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Lenses / Confusing info on Lens Compression
« on: February 09, 2014, 12:23:28 PM »
I've been reading up on lens compression, distance, and perspective. It's difficult to understand how all of these things relate to begin with but on top of that I have a crop body which I don't see much info about.

Take for instance a 24-105 on a 7D. Is that the same lens compression and relatively flattering look as a 70-200 dialed out on a 5D3?  Is the distance about the same in terms of X feet from subject to get the same framing?

I'm probably just over thinking this but it's crazy confusing.

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EOS Bodies / Best Travel, No Tripod Having, IQ Awesome, Body/Kit!
« on: September 17, 2013, 06:27:09 PM »
Trying to sift through the review rubble and get to the point where I understand the best kit for travel.  Domestic, International, Grocery Store, whatever.  Travel = Not my house or garage where I can grab a strobe.

Its a confusing quest because I'm thinking ... well you have to get something durable (7D ish), but you also want great anywhere light capability (5D ish) ... on the other hand IQ is why you are taking them anyway (1DS III?). 

And what about the glass?  Can't really enjoy a vacation hunched over from an Atlas like bag of gear.  Don't want to switch up the lenses constantly.  Need to grab what you need and move on quickly.  After all, there are things to see.

Is there a one size fits all combo from Canon's DSLR line that will give you awesome IQ, Focus, Durability, Etc. while being travel happy?

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EOS Bodies / 12 Step Program for Focusing
« on: August 30, 2013, 11:01:47 AM »
I'm really struggling with my 'perfect focus' results as of late.  I'm not sure if something happened but I need a 12 step program to get my focus locked on accurate.

Gear:  Canon 7D and 24-105.  Sometimes a 100mm F2.

Most of my pictures have people in them and they are active.  Its not what I would call action (not kids playing hockey), although there are those moments ... just more of being in an environment and interacting with the space around you.

For whatever reason ... it seems like I can nail the focus ... but then for several shots, I miss it.  And because everything is in focus on a 3" screen it really is difficult to constantly chimp to 10x just to see if the eyes are in focus.  That is my main focus point ... eyes.  I like the eyes focused and crisp.

Also, I should say I am shooting at 7.1 whenever lighting permits because things seem sharpest there.  But I don't know if I have a camera mode out of whack or a some setting, or what.  Just seems like the return rate on great pics is less and less.

Every comment welcome.  At this point I will try anything because I'm freaking out that I am going to miss a moment because I cant lock it in.

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EOS Bodies / The last Canon crop sensor - ever
« on: August 09, 2013, 07:56:34 AM »
So here we are ... 2013, almost 2014.  Canon has over a decade of churning out APS-C based cameras.  Canon releases the 6D with FF sensor, that you can now pickup for less than a 7D.  Bodies are made smaller, functionality is increasing, and seemingly limited only by firmware.

Is there an evolutionary path which leaves APS-C behind or exclusively for the point and shoot market?

What if Canon just said 'No more crop for us.  We're in the FF business.  Our cheapest DSLR is 999.99 and that's just the way it is.'

I think this is coming.  3 years from now ... APS-C is going the way of the buggy whip.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Confusion about Macro Photography
« on: April 16, 2013, 08:40:02 AM »
Why is it that Macro Photography is all about taking a picture of something which is amazingly small and Macro Economics is about large scale hugemongous economies.  Shouldn't Macro Photography mean that you are taking gigantic pano's in Dubai?

Very confusing!

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***Is the 1DX really the Flagship Stills Camera?***

I ask this question because, as I sit here typing, I am thinking ... is there a camera which is uncompromising in image quality, features, and performance?  When I read in the forums and search online I find TONS of critisizm about Canon bodies, Canon lenses, and the company.  Yet, I have Canon, I've always had Canon.  Ever since Andre Agessi said I should.

So, I throw this question out there.  Does Canon make a body that is just flat out great?  IQ is NASA good?  Features like Voltron.  Performs like a river dancer?  I ask because it seems like every body has some level of compromise.  I mean if I look at every option (except for sensor) just on paper, their lineup should go 1DX, 7D, 5D3, 6D.  But if I look just at sensor it seems like it should be 5D3, 6D, 1Dx, 7D.  If I look at build then 1DX, 5D3, 7D, (everything else).

There just doesnt seem to be one camera in Canon's lineup which is 'The Best Camera Ever'.

Maybe that is the point, because ambiguity = moola for Canon. 

Agessi said the Rebel was best.  Then his hair fell out.  Karma???

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Chasing Tack Sharp ... Just can't get there
« on: March 20, 2013, 09:32:05 AM »
So, a friend and I have been on this quest to shoot a photo like we have seen online countless times or in video training etc.  Its where you take a picture of a person and even when you zoom into it at 200% the clarity of the image and sharpness is just off the charts.

We have tried everything to replicate this level of sharpness and just cant.  Locked off on tripods, cable release, etc. Its just not working.

Are we expecting too much out of our gear?  We are both rocking Canon APS-C (7D, 60D) with good glass 100mm F2, 50 1.4, Zeiss 35mm F2, 25-105 F4.  It just feels like we are missing something somewhere because our expectations are to take pictures like scott kelby or joel grimes or someone where the sharpness even zoomed in is amazing without a bunch of post processing.

HELP!

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So here is the deal ... heading to Walt Disney World sometime in 2013.  We'll fly, we'll drive from hotel to parks daily, we'll spend all day at the parks and we'll drive back to the hotel exhausted. I've been to WDW before ... but not ever felt gear prepared. 

Do we go on water rides ... Yes.  Do we go on roller coasters ... Yes.  Do we bake in the ridiculously hot sun for hours ... Yes.

Here are the big things.  I am pretty sure I need only to take the body and a couple lenses.  But, what bag should I put these in to carry all day long in those conditions?  I have a big bag that wont be going with me.

Looking for advice on what to take (or buy and take) gear wise as well as something fast and friendly but comfortable for the conditions to put it in.  Also, I own no filters.  Is that a biggy?

Stuff I have (open to taking or leaving) 7D, 24-104, 50/1.4, 100/2, 18-135/Depends

Considering this is one of the most photographed places in the world ... I thought it might be nice to get some advice from those who have done it ... or even similar activities.

Cheers :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 7D: 'I need a Must Have's List'
« on: December 14, 2012, 11:55:30 AM »
So, about 20months ago I bought a Canon 60D.  I used this to do some video, some stills etc.  I bought the camera at Best Buy (I had $400.00 worth of Replacement Plan credit) so it was a compelling price.  I got the kit lens and bought a decent SD card.

... Time goes by ...

And what I find is that everytime I go into Best Buy I pick up the Canon 7D.  For whatever reason I like the 'fit' of it better (as weird as that may sound).  I mentioned this once or twice and in October landed a 7D for my birthday.

So here I am thinking to myself, there is a 6D out there, a 5D Mark III, etc etc. and now I have the 7D, what should I do.  But I make piece with that and start hunting for a list of must have gear if you own a 7D and surprisingly, there just aren't things like that out there.

I have a family, I take pics of them.  We go places, I take pictures when I go places.  So from a stills perspective, The only thing I have right now is a 60D kit lens and a 7D body and a battery.  Looking for a little 'christmas wish list' advice from some 7D owners.

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