Lightroom to auto-convert but it's just more convenient to have the camera do it for me.)   Later, I'll go over the pictures and pull out the several dozen I really like and process them from their original RAWs.  (Also, having the camera's JPGs helps me with a point of reference when processing the RAWs)

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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: September 10, 2014, 10:38:01 AM »
Like others have said:
In ye olde school terminology shooting JPGs is akin to developing AND processing/printing your picture in the camera immediately.  The processing is done according to several settings you have access too and a few which you don't.

Shooting RAW is akin to developing the picture but there's almost no processing done on the image (I believe the camera's sensor auto-correct still applies)

This gives you total control over the processing after the fact using a program like DPP or Lightroom... YEARS after the fact.  I shot RAW on a few trips on a T2i years ago based on a friend's recommendation.  I understood the concept and certainly realized that storing all the sensor data was better than a lossy JPG but I never *got* the point because I didn't have Lightroom or any other decent post processing package at the time.  Then I got Lightroom to touch up some more recent shots and WHOA!  Suddenly I felt like a professional photographer making photos you'd see in a glossy magazine!  I was bringing detail out of shadows from photos that I thought I had screwed up at the time, making colors pop, correcting brightness issues.

Then I went back and started messing around with the T2i photos.  I took a trip to Vegas several years back and had gotten a sunset that looked beautiful in reality but the JPG was...meh...  Lots of editing the JPG in a photoshop like program didn't help much either.  But with the RAW and Lightroom I was able to adjust the exposure settings and my yellow sunset on bright blue sky turned into the burnt orange cinnamon sunset I had recalled with all the neon lights popping out...

The Bellagio fountains at night which were a nice amber color regardless of which white balance I seemed to set (really T2i?  Amber? WTF are you thinking?) I was able to correct in Lightroom and then enhanced the image to get everything to "pop" just so.  (Although my family still prefers the amber shots... go figure...)

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Having a PIN to enable each lens to a given body strikes me as feasible - no aperture/AF/IS without it.  The disable-after-24 hour thing is interesting also.

Jim

I was thinking that too but what about those of use that have multiple bodies that use the lenses interchangeably on the shoot - You'd have to be able to pair a lens to X bodies and then "lock" it from being paired to any other camera.  Then, of course, there'd have to be someway to reset that when customers forget their PIN so I think that would all be pretty easily bypassable.


maybe a programmable joystick/button sequence....that way I can relive my youth and feel like I'm still playing mortal kombat.

up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-menu-play.  :)

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It sounds like a Magic Lantern request ;D.  Personally I'd never use this - I find the minor delay between turning on my camera and shooting to be bad enough as is!

Just put a fingerprint scanner on the power switch like the iPhone!  I've NEVER had a problem with that!   ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D N
« on: July 11, 2014, 02:26:28 PM »
I've heard that the GPS is useful for setting the camera clock accurately.  Wish i'd done that on an Alaska train trip i took last year where i was snapping wildly with two cameras, and the camera clocks were a few minutes apart.  Trying to synchronize the pictures afterwards was a huge pain.

The problem with the GPS is that it takes FOR-EVER to acquire a signal (on the order of minutes, not seconds) even if you're in an open structure like an airport at 5am in the morning.  Heck, even on the airplane I tried turning it on and still couldn't get a signal in under 3 minutes.

The Wifi is cool (if not a little quirky) for quick downloading images to my smartphone for texting.

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Lenses / Re: 16-35 F/2.8 vs F/4 for weddings
« on: July 09, 2014, 10:58:49 AM »
How about for something like fireworks or indoor/night videoing.  I travel around a bit and like to video some of the hotels and indoor attractions I frequent, mostly all handheld.  I've currently got the f2.8II on a 6D and got some great video of Disney at night just walking around and shooting the fireworks.  The walking is jittery (I doubt I'm going to get that resolved too much) but I'm thinking it might help with handheld stationary shooting of things like fireworks or when I'm just doing things like slow pans (although compared to some of the video I've seen on YouTube without IS I must have rock steady hands!)

Am I going to lose that much light resolution for things like this with the F4 but gaining IS?

(I like shooting landscape too so the corner sharpness is an additional advantage but that's secondary to the videoing.)

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 6D refurb - Stuck pixels on video.
« on: June 10, 2014, 08:42:15 AM »
Well I just tried the "manual cleaning" trick as seen here:

http://wiegaertnerfilms.com/blog/tutorials/how-to-fix-a-hot-or-dead-pixel-canon-7d-5d-550d-600d-60d/

And that seems to have resolved it for now.

I'm not opposed to doing that if I need to but it's impossible to see those dead pixels on the back screen and now I've got a trip full of videos that have stuck pixels and I'm nervous it's going to happen to me again.  :/

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Canon 6D refurb - Stuck pixels on video.
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:12:17 PM »
Picked up a Canon 6D Refurb from Canon last November.  I'm just back from a trip and noticed that I've got 2 stuck pixels (one red, one blue) near the center upper left quadrant - But only when shooting video and only in darker lighting conditions (pure black seems to cause them to turn off...)  I've not seen them in any of my photos yet.  Looking back through videos I took on a trip in May shows just the red stuck pixel (which I hadn't noticed before).  Looking all the way back to when I first got the camera I don't see any stuck pixels under similar lighting conditions.

Does this fall under a warranty repair?

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Why trade in the 16-35 f/2.8 for the f/4.0? Wouldn't you guys prefer the faster aperture?

Normally yes.  I enjoy taking low light/night photography without flash and I'd REALLY like an F2.8 with IS.  I shoot with a Canon 6D and also do video and with that sensor's low light capabilities coupled with an f4 plus IS PLUS sharper IQ (and smaller), I suspect that it would be a more versatile lens and probably still allow me to shoot about 95% of what I want while gaining some flexibility in shooting other things (EG slower shutter speed for handheld water effects, etc).

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Just like the big brother 24-70 II, the new 16-35 f4 IS MTF charts look awesome.

My 16-35 II & 50L are on ebay.

I'll hold off until I see some actual reviews of the 16-35 F4 but I suspect I'll be joining you in putting my 16-35 II on ebay as well...  (Especially since I take alot of video with that lens too)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:12:57 PM »
I just purchased my 24-70 II and would upgrade as well.  I like to shoot low light shots and indoors and have been recently playing with longer shutter speeds for flowing water effects.  IS would come in very handy for that without me having to carry a tripod around.

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